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    Lent 
    Lent is described in the poetic
    spiritual language of
     “Ascent” to a holy mountain.
    Our season of preparation for Easter is conceived as a kind of spiritual journey.
    When we unpack this image we find that it suggests a depth of wisdom concerning Lent. The journey can be an uphill struggle.
    Climbing requires effort.
    But it is also a joyful journey.
    The goal of the journey is to be at that place where heaven and earth meet, where God’s glory is made visible and God’s covenant is revealed: the mountaintop of Easter.
    This is what Lent is all about.

    Fridays of Lent 
    On all Fridays of Lent, we will celebrate the regular 9:30 am Mass; in addition, we will also celebrate a Mass at 7:00 pm. The Mass will be followed by the Stations of the Cross, led by the different organizations of the parish. All parishioners are welcome.

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    Lenten Reconciliation Evening
    Monday, April 3rd – 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm 
    Beginning at 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm, we will hold our Lenten Reconciliation Evening here at Nativity of Our Lord.  There will be six priests available to her confessions that evening.

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    Taize Worship Service
    Wednesday April 5th – 7:30 pm
     
    For our Lenten reflection evening,
    Nativity of Our Lord will be hosting a
    Taize Worship Service.
    A Taize worship service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, scriptural readings, and the use of icons and candles, with the service held with subdued lighting in the church. There is no preaching. The style of prayer practiced at Taize has attracted many worshipers from around the globe and from many different denominations. The prayers consist of “short chants, repeated again and again,” according to an introduction in a Taize songbook. “The words are sung over many times.” These prayers are either quotes from the Bible and from saints such as St. Theresa of Avila.


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    Knights of Columbus
    Nativity of Our Lord Council 12735
    Communion Breakfast

     Sunday, May 14th, 2017
    Tickets on sale March 1st
    Pancakes, toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, juice and coffee for $5.00 each.


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    CWL Toronto Convention 
    May 4th & 5th, 2017 
     
    Marriott Hotel 901 Dixon Rd.

     Interested in attending?
    Please contact Pat Dougan 416 695 4609. Registration deadline is March 28th.
    Reminder Friday March 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm Youth Pot Luck in the Church Hall.  Ladies, your food items will be accepted from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Courtney Strom will be in the parish office to accept the food items.  Thank you in advance for participating in this event.


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    Feast of Corpus Christi Celebration
    Saturday 17 June, 2017 - 11 am to 8 pm
    www.feastofcorpuschristi.ca
    info@feastofcorpuschristi.ca
    Facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/FeastofCorpusChristi/
    480 Rathburn Rd., Etobicoke
    Our Corpus Christi celebration will be designed to be a community building event in which Nativity of Our Lord Parish together with Nativity of Our Lord School, will reach out to the broader community of our area through activities of various kinds that will be of interest to all ages. We will also provide an opportunity to evangelize the broader community our Catholic belief in the True Presence of the Holy Eucharist through a Eucharistic Celebration and Procession. 
    There is much planning already done
    for this day, which will utilize both
    the church and school grounds.
    On the church grounds will be a large covered stage, with entertainment
    up to 4:30 pm, with various
    musical performances, including Nativity school choir, dj, and Zumba.

    There will also be vendors, and places where food and drink will be sold.
    A variety of games will be available
    including a Games on Wheels video bus, dunk tank, pony rides and petting zoo, inflatable slide, inflatable climbing wall,
    and other Carnival games.
    The day will conclude with Mass at 5:00 pm followed by a Eucharistic Procession through the streets just north of the school.
    Any profits from the day will be split between our parish’s sponsorship of students attending Our Lady of Fatima School in Bethlehem, Palestine and Nativity school’s desire to upgrade the field
    and recreational facilities.
     How can you help for Corpus Christi ? 

    1. By planning on attending on June 17th and informing family members  and friends about this event.
    2. By willing to volunteer. Many volunteers are going to be needed. Volunteer Forms can be picked up at the parish office.
    3. We need sponsors for this event – those who are willing to donate cash or gifts-in-kind. If you are willing to assist our Organizing Committee in approaching sponsors, or if you have a business or can approach a business to sponsor us, please go www.feastofcorpuschristi.ca/contact     Your help is needed !
    4. If you are able to obtain donations of new goods or services for our Silent Auction, please contact Magda Renta at mrenta@rogers.ca
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