Monday, May 18th is Victoria Day. The Parish Office will be closed.
There will be no 9:00 AM Mass that day.
Congratulations to the following children from our parish attending the Children’s Faith Program, Private and other Catholic Schools who received their First Communion as a group on Sunday, May 10th, 2015.
Maximiliano Golshenas Rad Campuzano
Coco Victoria Muradali
Jeremiah Thomas Saguil
It was a beautiful celebration. Let us promise to support these young people with our prayers as they continue on their journey of faith.
ST. GABRIEL’S YOUTH GROUP TEA AND FLOWER SALE
St. Gabriel’s Youth Group would like to thank you for your generous support of their tea and flower sale. They raised $1,085 which will go towards the group’s expenses for the World Youth Day to be held in Poland in July, 2016.
May 18th to May 23rd 2015
MONDAY – VICTORIA DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – ANA SOFIA NASCIMENTO &
DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY – Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – SR.VIVINA DECK I.B.V.M – Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie
THURSDAY – CECILIA MANALANG – Requested by Plutarco Manalang
FRIDAY – PATRICK & NANCY YEUNG – Requested by Paul & Wai Chin Hwang & Family
SATURDAY – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE HOLLOHAN
& STAPLETON FAMILIES – Requested by the Family
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday, May 24th at 7:30 PM at St. Gabriel’s Church. In preparation for this Sacrament, a Confirmation Retreat will be held on Saturday, May 23rd from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at St. Gabriel’s Church.
All candidates must attend. Candidates are reminded to bring a signed letter from the service coordinator or a parent stating the completion or anticipated date of completion of volunteer service hours.
PLANNING TO BE A CATHOLIC TEACHER?
It is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic School Board in Ontario, as part of your application for employment, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor. If you are planning to apply to teach in a Catholic School, a contact with the pastor is highly recommended. Please plan to have a conversation with your Pastor early in the process, well before applications are to be submitted.
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.
NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF
The Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting financial contributions for humanitarian relief following the catastrophic effects of a serious earthquake on April 24th The earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, and aftershocks have devastated huge areas of the country, with more than 7,000 people reported dead, many more injured and thousands of families displaced from their homes.
Relief workers from the official Catholic relief agency on the ground, Caritas Internationalis, say the victims most need temporary shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene supplies as relief operations gear up. So far, Caritas organizations around the world have pledged $3.3 million to the relief effort as well as providing 10,000 shelter kits and 3,000 tarps.
Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:
Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
St. Gabriel’s Parish – Nepal Earthquake – Humanitarian Relief
Donations to Date: $5,946
Donations made before May 25th will be matched by the Canadian government.
Working wonders for our new arrivals in Canada…
Within one year of arriving in Canada, large numbers of immigrants who had no prior mental health problems experience mental health challenges that often impede their ability to settle in Canada. In addition, there are few culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services. Last year, ShareLife agencies helped to meet this challenge by providing advocacy programs for more than 40,000 immigrants and refugees in the GTA.
ShareLife, 2014: $220,250.
ShareLife to Date: $120,860
Thank you for your generosity.
Together we can work wonders!
Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.
Regular ground coffee: $5.50
Whole Beans: $5.50
Chocolate Bars: $4 incl. taxes
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $4.75
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.
CELEBRATE YOUR MARRIAGE WITH A WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND!
May 22nd to 24th
Married couples: You deserve a weekend to cherish being together; to rediscover each other and focus on ways to make your relationship even better. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend offers this opportunity. Consider giving each other or another couple you know the gift of a weekend away from daily pressures; time to be with each other and with God on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.
The next weekend will be held on May 22nd to 24th, 2015
SPRING MEN’S ACTS RETREAT
May 28th to May 31st, 2015
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
A Men’s ACTS retreat will be held at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre on the weekend of May 28th to May 31st.
Men are invited to come deepen their Faith.
Private rooms with 2 piece ensuite.
Excellent Food for the Soul and Body.
For more information, please call Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre at 905-278-5229.
DAY OF PRAYER AND HEALING FOR WOMEN
Saturday, May 30th
Do you know someone who is carrying the grief of a past abortion? Hope and healing are possible and God’s mercy endures forever. The Sisters of Life will be hosting a Day of Prayer and Healing for Women in Toronto on Saturday May 30th.
For confidential registration please call the Sisters of Life at 845-357-0258 or email email@example.com. Visit http://www.sistersoflife.org/days-of-prayer-healing-testimonies-faqs for additional information.
SEEING WITH HEART – DAY OF REFLECTION
Catholic Parents of Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons
Saturday, June 6th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Scarboro Missions, 2685 Kingston Road
A retreat for Catholic parents of lesbian daughters and gay sons will be held at the Scarboro Missions, 2685 Kingston Road on Saturday, June 6th.The cost for the day including lunch is $40.00.
For Brochure and information call John Montague at 416-523-6449.
DYNAMIC WOMEN OF FAITH BREAKFAST WITH DR. JOSIE LOMBARDI
Saturday, May 23rd, from 9:00AM to 11:00 AM
Markland Wood Golf Club
Join them for an inspiring morning at Markland Wood Golf Club (245 Markland Drive) for a fantastic hot breakfast, an engaging speaker, amazing women & tons of ideas for women wanting to grow spiritually! You will also discover the joy of hosting a mother’s group and the importance of ministering to moms. Tickets are $28 and available at www.dynamicwomenfaith.com or by calling 905-279-7702.
Tickets must be purchased before May 19, 2015 and will not be sold at the door.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for Last Weekend
Envelopes 419 $ 7,934
Loose Change 938
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 166 3,153
Total 585 $ 12,025
Papal Charities $ 2,508