In this week’s bulletin: registering for the Children’s Faith Program, helping the Good Shepherd Centre, and attending the Awakening the Dreamer symposium.
AWAKENING THE DREAMER SYMPOSIUM
June 12 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Do you have dreams of a world that is environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just?
Join us for the Awakening The Dreamer symposium. It will draw from the experience and wisdom of some of the world’s most respected thinkers, including Tom Berry, Brian Swimme, Desmond Tutu, and Thich Nhat Hanh. Together we’ll explore how we can, both individually and collectively, move the world in a new direction.
As some of you may remember, this same Symposium was held last December at the parish – the feedback was very positive, people who attended felt enriched and inspired. Many who were unable to attend last time have asked for a repeat of the symposium. We are now able to bring it back again: on June 12, 2010 (Saturday), 9 am to 1 pm in the Gabriel Room.
May 17th – May 22nd, 2010
MONDAY – MARIA SANTIANNI Requested by Gloria Zomparelli
TUESDAY – ANA SOFIA NASCIMENTO Requested by Odete Nascimento
WEDNESDAY – GERRY & EDNA HATCH Requested by Jackie & Marilyn
THURSDAY – EDWIN PINTO Requested by Wai Chin &Paul Hwang
FRIDAY – CECILIA MANALANG Requested by Tyke Manalang
SATURDAY – MARY KIERANS Requested by Kathi & Philip Leah
FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS
Parents of children preparing to receive their First Communion are reminded to call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 to arrange an interview with Fr. Paul or Fr. Brando. This is part of the participation partnership: Parish, School, Home.
At the interview, a date and Mass time will be chosen for your child’s First Communion.
CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM REGISTRATION
Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program for next year are now available in
the Parish Office.
Please note that all registrations must be returned by June 30th, 2010.
Our operating expenses average $14,000 per week.
Last week’s collection:
Loose Change – $2,073
Envelopes (436) – $10,573
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (113) – $2,343
Total – $14,989
PAPAL CHARITIES COLLECTION
There will be a second collection this weekend, May 15th/16th for Papal Charities. The money collected will be used wherever the Pope feels it is most needed. Envelopes are available in the pews of the Church.
The wonders of self-sufficiency
Few places in the world are as culturally diverse as the Greater Toronto Area. 30 % of all recent immigrants to Canada reside in Toronto, with about 55,000 immigrants settling in this area every year. Adapting to their home is no simple task. They need guidance and support as they work to settle into Canadian society. Last year, ShareLife agencies assisted 37,225 newly arrived immigrants and refugees in the GTA, helping them on their way to become productive and self-sufficient residents.
3RD ShareLife Collection – May 31st, 2010
Please give generously.
‘You can work WONDERS!’
CATHOLIC CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY
When children need us, we need you!
The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto has an urgent need for foster families of all races, cultures and languages. We have a particular need for foster homes in the Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, French, Philippino, African and West Indian communities. Please call CCAS at 416-395-1500 or visit www.torontoccas.org
GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE NEEDS YOUR HELP
The Good Shepherd centre, a multi-service charitable agency providing services to homeless and disadvantaged individuals, needs your help!
Good Shepherd centre is in need of the following items:
- Men’s jeans
- Men’s t-shirts
- Men’s shoes
Please be reminded that they only distribute men’s clothing. Thank you for your donation.
For more information, please contact Rebecca Ferguson at 416-869-3619, Ext. 262.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL BUNDLE-UP COLLECTION
A Message from the St. Vincent de Paul Society:
Bundle-up Weekend was a big success thanks to the generosity of the good people of St. Gabriel’s. Your kindness is very much appreciated by our neighbors in need.
A big thank you to Fr. Brando, the young men and Margaret and Kim Sum who helped on the truck on Sunday. We so needed your strength!
ST. GABRIEL’S HOLYLAND PILGRIMAGE
November 4th- 14th
Please join us for an 11 day Journey in the Footsteps of Jesus with Fr. Paul Cusack, C.P. and program facilitator Kitty McGilly of Faith Journeys, www.faithjourney.ca . For those who are interested, there will be an information meeting on Sunday, May 16th at 3:00 PM in the library. A flyer is also available in the Parish Office. For more information, please contact Marilyn Calderone by email at email@example.com or by phone at 416-221-8866, Ext. 225
Do you speak French… even a little bit?
We shall be getting together in the Library every other Thursday morning. The next class will be Thursday, May 20th. We shall practise and, hopefully, improve our conversational French. For more information, please contact Jo Field at 416-498-4655.
DOORS OPEN TORONTO
Saturday May, 29th from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, May 30th from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
St. Gabriel’s Church will once again be participating in the annual event, Doors Open Toronto on Saturday. May 29th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. and Sunday from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Architect, Roberto Chiotti will be speaking at 12:00 noon on Saturday. Dennis O’Hara, director of the Elliott Allen Institute of Theology and Ecology will speak at 2:00 PM on Sunday. All are welcome.
ST GABRIEL SCHOOL CAR WASH/BARBECUE
May 30th, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
St. Gabriel’s School
The St. Gabriel Grads are holding their annual carwash/barbecue on May 29th (rain date May 30th) to raise funds for their graduation celebration. Please come out to the school and show your support.
Car Wash 10 AM – 2 PM Cost: $5.00.
NATIONAL CATHOLIC MISSION DVD
A DVD of the National Catholic Mission which took place here at St. Gabriel’s Church on March 29th and 30th will be on sale after all the Masses on the weekend of May 15th/16th. The cost is $10.
If you miss buying your copy this weekend, the DVD may be ordered from the National Catholic Broadcasting Council at 905-884-6899.
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF PILGIMAGE
Wednesday, June 16th – Sunday, June 20, 2010.
To “Good St. Anne” in Beaupre, Quebec
You are invited to join Blessed Trinity Parish on a pilgrimage to “Good St. Anne” in Beaupre, Quebec
from June 16th to June 20th, 2010.
For further information, please see the notice on the bulletin board or contact Mary Salvador at 416-497-7059
THE GREEN CORNER
“The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”