This week in the bulletin: The Wisdom of Thomas Berry, Kindergarten registration at St. Gabriel School, and what canon law is all about.
Thank you, good people, for your very generous response to the needs of the people of Haiti. Your support, both through ShareLife and the Passionist Missions, has been tremendous!
THE WISDOM OF THOMAS BERRY
A Short Course Given by Fr. Steve Dunn
Four Consecutive Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:00 PM
Beginning February 18, 2010.
Good news! Father Steve Dunn, longtime collaborator with Thomas Berry, has kindly offered to give a short course on The Wisdom of Thomas Berry here at St Gabriel’s.
In l989, Time Magazine described Thomas Berry as “the most provocative figure among the new breed of eco-theologians”. His work has inspired many in the ecological movement.
The short course, in seminar style, with the help of videos, will be targeted towards beginners, who wish to arrive at a basic understanding of the thought of Thomas Berry. It will explore its key elements, giving guidance for what Berry terms the Ecozoic Era, including Christian cosmology, ethical living in cooperation with the dynamics of the earth and the new relationship between religion and science.
The course will run for four consecutive Thursdays, from 7:30 pm to 9 pm, beginning February 18, 2010. Suggested donation: $10 per session or whatever your means allow.
To register, please contact Fatima Lee, (416) 221-8866 ext 228, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
ST.GABRIEL SCHOOL JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
Registration for Kindergarten in all Catholic elementary schools began on January 4th. Children, who will turn four by December 31st, are eligible to begin Junior Kindergarten in September 2010. Documents required for registration are:
- Baptismal Certificate
- Birth certificate
- Immunization records
- Landed Immigrant Status (if not born in Canada)
- Child’s Health Card Number and other relevant telephone numbers
Please call to book an appointment at 416-393-5256 and speak to Mrs. Sallese.
AN INVITATION TO LEARN!
What’s” Canon Law” all about?
Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:30 PM.
Wednesday, February 3rd at 10:30 AM.
GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE
To the St. Gabriel’s Parish Community, Good Shepherd Ministries would like to take this opportunity to thank you for generously giving to their 2009 Christmas Food Drive. In 2009, the meal program served over 400,000 meals and snacks. This growing number of people in Toronto could not be fed without the support of your community. Alone we cannot provide a solution to hunger and homelessness but together we can make a difference.
WE HAVE MAIL!
Father Peter McKenna, SCJ of BECOMING NEIGHBOURS wrote to express his gratitude to the parish community of St Gabriel’s: “This week seven car loads of clothing, books and household items from St. Gabriel’s Parish arrived at our office! Thank you for making a hope-filled difference in the lives of some recently arrived immigrants and refugees to Toronto.”
February 1st to February 6th 2010
TUESDAY – PHILLIS BURRELL Requested by Pam & Pat Burrell
WEDNESDAY – MARY HIGGINS Requested by Family
THURSDAY – MIRO FIDELE Requested by Laura Fidele
FRIDAY – GUS CALDERONE Requested by Marie Calderone
SATURDAY – BASILISA PENAS Requested by Mimi Garrido
PRAYER SERVICE FOR VICTIMS OF THE HAITIAN EARTHQUAKE
St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street
Monday, February 1, 2010 at 7:30 PM
All are welcome to participate in a special prayer service for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. This service will take place at St. Paul’s Basilica on Monday, February 1st at 7:30 PM. Representatives from faith communities throughout the GTA including Archbishop Thomas Collins will join together in prayer as we remember all those impacted by the January 12th earthquake.
The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
- Andrea Garcia
- Philip John Lelko
- Nathan Jun-Chi Mong
- Allison Katelyn O’Hara
These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, January 17th. Congratulations!
ECO – SABBATH
Sunday, February 7th at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room
On the first Sunday of each month, the Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality facilitates a 30 minute reflection and discussion prompted by the readings for that Sunday’s liturgy. All are welcome.
Friday, February 5th from 9:30 AM – 12 Noon
Sunday, February 7th at the 12:30 PM Mass.
English: Saturday, February 6th at 3:15 PM in the Library
Chinese: Sunday, February 7th at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room.
January 24th, 2010: $9,398
Number of Envelopes Used: 466
Tax receipts for donations made in 2009 will be mailed to you in February. If you have changed your address or are moving out of the Parish, please notify the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2010
The 2009 Offertory Boxed Envelopes are available in the Office hallway. It is important that you throw away all envelopes from previous years as your number might have been assigned to another family. Please enter your full name and address on the first few envelopes so that we may allocate donations correctly for income tax purposes.
If you do not have envelopes but would like a box for 2010, please contact the office at 416-221-8866.
PRE- AUTHORIZED GIVING
If you are on the Pre- Authorized Giving Plan, you will still receive a box of envelopes since these include Initial, New Year’s, Christmas, Easter and Maintenance envelopes..
NEW BEGINNINGS MINI RENEWAL PRESENTATIONS
For Widowed, Separated and Divorced Persons
St. Bonaventure’s Church (St Francis Room)
1300 Leslie Street, Toronto
February 9th – Dealing with Loneliness in a Couples’ World
Mr. John Dubeau & Ms. Stephanie Ozorio
March 2 – The Power of Forgiveness
Rev. Fr. Paul Cusack, C.P.
April 13th – “Let’s Talk About Divorce”: Helping Children Cope
Ms. Liisa Kuuter, M.Sc., MFT
For more information, please contact New Beginnings at 416-921-1163, Ext. 2246.
A WOMEN’S LENTEN RETREAT WEEKEND
February 12-14, 2010.
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga
A Women’s Lenten Retreat Weekend is being offered at the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre February 12th to 14th. The centre team will preach this retreat. Come join us to rest, renew, pray and grow in your personal relationship with Jesus. Please call 905-278-5229 to make a reservation or for more information.
VOICES IN CHRIST CHOIR
Saturday, April 25th at the 12:30 Mass
St. Gabriel’s Church
St Gabriel’s Parish will be hosting Msgr. Vincent Harcourt Blackett and the Voices in Christ Choir from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Barbados on Sunday April 25th at the 12:30 Mass.
Please call Vince Maraj at (416) 388-4252 or e-mail him at email@example.com for more information. You may also contact Hilly Tan through the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.
“Is there more to life than this?” Faith Connections, Alpha Canada and the downtown Christian ministries invite you to find out at Alpha in the Pub for young professionals (ages 21-39) Complimentary pub grub; cash bar.
Tuesdays from February 16th to April 27th at 5:30 PM.
Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub, 181 University Avenue)
For more information call Alana at 416-689-2489 or visit www.alphainthepub.com
THE GREEN CORNER
Our difficulty is that we have become autistic. We no longer listen to what the Earth, its landscape, its atmospheric phenomena and all its living forms, its mountains and valleys, the rain, the wind, and all the flora and fauna of the planet are telling us.