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September 20, 2020

FROM THE PASTOR"S DESK

BACK TO SCHOOL 2020
This School year is a different opportunity to grow in wisdom and faith and to face the challenge in hope and enthusiasm. Greetings and prayers for:

Care takers, teachers, staff, trustees, and principals for taking this opportunity positively,

Parents for their patience, sacrifice, and steadfast faith,

Priests and the Church for their encouragements and prayers, and

Students for inspiring us to draw good in this opportune time!

This is what we believe; God is in control always as he was before.

Fr. Gigi Philip, Pastor

September 20, 2020

BULLETIN FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

Check out our Bulletin for September 20.

September 20, 2020

SECOND COLLECTIONS – FALL 2020

As we approach the fall months, there are several second collections that are taking place, in addition to regular parish collections.

The schedule is as follows:

• Needs of the Church in Canada – weekend of September 26-27, 2020
• Pope's Pastoral Works – weekend of October 3-4, 2020
• World Mission Sunday – weekend of October 17-18, 2020
• The Shepherds' Trust – weekend of November 14-15, 2020

September 20, 2020

PRE-AUTHORIZED GIVING

We are blessed to have very generous parishioners here at St. Norbert's Parish, and we'd like to thank you for your support, especially during this unprecedented time. While we were shut down many parishioners wanted to continue making donations to the parish but struggled to figure out how to get their donation to us when they were not leaving their homes. Although we are now offering public Mass again, many people are still not able to join us in person.

One option to make donating easier, save paper by using less envelopes, and make processing easier for our volunteers and staff, is to sign up for Pre-Authorized Giving. You can sign up to have weekly or monthly donations automatically withdrawn from your bank account and given to St. Norbert Parish. You set the amount you want to give, and you can change it whenever you need to. The program is easy to sign up for and can be set up without you having to leave your house. If you want to learn more about Pre-Authorized Giving please contact the parish office.

More information is available here.

September 20, 2020

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

RCIA is a joyful gathering of people once in a week where they are free to share their faith experience in view of learning of catholic faith or becoming catholics. Duration of this program is from september to Easter.

Please note the first session is on September 29th at 7.30 PM

If you would like to join, please contact the office at 416-636-0213.

September 20, 2020

MASS DURING COVID-19

Thank you to all who have so carefully followed the new instructions when attending Mass. Masks are mandatory in the church. Please continue to maintain physical distancing while waiting to enter the church and as you exit after Mass.

Weekday Masses are:
(First come first served)

Tuesday & Wednesday at 7:00 pm
Thursday & Friday at 8:30 am

Weekend Masses:
(Please reserve your seats )

Saturday at 5:00 pm (English)
Sunday at 9:00 am (Italian)
10:30 am (English)
12:00 pm (English

August 23, 2020

PARISH OFFICE is now OPEN VISIT BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

If you need to come into the office for any reason, please call ahead so we can maintain social distancing and disinfect the area between visitors. We are excited to be able to serve you again in the office while keeping everyone’s safety a top priority.

Office Hours

Tuesday – Friday from 8:30 am – noon and 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

August 7, 2020

Please Donate to the Lebanon Relief Effort

An enormous explosion devastated the city of Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, in what the local mayor called "a national catastrophe."

The situation in Lebanon is dire. At least 154 people died in the explosion and 5,000 were injured – those numbers are expected to rise over the coming days. The explosion also destroyed vital food stores and left 300,000 people homeless (representing roughly 12 per cent of the city's population). Five hundred hospital beds, as well as important medical supplies needed for the country's COVID-19 response, were also damaged in the blast.

At this time, we ask the faithful to please donate to the Lebanon relief effort, if they are able.

The Archdiocese of Toronto will send donations to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), a papal agency with extensive on-the-ground networks in Lebanon. CNEWA staff are currently working to send food, water, medical supplies and hygiene products to Beirut. Spiritual and psychological support will also be provided to those who lost everything in a blink of an eye. Later, CNEWA will rebuild housing and help re-establish those who lost their livelihoods in this disaster.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

  • Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto's humanitarian relief website
  • By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
  • Through the parish, making cheques payable to: St. Norbert Parish – Lebanon Relief Effort – Disaster Relief

    The people of Lebanon – who were already dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and hosting almost one million Syrian refugees – need our assistance. It is at times like these when we are called to respond in a special way to our Christian mission to love our neighbour.

  • June 20, 2020

    Dear Friends, rest assured that our church is properly disinfected after each Mass. See you soon!!!

    June 15, 2020

    Return to Church Guidelines

    Registration for Seating

    Since the capacity of the church is reduced, reservation is the only solution for weekend Masses (Saturday 5.00 pm, Sunday 9.00 am, 10.30 am and 12.00 noon). Considering the elderly population of our parish, registration for all will be done exclusively over the phone (416-636-0213). You will need to provide your name, phone number, address and the number of family members coming with you. Registrations for each weekend will open the prior Wednesday at 9.00 am and close Friday at 5.00 pm.

    If you show up with no registration, the ushers are forced to turn you down. Please do not make such a situation of disappointment; we all are obliged to follow government protocols.

    For week-day Masses (Tuesday 7.00 pm, Wednesday 7.00 pm. Thursday 8.30 am, and Friday 8.30 am) First Come First Served admission will be followed.

    Before coming to the Church:

    • Please assure your reservation.
    • Check your temperature. If anyone in the family has the temperature at or above 37.8°C/100°F oral or 37.5°C/99.5°F forehead, please remain home and consult your family doctor.
    • If you exhibit any of the following symptoms: cough, fatigue, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, headache, runny nose, sore throat, chills with shakes, please remain home.
    Arriving at the Church:
    • Arrive 10-15 minutes before the Mass begins to stand in line.
    • Maintain physical distancing at all times – 2 metres (6 feet) from others – in the parking lot, church entrance and in church itself.
    • Upon arrival, put on mask/face covering before entering the Church (for ages 3+).
    • There is only one entrance to the Church, that is, the main door facing Ancaster Rd.
    • Holy water fonts are to remain empty until such time as they may be used safely.
    • Sanitize hands upon entry. Please bring your own sanitizer if possible.
    • Ushers will seat your household similar to boarding an airplane.
    • Families and households living at the same residence may sit together, however, 2-metre (6 ft.) distance should be maintained concerning others.
    During the Mass:
    • Please listen carefully to the announcements and follow the direction as advised.
    • Please place your weekly offertory in the designated basket as you depart.
    • No physical contact at the Sign of Peace or during the Lord's Prayer.
    • Holy Communion is given only in the hand with no physical contact.
    • If you suddenly feel ill, start coughing or sneezing, please leave the church for the health and safety of others gathered.
    • Holy Communion will be distributed in the pews, rather people lining-up to the priest.
    • Washrooms are restricted for use, unless absolutely necessary.
    End of the Mass:
    • All must remain in their pew. You must exit your pew only when prompted. This will be similar to how you exit an airplane.
    • The printed bulletins are suspended, please visit our website: http://stnorbertschurch.org/
    • The church must be closed right after each Mass for cleaning and sanitization.
    • If, within 14 days of attending Mass, you have tested positive for COVID-19, you are asked to: a) contact the Ontario Public Health Authority; and, b) contact the parish office. Your identity will not be revealed to anyone other than the Public Health Authority, and only to ensure that any spread is contained.

    June 15, 2020

    Message from Msgr. Gigi Philip on the Re-opening of our Church

     

    St. Norbert's Church - Toronto