Bulletin – April 15

In this week’s bulletin, an urgent need for a kidney donor, the Worldwide Marriage Encounter and Mosaic Interfaith at Temple Har Zion.

At the Easter Vigil, the following children received the Sacraments of Baptism and the Holy Eucharist for the first time: Albert Jaekook Bae, Olivia Chan, Danielle Lee, Justin Sey, Emily Yue Zhang.

James Cameron Black was received into the Catholic Church and received the Holy Eucharist for the first time. Tessa Christina Young received the Sacrament of Baptism.

The following adults received the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation:
Hong Jiang, Annie Lee, Xiaoling Li, Sarah McKenzie, Sanjay Menon Pabhakar, Cynthia Djaja Putra, Sheena Ho Williams, Winston Young. Catherine Black was received into the Catholic Church and received the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.

The parish family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome and congratulate them!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 16th to April 21st, 2012

MONDAY – EDWIN PINTO Requested by Emil & Yvette Pinto
TUESDAY – LAURENCE CORMIER Requested by Evelyn & Family
WEDNESDAY – VITO VIRGILIO Requested by the Virgilio Family
THURSDAY – TOM DONAGHY Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – MARIA ROSARIO & MICHAEL PALLOTTA Requested by Margaret Rotundo & Family
SATURDAY – MICHAEL PALAZZO & CHRISTOPHER DI LALLO Requested by the Family

FINANCE CORNER

Our operating expenses average $13,750 per week.

Collection for Easter Sunday, April 8th, 2012
Loose Change – $3,826
Envelopes (582) – $18,617
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (179) – $3,365
Total – $25,808

Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land $5,158

URGENT NEED

A father of two, a recent kidney recipient, suffering from polycystic disease, urgently seeks a living donor for a liver transplant. Doctors estimate his cyst-covered liver now weighs 30 pounds. The situation is grave and he must find a living donor as soon as possible.

Anyone, aged 18 to 60 years with blood type compatible with B group who donates, would have liver re-growth within 6 weeks. Their generous life –giving gift would give this young man a chance for a healthier and longer life.

For general information about liver transplant please contact:
The Living Donor Liver Transplant Office
Toronto General Hospital
416-340-4800, Ext. 6581 or www.uhn.on.ca/Focus_of_care/Mot/
For more personal information, please contact parishioner: Kaaren Stuss at 416-226-0174 or KStuss@rogers.com.

SHARELIFE CHALLENGE

A donor has challenged parishioners, schools, employee groups and corporate supporters to match up to $650,000 in new and increased contributions to the 2012 ShareLife Campaign. Should we realize the maximum potential of this effort, over one million new dollars would be raised for the work of our agencies. At a time when our social service agencies are reporting increased demands for their services, these new funds would help to introduce new programs and reduce waiting times for services for the marginalized in our communities.

WORKING WONDERS FOR PEOPLE LOCALLY AND AROUND THE WORLD…
Because of ShareLife, everyone in our region has access to a Catholic Family Services counselling office, regardless of their background. Housebound seniors receive care from Society of Sharing volunteers. ShareLife helps our brothers and sisters overseas through Development & Peace, Canadian Food for Children and the Pastoral Mission Fund. Immigrants and refugees are helped through Catholic Cross-Cultural Services and the Office for Refugees. Priests, deacons and religious workers are trained with ShareLife support at Serra House, Redemptoris Mater and St. Augustine’s seminaries.
With ShareLife, our community is a brighter, happier and safer place for us all.

Second ShareLife collection – April 29, 2012
Please give generously. You can work WONDERS!
ShareLife Total for 2011 – $184,642
ShareLife To Date – $59,188

Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.
Regular ground Coffee – $5
Decaffeinated – $6
Whole Beans – $5
Chocolate Bars – $4 including taxes
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa – $4.50
Teas: $3.25 to $4.00 by variety

AN INVITATION TO LEARN!

In past years, Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings have been devoted to religious topics decided on by those who wish to participate.

The Miracles of Jesus (Continued)
Tuesday, April 24th at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 25th at 10:30 AM

RECEPTION FOR PATRICK BURRELL

Sunday, April 29th at 1:30 PM

Recently Pat Burrell, our custodian for 26 years, retired. To thank him for his many years of service and ministry, we will hold a reception in his honour on Sunday, April 29th at 1:30 PM in the Gathering Space. All are invited to attend.

FATHER PAUL ON RETREAT

Fr. Paul will be leading some parishioners on a pilgrimage and retreat to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Links beginning Monday, April 16th. Please pray for all concerned.

REGIS COLLEGE BOOK SALE

Wednesday, April 18th – Noon to 8:00 PM
Thursday, April 19th to Saturday, 21st 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM 100 Wellesley Street West, 1st Floor Solarium

Regis College is holding its first Annual Used Book Sale on April 18–21st at the College, 100 Wellesley St. West. All proceeds will be directed towards financial support of furthering the education of young Jesuits and lay students. For more information please call (416) 922-5474 ext.244; or go online to booksale@regiscollege.ca or www.regiscollege.ca/booksale . We hope you are able to attend.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER

April 20-22, 2012

Married couples: You deserve a weekend to celebrate being together; to rediscover each other and focus on ways to make your relationship even better. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend offers this opportunity. Consider giving each other or another couple that you know the gift of a weekend away from daily pressures; time to be with each other and with God on a Marriage Encounter Weekend.
Upcoming Weekend Date: April 20-22, 2012
For further information or registration please contact Cora & Mike Bryce (905-896-2958) or
cora-mikebryce@sympatico.ca

MOSAIC INTERFAITH TEMPLE HAR ZION

Wednesday April 18 at 7:15 PM
7360 Bayview Ave.

Mosaic Interfaith Temple Har Zion invites you to attend their Yom HaShoah service (in memory of those who perished in the Holocaust) on Wednesday April 18 at 7:15 PM during which their Holocaust Torah (a Torah scroll looted by the Nazis) will be dedicated. See the bulletin board for more details.
Please RSVP to Tina 416 897 1544 by April 16.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL BUNDLE-UP COLLECTION

Weekend of May 5th and 6th.

Bring your gently used clothing, footwear, textiles and household linens to share with others on May 5th/6th.
A St. Vincent de Paul truck will be in the Church parking lot, so please share what you can with those less fortunate. We will donate or sell these donations to support our outreach efforts. Thank you for your continued support.
The truck will be open on Saturday, May 5th from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM and all day Sunday, May 6th until 4:00 PM.
Volunteers will assist with the loading before and after each Mass.

FREE ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR

Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at 9:00AM
Holy Cross Cemetery, 8361 Yonge Street, Thornhill, Ontario

Catholic Cemeteries and the Archdiocese estate planning team will share:
- How to protect your loved ones with a proper Will
- How to ensure your wishes are legally protected
- About Powers of Attorney
- The cost savings of making an estate plan
- Finding lawyers and estate planning advisors
- Our Catholic traditions around wills, burial and funerals
An estate planning kit and DVD will be provided at no cost.
Refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: Frank Jannetta, Catholic Cemeteries 416.733-8544 ext. 237 or fjannetta@ccat.on.ca

MEAGAN’S WALK – CREATING A CIRCLE OF HOPE

5km Fundraising Walk in support of Paediatric Brain Tumour Research
Saturday, May 12th, 2012, 8:30 AM to 12 Noon

On Saturday, May 12th the 11th annual Meagan’s Walk: Creating a Circle of Hope. will take place. Registration opens at 8:30 AM at Ontario Place and the Walk begins at 10:00 AM. The Walk concludes at SickKids with the “Hug”, followed by a Street Party and closing festivities including entertainment and a BBQ at SickKids. All proceeds benefit the Meagan Bebenek Endowment Fund in support of the SickKids Foundation and b.r.a.i.n.child working to find a cure for paediatric brain tumours.

Register, Pledge, Donate at www.meaganswalk.com