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, 30th , 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 647-352-3123 by Wednesday, April 9th to book your table of 6 or 8 or to have your name added to a table.
March 31st to April 5th, 2014
MONDAY – WILLY WONG – Requested by Agnes Wong
TUESDAY – ALLAN PERSAUD – Requested by the Persaud & Goldenberg Families
WEDNESDAY – LUIS FUNG – Requested by the Family
THURSDAY – MAGDALINE CHIU – Requested by Anonymous
FRIDAY – MARTIN SMEE – Requested by the Family
SATURDAY – AL DONEGAN – Requested by the Family
LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE 2014
Stations of the Cross
Friday Evenings at 7:30 P.M.
Individual Confessions April 9th
11:00 A.M to 12:00 Noon
3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Reconciliation Service 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., 12:30 P.M.
Easter Monday April 21st
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday evening during Lent at 7:30 PM. We also encourage your attendance at our daily Mass throughout Lent.
Friday, April 4th from 9:30 AM – 12 Noon
ECO – SABBATH
Sunday, April 6th at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room
On the first Sunday of each month, the Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality facilitates a 30 minute reflection and discussion prompted by the readings for that Sunday’s liturgy. All are welcome.
English: Saturday, April 5th at 3:15 P.M. in the Gabriel Room.
Chinese: Sunday, April 6th at 3:30 P.M. in the Gabriel Room.
For information, please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.
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Today is ShareLife Sunday. Please give generously. You can work wonders!
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.
SERVICE OF TENEBRAE
St. Bonaventure’s Church,
1300 Leslie Street
Friday, April 11th at 8:00 P.M.
You are invited to celebrate the service of Tenebrae being held at St. Bonaventure’s Church on April 11th at 8:00 P.M. Tenebrae retells the story of the Passion through a collection of readings and sung responses, which are provided by the gentlemen of the Seraphim Men’s Chorus. Certainly, Tenebrae is a wonderful way to prepare for Holy Week. We look forward to seeing you there!
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.
THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC MISSION 2014
THE GIFT OF FORGIVENESS
Part 1 – Monday, April 14th at 6:00 P.M.
Repeated at 10:00 P.M. EDT
Part 2 – Tuesday, April 15th at 6:00 P.M.
Repeated at 10:00 P.M. EDT
The National Catholic Mission 2014, “The Gift of Forgiveness,” will be broadcast on VISIONTV on Monday, and Tuesday of Holy Week at 6:00 P.M. (repeated at 10:00 P.M. EDT)
This year’s Mission looks at how the hurts and cruelties we inevitably experience during the first half of our lives, at school, at home and at work, may be a source of the anger and resentment we feel in our later years. It will offer a pathway to help us rediscover a mellow and compassionate heart.
The Mission will feature Father Ron Rolheiser, O.M.I., Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND, Paula D’Arcy and Tom Zanzig.
SUPPORT FOR RECENTLY SEPARATED OR DIVORCED CATHOLICS
Catholic Family Services, Central Office
1155 Yonge Street
Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.
April 15th to June 17th
Catholic Family Services of Toronto is offering 10 week group program for adult men and women coping with the many struggles involved in the process of separation and divorce. Group participants will receive support and guidance as they move through this difficult period of transition. The group will run on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. from April 15th to June 17th at the Central Office, 1155 Yonge Street. For more information, please contact Ian Singer at 416-921-1163.
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.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for last weekend:
Envelopes 439 $9,449
Loose Change $912
Weekly Portion of PAG 177 $3,307
Maintenance to Date: $9,305
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.