Dearly Beloved,
The crispy cold Canadian weather is here. Tree branches shed its leaves and getting ready for a long sleep. The little creatures go underground to hibernate. Cars are getting its tough winter tires. Jackets, hats and layers are out of the closets. Yes, life altogether is taking its usual but necessary preparatory steps to immerse into winter. In spiritual life as well, we are entering another usual but necessary preparatory season. The season of Advent. A time preparing our hearts to receive the Son of God in Christmas. In the coming weeks, we will be publishing an Advent Calendar to help you to be prepared for Christmas. So, stay tuned. Please note few major events in the coming weeks:

December 1 & 2 Saturday and Sunday Parish Feast Day Celebrations

We are so blessed with a great patron saint St. Francis Xavier who single handily baptized hundreds and brought them to Christ. His zeal and faith we follow. We need to celebrate that faith as a community. Our Feast Day Committee has been working tirelessly for the last few months and has developed a schedule of events which consist of celebrating faith, culture, gratitude and community.

Mass of Remembrance on Saturday.   We encourage all parishioners to come to celebrate our dear ones who have been with us in this community and gone ahead of us for eternal reward. We will be remembering them while we celebrate our faith, culture and community. So please join on Saturday December 1, at the 9.00 a.m. Mass.

Dinner & Dance on Saturday evening:  We will celebrate the joy and strength of our community on Saturday evening at the dinner and dance in our parish hall. Please buy the ticket and support this event.

Solemn Feast Day Mass & Bazaar on Sunday:  The solemn Feast Day Mass will be on Sunday December 2 at 12.00 noon. The main celebrant and homilist will be Rev. Fr. Edwin Gonsalves, Rector of St. Augustine Seminary, Scarborough.  Please note that there will not be a 1.30 Mass on that Sunday to accommodate all festivities. After Mass, there will be a procession with the relic of St. Francis followed by Bazaar.

Saturday December 8, 2000 Hail Mary Devotion: Please join in seeking the intercession of Blessed Mother on the feast day of the Immaculate Conception by praying 2000 Hail Mary. It starts at 8.30 a.m. and finish with 5.00 p.m. Mass. They will be praying 100 Hail Mary for individual intentions. May I encourage every family in our parish to please plan to join this devotion at some time during the day at least for 100 Hail Mary. Let us seek the intercession of our blessed mother for our families and children especially, our church, and our parish community.

May you all have a blessed week.

In Christ,

Fr. James Cherickal, Pastor