FEAST OF ST. GABRIEL
Thursday, February 27th is the feast of St. Gabriel. St. Gabriel, a member of the Passionist Community, was born Francis Possenti on March 1, 1838 in Assisi. In September, 1856 he entered the Passionist novitiate but before his ordination, he contracted tuberculosis. He died February 27, 1862 at the age of 24. Francis had a special devotion to Mary and chose as his religious name Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin. He is remembered for his enthusiasm in life and his extraordinary generosity. Pope John XXIII proclaimed him as a special Patron of Youth. Mass will be celebrated as usual at 9:00 A.M. on Thursday. There will also be a School Mass on Wednesday, February 26th at 1:30 P.M. here at the Church.
February 24th to March 1st, 2014
MONDAY – MARKE GARCIA – Requested by Pat Martin
TUESDAY – RUKI MARTINEZ – Requested by Rienzie Martinez
WEDNESDAY – IRENE CHUCHRA – Requested by Judy and Ella
THURSDAY – IVY LYN – Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – ELEANOR EDENBOROUGH – Requested by Fran Moscall
SATURDAY – GEMMA ARANHA – Requested by Michael Meharchand
The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
Logan John Alexander Baird
Lucas Mael Thelliere
Vivian Grace Zdzienicki
These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, February 16th, 2014. Congratulations!
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 to 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.
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.
NEW BEGINNINGS: ART AND PRAYER AS A PATH OF HEALING GRIEF
Tuesday, March 4th from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Catholic Pastoral Centre: 1155 Yonge St. 4th Floor (Parking available)
On Tuesday, March 4th, New Beginnings will present an inspirational talk with Michael Stoeber, Professor of Religion and Spirituality at Regis College, The Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto Pre registration is NOT required. For enquiries please contact Deacon James Shaughnessy MSW., RSW., Psyn.D. at Catholic Family Services of Toronto 416-921-1163 ext 2227 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 email@example.com
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Friday, March 7th at 1:30 PM
Forest Grove United Church, 43 Forest Grove Drive
World Day of Prayer is an annual worldwide ecumenical service which began in 1922 in Canada and the United States. It is now observed in 170 countries around the world. Each participating country takes its turn selecting the theme and writing the service. Forest Grove United Church invites us to join them at this year’s service, written by the Christian women of Egypt, entitled “Stream in the Desert”. All are welcome to attend.
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?
HEARING THE WHISPERS IN MY HEART: The Art of Discernment
Saturday, March 22nd from 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Loretto College, 70 St. Mary Street
This workshop will be presented by a team of men and women religious. It is a day to reflect on making choices in life. It will be given at Loretto College, 70 St. Mary Street, Toronto (south of Bay/Bloor Subway)
The suggested donation is $25 (lunch included). For further information, please contact Sister Rosemary Fry, CSJ at 416-285-4166 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
DYNAMIC WOMEN OF FAITH CATHOLIC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
International Plaza Hotel
655 Dixon Road, Toronto
Saturday, April 12th from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Come. Get inspired. Refresh your spirit. Meet new people. Renew your mind. Learn about new saints.
The keynote speaker will be Lisa Hendley, from Fresno California, author of the Handbook for Catholic Moms. Other speakers include Fr. Terry McKenna, Michael Coren, Anita Healy, Dorothy Pilarski and Tammie Cancelli.
For more information and to register visit: www.dynamicwomenfaith.com
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for weekend of February 15th/16th, 2014
Envelopes 394 $7,961
Loose Change $1,068
Weekly Portion of PAG 177 $3,307
Maintenance Collection: $629
Maintenance to Date: $7,460
Tax receipts for donations made in 2013 have been mailed to you. 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.