The wilderness, or desert, is used repeatedly throughout the Bible as a place of special encounter with God and preparation for a new direction or a new ministry. Jesus is led by the Spirit to go out into the wilderness for a period of fasting, prayer and preparation before entering into his public ministry. The episode of the temptations is a clear indicator of the humanity of Jesus – he experienced doubt, uncertainty and fear just as we do. Jesus is tempted to use his power to make his task easier or to display his authority to others. Had he chosen to do this, surely it would have been easier to get people’s attention – and that was the temptation: to take the easier path or stick to the more subtle, more personal, more difficult path. Christian life does not remove the desert struggles from our lives. We shouldn’t try to pretend there is no difficulty in being joyful. Even Jesus, filled with the Spirit, finds Satan in the wilderness.
On Valentine’s Day, the world proclaims the romance, ease and hope of falling in love. Celebrate it well, by being especially kind, generous and hopeful with those you love. And do not forget to celebrate it well when it is dreary, boring or difficult. Love needs to be remembered and celebrated in order to be lived.
Fr. Jinto csc
MASS INTENTIONS & DAILY READINGS
Rosary at 11:50 a.m.
Tues. February 16th: ferial
12:05 pm: For Healing of Paul Ryan (Living)
Isaiah 55.10-11, Ps. 34.3-4, 5-6, 15-16, 17-18, Matthew 6.7-15
Wed. February 17th: ferial
12:05 pm: Molk Family +
Jonah 3.1-10, Ps. 51.1-2, 10-11, 16-17, Luke 11.29-32
Thurs. February 18th: ferial
12:05 pm: Ignac Hozjan +
Esther 14.1, 3-5, 12-14, Ps. 138.1-2a, 2bc-3, 7c-8, Matthew 7.7-12
Fri. February 19th: ferial
12:05 pm: Adolf Winkler +
Ezekiel 18.21-28, Ps. 130.1-2, 3-4, 5-6, Matthew 5.20-26
Sat. February 20th: ferial
5:15 pm: Constancio Gonsalves +
Deuteronomy 26.16-19, Ps. 119.1-2, 4-5, 7-8, Matthew 5.43-48
Second Sunday of Lent
Sunday, February 21st
1st Reading: Genesis 15.5-12, 17-18
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 27.1, 7-8, 9, 13-14
Second Reading: Philippians 3.17-4.1
Gospel: Luke 9.28b-36
Eucharistic Minister & Minister of the Word Schedule
For next weekend –
February 20th & 21st
5:15 pm – Kathleen Wilkinson, Joy Akien-Prohaska
10:00 am – Dena Hamid, Joan Melanson, Rosa Venalainen, Cindy Shcherben, Wyley Powell
Ministers of the Word
5:15 pm – Naomi Bachan, Sheila Spencer
10:00 am – Flavia Mussio, Laurence Mussio, Paul Connelly
Please note: Eucharistic Ministers & Ministers of the Word. If you cannot be present, please get a replacement to cover your ministry.
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.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
EVERY FRIDAY DURING LENT
BEGINNING AT 7:00 P.M.
February 19th - Eucharistic Ministers
February 26th - Choir
March 4th - Lector's
March 11th - R.C.I.A.
March 18th - African Catholic Community
Sunday Envelopes for 2016 . . .
Sunday Envelopes for 2016, please call the office 416-466-8281 or email email@example.com 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.
Please note:Sunday, February 21st 11:15 am – 12:30 pm 1st Session for Confirmation (meet in church hall downstairs)
2016 Missals are available to be purchased at all the Masses. The cost is $5.00.
Update on Refugee Sponsorship
We continue to prepare for the arrival of our family - mom, dad, and infant daughter.
We still do not know when they will arrive. Their application is still being processed. The next big step will be their interview with Canadian Embassy officials in Amman Jordan. Once that happens, things should start moving more quickly.
Not knowing when they will arrive means finding them a place to live is a challenge.
We have a three phase housing plan.
The first phase is when they arrive.
One of our volunteers has generously offered to put the family up for the first few days after they arrive.
The second phase will be temporary housing for 6-8 weeks while we identify an apartment and sign a one year lease.
We need your help with this second phase.
If you know someone who has an in-law suite, basement apartment, or has room in their home, and is willing to make it available to our family for 6-8 weeks, please get in touch. We are prepared to pay rent for this temporary, transitional accommodation.
Thanks for your ongoing interest and support.
Please make a note:
Wed. March 9th
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
is lit this week
In Memory of Adolf Winkler
at the request of his wife Stephanie
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.