Bulletin – March 14

In this week’s bulletin, the annual parish Passover meal, the Reconciliation Service and an appeal from Sharelife for Chilean earthquake relief.


Stations of the Cross Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM
Reconciliation Service Wednesday, March 24th at 7:30 PM
Palm Sunday March 28th

  • Masses 4:30 PM, 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday April 1st

  • No 9:00 AM Mass
  • 7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
  • Followed by Adoration until 10:00PM

Good Friday April 2nd

  • 10:00 AM Morning Prayer
  • 3:00 PM Solemn Passion of Our Lord
  • 7:30 PM Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday April 3rd

  • Confessions 11:00 AM to 12 Noon
  • No 4:30 PM Mass
  • 8:30 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday April 4th

  • Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Easter Monday April 5th

  • No 9:00 AM Mass
  • Office closed

Extra parking at Elkhorn Public School.


March 15th to March 20th 2010
MONDAY – TULIO RAMIREZ Requested by The Family
TUESDAY – MARY FLANAGAN Requested by The Family
WEDNESDAY – PATRICK MCINNES Requested by The Calderone Family
THURSDAY – HWAT LIAN Requested by Hilly Tan & Family
FRIDAY – OLIVIA BARRON Requested by The Barron Family
SATURDAY – MATTHEW SEITH Requested by Mary Ann Mailhot


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.


Wednesday, March 24th 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.


March 27th at St. Gabriel’s Church at 10:00 AM

First Reconciliation for children attending St. Gabriel’s School will be at 10:00 AM. For children in the Children’s Faith Program, Private Schools and others, First Reconciliation will also be at 10:00 AM.


Wednesday, March 31st at 7:00 PM in the Gabriel Room

This annual parish event is again being sponsored by the Pastoral team. Passover is the oldest festival of the Hebrew liturgical calendar. It has been observed by the Jewish people for more than 3,000 years. Passover is a religious family meal celebrating Jewish freedom from slavery. It occurs in the spring, the time of renewal in “Nissan”, the first month of the Hebrew year, and it lasts for eight days. Why do we celebrate this “meal” at St. Gabriel’s? First, this celebration helps us to understand our religious roots, which are Jewish. Second, it is an opportunity for us to celebrate our growth as a community and be together with families and friends at this most special time during Holy Week. Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 by Friday, March 26th to book your table of 6 or 8, or to have your name added to a table.


We’re publishing a letter from Fr. Joe Jones, our Provincial in the States, expressing the appreciation of the Passionist Community and Fr. Rick for your generosity toward his work in Haiti

Dear Paul,
Thank you for your recent and very generous donation for our Mission in Haiti that was severely damaged by the recent earthquake. Your donation in the amount of $ 86, 039 has been deposited in the Haiti Hospital Relief Fund. Your name and the name of the Parishioners of St. Gabriel’s Parish have been placed on our altar so we can remember you in our Masses. May God bless you for your kindness.
Gratefully, Fr. Joe Jones, C.P.


You can work wonders!

We come across people in need every day as we go about our business. Sometimes they are asking for our help. Other times, they carry their burden in silent resignation. it is our responsibility as Catholics to lend a hand as best we can, and most of us do so in many ways.
Catholics in the Archdiocese of Toronto accomplish a great deal through their generous contributions to ShareLife. Together, we are working wonders. It is our calling. It is our responsibility.

The economic downturn has affected the lives of so many people in our midst. More than ever, ShareLife agencies need your support. Please help make a difference in the lives of those needing care, shelter and assistance. You can work wonders!

Next Sunday, March 21st is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.
You Can Work Wonders!


In response to the massive earthquake and tsunami which struck Chile on February 27th, the ShareLife Office is accepting monetary donations to support disaster relief efforts in the affected areas. Those wishing to help through a financial contribution may do so on the following ways:

  • Online through ShareLife’s website: www.sharelife.org
  • By Phone at 1-800-263-2595 or 416-934-3411
  • Through the parish, making cheques payable to ShareLife – St Gabriel’s Parish – Earthquake – Chile


Easter Egg Sale

To raise funds for the Marguerite Bourgeoys Family Centre, the St. Gabriel’s Youth Group will be selling hand-made Belgian chocolate Easter eggs for $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00 before and after the Masses on March 20th and 21st. Your support will help the Centre promote and maintain their service in the Diocese.


The Orthodox Churches
Tuesday, March 16th at 7:30 PM.
Wednesday, March 17th at 10; 30 AM.


Date February 28th March 7th
Amount $9,205 415
Envelopes $8,159 408

Pre-Authorized Giving
For January – $9613.55
Number of Participants -111


Thanks to all those who came out on Monday and Tuesday evening for the taping of the National Catholic Mission. It was a wonderful experience and we’re sure the Mission will be a great success.
The Mission will be aired on Vision TV on Monday March 29th and Tuesday, March 30th at 9:00 PM and repeated at 11:00 PM.


March 27th 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM

As you know, on March 27th, millions of people around the world will be shutting off their lights for one hour in a symbolic demonstration of their concern for climate change.
As parishioners of Canada’s First Green Church, we at St. Gabriel’s will also be celebrating Earth Hour. Please join others from the Parish on March 27th here in the Church at 8:30 PM for an hour of prayer and reflection. All are welcome.


For Widowed, Separated and Divorced Persons
St. Bonaventure’s Church (St Francis Room)
1300 Leslie Street, Toronto

April 13th at 8:00 PM: “Let’s Talk About Divorce”
Helping Children Cope – Ms. Liisa Kuuter, M.Sc., MFT
For more information, please contact New Beginnings at 416-921-1163, Ext. 2246.


Monday, March 15th at 7:00 PM
Duke of York Pub
39 Prince Andrew Drive, Toronto

Mystagogia: What is it?
Each of us is called to mystagogia. Throughout our lifetime we continue to unveil the mysteries of the fullness of Christ in our lives.
Guest Speaker – Sr. Jacqueline de Verteuil, CSJ


Need or greed?

There is enough for everyone’s need,
but not for anyone’s greed.

Mahatma Gandhi