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This new page is called "News In A Hurryas once new posts are added to this page, they'll be visible immediately rather than the 2-3 hours it usually takes for posts to appear on the "What's New" section - on the front page of the website.

Posts are listed from newest (top) to oldest (bottom). 
Older entries will be removed as newer entries are posted.

Homily - Friday, December 4, 2020 - St. Aidan Parish by Fr. Steven


Link HERE.

Homily - Thursday, December 3, 2020 - St. Aidan Parish by Fr. Steven


Link HERE.

Homily - Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - St. Aidan Parish by Fr. Steven


Link HERE.

Homily - Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - St. Aidan Parish by Fr. Steven


Link HERE.

Homily - Monday, November 30, 2020 - St. Aidan Parish by Fr. Steven


Link HERE.

Church Open For Private Prayer - updated November 30, 2020


Please visit our website for times when the church is accessible.  Please note that we altered our prayer times based on how many people were coming to visit the church.  The church is open every morning except Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, in the evenings only Wednesday and Friday from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, and on Saturday afternoons from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, which will also be confession time.  You can only stay in the church for a maximum of 45 minutes, so as to give others a chance (the exception would be if there are less than ten people present).  

No Public Masses as of Monday, November 23, 2020

St. Aidan's Church will be open for private individual prayer during the following times:

Monday and Tuesday 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Wednesday 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am to 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

- Note that the bathrooms will not be accessible.
- Only ten people are permitted into the church at one time (this includes our custodian).
- You can only remain in the church for 45 minutes, so as to give others a chance.
- You also need to sign in once you arrive at the church and provide your contact info. Also place a sticky note at the place where you were sitting.
- For confession, contact the parish office.
Also, confessions will be heard on Saturdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the back sacristy behind the altar. You will need to sign in and provide your contact info when entering the church, as you would for prayer.

Mass at St. Aidan Parish - November 29, 2020 - First Sunday of Advent


Link HERE.

Rosa Mystica Devotion Exposed (updated)



Based on the alleged apparitions of Our Lady to Pierina Gilli in Montivhiari, Italy, in the late 1940s. This devotion is supposed to be done on December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, and is referred to as the “Hour of grace”; an hour of penitential reparation and intercession especially for priests and religious. This devotion must be performed from 12 noon to 1 PM on December 8. It can be done in your home or in a church. To do this devotion one must put away all distractions; shouldn’t answer the phone, etc. Begin by praying Psalm 51 three times with arms outstretched. The claim is made that this devotion is approved by the local bishop, also by the Holy See, and that it was accepted by Pope Pius XII. No, this is not true. Neither the local bishops, nor the Holy See, nor Pius XII accept this devotion as being of God. I was informed by our Archdiocese that the Holy See forbids the Rosa Mystica devotion. It is not of God. The website promoting this devotion states, “the blessed Virgin promised that whatever a person asked her for during this hour of grace, even in the impossible cases, would be granted to them”. This is a clear sign that it is not of God. Part of the requirements for performing this devotion is that it must be performed exactly as stipulated. This makes it very clear that this is not a devotion based on faith but rather on superstitious ritual practices. During one of the alleged apparitions, Our Lady supposedly stated that only a particular strain of wheat can be used in the production of altar breads which will be consecrated during Mass (that other strains would not be valid matter for consecration). This would lead to confusion among the faithful, causing many to question whether Our Lord is truly present or not, depending on the type of wheat the altar bread was made from. Performing the devotion with outstretched  arms also leads to singularity when it is performed in a public church. This leads to pride; a person thinking that they have done a personal heroic act in public for which they may suffer criticism or ridicule. The FEAST of the Immaculate Conception is not a day of penance. God gives us feasts and God also gives us penitential days. We shouldn’t mix these up. It is Satan who wants us to invert these things, so that we are not doing what God wants. Yes we should do penance, but at the right time and place. Traditionally, the days before a feast were penitential. Normally, God does not ask us to do public penances, and Our Lord clearly manifests His disapproval of such penances. Recall Our Lord saying that when you fast do not put on a gloomy face so that others may see your fasting. He goes on to say that we should go into our room and pray to Our Father in secret. This is not to say that all public prayer is wrong. It is to point out that we should not draw attention to ourselves in public. 

Summary:

  • Not approved by the Church, or even local bishop. 
  • A feast day, December 8 is not a day of penance. 
  • Told to practice devotion exactly as prescribed in order to get graces. Superstitious ritual! 
  • Told to hold out arms in form of a cross, in church, while reciting penitential psalm a number of times; leads to others thinking you are crazy, leads to pride because you suffer for the sake of a (false) devotion. 
  • Guaranteed to grant your request, no matter how impossible. God never gives such guarantees. Satan, the deceiver, does! It is Satan’s way of getting us to doubt God or our relationship with Him, when our request is not granted. 

Chalice Christmas Gift Catalogue


​Chalice (a Catholic charity) invites you to share the blessings of Christmas with children in the developing world.  Our Christmas Gift Catalogue allows you to purchase a gift for someone in need in honour of a friend or a loved one.  A beautiful handwritten card will be sent to the recipient, telling them of the gift that has been given. 

Any gift purchased through the catalogue will receive an official tax receipt. 


To order gifts, please call 1-800-776-6855 or visit www.chalice.ca 

Book Review: The Holy Bread of Eternal Life: Restoring Eucharistic Reverence in an Age of Impiety 




Cancellation of Public Masses starting Monday, November 23


We thank all the parishioners of St. Aidan's for their ongoing support during this pandemic. It has been wonderful to see so many returning to Mass since we re-opened in June. We are especially grateful to the volunteers who have helped ensure our church is a safe place to gather – they have done incredible work!  

As you know, the number of new COVID-19 cases in the Greater Toronto Area have increased significantly in recent days and, at present, Toronto and Peel Regions are in the "Lockdown Stage" as identified by the Province of Ontario. In addition, Premier Ford announced on November 20 special emergency measures that need to be taken in our area. 

For this reason, as of Monday, November 23rd, attendance inside churches has been restricted to 10 people, including priests hearing confessions or a staff member/volunteer to monitor capacity restrictions. Sadly, due to these measures, public Masses must be temporarily cancelled. Priests will continue to celebrate private Mass daily for the intentions of parishioners and for those suffering from Covid-19.  Be sure to refer to our parish website for any new information: https://staidanssc.archtoronto.org/.

One of our parish families is in need


They are being evicted and could use some financial help.  
If any parishioners are willing to help them out with a financial contribution, please do so.  
If anyone is willing to rent a place for them, let Fr. Steven know.  
Here is a GoFundMe link to help raise money for them: https://gf.me/u/y7946b

Thank you, 

Fr. Steven

Stand with Michael Del Grande


As you may be aware one of our parishioners, Michael Del Grande, who is a School Trustee, is being harassed and attacked because he was trying to defend our Catholic beliefs.  Certain people want to make an example of him, so that no one dares to oppose political correctness and the sexualization of our children in the future.  Michael merely wants to help preserve Catholic principles in the Catholic School system and to protect children.  He has had to hire a lawyer to deal with the ongoing accusations against him.  Please show your support for Michael by praying for him and you can donate to his defence fund at: 


Thank you,

Fr. Steven

CWL St. Aidan Council Online Auction 2020 Fundraiser


CWL St. Aidan Council is having an Online Auction Fundraiser that will run from 
9:00 AM Saturday, November 14, 2020 through 
9:00 PM Saturday, December 5, 2020. 

Click the link below to start your bidding: 

Browse through the items. There are more than 50 great items to choose from and you can bid on several items, as much as you can.

At the end of the auction, highest bidders of an item will be contacted by a CWL St. Aidan Council member to arrange pick-up and payment.

Thank you and enjoy bidding! 

Here's a link to the CWL St. Aidan Council Online Auction 2020 Fundraiser 
post on our parish Facebook page: 

Action needed TODAY for heroic school trustee!



We have a crucial local action item for you. If at all possible, we immediately need a FLOOD of phone calls and emails to persons listed below to support school trustee Michael Del Grande who is the subject of a very serious vote this evening. 

We hope you will be able to assist Michael who is under severe personal stress and political pressures for valiantly opposing, almost alone, policies that would undermine the Catholic Christian moral environment affecting his board’s thousands of students.
 
Michael is a long-time board member and former chair of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), one of the largest school boards in North America. He has been heroically fighting a defense against people within his board, external gay activists, openly lesbian former Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne and very recently even the Progressive Conservative Minister of Education, who are trying to destroy him for his many years of exceptional fidelity to Catholic moral principles

I can assure you that what happens tonight at a TCDSB meeting could have a negative effect on all Catholic and other Christian schools across Ontario and perhaps in other provinces as well.

This battle began in Nov. 2019 when Del Grande and three other trustees voted against adding “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the TCDSB’s code of conduct. 

Having experienced years of watering down of moral principles by the board, Del Grande went a step further and pointed out that the TDCSB was heading down a “slippery slope” by adding those terms which would seriously undermine Church teaching. He facetiously proposed that the board also add other categories of sexual preferences, such as bestiality and paedophilia.

However, LifeSite then reported the gay and trans-friendly  “LGBT lobby, parent activists, and liberal trustees — notably former TCDSB chair Maria Rizzo — were outraged, and embarked on a relentless campaign against Del Grande, filing complaints against him, asking that the board publicly rebuke him, and launching a petition demanding he resign.” 
 
They accused Del Grande of equating homosexual and gender-confused persons with pedophiles and practitioners of bestiality, which Del Grande told LifeSite yesterday that he absolutely never intended. Del Grande said his proposed motion was merely meant to present the question of where does it stop if the board keeps adding support for one violation of Catholic moral teaching after another?

The trustees had the matter investigated and they exonerated Mike over his remarks.

If the trustees reverse direction in response to current pressure and an implied major threat from the Ontario government, it would be an abject surrender to the enemies of true Catholic education. Catholic ratepayers and other Christians must phone and email the trustees and implore them to stand by Del Grande and come to their collective sense.

Being faithful should be a badge of honour, not a pretext for public pillory. His remarks may have been satirical and biting but not intemperate. The truth is never intemperate, especially in the times in which we live.

Mike Del Grande’s colleagues need to stand up to discredited bullies like former premier Kathleen Wynne.  Please contact Premier Ford, Education Minister Steven Lecce, and at least some of the trustees.
 
Impress on the trustees their responsibility to ask Steven Lecce to keep his hands off the Catholic education system.

Trustees need to stiffen their spine and stand up for true Catholic education and its defenders, honorable, stellar public servants like Mike Del Grande. The Ford government and its Minister of Education need to cease interfering in the Catholicity of the TCDSB that has historic legal protections against such government interference.

Steve Jalsevac
LifeSiteNews.com

For additional information on this issue see the following LifeSite articles:
Ontario education minister joins in LGBT attack on Catholic school trustee accused of ‘homophobia’ – Nov. 3, 2020

LGBT activists pushing to oust Catholic school trustee who voted against gender ideology - Thu Nov 21, 2019
 
Ontario education minister joins in LGBT attack on Catholic school trustee accused of ‘homophobia’- Tue Nov 3, 2020
 
PERSONS TO CONTACT

Provincial Government
Premier Doug Ford:
416-325-1941 Email: doug.fordco@pc.ola.org
Education Minister Stephen Lecce
Phone: 416-325-2600 Email: stephen.lecce@pc.ola.org

TCDSB trustees to contact – *in order of importance*
Joseph Martino, Chair
Phone: 416-512-3401 E-Mail: joseph.martino@tcdsb.org

Angela Kennedy - Ward 11: East York/Toronto
416-512-3411 E-Mail: angela.kennedy@tcdsb.org

Nancy Crawford - Ward 12: Scarborough
Phone: 416-512-3412 E-Mail: nancy.crawford@tcdsb.org

Ida Li Preti - Ward 3: North York
Phone: 416-512-3403
Phone: 416-222-8282 Ext.2660 E-Mail: ida.lipreti@tcdsb.org

Markus de Domenico - Ward 2: Etobicoke
Phone: 416-512-3402 E-Mail: markus.dedomenico@tcdsb.org

Teresa Lubinski - Ward 4: Parkdale-High Park, Etobicoke-Lakeshore
Phone: 416-512-3404 E-Mail: teresa.lubinski@tcdsb.org

Frank D'Amico, CD - Ward 6: York
Phone: 416-512-3406 E-Mail: frank.damico@tcdsb.org

Michael Del Grande - Ward 7: Scarborough/ North York
Phone: 416-512-3407 E-Mail: mike.delgrande@tcdsb.org

Garry Tanuan - Ward 8: Scarborough
Phone: 416-512-3408 E-Mail: garry.tanuan@tcdsb.org

Norm Di Pasquale - Ward 9: Toronto
Phone: 416-512-3409 E-Mail: norm.dipasquale@tcdsb.org

Daniel Di Giorgio - 
Ward 10: Toronto
Phone: 416-512-3410 E-Mail: daniel.digiorgio@tcdsb.org

Maria Rizzo (very liberal trustee most opposed to Del Grande) - Ward 5: North York
Phone: 416-512-3405 E-Mail: maria.rizzo@tcdsb.org

Mother Angelica's Rosary Meditations (Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries)



​Link to PDF file HERE.

St. Aidan KOC Council #11332 now has a website!



Check out their new website here: kofc11332.org

Parish Donations Online



Thank you for your ongoing financial support during the lock-downs and now as we transition back to a new normal.  Here is the latest from the Archdiocese regarding the different ways in which you can continue to support our parish.  

  • Drop off or mail your regular weekly offertory contribution to the parish office. 
  • Visit our Donate Now page and select the region for our parish from the map. You will be taken to a page that allows you to choose your parish, amount of your gift (one-time or recurring), and payment method - credit card or chequing account. You can contribute to the offertory via on-line banking - similar to how you may be paying your utility bills. To do this, we need to send you your unique account number. Please e-mail us at campaign@archtoronto.org. In the body of the email provide us with your name, address, parish name and municipality. We will email you your account information which you can use to set up the Archdiocese of Toronto as a payee in your on-line banking. Your gift will be forwarded to your parish. You can make a one-time or recurring gift to your offertory. This is the most cost effective way to donate electronically.

If you have any questions, please contact the Development Office at the Archdiocese of Toronto, 416-934-3400, ext. 540 or development@archtoronto.org.

Face Masks to Cover Mouth and Nose


We have a new parish email address! 


Our new parish email address is: StAidansSC@archtoronto.org

Questions about the Mass, the Church, the Saints, the Faith or Morals, Spirituality, or something related?


Click on this SurveyMonkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9HJR27Q
Fr. Steven would love to hear from you!

Online Donations and PAG links on our website

​Society is moving away from the use of cash since it is handled by many people.  The same can be said of offertory envelopes.  Parishioners are encouraged to go to our Parish Website and to donate online or to contact the Parish Office and arrange for Pre-Authorized Giving. 

Here is a link to the Donate page on our website: 

https://staidanssc.archtoronto.org/About-Us/donate

Here is a link to the Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) page on our website: 

https://staidanssc.archtoronto.org/About-Us/pre-authorized-giving-(p-a-g-)

Our Parish Office can be reached at this phone number: 416-494-2704.