Bulletin – April 14, 2019

April 13th, 2019

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION ST. GABRIEL’S PARISH

St. Gabriel’s salutes its over 100 volunteers who work in 22 active ministries. They serve at Mass as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, choir members, altar servers and ministers of hospitality. Others support our children and youth in developing a deeper understanding of their faith. Youth volunteers reach out to those in need. Others have supported our refugees and our work with the Good Shepherd Centre. Some do outreach to shut-ins and those in hospital. Volunteers look after our altar linens, our gardens and act as collection counters while others help organize and prepare for Parish events. Some work on our volunteer screening committee, our building management committee and our finance council. Still others help to prepare offertory envelopes and complete other time consuming jobs in the office.

Volunteers assist in providing a comfortable environment for all of us to celebrate our Christian Faith. Volunteers receive satisfaction in providing our parishioners with a safe environment in which to deepen our understanding of our faith and celebrate our Christianity.

This is National Volunteer Recognition Week. Take a look around and when you see a volunteer, stop and give her or him a smile and thank them.

THANK YOU!

Thank you for your tremendous support of Fr. Rick Frechette’s ministry in Haiti!

LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE 2019

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

Parish Lenten Retreat:
Saturday, April 6th
From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Reconciliation Service:
Wednesday, April 10th at 7:30 PM

Individual Confessions: Wednesday, April 17th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Palm Sunday, April 14th:
Masses
Sat., 4:30 PM
Sun., 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday, April 18th:
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday, April 19th:
10:00 AM – Morning Prayer
3:00 PM – Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM – Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 20th:
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 21st:
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Easter Monday, April 22nd:
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE BAKE SALE

APRIL 27TH AND APRIL 28TH

Bakers and Buyers needed

This year St. Gabriel’s D & P committee have decided to donate all the proceeds of their 2nd annual bake sale to Fr. Rick Frechette’s Haiti Mission. We encourage all of our wonderful bakers to donate some tasty treats for this bake sale. Baked goods can be dropped off at the tables before any of the Masses for that weekend. We also encourage all parishioners to support this social justice cause by indulging in your sweet tooth and making this bake sale a huge success.

As Fr. Rick has requested of us “Let’s invite those who are impoverished to the table of life”

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 15th – April 20th, 2019

MONDAY – JOHN FRANK RUSIECKI – Requested by the Rusiecki Family
TUESDAY – PAUL KIM – Requested by Suzanne Kim
WEDNESDAY – EDGARDO RECANA – Requested by his Family
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

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

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

Interviews will begin on Tuesday, April 23rd and continue until Friday May 10th. 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.

THE GIFT OF RECONCILIATION

We have already begun the preparation for the greatest feast of all: The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. During this time of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting, the Church endeavors to remind parishioners of the gift of Reconciliation, as a loving act through which the Father restores us to the fullness of life and to call them to full participation in the Holy Week and Easter liturgies.

Our Day of Confession will be April 17th from 3:00 PM to 6:00PM.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting vocations

Martin Dicuangco had a life-changing encounter when he visited Serra House, a residence run by St. Augustine’s Seminary for those discerning a priestly vocation. He is now a third-year theology student at St. Augustine’s.

I thank ShareLife for supporting St. Augustine’s Seminary,” says Martin, “where young men like myself, after experiencing the love of Christ, are joyfully preparing for ordination to the priesthood.”

May 5th is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

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

Your food donations are more important than ever as the winter continues and 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.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC MISSION 2019

Monday, April 15th & Tuesday, April 16th

Vision TV

This year, Cardinal Collins will lead the National Catholic Mission during Holy Week. The Mission 2019, “Sin, Forgiveness and Reconciliation” will be broadcast on the following days:

On Vision TV, Part 1 will be aired on Monday, April 15th at 8:00 PM. Part 2 will be shown on Tuesday, April 16th at 8:00 PM

On Salt & Light TV Part 1 will be aired on Tuesday, April 16th and Part 2 will be shown on Wednesday, April 17th at 8:00 PM.

The mission will be rebroadcast during regular Daily Mass times.

Part 1 will be rebroadcast on Good Friday and Part 2 will be shown on Holy Saturday.

CREATING HARMONY AND HOPE THROUGH FORGIVENESS

Wednesday, April 24th to June 5th from 1:00 to 2:30 PM

St. Bonaventure’s Parish

The Ministry with Maturing Adults of St. Bonaventure’s Parish is sponsoring a program entitled Creating Harmony and Hope Through Forgiveness on Wednesday afternoons beginning on April 24th at 1:30 PM. It will be lead by Ginny Doty, an experienced facilitator and councilor.

Early Registration is encouraged since space is limited. For more information and to register please contact Ginny at 416-447-5571, Ext. 560.

WOMEN’S 30th ANNIVERSARY GALA

Thursday, April 25th from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Venetian Banquet Hall, 219 Romina Drive, Concord

Aid to Women is hosting the 30th Anniversary Gala Fundraising Event on Thursday April 25th from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. The Keynote speaker will be renowned conscience rights defence attorney, Albertos Polizogopoulos.

Your ticket includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, open deluxe bar, and a six course dinner. Live music, and live painting, a silent auction, raffles and draws will be featured.

Tickets are $100 per person and are available at www.aidtowomen.ca/events. Please reserve by April 18th.

THE GARDEN SHED

The next meeting of the Garden Ministry will be on Sunday, April 14th at 1:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. Everyone is welcome.

The outdoor planting of seeds and seedlings will soon be upon us. If you would like to find a home for any of the following items that you no longer need, please drop them by the church office:

rain barrel, trowels, children’s sharp-pointed scissors, 8 – 2″x6″ lumber, 4 – 4’x4′ sheets of 3/4″ plywood, 4 – 4’x4′ sheets of landscape fabric, lathe to create 1′ grids on each of 4 – 4’x4′ boxes, pencils, 16’x16′ tarp, 2 -18.9 litre buckets, wheelbarrow, small watering cans, 2 saw horses.

If you are bringing any of the larger items, please call the office at 416-221-8866 before coming. Thank you.

For more information on the Garden Ministry, contact Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com

Homily – April 7, 2019

April 7th, 2019

There is a song that sings, ‘No one knows what goes on behind closed doors.’ In other words we have no idea of what goes on in another person’s life. We have no idea of the stress they are under, or their struggles. We all deal with different worries, we have our anxieties, we all have our conflicts with other people and we all have our own joys and the support of family members and friends.

Jesus looked into the life, behind the closed doors, of this embarrassed, humiliated woman who was thrown down before him by her accusers. She was caught in adultery and the law said she was to be stoned to death. Behind the closed door of her life Jesus saw she had no choice of the man she married. It was arranged by her parents. Maybe Jesus saw that hers was a loveless marriage. He husband never saw her as a person of value. She was to do her duty as his wife.

One day a man came into her life and saw her as a woman, a person, maybe a beautiful person and showed her respect. Things went on from there and now here she is surrounded by angry, righteous men ready to beat to the ground with their stones of outraged anger.

We can imagine Jesus looked behind the closed doors of each of their lives and knew what went on behind them. Jesus saw the shallowness of the outrage and ignored it and offered them the challenge, ‘let him who is without sin throw the first stone.’ No one dared and one by one they slinked away.

‘Woman, is there no one here to condemn you? Neither do I condemn you because I know what goes on behind the closed door of your sad life. Go and sin no more.

No one knows what goes on behind closed doors. None of us knows what another person is struggling with. None of us sees the total picture. Judge not and you will not be judged but by the same severity by which you judge others will you be judged.

Heavy stuff!

Bulletin – April 7, 2019

April 6th, 2019

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION – ST. GABRIEL’S PARISH

St. Gabriel’s salutes its over 100 volunteers who work in 22 active ministries. They serve at Mass as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, choir members, altar servers and ministers of hospitality. Others support our children and youth in developing a deeper understanding of their faith. Youth volunteers reach out to those in need. Others have supported our refugees and our work with the Good Shepherd Centre. Some do outreach to shut-ins and those in hospital. Volunteers look after our altar linens, our gardens and act as collection counters while others help organize and prepare for Parish events. Some work on our volunteer screening committee, our building management committee and our finance council. Still others help to prepare offertory envelopes and complete other time consuming jobs in the office.

Volunteers assist in providing a comfortable environment for all of us to celebrate our Christian Faith. Volunteers receive satisfaction in providing our parishioners with a safe environment in which to deepen our understanding of our faith and celebrate our Christianity.

This is National Volunteer Recognition Week. Take a look around and when you see a volunteer, stop and give her or him a smile and thank them.

LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE 2019

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

Parish Lenten Retreat:
Saturday, April 6th
From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Reconciliation Service:
Wednesday, April 10th at 7:30 PM

Individual Confessions: Wednesday, April 17th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Palm Sunday, April 14th:
Masses
Sat., 4:30 PM
Sun., 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday, April 18th:
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday, April 19th:
10:00 AM – Morning Prayer
3:00 PM – Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM – Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 20th:
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 21st:
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Easter Monday, April 22nd:
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 8th – April 13th, 2019

MONDAY – PORIMOL GOMES – Requested by the Rusiecki Family
TUESDAY – CELINE CHIU KO – Requested by the Chiu Family
WEDNESDAY – MARGARET MARY NORONHA – Requested by her Husband & Children
THURSDAY – BOB FISHER – Requested by Jack & Margaret Murray
FRIDAY – ARMAND OAKIE – Requested by the Family
SATURDAY – SHELLA TANG – Requested by the Eucharistic Ministers Group

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday evening during Lent at 7:30 PM.

We also encourage your attendance at our daily Mass throughout Lent.

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

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

Interviews will begin on Tuesday, April 23rd and continue until Friday May 10th. 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.

THE GIFT OF RECONCILIATION

We have already begun the preparation for the greatest feast of all: The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. During this time of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting, the Church endeavors to remind parishioners of the gift of Reconciliation, as a loving act through which the Father restores us to the fullness of life and to call them to full participation in the Holy Week and Easter liturgies.

We will have a Reconciliation Service on Wednesday, April 10th at 7:30 PM.

Our Day of Confession will be Wednesday, April 17th from3:00 PM to 6:00PM.

ECO – SABBATH

This Sunday, April 7th 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.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting those with disabilities

Ben, a 66-year-old with a developmental disability, lives with his 90-year-old mother. Without any other family, she didn’t have a plan to take care of him after she no longer was able to do so. She turned to Mary Centre, a ShareLife agency, which matched Ben with a respite worker. This worker gradually introduced Ben to residents of one of Mary Centre’s group homes. Now that he has befriended its residents and staff, Ben will find the eventual transition less overwhelming. He has already developed a sense of belonging to his future community.

May 5th is ShareLife Sunday.

Please give generously.

ShareLife Results for Previous Campaigns
2016 $190,334.25
2017 $217,507.08
2018 $172,230.78

OUR GOAL FOR 2019 $180,000

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

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

Your food donations are more important than ever as the winter continues and 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.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC MISSION 2019

Monday, April 15th & Tuesday, April 16th

Vision TV

This year, Cardinal Collins will lead the National Catholic Mission during Holy Week. The Mission 2019, “Sin, Forgiveness and Reconciliation” will be broadcast on the following days:

On Vision TV, Part 1 will be aired on Monday, April 15th at 8:00 PM. Part 2 will be shown on Tuesday, April 16th at 8:00 PM

On Salt & Light TV Part 1 will be aired on Tuesday, April 16th and Part 2 will be shown on Wednesday, April 17th at 8:00 PM.

The mission will be rebroadcast during regular Daily Mass times.

Part 1 will be rebroadcast on Good Friday and Part 2 will be shown on Holy Saturday.

CREATING HARMONY AND HOPE THROUGH FORGIVENESS

From Wednesday, April 24th to June 5th

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
St. Bonaventure’s Parish

The Ministry with Maturing Adults of St. Bonaventure’s Parish is sponsoring a program entitled Creating Harmony and Hope Through Forgiveness on Wednesday afternoons beginning on April 24th at 1:30 PM. It will be lead by Ginny Doty, an experienced facilitator and councilor.

Early Registration is encouraged since space is limited. For more information and to register please contact Ginny at 416-447-5571, Ext. 560.

WOMEN’S 30th ANNIVERSARY GALA

Thursday, April 25th from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Venetian Banquet Hall, 219 Romina Drive, Concord

Aid to Women is hosting the 30th Anniversary Gala Fundraising Event on Thursday April 25th from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. The Keynote speaker will be renowned conscience rights defence attorney, Albertos Polizogopoulos.

Your ticket includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, open deluxe bar, and a six course dinner. Live music, and live painting, a silent auction, raffles and draws will be featured.

Tickets are $100 per person and are available at www.aidtowomen.ca/events. Please reserve by April 18th.

THE GARDEN SHED

A big thank you to the children of the Children’s Liturgy, and to the coordinators, Hélène Taylor and Michelle Oliveira, for hosting St. Gabriel’s first ever indoor planting event. The children approached their work with focus and enthusiasm and did an excellent job. Check out our web-page for pictures. You can track the seedlings’ progress, after they have sprouted, on the tables just inside the entrance to the underground parking. Until then, you can find them in the Library.

The next meeting of the Garden Ministry will be on Sunday,

April 14th at 1:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. Everyone is welcome.

For more information on the Garden Ministry, contact Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

Homily – March 31, 2019

March 31st, 2019

Two things happened in this story that we might think about. We know how overjoyed the father was when his missing son returned home but think on this, how hard it must have been for the father to let his son go in the first place. He knew his son to be restless and unhappy. Farming was not for him. He wanted to see the world. His father was not happy with the son’s request for his inheritance. He knew his son would blow it, living the good life of parties surrounded by false friends. But here’s the wonder, the father loved the son well enough to let him go. He gave his son the personal freedom he needed, the wings he needed at that time in his life. The father showed his son more love in letting him go than the love and excitement he showed when his changed and chastened son returned.

I read somewhere that parents are to give their children two things, roots and wings. Roots are the values by which they live their lives and wings are the freedom to find their own way. There can be times when wings carry them far from their roots, like the son in today’s gospel but we know that roots are stronger than wings and hopefully when wings weary the roots supply the strength for them to return home.

The other thing in this story is the tragedy on the faithful’s son resentment over what he saw as the unfairness of it all. As he complained to his father,’ for all these years I have been working like a slave for you, I’ve never disobeyed your commands, you never let me throw a party for my friends.’ We can just hear the truth of the unfairness of it all. That unfairness was something he would not let go. We can imagine it was a grudge he carried for years, a grudge that would empty his own life of happiness. Every time he met his brother in the field the unfairness of it all would rise up like bile in his throat.

This powerful story asks two things of us; are we willing to give those we love the freedom to live their lives beyond our control? Are we willing to let them grow up? Are we willing to let them find their own way, make their own mistakes. Giving wings challenges our need to control. Giving wings challenges our love.

Lent is a season to ‘pass over’ to pass from the world of unfairness, unappreciated love, unjust judgements to a world of reconciliation. Lent challenges us to pass over from resentment and let go of past hurts and painful memories. Lent challenges us to pass over family conflicts and longstanding resentments and let the pass be the past.

The message of Lent and of the gospel is clear, ‘we implore you, in Christ’s name to be reconciled to God. That can only happen when we are reconciled to those who have hurt and disappointed or even betrayed us.

Continuing this Mass we pray for ourselves and for each other that we be that trustful enough of those we love to give them the wings of freedom and discovery and we be grounded by deep roots of understanding and compassion and forgiveness and be able and willing to welcome back into our lives family members and friends who may have hurt and disappointed us.

Bulletin – March 31, 2019

March 30th, 2019

PARISH LENTEN RETREAT

“Finding Increasing Light When Right Seems Wrong and Wrong Seems Right”

Saturday, April 6th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Fr. Rick Frechette will lead our Parish Lenten Retreat on Saturday, April 6th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The theme of this year’s Lenten Retreat is “Finding Increasing Light: When Right Seems Wrong and Wrong Seems Right.” Fr. Rick gave our Parish Advent Retreat in 2014 and is back with us for an afternoon of inspirational talk that will hopefully shape our Lenten experience and praxis.

Fr. Rick who is a Passionist priest is also a medical doctor who founded St. Luke Foundation for Haiti and continues to serve our impoverished brothers and sisters in Haiti. Paul Haggis, an Oscar-winning writer-director lauded Fr. Rick as “a man who does daily battle with cynicism and hatred” but that Fr. Rick’s works “threaten to make an old atheist,” like Paul Haggis himself to “believe in God.”

Please come and invite your friends and family from other parishes to attend this retreat. It is open and free to everyone.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 1st – April 6th, 2019

MONDAY – ALLAN PERSAUD – Requested by the Persaud & Goldenberg Families
TUESDAY – CATHERINE MINAN-WONG – Requested by Noreen Chang
WEDNESDAY –
THURSDAY – CATHERINE MINAN-WONG – Requested by Eva
FRIDAY – VLADO PETRANOVIC – Requested by Mira Petranovic
SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE – Requested by Marie Calderone

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

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

Interviews will begin on Tuesday, April 23rd and continue until Friday May 10th. 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.

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 2019

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

Parish Lenten Retreat:
Saturday, April 6th
From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Reconciliation Service:
Wednesday, April 10th at 7:30 PM

Individual Confessions: Wednesday, April 17th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Palm Sunday, April 14th:
Masses
Sat., 4:30 PM
Sun., 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday, April 18th:
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday, April 19th:
10:00 AM – Morning Prayer
3:00 PM – Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM – Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 20th:
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 21st:
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Easter Monday, April 22nd:
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

THE GIFT OF RECONCILIATION

We have already begun the preparation for the greatest feast of all: The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. During this time of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting, the Church endeavors to remind parishioners of the gift of Reconciliation, as a loving act through which the Father restores us to the fullness of life and to call them to full participation in the Holy Week and Easter liturgies. We will have a Reconciliation Service on Wednesday, April 10th at 7:30 PM. Our Day of Confession will be April 17th from 3:00 PM to 6:00PM.

ECO – SABBATH

Sunday, April 7th 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.

ROSARY GROUP

Chinese: Sunday, April 7th at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room

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

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.”

Cardinal Thomas Collins

Today is ShareLife Sunday.
Thank you for your generosity.

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses next weekend. Each month, the casseroles are picked up early on Monday morning for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in our city. We encourage you to pick up a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Printed copies of the recipes are also available in the Parish Office. For more information, you may contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & THE 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 substantially. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

WALK-IN COUNSELING CLINIC

Two Locations, Open Tuesdays or Thursdays

Catholic Family Services of Toronto in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Toronto and the Ontario Government offers walk-in counseling services for individuals, couples and families. The single-session consultation is aimed at helping clients set goals and build on their strengths and resources. No appointment or referral is required and fees are geared to income. Clients are served on a first come first serve basis

There are 2 locations:
1155Yonge Street, suite 101 open on Tuesdays from
9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

245 Fairview Mall Drive, suite 201 open on Thursdays from
9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

For more information, contact 416-921-1163-or 416 222-0048.

VATICAN FLAG RAISED AT CITY OF TORONTO TO HONOUR ST. JOHN PAUL II

Nathan Philips Square, near the Courtesy Flag Pole 100 Queen Street West

This Sunday, March 31st at 2:00 PM

To celebrate St. John Paul II, the City of Toronto will raise the Vatican flag in a ceremony, taking place this Sunday, March 31st at 2:00 PM at Nathan Phillips Square. All are welcome to attend. While Pope John Paul II Day in Ontario takes place on April 2nd, the weekend event will also recognize the significant contributions of the late pontiff.

THE GARDEN SHED

GARDEN MINISTRY COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT Indoor Seed-Planting Event

Sunday, March 31st

On Sunday, March 31st the children who attend the Children’s Liturgy at the 10:30 Mass will participate in a liturgy that connects scripture and their faith with the planting of seeds for our community garden: lettuce, tomato, pepper, kale and cabbage. The seed trays will then be put in locations where they, and you, can watch the germination. Parents may want to consider having the children dress in their “gardening best!”

South Garden

The redevelopment of the south garden is in progress! You may have seen Robert Cordy, Organic Horticulturalist, who has worked with St. Gabriel’s for the last two years, in the garden taking measurements and plotting the layout of what will be a micro-forest with herbaceous perennials and flowers. Its off-set swale layout will encourage retention of moisture and efficient drainage from the site and its mulched pathways will entice meanderings.

For more information on the Garden Ministry, please contact Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

FINANCE CORNER

The Finance Council wishes to share this with all who come together as our worshipping community … “The financial burden of the Parish is the responsibility of each and all parishioners to the extent that your means allow.” Our operating payments average $17,000 per week”.

Please consider giving your offertory by picking up Envelopes, enrolling in Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG), or Donate Now (through the Archdiocese of Toronto website). Please come by the parish office if you have any questions