Homily – April 22, 2018

April 22nd, 2018

Jesus was the master at using images. On our tabernacle we have the vine and its branches. Jesus is the vine all of us are branches drawing life from the vine.

In today’s gospel Jesus uses the image of the shepherd and his sheep. He leads his sheep to feast on green pastures; he goes in search of a lost sheep and restores that sheep to the fold. In the end Jesus the shepherd gives his life for his sheep.

This Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday, a day we are asked to pray that young men of the parish consider the possibility they might be called to priesthood or religious life. That’s a big challenge for young men today. There are so many more interesting choices offered them in job markets. Still I want you to pray that some of them take the time to think and pray about the possibility of priesthood.

It is no secret there is a shortage of priests. In the corridors of St. Augustine`s seminary there are photos of the men ordained each year. In the 30`s, 40`s, 50`s and 60`s, there could be up to 30 ordinations. In recent years it’s a low at two. A great number of parish priests serving parishes today are not Canadian born. At St. Gabriel`s we are blessed with Fr. Brando, a Passionist from the Philippines and Fr. John a Passionist from Kenya. Without them we Passionists would be hard pressed to serve this parish.

At different times I`ve asked a young man, `have you ever thought of being a priest? They look at me as if I`m out of my mind. It`s disappointing.

I have to tell you I have been happy in my priesthood. As I`ve been told different times` It must be nice, you only work one day a week and your only busy times are Christmas and Easter.` I tell these jokers, ‘don’t knock my racket, get your own’. I have to tell you, my life as a priest has been an embarrassment of blessings, thanks to you good people.

Today we are asked to pray for vocations to the priesthood. But think on this; every one of you are a priest by reason of your baptism. St. Peter tells us, ‘You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God`s own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Every one of you is a member of the priesthood of all believers.

Priests baptize. You baptize your children when you deepen their faith in Father Son and Spirit, a faith with which they were gifted at their baptism. Priests absolve sins. You absolve every time you forgive a person who has wronged you. Priests bless people. You bless others every time you speak kind and encouraging words to others. Priests celebrate the Eucharist and you share in that celebration when you consciously share in the prayers of the Mass. Priests offer the sacrament of the sick to those who are ill. By your presence and care of family members and friends you strengthen that anointing. Priests preach the gospel. You preach it too as beat witness to your faith by what you say and what you do. We are all priests.

At this Mass of the Good Shepherd as we pray that young men be moved to consider the ordained priesthood, we pray as well that each of us be faithful to our own form of priesthood and that others follow us in the ways we live out our own priesthood.

Bulletin – April 22, 2018

April 21st, 2018

PARISH FINANCE ANNOUNCEMENT

At all of last week’s Masses members of the Finance Council briefly reported on the Parish finances for calendar year 2017 and thanked parishioners for their ongoing generosity and support.

The comparative figures are as follows: From 2016 to 2017, collections were 4% lower ($37,000), Special collections were 14% lower ($35,000), and expenses increased by 2% ($19,000).

The Finance Council highlighted that our church building is 12 years old and recommended to our Pastor, Fr. Brando to creating a sinking fund for church repairs. They also encouraged parishioners to marginally increase their contributions towards the quarterly maintenance fund or their weekly offering.

The Parish financial statements for 2017 are available from the Parish office after masses this week as well.

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION

St. Gabriel’s salutes its over 100 volunteers who work in 22 active ministries. You may observe some of them serving at Mass as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, choir members, altar servers and ministers of hospitality. However, others are supporting our children and youth in developing a deeper understanding of their faith. Youth volunteers reach out to those in need. Others have supported our refugees and our work with the Good Shepherd Centre. Some do outreach to shut-ins and those in hospital. Volunteers look after our altar linens, our gardens and others act as collection counters.

All of this to say, volunteers assist in providing a comfortable environment for all of us to celebrate our Christian Faith. Volunteers do receive satisfaction in providing our parishioners with a safe environment in which to deepen our understanding of our faith and celebrate our Christianity.

This is National Volunteer Recognition Week. Take a look around and when you see a volunteer, stop and give her or him a smile and thank them.

WORLD YOUTH DAY

Our parish Youth Group is very excited to share that we will be taking part in next year’s World Youth Day (WYD). World Youth Day is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is celebrated every 3 years. The next World Youth Day is taking place in Panama City, Panama from January 22nd to 27th, 2019.

“WYD is open to young people who want to take part in a festive encounter with their contemporaries centered on Jesus Christ. This event is an opportunity to experience in first person the universality of the Church. WYD is a unique way to deepenyour faith and grow closer to Christ, by means of prayer and the sacraments, together with thousands of other young people around the world who share your interests and ambitions.”

This event is open to young adults in the parish ages 18-30.

If you are interested in attending, please contact sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com for more information.

LOOKING FOR A BOOKKEEPER

Fr. Bernard is looking for a bookkeeper at the Passionist Mission Office. If interested, please contact Fr. Bernard at the Mission Office at 416-743-3500.

Join the team and work for the missions in Haiti, Jamaica and Honduras!

MOSAIC INTERFATH

Sunday April 22nd from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
St. Gabriel’s Church

MOSAIC Interfaith has been invited by St. Gabriel’s Parish for a talk on our “green” church on Sunday, April 22nd from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. Fr. Stephen Dunn, Passionist priest and retired Professor of Moral Theology at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto and Roberto Chiotti, architect, with a degree in Master of Theological Studies from St. Michael’s College will speak about the vision behind the building of the church and its realisation. The talk will be followed by group tours of the church which is fully accessible.

Please email fatimalee@bellnet.ca if you wish to attend.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 23rd – April 28th, 2018

MONDAY – HUI SOU LIN – Requested by Linda Law & Family
TUESDAY – TSUN YAN HO – Requested by Agnes Wong
WEDNESDAY – ANTHONY YOUNG – Requested by Agnes Wong
THURSDAY – MARCELINO FERNANDES – Requested by Tita Fernandes & Family
FRIDAY – SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by Teresa Marchie
SATURDAY – ALFREDO GERALDO – Requested by Katiuska Ramirez

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

First Communion interview dates are now being booked

Interviews Dates
April 23rd, April 24th, April 25th, April 26th, April 27th, April 30th, May 1st, May 2nd, May 3rd and May 4th.

They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866-to book your appointment with Fr. Brando or Fr. John as soon as possible.

WELCOME! BAPTISM

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:

Santiago Andres Leon Ayala
Audrey Phyllis Eleanora Peck
Kiara Latorraca Valentim

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, April 15th, 2018. Congratulations!

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK

May 6th to 11th, 2018

We invite all parishioners to join in celebrating Catholic Education Week 2018, which runs from May 6th to May 11th. For more than 165 years, Ontario’s publicly funded schools have been integrating our faith into all aspects of school life, nurturing the gifts and talents of every student. We celebrate the distinctive contribution that Catholic schools provide, giving thanks and offering our prayers for all those who faithfully journey with our young people each day. To affirm your support of Catholic Education and sign up for email updates visit www.togetherinfaith.ca.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by providing for those in need.

“One of the core components of our Pastoral Plan is Catholic Outreach in Justice and Love. As a Catholic community we are called to be the hands and face of Jesus in our communities. ShareLife is a tangible way we can put the Gospel value to ‘love one another as I have loved you’ into action. I invite all parishioners to support the mission work of the church by making a sacrifcial gift to ShareLife.” -Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto.

Total Collected to April 16th, 2018 – $63,690

Today is ShareLife Sunday.
Thank you for your generosity.

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of April 21st and 22nd

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

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall

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.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

Weekend of September 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2018
St. Gabriel’s Parish

A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2018. The course will be held Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. For a registration package please email Marie Deans at deansm@sympatico.ca.

ST. CLARE INN – ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

Saturday, April 28th

The Donalda Club

St. Clare Inn’s Annual Fundraiser is back…. Saturday, April 28th at the Donalda Club.

Throw on something black or white, mingle with friends, listen to the smooth voice of Frank Sinatra or simply get your picture taken with him. Enjoy the always delicious food of the Donalda Club and get caught up in the bidding at our live and silent auction … all for a great cause! This year will be hosted by CTV Toronto’s Michelle Dubé. Tickets are $85/each.

Call 416-690-0330 or go online to buy yours today at www.stclareinn.org.

BUNDLE UP WEEKEND COMING UP!

May 5th and 6th

It’s Spring Cleaning Time!

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is collecting gently used clothing, shoes, linens and household goods to support our neighbors in need or to be sold to help support their special works in the community.

They cannot accept books, dishes, furniture, appliances, mattresses, construction materials or videos and cassettes.

Please bring your donations and help others in your community.

The truck is open Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Volunteers will be there to assist with loading before and after each Mass.

MEAGAN’S WALK – CREATING A CIRCLE OF HOPE

Saturday, May, 12th 2018

5km Fundraising Walk and Hug

Registration from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at Fort York
9:30 AM Registration Closes
10:00 AM Walk to SickKids

The seventeenth annual Meagan’s Walk: – Creating a Circle of Hope will take place on Saturday, May 12th. You may register online at meaganswalk.com. Registration also opens at 8:30 AM at Fort York, followed by family activities and entertainment. Registration closes at 9:30 AM. The Walk begins at 10:00 AM. and concludes at SickKids with the “Hug”.

Over the last 17 years, proceeds of 5 million dollars from this event have been directed toward paediatric brain tumour research, faster diagnoses, personalized treatments and improved outcomes for young people faced with brain tumours and treatment of paediatric brain tumours at SickKids.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES

If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution. If you wish to have a box issued for 2018, 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.

Bulletin – April 15, 2018

April 14th, 2018

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION ST. GABRIEL’S PARISH

St. Gabriel’s salutes its over 100 volunteers who work in 22 active ministries. You may observe some of them serving at Mass as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, choir members, altar servers and ministers of hospitality. However, others are supporting our children and youth in developing a deeper understanding of their faith. Youth volunteers reach out to those in need. Others have supported our refugees and our work with the Good Shepherd Centre. Some do outreach to shut-ins and those in hospital. Volunteers look after our altar linens, our gardens and others act as collection counters.

All of this to say, volunteers assist in providing a comfortable environment for all of us to celebrate our Christian Faith. Volunteers do receive satisfaction in providing our parishioners with a safe environment in which to deepen our understanding of our faith and celebrate our Christianity.

This is National Volunteer Recognition Week. Take a look around and when you see a volunteer, stop and give her or him a smile and thank them.

WORLD YOUTH DAY

Our parish Youth Group is very excited to share that we will be taking part in next year’s World Youth Day (WYD). World Youth Day is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is celebrated every 3 years. The next World Youth Day is taking place in

Panama City, Panama from January 22nd to 27th, 2019.

“WYD is open to young people who want to take part in a festive encounter with their contemporaries centered on Jesus Christ. This event is an opportunity to experience in first person the universality of the Church. WYD is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, by means of prayer and the sacraments, together with thousands of other young people around the world who share your interests and ambitions.”

This event is open to young adults in the parish ages 18-30.

If you are interested in attending, please contact sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com for more information.

MOSAIC INTERFATH

Sunday April 22nd from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church

MOSAIC Interfaith has been invited by St. Gabriel’s Parish for a talk on our “green” church on Sunday, April 22nd from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. Fr. Stephen Dunn, Passionist priest and retired Professor of Moral Theology at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto and Roberto Chiotti, architect, with a degree in Master of Theological Studies from St. Michael’s College will speak about the vision behind the building of the church and its realisation. The talk will be followed by group tours of the church which is fully accessible.

Please email fatimalee@bellnet.ca if you wish to attend.

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

First Communion interview dates are now being booked

Interviews Dates
April 23rd, April 24th, April 25th, April 26th, April 27th, April 30th, May 1st, May 2nd, May 3rd and May 4th.

They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866-to book your appointment with Fr. Brando or Fr. John as soon as possible.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 16th – April 21st, 2018

MONDAY – HANNA ESKER – Requested by Hanna Esker
TUESDAY – EDGARDO RECANA – Requested by his Family
WEDNESDAY – FLORENCE YOUNG – Requested by the Au Family
THURSDAY – GUILLERMO & BERNIE CABRERA – Requested by Olivia Cabrera
FRIDAY – CHRISTOPHER DI LALLO – Requested by Val Palazzo
SATURDAY – IN THANKSGIVING – Requested by the Rementilla Family

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK

May 6th to 11th, 2018

We invite all parishioners to join in celebrating Catholic Education Week 2018, which runs from May 6th to May 11th. For more than 165 years, Ontario’s publicly funded schools have been integrating our faith into all aspects of school life, nurturing the gifts and talents of every student. We celebrate the distinctive contribution that Catholic schools provide, giving thanks and offering our prayers for all those who faithfully journey with our young people each day. To affirm your support of Catholic Education and sign up for email updates visit www.togetherinfaith.ca.

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.

Total Collected to April 9th, 2018 – $60,435
Next Sunday is ShareLife Sunday. Please give generously.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. As you heard last week, these organizations have changed many of the lives of people with whom they come in contact. Your food donations are very much appreciated. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

TCDSB STAFF ARTS PRESENTS “CURTAINS”

April 19th, April 20th & April 21st at 7:30 PM

Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts

TCDSB Staff Arts, which features current and former Board teachers and staff, is presenting “Curtains”, a musical comedy from the creators of “Cabaret” and “Chicago.”

Tickets are $28 (Only $26 for online ticket orders).

For more information, call 416 8282 Ext. 2787
For order forms and online ticket orders go to www.tcdsb.org/staffarts.

THEOLOGY ON TAP – LONELINESS

Monday, April 16th 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 (19-39) to join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics! Special guest will be Shereen McFarlane, Program Manager, Catholic Family Services of Toronto. Munchies will be provided and a cash bar is available. Come and bring a friend!

For more information contact OCY by e-mail youth@ocytoronto.org, or phone 416-599-7676.

ST. CLARE INN – ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

Saturday, April 28th

The Donalda Club

St. Clare Inn’s Annual Fundraiser is back…. Saturday, April 28th at the Donalda Club.

Throw on something black or white, mingle with friends, listen to the smooth voice of Frank Sinatra or simply get your picture taken with him. Enjoy the always delicious food of the Donalda Club and get caught up in the bidding at our live and silent auction … all for a great cause! This year will be hosted by CTV Toronto’s Michelle Dubé. Tickets are $85/each.

Call 416-690-0330 or go online to buy yours today at www.stclareinn.org.

BUNDLE UP WEEKEND COMING UP!

May 5th and 6th

It’s Spring Cleaning Time!

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is collecting gently used clothing, shoes, linens and household goods to support our neighbors in need or to be sold to help support their special works in the community.

They cannot accept books, dishes, furniture, appliances, mattresses, construction materials or videos and cassettes.

Please bring your donations and help others in your community.

The truck is open Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Volunteers will be there to assist with loading before and after each Mass.

MEAGAN’S WALK – CREATING A CIRCLE OF HOPE

5km Fundraising Walk and Hug

Saturday, May, 12th 2018
Registration from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at Fort York
9:30 AM Registration Closes
10:00 AM Walk to SickKids

On Saturday, May 12th, the seventeenth annual Meagan’s Walk: – Creating a Circle of Hope will take place. You may register online at meaganswalk.com. Registration also opens at 8:30 AM at Fort York, followed by family activities and entertainment. Registration closes at 9:30 AM. The Walk begins at 10:00 AM. and concludes at SickKids with the “Hug”.

Over the last 17 years, proceeds of 5 million dollars from this event have been directed toward paediatric brain tumour research, faster diagnoses, personalized treatments and improved outcomes for young people faced with brain tumours and treatment of paediatric brain tumours at SickKids.

LIFE AS A PILGRIMAGE

Pilgrimage to the Canadian Shrines
Saturday, June 9th to Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Join a group leaving from Blessed Trinity Parish with Fr. Terry McKenna, with a pick up at St. Gabriel’s and St. Timothy’s Churches in North York to visit the Canadian shrines of the Sacred Heart in Beauvoir, Sherbrooke and participating in the “Gospel Walk”. The group will also visit the National Shrine of our Blessed Mother at Cap-de-la-Madeleine, St. Anne de Beaupre via old Quebec City and St. Joseph’s Oratory. Participants will travel by highway coach. The trip includes 3 nights double occupancy accommodation, 3 buffet breakfasts, 2 buffet dinners and all taxes.

The cost is $399 per person which includes the round trip coach fare. A $50 non refundable deposit is required. For more information, please call Mary at 416-497-7059, Margaret at 416-226-1449 or Toni at 416-670-9546.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

St. Gabriel’s Parish
Weekend of September 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2018

A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2018. The course will be held Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. For a registration package please email Marie Deans at deansm@sympatico.ca.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES

There are still some envelopes to be picked up! Please get yours as soon as possible. If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution.
If you wish to have a box issued for 2018, 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.

St. Gabriel’s Youth Group Way of the Cross 2018

April 8th, 2018

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Bulletin – April 8, 2018

April 7th, 2018

At the Easter Vigil, six new Parishioners were welcomed to our Parish.

Jason Ching, Gladys Wong and Cindy Yao received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.
Jiwoo Baek received the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Eucharist.
Nathan Shim, son of Gladys Wong received the Sacrament of Baptism.
Patricia Bristol Clarke was received into full Communion with the Catholic Church.

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome and congratulate them!

WORLD YOUTH DAY

Our parish Youth Group is very excited to share that we will be taking part in next year’s World Youth Day (WYD). World Youth Day is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is celebrated every 3 years. The next World Youth Day is taking place in Panama City, Panama from January 22nd to 27th, 2019.

“WYD is open to young people who want to take part in a festive encounter with their contemporaries centered on Jesus Christ.

This event is an opportunity to experience in first person the universality of the Church. WYD is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, by means of prayer and the sacraments, together with thousands of other young people around the world who share your interests and ambitions.”

This event is open to young adults in the parish ages 18-30.

If you are interested in attending, please contact sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com for more information.

YOUTH GROUP BAKE SALE

Thank you to all those who supported the youth group’s bake sale last weekend!

They raised $1,619 to help fund the youth’s trip to the Steubenville Catholic Conference this July in Oshawa. They are grateful for the continuous generosity of our church community and wish you all a blessed Easter season.

MOSAIC INTERFATH

Sunday April 22nd from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church

MOSAIC Interfaith has been invited by St. Gabriel’s for a talk on our “green” church on Sunday, April 22nd from 2:30 to 4:30 PM.

Fr. Stephen Dunn, Passionist priest and retired Professor of Moral Theology at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto and Roberto Chiotti, architect, with a degree in Master of Theological Studies from St. Michael’s College will speak about the vision behind the building of the church and its realisation. The talk will be followed by group tours of the church. The church is accessible.

Please email fatimalee@bellnet.ca if you wish to attend.

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

First Communion interview dates are now being booked

Interviews Dates:
April 23rd, April 24th, April 25th, April 26th, April 27th, April 30th, May 1st, May 2nd, May 3rd and May 4th.

They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866-to book your appointment with Fr. Brando or Fr. John as soon as possible.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 9th – April 14th, 2018

MONDAY – DAVID SHELDRICK & DANIEL MORIARTY – Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
TUESDAY – JARED POSDANCE – Requested by Paul, Wai Chin Hwang & Family
WEDNESDAY – CELINE CHIU KO – Requested by the Chiu Family
THURSDAY – ELINOR MACDONALD – Requested by Heather Bennett
FRIDAY – ARMAND OAKIE – Requested by Oakie Family
SATURDAY – WALTER & ARMANDO DI NARDO – Requested by Pasqua Di Nardo & Family

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel through immediate mental health services

Mental health problems can escalate if not addressed quickly. That’s why the five Catholic Family Services agencies in the Archdiocese of Toronto now offer walk-in counseling. This initiative can often meet clients’ need without requiring longer term counseling. Clients report a clinically significant increase in confidence that they can tackle their problems. By supporting ShareLife, you’re helping restore hope to those in crisis.

Total Collected to April 3rd, 2018 – $57,054
April 22nd is the next ShareLife Sunday. Please give generously.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are very much appreciated.

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 so many people 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.

TCDSB STAFF ARTS PRESENTS “CURTAINS”

April 13th & April 14th, April 19th, April 20th & April 21st

All Shows begin at 7:30 PM
Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts

TCDSB Staff Arts, which features current and former Board teachers and staff, is presenting “Curtains”, a musical comedy from the creators of “Cabaret” and “Chicago.”

Tickets are $28 (Only $26 for online ticket orders).

For more information, call 416 8282 Ext. 2787
For order forms and online ticket orders go to www.tcdsb.org/staffarts.

MESSIAH PART 11 & 111

Saturday, April 14th at 7:30 PM

St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica
65 Bond Street, Toronto

Handel’s Messiah, featuring St. Michael’s Choir School, Will be performed on Saturday, April 14th at 7:30 PM at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. There is general seating. A suggested donation is $25. All are welcome.

THEOLOGY ON TAP – LONELINESS

Monday, April 16th 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 (19-39) to join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics! Special guest will be Shereen McFarlane, Program Manager, Catholic Family Services of Toronto. Munchies will be provided and a cash bar is available. Come and bring a friend!

For more information contact OCY by e-mail youth@ocytoronto.org, or phone 416-599-7676.

UNVEILING THE MYSTERY OF ICONOGRAPHY

Tuesday, April 17th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Blessed Trinity Parish Hall, 3220 Bayview Ave., Toronto

The Fellowship of St. Joseph will present “Unveiling The Mystery of Iconology. This sacred art form has endured the centuries in the Eastern Rite Churches to reveal beautiful images of Jesus, Mary and the saints, which parallel teaching in Scripture.

Ria Kinghorn will present an exhibit of her icons and speak about the place sacred icons have in prayer and devotion. As well, there will be a brief explanation of Jewish iconography as part of the heritage and history of Christian art. It is run by the Fellowship of St. Joseph of the Association for Hebrew Catholics. All are welcome. Email ahctoronto@gmail.com for more information.

ST. CLARE INN – ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

Saturday, April 28th

The Donalda Club

St. Clare Inn’s Annual Fundraiser is back…. Saturday, April 28th at the Donalda Club.

Throw on something black or white, mingle with friends, listen to the smooth voice of Frank Sinatra or simply get your picture taken with him. Enjoy the always delicious food of the Donalda Club and get caught up in the bidding at our live and silent auction … all for a great cause! This year will be hosted by CTV Toronto’s Michelle Dubé. Tickets are $85/each.

Call 416-690-0330 or go online to buy yours today at www.stclareinn.org.

MEAGAN’S WALK – CREATING A CIRCLE OF HOPE

5km Fundraising Walk and Hug
Saturday, May, 12th 2018

Registration from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at Fort York
9:30 AM Registration Closes
10:00 AM Walk to SickKids

On Saturday, May 12th, the seventeenth annual Meagan’s Walk: – Creating a Circle of Hope will take place. You may register online at meaganswalk.com. Registration also opens at 8:30 AM at Fort York, followed by family activities and entertainment. Registration closes at 9:30 AM. The Walk begins at 10:00 AM. and concludes at SickKids with the “Hug”.

Over the last 17 years, proceeds of 5 million dollars from this event have been directed toward paediatric brain tumour research, faster diagnoses, personalized treatments and improved outcomes for young people faced with brain tumours and treatment of paediatric brain tumours at SickKids.

LIFE AS A PILGRIMAGE

Pilgrimage to the Canadian Shrines

Saturday, June 9th to Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Join a group leaving from Blessed Trinity Parish with Fr. Terry McKenna, with a pick up at St. Gabriel’s to visit the Canadian shrines of the Sacred Heart in Sherbrooke, the National Shrine of our Blessed Mother at Cap-de-la-Madeleine, St. Anne de Beaupre via old Quebec City and St. Joseph’s Oratory. Participants will travel by highway coach. The trip includes 3 nights double occupancy accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 2 buffet dinners and all taxes.

The cost is $399 per person and a $50 deposit is required. For more information, please call Mary at 416-497-7059-or Margaret at 416-226-1449.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

St. Gabriel’s Parish
Weekend of September 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2018

A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2018. The course will be held Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. For a registration package please email Marie Deans at deansm@sympatico.ca

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES

We still have a number of boxes of assigned envelopes here in the parish office. If you have not done so, please pick yours up as soon as possible.

If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution. If you wish to have a set issued for 2018, 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.