MINISTRY WITH MATURING ADULTS
The Ministry with Maturing Adults seeks to support the lifelong faith development of women and men throughout all phases of the pre-retirement and retirement years. Programs are open to parishioners in the second half of life.
During the pandemic Christian Meditation meets weekly, online. Christian Meditation is one form of prayer and is a discipline that requires practice, concentration and commitment. This ancient form of Christian contemplative prayer invites us into a time of sacred silence. The next session is on Tuesday March 16th at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. No prior experience is needed. If you have any questions or to receive the link to the meeting please email Catherine Ecker at firstname.lastname@example.org
4th and 5th Sundays in Lent
Please note: on March 14 and 21st at all Sunday (Saturday evening) Masses the readings for the Liturgy of the Word will be from Year A. For those who use a Living with Christ missal to prepare you will find these readings in your Missal.
4th Sunday in Lent: Celebrating a Scrutiny
Today in Catholic parishes throughout the world the Church will celebrate a scrutiny with the elect. A scrutiny is a prayer for purification and strength. The scrutiny is a preparatory rite for the sacrament of baptism when the elect will reject sin and declare their belief in God.
The Church prays with and for those chosen for Baptism. At St. Mary’s Parish we have five elect who will celebrate Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion at the Easter Vigil. We pray for our elect Jack, Jackson, Oliver, David and Hailey.
|At Easter we will renew our baptismal promises rejecting sin and declaring our belief in God as creator. As we gather to celebrate the 4th Sunday in Lent you are invited to reflect on where in your life you are blind to the presence of God. We ask the Holy Spirit to open our eyes so we may see as Christ sees.|
Preparing for Confirmation: Information for Families who Have Registered
Catechetical Meeting # 1: Parent, Candidate & Sponsor
All candidates who have formally registered are to attend a meeting with their parent and sponsor. The meeting will begin with Mass at 7:00 p.m. and conclude by 9:00 p.m. It is understood that the candidate, sponsor and parent will attend the meeting. Information regarding the Enrolment process will be shared at the meeting.
The second and final meeting is on
Wednesday, March 17th 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Enrolment for Confirmation:
During all Sunday Masses on March 13 /14 and March 20 / 21. The candidates will celebrate enrolment at the Mass they attend. You must attend the meeting before participating in Enrolment.
On the day of Enrolment, as a tangible sign of our membership in the Body of Christ and commitment to living as disciples each candidate is asked to bring three new unused toiletry items (tooth brush/ toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo).
Preparing for First Sharing in Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Parent Child Meeting # 1
The parent(s) and child preparing for first Reconciliation will attend a family catechetical meeting. We ask that you arrange childcare for siblings so that you and your child may participate fully.
The second and final meeting is on
Tuesday, March 16th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
LIFETEEN – The next Lifenight in our new series entitled, “KEEP IT TOGETHER”, is Sunday, March 14th at 6:00 p.m. This series is a powerful and relatable 4-week journey diving into the current climate faced by teens, discussing how to seek and see God through it all. Teens are invited to join through zoom by going to www.zoom.us and using the following: Meeting ID: 878 9866 4685 Passcode: 560756.
"M.E.R.C.Y. with an EDGE" will continue to meet once a month on zoom following to original schedule. The next date for this is Friday, March 26th. You can catch any missed episodes on St. Mary's YouTube Channel to see what Albert has been up to :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKlCv3WH_cM&feature=youtu.be.
EDGE – if you are in grades 5 – 8, enjoy games and love to laugh, come out to our EDGERS ONLY virtual games night on Friday, April 9th @ 6:00 p.m. Join us on www.zoom.us and enter Meeting ID: 810 2303 3855, and Passcode: 512683. One of your hosts will let you in! We are looking forward to seeing everybody!
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE
All ladies of the parish are invited to join CWL's VIRTUAL ST. PADDY'S DAY PARTY on Tuesday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m. Test your knowledge of Irish trivia; join in games, quizzes, music and fun! See fellow parishioners online. If we do not have your email address and you haven't been receiving CWL emails, contact Dianne Hunter at email@example.com to receive a Zoom link. If you can, please wear something green.
VOCATIONS: On Fri., March 26 (5pm – 9pm) until Sat., March 27 (10am – 5pm), the Office of Vocations will be hosting the first virtual Come & See Weekend for single Catholic men, ages of 17+ and older. On-line registration is required at https://www.vocationstoronto.ca/comesee. This event will include a special address from His Eminence, Cardinal Collins, seminarian stories, community prayer and breakout discussions.