Rejoice for the Lord has truly risen!
We wish you all a very Happy and Holy Easter!
From the desk of Fr. Brando…
Thank you one and all who made our Holy week and Easter such a beautiful and uplifting time; those in the Music Ministry, our Lectors and Altar servers, our Ministers of the Eucharist, our Ministers of Hospitality, those responsible for decorating the Church and the members of our Pastoral Team.
YOUTH GROUP BAKE SALE
Sunday, April 5th after all the Masses
Our Youth Group will be holding a bake sale after all the Masses this Sunday, April 5th. The money raised will go towards the group’s expenses for the World Youth Day to be held in Poland in July, 2016. Please support this worthy cause!
April 6th to April 11th, 2015
MONDAY – EASTER MONDAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – ARNOLD BENNETT – Requested by Heather Bennett
WEDNESDAY – SR. MARION MARR IBVM – Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie
THURSDAY – PAULINE FUNG CHIU – Requested by the Chiu Family
FRIDAY – CELINE CHIU KO – Requested by the Chiu Family
SATURDAY – WALTER DI NARDO – Requested by the Family
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: April 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, or 24th.
Children from St. Gabriel’s School are asked to choose one of the following dates: April 23rd, 24th, 28th, 29th, May 4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th.
Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 to book your appointment with Fr. Brando as soon as possible.
FEED THE HUNGRY
Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall or the Good Shepherd Centre. With everyone struggling at this time, these donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Working wonders for those entering the priesthood…
Men who have responded to God’s call to dedicate their lives to His service come from all walks of life. Those who enter the priesthood come from different ages and backgrounds, economic situations, skill sets, and ethnic communities.
At ShareLife-funded agencies such as Serra House, Redemptoris Mater, and St. Augustine’s Seminary, they undergo extensive theological education and practical field training. Through ShareLife, you are helping sustain the vocations for priesthood and inspire discernment for God’s call. Last year ShareLife helped support 80 priests and seminarians in their formation studies.
ShareLife, 2014: $220,250
ShareLife to Date: $70,788
Next Sunday is ShareLife Sunday – April 12, 2015
Please give generously.
You can work wonders!
GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES
Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 72 casseroles for March. For April, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of April 25th/26th 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 website. 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.
Once again we are collecting milk bags. Did you know that milk bags can be cut, looped and woven into sleep mats for individuals or families in developing countries? Schools churches and senior homes throughout the Greater Toronto Area would welcome your contributions. Please drop the colourful outer bags in the bin located in the gathering space. Please make sure that the bags are clean and dry.
For further information about this program please visit www.milkbagsunlimited.ca or contact Sharon Gusz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL BUNDLE-UP COLLECTION
Weekend of May 2nd/3rd
The Society for St. Vincent de Paul will hold their annual Bundle Up Collection on the weekend of May 2nd/3rd. Bring your gently used clothing and household linens on that weekend to share with others.
A St. Vincent de Paul truck will be in the Church parking lot to receive donations. The Society will donate or sell these donations to support their outreach efforts. Thank you for your continued support.
The truck will be open on Saturday, May 2nd from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and on Sunday, May 3rd from 8:30 AM until 1:00 P.M. Volunteers will assist with the loading before and after each Mass.
SUPPORT FOR RECENTLY SEPARATED OR DIVORCED CATHOLICS
April 9th to June 11th
Tuesday Evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Catholic family Services Central Office, 1155 Yonge Street
Catholic family services of Toronto is offering a 10 week group program for adult men and women coping with 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 Tuesday evenings, April 9th to June 11th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. at the Central Office, 1155 Yonge Street near the Summerhill Subway Station. For more information, please contact Ian Singer at 416-921-1163.
NEW BEGINNINGS: “The Art of Journaling for Inner Healing”
Monday, April 13 at 7:00 PM
Catholic Pastoral Centre 1155 Yonge St. 4th Floor.
Catholic Family Services of Toronto New Beginnings invite you to a talk entitled, “The Art of Journaling for Inner Healing” on Monday April 13th at 7:00 PM at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge Street. 4th Floor, adjacent to Summerhill TTC Subway Station. Free underground parking is also available. Martez Schembri-Diskey, author, therapist and instructor, will guide us through a unique journaling approach which employs meditations, affirmations, gratitude, intentions and connections to balancing the spirit, body, mind and emotions for trauma, stress, pain management and self-care.
FAITH CONNECTIONS PRESENTS CHRIST AND CULTURE: AGO
Art Gallery of Ontario 316 Dundas St West
Wednesday, April 15th at 6:45PM
This is a chance for young adults (18-39) to engage culture from the perspective of the nature and person of Jesus!
Each of our Christ and Culture events are designed to open our eyes to the world of God’s beauty as expressed in every person. With that in mind, we will discuss and open our hearts to Christ in one another. Our event will be held at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Its collection includes more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present day.
Free! (The AGO does not charge an admission fee on Wednesday evenings).We will meet by the information desk near the front door.
RSVPs would be appreciated. For more information, contact John-Paul Markides at email@example.com or phone 416-467-2645.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for Last Weekend
Envelopes 470 $ 9,492
Loose Change 1,299
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 164 3,117
Total 634 $ 13,908