In this week’s bulletin, First Reconciliation, the remembrance meal of the Passover, and the FertilityCare Easter Egg hunt.
LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE 2013
Stations of the Cross – Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM
Reconciliation Service Wednesday, March 20th at 7:30 PM
Palm Sunday March 24th
Masses Sat. -4:30 PM, Sun. – 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Holy Thursday March 28th
No 9:00 AM Mass
7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by Adoration until 10 PM
Good Friday March 29th
10:00 AM Morning Prayer
3:00 PM Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday March 30th
Confessions 11:00 AM to 12 Noon
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:30 PM Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday March 31st
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Easter Monday April 1st
No 9:00 AM Mass
Extra parking at Elkhorn Public School
March 11th – March 16th, 2013
MONDAY – GERARS SHAW Requested by Nora Kerr
TUESDAY – JOSEPHINE LUAN NGUYEN Requested by the Nguyen Family
WEDNESDAY – JOHN SEARS Requested by Michael & Marie Gennaro
THURSDAY – JULIANA & MAXIMINO MANZANO JR. Requested by Arnulfo Manzano
FRIDAY – MATHIEW SEITH Requested by Mary Ann Mailhot
SATURDAY – PAUL McCONKEY Requested by Patrick McConkey
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Stations of the Cross take place each Friday evening during Lent at 7:30 PM. We also encourage your attendance at our daily Mass throughout Lent.
Saturday, March 23rd
St. Gabriel’s Church at 1:30 PM
First Reconciliation for children attending St. Gabriel’s School, those in the Children’s Faith Program and children attending Private Schools will be held at St. Gabriel’s Church on Saturday, March 23rd at 1:30 PM.
Wednesday, March 20th at 7:30 PM
This is an opportunity to spend some time in peace and quiet, to reflect upon how we are responding to our call to be sons and daughters of God. Recognizing the fact that we are “good people”, we also accept the fact that good people can sin. Through an examination of conscience we face those sins, admit them and are reconciled to God. For those who wish, individual confessions will be celebrated after the service. We encourage you to take advantage of this celebration.
REMEMBRANCE MEAL OF THE PASSOVER
Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00 PM in the Gabriel Room
Passover is the oldest festival of the Hebrew liturgical calendar. It has been observed by the Jewish people for more than 3,000 years. It celebrates the freeing of the Jews who were slaves during the time of Moses. It occurs in the spring, the time of renewal in “Nissan”, the first month of the Hebrew year, and it lasts for eight days. At this time, their meals celebrate this momentous historical Jewish Event.
Why do we Christians celebrate this “meal” at St. Gabriel’s? First, this celebration helps us to understand our religious roots, which are Jewish. Second, it is an opportunity for us to celebrate our growth as a community and be together with families and friends at this most special time during Holy Week. The menu is identical to the Seder supper’s menu and the meal is “pot luck” – each person brings a dish for their table. Please call Mary Landry at 416-293-3760 by Friday, March 22nd to book your table of 6 or 8, or to have your name added to a table.
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 onMarch16th/17th. Your support will help the Centre promote and maintain their service in the Diocese.
Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses on the weekend of March 23rd/24th. Please note this is a week later than usual.
Working wonders for people with special needs…
“I was a rebel,” the now 22-year-old said, adding he often broke the cardinal rule at the Silent Voice Sign Language Summer Camp by speaking rather than signing. “Looking back, it was disrespectful.” It wasn’t until Tyler was too old to attend the day camp for deaf children that he realized what he’d learned at Silent Voice was a priceless gift. He began to understand his language skill was in high demand and that becoming an interpreter was a career he wanted to pursue. So, after graduating from high school, Tyler enrolled in the American Sign Language program at Toronto’s George Brown College. Determined to right the wrongs of his youth, he also signed up to be a counsellor at the SLSP camp. One of the most important lessons for him was that people and attitudes can change. “It made me appreciate the good intentions of people who helped me grow up,” Tyler said. “It’s a good feeling knowing someone cared about me so much. I appreciate it now. It really helped me see the best in people.” Now he’s passing it forward.
ShareLife-funded agencies in our region assisted more than 22,500 people with special needs last year, affirming their value to our society and making us all stronger as a result.
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.
Next Sunday, March 17th, 2013 is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously. You can work wonders!
BIBLE FOR BEGINNERS
Monday, March 18th at 7:30 PM or Thursday, March 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
Widow/Widowers Support Group.
Beginning Friday, March 15th at 7:30 PM
St. Louis-de-France Church, 1415 Don Mills Road
Looking for hope and guidance after the death of a spouse? In an informal setting we meet for seven weeks, where we share and learn from each other. You are most welcome to join us as we seek answers to help prepare us for our new journey. We will meet at St. Louis–de–France Church
beginning Friday, March 15th at 7:30 and going to May 3rd.
The facilitator is Ms. Mary Muir. To register call Deacon James Shaughnessy MSW., RSW., Psyn.D. at 416-921-1163 ext. 2227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
GREENING SACRED SPACES
“Making the Leap: Hope for a Sustainable World” – 5th Annual GAN/GSS Forum
Saturday, March 23rd, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
First Unitarian Congregation, 175 St. Clair West
On Saturday, March 23rd, the Green Awakening Network and Greening Sacred Spaces invite you to make the leap and visualize what a sustainable future might look like. Keynote speakers, José Etcheverry and Stephen Scharper, will share their insights into building green energy economies and the heart and mind change needed for a sustainable future from a faith perspective. Participatory workshops will explore eco-spirituality, greening faith buildings, and developing sustainable energy in Ontario. The forum, graciously hosted by First Unitarian Congregation (175 St. Clair West in Toronto), is a full day event and the registration cost of $35 includes lunch. For more information, contact Donna Lang at email@example.com or 416-481-1327 or go to www.greeningsacredspaces.net.
THE SERVICE OF TENEBRAE
St. Bonaventure’s Church
Saturday, March 23rd at 7:30 PM
Please join us for the first Tenebrae service held at St. Bonaventure’s Church. It will be a remarkable experience for this community to share. The gentlemen of the St. Michael’s Choir School Alumni will be present to provide musical settings of the readings composed by Msgr. Ronan, who was the founder of the Choir School. This tradition is celebrated annually at St. Michael’s Cathedral on the Wednesday of Holy Week. We would like to introduce this custom to our congregation in hopes of better preparing ourselves for the mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
LOVE IN ACTION SCHOOL
May 19th to 26th
Seoul, South Korea
Care to reach out to the homeless? the sick? those who are ostracized from society? Don’t wait to share your love with them any longer. Love in Action School is an 8 day volunteering event and retreat that will take place in Seoul, South Korea from May 19th to 26th. It will also include a day’s events of touring and experiencing the Korean culture. For details, please contact Bona Kim by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 647-261-9366.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for March 3rd, 2013
Envelopes (428) – $8,510
Loose Change – $923
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (186) – $3,555
Total – $12,988