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Hail Christ Our King

On this final weekend of the Liturgical Year we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. We bring the struggles and failures of the past year and lay them at his feet. We ask his mercy for our sins and implore his grace as we renew our personal struggle to live the Gospel message.

Advent on the horizon

Next weekend we begin the Holy Season of Advent. During these four weeks before Christmas we meditate on Godís promises from the past, and prepare to celebrate their fulfillment. While the world around us goes into a shopping frenzy, we take time to prepare our hearts for the real meaning of Christmas, the birthday of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Family Advent Wreath

We encourage families to set up an Advent Wreath at home as a reminder to ďPrepare a way for the LordĒ. All it takes is four candles, three purple and one pink, and a ring of greenery. The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent (pink on the third!). Light them a meal times or for family prayer. The Advent Wreath lights our path to Christmas and the birthday of Jesus.

Good week for Confession

During this final week of the Churchís Liturgical Year we are encouraged to look within. How well have we lived our Christian commitment over the past year? Have we come to know Jesus in a more deeply personal way? What difference has that made in our lives? This is a good time to identify the sins that hamper our freedom in Christ, a good time to make a good Confession. Mercy is the gift of our King!

Year of Mercy

Pope Francis has designated 2016 as a Jubilee Year of Mercy. It begins with the solemn opening of the Holy Door of St. Peterís Basilica on December 8, 2015. For those unable to make a pilgrimage to Rome, Cardinal Collins has designated seven Holy Doors within the Archdiocese: St. Paulís Basilica; St. Patrickís Shrine Church; Merciful Redeemer Mississauga; St. Anthony Brampton; St. Patrick Brampton; St. Theresa Scarborough, Martyrsí Shrine Midland.

Jubilee Indulgence
A Plenary Indulgence is available throughout the year of mercy. To obtain it: 1) Visit a designated Jubilee church and pass through the Holy Door of Mercy; 2) Go to Confession; 3) Receive the Eucharist while meditating of Godís great gift of mercy; 4) Make a profession of faith (Apostles or Nicene Creed), and 5) Pray for the Holy Fatherís Intentions (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be)

Genuflect, genuflect, genuflect

Itís the Catholic custom to genuflect toward the Tabernacle when entering or leaving the church, and especially when passing in front of the Tabernacle. This bending of the knee is a sign of reverence toward the real presence of Jesus in the mystery of the Eucharist.

The Sacrament of Matrimony

Catechism of the Catholic Church
For what ends has God instituted Matrimony?
The marital union of man and woman, which is founded and endowed with its own proper laws by the Creator, is by its very nature ordered to the communion and good of the couple and to the generation and education of children. According to the original divine plan this conjugal union is indissoluble, as Jesus Christ affirmed: ďWhat God has joined together, let no man put asunderĒ (Mk. 10:9). To be continued ...