25th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY) September 20, 2020
There’s a popular saying to err is human, while to forgive is divine. Nursing anger or cherishing resentment is dangerous for our health, indeed fatal: it disables us and renders us defenceless when we look for our own sins to be forgiven. In today’s Gospel Mathew continues to deal with relations between Christians, focussing in the need for forgiveness between members of the community. Peter asks Jesus how often he should forgive his brother, then answers his own question by suggesting seven times. The Jewish tradition taught that God forgives three times and punished on the fourth occasion; it was not believed that injured people could be more gracious than God, so forgiveness was limited to three times. According to that tradition Peter’s measure is generous; but according to Jesus it is radically insufficient. Just as in the old days there was no limit to hatred and vengeance, so among Christians there is to be no limit to mercy and forgiveness. The parable of the unforgiving official is told in order to understand the need of forgiveness. The unforgiving official is condemned for loss of memory. He was shown mercy but in return he fails to display that same gesture of mercy towards his neighbor. Forgetfulness of our own sins leads to lack of compassion; remembering how our sins have gone unpunished by God should lead us to forgive others. Through forgetfulness of God’s compassion, we can end up. becoming cruel to each other. That is why at the beginning of each Eucharist we are invited to be mindful of our own sins. Only when we do that can we pray the “Our Father “: forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Let’s ask for the grace to treat others mercifully and let us forgive as God forgives us everyday!.
As we resume masses in the church , mindful of those who cannot make it due limited seating capacity, Mass will be still live-streamed every Sunday at 10 am in our Parish Website and YouTube page. You can also watch the mass later in the day. If you can, please consider dropping off your church donations in the mailbox, newly installed at Atwater Ave Church entrance door .
(For protection from the Coronavirus)
O Mary, you shine continuously in our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the sick. At the foot of the cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith. You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need. We are certain that you will provide, so that as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to confirm ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us: He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us , through the cross, to the joy of the Ressurrection. Amen. We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas-we who are put to the test-and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and Blessed Virgin.
At a time like this I feel uncomfortable to talk about giving. Our primary concern is health and well being of our parishioners. However, No doubt you are aware that our Parish relies on the support of our parish members for the upkeep of the church. Kindly support us with the donations (weekly offerings) thank you for your great help during this challenging time! God bless you!🙏
At this time we alsk the faithful to please donate to the Lebanon relief effort, if you are able. The Archdiocese if Toronto will send donation to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association ( CNEWA) a papal agency with extensive as the-ground networks in Lebanon. CNEWA staff are currently working to send food, water, medical supplies and hygiene products to Beirut. Spiritual and psychological support will also be provided to those who lost everything in a blink of an eye. Later, CNEWA will rebuild housing and help re-establish those who lost their livelihoods in this disaster.
THOSE WISHING TO HELP May do spin the following ways:
- online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website (Click on the “Donate Now” button stays the top of the page www.archtoronto.org)
- by phone through the Development office- 416934-3411.
- through the parish, making cheque’s payable to:
Name of Parish - Lebanon Relief Effort- Disaster Relief.
+ Raymond Swatuk
+ Marianna Marchewka
+ Elsie Didomenici
+ Mary Mancini
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK:
SANIYA & FRANCESCO
Thanks for all your support and cooperation. I sincerely thank our YouTube mass Team. Sean for providing music and technical support,Larissa Freddy And Farrell Gonsalves for their assistance with the liturgy. Our Parish Council Members Lisa Hyginus and Branca Noronha may contact you at this difficult time just to make sure you are ok. We are here to serve you and will address any issues to the best of our ability! God bless!
CLEANING TEAM SCHEDULE
Sunday. 9.30 am mass:-Val, Branca &Lisa
Sunday. 11.30am mass- Erica, Amy, Rose.