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Latest news from Saint Francis de Sales parish and Archdiocese of Toronto

Update: Mandatory Use of Masks at Church

Notice to Parishioners – New By-Law Requires Mandatory Use of Masks at Church I want to thank all of you for your co-operation and kindness as we have returned to church over these past weeks. It has been so great to see parishioners once again and I thank everyone...

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Pentecost Trilogy of Songs

In honour of Pentecost, the Sunday 7pm Choir has posted three new videos in a Pentecost Trilogy of Songs dedicated to the Holy Spirit, each in a different musical style: Chant, Hymn and Taize. The hope is that their music continues to bring our Parish together, and...

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KofC Virtual Rosary

The Knights of Columbus encourage all parishioners to join in on a virtual prayer session every Sunday evening beginning at 7:00pm. Please see the poster below for more...

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Holy Week for Children

Dear parishioners, Please see the "Holy Week for Children" video message below, recorded by our First Communion Coordinator Mrs. Selda. It is an excellent resource, not just for those preparing to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion, but for all children who would...

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KofC Fundraiser for Food Banks & the Community

During this time of Lent, the Knights of Columbus usually collect over 3,000 lbs of food for our local food banks. Due to our parish being closed, they are unable to rely on the community to come together and donate. Therefore, the Knights of Columbus are shifting...

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Holy Week at Home

Please see the link below for a resource that you can use to pray with your families during the Easter Triduum. Holy_Week_at_Home

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UPDATE: Church & Parish Office Closed

Dear parishioners, We regret to inform you, that due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Cardinal has ordered all parishes to be closed until further notice. You will no longer be able to enter any parish within the Archdiocese of Toronto for private prayers on Sunday...

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Online Donations

Dear parishioners, I hope and pray that you are staying healthy – both physically and spiritually. No doubt you are aware that our parish relies on the support of our parishioners to operate – parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water,...

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UPDATE: Mass Cancellations due to COVID-19

There has been a recent change to our Mass schedule. Until further notice, we regret to inform you that we must cancel all weekday and weekend Masses at St. Francis de Sales parish. However, the church will remain open during limited hours for individual private...

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Mass Changes due to COVID19

There has been a change to our Weekend Mass Schedule. Please see the letter below from Thomas Cardinal Collins addressed to the faithful of the Archdiocese of...

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Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Devotion to the Holy Family flourished in the Renaissance. The leading artists of the time – Michelangelo, Raphael, El Greco, Rembrandt, Rubens, to name a few – often portrayed the Holy Family in their work. When this feast day was instituted in 1921, it was...

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Holy Innocents

The ‘Holy Infants’ are the male children recorded slain by King Herod in Matthew’s Gospel. This unique episode in Jesus’ life is not found in any other document, secular or religious, yet this incident, along with the account of the flight into Egypt, presents the...

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St. John

Also known as John the Divine, the apostle John was the son of Zebedee and the brother of James, and a fisherman. John was very close to Jesus and was present at the Transfiguration, the raising of Jairus’ daughter and the Agony in the Garden. John is the “beloved...

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St. Stephen

This celebration dates back to about the 4th century. Because his name is Greek, it is assumed Stephen was a Jew of the diaspora (Jewish communities outside Israel) who had resettled in Jerusalem. Stephen is the first-named among the seven deacons chosen to minister...

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Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

A feast dedicated to Mary’s conception first appeared in the 7th century and by the 12th century it was firmly established in England. In the 13th century, great thinkers such as St. Bernard and St. Thomas Aquinas debated whether Mary could have been born without...

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St. Andrew

Andrew came from Bethsaida in Galilee. Like his father and his brother Simon, he was a fisherman. A disciple of John the Baptist, Andrew was present at Jesus’ baptism. When John stated “Behold the Lamb of God”, Andrew understood and followed Jesus. Going to his...

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