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


Weekly Bulletin - October 22, 2006


Note from Fr. Edwin:

Society, at any age, can never get away from the problems posed by status and rank.  It was no different in the time of Jesus.  The old controversy about who was the greatest surfaces once again amongst the apostles.  This time James and John are requesting favoured treatment from Jesus.  It was no small honour they were demanding while over-looking the suffering involved in Christ’s passion and death.  With an eye to the future they were aiming at being part of Christ’s inner circle, sitting beside him at his right and left hand in glory.

After calming the indignation of the other apostles created by James’ and John’s naked bid for promotion over their heads, Jesus clearly spells out a new standard of greatness and status, stating that success in his kingdom is not measured by worldly standards. There is no place in his community for ambitious power hungry men who are motivated solely by self-interest.  Jesus wants his followers to think in terms of service rather than of authority to be seen at the service of those under their guidance.  Christ lived what he preached.  His whole life, from working as a carpenter in  Nazareth, to dying on the cross at Calvary set the example of such service.  At the last supper, when he got up from the table took a towel and basin and washed the feet of the apostles, he highlighted in dramatic form the importance of service.  In so doing he was calling on his followers to share in spreading his gospel by giving themselves completely to his way of life.

We serve God best  by helping one another.  As adults we are all involved in the exercise of authority in some shape or form, whether at home or in our place of work.  In leading the way we should be the first to obey the laws that we lay down. There is to be no lording it over those in our care because authority is not for the controlling of people but for the proper guidance of the community.  To exercise it properly, a great help is never to lose sight of the importance of service and availability to those under our control – for this is a reflection of the life of Jesus in our own particular circumstances. 

When Christ warned his disciples not to set up worldly power-structures within the Christian community, he was very much aware of our human failings.  We are all inclined to be selfish and to live for ourselves without showing much concern for others.  The attitude of ‘What’s in it for me?’ runs deep in all our hearts.  The standard of greatness in his kingdom is the standard of the cross.  That’s why we must never lose sight of the character of service.


Mon  Oct 23
9:00 a.m. - +Mark Kola
+Pren Markja - Gyste Shkreli

Tue  Oct 24  St. Anthony Claret, bishop
9:00 a.m. - +Mar Dacja
+Nik Selmani - Gyste Shkreli

Wed  Oct 25
9:00 a.m. - +Angelo Vancell - Vancell Family
+Robin Tharakan - Frank Tharakan

Thu Oct 26
9:00 a.m. - +Eleanor Mileaf - Rudy & Esther Chan

Fri Oct 27
9:00 a.m. - +Lul Lucja
+Pashke Zefj - Gyste Shkreli

Sat  Oct 28  St.Simon and St. Jude, apostles
9:00 a.m.
4:30 p.m. - Missa pro populo

Sun Oct 29  Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:30 a.m. - +Anthony Cremona - Pauline Cremona
+Jack Pendergast - Gallant Family
10:00 a.m. - +Marguerita Deguara
Fred + Nina Muscat
+Barbara & Francesco Aspro - Maria Gaga & Family
11:30 a.m. - +Cenzo Latini - Elisa Latini
+Fam. Kekich - Mike Kekich

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, Maria Ierullo, Tony Micieli, Deolinda Pereira, Reg Mason, Jean Lojik, Rennie Richard.

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.

Road Sign- Sts. Martha & Mary Church

Donations are welcome to pay towards the Cost. Thank You.

Queen of Apostles – renewal centre

Women’s Retreat Weekend – Oct 27-29

The theme for this weekend will be “Exploring the Grace of the Cross”.  The retreat includes delivered talks, private reflection, sharing, reconciliation, Eucharist and is given by members of the Centre team.

Marriage Encounter Weekends – Oct 27-29 And   Nov 24-26:

This weekend is designed specifically for couple enrichment, a time away to grow in love and commitment, thereby making a good marriage better.  For reservations or further more  Information call 905-278-5229

Cursillo is a small course in Christianity to deepen your spiritual life to know more about our faith and to find support through likeminded friends. It is a spiritually enriching weekend.

Weekend for men: Nov 23-26, 2006

Weekend for women: Nov 30 – Dec 3, 2006

For more information please call Jennie McRae at 905-206-1321 or Fr. Edwin D’Souza at 905-625-5670. ________________________________________

Confirmation Preparation:

Girls – Oct 29th          10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Boys – Nov 12th         10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Girls – Nov 26th             10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Boys – Dec 10th         10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Girls – Dec 17th              12:30 –  2:00 p.m.

First Communion Preparation:

Session 2: Sun Oct 29    12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Session 3: Sun Nov 12   12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Session 4: Sun Nov 26   12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Catholic Cemeteries
Annual All Souls Day Mass

Catholic Cemeteries – Archdiocese of Toronto wishes to invite all families to participate in our annual All Souls Day Mass on Saturday Nov 4, at 2:00 pm.

Location: Assumption Cemetery

All are welcome.  For more information, contact the Central 

New Beginnings – Getting Smart with Money

New Beginnings- A Ministry for the Separated, Divorced & Widowed invites all to join in an information evening on the topic Getting Smart with Money,  given by Oscar A. Signoretti, B. Sc. CIM, FCSI. Tuesday, Nov 7 at 8:00 pm. New Beginnings, St. Joseph’s Morrow Park, 3377 Bayview Ave, Willowdale

For  more information, please call 416-222-1101 ext. 107/258


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