JUST A REMINDER…
Monday, February 17th is Family Day.
The Parish Office will be closed.
There will be no 9:00 AM Mass.
THANK YOU TO OUR ASIAN COMMUNITY
We want to say a special word of thanks to our Asian Community for the wonderful Lunar New Year celebration. This is one of the nicest events we have through the year and it was, once again, a wonderful success. Many thanks to all those good people who donated food and those who worked so hard to make the celebration a memorable event. The food was plentiful and awesome! All who attended the celebration thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL
Elkhorn Public School very graciously allows parishioners to use their bus loop to park when our lot is full on Sundays.
However, it is important that we not park there after a large snowfall since they are under strict time constraints to have the lot cleared for their parents and students.
Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated.
February 17th – February 22nd , 2014
MONDAY – FAMILY DAY – No 9:00 A.M. Mass
TUESDAY – JUSCHITZ FAMILY – Requested by Sylvia & Frank Leaver
WEDNESDAY – GERRY BAVINGTON – Requested by Mary Ann & Fergus O’Connell
THURSDAY – ARMANDO & WALTER DINARDO – Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – GERRY BAVINGTON – Requested by Diana Bavington
SATURDAY – JOSEPHINE BADAME – Requested by the Family
CANADIAN TIRE MONEY – MATERCARE
We are still collecting Canadian Tire money 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 or bringing it to the Parish Office.
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.
We are very grateful for the wonderful response in December. However, more volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in our city. Please 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. Remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole.
For more information, you may 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. 2013 tax receipts for all donations of $20 or more have been mailed. Receipts for donations of less than $20 are available upon request.
MILK BAGS INTO BED MATS
Did you know that the plastic, outer bags from four litres of milk can be woven into quick-dry, bug-resistant bed mats for flood-ravaged areas of the third world, like Haiti. This gives them a practical use since they take 40 – 100 years to decompose.
A bin has been placed in the gathering space for the collection of bags. Please remember to rinse out and dry bags before depositing them. Thank you.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Friday, March 7th at 2:00 PM
St. Timothy Church, 21 Leith Hill Road
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 2014 written by the women of Egypt is “Stream in the Desert”. This year World Day of Prayer will be hosted by St. Timothy Church. All are welcome to attend.
LENTEN LISTENING: A Busy Person’s Retreat
Beginning Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014
7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Regis College, 100 Wellesley St., Toronto
Faith Connections, Regis College, and the Toronto Area Vocation Directors Association invite young adults (18-39) from different areas of the Archdiocese of Toronto to experience the gift of Spiritual Accompaniment this Lent! The retreat will begin and end with a group gathering. In the six weeks between, you will be invited to spend 15 minutes a day in prayer and meet with a spiritual companion in your area 3 times for 1 hour. The cost is $25. Register by February 24th. Call Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt at 416-467-2645 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
WALKING IN FAITH, GROWING IN LOVE, LIVING IN HOPE: THE CATHOLIC JOURNEY
St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street, Toronto
Thursday evenings, March 11th to April 1st
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
This series is an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of Catholicism and to live their faith more eagerly as disciples of Jesus Christ, based upon the four major sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
1. Profession of Faith
2. The Celebration of the Christian Mystery
3. Life in Christ
4. Christian Prayer
Sessions will include presentations, multimedia, reading, discussion, prayer and reflection.
To register, call the Office of Formation for Discipleship at
416-934-3400 ext. 523
On-Line Form: www.archtoronto.org/discipleship
BIBLE BASICS FOR CATHOLICS
Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge Street
(Located beside Summerhill subway station.)
Tuesday evenings, March 11th to April 1st 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Come and learn the basics about the Bible, according to the Catholic teaching and traditions in four faith formation sessions. The sessions will include multimedia presentations, reflection, prayer and discussion, and will answer the basic questions: What is the Bible? What is in it? What do I do with it? How do Catholics pray with Scripture?
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for February 9th, 2014
Envelopes 410 $8,100
Loose Change $952
Weekly Portion of PAG 177 $3,307
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2014
Please pick up your 2014 Offertory Boxed Envelopes as soon as possible. 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. You may contact the Parish Office if you do not have envelopes but would like a box for 2014.
Tax receipts for donations made in 2013 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.
We would like to remind you not to use envelopes from previous years as this number may have been reassigned to another family.