bulletin – February 22

ASH WEDNESDAY

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.

SUNDAY COLLECTION: Feburary 14-15, 2009

Total: $10,037

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Total $2,496 $1,748 $3,182 $2,611
# of Env. 125 93 160 106

Number of Envelopes Issued: 1,136
Number of Envelopes Used: 484

DAILY MASS

Beginning March 1st, Mass will be celebrated daily, Monday to Friday, at 9:00 AM.

FEAST OF ST. GABRIEL

FEBRUARY 27, 2009

St. Gabriel was a member of the Passionist Community. He was born Frances Possenti on March 1, 1838 in Assisi, and died February 27, 1862 at the age of 24. He had a special devotion to Mary and chose as his religious name Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin. He is remembered for his enthusiasm in life and his extraordinary generosity. Pope John XXIII proclaimed him as a special Patron of Youth.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

Date Time Intentions
February 24 9:00AM OLGA RICCI Requested by Stephen Previdsa
February 26 9:00AM MADELAINE LAM Requested by John Chan & Family
February 27 9:00AM NIKOLA PETRANOVIC Requested by the Petranovic Family
February 28 4:30PM MARIA ROSARIO & LESLIE PEREIRA Requested by Donald Pereira

JUST A REMINDER…

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.

WELCOME!
BAPTISM

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome Ciaran Ross McMahon Ferguson who received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, February 15th. Congratulations!

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.

TUESDAY NIGHTS AND WEDNESDAY MORNINGS ARE LEARNING TIMES

Wednesday, March 4th at 10:30 AM
Topic: The Reformation

Tuesday, March 10th at 7:30 PM
Topic: How the Bible Was Written

In case of inclement weather, please call Mary Landry at 416-293-3760.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

Friday, March 6th at 2:00PM
Trinity Presbyterian Church
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.

SCARBORO MISSIONS OVERNIGHT RETREAT

Have you ever felt curious about what it means to be a missionary priest or lay missioner? Has this question ever crossed your mind? If so, come and explore further by joining us for an overnight retreat, “Call to Mission”. This retreat will take place on Friday, evening at 7:00 PM to Saturday evening after dinner (5:00 PM), March 20th -21st, at Scarboro Missions, 2685 Kingston Road, Scarborough.

Come, pray and reflect on the challenges of today’s missionaries and listen to our Scarboro priests and lay missioners as they share their stories.
Walk with us…. it may change your life forever!

To register, please contact us at 416-261-7135 or lmo@scarboromissions.ca

NORTH YORK RETIRED MEN’S CLUB

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM
Blessed Trinity Parish Hall

Guest speaker, Barbara Dempster of Remax, will speak about the Real Estate Options for seniors…” To move or not to move”. Prospective members are cordially invited to attend.