Homily – February 23, 2020

February 22nd, 2020

I think the message of today’s gospel could be; ‘you are meant to be better than this’. Jesus reminds the men and women to whom he was speaking that the lessons they were taught by the ancient laws were meant to influence their daily lives.

He tells them, you were taught to love your neighbour, that is the members of your own tribe and hate those who do you wrong. But I want you to know that you are meant to be better than this. I want to broaden the horizons of your minds. Open your heart to everyone who comes into your life no matter where they come from, no matter how they pray, no matter the color of their skin. Jesus calls them to pray for those who do them wrong. We are challenged to echo the words of Jesus as he hung from the cross; Remember the prayer of Jesus as he hung on his cross; Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.

As followers of Jesus Christ we’re all challenged to grow beyond our latent bigotry and prejudice and our stereo typing of other people. God’s sun shines on the evil and on the good and God’s rain falls of all of us.

It’s easy to be friendly with friends but it is a challenge and a struggle to be pleasant to men and women with whom we have nothing in common.

Jesus tells us, be perfect as your heavenly father is perfect. Who of us can be faultless? We’re all mistake making beings. God’s perfection is in God’s love for each one of us, the good the bad and the ugly. God’s perfection is in his willingness to forgive and forget our sins and failing. That’s the perfection to which we are called.

We are meant to be better than people with closed minds and hard hearts. Jesus wanted to broaden the horizons of his hears minds and hearts and he wants the same for us. Our neighbour is anyone who comes into our lives especially the poor, the homeless, the newcomers to this land.

Our national crisis this past while is the confrontation between the first nations in BC and their resistance to a pipe line going through their nation’s sacred lands and the disruption to our economy by the blockading of the railroads that has been disastrous on the economy. We see the clenched fist of those who want to call in the troops and let big business get on with the job and we see the open hand of those who want to negotiate with the heritage chiefs – equal to equal, nation to nation. Today’s gospel might be a guide to both sides in this conflict. At this Mass we can pray for a just solution.

Bulletin – February 16, 2020

February 16th, 2020

FEAST OF ST. GABRIEL

Thursday, February 27th is the feast of St. Gabriel. St. Gabriel, a member of the Passionist Community, was born Francis Possenti on March 1st, 1838 in Assisi.

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

PARISH LENTEN RETREAT

Gift, Greed and Gratitude: Changing our Hearts to Change the World

Saturday, February 29th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Can one person make a difference in the world? Using Scripture, stories and Indigenous myths from the Canadian north, Bishop Jon Hansen examines some of the major issues facing the world and how we can effect change by beginning with ourselves.

Redemptorist Bishop Jon is the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith and was ordained Bishop while ministering as the Pastor of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. His episcopal motto is “Truth and Reconciliation” which makes reference to the healing journey of Residential School survivors and the ongoing work of reconciliation in the context of God’s redeeming love for us all.

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATONS

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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

Thanks to those who donated the delicious food, those who decorated so beautifully and everyone who worked to make this celebration a truly memorable event.

All who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

NEWS FROM OUR YOUTH GROUP

Thank you

Our Youth Group would like to thank all parishioners who supported their Valentine’s Day Fundraiser last weekend. More than $500 was raised towards helping our youth attend the Steubenville Catholic Youth Conference this summer. Thank you all for your generous support!

Youth Group Talent Night

Sunday, February 23rd at 6:30 PM

Did you know that we have many talented young people within our Parish Community? In honour of the Feast of St. Gabriel, Patron Saint of Youth, all parishioners are invited to attend our Youth Group’s Talent Night. It will be held on Sunday February 23rd at 6:30 PM here at the church. Admission is by donation.

Please come and support our youth’s talents!

FAMILY DAY

Monday, February 17th

Monday February 17th is Family Day, a day to celebrate our families. The Parish Office will be closed and there will be no 9:00 AM Mass on that day.

CONFIRMATION CLASS

Saturday, February 22nd from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

Gabriel Room

The first Confirmation class for those students from St. Gabriel’s School and all other Catholic Schools who are to be confirmed on May 17th will be held here in the Gabriel Room on Saturday, February 22nd at 2:00 PM.

ASH WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, February26th, 2020

February 26th is Ash Wednesday. Special Masses will be celebrated at 12:00 Noon and 7:30 PM. Ashes will be distributed. There will be no 9:00 AM Mass.

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.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

February 17th – February 23rd, 2020

MONDAY – FAMILY DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – ANTONIA EVANS – Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
WEDNESDAY – YANG PILLBUN – Requested by Veronica Do
THURSDAY – REGINA TA – Requested by Veronica Do
FRIDAY – KEVIN McGOURAN – Requested by John Kahnert
SATURDAY – MR.& MRS. WONG – Requested by Catherine Soong
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – TARCISIO GRIPP – Requested by Humberto Holanda
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – IN THANKSGIVING – Requested by Maria Lourdes Luz

FIRST RECONCILIATION

Saturday, March 7th at 10:00 AM

St. Gabriel’s Church

First Reconciliation for children attending St. Gabriel’s School, those in the Children’s Faith Program and children attending other Catholic Schools will be held at St. Gabriel’s Church on Saturday, March 7th at 10:30 AM.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

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

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

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

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses next weekend. Each month, the casseroles are picked up early on Monday morning for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in our city. We encourage you to pick up 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. For more information, you may contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.

MILK BAG PROJECT

Wednesday, February 19th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Gabriel Room

Our group of dedicated volunteers continue to cut, loop and weave plastic milk bags into sleep mats for individuals or families in developing countries If you wish to join them, the volunteer milk bag weavers will be meeting Wednesday, February 19th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Gabriel Room. All are welcome!

28th ANNUAL LIFT JESUS HIGHER RALLY

Saturday, March 7th from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W.

Come and experience why thousands return each year! The theme of this year’s rally is “Jesus Light of the World”.

The Rally will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building.

Be inspired by compelling speakers, inspiring personal testimony, powerful Christian music, Divine Mercy Celebration Eucharistic procession and prayer ministry for healing and empowerment. Cardinal Thomas Collins will celebrate Mass.

There is a separate youth event (13-18 years) with great music, dynamic talks and inspirational skits in the John Basset Theatre, next door.

Tickets are $ 25 for adults and $15 for the youth. For tickets please email: contact@ljhr.ca or visit: www.ljhr.ca or call 647 243 9441.

YOUNG DISCIPLES RETREAT

Saturday, March 7th from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

St. Edward the Confessor Parish

Youth, both male and female, ages 12 to 17 are invited to attend a Young Peoples Retreat Themed Love in Service on Saturday, March 7th from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM at St. Edward the Confessor Parish. The day will include Holy Mass, reflection talks, recreation and lunch at no cost. Please call the Office of Vocations at 416 968 0997 or visit vocations@archtoronto.org for more information on this wonderful retreat!

COME AND SEE WEEKEND

March 13th at 7:00 PM to March 15th

St. Augustine’s Seminary

Young Catholic men, grades 12+ and older, who are considering a possible call to the diocesan priesthood are invited to cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ, leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. Registrants age 17 will require a parental consent.

There will be time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest. Please register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca.

For more information, please contact the Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org.

THE GARDEN SHED

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”
Luther Burbank

Our St. Gabriel’s-Good Shepherd Community Garden has grown!

Beginning with 4 boxes last year, it will grow to 10 boxes by April, 2020. Chef Devon Palmer at the Good Shepherd has requested a variety of herbs, as well as vegetables like tomatoes, greens, squash, carrots and potatoes. You can observe the indoor germination as early as Ash Wednesday, when the seeds requiring a 12 week germination before last frost will be planted. Children of the Children’s Liturgy will plant the remaining seeds requiring indoor germination on Sunday, March 22.

Our indoor garden is located at the bottom of the stairs leading to the indoor parking lot.

Bulletin – February 9, 2020

February 8th, 2020

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

This Sunday, February 9th after 12:30 PM Mass

Saturday, January 25th marked the beginning of Lunar New Year. This year is the Year of the Rat. For many years, the Asian community in our parish has gifted our parish community with a wonderful Lunar New Year Party.

This year, the Lunar New Year Celebration will take place this Sunday, February 9th after the 12:30 PM Mass in the Gathering Space. All are welcome.

Valentine Sale

This Weekend, February 8th and 9th

The St. Gabriel’s Youth Group will be selling Valentine’s Day greeting cards before and after all the Masses this weekend. Funds raised will go towards our youth’s attendance at the annual Steubenville Conference. Please support our youth

Youth Group Talent Night

Sunday, February 23rd at 6:30 PM

Did you know that we have many talented young people within our Parish Community? In honour of the Feast of St. Gabriel, Patron Saint of Youth, all parishioners are invited to attend our Youth Group’s Talent Night. It will be held on Sunday February 23rd at 6:30 PM here at the church. Admission is by donation.

Please come and support our youth’s talents!

FAMILY DAY

Monday, February 18th

Monday February 17th is Family Day, a day to celebrate our families. The Parish Office will be closed and there will be no 9:00 AM Mass on that day.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

February 10th – February 16th, 2020

MONDAY – NORA LAGULA’S INTENTION – Requested by Nora Lagula
TUESDAY – TONINO DIDIODATO – Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – ALEXANDER TA – Requested by Veronica Do
THURSDAY – JACK TA – Requested by Veronica Do
FRIDAY – CATHERINE MINNAN – WONG – Requested by Noreen Chen
SATURDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE – Requested by the Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – NIKOLA VUKOVIC – Requested by the Family
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – HERNAN VARILLAS – Requested by the Family

CONFIRMATION CLASS

Saturday, February 22nd from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

Gabriel Room

The first Confirmation class for those students from St. Gabriel’s School and all other Catholic Schools who are to be confirmed on May 17th will be held here in the Gabriel Room on Saturday, February 22nd at 2:00 PM.

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF FOR AUSTRALIA

As you are aware, in recent weeks, hundreds of forest fires in Australia have killed dozens, destroyed thousands of homes and threatened many local species with extinction

Funds channeled through our Australian St. Vincent de Paul partners will provide:

• Emergency financial packages to families who have lost their homes or been impacted in other ways by the fires.• Food, clothing, generators, household items, furniture, vouchers and other essential items.
• Direct support with crisis accommodation through our own services or making referrals onto a range of other organizations and specialized services.
• Much-needed emotional support and counselling.

100 percent of donations are used to support those who have been affected. Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

*Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
*By phone through the Development Office at 416-934-3411
*By cheque made payable to

St. Gabriel’s Parish – Australia Fires – Relief

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

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

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

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

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of February 15th/16th

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

Regular ground coffee: $5.50
Decaffeinated: $6.00
Whole Beans: $5.50
Chocolate Bars: $4.50 incl. Taxes
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $6.00
Teas: $4.25

YOUNG DISCIPLES RETREAT

Saturday, March 7th from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

St. Edward the Confessor Parish

Youth, both male and female, ages 12 to 17 are invited to attend a Young Peoples Retreat Themed Love in Service on Saturday, March 7th from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM at St. Edward the Confessor Parish. The day will include Holy Mass, reflection talks, recreation and lunch at no cost. Please call the Office of Vocations at 416 968 0997 or visit vocations@archtoronto.org for more information on this wonderful retreat!

LIFT JESUS HIGHER RALLY

Saturday, March 7th from 9 AM to 5:30 PM

Metro Toronto Convention Centre 255 Front St. West

The theme of this year’s rally is “JESUS, LIGHT OF THE WORLD.” featuring inspired talks by: Ralph Martin; Christy Dupuis; Monsignor Gregory N. Smith; and keynote speaker Fr. James Mallon.

An adult High Mass (with Sunday readings) will be celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins. There will be a youth Mass (with Sunday readings); a separate youth event with great music, dynamic talks and inspirational skits (ages 13-18).

The cost is $25 for adults, $15 for youth

You may contact Catholic Renewal Ministries by phone at (647) 243-9441 or email contact@ljhr.ca, www.ljhr.ca

COME AND SEE WEEKEND

March 13th at 7:00 PM to March 15th

St. Augustine’s Seminary

Young Catholic men, grades 12+ and older, who are considering a possible call to the diocesan priesthood are invited to cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ, leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. Registrants age 17 will require a parental consent.

There will be time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest. Please register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca.

For more information, please contact the Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org.

11th ANNUAL DYNAMIC WOMEN OF FAITH CATHOLIC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

Saturday, March 28th from 9:00 AM to 8:30 PM

Le Treport Banquet Hall
1075 The Queensway East, Mississauga

The 11th Annual Dynamic Women of Faith Conference will be held on Saturday March 28th at the Le Treport Banquet Hall in Mississauga. The Closing Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Edward Curtis, rector of St. Michael’s Cathedral. The speakers include Colleen Carroll Campbell and Kimberly Hahn.

The cost is $65 which includes lunch. Register at www.dynamicwomenfaith.com. If you have questions, contact 416-907-1042.

CALLING ALL GIRLS: MOTHER DAUGHTER EVENT

Friday, March 27th – from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Colleen Carroll Campbell will be doing a book signing.

Speakers & Topics: Adeodata Czink – What Makes a Lady a Lady?
Dr. Sandra Sagrati – Get Uncomfortable: Less Stress & Anxiety
Dorothy Pilarski – The Power of Prayer

Register at www.dynamicwomenfaith.com

THE GARDEN SHED

ATTENTION All Gardeners and Would-be Gardeners

Sunday, February 9th from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Gabriel Room

It may only be February, but the Garden Ministry is busy planning for the coming growing season. On Sunday, February 9th, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM in the Gabriel Room, we will be designing the planting layout of our community garden. If you are an experienced gardener, we can use your expertise; if you are an interested novice, come and learn; If you want to learn more about Square Foot gardening, this will be a good place to start. Everyone is welcome!

FINANCE CORNER

TAX RECEIPTS FOR 2019

Tax receipts for 2019 were mailed out this last week. Please check your mail for your receipt.

For contributions made in 2019 to the Archdiocese for Donate Now, ShareLife or the Family of Faith Campaign, your tax receipt will come directly from the Archdiocese.

Homily – February 2, 2020

February 2nd, 2020

Most afternoons at 3; 30 I look out my window and watch the children from Elkhorn school heading home with their parents. It’s a mosaic of Canada, children from many countries of different ethnic backgrounds and of different faith backgrounds. It’s the future of Canada and it is beautiful to see. Watching them holding  a mother of father’s hand talking away like mad, probably telling them all that happened that day. I often wonder what the future holds for these children. How will they deal with developing artificial intelligence and its impact on their lives? How will they cope with the environmental mess we leave them? What careers will the find?

Today we celebrate the feast of the Presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple. Keeping the ancient Law of Moses which stated that every first born male shall be designated at holy to the Lord the teenaged Mary and Joseph brought their first born son Jesus and offered him to God. Their sacrifice was two turtle doves. They could barely afford that. Were relatives present for this happy occasion? We don’t know.

Two total strangers were there, Simeon and the widow Anna. These were two elderly people who prayed in the temple every day. Simeon ruined the day for Mary and Joseph. He thanked God for the birth of Jesus as the fulfilment of God’s promise of a Messiah but then warned Mary that this child would break her heart. He would be a trouble maker.

This wasn’t the message of Gabriel when he told Mary of the future of the child she was to conceive. He will be great, he will be called son of the Most High and the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David, his kingdom will have no end.’

This message of Simeon must have been a cloud over Mary’s head for many years. What will this child become, what does the future hold for him? But Mary stayed faithful to her response to the Angel, ‘be it done unto me according to you word.’

None of knows what our futures will be. There is a saying  that if you want to make God laugh tell him you plans. Mary was warned her future would be dark and this handmaid of the Lord said let it be so. She knew she was part of a plan that had its origin in God and God would see her through to the end.

This feast presents Mary as a woman who was open to her future and the future of her infant son, whatever that future may be. Can we have that same trust in the goodness of God, in God’s love for each of us and trust in that love as we face our unknown futures?

Maybe all we can respond to these thoughts is, ’Lord I trust You, help the little trust I have.’

Bulletin – February 2, 2020

February 1st, 2020

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

Sunday, February 9th after 12:30 PM Mass

Saturday, January 25th marked the beginning of Lunar New Year. This year is the Year of the Rat. For many years, the Asian community in our parish has gifted our parish community with a wonderful Lunar New Year Party.

This year, the Lunar New Year Celebration will take place on Sunday, February 9th after the 12:30 PM Mass in the Gathering Space. All are welcome.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS FOR THE HOMEBOUND NEEDED

There has been an influx of request to bring the Eucharist to the homebound members of our parish community. As such, we are requesting anyone who would be interested in assisting us in this ministry of Extra-Ordinary Eucharistic Minister of the Eucharist for the Homebound, to contact Sr. Maria Lucia at (416) 221-8866. There is mandatory training for all those who are interested in visiting those who are homebound and giving them the Eucharist.

NEWS FROM OUR YOUTH GROUP

Valentine Sale
Weekend of February 8th and 9th

The St. Gabriel’s Youth Group will be selling Valentine’s Day greeting cards during all the Masses on February 8th and 9th. Funds raised will go towards our youth’s attendance at the annual Steubenville Conference.

Please support our youth

Youth Group Talent Night
Sunday, February 23rd at 6:30 PM

Did you know that we have many talented young people within our Parish Community? In honour of the Feast of St. Gabriel, Patron Saint of Youth, all parishioners are invited to attend our Youth Group’s Talent Night. It will be held on Sunday February 23rd at 6:30 PM here at the church. Admission is by donation.

Please come and support our youth’s talents!

FAMILY DAY

Monday, February 17th

Monday February 17th is Family Day, a day to celebrate our families. The Parish Office will be closed and there will be no 9:00 AM Mass on that day.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Friday, February 7th is First Friday. Eucharistic Adoration will be from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon

ROSARY GROUP

English Rosary – Saturday, February 1st at 3:15.

Chinese Rosary -Sunday, February 2nd at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room

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

ANNOUNCED MASSES

February 3rd – February 9th, 2020

MONDAY – MICHAEL FERNANDES – Requested by the Family
TUESDAY – HUI SAU LIN – Requested by Veronica Do
WEDNESDAY – LYDIA D. CECILIO – Requested by Veronica Do
THURSDAY – SUZANA & MAXIMIANO VILLORIA – Requested by Steven Rozario
FRIDAY – CATHERINE MINNAN-WONG – Requested by Simone D’Souza
SATURDAY – KINGTAN CHEN – Requested by Noreen Chen
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – IRENE MOXAM – Requested by Paul, Wai Chin & Family
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – ALL WHO ARE IN HOSPICE AND ILL – Requested by Mary & Ravi

A CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE

Sunday, February 9th at 3:00 PM Mass

St. Isaac Jogues Parish, 1148 Finch Avenue, Pickering

Marriage Sunday highlights the importance of the sacrament of marriage and complements World Marriage Sunday celebrations that take place across North America.

The Celebration of Marriage Mass in the Archdiocese of Toronto will take place on Sunday, February 9th at St Isaac Jogues Church, Pickering. Cardinal Thomas Collins will preside over this special Mass with special recognition for couples celebrating their milestone 25th, 40th, 50th and 60+ wedding anniversaries.

A reception will follow Mass. All are welcome to attend. Everyone is required to register as seating is limited. Designated seating is available for milestone couples only. Register online at www.archtoronto.org/marriage or call 416 934 3400, Ext. 523.

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF FOR AUSTRALIA

As you are aware, in recent weeks, hundreds of forest fires in Australia have killed dozens, destroyed thousands of homes and threatened many local species with extinction

Funds channeled through our Australian St. Vincent de Paul partners will provide:

• Emergency financial packages to families who have lost their homes or been impacted in other ways by the fires. • Food, clothing, generators, household items, furniture, vouchers and other essential items.
• Direct support with crisis accommodation through our own services or making referrals onto a range of other organizations and specialized services.
• Much-needed emotional support and counselling.

100 percent of donations are used to support those who have been affected. Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

*Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
*By phone through the Development Office at 416-934-3411
*By cheque made payable to St. Gabriel’s Parish – Australia Fires – Relief

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 62 casseroles for January. For February, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of February 22nd /23rd 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. You may pick up casserole pans at the Parish Office. If you require more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

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

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

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

WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE

Sunday, February 2nd at 3:00 PM

St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power St., Toronto

On Sunday, February 2nd the Church celebrates the World Day for Consecrated Life. In the Archdiocese of Toronto, we are blessed to have living and serving among us more than 900 consecrated men and women. The World Day for Consecrated Life is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank God for the gifts of these sisters, virgins, 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.

Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick will preside at a special Mass on Sunday, February 2nd 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.

FAITH CONNECTIONS SKATING SOCIAL

The Bentway Skating Trail (250 Fort York Blvd)
Thursday, February 6th from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Join the Sisters of St. Joseph for outdoor skating on the Bentway Skating Trail! It is located underneath the Gardiner Expressway, just beside Fort York. We’ll warm up after at nearby “Roses of New York” Restaurant.

Skate rentals are free on Thursday nights or you may wish to bring your own skates. This event is free!

Please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skating-social-tickets to reserve.

**Please note, a minimum of 10 registrants are required to avoid event cancellation. **

THE GRACE OF ACCOMPANIMENT: FAITH AND MENTAL HEALTH

Saturday, February 8th from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Blessed Trinity Parish Hall, 3220 Bayview Ave.

The CWL of Blessed Trinity Parish presents: Rev. Stephan Kappler, PsyD, President and Chief Psychologist, Southdown Institute. An invitation to accompany each other with kindness and compassion. Fr. Stephan will speak on “The Grace of Accompaniment.” He will touch on the ministry that is provided at Southdown and invite listeners to think through the invitation we all have to accompany each other with kindness and compassion. Fr. Stephan will expand his talk to include how faith and mental health issues are connected. There is a free-will offering. All are welcome.

For more information call Kay Booker at 416-357-5378 or Maria Luz Manalo at 416-459-9586. You may also email Kay at kaymax@sympatico.ca

YOUNG DISCIPLES RETREAT

Saturday, March 7th from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

St. Edward the Confessor Parish

Youth, both male and female, ages 12 to 17 are invited to attend a Young Peoples Retreat Themed Love in Service on Saturday, March 7th from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM at St. Edward the Confessor Parish. The day will include Holy Mass, reflection talks, recreation and lunch at no cost. Please call the Office of Vocations at 416 968 0997 or visit vocations@archtoronto.org for more information on this wonderful retreat!

THE GARDEN SHED

ATTENTION All Gardeners and Would-be Gardeners
Sunday, February 9th from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Gabriel Room

It may only be February, but the Garden Ministry is busy planning for the coming growing season. On Sunday, February 9th, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM in the Gabriel Room, we will be designing the planting layout of our community garden. If you are an experienced gardener, we can use your expertise; if you are an interested novice, come and learn; If you want to learn more about Square Foot gardening, this will be a good place to start. Everyone is welcome!