In this week’s bulletin, fair-trade coffee and chocolate after next week’s masses, a mini-conference on climate change as a moral issue, and an exploration of Jewish Ethics.
Thank you one and all who made our Holy week and Easter such a beautiful and uplifting time; those in the Music Ministry, our Lectors and Altar servers, our Ministers of the Eucharist, our Ministers of Hospitality, those responsible for decorating the Church and the members of our Pastoral Team.
To you, the good people of the parish, your attendance and participation in the ceremonies helped to make this a truly Holy Week and Easter.
AN INVITATION TO LEARN!
Tuesday, April 20th at 7:30 PM.
Wednesday, April 21st at 10:30 AM.
A brief workshop is to be held on Saturday, May 1st from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Library. Guided by the wisdom of St. Teresa of Avila and others, this is an invitation to learn about transforming ourselves into more consciously aware, authentic persons of faith. Tina Gabriel, a parishioner and a professional facilitator in this area will guide us in this exploration in developing our potential. For more information or to register, call Mary Landry at 416-221-8866, Ext. 24.
April 12th to April 17th 2010
MONDAY – JUANITA SHANAHAN Requested by Fran, Ernie & Family
TUESDAY – EVELYN MARKLE Requested by the Markle Family
WEDNESDAY – WALTER & ARMANDO DINARDO Requested by the Dinardo Family
THURSDAY – VITO STEFANO VIRGILIO Requested by the Virgilio Family
FRIDAY – MARIA ROSARIA PALLOTTA Requested by the Rotundo Family
SATURDAY – MIKKO ACOSTA Requested by Mimi
At the Easter Vigil, the following children received the Sacraments of Baptism and the Holy Eucharist for the first time:
- Heh Ree Lee,
- Jennifer Lee,
- Jaylin McFarlane Dewsbury,
- Sabrina Nguyen,
- Alina Perry, and
- Nicholas Perry
The following adults received the Sacrament of Baptism:
- Marcia Barnes,
- Edwin Chan,
- Tim Dyck,
- Sharon Eng,
- Alice Kwok,
- Henry Kung Chiu Kwong,
- Katrine Leung,
- Yvonne Lo,
- Stacey Marshall,
- Wade Nassar,
- Sannie Nie,
- Connie Tanenbaum,
- Elaine Trinh, and
- Adrienne Wong also received the Sacrament of Baptism.
Andre Eastman and Dale Wilson were received into the Catholic Church.
- Michelle Liando,
- Yariled Medori and
- Rodelio Tacay, received the Sacrament of Confirmation along with all the newly baptized adults.
The parish family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome and congratulate them!
Our operating expenses average $14,000 per week.
Last week’s collection:
Loose Change – $3,713
Envelopes (492) – $19,948
Weekly Portion of PAG (113) – $2,338
Total – $25,999
Thought for the week
80% of our donations come from 20% of parishioners. Let’s change that ratio!
COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY LAND
On Good Friday, $4,844.41 was collected for the needs of the Church in the Holy Land. Your contributions will help with the formation of future priests and the upkeep of Religious Sites in Israel. Thank you for your generosity.
There will be a second collection for maintenance of our church at all the Masses on the weekend of April 17th/18th. Envelopes are available in the pews.
AN INTERLUDE OF SONG – A CONCERT FOR ROSALIE HALL
Sunday, May 2nd at 4:00 PM at St. Gabriel’s Church
Please join us on for a mix of classical and contemporary music performed by John De Pinto. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will benefit the women and babies of Rosalie Hall. Tickets can be purchased after all the Masses on April 11th, 18th, and 25th and will also be available at the door on May 2nd. See you there!
Christ’s resurrection fills our hearts with wonder, love and joy. There is renewal. There is hope. Darkness becomes light and night gives way to the day. All of us have been called to be witnesses to this hope.
This Easter season, please consider a donation to ShareLife and support the work our agencies do. Your gift can give renewed meaning and value to the lives of the desolate, the marginalized and the poor in our society. By giving to ShareLife, you are bringing the victory of the resurrection into the lives and hearts of those who are in need. May we see the face of the risen Christ in every person our ShareLife agencies serve.
2nd ShareLife Collection – April 25th, 2010
‘You can work WONDERS!’
EARTHQUAKE RELIEF – CHILE
In response to the massive earthquake and tsunami which struck Chile on February 27th, the ShareLife Office is accepting monetary donations to support disaster relief efforts in the affected areas. Those wishing to help through a financial contribution may do so in the following ways:
- Online through ShareLife’s website: www.sharelife.org
- By Phone at 1-800-263-2595 or 416-934-3411
- Through the parish, making cheques payable to ShareLife – St Gabriel’s Parish – Earthquake – Chile
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is collecting clothing; all season, (men, women and children) to be given to those in need or to be sold to help support our Special Works in the community. Please bring your donation to the Society’s truck on the weekend of May 8th/9th and share with others in the community. Thank you for your continued support.
The truck will be open on Saturday, May 8th from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM and all day Sunday until 4:00 PM.
Volunteers will assist with the loading before and after each Mass.
Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend, April 17th/18th.
- $5 Regular ground coffee
- $6 Decaffeinated ground coffee
- $5 Whole Beans
- $4 Chocolate Bars (includes taxes)
- $4.50 Hot Chocolate and Cocoa
- $3.25 to $4.00 Teas (by variety)
NORTH YORK RETIRED MEN’S CLUB
Tuesday, April 13th at 2:00 PM
Blessed Trinity Parish Hall
At the next meeting of the North York retired Men’s Club, Catherine Brookman will speak on “Home and Community Support for Seniors”. Prospective members are welcome.
MINI-CONFERENCE: CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL DECLINE AS A MORAL ISSUE
On April 16th /17th, 2010, The Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology, in collaboration with the University of Calgary and the Pembina Institute, will be hosting a two-day mini-conference on the topic of “Climate Change & Environmental Decline as a Moral Issue”.
Two evening panel discussions will be open to the public (admission free):
What do we in faith communities have to offer?
Wednesday, April 14th, 2010, 7:00 PM
Trinity St. Paul United Church, 427 Bloor St. West.
Creation Care: Why should Christians care for the Environment?
Thursday, April 15th, 2010, 7:00 PM,
Knox Presbyterian Church, 630 Spadina Ave.
For more information, visit http://www.ucalgary.ca/oikos/Retreat/Toronto/Program.
EXPLORING JEWISH ETHICS
2010 Spring Interfaith Education Program
Wednesday, April 11th 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Scarboro Missions, 2685 Kingston Road, Scarborough
Jewish Ethics and Family Life
What Jewish Ethics has to say about family life and its influence on society.
Rabbi Baruch Frydman – Kohl, Senior Rabbi, Beth Tzedec Congregation, Toronto
THE GREEN CORNER
Let the heavens be glad,
and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult. and everything in it.
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord…
Psalm 96: 11 – 13A