Fr Prasanth's email for the 4th Sunday of Advent.
We are all aware that no public Masses are allowed in the lockdown regions of the Archdiocese. Considering the situations Cardinal Collins has issued an update to the lockdown regions granting us permission to conduct Communion Services for the parishioners. Please see below an excerpt from Cardinal’s update:
“Recognizing the essential nature of the Eucharist, the source and summit of our spiritual strength as Christians, and the importance of Christmas, we want to provide an opportunity for the faithful who wish to do so, to spend time, even if briefly, at their local parish and, where possible, to receive Holy Communion.
In lockdown regions, currently Toronto, Peel, and York, religious services are very limited, with no more than 10 people allowed.
Our faith is a source of hope and comfort during these challenging days of pandemic. Despite the restrictions we face, there are several ways of caring pastorally for the faithful:
Of course, all priests are offering Mass for the people every day, which is a basic dimension of the priestly office.
Although during this time, no Public Masses can be celebrated in the lockdown areas, many parishes are live streaming Mass. This in no way is a substitute for the Eucharist, but it can be helpful spiritually to some extent and is much to be encouraged. Parishes are especially encouraged to live stream Christmas Masses where possible or to direct the faithful to a listing of churches that are doing so – a full list can be found at www.archtoronto.org”
(Cardinal Collins update - Dec. 17, 2020 - Direction for Christmas Services)
Please note: the number restrictions for places of worship are still in place – up to 10 people is the maximum we can gather at our church, including the minister. In order to organize the Holy Communion Services, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we need to know the number of parishioners who are joining us on these days. Please contact the parish office at: 416 694 0382, or by email: email@example.com to reserve your spot. When you contact please specify your preference in attending the Liturgy between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
We have scheduled several celebrations: (Christmas Eve, between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and on Christmas Day, between 9:00 a.m. and 12 noon) more celebrations will be planned if it is required.
Deadline to reserve: Wednesday, December 23, 3:00 p.m. And we will get back to you with the date and time you are assigned.
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.
Schedule of our live-streamed Masses:
Christmas Eve, December 24, 5 p.m.
Christmas Day, December 25, 10 a.m.
The Holy Family Sunday, December 27, 10 a.m.
Mary Mother of God, January 1, 10 a.m.
How to make 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
Prayer: Act of Spiritual Communion:
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
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: https://youtu.be/8DpIMTKiYtw
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org to register yourself to attend. Patience Narcis, our office secretary, will get back to you with the date and time that you are assigned.
Tuesdays and Fridays in Advent from 9:00 am to 10:00 am, Saturday 4 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by appointment.
(On Tuesdays and Fridays, we do the confession at the Last Supper Room in the basement. And on other times, we use the Parish Office. More than 10 people are not allowed at a time)
A Big THANK YOU!
I 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 416-261-7498 or email the parish office to book an appointment to pick up your donation envelope.
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. https://corpuschristito.archtoronto.org/.../parish...
Change in Mailing Address:
If your mailing address has been changed kindly call the parish office or email us at email@example.com to enable us to update our records and mail your tax receipts to the correct mailing address.
It continues to be a challenge for our parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection. We have benefited greatly from the Canada Employment Wage Subsidy, but that support is scheduled to diminish after September.
Here are the ways that you can continue to support our parish at this time, as instructed by the Archdiocese:
Thank you for your ongoing generosity & constant support to our parish community. I offer the Sacrifice of Mass daily and pray that we will all be able to gather together again soon.
Fourth Sunday of Advent: Promise, Positive Response and Fulfilment
The readings for the fourth Sunday of advent are about promises and their fulfilments. In the first reading, God’s promise to David that he would have a long line of royal descendants culminating in a final King, Jesus Christ. In the Responsorial Psalm (Ps 89), the Psalmist recalls all of God’s promises. In today’s Gospel, we have God’s promise to Mary through the Angel Gabriel. It was a promise that Mary will become a mother and the ‘Power of the Most High will overshadow’ Mary. The Child to be born will be called the Holy, the Son of God, the Saviour of the world. God will make Him a King and He will rule over the House of Jacob forever. At the outset, Mary, the young woman, was afraid, troubled, confused and she was in a dilemma. But, after listening to God’s message communicated to her through the Angel, Mary trusted in God’s promise and positively responded with the courageous and generous “Yes”, a “Fiat” to God: “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; Let it be done to me according to your word.”
We may recall the beautiful Christmas song “Mary did you know”? “Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water? Mary, did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?” “Mary, did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod? Mary, did you know when you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of God!”. “Mary, did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation? Mary, did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?”
Did Mary know what this “Yes” entails in her life? Was she aware of the frightening consequences of this surrendering act of acceptance? Once she came to know that she has found favour with God, she totally surrendered everything unconditionally to God.
Mary's “Yes” changed her life and the whole world events. Her surrendering obedience to God's call, her rock-like faith, and unwavering hope changed her life and the lives of all of us. Jesus was born in Mary with this generous and courageous “yes” to God’s call. Jesus will be born and reborn in each of us with our saying “Yes” to God’s call, promises and messages that we hear in the challenging, fearful, difficult, and darkening situations of our life. Our ‘Yes’ to the promises and problems of life is our free choice made in the light of what is true and good. It often requires a great deal of courage, conviction, faith, and hope because it can involve going against the tides of selfishness, social, cultural, and institutional expectations.
Mary’s “Yes” to God’s promise and message brought Christ to the world. When wholeheartedly and unconditionally we say ‘Yes’ to the promises and messages of God, Christ is born in each of us every day.
Yours in Christ,