In this week’s bulletin: news from Father Rick in Haiti; National Catholic Mission comes to St. Gabriel’s, and an Invitation to Learn about the Orthodox Churches.
FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
Thanks again, for your generous support of Fr. Rick Frechette’s hospital and his many other works. So far, you good people have donated $83,660 to help Fr. Rick and his work at St. Damian’s Hospital for Children. The Archdiocese has raised 3.7 million dollars for Haiti.
Here is a bit of news from Fr. Rick:
After weeks of frenetic activity, we are returning to a state of equilibrium. Our hospital had become a trauma MASH unit, as had all other medical centers in Port-au-Prince that are still standing. We were able to offer about 30 surgeries a day at four sites (two in our hospital, one on our hospital grounds in a tent, and one at the St. Camillus Hospital, which we staffed for the emergency.) Many of these, sadly, were amputations – sometimes two for the same adult or child.
To give an idea of the size of the problem, it is likely there are about 20,000 people now who have been amputated or who have orthopedic hardware screwed through their skin to the bone. Port-au-Prince estimates about 20 Haitian orthopedic surgeons and visiting teams to Haiti will soon leave. All 20,000 need to be followed closely for removal of hardware, control of infection, reevaluation of the amputation, and of course for artificial limbs and rehabilitation. We have worked closely with the St. Camillus Hospital so as to return our St. Damien Hospital to a pediatric center and to have a growing center for adults at St. Camillus.
February 22nd to February 27th 2010
MONDAY –JEFFREY PAOLINI Requested by The Family
TUESDAY –BARRY BRADBURY Requested by Peggy and Family
WEDNESDAY – GEORGE RIVARD Requested by Betty & Gavin Ivory
THURSDAY – IRENE PACHECO-GALANG Requested by Linda Abalos
FRIDAY – DENNIS MAILHOT Requested by Mary Ann Mailhot
SATURDAY – ROMULO TRINIDAD Requested by The Badame Family
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Stations of the Cross will take place on Friday evenings during Lent at 7:30 PM. We also encourage your attendance at our daily Mass throughout Lent.
NATIONAL CATHOLIC MISSION COMES TO ST. GABRIEL’S
Sunday, March 7th & Monday, March 8th, 2010
This year’s National Catholic Mission, “A God For All Seasons,” will be taped for television at St. Gabriel’s Church on Sunday, March 7th and Monday, March 8th from 7:15-9:00 PM.
It will be hosted by Spiritan Father, Pat Fitzpatrick and Benedictine Sister, Joan Chittister. They will be joined by Richard Foty, Marilyn Calderone and the St. Michael’s Choir School Alumni. Mike McManus, the producer of the Mission, asks that we have a good turnout those two nights to participate in this pre-recording. Please keep this in mind and pray for another successful Lenten Mission.
The Mission will be aired on Vision TV on Monday March 29th and Tuesday, March 30th at 9:00 PM and repeated at 11:00 PM.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church
Friday, March 5, 2010 at 1:30 PM
The theme for this year’s service is “Let everything that has breath praise God!” written by the women of Cameroon.
This celebration which takes place throughout the world in Christian Churches, will be hosted by St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, 432 Sheppard Avenue East (north side of Sheppard, North of 401,1 block west of Bayview Avenue,).
AN INVITATION TO LEARN!
The Orthodox Churches
Tuesday, March 2nd at 7:30 PM.
Wednesday, March 3rd at 10; 30 AM.
THE WISDOM OF THOMAS BERRY
Thursdays starting February 18th, 7:30-9PM
Given by Fr. Steve Dunn
A short course on The Wisdom of Thomas Berry given by
Fr. Steve Dunn began on February 18th and will continue for
the next three consecutive Thursdays from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM in the Gabriel Room.
The 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.
Please contact Fatima Lee, (416) 221-8866 ext 228, or by email email@example.com to register.
ShareLife serves as our collective expression of neighborly love, reaching out through our agencies to help those in need, whoever they may be. Through the admirable work of ShareLife Agencies, lives are changed for the better – sometimes forever
-Most Rev. Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto
Now on its 34th year of helping the community, ShareLife is the annual fundraising appeal of the Archdiocese of Toronto. It is a wonderful opportunity to share our gifts of time, talent and treasure that have been entrusted to us by God. ShareLife also provides a Lenten opportunity to teach the Christian value of Almsgiving. Our more than 40 agencies and grant recipients help 225,000 people in a number of program areas including: children and youth, families at risk, women in need of shelter
and abuse counseling, services for single and teen parents, the elderly and refugees. In providing support for the community, ShareLife helps those who are most vulnerable, marginalized and truly needy. Please consider a donation to ShareLife this Lenten season and help us make a difference!
1st ShareLife Sunday – March 21st, 2010.
Together, we can work wonders!
CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE
We need your help! Although the number of casseroles has increased, we still need more volunteers to get involved. Please pick up a copy of the casserole recipe and a pan at the Parish Office. Your prepared chicken rice casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at all the Masses next weekend, February 27th/ 28th For more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.
February 14th, 2010:$ 8,107
Number of Envelopes Used: 416
Maintenance Collection: $9, 030
Tax receipts for donations made in 2009 will be mailed to you this month. If you have changed your address or are moving out of the parish, please notify the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.
NORTH YORK RETIRED MEN’S CLUB
Tuesday, February 23rd at 2:00 PM
Blessed Trinity Parish Hall
Eric Dempster will speak on “How the Information Technology is Changing Our Lives.” Prospective members are welcome.
NEW BEGINNINGS MINI RENEWAL PRESENTATIONS
For Widowed, Separated and Divorced Persons
St. Bonaventure’s Church (St Francis Room)
1300 Leslie Street, Toronto
The Power of Forgiveness
March 2 at 8:00 PM
Rev. Fr. Paul Cusack, C.P.
“Let’s Talk About Divorce”: Helping Children Cope
April 13th at 8:00 PM
Ms. Liisa Kuuter, M.Sc., MFT
For more information, please contact New Beginnings at 416-921-1163, Ext. 2246.
LUNAR NEW YEAR PARTY
Sunday, February 28th, 2010.
You are cordially invited to come and celebrate Lunar New Year with us on February 28th after the 12:30 PM Mass in the Gathering Space. This is an event organized for the whole parish community.
Please mark your calendars! We need volunteers. Donations are also welcome. Please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029 for more information.
TCDSB STAFF ARTS PRESENTS HARVEY
Brebeuf College School Theatre
February 26th, &27th, March 5th & 6th
TCDSB Staff Arts presents Harvey, written by Mary Chase and directed by Peter Hart. Performances take place at Brebeuf College School Theatre, 211 Steeles Avenue East.
- Friday & Saturday, February 26th & 27th at 7:30 PM
- Friday & Saturday, March 5th & 6th at 7:30 PM
Cost: Tickets: Adults – $17.50 Students – $10
TCDSB Staff Arts is a non-profit community theatre group composed of present and retired members of the Toronto Catholic District School Board. For more information, call
416-222-8282, Ext. 2787 or visit www.tcdsb.org/staffarts.
THE GREEN CORNER
It is becoming more and more evident that the issue of environmental degradation challenges us to examine our life-style and the prevailing models of consumption and production, which are often unsustainable from a social, environmental and even economic point of view.
We can no longer do without a real change of outlook which will result in new life-styles, ‘in which the quest for truth, beauty, goodness and communion with others for the sake of common growth are the factors which determine consumer choices, savings and investments.
Pope Benedict XVI
Message for the 2010 World Day of Peace