The Music Ministry is sad to inform our community that Fletcher Agostino, cantor and choir director, is leaving us as of Sunday, June 14th. Fletcher has been with us for nine years, leading us in our sung prayers with his beautiful tenor voice and warm personality. Fletcher’s strengths have been a unique blend of gentle charisma, caring, faith, conviction, dedication, musical talent and leadership abilities. Fletcher recently received his PhD in Chemistry, and is taking a job in Edmonton. We wish him and his fiancée Jenny all the best, with grateful hearts and voices!
Sunday, June 28th after the 12:30 Mass
The Parish BBQ Picnic will be held on Sunday, June 28th after the 12:30 Mass in the parking lot. There will be hot dogs, games, face painting, lucky draws, music and more…
Tickets are $2 each.
Please bring your families, friends and neighbours to enjoy a summer afternoon with your parishioners.
We need volunteers to help and make this event happen. Please sign up by putting your name and phone number onthe sheets at the back of church. For more information, you may call Linda Law at 416-918-8029.
June 8th to June 13th 2015
MONDAY – GERRY HUGHES – Requested by Nora Kerr
TUESDAY – RITA JOSEPH – Requested by Margaret & Yasmin
WEDNESDAY – MARTIN CODD – Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie
& Mary Alice O’Mahony
THURSDAY – KIM SE DONG – Requested by Cecilia
FRIDAY – MEADARD DAIGNAN – Requested by Nora Kerr
SATURDAY – JOHN & CHRISTOPHER DI LALLO – Requested by Val Palazzo
RESPECT FOR THE SACREDNESS OF THE CELEBRATION
As a sign of respect for the celebrant and others attending Mass, please do not let your children roam around freely during the liturgy.
CHANGE OF GRADE FOR CONFIRMATION
Cardinal Collins recently announced that the grade level of those eligible for Confirmation will change from Grade 8 to Grade 7. In the transitional phase of the 2015 – 2016 academic year, all children in Grade 7 and 8 will be prepared for and will receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Accommodating the increased number of candidates will be a challenge but by mid June, we hope to have a clearer idea of how we will approach this unique situation.
If your child is currently in Grade 6 or 7, please watch our bulletin or check our website for further information. The process for Confirmation preparation for students entering Grade 7 and 8 will begin in September 2015.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – MARYGROVE CAMP
There will be a second collection for Marygrove Camp for Girls next weekend at all the Masses Marygrove Camp is a residential camp situated on 39 acres of beautifully treed grounds and a quarter mile of Georgian Bay waterfront, near Penetang, Ontario. This summer, 1,100 girls from less fortunate families will be attending camp. Please support this important work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Each and every child’s camping experience is fully subsidized through this collection. Thank you for your support! Envelopes are in the pews
Working Working wonders for people in our homes and parishes…
“You do not have to look far to see the wonders being worked by ShareLife… in the pews of your parish, in the homes on your street, in your neighbourhood.” ShareLife agencies provide competent, faith-informed care to those who turn to them for help, regardless of their beliefs or background. Last year, over 381,000 services were provided to over 114,000 people in our Archdiocese in more than 20 languages, receiving the compassion, care and respect they rightly deserve.
In addition, countless others were assisted through outreach programs around the world.”
—Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto
ShareLife, 2014: $220,250.
ShareLife to Date: $133,423
Thank you for your generosity.
Together we can work wonders!
FEED THE HUNGRY
Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall or the Good Shepherd Centre. As summer approaches, food donations tend to drop off. These donations are more important than ever as families struggle to make ends meet. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your ongoing support.
GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES
Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 50 casseroles for May. For June, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of June 27th/28th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.
At this time of year, the number of casseroles tends to drop off as many people are away on holidays. More volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in our city. Please pick up a copy of a one of the three casserole recipes and a pan from the Parish Office and give it a try. The recipes are also available on the St. Gabriel’s website. 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
MOSAIC INTERFAITH ABRAHAM THREE FAITHS
Monday, June 8th at 7:30 PM
Temple Har Zion
Mosaic Interfaith invites you to attend the next presentation in their series “From Abraham Three Faiths” at Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Avenue on Monday June 8th at 7.30 PM.
The subject is “Can You Be a Secular Jew/Christian/Muslim? The Impact of the Secular on our Religious Traditions” Panelists as before are Rev. Canon John Hill, Rabbi Michael Stroh and Dr. Liyakat Takim from Christianity, Judaism and Islam respectively. See flyer on bulletin boards.
For more information or to RSVP call Nora 416-218 0680.
DISCERNING THE HOLY SPIRIT IN ST. LUKE’S PARABLES
4 Tuesdays beginning June 9th from 9:45 to 11:00 AM
St. Bonaventure Parish, 1320 Leslie Street
St. Bonaventure’s Parish is hosting a four-week reflective and interactive scripture study, Discerning the Holy Spirit in St. Luke’s Parables. Liturgical prayer, contemplation and fellowship in the Holy Spirit will be emphasized in understanding the powerful message presented by Luke.
For more information, contact the Office of Formation for Discipleship at 416-934-3400, ext. 523
SYMPHONY OF VOICES
Saturday, June 13th at 7:30 PM
St. Lukes’s Church, 39 Green Lane, Thornhill.
A concert, performed by the Vocal Horizons Chamber Choir featuring Film and Orchestral arrangements for voices will be held at St. Luke’s Parish, 39 Green Lane in Thornhill on Saturday, June 13th at 7:30 PM. Admission is free but donations would be appreciated.
For more information call 416-725-7973 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TO MONTREAL AND QUEBEC
June 20th to June 23rd
There are still a few spaces left on the 4 day pilgrimage to Montreal and Quebec. The group will be accompanied by Fr Daren Bryk from June 20th to June 23rd. The group will leave Blessed Trinity with a pickup at St Timothy Church. The cost is $349 per person.
For more information, contact Mary 416-497-7059
BAKE SALE IN SUPPORT OF SCHOOL IN HAITI
Weekend of June 13th/14
Many of you may remember that the parishioners of St. Gabriel’s made a generous contribution, through a bake sale and personal donations, to building a school in Corail, Haiti (in the vicinity of Port-au-Prince) for children of displaced citizens after the 2010 earthquake. The school was built through the fundraising efforts and personal involvement of two of our parishioners, Eric and Helen Pierre.
St. Paul de Corail School opened with 2 classes in 2013 and 3 more classes in 2014. The school presently serves approximately 165 children and is also used for adult education after school hours. Due to the desperate need for schools and community facilities in the area, the present goal is to add a second floor to the school with five new classrooms.
Eric and Helen are seeking help again from their fellow parishioners. If you enjoy the sweet things in life, please join them at a Bake Sale on the weekend of June 13th/14th after all the Masses. There will be sweets of every kind, as well as an opportunity to speak with members of Pierspective Entraide Humanitaire, the organization they spearheaded, about Haiti and their school construction projects.
FREE ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR
Wednesday, June 17th at 7:00 PM
St. Monica’s Parish Hall
Catholic Cemeteries and the Archdiocese estate planning team will share:
How to protect your loved ones with a proper will
How to ensure your wishes are legally protected
The advantage of pre-arranging funeral, burial and cremation
The cost savings of making an estate plan
Finding lawyers and estate planning advisors
Our Catholic traditions around wills, burials and funerals.
An estate planning kit will be provided at no cost. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Frank Jannetta, Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Services – Archdiocese of Toronto at 416.733-8544 ext. 237 or email@example.com
NEW BEGINNINGS APPRECIATION BREAKFAST
Saturday, June 20th from 9:30 AM to 12:00 Noon
Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge Street, 4th Floor
Catholic Family Services of Toronto and New Beginnings invite you to an Appreciation Breakfast on Saturday, June 20th from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon at the Catholic Pastoral Centre. The guest speaker will be Dr. Josephine Lombardi, Assistant Professor, St. Augustine’s Seminary. She will speak about the Influences that Shape our Personalities. Please pre-register for this event, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 416-921-1163 x 2235.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for Last Weekend
Envelopes 371 $ 7,897
Loose Change 990
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 164 3,117
Total 562 $ 12,004
Maintenance Collection $4,405
Nepal Relief Fund $15,029