A Christmas Message from our Pastor

Dear friends of St. Barnabas

Peace and Grace of God be with you.

On behalf of the parish staff, Deacon Paul, Fr. Augustine, and Fr. Mark, I would like to truly wish you a blessed Christmas. Jesus Christ, our Savior, is born!

The Lord Jesus came to lift us from darkness, to gladden our hearts, make clear the goal of life.  Jesus came to reveal God to us.  He is the face of God.  He came not only to show us why God created us, but also to lead us to the Eternal Home He made for us.  He puts an entirely new face on everything.

He shows us that God loves us and works constantly to draw us to Himself.  As Scripture says, “See, I make all things new.” (Rev. 21:5).  No wonder we sing, “Joy to the World” at Christmas time.

All our hopes, all our joys, all our peace rest in Jesus.  So we celebrate His birth with exceedingly great joy, for He was born to help us change from the old to the new:

From Greed to Generosity,
From Selfishness to Love for Others,
From Thoughtlessness to Thoughtfulness,
From Despair to Hope,
From Inner Confusion to Peace,
From Despondency to Joy,
From Fear to Trust in God,
From Ingratitude to Gratitude
From being Earthbound to being full of Desire for Heaven

We must – we absolutely must – celebrate Christmas.  In her Liturgy, Holy Church teaches us how to do this – how to prepare for it (Advent), how to celebrate it in the Christmas Mass and in the Christmas Feasts of the Holy Innocents, the Holy Family, Mary Mother of God, the Epiphany, and the Baptism of the Lord.

Whatever you may be suffering, whatever your disappointments, whatever the state of your health, whatever the state of your prayer life, let the peace, joy, and hope of Christmas fill you through and through.  If something has happened to alienate you from Jesus, use the season to make it right with Him.  He loves you and is waiting for you.

May our Mother Mary cover you with her mantle of love as you and your family continue to welcome the presence of the Savior to your homes.

Fr. Hansoo Park, Pastor

 


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Marriage Sunday 2016

His Eminence, Cardinal Collins is inviting all married couples, especially those celebrating their 25th, 40th, and 50+ wedding anniversaries in 2016, to join him for Mass and a special Celebration of Marriage at St. Andrew Kim Parish on Saturday, February 13th, 2016 to honour their fidelity and faithfulness. These couples will have reserved seating but pre-registration is required.

A couple can register by visiting: www.archtoronto.org/marriage.

Loved ones and family members of those honored are most welcome to attend.


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2016 Envelopes

Envelopes are now available in the church hall.

Please update your contact info and address with the parish office, in order to ensure you receive your 2015 tax receipt in the New Year.


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Marriage Preparation Course

Please obtain a registration form from the office in advance of the orientation night.

Orientation Night

January 21st, 2016 from 7-9pm

Dates for Classes

6 Thursday night, 7-9pm

From February 4th, 2016 till March 10th

 

Fee: $150 per couple


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Family of Faith Campaign

The Family of Faith campaign has generated excitement here at St. Barnabas. As the campaign moves into its final weeks here, please carefully consider the commitment you can make to this historic campaign, if you haven’t already made one. A pledge, redeemed over a five year period, will enable our parish to do so much! With the parish share, we plan to:

• Develop our youth programs to help our parish youth strengthen their faith and become faith leaders in our community
• Provide catechetical and biblical programs for parishioners guiding them to a deeper understanding of their faith
• Train a great number of our active parishioners to reach out to families who are inactive in the parish. This will allow our parish to become more of a missionary Catholic community
• Replace the carpeting and redesign the sanctuary to provide a greater focus on the altar and tabernacle
• Renovate the leaking Church roof and the stained glass
• Redesign the meeting spaces

You set the terms on what your pledge will be, and how you would like to pay it. Reminder notices can be sent directly to you. Pledges are non-binding…if your circumstances change in the future, you can adjust your pledge.

While we would have liked to visit personally with every parishioner, we know that’s not practical. So, over the next few weeks, parish volunteers will be conducting a phone-a-thon. When you get a call, please be respectful and consider carefully a sacrificial pledge to the Family of Faith campaign.

On behalf of the parish, and all of the volunteers who have helped with the Family of Faith campaign, thank you for your prayers and support of this historic effort!

Our parish goal is: $ 885,000
Our current total is: $539,282


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Advent Reflections

Advent is a time of preparation and joyous anticipation for the coming of Baby Jesus. Let us spend time reflecting on God's word through prayer and spiritual anticipation. To help us remain focused on God during this season, Advent Reflection booklets are available in the parish office. There are booklets available for adults, youth and young children. Booklets are $2 each or 2 booklets for $3.


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Jubilee of Mercy

The ritual opening of the Holy Door of Mercy at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, December 8, 2015, marks the official start of the Jubilee of Mercy. From that moment, the faithful in every Catholic Church are called to celebrate the Jubilee, particularly through participation in the liturgy. Celebrating Mercy is for all diocesan and religious communities, parishes, and shrines, and includes the official Rite of the Opening of the Door of Mercy in Local Churches.

As Pope Francis says, we are, as a Church, called to “echo the word of God that resounds strong and clear as a message and a sign of pardon, strength, aid, and love.”

Designated Churches for the Jubilee with a Holy Door of Mercy:

St. Paul's Basilica - Toronto

St. Patrick's Parish - Toronto

Merciful Redeemer - Mississauga

St. Anthony of Padua - Bramalea

St. Patrick's Parish - Brampton

St. Theresa's Parish - Scarborough

The Martyr's Shrine - Midland

Marylake Shrine - King City

Read more about how to obtain the Jubilee Indulgence


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World Youth Day 2016

Registration and information packages are now available for World Youth Day (July 19 - August 4)

Journey to Krakow Poland with Father Mark to World Youth Day - the international meeting of youth from all over the world, together with the pope in order to profess your faith in Jesus Christ together.

The theme of the XXXI World Youth Day Krakow 2016 is: ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy’ (Mt 5:7). Our Holy Father Francis has chosen the fifth of the eight Beatitudes, given by Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, to show the importance of the Beatitudes which are at the heart of Jesus’ teaching. In his first Sermon, Jesus presents us with eight examples of qualities that bring us closer to the Kingdom of God.

For further details, please contact Fr. Mark in the office at ext. 21
Read more on the official World Youth Day website


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