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Bulletin – March 18, 2018

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

WORLD YOUTH DAY

Our parish is very excited to share that we will be taking part in next year’s World Youth Day (WYD). World Youth Day is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is celebrated every 3 years. The next World Youth Day is taking place in Panama City, Panama from January 22nd to 27th, 2019.

“WYD is open to young people who want to take part in a festive encounter with their contemporaries centered on Jesus Christ. This event is an opportunity to experience in first person the universality of the Church. WYD is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, by means of prayer and the sacraments, together with thousands of other young people around the world who share your interests and ambitions.”

This event is open to young adults in the parish ages 18-30.

If you are interested in attending, please contact sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com for more information.

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 2018

Stations of the Cross
Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Individual Confessions
Wednesday, March 14th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Reconciliation Service
Wednesday, March 21st at 7:30 PM

Palm Sunday, March 25th
Masses Sat., 4:30 PM
Sun., 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday, March 29th
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
Mass of the Lord’s Supper -7:30 PM
Adoration until 10:00 PM

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

Holy Saturday, March 31st
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 1st
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM,
12:30 PM

Easter Monday, April 2nd
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

ANNOUNCED MASSES

March 19th – March 24th, 2018

MONDAY – FATIMA LEE – Requested by the Staff of St. Gabriel’s
TUESDAY – HUI SON LIN – Requested by Linda Law & Family
WEDNESDAY – CECILIA MANALANG – Requested by Plutarco Manalang
THURSDAY – DR. SALIM NAQVI – Requested by the Ursula Holt
FRIDAY – RENÉ LAVERTU – Requested by HÉLÈNE LAVERTU
SATURDAY – GORDON OATWAY – Requested by Pat Oatway & Family

RECONCILIATION SERVICE

Wednesday, March 21st 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.

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

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

Interviews will begin on Monday, April 23rd and continue until Friday May 4th. They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday.

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

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel locally and around the world

“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…

This Sunday is ShareLife Sunday.
Thank you for your generosity.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are very much appreciated. Lately we have found several food donations that have expired. Kindly check the dates carefully since we cannot pass on food which has expired.

MILK BAG PROJECT

Wednesday, March 21st from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Gabriel Room

Volunteer milk bag weavers will be meeting Wednesday afternoon, March 21st from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. All are welcome! Thank you to all who bring in milk bags clean and flattened. This is a big help to the weavers.

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 web site. 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.

COME AND SEE WEEKEND

Friday, March 23rd, 6:30 PM, to Sunday, March 25th, 1:30 PM

St. Augustine’s Seminary:

The Office of Vocations invites single Catholic men 17 years and older, to a Come and See Weekend at St. Augustine’s Seminary from Friday, March 23rd at 6:30 PM to Sunday, March 25th at 1:30 PM. Come and cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. There will be time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest.

Register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca. Registrants 17 years old require parental consent.

For more information, please contact Fr. Brando or Fr. John or the Office of Vocations at: 416 968 0997 or you may email vocations@archtoronto.org.

DYNAMIC WOMEN OF FAITH CONFERENCE

Saturday, March 24th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

John Paul 2 Polish Cultural Centre,

Dynamic Women of Faith will be hosting its 9th annual conference for Catholic women on Saturday March 24th at the John Paul 2 Polish Cultural Centre, 4300 Cawthra Road.

There is limited seating! Register at http://dynamicwomenfaith.com/. The cost of registration is $60.00. Light breakfast, lunch and free parking are all included.

There is also a special event for Mothers and daughters on Friday, March 23rd, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

FRIENDS OF THE STREET

Wednesday, March 21st from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

St. Margaret Parish Hall, 2134 Avenue Road

Friends of the Street is a group in St. Margaret of Scotland Parish that prays for those who have been pushed to the margins of society through drug use or their lifestyle. Each month Deacon Robert Kinghorn, who writes the column “The Church on the Street” for the Catholic Register, invites speakers who have lived on the street, or else support those on the streets of downtown Toronto. The next meeting is on Wednesday March 21st from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the parish hall at 2134 Avenue Road, Toronto. All are welcome.

THEOLOGY ON TAP: What does being successful mean?

Monday, March 26th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Avenue

All young adults (19-39) are invited to join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics!

The special guest will be Kevin Kelly SJ who works at the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice. Munchies are provided and a cash bar is available. Come and bring a friend!

For more information: visit our Toronto Theology on Tap web page, or contact Kataryna Ryba by phone 416-467-2645 or e-mail faithconnections@csj-to.ca.

PASSIONIST COME AND SEE WEEKEND

Friday, April 6th to Sunday, April 8th

Bishop Malloy Retreat House, Jamaica, New York

Passionist priests and brothers take a unique vow to promote the memory of Christ’s Passion and God’s redeeming love for us through their life of contemplation, community and ministry to the crucified of today.

Founded by St. Paul of the Cross, Passionists reach out with compassion to those who suffer or are marginalized-the disabled, the sick, the dying, the impoverished, those who grieve or are alone-and offer opportunities for all to experience spiritual growth and healing.

Want to know more about the Passionists?
Want to explore your vocation?

For more information on the Passionist Come and See Weekend, please contact Fr. Brando or Vocations@cpprov.org.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PRESENTATION

Friday, April 6th at 7:00 PM

Forest Grove United Church, 43 Forest Grove Drive

Learn how to protect your family and your home in the event of an emergency. The Bayview Village Association in partnership with Forest Grove United Church will host the City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management on Friday, April 6th at 7:00 PM.

To reserve a seat, please RSVP to Sue Wires by March 26th by email at suehalftime@yahoo.com or by phone at 416-733-2520.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

St. Gabriel’s Parish

Weekend of September 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2018

A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2018. The course will be held Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. For a registration package please email Marie Deans at deansm@sympatico.ca.

Bulletin – March 11, 2018

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

WORLD YOUTH DAY

Our parish is very excited to share that we will be taking part in next year’s World Youth Day (WYD). World Youth Day is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is celebrated every 3 years. The next World Youth Day is taking place in Panama City, Panama from January 22nd to 27th, 2019.

“WYD is open to young people who want to take part in a festive encounter with their contemporaries centered on Jesus Christ. This event is an opportunity to experience in first person the universality of the Church. WYD is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, by means of prayer and the sacraments, together with thousands of other young people around the world who share your interests and ambitions”.

This event is open to young adults in the parish ages 18-30. If you are interested in attending, please contact sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com for more information.

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 2018

Stations of the Cross
Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Individual Confessions
Wednesday, March 14th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Reconciliation Service
Wednesday, March 21st at 7:30 PM

Palm Sunday, March 25th
Masses Sat., 4:30 PM
Sun., 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday, March 29th
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
Mass of the Lord’s Supper -7:30 PM
Adoration until 10:00 PM

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

Holy Saturday, March 31st
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 1st
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM,
12:30 PM

Easter Monday, April 2nd
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

ANNOUNCED MASSES

March 12th – March 17th, 2018

MONDAY – RUBIN DIMOSKI – Requested by Staff of St. Gabriel’s
TUESDAY – JOSEPHINE BADALI – Requested by John, Sal & Patsy
WEDNESDAY – PATRICIA CLYDSALE – Requested by Nora Kerr
THURSDAY – ALICE MICHAEL – Requested by Charmaine Michael
FRIDAY – SPECIAL INTENTION – Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
SATURDAY – GIUSEPPE & CLEMENTINA INTINI – Requested by Chiara & Tina Intini

DAY OF CONFESSIONS

Wednesday, March 14th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Individual confessions will be heard at St. Gabriel’s Church on Wednesday, March 14th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

FIRST RECONCILIATION

Saturday, March 17th 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 other Catholic schools will be held at St. Gabriel’s Church on Saturday, March 17th at 10:30 AM.

RECONCILIATION SERVICE

Wednesday, March 21st 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.

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

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

Interviews will begin on Monday, April 23rd and continue until Friday May 4th. They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday.

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

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are very much appreciated.

Lately we have found several food donations that have expired. Kindly check the dates carefully since we cannot pass on food which has expired.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting ShareLife

How do we “Live the Gospel” toward others when our daily lives are so busy? For some it’s 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. Next Sunday is the first ShareLife collection. Over the next week, reflect on your ability to help “Live the Gospel” through Catholic agencies, and make a decision to support our ShareLife parish campaign.

Next Sunday, March 18th is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of March 17th /18th

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

THE WAY OF THE PASSION

Sunday, March 18th at 3:00 PM

Blessed Trinity Church, 3220 Bayview Avenue

The Tamil Centre for Performing Arts Canada presents “The Way of Passion” play at Blessed Trinity Church, 3220 Bayview Avenue on Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 PM. Come and join them. All are welcome.

COME AND SEE WEEKEND

Friday, March 23rd, 6:30 PM, to Sunday, March 25th, 1:30 PM

St. Augustine’s Seminary:

The Office of Vocations invites single Catholic men 17 years and older, to a Come and See Weekend at St. Augustine’s Seminary from Friday, March 23rd at 6:30 PM to Sunday, March 25th at 1:30 PM. Come and cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. There will be time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest.

Register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca. Registrants 17 years old require parental consent. For more information, please contact the Office of Vocations at: 416 968 0997 or you may email vocations@archtoronto.org.

DYNAMIC WOMEN OF FAITH CONFERENCE

Saturday, March 24th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

John Paul 2 Polish Cultural Centre,

Dynamic Women of Faith will be hosting its 9th annual conference for Catholic women on Saturday March 24th at the John Paul 2 Polish Cultural Centre, 4300 Cawthra Road. There is limited seating! Register at http://dynamicwomenfaith.com/

Registration $ 60.00

Light Breakfast, lunch and free parking are all included.

There is also a special event for Mothers and daughters on Friday, March 23rd, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

THEOLOGY ON TAP: What does being successful mean?

Monday, March 26th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Avenue

All young adults (19-39) are invited to join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics!

The special guest: To be announced.

Munchies are provided and a cash bar is available. Come and bring a friend!

For more information: visit our Toronto Theology on Tap web page, or contact Kataryna Ryba by phone 416-467-2645 or e-mail faithconnections@csj-to.ca.

PASSIONIST COME AND SEE WEEKEND

Friday, April 6th to Sunday, April 8th

Bishop Malloy Retreat House, Jamaica, New York

Passionist priests and brothers take a unique vow to promote the memory of Christ’s Passion and God’s redeeming love for us through their life of contemplation, community and ministry to the crucified of today.

Founded by St. Paul of the Cross, Passionists reach out with compassion to those who suffer or are marginalized-the disabled, the sick, the dying, the impoverished, those who grieve or are alone-and offer opportunities for all to experience spiritual growth and healing.

Want to know more about the Passionists?
Want to explore your vocation?

For more information on the Passionist Come and See Weekend, please contact Fr. Brando or Vocations@cpprov.org.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PRESENTATION

Friday, April 6th at 7:00 PM

Forest Grove United Church, 43 Forest Grove Drive

Learn how to protect your family and your home in the event of an emergency. The Bayview Village Association in partnership with Forest Grove United Church will host the City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management on Friday, April 6th at 7:00 PM.

To reserve a seat, please RSVP to Sue Wires by March 26th by email at suehalftime@yahoo.com or by phone at 416-733-2520.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

St. Gabriel’s Parish

Weekend of September 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2018

A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2018. The course will be held Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. For a registration package please email Marie Deans at deansm@sympatico.ca.

Bulletin – March 4, 2018

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Just a reminder……

Daylight Savings Time begins next weekend. Please remember to set your clocks forward 1 hour on Saturday evening, March 11th.

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

We want to say a special thank you to all those who worked to make this year’s Lunar New Year Party a wonderful celebration. This is one of the nicest events we have throughout the year and, as always, it was a huge success.

Many thanks to those who donated the delicious food, those who decorated so beautifully and everyone who worked to make this celebration a truly memorable event. All who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

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 2018

Stations of the Cross
Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Individual Confessions
Wednesday, March 14th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Reconciliation Service
Wednesday, March 21st at 7:30 PM

Palm Sunday, March 25th
Masses Sat., 4:30 PM
Sun., 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday, March 29th
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
Mass of the Lord’s Supper -7:30 PM
Adoration until 10:00 PM

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

Holy Saturday, March 31st
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 1st
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM,
12:30 PM

Easter Monday, April 2nd
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

ANNOUNCED MASSES

March 5th – March 12th, 2018

MONDAY – FERNANDO LASA – Requested by Ana Maria Lasa
TUESDAY – GREG McEACHREN – Requested by the Staff of St. Gabriel’s
WEDNESDAY – GREG McEACHREN – Requested by the Staff of St. Gabriel’s
THURSDAY – CHIU SHI GON – Requested by the Chiu Family
FRIDAY – TULIO RAMIREZ – Requested by Anna Ramirez & Family
SATURDAY – PETER & BRIDGET PEREIRA – Requested by Sophie Pereira

DAY OF CONFESSIONS

Wednesday, March 14th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Individual confessions will be heard at St. Gabriel’s Church on Wednesday, March 14th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

FIRST RECONCILIATION

Saturday, March 17th at 10:30 AM

St. Gabriel’s Church
First Reconciliation for children attending St. Gabriel’s School, those in the Children’s Faith Program and children attending other Catholic Schools will be held at St. Gabriel’s Church on Saturday, March 17th at 10:30 AM.

RECONCILIATION SERVICE

Wednesday, March 21st 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.

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

Interviews for children who are preparing to receive their First Communion are now being scheduled. Interviews will begin on Monday, April 23rd and continue until Friday May 4th. They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday.Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866-to book your appointment with Fr. Brando or Fr. John as soon as possible.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your donations are very much appreciated. Lately we have found several food donations that have expired. Kindly check the dates carefully since we cannot pass on food which has expired.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by providing for homeless youth

On any 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. 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. The program matches adolescents with mentors, who help them build life skills. By supporting ShareLife, you’re helping at-risk youth prepare for life on their own.

March 18th is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 44 casseroles for February. For March, your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of March 24th/25th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. Please note that this is a week earlier due to Easter.

More volunteers are encouraged to become active in helping to feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. Three different recipes are available in the Parish Office or online at the Church website. Casserole pans are also available in the Parish Office. If you require more information please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

THE CALL FOR CONSCIENCE 2018 CAMPAIGN

Sign-Up Sunday! March 3rd/4th

We Need Your Help!

Cardinal Collins and bishops across Ontario are asking for an email address from every Catholic family in their community.

This information will be used locally by Cardinal Collins and trusted faith partners to communicate periodically (approximately 6-8 times each year) on issues of particular importance for the Catholic community.

The first campaign of 2018 is the Call for Conscience, inviting our elected Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) and those seeking office this June to increase funding/access to palliative care, to protect health care workers wishing to abstain from any involvement in euthanasia/assisted suicide and to protect faith-based facilities from participation in euthanasia/assisted suicide. The work builds on a similar campaign in 2017.

Please visit http://bit.ly/SignUpSundayRegistration to register for this initiative. Thank you for living a faith that acts!

CARDINAL CARTER ACADEMY PRESENTS JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT

March 6th and 7th

Cardinal Carter Theatre, 36 Greenfield Avenue
Cardinal Carter Academy of the Arts will present Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Its family-friendly story and catchy music tells the story of Joseph and his coat of many colours. Show dates are March 6th and 7th.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from loreana.trabona@tcdsb.org. Call 416-393-5556 ext. 87214 for more information.

HIKE AND PRAYER: Beauty so Ancient and so New!

Saturday, March 10th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

West Entrance, West Island Cinesphere

SENIOR MEN’S HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT

Saturday, March 17th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

St. Augustine’s Seminary, 2661 Kingston Road

The Office of Vocations is hosting a high school retreat for young men (Grades 11 & 12) at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Saturday, March 17th, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, helping young men cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with the Lord. Seminarians offer reflections on practical aspects of faith. The Retreat offers opportunities for Mass, Adoration, Confession and socializing. Registration for the retreat is to be done online at: www.vocationstoronto.ca. For more information, please call 416-968-0997 or email: vocations@archtoronto.org.

PASSIONIST COME AND SEE WEEKEND

Friday, April 6th to Sunday, April 8th

Bishop Malloy Retreat House, Jamaica, New York

Passionist priests and brothers take a unique vow to promote the memory of Christ’s Passion and God’s redeeming love for us through their life of contemplation, community and ministry to the crucified of today.

Founded by St. Paul of the Cross, Passionists reach out with compassion to those who suffer or are marginalized-the disabled, the sick, the dying, the impoverished, those who grieve or are alone-and offer opportunities for all to experience spiritual growth and healing.

Want to know more about the Passionists?
Want to explore your vocation?

For more information on the Passionist Come and See Weekend, please contact Fr. Brando or Vocations@cpprov.org.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PRESENTATION

Friday, April 6th at 7:00 PM

Forest Grove United Church, 43 Forest Grove Drive

Learn how to protect your family and your home in the event of an emergency. The Bayview Village Association in partnership with Forest Grove United Church will host the City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management on Friday, April 6th at 7:00 PM.

To reserve a seat, please RSVP to Sue Wires by March 26th by email at suehalftime@yahoo.com or by phone at 416-733-2520.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

St. Gabriel’s Parish
Weekend of September 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2018

A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2018. The course will be held Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. For a registration package please email Marie Deans at deansm@sympatico.ca

Bulletin – February 25, 2018

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

FEAST OF ST. GABRIEL

Tuesday, February 27th is the feast of St. Gabriel.

St. Gabriel, a member of the Passionist Community, was born Francis Possenti on March 1, 1838 in Assisi. In September, 1856, he entered the Passionist novitiate but before his ordination, he contracted tuberculosis. He died February 27, 1862 at the age of 24. Francis had a special devotion to Mary and chose as his religious name Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin. He is remembered for his enthusiasm in life and his extraordinary generosity. Pope John XXIII proclaimed him as a special Patron of Youth. Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 AM and at 1:15 PM with the children from St. Gabriel’s School.

LENTEN RETREAT

Saturday, March 3rd from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church

The Lenten season will soon be upon us, calling us to look deeply into our lives, and to return to the Gospel.
Our Lenten retreat this year will be held on Saturday, March 3rd from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM. The theme of the retreat is “Turning Tables: Our Walking and Working with Jesus.”

Our preacher will be Father Jim O’Shea, an inspiring and engaging Passionist working in New York City. Along with pastoral work, Father Jim focuses also on community development, paying particular attention to the housing and education needs of the community, especially those who are marginalized. In 2010, he founded Reconnect Brooklyn with the mission of engaging young people through entrepreneurship, education and service. The project operates Reconnect Café and Reconnect Graphics, and has employed over 150 young people.

Using stories from the Gospel and his neighbourhood work in Brooklyn, NY, Father Jim will invite us to embrace the liberating and creative spirit of Jesus in changing the world and ourselves.

For more information on the retreat, please call the Parish Office at (416) 221-8866, or email Fatima Lee at fatimalee@bellnet.ca.

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

Sunday, February 25th after 12:30 PM Mass

Friday, February 16th marked the beginning of Lunar New Year. This year is the Year of the Dog. For many years, the Asian community in our parish has gifted our parish community with a wonderful Lunar New Year Party.

Our Lunar New Year Celebration will take place this Sunday, February 25th after the 12:30 PM Mass in the Gathering Space. All are welcome.

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 2018

Stations of the Cross
Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Individual Confessions
Wednesday, March 14th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Reconciliation Service
Wednesday, March 21st at 7:30 PM

Palm Sunday, March 25th
Masses Sat., 4:30 PM
Sun., 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday, March 29th
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
Mass of the Lord’s Supper -7:30 PM
Adoration until 10:00 PM

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

Holy Saturday, March 31st
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 1st
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM,
12:30 PM

Easter Monday, April 2nd
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

ANNOUNCED MASSES

February 26th – March 3rd, 2018
MONDAY – BRIGIDA CORTEZ – Requested by Cheryl Rancati
TUESDAY – THANKSGIVING FOR BLESSINGS IN THE WORLD – Requested by the Chiu Family
WEDNESDAY – THE FUNG FAMILY LIVING & DECEASED – Requested by the Chiu Family
THURSDAY -
FRIDAY – SPECIAL INTENTION – Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE – Requested by Marie Calderone

WELCOME! BAPTISM

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
Connor Cabado,
Jasmine Leonie P. Poscablo,
Isla Elizabeth McDonald
Laura Lucia Sisco-Chacon.

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, February 18th. Congratulations!

FAITH RENEWAL MEETING FOR PARENTS OF CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES

Wednesday, February 28th at 7:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church

There will be a Faith Renewal Meeting for all parents of the Confirmation candidates here on Wednesday, February 28th at 7:30 PM.

ECO – SABBATH

Sunday, March 4th 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.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, March 2nd from 9:30 AM – 12 Noon

ROSARY GROUPS

English: Saturday, March 3rd at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room. Chinese: Sunday, March. 4th at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room For information, please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.

THE CALL FOR CONSCIENCE 2018 CAMPAIGN

Sign-Up Sundays! February 24th/25th and March 3rd/4th.

We Need Your Help!

Cardinal Collins and bishops across Ontario are asking for an email address from every Catholic family in their community, with a goal of 100,000 email addresses collected by the end of February 2018. This information will be used locally by Cardinal Collins and trusted faith partners to communicate periodically (approximately 6-8 times each year) on issues of particular importance for the Catholic community.

The first campaign of 2018 is the Call for Conscience, inviting our elected Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) and those seeking office this June to increase funding/access to palliative care, to protect health care workers wishing to abstain from any involvement in euthanasia/assisted suicide and to protect faith-based facilities from participation in euthanasia/assisted suicide. The work builds on a similar campaign in 2017.

Please visit http://bit.ly/SignUpSundayRegistration to register for this initiative. Thank you for living a faith that acts!

CANADA SUMMER JOBS PROGRAM

Be Informed & Reach Out to Your MP

The federal government has introduced new requirements for employers applying for the Canada Summer Jobs grant. To be eligible for funding, employers must attest that both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect certain “values” as determined by the federal government including the government’s position on abortion, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

Organizations unable or unwilling to make this attestation in whole or in part will be deemed ineligible for the grant. This requirement is clearly unjust. Many Catholic organizations throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto and many other faiths involved in charitable activity at soup kitchens, shelters, refugee welcome centres or summer camps are impacted by this decision. Please take a moment to visit www.archtoronto.org/summerjobs for more information and to find a template letter to send to your MP and the Minister responsible for this portfolio.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your donations are very much appreciated. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

Your commitment to these organizations lets these young families and people in need know that they are not alone.

NEW BEGINNINGS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

Beginning Tuesday, February 27th at 2:00 PM

St. Roch’s Church, 2889 Islington Avenue

New Beginnings and St. Roch’s Church will be starting a bereavement support group for all who have experienced loss through the death of a loved one. It will begin on Tuesday, February 27th at 2:00 PM, at St. Roch’s Church in North York. This group will run for 5 weeks. For more information, please contact St. Roch’s Church at 416-749-0328.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

Friday, March 2nd at 1:30 PM

St John’s York Mills Anglican Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive

You are cordially invited to the annual ecumenical World Day of Prayer Service which will be held at St. John’s York Mills Anglican Church on Friday March 2nd at 1:30 PM. The theme this year, “All God’s Creation is Very Good” was written by the women of Suriname. St. Gabriel’s is one of three Catholic churches involved but has very little representation at the service. Please join us, along with our neighbouring Christian churches, in prayer and reflection. A reception will follow.

COME AND SEE WEEKEND

Friday, March 23rd, 6:30 PM, to Sunday, March 25th, 1:30 PM

St. Augustine’s Seminary:

The Office of Vocations invites single Catholic men 17 years and older, to a Come and See Weekend at St. Augustine’s Seminary from Friday, March 23rd at 6:30 PM to Sunday, March 25th at 1:30 PM. Come and cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. There will be time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest.

Register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca. Registrants 17 years old require parental consent.

For more information, please contact Fr. Brando or Fr. John or the Office of Vocations at: 416 968 0997 or you may email vocations@archtoronto.org.

Offertory Envelopes for 2018

The 2018 Offertory Boxed Envelopes are available in the Parish Office. If you have not yet picked yours up, please do so as soon as possible. Thank you.

Bulletin – February 18, 2018

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

LENTEN RETREAT

Saturday, March 3rd from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church

The Lenten season will soon be upon us, calling us to look deeply into our lives, and to return to the Gospel.

Our Lenten retreat this year will be held on Saturday, March 3rd from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM. The theme of the retreat is “Turning Tables: Our Walking and Working with Jesus.”

Our preacher will be Father Jim O’Shea, an inspiring and engaging Passionist working in New York City. Along with pastoral work, Father Jim focuses also on community development, paying particular attention to the housing and education needs of the community, especially those who are marginalized. In 2010, he founded Reconnect Brooklyn with the mission of engaging young people through entrepreneurship, education and service. The project operates Reconnect Café and Reconnect Graphics, and has employed over 150 young people.

Using stories from the Gospel and his neighbourhood work in Brooklyn, NY, Father Jim will invite us to embrace the liberating and creative spirit of Jesus in changing the world and ourselves.

For more information on the retreat, please call the Parish Office at (416) 221-8866, or email Fatima Lee at fatimalee@bellnet.ca.

FAMILY DAY

Monday, February 19th

Monday February 19th 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.

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

Sunday, February 25th after 12:30 PM Mass

Friday, February 16th marked the beginning of Lunar New Year. This year is the Year of the Dog. For many years, the Asian community in our parish has gifted our parish community with a wonderful Lunar New Year Party.

Our Lunar New Year Celebration will take place on Sunday, February 25th after the 12:30 PM Mass in the Gathering Space. All are welcome.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

February 19th – February 24th, 2018

MONDAY – FAMILY DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – ARMANDO & WALTER DINARDO – Requested by Pasqua Dinardo & Family
WEDNESDAY – CHIU FAMILYLIVING & DECEASED – Requested by the Chiu Family
THURSDAY – ZOFIA & WANDA WLADYSLAW – Requested by their Children & Grandchildren
FRIDAY – MADALENA NASCIMENTO – Requested by the Nascimento Family
SATURDAY – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE CHUCHRA & WROBEL FAMILIES – Requested by Jack & Wanda

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.

THE CALL FOR CONSCIENCE 2018 CAMPAIGN

Sign-Up Sundays! February 24th/25th and March 3rd/4th.

We Need Your Help!

Cardinal Collins and bishops across Ontario are asking for an email address from every Catholic family in their community, with a goal of 100,000 email addresses collected by the end of February 2018. This information will be used locally by Cardinal Collins and trusted faith partners to communicate periodically (approximately 6-8 times each year) on issues of particular importance for the Catholic community.

The first campaign of 2018 is the Call for Conscience, inviting our elected Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) and those seeking office this June to increase funding/access to palliative care, to protect health care workers wishing to abstain from any involvement in euthanasia/assisted suicide and to protect faith-based facilities from participation in euthanasia/assisted suicide. The work builds on a similar campaign in 2017.

Please visit http://bit.ly/SignUpSundayRegistration to register for this initiative. Thank you for living a faith that acts!

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL URGENT APPEAL!

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul – St. Gabriel Conference, is appealing for donations for first and last month’s rent of $3,150 for a government sponsored Syrian refugee family. Government support has ended for this single mother and her two sons. They need to move as she cannot afford the current rent.

For further information, please contact Brenda D’Souza at 416-990-8892.

CANADA SUMMER JOBS PROGRAM

Be Informed & Reach Out to Your MP

The federal government has introduced new requirements for employers applying for the Canada Summer Jobs grant. To be eligible for funding, employers must attest that both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect certain “values” as determined by the federal government including the government’s position on abortion, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Organizations unable or unwilling to make this attestation in whole or in part will be deemed ineligible for the grant.

This requirement is clearly unjust. Many Catholic organizations throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto and many other faiths involved in charitable activity at soup kitchens, shelters, refugee welcome centres or summer camps are impacted by this decision.

Please take a moment to visit www.archtoronto.org/summerjobs for more information and to find a template letter to send to your MP and the Minister responsible for this portfolio.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are very much appreciated.

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 so many people 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.

ORGANIC GARDEN WORKSHOPS

This Sunday, February 18th

Gabriel Room

Our Organic Horticulturalist, Robert Cordy, will continue to hold workshops in the series entitled Organic Garden Design 1, 2 and 3, this Sunday, February. 18th. All parishioners are welcome. Workshop will be held in the Gabriel Room after the 12:30 Mass.

LIVING OUR SPIRITUALITY IN THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE

Tuesdays – until April 24th, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

St. Bonaventure’s Parish – Francis Room

St. Bonaventure’s Ministry with Maturing Adults is offering several programs on Tuesday Mornings from 9:30 to 11:30.

February 20th – Advanced Care Planning
February 27th – Understanding Islam – Being in Dialogue with your Neighbors
March 13th – Homeless in Toronto
March 20th – The Wisdom of Teresa of Avila
April 24th – Special Event with Luncheon

There is no cost for this program. For more information, please go to Maureen@st-bonaventure.ca or call her at 416 447 5571 Ext. 550 or check the flyer on the bulletin board.

MILK BAG PROJECT

Wednesday, February 21st 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!

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

Friday, March 2nd at 1:30 PM

St John’s York Mills Anglican Church
19 Don Ridge Drive

You are cordially invited to the annual ecumenical World Day of Prayer Service which will be held at St. John’s York Mills Anglican Church on Friday March 2nd at 1:30 PM. The theme this year, “All God’s Creation is Very Good” was written by the women of Suriname. St. Gabriel’s is one of three Catholic churches involved but has very little representation at the service. Please join us, along with our neighbouring Christian churches, in prayer and reflection. A reception will follow.

CELEBRATE YOUR MARRIAGE WITH A WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND!

March 2nd to March 4th, 2018

Four Points by Sheraton, Argentia Rd., Mississauga

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.

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.

COME AND SEE WEEKEND

Friday, March 23rd, 6:30 PM to Sunday, March 25th, 1:30 PM

St. Augustine’s Seminary:

The Office of Vocations invites single Catholic men 17 years and older, to a Come and See Weekend at St. Augustine’s Seminary from Friday, March 23rd to Sunday, March 25th. Come and cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. There will be time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest.

Register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca. Registrants 17 years old require parental consent.

For more information, please contact (the Parish Priest) or the Office of Vocations at: 416 968 0997 or you may email vocations@archtoronto.org.

DYNAMIC WOMEN OF FAITH CONFERENCE

Saturday, March 24th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

John Paul 2 Polish Cultural Centre, 4300 Cawthra Road

Dynamic Women of Faith will be hosting its 9th annual conference for Catholic women on Saturday March 24th at the John Paul 2 Polish Cultural Centre. There is limited seating!

Register at http://dynamicwomenfaith.com/

Early Bird $ 55.00 (before Feb 20) Regular Registration $ 60.00

Light Breakfast, lunch and free parking are all included.

There is also a special event for Mothers and daughters on Friday, March 23rd, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

FINANCE CORNER

Offertory Envelopes for 2018
The 2018 Offertory Boxed Envelopes are available in the hallway near the Gabriel Room. Please pick yours up as soon as possible.

Tax Receipts for 2017
Tax receipts for 2017 have been mailed. Tax receipts for the Family of Faith Campaign or for any donations made by credit card through the Archdiocese will be receipted by the Archdiocese.