In this week’s bulletin, an update on our refugee family, St. Vincent de Paul’s Marygrove Camp, and a retirement gift for Father Paul.
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 on Sunday, June 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 on the weekend of June 15th /16th as well as June 22nd /23rd.
Save some trees 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 provide (available on the weekends of June 8th, 9th and again on June 15th, 16 in the Gathering Space), design and decorate it in whatever way your creativity may lead you and bring it back the following 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 on the weekends of June 15th /16th and June 22nd /23rd. 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.
AN UPDATE ON OUR REFUGEE FAMILY: THEY WERE OFFERED A JOB!
The refugee committee wishes to thank all the parishioners who have offered help to find work for the two young men — Kharam and Athear of our refugee family. Thanks to the contact of one of our parishioners, they got a job working in tile setting!! They are very happy and grateful to be productive again; and best of all, in a trade that they are very good at. We hope everything works out well for them.
June 10th to June 15th, 2013
MONDAY – CARMEN MAGPAYO Requested by Teresita A. Magpayo
TUESDAY – STELLA & TIM NICOLLA Requested by Theresa Yang
WEDNESDAY – DOROTHY WILLIAMS Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie
THURSDAY – LEONARD MARCHIE Requested by Teresa Marchie & Family
FRIDAY – MARGARET PRINDIVILLE Requested by Denise & David Prindiville
SATURDAY – SAM BADAME Requested by the Family
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, 2013.
ShareLife Total for 2012: $208,317
Share Life to Date: $150,377.43
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – MARYGROVE CAMP
There will be a second collection for Marygrove Camp for Girls this weekend at all the Masses 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.
Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.
- Regular ground coffee: $5.50
- Decaffeinated: $6
- Whole Beans: $5.50
- Chocolate Bars: $4 incl. Taxes
- Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $4.75
- Teas: $4.25
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.
HAIRSPRAY: DON’T MISS IT!
TCDSB Staff Arts is pleased to present Hairspray
- June 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th at 7:30PM
- June 9th at 2:00 PM
Theatre at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, 36 Greenfield Avenue, North York. All tickets are $22. For more information please call 416-222-8282 ext. 2787 or visit the website: www.tcdsb.org/staffarts
8TH ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT IN SUPPORT OF SENIORS
Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
Remington Parkview Golf & Country Club
6400 Steeles Avenue East
You are invited to participate in or sponsor the 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament in support of seniors. It is to be held on June 18th at the Remington Parkview Golf and Country Club. For more information, please see the flyer on the bulletin board or contact Bernard Boreland by phone at 905-884-9276 or by email at Bernard.firstname.lastname@example.org .
NEW BEGINNINGS’ SUMMER LUNCHEON & SPEAKER: Christine Rybka Miki
Saturday, June 22 – 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge St. 4th Floor
Exploring our relationship with God during times of loss and grief through the practice of the Awareness Examen, Lectio Divina and Mindfulness Meditation. Please RSVP by Monday, June 17th to email@example.com or at 416-921-1163 ext. 2236.
RETROUVAILLE: HELP FOR HURTING MARRIAGES
A Live-in Weekend followed by sessions to help heal troubled marriages.
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.
BLESSED TRINITY C.W.L. AFTERNOON BRIDGE
The C.W.L. Afternoon Bridge Group is looking for new members. If you are interested, please call Maureen Cullen at 416-222-8755.
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. There will be hot dogs, games, face painting, lucky draws, music and more….. Please bring your families, friends and neighbours to enjoy a hot summer afternoon with your parishioners. We need volunteers to help and make this event happen. Please sign up your name on the sheets at the back of church. For more information, you may call Linda Law at 416-918-8029.
CHURCH BULLETIN ADVERTISING
Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisements for our church bulletin. The advertising will begin in September 2013 and supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call Liturgical Publications at 905-624-4422.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for May 26th, 2013
Envelopes (417) – $8,010
Loose Change – $1,182
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (186) – $3,555
Total – $12,747
Please remember to put your full name(s) on your Offertory envelopes.