bulletin – May 25



In 1988, Les Centre D’Acueil Heritage began receiving funding from ShareLife. This agency not only provides residential services but also provides home help and social interventions. Les Centres D’Acueil is the only Francophone agency supported by ShareLife funding. They house residents who are ill, immigrants and people who have a great need of the social services provided. Because you give… ShareLife is able to provide the centres with the funds they require to help those in need.

Next week is ShareLife’s third and final collection. Remember, your gift to ShareLife can provide hope and make a difference to those in need!

For more information about the 34 Agencies funded by ShareLife visit our website at www.sharelife.org

2007 ShareLife Total: $164,652.60
2008 ShareLife to Date: $128,633.00


Date Time Intentions
May 20 9:00AM MARCELINO FERNANDES Requested by Tita and family
May 22 9:00AM THOMAS DONAGHY Requested by Frank & Sylvia Leaver
May 23 9:00AM ANTHONY ARRIGO Requested by Anne and Family
May 24 4:30PM QUIRINO BERNARDINI Requested by Mario Bernardini

SUNDAY COLLECTION: May 17/18, 2008

Total: $11,006.74


4:30 8:30 10:30 12:30
Env. $
Total $2,098 $5,155 $2,234 $2,189
# of Env. 111 91 145 109


The parish of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome Darrin Nesmerak who was baptized on Sunday, May 18, 2008.


Sunday, June 1 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. This guided reflection brings an ecological perspective to the readings.


Wednesday morning, June 4 at 10:30 AM
Topic: St. Paul – Pastor and Theologian


Friday, June 6 from 9:30 AM – 12 Noon
Please see the time schedule on the table inside the Church.


Saturday, June 7 at 3:15 PM in the Library
For information, please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.


Vision TV – Monday, May 26 at 3:30 PM

Extreme Clergy is a new documentary series which premiered on May 16 on Vision TV. Filmed in hotspots around the world, the series offers a rare glimpse of challenges faced and met by spiritual people struggling to better the lives of the poor, the embattled and the desperate.

In each half hour episode, you will meet a member of the clergy with extreme dedication to helping people in extraordinary and often dangerous circumstances.

For a list of episodes visit: www.extremeclergy.com


The Sharelife Office will be accepting donations to support humanitarian relief efforts underway in China, assisting in the care for those injured or displaced from their homes. All contributions received by ShareLife will be forwarded to the appropriate relief partners. Please note that ShareLife does not apply administrative fees to humanitarian relief contributions – 100% of the funds collected go directly to the agencies involved.

As announced last week, please note that ShareLife continues to receive contributions for the ongoing relief efforts in Myanmar, Burma following the devastation of Cyclone Nargis on May 3 in that country.
Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

  • Online through ShareLife’s website: www.sharelife.org
  • By phone through the ShareLife office – 1-800-263-2595 or 416-934-3411
  • Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
    ShareLife – St Gabriel’s – Chinese Earthquake Relief or
    ShareLife – St Gabriel’s – Cyclone Nargis relief

We offer our prayers for the thousands of families affected by these natural disasters. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to serve those in crisis around the world.


Two of our young parishioners, high school students Robin Ivory and Colleen Shea, will be traveling to Kenya this summer as part of a volunteer group organized by the Toronto Catholic District School Board in conjunction with Free the Children. They will be helping to build and supply a school in a remote tribal area, and are selling raffle tickets for a variety of great prizes to help offset the cost of materials. Robin and Colleen and their families have been active parishioners of St. Gabriel’s for many years, and we encourage you to support their efforts. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25 and will be available after all the Masses on May31/June 1.


Saturday, May 31,
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
396 Spring Garden Avenue
(Raindate Sunday, June 1)
$5.00 a wash
The St. Gabriel’s Grade 8 Grads will be holding their annual Car Wash/BBQ to raise funds for their graduation celebrations. Your support is very much appreciated.


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul operates Marygrove camp for disadvantaged girls ages 5 to 13. Over 1,100 children attend camp each summer. There will be a second collection for Marygrove Camp on June 15/16.


LIVERight and join our local community
Butterfly 5K Run/Walk in the East Don River Park in memory of Olivia Barron. Join the fun and help raise awareness and funds for children’s liver disease research on Sunday, June 8. Register at www.runningroom.com. If you would like to contact us or pledge Olivia’s brother, please call 416-490-0134 or email us at p.barron@sympatico.ca.


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be collecting gently used clothing and household linens for those in need on the weekend of June 14Th and 15Th. There is a particular need for textiles and footwear. A St. Vincent de Paul truck will be parked on the upper parking lot opposite the garden. Volunteers will assist with loading before and after each of the Masses on Saturday and Sunday.


Fred Speed, a long-time parishioner, is offering to teach English to small groups of new immigrant women. The groups will be between four and six persons. It is anticipated that classes, with an initial focus on conversational English, will be offered one afternoon a week here at the parish. They will be targeted to immigrants with a beginner level of English. Details about the classes may be found on the bulletin boards.
Those interested, please contact Fatima Lee at (416) 221-8866, Ext. 228 for further information and/or to register.


May 30 to June 1, 2008

Have you ever wondered seriously if you have a vocation to be a sister, brother, deacon or priest? Are you looking for an opportunity to get away for quiet prayer and reflection to explore this more seriously? Set aside a weekend for yourself and make a discernment retreat arranged specifically for this purpose. The retreat, intended for persons ages 18 to 35, will take place at the Scarboro Mission Centre, 2685 Kingston Road from May 30 to June 1. It is sponsored by the Toronto Area Vocation Directors Association.

For more Information, contact:
Sr. Agnes Roger DJC
Email: srmagnes@bellnet.ca

Fr. Len Altilia S.J.
Email: vocations@jesuits.ca

Sr. Kateri Beaudry CPS
Email: srkatericps@hotmail.com