Bulletin – June 10

Congratulations to the children of St. Gabriel’s school who received their First communion! In this week’s bulletin, help around the garden, and registration for the Children’s Faith Program and Adult Faith Development.

FROM THE DESK OF FR. PAUL

Calling all green thumbs!

As you may have noticed, our garden isn’t quite like what we hoped it would be. Weeds, weeds, weeds! I wish to form a garden care committee of volunteers to come in one day a week to care for the garden. They would be under the direction of one person who has the “smarts” as regards to plants. If you are interested, please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 and leave your name and phone number. Thanks.

- Fr. Paul

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to the following children from St. Gabriel’s School who received their First Communion as a group on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012.

  • John Kenneth Aguila
  • Isabella Almanza-Lopez
  • Sara Alvarez-Blasquez
  • Einsten Augustine
  • Robert Bae
  • Kaitlyn Bagayawa
  • Tyra Barallon
  • Crysteen Joecel Calica
  • Janner Castelltort
  • Brendan Peter Chan
  • Hannah Cho
  • Emily Counti
  • Eileen Cooke
  • Mikaela De Pinto
  • Maia Flinton
  • Isabel Gilmour-Penny
  • Joshua Joseph
  • Kyubin Kim
  • Alyssa Stephanie Lazzer
  • Alzena Lee
  • Ernesto Leyva-Martinez
  • Adam Medwecky
  • Sasha Medwecky
  • Lucca Menghi
  • Valentino Menghi
  • Axel Ocampo
  • Olivia Palombi
  • Euna Park
  • Sara Ryan
  • Bernadette Sarmiento
  • Darcy Sheldrick
  • Connor Sparkman
  • Ryan Tu Kwee Tong
  • Estela Victorine
  • Zamantha Ron Valdehueza
  • Helaina Yu

It was a beautiful celebration. Let us promise to support them with our prayers as they continue on their journey of faith.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 11th to June 16th, 2012

MONDAY – CHARLES KERR Requested by Nora Kerr
TUESDAY – JACK KEHOE Requested by Mimi
WEDNESDAY – PATRICK BANNON Requested by Margaret McCann
THURSDAY – LEONARD MARCHIE Requested by Theresa & Family
FRIDAY – MARTIN SMEE Requested by the Smee family
SATURDAY – MICHAEL DONAGHY Requested by the Family

STATEMENT FROM THE ASSEMBLY OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF ONTARIO

On June 5th, the Ontario Legislature has passed Bill 13. The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario has expressed serious concerns regarding certain aspects of this legislation, as have numerous other individual citizens and groups. Recognizing that the Accepting Schools Act is now the law, Catholic partners will seek, as we have always done, in a way that is in accord with our faith, to foster safe and welcoming school communities. Bullying, in any form, is unacceptable. At the core of our Catholic Christian beliefs is the command to welcome every person with love and respect.

Thomas Cardinal Collins
Archbishop of Toronto
President, Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario

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, 2012.

ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT

Our journey of life and journey of faith are meant to converge at an early age. For many of us, however, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but remain at a childish level of understanding our faith. The following information is for those who wish to keep growing, to be able to enjoy the Good news of God’s love for us as members of God’s Church.

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) meetings begin
In the fall. These evenings are for persons interested in learning about the Catholic Faith. Because the Parish Community itself is considered the official teacher and guide for potential new members, it is important that some parishioners participate by being present and by sharing their Faith in various ways. It is also an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of the faith. Adult Catholics who wish to celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist and/or Confirmation are welcome. For more information, please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

PLANNING TO BE A CATHOLIC TEACHER?

It is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic School Board in Ontario, as part of your application for employment, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor. If you (or if your adult child) is planning to apply to teach in a Catholic School, a contact with the pastor before Thanksgiving is highly recommended.
Please plan to have a conversation with your Pastor early in the process, well before applications are to be submitted.

AN UPDATE ON OUR REFUGEE FAMILY

Great news:  it seems that our refugee family may be able to obtain their visas soon.  If everything works smoothly, they should arrive in the next couple of weeks.  We’ll keep you posted on new developments.  Please continue to keep them and all who are affected by violence and persecution in your prayers.

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.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the 2012 ShareLife Parish Campaign. Through your generosity, you are helping ShareLife agencies continue the valuable work they do for the poor and marginalized in our region. You have opened a door to new opportunities for thousands of the most vulnerable in our midst. For anyone who wishes to make a donation, you are still welcome to do so. You can drop your ShareLife envelopes in the offertory basket until July 31, 2012 or donate online at www.sharelife.org. Thank you!

ShareLife Total for 2011: $184,642
ShareLife To Date: $135,334

FAIR TRADE COFFEE

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

Please note that this will be the last sale of the season until September.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – MARYGROVE CAMP

The Marygrove Camp collection will be taken up next weekend June 16th/17th. Marygrove Camp is a residential camp situated on 39 acres of beautifully treed grounds and a quarter mile of Georgian Bay waterfront, near Penetang, Ontario. This summer, 1,100 girls from less fortunate families will be attending camp. Please support this important work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Each and every child’s camping experience is fully subsidized through this collection. Thank you for your support! Envelopes are in the pews.

QUEEN OF APOSTLES RETREAT CENTRE

Weekend for Married Couples
June 15th to 17th

For information telephone: 905-278-8879, 905-829-0116, or 416-694-1742 or register at Queen of Apostles: 905-278-5229.

EXCITING NEW RETREAT WEEKEND: MEN`S ACTS (Adoration, Community, Theology, Service)

June 21st to June 24th

This retreat is a powerful, experiential retreat for personal renewal. For further information or to register please call 905-278-5229.

SEEING WITH HEART –DAY OF REFLECTION

Catholic Parents of Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons

Saturday, June 16th, 2012 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $40.00 (includes lunch)
Scarboro Missions, 2685 Kingston Road, Toronto
For Brochure and information call John Montague at 416-523-6449.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC DON’T MISS IT!

TCDSB Staff Arts is pleased to present The Sound of Music
June 10th at 2:00 PM
June 14th, 15th at 7:30PM
Theatre at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts,
All tickets are $20.

For more information please call 416-222-8282 ext. 2787 or visit the website: www.tcdsb.org/staffarts. To order tickets online, go to www.tcdsb.org/staffarts (When ordering online add $1 convenience fee).

CLASS OF ’76 REUNION: BLESSED TRINITY SCHOOL

Safari Bar and Grill at 1749 Avenue Road
Friday, July 6th at 5:00 PM

Did you graduate from Blessed Trinity School in 1976?
If so, join Tom Sheedy and some of your Grade 8 classmates for a 36th year reunion to celebrate our “mid-century” mark. For more information and to RSVP please contact: speedclaire@gmail.com or nancy.pitts@sympatico.ca.

FINANCE CORNER

Our operating expenses average $13,750 per week.
Collection for June 3rd, 2012

Loose Change – $1,162
Envelopes (414) – $8,464
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (180) – $3,369
Total – $12,995