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Church of Christ
I missed last Sunday's mass. It wasn't my first time in 30 years.
In Europe, some years back, while on the road, we didn't have the luxury of knowing the Sunday mass schedule and oftentimes driving along the back roads of Germany or France, we'd see a church and upon entering we'd discover that there are no pews nor benches to sit on. Obviously, the mass is not anymore being said there. Worse is if the church has been moved to a different place.
So going back to last Sunday. We received an emergency call from a friend to provide assistance as the mother had her water bag broken and was already prepped to give birth. The drive was not an issue, especially on a Sunday. We were there in less than 15 minutes. We just had to ensure that when the labor happens, the dad had to be inside the OR, their 9-year old will have someone to be with.
We had Sunday Christian Life Program (CLP) and brought along Lance, who was willing to join the other kids who were there too waiting for their parents in the same program as we did. By 5 PM, we went back to the house, waited for the Balikbayan Box courier to pick up our stash to Manila for Christmas and for 7pm mass to start. All the while, we were waiting for a phone call update on Scout, the baby's lovely nickname.
We never knew that Scout, the baby was already born 20 minutes before 5 and that visiting hours will only be until 8pm. We decided to hear mass in Oakville, but didn't arrive on time. That explains our not being able to hear mass.
Just the same, the "kuya" was able to see his little brother. He even drew him while waiting for us to finish our CLP. He was keen on making sure that he sees him during his first few hours on earth and give the drawing to his mom as a gift. What a sight to see - kuya and Scout bonding together!
We realized that we didn't have to be in Church that day. We were in Church helping our friend in dire need. We were in a community of believers and our faith in God makes it possible that our presence in Him and with Him created the church we wanted to go to but in fact we were able to create by just being there in the hospital.
As a rejoinder : we prayed with Lance during the trip to the hospital and tonight, we heard mass, not really a make-up mass, but a thanksgiving mass for Scout's first day outside the hospital.
I'm compiling this as a way to remember the different mass skeds in our area:
Catholic Sunday Mass Schedule in Mississauga Churches
Merciful Redeemer Parish
2775 Erin Centre Blvd Mississauga, ON (905) 812-0030
8:30, 10:00, 11:30 AM and 7:00 PM
Reconciliation: Saturday 4:00-4:45 PM and Tuesdays 6:15-6:45 PM
St. John of the Cross
6890 Glen Erin Drive Mississauga, Ontario L5N 2E1 (905) 821-1331
8:00, 10:00, 12:00, 5:00 PM
Reconciliation: Saturday 4:00-4:45 PM
St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church
2300 Burnhamthorpe Road West Mississauga, Ontario L5L 3T6 (905)-820-1444
7:45, 9:00, 10:30, 12 Noon
Reconciliation: Saturday 4:00-4:30 PM
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
4070 Central Parkway East Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 1T6 (905)273-6630
7:45, 10:30 and 12 noon
Reconciliation: Saturday 4:00-4:45 PM
St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church
4260 Cawthra Rd. Mississauga ON. L4Z 1V8, Canada
9:30 AM (English) and 8:00, 11:00, 1:00, 2:30, and 7:00 PM (Polish)
Confessions are heard before each Mass.
St. Mary Star of the Sea
11 Peter Street South, Mississauga, Ontario, L5H 2G1 (905) 278-2058
8:30, 10:00, 11:30 AM - October to June
9:00 and 11:00 AM - July to September
Confessions on Saturdays at 10:45 AM to 11:15 AM
St. Christopher Parish Community
1171 Clarkson Road North Mississauga ON L5J 2W1 905-822-1171
8:30, 10:00 and 12:00
Confessions on Saturdays at 10:00 AM
Sts. Martha and Mary Catholic Church, Burnhamthorpe and Ponytrail
8:30, 10:00 and 11:30 am
Confessions: Saturday 3:30 - 4:15 p.m
After 7PM in Merciful Redeemer Church, the best bet is 7:30 PM mass at All Saints Catholic Church (1415 Royal York Road Etobicoke, ON M9P 3A7(416) 244-3066) and the 9PM Mass at St. Michael's Cathedral along Bond and Shuter Sts. 2 Blocks down from Eaton Center
Here's an oldie (A kinda Ferris Bueller's day-off Philosophy)
Imagine your boss telling you this:
"So you want a day off?
Let's take a look at what you are asking for.
There are 365 days per year available for work.
There are 52 weeks per year in which you already have 2 days off per week, leaving 261 days available for work.
Since you spend 16 hours each day away from work, you have used up 170 days, leaving only 91 days available.
You spend 30 minutes on coffee break which counts for 23 days each year, leaving only 68 days available.
With a 1 hour lunch each day, you used up 46 days, leaving only 22 days available for work.
You normally spend 2 days per year on sick leave.
This leaves you only 20 days per year available for work.
We are off 5 holidays per year, so your available working time is down to 15 days.
We generously give 14 days vacation per year which leaves
only 1 day available for work.
There's no way I'll let you take that day off!"