Covenant House is the country’s largest emergency shelter for street kids. With your support of ShareLife, 2224 young people were reached through Covenant House in 2007, providing food, clothing, counseling and recreation programs.
With your support, 22 people graduated from the long-term housing program at Covenant house, with 4 moving on to University and 18 moving into independent or supportive housing. For more information about the 34 Agencies funded by ShareLife visit our website at www.sharelife.org
2007 ShareLife Total: $164,652.60
2008 ShareLife to Date: $128,633.00
|May 20||9:00AM||REINE ELIZABETH Requested by Fernand & Susan Elizabeth|
|May 22||9:00AM||DANICA PETRANOVIC Requested by the Petranovic Family|
|May 23||9:00AM||THOMAS DONAGHY Requested by the St Vincent de Paul Society of St. Edward’s Church|
|May 24||4:30PM||FU-SAI WEN Requested by Mary To|
TUESDAY NIGHTS AND WEDNESDAY MORNINGS ARE LEARNING TIMES
Tuesday evening, May 20 at 7:30 PM
Topic: Catholics in Nazi Germany
Wednesday morning, May 21 at 10:30 AM
Topic: St. Paul – Pastor and Theologian
On Monday, May 19, the Parish Office will be closed for Victoria Day.
FROM THE DESK OF FATHER PAUL
This coming week, Fr. Bernard, Fr. Steve and I will be in Hartford Conn. attending a very important meeting of the Passionist Community. Like every religious community, the Passionists are faced with aging members and aging buildings and must make decisions as regards both. Please pray for the Passionists as they meet this coming week.
COLLECTION FOR PAPAL CHARITIES
Thank you for your generosity to the Collection for the Pope’s Pastoral Works. $2,474.74 has been collected
and will be used wherever the Pope feels it is most needed.
SUNDAY COLLECTION: May 10/11, 2008
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DOORS OPEN TORONTO
St Gabriel’s Parish will again be taking part in this year’s Doors Open Toronto on Sunday, May 25th from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. For more information, please call the Parish Office.
CATHOLIC FAMILIES GOLF CLASSIC
HELPING FAMILIES IN TORONTO
Our new activities kick off on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 with a day of golf for all parishioners at the glorious Glen Eagle Golf Club. Individual players as well as foursomes are welcome and we have a great mix of both men and women players. The event is open to both casual and competitive golfers and is followed by a magnificent Dinner and Awards Banquet.
Catholic Family Services are looking for volunteers to help with fundraising events and to serve on the Board of Directors. For more information, please contact Mark Evans at Catholic Family Services by phone at 416-921-1163 or by email at email@example.com.
CYCLONE NARGIS RELIEF – MYANMAR, BURMA
As news reports continue to filter out of Myanmar (Burma) following the devastation of Cyclone Nargis on May 3, more than 20,000 people are already confirmed dead. More than 40,000 more are reported missing and as many as 1 million people have been left homeless, according to the World Food Program.
The ShareLife office will be accepting donations to support humanitarian relief efforts underway in Myanmar, assisting in the provision of food, shelter, clean water, and medical assistance. The Catholic Church’s official relief body, Caritas Internationalis, is coordinating the efforts for its 162 national members, working with staff in the region. As has been the case in the past, contributions will be channelled through the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development & Peace, the Caritas representative organization in Canada.
Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:
- Online through ShareLife’s website: www.sharelife.org
- By phone through the ShareLife office – 1-800-263-2595 or 416-934-3411
- Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
ShareLife – Name of Parish – Cyclone Nargis Relief
We offer our prayers for the thousands of families affected by this natural disaster. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to serve the poor and marginalized both here at home and around the world.
Be assured that ShareLife does not apply any administrative fees to humanitarian relief contributions, ensuring as much money as possible is directed toward assistance of those in crisis.
Mr. John McGrath
RAFFLE FOR KENYA
Two of our young parishioners, high school students Robin Ivory and Colleen Shea, will be traveling to Kenya this summer as part of a volunteer group organized by the Toronto Catholic District School Board in conjunction with Free the Children. They will be helping to build and supply a school in a remote tribal area, and are selling raffle tickets for a variety of great prizes to help offset the cost of materials. Robin and Colleen and their families have been active parishioners of St. Gabriel’s for many years, and we encourage you to support their efforts.
Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25 and will be available after all the Masses May 24/25 and May31/June 1.
CASSEROLES – GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE
Your prepared chicken rice casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses next weekend 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.
INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS COLLECTION
Every four years, Catholic faithful from around the world are invited to gather together to reflect on and celebrate the great mystery of the Eucharist during the International Eucharistic Congress. From June 15-22, 2008, it is expected that between 12,000 to 15,000 bishops, priests, deacons, religious and lay people will gather in Quebec City to come to a deeper appreciation of “the eucharist, gift of God for the life of the world,” the theme of this 49th Congress. There will be a special collection for this Congress on May 24/25. Envelopes are in the pews.
BUTTERFLY 5K WALK AND RUN
LIVERight and join our local community Butterfly 5K Run/Walk in the East Don River Park in memory of Olivia Barron. Join the fun and help raise awareness and funds for children’s liver disease research on Sunday, June 8. Register at www.runningroom.com. If you would like to contact us or pledge Olivia’s brother, please call 416 – 490 – 0134 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUNDLE UP WEEKEND
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be collecting gently used clothing and household linens for those in need on the weekend of June 14Th and 15Th. There is a particular need for textiles and footwear. A St. Vincent de Paul truck will be parked on the upper parking lot opposite the garden. Volunteers will assist with loading before and after each of the Masses on Saturday and Sunday.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul operates Marygrove camp for disadvantaged girls ages 5 to 13. Over 1,100 children attend camp each summer. There will be a second collection for Marygrove Camp on June 15/16.
IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH!
Fred Speed, a long-time parishioner, is offering to teach English to small groups of new immigrant women. The groups will be between four and six persons. It is anticipated that classes, with an initial focus on conversational English, will be offered one afternoon a week here at the parish. They will be targeted to immigrants with a beginner level of English. Details about the classes may be found on the bulletin boards.
Those interested, please contact Fatima Lee at (416) 221 – 8866, Ext. 228 for further information and/or to register.