JUST A REMINDER
Monday, February 18th is Family Day. The Parish Office will be closed. There will be no 9:00 AM Mass.
February 18th – February 23rd, 2013
MONDAY – FAMILY DAY No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – FELIPE ABARY & CARMELITA PORNILLOS Requested by Maria & Family
WEDNESDAY – WALTER & ARMANDO DINARDO Requested by the Dinardo Family
FRIDAY – DENIS MAILHOT Requested by Mary-Ann Mailhot
SATURDAY – JOSEPHINE BADAME Requested by the Family
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.
A MESSAGE FROM THOMAS CARDINAL COLLINS ON POPE BENEDICT’S RETIREMENT
“Since his election in 2005, Pope Benedict has led the universal church with wisdom and holiness, offering to all the clear and loving message of the Gospel, and offering to each of us as well the personal example of a devoted disciple of Jesus exercising the mission of the Apostle Peter as a true servant of the servants of God. This is a time in which we all give thanks to God for the apostolic ministry of Pope Benedict. During this time of transition, we pray for his health and well-being as he enters a time of prayerful retirement. We also offer our prayers, in a special way, for the Cardinals of the world, who will gather in Rome in the coming weeks to choose the next successor to St. Peter.”
MEETING FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Tuesday, February 19th, at 7:30 PM
On Tuesday, February19th at 7:30 PM there will be a meeting for parents only of children who will be receiving the Sacrament Holy Eucharist for the first time. The meeting will be held here in the Church.
The book We Prepare for the Eucharist will be distributed at that time. Please ensure that you pick up a book and help your child learn and review the content.
Together we are continuing to work wonders…
“Our Pope has described charity as “the true force that changes the world.” This statement is definitely true when we talk about ShareLife, the primary charitable appeal of our Archdiocese. Through our active involvement in ShareLife, we reach out to some of the most vulnerable, marginalized and needy people in our midst. We also help our neighbours, friends and fellow parishioners as they work through difficult times. In our region, we have the chance to exercise Catholic charity in a true meaningful way. Please consider supporting ShareLife, the annual fundraising appeal of our Archdiocese, during this Lenten season.”
—Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto
First ShareLife Sunday – March 17, 2013
Together, we can work wonders!
CANADIAN TIRE MONEY – MATERCARE
We will be collecting Canadian Tire money during the month of February in support of Matercare International which is an association of Catholic Obstetricians and Gynecologists working in developing countries. This organization is dedicated to improving the lives and health of mothers and their children, both unborn and born, through initiatives of service, training, research and advocacy. Please support this worthwhile campaign by dropping your Canadian Tire money in the collection basket.
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.
SOCIETY OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL TAX RECEIPTS
Once again many thanks to our donors for all their help during the past year. 2012 tax receipts for all donations of $20 or more have been mailed. Receipts for donations of less than $20 are available upon request.
BIBLE FOR BEGINNERS
Monday February 18th at 7:30 PM or Thursday, February 21st 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.
CONVERSATIONS ON NATIVE ISSUES:
LAWS AND TREATIES
How they may impact the lives of Canada’s First Nations people today
Saturday, March 9th, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM,
Recently there has been a growing clamor from First Nations people — among them the Idle No More Movement, the hunger strike of Chief Theresa Spence, and the meeting of some Aboriginal leaders with our Prime Minister. There seem to be grievances which are crying out to be addressed.
As Christians we are committed to follow the example of Jesus, to love our neighbours — especially those who are poor and marginalized. We continually hear in the media the plight of First Nations people. We must have often wondered how they ended up in their present situation. As it turns out, laws and treaties of our country may play a significant role.
On Saturday, March 9th, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, our parish will be holding a workshop entitled Conversations on Native Issues. This workshop will focus on laws and treaties that affect the everyday lives of Canada’s native peoples. The speaker will be Senwung Luk, a young lawyer who grew up at St. Gabriel’s. Senwung is an Associate at Olthuis, Kleer and Townshend – LLP. His practice focuses on Aboriginal title litigation and treaty claims.
The workshop aims mainly at information – for participants to become better acquainted with the possible root causes of the situation of Canada’s First Nations people. A light lunch will be provided. To register, please call (416) 221-8866, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Admission is free. However, donations will be gratefully accepted to help defray the cost of the event.
LUNAR NEW YEAR PARTY
Sunday, February 24th after 12:30 PM Mass
Sunday February 10th marked the beginning of Lunar New Year. For many years, the Asian community in our parish has gifted our parish community with a wonderful New Year Party.
This year is the Year of the Snake. Our Lunar New Year Party will take place on Sunday, February 24th after the 12:30 PM Mass in the Gathering Space.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar! All are welcome. Volunteers and donations are also welcome. Please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Friday, March 1st at 1:30 PM
Blessed Trinity Church, 3220 Bayview Avenue
World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year. The theme for 2013 written by the women of France is”I was a stranger and you welcomed me”, based on the Gospel of St. Matthew 25. This year World Day of Prayer will be hosted by Blessed Trinity Church. All are welcome to attend.
FERTILITYCARE TORONTO EASTER EGG SALE
Weekend of March 16th/17th
To raise funds for FertilityCare Toronto formerly known as the Marguerite Bourgeoys Family Centre, the St. Gabriel’s Youth Group will once again be selling hand-made dark chocolate Easter eggs for $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00 before and after all the Masses on March 16th/17th. Your support will help the Centre promote and maintain their services in the Diocese.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for February 10th, 2013
Envelopes (412) – $7,176
Loose Change – $1,215
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (184) – $3,474
The 2013 Offertory Boxed Envelopes are still available outside the Library. Please pick yours up as soon as possible if you have not already done so.
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. We would like to remind you not to use envelopes from previous years as this number may have been reassigned to another family.
You may contact the Parish Office if you do not have envelopes but would like a box for 2013.
Please continue to put your name on your Offertory envelopes. This will assist our office staff in making sure your donation is properly credited.
Tax receipts for donations made in 2012 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 416-221-8866.