Bulletin – February 14, 2016

February 13th, 2016

FAMILY DAY

February 15th

Monday February 15th is Family Day.

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

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM
CALL TO DISCIPLESHIP

The St. Gabriel’s Children’s Faith Program is a Parish faith program for children in Grade SK to 8 who attend Public and Private schools. The program is run by volunteer teachers who dedicate their time and service to this ministry. Over the last number of years, this program has been successfully coordinated by Lynette Fernandes and Mary Innocente. They have worked as a team to oversee the program and ensured it ran smoothly.

Both have indicated that they would be retiring from the program in May. On behalf of our parish we wish to thank them for their great effort, service and dedication towards this good work.

This program is an important ministry to the families that come to our parish. Many of our children were and are still part of the program and we know how valuable this ministry is to our parish life. If you are interested in coordinating this program, or being a volunteer teacher/assistant, please call Francis Ng 416-221-8866 ext. 224, or email francis.ng@bellnet.ca as soon as possible.

LUNAR NEW YEAR PARTY

Sunday, February 21st after 12:30 PM Mass

Monday, February 8th marked 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 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.

LENTEN EVENING OF REFLECTION

Encountering Christ, the King of Mercy, in the time of Lent
Father Nicholas Obiero, CP

Wednesday March 2nd from 7:30 to 9:00 PM
St. Gabriel’s Parish

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Father Nicholas is a Passionist from Kenya. He is working towards a doctorate in Pastoral Theology at St. Michael’s College of the University of Toronto.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

February 15th to February 20th, 2016

MONDAY – FAMILY DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – DOROTHY MITCHELL – Requested by Fran Moscall
WEDNESDAY – DONNA BONNICK – Requested by her Family
THURSDAY
FRIDAY – CONNNIE RUSCICA – Requested by Paolina Ruscica
SATURDAY – MR. WONG FOO CHUNG – Requested by his 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.

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.

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL TAX RECEIPTS

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has mailed out tax receipts for amounts of $20 and over. Receipts for amounts under $20 are available on request

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

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.

SHARELIFE

Together we are continuing to work wonders…

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7 (NRSVCE) Our Lord encourages us with a timely reminder about what our actions truly should be – to show mercy to others. Does showing mercy mean to take the time delivering food for the local food bank in our neighbourhood? Do we have time to help by serving on a weekend in the soup kitchen in our city or praying for a family who is dealing with a personal crisis? Or maybe the refugee family who needs some volunteer help resettling their family to a new life here in Canada. In essence, ShareLife becomes that connective bridge between the pulpit and the street. When we are called to action in the Catholic community, we know of so many ways we can make a difference by working together in the lives of those in need. Annually, we share in helping over 114,000 individuals, thanks to the support received through our collective efforts. Please help us celebrate our ShareLife’s 40th anniversary by supporting our annual Archdiocesan appeal during this Lenten season! —Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto.

Sunday March 13th is ShareLife Sunday

Please give generously. You can work wonders!

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.

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.

COME AND SEE WEEKEND

Beginning Friday February 26th at 7:00 PM

St. Augustine’s Seminary

The Office of Vocations is hosting a COME & SEE WEEKEND at St. Augustine’s Seminary from Friday February 26th at 7:00 PM to Sunday February 28th at 1.30 PM. Time will be provided to pray, to learn what seminary formation is about and time to interact and socialize with the Seminarians & Priests of the Seminary. The weekend offers opportunities for Communal Prayer, Mass, Adoration & Confession. For more information call 416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org.

MEN’S LENTEN DAY OF RETREAT

Saturday, February 27th from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga

A Lenten Retreat for Men will be held at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre on Saturday, February 27th from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Deacon Doctor Greg DeMarchi will preach on the theme:”God’s mercy as an entrance to prayer and spiritual life.” A coffee cart with muffins will be available on arrival: and a full hot meal at lunch is included.

To register please call 905-278-5229.

FINANCE CORNER

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for February 7th 2016:
Envelopes 389 $ 7,124
Loose Change 1,042
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 166 3,160
Total 555 $ 11,326

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2016

Please pick up your 2016 envelopes in 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 – February 7, 2016

February 7th, 2016

A while back I was visiting a family and enjoying a great meal. One of their daughters was home on a visit. She was an enjoyable free spirit but drove her parents crazy with her free and sometimes wild life style.

In the course of the evening she cornered me and asked – how can I be sure there is a God? Any priest is asked that question many times. I don’t know how it came about but I answered,’ well I’ll start with a man on a cross and we’ll go from there.

This is how St. Paul instructed the first Christians of Corinth. I handed on to you as of first importance – first importance-that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried and that he was raised on the third and that he appeared to Cephas and the twelve.

We start with the man on the cross Jesus the Christ. St. John tells us ‘in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God and the word became flesh and dwelt among us.’ St. Paul tells us Jesus was in the form of God but did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited but emptied himself taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness and he became obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross. For this God highly exalted him – by raising Jesus from the dead – and gave him a name above every other so that every tongue should confess Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

The man on the cross, nails though hands and feet, crowned with thorns, his naked body showing the brutality of his scourging is the love of God made visible. For God so loved the world he sent his son to the world not to condemn us but to make us one again with God. By his wounds we are healed, by his wounds we are reconciled with God for Jesus made peace by the blood of the cross.

To make it clear the Jesus’ sacrifice of his life to the Father was acceptable the Father raised Jesus from the dead, death had no power over him anymore. The Risen Christ appeared to Peter and the 12 and finally to Paul and commissioned to proclaim to the world the good news of God’s love and mercy for all of us. This is the message of first importance.

How do know there is a God, how do we know there is someone, not a force or a power, but someone who made us and loves us and heals and sustains us and challenges us to be men and women of justice, love and peace? How do we know there is a God – some one – who sustains us when we, like the fishermen in the gospel who worked the boat and struggled with the nets all through the night and came up with nothing, just we struggle and strive to cope with our weaknesses, try to maintain healthy relationships, try to respect and accept men and women different from ourselves, try to be responsive to the poverty in our city, try to be sensitive to the sufferings of people have lost everything, people who are persecuted for their religious beliefs and yet we seem to make little progress in our prayer life, we still remain locked up in our own little worlds.

I don’t think I made much progress with this young lady. Maybe she asked the question just to keep the conversation going. Someone described a mindset like hers as an unrestrained celebration of choice, the human will is worshiped as the ultimate reality. So many people are convinced there is no standard of truth and goodness outside of ourselves before which we seek guidance. We make the truth, we decide what is good. Nobody, nobody has any right to tell what to do, how to love, how to live. We have no duty, no responsibility, no obedience to any authority other than ourselves.

The man on the cross means nothing to so many people. This is a great sadness. But for we who believe – Christ crucified is the power of God and the wisdom of God and the love of God made visible for all those who wish to see.

As we continue to celebrate this Mass at which we re-present the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ we pray for ourselves and for each other that the daily living or our lives will always be sustained and inspired by the life-giving death of the man on the cross.

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.