Bulletin – June 10, 2018

June 9th, 2018

A MESSAGE FROM CARDINAL COLLINS

Save Summer Jobs and Reach Out to Your Member of Parliament.

Thousands of charitable organizations are being denied funding through the Canadian Summer Jobs Program. The federal government has introduced a litmus test. To qualify for funding, organizations must agree with the Liberal Government on issues such as abortion and gender expression. This has impacted more than 150 jobs and more than $1 million in funding in the Archdiocese of Toronto alone. Across Canada 1,500 groups had their applications rejected this year vs. 126 in 2017.

Cardinal Collins invites you to write to your federal Member of Parliament to respectfully express your concerns. Visit www.savesummerjobs.ca to send a message to your MP, a process that will take less than 3 minutes. You can also donate at the same time to support those organizations impacted by the new application guidelines.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – MARYGROVE CAMP

This Weekend, June 9th/10th

There will be a second collection for Marygrove Camp for Girls this weekend, June 9th/10th at all the Masses. Marygrove Camp is a residential camp situated on 39 acres of beautifully treed grounds and a quarter mile of Georgian Bay waterfront near Penetang, Ontario. This summer, 1,100 girls from less fortunate families will be attending camp.

Please support this important work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Each and every child’s camping experience is fully subsidized through this collection. Thank you for your support! Envelopes are in the pews.

PARISH PICNIC

Sunday, July 8th after the 12:30 Mass

The Parish BBQ Picnic will be held on Sunday, July 8th after the 12:30 Mass in the parking lot. There will be hot dogs, games, face painting, lucky draws, music and more. Tickets are $2 each. Please bring your families, friends and neighbours to enjoy a summer afternoon with your parishioners.

We need more young volunteers to help and make this event happen. Please sign up by putting your name and phone number on the sheets at the back of church. For more information, you may call Linda Law at 416-918-8029.

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM – 2018/2019

Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program are now available in the parish office. This program is for children of the Parish who attend other Catholic schools, public or private schools. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School every second Sunday beginning September 9th, 2018.

Please note that a separate Sacramental registration form is required if your child will receive the sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation during the 2018/2019 year. These forms are also available in the Parish Office.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 11th to June 16th, 2018

MONDAY – FR. JOSEPH PAUL – Requested by Sophie
TUESDAY – ANTHONY OSBORNE – Requested by Frank & Rose Sulatycki
WEDNESDAY – MICHAEL LEO DEVINE – Requested by Mary Anne Barnes
THURSDAY – FR. PAUL CUSACK – Requested by Mark DesRoches
FRIDAY – LEONARD MARCHIE – Requested by Teresa Marchie
SATURDAY – MARIA ROSARIO CALIMBAS – Requested by Estrella Gavieta, Rachel Luke & Family

SHARELIFE

LIVING THE GOSPEL BY HELPING YOUTH REBUILD THEIR LIVES

Sarah couldn’t get along with her mother, so she tried living on the streets at age 14. She hitchhiked to Toronto to move in with her cousin, who soon kicked her out. Having no place to go, Sarah decided to try Sancta Maria House. She initially hated the structure and rules. However, the supportive staff won her trust and helped her return to school. At the end of her stay, she restored her relationship with her mother. ShareLife-funded agencies like Sancta Maria House are helping at-risk youth turn their lives around

Total Collected to June 4th, 2018 – $114,802
Please make a sacrificial gift to ShareLife through your parish or sharelife.org

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 provides a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services for young parents and their children.

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 struggling to provide for their families and themselves, your food donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of June 16th/17th

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

YOUR USED FURNITURE WILL CHANGE A LIFE

Furniture Bank is a registered charity that provides quality furniture to people in need, including the formerly homeless, women and children fleeing violence, and newcomers and refugees. Furniture Bank is currently seeking donations of gently used furniture and housewares to help combat the growing issue of furniture poverty in Toronto.
Do you have unwanted furniture and housewares to give? Change the life of a family in the process?

Please call 416-934-1229 to book your drop off or hire Furniture Bank’s pick-up team to help transfer your unwanted furniture and housewares to its warehouse.

All donations of gently-used furniture and housewares are eligible for a tax receipt. Visit furniturebank.org to learn more.

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

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.

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.

POST SECONDARY CAMPUS MINISTRY

Attention high school graduates: Are you moving on to post-secondary education in the fall? Check out Campus Ministry! Connect to campus ministry by visiting www.chaplaincyconnect.ca and find your Catholic home on campus.

For information about the campus ministries in our archdiocese, please view the poster at http://bit.ly/PostSecondaryCampusMinistry.

MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP NOVENA TRIDUUM

Monday, June 25th to Wednesday, June 27th at 7:00 PM

St. Patrick’s Church, 131 McCaul Street

The Parish of St. Patrick invites you to join them at the annual Novena Triduum at the Shrine of our Mother of Perpetual Help, as they welcome Bishop Bob Kasun CSB and Fr. Mark Miller CSsR as the presiders and preachers. Each evening will begin at 7:00 PM and consist of Novena Prayers, Mass and Mission Homily. The first evening will focus on Family with a special family blessing at the end of Mass. The second evening will focus on Healing with the Sacrament of the Sick for those in need. The third evening will focus on the feast day to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. An international social will follow in the Parish Hall. For more information, please visit www.stpatrickstoronto.ca.

THE GARDEN SHED PERMACULTURE WORKSHOP

Sunday June 10th from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Please join Robert Cordy this Sunday, June 10th from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM for an afternoon of Permaculture with Garden Jane. Please visit Garden Jane’s website for more information about her work: www.gardenjane.com . As spaces are limited, please register in advance at the office or email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

A series of seasonal permaculture garden workshops will be offered by Robert’s team over the summer and early fall:
June 17th;
July 29th;
August 5th and 26th;
September 30th.

All will begin after the 12:30 Mass. They will cover topics like weed management, wild foraging, mapmaking, composting, mushroom growing, preserving the harvest and more. Please drop in and learn with us as the season changes.

On June 24th, Robert has arranged a tour of Fiddlehead Nursery, near Collingwood. We will meet at the nursery at
2:00 PM. More information on the nursery can be found on their website http://fiddleheadnursery.ca.

If you are interested in joining the Garden Ministry, please leave your email address and phone number with the office, or email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

Bulletin – June 3, 2018

June 2nd, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to the children from St. Gabriel’s School who received the Eucharist as a group on Sunday, May 27th, 2018.

Tony Jinwoo Baek
Andrea Cordova Guillermo
Andrei Philip Dizon
Andrei Mariee Ganon
Aidan Hu
Leah Kim
Lucas Layagan
Vanessa Lazzaro
Emma Yun Sue Lee
Brayden Marchak
Maya Olivia McCallum
Jonathan Muzhani
Charlene Erika Naz
Jackson Sparkman
Miranda Tirado-Farias

We wish these young people every blessing and promise to support them with our prayers as they continue on their journey of faith.

BLESSINGS AND SAFE TRAVELS

We would like to wish the 15 members of St Gabriel’s Parish who are travelling to Kenya and Tanzania on June 8th safe travels. While in East Africa, they will be visiting various Passionist Communities in both countries, witnessing the work of the local church. Blessings on your journey!

CALL FOR CONSCIENCE 2018 – AN INVITATION FROM CARDINAL COLLINS

Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, recently issued a call to action in advance of the June 7th provincial election to promote palliative care, conscience rights and the protection of faith-based facilities. His Eminence has asked Catholics to visit canadiansforconscience.ca/ontario to send a letter directly to all candidates in their riding for the June 7th election. A pre-written letter is provided which people can amend as they choose. If you did not receive Cardinal Collins’ emailed letter and you would like to receive them in the future, please visit bit.ly/archtosignup Thank you for advocating on these important issues!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 4th to June 9th, 2018\

MONDAY – BRYAN MICHAEL HOPPER – Requested by Mary Anne Barnes
TUESDAY – FELIX CHAN – Requested by John Chan
WEDNESDAY – FR. JOHN MUTHENGI – Requested by the Parish Staff
THURSDAY – ANTHONY OSBORNE – Requested by Ursula Holt & Family
FRIDAY – ANN TSUN YAN HO – Requested by Roshin, Lorraine & Minh
SATURDAY – JULIA FERNANDO MARTINS – Requested by Maria

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Friday, June 1st from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon

THE SALT AND LIGHT TV CHINESE SECTION

Sunday June 3rd at3:30 PM
St. Gabriel’s Church, Gabriel Room

The Chinese Section of Salt and Light TV will come to visit our Chinese Rosary Group this Sunday, June 3rd at 3:30 PM. They will introduce their works and mission for evangelize in the Chinese Community. All are welcome to join.

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM – 2018/2019

Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program are now available in the parish office. This program is for children of the Parish who attend other Catholic schools, public or private schools. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School every second Sunday beginning September 9th, 2018.

Please note that a separate Sacramental registration form is required if your child will receive the sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation during the 2018/2019 year. These forms are also available in the Parish Office.

ECO – SABBATH

There will be no Eco-Sabbath in June, July or August.
Eco-Sabbath will resume on September 9th

ROSARY GROUPS

Gabriel Room
English: Saturday, June 2nd at 3:15 PM
Chinese: Sunday, June 3rd at 3:30 PM
For further information, please contact Linda Law at 416 -918-8029.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by the promoting mental health of kids
Jake wrote a story in his grade 7 class that made his principal worry he might harm himself. The principal called his mother and recommended she take him to see a counselor at Catholic Community Services of York Region, a ShareLife-funded agency. While the boy was very quiet during the first session, he eventually revealed his sadness and confusion about his parents’ divorce. As the counselor helped Jake learn how other kids respond to a family breakup, he was relieved to find out his grieving was normal. Jake started to feel much better. By donating to ShareLife, you’re helping kids like Jake find healing and happiness.

Total Collected to May 28th: $112,792
Please make a sacrificial gift to ShareLife through your parish or sharelife.org

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 44 casseroles for May. For June, your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of June 23rd/24th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed 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

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

Rosalie Hall provides a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services for young parents and their children.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city as well as a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs

With everyone struggling at this time, your food donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

YOUR USED FURNITURE WILL CHANGE A LIFE

Furniture Bank is a registered charity that provides quality furniture to people in need, including the formerly homeless, women and children fleeing violence, and newcomers and refugees. Furniture Bank is currently seeking donations of gently used furniture and housewares to help combat the growing issue of furniture poverty in Toronto.
Do you have unwanted furniture and housewares to give? Change the life of a family in the process?

Please call 416-934-1229 to book your drop off or hire Furniture Bank’s pick-up team to help transfer your unwanted furniture and housewares to its warehouse.

All donations of gently-used furniture and housewares are eligible for a tax receipt. Visit furniturebank.org to learn more.

LECTIO DIVINA WITH CARDINAL COLLINS

Sunday, June 3rd at 6:45 PM
Blessed Trinity Parish

All are welcome to come to Blessed Trinity Parish Hall for Vespers and Lectio Divina on Sunday, June 3rd. Cardinal Collins will speak on the theme “Death and Immortality” (Wisdom 2:17 – 3:9). Lectio Divina is the reading of a sacred text, which is then reflected upon and prayed with.

This event will be live streamed on the large screen in the Blessed Trinity parish hall from St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. Prayer pamphlets will be provided.

Cathedral Vespers Choir will begin at 6:45 PM
Vespers with Cardinal Collins begin at 7:00 PM.
Lectio Divina begins at 7:30 PM.

The parish hall will be open from 6:00 PM. Coffee, juice and water will be provided before the event. There is no charge. All are welcome.

POST SECONDARY CAMPUS MINISTRY

Attention high school graduates: Are you moving on to post-secondary education in the fall? Check out Campus Ministry! Connect to campus ministry by visiting www.chaplaincyconnect.ca and find your Catholic home on campus.

For information about the campus ministries in our archdiocese, please view the poster at http://bit.ly/PostSecondaryCampusMinistry.

MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP NOVENA TRIDUUM

Monday, June 25th to Wednesday, June 27th at 7:00 PM
St. Patrick’s Church, 131 McCaul Street

The Parish of St. Patrick invites you to join them at the annual Novena Triduum at the Shrine of our Mother of Perpetual Help, as they welcome Bishop Bob Kasun CSB and Fr. Mark Miller CSsR as the presiders and preachers. Each evening will begin at 7:00 PM and consist of Novena Prayers, Mass and Mission Homily. The first evening will focus on Family with a special family blessing at the end of Mass. The second evening will focus on Healing with the Sacrament of the Sick for those in need. The third evening will focus on the feast day to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. An international social will follow in the Parish Hall. For more information, please visit www.stpatrickstoronto.ca.

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.

THE GARDEN SHED PERMACULTURE WORKSHOP

Sunday June 10th from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Please join Robert Cordy on Sunday, June 10th, in the Gabriel Room and subsequently in the garden, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM for an afternoon of Permaculture with Garden Jane. As spaces are limited, please register in advance at the office or email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

Garden Jane is a permaculture designer, gardener, community developer, educator and coach. She has spent 20+ years co-developing healthy food programs with municipalities, non-profits and socially responsible businesses. Please visit her website for more information about her work: www.gardenjane.com

If you are interested in joining the Garden Ministry, please leave your email address and phone number with the office, or email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

Homily – May 27, 2018

May 27th, 2018

Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Trinity. This is a mystery basic to our faith as Christians – this is the mystery that separates us from the great faiths of Judaism and Islam. They too believe in the one God, the Father of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But we believe that the “ God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob loved us so much He sent His Son to the world – not to condemn the world – but in order that the world, that we might be saved thru him.

We call the Trinity a mystery – a mystery is not something of which we can know nothing – a mystery is something of which we cannot know everything. Even when we see God face to face we will not, we cannot completely comprehend the wonder of God – for God is beyond the limited capabilities of our human minds.

This really shouldn’t come as a surprise – there are many times we are a mystery to ourselves – why did I do this – why did I say that – we are mysteries.

What this mystery teaches us in that the inner life of God is a life of relationships – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We pray in the Mass – all life, all holiness comes from you Father, thru your son Jesus Christ our Lord, by the workings of the Holy Spirit. And thru God’s goodness we are invited into those relationships when we were baptized God’s Holy Spirit was poured into our very being and gives us the boldness to call God – Father/Mother – God’s Holy Spirit permeates our very being, molding and fashioning us into the image of God’s Son Jesus Christ. St. Paul tells us ‘The Spirit bears witness to our spirit that we are children of God.’

The creative, life giving, love giving relationship of the Trinity is to be the model of all our relationships. Our very existence springs from the creative love relationship of our mother and father. Our whole lives are lived in relationships – the life and death of each of us has its influence on others. We do not go thru life untouched or un-touching.

Instead of trying to sort out the mystery of the Trinity we can use this feast to sort out the mystery of ourselves. We can use this feast to look at the health of our personal relationships. How creative, how life giving, how healing we are in our relationships – husband/ wife – mother/ father – brother/ sister / friend or lover / neighbour/stranger.

On this feast of the Trinity we can ask the question – in my relationships am I a source of life, love, growth, healing, forgiving. Do I enrich the lives of others by my friendship – are people better people thru their friendship with me? Do I encourage, foster the gifts and abilities of others. Do I give my spouse, my sons or daughters, my friends, the freedom to be themselves, to find their own way? Is my friendship strong enough that I am willing to confront or face up to issues that are not healthy, that can weaken my relationship? In any and all of my relationships am I dependable, trustworthy, and faithful?

Forming and maintaining good healthy relationships is not easy. Friends ‘fall out ‘husbands and wives split, parents and children are alienated. That’s why it’s important to question ourselves – am I a control freak – am I a demanding person, a needy person, do I try to manipulate, dominate family or friends. Does everything have to center of me? Living in healthy, life giving relationships is a life time task. When all is said and done – our whole lives will be judged on how we lived our many relationships – with family, friends or strangers – These are the facts by which our lives will be judged – I was hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, imprisoned – and you were there for me – welcome into the eternal life giving relationship of Father, Son and Spirit – for as often as you did these things to one of these, the least of mine, you did it to me.

This past year Pope Francis issued a letter to the world on the the environmental crises facing us all but denied by many. We really have messed up our relationships with the rest of Earth’s life systems, systems that support and sustain our lives. To satisfy our need for more and more we have polluted Earth’s lakes and rivers with our wastes from pulp mills and mines. We’ve polluted Earth’s air with toxic fumes and the soil with pesticides. We’ve ignored the fact that we are not lords of creation; we are kin, we are family with all other life forms on our common home, Mother Earth. You’ve heard me say this many times, ‘the earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth and what we do to the earth we do to ourselves. We did not weave the web of life; we are a strand in the web and what we do to the web we do to ourselves. We humans have placed a great strain on our relationships with the rest of God’s good creation. The church, even common sense, calls us to live simply that others may simply live and to see that Earth’s bounty is shared equally by whole human family.

As we continue to celebrate this feast of the Blessed Trinity, this feast of relationships we pray for the ability to always live in holy, life giving, life sustaining, life healing relationships with all those who come into our lives.

Bulletin – May 27, 2018

May 26th, 2018

CONFIRMATION

Congratulations to the following young people of our Parish who were confirmed on Sunday, May 20th, 2018. The Sacrament was administered by Rev. Fr. Brando Recana C.P.

Ella Alvarado de Catleugh
Nicolas Albornoz
Luna Avila
John Avila
Toby Avila
Sophia Avila
Tony Jinwoo Baek
Jessica Black
James Black
Sylla Cabrias
David Calaco
Mary Loraine Calasagsag
Ethan Chialtas
Ugonna Chukwukere
Adrien D’Silva
Anthony Echeverry
Lauren Eddy
Julie Fung
Marisol Giron
Manolo Giron
Nicole Gonzalez
Kiera Hui
Amanda Jepson
Alvin Lee
Caitlin Leung
Andre Panganiban
Peter Paolitto
Gabriela Sooyeon Park
Gabriel Sungjin Park
Caillin Regalado
Natalie Roccatani
Jubic Rocha Jr.
Caroline Saha Mostafapour
Nevaeh Supan
Kristopher Ta
Regina Ta
Matthew Tansingco-Marneris
Lei-Anne-Jin Tupaz

Holy Spirit, be with them and help them. Work with them and teach them what is right. Guide them to be prudent in all their undertakings, and protect them by your glory.

CALL FOR CONSCIENCE 2018 – AN INVITATION FROM CARDINAL COLLINS

Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, recently issued a call to action in advance of the June 7th provincial election to promote palliative care, conscience rights and the protection of faith-based facilities. His Eminence has asked Catholics to visit canadiansforconscience.ca/ontario to send a letter directly to all candidates in their riding for the June 7th election. A pre-written letter is provided which people can amend as they choose. If you did not receive Cardinal Collins’ emailed letter and you would like to receive them in the future, please visit bit.ly/archtosignup Thank you for advocating on these important issues!

ROSARY GROUPS

English: Rosary – Saturday, June 2nd at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room.
Chinese Rosary – Sunday June 3rd in the Gabriel Room
For information, please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Friday, June 1st from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon

ANNOUNCED MASSES

May 28th to June 2nd, 2018

MONDAY – KARL LAUBER – Requested by Fran
TUESDAY –
WEDNESDAY – SPECIAL INTENTION – Requested by John Badali
THURSDAY – EDMOND AKLEH – Requested by Giries Akleh & Family
FRIDAY – MARCELINO FERNANDES – Requested by Tita Fernandes & Family
SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE – Requested by Marie Calderone

ECO – SABBATH

There will be no Eco-Sabbath in June, July or August.
Eco-Sabbath will resume on September 9th, 2018.

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM – 2018/2019

Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program are now available in the parish office. This program is for children of the Parish who attend other Catholic schools, public or private schools. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School every second Sunday beginning September 9th, 2018.

Please note that a separate Sacramental registration form is required if your child will receive the sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation during the 2018/2019 year. These forms are also available in the Parish Office.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by helping young families succeed

Camila was attending programs at Rose of Sharon Services for Young Mothers when she and her daughter were kicked out of the family home. As counselors helped her search for an affordable apartment, she became pregnant a second time. Despite these challenges, Camila attended every program available to her at Rose of Sharon. At the end of the year, she walked out a stronger woman with a plan to achieve the life she wants for herself and her daughters. Last year, at ShareLife-funded agencies that assist young mothers, over 1,000 clients like Camila received support for their new families.

Total Collected to May 20th: $93,421
Today is ShareLife Sunday.
Thank you for your generosity.

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

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.

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 provides a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services for young parents and their children.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city as well as a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs

With everyone struggling at this time, your food donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

PLANNING TO BE A CATHOLIC TEACHER?

It is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic School Board in Ontario, as part of your application for employment, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor. If you are planning to apply to teach in a Catholic School, a contact with the pastor is highly recommended. Please plan to have a conversation with your Pastor early in the process, well before applications are to be submitted.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

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

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.

THEOLOGY ON TAP: Ecological Awareness

Monday, May 28, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto
All young adults (ages19 to 39) are invited to join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics! The special guest will be Rachel Ball. Munchies will be provided and a cash bar is available. Come and bring a friend!

SEEING WITH HEART –DAY OF REFLECTION

Catholic Parents of Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons
Saturday, June 2nd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre, Pickering, Ontario

The sixteenth Canadian Seeing with the Heart Day of Reflection will be held on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering.

Fr. Roger Brennan of the Scarboro Foreign Mission will facilitate. John Montague from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish will assist.

The Cost is $40.00 which includes lunch.
For questions and information call John Montague at 416-523-6449.

THE GARDEN SHED PERMACULTURE WORKSHOP

Sunday June 10th from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Please join Robert Cordy on Sunday, June 10th, in the Gabriel Room and subsequently in the garden, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM for an afternoon of Permaculture with Garden Jane. As spaces are limited, please register in advance at the office or email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

Garden Jane is a permaculture designer, gardener, community developer, educator and coach. She has spent 20+ years co-developing healthy food programs with municipalities, non-profits and socially responsible businesses. Please visit her website for more information about her work: www.gardenjane.com

If you are interested in joining the Garden Ministry, please leave your email address and phone number with the office, or email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

Homily – May 20, 2018

May 20th, 2018

Pentecost is a feast of power and energy and activity. The apostles were seized by the living spirit of God and driven from their hiding place out in the city streets to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, crucified and risen. We can imagine the Spirit taking the apostles by the cuff of their necks and dragging them out into the streets. All this is imaged by the violent wind.

In the early church and maybe even in today’s church the Spirit worked and works in such forceful but not normal ways. Today can we imagine the Spirit not pushing us but nudging us to act with compassion, patience and understanding of the needs of the people who are in our lives? The actions of the Holy Spirit bears different fruits in us that enrich our lives; fruits such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness and gentleness.

By the Spirit’s gentle nudging we may be moved to be more patient and understanding of an aging parent or spouse who keeps misplacing things or who asks the same question over and over again.

Watching young children at play or a mother pushing a stroller may nudge us to be more grateful for the gift of our own families.

Seeing a man or woman using a walker nudges us to be grateful for the gift of our own mobility. Certainly a visit to a hospital should cause us to be grateful for our own good health.

Celebrating this Mass as a member of our parish family might move us to be grateful for out gift of faith and for our freedom to practice our faith openly.

As we enjoy this spring season and see the beginnings of new life in trees and plants may the Spirit move us to be grateful for the gifts and the wonder of God’s good creation. When we see the liter that lines our streets and highways or the tons of plastic polluting the oceans, destroying its marine life may the spirit move us to be ashamed of the many ways we diminish the beauty and health of God’s good creation.

Hopefully the Spirit may bring us to a sense of shame when we hear of so much food thrown out or wasted and know of the hunger that is the normal part of the lives of countless of our brothers and sisters.

When we see or hear of the ruins of bombed out cities and the lives of innocent men, women and children the innocent victims of civil strife – may the Holy spirit stir us to pray for peace and rid our own lives of racism and prejudice of any kind.

When we see the courageous work of doctors without borders, or of first responders or of United Nations aid workers who put their lives on line for total strangers may the Holy Spirit move us to admiration and gratitude for such brave men and women.

For all the lack of love we see around in acts of bigotry and prejudice, for all the exploitation of helpless men and women, for all the injustices that victimize our brothers and sisters, the Holy Spirit still nudges, inspires and embolden generous and loving men and women to bring the love and mercy and healing power of God to our troubled world.

The Holy Spirit is still gifting us with the Spirit’s transforming power not so much in the heavy winds and tongues of fire of times past but in the nudges and pushes that inspire little people to do brave and generous things in our lives and world today.

As we continue to celebrate this feast of transforming power and love we pray for ourselves and for each other that each of us responds with open hearts to whenever it may be the Holy Spirit nudges or pushes us to say or do that we may, in some small way, bring God’s love, mercy and justice to the world.