February 25th is Ash Wednesday. Special Masses will be celebrated at 12:00 Noon and 7:30 PM with the distribution of ashes. During Lent, we encourage your attendance at our daily weekday Masses at 9:00 AM.
DAYS OF FAST AND ABSTINENCE
During Lent there are two days of Fast and Abstinence, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Abstinence means to abstain from eating meat. Fasting means that your two smaller meals combined should not be larger than your main meal. There is no eating between meals. This applies to healthy people between the ages of 16 and 75.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Stations of the Cross will take place on Friday evenings during Lent, beginning Friday, February 27th at 7:30 PM.
|February 17||9:00AM||THANKSGIVING Requested by John Chan & Family|
|February 19||9:00AM||THANKSGIVING Requested by the Burke Family|
|February 20||9:00AM||ARMANDO & WALTER DINARDO Requested by the Family|
|February 21||4:30PM||JOSEPHINE BADAME Requested by the Family|
SUNDAY COLLECTION: Feburary 1, 2009
|# of Env.||132||109||168||120|
Number of Envelopes Issued: 1,136
Number of Envelopes Used: 529
Beginning March 1st, Mass will be celebrated daily, Monday to Friday, at 9:00 AM.
JUST A REMINDER…
Monday, February 16th is Family Day. The Parish Office will be closed.
If you have changed your address, please notify the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 so that we may keep our parish records up to date.
Tax receipts for donations made in 2008 will be mailed to you by the end of February.
TUESDAY NIGHTS AND WEDNESDAY MORNINGS ARE LEARNING TIMES
Wednesday, February 18th at 10:30 AM
Topic: The Reformation
Tuesday, February 24th at 7:30 PM
Topic: How the Bible Was Written
In case of inclement weather, please call Mary Landry at 416-293-3760.
CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE
Your prepared chicken rice casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at all the Masses next weekend, February 21st and 22nd for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. More volunteers are encouraged to pick up a copy of the casserole recipe and a pan. Why not give it a try? For more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.
THANK YOU FROM ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
The St. Vincent de Paul Society wishes to thank the kind people who offered temporary accommodation to a family in need. Thank you also to all those who gave donations of children’s warm winter clothing. Your assistance is very much appreciated.
WALKING GOD’S PATH SERIES
CHRISTIAN JEWISH DIALOGUE
The Christian Jewish Dialogue of Toronto is again sponsoring the Walking in God’s Path Series this year. The series seeks to stimulate real conversation between Jewish and Christian congregations. As in last year, St. Gabriel’s will be one of the participating institutions. The themes to be explored this year are:
What is the Biblical Concept of Justice?
February 11th at 7:30 PM.
St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish Church
February 18th, at 7:30 PM
Adath Israel Congregation
37 Southbourne (Bathurst & Wilson)
This series will include the participation of Newtonbrook United Church.
How Jews and Christians Perceive Jesus
March 4th at 7:30 PM
St. Phillip the Apostle Anglican Church
201 Caribou Road (Bathurst & Lawrence)
March 11th at 7:30 PM
Beth Tzedec Congregation
1700 Bathurst Street (south of Eglinton)
Closing Event: Where are We Going and How Do We Get There
March 18th at 7:30 PM
Beth Tzedec Congregation
The closing program will feature a panel discussion between Fr. Paul McGill, retired Anglican Archbishop, Terrence Finlay and Rabbi Erwin Schild, to be moderated by Mr. Frank Faulke, producer of the CBC Series, Tapestry. These meetings will allow us to further explore the Jewish roots of our Christian faith. It will also offer a good opportunity, for those interested, to meet some of our Jewish friends and to visit different synagogues.
As a partner institution, St. Gabriel’s will be hosting the first meeting of the series. The focus, very appropriately for our parish, will be on ecological justice. The discussion will be lead by Father Paul, our pastor.
For further information on this series of events, please contact Fatima Lee at 416-221-8866.
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION!!!
A very special thank you to all the wonderful people who volunteered their time and talent to help make this year’s celebration such a success. A special thank you also goes out to all those who came to share and support this wonderful gathering, helping to make it so memorable.
YOUTH DAY OF RECOLLECTION
There will be a Youth Day of Recollection on Saturday, February 21 at St Gabriel’s Church from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. All youth of the Parish, aged 14 to 25 are welcome.
We are invited to attend a special program at Jaffari Islamic Centre, 7340 Bayview Avenue (north of Steeles) on Sunday Feb. 22nd from 2-4 PM in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam al-Husayn, (grandson of the prophet Muhammad, in 680 AD). This is a special day of mourning and observance for Muslims. The speaker is Imam Muhammmad Rizvi. There will be a question and answer period afterwards and refreshments will be served. To respect the tradition and customs of the mosque, please be aware that everyone will be required to remove their shoes on entering the mosque and that women should cover their hair. For more information see the notice on the bulletin boards or call Nora at 416 218-0680. RSVP to Nora by Feb. 15th.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Friday, March 6th at 2:00PM at Trinity Presbyterian
2737 Bayview Avenue (just south of the 401)
The World Day of Prayer is an ecumenical service which takes place throughout the world in Christian Churches. This year’s celebration will be hosted by Trinity Presbyterian Church. Please join us.
Today’s Gospel says that “Jesus was moved with pity when he saw a leper.” Are you moved with love and compassion when you see the outcasts of today’s society? Today, Jesus continues to call forward men and women to minister as he did. If you think God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Liborio at 416-968-0997.