Divine Mercy Feast Day – Sunday, April 11th Holy Mass celebrated at 2:00pm
THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT - DEC 13, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

During this Advent season the Lord wishes to draw near to us…to support us in these challenging times even as all public masses remain cancelled and the parish office is closed. Please know that our parish staff is always ready to assist you or a family member via telephone message or email. When working remotely, we monitor our messages daily.

We are still not sure whether we will be able to offer public masses for Christmas, Feast of the Holy Family (December 26/27) and New Years this year…but we should know this information by Friday December 18…so please keep an eye on this space if an announcement about re-opening of churches in Peel Region for Christmas is made by the government.

If we are able to open for Christmas we are planning 5 Christmas Eve masses and 3 Christmas Day masses, and will be using EVENTBRITE to book spaces for these masses. We will let you know when you can begin to reserve spaces via the parish website. Please note that some spaces at each mass will be reserved for those who do not have computer access and wish to phone the parish office to reserve a space for a mass. Please do not phone the parish office this week until it has been determined that we are in fact re-opening for Christmas.

If we are NOT able to open for Christmas we will livestream Christmas Eve Mass at 5 pm and 12.00 Mid Night and Christmas Day Mass at 10.00 am and 12.00 Noon.

CHURCH AND OFFICE HOURS

Our church and parish office will be opened from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon throughout the week. 

LIVE STREAM OF HOLY MASS www.stmartinoftourschurch.ca )

Monday – Friday                           8:30 am

Saturday                                          9.00 am

Sunday                                            8.00 am & 10.00 am

SUNDAY MISSALS

Sunday Missals for this liturgical year is available from our parish office for a donation of 5 dollars.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES

2021 offertory envelopes are ready to be picked up any time during the office hours.

CONFESSION (Advent)

Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 12.00 Noon. Wednesday 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm and Saturday 4 pm and 6 pm, or anytime by appointment by leaving a telephone message with the parish office.

While I recognize it is not a substitute for attending Mass in person, I encourage you to view our livestream mass each Sunday morning at 8 am and 10.00 am via our parish website www.stmartinoftourschurch.ca

PREPARATION DURING ADVENT 2020

I offer the following suggestions for celebrating Advent:

WATCH THE ADVENT VIDEO prepared for each week of Advent by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (less than 10 minutes long). They can be accessed at the following link: www.cccb.ca/liturgy-sacraments/resources-in-english/liturgical-calendar/video-reflections/

PRAY daily using the Sunday or Weekday Advent Mass Readings

VIRTUAL ATTENDING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES during this season - the powerful symbolism of the readings and prayers will be a peaceful reprieve from this stressful time

SUPPORT THOSE IN NEED through this weekend’s St. Vincent de Paul Society (your donation is used to fund outreach throughout 2021. Special St. Vincent de Paul envelopes for both the annual collection and Christmas outreach are in the foyer of the church, and donations may be mailed into the church or dropped off when the church is open for private prayer.

VISIT the lonely, the sick, those who mourn – either virtually or by taking time to talk to them on the telephone during this challenging time

BE RECONCILED to God and one another through the healing Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) before Christmas. Advent has been called a “smaller Lent,” and is as important a season as the one leading up to the Resurrection. We don’t often associate penance with Advent, and yet there’s a strong current of thought that says it should be part of our preparation for whatever lies ahead. This Sacrament is available during Advent as follows:

Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 12.00 Noon. Wednesday 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm and Saturday 4 pm and 6 pm, or anytime by appointment by leaving a telephone message with the parish office.

2021 OFFERTORY ENVELOPES AND PRE-AUTHORIZED GIVING

Thank you for your continued support of our parish during these challenging times, especially through your use of offertory envelopes, online and PAG donations. Offertory envelopes for 2021 will be available through the parish office (Monday to Sunday 9.00 am to 12.00 Noon).

Please drop your donation in the designated donation box located at the entrance inside the church/ parish office or the outside drop box over the wall at the right side of the main entrance door.

I thank those who are currently using the option of Online/Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) here at the parish. To contribute through pre-authorized giving, please find  information along with an enrollment form St. Martin of Tours  PAG form >>click here which can then be printed and completed. I am happy to note an increase in those who have enrolled for PAG!

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

Priests will continue to celebrate private Mass daily for the intentions of parishioners and for those suffering from Covid-19. Our church will remain open for private prayer and for the faithful to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Weddings, funerals and baptisms will now be restricted to 10 persons, including those who are involved in ministry (priest, cantor, etc.).  

We will continue to update you as the situation evolves through our parish website. We pray that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. Once again, I would like to thank each of you for your extraordinary support during these challenging times. Fr Jose, Deacon Miguel and I wish you and your family a Blessed Christmas and a Joyous New Year! Remember that whether the church itself remains open or closed, we are always ready to assist you or a family member. Should you have questions, please be in touch with us.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Gijo, Fr Jose and Deacon Miguel