In this week’s bulletin, Ash Wednesday masses, the CWL Bingo Night, and Scarboro Missions presents Understanding Islam.
JUST A REMINDER…
Monday, February 20th is Family Day. The Parish Office will be closed. There will be no 9:00 AM Mass.
February 20th – February 26th, 2012
MONDAY – FAMILY DAY No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – THERESA KANG Requested by Peter & Gemma
WEDNESDAY – JEAN POGSON Requested by David Pogson
THURSDAY – BARRY BRADBURY Requested by Peggy Pusaka
FRIDAY – DENIS MAILHOT Requested Mary-Ann Mailhot
SATURDAY – JOSEPHINE BADAME Requested by the Family
THOMAS COLLINS BECOMES CARDINAL
This weekend Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, is being elevated to the College of Cardinals in a ceremony (consistory) in Rome. We offer our thoughts and prayers for our shepherd as he takes on this important new role. You can follow coverage of the consistory events online or learn more about local celebrations in our Archdiocese this March in honour of this event at: www.archtoronto.org/cardinal.
February 22nd, 2012
February 22nd is Ash Wednesday. Special Masses will be celebrated at 12:00 Noon and 7:30 PM with the distribution of ashes. There will be no
9:00 AM Mass that day. During Lent, we encourage your attendance at our daily weekday Masses at 9:00 AM.
DAYS OF FAST AND ABSTINENCE
During Lent there are two days of Fast and Abstinence, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Abstinence means to abstain from eating meat. Fasting means that your two smaller meals combined should not be larger than your main meal. There is no eating between meals. This applies to healthy people between the ages of 16 and 75.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday evening during Lent at 7:30 PM.
We also encourage your attendance at our daily Mass throughout Lent.
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, February 28th at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, February 29th at 10:30 AM
Our operating expenses average $14,000 per week.
Collection for February 12th, 2012
Loose Change – $890
Envelopes (387) – $8,358
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (176) – $3,316
Total – $12,564
PRE-AUTHORIZED GIVING OPTION
The “Pre-Authorized Giving” Plan (PAG), authorized and supported by the Archdiocese of Toronto, is a direct debit program. It allows parishioners to make their regular offertory donations by automatic monthly bank withdrawal on or about the 20th of each month. Participation in the PAG provides a regular dependable cash flow of contributions to the parish and enables us to better manage the Parish finances. PAG brochures and sign-up forms are available in the Parish Office and on the tables at the back of the Church.
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2012
Please pick up your 2012 Offertory Boxed Envelopes in the Gabriel Room. If you are not currently using parish envelopes and wish to have a set issued for next year, please contact the Parish Office. This is the most effective way to keep track of your donations. If you have recently changed your address or phone number, it would be helpful if you would let us know at this time.
We would like to remind you not to use envelopes from previous years as these numbers have been reassigned to other families.
If you are on the Pre- Authorized Giving Plan, you will still receive a smaller green box of envelopes, since these include Initial, New Year’s, Christmas, Easter and Maintenance envelopes. You will find your box on the table beside the regular offertory boxes in the Gabriel Room.
Tax receipts for donations made in 2011 will be mailed to you by the end of February. If you have changed your address or are moving out of the Parish, please notify the Parish Office at
Thank you to all who made donations for balloon animals at the Lunar New Year party. In total, $93.06 was raised for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE
Your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. More volunteers are encouraged to get a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try. For more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.
A number of our chefs have requested a different recipe. Two additional recipes plus our original recipe are available here. Choose the recipe you wish to prepare but remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole. Printed copies of the recipes are also available at the Parish Office.
BLESSED TRINITY CWL BINGO NIGHT
Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00 PM
Blessed Trinity Church Hall
Blessed Trinity Catholic Women’s League assisted by the Explorers is sponsoring a Bingo Night on
Tuesday, February. 21st, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Blessed Trinity Parish Hall, 3220 Bayview Ave.
Everyone is welcome.
There will be a charge of $5.00 per card for the evening.
SCARBORO MISSIONS – UNDERSTANDING ISLAM
Sacrboro Missions, 2685 Kingston Road
Tuesdays from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
In this educational series at Scarboro Missions, important Muslim leaders and Islamic scholars will provide you with a basic introduction to Islam.
February 21st – The Five Pillars & Six Principles of Islam
By Imam Dr. Hamid Slimi, President and Founder of the Faith of Life network; Imam of Sayeda Khadija Centre; Chairman of the Canadian Council of Imams; TV Host and Presenter
February 28th – Islam as a Way of Life
By Shaykh Yusuf Badat, Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto (Scarborough); Professor of Islamic & Arabic Studies
MARGUERITE BOURGEOYS FAMILY CENTRE
Watch for Our Easter Egg Sale
To raise funds for the Marguerite Bourgeoys Family Centre, the St. Gabriel’s Youth Group will once again be selling hand-made dark chocolate Easter eggs this year. Watch the bulletin for further details. Your support will help the Centre promote and maintain their service in the Diocese.
THEOLOGY ON TAP – OUR LENTEN JOURNEY
Engaging the World from an Ecological Perspective
Monday, February 27th, 2012, 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Duke of York Pub
39 Prince Arthur Ave (near Bloor St. W. & Avenue Rd.)
Special Guest: Sr. Noreen Allossery-Walsh, OSU, Doctoral Studies, Ecological Responsibility
We’ll reflect on the importance of understanding the “world” within a contemporary cosmological framework in order to live our Christian vocation – to alleviate suffering in a more integrated way.
Join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics! Munchies provided, cash bar available – come and bring a friend!
For more information: visit Toronto Theology on Tap web page, or contact Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 416-467-2645.
MEAGAN’S WALK GALA: CELEBRATING A CIRCLE OF HOPE
The Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District
Friday, March 2nd, 2012
The 11th Annual Meagan’s Walk Gala will be held on Friday, March 2nd, 2012 at the Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District.
A cocktail reception will begin at 6:00 PM followed by dinner at 7:00 PM.
Tickets are $150 per person. Proceeds from this event will be split between the Meagan Bebenek Endowment Fund and awareness, research and treatment of paediatric brain tumours at SickKids.
For more information, please visit www.meaganswalk.com or phone 416-239-7843.
QUEEN OF APOSTLES RETREAT CENTRE
Weekend Retreat March 9th to 12th
FATHER RON ROLHEISER, OMI preaches on the theme “Living the ups and downs of our faith: dark nights and doubt – a failure of faith or a failure of the imagination”.
This weekend retreat, for men and women, will be held at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga March 9th to 12th, 2012.
For further information or reservation please call 905-278-5229.
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
Next Retreat Weekend – April 20th to April 22nd
On this weekend when our Archdiocese supports a special recognition of the sacrament of marriage, we suggest married couples consider enriching their spousal relationship by attending an upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next weekend is April 20th – 22nd, 2012.
For information on English, Spanish or Korean Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends please contact Mike or Cora Bryce at email@example.com or 905-896-2958 or visit www.wwme.org.