Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week and is a day of
glory and impending tragedy. The scene is set with Jesus making
his triumphant journey from Bethany to Jerusalem, where he
started that final movement, which would bring all the
everything together through his death, crucified as a common
criminal on a cross. The sight of Christ riding into Jerusalem
on a donkey with people waving palm branches shouting ‘Hosanna’
and acclaiming him as a conquering King, made the visiting
crowds, gathered for the festival, stop in amazement. Little
did they know that the rejoicing would quickly be swept aside.
Before long, as triumph turned to tragedy, those palm branches
took the shape of a cross and the hosannas became jeers and
calls for his death.
Holy Week is the most sacred time of the church year. It
highlights the peak moments of Christ’s love for us, gives us an
opportunity to look at our lives and accept responsibility for
our sins. The passion story spells out the last events of the
life of Jesus and makes clear the price he paid for our sins.
He was betrayed by Judas, denied by Peter and abandoned by all.
In loneliness he reached out for companionship and support to
the Father but there was nothing to comfort him: ‘My God, my
God, why have you forsaken me?’ His death on the cross reminds
us that there is a God towards whom we journey and whose
friendship we seek. Every Christian becomes aware that in his
own life he has to meet the same fate as Jesus. He must join in
Christ’s suffering and death in order to share his glory. The
road to eternal life will not by-pass the hill of Calvary. Our
victory, like Christ’s, comes only through the cross.
We have to suffer in humility and obedience as Jesus did in
order to be his imitators. He gives us the strength; he is the
light, the life and the truth – the way to eternal life.
MASSES FOR THE WEEK
9:00 a.m. +Marie Giraldo by Margarita Acosta
9:00 a.m Int Kenneth Choi &
Mabel Chan by Chan Family
7:00 p.m. +Gus Grieco by Family
Wed Apr 12
9:00 a.m +Margarita Deguara Carmen Gove
13 Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Fri Apr 14
Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
Sun Apr 16 Easter Sunday Resurrection of the Lord
8:30 a.m +Ida Bruno by Concetta Zumpano
10:00 a.m For the people of the Parish
11:30 a.m. +Wally Glanc by Glanc Family
+Mr & Mrs Glanc
+Mr & Mrs Janozeski
+M & Mrs Pawlawski
for the sick of the parish,
especially for Deacon Bob Geisel, Patricia Kennedy, Levi
Romero, David Re, Maria Dimatteo, Joe O’Hearn, Rita Zarb, Tasha
Bishop, Joe Muscat,
Dancy, Michael Manzo, Catherina Donato, Bill Tuplin, Mary
Lafleur, Rose & Henry Castelino, Karl Zakss, Tina Fiore, Toni & Violete
Matar, Pat Goulding, Lucy Vairo, Bosco Chan, Barney Gallant,
Helen Briers, Alfred Vella, Bill Kinch, Edward Glanc, Wanda
Glanc, Caroline Wood, Robert Masotti, Margaret Hickey, Joan
ShareLife – 30th Anniversay 1976-2006
Make a Difference This Lenten Season
Have you answered the
call to give? Lent is a time for giving back in thanksgiving
to Him for all that we have received. It is a time to pause
and reflect on God’s gifts to us, so that as responsible
stewards we are able to share our own gifts with the least
of our brothers and sisters.
Answer the Call to Give? Together, Let’s ShareLife!
To-date we have collected
$17.044,00 our goal is $48,500. Thank you for your support.
Girls – Apr 23rd
after 11:30 a.m. Mass
Boys _ Apr 29th
Sat. at 10:00 a.m.
If you would like to make a donation
towards our Easter Flowers, we will have baskets at the back of
the church on April 8 and 9th. Thank you.
Altar Servers: We
need more Altar Servers. Boys and Girls who are in Grade three
and above, who are willing to make a commitment are welcome.
Please contact the parish office.
Married couples, you deserve a
weekend to celebrate being together, to rediscover each other
and focus on ways to make your relationship even better. A
Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers this opportunity from the
April 28-30, 2006. For further information please contact :
David and Lucy Adams @ 905 470 9590
Opus Dei –
Ladies Retreat: Tuesday, April 18 - 7:00
Archdiocese of Toronto – Celebrates with great Joy the
Peter Jae-Hyuk Choi, John Pak, Roselle Cyrille Ricfrente
Azares, Edmund Gendron, Richard Nadeau
To the Priesthood on May 13 at St. Michael’s Cathedral
Let us remember them in our prayer
Faith will turn any course, light any
path, relieve any distress, bring joy out of sorrows, peace out
of strife, friendship out of enmity, heaven out of hell.
Faith is God at work. (F.L.