Saint Teresa Catholic Parish
Roman Catholic Church in Toronto

  123 Eleventh Street, Toronto, ON M8V 3G6

 office@stteresatoronto.ca

  (416) 259-2933

Pastoral Ministry by the Michaelite Fathers

ENGLISH MASSES

TUE-FRI
8:00am (Online)
SATURDAY
5:00pm (Online)
SUNDAY
11:00am (Online)

POLISH MASSES

MON-FRI
7:00pm (Online)
SUNDAY
9:30am (Online)
12:30pm (Online)

PARISH OFFICE

Note:
Not open to the public due to the pandemic restrictions however you can contact us by calling (416-259-2933) or email : office@stteresatoronto.ca
TUE-WED
9:45am - 2:45pm
Lunch break
12:00 noon - 1:00pm

STAFF

Pastor:
Fr. Józef Morawski, CSMA

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Cancellation of Public Mass

Due to the new COVID-19 restrictions mandated by the province of Ontario public Masses will be temporarily cancelled, however the St. Teresa church will remain open for private prayer and for the faithful to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Attendance is restricted inside the church to a maximum of 10 people, including the priest, as well as other volunteers monitoring the capacity.

The schedules for this week are as follows:

Tuesday: 9:00 am – 11:00 am & 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am – 11:00 am & 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Thursday: 9:00 am – 11:00 am & 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 11:00 am & 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturday: 3:00 pm – 4:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
An Act of Spiritual Communion

An Act of Spiritual Communion

Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the
Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

Capacity Limit Announcement for parishes in “Lockdown” - Moving to 10-person capacity - November 2020

We want to thank all the parishioners of St. Teresa for their ongoing support during this period of great uncertainty. It has been wonderful to see so many of you at 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 has 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, on November 20, 2020, Premier Ford announced special emergency measures that need to be taken in our area.

For this reason, as of Monday, November 23rd, we must restrict attendance inside the church 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. Weekends and daily Masses will be available online (http://stteresatoronto.ca/index.php/live-stream).

Our church will remain open for private prayer and for the faithful to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation this week:
  • Tuesday to Friday: 9:00am to 11:00am and 5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Weddings, funerals and baptisms will now be restricted to 10 persons, including those who are involved in ministry (priest, cantor, etc.). First Holy Communions and Confirmations will need to be postponed at this time.

While I recognize it is not a substitute for attending Mass in person, I encourage you to view online/Livestream Mass at http://stteresatoronto.ca/. Click on the Live Stream button.

Also, all non-essential meetings in the parish will move to virtual meetings or they may be postponed. Our staff will also be working remotely in large part wherever possible.

We recognize these measures are extremely challenging. I am also so incredibly grateful for the efforts of our heroic volunteers who have been faithfully welcoming parishioners and cleaning the church between services, ensuring that we can operate safely and responsibly. Your selflessness and generosity are inspiring!

So many of the faithful rely on the reception of the sacraments and our churches to find solace, peace and support during this period of the pandemic. Despite these new restrictions, we will make every effort to continue our outreach to you. We also ask that you find opportunities to assist those who are vulnerable or alone among us.

We will continue to update you as the situation evolves.

We pray that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. May God continue to bless you now and always!


Fr. Józef Morawski, Pastor.

Letter from Cardinal Collins: COVID-19 Provincial Measures (November 20, 2020)

November 20, 2020

To all clergy, staff and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Toronto,

Before providing an update on the latest measures implemented by the province of Ontario regarding churches in the Archdiocese of Toronto, I wish to express my gratitude and admiration for the heroic work that has taken place following our June re-opening.

Since that time, more than 1.3 million Catholics have attended Mass in our archdiocese. Following our robust WorshipSafe protocols, clergy, staff and volunteers have created a safe and welcoming environment, ensured proper distancing, the use of masks, as well as sanitizing churches after every service. You have also reached out with creativity and love to care not only for the sick and bereaved, but also for the needs of those suffering in other ways, who are isolated, who are facing psychological and spiritual trauma. You have been there for them. I thank you for fostering a culture of compassion that is needed more than ever, in the midst of this pandemic.

Participation in the Mass and especially the opportunity to receive the Eucharist and other sacraments gives all of us the spiritual strength to not only endure the crisis, but also to reach out to serve, day after day, all of those who are suffering.

We also must recognize the gravity of the situation before us. The number of positive cases of COVID-19 continues to rise at an alarming rate in many areas of our own archdiocese and in other regions of the province and country. We are still in the midst of a pandemic, which has already taken the lives of more than 11,000 Canadians.

We are grateful to those who have been dedicated to fighting the virus – first responders and front line workers along with those working selflessly in our long-term care homes among others. In my conversations with political leaders and medical officers of health, I continue to assure them of our ongoing prayers as they make difficult decisions to protect all of us.

In view of all of the above, I am deeply disappointed that, in some regions of the archdiocese, we must restrict participation in the sacraments (details enclosed). This will inflict a great spiritual pain upon those who safely and with great dedication have been drawing spiritual strength to sustain them, and to help them to serve those suffering in this pandemic. As we have demonstrated our ability to safely worship together, I trust that we will soon be able fully to resume public worship.

Meanwhile, now is the time to go ever deeper in prayer, and with continued love and creative zeal, build up our community of faith and reach out even more to those who are suffering in these difficult days.

Sincerely in Christ,

Thomas Cardinal Collins
Archbishop of Toronto


Recognizing the health and safety measures announced by the Province of Ontario on November 20, 2020, I am directing parishes to implement the following in their respective regions:

Toronto & Peel Region (Lockdown – Emergency Restrictions)

  • By Monday, November 23, 2020, parishes must restrict attendance inside the church to 10 people, including priests hearing confessions or a staff member/volunteer required to monitor capacity restrictions. Due to these measures, public Masses must be temporarily cancelled. Priests are asked to celebrate private Mass daily for the intentions of parishioners and for those suffering from COVID-19.
  • Churches, wherever possible and according to the judgement of the pastor, are encouraged to remain open for private prayer and for the faithful to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Weddings, funerals and baptisms (without Mass) are restricted to 10 persons, including those who are involved in ministry (priest, cantor, etc.). First Holy Communions and confirmations should be postponed at this time.
  • Parishioners are encouraged to view online/livestream/televised Masses. A full list is available at www.archtoronto.org and I will continue to celebrate the livestreamed Mass each day from St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica at 7:30 a.m.
  • No meetings should take place in parish halls or other church spaces at this time. The only exception would be those deemed as essential services eg. Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous Meetings. These meetings should be restricted to 10 people and ensure that all appropriate health and safety measures are in place (use of masks, hand sanitizer, physical distancing, etc.). Virtual meetings should replace in-person meetings wherever possible.
  • Parish offices should move to Phase 1 – Parish Offices Closed/Significant Operating Restrictions. Only essential staff in the office. Employees should work remotely wherever possible. Parish offices closed to the public – limited essential appointments only. Staff should take direction from the pastor regarding the local situation on the most prudent approach. In larger parishes, it may be possible to rotate staff.


York & Durham Regions (Red Zone – Control Restrictions)

  • By Monday, November 23, 2020, parishes must restrict attendance at all liturgical celebrations (Mass, weddings, funerals, baptisms, First Holy Communions, confirmation, etc.) to 30% capacity. Please continue to ensure strict adherence to sanitization, distancing and other measures as outlined in our protocols.
  • No meetings should take place in parish halls or other church spaces at this time. The only exception would be those deemed as essential services eg. Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous Meetings. These meetings should be restricted to 10 people and ensure that all appropriate health and safety measures are in place (use of masks, hand sanitizer, physical distancing, etc.). Virtual meetings should replace in-person meetings wherever possible.
  • Parish offices should move to Phase 2 – Limited Operations.


Simcoe Muskoka & Orangeville (Orange Zone – Restrict Measures)

  • No change to current operations. Parishes must restrict attendance at all liturgical celebrations to 30% capacity.
  • Indoor meetings restricted to 50 people maximum.

Humanitarian Relief – Philippines Relief Effort

TO: All Clergy & Parishes, All Chancery, Satellite Offices
FROM: Mark Brosens, Communications Manager
DATE: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
RE: Humanitarian Relief – Philippines Relief Effort



In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippines is struggling through one of the worst typhoon seasons in decades after six significant storms made landfall on the Southeast Asian nation in just three weeks. The Archdiocese of Toronto is now accepting humanitarian relief donations to help those affected by these devastating disasters.

Most recently, Typhoon Vamco (known locally as Ulysses) struck the Philippines on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, killing 67 people and displacing about 325,000 others from their homes. This was just 10 days after Super Typhoon Goni (known locally as Rolly), one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded, damaged almost 25,000 homes in the Philippines.

The Archdiocese of Toronto has partnered with Development and Peace – Caritas Canada to help the people of the Philippines. Caritas is working to provide essential emergency needs for 9,750 people affected by the typhoons in provinces of Catanduanes and Albay, Philippines.

At this time, we ask the faithful to please donate to the Philippines relief effort, if they are able.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:
  • Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website (click on the “Donate Now” button at the top of the page): www.archtoronto.org
  • By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
  • Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
    Name of Parish – Philippines Relief Effort – Disaster Relief

Parishes, please remember that the humanitarian relief envelopes should not be distributed at this time, because of COVID-19 restrictions.

(Parishes, please gather funds and send one parish cheque to the Development Office, made out to Archdiocese of Toronto – Philippines Relief Effort – Disaster Relief)

Sadly, the Philippines has received no respite during this year’s typhoon season and its people need our help. Our faith calls on us to come to the aid of those who are suffering. If you are able, please donate to the Philippines relief effort.

Message from Cardinal Collins

From: Cardinal Collins

Date: November 12, 2020

Re: UPDATE - New Covid-19

Related Restrictions in the City of Toronto

As previously communicated, the City of Toronto announced it would be moving to the “Control” stage (Red) of the recently announced Province of Ontario colour coded system (“Keeping Ontario Safe and Open”) to address the spread of Covid-19. The City of Toronto Medical Officer has also announced additional measures on top of the provincial restrictions.

Discussions with City of Toronto officials have taken place and will continue to unfold in the days ahead. At this time, we ask parishes to proceed as follows:

  • Parishes that are responsibly implementing the WorshipSafe measures can continue to operate liturgical celebrations (Mass, Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms, etc.) at 30% capacity. Please ensure strict adherence to sanitization, distancing and other measures as outlined in our protocols.
  • Recognizing the significance of the situation in the City of Toronto, no meetings should take place in parish halls or other church spaces at this time. The only exception would be those deemed as essential services ie. Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous Meetings. These meetings should be restricted to 10 people and ensure that all appropriate health and safety measures are in place (use of masks, hand sanitizer, physical distancing, etc.). Virtual meetings should replace in-person meetings wherever possible.
  • Parish offices should move to Phase 2 – Limited Operations
  • Parishes should also develop plans recognizing there may be a need at some point to reduce church capacity to no more than 50 people for liturgical celebrations.


Thank you for all that you continue to do.

First Reconciliation and First Communion Registration:

Registration is now open for the First Reconciliation and First Communion Preparation Program 2020-2021

To register, simply click on the below link, read the important information about the sacraments and fill up the form:

http://stteresatoronto.ca/index.php/forms/first-communion-2020-2021

Be sure to have your child’s baptismal certificate scanned and ready to be uploaded as well as the letter from your home Church if you are outside the St. Teresa Parish catchment.

The catchment of St. Teresa Parish has the following territorial boundaries:
  • North: Railway tracks
  • East: Dwight Avenue, east on Lake Shore Blvd W, Sand Beach Rd, south to Lake Ontario
  • South: Lake Ontario
  • West: Twenty Third Street, west on Lake Shore Blvd W, Twenty Fourth Street


Thank you.

Communication for St. Teresa’s Parish, Etobicoke

November 5, 2020.

Dear St. Teresa’s Parishioners:

I would like to thank all parishioners for their assistance in helping us to implement health protocols during our Return to Church over the past several months. It has been so wonderful to be able to celebrate the sacraments together once again.

Over the past 24 hours, we learned that a parishioner has tested positive for Covid-19. The individual was present at Mass on Monday, November 2 at 7 pm. The parishioner was wearing a mask and appropriately distanced throughout their time at church. They are currently feeling well and in a period of self-isolation at home.

Both the Archdiocese of Toronto and Toronto Public Health are aware of the positive test.

It has been determined that this case presents a very low risk of transmission. At this time, we ask that all parishioners continue to self-monitor for symptoms. As we have said in the past, if you are not feeling well or are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, please do not come to church, connect with your family doctor or consider getting tested for Covid-19.

A self-assessment tool can be found by visiting: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/. You can also contact the Toronto Public Health Hotline at (416) 338-7600 between 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. if you have questions about Covid-19. Translation is available in multiple languages.

We will share any relevant updates as necessary. Thank you for your continued co-operation as we pray for all those who are sick and those who are caring for them.

With prayerful best wishes,
In Christ,

Father Jozef Morawski and Staff

Weekend Masses

Saturday - 5:00pm Mass in English – Sunday vigil Mass
Sunday - 9:30 am - Mass in Polish
Sunday - 11:00 am – Mass in English
Sunday - 12:30 pm – Mass in Polish

Weekdays Masses

Monday – 7:00 pm - Mass in Polish
Tuesday – 8:00 am – Mass in English
Tuesday – 7:00 pm Mass in Polish
Wednesday – 8:00 am – Mass in English
Wednesday – 7:00 pm – Mass in Polish
Thursday – 8:00 am Mass in English
Thursday – 7:00 pm Mass in Polish
Friday – 8:00 am – Mass in English
Friday – 7:00 pm – Mass in Polish
Saturday – 9:00 – Mass in Polish

Update on Donations

Dear Parishioners


I hope and pray that you are staying healthy – both physically and spiritually. Please let me know if the parish can help you during these difficult times.

  Our churches are open for Mass and private prayer and we have worked diligently following guidance from public health authorities to make the environment safe for all.  

  If you are unable to attend in person, you are no doubt aware that our parish relies on the support of our parishioners to operate – salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.). These are funded through the generosity of our parish community.

  It continues to be a challenge for our parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection. We have benefited greatly from the Canada Employment Wage Subsidy, but that support is scheduled to diminish after September.  

Here are the ways that you can continue to support our parish at this time:  

  • Drop off or mail your regular weekly offertory contribution to the parish office.
  • Visit our Donate Now page by clicking here. 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.  

Thank you for your many contributions to our parish community. I’m happy to see people returning to Mass and I pray daily that we will all be able to gather together again soon.  

Yours in Christ,  

Fr. Józef Morawski, CSMA.

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 who has been so helpful in this re-opening stage, especially our wonderful volunteers. Thank you!

As you may have heard in recent days, a new by-law has been passed that makes the use of masks or face coverings inside all public places mandatory in the City of Toronto – as of July 7, 2020. This includes churches and our own parish. I would ask that all those coming to church bring a mask or face covering and wear it upon entering the church. I recognize that this may be an inconvenience yet I know that we are all committed to caring for our neighbour and those around us.

While a number of restrictions have been lifted in recent days, we are still in the middle of a pandemic and need to take the appropriate steps to minimize any potential spread of Covid-19. So while the Archdiocese of Toronto had highly recommended wearing a mask while in church and I know that most of you have been doing so, it is now a by-law that we must follow.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation as we do all that we can to take care of one another and keep our community safe and healthy.

St. Teresa Church Reopening Protocol

Dear Parishioners,

Beginning Sunday, June 21st, churches in Ontario will be open and the faithful can begin to participate in Sunday Mass. As we come together again for the celebration of sacraments, we must be mindful that we are still in a period of pandemic, and we need to adhere to the reopening protocol to ensure safety and reduce the severity of a possible second wave occurring. We realize that the introduced changes and restrictions may cause some discomfort and inconvenience; therefore, we respectfully ask for your patience, humility and full co-operation as we begin this process of re-opening St. Teresa.

As Cardinal Collins indicated in his letter for reopening of churches, following reasonable restrictions to contain the virus is a matter of faith, charity and justice. We are mindful of the sanctity of every life as we use these guiding principles in our planning:

  • I am my brother’s keeper. We are responsible for others. In justice, as well as charity, we must not recklessly endanger others or cause their death.
  • Love your neighbour as yourself.


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Message for parishioners for support of parish offertories

Dear parishioners, I hope and pray that you are staying healthy – both physically and spiritually. Please let me know if the parish can help you during these difficult times.

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, electricity, etc.) – are funded through the generosity of our parish community. It will be a challenge for our parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection.

In response to many requests that I have received from parishioners, here are the ways that you can continue to support our parish at this time:
Drop Off or Mail
Drop off or mail your regular weekly offertory contribution to the parish office.
Credit Card
Please click here. Choose Toronto West from the map. You will then be able to select our parish in the drop-down menu. You can make a one time or recurring contribution to our parish offertory or other special funds.
Pre-Authorized Giving
Contribute through pre-authorized giving. Click here for more information on pre-authorized giving. You can obtain a form from the parish office or you can click here to download an enrollment form which can be printed and completed. Return the completed form and a voided cheque to your parish office. Or e-mail the form and a scanned copy or photo of a voided cheque to development@archtoronto.org for processing. Contributions are withdrawn from your bank account on the 20th of each month.
Online Banking
You can contribute to the offertory via online banking. To do this, the archdiocese will need to send you a unique account number. Please send an e-mail to campaign@archtoronto.org. In the body of the email provide:
  • Your name
  • Address
  • Parish name
  • Municipality
You will be emailed 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 our parish. You can make a one time or recurring gift to our offertory
If you have any questions please contact the Development Office at the Archdiocese of Toronto, 416-934-3400, ext. 540 or development@archtoronto.org. Thank you for your many contributions to our parish community. I miss seeing all of you at the Mass and I pray daily that we will be able to gather together again soon.

Yours in Christ,
Fr Dariusz
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bap
tism

Arrangements for infant baptism can be made by contacting the parish office to schedule an appointment.
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Holy Matrimony

wed
ding

Couples planning to be married must contact a priest one year in advance. A marriage preparation course is required.
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Sacrament of Reconciliation

Con
fes
sion

  • Saturday: 4:30pm - 5:00pm
  • First Friday: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Be
que
sts

Please remember your parish in your will. To make a bequest, please call the Archdiocese of Toronto office at 416-934-3411.

Patrons

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St Teresa

O my God! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love. I ask of Thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in heaven for all Eternity. Amen.
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St Michael

Saint Michael the Archangel
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness
and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Power of God -
cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world
seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen.
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Bl Broni
slaw

Work and temperance are not acquired easily. In order to avoid being overcome in battle we must rigorously control our body and all its natural inclinations, like a coachman holds on tightly to an untamed horse so that they both do not end up on the brink.

Our Parish

Saint Teresa Parish brings together more than 2,000 families. It is a community of different races, nationalities and cultures; where Mass is celebrated daily in two languages: English and Polish.