UPDATE from Fr. Walter – March 13, 2021

HALLELUIA! THE CHURCH IS OPEN!

Dear Friends and parishioners, we just received notice that beginning MONDAY, March 15 we can welcome 15% of the capacity of faithful of the church. Our capacity is 650 people, so we can accommodate 95 people. However, to secure the distance we put a limit of 75. If there are couples and families, we count them as one person.

WHAT A RELIEF AND SINCERE GRATITUDE to St. Joseph, who answered our prayers for the CONSECRATION, which will take place this coming FRIDAY, March 19. !

So now, the church will be opened for the celebrations of MASSES, WEDDINGS, FUNERALS, BAPTISMS. We think we can accommodate most of the parishioners who want to participate.

NEXT WEEKEND (March 20) WE RETURN TO THE PRE-COVID SCHEDULE. Here below the link to the letter of the Cardinal.

https://www.archtoronto.org/en/outreach/news/archdiocesan/percentage-of-capacity-in-grey-zones/

FEAST OF ST. JOSEPH

This Friday, March 19, we will celebrate with solemnity the Feast of St. Joseph. For the past 33 days, more that 200 people have participated DAILY in the preparation for the CONSECRATION TO ST. JOSEPH. So this Friday, besides the regular celebrations (7:00am Lauds, 7:30am Rosary, 8:00am Holy Mass; 3:00pm Italian Stations of the Cross, 6:00pm – English Stations of the Cross, 6:30pm Holy Rosary, 7:00pm Holy Mass and Spanish Stations of the Cross) we will have a special Mass for those who will make their Consecration at 10:00am, which will be followed by a TAVOLA DI SAN GIUSEPPE, organized by the Italian and Filipino Community. In all this we will keep the safety required by the new protocol.

     On Saturday we will REESUME THE REGULAR SCHEDULE with 2 more special masses for those who make the Consecration to St. Joseph at 10:00am in English and 2:00pm in Spanish.

For the special Masses it is necessary to REGISTER through the Flocknote email.

THE YEAR OF “AMORIS LAETITIA”

March 19, 2021 – June 26, 2022.

Pope Francis this Friday, March 19, will declare the YEAR OF AMORIS LAETITIA, a whole year of study and celebrations for the Family, on the 5th anniversary of this document so fundamental for the sanctification of the Family, which will be concluded with the WORLD MEETING OF THE FAMILIES IN ROME on June 26, 2022. We will organize conferences, events and retreats for various groups of our parish, to take advantage of all the graces that the Church offers us for the family during the coming year. What a providential coincidence that after the Consecration to Mary, then to Saint Joseph now we celebrate the Consecration for the whole FAMILY.

More news will be coming. For now, let us celebrate Saint Joseph as head of the FAMILY OF NAZARETH and thank the Pope for this new opportunity of grace.

Please visit the Vatican Website for this Celebration:

http://www.laityfamilylife.va/content/laityfamilylife/en/amoris-laetitia.html

HOLY WEEK 2021          .

We are planning the celebrations for the coming HOLY WEEK. There are certain restrictions, but we will provide as much as possible the opportunity to participate “in person” to most of the liturgical celebrations. A detailed schedule will be coming next week.

PREPARATION AT HOME: The whole family, children, parents, grandparents should be involved in the preparation of the SYMBOLS, which will help us to remember the great celebrations we share during the Holy Week. We can use certain material, external symbols, to remember the spiritual realities we are celebrating.

Please choose a corner of your house and build your mini church. You may provide, buy or build the following symbols; see how many you can put together in your house. You can send a picture of your symbols to me. (waltertonelotto@hotmail.com)

Palm Branches, a donkey, towel or carpet, a Cup of wine for the Last Supper, Pita Bread and bitter herbs, a Rock, a bag of 33 coins, Torches, Peter’s sword, a rope, a line cloth, a charcoal fire, a rooster, the noose of Judas, the whip, the crown of thorns, the 3 big nails, the vas of oils for the embalmment of the body of Jesus, the cross, the hammer, the sign over the cross (INRI), the shroud, the dice, Mary and the beloved Disciple, a sponge on a stick, the spear, the stone and the seal, blood and the soldiers.

About Fr. Walter

Father Walter Tonelotto was born in Italy in 1947 and entered the Scalabrini Seminary at an early age. At 20 he was sent by his superiors to study Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York and then to the Toronto School of Theology. He holds a Master in Divinity from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa and a Master in Moral Theology from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, New York City.