Homily – April 1, 2018

April 1st, 2018

Easter Sunday

Today we Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus our Christ, our redeemer. The resurrection shows God the Father’s acceptance of the obedience and sacrifice of his Son, Jesus. This feast is foundational to our Christian faith. St. Paul teaches, ‘ if Christ be not risen we are still in our sins.’ If Christ be not risen Good Friday was for nothing. We believe that Christ is risen and we too have been raised in him to live a new life for God.

I read an article recently by a columnist for the New York Times. It was titled; Easter is calling me back to church.’ The author and her family attended Mass every Sunday and liked Easter Sunday in a special way. She writes, ‘all that changed for me. I just couldn’t forgive my fellow Christians for electing a man who exploited his employees, boasted of his sexual assaults, encouraged violence against citizens who disagreed with him and welcomed the support of virulent white supremacists. All this was so distant from what Jesus meant when he told his disciples,’ love one another as I have loved you.’ The negativity and the dividedness that permeates social life challenged her faith in the church, but not God.

But she made her decision to return to the church community saying this Easter Sunday she will join her fellow Catholics as they celebrate the Resurrection. She says, ‘I will lift my voice in song and give thanks for my life. I will pray for my country, especially the people my country and my church are failing. And then I will walk into the world and do my best to practise the resurrection.’

That’s what struck me in this whole article – I will do my best to practise the resurrection. I read this as this good women’s commitment to reject the negativity and the cynicism and dividedness that plagues our social life today when we read of such madness as Mosques and Synagogues defaced by vandals and Moslems murdered as they prayed, when people resent our openness to refugees and immigrants. These actions and mindset are death dealing not life giving. They do not reflect the life giving reality of Christ’s death and resurrection.

In the gospel we hear of Mary Magdalene bringing new life, new hope, new purpose and new enthusiasm to the dispirited apostles when she brought them the news, “I have seen the Lord.’ This was her way of practicing the resurrection – spreading the awesome news – He lives.

How can I, how can you practice the resurrection? We practice Christ’s resurrection when we respect and welcome men and women who believe differently than ourselves. We practice Christ’s resurrection when we accept as brothers and sisters men and women who come from different lands and cultures, different racial backgrounds. We practice Christ’s resurrection when we accept and respect men and women who are members of the LGBTQ community. We practice Christ’s resurrection when are there for the men, women and children who are on welfare, families who live below the poverty line and ask for our help.

We practice Christ’s resurrection when we support social issues such as the minimum wage and affordable housing. We can practice Christ’s resurrection by seeking to come to a deeper appreciation and respect for God’s good creation. We can practice Christ’s resurrection by saying only the good things people need to hear, things that will really lift them up.

We practice Christ’s resurrection any and every time we bring peace and healing to any situation in our daily living’

Christ has died, Christ is risen. As we continue to celebrate this Mass and this feast we pray for ourselves and for each other that the Risen Christ gives us the courage we need to practice his resurrection.

Bulletin – April 1, 2018

April 1st, 2018

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 2nd

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.

YOUTH GROUP BAKE SALE

Sunday, April 1st 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. The youth group’s CD will also be available for sale. Please support our youth!
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ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 2nd – April 7th, 2018

MONDAY – EASTER MONDAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY – ALLAN PERSAUD – Requested by the Persaud & Goldenberg Families
THURSDAY – VLADO PETRANOVIC – Requested by Mira Petranovic
FRIDAY – EDWIN PINTO – Requested by Anne Pinto
SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE – Requested by Marie Calderone

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

There are still many children who have not yet booked a First Communion interview.

Interviews Dates:
April 23rd , April 24th , April 25th, April 26th, April 27th, April 30th, May 1st, May 2nd, May 3rd and May 4th.

They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

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

ROSARY GROUPS

Gabriel Room

English: Saturday, April 7th at 3:15 PM
Chinese: Sunday, April 8th at 3:30 PM
For further information, please contact Linda Law at 416 -918-8029.

SHARELIFE

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

Gia Lao Parish resides in the mountainous Diocese of Xuan Loc in Vietnam. Its parishioners, mostly poor, work on the hillside farms. The Pastoral Mission Fund, with the support of ShareLife, provided a one-time grant so the parish could acquire resources it could not otherwise provide. This includes bibles and hymnals, along with training for 60 catechists, who lead marriage preparation and catechism classes. With your support, Gia Lao Church is bringing faith to a community in the greater world.

April 22 is the next ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.

SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you so much to the volunteers who prepared a record 75 casseroles for March. For April, your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of April 28th/29th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

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.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

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.

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.

TCDSB STAFF ARTS PRESENTS “CURTAINS”

April 13th & April 14th, April 19th, April 20th & April 21st

All Shows begin at 7:30 PM

Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts

TCDSB Staff Arts, which features current and former Board teachers and staff, is presenting “Curtains”, a musical comedy from the creators of “Cabaret” and “Chicago.” Tickets are $28 (Only $26 for online ticket orders).

For more information, call 416 8282 Ext. 2787. For order forms and online ticket orders go to www.tcdsb.org/staffarts.

“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 – ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

Saturday, April 28th

The Donalda Club

St. Clare Inn’s Annual Fundraiser is back … Saturday, April 28th at the Donalda Club. Throw on something black or white, mingle with friends, listen to the smooth voice of Frank Sinatra or simply get your picture taken with him. Enjoy the always delicious food of the Donalda Club and get caught up in the bidding at our live & silent auction … all for a great cause! This year will be hosted by CTV Toronto’s Michelle Dubé. Tickets are $85/each.

Call 416-690-0330 or go online to buy yours today at www.stclareinn.org.

FINANCE CORNER

Offertory Envelopes

If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution.

We still have a number of boxes of assigned envelopes here in the parish office. If you have not done so, please pick yours up as soon as possible.

If you are not currently using parish envelopes and wish to have a set issued for 2018, 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 25, 2018

March 24th, 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.

YOUTH GROUP BAKE SALE

Sunday, April 1st 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. The youth group’s CD will also be available for sale. Please support our youth!

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 26th – March 31st, 2018

MONDAY – FLORENCE YOUNG – Requested by her Family
TUESDAY – GUILLERMO CABRERA – Requested by Olivia Cabrera
WEDNESDAY – JAN PULLIN – Requested by John & Margaret Murray
THURSDAY – HOLY THURSDAY – Mass of the Last Supper 7:30 PM
FRIDAY – GOOD FRIDAY – No Mass – See Lenten Schedule
SATURDAY – HOLY SATURDAY – Easter Vigil 8:00 PM

WELCOME! BAPTISM

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome Kai Ronin Eimile Manchester.

Kai received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, March 18th, 2018. Congratulations!

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

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

Interviews Dates:
April 23rd , April 24th , April 25th, April 26th, April 27th, April 30th, May 1st, May 2nd, May 3rd and May 4th.

They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

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

ECO-SABBATH

Sunday, April 1st at 11:30 AM
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

Friday, April 6th from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon

ROSARY GROUPS

Gabriel Room
English: Saturday, April 7th at 3:15 PM
Chinese: Sunday, April 8th at 3:30 PM

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

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.

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

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting the Deaf community

Imagine you were a Deaf child and your parents and siblings didn’t know sign language. Your parents could gesture in a rudimentary way, but how do you share your joys, fears and needs? Silent Voice teaches American Sign Language and Deaf culture to families so they can share a common language. Says one grateful parent, “I’m so passionate about Silent Voice because their Family Communication Program rescues children from social isolation.” Last year more than 750 Deaf children and adults received help through ShareLife-supported programs at Silent Voice.

April 22nd is the next ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.

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.

TCDSB STAFF ARTS PRESENTS “CURTAINS”

Friday, April 13th & Saturday, April 14th
Thursday, April 19th, Friday, April 20th & Saturday, April 21st All Shows begin at 7:30 PM

Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts
36 Greenfield Avenue, North York

TCDSB Staff Arts, which features current and former Board teachers and staff, is presenting “Curtains”, a musical comedy from the creators of “Cabaret” and “Chicago.”

Tickets are $28 (Only $26 for online ticket orders).
For more information, call 416 8282 Ext. 2787

For order forms and online ticket orders go to www.tcdsb.org/staffarts.

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.

Homily – March 18, 2018

March 18th, 2018

I want to say a few words about today’s responsorial psalm, Ps 51. It is one of the penitential psalms. King David is admitting to God his great sins of adultery and murder. As a successful and power king David imagined everything was his. He had the power of life and death over his subjects. In the second book of Samuel we’re told of how King David lusted and slept with a woman named Bathsheba the wife of Uriah, one of King David’s trusted generals. Uriah was at the front fighting David’s battle with the Ammonites. When David found out Bathsheba was pregnant he arranged to have Uriah placed in a hopeless situation on the battled field where he would be killed and David’s sins would be covered up.

God’s Prophet at that time was a man named Nathan. God sent Nathan to David to confront him with his sins and crimes. This 51st psalm is the record of Davis’s act of contrition.in which he prays; “Have mercy on me O God according to your steadfast love.. cleanse me from my sins.. against you alone have I sinned, what is evil in your sight I have done.. restore to me the joy of your salvation …create in me a clean heart, with a steadfast spirit sustain me.”

Of course God forgives the penitent David of his great sins of adultery and murder.

This time of Lent has always been a time when we are encouraged to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation, the sacrament of pardon and peace. On Wednesday of this past week from 3 o’clock until 6 o’clock Frs. Brando and John were available to all who wanted to celebrate Reconciliation. This coming Wednesday we will have a service of reconciliation –it will be a time of quiet reflection and an examination of our consciousness of the sins we know, the sins we do not know and the sins that do not bother us.

We are good people but we all have our faults and failings. As I’ve said before, we are mistake making beings. Like St. Paul we all struggle the good that I would that I do not and the evil that I would not do, that I do.

What was the first thing we acknowledged when we began this Mass? We were mindful of the times in our lives that we failed to respond to the goodness and graciousness of God. We come as flawed men and women. This acknowledging of our faults and failings is the conditions for our participating fully in the Eucharist we will celebrate when we are told, ‘ this is my body which will be given up for you… this is my blood which will be poured out for you – take and eat – take and drink. We open our lives to the love and the mercy of God as we celebrate Christ’s great act of love for each of us, a love that brought him to his cross. It is as important to remember why died for us as it is to remember that he died for us. Christ died to make us one with God. Christ died to take away the sins of the world. I recently read this question. ‘If our experience of the Mass is bland or boring, if the Mass seems lifeless and contrived could it be that we do not take seriously either our sinfulness or God’s forgiveness?

As a parish family you are invited to this penitential service of Wed. evening at 7:30 at which, as a parish family we will admit our sinfulness and celebrate the mercy of God for each of us.

Bulletin – March 18, 2018

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.