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LENTEN REFLECTION

CRITICAL CHOICES – PASSION RESPONSES THEN AND NOW

Monday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 5, 7:30 – 8:30PM

Christ’s Passion can help us to grapple with and respond to the challenges of climate change. The difficult journey of his ministry reached a critical decision when he had to accept or reject a passion that he did not particularly want (Matt. 26: 37-39). A compelling urgency and necessity demanded that a choice be made so that salvation might eventually follow. The model of Christ’s action and the values that informed his decision can guide and inspire our response to the increasingly serious consequences of climate change. Join us for two evenings of reflection and prayer on March 3rd and 5th at 7:30 PM, guided by Dennis O’Hara.

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 6or 8, or to have your name added to a table.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

Date Time Intentions
March 4 9:00AM HOLLY DURANT Requested by Don Paolini
March 6 9:00AM ANNA LI Requested by the Sin Family
March 7 9:00AM IRENE BRADLEY Requested by Vernon & Marie Swant
March 8 4:30PM EDGAR PATENAUDE Requested by Alica

TUESDAY NIGHTS AND WEDNESDAY MORNINGS ARE LEARNING TIMES

Tuesday evening, March 4 at 7:30 PM
Topic: Catholics in Nazi Germany

Wednesday morning, March 12 at 10:30 AM
Topic: St. Paul – Pastor and Theologian

LENTEN SERIES

Thursday, March 6, 13 at 7:30 PM

Join us on Thursday evenings as we watch and discuss a video series entitled “THE MYSTERY OF FAITH” presented by Father Michael Himes, a teacher at Boston College. If you are interested in attending, it would be helpful for set-up if you would phone and leave a message with Mary Landry at 416-221-8866, Ext. 224.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

Friday, March 7th at 2:00 PM at St. Gabriel’s Church

The World Day of Prayer is an ecumenical service at which seven other local churches will participate with us. We need some volunteers to help us both before and during the service. We will be making crosses using palms (100 of them!) to hand out at the service. We also need a few greeters and four others to take up the collection which goes to various religious and social justice organizations. Please join us as we welcome our neighbouring Christian parishes.

SUNDAY COLLECTION: February 23/24, 2008

Total: $8,694.80

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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

OUR PLACE COMMUNITY OF HOPE

Our Place Community of Hope Centre has a client base of 400 individuals ranging in age from late 20s to 70s who are referred by a priest, social worker, case manager, occupational therapist, psychiatrist, or doctor. It is a supportive community and does not provide formal counseling. Services include: group activities, visitation and community building. There is an active membership of 250 who visit the centre at least once a week. Each day there are between 35 to 100 members who visit the centre for support. The hours of the centre include evenings and provide opportunities for individuals with mental health issues to experience socialization and community without charge.

Because You Give … you help ShareLife to make a difference each day!

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

AN EVENING FOR THOSE WHO PREPARE CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Wednesday, March 12, at 6:00 PM

There will be a Pot Luck Supper for all who cook casseroles or serve at the Good Shepherd Centre. Those interested in becoming volunteers are welcome to attend. The Pot Luck supper will be on Wednesday, March 12 at 6:00 PM. All attending are requested to bring a hot dish, salad or dessert to serve six people. A speaker from the Good Shepherd Centre will make a presentation on their activities and answer questions. If we have not contacted you, please call one of the following: Lily D’Gama at 416 733-3949, Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791, Fatima Lee at 416 221-8866, Ext. 228 or Neil Ahlberg at
416 223-9385.

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 53 casseroles for the Good Shepherd Centre for February. For March, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of March 29/30. More volunteers are encouraged to become active in helping to feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. If you require more information or would like a copy of the recipe and a pan, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416 – 221- 2791

BLESSED TRINITY C.W.L. – DAY OF REFLECTION

Tuesday, March 11, 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Come and enjoy a day of prayer and reflection with rev. Fr Allan MacDonald, Chaplain of York University. Tickets are $15.00. There will be a catered lunch. For tickets, call Ilene Kennedy at 416-221-2786 or Velma Letterio at 416-226-0590. All are welcome.