FROM THE DESK OF FR. BRANDO
THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Thank you, good people, for your overwhelming response to the appeal for help from Fr. Rey Ondap in the Philippines.
A total of $34,321 was collected. Your caring and generous support towards the Indigenous People of the Philippines will make a great impact on their lives as they face the difficult challenge brought by El Niño.
Your financial assistance will be used entirely to provide basic provisions for their needs. There’s no doubt that the need is huge. However, your staggering support will help to alleviate their desperate situation.
Thank you again for your compassionate support. I pray that the good Lord may bless you and your family.
The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
Max Rorey Alonsagay-Tacay
James Thomas Barbetta
Isabella Stella Brennan
Zoe Isabella Grant
Cristian Marko Harispuru
Ovie Jeremiah Mayomi
Enajite Florence Mayomi
These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, April 17th, 2016. Congratulations!
CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM
Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program are now available in the parish office. This program is for children of the Parish who attend public or private schools. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School every second Sunday beginning September 11th, 2016.
Please note that a separate Sacramental registration form is required if your child will receive the sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation during the 2016/17 year.
MILK BAG WORKSHOP
Tuesday May 17th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Hello fellow parishioners,I have booked the St. Gabriel’s Room for Tues. May 17th for our next weaving event. We will try to weave from 1:00 to 3:00 or 4ish as long as our energy and supplies last.
Thank you to those that took bags home to cut…. I have already received some back!! Hope to see you next month and feel free to bring a friend.
April 25th to April 30th, 2016
MONDAY – MARGARET CHAN – Requested by Agnes Wong
TUESDAY – MARCELINO FERNANDES – Requested by Tita Fernandes
WEDNESDAY – GERARD WALSH – Requested by his Family
THURSDAY – MARGARET MULLANE – Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie & Mary Alice O’Mahony
FRIDAY – ALLAN PERSAUD – Requested by the Persaud & Goldenberg Families
SATURDAY – VICTOR JOSEPH – Requested by Margaret & Family
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday, May 15th for students in Grades 7, 9, 10 and 11 and Sunday June 5th for students in Grade 8 at 7:30 PM at St. Gabriel’s Church. In preparation for this Sacrament, a Confirmation Retreat will be held on Saturday, May 14th 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.
ECO – SABBATH
Sunday, May 1st 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 to attend.
Chinese: Sunday, May 1st at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room.
English: Saturday, May 7th at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room.
For information, please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.
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.
CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK 2016
May 1st to May 7th
Catholic Education Week 2016 begins on Sunday, May 1. You are invited to discover what celebrations are happening in your children’s school to celebrate the ongoing gift of publicly-funded Catholic education and if possible, attend. Publicly-funded Catholic education has existed in Ontario since 1841 and its graduates have served Ontario and Canada very well. The current generation of students in our publicly-funded Catholic schools serve with the same spirit and generosity as their previous generations.
Pope Francis has declared 2016 a “Holy Year of Mercy” as a way for the Catholic church to “make more evident, its mission to be a witness of mercy”. The Holy Year began on December 8, 2015 and will be celebrated until November 20, 2016. Throughout the year, there will be a series of jubilee celebrations on the theme of mercy for teenagers, deacons, the sick and disabled, prisoners, catechists and clergy.
As well, Pope Francis opened the Vatican’s Holy Door on December 8th. The Holy Door is opened to evoke the concept of forgiveness which is the main focus of a Holy Year. The theme God’s mercy is illustrated in fifteen of the sixteen bronze panels that make up the Vatican Door. There are seven such Holy Doors in the world, including one in Quebec City.
Catholic Education Week 2016 combines both the theme of mercy and the act of opening doors of reconciliation, mercy and forgiveness to all around us.
Working wonders for our new arrivals in Canada…
“As an Iraqi Christian, the Office for Refugees (ORAT) has provided me with the opportunity to meet other people who have experienced the same thing that I have. We are able to help support each other in this new journey to Canada and without ORAT, I do not know where I would be today. It is possible I would still be in Jordan, afraid for my life, unable to practice my religion, and under threat of deportation. The work that ORAT did truly gave me hope and a chance at life free from persecution and fear. ORAT has also invited me to volunteer with them, and I am even able to sponsor a new person or family to come to Canada with their help.”
Sara, a Christian refugee from Iraq.
Since 2009, ShareLife-supported ORAT has sponsored over 2,500 families to be resettled in the GTA.
ShareLife to date: $103,312
Next ShareLife Sunday is May 29th.
Please give generously.
You can work wonders!
FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE
Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your donations are very much needed and appreciated. Thank you for your generous support
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL BUNDLE-UP COLLECTION
Weekend of May 7th/8th
The Society for St. Vincent de Paul will hold their annual Bundle Up Collection on the weekend of May 7th/8th. Bring your gently used clothing, household linens, shoes and small household goods to share with others. Appliances, furniture and books cannot be accepted.
A St. Vincent de Paul truck will be in the Church parking lot to receive donations. The truck will be open in the parking lot on Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Sunday, May 8th until 1:00 P.M.
Volunteers will assist with the loading before and after each Mass. The Society will donate, exchange for vouchers or sell these donations to support their outreach efforts. Thank you for your continued support.
MEAGAN’S WALK – CREATING A CIRCLE OF HOPE
5km Fundraising Walk and Hug
Saturday, May 7th, 2016
Registration from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at Fort York
10:00 A.M. Walk to SickKids
On Saturday, May 7th, the fifteenth annual Meagan’s Walk: -Creating a Circle of Hope will take place.
Registration opens at 8:30 A.M. at Fort York, followed by family activities and entertainment. The Walk begins at 10:00 AM. and concludes at SickKids with the “Hug”.
Proceeds from this event will be shared between the Meagan Bebenek Endowment Fund and awareness, research and treatment of paediatric brain tumours at SickKids.
FAITH FINANCE & SELF-KNOWLEDGE
A Catholic Young Adult Seminar
Saturday, May 7th, from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.
Gabriel Room, St. Gabriel’s Church
You are invited to attend a Catholic young adult seminar, “Faith, Finance and Self- Knowledge” being held here at St. Gabriel’s on Saturday May 7th from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.
Guest speakers include Fr. Brando Recana CP, Quentin Schesnik and Rose Heron. The cost of $15 includes lunch. Space is limited. To register, please contact Pauline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for April 17th, 2016:
Envelopes 402 $ 7,610
Loose Change 1,158
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 165 3,034
Total 567 $ 11,802
Please inform the Parish Office if you have changed your address or are moving out of the Parish so that we may update our records.
If you have prior year’s offertory envelopes, please do not use them! Each year we go through the unused envelopes for which no donations have been received and may reassign that number to another parishioner.