Bulletin – February 7, 2016

February 6th, 2016

LUNAR NEW YEAR PARTY

Sunday, February 21st after 12:30 PM Mass

Monday, February 8th marks the beginning of Lunar New Year. For many years, the Asian community in our parish has gifted our parish community with a wonderful Lunar New Year Party. This year is the Year of the Monkey.

Our Lunar New Year Party will take place on Sunday, February 21st 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.

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

Interviews for children who wish to receive their First Communion are now being scheduled. Those children attending the Children’s Faith Program, private schools or others are asked to choose one of the following dates: April 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th , 19th, 20th .21st. 26th, 27th or 28th.

Children from St. Gabriel’s School are asked to choose one of the following dates: May 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 17th, 18th, 19th or 20th.

Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 to book your appointment with Fr. Brando.

FIRST RECONCILIATION

Saturday, February 27th 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 27th at 10:30 AM.

LENTEN EVENING OF REFLECTION

Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:30 PM

This year’s parish Lenten Evening of Reflection will be preached by Father Nicholas Obiero, C.P. Father Nicholas is a Passionist from Kenya. He is working towards his doctorate in Pastoral Theology at St. Michael’s College of the University of Toronto. Occasionally Father Nicholas helps out at our parish as well – many of you might have already met him.

Please mark your calendar. Details about the Evening will follow once they become available.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

February 8th to February 13th, 2016

MONDAY – PAUL SAI BUN CHAN – Requested by the Family
TUESDAY – LYN EGSGARD – Requested by Gerry, Molly, Helen & Kathi
WEDNESDAY – ASH WEDNESDAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
THURSDAY – MARION DES ROCHES – Requested by the Des Roches Family
FRIDAY – JOVITA PINO – Requested by Josie Pino
SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE – Requested by Marie Calderone

ASH WEDNESDAY

February 10th 2016

February 10th 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.

VOCATION SEEDS

Do not be afraid. If the Lord is calling you to the ordained or consecrated life, do not be afraid. Jesus calls and will give you the grace to respond wholeheartedly. If you think God is calling you to be a priest, religious or deacon, please contact Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocations Director, Archdiocese of Toronto at 416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

Development and Peace is proud to be a partner of ShareLIfe. Through our theme this year, Create a Climate of Change, we invite you to experience “the opening of our hearts to those living on the outermost fringes of society.” (Pope Francis)

Lent is a time to look within ourselves and reflect on our relationship with God and with each other. It is the opportune moment to open our hearts towards compassion and love and take action on the multiple crises that are affecting humanity.

This weekend, members of Development and Peace will distribute Lenten materials that highlight the difference that we can make in creating a Climate of Change.

IMMIGRATION LAWYER NEEDED

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Conference often meet Neighbours in Need who require professional help, but have no resources.

We are asking any of our parishioners who are Lawyers or who know Lawyers, specializing in immigration who would be willing to donate their time to contact the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Gabriel’s. Please call Brenda D’Souza 416-990-8892. Thank you very much for remembering the poor and for all your support in this mission of charity to our Neighbours in Need.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 80 casseroles for January. For February, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of February 27th/28th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are encouraged to become active in helping to feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. Three different recipes are available in the Parish Office or online at the Church website.

If you require more information or would like to get a copy of a recipe and a casserole pan, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

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 Your kindness and compassion are felt by the friends and staff of Effect Hope and by the many people we serve. We look forward to your continued partnership with this mission of healing and hope. Please place stamps in the basket provided outside the Parish Office.

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 community, residential, educational and child development 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.

HEARTS BROKEN OPEN

Monday, February 8th from 6:30 to 8:30
Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge Street, 4th Floor

New Beginnings and Catholic Family Services of Toronto present an inspirational talk by Susan Morgan, M.Div. entitled “Hearts Broken Open” for anyone who has experienced a loss in life and who desires to move forward.

The talk will be held at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge St. (Shaftesbury Ave.) 4th Floor, located at Summerhill Subway on Monday, February 8th from 6:30 PM. to 8:30 PM. Limited underground parking is available.

A CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE

Saturday February 13th at 4:30 PM
St. Andrew Kim Parish, 849 Don Mills Road

Cardinal Collins has designated this weekend as Marriage Sunday in the Archdiocese of Toronto. The event provides an opportunity to honour husband and wife while saluting the faithfulness, sacrifice and joy that comes with the marriage covenant.

To those preparing for marriage, newlyweds and those that have been companions on the journey for decades, we offer our prayers and best wishes in a special way this weekend.

On Saturday, February 13th, at 4:30 PM couples from across the archdiocese will gather for A Celebration of Marriage with Cardinal Thomas Collins at St. Andrew Kim Parish,

849 Don Mills Road, North York. A reception will follow Mass. All are welcome! For more information please visit www.archtoronto.org/marriage or call 416-964-8695.

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE DAY OF RECOLLECTION

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Blessed Trinity Parish Church, 3220 Bayview Ave.

The Catholic Women’s League of Blessed Trinity Parish is hosting a Day of Recollection on Tuesday, February 16th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Blessed Trinity Parish Hall. Tickets which include a hot lunch, are $20 each.

All women are invited. For tickets or more info, please call Louise 416-733-3946 or Gisele 416-223-7826

WOMEN’S LENTEN RETREAT WEEKEND

Beginning Friday, February 19th at 8:00 PM
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga.

There will be a Women’s Lenten Retreat at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre on the weekend of February 19th to 21st. The retreat begins at 8:00 PM on Friday and concludes with Mass at noon on Sunday, followed by lunch. It will be preached by the Centre Team. Please call 905-278-5229 for further information or to register.

A LENTEN RETREAT – JESUS IN THE DESERT

St. Augustine’s Lay Spiritual Formation Program

Saturday, February 20th from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
St. Augustine’s Seminary, 2661 Kingston Road

St. Augustine’s Lay Spiritual Formation Program presents a Lenten Retreat, Jesus in the Desert with Fr. Charles Anang on Saturday, February 20th from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. The cost is $40 which includes lunch. To register go to www.staugustines.on.ca or call 416-261-7207.

FINANCE CORNER

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for January 31st, 2016:

Envelopes 398 $ 6,976
Loose Change 963
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 166 3,160
Total 564 $ 11,099

Maintenance Fund $ 6,923

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2016

Please pick up your 2016 envelopes from the Parish Office as soon as possible if you have not already done so.
If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution. If you are not currently using parish envelopes and wish to have a set issued for 2016, 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.

Please inform the Parish Office if you have recently moved, so that we may keep our parish records up to date.

TAX RECEIPTS FOR 2015

Tax receipts for 2015 were mailed last week. Tax receipts for the Family of Faith Campaign or for any donations made by credit card through the Archdiocese will be receipted by the Archdiocese.

Homily – January 31, 2016

January 31st, 2016

I seldom watch the series Downton Abbey. It’s a story of a family and its life of privilege, a life they know will not last much longer as the social situation of England changes. The really interesting people are those who have chosen a life of service. It’s not a bad deal – they had a roof over their heads, three meals a day. But they have to know their place – which is not upstairs unless they were called. In a recent episode a young woman visited Downton on business. It turned out that she’d worked there for three years before she left to better herself. She worked there for three years and the family couldn’t remember her. She was just there, in her place and they were there in their place.

The more things change the more they remain the same. At the time of Jesus this was the same mentality – know your place. Everyone had a proper place in society that was established by birth. No one was ever expected to neither become something better nor improve on the lot of their parents. The people of Nazareth knew Jesus was the son of Joseph the carpenter. What’s with his going around and acting like a rabbi?

Jesus worked his way home after spending 40 days in the desert praying and fasting and sorting out the message he’d received at his baptism – you are my son, the beloved, with you I am well pleased. Having overcome the temptations to turn away from his destiny and seek self – satisfaction or power, or a great reputation, Jesus began preaching in the towns of Galilee. The ordinary people were impressed by what he said and did. They felt he was one of them not like their leaders the Scribes and Pharisees.

Finally he made his way home. The word went out that he was going to read the scriptures on the Sabbath. The synagogue was packed with curious people. His neighbours were curious about what he had to say and wondered about his popularity.

Jesus attributed the call of Isaiah to himself – the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, proclaim release to captives, sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed. Jesus is perceived by his neighbours as being uppity, as stepping shamefully beyond his family boundaries. His father Joseph was a carpenter – who does he think he making such claims.

Rubbing salt into the wounds opened by his insulting behavior Jesus inserts himself into the prophetic line of Elijah and Elisha. Prophets who worked beyond the confines of the Jewish people, prophets God sent to the gentiles, the widow in Sidon and the Syrian leper Naaman. Jesus too would reach out to Samaritans and Gentiles. He was called to be for all people.

But what a home coming! They ran him out of town proving the truth of his saying, ‘a prophet is not without honor except in his own town.

What does all this have to do with us? The Spirit of the Lord was given to us at our baptism giving us the power to carry on the works of Jesus in our times. We are his voice, his eyes, his ears, his hands his right here, right now.

Every time we speak out against racism, bigotry or homophobia, every time we work for and support social justice whether it be justice for the peoples of our first nations, or adequate and affordable housing or a living and just wage, every time we respect all people who come into our lives, every time we try to live simply that others may simply live, we are driven and strengthened by the same Spirit who inspired Jesus when spoke so truthfully to his friends and neighbours. Like Jesus we will face opposition and ridicule. We will be asked ‘who do we think we are but this is what makes us faithful to our Christian faith. Faithful to Jesus the Christ.

As we continue to celebrate this Mass we pray for each other that we always try to live this Mass outside these wall guided and strengthened by the Spirit of God, the spirit of Jesus knowing he is with us every step of the way.

Bulletin – January 31, 2016

January 30th, 2016

COME MEET THE BAZJIAN FAMILY!

This Sunday, our newcomers from Syria, Khajik, Christine and their children, George and Melissa will be attending the 10:30 AM Mass. After Mass there will be an opportunity to speak with them and get to know them in the Gathering Space.

CHOIR NEWS!

Tuesday, February 2nd from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

On Tuesday, February 2nd from 7:30 to 9:00 PM the choir will be hosting a hymn sing! In preparation for full singing participation at all our masses, we will wander through our new blue Gather Hymn books. We will be focusing on new hymns for Lent and Easter. Please join us for a good ol’ sing-a-long!

FIRST RECONCILIATION

Saturday, February 27th 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 27th at 10:30 AM.

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

Interviews for children who wish to receive their First Communion are now being scheduled. Those children attending the Children’s Faith Program, private schools or others are asked to choose one of the following dates: April 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th or 28th.

Children from St. Gabriel’s School are asked to choose one of the following dates: May 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 17th, 18th, 19th or 20th. Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 to book your appointment with Fr. Brando.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

February 1st to February 6th, 2016

MONDAY – BONNIE SOLMES – Requested by Jennifer Peters
TUESDAY – BERTHA RICKETTS – Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – HUI SOU LIN – Requested by Linda Law & Family
THURSDAY – SPECIAL INTENTION – Requested by the Burke Family
FRIDAY – THANKSGIVING – Requested by the John Chan
SATURDAY – VIOLET PREVIDSA – Requested by Steve Previdsa

ENGLISH ROSARY GROUP

Saturday, February 6th at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room
For information, please contact Linda Law at 416 -918-8029

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, February 5th from 9:30 AM – 12 Noon

ECO-SABBATH

Sunday, February 7th 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.

ASH WEDNESDAY

February 10th 2016

February 10th 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 FOR CONSECRATED LIFE CELEBRATION

Sunday, January 31st at 3:00 PM

St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street

On Tuesday, February 2nd, the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. In the Archdiocese of Toronto, we are blessed to have living and serving among us more than 900 religious men and women of 100 different religious congregations. This World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank God for the gifts of these religious sisters, brothers and priests and to pray for God’s blessing upon them in their efforts to faithfully live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.

This Sunday, January 31st at 3:00 PM. at St. Paul’s Basilica, there will be a special Mass to close the Year for Consecrated Life. Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick will preside at the Mass in celebration of the vocation and witness of these special men and women religious who are such a vital and important part of the life and ministry of the Church in our archdiocese. All are welcome to attend.

IMMIGRATION LAWYER NEEDED

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Conference often meet Neighbours in Need who require professional help, but have no resources.

We are asking any of our parishioners who are Lawyers or who know Lawyers, specializing in immigration who would be willing to donate their time to contact the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Gabriel’s. Please call Brenda D’Souza 416-990-8892. Thank you very much for remembering the poor and for all your support in this mission of charity to our Neighbours in Need.

MEALS ON WHEELS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

The Volunteer organization Meals on Wheels, located at 80 Sheppard Avenue West is looking for drivers and runners for the organization. If you would like more information, please contact Karen Leung at 416-225-6041 ext 319 or by email at kleung@mowam.ca and she will provide the details.

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 community, residential, educational and child development 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.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

Development and Peace is proud to be a partner of ShareLIfe. Through our theme this year, Create a Climate of Change, we invite you to experience “the opening of our hearts to those living on the outermost fringes of society.” (Pope Francis)

Lent is a time to look within ourselves and reflect on our relationship with God and with each other. It is the opportune moment to open our hearts towards compassion and love and take action on the multiple crises that are affecting humanity.

Next weekend, members of Development and Peace will distribute Lenten materials that highlight the difference that we can make in creating a Climate of Change.

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. Please place stamps in the basket provided outside the Parish Office.

A CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE

St. Andrew Kim Parish, 849 Don Mills Road
Saturday February 13 at 4:30 PM

Cardinal Collins has designated the weekend of February 6th/7th as Marriage Sunday in the Archdiocese of Toronto. The event provides an opportunity to honour husband and wife while saluting the faithfulness, sacrifice and joy that comes with the marriage covenant. To those preparing for marriage, newlyweds and those that have been companions on the journey for decades, we offer our prayers and best wishes in a special way this weekend.

On Saturday, February 13th, at 4:30 PM couples from across the archdiocese will gather for A Celebration of Marriage with Cardinal Thomas Collins at St. Andrew Kim Parish, 849 Don Mills Road, North York. A reception will follow Mass. All are welcome!

For more information please visit www.archtoronto.org/marriage or call 416-964-8695.

BLESSED TRINITY CWL VALENTINE’S DINNER DANCE

Saturday, February 6th from 6:00 PM

Blessed Trinity Church Hall, 3220 Bayview Avenue

The Catholic Women’s league of Blessed Trinity Parish is holding a Valentine Dinner Dance on Saturday February 6th at Blessed Trinity Parish Hall. For more information, please contact Velma at 416-226-0590 or Louise at 416,733-3546.

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE DAY OF RECOLLECTION

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Blessed Trinity Parish Church, 3220 Bayview Ave.

The Catholic Women’s League of Blessed Trinity Parish is hosting a Day of Recollection on Tuesday, February 16th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Blessed Trinity Parish Hall. Tickets, which include a hot lunch, are $20 each.

All women are invited. For tickets or more info, please call Louise 416-733-3946 or Gisele 416-223-7826

WOMEN’S LENTEN RETREAT WEEKEND

Beginning Friday, February 19th at 8:00 PM

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga.

There will be a Women’s Lenten Retreat at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre on the weekend of February 19th to 21st. The retreat begins at 8:00 PM on Friday and concludes with Mass at noon on Sunday, followed by lunch. Please call 905-278-5229 for further information or to register.

FINANCE CORNER

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for January 24th, 2016:
Envelopes 417 $ 8,420
Loose Change 938
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 166 3,160
Total 583 $ 12,518

TAX RECEIPTS FOR 2015

Tax receipts for 2015 have been mailed this past week. Tax receipts for the Family of Faith Campaign or for any donations made by credit card through the Archdiocese will be receipted by the Archdiocese.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2016

Please pick up your 2016 envelopes as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution. If you are not currently using parish envelopes and wish to have a set issued for 2016, 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.

Please inform the Parish Office if you have recently moved, so that we may keep our parish records up to date.

In 2016, please do not use any envelopes from previous years as the number on it may have been reassigned. Please put your name on your envelope to ensure that your donation is properly recorded.

Homily – January 24, 2016

January 24th, 2016

I want to ask you a question. When I say the words ‘The church’ what image comes to your mind? The church. What do you think of?

For me the first image I get is of St. Peters in Rome. It is so wrong. The church is not buildings or structure or bureaucracy, the church is not the Pope or Bishops or Priests or Sisters. The church is you and me and every other baptized Catholic. We were church long before we were allowed to build places fit for the worship of God. We were church when people gathered in one another’s homes to celebrate the breaking of the bread and listen to the word of God and teachings of the Apostles.

Our second reading –Paul’s letter to the Corinthians was written at a time in the first century when the Christian community in Corinth was breaking into factions – I am of Paul, I am of Cephas, I am of Apollo. Paul was determined to challenge these divisions by his insistence that we all are of Christ and no one else. For Paul the church, the Christian community is all about men and women bound together by the Holy Spirit, it’s about men and women gifted in different ways for the common good of the community but especially the poor. To be the body of Christ means to be dependent upon Christ and subject to his Lordship.

We speak of the church as being holy. But the holiness of the body of Christ comes first of all from the holiness of Christ and then from the holiness of we the members of Christ’s body. That’s why we try to live this Mass in the lives we live, the work we do, the service we give and the prayers we pray, our ways of growing in Christ. We share in Christ’s holiness when we welcome our refugee families, when we support the Good Shepherd Centre and Rosalie Hall. The church is holy when we mend fences within our families and respect other people as they are.

We all know of the sexual abuse scandals that have damaged our church these past and present years. The crimes of priests and the cover up by bishops have wounded us all. When one member of the body suffers the whole body suffers.

Spiritual rugged individualism is not for Christians – we are family. That’s why we pray for and work for the re-union of all Christian communities.

Just as we should see our church as being made up of men, women and children forming one community of life, love and service so Pope Francis is asking us to see our relationship with Mother Earth in the same way. We human beings are one member of the whole communities of life on this planet. As I’ve said before ‘ we did not weave the web of life, we are a strand in the web, we depend on every other strand in this web and what we do to the web, be it for good or for ill we do to ourselves. Everything comes home to roost. The church is a community of life, love and service. As members of the human family we are called to live simply that others may simply live and work for the healing of our common home.

Pope Francis is asking us to see ourselves in that same relationship with Earth as we have in the church, a relationship of life, love and service. As in the church so as human beings we are kin, we are family.

Bulletin – January 24, 2016

January 23rd, 2016

CHOIR NEWS!

Tuesday, February 2nd from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

On Tuesday, February 2nd from 7:30 to 9:00 PM the choir will be hosting a hymn sing! In preparation for full singing participation at all our masses, we will wander through our new blue Gather Hymn books. We will be focusing on new hymns for Lent and Easter. Please join us for a good ol’ sing-a-long!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

January 25th to January 30th, 2016

MONDAY – DECEASED RELATIVES OF THE CHIU FAMILY – Requested by the Family
TUESDAY – MANUEL COSTA – Requested by Celeste Costa
WEDNESDAY – MARGARET & CATHERINE MORIARTY – Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
THURSDAY – PETER HEEON-YICK CHIU – Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – MARION MASIH – Requested by the Helene Royes
SATURDAY – DECEASED MOTHERS OF THE CHUCHRA & WROBEL FAMILIES – Requested by the Family

WELCOME! BAPTISM

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
Alexandra Isabella Bita
Sophia Daphne Chan
Sonia Ashma Verma

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, January 17th, 2016. Congratulations!

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2016 ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE

This Sunday, January 24th at 4:00 P.M.
Good Shepherd Chaldean Church,
2 High Meadow Place

Come and join us in an ecumenical prayer service with emphasis on refugees with His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Anglican Archbishop Colin Johnson, Chaldean Bishop Emanuel Shaleta, Evangelical Lutheran Bishop Michael Pryse and other city-wide religious leaders this Sunday, January 24th at 4:00 PM at Good Shepherd Chaldean Church, 2 High Meadow Place (northwest of Finch & Highway 400).

The homilist will be His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins. Refreshments will follow in the parish hall. Parking is available. For further information, please contact the Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs at 416-934-3400, Ext. 344 or Ext. 527 or vkwok@archtoronto.org.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR CONSECRATED LIFE CELEBRATION

Sunday, January 31st at 3:00 PM
St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street

On Tuesday, February 2nd, the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life.

In the Archdiocese of Toronto we are blessed to have living and serving among us more than 900 religious men and women of 100 different religious congregations. This World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank God for the gifts of these religious sisters, brothers and priests and to pray for God’s blessing upon them in their efforts to faithfully live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.

In closing the Jubilee Year for Consecrated Life, there will be a special Mass next Sunday, January 31st at 3:00 PM at St. Paul’s Basilica, Toronto in celebration of the vocation and witness of these special men and women religious who are such a vital and important part of the life and ministry of the Church in our Archdiocese. All are welcome to attend.

VOCATION SEEDS

You are the body of Christ; every one of you is a member of it. As a member of the body, we serve different roles. Are you willing to do your part? If you think God is calling you to be a priest, religious or deacon, contact Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocation Director, Archdiocese of Toronto at 416-968-0997 or by emailing vocations@archtoronto.org.

CHINESE ROSARY GROUP

Sunday, January 31st at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room.
Please note the date is one week earlier than usual.

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 our city. 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.

IMMIGRATION LAWYER NEEDED

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Conference often meet Neighbours in Need who require professional help, but have no resources.

We are asking any of our parishioners who are Lawyers or who know Lawyers, specializing in immigration, who would be willing to donate their time to contact the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Gabriel’s. Please call Brenda D’Souza 416-990-8892. Thank you very much for remembering the poor and for all your support in this mission of charity to our Neighbours in Need.

MEALS ON WHEELS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

The Volunteer organization Meals on Wheels, located at 80 Sheppard Avenue West is looking for drivers and runners for the organization.

If you would like more information, please contact Karen Leung at 416-225-6041 ext 319 or by email at kleung@mowam.ca and she will provide the details.

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 community, residential, educational and child development 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.

THEOLOGY ON TAP: Examen Your Social Media

Monday, January 25th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Ave,

Faith Connections invites young adults (19-39) to join us for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a comfortable and relaxed setting, with special guests: Andrea Scapinello and John O’Brien, SJ. Learn how to use St. Ignatius’ Examen prayer to see how God is in all things… including social media.
Munchies will be provided and there is a 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

BLESSED TRINITY CWL VALENTINE’S DINNER DANCE

Saturday, February 6th from 6:00 PM
Blessed Trinity Church Hall, 3220 Bayview Avenue

The Catholic Women’s League of Blessed Trinity Parish is holding a Valentine Dinner Dance on Saturday February 6th at Blessed Trinity Parish Hall. There will be a cash bar, door prizes a raffle and a 50/50 draw. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information, please contact Velma at 416-226-0590 or Louise at 416-733-3546

WOMEN’S LENTEN RETREAT WEEKEND

Beginning Friday, February 19th at 8:00 PM
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga.

There will be a Women’s Lenten Retreat at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre on the weekend of February 19th to 21st. The retreat begins at 8:00 PM on Friday and concludes with Mass at noon on Sunday, followed by lunch. It will be preached by the Centre Team. Please call 905-278-5229 for further information or to register.

MINISTRY WITH MATURING ADULTS

Tuesday Mornings at 10:00 AM, January 19th, 26th, February 16th, 23rd, March 15th, 22nd
St. Bonaventure Church, 1300 Leslie Street.

Sr. Mary Rose Marrin CSJ will be offering a programme on the topic of Spiritual Growth in the Second Half of Life hosted by St. Bonaventure Church, 1300 Leslie St. on 6 Tuesday mornings at 10:00 AM on Jan. 19th & 26th, Feb. 16th & 23rd, March 15th & 22nd in the St. Francis Room. She will be covering a variety of topics including Caregiving, Walking by Faith, Our Life Story, Growth in Wisdom, Prayer, and A Lifelong Mission.

A CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE

St. Andrew Kim Parish, 849 Don Mills Road
Saturday February 13 at 4:30 PM

Cardinal Collins has designated the weekend of February 6th/7th as Marriage Sunday in the Archdiocese of Toronto. The event provides an opportunity to honour husband and wife while saluting the faithfulness, sacrifice and joy that comes with the marriage covenant. To those preparing for marriage, newlyweds and those that have been companions on the journey for decades, we offer our prayers and best wishes in a special way this weekend.

On Saturday, February 13th, at 4:30 PM couples from across the archdiocese will gather for A Celebration of Marriage with Cardinal Thomas Collins at St. Andrew Kim Parish (849 Don Mills Road, North York). A reception will follow Mass. All are welcome!

For more information please visit www.archtoronto.org/marriage or call 416-964-8695.

FINANCE CORNER

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for January 17th 2016:
Envelopes 399 $ 7,793
Loose Change 854
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 166 3,160
Total 565 $ 11,807

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2016

Please pick up your 2016 envelopes as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution. If you are not currently using parish envelopes and wish to have a set issued for 2016, 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.

Please inform the Parish Office if you have recently moved, so that we may keep our parish records up to date.
In 2016, please do not use any envelopes from previous years as the number on it may have been reassigned.
Please put your name on your envelope to ensure that your donation is properly recorded.