We will soon be entering into the New Year 2021. Let us wish and pray that this coming year may bring us more happiness and joy in our lives and for the whole world. This Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. On this very special day, keeping all families of our parish in my thoughts and prayers and a special remembrance at the Mass today.
HOLY, HAPPY, HARMONIOUS, PEACEFUL AND JOYFUL FAMILIES
The Scripture readings for the Feast of Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are family-oriented. They are beautiful guidelines for making our families holy, happy, harmonious, peaceful, and joyful. The family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph – the Holy Family – is the model for us. What is there to imitate in the Holy Family of Nazareth? Their simple life, total dependence on God, love, and respect among them and for others are enriching examples for us to follow. The family of Nazareth also can inspire and motivate us for hard work, readiness to go through hardships, and willingness to follow the laws of the Lord. All these made the family of Nazareth holy, and a model for us to imitate.
Was it easy? No. The Family of Nazareth went through many difficulties. From the Scripture, we get a picture of their hardships and challenges. The misunderstanding was there when Mary conceived Jesus “before they came to live together”. Although this happened by the power of the Holy Spirit, their story would never have been believed. Even Joseph was planning to divorce Mary privately.
They faced problems finding shelter. When the time for the birth of Jesus came it took place in a shelter, since Bethlehem was already so crowded. Then the family had to flee as refugees to Egypt because the child Jesus’ life was in danger from King Herod. They went through the awful experience of losing the child - the pain of a child being lost or “missing”. Simeon’s prediction during the presentation of Jesus in the Temple – the prediction of the sword of sorrow piercing through Mary’s soul. Mary being pained by the insults and verbal abuses fabricated about Jesus, her son (Luke 7:34). A mother witnessing the growing hostility to her Son from the Jewish authorities who were determined to kill Jesus. The saddest moment of all was the death of the Son on the cross. The family of Nazareth went through many painful moments in their life.
What sustained the family of Nazareth through their trials and crosses? Love for God and each other, rock-like faith in the promises of God, capacity to go beyond the hardships of the moment, communication among the family members, generosity to forgive each other, obedience to the superiors and respect for one another were the sources of strength in those difficult times of their life.
According to a survey by the Human Development and Family Department of the University of Nebraska Lincoln, there are six characteristics for a strong family. They are Appreciation, the Ability to deal with crises in a positive manner, Time together, a High degree of commitment, Good communication patterns, and a High degree of Religious orientation.
Holy Family of Nazareth is a perfect model for us in the process of making our families strong, holy, and peaceful. Just as the Holy Family endured their crises, the families today can deal with, and persevered those situations that threaten the integrity of family life through love of God and love for one another, faith in God, mutual respect and understanding, each of our families will be able to thrive when we follow the great model of the Holy Family. Let our families continue to be transformed into holy, happy, harmonious, peaceful, and joyful ones.
May the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph be the model of our families.
Live streaming Mass at Corpus Christi:
As we are in lockdown and all public Masses are cancelled during this time we will be live streaming Masses from Corpus Christi. Please visit the parish website at: https://corpuschristito.archtoronto.org/ to access the live streaming.
Schedule of our live-streamed Masses:
The Holy Family Sunday, Sunday, December 27, 10 a.m.
Mary Mother of God, Friday, January 1, 10 a.m.
Adoration till Noon
Baptism of the Lord, Sunday, January 10, 10 a.m.
How to make an Act of Spiritual Communion:
An Act of Spiritual Communion
Spiritual Communion is a way to be united with Christ when we cannot physically receive the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist. It can be made at home or in church, in front of the Blessed Sacrament or not.
Join in any Live streamed or Televised Mass and say this prayer at Communion time
1. Start with the sign of the cross and prayer.
3. Have a real desire to be united with Christ.
4. Acknowledge your sins and ask for pardon and forgiveness.
5. Receive Christ in your soul and pray an act of Spiritual Communion (see above).
6. Offer thanksgiving.
A Christmas Gift from the Corpus Christi Choir:
Our Choir Director, Paul Dick and members of our choir, have put together a Christmas concert even though we can't be together, we can enjoy the talent and creativity of our parishioners and celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Please follow the link:
In addition to that they have brought out another a very special Christmas treat, enjoy…
COVID-19 and the Archdiocese of Toronto: Frequently Asked Questions
Our church will remain open for private prayer and for the faithful to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesdays and Fridays for an hour, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. As you are aware we only can accommodate 10 people inside the church at any given time. Please contact the parish office at: 416 694 0382, or by email:email@example.com to register yourself to attend. Patience Narcis, our office secretary, will get back to you with the date and time that you are assigned.
A Big THANK YOU!
sharelife - Silent VoiceI thank each and every one of you personally for your sacrificial contributions to the ShareLife Campaign - 2020. The success of our campaign would not have been possible without your generous support, and even in this challenging year we went over our goal and we proved we care about our brethren. Your kindness will touch many lives in need.
Our campaign goal was $53,200.00 and we collected $54,338.00 Thank you all once again for your generosity and for living the Gospel.
Thanks, from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul:
Many thanks to Fr. Prasanth, Patience and all our parishioners for your tremendous support of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul! This year in spite of the lockdowns and closures and difficulties so many are experiencing, you still kept our neighbours in need in your hearts, and helped bring Christmas to their homes.
We provided gift cards for Groceries, Shopper's Drug Mart and Tim Horton's, and a ham to 58 families; as well as $25 gift cards to 33 children
Thank you ever so much from your Vincentian team.
We are always looking for new members so please consider joining our team. We can be reached at 416-698-8930
Donation Envelopes for 2021:
Donation Envelopes are now available for pick up from the parish office. Please call 416-694-0382 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment to pick up your donation envelope.
Change in Mailing Address:
If your mailing address has been changed kindly contact the parish office to enable us update our records with the correct mailing address.
Preauthorized Giving: (PAG)
We request - if you are able - to prayerfully consider supporting the financial needs of the parish during these unique times and enroll to the PREAUTHORIZED GIVING (PAG). Please email the parish office for details or click the link below to download the PAG Enrollment Form.
Parish Bulletin – Fourth Sunday of Advent:
Wishing you all the greetings and blessings on the feast of the Holy Family.
Yours in Christ,