Bulletin – March 8, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM CARDINAL COLLINS
NURTURE LIFE, OPPOSE DEATH ON DEMAND!

Contact your Member of Parliament today!

The federal government has tabled legislation to expand what they refer to as medical assistance in dying but is more accurately called euthanasia/assisted suicide. More than 13,000 Canadians have been euthanized since 2016.

New legislation would make assisted death available to those without life-threatening illnesses including those with disabilities and those no longer capable of making decisions for themselves. Some Canadians may even be euthanized on the same day they make the request.

Visit www.helptheliving.ca to send a letter (prepared for you) to your Member of Parliament expressing deep concern. The process takes less than 5 minutes. More information can also be found at: www.archtoronto.org/euthanasia. We continue to pray and advocate for the vulnerable among us.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
sneeze and cough into your sleeve
avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
avoid contact with people who are sick
stay home if you are sick

Regarding liturgical practices, local health officials have indicated that it is NOT necessary to alter current practices at this time.

WELCOME NEW PARISHIONERS

We welcome new members of our Parish, individuals and families who joined and registered in the months of January and February, 2020:

Crystan Calica Lucia Salcedo
Crysteen Calica Nicholas Moniz
Jeremy Aykroyd Joyce Many
Clara Aykroyd Cynia Sanchez
Valerie Ciaramella Barbara Schmin
Milan Ciaramella Doug Schmin
Josie Da Silva Ngante Akosung
Eric Da Silva Alan Akosung
Patricia Robinson Swinnie Akosung
Tuomas Tarvanen Maureen Asumin
Noah Tarvanen Robert Wan
Mary Wan

PARISH LENTEN RETREAT

Gift, Greed and Gratitude:
Changing our Hearts to Change the World

On Saturday, February 29th, the Parish held a Lenten retreat on the theme Gift, Greed and Gratitude It was led by Redemptorist Bishop Jon Hansen, Bishop of Mackenzie -Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories.

We would like to thank Bishop Jon for his insights using scripture, stories and indiginous myths from the north.
It was a prayerful and enjoyable afternoon for all who attended.

Thank you Bishop Jon!

LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE 2020

Stations of the Cross: Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Parish Lenten Retreat
Saturday, February 29th
From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Individual Confessions
Thursday, March 26th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Reconciliation Service
Wednesday, April 1st at 7:30 PM

Palm Sunday, April 5th
Masses Sat., 4:30 PM
Sun., 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday, April 9th
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
7:30 PM – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday, April 10th
10:00 AM – Morning Prayer
3:00 PM – Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM – Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 11th
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 12th
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Easter Monday, April 13th
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

CONFIRMATION CLASS

Saturday, March 28th from 2:00 to 3:30 PM
Gabriel Room

The next Confirmation class for those students from St. Gabriel’s School and all other Catholic Schools who are to be confirmed on May 17th will be held here in the Gabriel Room on Saturday, March 28th at 2:00 PM.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

March 9th – March 15th, 2020

MONDAY – ANTONIA EVANS – Requested by the Teresa Sheldrick
TUESDAY – KEVIN PEARCE – Requested by Fergus O’Connell
WEDNESDAY – PATRICIA CLYDESDALE – Requested by Nora Kerr
THURSDAY – ROMEO LIGGAYU – Requested by His Family
FRIDAY – JOSEPHINE BADALI – Requested by John, Sal & Patsy
SATURDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE – Requested by their Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – VICENTE LANSANGAN – Requested by Leticia
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – ADORACION LIGGAYU – Requested by the Family

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday evening during Lent at 7:30 PM. We also encourage your attendance at our daily Mass throughout Lent.

SHARELIFE: It’s who we are!

Catholic agencies have been serving those among us who are poor, sick and marginalized since the founding of our diocese 178 years ago – it’s who we are as Catholics in the Archdiocese of Toronto! We continue that legacy through ShareLife, which funds over 40 agencies that provide unconditional care, regardless of religious affiliation.

March 29 is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support!

CALLING ALL GIRLS

Mother Daughter Event
Friday, March 27th -from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
***Colleen Carroll Campbell will be doing a book signing
Speakers & Topics:
Adeodata Czink – What Makes a Lady a Lady?
Dr. Sandra Sagrati – Get Uncomfortable: Less Stress & Anxiety
Dorothy Pilarski – The Power of Prayer

Register at www.dynamicwomenfaith.com

11th ANNUAL DYNAMIC WOMEN OF FAITH CATHOLIC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

Saturday, March 28th from 9:00 AM to 8:30 PM

Le Treport Banquet Hall 1075 The Queensway East

The 11th Annual Dynamic Women of Faith Conference will be held on Saturday March 28th at the Le Treport Banquet Hall in Mississauga. The Closing Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Edward Curtis, rector of St. Michael’s Cathedral. The speakers include Colleen Carroll Campbell and Kimberly Hahn.

The cost is $65 which includes lunch. Register at www.dynamicwomenfaith.com. If you have questions, contact 416-907-1042.

QUEEN OF APOSTLES – A RETREAT FOR WOMEN

Who Am I? Finding my Purpose through Inner Reflection

Saturday March 28th, from 9:00 AM.to 4:00 PM.

Led by Lynn Gow, ‘Who Am I?’ is a time to stop, reflect and look inside yourself with a new lens. You will be given a framework to use in your journey of self-discovery. Knowing ourselves, our core values helps to focus us on where we need to be spending our energy to become the women we were created to be.

The cost is $125 which includes lunch on Saturday. For more information or to register please call 306-242-1916 or email: receptionist@queenshouse.org Registration is limited to a minimum of 6 participants and a maximum of 12 participants – register soon!

A $25 Deposit is required when registering.
Registration deadline: March 21st.

THE GARDEN SHED

The next meeting of the Garden Ministry will be on Sunday, March 8th at 1:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. Everyone is welcome.

Also, on March 8th, members will be on hand in the Gathering Space after all the Masses to answer your questions and invite your participation.

Please drop by the lights at the bottom of the stairs leading to the garage to watch the progress of the onion and celery seeds, planted for the St. Gabriel’s Good Shepherd Community Garden.

And, if you are looking for a Lenten meditation, you can view Fr. Steve Dunn’s presentation on the Stations of the Cosmic Earth on the parish website at http://stgabrielsparish.ca/ – under Photos and Videos.