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Clergy Changes  
Rev. Manuel Galvan Vargas, c.s.
St. Anthony's Parish, Toronto
July 1, 2010
Rev. James Cherickal
Precious Blood Parish, Scarborough
July 1, 2010
Community Events  

St. Clare Catholic School 100th Anniversary

September 29, 2010
St. Clare Catholic School, 124 Northcliffe Avenue, Toronto.

There will be an Open House at St. Clare Catholic Elementary School from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. In the evening at 7:00 p.m. there will be a special Mass at St. Clare Church celebrated by His Grace Archbishop Thomas Collins followed by a reception in the school gym with a blessing of the school.

For more information visit our website at www.stclare100.com or call the school secretary at 416-393-5214. Admission is free.

St. Clare Catholic School 100th Anniversary

October 2, 2010
St. Clare Catholic School, 124 Norcliffe Avenue, Toronto.

There will be a Grand Reunion at St. Clare Catholic School from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and a cocktail party in the church hall from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tickets to the cocktail party are $20. For more information visit our website at www.stclare100.com or call the school secretary at 416-393-5214.


A–Adoration  C–Community T–Theology S–Service.  An exciting new retreat now being offered at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, 1617 Blythe Road, Mississauga.

This retreat originated in Texas and spread to nine states in the U.S.A. Currently it is experiencing an international outreach in Honduras, Mexico, South Africa, and now Canada.

It is a parish-based three day retreat with emphasis on community and service.
It is a powerful and enduring personal conversion/renewal  experience.  Led by retreatants who have attended a prior ACTS retreat men present men’s retreats, women present women’s.  It is seen as a lay movement of the Catholic Church and is enthusiastically supported by the Dioceses in which it has been offered.

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga, has been blessed with a team of men and women from the United States who have offered to lead this retreat.  The upcoming dates are:
Women: Oct. 21-24, 2010
Men: Oct. 28-31, 2010

For further information or to register contact Fr. Wojciech or Anne Hales at Queen of Apostles  905-278-5229.

Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed

Catholic Cemeteries - Archdiocese of Toronto wishes to invite all families to participate in the Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Cemetery locations and Celebrants for this year's Mass are as follows:

Assumption Cemetery, Mississauga
- Bishop John Boissonneau

Christ the King Cemetery, Markham
- Bishop Vincent Nguyen

Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill
- Bishop William McGrattan

Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Woodbridge
- His Grace, Archbishop Thomas Collins

Mount Hope Cemetery, Toronto
- Monsignor Marco Laurencic

Resurrection Cemetery, Whitby
- Monsignor Ambrose Sheehy

St. Mary's Cemetery, Barrie
- Bishop Peter Hundt


Travelling Program: St. John's Bible
Visit the Parish

If pastors would like the Regis College Heritage Edition of the St. John's Bible to visit their parish for an evening or weekend program, Regis College is booking presentations for the coming year.

The Bible and the associated educational programming has been very well received already by several thousand people in the GTA. Group size has varied from 30 to over a thousand. Parishioners will have a very memorable evening and grow in their sense of reverence for the Word of God. More information about the St. John's Bible at Regis College is available at these two links: www.regiscollege.ca/SJB_at_RegisCollege and www.saintjohnsbible.org/heritage/regis_college.htm.

Please contact Father Gordon Rixon, S.J., Dean of the College by phone (416-922-5474 ext. 225) or email gordon.rxion@utoronto.ca to discuss the program and possible dates.


Course Introducing St. John's Bible at Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre and Regis College

Beginning in late September, Regis College will offer a six session course – Word Beyond Image and Text: Sensus Plenior in the Contemplation of Scripture – introducing the St. John's Bible and important themes in spirituality, theology and biblical studies.

The course will be offered at both Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering and Regis College on the St. George Campus of the University of Toronto.

Join thousands of people in the greater Toronto area who are renewing their reverence for the Word of God through an encounter with a rare, art quality, full sized facsimile of the St. John's Bible, the first complete Bible to be scribed and illuminated by hand in over 500 years.

For more information please email inquiries@regiscollege.ca, call 416-922-5474 ext. 238 or visit www.regiscollege.ca/SJB_at_RegisCollege


When Faith Meets Pedagogy Conference

October 21-23, 2010
Doubletree by Hilton, Toronto Airport.

Awake to Grace – Celebrating the gift of Catholic Education. The keynote speakers will be Most Rev. Paul-Andre Durocher, Bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall and Max Eisen, a holocaust survivor. This is a conference for Catholic teachers and Catholic community partners.

For further information please contact Betty Goulden at
bettygoulden@catholiccuriculumcorp.org or 905-482-0077. Conference registration fee is $256.00. www.catholiccurriculumcorp.org.

Potential Catholic School Board Trustees Workshop Series Available on DVD

St. Augustine's Seminary of Toronto recently conducted a series of six Saturday workshops for Catholic ratepayers interested in becoming Catholic School Board Trustees.

The series was very well attended and received. St. Augustine's videotaped the series of talks and these DVDs are now available for purchase. The complete set is for sale for $500.00 (copyright 2010, St. Augustine's Seminary of Toronto).

Topics include: the nature and purpose of Catholic education, running for trustee, the history of Catholic education in Ontario Catholic schools and courts, the role and responsibilities of the Catholic School Board, the role of the Director of Education, an overview of the system of education in Ontario, education funding and preparing a budget, other critical Catholic school board functions, and personal traits and skills required of a Catholic school trustee.

If you are interested in purchasing the complete workshop series for school councils, trustees, potential trustees, teachers, etc., please contact St. Augustine's Seminary at 416-261-7207 ext. 221 or by email staugustines.reception@utoronto.ca.

Redemptorist Come and See Vocation Retreat, Toronto

November 12-14, 2010

Come and discern our way of life as Redemptorist Priests and Brothers! For more information, please contact Fr. Santo Arrigo, C.Ss.R. at 416-593-6520 or vocations@redemptorists.ca.



Hiroshima Day - Toronto City Hall,
Peace Garden

August 6, 2010
Peace Garden, Toronto City Hall.

The Hiroshima Day Coalition, endorsed by the Toronto Interfaith Council, will host an evening to recognize the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Activities will include paper crane making, a reflecting pool lantern ceremony and peace commemorations on the evening of August 6 at the Peace Garden in Toronto's City Hall. For more information, visit www.hiroshimadaycoaliation.ca.


St. Mark’s Parish, Etobicoke, is looking for a copy of the CBW-II Organ/Choir Edition.

If your parish has one that you no longer need please contact St. Mark's at 416-259-6790.



Perpetual Adoration at St. Joseph the Worker

We have begun Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Thornhill. Like any relationship, intimacy grows when we take the time to simply be with each other. Commit to spending ONE HOUR EVERY WEEK with Jesus, present in the Blessed Sacrament.

Spend this hour sharing with him your hopes, joys and sorrows. Spend this hour in formal prayer or in simple silence. Keep watch with Him in adoration, thanksgiving and reparation. “Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love. Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Him in adoration and in contemplation that is full of faith... May our adoration never cease.” (Pope John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae)

For more info, visit stjw.ca/adore or contact us at

Items Needed for Haiti

A group of laypeople and Father Claudio Moser, O.F.M., from St. Peter's Parish, Woodbridge, are leaving for Haiti next week to work in the Diocese of Jacmel to provide food and schooling to the people of this area. After much hard work they have fundraised and collected many needed items to run summer camp programs, buy food and furnish the school.

After consultation with Bishop Llaunay Sayturne and a number of priests of the area, it has been determined that, in addition to the fundraising and collection of school items, the diocese is also in need of most things church related – vestments, chalices, ciborium, cruets, candles, statuary, clerical shirts, etc. as everything is in short supply or not available at all.

To address the needs of this diocese a container is being shipped in September to Haiti from Toronto.

If your parish has any church related items which are no longer in use and would like to donate them to the Diocese of Jacmel, please contact Kathleen Ware, Chaplaincy Leader, St. Augustine SS, Brampton, after August 4th at 905-450-9993 ext. 71354 Fax: 905-450-0955 or kathleen.ware@dpcdsb.org. Thank you.



Speakers/Discussions on Addictions

Seeds of Hope Foundation is providing speakers (free of charge) to churches, to engage congregations and the community in discussions on addictions.

Some speakers have direct experience with addiction issues and can share their personal life journeys and stories. Potential topics include:
- The spiritual roots of addictions.
- How addictive habits are affecting us all.
- The role or power of Spirit/God in recovery.
- Ways to increase long-term recovery.
- How churches can increase awareness and expand
recovery programs.
- What churches can learn from 12-step programs
like AA.

Addictions affect everyone from kids to homemakers, blue-collar workers to senior professionals, and people on the street. Millions of dollars are spent annually on addiction recovery. Yet 80 to 90% of people relapse after conventional treatment. Programs that integrate spirituality, community and family have been found to dramatically increase recovery rates.

Seeds of Hope supports two recovery homes and a community centre that provide spiritually-based services to people in addiction recovery. 75% of those who use these services regularly are achieving longer-term recovery. More at: www.seedsofhopefoundation.org.

For speakers/discussions, please contact David Walsh at 416-361-1124 or dwalsh@web.ca.

Kolbe Eucharistic Mini-Retreat

Saturday, August 7, 2010
St. Brigid's Chruch, Toronto.

Kolbe Eucharistic Mini-Retreat at St. Brigid's Church, 300 Wolverleigh Blvd. from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Father Charles Anang from St. Augustine's Seminary will speak on "Spiritual Warfare".

See www.kolbeapostolate.com for more information.



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