In this week’s bulletin, the Eco-Sabbath and the National Catholic Mission next Sunday and an invitation to learn about the Orthodox Churches.
FEAST OF ST. GABRIEL
This weekend we celebrate the feast of St. Gabriel. St. Gabriel, a member of the Passionist Community, was born Francis Possenti on March 1, 1838 in Assisi, and died February 27, 1862 at the age of 24. He had a special devotion to Mary and chose as his religious name Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin. He is remembered for his enthusiasm in life and his extraordinary generosity. Pope John XXIII proclaimed him as a special Patron of Youth.
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 $85,019 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:
We have retrieved the bodies of Mikhail, Delourdes and Ronald Ferdinand (the siblings of former orphan and NPSF employee Joseph). They currently are lying in our hospital chapel for burial today at St. Helene. These have been very emotional days for us, especially for Joseph and his older brother Dodo. Yesterday at mass, the chapel was packed with former orphans, crying and comforting, showing that the family bonds we have tried to instill are real, and are clearly seen when it counts. We stood before their lifeless bodies without words, with nothing but each other and our faith, hope and love. These really heal and give courage. It is amazing to see it as a true and deep dynamic.
THANK YOU FROM THE PROVINCIAL
Thank you for your most generous contribution to our Haiti Hospital relief Fund to assist Fr. Rick in his ministry to the children and other victims of the recent earthquake.
Very Rev. Joseph R. Jones, C.P.
March 1st to March 6th 2010
MONDAY –THE 35TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY OF MARY & ALEC CHAN Requested by Mary Chan
TUESDAY –ROSE COLAMECO Requested by The Colameco Family
WEDNESDAY – BILL KOVACS & JACK FLYNN Requested by The Family
THURSDAY – HOLLY DURANT Requested by The Paolini Family
FRIDAY – GORDON OATWAY Requested by The Family
SATURDAY – TERZINO DI LORETO Requested by The Family
ECO – SABBATH
Sunday, March 7th at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room
NATIONAL CATHOLIC MISSION COMES TO ST. GABRIEL’S
Sunday, March 7th & Monday, March 8th, 2010
Next weekend, Vision TV will be here at St. Gabriel’s to set up for the taping of the National Catholic Mission to be held here on March 7th and March 8th. Due to this, Eucharistic Adoration, the Stations of the Cross, the Rosary Groups and the Family Mass will be cancelled for this month.
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 these 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.
The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
- Aurora Bourdon- King
- Shiloh Dey
- Luc Mitchell Lesperance
These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, February 21st. Congratulations!
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 Wonder of Life…..
“When I went to the Rose, it seemed like all the feelings of guilt, failure and remorse went away. I grew stronger and felt in my heart that choosing life was the best decision. It was relieving to see other moms being wonderful parents and getting ahead at the same time. Now I
am a confident mother. My child is growing healthy and strong. I am graduating next year and will be going to college. I know life will never be easy, but through the Rose, I have support.”
Jill found help for her unborn child at Rose of Sharon, a ShareLife funded agency for teenaged and single mothers.
1st ShareLife Sunday – March 21st, 2010.
You Can Work Wonders!
THANK YOU FROM SHARON LI
Thank you for the support of my India Mission to Calcutta. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Sorry for those who were not able to get any baked goods. In appreciation I will be baking for the Chinese New Year celebration.
THE LEPROSY MISSION OF CANADA
Please keep on sending us your used postage stamps so that we can work towards the day when leprosy is eradicated. We are happy to accept any and all trimmed stamps, leaving no less than ¼ inch and no more than ½ inch paper border. Stamps may be deposited in the basket just outside the Parish Office.
February 21st, 2010:$ 9,647
Number of Envelopes Used: 431
Tax receipts for donations made in 2009 have been mailed to you. If you have changed your address or have moved out of the parish, please notify the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.
LUNAR NEW YEAR PARTY
Sunday, February 28th, 2010.
You are cordially invited to come and celebrate Lunar New Year with us this weekend on Sunday, February 28th after the 12:30 PM Mass in the Gathering Space. This is an event organized for the whole parish community.
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”
April 13th at 8:00 PM
Helping Children Cope – Ms. Liisa Kuuter, M.Sc., MFT
For more information, please contact New Beginnings at 416-921-1163, Ext. 2246.
JESUIT PROVINCIAL’S DINNER
April 14th, 2010 – Le Parc Dining and Banquet Hall
The Fourth Annual Jesuit Provincial’s Dinner will be held on April 14th, 2010 at Le Parc Dining and Banquet Hall. This year besides recognizing the 50th Anniversary Jesuit Jubilarians,
Mr. John A. Gennaro of Toronto is being honoured with the “Magis Award” for his outstanding work and dedication.
Tickets are available by calling 416-481-9154 or emailing email@example.com
TCDSB STAFF ARTS PRESENTS HARVEY
Brebeuf College School Theatre
211 Steeles Ave. East
March 5th & 6th at 7:30
TCDSB Staff Arts presents Harvey by Mary Chase, directed by Peter Hart.
Performances take place at Brebeuf College School Theatre, 211 Steeles Avenue East on Friday & Saturday, March 5th & 6th at 7:30 PM
Tickets may be purchased at the door:
- 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.
THE GREEN CORNER
Part of human sin has been to see ourselves as separate from the rest of creation, seeing the natural world only as a source of profit and personal gain. To overcome this sin, we need to affirm our place within the dynamic web of creation which supports and sustains all life….
Ecological destruction and the loss of biodiversity obscure our ability to see and experience God and are an affront to the Creator. The fate of the natural world and human life are fully intertwined. Ecological destruction harms human life, and human social injustice has ecological consequences.
Celebrate Life: Care for Creation
The Alberta Bishops’ Letter
on Ecology 4 Oct 1998