Sts. Martha and Mary Parish, 1870 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada


Weekly Bulletin - July 09, 2006


Note from Fr. Edwin:

The Hands of God

In the Gospel we read: “Jesus laid his hands on them and healed them”.  And people were astonished and asked: “What is this wisdom that has been granted to him, and these miracles that are worked through him?”  In another place we read: “He has done wonderful things.”  We may ask:  Has God hands?

Hands are instrumental in showing love and concern for others.  When we were children our mothers must have taken us in their hands, rescued us from dangers, and done everything they could with their hands to show their affection for us; hands establish relationship between persons; hands direct us; hands save us.

The Hands of Man

Relationship can also be broken with hands; yes, hands can also be brutal, cruel.  How many relations are broken by misusing hands. Children begin to fight are they grow and exchange blows with their hands.  The grown-ups do the same. We know what happened to Abel.  Cain kills his own brother.  Yes, hands can save, they can also destroy.

Hands can also express the highest sign of love; they can support, guide, warn, frighten, serve as a sign of friendship.  A handshake can encourage show one’s interest in others; it can console; it can reconcile enemies and make friends.

The Hands of God

If the hands of man are an expression of love, how much more so will be God’s Who is love itself.  But where are His hands?  His hands are seen in Jesus of Nazareth who reveals His being, His nature, His love for us.  In him God’s hands are seen: hands which cured, consoled, gave new life, hands which were pierced for us, which stretched out on the cross, to embrace the whole of humanity. 

The Munster, in Germany, there is a crucifix which was broken during the war and Jesus lost his hands.  On the top of the cross it is written: “I have no hands, give me yours.”  Yes, today God wants our hands.  We are the body of Christ; our hands must point towards Jesus whose life was a living sacrifice of love for each one of us.  The Gospel exhorts us “to accept Christ who accepted us, to love Christ who loved us and stretched out His hands to save us.

God’s hands are saving hands.  They will hold us if we believe in him.  Often we do not let ourselves be helped by God.  That is our mistake.  Is our faith in God deep enough?


Mon. - July 10
9:00 a.m.  
Intentions of the parish

Tue. - July 11 - St. Benedict
:00 a.m.  Intentions of the parish

Wed. - July 12 - St. Anthony Zaccaria
9:00 a.m.  
Intentions of the parish

Thu. - July 13 - St. Maria Goretti
9:00 a.m.  
+Dorothy Major by Barbara Bruno

Fri. - July 14
9:00 a.m.
 All the Souls of Purgatory by Faga Family

Sat. - July 15
9:00 a.m. Intentions of the parish
4:30 p.m.
+Evelina Belli (1st Ann.) by The Family

Sun. - July 16
8:30 a.m. Intentions of the parish

10:00 a.m. +Charles, +Adrian, +Gene Halyburton by
Barbara Halyburton
11:30 a.m. +Wally Glanc by Parents

Pray 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, Nada Dancy,Catherina Donato, Bill Tuplin,  Mary Jane Lafleur, Rose & Henry Castelino,  Tina Fiore, Violete Matar,   Lucy Vairo, Barney Gallant,  Helen Briers, Alfred Vella, Bill Kinch, Edward Glanc, Caroline Wood, Robert Masotti, Margaret Hickey, Teresa & Michael Manzo. Binny, Mary Pennell, Peter Braganza.

ShareLife – 30th Anniversary 1976-2006

There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.” Acts 20:35

 Our total to-date: $40,224.15

Last Year’s Total: $47,415.00

Our goal is: $48,500.00

Kindly donate to ShareLife.  Deposit your donation in the collection basket or drop it at the office or mail it to the parish.

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.

Mission Appeal 2006 – July 8/9

This year our parish is given to the Diocese of Lucknow, India, for mission appeal.  Fr. Lancy Lobo will be in our parish next weekend to preach at all the masses.  The second collection will be taken up.  Most Rev. Dr. Albert D’Souza brother of Fr. Edwin, is the Bishop of Lucknow and will visit us in the last week of August. 

Let us pray for the Diocese of Lucknow and be generous in our donation. 

Thank you.

Children Liturgy

Will not take place during the summer months. 

It will resume in September. Have a great safe and happy summer.


Dress Code

We ask you to carefully consider the type of clothes you wear to Mass: may your dress not reflect a lounging attitude, the beach, or the backyard.  We gather here to worship the all Holy God – may our dress appearance reflect this reality.


Novena to “Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Starts July 7th to July 15th.



The priest is preaching and the children are listening.

“Hear that? People in heaven have ever-laughing life.”

Opus Dei- recollection at Sts. Martha & Mary

Men’s Retreat: Tuesday, July 12th, -    7:00 p.m.

Ladies Retreat: Tuesday, July 18th   -  7:00 p.m. 

Summer Youth Retreat

A dynamic summer program for ages 13-17 that challenges and inspires youth to live and share their Catholic faith.  The 5-day program is based on the spirituality of St. Maximilian Kolbe and directed by members of the Militia of the Immaculata movement, which he founded.  The retreat includes inspiring talks, powerful dramas, daily Mass, sports and recreation.

Theme: Only Love Creates    Date:July 26-30

Location: Mount Alverno Retreat Centre, Caledon, Ontario.

For registration form -9466 or email Visit to learn more about the MI.


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