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Stay-at-home order extended until at least June 2, 2021

Stay-at-home order extended until at least June 2, 2021

13. May, 2021Past EventsNo comments

The provincial government announced that the current stay-at-home order will be extended until at least June 2, 2021. Current restrictions for places of worship remain in place:

• All Public Masses are cancelled until further notice.

• Mass will be broadcast Live every Sunday at 11:30AM on the parish Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/ololgta) and on YouTube.

• Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals are restricted to 10 persons, including the priest(s).

• However, the church is open for Private Prayer and/or Confessions, by appointment only.

• All in-person meetings, gatherings and activities are also suspended at this time.

For updates, please visit our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/ololgta

Stay safe and God bless!

Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

23. March, 2021Past EventsNo comments

Feast: March 25

This great festival takes its name from the happy tidings brought by the angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary, concerning the incarnation of the Son of God. It commemorates the most important embassy that was ever known: an embassy sent by the King of kings, performed by one of the chief princes of his heavenly court; directed, not to the kings or emperors of the earth, but to a poor, unknown, retired virgin, who, being endowed with the most angelic purity of soul and body, being withal perfectly humble and devoted to God, was greater in his eyes than all the scepters in the world could make a universal monarch. Indeed God, by the choice which he is pleased to make of a poor virgin, for the accomplishment of the greatest of all mysteries and graces, clearly demonstrates that earthly diadems, dignities, and treasures are of no consideration with him; and that perfect humility and sanctity alone constitute true greatness. God, who is almighty, can do all things by himself, without making use of the concurrence of creatures. Nevertheless he vouchsafes. in his exterior works, most frequently to use their co-operation. If he reveals his will and speaks to men, it is by the intervention of his prophets, and these he often enlightens by the ministry of angels. Many of the ancient patriarchs were honored by him with the most sublime commissions. By Moses he delivered his people from the Egyptian slavery, by him he gave them his law, and he appointed him mediator in his alliance with them. When the Son of God became man, he could have taken upon him our nature without the co-operation of any creature; but was pleased to be born of a woman. In the choice of her whom he raised to this most sublime of all dignities to which any pure creature could be exalted, he pitched upon her who, by the riches of his grace and virtues, was of all others the most holy and the most perfect. The design of this embassy of the archangel is as extraordinary as the persons concerned in it. It is to give a Savior to the world, a victim of propitiation to the sinner, a model to the just, a son to this Virgin, remaining still a virgin, and a new nature to the Son of God, the nature of man, capable of suffering pain and anguish in order to the satisfaction of God’s justice for our transgressions. And the Son of God being to take a human body formed of her substance, the Holy Ghost, who, by a power all-divine, was to her in place of a spouse, was not content to render her body capable of giving life to a Man-God, but likewise enriched her soul with a fulness of grace, that there might be a sort of proportion between the cause and the effect, and she the better qualified to co-operate towards this mystery of sanctity.

The Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception

7. December, 2020Past EventsNo comments

On December 8, we honor Mary, our Mother. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a Catholic feast celebrating Mary’s conception without sin. Even though this feast day occurs in the liturgical season of Advent, which prepares for the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Immaculate Conception refers to the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother, St. Anne.

 

Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, “full of grace” through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Blessed Pope Pius IX proclaimed on December 8, 1854: “The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.” — Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

St. Barbara Feast Virtual Celebration

St. Barbara Feast Virtual Celebration

23. November, 2020Past EventsNo comments

OLOL St. Barbara Feast Virtual Celebration
– Costume Show: Dress up in traditional or historic costumes
 Baking Contest: Prepare traditional St. Barbara sweets
Then let’s share those pictures with everyone

Send your pics
to office@ourladyoflebanon.ca
by November 30th, 2020

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Solidarity with the Victims of Beirut Explosion – How to Help?

Solidarity with the Victims of Beirut Explosion – How to Help?

11. August, 2020Past EventsNo comments

In response to the horrific explosion that occurred in Beirut, Our Lady of Lebanon church – Toronto is being approached by many generous individuals and groups who wish to help or to organize fundraisers, and asking for our support to send the donations to Lebanon.

Help is needed right now! Instead of us collecting the money then sending it later to Lebanon, our recommendation is that YOU DONATE DIRECTLY ONLINE, through a trusted NGO or Charity. Please check the websites of the Charities listed below, then decide which one you will feel more comfortable supporting.

However, in case some people or fundraisers collect cash donations, and prefer to send the funds to Lebanon through our church, we will transfer the money as soon as possible to one of these listed charities.

God bless Lebanon! God bless you all!

 

Canadian Red Cross – (Lebanon Humanitarian Needs Appeal)

https://secure.redcross.ca/registrant/donate.aspx?eventid=311494

* CANADIAN TAX RECEIPT PROVIDED

 

Canadian Red Cross with The Dableh Family Foundation. The Dableh Foundation will match up to $250,000 raised through Canadian Red Cross.

Donate here: http://www.redcross.ca/Lebanon/Dableh

* CANADIAN TAX RECEIPT PROVIDED

 

Lebanese Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org.lb/)

Donate here: https://www.supportlrc.app/donate/donate_guest.html

 

Caritas Lebanon (http://www.caritas.org.lb/)

Donate here: http://www.caritas.org.lb/get_involved/donate/

 

ICF –  International Christian Foundation (https://federationicf.org/)

Donate here: https://federationicf.org/donate/

* CANADIAN TAX RECEIPT PROVIDED

 

Solidarity Among Lebanese (http://www.lebanesesolidarity.org/)

https://www.solidarity.org.lb/people-below-poverty-line/

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Church Open – Masses Resumed at Our Lady of Lebanon church – Toronto

Church Open – Masses Resumed at Our Lady of Lebanon church – Toronto

12. June, 2020Past EventsNo comments

In light of the government announcement of June 7, 2020, regarding the re-opening of places of worship, in which it was indicated that places of worship may open as of today, 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.

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, Masses resumes on Sunday June 21, 2020 (But NO MASS in Pickering). For now, we still have 2 Masses on Sundays: on 10:30AM and 12:30PM.

Please note that as per government direction regarding capacity:

  • Churches are limited to 30% of their worship space. In our case, We are allowed a maximum of 150 people only in each Mass.
  • Therefore, remember to REGISTER to attend Sunday Mass: Register online: https://ourladyoflebanon.eventbrite.ca/
    Or Text/Call Abouna Walid at 416-821-7070.
  • Masks are now Mandatory. Please bring a Mask and Wear it in church

Our Bishop continues to provide dispensation from the Sunday Mass for those who are unable to attend for health reasons or due to capacity restrictions. During this transition period, we will try to continue to live stream the Mass on YouTube or Facebook.

Acknowledging the very basic commandment of love of neighbour, we have a responsibility to care for one another in the re-opening. Thus, the procedures and manner of the celebration of Mass and the sacraments are to be very different from the situation that we have known. We know that some of the measures that will be taken may feel strange or uncomfortable. However, in these unique days of pandemic, following reasonable restrictions to contain the virus is a matter of Faith, Charity and Justice. We ask for your full co-operation and patience as we do our very best to welcome back our parishioners, even in limited numbers.

We also extend our sincere gratitude for the members of our Parish Council and for all of you, dear parishioners, for all that you have done during this period of closure and for the efforts you are taking to prepare and implement this new chapter.

We 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,

Abouna Walid & Abouna Habib

Easter Popular Traditions in Lebanon and the Middle East

Easter Popular Traditions in Lebanon and the Middle East

13. April, 2020Past EventsNo comments

Easter in Lebanon, as well as among other Christians in the Middle East, is celebrated by local Christian communities (Maronite Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Melkite Catholic, Armenian Orthodox, Syriac Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Syriac Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Chaldean, Assyrian, Coptic, Protestant).

One of delicacies prepared for Easter in Lebanon is Maamoul. Maamoul are little cakes that are made with semolina, sugar, pound butter and water. They are filled with walnuts, dates or pistachios. After baking they are covered with some icing sugar.

Maamoul
Maamoul

Making Maamoul is some sort of family business. Each family member prepares a different part of the cake such as decorating the cake tops, women preparing the dough. Finished cakes are laid out on trays or white sheets. The next day they are taken to the bakery to be baked.

When going to church on Palm Sunday (Shaa’nini in Arabic) people wear new clothes or at least a new pair of shoes. A ceremony called shanineh is held then.

Shanineh is a procession, led by priest and his helpers, in which the children holding candles are carried around the church on their parents’ shoulders. The candles are decorated with ribbons and flowers.

On Lent and on Good Friday people fast. On these days meat and animal products are not eaten. On Fridays during Lent period special church services are organized. They suppose to remind people of different stages in life of Jesus Christ.

On Good Friday the statue of Christ is taken off the altar and put in a coffin. That coffin is then carried around the church in a procession. The statue is left in the coffin during Easter Saturday. At the midnight between Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday special Easter mass is held.

What’s happening on Easter Sunday? Let’s take for example the Orthodox Christians of Lebanon. They attend a church service on Easter Sunday morning or midnight mass between Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.

On Easter Sunday, many families make a special lunch which includes turkey or chicken stuffed with nuts and served with rice. The afternoon is spent visiting friends and family members.

Finally, on Easter Sunday people greet by saying Al Massih Qam (Jesus is risen from the dead). The other person answers Haqqan Qam (He has truly risen).

The Glorious Resurrection

The Glorious Resurrection

13. April, 2020Past EventsNo comments

Al Masseeh.. Qaam! Haqqan Qaam!

39-Resurrection of our LordMaronites, as all Eastern Christians, greet one another all through the six weeks of Easter with “Christ is risen!” and the reply, “He is truly risen!”

“Today the Church and her children rejoice for our Lord and Savior has risen from the dead. The resurrection of the Lord is the central event of our salvation, the one that gives meaning to who we are and what we do. Every celebration of the Eucharist and the other mysteries refers to it as the source of inspiration and meaning.

The resurrection is the feast of feasts, the queen of all feasts. Originally the Church celebrated only one feast, the resurrection itself, which was recalled and renewed each Sunday at the celebration of the Divine Mysteries. Soon, however, it began to recall the Passover of the Lord and his victorious resurrection in a special way once a year, in addition to the weekly commemoration of the resurrection. Eventually this annual celebration of the Lord’s resurrection was prepared for by a season of prayer, fasting and penance – Lent, and the feast itself was extended for fifty days.

Today’s feast is one of joy and peace; the joy and peace that flow from the Lord’s resurrection are expressed today by the rite of peace which follows the gospel in the Divine Mysteries. The cross is removed from the tomb where it has rested since Great Friday and is draped in white. It is carried through the Church accompanied by hymns of praise and joy. The priest solemnly blesses the congregation with the glorious cross and then presents it to them that they might adore it.

By his living cross Christ has saved us from going astray and given us a way to heaven. Through the cross peace and harmony reign among God’s people and we are led to perfection. And so filled with peace and with joyful hearts we proclaim:

‘A glorious morning has dawned, and night has fled Light has conquered, and night has been destroyed.’

Season of the Glorious Resurrection: The Church celebrates the Resurrection of our Lord as the feast of feasts. After being plunged into the darkness of the crucifixion and death of Jesus we are now filled with the light of the resurrection. The cross which was the instrument of death has now become the glorious beacon which enlightens the world.

In order to express its joy the Church extends the celebration of the resurrection for a week of weeks, that is, for fifty days. The Sundays of the Season of Resurrection are as follows: Resurrection of the Lord- New Sunday: First Sunday of Resurrection- Second Sunday of Resurrection- Third Sunday of Resurrection- Fourth Sunday of Resurrection- Fifth Sunday of Resurrection- Sixth Sunday of Resurrection: Sunday after the Ascension- Pentecost.

The Season of Resurrection begins with the feast of the Resurrection and ends with the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. On the fortieth day of this season (the Thursday after the Fifth Sunday of Resurrection) the feast of the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated.”
(From “Prayer of the Faithful According to the Maronite Liturgical Year”).

Living Easter with “Locked Doors”

Living Easter with “Locked Doors”

13. April, 2020Past EventsNo comments

 

This year, we all celebrated Easter differently, with closed and locked churches and no private prayer in any church building. While this is certainly a painful reality of the pandemic and a measure taken in the best interest of public health, it is a difficult thought to grasp.

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However, for Christians, this story of locked doors should certainly sound familiar: “The doors were locked” (John 20:19). These words begin the telling of Jesus Christ’s appearance as Risen from the dead to Saint Peter and the Apostles. The story continues on with Jesus breathing on them saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:20). Wherever the Holy Spirit is, there is sanctification, grace, renewal, and abounding faith, hope, and charity.

In the present day too, with locked doors, Jesus Christ is indeed breathing on us the gift of His Holy Spirit and calling us to renewal in His Spirit. Despite doors being locked, we are called to live and look towards the Resurrection of the Lord seeking renewal. With locked doors, the Holy Spirit is stirring about the grace of renewal for the Body of Christ that longs to physically and sacramentally gather together.

 

Perhaps these are some ways Jesus is instructing us in the ways of renewal and calling us to “Receive the Holy Spirit” in times of locked doors, social-distancing, and self-quarantining:

  • A renewal of Eucharistic faith. Our feeling of spiritual deficiency without being nourished by Jesus and the gift of Himself can fuel a true longing for Him in our lives. When we can receive the Eucharist, the Body, Blood, Soul, and the Divinity of Jesus Christ again, we can do so with great reverence, desire, and faith. We can make a firm resolve to ensure we are truly ready to receive Him by living in the state of grace and being committed to living in communion with Almighty God, the Church, and the Body of Christ.
  • A renewal of the Domestic Church. Families are praying together, asking each other for prayers, talking about their faith, and watching live-streamed Masses and Christian programs together. How beautiful if this was the norm. Maybe this time can be a renewal of our commitment to faith in the family. After all, “the family home is rightly called ‘the domestic church,’ a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity” (CCC 1666).
  • A renewal of our Communal Prayer. How we all long to gather together in-person and unite together in prayer. In heeding the Word as prophets, offering all we are and all we have to the Father in the offertory and eucharistic sacrifice as priests, and living the communion of the Body of Christ as kings, we can revive our Communal Prayer. “Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy. Such participation by the Christian people as ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people’ (cf. 1 Pet. 2:9; 2:4-5), is their right and duty by reason of their baptism” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 14). Maybe we can commit now to more intentionally cherishing our time in our Communal Prayer by fully entering into it

Through these difficult times as we are “locked out”, we must persevere in our journey with the Lord. May we unite our sadness, struggles, and difficulties with those seriously affected by the Coronavirus and with Jesus Christ in His suffering. May we be open to the ways in which Jesus is indeed breathing on us and calling us to renewal in His Spirit at the core of our faith: the journey to and through the cross to the glorious Resurrection.

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(Article by Andrew Rubinich, published on Catholic-link website: https://catholic-link.org/the-doors-were-locked-the-paschal-mystery-in-light-of-covid-19/)

Holy Week and Easter 2020 ONLINE SCHEDULE

Holy Week and Easter 2020 ONLINE SCHEDULE

6. April, 2020Past EventsNo comments

Our Lady of Lebanon Church
Holy Week and Easter 2020
ONLINE SCHEDULE
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Wednesday April 8th, 2020 Job –  إربعاء أيوب
 7:30pm – Mass & Blessing of the Oil قداس ورتبة تبريك الزيت

Thursday April 9th, 2020 – Holy Thursday –خميس الأسرار
  7:30pm – Mass  قداس

Friday April 10th, 2020 – Good Friday –  الجمعة العظيمة
4:00pm– Ceremony of the Adoration of the Cross and Burial of Christ
رتبة سجدة الصليب ودفن المسيح                      

Easter – القيامة المجيدة
Sunday April 12th, 2020- Easter Sunday –  أحد القيامة
11:30am– Easter Mass قداس العيد