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Feast of Saint Blaise
Join us on Saturday, February 3 as we celebrate the feast of Saint Blaise, patron of ailments of the throat. After the final blessing at the 9:00 am mass, there will be the customary blessing of the throats for all who wish.
2023 Tax Receipts/Thank You for Your Continue Support
We thank everyone for their support of the parish in 2023. Once again, this year your tax receipts (for those who have contributed over $50 directly to the parish or via PAG) will be mailed to you directly from the Archdiocese of Toronto. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will also mail a separate tax receipt for your donation to them in 2023 in the coming days. Thanks for your continued support in this new year via envelope donations, Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG forms available on our website or in the church foyers) or through the Donate Now button on our website. Our parish financial report for 2023 will be delivered later this month and will also be included in our parish bulletin.
Celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life
Each year, the Church commemorates World Day for Consecrated Life by pausing and thanking the Lord for the wonderful vocation to Consecrated life, by fostering a greater awareness of and deeper appreciation for all those women and men who are called by Jesus Christ to follow him by living a life of particular consecration to God, and by celebrating the good work that the Lord continues to accomplish through the communities and its vowed members.
The annual World Day for Consecrated Life takes place this year on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, February 2, with many diocesan or parish-based celebrations taking place on the weekend of February 3/4. The Archdiocese of Toronto will have a special gathering and celebration for all those who have made the commitment to the vocation of Consecrated life. You may watch the livestreaming of the Mass here: stmichaelscathedral.com/live.
World Day of the Sick and the Mass for the Anointing of the Sick
The ministry of Jesus to the sick is central to the life of the Church. February 11 (Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes) highlights the healing ministry of the Church and reminds us that service to the sick and suffering cannot be neglected. It recognizes the great efforts of doctors, nurses, health care institutions and pastoral care givers to restore health to those afflicted with illness and disease.
I take this opportunity to thank the many people involved in our Pastoral Care Team who minister to the sick by offering holy communion to them at home, at Sunrise and Parkland on the Glen.
On Saturday, February 10 at 9:00 a.m., we will celebrate a special Mass for the Anointing of the Sick. Please extend an invitation to those Roman Catholics in your families whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age, as we would be happy to anoint them during the mass.
Finally, a reminder that if you have a loved one who is homebound, or seriously ill please call the parish office to arrange for one of our priests to come for an initial visit and possible Anointing of the Sick. We would then be happy to offer them the option of receiving communion at home through our Pastoral Care Team. Please call or visit the parish office with the info and we will follow up with you.
Marriage Sunday Mass with Archbishop Francis Leo
As part of Marriage Sunday 2024 celebrations, Archbishop Francis Leo will preside at a special Mass to honour married couples, with special recognition for those celebrating 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th and 60+ wedding anniversaries in 2024. The Mass will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 11 at
St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica (65 Bond St., Toronto).
All married couples will have an opportunity to renew their marriage commitment during the Mass and are welcome to attend. Reserved seating is available for couples celebrating a 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th or 60+ anniversary in 2024. Reserved seating is limited, so please register early. All other seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who are unable to attend at the Cathedral are invited to join the celebration via livestream Mass. For registration and more info: www.archtoronto.org/marriage .
Ash Wednesday February 14 Masses: 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Lent begins next week with Ash Wednesday Mass and Imposition of Ashes on February 14 at either 9:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. Please note that Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent are special days of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving in preparation for Easter.
Lent 2024 at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish
† 9:00 a.m. Mass Monday to Saturday, Regular Sunday Mass Schedule
† 7:00 p.m. Friday Evening Mass followed by the Stations of the Cross Friday led each Friday by a different ministry group…on Friday February 16 by the Pastoral Care Ministry and the Knights of Columbus on Friday February 23
† Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession…Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (in addition to Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
† Lenten Day of Confessions…Wednesday March 21 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome!
ShareLife Thank You!
Your support for ShareLife brought the hands of Christ to those in need. Because of you, ShareLife agencies annually help more than 150,000 people. You eased the struggles of more than 13,000 people by providing over 45,000 mental health services; You offered quality care and companionship to over 2,800 vulnerable seniors; You invested in our Church’s future by supporting 62 seminarians at St. Augustine’s Seminary and Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary in the 2023-2024 academic year; You helped sponsor 708 refugees on their journey to safety and freedom in Canada; You extended a helping hand to over 1,600 young parents and their children; You provided accessible, dignified support to over 2,300 people with special needs and their families. To learn more about the people you have helped at https://sharelife.org/ . Thank you for living the Gospel!
Lent Retreat at St Augustine’s Seminary
Fr. Eric Rodrigues is facilitating a Lent Retreat called the Holy of Holies, Discovering the Richness of the Mass on Saturday February 24 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. During this retreat, you will enter into the meaning and fascinating history of familiar prayers and rituals. To register, please visit Staugstines.on.ca/events and check the poster on the front foyer bulletin board.
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board to Hold Public Information Sessions for 2024-2025 Extended French Program
The Extended French Program starts in Grade 5 and offers 50% of the total instruction in French. The program includes studies in French Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and one of either: Visual Arts, Music, Drama or Physical Education. The program leads into Extended French at the secondary school level, where French Language Arts, Geography, History and World Religions are offered.
Students in Extended French will receive a minimum of 2,670 hours of French instruction during their school career. When complete, students should also be able to participate in conversation and demonstrate their knowledge of French culture, society, and customs.
In cases where the number of applications exceeds the number of places available at a site, a random selection process will be held at a predetermined and advertised date, if required. In all other cases, students will be placed in the program, provided all required documentation is in order. The application package will be available online to all parents/guardians of Grade 4 students and can be found on the DPCDSB Extended French Webpage as of February 14. The site application links will be live from February 14 to February 28, 2024.
Dynamic Women of Faith Catholic Women’s Conference
Get inspired, meet like-minded women, and discover your mission at the Catholic Women’s Conference on Saturday March 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The Old Mill (Old Mill Subway Station). The opening mass will be celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Collins. Early bird registration is $65 before February 14 at www.dynamicwoemfaith.com . For more details, please see the poster on the front bulletin board or call 416-907-1042.
Church Bulletin Advertising
Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisements for our church bulletin. The advertising will begin April 2024 and supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product of service, 905-624-4422.