Our parish is in need of more volunteers for the different ministries in the parish. A new ministry schedule will be coming out shortly and we noticed that the number of volunteers has been decreasing for various reasons. Volunteers are needed as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, and ministers of hospitality. We could also use more altar boys. Please pray and consider serving in one of these ministries. Let Fr. Jim know as soon as possible. Thank you.
Eye Glasses Donations in the Month of May
The St. Patrick’s Catholic Women’s League will be collecting unwanted prescription eyeglasses to provide global eyecare to those in need. These glasses will be donated to One Sight. Please place your used glasses in the basket at the back of the church during the month of May. You can visit their website at http://www.onesite.org for more information.
ShareLife Sunday – May 27
Thank you for your generosity. ShareLife Sundays continue with the third and final installment this coming May 27. Our parish goal for this year’s campaign is set at $18,000. Please make cheques payable to “St. Patrick’s Church – ShareLife.” Donations will be accepted for the campaign until June 30, 2018.
Call for Conscience 2018
Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, recently issued a call to action in advance of the June 7 provincial election to promote palliative care, conscience rights and the protection of faith-based facilities. His Eminence has asked Catholics to visit canadiansforconscience.ca/ontario to send a letter directly to all candidates in their riding for the June 7 election. A pre-written letter is provided which people can amend as they choose. If you did not receive Cardinal Collins’ emailed letter and you would like to receive them in the future, please visit bit.ly/archtosignup
Highlights from the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner 2018
The St. Patrick’s Day Dinner for 2018 was a great success, with lots of fun had by all. Many thanks to all the volunteers, and the ladies of the St. Patrick’s and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Women’s Leagues, for delicious Irish Stew, enticing deserts, wonderful prizes, and great entertainment!
Canada Summer Jobs Program – Reach Out to your Member of Parliament
The federal government has introduced new requirements for employers applying for the Canada Summer Jobs grant. To be eligible for funding, employers must attest that both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect certain ‘values’ as determined by the federal government, including the government’s position on abortion, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Organizations unable or unwilling to make this attestation in whole or in part will be deemed ineligible for the grant.
Many Catholic organizations throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto, and many other faiths involved in charitable activity, at soup kitchens, shelters, refugee welcome centres or summer camps are impacted by this decision. Please take a moment to visit www.archtoronto.org/summerjobs for more information and to find a template letter to send to your MP and the minister responsible for this portfolio.
Join the Choir!
The St. Patrick’s Choir is looking for more members to join us! If you love to sing and want to become a choir member contact Henri Linde at 322.4493 for more information. Every voice helps.
The Catholic Women’s League – Join Us Today!
An open invitation is extended to all women of our parish to take this opportunity to share your God-given gifts with us as we try to effect change in our parish, our community, our country and in those countries that have not been blessed with the abundance we enjoy in Canada. Please consider joining our League. The CWL of Canada is the united voice of Catholic women. Please contact our St. Patrick’s membership convener Linda Bidwell at 726–0356, or Our Lady of Lourdes membership convenor Margaret Ann Jacobs at 322-2249.