Sacrificial Giving

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My Dear Parishioners

Today I wish to bring to your attention a new program that is being introduced in our parish. It is called, "Sacrificial Giving". The purpose of this program is to assist us in thinking about how much of our personal or family income we are willing and able to share with both our church and those in our society who are deeply in need and then to invite us to make a commitment in that regard.

Since I have come to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish I have found all the parishioners to be extremely generous with their time, their talent and their financial resources. When there has been a need people have been extremely willing to give what they could in support of whatever the cause was. For that I am both edified and grateful.

From talking to numerous parishioners I know that people's patterns of financial giving are quite diverse. Some give exactly the same amount every week. Others give the same amount but contribute once per month or once every six months. Others, don't have a set amount and give a portion of whatever they have available in their wallet come the weekend. Others give differing amounts sporadically throughout the year when money becomes available to them. Every person has a different approach to giving that reflects the circumstances of their lives.

This Sacrificial Giving program invites us to think about our giving in a new way. Sacrificial Giving requires of us that we put God's priorities before our own, that we put the support of God's Church and its mission as well as the needs of community charities before our own pleasure and comfort. In other words, we give a planned, proportionate amount of our income in gratitude for all that God has given us. This can lead us into a closer relationship with God because if we are giving an amount that is truly a sacrifice, then we are giving away something we thought we needed for ourselves, believing that our security lies not in our material wealth but in God.

"I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the temple treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood." (Mark 12: 43 - 44)

God does not judge us by how much we give but by how faithful we are in making that gift. The extent to which we give our material goods away in faith to help others will be the measure by which we are judged.

Those who make such sacrifices in gratitude to God find that:

  1. their own needs are still met,
  2. they are more aware of God's love and care,
  3. it is easier to distinguish between needs and wants, and
  4. a sense of peace comes from knowing that their gift to God is no longer just what is left over or a contribution out of habit.

Sometimes it is hard to decide what is a proportionate gift. It has for centuries been a tradition in the church that we use the biblical tithe as a measure. However, since most today actually give less than one percent of their income to charity, to think of giving 10% would be asking for a huge leap of faith. However, with 10 % as a measure, we must each begin at a level that is reasonable and not make the mistaken assumption that if we cannot afford to contribute 10% that it is somehow a sign of a lack of faith.

In this day and age, the parish is not the only organization that is in need of your dollar. There are many very worthy charities today that need your support in order to continue to provide to the community the service they offer. And, I know, again from talking to many of our parishioners, that they contribute regularly to various charities. This practice needs to be encouraged and to be seen as part of your Sacrificial Giving. Since your financial contribution to the parish is not so much a "charitable" donation as it is a commitment to the support of your own faith community, a reasonable sum to give to the parish would be half of your charitable donations, while the remaining half could be given to various charities.

This Sacrificial Giving program has been thoroughly reviewed by our parish finance committee, in the light of our financial needs, and is being initiated by them with my full support and encouragement. And so, over the weeks ahead as you will be hearing more about this program, I invite you to reflect on what Sacrificial Giving means in your life. Reflect on the actions of God in your life and re-commit yourself to God in gratitude both spiritually and materially.

Yours in Christ
Rev. James Hannah
Pastor

Latest Parish News

  • Sunday August 13 - Second Collection
  • Registration Deadline Extended for September 9 Pilgrimage
  • Calling All Mothers!
  • Meeting Iraqi Refugees in Parish Hall (Feb. 5, 2017)
  • Refugee Update of Jan. 18, 2017 (brother-sister family arriving Jan. 31, 2017 (tentatively)
  • Many pictures posted in (Picture) Gallery

Special Collection for Catholic Missions in Canada and Canadian Missions

This coming Sunday, August 13 there is a Special Collection called Catholic Missions in Canada and Canadian Missions.

This special collection has always taken place in August of each year and was distributed to Catholic Missions in Canada and the Scarboro Foreign Missions Society for their mission work. But in the past year there has been a very significant change of which you need to be aware.

Because of the age and shrinking number of their priests, the Scarboro Foreign Mission Society, which has always been located in this Archdiocese in the east end of Scarborough, will be closing. In dialogue with the Society, they have indicated they no longer require funds from this August collection and have encouraged its redistribution to needy partners.

In mid-2016, it became known to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops that the status of several of our country’s northern dioceses was being changed by the Vatican from that of “missionary diocese” status to “regular diocese” status. Accompanying the change would be the loss of the subsidy to the northern dioceses from the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

In September of 2016, at the annual meeting of the Canadian Catholic Bishops the proposal was made that, where possible, the southern dioceses of Canada assist the northern dioceses, not only to compensate for their financial loss, but also to help them rise out of their poverty.

In this context, the Archdiocese of Toronto has now become responsible for supporting two of our remote dioceses in Northern Canada, namely, the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith in Yellowknife, NWT which is about 400 km south of the Artic Circle as well as the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan in Grand Prairie, AB.

In light of this, and in keeping with the spirit of our annual Mission collection in August, the Archdiocese of Toronto has decided to re-allocate the Scarboro Foreign Mission portion of the collection towards these two dioceses.

Half of the total proceeds of the second collection next week will go towards supporting these two dioceses; the other half will continue to go towards Catholic Missions in Canada which fosters and extends the Catholic faith by supporting many missions in several regions of our country where the population is too small, or the economic situation of the community is too fragile for the people themselves to support their local Church and its ministry.

Please use the envelopes that you will find in your regular box of envelopes or in the special collection box for those of you who are on Pre-Authorized Giving.

If you do not have envelopes, there are envelopes on the tables at the back of the church for this collection.

As you think about what you can contribute in this collection please be mindful of how financially fragile some of these Catholic communities are in our country and how much they need not just the financial support but also the moral support our financial aid can give them.

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OLPH PARISH PILGRIMAGE

UPDATE: We now have a sufficient number of parishioners signed up to ensure the rental of the Coach bus for the pilgrimage on September 9. For this reason, the registration deadline has been EXTENDED to August 28, 2017. 

Come join Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish as we go on a pilgrimage to Martyr's Shrine in Midland, ON -- the National Shrine to the Canadian Martyrs. This holy and historic site honours the eight Jesuit Saints who lived, worked, and died here over 350 years ago. Celebrate your faith with hundreds of other Catholics during this 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese of Toronto. The celebrations will include time for prayer, pilgrimage to holy sites on location, Mass with Cardinal Thomas Collins, and personal time to enjoy the Shrine grounds.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Cost of Coach Bus: $30 (non-refundable)
Lower rate for family sign-ups. $30 for first adult; $15 for subsequent adults in same family and $5 for children in family
Bus will depart Our Lady of Perpetual Help at 8:00 a.m. and leave the Shrine Grounds toward Toronto at 5:30 p.m.

Please bring your own lunch
Spaces on the bus are limited!
Deadline extended to August 28, 2017. 

Contact the parish office to register at 416-489-1540 ext. 221 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Exciting News! Coming Soon in October…
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish is starting a Mothers Group!
Do you want to be refreshed? Inspired? Meet other Catholic moms? Then keep an eye out for our Mothers Group to come.
Our Mother’s Group will meet once a month on Thursday mornings starting in October.
For more information, visit www.CatholicMomsGroup.com
If you have any questions, please contact Alison Endrizzi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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At the first opportunity after the two Iraqi refugees arrived at Pearson Airport on Jan. 31, 2017, they were welcomed by many parishioners after the Feb. 5th's 9:30 mass. The brother-sister family, Fadi and Mallak were joined by their relatives living in Brampton.

Many pictures are posted on the Homepage Slider-photos as well as under the Picture Gallery (under Gallery in the Top Navigation Menu) - http://www.olphtoronto.com/gallery/picture-gallery/2013-onto/2016.html

There are two events with the Refugees so far - their arrival at the Airport and the Welcoming by Parishioners, They are naturally in 2017 but they are temporarily posted in the "Main Events of 2016-2017".

If you find any captions are incorrect or can be improved, please let the OLPH webmaster (Roy - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) know about them

 

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Good news after a long wait for them and for us!

We have learned that our family of two has been cleared to travel from Amman, Jordan, to Toronto this month. The simple iPhone message from Fadi belied the years of anxiety he and his sister (Iraqi Christians) have faced -- first fleeing ISIS from their home in Iraq, then dealing with  two years of uncertain days in Amman. As he put it stoically "I  just received a call from the embassy that our travel to Canada will be on January 31 and they'll tell us the details of the flight later. See you soon."

The joy we feel is tempered by some anxiety about the task ahead. Our top priority is to find an apartment that Fadi and his sister can afford when our funding support ends after one year. If anyone has any leads, quickly contact Henry Miller (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 416-932-8420). We are partial to areas like Fairview Mall area where there is a large Arab-speaking community, good community services in Arabic for newcomers and a number of agencies who can be helpful.

We will have a number of welcoming tasks, especially in the first two weeks, ranging from touring the city and registering for government services to helping them find work. If you are interested in helping, please contact Mia Toth (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Jamie McGrath (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Appropriately, we received Fadi's email this past Sunday, the Church's “World Day of Migrants and Refugees”..

Larry Pick, Co-chair of OLPH Refugee Committee

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Many 2016 pictures have been posted in the "Picture Gallery" under the "Gallery" Top Nav menu. However, due to some technical issue, they were posted under the Year 2015. This has been resolved and the 2016 gallery is now updated on its own.

These include the following area:

  • renovations in the church, including large scaffolding
  • some Holy Week service
  • Confirmation and First Communion
  • OLPH School students & families.

If you find any captions to be incorrect or needs improvement, please contact the webmaster.

 

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Beyond the Parish News

  • Events Around the Archdiocese

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Click on the link below for a full list of ongoing activities and events beyond OLPH parish and around the Archdiocese of Toronto!

https://www.archtoronto.org/catholic-outreach/calendar-events

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Bible Quote of the Day

Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your God. I will strengthen you, and help you, and uphold you with my right hand of justice.

Isaiah 41:10