bulletin – March 16

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. While remembering the passion of Jesus, we also prayerfully reflect on the passion of Christ as it is experienced in the sufferings of our brothers and sisters today. Please try to join us at least once during this Lenten season.

During Lent we encourage your attendance at our weekday Masses on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at 9:00 AM.

REMEMBRANCE MEAL OF THE PASSOVER

Wednesday, March 19 at 7:00 PM in the Gabriel Room

This annual parish event is again being sponsored by the Pastoral team. Passover is the oldest festival of the Hebrew liturgical calendar. It has been observed by Jewish people for more than 3,000 years. Passover is a religious family meal celebrating Jewish freedom from slavery. It occurs in the spring, the time of renewal in “Nissan”, the first month of the Hebrew year, and it lasts for eight days. Why do we celebrate this “meal” at St. Gabriel’s? First, this celebration helps us to understand our religious roots, which are Jewish. Second, it is an opportunity for us to celebrate our growth as a community, and be together with families and friends at this most special time during Holy Week. Please call the Parish Office at 416 – 221 – 8866 by Friday, March 14 to book your table of 6 or 8, or to have your name added to a table.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

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Date Time Intentions
March 18 9:00AM OLIVIA BARRON Requested by the Barron Family
March 13 9:00AM JOSEPHINE BADALI Requested by John, Sal & Patsy
March 14 9:00AM PABLO DYSANGCO SR. Requested by Maria Lourdes Luz
March 15 4:30PM MICHEL & NINA FOTY Requested by the Foty Family

SUNDAY COLLECTION: March 8/9, 2008

Total: $5,207.92

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Easter Schedule

Palm Sunday March 16 Masses 4:30 PM, 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Holy Thursday March 20 No 9:00 AM Mass, 7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by Adoration until 10:00PM
Good Friday March 21 10:00 AM Morning Prayer, 3:00 PM Solemn Passion of Our Lord, 7:30 PM Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday March 22 Confessions 11:00 AM to 12 Noon, No 4:30 PM Mass, 8:00 PM Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday March 23 Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Easter Monday March 24 Office Closed

Extra Parking at Elkhorn Public School

TUESDAY NIGHTS AND WEDNESDAY MORNINGS ARE LEARNING TIMES

Tuesday evening, March 25 at 7:30 PM
Topic: Catholics in Nazi Germany

Wednesday morning, March 26 at 10:30 AM
Topic: St. Paul – Pastor and Theologian

WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR LENT?

Do you feel like Lent is passing you by? Take the time to pause, reflect and give back in thanksgiving during the final days between Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday. Enter into the spirit of this sacrificial season by taking time to think about the Lord’s presence in your life and how you can give back to Him.

200,000 people in need are waiting for a light to shine in their lives. Will you share your gifts?

Together, let’s ShareLife!

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF – KENYA

ShareLife is now receiving funds for our relief partners at the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace as they respond to the crisis in Kenya. If parishioners wish to contribute to the relief effort, they can do so here at St. Gabriel’s or on the ShareLife website, www.sharelife.org

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Good Shepherd Centre, a multi-service charitable agency providing services to homeless and disadvantaged individuals, needs your help!

Good Shepherd Centre is in need of the following items:

  • ground coffee, instant coffee and tea
  • men’s new or gently used clothing
  • razors and deodorant
  • condiments – ketchup & mustard
  • canned vegetables and soup

Volunteer Opportunity
Thursday morning (6:30 – 7:30 AM)
Kitchen volunteer to help set up and serve breakfast
For more information, please contact Kanwaljeet Biln at 416-869-3619, Ext. 262. Good Shepherd Centre is located at 412 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario. M5A 1T3 Phone: 416-869-3619 Fax: 416-869-0510

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Your prepared chicken rice casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on March 29/30, the weekend following Easter, for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. More volunteers are encouraged to get a copy of the casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try. For more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

EARTH HOUR

As you know, on March 29, cities around the world will be celebrating Earth Hour. By the
simple action of turning off the lights, Earth Hour intends to reinforce the powerful message
about the need for action on global warming. Participating cities are encouraging their citizens
to turn off their lights from 8:00 to 9:00 PM.

As parishioners of Canada’s First Green Church, we at St Gabriel’s will also be celebrating Earth Hour here in our Church during that time. We encourage all of you to participate in this important gesture. More about the event next week.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

Many, many thanks to all of you who helped prepare for the World Day of Prayer. Thanks, also, to those who participated in the service last Friday. It was a prayerful, enjoyable event.
Mary Landry

CHING MING REMEMBRANCE MASS

The 2008 Ching Ming Remembrance Mass will be held in the Holy Family Mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery in Thornhill on April 5, 2008 at 2:00 PM. The Mass, which is held in Chinese, is organized by Catholic Cemeteries – Archdiocese of Toronto with the support of the four Chinese parishes. For further details, please see the poster in the foyer.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER

Married couples: You deserve a weekend to celebrate being together; to rediscover each other and focus on ways to make your relationship even better. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend offers this opportunity. Consider giving each other or another couple that you know the gift of a weekend away from daily pressures; time to be with each other and with God on a Marriage Encounter Weekend.

Upcoming Weekend date: April 4 – 6, 2008
For further information, please contact David & Lucy Adams
at 905-470-9590 or email: adams@rogers.com