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                                                           February 19, 2017


                                Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time




    A message  that I found about our “heavenly Father” I see that Jesus has actually painted for us a picture of the rich merciful love that God showers on us every day. All these extravagant behaviours are modelled on the extravagant behaviour of God towards us.


The extravagance of God is precisely why we gather today and every Sunday: to celebrate God’s abundant love revealed to us in our very own lives. God’s style of love is a hard act to follow, but nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ, we take up the challenge to show God’s love to those who most need to experience it.


                                                                         ~ Margaret Bick, Toronto, ON. ~


Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

~ Love of enemies ~

Reading I        Levictus 19:1-2,17-18

                       (Various rules of conduct)

Reading II       1 Corinthians 3:16-23

                       (the work of God’s ministers)

Gospel               Matthew 5:38-48

                       (new law of retaliation;

                         love of enemies)


Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44a)

Questions of the Week:

Adult: What is the point of “turning the other

           cheek” in an argument, and why is it

           so hard to do?

Child:  Who are the people you find it most

           difficult to forgive?


Copyright © 2016 The Pastoral Center. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

2017 ShareLife Campaign

Living the Gospel by respecting and caring for life at all stages!

We knew there had to be a reason we were not conceiving on our own. We worked with the FertilityCare Toronto doctors and our practitioner for 15 months and I had another surgery shortly thereafter to repair the Fallopian tube. After only two effective cycles, I was pregnant! I was closely monitored through regular blood work the entire pregnancy. At 38 weeks and 3 days, I delivered our healthy and happy baby boy. Words cannot express how grateful we are to the FertilityCare Toronto and the staff for their assistance. FertilityCare Toronto treats their patients with the greatest amount of respect and care. I have never felt so in control of my fertility as I do today.

Thank you ShareLife and Fertilitycare Toronto!



Casseroles for the Good Shepherd Centre

The deadline for this month casseroles is Sunday, February 26, 2017. If you can spare a few hours, contact Eva Trace, 416.447.3040.


Knights of Columbus 2017 Charities Lottery

The Knights of Columbus will be selling the 2017 Charities Lottery Tickets in support of the Special Olympics and the Arthritis Society. 500 prizes valued at over $500,000 including a Grand Prize of $200,000 and St. Francis Council sold some of the winning tickets as recently as 2015 and 2016. Tickets are available for sale at the Ministry Centre.


Pancake Breakfast

The Knights of Columbus- St. Francis Council will hold their Pancake Breakfast at the Parish Hall on Sunday, February 26th. Tickets are $5.00 and breakfast will be served from 9:00 am till 12:00 noon. In addition, we ask that you donate a can of tuna at the door for the local food bank. Due to limited number of tickets issued, tickets can be purchased at the back of the Church, after weekend Masses starting February 11th.


Spiritual Growth in the Second Half of Life

         Dates and Programme Topics

February 21: Aging and Wisdom: What qualities

                    Do you look for in a wise person?

March 7:      Aging Well: Generativity: an essential

                    Dimension to successful aging; What

                    Is my legacy?

April 4:         Be well, Be Wise and Be Holy;

                    Spirituality of Aging Savouring the

                    Fruits of Awareness, Reflection and


To register call 416-447-5571 Ext. 550 or e-mail at


Celebrate Your Marriage with a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend!

March 17-19, 2017 weekend, Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga

Celebrate your love and take a fresh look at your marriage! Spend a very special weekend together. A weekend of discovery… a lifetime of love! Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps married couples rediscover themselves as individuals and as a couple. The weekend format helps couples communicate openly and honestly without group sharing, therapy or marriage counselling. For more information and application, please go to or contact: Gerard & Marge McCauley at or


Funeral Preparations

     The norm for a Catholic who has died is to have a funeral mass celebrated in the church. The community prays that their soul will be received into the heavenly banquet of heaven.

     Likewise, the Church directs that we show respect for the physical remains of a person. While cremation is allowed, the ashes are to be either buried or placed in a columbarium, not scattered or turned into lockets.

     Unfortunately, there is a growing phenomenon where the children of Catholics who were a regular part of the worshiping community, do not choose a funeral mass. It is a sad affair when a person has obtained great solace from their faith and been a significant part of a church community, and then is not given a Catholic funeral.

     We have Funeral Preparation Guides in the Parish Office for anyone who may wish to ensure a Catholic funeral mass. After completing the guide, present a copy to the Parish Office to keep on file and give a duplicate copy to whoever may be handling your affairs.

                                               ~Friar David Stachurski

2017 Offertory Envelopes

Envelopes are now located at the back of the Church - South side shelves. Please notify the Ministry Centre of any changes to your address and telephone number.

*For new registered parishioners, you can pick your envelopes from the labeled 'new parishioners' basket at the North side entrance of the church.


  Family of Faith Campaign


We have raised $1,245,170 or 130% of our goal of $960,000.  Congratulations!


We have reached the end of an extremely successful campaign! Our parish families’ outpouring of generosity and sacrifice is astounding and inspiring. On behalf of the parish, and all the volunteers who assisted with the Family of Faith campaign, thank you for your prayers and support of this historic effort! Thank you for your generous pledges and your thoughtful prayers!  We could not have done it without you. Tax Receipts for the Family of Faith Campaign Will be issued by the Archdiocese of Toronto on February 16, 2016. 


Donate Now Please consider making a donation to the parish. We appreciate your support!       

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David Stachurski, OFM Conv.
Associate Pastor
Peter Knaapen, OFM Conv.

Lay Pastoral Associate

Gregory Beath

Parish Manager
Connie Durante

Minister with Maturing Adults

Maureen McDonnell

Pastoral Assistant

Nimfa Chua

Youth Animator

Peter Dosman

Rev. Sal Badali

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