5th SUNDAY OF EASTER


 


Readings: Acts 9.26-31
1John 3.18-24
John 15.1-8

On the fifth Sunday of Easter the church reminds us that Christ is the vine, and we are his branches. As branches crafted on the true vine, we are expected to bear positive and good fruits in Christ. 

In the first reading we see the consequences of Paul’s true conversion and his belief in Jesus Christ was a great harvest of souls which continues till today. He bore good fruits because he was a “deeply crafted and rooted branch” in Christ, the true vine.

In the second reading, John reminds us that, “our love is not to be just in word or mere talk, but something real and active. Only through this we can be certain that we are the children of truth...” John reminds us of that saying that “Action  speaks louder than words.”

The word of God transforms us because it is real and active. So, we cannot love God or keep his commandments without concrete works of charity and mercy. Also, we cannot remain in Christ without bearing fruits asa mark of our union with him.

Today’s Gospel is a call to strengthen our relationship with Christ in order to to continue to live in Him. The type of relationship that should exist between us and Christ is illustrated using what is natural to us. That is, the relationship between a vine and its branches. No branch can have life or bear fruit if it’s own, unless it is firmly attached to a tree. Likewise, in our spiritual life and journey as Christians, we cannot do without being firmly attached to Christ the vine, in whose name we are baptized. We are called to remain in Christ for a purpose and this purpose is, to bear durable fruits in him.

So instead of a passive life, to be in Christ means to live an active and positive life characterized by charity, peace, holiness. It is possible to bear good fruits in Christ through a good and virtuous life.

Let us reflect on our spiritual progress. How is my relationship with Christ, the true vine? Am I still living in him? Have I born any good fruit in Christ? Bearing fruit in Christ means growing spiritually and affecting others positively. Let us strive to live in truth and in deed.

Restrictions as of Monday, April 19, 2021

Dear People of God,
On Friday, the provincial government announced further restrictions in an attempt to minimize the transmission of Covid-19, given the alarming increase in new cases over the past 10 days.

The new measures have a direct impact on places of worship as part of an extended stay-at-home order, which will be in place until at least May 20,2021

Due to these measures, public Masses are temporarily cancelled. Priests are asked to celebrate private Mass daily for the intentions of parishioners and for those suffering From Covid-19.

Church will remain open for private prayer only: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday from 11am to 4.30pm.

Weddings, funerals and baptisms are restricted to 10 persons, including those who are involved in ministry(Priest, Musician).

First Holy Communion is Postponed at this time.

Parish office working days and Hours: Tuesday and Thursday From 9.30 to 4.30 by appointment only.

Live streaming of masses will continue please view it on St. Dominic church Website, St. Dominic church YouTube Channel , Instagram- diasfatherterry. or www.archtoronto.org

We want to thank all the parishioners of St. Dominic for your ongoing support during this period of great uncertainty.
God bless you always


USHERS /VOLUNTEERS HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED
I am so incredibly grateful for the efforts of our heroic volunteers who have been faithfully welcoming parishioners and cleaning the church between services, ensuring that we can operate safely and responsibly. Your selflessness and generosity is inspiring!

We will continue to update you as the situation evolves. (refer to parish website or social media channels if appropriate) We pray that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. May God continue to bless you now and always!

2020 TAX RECEIPTS
DEAR PEOPLE OF GOD, YOUR 2020 TAX RECEIPTS ARE READY AND WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU ON YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WE HAVE IN THE PARISH REGISTER. IN CASE YOU HAVE CHANGED IT, PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE AND UPDATE IT. THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE ONE, PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO COLLECT IT. WE APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE AND COOPERATION. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL UPKEEP OF THE CHURCH. PRAYING FOR YOU ALL. GOD BLESS YOU!

2021 ENVELOPES ARE READY FOR PICK UP!
Please Collect your Envelope Boxes from the main entrance of the church

 OFFICE HOURS
Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30am —12 noon. 1pm — 4.30pm .Please call the parish office before you arrive.

THE YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH PRAYER


To you, O blessed Joseph (Ad te, beate Ioseph)

To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our afflictions, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also.

Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness.

As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen


We want to thank all the parishioners of  ST. DOMINIC for their ongoing support during this period of great uncertainty. It has been wonderful to see so many of you at Mass since we re-opened in June. We are especially grateful to the volunteers who have helped ensure our church is a safe place to gather – they have done incredible work!


POPE FRANCIS’S PRAYER TO MARY :

 (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


4th SUNDAY OF EASTER



 

Readings: Acts 4.7-12
1John 3.1-2
John 10.11-18

The early Christians had an immediate experience of Jesus in their lives. Those who joined them in this early fee or could almost touch Jesus simply by speaking with those who had. It is this aspect of handling on the faith that becomes damaged when we do not renew that experience of touching the risen Lord, knowing his living presence and accepting salvation from Him.

There are experiences today that renew that early experience. Many people who have gone to the shrines of the Blessed Virgin Mary around the world have come home with their faith renewed and some inner and very personal experience of the presence of God and of Jesus in their lives. Some believers have seen miracles happen and have sensed clearly the presence of the Risen Lord, even in our own present time.

If we look at today’s readings in the light of personal experience, we see Saint Peter in the first reading absolutely convinced by his own experience that the Risen Lord Jesus had cured a cripple and had saved him as well. This is not just a experience of physical healing but an experience of salvation: being saved from our sinful condition and made whole in divine life.

The Gospel today brings us to the image of the good shepherd. Jesus is speaking to us directly when He says: I am the good shepherd. This is a man who is God and who is willing to give his life for me. Even today, many of us Christians find it difficult to believe that anyone would willingly die for us , especially when our lives are still such a mess! But at the very center of our faith we find the words of Jesus: “ I am the good shepherd.” Jesus looks for his sheep, He looks for those who have strayed, He calls us by name and He invites us to be with Him and to follow Him.

Today we can commit ourselves once again to the Lord. We are invited to speak of our faith, even though it may seem small and hardly existence to us. We can say words such as these: Lord, I want to hear your voice! Lord , I want to follow you even though I am so unfaithful over and over again. Lord, I trust in you! It is only you who can save me! Heal me Lord, for I have sinned against you. Let me know your face and I shall be saved.

Let us give thanks to the Lord in this time of Easter and again rejoice in the faithful love of Gods, who constantly seeks us and invites us once again to live with divine life!

                     

2nd Death Anniversary. Fr. Phil Jones Rest In Peace!

___________________________


Restrictions as of Monday, April 19, 2021

Dear People of God,
On Friday, the provincial government announced further restrictions in an attempt to minimize the transmission of Covid-19, given the alarming increase in new cases over the past 10 days.

The new measures have a direct impact on places of worship as part of an extended stay-at-home order, which will be in place until at least May 20,2021

Due to these measures, public Masses are temporarily cancelled. Priests are asked to celebrate private Mass daily for the intentions of parishioners and for those suffering From Covid-19.

Church will remain open for private prayer only: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday from 11am to 4.30pm.

Weddings, funerals and baptisms are restricted to 10 persons, including those who are involved in ministry(Priest, Musician).

First Holy Communion is Postponed at this time.

Parish office working days and Hours: Tuesday and Thursday From 9.30 to 4.30 by appointment only.

Live streaming of masses will continue please view it on St. Dominic church Website, St. Dominic church YouTube Channel , Instagram- diasfatherterry. or www.archtoronto.org

We want to thank all the parishioners of St. Dominic for your ongoing support during this period of great uncertainty.
God bless you always


USHERS /VOLUNTEERS HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED
I am so incredibly grateful for the efforts of our heroic volunteers who have been faithfully welcoming parishioners and cleaning the church between services, ensuring that we can operate safely and responsibly. Your selflessness and generosity is inspiring!

We will continue to update you as the situation evolves. (refer to parish website or social media channels if appropriate) We pray that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. May God continue to bless you now and always!

2020 TAX RECEIPTS
DEAR PEOPLE OF GOD, YOUR 2020 TAX RECEIPTS ARE READY AND WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU ON YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WE HAVE IN THE PARISH REGISTER. IN CASE YOU HAVE CHANGED IT, PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE AND UPDATE IT. THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE ONE, PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO COLLECT IT. WE APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE AND COOPERATION. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL UPKEEP OF THE CHURCH. PRAYING FOR YOU ALL. GOD BLESS YOU!

2021 ENVELOPES ARE READY FOR PICK UP!
Please Collect your Envelope Boxes from the main entrance of the church

 OFFICE HOURS
Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30am —12 noon. 1pm — 4.30pm .Please call the parish office before you arrive.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION SCHEDULE: 

  • April. 10,11
  • April. 17,18
  • April. 24,25

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE

  •  For 2020 Batch -  May.11, 12, 13
  • May. 18,19, 20
  • For 2021 Batch -  June. 1, 2, 3
  • June. 8, 9, 10

Dear Parents and Children, We Sincerely Thank you for all your support and cooperation.


THE YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH PRAYER


To you, O blessed Joseph (Ad te, beate Ioseph)

To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our afflictions, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also.

Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness.

As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen


We want to thank all the parishioners of  ST. DOMINIC for their ongoing support during this period of great uncertainty. It has been wonderful to see so many of you at Mass since we re-opened in June. We are especially grateful to the volunteers who have helped ensure our church is a safe place to gather – they have done incredible work!


POPE FRANCIS’S PRAYER TO MARY :

 (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.


3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER



 

Readings: Acts 3.13-15, 17-19
1John 2.1-5
Lk 24.35-48


On this Sunday of Easter, the church invites us to celebrate the living Christ, who is our advocate. Through death and resurrection, he advocates for us. Ignorance and doubt keeps us in fear and darkness, while Christ illumines and strengthens our faith.

One important point which all the readings of this Sunday have in common is the relationship between ignorance and faith. Peter observed the ignorance of the Jewish leaders who crucified Christ. Hence, addressed them:”It was you who crucified the Holy one, the just....Now brothers, I know that neither you nor your leaders had an idea of what you were doing.” They were waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promises. However, when He came, they ignorantly rejected him.

We should be different because, the time of ignorance is over. It is over through the risen Christ, our advocate. Therefore, we must constantly seek divine counsel and illumination from Christ, our advocate. Most importantly, we must constantly repent and receive forgiveness.

In the Gospel, Christ continues to strengthen the faith of his disciples by illuminating their minds with the scriptures. Even though they heard him preach, and saw his miracles, they were ignorant of what the scriptures said about Him.

Of course, Jesus knew that most of his disciples doubted, even though they did not manifest it out publicly. So, he did everything humanly possible to convince them. He visited them, eat and drank with them. He even allowed them to touch his wounds. How many of us attend Sunday masses and yet, do not believe in the Eucharist?

How many are Christians, and yet do not believe in the resurrection of the dead. How many receive the sacrament of confession, and yet do not believe that Jesus is true God and true man. How many of us are Christians, and yet do not believe that Christ was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. These are different shades of doubt. We manifest them differently. May the risen Christ illuminate our minds that we may believe in him. Alleluia.


Restrictions as of Monday, April 19, 2021

Dear People of God,
On Friday, the provincial government announced further restrictions in an attempt to minimize the transmission of Covid-19, given the alarming increase in new cases over the past 10 days.

The new measures have a direct impact on places of worship as part of an extended stay-at-home order, which will be in place until at least May 20,2021

Due to these measures, public Masses are temporarily cancelled. Priests are asked to celebrate private Mass daily for the intentions of parishioners and for those suffering From Covid-19.

Church will remain open for private prayer only: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday from 11am to 4.30pm.

Weddings, funerals and baptisms are restricted to 10 persons, including those who are involved in ministry(Priest, Musician).

First Holy Communion is Postponed at this time.

Parish office working days and Hours: Tuesday and Thursday From 9.30 to 4.30 by appointment only.

Live streaming of masses will continiue please view it on st. Dominic church Website, St. Dominmic church Youtube Channel , Instagram- diasfatherterry. or www.archtoronto.org

We want to thank all the parishioners of St. Dominic for your ongoing support during this period of great uncertainty.
God bless you always

USHERS /VOLUNTEERS HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED

I am so incredibly grateful for the efforts of our heroic volunteers who have been faithfully welcoming parishioners and cleaning the church between services, ensuring that we can operate safely and responsibly. Your selflessness and generosity is inspiring!

We will continue to update you as the situation evolves. (refer to parish website or social media channels if appropriate) We pray that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. May God continue to bless you now and always!

2020 TAX RECEIPTS
DEAR PEOPLE OF GOD, YOUR 2020 TAX RECEIPTS ARE READY AND WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU ON YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WE HAVE IN THE PARISH REGISTER. IN CASE YOU HAVE CHANGED IT, PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE AND UPDATE IT. THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE ONE, PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO COLLECT IT. WE APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE AND COOPERATION. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL UPKEEP OF THE CHURCH. PRAYING FOR YOU ALL. GOD BLESS YOU!

2021 ENVELOPES ARE READY FOR PICK UP!
Please Collect your Envelope Boxes from the main entrance of the church

 OFFICE HOURS
Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30am —12 noon. 1pm — 4.30pm .Please call the parish office before you arrive.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION SCHEDULE: 

  • April. 10,11
  • April. 17,18
  • April. 24,25

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE

  •  For 2020 Batch -  May.11, 12, 13
  • May. 18,19, 20
  • For 2021 Batch -  June. 1, 2, 3
  • June. 8, 9, 10

Dear Parents and Children, We Sincerely Thank you for all your support and cooperation.


THE YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH PRAYER


To you, O blessed Joseph (Ad te, beate Ioseph)

To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our afflictions, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also.

Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness.

As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen


We want to thank all the parishioners of  ST. DOMINIC for their ongoing support during this period of great uncertainty. It has been wonderful to see so many of you at Mass since we re-opened in June. We are especially grateful to the volunteers who have helped ensure our church is a safe place to gather – they have done incredible work!


POPE FRANCIS’S PRAYER TO MARY :

 (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.