In this week’s bulletin, a mandatory meeting for Confirmation candidates, casseroles for the Good Shepherd Centre, and exploring Muslim-Christian dialogue with Scarboro Missions.
April 22nd to April, 27th, 2013
MONDAY – LEONARD MARCHIE Requested by Teresa Marchie & Family
TUESDAY – JULIANNA FOZY Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – THANKSGIVING Requested by Jack & Wanda
THURSDAY – MARCELINO FERNANDES Requested by Tita Fernandes & Family
FRIDAY – GUS CALDERONE Requested by Marie Calderone
SATURDAY – MILO SHEA & MARY KIERANS Requested by Kathi Leah
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday, April 28th at 7:30 PM at St. Gabriel’s Church. In preparation for this Sacrament, a Confirmation Retreat will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at St. Gabriel’s Church. All candidates must attend.
Candidates are reminded to bring a signed letter from the service coordinator or a parent stating the completion or anticipated date of completion of volunteer service hours.
BIBLE FOR BEGINNERS
Tuesday, April 30th at 7:30 PM or
Thursday, May 2nd at 10:30 AM
Topic: An Overview of the Old Testament – now known as the ‘Hebrew Scriptures’. For information please call Mary at 416-293-3760.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for April 14th, 2013
Envelopes (410) – $6,746
Loose Change – $1,227
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (186) – $3,555
Total – $11,528
Please remember to put your full name(s) on your Offertory envelopes.
Working wonders with dignity and respect for others…
As the annual charitable appeal of the Catholic community in our Archdiocese, ShareLife supports a large family of Catholic agencies that truly do feed, clothe and shelter people, care for the sick and frail, and befriend the isolated and lonely. They protect the vulnerable, guide and counsel the troubled, visit people in prison and give a voice to the voiceless. Regardless of their religious beliefs or personal background, ShareLife agencies meet people where they are, treating them with the dignity and respect we all deserve.
—Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto
SHARELIFE COMMUNITY CHALLENGE
Through the ShareLife Community Challenge, a generous parishioner in the Archdiocese of Toronto will match all new or increased gifts to the 2013 ShareLife Campaign up to a total of $800,000! Together, as a Catholic community, we have an opportunity to respond to this challenge and make a significant impact on the work of our agencies.
ShareLife Total for 2012: $208,317
Share Life to Date: $80,975.60
Today is ShareLife Sunday. Please give generously. You can work wonders!
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. The Centre serves more than 1100 hot meals each day to the needy of Toronto, up 13 percent over last year. They desperately need your help.
More volunteers are encouraged to get a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Printed copies of the recipes are also available in the Parish Office. Please mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole. For more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.
LEPROSY MISSION OF CANADA THANKS YOU
The Leprosy Mission of Canada would like to thank the Parishioners of St. Gabriel’s for their outstanding participation in the stamp collection project. Your prayers and support are a source of strength for those trapped in a life of extreme poverty and the pain that comes from the stigma that surrounds leprosy. Your support is crucial in showing the world that leprosy is not an ancient disease, but a present reality affecting hundreds of thousands of children, women and men every day.
EXPLORING MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE: SCARBORO MISSIONS
Wednesdays from April 17th to May 1st
2685 Kingston Road
April 24th: A Muslim Imam and a Catholic Priest in Conversation
May 1st: A Christian’s Encounter with Islam
Dr. Helene Ijaz, a Christian educator with experience in Muslim-Christian relations and with interfaith marriages
Admission is free. No registration is required. For more information, please call 416-261-7135, Ext. 296 or visit www.scarboromissions.ca
REGIS COLLEGE BOOK SALE
April 24th to 27th from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
100 Wellesley Street West, 1st Floor Solarium
Regis College is holding its second Annual Used Book Sale April 24th to April 27th at Regis College, 100 Wellesley St. West. All proceeds will be directed towards financial support of furthering the education of young Jesuits and lay students.
WOMEN’S WEEKEND RETREAT
QUEEN OF APOSTLES, MISSISSAUGA
May 2nd to May 5th
A Women ACTS Retreat will take place on May 2nd – 5th, based on the theme of Adoration, Community, Theology and Service. For further information or to register for either retreat, please call 905-278-5229.
RETROUVAILLE: HELP FOR TROUBLED MARRIAGES
Weekend of May 3rd to May 5th
RETROUVAILLE: Help for Troubled Marriages is a live-in weekend program followed by a number of Post sessions to help married couples through difficult times in their marriage relationships. It provides the tools necessary to rediscover each other and examine their lives together in a new and positive way.
For confidential information or to register for a weekend, visit the web site at: www.torontoretrouvaille.com or call 416-281-6007.
For those who have lost a loved one through Death, Separation or Divorce.
May 7th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Archdiocese of Toronto Pastoral Centre –
1155 Yonge St., 4th Floor
(on the North East corner of Yonge and Shaftesbury, beside the Summerhill subway station. There is free underground parking off Shaftesbury)
Come and join us for an informative evening: Our Facilitator is Father Brian Clough J.C.D., Topic: “Annulment: Healing the Wounds of Divorce”. Pre-registration is NOT required. For more information, please contact Deacon James Shaughnessy, MSW., RSW., Psyn.D. at 416-921-1163 ext 2227 or email email@example.com
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL BUNDLE-UP COLLECTION
Weekend of May 11th & 12th
The Society for St. Vincent de Paul will hold their annual Bundle Up Collection on the weekend of May 11th/12th. Bring your gently used clothing and household linens to share with others. A St. Vincent de Paul truck will be in the Church parking lot to receive donations. 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 11th from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM and all day Sunday, May 12th until 4:00 PM. Volunteers will assist with the loading before and after each Mass.
MEAGAN’S WALK – CREATING A CIRCLE OF HOPE
5km Fundraising Walk and Hug
Saturday, May 11th, 2013
8:30 AM to 12 Noon
Beginning at Fort York
On Saturday, May 11th, the 12th annual Meagan’s Walk: -Creating a Circle of Hope will take place. Registration opens at 8:30 AM at Fort York and the Walk begins at 10:00 AM. The Walk concludes at SickKids with the “Hug”, followed by closing festivities, a brief stage presentation and a BBQ at SickKids. All proceeds will be split between the Meagan Bebenek Endowment Fund and awareness, research and treatment of paediatric brain tumors at SickKids. Register, Pledge, Donate at www.meaganswalk.com