121 SUNDAY SHARELIFE 2011: APRIL 3, 2011 “We can work wonders!” Be prepared and show your generosity, especially during this Lenten season. To help needy people is one of our Christian duties; we cannot be indifferent, deaf, and mute about them. LORD, I WANT TO… Lord, I want to help others to live, All the others, my brothers, Those who are sad and suffering Without knowing the reason why. “A Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus said to her, ‘give me a drink’.” John 4:8 According to William Barclay this encounter of Jesus with the Samaritan woman “shows us the reality of Jesus’ humanity. Jesus was weary with the journey, and he sat down by the side of the well exhausted. It shows us Jesus as the breaker of barrier. The quarrel between the Jews and the Samaritans was an old, old, story. To a Jew this was an amazing story. Here was the Son of God, tired and weary and thirsty. Here was the holiest of men, listening with understanding to a sorry story. Here was Jesus breaking through the barriers of nationality and orthodox Jewish custom. Here is the beginning of the universality of the gospel; here is God so loving the world, not in theory, but in action”. Jesus was thirsty not only of natural water, but anxious to offer the Samaritan woman her salvation. Jesus is still thirsty for all of us! THIRD WEEK READINGS Mon. 2 Kings 5.1-15 = Ps 42 = Luke 4.24-30 Tues. Daniel 3.25-43 = Ps 25 = Mt 18.21-35 Wed. Deut. 4.1, 5-9 = Ps 147= Mt 5.17-19 Thurs. Jeremiah 7.23-28 = Ps 95 = Luke 11.14-23 Fri. Hosea 14.1-9 = Ps 8 = Mark 12.28-34 Sat. Hosea 5.15, 6.6 = Ps 51 = Luke 18.9-14 SUNDAY: 1 Samuel 16.6-7, 10-13 = Ps 23= Ephesians 5.8-14 = John 9.1-14 EUCHARISTIC DEVOTIONS Thursday, March 31, at 7:30pm HOLY HOUR Friday, April 1st from 8:30am to 6:00pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. at 6:30pm Stations of the Cross in Italian at 7:30pm Stations of the Cross in English On Monday, April 4th , we resume Mass at 7:30pm. Lord, I want to help others live, Without insulting their dignity by alms, Or sterile compassion. To share generosity the world’s riches And take our part in your creation. Lord, I want to help others to live, All the others, my brothers, Who live in emptiness and solitude. Grant me the grace to consecrate my life To help others, all others, To know that peace which you have promised. (R. Follereau) FIRST PENANCE FOR CHILDREN Children for First Communion are going to have their 1st Sacrament of Penance (Confession) on: TUESDAY, March 29, 2011 at 7:30pm: St. Raphael School and other schools WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2011 at 7:30pm: Holy Cross School On these two days the evening Mass will begin at 6:45pm. EIGHT-WEEK BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT Sponsored by the Newediuk Funeral Home every Thursday April 7 – 14 – 21 – 28 and May 5 – 12 – 19 – 26 From 7:00pm to 9:00pm This 2011 Spring Group is held in the “Well-Come” Room at Martin Grove United Church, 75 Pergola Road (SW corner of Martin Grove Road and Mercury Road). For information or to register call: 416-745-7555. FREE ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR Sat. April 2, 2011 at 9:00am at Location: Assumption Cemetery Centre (6933 Tomken Rd. Miss.) 416-733-8544 121 DATE DURANTE LA QUARESIMA LENTEN MISSION When: April 11 to 14, 2011 Time: 7:00pm Rosary followed by Mass with Sermon Preacher: Fr. Shane Varghese, Redemptorist Fr. Shane will be preaching at all the Masses of April 9 & 10. Pass this information around and reserve these days for your spiritual benefit. DURING LENT Jesus urges all of us to fast, pray and to do good deeds (corporal and spiritual works). Read a good book. Set a time, at least once a week for your family. Shut off all the “noisy gadgets”. Pray together. Come to Mass even every day. Say the Rosary and participate in the Stations of the Cross: bring your children along. Stop in church for a little prayer. Pray, one every day, the following Penitential Psalms: 6 – 32 – 38 - 50 – 102 – 130 – 143. CONCERT PRO SUDAN Our parish is hosting a Concert Pro-Sudan on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 7:00pm with the participation of great artists: Director and pianist Sabatino Vacca – St. Marco Chorus and its Director Daniele Colla – Soprano Rachel Answorth – Tenor Ermanno Mauro – Baritone Jeffrey Carl. Begin to reserve that evening and spread the news around. Free admission. EASTER TREAT 1.) EASTER “COLOMBE” (dove) These are special Italian “cakes” just for Easter time. They are great for an Easter gift to friends. These “colombe” will be sold in our parish on April 3 & 4, 2011. 2.) BELGIAN CHOCOLATE EASTER EGGS On April 8 & 9, 2011 chocolate Easter eggs will be sold in our parish by the Marguerite Bourgeoys Family Centre. They are $3.00 each or $5.00 for two. Pensare seriamente alla nostra anima, come diventare “piu’ santi” e come eliminare il peccato. A tutti viene consigliato il “digiuno”, ma il digiuno dal peccato e’ la cosa piu’ importante, cioe’ eliminare il peccato, grave o veniale, dalla nostra vita. Il peccato e’ sempre un’offesa a Dio, e’ sempre un allontanarsi dal suo amore; e’ mettere Dio da parte. Tanti sono i peccati dalla superbia all’egoismo, dall’invidia alla gelosia e percio’ dobbiamo stare molto ma molto attenti ad eliminarli, altrimenti la vita spirituale, a poco a poco si affievolisce. S. Teresa ha detto: “Quando non si sente piu’ dispiacere di un difetto che si commette, allora temete sempre, perche’ il peccato, pur veniale vi deve compenetrare di dolore fino al profondo dell’anima.” MISSIONE QUARESIMALE Da domenica 3 aprile a giovedi 7 aprile. Da lunedi a giovedi alle 7:00pm; Santo Rosario, seguita dalla Santa Messa e predica tenuta da P. Gabriele Cingolani, passionista. Siamo fortunati di avere lui e ringraziamone il Signore. Avvisate e incoraggiate altri a venire. Ci sara’ tempo per le confessioni. SHARELIFE: 3 APRILE 2011 Possiamo fare meraviglie soltanto se apriamo i nostri cuori alla generosita’. Ricordiamoci che il Signore e’ sempre piu’ generoso di noi e ci ripaghera’ con il centuplo quello che abbiamo dato per suo amore. Non stanchiamoci di dare perche’ S. Francesco ci dice che si riceve quando si dona. CONCERTO PRO SUDAN Sara’ il prossimo 14 maggio alle 7:00pm nella nostra chiesa. Ingresso libero. Ci sara’ il Coro S. Marco con il direttore Daniele Colla – il Maestro e pianista Sabatino Vacca – il Tenore Ermanno Mauro, il Sopranno Rachel Answorth e il Baritono Jeffrey Carl. Riservate quella sera e informate altri. RITIRI SPIRITUALI 1)Ritiro per i Gruppi di Padre Pio: il 9 aprile al Seminario Ardorino (200 Pine Grove) dalle 9:30am alle.3:00pm Terra’ il Ritiro P. Portella Ermolao, Sup. Gen. Dei Missionari Ardorini. 2)La commissione Pastorale Italiana: organizza un ritiro per i laici il 9 aprile p.v. dalle 10:00am alle 3:00pm nella Chiesa di S. Jane Frances. VENDITA DI COLOMBE PASQUALI Sabato 3 aprile e domenica 4 aprile: e’ un bel regalo per Pasqua.