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Statement from Cardinal Thomas Collins

“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it.” (1 Cor 12:26)

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.

There is much more work to be done. Since the 1990’s, many of the Catholic entities responsible for the operation of residential schools have apologized publicly for their actions and have journeyed together with victims on the path to truth and reconciliation. This includes the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the religious order that operated the residential school in Kamloops, which over the weekend again apologized for its role in the residential school system. Pope Benedict XVI also had the chance to meet with Indigenous leaders in 2009 to personally express his sorrow and anguish.

These actions do not erase our history; they acknowledge our past, force us to face the consequences of our behaviour and compel us to ensure that our sins are not repeated.

While the Archdiocese of Toronto did not operate residential schools, we join with the Indigenous peoples, the Catholic community and Canadians from coast to coast to coast in a period of collective grief for those who are physically, emotionally and spiritually wounded. This Sunday, I will offer Mass for those who died or were abused at residential schools and for all those who deal with the intergenerational trauma caused by this system. We must also continue to build on the tangible initiatives present throughout the country, like the Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, where bishops and priests, women religious, laity and Indigenous peoples are committed to walking together on a path to reconciliation.

As I have stated previously when speaking of abuse in the Church, the real scandal is when evil festers in the darkness. Once in the open, evil can be rooted out. That must happen. Then new life can begin. Let us journey together to find light through the darkness once again.

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us.

Thomas Collins
Archbishop of Toronto

Feast of the Sacred Heart

Please join us Friday, June 11th at 9:00AM for the live-streamed Mass of the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. You can find a live-stream link below.

Feast of Corpus Christi Communion Services

On Today and Tomorrow, June 5th and 6th, we’ll be offering brief communion services as a way of marking the Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, or Corpus Christi. Services begin every fifteen minutes and last about 10 minutes. They consist of a brief liturgy of the Word, followed by an opportunity to receive the Eucharist. Please note that there will not be an opportunity to remain in the church following the end of the brief service. Registration is required, reservations are limited.

SATURDAY, JUNE 5 3:00PM - 4:00PM

SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 1:30PM-4:00PM


A Musical “Did You Know?”: The Corpus Christi Sequence

This Sunday, the Lectionary provides an optional hymn, the Sequence Lauda Sion Salvatorem (“Praise, O Sion, thy Saviour”), which may be sung before the Gospel Acclamation. This richly theological text, commonly sung to an eleventh-century Gregorian chant tune, was written by St. Thomas Aquinas in 1264 at the request of Pope Urban IV who formally established celebrations of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. The final stanzas of the hymn, beginning at “Ecce Panis Angelorum” (“Behold the Bread of Angels”), are often extracted and sung as an independent hymn. Lauda Sion Salvatorem, along with Aquinas’ other hymns, Adoro Te, Panis Angelicus, O Salutaris and Pange Lingua Gloriosi (from which the Tantum Ergo often sung at Adoration comes), outlines Catholic doctrines on the Eucharist and artfully encapsulates our beliefs in the Real Presence.

Heart Speaks to Heart: A Pastoral Letter

On April 28, 2021, Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, released a new pastoral letter on the Sacred Heart of Jesus, "Heart Speaks to Heart." You can read the entire letter here.

Here’s what’s on this week

Saturday, June 5

Sunday, June 6

Friday, June 11

Mass from St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica is available from 7:30AM onwards

You may view a list of the Mass intentions celebrated this week here.

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