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Ashes: On the Lenten Threshold
We are about to enter upon the season of Lent. The word “Lent” comes from the old English, lencten, meaning spring, the time of rebirth and new life. Just as we experience cycles and seasons in nature and in our natural lives, this same truth governs our spiritual and religious lives.

February 8: Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita
Josephine was born in 1869 in the Darfur region of western Sudan. She lived a carefree, happy life with her family. At nine years of age, she was kidnapped by the region’s slave traders and sold as a slave several times.
In Good Company Training for Friendly Visitors
In Good Company provides a visiting program for individuals seeking emotional, spiritual and social support in the GTA. On Saturday, March 5, 2016, there will be a one-day training session for anyone involved with individuals who are homebound or isolated. 

Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto Welcome Syrian Families
In response to the Pope’s Year of Mercy objectives and the Sisters’ ongoing commitment to addressing social and community needs, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto are sponsoring two Syrian families who will make their way to Toronto within the next few months. 

Faith Alliance Meets with Ontario Premier About Human Trafficking
On January 11, 2016, Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking delivered 4,208 citizen-signed postcard petitions to Premier Kathleen Wynne, calling for a provincial plan to combat human trafficking in Ontario. Four days later, Premier Wynne met with members of Faith Alliance about the need to take action. 

Pray With Us

Peace Thoughts, Prayer and Song

The Lord says: My plans for you are peace and not disaster.
When you call to me, I will listen to you. 
—Jeremiah 29:11-12

When we hear these words and listen, we understand that God desires peace on earth for us and waits for our willingness.

Meet a Sister

Sister Jacqueline de Verteuil Sister Jacqueline de Verteuil
I love the surprises God sends to our lives.

As she looks back on her years with her community, Sister Jacqueline de Verteuil says, "My strongest feeling is gratitude. My vocation enables me to use my God-given gifts serving the people of God."

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