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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Times

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Times

Dear friends in Christ,

Hope you are doing well. It was wonderful and enriching to have community back at the church celebrating the Eucharist.

The Church is open for regular Masses.

Mass Times: Tuesday to Friday 8:00am, Saturday 5:00pm and Sunday 9:00am and 11:30am. All are welcome. You do not need to register to attend Mass.

After celebrating Easter and solemnities of Pentecost, Trinity, the Body and Blood of Christ and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus we return to the ordinary time. We are in the eleventh Sunday in Ordinary time. Jesus today speaks to us through parables.

Waiting is challenging. We want instant results. Today in our world there is an instant solution for almost everything. We lose patience and at times get frustrated when we have to wait. But so much of our life is made of waiting. We wait for phone calls from our family or friends. We wait for lab results. We wait for results for exams. We patiently wait and watch our children grow. During COVID we have been waiting for normalcy to return. I believe that growth takes place in waiting. We are called to sow the seeds of kindness and love wherever we go. We called not to give into despair when we do not see the results of our good works. God uses all the good we do to bring joy in the lives of people. We can never be tired to doing good even if our good is as small as the mustard seed. All acts of love and kindness will bring difference, joy, change and new hope in the lives of people. We may never see the fruits our goodness. This should not discourage us.

Dear friends during this week let us sow the seeds of kindness, love, joy and compassion wherever we go.
Many God’s blessings on your week!

Fr. Francis
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish
Call/text (647)967-5712
SOLEMNITY of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) Sunday

SOLEMNITY of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) Sunday

Dear friends,
Hope you are enjoying sunny days and staying cool!

This Sunday we celebrate the solemnity of Body and Blood of Christ. It is the greatest gift that Jesus has given to us. This gift helps us to nourish ourselves as we journey in this life.

As we celebrate this feast, I am painfully aware that for the last year or so we have not been able to celebrate Eucharist as a community because of the pandemic. We know how much we have missed being in a praying community celebrating this wonderful and profound gift. Many people often ask me, “when will the churches be open so that we can come together to celebrate?”. Watching Mass online or on TV is not the same as celebrating as a community. There is meaning and beauty in community celebration. Let us pray that soon we will be able to gather as community.

The celebration of Eucharist gathers all of us together. It brings people from all walks of life. We bring our joys, sorrows and challenges to the celebration. There is a place for everyone at the table. We come together to break the bread which becomes the body of Christ and to drink the wine which becomes the blood of Christ. We are nourished and called to go out live the fruits of the Eucharist.

The celebration of the Eucharist is not complete if it does not change us to be more like Jesus. It invites us to embrace the life style of Jesus. It invites us to embrace the values of the gospel. It invites us feed the hungry and be in solidarity with the poor and people who are hurting. We are called to break all the barriers to reach out.

“In recent days, the country has been shocked, saddened and angered by the discovery of the remains of 215 children in unmarked graves who attended a residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. We pray for the children who died in Kamloops and in residential schools throughout the country – they must not be forgotten. We must also recognize the betrayal of trust by many Catholic leaders who were responsible for operating residential schools, abandoning their obligation to care for young and innocent children.

We all seek the truth and this tragic discovery provides yet another opportunity for us to learn more about this dark chapter in our history and the painful journey experienced by so many of our Indigenous brothers and sisters” (Cardinal Collins, Toronto).

My dear brothers and sisters as we celebrate this profound gift of the Body and Blood of Christ let us pray that nourished by this gift, we may become the compassionate, faithful, radical and trustworthy disciples of Jesus.

Many blessings on your week!
Fr. Francis
St. Thomas the Apostle parish, Waterdown
GA First Holy Communion & Confirmation Up-date - Postponed to October 2021

GA First Holy Communion & Confirmation Up-date - Postponed to October 2021

Please see attached up-date and letter from Father Francis:

Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday

Dear friends,

Happy Sunday! Hope you had a chance to go out to enjoy the beautiful sunny day.

Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Trinity. Trinity consists of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, three persons but one God. Trinity is a mystery not so much to be solved but to be encountered and lived on a daily basis. The Triune God invites us to experience the love that God has for us. Jesus came to this world to share that love and help us to live as authentic human beings. The Holy Spirit is given to us as a gift and companion to help us in our faith journey. We meet this God in our lives everywhere on a daily basis.

Once we experience and encounter our loving God, we are called to go out into the whole world to proclaim the good news. We are called to share this love with our brothers and sisters. We are called to be there for people who suffer. COVID has caused so much suffering in our world. There is so much that we can do to reach out to people. Let us find creative ways to share God’s love with the suffering humanity this week.

God bless you all!

Fr. Francis Noronha, csc
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Waterdown
SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST, coming of the HOLY SPIRIT - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST, coming of the HOLY SPIRIT - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

Dear friends in Christ,

Today we celebrate the SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST, coming of the HOLY SPIRIT. It’s the beginning of our Church. It’s the birthday of our Church. Today is the day when the Holy Spirit came to the disciples who were behind the locked doors with fear. Empowered by the Holy Spirit they go out to proclaim the good news, to heal and to forgive.

We are all given the gift of the Holy Spirit. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit. We are called to go out to proclaim the good news. We are called to bring healing and comfort to the people who are suffering.

We are given the gifts and fruits of Holy Spirit to serve and to bring glory to God who is the giver of all gifts. Pope Francis in his homily on Pentecost (2020) highlighted three evils that prevent us from sharing our gifts. They are narcissism, victimhood and pessimism.

Narcissistic person is only worried about oneself. For them it is always about me and me only. They do not have time for others. Holy Spirit invites us to put others first. Holy Spirit invites us to sacrifice our comfort and pleasures for others. There is joy in giving.

Second evil is victimhood. There are people who always consider themselves victims. This does not allow them to go out to share. They get lost in their own little world. The spirit invites us to come out of our small worlds and embrace the bigger vision that God has for us.

Pessimistic people think that there is wrong everywhere. They fail to see hope and light. They complain all the time. Nothing satisfies these people. The spirit invites us to be optimistic and bring hope to people.

Dear friends let us invoke the Holy Spirit to come into our lives. Let us allow the Spirit to open our hearts to see God’s vision for us. Let us be other oriented, see the bigger picture of life and be optimistic amidst challenging times. Let us ask the Spirit to renew our lives and the face of this earth.

Be safe and well. Blessing on your week!

Fr. Francis Noronha, CSC
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Waterdown
Seventh Sunday of Easter (The Ascension of our Lord) - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

Seventh Sunday of Easter (The Ascension of our Lord) - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

My Dear Friends,

Today we celebrate the Feast of Ascension of the Lord. Its celebration when Jesus completed his mission on earth and went back to heaven. It is the day when Jesus entrusted His mission to his disciples and to all of us. It’s the day when Jesus promised us that he will be with us till the end of the ages.

When Jesus ascended into heaven, Jesus placed a tremendous trust in all of us. Jesus commanded us to go into the whole world to proclaim the good news. Jesus invited us to live our lives based on the values and lifestyle that Jesus has proposed in the gospels.
Today as we live amidst COVID-19 this mission becomes very real for all of us. Our lives have changed since the pandemic. There is suffering and sense of loss all around us. How can we fulfill the mission of Jesus today? How can we reach out to others? How can we bring hope to the suffering humanity? Jesus needs all of us to do this great task today.

Sometimes when we look at the situation of our world, we can feel helpless. We might ask what can I do? I believe we are called not to do great things but do little acts of kindness with lots of love. These little acts of love can bring light, hope and life to people. We may not be able to change the whole world, but we can change our world by being kind and compassionate. By doing this only a daily basis we become the trustworthy follower of Jesus. Jesus has promised to be with us always. Jesus gives us strength, courage and blessings that we need to fulfill this mission. When we do His mission faithfully Jesus will say to us “come my faithful and trustworthy servant and inherit the kingdom that has been prepared for you”.

Today is also the “World Communication Day”. Let us use all forms and means of communications to bring hope, life and light in the lives of people.

May we become the radical, compassionate, trustworthy and faithful disciples of Jesus.

Let us pray that this pandemic will end soon. Many blessings on your week!

Fr. Francis Noronha, CSC
St. Thomas the Apostle parish, Waterdown
GA First Holy Communion & Confirmation REVISED JUNE DATES

GA First Holy Communion & Confirmation REVISED JUNE DATES

Please see attached up-date and letter from Father Francis.

Sixth Sunday of Easter - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

Sixth Sunday of Easter - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

My Dear Friends,

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers of our parish! May God bless you with many blessings. You are a blessing to all of us.

This weekend Jesus says to us “love one another as I have loved you”. God loves us unconditionally. We are also called to reflect this love to our brothers and sisters. We might wonder what kind of love Jesus is asking us to practice. The kind of love that Jesus is talking here is “agape” love. This love invites us to love others without expecting anything in return. This love invites to love others because this who we are created to be. This love invites us to love others because this is the most beautiful quality that one can have. St. Irenaeus long time ago said, “the Glory of God is person fully alive”. When is a person fully alive? I believe that person is fully alive when one’s heart is filled with love, kindness, compassion and care for others especially to those who are vulnerable. The core principle of Christian living is loving without any expectations, conditions or limits. It is living our life in the service of others. Jesus frequently reminds us of this commandment in the gospels. At the end of our life, God will ask us one question, “how much did you love”? So, my dear friends let us love one another. Let us sacrifice our comforts and self-centered attitudes and lay our lives in loving others.

Today our world is craving for “agape” love. Jesus needs us to continue to love our brothers and sisters. Love is the only thing that will help us to eradicate any problems. Let us choose to love.

This weekend we give thanks to God for our mothers. We learn to love and care for others from our mothers. Mothers are a reflection of God’s love. They show us how to love through their actions. Let us celebrate our mothers. Let us respect and honor them. Let seek God’s blessings upon them.

A Prayer in Gratitude for Our Mothers:

Good and Gentle God,
we pray in gratitude for our mothers and for all the women who have joined with you in the wonder of bringing forth new life. You who became human through a woman, grant to all mothers the courage they need to face the uncertain future that life with children always brings. Give them the strength to live and to be loved in return, not perfectly, but humanly.
Give them the faithful support of husband, family and friends as they care for the physical and spiritual growth of their children. Give them joy and delight in their children to sustain them through the trials of motherhood. Most of all, give them the wisdom to turn to you for help when they need it most.

May God bless you all with love, safety and good health, Amen.

Fr. Francis Noronha, CSC
St. Thomas the Apostle parish, Waterdown
Fifth Sunday of Easter - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

Fifth Sunday of Easter - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

Dear friends in Christ,

Hope you are doing well and experiencing the safety and protection of God during these difficult days. This too shall pass! God knows our story. Let us reach out to others.

We continue our Easter journey. Easter readings are filled with life, light and hope. They are filled with wonderful images, images that bring us new life and fills us with hope. Today in the gospel reading Jesus says, “I am vine and you are the branches, abide in me and as I abide in you”. This verse helps us to recognize our common bond that we share as brothers and sisters and as children of God. We all belong to the family of God. Jesus invites us to abide in him so that we can experience and live the life that Jesus invites us live. Abiding in Jesus is not limited to merely following spiritual or religious practices. This means embracing the lifestyle that Jesus proposes. This means living gospel values. This means loving as Jesus loves. We find our life, purpose and meaning in Jesus when we choose to abide and become the branches of the vine.

Once we abide in Jesus, we can produce fruits. Jesus needs us today to continue to produce fruits of kindness, love, compassion in this world. Jesus places a tremendous trust in all of us.

There is so much suffering in our world today because of the COVID pandemic. Jesus invites us to be the beacons of hope and light to people who suffer. We are called to be in solidarity with the suffering humanity.

During this week let us hear voice of Jesus calling us to abide in me so that we can become the people that he wants us to be. Let us in our own ways reach out to others. Let us be kind, loving, generous, compassionate and gentle. Let us bring a little difference in the lives of people through the acts of love and kindness. Let us be the healthy branches of Jesus who bear fruits abundantly.

Have a blessed and safe week! Many God’s blessings.

Fr. Francis
St. Thomas the Apostle parish


Many thanks!
Fr. Francis Noronha, CSC
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish
Call/text (647)967-5712
Fourth Sunday of Easter - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

Fourth Sunday of Easter - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

Good afternoon,
Following is the brief reflection for this Sunday.

Dear friends in Christ,
Today we meet Jesus the ‘Good Shepherd’ in the Gospel reading. Shepherding was a common profession during the time of Jesus. There was a strong bond between shepherd and the sheep. Sheep knows the voice of the shepherd. Sheep only listens to the voice of the shepherd. Sheep does not listen to strangers. Jesus is our Good Shepherd, and we are his sheep. Jesus knows us, loves us and care for us. Jesus knows our stories, challenges and joys. The challenge for us is that we need to listen to the voice of our Shepherd calling us. Jesus comes to us in so many different ways. Do we recognize him? Do listen to his voice? Jesus wants to lighten our burdens and give us rest. Do we go to him?
We are also called to be good shepherds as we live our daily lives. We need good shepherd in our world today. As good shepherds we are called to care for people who are with us. COVID has exposed both good shepherds and bad shepherds in our world. Let us be good shepherds, shepherds that truly care for people.
Today we also celebrate Vocation Sunday. Today let us also pray for vocations. We need people who can be messengers of good news. May we respond to the call of God to spread the good news of love and compassion to all.
Have a wonderful week. Many God’s blessings.

Fr. Francis


Many thanks!
Fr. Francis Noronha, CSC
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish
Call/text (647)967-5712
Third Sunday of Easter - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

Third Sunday of Easter - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

Dear friends in Christ,

We continue our Easter journey. The readings of Easter season bring us lots of hope and meaning. They speak to us to our daily realities. Today Jesus comes to us to calm all our fears and offer us the gift of peace, a gift that only God can give us. The peace that God gives will help us to experience hope and stillness amidst changing realities.

In today’s Gospel we see Jesus appearing to his disciples who were filled with fear and had lost hope. Jesus comes to them and offers them peace. Jesus does not scold or condemn them. Jesus takes out their doubts and deepens their faith. Jesus invites them to trust him, to touch him and to believe in him. Jesus takes out their fear with his gentle and forgiving presence. Jesus sends them out to be the messengers of peace and reconciliation.

Jesus comes to us in our brokenness, in our fears, in our challenges, in our doubts and uncertainties. Jesus invites us to trust him, to feel him and believe in him. Jesus tells us, “It’s okay, I am with you, I know your challenges, I have answer for you, come to me I will give you rest”. Jesus is alive, risen and is with us. Let us not give in to fear but take our burdens to Jesus who is willing to give us rest with his comforting and gentle presence. Let us be the messengers of peace and love to our brothers and sisters.

As you might be aware, starting Monday, April 19, due to the added restrictions to the stay-at-home order, all public Masses are cancelled at St. Thomas the Apostle parish, until further notice. Private Masses will be celebrated for your intentions. Please watch our weekend Masses on our YOUTUBE channel (St. Thomas the Apostle parish, Waterdown). Kindly continue to support your parish through online donations on our website @ (https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/13052)

Let us pray that this pandemic will end soon so that we can gather together as community to nourish our faith and to start our normal lives. Many God’s blessings. Be safe and well.

Fr. Francis Noronha, CSC
Pastor, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish



Many thanks!
Fr. Francis Noronha, CSC
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish
Call/text (647)967-5712
Second Sunday of Easter - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

Second Sunday of Easter - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

My dear friends in Christ,

We continue to celebrate Easter. Easter is a time for new beginnings and new hopes. We need this so much as we live amidst uncertain and challenging times.

Easter readings are full of life and are filled with hope. This weekend the readings invite us to experience this new life and hope that Jesus brings into our lives.

I would like to reflect with you three points based on the readings for this Sunday. First point comes from today’s First Reading. I am always fascinated and inspired by the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. These are the stories of early Christian comminutes. One of the qualities that I am drawn to is their ‘attitude of sharing’. Today’s First Reading tells us that “there was no one among them who was needy”. They shared everything in common. What a wonderful vision and quality to have for our world and for our lives. This would bring a lot of difference in the lives of people who suffer.

Second point is from the Gospel reading. We meet Thomas, who is often known as doubting Thomas. Often, we associate doubts as sign of weakness. I believe doubts lead us to search and to deeper faith and intimacy with God. Thomas was not afraid to express his doubts. This led him to deeper faith in Jesus. This helped him work for the mission of Jesus.

Third point comes from today’s celebration “Divine Mercy Sunday”. We celebrate today unconditional, infinite and merciful love of God. We are loved by God for who we are. The challenge of the celebration is to believe in God who loves us. This feast also invites us to reflect on God’s love in our lives. We are called to be kind, quick to forgive, slow to judge and be compassionate.

This week let us share what we have and what we are. Let our doubts, questions and fears lead us to renewed and deeper faith and intimacy with God. Let us be kind and compassionate in our dealing with others.

Enjoy and rest during your break week!

Many God’s blessings and stay safe.

Fr. Francis Noronha, CSC
Pastor, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Waterdown
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

Dear friends in Christ,

Today we enter into Holy Week. Holy Week is the most important week of the liturgical year. During this week we are called to journey with Jesus. We are called to reflect on the life of Jesus. This week we reflect on the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. This week we walk the way of Jesus, embrace His attitudes and values and promise to live as Jesus lived. We look at the Cross on which Jesus gives his life for all of us.

The Cross of Jesus speak to all of us. It gives meaning and hope to the crosses that we find on our shoulders. The Cross of Jesus speaks to the crosses that we create because of our abuse, lack of respect for other, our greed, pride and selfishness. The Cross of Jesus speaks to our world suffering from COVID-19. The Cross of Jesus speaks to all those who lost their loved ones to COVID. The Cross speaks to people watched their loved one's die alone in hospitals and long-term care homes. The Cross speaks to all those who risk their lives on a daily basis to take care of others during COVID. The Cross of Jesus speaks to millions of people who suffer in our world for no fault theirs.
As we find meaning for our crosses in the Cross of Jesus, He invites us to walk his way. Jesus invites us to empty ourselves in the service of our brothers and sisters. Jesus invites to love as He loved us.

Let us during this week reflect on the love of God. Let us walk his way. Let us be kind and compassionate to one another. Let us bring light and life to all.

Blessings as you journey in the Holy Week with Jesus!

Fr. Francis Noronha, CSC
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish
Call/text (647)967-5712
Fifth Sunday of Lent - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

Fifth Sunday of Lent - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

Dear friends in Christ,

We continue our journey towards Holy Week and Easter. Today is the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Today Jesus says in the gospel “very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit”. Jesus gives His life on the Cross to save us and to show the depth of God’s love. Jesus empties himself to give us life. Jesus invites us to do the same. We are like that little grain of wheat. We are called on a daily basis to die to ourselves so that others around us can have life. We are invited to live our lives in the service of others. We are called to die to our comforts, pleasures, selfishness, bias and prejudices, anger and jealousy, greed and individualism so that we can bring comfort and life to others. I am always inspired by so many people during COVID who risk themselves to help and serve others. Think about the health care workers, grocery store employees, teachers, truck drivers, delivery workers and so many others who die to their comforts on a daily basis to make a difference in the lives of others.
Dear friends during this week let us try to reach out to others in small and big ways to make a difference in their lives. Let us pray like the psalmist “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me” so that I can love people as you want me to love. May we become the compassionate and loving Face of God in our world.

Blessings on your week!

Fr. Francis
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish
Fourth Sunday of Lent - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

Fourth Sunday of Lent - Father Francis Noronha's Weekly Sunday Reflections

Dear friends in Christ,

We continue our Lenten journey towards Easter. Today we are in the Fourth Sunday of Lent. In the gospel we hear “God loved the world so much that He sent His only Son to the World”. God sent his Son Jesus not to condemn or punish us but to show us God’s love. Jesus comes to show us how we can live an authentic human life. Jesus invites us to live in the light that He gives us. Often times we find ourselves living in the darkness. We live in the darkness of selfishness, envy, anger and greedy. Jesus welcomes us to embrace the light that He brings into our lives. We are called to live in the light of Christ and bring that light to others. Lent is a wonderful time to scatter the darkness of our lives and embrace the life that God has for us. Let us pray that God may help us this week to live in the light of love, mercy, compassion, kindness, generosity and gratitude. May we bring the light of Christ to others especially those who are vulnerable and suffering in our world.
Please remember to register for our Holy Week Masses on our website.
May God bless you and keep you safe.
GA SACRAMENTS - REVISED DATES

GA SACRAMENTS - REVISED DATES

Dear Parents/Guardians of Grade 2 & 7 Students,

Please see attached letter from Father Francis regarding REVISED dates for First Holy Communion and Confirmation

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish - Holy Week Schedule

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish - Holy Week Schedule

Please see attache schedule.

Father Francis Noronha Weekly Sunday Reflections

Father Francis Noronha Weekly Sunday Reflections

March 7, 2021

My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

We continue our Lenten journey. Today is the third Sunday of Lent. Today we are invited to examine our relationship with God and our neighbor and cleanse our lives to allow God’s light to shine on our lives. In the first reading God gives Ten Commandments to the people Israel. These commandments served as the guiding points as they lived their lives. These commandments invite us to put God at the Centre of our lives. They also invite us to take care our neighbors especially those that are suffering in our world.

In the Gospel today we meet Jesus who is angry as he enters the temple. Jesus is angry because temple which was supposed to be a place where we worship, and encounter God had become a marketplace. It also had become a place of oppression. Jesus cleanses the temple by driving everything away. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes our lives can be filled with things/habits/attitudes that are not life giving. Jesus gently invites us this week to cleanse ourselves of all the habits and attitudes that are not life giving. Lent is a wonderful time to do this.

As we go on with our daily routines of our lives this week let us pray that God may give us the grace to rid ourselves of all things that are not life-giving. Let us allow God to shine His light on our lives. Let us be kind and compassionate to one another especially those who are lonely and suffering during these challenging days.

Blessings on your week. May God keep you and your families safe.

Fr. Francis

Fr. Francis Noronha, CSC
Pastor, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish
715 Centre Road, P.O. Box 348
Waterdown, ON, L0R 2H0
Office: 905-689-4857
Cell: 647-967-5712
GA Sacraments Up-date Letter

GA Sacraments Up-date Letter

Please see attached letter from Father Francis.

Pandemic Up-date Regarding Up-coming Sacraments

Pandemic Up-date Regarding Up-coming Sacraments

Please see the attached letter from Father Francis.

Guidelines for the Sacraments and Liturgical Life Moving Forward.

Guidelines for the Sacraments and Liturgical Life Moving Forward.

The Diocese has provided all parishes with guidelines for the sacraments and liturgical life moving forward. Please see attached documents for further explanation.

ST. THOMAS PARISH FLOAT FOR THE SANTA CLAUS PARADE!

ST. THOMAS PARISH FLOAT FOR THE SANTA CLAUS PARADE!

Do you want to be in this year's Santa Claus parade?? Come be on our parish float! We are looking for adults, children and families who want to ride in the parade and greet everyone in the streets of Waterdown at this annual fun event !
Takes place Saturday, November 24th.

Contact Fam Minister Justin for more details and to sign up. Jpeter@hamiltondiocese.com or call 905 689 4857.

Fun fact: We are the only church represented in the Santa Claus Parade! A great way to witness to our Faith!
OUR NEW MOVIE SCREEN IS READY FOR WEDNESDAY!!!

OUR NEW MOVIE SCREEN IS READY FOR WEDNESDAY!!!

OUR NEW MOVIE SCREEN IS READY FOR WEDNESDAY!!!

We are excited to use our new 16 x 10 foot movie screen this Wednesday, December 14th for our CHRISTMAS PIZZA PARTY & FAMILY MOVIE SPECTACULAR!!!

With our professional popcorn machine, pizza and juice, it will be a wonderful and awesome theatre experience for our Double Feature: "The King is Born" & "Nicholas: The Boy who Became Santa"

Just a reminder of the details: Wed, Dec 14. Games start at 5:00. Pizza will be served around 6:30. Movies start at 6:45. Pick up time is at 8:00. Taking place at St. Thomas Parish Hall (715 Centre Road, Waterdown)

There will be games, crafts, ornament making, prizes, piniatas, and more!

We are asking a $5 donation per child or $10 per family (2 children or more). Proceeds go to support our youth activites in the new year. We recognize that some families may not be able to make the contribution, and we do not want that to be an issue, feel free to come out anyway!

If you are a parent and plan to stay the evening and would like to volunteer and help out, please let me know.

Contact Family Minsiter Justin Peter at jpeter@hamiltondiocese.com or call the parish office.
Breakfast With Santa Brings Guardian Angels Catholic Community Together Breakfast With Santa Brings Guardian Angels Catholic Community Together

Breakfast With Santa Brings Guardian Angels Catholic Community Together

Sunday December 4th was a great morning for all those attending the Guardian Angels 2nd Annual Breakfast With Santa. Many of the children got to meet Santa and take a picture with him. Advent is the the main reason for the gathering as we prepare as a community for the coming of our Lord Jesus. The Nativity scene was on display at the front of the gym for all to see. We also displayed pictures on our new huge screen of various school events throughout this year. Superintendent Hucal was impressed with the spirit of both Parents/Guardians and staff.

We wanted to thank the Breakfast with Santa committee who put in quite a bit of time before and during the event. We truly are blessed to have a staff at Guardian Angels who continue to give up their free time to spend with our children at Guardian Angels.

Please enjoy the pictures of the morning.


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Breakfast With Santa Brings Guardian Angels Catholic Community Together Breakfast With Santa Brings Guardian Angels Catholic Community Together

Breakfast With Santa Brings Guardian Angels Catholic Community Together

Sunday December 4th was a great morning for all those attending the Guardian Angels 2nd Annual Breakfast With Santa. Many of the children got to meet Santa and take a picture with him. It was also a time for the preparation of the coming of our Lord Jesus as the Nativity scene was on display for all to see. We also displayed pictures on our new huge screen of various school events throughout this year. Superintendent Hucal was impressed with the spirit of both Parents/Guardians and staff.
We wanted to thank the Breakfast with Santa committee who put in quite a bit of time before and during the event. We truly are blessed to have a staff at Guardian Angels who continue to give up their free time to spend with our children at Guardian Angels.
Please enjoy the pictures of the morning.


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An Awesome Hallowed-Evening!!! An Awesome Hallowed-Evening!!!

An Awesome Hallowed-Evening!!!

Last Wednesday, we hosted 200 kids for our Family Halloween & All Saints Extravaganza!!! Lots of fun had all around - games, pizza, candy, and a great movie!

Thanks to our amazing volunteers, and those who donated supplies for the event! Thanks to our gifted and dedicated principals and teachers who helped to promote the evening. Finally, a special thank you to all the wonderful families who took part!

Our next Family movie night will be on Wednesday November 23rd - Save the Date!


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St. Thomas Church

St. Thomas Church

715 Centre Road, Box 348
Waterdown, L0R 2H0
(905) 689-4857
http://www.stthomaswaterdown.com/

Saturday Confession: 4:00 pm
Saturday Mass: 5:00 pm
Sunday Mass: 9:00 am, 11:30 am