APRIL 3, 2020. HOLY MASS, BENEDICTION AND ADORATION



KINDLY PASS IT TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF OUR PARISH MINISTRY..

1st Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13

Though many plot against God’s servant, he is safe in God’s hands

I hear many whispering: “Terror is all around! Denounce him! Let us denounce him!” All my close friends are watching for me to stumble. “Perhaps he can be enticed, and we can prevail against him, and take our revenge on him.”
But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble, and they will not prevail. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonour will never be forgotten.
O Lord of hosts, you test the righteous, you see the heart and the mind; let me see your retribution upon them, for to you I have committed my cause. Sing to the Lord; praise the Lord! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hands of evildoers.

Responsorial: from Psalm 18

Response: In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice

I love you, O Lord, my strength,
O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
My God, my rock of refuge,
my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!
Praised be the Lord, I exclaim,
and I am safe from my enemies.
The breakers of death surged round about me,
the destroying floods overwhelmed me;
The cords of the nether world enmeshed me,
the snares of death overtook me.
In my distress I called upon the Lord
and cried out to my God;
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.

Gospel: John 10:31-42

Amid growing danger to his life, Jesus goes off to a quiet place

When the Jews took up stones again to stone him, Jesus replied, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?” The Jews answered, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human being, are making yourself God.”
Jesus answered, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If those to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods,’ and the scripture cannot be annulled, can you say that the one whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world is blaspheming because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Then they tried to arrest him again, but he escaped from their hands.
He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there. Many came to him, and they were saying, “John performed no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” And many believed in him there.
During the Global Pandemic, O Lord, may your words be on our lips, and in our hearts. May they give us courage and hope – and draw us nearer to you.

Message from our Pastor



Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope and pray that you are staying healthy – both physically and spiritually. I am reaching out to you to assure you that we, here at St. Martin of Tours, are thinking of you and that you and your families’ intentions are in our daily prayers and in the private masses that both Fr. Jose and I are celebrating daily.  This is a difficult time for everyone as we try to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic which has closed our parish and dramatically changed our daily lives. This unprecedented situation requires us to minister to our parish community differently and remain a vital, cohesive faith community.
At this time, I would like to request for your help to spread the information below. Unfortunately, our Parish does not have an extensive email list, so your assistance is greatly needed to spread this important message to our parish community.

The Challenge We Face
No doubt you are aware that our parish relies on the support of our parishioners to operate – parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) – are funded through the generosity of our parish community. It will be a challenge for our parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection, especially the recent closure of the church and parish office to public access.

The Solution
Parishioners can set up a weekly offertory or one-time donations by doing any of  the following:
·        Contribute to our Parish offertory by credit card. You can use the following internet address, https://community.archtoronto.org to select your region and our Parish from the drop-down menu.

You can make a one time or recurring contribution to our Parish offertory or other special funds.
·        Contribute through pre-authorized giving. Information along with an enrollment form that can be found on our Parish website www.stmartinoftourschurch.ca which can then be printed and completed. You may e-mail the form and a scanned copy or photo of a voided cheque to development@archtoronto.org for processing. Contributions are withdrawn from your bank account on the 20th of each month. 

You can contribute to the offertory via online banking. To do this, the archdiocese will need to send you a unique account number. Please send an e-mail to campaign@archtoronto.org In the body of the email please provide:
           Your name
           Address
           Parish name
           Municipality

You will be emailed account information which you can use to set up the Archdiocese of Toronto as a payee in your on-line banking. Your gift will be forwarded to your parish. You can make a one time or recurring gift to our offertory.
If you have any questions please contact the Development Office at the Archdiocese of Toronto, 416-934-3400, ext. 540 or development@archtoronto.org

We are so blessed by your many contributions to our parish community, Fr. Jose and I miss seeing all of you at Mass and we pray daily that we will be able to gather together again soon. Thank you for your assistance in spreading this message.   May God continue to keep you safe and  bless you all.


Yours in Christ,

Fr. Gijo Muthanattu

YouTube clips from Pastor of St. Martin of Tours Parish, Mississauga




1st Reading: Genesis 17:3-9
Abraham believe in God’s promises, despite delays and disappointments
Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. And I will give to you, and to your offspring after you, the land where you are now an alien, all the land of Canaan, for a perpetual holding; and I will be their God.”
God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations.”
Responsorial: from Psalm 105
Response: The Lord remembers his covenant for ever
Look to the Lord in his strength;
seek to serve him constantly.
Recall the marvellous deeds that he has wrought,
his portents, and the judgments he has uttered.
You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the Lord, is our God;
throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
He remembers forever his covenant
which he made binding for a thousand generations —
Which he entered into with Abraham
and by his oath to Isaac.
Gospel: John 8:51-59
The mysterious relationship between Jesus and Abraham
Jesus said, “Truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets; yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be?”
Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, he of whom you say, ‘He is our God,’ though you do not know him. But I know him; if I would say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him and I keep his word. Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day; he saw it and was glad.” Then the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

During the Global Pandemic, O Lord, may your words be on our lips, and in our hearts. May they give us courage and hope – and draw us nearer to you.


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FEW PRAYERS AND HYMNS TO ENLIGHTEN US
AS PER THE REQUEST OF MANY OF OUR FRIENDS I AM SENDING ALL THE IMPORTANT PRAYERS WE SAY IN OUR CHURCH ON A REGULAR BASIS.

THANKS FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND WISHES. GOD BESS YOU ALL IN THIS TIME OF TRIBULATION.

YOURS IN CHRIST,


FR GIJO