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                                        Second Sunday in Ordinary Time



 John the Baptist saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom i said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know Him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.”

                                                                 ~ john 1. 29-31


The purpose of our lives may not always be as dramatically revealed to us as John’s was by God. Some of us may feel lost, wandering in our own wilderness. But recognizing the need to search is the first brave step toward finding that purpose. In that search we, like John, may meet Jesus by our own river bank. It is an encounter that will radically change our future.

                                                          ~ Saskia Sivananthan, Vancouver, BC


Baptism of the Lord       Faithful service

Reading I        Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 (the servant of

                                                 The Lord)

Reading II       Acts 10:34-38 (Peter’s discourse)

Gospel              Matthew 3:13-17 (the baptism of



Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. (Isaiah 42:1)

Questions of the Week:

Adult: How does your own baptism provide you with a “call to serve others?” In what ways do you serve?

Child: When has the Holy Spirit helped you treat someone fairly?


Copyright © 2016 The Pastoral Center. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.


“Together, Opening Paths of Hope”

Continuing from last Sunday, we offer the second installment of four proposals from Brother Alois of the Taizé Community, an ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. Entitled “Together, Opening Paths of Hope”’ these four proposals give us pause to reflect on the ways we can be instruments of God’s joy and mercy in our world by being a people of hope.

Second Proposal: Simplify our lives in order to share

Jesus said: I am gentle and humble in heart. (Matthew 11:29)

You have received freely; give freely. (Matthew 10:8)

Jesus said to a rich young man: Go, sell your possessions and give to the poor… Then come, follow me. (Matthew 19:21)

Acquisitiveness−the race for money and success−leads to injustice and frustrations. A spirit of sharing, which the Gospel invites us to develop, is one of the paths of hope that we need to open today.

Choosing a simple life is a source of freedom and joy. Then life becomes less burdensome. Simplicity implies transparency of heart. Although it is not gullible, it refuses to mistrust. It is the opposite of duplicity. It enables us to enter into dialogue, without fear, with everyone we meet. Jesus’ life is an example of this.


  • As far as material things are concerned, let us strive continually to lead a simpler life. This will inspire in us acts of sharing in the face of human suffering, humiliating poverty, the trials of migrants, or conflicts across the world.
  • Let us find ways to support one another in realizing courageous signs of hope in our neighbourhoods, in the places where we work or study, by means of social or environmental commitments.
  • How can we live in greater harmony with creation through a simple and uncluttered lifestyle, contributing in this way to the struggle against ecological disasters and global warming? This fight is not only for the leaders of nations; everyone can, for example, consume more local products, use public transport more…
  • Can this question remain alive in our hearts: am I ready to follow Christ, the One who is gentle and humble of heart, choosing to belong to him forever in the simplicity of a yes, in a spirit of generosity?

Copyright © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, 71250 Taizé, France.



Casseroles for the Good Shepherd Centre

The deadline for this month casseroles is Sunday, January 22, 2017. If you can spare a few hours, contact Eva Trace, 416.447.3040.


Thank you from The Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus of this parish wish to thank all parishioners for their generous contributions to our Annual Sock Drive. We collected over 300 items of socks, mitts, gloves, hats, etc. which was donated to the Good Shepherd Ministry Toronto.

Knights of Columbus 2017 Charities Lottery

The Knights of Columbus will be selling the 2017 Charities Lottery Tickets in support of the Special Olympics and the Arthritis Society. 500 prizes valued at over $500,000 including a Grand Prize of $200,000 and St. Francis Council sold some of the winning tickets as recently as 2015 and 2016. Tickets are available for sale at the Ministry Centre.



Spiritual Growth in the Second Half of Life

         2017 Dates and Programme Topics

January 17: The Path to Spiritual Awakening-

                   Opening ourselves to the practice of

                   Contemplative Dialogue

January 24:  Communal Discernment: How do we

                    nurture our community spiritual

                    identity in our second half of life?

February 14: Images of God and images of Aging-

                    How are these connected in me?

February 21: Aging and Wisdom: What qualities

                    Do you look for in a wise person?

March 7:      Aging Well: Generativity: an essential

                    Dimension to successful aging; What

                    Is my legacy?

April 4:         Be well, Be Wise and Be Holy;

                    Spirituality of Aging Savouring the

                    Fruits of Awareness, Reflection and



To register call 416-447-5571 Ext. 550 or e-mail at


Walking with the Artist: A Spiritual Journey

sponsored by Ministry with Maturing Adults

Thursday, 7:30 pm, January 26, 2017, Main Hall

Katharine Lochnan, Senior Curator, Emeritus, of the Art Gallery of Ontario will discuss her current exhibition “Mystical Landscapes,” which grew out of the course “Integration for Ministry,” at Regis College. It will travel to Paris following its closing in Toronto at the end of January. All are welcome. Admission is free. Donations are welcome.

Senior Men’s High School Retreat

Saturday, February 11, 2017; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

At Blessed Sacrament Parish, 24 Cheritan Ave. Toronto (Yonge & Lawrence)

This retreat is an invitation for young men, grades 11 and 12, to cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Christ in order to better discern God’s call for their lives. For more information and to register call Office of Vocations at

416-968-0997 or visit their website at . See the bulletin board and registration forms at the back of the church.

Franciscan Pilgrimage to Rome and Poland                 

Friar David Stachurski is part of the team that will be leading the pilgrimage from August 7-18, 2017. We will be walking the footsteps of St. Maximilian Kolbe as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Militia of the Immaculata, a worldwide movement of Marian consecration he founded. Cost from Toronto is $3,480. Brochures are available in the back of the church for detailed information.



2017 Offertory Envelopes

Envelopes are now located at the back of the Church - South side shelves. Please notify the Ministry Centre of any changes to your address and telephone number.


  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. 


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