bulletin – June 21

ANNOUNCED MASSES

Date Time Intentions
June 22 9:00AM SANDY SMITH Requested by Isabelle Quirion
June 23 9:00AM DAVID TING Requested by Denise Cheung
June 24 9:00AM MARGARET HARBER Requested by the Harber Family
June 25 9:00AM DAVID SHELDRICK Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
June 26 9:00AM KENG OW-YONG Requested by Helen Ow-Yong
June 27 4:30PM VED MEHARCHAND Requested by Therese Meharchand

SUNDAY COLLECTION: June 14th, 2009

Total: $9957

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Total $2352 $2926 $2779 $1900
# of Env. 122 124 154 81

Number of Envelopes Used: 481

ST. GABRIEL’S INTRODUCES THE “PRE-AUTHORIZED GIVING” OPTION

Our parish has decided to participate in the “Pre-Authorized Giving” plan that allows parishioners to make their regular offertory donations by automatic monthly bank withdrawal. This system is widely used in the Archdiocese of Toronto and is a safe and convenient method of giving for those interested. Please read the brochure included with today’s bulletin and complete the authorization form if you would like to participate. Forms, in a sealed envelope, may be placed in the collection basket or dropped off at the Parish Office.

SHARELIFE

Thank you for your very generous support of this year’s ShareLife Campaign. Our goal for this year is $175,000. To date we have collected $165,206.51. So we are almost there!

With your help we can reach our goal.

CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF FATHER PAUL’S ORDINATION

On June 19th, 2009, Father Paul will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination. We are so fortunate in having Father Paul with us for most of those years. His love and service have touched so many of our lives.

On Sunday, June 21st from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM in the Gathering Space the parish will come together in thanksgiving and celebration of this important occasion. So mark your calendars and join us on that day!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to those children from St. Gabriel’s School who received their First Communion as a group on Sunday, June 14th.

It was a beautiful celebration. We promise to support them with our prayers as they continue on their journey of faith.

ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT

Our journey of life and journey of faith are meant to converge at an early age. For many of us, however, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but remain at a childish level of understanding our faith. The following information is for those who wish to keep growing, to be able to enjoy the Good news of God’s love for us as members of God’s Church.

Monday Nights are R.C.I.A. Nights

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) meetings begin on Monday, September 21st, 2009 at 8:00 PM. These evenings are for persons interested in learning about the Catholic Faith. Because the Parish Community itself is considered the official teacher and guide for potential new members, it is important that some parishioners participate by being present and by sharing their Faith in various ways. It is also an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of the faith. Adult Catholics who wish to celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist and/or Confirmation are welcome. For more information, please call Mary Landry at 416 – 221 – 8866.

ARE YOU MOVING?

Have you moved into the Parish recently? Have you changed your mailing address?

Please contact the Parish office at 416-221-8866 so that we may update our records. Thank you.

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM REGISTRATION

Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program for next year are now available in the Parish Office. Please note that all registrations must be returned by June 30th. Volunteers from the Parish to teach or to assist the teachers are always welcome. Please contact Lynette Fernandes at lynettefern@yahoo.com if interested.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS, CLOTHING

Volunteers

For many years, volunteers from St. Gabriel’s have served one of the daily meals provided to the homeless and disadvantaged that the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd offer as one of the services at the Good Shepherd Centre on Queen Street East in Toronto.

The kitchen and serving areas of the centre were recently renovated and when the meal service restarted, the serving times were changed. This change means that St. Gabriel’s will need more volunteers to continue to provide our contribution to this continuing and growing service.

St. Gabriel’s will now serve on the second Monday of the month from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. If you are interested in being a part of this volunteer service, please contact Lily D’Gama at 416-733-3949 for more details.

Clothing

The Centre also urgently needs groups of 4 to 20 individuals to make beds, weekdays only between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM until June 20th.

The Centre is in need of the following items:

  • men’s new or gently used clothing
  • men’s belts and shoes
  • men’s underwear and socks

For more information, please contact Rebecca Ferguson at 416-869- 3699, Ext. 262.

CHURCH BULLETIN ADVERTISING

Liturgical Publications will be setting up advertisements for our church bulletin beginning July 3rd, 2009. The advertisements make our bulletin possible. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call Liturgical Publications at 905-624-4422.

DEAD SEA SCROLLS AT THE ROM

The Dead Sea Scrolls are widely considered among the greatest archaeological finds of the past century. They include the earliest written sources for the Hebrew Bible (Christian Old Testament) as well as other less well known writings.

The ROM would like to invite you and your family to visit the ROM and the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at special discount rates. Purchase your tickets online and save up to 30 % off regular rates. Visit www.rom.on.ca/scrolls and order tickets using the promo code CATHOLIC.

COLLECTION FOR ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES IN NORTHERN ONTARIO

The synagogues of the Bayview Corridor, together with “Between Friends” are collecting some badly needed items for fourteen Aboriginal communities in Northern Ontario.

Most requested items are:

  • Clothing
  • Books – for children, teens and adults
  • (not text books, damaged or written in)

  • Skates, hockey sticks, toys, puzzles and games
  • Linens – towels, dish towels, sheets, pillow cases, blankets
  • All items should be in good condition.

Donations can be dropped off at “Kids Come First” Daycare, 40 Westminster Drive, Thornhill (Steeles between Bathurst and Dufferin) between 7:30 AM and 2:00 PM, Monday to Friday.

If you have any questions, please contact Fatima Lee at 416-221-8866.

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is looking for a boy’s bicycle (for age 10 to 12). If anyone has one in good condition which they no longer need, we have a refugee family that would be really grateful. Please call 416-222- 6110.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul continues to be extremely grateful for the generosity of St. Gabriel’s parishioners in helping those in need, especially as that need is growing in the current economic climate. We have noticed that, from time to time, we receive quite substantial cash gifts from unidentified donors and would like to remind donors that the Society issues tax deductible receipts for amounts of $20 or more per annum. However, to do so, we need to know the donor’s name and address and therefore recommend either using and completing the details on one of the St. Vincent de Paul envelopes to be found on the tables near the entrance to the church or writing out a cheque, which invariably has the necessary information on it.

BLESSED TRINITY C.W.L. MARATHON BRIDGE 2009 – 2010

Blessed Trinity C.W.L. is organizing an afternoon and evening bridge. If you wish to join and make new friends, please call Maureen Cullen at 416- 222-8755 before July 31st, 2009. Thank you.