Bulletin – February 19, 2017

February 18th, 2017

FAMILY DAY

Monday, February 20th

Monday February 20th 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.

CONVOCATION OF THE LAITY

June 9th to June 11th, 2017

Passionist Retreat House, Jamaica, New York

The Passionist Province of St. Paul of the Cross and its Commission on the Laity are sponsoring the “Convocation on the Laity” from June 9th to June 11th, 2017 at the Passionist Retreat House in Jamaica New York.

For further information, please visit http://stgabrielsparish.ca/ministries/convocation-of-laity-2017/ or contact Fatima Lee at 416-221-8866.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS – TALENT NIGHT

Saturday, February 25th at 7:00 PM

Did you know that we have many talented young people within our Parish Community?

All parishioners are invited to attend our Youth Group’s Talent Night, which will be held on Saturday February 25th at 7:00 PM here at the church. Admission is by donation. The Youth Group’s CD will also be available for sale after the show.

Please come out and show your support of our youth’s talents!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

February 20th – February 25th, 2017

MONDAY – FAMILY DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – FR. TIMOTHY HIGGINS – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
WEDNESDAY – FR. DON SANVIDO – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
THURSDAY – STEPHEN TSAO – Requested by the Au Family
FRIDAY – ALINE, RENE & PAUL LAVERTU – Requested by Helene Lavertu
SATURDAY – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE CHUCHRA & WROBEL FAMILIES – Requested by Jack & Wanda

ASH WEDNESDAY

March 1st, 2017

March 1st 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

Friday, March 3rd at 1:30 PM

St Elizabeth of Hungary Church
432 Sheppard Avenue East

You are cordially invited to the annual ecumenical World Day of Prayer Service which will be held at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church on Friday March 3rd at 1:30 PM. The theme this year, “Am I Being Unfair to You?” was written by the women of the Philippines. Please join us, along with our neighbouring Christian churches, in prayer and reflection.

A reception will follow.

MILK BAG PROJECT

Wednesday, February 22nd from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Gabriel Room

Volunteer milk bag weavers will be meeting Wednesday afternoon, February 22nd from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. All are welcome!

THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in our city. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s website. Printed copies of the recipes are also available in the Parish Office. Please remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole.

For more information, you may contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE – 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Did you know that in the early eighties a severe famine caused by drought killed more than 400,000 people in Ethiopia? Development and Peace launched an emergency appeal and raised $20 million to aid those most affected. To find out more about the work of Development and Peace or to become a member or donor, visit the website at http://www.devp.org/en/get-involved.

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.

EFFECT HOPE

Leprosy Mission of Canada Stamp Collection Program

Make a difference with your mail! You can get involved by collecting, trimming and sending your used postage stamps to Effect Hope, the Leprosy Mission of Canada. . Please place stamps in the basket provided outside the Parish Office

Your kindness and compassion are felt by the friends and staff of Effect Hope and by the many people they serve. They look forward to your continued partnership with this mission of healing and hope.

“JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE: A STORY FOR OUR TIMES.”

Online courses from Yale open to all who are interested.

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, experts on Religion and Ecology, and Senior Lecturers and Research Scholars at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies are currently offering four six-week online courses. These are featured as a specialization under the theme of “Journey of the Universe: A Story for our Times.” These are the first MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The MOOCs are available on courser.org to anyone, anywhere on the planet.

Those interested may audit these courses free of charge (with the exception of the capstone course). The courses do not have to be completed within the six week period, rather, learners may finish at their own pace.

Courses:
• Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life
• Journey Conversations: Weaving Knowledge and Action
• The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community
• Integrating Capstone: Living Cosmology

For more details and to register, please go to: https://www.coursera.org/specializations/journey-of-the-universe

EMOTIONALLY AND SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY CATHOLIC FAMILIES

Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 AM
Blessed Trinity Church, 3220 Bayview Avenue

Professor Janine Langan has written and lectured extensively on Catholic education, the family, various encyclicals and theology. She will present this talk, Emotionally and Spiritually Healthy Catholic Families, on Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 AM at Blessed Trinity Church. For more information, contact Terry McDermott, RN, Parish Nurse, at 416-226-0262 ext. 8 or email: btparishnurse@gmail.com.

39TH ANNUAL CONCELEBRATED MASS IN HONOUR OF SAINT PATRICK

March 12th from 3:30 PM. to 6:00 PM
St. Cecilia’s Church, 161 Annette Street, Toronto

The Principal Celebrant and Homilist will be his Excellency, Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Eithne Heffernan will be the guest Irish harpist. The ceremonial co-ordinator will be Hugo Straney. A reception will follow the Mass in the church hall, with refreshments and Irish entertainment provided by Michael Kelly and Irish dancers from the Johnson School of Dance.
For more information email: stceciliatoronto@gmail.com or call St. Cecilia’s parish office at 416-769-8163.

THEOLOGY ON TAP

Commitment – Relationships, Career, Community
Monday March 13th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Avenue

Faith Connections invites young adults (19-39) to join them for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a comfortable and relaxed setting, with special guests: Jeff and Patricia Kavanagh. Munchies provided, cash bar, come and bring a friend! For more information call Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt at 416-467-2645 or visit www.faithconnections.ca — a ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto.

CELEBRATE YOUR MARRIAGEWITH A WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND!

March 17th to March 19th
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre

Celebrate your love and take a fresh look at your marriage! Spend a very special weekend together. A Weekend of discovery…a lifetime of love! Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps married couples rediscover themselves as individuals and as a couple. The Weekend format helps couples communicate openly and honestly without group sharing, therapy or marriage counseling.

The next weekend will be March 17th to March 19th at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga.
For more information and application, please go to www.wwme.org or contact:Gerard & Marge McCauley at gerard.marge@rogers.com or 905-792-1925.

DYNAMIC WOMEN OF FAITH CONFERENCE

Saturday, March 25th

Dynamic Women of Faith will be hosting its 8th annual conference for Catholic women on Saturday March 25th.
Speakers include: Dr. Josephine Lombardi, Deacon Robert & Gabrielle Suthers, Tanya Granic Allen, Cheryl Thompson, and Dorothy Pilarski.

Cardinal Thomas Collins will be celebrating the opening Mass. There is a mother -daughter event, Calling All Girls, the evening before!

For more information including registration fees and location visit www.dynamicwomenfaith.com or call 905-279-7702.

FINANCE CORNER

Weekly Offertory

Collection for last week:
Envelopes 289 $ 5,657
Loose Change 706
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 164 3,054
Total 543 $ 9,417

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2017

If you have not picked up your 2017 envelopes please do so as soon as possible. You will find them in the hall outside the Gabriel Room.

If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution. You must provide your full name and address.

If you are not currently using parish envelopes and wish to have a set issued for 2017, 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.

Homily – February 12, 2017

February 12th, 2017

So often when bad things happen to good people, when good people are murdered while they pray, when innocent people are the victims of civil wars, when we know of men or women or children whose bodies are ravaged by cancer, we spontaneously ask, ‘ why does God allow these terrible things? Why doesn’t God stop this slaughter? Why is God so silent?

Our first reading from Sirach has something to say about this; ‘for great is the wisdom of the Lord; He is mighty in power and sees everything. Before each person is life and death, good and evil and whichever one chooses, that shall be given.

God did not create us as automatons, puppets. God will not rush in to save us from ourselves. We are free agents. We are gifted the gift of free will. We can choose to be good or bad, loving or unloving, just or unjust. The decision is ours and the consequences are of our own making. As Moses said to the Israelites – this day I play before you life and death, choose life.

We’ve all been blessed with gift of free will. We’ve been given the awesome power to choose. What the author of the Book of Sirach wants to do is to exonerate God from all responsibility for the evil that surrounds us in the world. Each of us knows ‘good is to be done, evil is to be avoided’. We bring the consequences of our choices upon ourselves.

But there is a fly in the ointment. We know it as original sin. It is that forbidden fruit that is attractive to our eyes and lures us to that false promise that we will be like God, knowing good and evil. There is a tendency in each of us to be lured away from what God calls us to be and do by false promises of love and happiness and power.

In his letter to the Romans St. Paul claims that ‘if it had not been for the law I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said ‘you shall not covet.’ Eve and Adam would not have eaten the forbidden fruit if God had kept quiet and not told them to stay away from that tree. To put it another way, ‘this bean would not be up my nose if my mother hadn’t told me, don’t put that bean in your nose. The don’ts of life cause us to wonder, ‘why not’ why not give it a try? Don’t we pray every day, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

We are all caught up in the life long struggle, ‘ the good that I would that I do not and the evil I would not do, that I do.’ I think we can make our own the conviction of Paul that the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus our Christ, love of God made visible can be our motivation to ‘keep the commandments, be faithful to the teachings and example of Jesus, especially trying to keep Christ’s great commandment, ‘love one another as I have loved you.’

We are not in this struggle alone. Christ has promised us, I am with you always. I walk beside you; if you fall I will pick you up no matter how many times you fall. All I ask is don’t give up trying. My grace is sufficient for you.

Bulletin – February 12, 2017

February 11th, 2017

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

We want to say a special 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.

Many thanks to those who donated the delicious food, those who decorated so beautifully and everyone who worked to make this celebration a memorable event. All who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

CONVOCATION OF THE LAITY

June 9th to June 11th, 2017

Passionist Retreat House, Jamaica, New York

The Passionist Province of St. Paul of the Cross and its Commission on the Laity are sponsoring the “Convocation on the Laity” from June 9th to June 11th, 2017 at the Passionist Retreat House in Jamaica, New York.

For further information, please go to www.stgabrielsparish.ca or contact Fatima Lee at 416-221-8866.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS – TALENT NIGHT

Saturday, February 25th at 7:00 PM

Did you know that we have many talented young people within our Parish Community?

All parishioners are invited to attend our Youth Group’s Talent Night, which will be held on Saturday February 25th at 7:00 PM here at the church. Admission is by donation. The Youth Group’s CD will also be available for sale after the show.

Please come and support our youth’s talents!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

February 13th – February 18th, 2017

MONDAY – TONINO DI DIODATO – Requested by the Oakie Family
TUESDAY – TOM CLARKSON – Requested by Fergus & Mary Ann O’Connell
WEDNESDAY – ADRIEN KIRCHNER – Requested by Patricia & Mary Alice O’Mahony
THURSDAY – NICOLA VUKOVIC – Requested by Manda Vukovic
FRIDAY – ABANDONED SOULS – Requested by the Nguyen Family
SATURDAY – YOKE THOE SIEW – Requested by Pacita & Jonathan Kwan

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

MILK BAG PROJECT

Wednesday, February 22nd from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Gabriel Room

Volunteer milk bag weavers will be meeting Wednesday afternoon, February 22nd from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the
Gabriel Room. All are welcome!

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE – 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Did you know that Development and Peace was founded in 1967 by the Canadian Catholic Bishops after their participation in Vatican II where they listened to the concerns of the Bishops from the Global South about poverty, hunger, etc?

To find out more about the work of Development and Peace or to become a member or donor, visit the website at http://www.devp.org/en/get-involved.

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.

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.

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

THEOLOGY ON TAP

Faith in the Naked Public Square

Monday, February 13th at 7:00 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 them for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a comfortable and relaxed setting, with special guest: Randy Boyagoda, Principal and Vice-President, University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College.

They will discuss ways in which Catholics can work towards their own commitments to living out their faith in public life. Munchies will be provided and there is a cash bar.

Come and bring a friend!

BLESSED TRINITY CWL

Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00 PM

Blessed Trinity Parish Hall

The Catholic Women’s League of Blessed Trinity Parish extends a warm welcome to all to please join them on Wednesday February 14th in Blessed Trinity Parish Hall at 7:00 PM for a screening of Mother Theresa’s film,
“The Legacy. Ann Petrie, Emmy Award Filmmaker who filmed Mother Theresa for years, will speak about her experiences. There will be a reception following the film. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Kay at 416-357-5378 or Catherine at 905-889-3786.

EMOTIONALLY AND SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY CATHOLIC FAMILIES

Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 AM

Blessed Trinity Church, 3220 Bayview Avenue

Professor Janine Langan has written and lectured extensively on Catholic education, the family, various encyclicals and theology. She will present a talk entitled “Emotionally and Spiritually Healthy Catholic Families” on Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 AM at Blessed Trinity Church. For more information, contact Terry McDermott, RN, Parish Nurse, at 416-226-0262 ext. 8 or email: btparishnurse@gmail.com.

CELEBRATE YOUR MARRIAGE WITH A WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND!

March 17th to March 19th

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre

Celebrate your love and take a fresh look at your marriage! Spend a very special weekend together. A Weekend of discovery…a lifetime of love!

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps married couples rediscover themselves as individuals and as a couple. The Weekend format helps couples communicate openly and honestly without group sharing, therapy or marriage counseling.

The next weekend will be March 17th to-19th at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga.
For more information and an application, please go to www.wwme.org or contact: Gerard & Marge McCauley at gerard.marge@rogers.com or 905-792-1925.

“JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE: A STORY FOR OUR TIMES.”

Online courses from Yale open to all who are interested.

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, experts on Religion and Ecology, and Senior Lecturers and Research Scholars at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies are currently offering four six-week online courses. These are featured as a specialization under the theme of “Journey of the Universe: A Story for our Times.” These are the first MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The MOOCs are available on courser.org to anyone, anywhere on the planet.

Those interested may audit these courses free of charge (with the exception of the capstone course). The courses do not have to be completed within the six week period, rather, learners may finish at their own pace.

Courses:
• Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life
• Journey Conversations: Weaving Knowledge and Action
• The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community
• Integrating Capstone: Living Cosmology

For more details and to register, please go to:
https://www.coursera.org/specializations/journey-of-the-universe

DYNAMIC WOMEN OF FAITH CONFERENCE

Saturday, March 25th

Dynamic Women of Faith will be hosting it’s 8th annual conference for Catholic women on Saturday March 25th.
Topics include: Call to Holiness, Why Minister to Moms?

Finding your Catholic Voice, Marriage & Sanity, How does CatholicMomsgroup.com Work?

Speakers include: Dr. Josephine Lombardi, Deacon Robert & Gabrielle Suthers, Tanya Granic Allen, Cheryl Thompson, and Dorothy Pilarski.

Cardinal Thomas Collins will be celebrating the opening Mass. There is a mother-daughter event, Calling All Girls, the evening before!

For more information including registration fees and location visit www.dynamicwomenfaith.com or call 905-279-7702.

FINANCE CORNER

Weekly Offertory

Collection for last week:

Envelopes 392 $ 8,083
Loose Change 1,102
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 164 3,054
Total 556 $ 12,239

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2017

If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution. You must provide your full name and address.

If you are not currently using parish envelopes and wish to have a set issued for 2017, 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.

Homily – February 5, 2017

February 5th, 2017

I hope that all of us were really shocked and sadden by the senseless murder and wounding of the Moslem men at prayer in the Mosque in Quebec City last Sunday night. How explain such acts of violence? What brings people to such hatred of others that they will take someone else’s life – even in God’s name? Yet that’s what we’ve been doing for centuries. There just seems to be so little tolerance for men and women who believe differently than us. Not only must we pray for the good men who died or were wounded last Sunday night, we must pray for the man who committed this crime and likeminded persons whose minds are twisted by bigotry and intolerance.

Would it be safe to say there is an insidious spirit of suspicion and hostility towards the stranger, the outsider, that is alive and well in our midst? It’s called xenophobia, the fear of the stranger.

Do our readings for today’s Mass have anything to say about the violence of last Sunday and the intolerance from which it sprang?

At this Mass can we pray that our personal yoke of bigotry, our personal yoke that burdens us with unwillingness or an inability to accept and respect other people for who they are and what they are be lifted from our shoulders? Can we pray that we be freed of the yoke that hinders us from seeing the good, the generosity that is found in the lives of men and women who live and believe in ways different from our own?

Or can we pray that the yoke that burdens us from appreciating the good things with which we are blessed and the potential we have to be what Christ calls us to be, a light that enlightens, a salt that flavors our own lives and the lives of others. Can that yoke be lifted be from our shoulders?

It is one thing to lift the yoke of oppression from another’s shoulder it is another thing to yoke ourselves to other men and women of other faiths and other cultures, either through religious affiliations or secular organizations and work with them to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, house the homeless, welcome the stranger, bring justice to men and women oppressed by unjust social and economic systems

If we are honest with ourselves, we will discover that our Christian faith functions little if at all in our political life. The talk is talked, but the walk is not walked. Lip service is paid, but almost every other kind of service is paid to our cultural dogmas not our faith dogmas.

We are meant for better things. In the gospel Christ challenges us to be a salt of the earth. Christ calls us to live in such a way that we bring a positive flavor, a zip, a tang to our relationship with other people that lets them know they are appreciate and admired and accepted into our lives. Christ challenges us to be blazing lights, shining examples of men and women who are open hearted, welcoming, accepting and respecting of men and women different from ourselves.

Through these two images of light and salt Christ calls us to live the great commandment – love one another as I have loved you.

In this Mass we celebrate and through the Eucharist we receive may we graced to be the light and salt our church and our world needs so badly.

Bulletin – February 5, 2017

February 4th, 2017

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

This Sunday, February 5th after 12:30 PM Mass

Saturday, January 28th marks the beginning of Lunar New Year. This year is the Year of the Rooster. For many years, the Asian community in our parish has gifted our parish community with a wonderful Lunar New Year Party. Our Lunar New Year Celebration will take place this Sunday, February 5th after the 12:30 PM Mass in the Gathering Space. All are welcome.

MASS FOR THE SICK

Saturday, February 11th at 12:00 Noon

St. Gabriel’s Parish

A Mass for the Sick will be celebrated at St. Gabriel’s Parish on Saturday, February 11th at 12:00 Noon. If you have a loved one who is sick and wishes to receive the blessing of the sick, please invite them to be a part of this beautiful sacrament. A reception will follow in the Gathering Space.

CONVOCATION OF THE LAITY

June 9th to June 11th, 2017

Passionist Retreat House, Jamaica, New York

The Passionist Province of St. Paul of the Cross and its Commission on the Laity are sponsoring the “Convocation on the Laity” from June 9th to June 11th, 2017 at the Passionist Retreat House in Jamaica New York. For further information, please go to www.stgabrielsparish.ca or contact Fatima Lee at 416-221-8866.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

February 6th – February 11th, 2017

MONDAY – DR. EUGENE SKLIARENKO – Requested by Fran Moscall
TUESDAY – FRANCIS CHEUNG – Requested by the Cheung Family
WEDNESDAY – ABANDONED SOULS – Requested by the Nguyen Family
THURSDAY – THANKSGIVING – Requested by Bertram Chiu
FRIDAY – MOLLY CALLAGHAN – Requested by John Kahnert
SATURDAY – VIOLET PREVIDSA – Requested by Steve Previdsa

ECO-SABBATH

Sunday, February 12th at 11:30 AM

Gabriel Room

On Sunday, February 12th, the Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality will facilitate 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. Please note that this is one week later than usual due to the Lunar New Year celebration. All are welcome.

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.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 55 casseroles for January. For February, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of February 25th/26th 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.

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 they serve. They look forward to your continued partnership with this mission of healing and hope. Please place stamps in the basket provided outside the Parish Office.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE – 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Did you know that Development and Peace was founded in 1967 by the Canadian Catholic Bishops after their participation in Vatican II where they listened to the concerns of the Bishops from the Global South about poverty, hunger, etc?

To find out more about the work of Development and Peace or to become a member or donor, visit the website at http://www.devp.org/en/get-involved.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS – TALENT NIGHT

Saturday, February 25th at 7:00 PM

Did you know that we have many talented young people within our Parish Community?

All parishioners are invited to attend our Youth Group’s Talent Night, which will be held on Saturday February 25th at 7:00 PM here at the church. Admission is by donation. The Youth Group’s CD will also be available for sale after the show. Please come and support our youth’s talents!

SACRED PAUSES RETREAT

Saturday, February 11th, from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Blessed Trinity Parish Hall, 3220 Bayview Avenue

You are invited to take time out in your busy day to break for and receive blessings at the Sacred Pauses Retreat being held at Blessed Trinity Parish Hall on Saturday, February 11th, from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Simple practices introduced at Sacred Pauses retreat will help you live out your day more mindfully. The facilitator, Trena Finnegan, is a graduate from Regis College in spiritual direction. Please register at Blessed Trinity parish office before February 3rd. The registration fee is $15.00 per person and includes lunch. All are invited.

SENIOR MEN’S HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT

GRADES 11 & 12

February 11th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Blessed Sacrament Parish, 24 Cheritan Avenue

The Office of Vocations is hosting a day retreat at Blessed Sacrament Parish on Saturday, February 11th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The day provides a time to pray, interact & socialize with other young Catholic men.

Seminarians deliver talks on practical aspects of faith. The day includes Holy Mass, Adoration & Confession. For more information please call the Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or email: vocations@archtoronto.org

THEOLOGY ON TAP

Faith in the Naked Public Square
Monday, February 13th at 7:00 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 them for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a comfortable and relaxed setting, with special guest: Randy Boyagoda, Principal and Vice-President, University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College.

They will discuss ways in which Catholics can work towards their own commitments to living out their faith in public life. Munchies will be provided and there is a cash bar. Come and bring a friend!

“JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE: A STORY FOR OUR TIMES.”

Online courses from Yale open to all who are interested.

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, experts on Religion and Ecology, and Senior Lecturers and Research Scholars at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies are currently offering four six-week online courses. These are featured as a specialization under the theme of “Journey of the Universe: A Story for our Times.” These are the first MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The MOOCs are available on courser.org to anyone, anywhere on the planet.

Those interested may audit these courses free of charge (with the exception of the capstone course). The courses do not have to be completed within the six week period, rather, learners may finish at their own pace.
Courses:
• Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life
• Journey Conversations: Weaving Knowledge and Action
• The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community
• Integrating Capstone: Living Cosmology

For more details and to register, please go to:
https://www.coursera.org/specializations/journey-of-the-universe

BLESSED TRINITY CWL

Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00 PM

Blessed Trinity Parish Hall

The Catholic Women’s League extends a warm welcome to all to please join them on Wednesday February 14th at Blessed Trinity Parish at 7: 00 PM in the hall for a screening of Mother Theresa’s film The Legacy. Ann Petrie, Emmy Award Filmmaker who filmed Mother Theresa for years, will speak about her experiences. There will be a reception following the film. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Kay at 416-357-5378 or Catherine at 905-889-3786.

FINANCE CORNER

Weekly Offertory

Collection for last week:

Envelopes 376 $ 9,056
Loose Change 981
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 167 3,084
Total 543 $ 13,121
Maintenance Collection: $4,401

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2017

There are still many parishioners who have not picked up their 2017 Offertory Envelopes. Please pick yours up in the hallway outside the Gabriel Room as soon as possible.

If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution. You must provide your full name and address.

If you are not currently using parish envelopes and wish to have a set issued for 2017, 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.