FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS
Interviews for children who wish to receive their First Communion are now being scheduled. Those children attending the Children’s Faith Program, private schools or others are asked to choose one of the following dates: March 31st, April 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 28th, 29th, 30, May 1st, or May 2nd.
Children from St. Gabriel’s School are asked to choose one of the following dates: May 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, or 16th.
Please call the Parish Office to book your appointment with Fr. Brando as soon as possible.
REMEMBRANCE MEAL OF THE PASSOVER
Wednesday, April 16th 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 Ed Shiller at 647-407-2953 or 647-352-3133 by Wednesday, April 9th to book your table of 6 or 8 or to have your name added to a table.
The Parish is purchasing 600 new song hymnals. The green song books would also be retained. These hymnals which contain the words to more contemporary songs that we all know and recognize, will help us to fully participate in our liturgies.
Although these hymnals are being purchased at a special 20% saving, they represent a cost of $20 per hymnal. We would encourage you to help defray the cost by making a contribution of $20 per hymnal. You are not limited to contributing only for one hymnal and we welcome any amount you may wish to give. Any contribution should be placed in a blank envelope including your name, address and envelope number and should clearly indicate “Hymnals.”
March 24th to March 29th, 2014
MONDAY – LUCILLE & PAT ALTILIA – Requested by Marie & Michael Gennaro
TUESDAY – LEILA THOMAS – Requested by Thomas Callaghan
WEDNESDAY – CECILY TURTON – Requested by David Turton
THURSDAY – MICHAEL PANG – Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – MARTIN SMEE – Requested by the Family
SATURDAY – GERRY BAVINGTON – Requested by Diana Bavington
The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome: William Antonio Camacho, Sebastian Roger Kipp and Andrew Phillip Aninangin Ganon who received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, March 16th 2014. Congratulations!
LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE
Stations of the Cross
Friday Evenings at 7:30 P.M.
11:00 A.M to 12:00 Noon
3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
April 9th at 7:30 P.M.
Palm Sunday April 13th
Masses: Saturday. 4:30 P.M.,
Sunday 8:30 A.M., 10:30 A.M., 12:30 P.M.
Holy Thursday April 17th
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
7:30 P.M. Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 P.M.
Good Friday April 18th
10:00 A.M. Morning Prayer
3:00 P.M. Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 P.M. Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday April 19th
No 4:30 P.M. Mass
8:00 P.M. Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday April 20th
Masses: 8:30 A.M., 10:30 A.M.,
Easter Monday April 21st
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL
Saturday, March 29th at St. Gabriel’s Church at 2:00 P.M.
First Reconciliation for children attending St. Gabriel’s School, and those in the Children’s Faith Program and children attending Private Schools will be held at St. Gabriel’s Church on Saturday, March 29th at 2:00 P.M.
Working wonders in our community…
Last year Mary Centre received a call to assist Robert, a client, when they learned that his sister Theresa, who lived with him, had collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. Due to a previous connection with Robert and Theresa, the agency was able to respond quickly. Mary Centre’s respite facility at St. Bernard’s is often fully booked a few months in advance but other families were supportive and changed their plans to accommodate this situation.Robert stayed at Mary Centre for 3 weeks until Theresa was able to return home and take care of him. He continues to come to St. Bernard’s at least once a month where he has felt welcome and has made friends. Robert and Theresa take comfort in knowing that Mary Centre was there for them. Theresa shared, “To know Mary Centre is to know people who are kind, considerate and thoughtful; thank you for all you’ve have done for my brother and me.” Last year, over 1,800 people with special needs received assistance from ShareLife-supported agencies.
First ShareLife Sunday – March 30, 2014
Please give generously. You can work wonders!
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 to help feed the hungry in our city. You may pick up a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan from the Parish Office.
Three recipes are also available on St. Gabriel’s web site. . Please remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole. For more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.
FERTILITYCARE TORONTO EASTER EGG SALE
Weekend of April 5th/6th
To raise funds for FertilityCare Toronto, the St.Gabriel’s Youth Group will once again be selling hand-made Belgian dark chocolate or milk chocolate Easter eggs for $3.00 each before and after all the Masses on the weekend of April 5th/6th. Your support will help the Centre promote and maintain their service in the Diocese.
MARRIAGE RENEWAL WEEKEND
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
April 11th to 13th
Refresh and rekindle your love for each other by treating yourselves to a marriage enrichment weekend at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, or give a weekend as a gift to family or friends. The Centre offers comfort, excellent cuisine and an inspiring program. The next weekend is April 11-13, 2014. For information telephone: 905-278-5229.
RETROUVAILLE: Help for Troubled Marriages
April 25th to 27th
Retrouvaille consists of a live-in weekend and Post sessions to help couples experiencing troubles in their marriage relationships. For further confidential and no-obligation information, call 416- 281-6007 or go to: www.torontoretrouvaille.com. The next weekend will be held on April 25th to 27th in Mississauga.
REGIS COLLEGE BOOK SALE
April 27th to May 3rd from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
100 Wellesley Street West, 1st Floor Solarium
Regis College, the Jesuit College of Theology at the University of Toronto, is having its 3rd annual Book Sale from April 30th to May 3rd. If you have any gently used books to donate, they would be most appreciated. The books can be delivered to Regis College at 100 Wellesley St. E. (at Queens’s Park). For more information please call 416-922-5474 ext. 244 or email at regiscollege.ca/booksale.TT.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for last weekend:
Envelopes 404 $8,036
Loose Change $1,385
Weekly Portion of PAG 177 $3,307
DIRECTION OF SCHOOL SUPPORT
If you have been a Separate School Supporter and have moved, you may not realize that your tax support automatically defaults to the Public School system. If you would like to be a Separate School supporter, please pick up a form in the Parish office.