Revised Reconciliation Session #3 – Practice Session Sunday, January 20 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, Tuesday, January 22 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME




Revised First Reconciliation Schedule

Reconciliation Session #3 – Practice Session 
Fr. Roger will offer a presentation to parents and children in preparation for First Reconciliation. 
Please finish working through the purple “We Prepare for Reconciliation” book before this meeting.
Sunday, January 20 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Tuesday, January 22 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Enrollment Celebration at Mass - presentation of Crosses at all the Masses
Saturday, February 2 at 5:00 pm Mass
Sunday, February 3 at 9:30 am Mass and 11:30 am Mass

Celebration of First Reconciliation –We will have two priests available at each celebration.
Please gather in the Church and we will begin with Mass.
Saturday, February 9 at 9:15 am
Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 pm

The Christmas Giving Tree

Thank you for your support of the Giving Tree program that allowed the Parish to help families at Christmas. Once again Parishioners were very generous and we were able to help 105 adults and 111 dependents in our community. A value of $19,619 were collected in gift cards.

St. Dominic’s elementary school donated $2500.00 in gift cards in addition to helping families in their school. They also did a food collection for our pantry. St. Paul Secondary School took on seven families and provided food and gift cards as well as the other families they supported within the school. It is wonderful to see the family/school/parish support that we can achieve in this community. Thank you to the teachers, principals: Julie Tollis and Jim Horvath and Chaplain, Jim Mc Levey.

The recipients were truly touched by your generosity. They included single parents who did not know how they were going to find the extra funds; families dealing with crippling illnesses that takes all their money and resources; people who have lost their jobs; families who have lost their parents; new Canadians; and people who cannot make ends meet on their meager incomes. Thank you for your support of community outreach. Each food gift card, $5.00 coffee card and card to buy toys or gifts makes a huge difference.  When we all work together, we can accomplish much in Christ’s name.

Pre-Authorized Giving Plan for St. Dominic’s Parish

Did you know that your weekly offering to St. Dominic's can be automatically paid from your bank account or charged to your credit card?  With the Pre-Authorized Giving Plan (PAG), you can make regular donations to support our parish through the convenience of automatic debit or credit transactions. Tax receipts are automatically generated for any donations you make through PAG.

To register, please pick up a PAG brochure in front of the parish office, or visit https://community.archtoronto.org to set up your recurring offering.  Thank you for your continued support of St. Dominic's Parish!

Offertory Envelopes

·        If you have not picked up your offertory envelopes, please do so at your earliest convenience.  They are in the vestibule.
If you have moved and not informed the office, please let us know so we could update your information in our system. 

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD



Reading the Bible : A Fresh Perspective For 2019

The following excerpt on how to read the Bible more effectively comes from YOUCAT's Youth Bible of the Catholic Church.

The Bible is written for you. By reading it, you can let God's word become a part of your life. The following seven rules for reading can help that to happen.
Read the Bible..
1. ...and pray.
The Bible is Sacred Scripture. Therefore, it is good to pray, before reading, to ask God for his Holy Spirit and, after reading, to thank him. How can you pray? Simply start with a short prayer: "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
(Ps 119:105).
2. ...and allow yourself to be surprised.
The Bible is a book full of surprises. Even though you have heard many of the stories already, give them a second chance. And yourself, too! The Bible shows you the all-surpassing breadth and greatness of God.
3. ...and be glad
The Bible is a great love story with a happy ending: death does not have a chance. Life wins. You find this Good News again and again in all passages of the Bible. Look for it -- and be glad when you have found it.
4. ...and do it regularly.
The Bible is the book for your life. If you read from it every day, even if it is only a verse or a short paragraph, you may realize that the book does you a lot of good. Just as with sports and music: you make progress only by constant practice -- and once you have acquired a few skills, it is really fun.
5. ...and do not read too much.
The Bible is a gigantic treasure. You receive it as a free gift. You do not have to unpack it all right away. Read only as much as you can take in well. If something speaks to you in a special way, write it out for yourself and learn it by heart.
6. ...and allow yourself time.
The Bible is an ancient book that is eternally young and new. It is not supposed to be read from start to finish without a break. It is good to pause as you read. That way you can reflect and become aware of what God wants to say to you. And once you have read through the Bible, just start over again from the beginning. You will again discover completely different aspects of it.
7. ...and be patient.
The Bible is a book full of profound wisdom, but occasionally it seems puzzling and strange. You will not understand everything right away. Then, too, much can be understood only in terms of the time or the historical situation. Have patience with yourself and with the Bible. When something is not clear to you, then look at the context or at other passages that deal with the same subject. Your Bible gives you a lot of support.
(archtoronto.org)

THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD



Daily Readings Now  avaialbe on Archtoronto Website



Parishioners throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto can now find the Canadian daily readings on their archdiocesan and parish websites.

Working with our publishing partners at Living with Christ/Novalis, the Archdiocese of Toronto has been able to include this new feature on the www.archtoronto.org website and all parish websites within the archdiocesan website network. There are currently 159 parishes in the network.

Securing access to these online readings for the day, thanks to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops – including the First Reading, Second Reading (when appropriate), Psalm and Gospel Reading – is significant because the vast majority of daily readings found online are from the United States Lectionary. There are some key differences between the American and Canadian Lectionaries in translations, the arrangements of some readings and feast days, as well as some differences in the instructions for readers. By partnering with Living in Christ, we are ensuring website visitors will find the same readings they would hear in their local parish Mass.

The Daily Readings tab can be found under the Our Catholic Faith drop-down menu on the archdiocesan and parish websites within the archtoronto.org network.