Congratulations to the following young people of our Parish who were confirmed on Sunday, May 24th, 2015. The Sacrament was administered by Rev. Fr. Brando Recana C.P.
Chloe Gabreille Aguila
Julia Francesca Aguiar
Naia Nicole Aquino
Leonardo Blanco Rutty
Gabrielle Marie Ferrer
Jasmine Neriza Lagula
Gerardo Jose N. L. Layug
Cassandra Francesca Lazzer
Luke Myeongjun Lee
Let us pray for them as they continue on their journey of faith guided by the Holy Spirit.
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 summer, 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, email@example.com for further information. The process for Confirmation preparation for students entering Grade 7 and 8 will begin in September 2015.
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.
June 1st to June 6th 2015
MONDAY – FERNANDO LASA – Requested by Ana Maria & Family
TUESDAY – MARCELINO FERNANDES – Requested by Tita Fernandes
WEDNESDAY – JOHN HUYBERS – Requested by the Family
THURSDAY – ABANDONED SOULS – Requested by the Nguyen Family
FRIDAY – FELIX CHAN – Requested by John Chan
SATURDAY – A. B. DES ROCHES – Requested by Marion & Mark
Friday, June 5th from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon
English: Saturday, June 6th at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room.
Chinese: Sunday, June 7th at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room.
For information, please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.
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: $14,859
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.
Working wonders for those in our community…
“I searched the internet for “help young mother pregnant Mississauga” and I found Vita Centre. I was shocked to find out that there were complete strangers willing to help and guide young mothers to success. Even the resources that I have learned about from my counsellor has saved me so much time and hassle, and has given me hope that things will get better no matter how tough it may feel.” shares Alyssa, who as a young mom, is now experiencing a brighter future, thanks to ShareLife-supported Vita Centre. Last year, over 6,300 young parents received the care, counselling and educational support they needed to care for themselves and their new families.
ShareLife, 2014: $220,250.
ShareLife to Date: $124,272
Thank you for your generosity.
Together we can work wonders!
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.
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.
WHAT’S OK AND WHAT’S NOT OK WITH END-OF-LIFE CARE
Monday, June 1st from 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Newman Centre, 89 St. George Street
All are welcome to learn more about Catholic teaching on end-of-life care. The talk will be delivered by Dr. Bridget Campion, Bioethicist and Researcher with the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute. There will be opportunity for Q & A and discussion followed by a short reception. To register contact Sonal Castelino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 will be Rev. Canon John Hill, Rabbi Michael Stroh and Dr. Liyakat Takim from Christianity, Judaism and Islam respectively.
See the flyer on the bulletin boards.
For more information or to RSVP call Nora at 416-218 0680.
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE (CARITAS CANADA)
Saturday June 6th from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
ST PATRICK’S PARISH, Markham
You are invited to attend the annual year end meeting of the Toronto Development and Peace organization on Saturday, June 6th. There will be a presentation on our relief work following the earthquake in Nepal.
Then Guest Speaker, Rev. Riscylla Shaw, an Anglican priest will speak on the topic: “Reconciliation…it matters to all of us” to mark the closing of the five year Truth and Reconciliation Commission (www.trc.ca) initiated by the survivors of Residential schools in Canada. The meeting will be from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM on Saturday, June 6th at St Patrick’s Parish, 5633 Hwy #7, Markham. Lunch will be provided.
RSVP to Patricia Griffith at email@example.com.
DISCERNING THE HOLY SPIRIT IN ST. LUKE’S PARABLES
Tuesdays, June 9th, 16th, 30th; July 7th
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.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for Last Weekend
Envelopes 404 $ 8,382
Loose Change 1,753
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 166 3,153
Total 570 $ 13,288