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Bulletin – April 16, 2017

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Rejoice for the Lord has truly risen!

Alleluia! Alleluia!
We wish you all a very Happy and Holy Easter!

From the Desk of Fr. Brando…

Thank You!

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.

Just a Reminder…

The office is closed on Easter Monday, April 17th.

YOUTH GROUP BAKE SALE

This Sunday, April 16th after all the Masses the youth group are having a bake sale this Sunday to raise money for their attendance at the Steubenville Catholic Conference this July. Handcrafted rosaries and the youth group’s CD will also be available for sale.
Please support our youth!

MILK BAG PROJECT

Wednesday, April 19 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Gabriel Room

Did you know that milk bags can be cut, looped and woven into sleep mats for individuals or families in developing countries? . Please drop the colourful outer bags in the bin located in the gathering space. Please make sure that the bags are clean and dry.

Volunteer milk bag weavers will be meeting Wednesday afternoon, April 19th from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. All are welcome!

For further information about this program please visit www.milkbagsunlimited.ca or contact Sharon Gusz at sharongusz@gmail.com.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 17th – April 22nd, 2017

MONDAY – EASTER MONDAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – PAUL KIM – Requested by Suzanne Kim
WEDNESDAY – FR. ADRIAN LEE – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
THURSDAY – LEONARD MARCHIE – Requested by Teresa Marchie & Family
FRIDAY – HUI SOU LIN – Requested by Linda Law & Family
SATURDAY – CHRISTOPHER DI LALLO – Requested by Val Palazzo

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

There are still many children who have not yet booked a First Communion interview with
Fr. Brando or Fr. John.

Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866-to book your appointment as soon as possible.

Those children attending the Children’s Faith Program, private schools or others are asked to choose one of the following dates: April 18th, 19th, 20th or 21st.

Children from St. Gabriel’s School are asked to choose one of the following dates: April 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by evangelizing our faith in the greater world.

St. Anthony’s parish in the Diocese of Guntur in India has nine mission stations which are between 10-15 kilometres away from the parish. There are nearly 350 Catholic families and five hundred children going to school from these areas. As the mission stations are a distance from the parish, the faithful do not experience many religious activities. Father Mayakuntala Kumar, pastor of the parish, with the support of the Pastoral Mission Fund and ShareLife, is conducting a Children Faith Formation Camp to help the children to become rooted in the Catholic faith. With our support, Father Kumar is helping to evangelize the faith not only for today, but for the future as well.

ShareLife Collected at the Parish to Date: $66,479
Next ShareLife Sunday is May 7th, 2017
Please give generously.

JUST COFFEE

Fair Trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.
Regular ground coffee: $5.50
Decaffeinated: $6
Whole Beans: $5.50
Chocolate Bars: $4.50
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $6.00
Teas: $4.25

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month the 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. This past week, we were able to hear firsthand from our ShareLife speaker Jenelle about the difference Rosalie Hall made in her life.

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

Your food donations are more important than ever as the numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

COLLECTING EYEGLASSES

We are continuing to collect eyeglasses for the Lions Club. Throughout the year, the Lion’s Club volunteers collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Recycling Centres. There volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact. Please place them in the baskets provided outside the office.

“THE EUCHARIST – THE PASSOVER OF THE NEW COVENANT?”

Tuesday, April 18th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Blessed Trinity Church, 3220 Bayview Avenue

Hosted by Fellowship of St. Joseph of the Association for Hebrew Catholics, Fr. Joseph Alozie, CCE, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Augustine’s Seminary, will lead us on a dynamic and interactive journey of discovery of the Hebrew roots of the Eucharist. We will learn about the history and theology of the Blessed Sacrament and the place it has in the context of history and tradition. Fr. Joseph is a passionate and exciting speaker who will motivate us to fall in love more deeply with our Saviour in the Eucharist. All are welcome.

ST. CLARE INN – CHEERS TO 10 YEARS

Saturday, April 22nd at 7:00 PM
The Donalda Club

St. Clare Inn is a transitional housing program for homeless woman who are challenged with a diagnosed mental health illness. Join us on Saturday, April 22nd for a night celebrating St. Clare Inn’s 10th Anniversary and support this Inn that affords each resident a place to rebuild her life. It’s an evening filled with great food, friends, entertainment and more! The cost is $85 per person. Tickets will be available at www.stclareinn.org or by calling 416-690-0330. Thanks!

SENIOR MEN’S HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT

GRADES 11 & 12

St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Richmond Hill
Saturday, April 29th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Office of Vocations is hosting a day retreat at St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Richmond Hill on Saturday, April 29th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It will provide a time to pray, interact & socialize with other young Catholic men. Seminarians will deliver talks on practical aspects of faith. Day includes Holy Mass, Adoration & Confession. For more information please contact your pastor or call the Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or email: vocations@archtoronto.org.

Bulletin – April 9, 2017

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

YOUTH GROUP BAKE SALE

Sunday, April 16th after all the Masses

The youth group will be having a bake sale on Easter Sunday to raise money for their attendance at the Steubenville Catholic Conference this July. Handcrafted rosaries and the youth group’s CD will also be available for sale.

Please support our youth!

MILK BAG PROJECT

Wednesday, April 19 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Gabriel Room

Did you know that milk bags can be cut, looped and woven into sleep mats for individuals or families in developing countries? . Please drop the colourful outer bags in the bin located in the gathering space. Please make sure that the bags are clean and dry.

Volunteer milk bag weavers will be meeting Wednesday afternoon, April 19 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. All are welcome!

For further information about this program please visit www.milkbagsunlimited.ca or contact Sharon Gusz at sharongusz@gmail.com.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 10th – April 15th, 2017

MONDAY – CELINE CHIU – Requested by the Chiu Family
TUESDAY – ARMANDO & WALTER DI NARDO – Requested by the DiNardo Family
WEDNESDAY – FR. JOSEPH DINH & FR.JOSEPN NGUYEN – Requested by the Nguyen Family
THURSDAY – HOLY THURSDAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
FRIDAY – GOOD FRIDAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
SATUR DAY – HOLY SATURDAY – No 4:30 PM Mass

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

There are still many children who have not yet booked a First Communion interview with Fr. Brando or Fr. John. Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866-to book your appointment as soon as possible.

Those children attending the Children’s Faith Program, private schools or others are asked to choose one of the following dates: April 18th, 19th, 20th or 21st.

Children from St. Gabriel’s School are asked to choose one of the following dates: April 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th.

LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE 2017

Holy Thursday
April 13th
No 9:00 AM Mass
7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday
April 14th
10:00 AM Morning Prayer
3:00 PM Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday
April 15th
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday
April 16th
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM 12:30 PM

Easter Monday
April 17th
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

While parking at ground level is limited to 51 spaces, there is plenty of space in the underground parking lot. Please follow the instructions of the attendants. Do not park in front of the Church since this is a fire route and must be kept clear.

Additional parking is available on the east side of Elkhorn Public School and in the bus loop. Again, please follow the instructions of the attendant. The school requests that we do not park on the grass. Many thanks to Holly Richards, the Principal of Elkhorn Public School, for allowing us the use of the school property.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting the Deaf community…

Taavi wasn’t engaged at his school or in extracurricular sports and as a deaf person, he faced obstacles trying to join his hearing peers. His mom encouraged him to try to participate in the deaf community. His life changed when he joined a deaf basketball fun day hosted by Silent Voice and met Mike, Director of the Silent Voice Child and Family Program. He joined a deaf sports team, began a co-op position with Silent Voice in his 4th year of high school. He was hired as a counselor in the Silent Voice Sign Language Summer day camp. He continues to volunteer at Silent Voice and says, “I’m grateful to ShareLife –supported Silent Voice and want to be a role model for deaf kids, like Mike was to me.” Last year more than 600 deaf children received help through ShareLife-supported Silent Voice’s Sign Language Summer Camps.

Next ShareLife Sunday is May 7th, 2017
Please give generously.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month the 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. This past week, we were able to hear firsthand from our ShareLife speaker Jenelle about the difference Rosalie Hall made in her life.

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

Your food donations are more important than ever as the numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

COLLECTING EYEGLASSES

We are continuing to collect eyeglasses for the Lions Club. Throughout the year, the Lion’s Club volunteers collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Recycling Centres. There volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact. Please place them in the baskets provided outside the office.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC MISSION

April 10th and 11th on Vision TV

April 11th and 12th on Salt+Light TV atThe National Catholic Mission this year is inspired by the writings and teachings of Fr. Henri Nouwen. Join Sr. Sue Mosteller and Fr. Ron Rolheiser for this two part Mission that will be broadcast during Holy Week on Salt + Light TV on April 11th & 12th and on VisionTV on April 10th & 11th. Each part of the Mission will be rebroadcast the following day following the Daily TV Mass. For more information e-mail the NCBC at info@ncbc.ca, call them toll-free at 1-888-383-6277 or visit www.dailytvmass.com.

THEOLOGY ON TAP

Our God is Human — A Holy Week Reflection

Monday, April 10th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Boston Pizza, 400 Progress Ave, Scarborough

Faith Connections, the Office of Catholic Youth, and the local parishes invite young adults (ages 19-39) to join us for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a comfortable and relaxed setting, with special guest: Dr. Margaret Lavin, Professor Emerita, Regis College, Toronto School of Theology. Munchies will be provided. There will be a cash bar. Come and bring a friend! For more information call OCY at 416-599-7676 or visit www.faithconnections.ca.

“The Eucharist – the Passover of the New Covenant?”

Tuesday, April 18th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Blessed Trinity Church, 3220 Bayview Avenue

Hosted by Fellowship of St. Joseph of the Association for Hebrew Catholics, Fr. Joseph Alozie, CCE, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Augustine’s Seminary, will lead us on a dynamic and interactive journey of discovery of the Hebrew roots of the Eucharist. We will learn about the history and theology of the Blessed Sacrament and the place it has in the context of history and tradition. Fr. Joseph is a passionate and exciting speaker who will motivate us to fall in love more deeply with our Saviour in the Eucharist. All are welcome.

ST. CLARE INN – CHEERS TO 10 YEARS

Saturday, April 22 at 7:00 PM

The Donalda Club

St. Clare Inn is a transitional housing program for homeless women who are challenged with a diagnosed mental health illness. Join us on Saturday, April 22nd for a night celebrating.

St. Clare Inn’s 10th Anniversary and support this Inn that affords each resident a place to rebuild her life. It’s an evening filled with great food, friends, entertainment and more!, The cost is $85 per person. Tickets will be available at www.stclareinn.org or by calling 416-690-0330. Thanks!

SENIOR MEN’S HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT

Saturday, April 29th from 9:00AM to 5:00 PM

GRADES 11 & 12
St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Richmond Hill

The Office of Vocations is hosting a day retreat at St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Richmond Hill on Saturday, April 29th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It will provide a time to pray, interact & socialize with other young Catholic men. Seminarians will deliver talks on practical aspects of faith. Day includes Holy Mass, Adoration & Confession. For more information please contact your pastor or call the Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or email: vocations@archtoronto.org.

Bulletin – April 2, 2017

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

LENT: Moving to Resurrection and Light – The Passionist Mission in Haiti

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church
Fr. Bernard McEachern CP

Fr. Bernard just came back from his visit to Haiti and the Passionist mission there. Many of us who have met Fr. Rick from his 2014 Advent visit to St. Gabriel’s are touched by his work. He and Fr. Enzo continue to do wonderful work there, accompanying the Haitian people in their joy and sorrows.

Good news! Fr. Bernard will be sharing his experience of Haiti as Lenten reflections at the parish this Wednesday, April 5th at 7:30 PM. He will talk about what he saw and felt, as well as his reflections. Please join us on that evening if you can.

THANK YOU!

Dear Parishioners of St. Gabriel’s,
I wish to express my sincere thanks to Fr. Brando and to all of you who supported my mission through your various donations over the past two weekends. I am grateful especially to members of the Development and Peace Committee of St. Gabriel’s who helped throughout with the logistics of the collection.

The children in Karni, Ghana will greatly benefit from the openness of your hearts. Your generosity is a sign of the love and goodness in the hearts of so many. Thank you for your participation in this worthy endeavour to educate those less fortunate. “Educate a girl, build a nation.”

You will hear from me and see pictures of the women and children of Karni who are the beneficiaries of your generous donations. Thank you again!

Sister Janis Gbiel, FMM

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 3rd – April 8th, 2017

MONDAY – ALLAN PERSAUD – Requested by the Persaud & Goldenburg Families
TUESDAY – TERESA GEIB – Requested by Pat & Reg Prower
WEDNESDAY – SISTERS OF OUR LADY IMMACULATE – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
THURSDAY – PARISHIONERS OF ST. GABRIEL’S – Requested by Mark DesRoches
FRIDAY – SYDNEY WOOD – Requested by Don & Marie Harris
SATUR DAY – STEPHEN TSAO – Requested by Renee Young

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.

LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE 2017

Stations of the Cross
Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Individual Confessions
Wednesday, March 29th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Reconciliation Service
Wednesday, March 29th at 7:30 PM

Palm Sunday
April 9th
Masses Sat., 4:30 PM
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday
April 13th
No 9:00 AM Mass
7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday
April 14th
10:00 AM Morning Prayer
3:00 PM Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday
April 15th
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday
April 16th
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM 12:30 PM

Easter Monday
April 17th
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, April 7th from 9:30 AM to12 Noon

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

Interviews for children who are preparing to receive their First Communion are now being scheduled.
Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866-to book your appointment with Fr. Brando or Fr. John as soon as possible.

Those children attending the Children’s Faith Program, private schools or others are asked to choose one of the following dates: April 18th, 19th, 20th or 21st.

Children from St. Gabriel’s School are asked to choose one of the following dates: April 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting ShareLife…..

“The ShareLife campaign provides for the needs of our social service agencies, helps to evangelize the Gospel to brothers and sisters in Christ across the world, and supports the education of our clergy. It is important that we continue to support the ShareLife appeal, to provide for the needs of the marginalized both here in our communities and around the world. Sometimes the results are obvious and sometimes they’re invisible but, always they make a tangible difference in the lives of the people we are helping. Please prayerfully consider how you can be supportive today on ShareLife Sunday.”

—Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto.

Today is ShareLife Sunday – April 2ND, 2017
Please give generously!

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month the 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.

Your food donations are more important than ever as the numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

COLLECTING EYEGLASSES

We are continuing to collect eyeglasses for the Lions Club. Throughout the year, the Lion’s Club volunteers collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Recycling Centres. There volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact. Please place them in the baskets provided outside the office.

LECTO DIVINA

Sunday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM

St. Michael’s Cathedral

All parishioners are invited to join Cardinal Collins on Sunday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM. at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica for Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina is the spiritual tradition of attentively and prayerfully reading the Word of God. On April 2nd, Cardinal Collins will lead us through the story of The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). Vespers will be sung at 7:00 PM led by the Cathedral Vespers Choir followed by Lectio Divina from 7:30 to 8:15 PM. For more information, visit https://www.archtoronto.org/lectio.

SAINT JOHN PAUL II DAY IN ONTARIO

Sunday, April 2nd at 12:45 PM

Nathan Phillips Square

Saint John Paul II Day in Ontario will once again be celebrated on Sunday, April 2nd. All are welcome to join in a brief flag raising ceremony at the City of Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square (courtesy flag pole) at 12:45 PM.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC MISSION

April 10th and 11th on Vision TV

April 11th and 12th on Salt+Light TV atThe National Catholic Mission this year is inspired by the writings and teachings of Fr. Henri Nouwen. Join Sr. Sue Mosteller and Fr. Ron Rolheiser for this two part Mission that will be broadcast during Holy Week on Salt + Light TV on April 11th & 12th and on VisionTV on April 10th & 11th. Each part of the Mission will be rebroadcast the following day following the Daily TV Mass. For more information e-mail the NCBC at info@ncbc.ca, call them toll-free at 1-888-383-6277 or visit www.dailytvmass.com.

THEOLOGY ON TAP

Monday, April 10th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Boston Pizza, 400 Progress Ave, Scarborough

Our God is Human — A Holy Week Reflection

Faith Connections, the Office of Catholic Youth, and the local parishes invite young adults (ages 19-39) to join us for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a comfortable and relaxed setting, with special guest: Dr. Margaret Lavin, Professor Emerita, Regis College, Toronto School of Theology. Munchies will be provided. There will be a cash bar. Come and bring a friend! For more information call OCY at 416-599-7676 or visit www.faithconnections.ca.

FINANCE CORNER

2016 Financial Statement

Copies of the 2016 Financial Statement is available to parishioners. You may pick one up this weekend in the Gathering Space or from the Parish Office.

Cyber Crime Seminar

There has been considerable interest in the Cyber Crime Seminar. We will be organizing this event in the near future. Please stay tuned for more information.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2017

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 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.

Bulletin – March 26, 2017

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

LENT: Moving to resurrection and light – The Passionist Mission in Haiti

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM – St. Gabriel’s Church

Fr. Bernard McEachern CP

Fr. Bernard just came back from his visit to Haiti and the Passionist mission there. Many of us who have met Fr. Rick from his 2014 Advent visit to St. Gabriel’s are touched by his work. He and Fr. Enzo continue to do wonderful work there, accompanying the Haitian people in their joy and sorrows.

Good news! Fr. Bernard will be sharing his experience of Haiti as Lenten reflections at the parish on Wednesday, April 5th at 7:30 PM. He will talk about what he saw and felt, as well as his reflections. Please join us on that evening if you can.

COLLECTION OF GENTLY USED ITEMS TO ASSIST MISSION IN GHANA, AFRICA

MARCH 25th/26th

As was highlighted in the last Parish Bulletin, the parish is collecting various gently used items this weekend. This collection is to assist the ministry of Sister Janis, FMM.

Sister Janis Gbiel is a Ghanaian Sister of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM). When she was young, her father did not want to send her to school because she was a girl. She later found her way to school, and eventually graduated with degrees in Education as well as Biblical Theology. Because of her own experience, Sister Janis has made the education of the needy and the disadvantaged in Ghana, especially women, her mission. She would like to empower them through education.

Sister Janis has just completed her training in spiritual direction here at Guelph. When she returns to Ghana in May, she would like to set up another Senior high school for girls as well as ten basic schools in the poorest region in Ghana.

She is now asking for our help – she is seeking the donation of gently used items to help set up these schools:
computers, preferably laptops, but can take about 10 desktops as well.
Photocopiers – desktop type (3)
Printers (3)
Television sets (5)
Projector
Scanner
Digital cameras
Sewing machines
Math sets
School bags
Gently used summer footwear – crossed sandals, canvas shoes or sneakers.

Lent is a good time to think about sharing what we have with those in need. With spring in the air, perhaps it is also a good time to do some spring cleaning. Please check your basement or garage to see if there are electronics and other items that are still in good condition which could be put to use for a worthwhile cause.

Sister Janis will be in the Gathering Space after all the Masses this weekend. If you have any questions or need further information, you will be able to ask her directly. Thank you for your support!

FIRST RECONCILIATION

Saturday, April 1st at 10:30 AM

St. Gabriel’s Church

First Reconciliation for children attending St. Gabriel’s School and those in the Children’s Faith Program and children attending Private Schools will be held at St. Gabriel’s Church on Saturday, April 1st at 10:30 AM.

LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE 2017

Stations of the Cross
Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Individual Confessions
Wednesday, March 29th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Reconciliation Service
Wednesday, March 29th at 7:30 PM

Palm Sunday
April 9th
Masses Sat., 4:30 PM
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday
April 13th
No 9:00 AM Mass
7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday
April 14th
10:00 AM Morning Prayer
3:00 PM Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday
April 15th
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday
April 16th
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM 12:30 PM

Easter Monday
April 17th
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

ANNOUNCED MASSES

March 27th – April 1st, 2017

MONDAY – FR. PETER WATTERS – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
TUESDAY – ELIZABETH CHIN – Requested by Michelle Tan
WEDNESDAY – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE DOAN, NGUYEN & VU FAMILIES – Requested by the Nguyen Family
THURSDAY – JOHN YEUNG – Requested by Agnes Wong
FRIDAY – LOUIS FUNG – Requested by his Family
SATUR DAY – CHARLES WILSON – Requested by Kathleen Olden-Poewll

WELCOME! BAPTISM

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:

Alexander David Andrade
Thomas Michael Chan
Schyler Gabriel Ducasse-Salesman
Franco Chavez Valdez

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, March 19th 2017. Congratulations!

ROSARY GROUPS

Gabriel Room
English: Saturday, April 1st at 3:15 PM
Chinese: Sunday, April 2nd at 3:30 PM

For further information, please contact Linda Law at 416 -918-8029.

ECO-SABBATH

Sunday, April 2nd at 11:30 AM
Gabriel Room

CHING MING MASS OF REMEMBRANCE

Saturday, April 1st at 2:00 PM

Holy Family Mausoleum, Holy Cross Cemetery

The 2017 Ching Ming Mass of Remembrance will be held in the Holy Family Mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery in Thornhill on Saturday, April 1st at 2:00 PM. For further details please see the poster on the bulletin boards.
On Sunday, April 2nd, the Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality will facilitate a 30 minute reflection and discussion prompted by the readings for that Sunday’s liturgy. The guided reflection brings an ecological perspective to the readings.

All are welcome.

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

Interviews for children who are preparing to receive their First Communion are now being scheduled.

Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866-to book your appointment with Fr. Brando or Fr. John as soon as possible.

Those children attending the Children’s Faith Program, private schools or others are asked to choose one of the following dates: April 18th, 19th, 20th or 21st.

Children from St. Gabriel’s School are asked to choose one of the following dates: April 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th.

RECONCILIATION SERVICE

Wednesday, March 29th at 7:30 PM

This is an opportunity to spend some time in peace and quiet, to reflect upon how we are responding to our call to be sons and daughters of God.

Recognizing the fact that we are “good people”, we also accept the fact that good people can sin.

Through an examination of conscience we face those sins, admit them and are reconciled to God. For those who wish, individual confessions will be celebrated after the service. We encourage you to take advantage of this celebration

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, April 7th from 9:30 AM – 12 Noon

SHARELIFE

“Living the Gospel” locally and around the world…

How do we “Live the Gospel” toward others when our daily lives are so busy? For some it is volunteering at a soup kitchen, or it may be caring for an elderly relative. If we do not have the time to actively participate, we can support the many ShareLife funded agencies within our community that bring the hands of Christ to those in need. Our annual appeal provides resources to 42 agencies, bringing much needed programs and services to those both here in our communities and around the world. Next Sunday is the first ShareLife collection. Over the next week, consider your ability to “Live the Gospel” by helping those who are vulnerable and in need, and make a contribution to ShareLife

Next Sunday, April 2nd 2017 is ShareLife Sunday
Please give generously.

FINANCE CORNER

2016 Financial Statement

Copies of the 2016 Financial Statement is available to parishioners. You may pick one up this weekend and next in the Gathering Space or from the Parish Office.

Cyber Crime Seminar

We would like to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about cyber crime, how it can affect us all and tips to protect ourselves. We will only proceed with hosting this event If there is enough interest shown. If you are interested, please sign up in the Gathering Space after each Mass on March 25th/26th and April 1st /2nd weekends.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2017

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.

Bulletin – March 19, 2017

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

COLLECTION OF GENTLY USED ITEMS TO ASSIST MISSION IN GHANA, AFRICA

MARCH 25th/26th

As was highlighted in the last Parish Bulletin, the parish will be collecting various gently used items on the weekend of March 25th/26th. This is to assist the ministry of Sister Janis, FMM.

Sister Janis Gbiel is a Ghanaian Sister of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM). When she was young, her father did not want to send her to school because she was a girl. She later found her way to school, and eventually graduated with degrees in Education as well as Biblical Theology. Because of her own experience, Sister Janis has made the education of the needy and the disadvantaged in Ghana, especially women, her mission. She would like to empower them through education.

Sister Janis has just completed her training in spiritual direction here at Guelph. When she returns to Ghana in May, she would like to set up another Senior high school for girls as well as ten basic schools in the poorest region in Ghana.

She is now asking for our help – she is seeking the donation of gently used items to help set up these schools:
computers, preferably laptops, but can take about 10 desktops as well.
Photocopiers – desktop type (3)
Printers (3)
Television sets (5)
Projector
Scanner
Digital cameras
Sewing machines
Math sets
School bags
Gently used summer footwear – crossed sandals, canvas shoes or sneakers.

Lent is a good time to think about sharing what we have with those in need. With spring in the air, perhaps it is also a good time to do some spring cleaning. Please check your basement or garage to see if there are electronics and other items that are still in good condition which could be put to use for a worthwhile cause.

You will be able to listen to and meet Sister Janis at all the masses this weekend. If you have any questions or need further information, you will be able to ask her directly. All items will be collected next weekend (March 25th /26th). Thank you for your support!

LENT: Moving to resurrection and light – The Passionist Mission in Haiti

Fr. Bernard McEachern CP

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM – St. Gabriel’s Church

Fr. Bernard just came back from his visit to Haiti and the Passionist mission there. Many of us who have met Fr. Rick from his 2014 Advent visit to St. Gabriel’s are touched by his work. He and Fr. Enzo continue to do wonderful work there, accompanying the Haitian people in their joy and sorrows.

Good news! Fr. Bernard will be sharing his experience of Haiti as Lenten reflections at the parish on Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30 PM. He will talk about what he saw and felt, as well as his reflections. Please join us on that evening if you can.

FIRST RECONCILIATION

Saturday, April 1st at 10:30 AM

St. Gabriel’s Church
First Reconciliation for children attending St. Gabriel’s School and those in the Children’s Faith Program and children attending Private Schools will be held at St. Gabriel’s Church on Saturday, April 1st at 10:30 AM.

LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE 2017

Stations of the Cross
Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Individual Confessions
Wednesday, March 29th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Reconciliation Service
Wednesday, March 29th at 7:30 PM

Palm Sunday
April 9th
Masses Sat., 4:30 PM
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday
April 13th
No 9:00 AM Mass
7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday
April 14th
10:00 AM Morning Prayer
3:00 PM Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday
April 15th
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday
April 16th
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM 12:30 PM

Easter Monday
April 17th
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

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.

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

Interviews for children who are preparing 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 18th, 19th, 20th or 21st.

Children from St. Gabriel’s School are asked to choose one of the following dates: April 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th.

Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 to book your appointment with Fr. Brando or Fr. John.

RECONCILIATION SERVICE

Wednesday, March 29th at 7:30 PM

This is an opportunity to spend some time in peace and quiet, to reflect upon how we are responding to our call to be sons and daughters of God.

Recognizing the fact that we are “good people”, we also accept the fact that good people can sin.

Through an examination of conscience we face those sins, admit them and are reconciled to God. For those who wish, individual confessions will be celebrated after the service. We encourage you to take advantage of this celebration

JOIN THE “CALL FOR CONSCIENCE”

February 6th – March 31, 2017

The Government of Canada passed legislation in June 2016, legalizing euthanasia/assisted suicide. Despite wording in the legislation intended to protect doctors and facilities, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is forcing health care workers to participate in ending the lives of their patients. No other country does this. Provinces across Canada do not do this. Yet, Ontario refuses to protect doctors who object to assisted suicide/euthanasia.

Please visit www.CanadiansforConscience.ca to learn more, join the “Call for Conscience” and write directly to your elected Member of Provincial Parliament asking them to protect conscience rights.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by providing for homeless youth

On a given night, 6,000 people across Canada between 16 and 24 have nowhere to call home. This represents 20 per cent of the total homeless population. In Toronto, estimates of homeless youth range from 900 to 2,000 nightly.

The ShareLife supported Rights of Passage program at Covenant House has been active in making a positive difference in the lives of homeless youth on the streets of Toronto. 75 % of these youth have been matched with mentors and have also made progress in strengthening their life skills and family relationships, getting them ready for life on their own. In addition, the ShareLife funded Youth In Transition programs helps youth in foster care to transition to independent living.

Sunday April 2nd, 2017 is ShareLife Sunday
Please give generously.

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 as pressure to privatize the natural resource of water increased, Development and Peace focused on water as a human right and campaigned for public control of water systems in areas where millions of people suffer from water scarcity? 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.

With everyone struggling during the winter months, 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.

FINANCE CORNER

Weekly Offertory
Collection for last week:
Envelopes 345 $ 5,955
Loose Change 847
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 162 3,027
Total 507 $ 9,829
Maintenance Collection: $ 4,413

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2017

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.