Bulletin – February 19, 2017

FAMILY DAY

Monday, February 20th

Monday February 20th is Family Day, a day to celebrate our families.

The Parish Office will be closed and there will be no 9:00 AM Mass on that day.

CONVOCATION OF THE LAITY

June 9th to June 11th, 2017

Passionist Retreat House, Jamaica, New York

The Passionist Province of St. Paul of the Cross and its Commission on the Laity are sponsoring the “Convocation on the Laity” from June 9th to June 11th, 2017 at the Passionist Retreat House in Jamaica New York.

For further information, please visit http://stgabrielsparish.ca/ministries/convocation-of-laity-2017/ or contact Fatima Lee at 416-221-8866.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS – TALENT NIGHT

Saturday, February 25th at 7:00 PM

Did you know that we have many talented young people within our Parish Community?

All parishioners are invited to attend our Youth Group’s Talent Night, which will be held on Saturday February 25th at 7:00 PM here at the church. Admission is by donation. The Youth Group’s CD will also be available for sale after the show.

Please come out and show your support of our youth’s talents!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

February 20th – February 25th, 2017

MONDAY – FAMILY DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – FR. TIMOTHY HIGGINS – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
WEDNESDAY – FR. DON SANVIDO – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
THURSDAY – STEPHEN TSAO – Requested by the Au Family
FRIDAY – ALINE, RENE & PAUL LAVERTU – Requested by Helene Lavertu
SATURDAY – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE CHUCHRA & WROBEL FAMILIES – Requested by Jack & Wanda

ASH WEDNESDAY

March 1st, 2017

March 1st is Ash Wednesday.

Special Masses will be celebrated at 12:00 Noon and 7:30 PM with the distribution of ashes. There will be no 9:00 AM Mass that day.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

Friday, March 3rd at 1:30 PM

St Elizabeth of Hungary Church
432 Sheppard Avenue East

You are cordially invited to the annual ecumenical World Day of Prayer Service which will be held at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church on Friday March 3rd at 1:30 PM. The theme this year, “Am I Being Unfair to You?” was written by the women of the Philippines. Please join us, along with our neighbouring Christian churches, in prayer and reflection.

A reception will follow.

MILK BAG PROJECT

Wednesday, February 22nd from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Gabriel Room

Volunteer milk bag weavers will be meeting Wednesday afternoon, February 22nd from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. All are welcome!

THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in our city. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s website. Printed copies of the recipes are also available in the Parish Office. Please remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole.

For more information, you may contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE – 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Did you know that in the early eighties a severe famine caused by drought killed more than 400,000 people in Ethiopia? Development and Peace launched an emergency appeal and raised $20 million to aid those most affected. To find out more about the work of Development and Peace or to become a member or donor, visit the website at http://www.devp.org/en/get-involved.

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.

EFFECT HOPE

Leprosy Mission of Canada Stamp Collection Program

Make a difference with your mail! You can get involved by collecting, trimming and sending your used postage stamps to Effect Hope, the Leprosy Mission of Canada. . Please place stamps in the basket provided outside the Parish Office

Your kindness and compassion are felt by the friends and staff of Effect Hope and by the many people they serve. They look forward to your continued partnership with this mission of healing and hope.

“JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE: A STORY FOR OUR TIMES.”

Online courses from Yale open to all who are interested.

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, experts on Religion and Ecology, and Senior Lecturers and Research Scholars at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies are currently offering four six-week online courses. These are featured as a specialization under the theme of “Journey of the Universe: A Story for our Times.” These are the first MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The MOOCs are available on courser.org to anyone, anywhere on the planet.

Those interested may audit these courses free of charge (with the exception of the capstone course). The courses do not have to be completed within the six week period, rather, learners may finish at their own pace.

Courses:
• Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life
• Journey Conversations: Weaving Knowledge and Action
• The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community
• Integrating Capstone: Living Cosmology

For more details and to register, please go to: https://www.coursera.org/specializations/journey-of-the-universe

EMOTIONALLY AND SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY CATHOLIC FAMILIES

Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 AM
Blessed Trinity Church, 3220 Bayview Avenue

Professor Janine Langan has written and lectured extensively on Catholic education, the family, various encyclicals and theology. She will present this talk, Emotionally and Spiritually Healthy Catholic Families, on Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 AM at Blessed Trinity Church. For more information, contact Terry McDermott, RN, Parish Nurse, at 416-226-0262 ext. 8 or email: btparishnurse@gmail.com.

39TH ANNUAL CONCELEBRATED MASS IN HONOUR OF SAINT PATRICK

March 12th from 3:30 PM. to 6:00 PM
St. Cecilia’s Church, 161 Annette Street, Toronto

The Principal Celebrant and Homilist will be his Excellency, Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Eithne Heffernan will be the guest Irish harpist. The ceremonial co-ordinator will be Hugo Straney. A reception will follow the Mass in the church hall, with refreshments and Irish entertainment provided by Michael Kelly and Irish dancers from the Johnson School of Dance.
For more information email: stceciliatoronto@gmail.com or call St. Cecilia’s parish office at 416-769-8163.

THEOLOGY ON TAP

Commitment – Relationships, Career, Community
Monday March 13th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Avenue

Faith Connections invites young adults (19-39) to join them for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a comfortable and relaxed setting, with special guests: Jeff and Patricia Kavanagh. Munchies provided, cash bar, come and bring a friend! For more information call Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt at 416-467-2645 or visit www.faithconnections.ca — a ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto.

CELEBRATE YOUR MARRIAGEWITH A WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND!

March 17th to March 19th
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre

Celebrate your love and take a fresh look at your marriage! Spend a very special weekend together. A Weekend of discovery…a lifetime of love! Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps married couples rediscover themselves as individuals and as a couple. The Weekend format helps couples communicate openly and honestly without group sharing, therapy or marriage counseling.

The next weekend will be March 17th to March 19th at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga.
For more information and application, please go to www.wwme.org or contact:Gerard & Marge McCauley at gerard.marge@rogers.com or 905-792-1925.

DYNAMIC WOMEN OF FAITH CONFERENCE

Saturday, March 25th

Dynamic Women of Faith will be hosting its 8th annual conference for Catholic women on Saturday March 25th.
Speakers include: Dr. Josephine Lombardi, Deacon Robert & Gabrielle Suthers, Tanya Granic Allen, Cheryl Thompson, and Dorothy Pilarski.

Cardinal Thomas Collins will be celebrating the opening Mass. There is a mother -daughter event, Calling All Girls, the evening before!

For more information including registration fees and location visit www.dynamicwomenfaith.com or call 905-279-7702.

FINANCE CORNER

Weekly Offertory

Collection for last week:
Envelopes 289 $ 5,657
Loose Change 706
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 164 3,054
Total 543 $ 9,417

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2017

If you have not picked up your 2017 envelopes please do so as soon as possible. You will find them in the hall outside the Gabriel Room.

If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution. You must provide your full name and address.

If you are not currently using parish envelopes and wish to have a set issued for 2017, please contact the Parish Office and we will prepare a box for you. This is the most effective way to keep track of your donations.