Homily – April 16, 2017

April 16th, 2017

In his first letter to the Christian people of Corinth Paul writes to them of a matter of first importance; Christ died for our sins and was buried and that he was raised from the dead on the third day. We could say all the rest is commentary, Christ’s teachings and miracles, but this is the heart of the matter.

This feast of Easter is the foundational celebration of our Christian faith. St. Paul tells us that if Christ was not raised from the dead then we of all people are the most to be pitied. The shame and suffering of Good Friday were all for nothing. We are still estranged from God – there was no reconciliation. But we believe that the Father has raised the Lord Jesus from the dead and we too have been raised in him to live a new life for God. Christ’s resurrection is a pledge and promise of our resurrection. Death has no power over us anymore.

And who was the person, the apostle, the proclaimer of the resurrection of Jesus? Mary Madeline, a woman. His choice was revolutionary. Think about the position of women at the time of Jesus. It is pretty close to the way women are seen in many of the countries of the Middle East even today. A woman could never leave her home unless a male member of the family was with. She could never be seen taking with a man in public. Girls were never educated as boys were. Their marriages were arranged by their fathers. They were never allowed to be a witness is a court case. They could not inherit property. There was an old Jewish prayer that went; I thank God I was not born an ignorant man, a Gentile nor a woman. Women were none persons.

Jesus went out of his way to break many of these social taboos. Many of his friends were woman who travelled with him. He encouraged Mary to stay in the room with men and listen to his teachings – he praised her for choosing the better part. He spoke publically with the woman at the well. He cured the woman with the flow of blood; he raised a young girl from the dead. Dying on the cross he was comforted by the presence of his mother and other women. His male friends were nowhere to be seen.

Jesus wanted to share the glorious reality of his resurrection from the dead first of all with a woman, Mary Magdalene. Mary came early in the morning to finish the hurried anointing of Jesus body that took place on Friday only to find the tomb empty. A man she thought was a gardener called her by name and she knew he was Jesus. She lost him once; she would not lose him again. She clung to his feet but he had something important for her to do. ‘Go and tell, go and tell my disciples, go and tell the world I am risen, I am alive.’ Mary Magdalene brought this good news to all of us – He is risen.

In our time – skepticism has thickened with the advance of science and reason, there is little time for things spiritual or supernatural. Reports of miracles and divine intervention still draw faith and curiosity, but they run against the grain. Skeptics regard them, of course, as wishful thinking and attention getting events.

People who reject the astounding claim that Jesus is risen from the dead may believe the news has been faked, there must be alternative facts. But for the cluster of women who first reported it, including Mary Magdalene, there isn’t the slightest hint that they conjured or concocted it in order to manipulate the apostles for a predetermined end. No, they just blurted it out as stupendous, unanticipated truth.

Celebrating this great act of God St. Paul tells us we are to seek the things that are above, seek and live a way of life, away of relating to other people that mirrors the teaching and example Jesus gave us through his live and his dying. We are to love others as we are loved, accept others as we have been accepted, and forgive others as we have been forgiven. This is an authentic celebration of this feast.

And may we all be blessed with a joyful Easter and testify by the way we live our lives Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

Bulletin – April 16, 2017

April 15th, 2017

Rejoice for the Lord has truly risen!

Alleluia! Alleluia!
We wish you all a very Happy and Holy Easter!

From the Desk of Fr. Brando…

Thank You!

Thank you one and all who made our Holy week and Easter such a beautiful and uplifting time; those in the Music Ministry, our Lectors and Altar servers, our Ministers of the Eucharist, our Ministers of Hospitality, those responsible for decorating the Church and the members of our Pastoral Team.

Just a Reminder…

The office is closed on Easter Monday, April 17th.

YOUTH GROUP BAKE SALE

This Sunday, April 16th after all the Masses the youth group are having a bake sale this Sunday to raise money for their attendance at the Steubenville Catholic Conference this July. Handcrafted rosaries and the youth group’s CD will also be available for sale.
Please support our youth!

MILK BAG PROJECT

Wednesday, April 19 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Gabriel Room

Did you know that milk bags can be cut, looped and woven into sleep mats for individuals or families in developing countries? . Please drop the colourful outer bags in the bin located in the gathering space. Please make sure that the bags are clean and dry.

Volunteer milk bag weavers will be meeting Wednesday afternoon, April 19th from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. All are welcome!

For further information about this program please visit www.milkbagsunlimited.ca or contact Sharon Gusz at sharongusz@gmail.com.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 17th – April 22nd, 2017

MONDAY – EASTER MONDAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – PAUL KIM – Requested by Suzanne Kim
WEDNESDAY – FR. ADRIAN LEE – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
THURSDAY – LEONARD MARCHIE – Requested by Teresa Marchie & Family
FRIDAY – HUI SOU LIN – Requested by Linda Law & Family
SATURDAY – CHRISTOPHER DI LALLO – Requested by Val Palazzo

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

There are still many children who have not yet booked a First Communion interview with
Fr. Brando or Fr. John.

Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866-to book your appointment as soon as possible.

Those children attending the Children’s Faith Program, private schools or others are asked to choose one of the following dates: April 18th, 19th, 20th or 21st.

Children from St. Gabriel’s School are asked to choose one of the following dates: April 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by evangelizing our faith in the greater world.

St. Anthony’s parish in the Diocese of Guntur in India has nine mission stations which are between 10-15 kilometres away from the parish. There are nearly 350 Catholic families and five hundred children going to school from these areas. As the mission stations are a distance from the parish, the faithful do not experience many religious activities. Father Mayakuntala Kumar, pastor of the parish, with the support of the Pastoral Mission Fund and ShareLife, is conducting a Children Faith Formation Camp to help the children to become rooted in the Catholic faith. With our support, Father Kumar is helping to evangelize the faith not only for today, but for the future as well.

ShareLife Collected at the Parish to Date: $66,479
Next ShareLife Sunday is May 7th, 2017
Please give generously.

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

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. This past week, we were able to hear firsthand from our ShareLife speaker Jenelle about the difference Rosalie Hall made in her life.

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

Your food donations are more important than ever as the numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

COLLECTING EYEGLASSES

We are continuing to collect eyeglasses for the Lions Club. Throughout the year, the Lion’s Club volunteers collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Recycling Centres. There volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact. Please place them in the baskets provided outside the office.

“THE EUCHARIST – THE PASSOVER OF THE NEW COVENANT?”

Tuesday, April 18th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Blessed Trinity Church, 3220 Bayview Avenue

Hosted by Fellowship of St. Joseph of the Association for Hebrew Catholics, Fr. Joseph Alozie, CCE, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Augustine’s Seminary, will lead us on a dynamic and interactive journey of discovery of the Hebrew roots of the Eucharist. We will learn about the history and theology of the Blessed Sacrament and the place it has in the context of history and tradition. Fr. Joseph is a passionate and exciting speaker who will motivate us to fall in love more deeply with our Saviour in the Eucharist. All are welcome.

ST. CLARE INN – CHEERS TO 10 YEARS

Saturday, April 22nd at 7:00 PM
The Donalda Club

St. Clare Inn is a transitional housing program for homeless woman who are challenged with a diagnosed mental health illness. Join us on Saturday, April 22nd for a night celebrating St. Clare Inn’s 10th Anniversary and support this Inn that affords each resident a place to rebuild her life. It’s an evening filled with great food, friends, entertainment and more! The cost is $85 per person. Tickets will be available at www.stclareinn.org or by calling 416-690-0330. Thanks!

SENIOR MEN’S HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT

GRADES 11 & 12

St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Richmond Hill
Saturday, April 29th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Office of Vocations is hosting a day retreat at St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Richmond Hill on Saturday, April 29th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It will provide a time to pray, interact & socialize with other young Catholic men. Seminarians will deliver talks on practical aspects of faith. Day includes Holy Mass, Adoration & Confession. For more information please contact your pastor or call the Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or email: vocations@archtoronto.org.

Homily – April 9, 2017

April 9th, 2017

Today’s feast of Palm Sunday could be called the feast of great expectations. Jesus came to the holy city to celebrate the great feast Passover. As Matthew tells us in his gospel the crowds went wild. With great enthusiasm they welcome Jesus to the city. They spread palm branches on the road to cut down the dust, other people went before and after Jesus waving their branches crying out Hosanna to the son of David. Others proudly announced ‘this is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.

Many in that crowd really hoped that Jesus was the one who was to redeem Israel. They hoped that Jesus would be their liberator who would in whatever way break the hold the Roman Empire had on God’s people and make them a nation once again. This enthusiastic crowd had great expectations. But the crowd’s enthusiasm for Jesus was countered by the authority’s concern for national security and their conviction that it was better for one man to die than for the whole nation to perish.

The people’s great expectations of Jesus were far different from God’s expectation of his son. Out second reading tells us Jesus emptied himself or his divinity and took to himself our humanity and emptied himself even more, he became a slave, a slave who would be obedient even to dying on a shameful cross. By being faithful to his father’s will our reconciliation, our peace pact with God was sealed. God’s great expectation of his son was the total obedience of Jesus, an expectation that was rewarded with Christ’s resurrection.

On the feast of Palm Sunday St. Paul tells us to have the same mindset Jesus had when he surrendered his life to his Father. The question we can ask ourselves at this Mass is; do we really mean what we say to God our Father when we say, ‘thy kingdom come, thy will be done’. Are willing to echo the words of Jesus as he prayed in the garden of Gethsemane; ’not my will but you will be done.

Let this be our prayer as we begin the Holy Week, thy kingdom some. May we pray it as best we can, not knowing what these words may ask of us yet trusting that Jesus our Christ will be with us gracing us to mean what we say and promising us to be at our side in every situation that comes our way.

Bulletin – April 9, 2017

April 9th, 2017

YOUTH GROUP BAKE SALE

Sunday, April 16th after all the Masses

The youth group will be having a bake sale on Easter Sunday to raise money for their attendance at the Steubenville Catholic Conference this July. Handcrafted rosaries and the youth group’s CD will also be available for sale.

Please support our youth!

MILK BAG PROJECT

Wednesday, April 19 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Gabriel Room

Did you know that milk bags can be cut, looped and woven into sleep mats for individuals or families in developing countries? . Please drop the colourful outer bags in the bin located in the gathering space. Please make sure that the bags are clean and dry.

Volunteer milk bag weavers will be meeting Wednesday afternoon, April 19 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. All are welcome!

For further information about this program please visit www.milkbagsunlimited.ca or contact Sharon Gusz at sharongusz@gmail.com.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 10th – April 15th, 2017

MONDAY – CELINE CHIU – Requested by the Chiu Family
TUESDAY – ARMANDO & WALTER DI NARDO – Requested by the DiNardo Family
WEDNESDAY – FR. JOSEPH DINH & FR.JOSEPN NGUYEN – Requested by the Nguyen Family
THURSDAY – HOLY THURSDAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
FRIDAY – GOOD FRIDAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
SATUR DAY – HOLY SATURDAY – No 4:30 PM Mass

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

There are still many children who have not yet booked a First Communion interview with Fr. Brando or Fr. John. Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866-to book your appointment as soon as possible.

Those children attending the Children’s Faith Program, private schools or others are asked to choose one of the following dates: April 18th, 19th, 20th or 21st.

Children from St. Gabriel’s School are asked to choose one of the following dates: April 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th.

LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE 2017

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

While parking at ground level is limited to 51 spaces, there is plenty of space in the underground parking lot. Please follow the instructions of the attendants. Do not park in front of the Church since this is a fire route and must be kept clear.

Additional parking is available on the east side of Elkhorn Public School and in the bus loop. Again, please follow the instructions of the attendant. The school requests that we do not park on the grass. Many thanks to Holly Richards, the Principal of Elkhorn Public School, for allowing us the use of the school property.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting the Deaf community…

Taavi wasn’t engaged at his school or in extracurricular sports and as a deaf person, he faced obstacles trying to join his hearing peers. His mom encouraged him to try to participate in the deaf community. His life changed when he joined a deaf basketball fun day hosted by Silent Voice and met Mike, Director of the Silent Voice Child and Family Program. He joined a deaf sports team, began a co-op position with Silent Voice in his 4th year of high school. He was hired as a counselor in the Silent Voice Sign Language Summer day camp. He continues to volunteer at Silent Voice and says, “I’m grateful to ShareLife –supported Silent Voice and want to be a role model for deaf kids, like Mike was to me.” Last year more than 600 deaf children received help through ShareLife-supported Silent Voice’s Sign Language Summer Camps.

Next ShareLife Sunday is May 7th, 2017
Please give generously.

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. This past week, we were able to hear firsthand from our ShareLife speaker Jenelle about the difference Rosalie Hall made in her life.

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

Your food donations are more important than ever as the numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

COLLECTING EYEGLASSES

We are continuing to collect eyeglasses for the Lions Club. Throughout the year, the Lion’s Club volunteers collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Recycling Centres. There volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact. Please place them in the baskets provided outside the office.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC MISSION

April 10th and 11th on Vision TV

April 11th and 12th on Salt+Light TV atThe National Catholic Mission this year is inspired by the writings and teachings of Fr. Henri Nouwen. Join Sr. Sue Mosteller and Fr. Ron Rolheiser for this two part Mission that will be broadcast during Holy Week on Salt + Light TV on April 11th & 12th and on VisionTV on April 10th & 11th. Each part of the Mission will be rebroadcast the following day following the Daily TV Mass. For more information e-mail the NCBC at info@ncbc.ca, call them toll-free at 1-888-383-6277 or visit www.dailytvmass.com.

THEOLOGY ON TAP

Our God is Human — A Holy Week Reflection

Monday, April 10th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 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 us for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a comfortable and relaxed setting, with special guest: Dr. Margaret Lavin, Professor Emerita, Regis College, Toronto School of Theology. Munchies will be provided. There will be a cash bar. Come and bring a friend! For more information call OCY at 416-599-7676 or visit www.faithconnections.ca.

“The Eucharist – the Passover of the New Covenant?”

Tuesday, April 18th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Blessed Trinity Church, 3220 Bayview Avenue

Hosted by Fellowship of St. Joseph of the Association for Hebrew Catholics, Fr. Joseph Alozie, CCE, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Augustine’s Seminary, will lead us on a dynamic and interactive journey of discovery of the Hebrew roots of the Eucharist. We will learn about the history and theology of the Blessed Sacrament and the place it has in the context of history and tradition. Fr. Joseph is a passionate and exciting speaker who will motivate us to fall in love more deeply with our Saviour in the Eucharist. All are welcome.

ST. CLARE INN – CHEERS TO 10 YEARS

Saturday, April 22 at 7:00 PM

The Donalda Club

St. Clare Inn is a transitional housing program for homeless women who are challenged with a diagnosed mental health illness. Join us on Saturday, April 22nd for a night celebrating.

St. Clare Inn’s 10th Anniversary and support this Inn that affords each resident a place to rebuild her life. It’s an evening filled with great food, friends, entertainment and more!, The cost is $85 per person. Tickets will be available at www.stclareinn.org or by calling 416-690-0330. Thanks!

SENIOR MEN’S HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT

Saturday, April 29th from 9:00AM to 5:00 PM

GRADES 11 & 12
St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Richmond Hill

The Office of Vocations is hosting a day retreat at St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Richmond Hill on Saturday, April 29th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It will provide a time to pray, interact & socialize with other young Catholic men. Seminarians will deliver talks on practical aspects of faith. Day includes Holy Mass, Adoration & Confession. For more information please contact your pastor or call the Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or email: vocations@archtoronto.org.

ST. GABRIEL’S YOUTH MINISTRY – SEE WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO

April 5th, 2017

Here are some pictures from our youth ministry’s recent community outreach events:

Planting native trees in Cedarvale Park and Pineway Park, preparing and distributing Winter Care Packages in downtown Toronto, serving food at The Scott Mission Centre, and weaving milk bags into mattresses.

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