Parish Mission Statement
For the past two months the parish council members of our parish have been discussing about a mission statement for our parish. After much reflection and prayer we have a mission statement which we hope will guide us in our life, worship and service as a parish community. I am happy to share with you the parish mission statement as given below
“Holy Name Parish is a Catholic community that gathers to worship, to grow in faith and to share the mission of Jesus Christ. All are Welcome.”
I am extremely grateful to the members of our Pastoral council for their continuing support and contribution to the parish community.
The Gospel today focuses on the dramatic beginning of Jesus' public ministry. He unrolls the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, and reads: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord."
This is the mission of Jesus and we are called to share in this mission of Jesus Christ. The fulfillment of this mission has occurred in Jesus, but it has to happen again in us and through what we do in our own day. We can only do this if we let the loving Spirit of God touch our hearts, just as this Spirit is at the very center of Jesus’ heart. So let's pray together that God's Spirit will be given to us so we can carry on Jesus's mission here and now.
Fr. Jinto csc
& DAILY READINGS
Rosary at 11:50 a.m.
Tues. January 26th: St. Timothy
& St. Titus
12:05 pm: Peter Mendes +
2 Timothy 1.1-8, Ps. 96.1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 10, Luke 10.1-9
Wed. January 27th: ferial
12:05 pm: Malcolm MacLeod +
2 Samuel 7.1-17++, Ps. 89.3-4, 26-27, 28-29, Mark 4.1-20
Thurs. January 28th: St. Thomas Aquinas
12:05 pm: Molk Family +
2 Samuel 7.18-19, 24-29, Ps. 132.1-2, 3-5, 11, 12, 13-14, Mark 4.21-25
Fri. January 29th: ferial
12:05 pm: Francesco Valentini +
2 Samuel 11.1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17, Ps. 51.1-2, 3-4a, 4bc-5, 8-9, Mark 4.26-34
Sat. January 30th: ferial
5:15 pm: Anthony & Brandon Cornacchia +
2 Samuel 12.1-7a, 10-17, Ps. 51.10-11, 12-13, 14-15, Mark 4.35-41
Readings for Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, January 31st
1st Reading: Jeremiah 1.4-5, 17-19
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 71.1-2, 3, 5-6, 15+17
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12.31 – 13.13
Gospel: Luke 4.21-30
Eucharistic Ministers and Minister of the Word Schedule
For next weekend –
Jan 30th & 31st
5:15 pm – Manuel Mairena, Nick Fera
10:00 am – Romeo Lopez, Anne Marie Cassin,
Ministers of the Word
5:15 pm – Sheila Brown-Vitullo, Fernando Curcione
10:00 am – Sr. Mary Halder, Megan Lashley, Sheila Brown Vitullo
Please note: Eucharistic Ministers & Ministers of the Word. If you cannot be present, please get a replacement to cover your ministry.
236th Toronto Scout Group
This is a reminder that scouts accept new members year round.
Aged 5 to 10 meeting at Holy Name Church lower hall Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
Aged 11 to 17 meeting at Holy Name School (Carlaw Ave.) gym Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
Ice Skates are Needed
The scouts are looking for good used skates for needy youth. If your youth have outgrown their skates, please bring them to church and give them to Eddie Carswell, parish usher.
Scouters 236th Toronto Scout Group
Please pray for all who are ill, especially
Myrna Anacta, Delores Gordon, Donna MacIntosh, Deacon Hugh Taylor, Sophia Karapita, Heather Tobias, Carmela Morra, Maria Soares, Laura MacDonald, Patricia Cull and Maria Jose Bouey.
SEASON OF LENT
Lent is the yearly celebration by the Church of its corporate conversion in Jesus Christ. During Lent, the liturgy prepares catechumens to celebrate the Paschal Mystery by the various stages of Christian initiation. It also prepares the faithful for Easter as they recall their baptism and do penance in preparation for the greatest feast of the year.
Lent has two major purposes: It recalls or prepares for baptism, and emphasizes a spirit of penance. Through forty days of closer attention to God’s word and of more fervent prayer, believers are prepared to celebrate the Paschal Mystery.
Masses on Ash Wednesday, February 10th will be at 12:05 pm and 7 pm in the church. Ashes will be distributed at both Masses.
Update on Refugee Sponsorship
On Sunday Jan. 17th some of the volunteers in the Holy Name refugee sponsorship group made the first Skype call with the family the parish is sponsoring. Even with the language barrier, and despite their difficult circumstances, our conversation with the family included lots of smiles, and even laughter. There was also a lot of hand waving between us and their baby. She was still waving at us when we said good-bye.
It was a moving experience to finally "meet" and speak with them. They are grateful for our support, and are anxious for word their application is approved and they will soon be on their way. They are in desperate need of diapers and baby formula so we will be sending them some help to meet that need. We will stay in regular contact - either through e-mail or Skype, even if it just to say hello, and continue to get to know them.
The family has yet to be interviewed by Canadian Embassy officials in Jordan so at this stage, it is impossible to know when they will arrive in Toronto. We are trying to arrange a meeting with our federal MP, Julie Dabrusin, to raise awareness of our family's file. The goal is to move that file from Citizenship and Immigration in Winnipeg, to the Canadian Embassy in Jordan for the next step in the approval process.
We will keep you updated. If you would like to volunteer with the Holy Name refugee sponsorship group in any capacity, please let us know.
If you have any questions, please just ask.
Thank you for your ongoing interest and support.
You can reach us at:
Holy Name Parish office
Or by e-mail
World Day of Prayer