Welcome

Welcome to the St Joseph’s, Toronto website. We’re glad you’ve found us. This is truly an interesting time in the life of our community. The COVID 19 pandemic has affected everybody. As a society, we’ve had to adapt and learn new ways of doing things. It’s the same for us. Our Church is open throughout…

Giving Thanks

“For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.” – Ps 88.2 Giving Thanks As 2020 draws to a close, it is fitting to look back and give thanks for the year that has been. While it has been a challenging year, there are still many things that we, as a community, can be…

Year of St Joseph

Last Tuesday, 8th December (The Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration on St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church), Pope Francis proclaimed a ‘Year of St Joseph.’ To mark the occasion, Pope Francis has written an Apostolic Letter entitled Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart). Pope Francis begins…

God Comes to Us in Our Time of Need

“’Console my people, console them’ says your God” – Is 40.1 As I read through the readings for today, I couldn’t get past the first line. It felt like this was a word for our community. Our God wants to console and comfort us. This year has been like no other. Every person, every family,…

Staying Awake

“And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!” – Mk 13.37 When I was younger, I used to love trying to stay awake on Christmas Eve. Something was happening! Someone was coming! And I wanted to see. All the excitement and adrenaline keep me awake… for a bit… and then I’d…

In Need

“I was thirsty and you gave me drink…” – Mt 25.35 Today’s gospel presents us with a strong image of what kingdom living looks like. The following poem by Marlene Marburg may help us deepen our reflection on Jesus’ invitation to care for those in need. Thirst (Reprinted with the author’s permission) In the clinic,…

Given in Trust

“You entrusted me with five talents; here are five more that I have made.” – Mt 25.20 Last week, the church community was likened to bridesmaids waiting for the bridegroom. This week, the one who is in a relationship with Jesus, ‘the bridegroom,’ is personified in the poem of the perfect wife. We should see…

2020 Sight

“By those who love her, Wisdom is readily seen, and found by those who look for her.” – Wis 6.12 Our liturgical year is coming to an end. We have moved through the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, and as we approach the Feast of Christ the King, our readings direct us to…

The End of the Parish?

“It was with the joy of the Holy Spirit that you took to the gospel, in spite of the great opposition all round you.” –  Thess1.6 During the week, I read an article in the online magazine La Croix written by an Australian deacon, Justin Stanwix. In the article, the author poses the question, Has…

Ongoing Discernment

“Worked for love and persevered through hope…” – 1Thess1.3 We have a unique model of parish here at Toronto. We value collaboration and the exercise of co-responsibility in ministry and decision making. To faithfully exercise these values, I meet regularly with our Parish Team, Parish Vision Team and the Parish Finance Council. To the best…