The homily is the touchstone for judging a pastor’s closeness and ability to communicate to his people. We know that the faithful attach great importance to it, and that both they and their ordained ministers suffer because of homilies: the laity from having to listen to them and the clergy from having to preach them!
The homily cannot be a form of entertainment like those presented by the media, yet it does need to give life and meaning to the celebration . . . it should be brief and avoid taking on the semblance of a speech or a lecture.
. . . in the homily the Lord and his people want someone to serve as an instrument and to express their feeling in such a way that afterward, each one may choose how he or she will continue the conversation.
One of the most important things is to learn how to use images in preaching, how to appeal the imagery . . . an attractive image makes the message seen familiar, close to home, practical and related to everyday life.
The greatest risk for a preacher is that he becomes so accustomed to his own language that he thinks everyone else naturally understands and uses it.
- Pope Francis
Welcome to Our Parish Family
March 16, 2014
Jayla Eran daughter of Jeffrey & Hayun
MASS INTENTIONS & READINGS
Rosary at 11:50 a.m.
Tues. March 18th: ferial
12:05 pm: Anya Spry (Living)
Isaiah 1.10, 16-20, 27-28, 31 ++, Ps. 50.8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23, Matthew 23.1-12
Wed. March 19th: St. Joseph
12:05 pm: Nell O'Flynn +
2 Samuel 7.4-5a, 12-14a, 16, Ps. 89.1-2, 3-4, 26+28, Romans 4.13, 16-18, 22, Matthew 1.16, 18-21, 24a
Thurs. March 20th: ferial
Please note: No 12:05 pm Mass due to Day of Recollection for Priests
Jeremiah 17.5-10, Ps. 1.1-2, 3, 4+6, Luke 16.19-31
Fri. March 21st: ferial
12:05 pm: Gerald McAuley +
Genesis 37.3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28, Ps. 105.16-17, 18-19, 20-21, Matthew 21.33-43, 45-46
Sat. March 22nd: ferial
5:15 pm: A.J. & Helen Gougeon & Ray Doherty +
Micah 7.14-15, 18-20, Ps. 103.1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12, Luke 15.1-3, 11-32
Readings for the Third Sunday of Lent - March 23rd, 2014
1st Reading: Exodus 17.3-7
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 95.1-2, 6-7ab, 7c-9
2nd Reading: Romans 5.1-2, 5-8
Gospel: John 4.5-42
is lit this week
In Memory of Joseph Kane
at the request of the Kane Family
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Parish Penitential Service
Full day of Reconciliation
Wednesday, April 9th - 1 pm to 5 pm
April 12th - 5:15 pm Mass
April 13th - 10:00 a.m. Mass
12:00 p.m. Mass (African Catholic Community)
All Palm Sunday masses begin in the hall with procession to the church upstairs.
Holy Thursday – April 17th
Simple Supper in the hall at 6 p.m.
(people bring homemade soup to share enough for your family plus 1)
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 p.m.
(Bring bells to ring and towels for the washing of feet)
Followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
until 12:00 a.m. in the church.
Good Friday – April 18th
Good Friday Service
(African Catholic Community presides and all are welcome)
at 3:00 p.m.
Reminder: Good Friday is a day of Fast and Abstinence for all Catholics
Easter Vigil Sat. April 19th, 8:00 p.m.
(Bring bells to ring)
Easter Morning, April 20th
(Bring bells to ring)
12:00 p.m. African Catholic Community
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS & MINISTERS OF THE WORD
For next weekend –
March 22nd & 23rd
5:15 pm – Manuel Mairena, Sheila Spencer
10:00 am – Gilda Benincasa, Ann Gilbride, Steven Hozjan, Myrna Anacta
5:15 pm – Sheila Brown Vitullo, Fernando Curcione
10:00 am – Flavia Mussio, Laurence Mussio, Sister Mary Halder
Some parishioners have expressed interest in starting a Youth Group here at Holy Name. If you would like to be part of developing a youth ministry in our parish, please get in touch with Michael Bachan at 416-466-0252.
Working wonders in our livelihoods . . .
Andrew attended counselling at Catholic Family Services in Simcoe at the suggestion of his employer. He was experiencing a considerable amount of conflict at work which was affecting his job performance. Andrew realized that if he didn’t get some help he was at risk of losing his job. Through counselling he learned more positive ways of interacting as well as some healthy stress management skills. Today, Andrew has fewer conflicts at work and has learned how to separate his work and home life. He appreciated the help that Catholic Family Services provided to him when he needed it most. Last year, ShareLife-supported Family Service agencies provided family counselling to over 5,100 people in the Greater Toronto Area.
First ShareLife Sunday – March 30, 2014
Please give generously. You can work wonders!
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
EVERY FRIDAY DURING LENT
BEGINNING AT 7:00 P.M.
March 21st – Lectors
March 28th – ACC
April 4th – Holy Name Choir
April 11th – R.C.I.A.
POPE FRANCIS: PRAY FOR THE PASTORS OF THE CHURCH TO BE GOOD SERVANTS, NOT GOOD MASTERS. Vatican City Feb 23/2014 (Vis)