Saint Teresa Catholic Parish
St Teresa 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
SATURDAY
5:00pm
SUNDAY
8:00am
11:00am

POLISH MASSES

MON-FRI
7:00pm
SATURDAY
9:00am
SUNDAY
9:30am
12:30pm
7:00pm

PARISH OFFICE

TUE-FRI
9:00am - 4:00pm
Lunch break
12:00 noon - 1:00pm

STAFF

Pastor:
Fr. Dariusz Lewandowski CSMA

Associate:
Fr. Jan Burczyk CSMA

Parish Secretary:
Judyta Bil

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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Instructional Video on Returning to Church

Click here to view the video from the Archdiocese of Toronto as we prepare for the re-opening of the Church

Archdiocese of Toronto Timeline for re-opening of churches

Dear faithful of the Archdiocese of Toronto,

In light of the government announcement of June 8, 2020 regarding the re-opening of places of worship, I have provided direction to all parishes on our re-opening timeline after consulting with the Archdiocese of Toronto’s Council of Priests and Episcopal Board.

While the government has indicated that places of worship may open as of June 12, we recognize the extensive protocols that must be in place to safely re-open our churches. These include the training of clergy, staff and volunteers as well as ensuring appropriate cleaning supplies, signage and capacity control mechanisms can be prepared.

As per government direction regarding capacity, churches are limited to 30% of their worship space. Funerals and weddings are restricted to 10 people including the presider at this time.

Mindful that we are still in a period of pandemic, our goal is to ensure we can welcome the faithful and provide a safe environment for all. Recognizing these challenges and balancing them with the understandable desire of the faithful to return to their spiritual home, all parishes have been asked to adopt the following timeline:

June 12 – 13, 2020 – period of preparation for parishes. Churches remain closed.

Sunday, June 14, 2020 – On the feast of Corpus Christi, parishes are asked to open their doors throughout the day for private prayer and adoration only.

Monday, June 15, 2020 – Churches may open for private prayer.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 – Churches may open for private prayer.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 – Churches may begin to celebrate daily Mass for the public. Please note the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 19) and the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (June 20).

Weekend of June 20/21, 2020 – weekend Masses may resume.

Before opening the church, the Pastor must be satisfied that the Archdiocese of Toronto Return to Church Guidelines can be followed. Parishes are currently finalizing their plans regarding operating hours and times for prayer/Mass as well as the method they will utilize to limit capacity. These will be communicated at the parish level shortly.

I continue to provide dispensation from the Sunday Mass for those who may not be able to attend for health reasons or due to capacity restrictions. St. Michael’s Cathedral will continue to livestream Masses – parishes may choose to do so for a period of time during this transition period or publicize the cathedral livestream, DailyTVMass.com as well as Masses offered through Salt & Light Catholic Television, EWTN and others.

I recognize there will be a period of adjustment and transition as we move to this new phase of operations. Thank you for your patience in this regard.

We also continue to remember in prayer those who have suffered during this period of pandemic and for all those who continue to care of them.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Thomas Cardinal Collins
Archbishop of Toronto

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
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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
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  • Saturday: 4:30pm - 5:00pm
  • First Friday: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Be
que
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Please remember your parish in your will. To make a bequest, please call the Archdiocese of Toronto office at 416-934-3411.

April 6, 2020  
 
Dear faithful of the Archdiocese of Toronto,
 
Each year, in this most holy week, we follow Jesus from His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, through the institution of the great gift of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday, and His suffering and death on Good Friday, to His glorious Resurrection on Easter Sunday. As disciples of Jesus, we see in the drama of those days long ago the model of our life today, for our life is a way of the cross leading through suffering to glory, in the footsteps of Jesus.
           
Christians have always prepared for the glory of Easter with the austere penitential discipline of Lent, but this Lent has been like no other in recent memory. The global Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the fragility of our human condition in this valley of tears, through which we journey home to the heavenly Father. It has shattered the illusion that our human will is in control of the world in which we briefly live.
 
Our society has even conditioned us to deny or to mask the reality of death, but that reality cannot be evaded in a pandemic. In addition, the measures needed to protect others have forced so many of us to put aside distractions of our busy-ness, and to enter a solitude that can either drive us to frustration, or lead us to more profound insight and greater compassion.
 
In the midst of this storm Jesus is, as always, the way, the truth, and the life, and He offers us the grace to use this crisis to discover a deeper wisdom about the human condition, and to move from that insight into greater love of God and neighbour, especially when so many of our neighbours are suffering. A faith that is purified in the fire of tribulation impels us to reach out in loving prayer and responsible action, instead of collapsing into selfishness and anger. The choice is ours.
 
In the pandemic emergency, love of neighbour has required that we take the extreme, and ultimately unsustainable, step of temporarily suspending the communal dimension of our sacramental life. But the Word became flesh, and Jesus died for us on a real, not a virtual, cross. That is what Good Friday is all about. Even apart from the sublime experience of ultimate reality which we are granted through supernatural faith, and through our sacramental life, the ordinary, natural, life-enhancing human relationships of love cannot be replaced by the dry abstractions of modern technology.
 
Meanwhile, however, as we seek to protect our neighbours by staying home, and so hasten the day when we can once more relate fully as humans again, we are thankful for the technological tools that can creatively be used to do the best we can to reach out in love for neighbour, and to help us to grow in love of God.
 
Even though it is not possible for the faithful to be present physically, every day every priest celebrates the Holy Eucharist for them, and every day I offer the Holy Eucharist in the cathedral. Livestreaming of many of these sacramental celebrations allows the most participation that is possible in our current situation.  Until you can participate in person, I invite you to connect in that way.
 
Our priests are also finding many innovative ways to continue to serve their parishioners and many parishioners are reaching out to those most affected in this crisis. I know you’ll be inspired by these Parish Initiatives.
 
Ultimately, our parishes rely on the support of the faithful and I am grateful to all those who have been so generous. If you are unable to do so given the current reality, please pray for all those who continue the important outreach and ministry in your parish community.
 
Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter
 
The most sacred time of the year is upon us. Even though our churches are closed, our priests will preside at the sacred liturgies of Holy Week and Easter in every parish, adapted to the restrictions required at this time. I invite you to learn more about our Holy Week celebrations in the archdiocese here: Holy Week.

Holy Week liturgies will also be celebrated in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Michael. The schedule and livestream for the celebrations are found here: Cathedral Liturgies. For those without access to the internet, you can also find information about televised services here:  EWTNSalt + LightNCBC.

While we are unable to gather together in person, we can be united in prayer. I encourage you to deepen your life of prayer in preparation for Easter. To assist you during these sacred days, we have numerous prayers and resources available here, at Spiritual Resources.
 
Easter is not just the celebration of the memory of an event long ago. It is the celebration of our present relationship with our Risen Lord, in whom we find our hope, and the motive for our acts of loving kindness, and the courage to face earthly tribulation with joyful boldness.
 
I will keep you in my prayers each day, and ask you to keep me in yours. May God bless you always.

 

Thomas Cardinal Collins

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.