Homily – June 26, 2016

June 26th, 2016

We have to situate today’s gospel. Jesus was finishing his work in Galilee and was heading for Jerusalem knowing full well what he was to face there. He would be betrayed by one friend, denied by another and abandoned by all. He would be handed over to the Jewish authorities who would have him condemned to death and he would be executed by the Romans. Peter tried to talk him out of all this saying, ‘this must never happen to you Lord.’ Jesus told his disciples earlier, ‘I have a baptism with which I am to be baptized and how I am straightened until it is accomplished.’

There was intensity about Jesus. Nothing could turn him away from what was ahead. He demanded that same intensity, that same commitment from those who followed him.

When these two men wanted to follow him but not right now Jesus basically said, ‘it’s now or never.’ We might wonder whatever happened to, ‘honor your father and your mother’? This was a reasonable request, ’ let me first bury my father’ but Jesus was unbending. ‘Let the dead bury the dead.’ Get on with what you want to do. Jesus had no time for procrastinators, people who second guessed their commitments.

What today’s gospel is telling us is that in our commitment to following Jesus, the Christ who suffered and died for us, there is no room for hanging back, no room for fudging our response.

Each one of us here has been called to follow Jesus, to turn our back on our own sins, to live a life of love and holiness. We are to try to live a life in which we accept and respect as a brother or a sister any person who comes into our lives, regardless of their race, religion, their social standing or the sexual orientation. We all know it isn’t easy to love as we’ve been loved, accept as we’ve been accepted with all our faults and failings, to forgive as we’ve been forgiven. We may have generously put our hand to the plow but often we’ve failed to plow in a straight line. We’ve all looked back, we have failed, and we’ve made our own mistakes. We live with the fact that we are mistake making beings. Only the saints possessed the intensity Jesus demands in today’s gospel, the rest of us struggle along and some days we win and some days we lose.

Every time we pray the Our Father we recognize our need of God’s grace. We pray, ‘thy kingdom come’, thy kingdom come to that part of me which has yet to be redeemed. We pray, Give us this day our daily bread, the bread that strengthens us be faithful to you and accepting of others, the bread that strengthens us to get up when we fall and give it another try. St. Paul encourages us to never grow weary of doing what is good. Let this be our prayer of each other as we continue to celebrate our Mass today, may we never grow weary.

Bulletin – June 26, 2016

June 25th, 2016

This is the last bulletin until the Labour Day Weekend in September. We wish you all a happy and safe summer! July 1st is Canada Day. The office will be closed on Friday, July 1st for the holiday. There will be no 9:00 AM Mass.

PARISH PICNIC

Sunday, July 3rd after the 12:30 Mass

The Parish BBQ Picnic will be held on Sunday, July 3rd after the 12:30 Mass in the parking lot. There will be hot dogs, games, face painting, lucky draws, music and more…..

Tickets are $2 each.

Please bring your families, friends and neighbours to enjoy a summer afternoon with your parishioners. We need volunteers to help and make this event happen. Please sign up by putting your name and phone number on the sheets at the back of church. For more information, you may call Linda Law at 416-918-8029.

MEMBERS NEEDED FOR VOLUNTEER SCREENING COMMITTEE

As part of the mandate for the Archdiocese of Toronto to foster a safe and caring community, a policy of screening volunteers exists to ensure the protection and safety of the most vulnerable. St. Gabriel’s Parish Volunteer Screening Committee is entrusted with this task.

As some members are retiring, we are extending an invitation to St. Gabriel’s parishioners to join the Committee. If you are interested and want to know more about this responsibility, please contact the parish office at 416-221-8866.

GREEN THUMBS NEEDED

You may have noticed the two new vegetable plots in the south garden. We need volunteers to help tend these plots. If you would like to help, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

YOUTH GROUP BAKE SALE

The Youth Group bake sale raised a total of $1,703.15. The money will be used for the Group’s transportation costs to the Steubenville Catholic Conference in New York. Thank you for your generous support.

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program are now available in the parish office. This program is for children of the Parish who attend public or private schools. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School every second Sunday beginning September 11th, 2016.

Please note that a separate Sacramental registration form is required if your child will receive the sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation during the 2016/17 year. These forms are also available in the Parish Office.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 27th to July 2nd, 2016

MONDAY – FR. DAN SANVIDO – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
TUESDAY – FR. ADRIAN LEE – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
WEDNESDAY – MARIA CHUNG & THERESA KANG – Requested by Peter & Gemma
THURSDAY – BERNADETTE SEDGWICK – Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
FRIDAY – CANADA DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
SATURDAY – EVELYN & WARD MARKLE – Requested by Bill & Carolyn Markle

Please see the insert in the parish bulletin or check the website or bulletin board for announced Masses during the summer months. The notices on the bulletin boards will be updated each week.

BAPTISM

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

Miguel Christian Donato
Jordan Maddox Gunawan
Alexia Fadia Homaidan
Bernadette Husenia Malacaman
Sydney Rose Masangkay
Ezekiel Tariq Singh

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on June 19th, 2016. Congratulations

ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) meetings begin in the fall. These evenings are for persons interested in learning about the Catholic Faith. Because the Parish Community itself is considered the official teacher and guide for potential new members, it is important that some parishioners participate by being present and by sharing their Faith in various ways. It is also an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of the faith. Adult Catholics who wish to celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist and/or Confirmation are welcome. For more information, please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

We encourage you to continue bringing non perishable foods for Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre during the summer months.

During July and August, food donations tend to drop off.

Your donations of canned foods, cereal rice and other non perishables are more important than ever as families
struggle to make ends meet.

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

Thank you to all who prepared casseroles for the Good Shepherd Centre for the month of June. Your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of July 30th/31st and August 27th/28th.

Each month, the casseroles are picked up early on Monday morning for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

Lately, many people are bringing in casseroles after the pick up day, meaning that they are left in our freezer for an additional month. Please try to get them in on time.

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. 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.

CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES WALK-IN COUNSELING

Tuesdays, Central Office, 1155 Yonge Street, Suite 100 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM or Thursdays, North York Office – 5799 Yonge Street, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Catholic Family Services of Toronto is now offering walk-in counseling services at their two locations. Their staff is trained to offer same-day service to clients with urgent counseling needs. The single-session consultation is aimed at helping individuals, couples, or family clients address their concerns. No appointment required.

Please contact the Central office, 1155 Yonge St., Suite 100, Toronto (Yonge/Summerhill) Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 416 921-1163 or by email at info@cfstoronto.com.

On Thursdays, contact the North office, 5799 Yonge St., (Yonge/Finch) from 9:00 Am to 3:00 PM. at 416 222-0048 or by email at info@cfstoronto.com.

MILK BAGS

Thank you to all parishioners who are recycling their clean, flattened milk bags at the church.

The Milk Bag Workshops, held by Sharon Gusz this spring were very successful. Thank you to Sharon and all the milk bag weavers for their excellent work. Workshops will begin again in the fall.

Sharon recently shared some exciting news with us.

“I find it so rewarding to be part of this amazing project.

By the way the last few mats that we made are being sent to a homeless shelter in Newmarket. There are several people who are reluctant to sleep on the regular mattresses.. (bed bugs, smells, etc..). I gave them 15 mats to try out and got an email asking for 10 more!!!”

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

SHARELIFE

Together we are working wonders…

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the 2016 ShareLife Parish Campaign. For those who wish to make a contribution, you are still welcome to do so. You can drop your ShareLife envelopes in the offertory basket until July 31, 2016 or donate online at www.sharelife.org.

ShareLife to date: $130,183
Thank you for your generosity!

50TH ANNUAL FESTA OF ST. GABRIEL

August 28th from 2:00 PM

Parish of the Immaculate Conception
300 Ansley Grove Road, Woodbridge, Ontario

The 50th annual celebration in honour of St. Gabriel, under the direction of the Passionist Community will be held on Sunday, August 28th from 2:00 PM at the Parish of the Immaculate Conception in Woodbridge. All are welcome! Bring your own folding chair.

FAITH CONNECTIONS 9TH ANNUAL MIX & MINGLE

Thursday, July 28th at 6:00 PM

15 Laxton Ave, Toronto

In solidarity with World Youth Day activities, all young adults 18-39 (student, working professional, single, married, young parent) are invited to a house party and barbecue!

Meet and hang out with other young adults! Meet Catholic Sisters, Brothers and Priests and share life experiences! Enjoy a barbecue supper, laughter and fun in a casual and relaxed atmosphere! Please RSVP by July 15th to Faith Connections at faithconnections@csj-to.ca (so they know how much food to order)

FINANCE CORNER

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for June 19th, 2016:
Envelopes 380 $ 7,018
Loose Change 1,003
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 165 3,034
Total 545 $ 11,055

Please inform the Parish Office if you have changed your address or are moving out of the Parish so that we may update our records.

CHURCH BULLETIN ADVERTISING

Liturgical Publications has begun to set up the advertisements for our church bulletin. The advertising will begin in September 2015 and supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service.

Call Liturgical Publications at 905-624-4422.

Bulletin – June 19, 2016

June 18th, 2016

Happy Father’s Day

To all the Fathers, Grandfathers, Stepfathers, Single Fathers and Great Grandfathers we wish you a very happy Father’s Day.

May you be blessed with the graces you need, with courage, compassion, patience and peace.

PARISH PICNIC

Sunday, July 3rd after the 12:30 Mass

The Parish BBQ Picnic will be held on Sunday, July 3rd after the 12:30 Mass in the parking lot. There will be hot dogs, games, face painting, lucky draws, music and more…..

Tickets are $2 each.

Please bring your families, friends and neighbours to enjoy a summer afternoon with your parishioners. We need volunteers to help and make this event happen. Please sign up by putting your name and phone number on the sheets at the back of church. For more information, you may call Linda Law at 416-918-8029.

YOUTH GROUP BAKE SALE

This Weekend, June 18th and 19th

This weekend, June 18th and June 19th our Youth Group is holding a bake sale. The money raised will help cover the Youth Group’s transportation costs to the Steubenville Catholic Conference in New York from June 23rd to June 27th. Please support our Youth Group.

MILK BAGS

Thank you to all parishioners who are recycling their clean, flattened milk bags at the church.

The Milk Bag Workshops, held by Sharon Gusz this spring were very successful. Thank you to Sharon and all the milk bag weavers for their excellent work. Workshops will begin again in the fall. Sharon recently shared some exciting news with us.

“I find it so rewarding to be part of this amazing project.

By the way the last few mats that we made are being sent to a homeless shelter in Newmarket. There are several people who are reluctant to sleep on the regular mattresses.. (bed bugs, smells, etc..). I gave them 15 mats to try out and got an email asking for 10 more!!!”

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

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program are now available in the parish office. This program is for children of the Parish who attend public or private schools. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School every second Sunday beginning September 11th, 2016.

Please note that a separate Sacramental registration form is required if your child will receive the sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation during the 2016/17 year. These forms are available in the Parish Office.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 20th to June 25th, 2016

MONDAY – LOURDES JANER – Requested by Marie Hartnel
TUESDAY – BERNIE CABRERA – Requested by Olivia Cabrera
WEDNESDAY – PARTICIA CLYDESDALE – Requested by Nora Kerr
THURSDAY – ALL SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by Teresa Marchie
FRIDAY – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE FRIENDS OF SUFFERING SOULS – Requested by Agnes Wong
SATURDAY – KENG OW YONG – Requested by Helen Ow Yong

ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) meetings begin in the fall. These evenings are for persons interested in learning about the Catholic Faith. Because the Parish Community itself is considered the official teacher and guide for potential new members, it is important that some parishioners participate by being present and by sharing their Faith in various ways. It is also an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of the faith. Adult Catholics who wish to celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist and/or Confirmation are welcome. For more information, please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

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. Lately, we have noticed that many people are bringing in casseroles after the pick up day, meaning that they are left in our freezer for an additional month. Please try to get them in on time.

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. 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.

SHARELIFE

Together we are working wonders…

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the 2016 ShareLife Parish Campaign. You have made a brighter future much easier for many of the most vulnerable in our communities by your generosity. For those who wish to make a contribution, you are still welcome to do so. You can drop your ShareLife envelopes in the offertory basket until July 3, 2016 or donate online at www.sharelife.org.

ShareLife to date: $129,393
Thank you for your generosity!

CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES WALK-IN COUNSELING

Tuesdays, Central Office, 1155 Yonge Street, Suite 100 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM or Thursdays, North York Office – 5799 Yonge Street, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Catholic Family Services of Toronto is now offering walk-in counseling services at their two locations. Their staff is trained to offer same-day service to clients with urgent counseling needs. The single-session consultation is aimed at helping individuals, couples, or family clients address their concerns. No appointment required.

Please contact the Central office, 1155 Yonge St., Suite 100, Toronto (Yonge /Summerhill) Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 416 921-1163 or by email at info@cfstoronto.com.

On Thursdays, contact the North office, 5799 Yonge St., (Yonge/Finch) from 9:00 Am to 3:00 PM. at 416 222-0048 or by email at info@cfstoronto.com.

JUST COFFEE

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: $5.00

Please note that there are no Just Coffee sales during the months of July and August

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

We encourage you to continue bringing non perishable foods for Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre during the summer months.

During July and August, food donations tend to drop off.

Your donations of canned foods, cereal rice and other non perishables are more important than ever as families
struggle to make ends meet.

Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – MARYGROVE CAMP

Thank you for your generous support of Marygrove Camp. $3,564 was raised to support this important work of the Society for St. Vincent de Paul

FAITH CONNECTIONS 9TH ANNUAL MIX & MINGLE

Thursday, July 28th at 6:00 PM

15 Laxton Ave, Toronto

In solidarity with World Youth Day activities, all young adults 18-39 (student, working professional, single, married, young parent) are invited to a house party and barbecue!

Meet and hang out with other young adults! Meet Catholic Sisters, Brothers and Priests and share life experiences! Enjoy a barbecue supper, laughter and fun in a casual and relaxed atmosphere!

Please RSVP by July 15th to Faith Connections at faithconnections@csj-to.ca (so they know how much food to order)

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

St. Gabriel’s Parish
Weekend of September 23rd to 25th, 2016

A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of September 23rd to 25th, 2016.

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.

Note that this course usually fills up quickly and spaces are limited.

CHURCH BULLETIN ADVERTISING

Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisements for our church bulletin. The advertising will begin in September 2015 and supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service.

Call Liturgical Publications at 905-624-4422.

FINANCE CORNER

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for June 12th, 2016:
Envelopes 392 $ 7,303
Loose Change 1,047
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 165 3,009
Total 557 $ 11,359

Please inform the Parish Office if you have changed your address or are moving out of the Parish so that we may update our records.

If you have prior year’s offertory envelopes, please do not use them! Each year we go through the unused envelopes for which no donations have been received and may reassign that number to another parishioner.

Homily – June 12, 2016

June 12th, 2016

In today’s scripture we hear two powerful stories of God’s willingness to forgive us our trespasses no matter how great they may be.

Someone once said that our greatest difficulty is not so much in believing that God exists but in believing that God forgives. We imagine God’s heart is as stingy as our own. We hold grudges, past hurts and slights, memories of betrayed relationships deep in our hearts. They just won’t leave us alone. May today’s reading give us deeper trust in God’s love and God’s willingness to forgive us, no matter what.

King David was a sleaze. God took him from minding his father’s sheep and made him king of the people of Israel. He was rich and powerful. Even with all he had, he wanted more. He wanted Bathsheba for his wife because he committed adultery with her and she was pregnant. He arranged to have her husband Uriah, a faithful soldier, killed in battle to get him out of the way. The prophet Nathan confronted him with his sins and David admitted ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ Nathan’s response was startling, ‘ the Lord has put away your sin, and you shall not die.’

These words sound so simple but they couldn’t have been spoken if David didn’t acknowledge he’d committed the great crimes and sins of adultery and murder and wanted to repent of these sins. These words couldn’t have been spoken unless Nathan, speaking for God, accepted David’s contrition and spoke words of forgiveness.

In the gospel we hear of this wonton woman of the streets who dared to crash the dinner party at Simon’s house. She had to see Jesus again to thank him for assuring her that her many, many sins were forgiven her. This no name woman wanted to show Jesus the great love she had for him because he showed her the love and forgiveness of God. It was not the case that the woman loved Jesus and therefore was deserving of forgiveness. It is just the opposite. He had already forgiven her sins and as a result she loved him. God’s love is always first no matter how sinful we are. That love remains personal and present for each of us, if we can let go of our guilt.

Simon, the host, felt that Jesus should be honored at being invited into his home so he didn’t bother to offer him the usual courtesies of having the servants wash the street dust from Jesus’ feet. Simon didn’t offered Jesus a kiss of welcome. Simon’s refusal to act like a host indicates that he has not experienced, perhaps not even thought that he might be in need of forgiveness. He was more interested in propriety.

There is a saying that even God can’t unscramble an egg. Fr. Ron Rolheiser offers this reflection on our scrambled eggs.

‘We need a theology which teaches us that even though God cannot unscramble an egg, God’s grace lets us live happily and with renewed innocence far beyond any egg we might have scrambled. We need a theology that teaches us that God does not just give us one chance, but that every time we close a door, God opens another one for us. We need a theology that challenges us not to make mistakes, that takes sin seriously, but which tells us that when we do sin, when we do make mistakes, we are given the chance to take our place among the broken, among those whose lives are not perfect, the loved sinners, those for whom Christ came.

We need a theology which tells us that a second, third, fourth, and fifth chance are just as valid as the first one. We need a theology that tells us that mistakes are not forever, that they are not even for a lifetime, that time and grace wash clean, that nothing is irrevocable. Finally, we need a theology which teaches us that God loves us as sinners and that the task of Christianity is not to teach us how to live, but to teach us how to live again, and again, and again.

We are all mistake making beings and that’s why, with today’s scripture readings in mind, we have to trust the words of Isaiah, ‘though your sins are like scarlet they shall be white as snow, though they be red as crimson they shall become like wool,’ and live with and beyond our scrambled eggs.

Bulletin – June 12, 2016

June 11th, 2016

CONFIRMATION

Congratulations to the following young people of our Parish who were confirmed on Sunday, June 5, 2016. The Sacrament was administered by Rev. Fr. Brando Recana C.P

Cristina Agrafojo
Justine Kyle Aguila
Darion Allen-Smith
Maya Dawn Armstrong
Valencia Etani Augustine
Alliyah Celita Barre
Luca Christian Bernardini
Kayleigh Boogaart
Nayla Asia Brooks
Lance M. Cabacungan Mervin Calaor
Maria Campbell
Christopher Canellos
Kimberly Ashley Chai
Jacob Charalambous
Tyler Chin
Michael Emilio Corrado
Niamh Danielle Dennis
Ty Di Nardo
Leah Teresa Fernandes
Logan Catherine Giglio
Adam Michael Gowan
Nicholas Heit
Arianna Innocente
Marcus Alexander Jereza
Garrick Vincent Juliano
Olivia Lopardo
Owen Macrae Harsanyi
Kaitlyn Grace Maddox
Jack Nicholas Meloff
Edward Na
Nikolina A. Nejasmic
Maya Oliveira
Pamela Perras
Paula Anne Quinto
Duncan Matteo Scanga
Monserrat Solano Saldana
Elliot Stone
Jessica Marie Svab
Ashley Amy Tai
Nicolas Tansingco
Marneris Diya Thomas
Joy Kirsten Tolledo
Christian David Valdez
Zamantha Ron Valdehueza
Danielle Rose Villacorta
Alvin Zhang

Let us pray for them as they continue on their journey of faith guided by the Holy Spirit.

PARISH PICNIC

Sunday, July 3rd after the 12:30 Mass

The Parish BBQ Picnic will be held on Sunday, July 3rd after the 12:30 Mass in the parking lot. There will be hot dogs, games, face painting, lucky draws, music and more…..

Tickets are $2 each.

Please bring your families, friends and neighbours to enjoy a summer afternoon with your parishioners.
We need volunteers to help and make this event happen. Please sign up by putting your name and phone number on
the sheets at the back of church. For more information, you may call Linda Law at 416-918-8029.

CHURCH BULLETIN ADVERTISING

Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisements for our church bulletin. The advertising will begin in September 2015 and supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service.

Call Liturgical Publications at 905-624-4422.

YOUTH GROUP BAKE SALE

Weekend of June 18th and 19th

On Saturday, June 18th and Sunday, June 19th our Youth Group will be having a bake sale. The money raised will help cover the Youth Group’s transportation costs to the Steubenville Catholic Conference in New York from June 23rd to June 27th. Please support our Youth Group.

MEMBERS NEEDED FOR VOLUNTEER SCREENING COMMITTEE

As part of the mandate for the Archdiocese of Toronto to foster a safe and caring community, a policy of screening volunteers exists to ensure the protection and safety of the most vulnerable. St. Gabriel’s Parish Volunteer Screening Committee is entrusted with this task.

As some members are retiring, we are extending an invitation to St. Gabriel’s parishioners to join the Committee. If you are interested and want to know more about this responsibility, please contact the parish office at 416-221-8866.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 13th to June 18th 2016

MONDAY – ANTHONY & DAMIAN GOVEAS – Requested by the Tony & Ida Fernandes
TUESDAY – ALICIA, EDGAR & JOHN PATENAUDE – Requested by Sheila Patenaude
WEDNESDAY – LEONARD MARCHIE – Requested by Teresa Marchie & Family
THURSDAY – MARIA ROSARIO CALIMBAS – Requested by Estrella Cherrie, Stella & Isabel
FRIDAY – RENE LAVERTU – Requested by Helene Lavertu
SATURDAY – AMPARO VILLAFRANCA – Requested by the Family

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program are now available in the parish office. This program is for children of the Parish who attend public or private schools. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School every second Sunday beginning September 11th, 2016.

Please note that a separate Sacramental registration form is required if your child will receive the sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation during the 2016/17 year. These forms are also available in the Parish Office.

DONATE YOUR OLD EYE GLASSES

You can help others by donating your old eyeglasses. These may be left in the box provided just outside the Parish Office. Glasses collected will be sent to the Lions Club for distribution to the needy in developing countries.

CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES WALK-IN COUNSELING

Tuesdays, Central Office, 1155 Yonge Street, Suite 100 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM or
Thursdays, North York Office – 5799 Yonge Street, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Catholic Family Services of Toronto is now offering walk-in counseling services at their two locations. Their staff is trained to offer same-day service to clients with urgent counseling needs. The single-session consultation is aimed at helping individuals, couples, or family clients address their concerns. No appointment required.

Please contact the Central office, 1155 Yonge St., Suite 100, Toronto (Yonge/Summerhill) Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 416 921-1163 or by email at info@cfstoronto.com

On Thursdays, contact the North office, 5799 Yonge St., (Yonge/Finch) from 9:00 Am to 3:00 PM. at 416 222-0048 or by email at info@cfstoronto.com.

SHARELIFE

Working wonders for people locally and around the world…

“You do not have to look far to see the wonders being worked by ShareLife… in the pews of your parish, in the homes on your street, in your neighbourhood. ShareLife agencies provide competent, faith-informed care to those who turn to them for help, regardless of their beliefs or background. Last year, over 381,000 services were provided to over 114,000 people in our Archdiocese in more than 20 languages, receiving the compassion, care and respect they rightly deserve. In addition, countless others were assisted through outreach programs around the world.”
—Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto.

ShareLife to date: $129,263
Thank you for your generosity
Together we can work wonders!

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

We encourage you to continue bringing non perishable foods for Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre during the summer months.

During July and August, food donations tend to drop off.

Your donations of canned foods, cereal rice and other non perishables are more important than ever as families
struggle to make ends meet.

Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – MARYGROVE CAMP

The second collection this weekend is for Marygrove Camp for Girls. Marygrove Camp is a residential camp situated on 39 acres of beautifully treed grounds and a quarter mile of Georgian Bay waterfront near Penetang, Ontario. This summer, 1,100 girls from less fortunate families will be attending camp. Please support this important work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Each and every child’s camping experience is fully subsidized through this collection. Thank you for your support! Envelopes are in the pews

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of June 25th/26th

Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses on the weekend of June 25th/26th, one week later than usual.

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: $5.00

Please note that there are no Just Coffee sales during the months of July and August.

FAITH CONNECTIONS 9TH ANNUAL MIX & MINGLE

Thursday, July 28th at 6:00 PM

15 Laxton Ave, Toronto

In solidarity with World Youth Day activities, all young adults 18-39 (student, working professional, single, married, young parent) are invited to a house party and barbecue!

Meet and hang out with other young adults! Meet Catholic Sisters, Brothers and Priests and share life experiences! Enjoy a barbecue supper, laughter and fun in a casual and relaxed atmosphere!

Please RSVP by July 15th to Faith Connections at faithconnections@csj-to.ca (so they know how much food to order).

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

St. Gabriel’s Parish
Weekend of September 23rd to 25th, 2016

A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of September 23rd to 25th, 2016. 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.

Note that this course usually fills up quickly and spaces are limited.

FINANCE CORNER

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for June 5th, 2016:
Envelopes 360 $ 6,503
Loose Change 1,734
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 165 3,034
Total 525 $ 11,271

Please inform the Parish Office if you have changed your address or are moving out of the Parish so that we may update our records.

If you have prior year’s offertory envelopes, please do not use them! Each year we go through the unused envelopes for which no donations have been received and may reassign that number to another parishioner.