“For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sinning.” By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert. CCC 540

Sunday February 18th, 2024
Message From our Pastor and News

Dear Friends,       

   

 The Devotional prayer of the Way of the Cross is filled with much history. There is a brief history found in the copy we pray in the Church.              “During the Turkish occupation of the Holy Land in the late Middle Ages, when pilgrims were prevented from visiting its sacred sites, the custom arose of making replicas of those holy places, where the faithful might come to pray. One of the most popular of these devotions was the ‘Stations of the Way of the Cross,’ which were imitations of the ‘stations,’ or stopping places of prayer on the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow) in Jerusalem. By the late sixteenth century the fourteen stations, as we know them today, were erected in almost all Catholic churches.       Among the best known prayers for the Way of the Cross are those first published in Italian by St. Alphonsus Liguori in 1761, which are presented here in a new, revised translation. (The one we use in the Church during the Friday way of the Cross.) In his brief introduction to this devotion, St. Alphonsus wrote: ‘The pious exercise of the Way of the Cross represents the sorrowful journey that Jesus Christ made with the cross on His shoulders, to die on Calvary for the love of us. We should, therefore, practice this devotion with the greatest possible fervor, placing ourselves in spirit beside our Savior as He walked this sorrowful way, uniting our tears with His, and offering to Him both our compassion and our gratitude’.”
       When we pray the Way of the Cross with holy intent and love we are accepting the invitation of Our Lord to accompany Him; growing also in a Spirit of compassion and discipleship.
            Plenary indulgences granted to those who pray the Way of the Cross on Fridays during Lent, receive holy communion (usually within a week) and pray for the Pope’s Intentions (usually just an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be). Those who find it difficult to from visiting a church – for any health of physical difficulties, may gain the same indulgence by piously reading and meditating on the passion and death of our Lord for one-half hour.
       Together in prayer!

WEEKLY NEWS     

Happy family day Tuesday February 19th
We would like to wish everyone a happy and blessed family day!
Thank You! Shrove Tuesday
Thank you everyone who volunteered to help with preparation, serving and cooking for Shrove Tuesday Dinner. Thank you also all those who attended the Dinner, as it brough about a wonderful occasion. It is always nice to gather as a parish community.
Lenten confessions
At St. John the Baptist Wed March 6 from 3-6PM.
At Sacred Heart Friday March 22 from 1:30–6:30PM.
Tax Receipts 2023
Please pick up your tax receipts at the entrance of church. Thank you for your support!
The Way of the Cross (The Stations of the Cross) The way of the Cross will be guided every Friday, throughout Lent, at Saint John at 11:30 AM and at Sacred Heart at 6:30 PM.  Way of the Cross pamphlets will also be available for those who would like to come at another convenient time.
Sacred Heart Choir
Christine Helferty will be taking direction of the choir for the 9am Holy Mass at Sacred Heart Parish. All voices (including children aged 10+) are invited to join! No previous experience necessary. Rehearsals will take place on Monday evenings at 7pm. Please contact Christine by call or text at 343-369-8739 to learn more or to sign up.
Spiritual Exercise according to St. Ignatius of Loyola (both in English and Spanish)
February 23-26th 2024  for Men
March 1-4th 2024 for Women
Location: Fair Haven Conference Centre
B2215 Durham Regional Hwy 48, Beaverton, ON L0K 1A0                  Cost: $300
To Fill out first inquiry please go to: https://forms.gle/i1kd7cqRSYdxzkJz7
For questions or more Information please email Fr. Alex Salazar at alexsalazar@ive.org
FORMED Sign-up
Visit Website – formed.org, select “Sign Up”.
For Parish Name type in “Saint John the Baptist 300 Wilson Street” both parishes (Sacred Heart & St. John are using the same account)
Then after selecting the Church, click on “Next”.
Fill in your name & email to create an account. This will allow you to log in to the same account on multiple devices (like iPads, Phone, laptops or smart TVs) Then Select “Sign Up”
Friday Adoration at Sacred Heart
Every Friday there is adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at Sacred Heart in reparation for the offences made to the Sacred Heart of Jesus from 1:30 to 6:30PM and confessions from 5:00 to 6:30PM
Catholic Missionary Children Oratory
For Children 7-12 years old. Saturdays 10:30 AM to noon at St. John the Baptist. For info or to register contact Sr. Inmaculada at stjohnandsacredheart@gmail.com
Altar Boy Group at Sacred Heart
1st & 3rd Fridays of the Month, 6:15 – 8:30 PM.
Young Adult Group at Sacred Heart
Every 2nd, 4th and 5th Friday of the Month. Please join us at 6PM for 30 minutes of adoration followed by dinner in the basement hall, talk and games.

DIOCESAN NEWS:

Against MAID For Mental Illness
Postcards are available for you to sign regarding the stopping (not delaying) of euthanasia for mental illness.  Once filled please put in box at the entrance of church and they will be sent to our MP Michelle Ferreri.  Please make your name and address legible. We need your voice!
Costello Classic Catholic Hockey Game
The Costello Classic is returning! On Friday, March 1st, young men from Peterborough Diocese will play a game of hockey with a team from St. Augustine’s Seminary from 6-8PM! Join in the fun at the Warsaw Arena (93 Ford Street, Warsaw, ON, K0L 3A0) and cheer on the guys enjoying an evening of fun and hockey!

Our Lady of Lujan

Our Lady of Luján is the patroness of our Religious Family of the Incarnate Word and her image accompanies us in all our foreign missions. Every year our Religious Family honours Our Lady of Luján on May 8, her feast day, with Novenas, Solemn Masses and the Marian Consecration of our new Novices. Our Lady of Luján is a celebrated 16th-century icon of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. The image is on display in the Basilica of Luján in Argentina.