On this third day of Catholic Education Week we invite you to celebrate Mass with His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto. You can click the link below to watch the livestreamed Mass.
Video of the Mass will continue to be available at that link after the livestream has ended, just click on the video for Wednesday May 5.
As we enter the month of May, or the month of Mary, and we prepare for Mother’s Day this coming weekend, we turn to our spiritual mother, Mary. The Blessed Virgin Mary was not so different from our mothers, she rejoiced with the baby Jesus, she suffered with him as he grew and ultimately as he gave himself for us all. Today we invite you to contemplate Mary with the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. Click on the button below to read their article on Mary, the Mother of God and Our Mother.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. St. Francis of Assisi Parish is proud to once again participate in the Baby Bottle Campaign, in support of Marillac Place. Marillac Place relies heavily on the donations from our community to support mother-led families in need of assistance. Due to ongoing social distancing restrictions, we will not be delivering baby bottles this year. Please provide your support through our virtual campaign by donating online or sending a cheque directly to Marillac Place.
Fr. Paul Voisin, CR, our former pastor and now Superior General of the Congregation of the Resurrection, living and working in Rome, has been participating in a COVID reflection group online. Fr. Paul is now sharing four reflections that he wrote for this group, each based on a quote from Pope Francis. Every Thursday on our parish website, from April 8 – 29, we will feature one of these reflections. We hope they may help all of us who find the pandemic increasingly challenging to see how these times of darkness can lead to conversion and light.
Today’s reflection is based on the following quote:
“Together with the vaccines, fraternity and hope are, in truth, the medicine we need in the world today”
Some may have heard about the increasing poverty, unrest, violence and kidnappings in Haiti over the past year. COVID and the repercussions it has had on the global economy has damaged the already weak Haitian economy, and in the face of this increasing poverty people are turning to violence and kidnapping as a source of income. There is also increasing unrest with the government.
On April 11th five priests, two nuns and three relatives of one of the priests were kidnapped and held for ransom. As of April 23rd one lay person and three clergy have been released, but the other six are still being held captive.
Bishop Crosby has asked us to pray for the people of Haiti, and in particular those who have been kidnapped. Please keep them all in your prayers.
You can read more about the crisis in Haiti on the Vatican News website by clicking the button below.