Bulletin – January 27, 2013

In this week’s bulletin, meeting for first reconciliation, the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life and the Catholic Church Energy Savings Workshop.


January 28th t – February 2nd, 2013

MONDAY – ELAINE PICKEN Requested by Bernadette De Groot
TUESDAY – ROBERT HEARNEY Requested by Wai Chin Hwang
WEDNESDAY – DR. JACCQUES CARON Requested by Jacques & Denise Dussault
THURSDAY – LOUISA ROSSI Requested by Marie & Michael Gennaro
FRIDAY – MARTIN SMEE Requested by the Smee Family
SATURDAY – VIOLET PROVIDSA Requested by Steve Providsa & Family


Thursday, February 7th, at 7:30 PM

On Thursday, February 7th at 7:30 there will be a meeting for parents only of children who will be receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation for the first time. The meeting will be held here in the Church.

The book, We Prepare for Reconciliation, will be distributed at that time. Please ensure that you get a book and help your child learn and review the content.


Sunday, February 3rd, 2011 at 3:00 PM
St. Paul’s Basilica,

On Saturday, February 2nd, the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. The purpose of this day is “to help the entire Church to esteem ever more greatly the witness of those persons who have chosen to follow Christ by means of the practice of the evangelical counsels” as well as “to be a suitable occasion for consecrated persons to renew their commitment and rekindle the fervor which should inspire their offering of themselves to the Lord. – Pope John Paul 11, 1997 Message

In the Archdiocese of Toronto, we are blessed to have living and serving among us more than 1,000 religious men and women of over 100 different religious congregations. This World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank God for the gifts of these religious sisters, brothers and priests and to pray for God’s blessing upon them in their efforts to faithfully live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.

There will be a special Mass next Sunday, February 3rd at 3:00 PM at St. Paul’s Basilica, Toronto in celebration of the vocation and witness of these special men and women religious who are such a vital and important part of the life and ministry of the Church in our Archdiocese. All are welcome to attend.


St. Gabriel’s Parish,
Wednesday, February 6th 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Better Buildings Partnership, City of Toronto, is holding an informative and important energy workshop about “How to save Money and Energy” on Wednesday, February 6th at St. Gabriel’s from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Those who attend will learn about saving money and saving energy in their church. The SaveOnEnergy savings program includes 50% of the cost of building audits and up to 50% on lighting, cooling, electric heating, building envelope and temperature control system updates.
Please contact Heather Bennett at 416-787-9919- or email her at heathermjb@gmail.com for more information.


Tuesday February 5th at 7:30 PM or
Thursday, February 7th at 10:30 AM

Topic: An Overview of the Old Testament – now known as the ‘Hebrew Scriptures’. For information please call Mary at 416-293-3760


Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for January 13th, 2013

Envelopes (425) – $8,090
Loose Change $1,289
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (184) – $3,474
Total $12,853


There will be a second collection next weekend, February 2nd/3rd, for the Maintenance Fund. Envelopes are in the pews.


The 2013 Offertory Boxed Envelopes are now available in the Gathering Space. Please pick them up as soon as possible. We would like to remind you not to use envelopes from previous years as this number may have been reassigned to another family.

If you are on the Pre- Authorized Giving Plan, you will still receive a smaller green box of envelopes since these include Initial, New Year’s, Christmas, Easter and Maintenance envelopes. You may contact the Parish Office if you do not have envelopes but would like a box for 2013.


Today, January 27th is World Leprosy Day. Please take a few moments to remember the children, women and men living with leprosy. Please remember to bring us your used postage stamps. These are passed on to the Leprosy Mission of Canada helping them work towards the day when leprosy is eradicated. They are happy to accept any and all trimmed stamps, leaving no less than ¼ inch and no more than ½ inch paper border. Stamps may be deposited in the basket on the cabinet just outside the Parish Office.


Monday, January 28th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Canadian Blood Services will hold a Blood Clinic here at St. Gabriel`s on Monday January 28th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. To book an appointment please contact Canadian Blood Services at www.blood.ca or phone 1 888-236-6283.


Monday, January 28th at 7:00 PM
Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto
Special Guest: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CBS, CEO of Salt & Light Television

As the opening of our Year of Faith`s series, Fr. Rosica will inspire and challenge us with the message of hope carried by the followers of Christ, reflecting the true meaning of the word ‘faith.’ Join them for evenings of thought-provoking theological discussions and presentations in a comfortable and relaxed setting. Munchies will be provided and there will be a cash bar. Come and bring a friend!


Atlantis at Ontario Place
955 Lakeshore Blvd., Toronto
Friday, February 1st, 2013

The 12th Annual Meagan’s Walk Gala will be held on Friday, February 1st, 2013 at Atlantis at Ontario Place. A cocktail reception will begin at 6:00 PM followed by dinner at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $150 per person. Join host television personality Alicia Markson in raising Hope, Awareness and Funds for Paediatric Brain Tumour Research. Enjoy a full evening of live music featuring award winning Canadian singer Kim Stockwood.

For more information, please phone 416-239-7843 or visit www.meaganswalk.com.


Bake Sale – Sunday, February 3rd after all the Masses

Through the fundraising efforts and personal involvement of two of our parishioners, Eric and Helen Pierre, a new Catholic school is being built in Corail, Haiti (in the vicinity of Port-au-Prince) for children of displaced citizens living in tents. With the walls now standing, the school is already in use. A roof (instead of tarp) is needed to better protect the children from the elements.

On this the third anniversary of the big earthquake that devastated Haiti, Eric and Helen are seeking help from their fellow parishioners at St. Gabriel’s. If you enjoy the sweet things in life (or even if you don’t), please join them at a
Bake Sale on Sunday, February 3rd after each of the Masses. There will be sweets of every kind, coffee and tea as well as an opportunity to talk to members of Pierspective Entraide Humanitaire, the organization they spearheaded, about Haiti after the earthquake and their school construction projects.

Donations towards the project will also be gratefully accepted. Tax receipts will be issued by Pierspective for donations of $20 or more.”

NEW BEGINNINGS: For those who have lost a loved one through Death, Separation or Divorce.

February 5th from 7:30 to 9:00 PM
Archdiocese of Toronto Pastoral Centre –
1155 Yonge St., 4th Floor

Come and participate in an informative evening with Facilitator Brother Ignatius Feaver, OFM., Cap. Brother Ignatius has a great deal of experience in the spiritual life and teaches courses on Spiritual Direction at Regis College. The Topic: “St. Francis’ Canticle of Creation as Healing in Our Lives.”

Location: Archdiocese of Toronto Pastoral Centre is located at 1155 Yonge St., 4th Floor, Toronto. It is on the North East corner of Yonge and Shaftsbury, beside the Summerhill subway station. Free underground parking off Shaftsbury. Pre registration is not required.

Enquiries: Deacon James Shaughnessy, MSW., RSW., Psyn.D. 416-921-1163 ext 2227 or email jshaughn@cfstoronto.com


February 8th to 10th

Good Marriages, like dependable cars, need tune-ups. Refresh and rekindle your love for each other by treating yourselves to a marriage enrichment weekend at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, or give a weekend as a gift.
The Centre offers comfort, excellent cuisine and an inspiring program. The next weekend is February. 8th to 10th. To register call Queen of Apostles at 905-278-5229 or for information, call Fr. Tomy at 905-278-5229 ext. #225.