Bulletin – February 26, 2017

February 24th, 2017

FEAST OF ST. GABRIEL

Monday, 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 at 9:00 AM and at 10:30 AM with the children from St. Gabriel’s School.

CONVOCATION OF THE LAITY

June 9th to June 11th, 2017

Passionist Retreat House, Jamaica, New York

The Passionist Province of St. Paul of the Cross and its Commission on the Laity are sponsoring the “Convocation on the Laity” from June 9th to June 11th, 2017 at the Passionist Retreat House in Jamaica New York.

For further information, please go to www.stgabrielsparish.ca or contact Fatima Lee at 416-221-8866.

ASH WEDNESDAY

March 1st, 2017

March 1st 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.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

February 27th– March 4th, 2017

MONDAY – HUI SOU LIN – Requested by Linda Law & Family
TUESDAY – THANKSGIVING – Requested by John Chan
WEDNESDAY – ASH WEDNESDAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
THURSDAY – VIRGINIA ITCHON CHAN – Requested by David Chung
FRIDAY – FERNANDO LASA – Requested by Ana Maria Lasa
SATURDAY – GIUSEPPE & CLEMENTINA INTINI – Requested by Chiara & Tina Intini

WELCOME! BAPTISM

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
Lillian Da Silva
Michaella Szeto

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, February 19th 2017. Congratulations!

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.

DAYS OF FAST AND ABSTINENCE

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

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.

LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE 2017

Ash Wednesday
Mass at 12:00 Noon & 7:30 PM

Stations of the Cross
Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Individual Confessions
Wednesday, March 29th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Reconciliation Service
Wednesday, March 29th at 7:30 PM

Palm Sunday
April 9th
Masses Sat., 4:30 PM
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday
April 13th
No 9:00 AM Mass
7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday
April 14th
10:00 AM Morning Prayer
3:00 PM Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday
April 15th
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday
April 16th
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM 12:30 PM

Easter Monday
April 17th
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, March 3rd from 9:30 AM – 12 Noon

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

Friday, March 3rd at 1:30 PM
St Elizabeth of Hungary Church
432 Sheppard Avenue East

You are cordially invited to the annual ecumenical World Day of Prayer Service which will be held at
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church on Friday March 3rd at 1:30 PM.

The theme this year, “Am I Being Unfair to You?” was written by the women of the Philippines. Please join us, along with our neighbouring Christian churches, in prayer and reflection. A reception will follow.

ROSARY GROUPS

Gabriel Room
English: Saturday, March 4th at 3:15 PM
Chinese: Sunday, March 5th at 3:30 PM
For further information, please contact Linda Law at 416 -918-8029.

ECO-SABBATH

Sunday, March 5th at 11:30 AM
Gabriel Room

On Sunday, March 5th, the Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality will facilitate 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.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

Good Shepherd provides more than 1,200 hot meals a day as well as shelter for the homeless in our city and a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs.

With everyone struggling during the winter months, your food donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE – 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Did you know that as pressure to privatize the natural resource of water increased, Development and Peace focused on water as a human right and campaigned for public control of water systems in areas where millions of people suffer from water scarcity? To find out more about the work of Development and Peace or to become a member or donor, visit the website at http://www.devp.org/en/get-involved.

EFFECT HOPE

Leprosy Mission of Canada Stamp Collection Program

Make a difference with your mail! You can get involved by collecting, trimming and sending your used postage stamps to Effect Hope, the Leprosy Mission of Canada.

Please place stamps in the basket provided outside the Parish Office

Your kindness and compassion are felt by the friends and staff of Effect Hope and by the many people they serve. They look forward to your continued partnership with this mission of healing and hope.

EMOTIONALLY AND SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY CATHOLIC FAMILIES

Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 AM
Blessed Trinity Church, 3220 Bayview Avenue

Professor Janine Langan has written and lectured extensively on Catholic education, the family, various encyclicals and theology. She will present this talk, Emotionally and Spiritually Healthy Catholic Families, on Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 AM at Blessed Trinity Church. For more information, contact Terry McDermott, RN, Parish Nurse, at 416-226-0262 ext. 8 or email: btparishnurse@gmail.com.

39th ANNUAL CONCELEBRATED MASS IN HONOUR OF SAINT PATRICK

March 12th from 3:30 PM. to 6:00 PM
St. Cecilia’s Church, 161 Annette Street, Toronto

The Principal Celebrant and Homilist will be his Excellency, Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Eithne Heffernan will be the guest Irish harpist. The ceremonial coordinator will be Hugo Straney. A reception will follow the Mass in the church hall, with refreshments and Irish entertainment provided by Michael Kelly and Irish dancers from the Johnson School of Dance.

For more information email: stceciliatoronto@gmail.com or call St. Cecilia’s parish office at 416-769-8163.

FINANCE CORNER

Weekly Offertory
Collection for last week:
Envelopes 423 $ 7,807
Loose Change 1,065
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 164 3,054
Total 587 $ 11,926

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES

If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution. You must provide your full name and address.

If you are not currently using parish envelopes and wish to have a set issued, please contact the Parish Office and we will prepare a box for you. This is the most effective way to keep track of your donations.

Homily – February 19, 2017

February 19th, 2017

Years ago a parishioner who was not a Catholic but who was at Mass every Sunday with his family told me what he expected and hoped for from a Sunday sermon. He said ‘I want to be challenged even to take one step, even one baby step, beyond where I was when I walked into the church. I want to be challenged to be a better man, a better husband, a better father.

These series of teachings we hear in today’s gospel offer each one of us such a challenge. We hear these same challenges year after year, gospel reading after gospel reading. The question is have we accepted the challenge?

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth was taught to prevent an individual wrong from developing into a tribal feud. Keep it one on one. But Jesus challenges us to not to respond in kind to any hurt or slight, but to be willing to work things out with people who abuse our good will, people who take advantage of us in business. Jesus challenges us to show those who wrong us cheat us that we will not be lowered to their level, that we and they are meant for better things. Are we willing to accept his challenge to move on and be free of the burdens of resentment and ill will?

Love your enemies and those who do you harm. That’s always been a hard one. Doesn’t ‘don’t get angry get even’ sound better? What do we gain by bearing grudges and resentments year after year? I forget who is supposed to have said, ‘I destroy my enemies by making them my friends. Can we take even a baby step and move beyond our grudges and memories of past hurts that only wear down and even wear us out? Aren’t we meant for better things?

Be prefect as your heavenly father is perfect. The word perfect for us means faultless. This we are not. Our heavenly father makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends his rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

The same sun shines on all of us, the same rain falls on all of us the difference is in how we accept these gifts of sun and rain. Think of communities hit by what we call natural disasters – we see neighbourhoods wiped out by floods or tornados. Homes are destroyed, livelihoods wiped out, good people killed or seriously injured. In the midst of all this we see neighbour helping neighbour, stranger being there for stranger. These things can and often do, bring out the best in people.

Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount is a challenge to each one of us to take the road less travelled. The less travelled road is a road so different from the one we so often walk that leads to getting even, getting back at those who have wronged us, a road on which we don’t forgive and we don’t forget.

Will we that take the road that leads us to a life of loving and forgiving those who have wronged us in any way. A road less travelled on which we meet and can care for the poor, hungry, homeless of our own little worlds. This less travelled road brings us into the kingdom of God and fellow ship with Jesus our Christ. The question for all of us is, are we willing to take that one step along this road that moves us beyond where we were and who we were when we came to Mass this morning?

Bulletin – February 19, 2017

February 18th, 2017

FAMILY DAY

Monday, February 20th

Monday February 20th is Family Day, a day to celebrate our families.

The Parish Office will be closed and there will be no 9:00 AM Mass on that day.

CONVOCATION OF THE LAITY

June 9th to June 11th, 2017

Passionist Retreat House, Jamaica, New York

The Passionist Province of St. Paul of the Cross and its Commission on the Laity are sponsoring the “Convocation on the Laity” from June 9th to June 11th, 2017 at the Passionist Retreat House in Jamaica New York.

For further information, please visit http://stgabrielsparish.ca/ministries/convocation-of-laity-2017/ or contact Fatima Lee at 416-221-8866.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS – TALENT NIGHT

Saturday, February 25th at 7:00 PM

Did you know that we have many talented young people within our Parish Community?

All parishioners are invited to attend our Youth Group’s Talent Night, which will be held on Saturday February 25th at 7:00 PM here at the church. Admission is by donation. The Youth Group’s CD will also be available for sale after the show.

Please come out and show your support of our youth’s talents!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

February 20th – February 25th, 2017

MONDAY – FAMILY DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – FR. TIMOTHY HIGGINS – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
WEDNESDAY – FR. DON SANVIDO – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
THURSDAY – STEPHEN TSAO – Requested by the Au Family
FRIDAY – ALINE, RENE & PAUL LAVERTU – Requested by Helene Lavertu
SATURDAY – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE CHUCHRA & WROBEL FAMILIES – Requested by Jack & Wanda

ASH WEDNESDAY

March 1st, 2017

March 1st 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.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

Friday, March 3rd at 1:30 PM

St Elizabeth of Hungary Church
432 Sheppard Avenue East

You are cordially invited to the annual ecumenical World Day of Prayer Service which will be held at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church on Friday March 3rd at 1:30 PM. The theme this year, “Am I Being Unfair to You?” was written by the women of the Philippines. Please join us, along with our neighbouring Christian churches, in prayer and reflection.

A reception will follow.

MILK BAG PROJECT

Wednesday, February 22nd from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Gabriel Room

Volunteer milk bag weavers will be meeting Wednesday afternoon, February 22nd from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. All are welcome!

THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Your prepared frozen casseroles 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 our city. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s website. 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.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE – 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Did you know that in the early eighties a severe famine caused by drought killed more than 400,000 people in Ethiopia? Development and Peace launched an emergency appeal and raised $20 million to aid those most affected. To find out more about the work of Development and Peace or to become a member or donor, visit the website at http://www.devp.org/en/get-involved.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city as well as a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs.

With everyone struggling at this time, your food donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

EFFECT HOPE

Leprosy Mission of Canada Stamp Collection Program

Make a difference with your mail! You can get involved by collecting, trimming and sending your used postage stamps to Effect Hope, the Leprosy Mission of Canada. . Please place stamps in the basket provided outside the Parish Office

Your kindness and compassion are felt by the friends and staff of Effect Hope and by the many people they serve. They look forward to your continued partnership with this mission of healing and hope.

“JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE: A STORY FOR OUR TIMES.”

Online courses from Yale open to all who are interested.

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, experts on Religion and Ecology, and Senior Lecturers and Research Scholars at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies are currently offering four six-week online courses. These are featured as a specialization under the theme of “Journey of the Universe: A Story for our Times.” These are the first MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The MOOCs are available on courser.org to anyone, anywhere on the planet.

Those interested may audit these courses free of charge (with the exception of the capstone course). The courses do not have to be completed within the six week period, rather, learners may finish at their own pace.

Courses:
• Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life
• Journey Conversations: Weaving Knowledge and Action
• The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community
• Integrating Capstone: Living Cosmology

For more details and to register, please go to: https://www.coursera.org/specializations/journey-of-the-universe

EMOTIONALLY AND SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY CATHOLIC FAMILIES

Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 AM
Blessed Trinity Church, 3220 Bayview Avenue

Professor Janine Langan has written and lectured extensively on Catholic education, the family, various encyclicals and theology. She will present this talk, Emotionally and Spiritually Healthy Catholic Families, on Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 AM at Blessed Trinity Church. For more information, contact Terry McDermott, RN, Parish Nurse, at 416-226-0262 ext. 8 or email: btparishnurse@gmail.com.

39TH ANNUAL CONCELEBRATED MASS IN HONOUR OF SAINT PATRICK

March 12th from 3:30 PM. to 6:00 PM
St. Cecilia’s Church, 161 Annette Street, Toronto

The Principal Celebrant and Homilist will be his Excellency, Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Eithne Heffernan will be the guest Irish harpist. The ceremonial co-ordinator will be Hugo Straney. A reception will follow the Mass in the church hall, with refreshments and Irish entertainment provided by Michael Kelly and Irish dancers from the Johnson School of Dance.
For more information email: stceciliatoronto@gmail.com or call St. Cecilia’s parish office at 416-769-8163.

THEOLOGY ON TAP

Commitment – Relationships, Career, Community
Monday March 13th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Avenue

Faith Connections invites young adults (19-39) to join them for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a comfortable and relaxed setting, with special guests: Jeff and Patricia Kavanagh. Munchies provided, cash bar, come and bring a friend! For more information call Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt at 416-467-2645 or visit www.faithconnections.ca — a ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto.

CELEBRATE YOUR MARRIAGEWITH A WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND!

March 17th to March 19th
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre

Celebrate your love and take a fresh look at your marriage! Spend a very special weekend together. A Weekend of discovery…a lifetime of love! Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps married couples rediscover themselves as individuals and as a couple. The Weekend format helps couples communicate openly and honestly without group sharing, therapy or marriage counseling.

The next weekend will be March 17th to March 19th at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga.
For more information and application, please go to www.wwme.org or contact:Gerard & Marge McCauley at gerard.marge@rogers.com or 905-792-1925.

DYNAMIC WOMEN OF FAITH CONFERENCE

Saturday, March 25th

Dynamic Women of Faith will be hosting its 8th annual conference for Catholic women on Saturday March 25th.
Speakers include: Dr. Josephine Lombardi, Deacon Robert & Gabrielle Suthers, Tanya Granic Allen, Cheryl Thompson, and Dorothy Pilarski.

Cardinal Thomas Collins will be celebrating the opening Mass. There is a mother -daughter event, Calling All Girls, the evening before!

For more information including registration fees and location visit www.dynamicwomenfaith.com or call 905-279-7702.

FINANCE CORNER

Weekly Offertory

Collection for last week:
Envelopes 289 $ 5,657
Loose Change 706
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 164 3,054
Total 543 $ 9,417

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2017

If you have not picked up your 2017 envelopes please do so as soon as possible. You will find them in the hall outside the Gabriel Room.

If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution. You must provide your full name and address.

If you are not currently using parish envelopes and wish to have a set issued for 2017, please contact the Parish Office and we will prepare a box for you. This is the most effective way to keep track of your donations.

Homily – February 12, 2017

February 12th, 2017

So often when bad things happen to good people, when good people are murdered while they pray, when innocent people are the victims of civil wars, when we know of men or women or children whose bodies are ravaged by cancer, we spontaneously ask, ‘ why does God allow these terrible things? Why doesn’t God stop this slaughter? Why is God so silent?

Our first reading from Sirach has something to say about this; ‘for great is the wisdom of the Lord; He is mighty in power and sees everything. Before each person is life and death, good and evil and whichever one chooses, that shall be given.

God did not create us as automatons, puppets. God will not rush in to save us from ourselves. We are free agents. We are gifted the gift of free will. We can choose to be good or bad, loving or unloving, just or unjust. The decision is ours and the consequences are of our own making. As Moses said to the Israelites – this day I play before you life and death, choose life.

We’ve all been blessed with gift of free will. We’ve been given the awesome power to choose. What the author of the Book of Sirach wants to do is to exonerate God from all responsibility for the evil that surrounds us in the world. Each of us knows ‘good is to be done, evil is to be avoided’. We bring the consequences of our choices upon ourselves.

But there is a fly in the ointment. We know it as original sin. It is that forbidden fruit that is attractive to our eyes and lures us to that false promise that we will be like God, knowing good and evil. There is a tendency in each of us to be lured away from what God calls us to be and do by false promises of love and happiness and power.

In his letter to the Romans St. Paul claims that ‘if it had not been for the law I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said ‘you shall not covet.’ Eve and Adam would not have eaten the forbidden fruit if God had kept quiet and not told them to stay away from that tree. To put it another way, ‘this bean would not be up my nose if my mother hadn’t told me, don’t put that bean in your nose. The don’ts of life cause us to wonder, ‘why not’ why not give it a try? Don’t we pray every day, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

We are all caught up in the life long struggle, ‘ the good that I would that I do not and the evil I would not do, that I do.’ I think we can make our own the conviction of Paul that the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus our Christ, love of God made visible can be our motivation to ‘keep the commandments, be faithful to the teachings and example of Jesus, especially trying to keep Christ’s great commandment, ‘love one another as I have loved you.’

We are not in this struggle alone. Christ has promised us, I am with you always. I walk beside you; if you fall I will pick you up no matter how many times you fall. All I ask is don’t give up trying. My grace is sufficient for you.

Bulletin – February 12, 2017

February 11th, 2017

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

We want to say a special thank you to all those who worked to make this year’s Lunar New Year Party a wonderful celebration. This is one of the nicest events we have throughout the year and, as always, it was a huge success.

Many thanks to those who donated the delicious food, those who decorated so beautifully and everyone who worked to make this celebration a memorable event. All who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

CONVOCATION OF THE LAITY

June 9th to June 11th, 2017

Passionist Retreat House, Jamaica, New York

The Passionist Province of St. Paul of the Cross and its Commission on the Laity are sponsoring the “Convocation on the Laity” from June 9th to June 11th, 2017 at the Passionist Retreat House in Jamaica, New York.

For further information, please go to www.stgabrielsparish.ca or contact Fatima Lee at 416-221-8866.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS – TALENT NIGHT

Saturday, February 25th at 7:00 PM

Did you know that we have many talented young people within our Parish Community?

All parishioners are invited to attend our Youth Group’s Talent Night, which will be held on Saturday February 25th at 7:00 PM here at the church. Admission is by donation. The Youth Group’s CD will also be available for sale after the show.

Please come and support our youth’s talents!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

February 13th – February 18th, 2017

MONDAY – TONINO DI DIODATO – Requested by the Oakie Family
TUESDAY – TOM CLARKSON – Requested by Fergus & Mary Ann O’Connell
WEDNESDAY – ADRIEN KIRCHNER – Requested by Patricia & Mary Alice O’Mahony
THURSDAY – NICOLA VUKOVIC – Requested by Manda Vukovic
FRIDAY – ABANDONED SOULS – Requested by the Nguyen Family
SATURDAY – YOKE THOE SIEW – Requested by Pacita & Jonathan Kwan

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: $4.50
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $6.00
Teas: $4.25

MILK BAG PROJECT

Wednesday, February 22nd from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Gabriel Room

Volunteer milk bag weavers will be meeting Wednesday afternoon, February 22nd from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the
Gabriel Room. All are welcome!

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE – 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Did you know that Development and Peace was founded in 1967 by the Canadian Catholic Bishops after their participation in Vatican II where they listened to the concerns of the Bishops from the Global South about poverty, hunger, etc?

To find out more about the work of Development and Peace or to become a member or donor, visit the website at http://www.devp.org/en/get-involved.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city as well as a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs

With everyone struggling at this time, your food donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

EFFECT HOPE

Leprosy Mission of Canada Stamp Collection Program
Make a difference with your mail!

You can get involved by collecting, trimming and sending them used postage stamps. They fill bags of stamps and sell them to stamp dealers by the kilogram. By donating your time or stamps, you can bring hope to people with leprosy.

Stamps can be trimmed leaving no less than ¼ inch and no more than ½ inch paper border. Please place stamps in the basket provided outside the Parish Office. Your kindness and compassion are felt by the friends and staff of Effect Hope and by the many people they serve. They look forward to your continued partnership with this mission of healing and hope.

THEOLOGY ON TAP

Faith in the Naked Public Square

Monday, February 13th at 7:00 PM
Boston Pizza, 400 Progress Ave, Scarborough

Faith Connections, the Office of Catholic Youth, and the local parishes invite young adults (ages 19-39) to join them for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a comfortable and relaxed setting, with special guest: Randy Boyagoda, Principal and Vice-President, University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College.

They will discuss ways in which Catholics can work towards their own commitments to living out their faith in public life. Munchies will be provided and there is a cash bar.

Come and bring a friend!

BLESSED TRINITY CWL

Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00 PM

Blessed Trinity Parish Hall

The Catholic Women’s League of Blessed Trinity Parish extends a warm welcome to all to please join them on Wednesday February 14th in Blessed Trinity Parish Hall at 7:00 PM for a screening of Mother Theresa’s film,
“The Legacy. Ann Petrie, Emmy Award Filmmaker who filmed Mother Theresa for years, will speak about her experiences. There will be a reception following the film. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Kay at 416-357-5378 or Catherine at 905-889-3786.

EMOTIONALLY AND SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY CATHOLIC FAMILIES

Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 AM

Blessed Trinity Church, 3220 Bayview Avenue

Professor Janine Langan has written and lectured extensively on Catholic education, the family, various encyclicals and theology. She will present a talk entitled “Emotionally and Spiritually Healthy Catholic Families” on Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 AM at Blessed Trinity Church. For more information, contact Terry McDermott, RN, Parish Nurse, at 416-226-0262 ext. 8 or email: btparishnurse@gmail.com.

CELEBRATE YOUR MARRIAGE WITH A WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND!

March 17th to March 19th

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre

Celebrate your love and take a fresh look at your marriage! Spend a very special weekend together. A Weekend of discovery…a lifetime of love!

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps married couples rediscover themselves as individuals and as a couple. The Weekend format helps couples communicate openly and honestly without group sharing, therapy or marriage counseling.

The next weekend will be March 17th to-19th at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga.
For more information and an application, please go to www.wwme.org or contact: Gerard & Marge McCauley at gerard.marge@rogers.com or 905-792-1925.

“JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE: A STORY FOR OUR TIMES.”

Online courses from Yale open to all who are interested.

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, experts on Religion and Ecology, and Senior Lecturers and Research Scholars at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies are currently offering four six-week online courses. These are featured as a specialization under the theme of “Journey of the Universe: A Story for our Times.” These are the first MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The MOOCs are available on courser.org to anyone, anywhere on the planet.

Those interested may audit these courses free of charge (with the exception of the capstone course). The courses do not have to be completed within the six week period, rather, learners may finish at their own pace.

Courses:
• Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life
• Journey Conversations: Weaving Knowledge and Action
• The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community
• Integrating Capstone: Living Cosmology

For more details and to register, please go to:
https://www.coursera.org/specializations/journey-of-the-universe

DYNAMIC WOMEN OF FAITH CONFERENCE

Saturday, March 25th

Dynamic Women of Faith will be hosting it’s 8th annual conference for Catholic women on Saturday March 25th.
Topics include: Call to Holiness, Why Minister to Moms?

Finding your Catholic Voice, Marriage & Sanity, How does CatholicMomsgroup.com Work?

Speakers include: Dr. Josephine Lombardi, Deacon Robert & Gabrielle Suthers, Tanya Granic Allen, Cheryl Thompson, and Dorothy Pilarski.

Cardinal Thomas Collins will be celebrating the opening Mass. There is a mother-daughter event, Calling All Girls, the evening before!

For more information including registration fees and location visit www.dynamicwomenfaith.com or call 905-279-7702.

FINANCE CORNER

Weekly Offertory

Collection for last week:

Envelopes 392 $ 8,083
Loose Change 1,102
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 164 3,054
Total 556 $ 12,239

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2017

If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution. You must provide your full name and address.

If you are not currently using parish envelopes and wish to have a set issued for 2017, please contact the Parish Office and we will prepare a box for you. This is the most effective way to keep track of your donations.