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  •                         LENT 2018

    Lent is expected to be a time of genuine faith renewal, one that is grounded in the Word. We emphasize the weight of the task of “listening to the word of God” during lent. We add to this fasting almsgiving and devotions – all grounded to the Word. Intent listening, followed by a more intense commitment to prayer is expected of the faithful. Together, these two dynamics, listening and prayer, bring about a spirit of repentance.
    Lent prepares everyone to celebrate the Paschal Mystery: the dying and rising of Jesus. It does so in a particular way. It does not prepare us to admire the Paschal Mystery from afar, or to salute it as a distant and unattainable manifestation of God’s glory. Rather…., we draw near to the mystery and actually enter into it ourselves. The whole thrust of the spiritual preparation of Lent is to lead us into the Paschal Mystery of Christ. His pascha, or Passover from death to life, is offered for us, so that we too may experience a “passing over.” Our passage is from sin to the new life of grace.
    Fridays of Lent:  Every person 14 years of age and older must abstain from meat on all Fridays in Lent. During Lent, we will celebrate on Fridays the regular 9:30 am Mass and 
    in addition, we will also celebrate a Mass at 7:00 pm.  This Mass will be followed by the Stations of the Cross, led by the different organizations of the parish. 
    All parishioners are invited to participat
    Make Your Abstinence
    a Prayer-in-Action

    As Catholics, we are called to give up something for Lent.  Chocolate, coffee, that extra helping of dinner, one less hour of video games or watching DVDs – whatever it is, you can make what you’re giving up for Lent a prayer as well:  a prayer-in-action.  Whenever you encounter the thing you are abstaining from or the time of day that you would normally enjoy it,
    take a moment to say a prayer in recognition of your wholeness in God even without the thing you have given up. 
    Thank God for the freedom to be wholly yourself without this and, at the same time, acknowledge the gift of its existence in the world. 
  •             SHARELIFE SUNDAY 2018

    Living the Gospel locally
    and around the world

    It is important that we continue to support the ShareLife appeal, to provide for the needs of the marginalized both here in our communities and around the world. Sometimes the results are obvious and sometimes they’re invisible, but always they make a tangible difference in the lives of the people we are helping. Please prayerfully consider how you can be supportive today on ShareLife Sunday.”
    —Thomas Cardinal Collins,
    Archbishop of Toronto

    Today is ShareLife Sunday.
    Thank you for your generosity.

  •                  Parish Office Hours

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:
    9:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    (Closed: 12 noon to 1:00 pm)
    9:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    (Closed: 12 noon to 1:00 pm)
    During the summer months (July and August) the office will close at 5:00 pm.
    Friday:  Closed
    10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  •                   YOUTH MINISTRY

    Nativity of Our Lord Parish

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       Next EDGE: April 06th, 2018
    Grades 7 – 8
    1st, 3rd, & 5th Fridays of the month
    7 – 9 pm in the Church Hall

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    Next LifeTeen:
    March 23rd, 2018

    Grades 9 – 12
    2nd & 4th Fridays of the month
    7 – 9 pm Upstairs Rm 1

      If you would like to get involved or have any questions about our Youth Ministry programs, please contact Courtney:  nativityyouth@outlook.com
    416 621 2732 Ext 22
    Sunday @ 11:30 a.m.
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  • Triduum Schedule 2018

    March 29th at 7:30 pm
    (No morning Mass) 
    Mass of the Lord's Supper
    The Holy Thursday Liturgy will be followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    until midnight

    March 30th at 3:00 pm
    Solemn Good Friday Liturgy
    Stations of the Cross by Youth at 7 pm

    March 31, 2018 at 7:30 pm
    Easter Vigil Mass

    April 01, 2018
    Masses at 8 am, 9:30 am & 11:30 am

  •              Parish News

    Come and See Weekend:
    St. Augustine’s Seminary
    Friday, March 23 (begins at 6:30 p.m.) to Sunday, March 25 (ends at 1:30 p.m.)
    Inviting single Catholic men 17 years and older, to cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. Time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest. Register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca.
    Registrants 17 years old require parental consent. For more information, please contact (the Parish Priest) or the Office of Vocations at: 416 968 0997; email: vocations@archtoronto.org

    Divine Mercy Event - Sat March 24th
    Held at Nativity of Our Lord Parish Hall
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    $15.00 Admission includes: Lasagna or Roti Chicken Sandwich Luncheon. 
    Features Talks by Father Terrence McKenna
    *Unpacking the riches of
    Divine Mercy and the Novena.
    *Understanding the urgency of the
    message of Divine Mercy
    *Claiming the Divine Favours for
    ourselves and our families
    *What our tradition has revealed
    about the future.
    Sts.Peter and Paul Praise & Worship Group Music Ministry. “Appeals of Our Lady” Exhibit.
    Admission $ 15.00
    ALL must RSVP in advance please.
    EMAIL: divinemercytoronto@gmail.com

    or Call: Marilyn at 416-259-7477

    Saturday March 24th

    Conducted By: Br. Savio Rodrigues.
    8:45 am. to 4:30 p.m.
    Eurcharistic Celebration at 9:30am
    We invite you to join us to celebrate a Lenten Prayer Service. Praise & worship, talks on God’s love, repentance & forgiveness, accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour and a surrender service with the
    Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament.
    Registration is required: Please call:
    Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish at
    416 247 0513 or
    email: tranlord45@gmail.com
    Free admission with  refreshments
    & a light lunch.

    Eucharistic Adoration-The Summit
    March 28 at Nativity of Our Lord Church

     7:45 pm – 8:45 pm
     The Eucharist is the Source &
    Summit of the Christian life. 
    Come join us for our first Summit as
    we enter into the Holy Triduum. 
    Hosted by Nativity's Youth Ministry.
    All are invited!

    Summer Day Camp @ Nativity 
    “Not Just a Summer Camp” 
    We’re incorporating our Catholic faith with fun sports, games, crafts,
    music, baking & more!
    Who: Students currently in grade 1-6
    When: 1st Session: July 16-20,
                  2nd session: July 23-27

    Time: 9am-3:30pm
    (Extended care available 8-9am, 3:30-5pm)
    Cost: $120 (Includes t-shirt)
    Registration forms can be picked up/dropped off at the Parish Office. 
    Registration will begin Feb. 12th.
    Spots are limited. 

    Contact Courtney @ nativityyouth@outlook.com

    Catholic Women`s League
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    Membership Fees are due.
    Please contact Alice Mycan at 416 621 0689 with your payment.
    General Meeting  
    held  20th March at 7:30 pm meet in the hall. We will then proceed to the church for “Stations of the Cross through Mary’s Eyes”.

    Ministries Sign-up Sheets for
    Easter Schedule

    Our Easter celebrations are heavily dependent on the generosity of our volunteers in the different ministries.  Once again, this year, we ask you to please indicate your availability by signing up for your different ministries. The sign-up sheets for Altar Servers & Eucharistic Ministers are in the sacristy. For our Ushers the sign-up sheets are in the Usher rooms.  

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