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Mass of Comfort and Light: A Celebration of Hope and Community

TORONTO (December 1, 2011) - As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, we are aware that many among us may be experiencing personal hardship, struggle or loss. Our invitation is to gather into the warmth and light of Christ, taking solace in Him with support from our family of faith.

The Mass of Comfort and Light, organized by the Catholic Family Services of Toronto Foundation, is a celebration of hope and community. Bishop Vincent Nguyen, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto, will preside at the celebration, on Sunday, December 4, at Holy Rosary Church at 5:00 p.m.

Catholic Family Services of Toronto Foundation is offering the Mass of Comfort and Light as part of their dedication to promoting and strengthening healthy families, marriages, and individuals.

"Christmas may bring an abundance of family and spiritual blessings for many. But for some, it may represent a time of separation from family and friends or community. Our celebration will offer support, reflection, a chance to connect with our agency and to learn more about the help we can provide," said Lucia Furgiuele, Executive Director of Catholic Family Services of Toronto.

Catholic Family Services of Toronto provides counseling services as well as education and wellness programs to individuals and families throughout Toronto. The New Beginnings initiative is a peer support program to meet the needs of those who are separated, divorced or widowed as they search for meaningful ways to address their loss.

"Some of the folks who are turning to our New Beginnings program are also experiencing other kinds of profound loss--for example, the loss of a child, family member or dear friend--and this can be a particularly difficult time of year," noted James Shaughnessy, the Coordinator of the New Beginnings program.

Holy Rosary Church is located at 354 St Clair Ave West. You can find more information by going to the News and Events tab on www.cfstoronto.com.

The Archdiocese of Toronto is Canada's largest diocese, stretching from Toronto north to Georgian Bay and from Oshawa to Mississauga. It is home to 1.9 million Catholics and 225 churches, with Mass celebrated in more than 30 different languages each week.


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