bulletin – March 8

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Stations of the Cross will take place on Friday evenings during Lent, at 7:30 PM.

RECONCILIATION SERVICE

Wednesday, April 1st at 7:30 PM

This is an opportunity to spend some time in peace and quiet, to reflect upon how we are responding to our call to be sons and daughters of God. Recognizing the fact that we are “good people”, we also accept the fact that good people can sin. Through an examination of conscience we face those sins, admit them and are reconciled to God. For those who wish, individual confessions will be celebrated after the service. We encourage you to take advantage of this celebration.

SUNDAY COLLECTION: Feburary 28 – March 1, 2009

Total: $11,183

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# of Env. 134 84 184 119

Number of Envelopes Issued: 1,136
Number of Envelopes Used: 521

TUESDAY NIGHTS AND WEDNESDAY MORNINGS ARE LEARNING TIMES

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

Wednesday, March 18th at 10:30 AM
Topic: The Reformation

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

LENTEN DAY OF REFLECTION: EXPLORING GOD & ME

Lent is a great time to take a look at our relationships – especially our relationship with God. On Thursday, March 26th from 10 AM to 3 PM, we will take time to look at how, when and where the Spirit of God dwells within us (St. Paul). Lunch will be provided (suggested cost $10) so please register. Call Mary Landry at 416 221-8866.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

Date Time Intentions
March 9 9:00AM DANICA PETRANOVIC Requested by the Petranovic Family
March 10 9:00AM SHERLY BUCKLEY Requested by Victoria and Lourdes
March 11 9:00AM SEBASTIAN D’GAMA. Requested by Joseph D’Gama
March 12 9:00AM JEAN VILLENEUVE Requested by Moira and Bob Torpey
March 13 9:00AM JOSEPHINE BADALI Requested by John, Sal and Patsy
March 14 4:30PM NINA and MICHEL FOTY Requested by the Family

ST. GABRIEL’S YOUTH

The youth of St. Gabriel’s will hold a meeting in the Gabriel Room on Sunday, March 15th right after the 12:30 PM Mass.

The following will be on the agenda:
*Easter Egg Fundraising Campaign
*Musical Talent Showcase

EARTH HOUR

March 28th 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM

As you know, on March 28th, cities around the world will be celebrating Earth Hour. By the simple action of turning off the lights, Earth Hour intends to reinforce the powerful message about the need for action on global warming. Participating cities are encouraging their citizens to turn off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 PM.

As parishioners of Canada’s First Green Church, we at St. Gabriel’s will also be celebrating Earth Hour here in our church during that time. We encourage all of you to participate in this important gesture. Please see the bulletin next week for further details.

JUST COFFEE

Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.

Regular ground Coffee: $5
Decaffeinated $6
Whole Beans $5
Chocolate Bars: $4 including taxes
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $4.50
Teas: $3.25 to $4.00 by variety

CARDINAL CARTER CONCERT

On March 27th at 7:00 PM here at St. Gabriel’s Church

Cardinal Carter Choir will be performing with the Elmer Iseler Singers. More details in next week’s bulletin.

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:

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.

YOU CAN WORK WONDERS

It’s a wonder children in isolated regions receive sacramental training…

Last year, we approached the Pastoral Mission Fund with an application requesting financial help for a faith formation program. at Govindapuram mission parish (India). On the concluding day, the Holy Eucharist was celebrated by our bishop. He administered the sacrament of Confirmation on 64 children. It was a memorable day for our people, especially the children. This was all possible because of your generous contribution.
Thank you.

Fr. Kanmury Niranjan,
St. Mary’s Church, Govindapuram

ShareLife Sunday – March 29th , 2009

With your help, we can work wonders!

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER

Upcoming Weekend Date: April 17 -19, 2009

Married Couples: You deserve a weekend to celebrate being together; to rediscover each other and to focus on ways to make your relationship even better. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend offers this opportunity. Consider giving each other or another couple that you know the gift of a weekend away from daily pressures; time to be with each other and with God on a Marriage Encounter Weekend.

For Further information or registration, please contact Cora and Mike Bryce at 905-896-2958 or by email at cora-mikebryce@sympatico.ca

NORTH YORK RETIRED MEN’S CLUB

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 2:00 PM, Blessed Trinity Hall
Guest speaker, Len Walker, will talk on “The Origin of the Universe”.
Prospective members are cordially invited to attend.

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Day of Recollection: With Bishop Richard Grecco

Monday, March 16, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Blessed Trinity Parish.
Tickets: $16 (includes lunch)
Call Camilla at 905 763-7670 or Joyce 416 221-2471.