Bulletin – June 24

Congratulations to the newly baptised members of the parish! In this week’s bulletin, calling all green thumbs, and registrations for baptisms for school-aged children, the Children’s Faith Program and 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

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 25th to June 30th, 2012

MONDAY – FRIENDS OF THE SUFFERING SOULS Requested by Agnes Wong
TUESDAY – KENG OWYONG Requested by Helen Owyong
WEDNESDAY – SPECIAL INTENTION Requested by Anonymous Donor
THURSDAY – PUAN HUAT LIM Requested by Agnes & Wiley Wong
FRIDAY – HELEN DOBBS Requested by John & Dorothea Gaither
SATURDAY – FRANCIS PEREIRA & DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE PAUL& PEREIRA FAMILIES Requested by Sophie & Family

BAPTISM

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
Thomas Hieu Chan
Emma Olivia Lelko
Elyse Isabelle Mitchell Lesperance
Juliette Marie Mitchell Lesperance
Brandon Lim
Noah James Mitchell
Oscar Sey

These children and adults received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, June 17th. Congratulations!

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.

SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM

If you have, or know of, school-age children (age 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the parish office, or Fatima Lee directly, at (416) 221-8866. Classes for them will begin in the fall.

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.

FOOD COLLECTION

As we come into the warmer months, food donations tend to drop off. In response to the very great need for food in our community, we are asking that you continue to fill the baskets in the Gathering Space. Thank you for your wonderful generosity!

DONATE YOUR OLD EYE GLASSES

Have you been cleaning out drawers and cupboards? Perhaps you have come across old eye glasses which are of no use to you. According to The World Health Organization, 153 million people have uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism). Most of these vision impairments are quickly diagnosed and easy to treat with corrective lenses. You can help by donating your old eyeglasses. Glasses will be sent to the Lions Club for distribution to the needy in developing countries. Donated glasses may be left in the box provided in the Parish Office.

SHARELIFE

ShareLife Collection 2011: $184,642
ShareLife Collection To Date: $142,351

FINANCE CORNER

Our operating expenses average $13,750 per week.
Collection for June 17th, 2012

Loose Change – $1,069
Envelopes (372) – $8,870
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (180) – $3,369
Total – $13,308

CHURCH BULLETIN ADVERTISING

Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisements for our Church bulletin beginning July 1st, 2012. The advertisements make our bulletin possible. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call Liturgical Publications at 905-624-4422.

CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES BLOOD CLINIC

There will be a Blood Donor Clinic held here at St. Gabriel’s Parish on Monday, July 2nd from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

To book an appointment, please go online to www.blood.ca or phone 1-888-2 donate (1-888-236-6283).

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

PARISH BARBEQUE SOCIAL

Sunday, July 8th after the 12:30 Mass

Mark your calendars for this special event with family and friends. Please bring your lawn chairs. We need volunteers. If you are able to help organize this great event or help on the day itself, please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029 after 6:00 PM. There are also sign-up sheets on the tables at the back of the church.

The north parking lot will be closed on Sunday to allow the volunteers to set up.

FAITH CONECTIONS STREET PATROL

Wednesday, July 11th 6:30PM to 9:30PM
St. Patrick’s Church, 141 McCaul Street.

Young adults are invited to join the Sisters of St. Joseph walking the streets of downtown Toronto, offering food and friendship to those in need.
What to bring:

  1. To share with the people we meet… please bring sandwiches and drinks. Other things that are greatly appreciated are soft fruits, veggies, snacks or sweets.
  2. For yourself… please wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a backpack or comfortable bag to carry the sandwiches and drinks in, and water or drinks for yourself.

Please RSVP by July 5 to let us know you’re coming!
Please call Kelly Bourke at 416-467-2645 or e-mail faithconnections@csj-to.ca
More information: http://www.stpatrickstoronto.ca/streetpatrol/faq.php

SCARBORO MISSIONS DISCERNMENT RETREAT

Scarboro Missions
2685 Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario.
July 13th to July 15th

Ever thought of serving Christ as a Scarboro Missioner? Like to learn more about the vocation to global mission? Join the Scarboro Missioners for their “Come and See” – Discernment Retreat which will take place from Friday, July 13th at 6:30 PM until Sunday, July 15th at noon at Scarboro Missions, 2685 Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario. Come, pray and reflect with the Missioners on the Missionary Vocation for our world today. Meet Scarboro Missioners. Hear their stories. It’s a weekend that may change your life forever!

To register, please email them at Imo@scarboromissions.ca or contact them at 416-261-7135, Ext. 265.
Cost is $100 ($50 non refundable deposit required)
Subsidized costs available.
Registration deadline: July 6th, 2012.

QUEEN OF APOSTLES RENEWAL CENTRE DIRECTED OR PRIVATE RETREATS

July 22nd to July 29th
1617 Blythe Road, Mississauga

During the week of July 22nd to July 29th come to rest, renew, pray, worship and grow. The retreat house is in silence and you are invited into this peaceful stillness for a couple of days or for the week. For further information, please call 905-278-5229.