Sign-Up Sundays! Call for Conscience 2018 Campaign. We Need Your Help!


>>click on image to view form on Archtoronto website

The Call for Conscience 2018 Campaign is underway. Cardinal Collins and bishops across Ontario are asking for an email address from every Catholic family in their community, with a goal of 100,000 email addresses collected by the end of February 2018. This information will be used locally by Cardinal Collins and trusted faith partners to communicate periodically (approximately 6-8 times each year) on issues of particular importance for the Catholic community. The first campaign of 2018 is the Call for Conscience, inviting our elected Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP’s) and those seeking office this June to increase funding/access to palliative care, to protect health care workers wishing to abstain from any involvement in euthanasia/assisted suicide and to protect faith based facilities from participation in euthanasia/assisted suicide. The work builds on a similar campaign in 2017.

Please take a moment to provide your contact information at the back of the church on the weekends of February 24/25 and March 3/4. Thank you for living a faith that acts!

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT


    Today’s gospel narrates Jesus’ triumph over Satan and the dramatic verbal exchange between them. No one with the consciousness of freedom escapes the testing that reveals where the heart’s treasure lies. Only the incidentals of the testing differ for each one of us. The heroes of faith, down to the present day, triumph over their trials because they share in the single-minded, childlike faith of Jesus. In His human consciousness and freedom Jesus loved God with all His heart, with all His soul, and with all His strength (Deut. 6:5). A person with a divided heart, on the other hand, easily falls when tempted to sin and in a test of faith, particularly in the face of sufferings, constantly asks God, “Why?”. A double-minded person demands some evidence of God’s presence and care. We must, therefore, pray as Jesus did, if we hope to love God as he did with an undivided heart, especially when our time of trial is upon us.

SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



    Leprosy is a terrible disease, not only for the physical corruption it brings but, more so, for the brutal alienation it engenders. In today’s gospel, breaking down the barriers of hygiene and ritual purity, Jesus does the unthinkable – he touches the society’s untouchable with His compassionate and healing hand. One of the exigencies of Christian life is to bring the healing ministry of Jesus to the many “lepers” of today: the outcast, the lonely, the unwanted, the marginalized and the rejected. As followers of Jesus, we are called upon to respond to the Christian imperative: “Cure the sick…touch the leper with your compassion and love.” 

       
PRAYER OF SPOUSES FOR EACH OTHER


    Lord Jesus, grant that I and my spouse may have a true and understanding love for each other. Grant that we may both be filled with faith and trust. Give us the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony. May we always bear with one another’s weaknesses and grow from each other’s strength. Help us to forgive one another’s failings and grant us patience, kindness, cheerfulness and the spirit of placing the well-being of the other ahead of self. May the love that brought us together grow and mature with each passing year. Bring us both ever closer to You through our love for each other. Amen.