Thirsting for Life
All people thirst for meaning, but of what does that meaning consist? The people in the desert thirsted for water, but they misunderstood their thirst. The woman of Samaria thirsted. Her conversation with Jesus showed that she thirsted for understanding and insight as well as water. For what do we thirst in this world of unmeasured need? Life has not become simpler with all of our advances. We still thirst for more – for the newest, the fastest and the best. How much is enough, and when do we cross the line into ‘too much’? The gospel readings for the scrutiny Sundays very clearly lay out the choices that are placed before the catechumens and the rest of the believing community as well. This Sunday it is between water that quenches thirst and water that does not. Jesus identifies himself as the source of water that guarantees eternal life. He places before the Samaritan woman a choice that requires a step of profound faith. She knows the thirst-quenching quality of the water from Jacob’s well, but she is not acquainted with the water promised by this stranger who is also an enemy of her people. The choice is not an obvious one. A similar choice is placed before us. We know the demands of our culture and the circumstances of our lives. Are we able to recognize the grace that is being offered to us, and make the right choices?
Mass Intentions & Daily Readings
Rosary at 11:50 a.m.
Tues. March 1st: ferial
12:05 pm: Lloyd Bernard +
Daniel 3.25, 34-43, Ps. 25.4-5a, 6-7, 8-9, Matthew 18.21-35
Wed. March 2nd: ferial
12:05 pm: Marian Clayden +
Deuteronomy 4.1, 5-9, Ps. 147.12-13, 15-16, 19-20, Matthew 5.17-19
Thurs. March 3rd: ferial
12:05 pm: Molk Family +
Jeremiah 7.23-28, Ps. 95.1-2, 6-7ab, 7c-9, Luke 11.14-23
Fri. March 4th: ferial
12:05 pm: Orla Walsh +
Hosea 14.1-9, Ps. 81.5c-7a, 7bc-8, 9-10ab, 13+16, Mark 12.28b-34
Sat. March 5th: ferial
5:15 pm: Rolando Santos +
Hosea 5.15b-6.6++, Ps. 51.1-2, 16-17, 18-19ab, Luke 18.9-14
Readings for Fourth Sunday of Lent - Sunday, March 6th, 2016
1st Reading: Joshua 5.9a, 10-12
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 34.1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5.17-21
Gospel: Luke 15.1-3, 11-32
For next weekend –
March 5th & 6th
5:15 pm – Manuel Mairena, Cathy Quendack
10:00 am – Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt, Kathleen Wilkinson, Ann Gilbride, Rosa Venalainen
Please note: Eucharistic Ministers. If you cannot be present, please get a replacement to cover your ministry.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
EVERY FRIDAY DURING LENT
BEGINNING AT 7:00 P.M.
March 4th – Lector’s
March 11th – R.C.I.A.
March 18th – African Catholic Community
Please pray for all who are ill, especially
Myrna Anacta, Delores Gordon, Deacon Hugh Taylor, Sophia Karapita, Heather Tobias, Carmela Morra, Maria Soares, Laura MacDonald, Patricia Cull and Maria Jose Bouey.
Please make a note:
Day of Confession
Wed. March 9th
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday Envelopes for 2016 . . .
Sunday Envelopes for 2016, please call the office 416-466-8281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly put out your envelopes for the weekend that you are coming to church. Any envelopes not picked up by the end of March will be cancelled and given to new parishioners.
Working wonders for those in our community . . .
“At Mary Centre, the residents of our homes have developed friendships, yet they maintain their own individuality,” says Denise Tremblett, Program Manager, “Although some of their relatives may have passed on, they love to remain active with healthy recreational activities and visiting regularly with the rest of their friends and family members. We enjoy cooking and providing for them so they can remain at home here and enjoy their lives. We are extremely grateful that ShareLife donors have helped to make a difference for these very special people!” Last year, over 1,500 people with special needs received outreach services from ShareLife-supported agencies.
Sunday, March 13, 2016 is ShareLife Sunday
Please give generously. You can work wonders!
TRAVELLING STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Friday, March 4th – 5 p.m.
St. Paul’s Basilica – 83 Power St. Toronto
All are invited to a joint Travelling Stations of the Cross being offered by the Newman Centre, St. Mike’s Chaplaincy and Ryerson Chaplaincy. We begin at St. Paul’s Basilica with an opportunity to go through the Holy Doors before proceeding on a travelling Stations of the Cross that will take us to Ryerson, St. Mike’s and Queen’s Park. We will conclude the Stations at Newman Centre, with an opportunity for confession and a light reception.
HOLY NAME CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Holy Name Catholic School is accepting Full-day Kindergarten Registrations. Children born in 2012 are eligible to begin Junior Kindergarten beginning September 2016. Parents can complete their application via the Student Online Application Registration Website at http://soar.tcdsb.org. If you need further information, please contact the school at 416-393-5215 and speak with the secretary.