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                     The Pardon of Assisi ~ August 2nd



   In the time of St. Francis of Assisi, it was possible for Christians to obtain what is called a “plenary indulgence”. These were very rare and applied to the very rich and powerful people who went on the Crusades or who assisted the Crusades with their material resources.

   St. Francis wanted the “average” person to avail themselves of this privilege in a new way and so he went to see the Pope. Honorius III was literally dumbfounded by the request for such a generous indulgence but in the end the Pope granted Francis’ request.

   Rather than having to go to the Crusades, all a person had to do was pray and celebrate Confession at the Chapel Francis loved so much and which he called my little “portion” or in Italian “Portiuncula” in Assisi.

   Today this “Pardon of Assisi” or as is sometimes called the “Portiuncula Indulgence” is available to all people throughout the world.


   The conditions for the Pardon of Assisi are:

  • Sacramental Confession (eight days before/after the 2nd of August)
  • Participation in the Eucharist
  • Visit to a Franciscan Church and Profession of faith (e.g. praying the Apostles’ Creed)
  • Praying the Lord’s Prayer and a Prayer for the Pope’s intention.

   What is an indulgence? The church teaches that sin affects us in different ways. There is of course the spiritual distance from God that stems from sin. There are also more ‘temporal’ effects of sin that need time to heal. Purgatory was seen as a process of purification, of letting go of all those aspects of ourselves that we hold on to that really hinder us from embracing God wholeheartedly. For the purposes of making things concrete images of time and space where used when speaking of purgatory and indulgences. Unfortunately, this sometimes led to magical thinking and serious abuses.


   Ultimately the Pardon of Assisi is an opportunity for all of us to draw closer to God by means of prayer and conversion of heart. A wish that St. Francis had for all of us.



Caring for Our Future Campaign – Project Update

We have completed several of the remaining projects. We repaired the precast concrete beams in the roof of the Parish Centre by cladding them with aluminum. They look great and are now maintenance free. We have replaced all of the incandescent lighting in the Church, Parish Centre & Ministry Centre with LED lighting. This will cut back on future maintenance and is much brighter, energy efficient and great for the environment. As a bonus, we expect to see a decrease in our energy bills!


We are working on replacing the boiler in the church. At the same time, we have been looking at options for providing air conditioning for the church.  We have decided not to move forward with the air conditioning project at this time due to the significant cost involved. Once the boiler is replaced and all the projects complete, we will review the air conditioning options if we have sufficient funds.  


The renovation in the Parish Centre kitchen has started last July 4th. We will not be able to use the kitchen for up to two months while the contractors are working. The kitchen should be completed by September 1. As a result, Sunday Coffee has been cancelled for the summer. Planning for repairing the outdoor cross continues.  We will keep you posted on the progress.


Annual Linda’s Walk for St. Clare Inn


Saturday, August 13, 2016, at 9:00 am

It’s our 7th! Mark your calendars and get out your walking shoes, Linda’s Walk is back again. Bring a friend and show your support. Register at




Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Services-Archdiocese of Toronto invites all families to participate and continue the tradition of praying for the souls of our loved ones. Visit:

  Family of Faith Campaign


We have raised $1,245,170 or 130% of our goal of $960,000.  Congratulations!


We have reached the end of an extremely successful campaign! Our parish families’ outpouring of generosity and sacrifice is astounding and inspiring. On behalf of the parish, and all the volunteers who assisted with the Family of Faith campaign, thank you for your prayers and support of this historic effort! Thank you for your generous pledges and your thoughtful prayers!  We could not have done it without you. Tax Receipts for the Family of Faith Campaign Will be issued by the Archdiocese of Toronto on February 16, 2016. 


Donate Now Please consider making a donation to the parish. We appreciate your support!         


Weekday Liturgy

Monday to Friday, 9 am
Saturday: 9 am
Public Holidays: 9 am
Reconciliation: Saturday, 4 pm

Sunday Liturgy
Saturday Vigil: 5 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am, 10 am,

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closed 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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David Stachurski, OFM Conv.
Associate Pastor
Peter Knaapen, OFM Conv.

Lay Pastoral Associate

Gregory Beath

Parish Manager
Connie Durante

Pastoral Assistant

Nimfa Chua

Rev. Sal Badali

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1320 Leslie Street, Suite 200

Toronto ON M3C 2K9


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Toronto ON M3C 2K9


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Toronto ON M3C 2K9







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