Homily – March 1, 2015

March 1st, 2015

In the scripture readings we hear at a Sunday Mass there is usually a connection between the first reading and the gospel and the epistle has a lesson of its own. Today the connection is between the first reading and the epistle.

It is hard to imagine the event of the first reading in which God asks Abraham to offer his son, the son of his old age, his only, on an altar of sacrifice. Isaac was the son of Abraham and Sara’s old age. He was their promise of a blessed future for generations to come. Yet God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac and Abraham believed in his heart of hearts that God would be true to his promise that he would – through Isaac – be the father of a mighty nation. Trusting that God would be faithful to his promise Abraham was ready to sacrifice his son to God.

In his desolation on the cross burdened with a deep sense of abandonment Jesus cried,’ my God, my God why have you forsaken me?’ Even in that darkest of dark hours Jesus trusted the faithfulness of his Father’s promise of his vindication and that love would conquer hate and life would prevail over death. With this conviction Jesus spoke his last words, ‘into your hands I commend my spirit’ and breathed his last.

So many times we tempted to doubt God’s love and care for us. We think that the hard knocks that come our way are punishments from God. Visiting men and women in the hospital, good people seriously ill, I am too often asked the question, ‘what did I do wrong, was I so bad? There’ that twisted conviction, God is out to get me.

With thoughts like these we project unto God our own limited ability to let go of past hurts and wrongs, our own twisted wishes to get even. We project unto God our own limitations to love others, forgive others. There can be times when we can’t get our heads around the awesome truth that God did not spare his own son but gave him up for us all. We can’t get our heads around the truth that though our sins be as scarlet they will become white as wool, though they be red as crimson they will be white as snow. We can’t get our heads around the truth of God’s unconditional love for each one of us – there are no holds barred.

The people to whom Paul wrote this encouraging letter were men and women on the fringe of society. They were seen as different, looked upon with suspicion by family and friends because they had abandoned their faith in the gods and were believing in some criminal Jew who was put to death my crucifixion but then, they claimed, he’d came back from the dead. They were hounded and persecuted for their new found faith.

Paul’s letter was meant to help them stand fast. They were not alone, God, who did not spare his own son but gave him up for us all, is with them to strengthen them in their trust in him. Paul’s question to them is as valid today as it was then ‘if God is for us who can be against us’ hopefully these words strengthened the Coptic Christians as they faced their own deaths in Libya for their faith in Jesus Christ.

Whatever burdens of mind or body we bring to the Mass, whatever in our lives that causes us to wonder or question God’s love and care for each of us, may these powerful words of Paul strengthen our faith in the love we celebrate at this Mass – take eat, this is my body – take drink this is my life’s blood poured out for you…who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, disappointments, poor health, aging, loves gone sour, family disputes, loss of work, racism, sexism, discrimination – no in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

The motto of our Passionist community is – may the passion of Jesus Christ be always in our hearts. That’s another way of saying ‘If God is for us who can be against us. He who did not spare his own son but gave him up for us all, will he not with him also give us everything else.

As we continue to celebrate this conscious of our own weaknesses and worries may the words of Paul -If God is for us who can be against us? Strengthened us to live another day.

Bulletin – March 1, 2015

March 1st, 2015

Just a reminder……

Daylight Savings Time begins next weekend. Please remember to set your clocks forward 1 hour on Saturday evening.

FAMILY OF FAITH UPDATE

The generosity of our parishioners is humbling!

As of last Monday, the Family of Faith pledge total reached $954,155, surpassing our goal of $900,000. Our parish campaign officially ends today. If you still wish to contribute, please get your pledge form into the Parish Office by Friday, March 6th.

Thank you again.
Fr. Brando

LENTEN RETREAT

Preacher: Fr. Bob Joerger CP

Saturday, March 7th from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM

We just heard from Mark’s gospel that “Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.” We invite you during this season of Lent to come out and spend a quiet afternoon to pray and reflect, and to experience a renewal of your faith.

As announced earlier, Father Robert Joerger CP, whose preaching touched many of us when he last visited, has very kindly agreed to lead our Lenten retreat this year. Fr. Bob is the Provincial of the Passionists of the St Paul of the Cross Province.

The topic of the Lenten retreat is “GUESS WHO IS COMING TO DINNER: Everybody has a hungry heart.” Come and be prepared to be inspired and to be challenged to a deeper relationship with God. The retreat will be on Saturday, March 7th from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the parish. It will end with Mass at 4:30 PM.

To pre-register or for more information, please call the parish office at (416) 221-8866, email fatimalee@bellnet.ca, or meet us in the Gathering Space, before and after all weekend Masses. By pre-registering you will facilitate our organizing of the event. There will be no charge for the retreat. However, donations will be gratefully accepted. The retreat will begin at 1:00 PM sharp. Please plan on arriving earlier.

LUNAR NEW YEAR PARTY

This Sunday, March 1st after 12:30 PM Mass

Thursday, February 19th marked the beginning of Lunar New Year. For many years, the Asian community in our parish has gifted our parish community with a wonderful New Year Party. This year is the Year of the Sheep.

Our Lunar New Year Party will take place this Sunday, March 1st after the 12:30 PM Mass in the Gathering Space.

All are welcome.

STATEMENT FROM CARDINAL COLLINS & RESOURCES RE: 2015 HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM

On February 23, 2015, the Government of Ontario released its revised Health & Physical Education Curriculum. Visit www.archtoronto.org to view a statement from Cardinal Collins in addition to a resource answering questions regarding implementation from a Catholic school perspective.

LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE 2015

Stations of the Cross
Friday Evenings at 7:30 P.M.

Individual Confessions
March 4th 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Reconciliation Service – March 25th at 7:30 PM

Palm Sunday March 29th
Masses Sat., 4:30 PM
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday April 2nd
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00PM

Good Friday April 3rd
10:00 AM Morning Prayer
3:00 PM Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday April 4th
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday April 5th
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM 12:30 PM

Easter Monday April 6th
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

Friday, March 6th at 1:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church

On Friday, March 6th at 1:30 PM, St. Gabriel’s is hosting World Day of Prayer 2015, an ecumenical service, which is written this year by the Christian women in the Bahamas.

The theme for this year is “Jesus said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you?” John 13:13.

Please join us, along with our neighbour Christian churches, in prayer and reflection. All are welcome to attend.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

March 2nd to March 7th, 2015

MONDAY

TUESDAY – CHRISTIAN EGSGARD – Requested by Gerry, Molly, Helen & Kathi

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY – MEI SUET LAI – Requested by Mei Yung Fong

FRIDAY

SATURDAY – GORDON OATWAY – Requested by Patricia Oatway

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday evening during Lent at 7:30 PM. We also encourage your attendance at our daily Mass throughout Lent.

SHARELIFE

Working wonders in our livelihoods…

“The services provided by ShareLife agencies are lifesaving and life-restoring to those who regularly rely on them.

Families are working through crises and are healing. People with developmental challenges are supported as they experience a sense of self-worth and fulfillment in their daily activities. Seniors are living independently, with access to the care and services they need. Refugees and new Canadians are guided toward a stable, productive livelihood in their newfound home. Sometimes the results are obvious and sometimes they’re invisible but, always, they make a tangible difference.”
—Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto

Today is ShareLife Sunday
Please give generously. You can work wonders!

FERTILITYCARE TORONTO EASTER CHOCOLATE SALE

Weekend of March 7th/8th

To raise funds for FertilityCare Toronto, the St.Gabriel’s Youth Group will be selling delicious milk chocolate Easter lollipops and milk chocolate covered almonds after all the Masses on the weekend of March 7th/8th.

The lollipops sell for $2 each and the almonds will be $5 per bag.

Your support will help the Centre promote and maintain their service in the Diocese.

QUEEN OF APOSTLES RENEWAL CENTRE WOMEN’S LENTEN RETREAT WEEKEND

Friday, March 6th to Sunday, March 8th

Queen of Apostles Renewal centre, Mississauga

A Women’s Lenten retreat Weekend is being held at Queen of Apostles renewal Centre on the weekend of March 6th to 8th.

This is an opportunity to rest, renew, pray and grow in your personal relationship with Jesus. It will be preached by the Centre team. For further information or to register please call 905-278-5229

NORTH YORK RETIREES CLUB

Blessed Trinity Parish Hall

Tuesday, March 10th at 2:00 PM

The next meeting of the North York Retiree’s will be on Tuesday, March 10th at Blessed Trinity Church Hall. The meeting will feature guest speaker Andrew Bowerbank of Bowerbank and Associates. He will speak about New Technologies for Our Future. All retirees are cordially invited.

LIFE STORY PROGRAMME

Ten consecutive Tuesdays, beginning March 10th
From 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

St. Bonaventure’s Parish Centre, 1300 Leslie St.

This Life Story Programme is a programme for men and women in the second half of life. It is an opportunity to stop, take stock and look back over the process of life within a context of faith in order to gain deeper understanding, clearer perspective and a more integrated view.

The Facilitator is Mary Rose Marrin CSJ, Maturing Adults Minister It will be held at St. Bonaventure’s Parish Centre, on ten consecutive Tuesdays beginning March 10th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The Cost for materials is $10.00

Registration is Necessary. To register, call Sister Mary Rose at 416-462-1331 Ext. 4224 or email mrmarrin@csj-to.ca.

CHRIST AND CULTURE: RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM

Ripley’s Aquarium, 288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto
Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 PM

This is a chance for young adults (age 18-39) to engage culture from the perspective of the nature and person of Jesus!

Each of our Christ and Culture events are designed to open our eyes to the world of God’s beauty as expressed in every person. With that in mind, we will discuss and open our hearts to Christ in one another.

Our first event will be held at Ripley’s Aquarium, featuring 13,500 exotic sea and freshwater specimens from more than 450 species. The cost of admission is $25 (plus tax).

For more information please contact Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt by e-mail at faithconnections@csj-to.ca or phone at 416-467-2645.

FINANCE CORNER

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for Last Weekend
Envelopes 396 $ 8,719
Loose Change 743
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 164 3,701
Total 560 $13,163

Bulletin – February 22, 2015

February 22nd, 2015

FEAST OF ST. GABRIEL

Friday, February 27th is the feast of St. Gabriel.

St. Gabriel, a member of the Passionist Community, was born Francis Possenti on March 1, 1838 in Assisi. In September, 1856 he entered the Passionist novitiate but before his ordination, he contracted tuberculosis. He died February 27, 1862 at the age of 24. Francis had a special devotion to Mary and chose as his religious name Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin. He is remembered for his enthusiasm in life and his extraordinary generosity. Pope John XXIII proclaimed him as a special Patron of Youth. Mass will be celebrated as usual at 9:00 AM on Friday.

FAMILY OF FAITH UPDATE

You truly are good people! We have almost reached our goal. As of last Tuesday, the pledge total for the Family of Faith Campaign was $889,763. Thank you! There is only one week left in our campaign, so please get your pledge form into the parish office by next Sunday, March 1st.

LENTEN RETREAT

Preacher: Fr. Bob Joerger, CP

Saturday, March 7th from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM

We just heard from Mark’s gospel that “Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.” We invite you during this season of Lent to come out and spend a quiet afternoon to pray and reflect, and to experience a renewal of your faith.

As announced earlier, Father Robert Joerger, CP, whose preaching touched many of us when he last visited, has very kindly agreed to lead our Lenten retreat this year. Fr. Bob is the Provincial of the Passionists of the St Paul of the Cross Province.

The topic of the Lenten retreat is “GUESS WHO IS COMING TO DINNER: Everybody has a hungry heart.” Come and be prepared to be inspired and to be challenged to a deeper relationship with God. The retreat will be on Saturday, March 7th from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the parish. It will end with Mass at 4:30 PM.

To pre-register or for more information, please call the parish office at (416) 221-8866, email fatimalee@bellnet.ca, or meet us in the Gathering Space, before and after all weekend Masses. By pre-registering you will facilitate our organizing of the event. There will be no charge for the retreat. However, donations will be gratefully accepted. The retreat will begin at 1:00 PM sharp. Please plan on arriving earlier.

LUNAR NEW YEAR PARTY

Sunday, March 1st after 12:30 PM Mass

Thursday, February 19th marks the beginning of Lunar New Year. For many years, the Asian community in our parish has gifted our parish community with a wonderful New Year Party. This year is the Year of the Sheep.

Our Lunar New Year Party will take place on Sunday, March 1st after the 12:30 PM Mass in the Gathering Space. All are welcome. Don’t forget to mark your calendar!

Volunteers and donations are also welcome.

Please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

February 23rd to February 28th, 2015

MONDAY – MARJORY MILLER – Requested by the Lee Family
TUESDAY – LING-TAI SUN – Requested Meiyung Fong & Kitty Wong
WEDNESDAY – RENATA BELLISARI – Requested by Vincent & Diana Oakie
THURSDAY
FRIDAY – IVY LYN – Requested by the Family
SATURDAY – LUIS C. RODRIGUEZ – Requested by Juan Rodriguez

ROSARY GROUPS

Chinese: Sunday, March 1st at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room.
English: Saturday, March 7th at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room

For information, please contact Linda Law at 416 -918-8029.

WELCOME! BAPTISM

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
Quinn Contway-Chand
Jon Raphael Macoco Cabado
Joni Rose McGee
Gabriel Rene Szeto
Xyra Gabriela Tupaz

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, February 15th, 2015. Congratulations!

FIRST RECONCILIATION

Saturday, February 28th at 10:30 AM

St. Gabriel’s Church

First Reconciliation for children attending St. Gabriel’s School, those in the Children’s Faith Program and children attending Private Schools will be held at St. Gabriel’s Church on Saturday, February 28th at 10:30 AM.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday evening during Lent at 7:30 PM.

We also encourage your attendance at our daily Mass throughout Lent.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, March 6th from 9:30 AM – 12 Noon

ECO SABBATH

Sunday, March 1st at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room

On the first Sunday of each month, the Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality facilitates a 30 minute reflection and discussion prompted by the readings for that Sunday’s liturgy. The guided reflection brings an ecological perspective to the readings. All are welcome.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

Friday, March 6th at 1:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church

On Friday, March 6th at 1:30 PM, St. Gabriel’s is hosting World Day of Prayer 2015, an ecumenical Service, which is written this year by the Christian women in the Bahamas.

The theme for this year is “Jesus said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? John 13:13.
Please join us, along with our neighbour Christian churches, in prayer and reflection. All are welcome to attend.

SHARELIFE

Together we are continuing to work wonders…

“Help one another. This is what Jesus teaches. This is what I do. And I do it with my heart…I love doing it because this is what the Lord has taught me. But you too must help us and help each other always. And thus in helping each other we will do good for each other.” -Pope Francis

This reminder from our Holy Father demonstrates the importance of caring for one another and our commitment to Catholic charity in a meaningful way. Through ShareLife agencies, we reach out to some of the most vulnerable and needy people in our community, helping our neighbours, friends and fellow parishioners as they work through difficult times. Please consider supporting ShareLife, our annual Archdiocesan appeal, during this Lenten season.
-Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto

Next Sunday is ShareLife Sunday – March 1, 2015

Please give generously. You can work wonders!

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in Toronto. Please get a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Printed copies of the recipes are also available in the Parish Office. Please remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole. For more information, you may contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.

A MESSAGE FROM THE CATHOLIC CHILDREN’S AID

On behalf of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, thank you so much for your participation in the 2014 Hope For the Children Christmas Program. With the support of donors like you, we were able to provide assistance to many families and children served by the CCAS. Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous 2015!

NORTH YORK RETIREES CLUB

Blessed Trinity Parish Hall

Tuesday, February 24th at 2:00 PM

The next meeting of the North York Retiree’s will be on Tuesday, February 24th at Blessed Trinity Church Hall. The meeting will feature guest speaker Brent Cumming, estate lawyer. He will speak about Financial and Estate Planning. All retirees are cordially invited to attend.

LIFE STORY PROGRAMME

Ten consecutive Tuesdays, beginning March 10th
From 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

St. Bonaventure’s Parish Centre, 1300 Leslie St.

This Life Story Programme is a programme for men and women in the second half of life. It is an opportunity to stop, take stock and look back over the process of life within a context of faith in order to gain deeper understanding, clearer perspective and a more integrated view. The Facilitator is Mary Rose Marrin CSJ, Maturing Adults Minister.

It will be held at St. Bonaventure’s Parish Centre, on ten consecutive Tuesdays beginning March 10th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

The Cost for materials is $10.00.

Registration is Necessary. To register, call Sister Mary Rose at 416-462-1331 Ext. 4224 or email mrmarrin@csj-to.ca.

LENTEN JOURNEY OF HOPE AND HEALING

Thursdays from February 26th to March 26th at 7:00 PM

Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home, 211 Langstaff Road

Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Services – Archdiocese of Toronto and Catholic Family Services invite you to a Lenten journey of hope and healing on Thursday evenings throughout Lent beginning February 26th at the Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home in Thornhill.

The presenters will be Frank Wagner CSC, Ms Sally Amaral, Ms Susan Morgan, Fr. Carlos Martins C.C., and Fr. Ed Curtis.

For more information, please contact Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Services at 416-733- 8544 or Catholic Family Services at 416-921-1163 or visit www.catholic-cemeteries.com.

DYNAMIC WOMEN OF FAITH CONFERENCE

International Plaza Hotel, 655 Dixon Road

Calling All Girls, Friday, March 13th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM

An evening for Catholic mothers and their daughters featuring Canadian Catholic song writer and singer Maggie Wang, radio producer Laura Cirami, Gary Zimak, a EWTN personality, Catholic authors, Moira Noonan and Dorothy Pilarski.

Saturday, March 14, from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

This Catholic Women’s conference will feature guest speakers including His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Dr. Josie Lombardi, Gary Zimak EWTN personality, Ellen Hrkach, president of Catholic Writers Guild and Catholic authors Moira Noonan and Dorothy Pilarski.

For more information visit www.dynamicwomenfaith.com or call 905-279-7702.

FINANCE CORNER

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for Last Weekend

Envelopes 346 $ 7,481
Loose Change 865
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 164 3,095
Total 545 $ 11,441

Homily – February 15, 2015

February 15th, 2015

The other day I watched a video of a recent visit Pope Francis paid to the little village of Ponte Mammolo on the outskirts of Rome. The video gave no reason as to why he went there; he just seemed to drop in. Needless to say the people went wild. They were so excited and so surprised with this ‘drop in’ by Pope Francis. Francis, with that big smile on this face reached out to touch and hug men, women and children. He asked their names, listened to their stories, blessed them and before he left he prayed with them. I’ve watched that video about five times now. It just brings out the deep humanity of Pope Francis.

I thought of Pope Francis’ visit to Ponte Mammolo when I read today’s gospel. Certainly Jesus was not as well-known as Pope Francis. But his reputation went before him more as a miracle worker than as a preacher. People flocked to him to seek favors as did this leper. They all wanted something from him. The only conversation we have out Jesus’ visit to this town is the man’s words ‘if you want to you can make me clean. Jesus answers, of course I want to –be clean. But Mark never describes any interaction between Jesus and the townspeople. We never hear of Jesus asking their names, how long have they been sick, how are their children, do they know of anybody else who could use help. In fact if we look at any Christian art depicting the miracles of Jesus they are all so solemn and staid. There is little if any of his joy of being with the people and mingling with them, talking and laughing with them that we see in Pope Francis’ visit with the people of Ponte Mammolo.

Yet there must have been. Jesus was a people person and he enjoyed the company of others. He accepted a dinner invitation from a leader of the Pharisees and another from a despised tax collector. He performed his first miracle at a wedding celebration, his second home was that of Mary and Martha and Lazarus. But when we think back on our religious art can we ever remember seeing Jesus enjoying a great belly laugh as he mingled with the people of his time. And yet he must have, he came to us to bring us the good news that we are precious to God. He came to lift us up.

Jesus must have been smiling when he looked this leper in the eyes, this man condemned to live outside the camp, forbidden to have contact with family and friends, and say to him ‘of course I want to’ – why wouldn’t I want to? Be made clean.

With a simple touch or better still with an embrace Jesus restored that unknown man to health, to his family and to his community. And then he tells him a very strange thing, ‘see that you say nothing to anyone but go show yourself to the priest.’ There’s no way the cleansed leper will do this. Forget the priest, he wants to run home and show his wife and children he is cured, his leprosy is gone. Then the neighbours hear and the news spreads thru the whole town. And Jesus has to go into hiding. People will only see him as a wonder worker and fail to listen to what he has to say to them about his heavenly father.

But when you stop to think of it – there are two things we can’t keep to ourselves – good news and bad news. Can you imagine a scene like this? A guy goes to work and is called into the boss’ office and told he’s just been put in charge of the most important department in the company – it will be announced tomorrow. He comes home for supper and his wife asks.’ Anything happen at work today? And the good news come tumbling out of him.

It’s the same with bad news. You have a secret, something someone knows nothing about. You are too ashamed to tell anyone. It’s eating you up, wearing you down. The time comes when you have to tell, you have to get it off your chest. It may be a total stranger you meet in a bar –they say bartenders hear more confessions than any priest. It could be told under the seal of the confessional – but it must be told. The cured leper couldn’t keep his mouth shut neither can a person burdened by a shameful secret.

Here we are as a parish family gathered to celebrate Christ’s great act of love for each of us. Can we imagine the Risen Christ showing us his wounded side, hands and feet and smiling on each one of us – with a smile like that of Pope Francis – and saying to each one of us – ‘it is good for us to be here’ This is my fantasy at this morning Mass, try to make it yours.

Bulletin – February 15, 2015

February 15th, 2015

FAMILY OF FAITH UPDATE

As of Monday, February 9th, The Family of Faith pledge total was $837,758. Thanks to all who have donated to date. If you have not already done so, please return your pledge form to the parish office as soon as possible to help St. Gabriel’s reach its goal of $900,000.

LENTEN RETREAT

Preacher: Fr. Bob Joerger, CP

Saturday, March 7th from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM

We just heard from Mark’s gospel that “Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.” We invite you during this season of Lent to come out and spend a quiet afternoon to pray and reflect, and to experience a renewal of your faith.

As announced earlier, Father Robert Joerger, CP, whose preaching touched many of us when he last visited, has very kindly agreed to lead our Lenten retreat this year. Fr. Bob is the Provincial of the Passionists of the St Paul of the Cross Province.

The topic of the Lenten retreat is “GUESS WHO IS COMING TO DINNER: Everybody has a hungry heart.” Come and be prepared to be inspired and to be challenged to a deeper relationship with God. The retreat will be on Saturday, March 7th from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the parish. It will end with Mass at 4:30 PM.

To pre-register or for more information, please call the parish office at (416) 221-8866, email fatimalee@bellnet.ca, or meet us in the Gathering Space, before and after all weekend Masses. By pre-registering you will facilitate our organizing of the event. There will be no charge for the retreat. However, donations will be gratefully accepted. The retreat will begin at 1:00 PM sharp. Please plan on arriving earlier.

LUNAR NEW YEAR PARTY

Sunday, March 1st after 12:30 PM Mass

Thursday, February 19th marks the beginning of Lunar New Year. For many years, the Asian community in our parish has gifted our parish community with a wonderful New Year Party. This year is the Year of the Sheep.

Our Lunar New Year Party will take place on Sunday, March 1st after the 12:30 PM Mass in the Gathering Space. All are welcome. Don’t forget to mark your calendar!

Volunteers and donations are also welcome.

Please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.

CARDINAL COLLINS INVITES FEEDBACK IN PREPARATION FOR 2015 SYNOD OF BISHOPS

In preparation for the upcoming Synod of Bishops in October 2015, Cardinal Collins has invited Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto to offer informed insights on specific topics, which will be gathered to be considered by the synod.

Full details, including the background document, can be found at: www.archtoronto.org/synod – the deadline for submission of feedback, either by email or mail, is February 16th, 2015.

ASH WEDNESDAY

February 18th 2015

February 18th is Ash Wednesday.

Special Masses will be celebrated at 12:00 Noon and 7:30 PM with the distribution of ashes. There will be no 9:00 AM Mass that day. During Lent, we encourage your attendance at our daily weekday Masses at 9:00 AM.

DAYS OF FAST AND ABSTINENCE

During Lent there are two days of Fast and Abstinence, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Abstinence means to abstain from eating meat. This applies to all Catholics 14 years of age and older.
Fasting means that your two smaller meals combined should not be larger than your main meal. There is no eating between meals. This applies to healthy people between the ages of 18 and 60.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

February 16th to 21st, 2015

MONDAY – FAMILY DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – THANKSGIVING – Requested by John Chan
WEDNESDAY – ASH WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY – MEI SUET LAI – Requested by Mei Yung Fong
FRIDAY – THANKSGIVING – Requested by Anna Ho
SATURDAY – ARMANDO DI NARDO – Requested by the Family

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday evening during Lent at 7:30 PM. We also encourage your attendance at our daily Mass throughout Lent.

FIRST RECONCILIATION

Saturday, February 28th at 10:30 AM

St. Gabriel’s Church
First Reconciliation for children attending St. Gabriel’s School, and those in the Children’s Faith Program and children attending Private Schools will be held at St. Gabriel’s Church on Saturday, February 28th at10:30 AM.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

Friday, March 6th at 1:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church

On Friday, March 6th at 1:30 PM, St. Gabriel’s is hosting World Day of Prayer 2015, an ecumenical Service, which is written this year by the Christian women in the Bahamas.

The theme for this year is “Jesus said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? John 13:13.

Please join us, along with our neighbour Christian churches, in prayer and reflection. All are welcome to attend.

SHARELIFE

Working wonders in our community…

We are all called to care for those who are vulnerable in our community. The ShareLife parish campaign gives us an opportunity to reach out in justice and love. Last year, ShareLife’s 42 agencies and grant recipients provided over 381,000 services to over 114,000 people here in our archdiocese, and assisted countless others in developing countries around the world. In 42 municipalities, and in more than 20 languages, those in need received support and care as a result of our generosity. My prayer is that you will join me as together we work wonders to lovingly care for those who are in need around us.
—Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto

First ShareLife Sunday – March 1, 2015

Please give generously. You can work wonders!

A MESSAGE FROM CARDINAL COLLINS

Catholics urged to Support Physicians’ Charter
Right of Freedom of Conscience and Religion

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) in a proposed new draft document states: “Where physicians are unwilling to provide certain elements of care due to their moral or religious beliefs, an effective referral to another health care provider must be provided to the patient”. Catholic physicians believe that a mandate for an “effective referral” is a violation of a physician’s rights, as it compels the physician to violate his or her own conscience by being a participant in the very act, the very procedure to which he or she objects in the first place. The CPSO is accepting submissions from all Ontario citizens until February 20. We are all called to inform the CPSO in writing that we reject the proposed “effective referral” mandate for doctors whose Charter right of freedom of conscience and religion must be respected. The Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) is one Catholic lay group coordinating these efforts. Go to www.ccrl.ca to find out more and to get involved.

DYNAMIC WOMEN OF FAITH CONFERENCE

International Plaza Hotel, 655 Dixon Road

Calling All Girls, Friday, March 13th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM

An evening for Catholic mothers and their daughters featuring Canadian Catholic song writer and singer Maggie Wang, radio producer Laura Cirami, Gary Zimak, a EWTN personality, Catholic authors, Moira Noonan and Dorothy Pilarski

Saturday, March 14, from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

This Catholic Women’s conference will feature guest speakers including His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Dr. Josie Lombardi, Gary Zimak EWTN personality, Ellen Hrkach, president of Catholic Writers Guild and Catholic authors Moira Noonan and Dorothy Pilarski.

For more information visit www.dynamicwomenfaith.com or call 905-279-7702

THANK YOU FROM THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

The St. Gabriel’s Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul thanks parishioners for their generous and consistent support for those in need.

Tax receipts for the year 2014 for donations of $20 or more have been mailed this past week. Receipts for donations less that $20 are available on request.

JUST COFFEE

Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.

Regular ground coffee: $5.50
Decaffeinated: $6
Whole Beans: $5.50
Chocolate Bars: $4 incl. Taxes
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $4.75
Teas: $4.25

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION ST. GABRIEL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Kindergarten Registration has begun for all Elementary Schools. Parents/guardians with children born in 2011 or earlier and who will be enrolling in Kindergarten, have the opportunity to apply on-line using the “Student On-line Admission and Registration” platform known as S.O.A.R. and found at the following link: http://soar.tcdsb.org.

For further information, please contact our school office at 416-393-5256.

For general inquires or further information you may contact 416-222-8282 or visit our website at www.tcdsb.org

FREE CATHOLIC ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR

Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at 9:00AM

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery

Catholic Cemeteries and the Archdiocese of Toronto estate planning team will share:

- How to protect your loved ones with a proper Will
- How to ensure your wishes are legally protected
- About Powers of Attorney and Estate Trustee selection
- The cost savings of making an estate plan
- Finding lawyers and estate planning advisors
- Our Catholic traditions around Wills, burial and funerals

An estate planning kit and DVD will be provided at no cost.

Refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: Frank Jannetta, Catholic Cemeteries
416-733-8544 ext. 2023 or fjannetta@cc-fs.ca

FINANCE CORNER

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for Last Weekend

Envelopes 381 $ 6,318
Loose Change 822
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 164 3,701
Total 545 $ 10,841
Maintenance Collection $8,130