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.
ASSISTED SUICIDE – PROTECT THE VULNERABLE AND THOSE WHO CARE FOR THEM!
By June 2016, the Government of Canada is expected to pass legislation to legalize assisted suicide. Cardinal Collins encourages Catholics throughout the archdiocese to visit CanadiansforConscience.ca and support the Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience. The coalition represents a group of like-minded partners, including 5,000 doctors across Canada, who are committed to protecting conscience rights for health practitioners and facilities. You can use this website to write directly to your Member of Parliament, respectfully expressing your concerns. Given tight timelines for this legislation, please take action no later than April 1st, 2016.
PALLIATIVE CARE – NOT ASSISTED SUICIDE
There is a compelling need for palliative care in Ontario. Cardinal Collins mentioned in his address to all parishes last Sunday that less than 30% of those needing end-of-life care can find it. Availability of palliative care is what is needed not doctor-assisted-suicide.
We are a small group of parishioners and health care professionals who have a vision to care for people needing inpatient palliative care. Our plan is to create a place where patients and their families will receive care imbued with the value of compassion and which provides total care from physical, social and spiritual care. Setting up hospices will be an effective way to achieve this objective and to this end we are engaging communities and organizations that have similar values. We need people with a diversity of backgrounds to realize this dream. If you are interested in volunteering with us please contact Bob Parke or Ron Forbes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-577-1406.
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 6th, 12th, 13th, 14th , 19th, 20th .21st, 27th or 28th
Children from St. Gabriel’s School are asked to choose one of the following dates: May 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 17th, 18th, 19th or 20th.
Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 to book your appointment with Fr. Brando.
“Volunteers are the Roots of Strong Communities”
Quoted from National Volunteer Week website, to be held from April 10-16, 2016
St. Gabriel’s volunteers are kindly invited to a recognition celebration on April 10th from to 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the Gathering Space.
Invitations will be sent out by email in March. If you are a volunteer and you did not receive an invitation, please check with your Ministry Coordinator. The parish wishes to thank you for your involvement in enriching its life.
Father Brando and the Pastoral Team look forward to seeing you.
CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM
CALL TO DISCIPLESHIP
The St. Gabriel’s Children’s Faith Program is a Parish faith program for children in Grade SK to 8 who attend Public and Private schools.
We are in need of volunteers to serve as coordinator of the program and as class teachers and assistants. If you are interested please call 416-221-8866 ext 224, email email@example.com or leave your name and contact number with the parish office.
March 28th, to April 3rd, 2016
MONDAY – EASTER MONDAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – SUZANNE AMOS – Requested by Her Friends
WEDNESDAY – LOUIS FUNG – Requested by the Family
THURSDAY – NIKOLA PETRANOVIC – Requested by V. Petranovic
FRIDAY – ALLAN PERSAUD – Requested by the Persaud & Goldenberg Families
SATURDAY – MAISEY & ALBERT DAGNEAULT – Requested by Ginette Harquail
Working wonders overseas through the Pastoral Mission Fund…
“This workshop has helped me to reflect on my priestly call, a privileged service in God’s Kingdom; and has reenergized me and my brother priests to be better in our service. Given our rural and remote location, serving people who live in poverty can be draining at times. This workshop and dialogue has made a renewing impact for many of us. It has given us hope and strength to renew our enthusiasm and we do hope it continues in the future. We are deeply grateful and offer our prayers of support to ShareLife who made it financially possible for us to come together.”
—St. Justine de Jacobis Pastoral Office,
Catholic Eparchy of Segenelty, Eritrea.
ShareLife To Date: $77,835
Next ShareLife Sunday is April 17th, 2016
Please give generously.
You can work wonders!
MILK BAG MAT PROJECT
Wednesday, April 6th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Anyone interested in becoming involved in the Milk Bag Mat Project is invited to attend a “hands-on” workshop on Wednesday, April 6th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Gabriel Room. A special thank you to those parishioners who have already offered to cut the milk bags and to those that are bringing their bags to the church clean and flattened. Kindly register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE
Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.
Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.
Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city as well as a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs
With everyone struggling at this time, your food 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 generous support.
JESUIT PROVINCIAL’S DINNER – APRIL 13, 2016
Come join the Jesuits in honouring Betty Bujold, Michael and Barbara McManus and Bishop Jean-Louis Plouffe with the “Magis Award” for their outstanding work and dedication to Jesuit ministries.
The evening will begin with Mass at The Church of The Good Shepherd in Thornhill followed by dinner at Le Parc Dining and Banquet Hall in Thornhill. To order tickets, please call
416-481-9154 or email email@example.com.
Monday April 18th at 6:30 PM
Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge Street, 4th Floor
You are invited to attend following upcoming Inspirational Talk “Living With Loneliness” which will be held on Monday, April 18th at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge St., 4th Floor. They will begin gathering at 6:30 PM.
NEW BEGINNINGS SPRING RETREAT
Saturday, April 23rd from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
St Bonaventure’s Parish, 1300 Leslie Street
The New Beginnings Spring Retreat, entitled, “Nurturing Seeds of Hope in all the Seasons of Life” will take place on Saturday, April 23rd at St. Bonaventure’s 1300 Leslie Street from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for March 20th, 2016:
Envelopes 444 $ 8,004
Loose Change 1,698
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 166 3,109
Total 610 $ 12,811
If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution. If you are not currently using parish envelopes and wish to have a set issued for 2016, you may contact the Parish Office and we will prepare a box for you. This is the most effective way to keep track of your donations.
Please inform the Parish Office if you have recently moved, so that we may keep our parish records up to date.
Please do not use any envelopes from any prior year as the number on it may have been reassigned.