In this week’s bulletin, Children’s Faith Program registration, Adult Faith Development and a marriage preparation course.
FROM THE DESK OF FR. PAUL
Good people of St. Gabriel’s, I want to share with you some developments that will take place in our parish in the near future. Cardinal Collins has approved our Provincial’s nomination of Fr. Brando Recana’s appointment as Pastor of St. Gabriel’s as of July 7, 2013. This is good news for all of us. You good people know Fr. Brando very well. He will be a fine and kind Pastor to all of you and I know you will stand by him as you’ve stood by me.
I will continue to live in our residence and help Brando on the weekends but will not be part of the parish team. Because I won’t be “leaving”, there won’t be any kind of going away “do”. The parish staff is planning a reception after each Mass this weekend, June 22nd/23rd, just to give me a chance to say thank you to all of you for being wonderful and supportive parishioners these past many years.
A RETIREMENT GIFT FOR FATHER PAUL
Many of us in the parish are saddened by the news of the retirement of Father Paul. At the same time, we are deeply grateful for his many years of ministry among us.
The parish staff has received enquires from many parishioners about gift ideas. One possibility is a retirement trip for Father Paul. If you would like to participate in this gift-giving, you’ll be able to leave your gift either as cheque or cash in a gift basket in the Gathering Space this weekend. Cheques should be made payable to St. Gabriel’s Parish with a notation on the memo line – Fr. Paul’s Gift. No tax receipts will be issued for your gift.
Nurture your creativity and help a community in need
The parish staff has also come up with an additional idea: instead of buying a commercially-produced card for Father Paul, we suggest you take one of the blank cards we have provided, design and decorate it in whatever way your creativity may lead you and bring it back this weekend. We’ll gather the cards and present them together to Father Paul as a community tribute.
At the same time, we are asking you to consider donating the equivalent amount of what you would have paid for a commercial card — $1, $3, or $5. There will be a collection box in the Gathering Space this weekend. The money collected from this will be donated to World Vision towards buying animals for impoverished communities in some developing country. That way we can save some trees and families in need can be enriched and empowerered.
June 24th to June 29th, 2013
MONDAY – JACK BROADLEY Requested by Mary & Alec Chan
TUESDAY – WALTER DINARDO Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – KENG OWYONG Requested by the Helen Owyong
THURSDAY – ABANDONED SOULS Requested by the Nguyen Family
FRIDAY – SPECIAL INTENTION Requested by Rose Liu Law
SATURDAY – FRANCIS PEREIRA Requested by the Pereira Family
The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
- Shaine Althea Aglosolos
- Hailey Barbetta
- Vienna Elisa Galloro
- Owen Victor Jackson
- Dominic Francis Jereza
- Eva Alessandra Rocciolo
- Caitlin So
These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, June 16th, 2013. 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 next weekend, June 30th, 2013.
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 beginin 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.
MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE
Weekend of September 27th to September 29th
A Marriage Preparation Course for parishioners who wish to be married in the Catholic Church will be held here at St. Gabriel’s on the weekend of September 27th to September 29th. Interested couples should contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ShareLife Total for 2012: $208,317
Share Life to Date: $156,776.43
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. You can help others 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 just outside the Parish Office.
Bundle-Up Weekend September 8th/9th
There will be a Bundle-Up Weekend on September 8th/9th. Start today to gather gently used clean clothes for the weekend after Labour Day.
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 needed, especially in the summer months. Please get a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s here. Printed copies of the recipes are also available. Remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole.
For the summer, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekends of July 27th /28th and August 24th /25th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. For more information, you may contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.
CHURCH BULLETIN ADVERTISING
Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisements for our church bulletin. The advertising which begins in September 2013 provides the finances to produce our bulletin. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call Liturgical Publications at 905-624-4422.
Sunday, June 30th after the 12:30 Mass
The Parish BBQ Picnic will be held on Sunday, June 30th after the 12:30 Mass in the parking lot. Hot dogs, salads, dessert, coffee and drinks will be available. There will be games, face painting, lucky draws, music and more….. Bring your families, friends and neighbours to enjoy a hot summer afternoon with your parishioners. Please get your free food ticket at the reception desk outside the entrance to the Church and present it to volunteers at the barbeque. Don’t forget to bring your own lawn chair. We need volunteers to help make this event happen. Please sign up on the sheets at the back of church. For more information you may call Linda Law at 416-918-8029.
QUEEN OF APOSTLES OPEN HOUSE
August 10th 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Come and celebrate with us…Queen of Apostles is celebrating 50 years of serving the Church, the Archdiocese and the Community. Come reminisce with us. Our Open House takes place on Saturday, August 10th, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The official segment will take place at 2:00 PM. Canapés & refreshments will be available all day.
RETROUVAILLE: HELP FOR HURTING MARRIAGES
A Live-in Weekend followed by sessions to help heal troubled marriages.
September 20th to September 22nd
Retrouvaille is a Catholic based program supported by Cardinal Collins to help alleviate marriage breakdown. The next weekend will be September 20th to 22nd, 2013. For confidential inquiries or to register call 416-281-6007. For more information go to www.torontoretrouvaille.com
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for June 9th, 2013
Envelopes (382) – $7,349
Loose Change – $1,304
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (186) – $3,545
Total – $12,198
Please remember to put your full name(s) and seal your Offertory envelopes.