Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Countdown to Christmas

With less than a week to go until we celebrate Christmas, it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of last-minute shopping, food preparations and the general mayhem that accompanies these last few days before the 25th.  Don't forget to take the time out of all the 'busy-ness' to take a step back to pray, and to reflect on Christ's coming both 2000 years ago and every time we celebrate the Eucharist.

Please take note of the Christmas schedule that you can find on the main page of the website.  Not only is Christmas a holy day of obligation, but it is fortunate that it falls on a Sunday as well, so that our Sunday obligation will be fulfilled as well.  However, the Mass schedule is slightly different for both Christmas and New Year's Day (Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God).  In addition,  please feel free to join us for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist over the next few days either at 9am or at the EARLIER Mass at 5:30am (no, that's not a typo).  The 5:30am Masses are part of a Novena that runs from December 16-24 (inclusive).

In website update news, photos have been uploaded from both the Altar Servers' Advent/Christmas Potluck and the Parish Christmas Concert.  Please feel free to take a look in the gallery section of the website.  The concert was an amazing display of the hard work and talent of so many of our parishioners.  Hopefully you enjoy reminiscing through the photos, or get a glimpse of the wide array of people who made that afternoon a resounding success.

May these last few days of Advent be a blessing to you and all your loved ones.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

New Missal, New Music

With only two weeks before the First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the use of the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal, we thought it would be helpful to put additional links for music that you will hear at the Sunday liturgies.  Please click the appropriate title to listen to an mp3 version so that you can learn on your own time and be able to participate in the Mass through song as well.

For the Saturday 4:30pm, Sunday 9:00am, 10:30am and 12 Noon Masses:
Holy, Holy, Holy
Memorial Acclamation (When we eat this bread...)
Great Amen
Lamb of God

For the Sunday 7:00pm Mass:
Holy, Holy, Holy
Memorial Acclamation (We proclaim...)  
Please note that the CCCB website states that the sample music for this particular Memorial Acclamation uses earlier text.  The print version contains the correct lyrics.
Great Amen
Lamb of God

For all Sunday Masses, the Gloria that was linked in an earlier post will be used, but has been linked here again for your convenience.  All of these music samples were taken from the CCCB Publication website, which can be found here.

We hope that you will take the opportunity to listen to these tracks and to continue to learn more about the changes that will be made to the Mass.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to grow deeper in your faith and understanding of the texts, symbols and music that is used each time we gather around the Lord's table.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Confirmation and First Communion Schedules

New content is continuing to become available on the updated parish website.  On the homepage, students and parents can now find the date and time for the next Confirmation and First Communion Preparation Class.  In addition, the complete schedule can be found in the Sacraments page of the website.  Please make sure that you download the correct schedule as there are different ones depending on the school that the candidate attends.  Plus, the manner in which the groups are divided are different between the Confirmation and First Communion Programs.

In a growing effort to make parish information available in a paper-less format, the parish bulletin continues to be uploaded onto the website, with this weekend's issue already online.  It is our hope that we will continue to add content onto the website and make it a useful resource for our parish community.  Please continue to check back often and to bookmark the site.

As always, may God continue to bless and protect you and all your loved ones.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Website Updates including Weekly Bulletin

One of the new features of our parish website will be the opportunity to read the weekly bulletin. If you forgot yours, accidentally threw it in the recycling or just never picked one up on the weekend, you will be able to find past bulletins here on the website. Just head over to the "Parish Bulletin" section. It is the hope that you will find the latest edition during or just immediately after the weekend that it is distributed at church.

In other update news: photos from World Youth Day in Spain have been uploaded. Plus, photos from the Knights of Columbus Installation of Officers Ceremony have been added to the photo gallery section. Please take a look and enjoy!

Friday, 30 September 2011

Welcome to Fall & New Music

Fall has arrived and October is now upon us.  With everyone settling into a regular routine, we at St. Barnabas hope and pray that this season be one of joy and grace.

In addition, over the next two months, you will notice some differences as our community, in union with the whole English-speaking Church, transition to the use of the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal.  What we say at Mass will see some changes, but also in what we sing.  In order to help, below you will find a link to the new musical setting for the "Glory to God in the highest" which is sung on Sunday Masses outside of Advent and Lent.  Our parish will begin using this musical setting prior to Advent, when it will not be sung or said.  Thus, when the joy of Christmas is upon us, we hopefully will be able to catch on and sing along.

Please click on the link below to listen to an mp3 version of the new music.

Gloria - New Music Setting

For more resources regarding the transition to the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal, please check out the dedicated section of the Archdiocese of Toronto website here.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Happy Summer

This is the first of many blogs for our parish website. We do hope you will enjoy all the news and information about our parish community. The purpose of the website and blog is to keep parishoners informed about our parish and other events that affect us as the people of God.
All of us have the task of building the kingdom of God here on earth. Technology, if rightly used, can help promote gospel values. So we do hope  all of you will enjoy our website and blog.
May St. Barnabas guide us and intercede for us