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The Epiphany of the Lord

The Epiphany Mass Intentions This Week


of the Lord January 4th - 10th
Please join us as we pray for the following,
Background on the Gospel
The visit of the Magi occurs in our “Announced Mass” Intentions
directly before the story of the Mon.:(9 am) +Helen Stefanik - Kathleen Stanley
Holy Family's flight into Egypt. Matthew's Gospel tells a Tues.:(9 am) +Roman Hrabowych - Roma
version of Jesus' birth that is different than the one in Luke. Wed.:(9 am) +Mary Dobell - Margaret Tipping
Of the actual birth of Jesus, Matthew tells us little more Thurs.:(9 am) +Mae Fullerton - Sonja De Verteuil
than, “When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the Fri.:( 9 am) +David Scanlan - Joan Brady
days of King Herod . . . ” The story of the census is found Sat.:(9 am) +Mary & Andrew Lynskey - John Lynskey
only in Luke's Gospel, but we hear about the visit of the (5:15 pm) In Thanksgiving - Mary V. Santoriello
Magi only in Matthew's Gospel. Sun.:(8:15 am) For Our Parishioners
We know little about the Magi. They come from the East (9:30 am) +Maria Medal - Medal Family
and journey to Bethlehem, following an astrological sign, so (11 am) +Mary & Ted Teichman
we believe them to be astrologers. We assume that there - C. Teichman-Cugliari & Family
were three Magi based upon the naming of their three gifts. (12:30 pm) +Liberal De Medeiros - Family
The Gospel does not say how many Magi paid homage to
Jesus. In Matthew's Gospel, they represent the Gentiles'
search for a savior. Because the Magi represent the entire Vocation Seeds
world, they also represent our search for Jesus. “On entering the house,
We have come to consider the gifts they bring as a they saw the child with Mary his mother;
foreshadowing of Jesus' role in salvation. We believe the
and they knelt down and paid their homage.
meaning of the gifts to be Christological. Gold is presented
as representative of Jesus' kingship. Frankincense is a Then, opening their treasure chests,
symbol of his divinity because priests burned the substance they offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense, & myrrh.”
in the Temple. Myrrh, which was used to prepare the dead God asks us to give our lives. What treasures have been
for burial, is offered in anticipation of Jesus' death. The given to you to share with others in Christ’s name?
word Epiphany means “manifestation” or “showing forth.” If God is calling you, contact Fr. Hansoo Park at 416-
Historically several moments in Christ's early life and 968-0997.
ministry have been celebrated as “epiphanies,” including his vocations@vocations.ca or www.vocationstoronto.ca
birth in Bethlehem, the visit of the Magi, his baptism by
John, and his first miracle at Cana. (Loyola Press)
ShareLife ‘Thank You’
Family Connection Dear parishioners,
The tradition of giving gifts at Christmas is thought by We would like to thank all of the parishioners who came
some to be rooted in the gift giving of the Magi. In many out for the recent Advent Luncheon and those who
cultures, gifts are not exchanged at Christmas, but rather on purchased Christmas ornaments in preparation for the
the feast of the Epiphany. Whenever you exchange your arrival of the birthday of Our Lord Jesus Christ. At the
Christmas gifts, take some time to reflect on this tradition end of the last Sunday in Advent sales for the Christmas
of gift giving at Christmas. Think of the best gift you have ornaments were quite good. This is a wonderful
received. What was it? What made it special? Was it the indication on just how supportive the OLS people really
gift itself, the thought that went into it, or the person who are, which is very gratifying.
gave it to you? The gifts of the Magi are special because in On behalf of the ShareLife Committee, we would like to
giving them, the Magi acknowledge who Jesus was to be: wish everyone in Our Lady of Sorrows Parish a very
our Savior. We pray that we will acknowledge Jesus as Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Savior in all that we do and say. (Loyola Press) God Bless!
January 03, 2010

Volunteer Accompanist Wanted Parish Administration

We are looking for a capable pianist who could volunteer to Donations Envelopes: - please take a moment to write
provide accompaniment for Thursday afternoon choir the amount of your donation onto your envelope. This
rehearsal and the choir anthem at our Sunday morning 9:30 small step saves a great deal of time of the volunteer
Mass. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, teams who process our weekly collections. If you wish to
please leave your name with the office. begin using donation envelopes, please advise the office.

Pre-Authorized Giving - The PAG program allows


Toronto’s Catholic Schools parishioners to request that a monthly total be transferred
Welcome New Students from their bank account to OLS Parish on the 20 th of each
month, for their regular Sunday offerings. If you would
Toronto’s Catholic schools invite you to register your
like to participate in this program, please contact the
children for the 2010-2011 school year. Registration begins
parish office for details.
in January 2010 for Kindergarten and French Immersion at
all Catholic elementary schools throughout the City of
Toronto. For the convenience of families, most schools are Parish Registration: If you attend OLS parish regularly,
open for registration on Wednesday, January 13th from 7:00 please ensure that you are registered with the parish
to 9:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the office. (Young adults who have completed their education
Catholic school nearest you or 416-222-8282, extension should be registered as individuals.) Please also inform
5314 or visit the Board’s website at www.tcdsb.org. your previous parish that you have moved so they can
remove you from their active records.

Parish web site - Sorrows.ca


Marriage Enrichment
In presenting this website, we hope to offer our parishioners A Special Gift for married family, friends or yourself this
a source of information to answer their questions about Christmas might be an inspiring, peaceful weekend at
Church and parish policy, a resource for wider material to Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre. The Centre offers
help them live the Christian life, and a place where all who privacy, comfort, excellent cuisine and a program that
live within the parish boundaries can contact the parish will enrich a marriage relationship. The next marriage
community in this area and learn about who we are and who enrichment program will be Jan 15th-17th, 2010. For
we hope to become. information telephone: 905-278-8879; 416-694-1742, or
register at Queen of Apostles: 905-278-5229.

Upcoming Events:
Theology On Tap
Mark Your Calendars! All Proceeds To ShareLife!
Young adults (19-39) are invited to a social evening of
thought-provoking discussions:
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Monday, January 18th at 7 pm
Family Pasta Lunch plus Barter & Trade Day The Duke of York Pub (39 Prince Arthur Ave.)
“Proclaiming the Word of God:
Friday, February 12, 2010 Spoken Word as Testimony”
Valentine’s Dinner Dance and Silent Auction with guest Marie-Lauren Gregoire B.A., B.J., a spoken
word artist, writer and communicator.
Mid-January, 2010 Munchies provided - cash bar.
Ballroom Dancing Lessons-Details to follow. Come and bring a friend!