Dec 27, 2009
Dec 22, 2009
Our hope is that this Christmas, all will hear the invitation to "Come Home for Christmas" at any one of our 224 churches across the GTA. If you know someone who's been away from the church, consider inviting them to join you.
While the story is one we're all familiar with, it is still inspiring to hear it told again and again...
Dec 15, 2009
Ongoing Communication regarding the H1N1 Flu Virus
To all clergy and employees of the Archdiocese of Toronto,
I would like to provide a further update regarding our H1N1 planning. In my communication of November 2, I outlined a series of temporary measures that were implemented after consultation with local health experts, church officials, and others with extensive experience in pandemic planning.
In recent days, we have seen the number of cases of H1N1 decrease significantly. While we are relieved that the virus appears to have peaked, we must remain vigilant in maintaining good hygiene practices, especially during the winter months and traditional flu season. Over the last several weeks, all Ontarians have been provided the opportunity to receive vaccination against the H1N1 virus, in addition to the traditional flu shot offered at this time of year.
I would encourage parishes to continue the following pro-active measures:
• Provide hand cleaning stations near church entrances.
• Ask all those distributing communion to wash their hands before mass. You may wish to provide an alcohol-based sanitizer so that all ministers may sanitize their hands before and after distributing communion.
• Kindly remind your parishioners that if they are feeling sick or ill, it is best for them to stay home.
In terms of our liturgical practices, effective Wednesday, December 16, I am removing the temporary restrictions that I imposed in the communication of November 2.
Although it was not mentioned in that communication, I encourage parishes to provide the faithful with Holy Water in the fonts at the entrances to the church.
As in the past and to ensure consistency in our churches, please communicate these changes to your parishioners. This update will also be available on our website and through our H1N1 page: www.archtoronto.org/flu.
To our family of faith, I extend my gratitude for your patience over the last number of weeks. As we await the birth of the Christ child, we are ever mindful of our call to serve the most vulnerable among us just as Christ cares for each member of his family.
Sincerely in Christ,
Archbishop of Toronto
Dec 10, 2009
We're not there yet but as we continue this Advent season, we're getting into "Merry Christmas" mode - those days leading up to Christmas where, when we see someone for the last time before the big day, the MC comes out.
A good time for a reminder, courtesy the Knights of Columbus, to remember the reason for the season.
As I've mentioned previously, the Archdiocese will run a series of 30 second radio ads on Newstalk 1010 beginning December 21st inviting people to "Come Home For Christmas". Production on the ads will take place next week.
Until then, here's the KOC spot - in the midst of all the social gatherings and shopping, let's take time to pause, reflect and wait in joyful hope for the coming of our saviour!
Dec 3, 2009
Photos: The Priests, St. Michael's Choir School