Bulletin – November 23, 2014

November 23rd, 2014

ADVENT MISSION

“God is with us”: Bringing hope to those living in darkness

Saturday, December 6th from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM

NOT TO BE MISSED – reflection with Fr. Rick Frechette CP on our Christian commitment that will be both inspiring and enriching!

Father Rick is a Passionist who went to Haiti 27 years ago to serve as a priest. Seeing the poverty and the dire need of the people there for medical care, he went back to the U.S. in his 30s, took up medical studies, and returned to Haiti as both a priest and a medical doctor. The needs of the people whom he served prompted him to give himself to their service by not only ministering to their spiritual needs, but their physical needs as well. His presence among the people of Haiti is truly an amazing witness of love.

At the beginning of the season of Advent, when we are preparing for Christmas, Fr. Rick will talk about our Christian commitment to share the Good News, especially with those who are living in the darkness of poverty, injustice, and slavery in its many forms. It will be an excellent opportunity for all parishioners to pause and look deeply. We encourage especially our young people to join us!

A simple lunch will be provided. Cost is $5 per person. To register, please call the Parish Office at (416) 221-8866 or email fatimalee@bellnet.ca.

A Note on Donations To Fr. Rick’s Mission in Haiti

We have also been asked if there is a way to donate to Fr. Rick’s mission in Haiti. If you are so inclined, and would like to contribute to Fr. Rick’s work, there will be a donation box at the back of the church on the day of the retreat itself, as well as at all the Masses on the weekend of Dec 6th/7th. You can donate either in cash or by cheque. Please note any cheque must be made payable to “Passionist Missionaries”. They will issue tax receipts for all donations of $20 or more. Please also make sure you write clearly your name and address on the envelope provided.

YOUTH GROUP BAKE SALE

Sunday, November 23rd after all the Masses

Our Youth Group is holding a bake sale after all the Masses this Sunday. The money raised will go towards Youth Group expenses as well as helping two youth attend a service trip to the Philippines. Please support our Youth Group.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 24th to November 29th, 2014

MONDAY – GERALD M. HARQUAIL – Requested by Ginette Harquail
TUESDAY – MICHAEL McDONOUGH – Requested by Ann Harrington
WEDNESDAY – ALL SOULS – Requested by Linda Law
THURSDAY – ANITA MARKLE & MARJORIE SKAZIN – Requested by the Markle Family
FRIDAY – GIUSEPPINA SMERIGLIO – Requested by Lina Gianotta
SATURDAY – MIKE PALAZZO & CHRISTOPHER DI LALLO – Requested by Val Palazzo & Family

WELCOME! BAPTISM

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome
Arianna Lara Moncica
Charlotte Rose Kilayko Sleep
These children received the Sacrament of Baptism last Sunday. Congratulations

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ALL SOULS

BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE

A Book of Remembrance has been placed on the altar for the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your deceased relatives and friends in the book. They will be remembered at all the Masses celebrated in November.

GIFTS FOR ROSALIE HALL

For many years, St Gabriel’s has had a close relationship with Rosalie Hall. At this time of the year, we are thinking of the young mothers and babies in need of assistance.

If you wish, to help, you may choose a “Christmas Stocking” from the Christmas tree in the Gathering Space to purchase pyjamas or undershirts, for little ones sizes 6 months to 4years.

If you wish to buy a toy, please take a”Gingerbread Boy” tag.

Unwrapped items with the original tag attached can be left in the box provided near the Giving Tree no later than December 14th.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from Shoppers Drug Mart, Tim Horton’s, Walmart or MacDonald’s. These can be placed in the envelopes provided and brought to the Parish Office. Thank you for your ongoing support of Rosalie Hall.

THE GIVING TREE

During Advent, the Society of St Vincent de Paul will have a Giving Tree in the Gathering Space.

The tree will be decorated with gift tags. Each tag will have the gender and age of a child. We invite you to take a tag, buy a gift of about $25.00 for that child and return the unwrapped gift, with the tag attached, to the box provided in the Gathering Space. If you are a knitter, there will be mitten tags. Please take one and return mitts to the box in the Gathering Space.

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. More volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in our city.

You may pick up a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan from the Parish Office.

Three recipes are also available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Please remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole. For more information, you may contact Irene Albrecht at
416 221-2791.

HOPE FOR CHILDREN CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE

We are having a Christmas Toy Drive for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society.

Can you help by dropping off an unwrapped new toy for a child 0 to12 years old? Containers will be set up at the doors of the Church from Saturday, November 29th until Sunday, December 14th.

NORTH YORK RETIREES CLUB

Blessed Trinity Parish Hall
Tuesday, November 25th at 2:00 PM

The next meeting of the North York Retiree’s will feature guest speaker Christopher Rollox from Gemini K9 Obedience who will speak about “Dealing with dogs, training, care and obedience”. All retirees are cordially invited to attend.

THE SOURCE WITH THE SISTERS OF LIFE

Thursday, November 27th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

St. Paul’s Basilica 83 Power St.Toronto

Join them for an evening of prayer and fellowship. There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with meditative music provided by the sisters from 7:00 to 8:00 PM in the main chapel. Confessions will be available from 8:00 to 9:00 PM. There will be refreshments and fellowship in the hall downstairs. They hope to see you there!

For more information, contact: The Sisters of Life, 416-463-2722, or toronto@sistersoflife.org.

NEW BEGINNINGS ADVENT RETREAT

“Contemplative Advent Practices for Those Who Are Experiencing Loss”

St. Norbert’s Church, 100 Regent Road
Saturday, November 29th 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Catholic Family Services of Toronto – New Beginnings and St. Norbert’s Church invite you to a Saturday Advent Retreat with Christine Rybka-Miki, M.Div. and Maureen McDonnell, D.Min.

This Advent, rediscover the wealth that our faith tradition and Ignatian contemplative prayer has to offer us as we wait in abiding hope. All are welcome! Light lunch will be provided.

Pre-registration is necessary.

Please call Mary Benincasa at 416-921-1163, ext. 2235.

SNEAK PEEK ORCHESTRA PRESENTS: “ELEGIES AND REMEMBRANCE”

Sunday November 30th at 4:00 PM

St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish

“Sneak Peek Orchestra is back, and excited to present a remembrance-themed concert featuring the music of Edward Elgar, and others. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and $15 for students. To purchase advance tickets, please visit www.sneakpeekorchestra.com. We hope to see you there!

FINANCE CORNER

The Parish’s 2013 budgeted operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Offertory Collection for last weekend:

Envelopes 370 $ 7,362
Loose Change 893
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 163 3,057
Total 533 $ 11,332
Shepherd’s Trust Collection: $9,399

If you are a regular Parish member and you do not contribute to the Offertory collection, the Finance Council reminds you that “the financial burden of the Parish is the responsibility of each and all parishioners to the extent that your means allow”.

For those parishioners who contribute to the offertory on a regular weekly basis, we thank you for your constant support.

PRE-AUTHORIZED GIVING OPTION

The “Pre-Authorized Giving” Plan (PAG), authorized and supported by the Archdiocese of Toronto, is a direct debit program. It allows parishioners to make their regular offertory donations by automatic monthly bank withdrawal on or about the 20th of each month. Participation in the PAG provides a regular dependable cash flow of contributions to the parish and enables us to better manage the Parish finances. PAG brochures and sign-up forms are available in the Parish Office and on the tables at the back of the Church.

DONATE NOW

You can now use your credit card to make your recurring or one-time Offertory donations to St. Gabriel’s. Your donations may earn you valuable points, travel miles or cash back! A classic case of giving and receiving!

Simply log on to the Archdiocese of Toronto website (www.archtoronto.org) select “Donate Now”, “Our Parish”, “Toronto East”, then pick “St. Gabriel Catholic Parish” under Parish in the Donation Information section. Complete all required information.

Remember that your tax receipt for a recurring offertory donation will be issued to you by the Archdiocese at the end of the year. For a one-time gift, your tax receipt is emailed to you immediately.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2015

The 2015 Offertory Boxed Envelopes will be available in the Gathering Space at the end of November. Please inform the Parish Office if you have recently moved or are new to the Parish so that we may update our records and label your box correctly.

If you have a PAG or Donate Now account, 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 2015.

If you are moving out of the Parish or have a change of address, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 so that we can update our records. Thank you.

Bulletin – November 16, 2014

November 15th, 2014

ADVENT MISSION

“God is with us”: Bringing hope to those living in darkness

Saturday, December 6th from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM

NOT TO BE MISSED – reflection with Fr. Rick Frechette CP on our Christian commitment that will be both inspiring and enriching!

Father Rick is a Passionist who went to Haiti 27 years ago to serve as a priest. Seeing the poverty and the dire need of the people there for medical care, he went back to the U.S. in his 40s, took up medical studies, and returned to Haiti as both a priest and a medical doctor. The needs of the people whom he served prompted him to give himself to their service by not only ministering to their spiritual needs, but their physical needs as well. His presence among the people of Haiti is truly an amazing witness of love.

At the beginning of the season of Advent, when we are preparing for Christmas, Fr. Rick will talk about our Christian commitment to share the Good News, especially with those who are living in the darkness of poverty, injustice, and slavery in its many forms. It will be an excellent opportunity for all parishioners to pause and look deeply. We encourage especially our young people to join us!

A simple lunch will be provided. Cost is $5 per person. To register, please call the Parish Office at (416) 221-8866 or email fatimalee@bellnet.ca.

YOUTH GROUP BAKE SALE

Sunday, November 23rd after all the Masses

Our Youth Group will be holding a bake sale after all the Masses next Sunday. The money raised will go towards Youth Group expenses as well as helping two youth attend a service trip to the Philippines. Please support our Youth Group.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 17th to November 22nd, 2014

MONDAY – RUBI & ALBERTO MACARAEG – Requested by Rubi & Alberto Macaraeg
TUESDAY – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE DOANN & NGUYEN FAMILIES – Requested by the Doann & Nguyen Family
WEDNESDAY – LOUIS & MARIE FUNG – Requested by the Family
THURSDAY – MURIEL & JAMES BICKERTON – Requested by Mary Anne Barnes
FRIDAY – FR. DENIS JOHN HANLY – Requested by Regina Lau & Linda Law
SATURDAY – ARMINDA VICENTE – Requested by the Family

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ALL SOULS

BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE

A Book of Remembrance has been placed on the altar for the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your deceased relatives and friends in the book. They will be remembered at all the Masses celebrated in November.

CONFIRMATION ENROLLMENT CEREMONY

Sunday, November 23rd at the 12:30 PM Mass

The Confirmation Enrollment Ceremony for all Confirmation candidates will be held on Sunday, November 23rd at the 12:30 PM Mass. All Confirmation candidates must attend.

SHEPHERD’S TRUST COLLECTION

November 15th/16th

The Shepherd’s trust has a mission to provide comfort and care to those who have steadfastly cared for us – our retired priests.

Religious orders such as the Passionist Community have faithfully served the parish communities in the Archdiocese of Toronto for many years.

The Shepherd’s Trust ensures funds collected in parishes like St. Gabriel’s that are run by religious order priests be given to those orders as a contribution toward the retirement of its members.

The collection is taking place in all parishes in the Archdiocese this weekend, November 15th and 16th. Envelopes are in the pews.

We want our priests to retire safely and with dignity. The Shepherds’ Trust allows us to help achieve this goal.

Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

THE GIVING TREE

During Advent, the Society of St Vincent de Paul will have a Giving Tree in the Gathering Space.

The tree will be decorated with gift tags. Each tag will have the gender and age of a child. We invite you to take a tag, buy a gift of about $25.00 for that child and return the unwrapped gift, with the tag attached, to the box provided in the Gathering Space.

If you are a knitter, there will be mitten tags. Please take one and return mitts to the box in the Gathering Space.

At this time of the year, we are also thinking of the young mothers and babies of Rosalie Hall. If you wish to help, you may choose a “Christmas Stocking” from the tree to purchase pyjamas or undershirts, for babies ages 6 to 18 months.

Unwrapped Items with the original stocking tag attached can be left in the box provided near the “mitten” tree no later than December 14th. Toys for these little ones would also be appreciated.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from Shopper’s Drug Mart or Tim Hortons, Walmart or MacDonald’s. These can be placed in the envelopes provided and brought to the Parish Office. Thank you for your generous support.

CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE

We are having a Christmas Toy Drive for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society.

Can you help by dropping off an unwrapped new toy for a child 0 to12 years old? Containers will be set up at the doors of the Church from Saturday, November 29th until Sunday, December 14th.

INAUGURAL LIVING WITH CHRIST LECTURE

Wednesday, November 19th at 7:00 PM

Blessed Sacrament Church 24 Cheritan Ave., Toronto

All are invited to the inaugural Living with Christ lecture featuring highly acclaimed author and Canadian priest, Fr. James Mallon at Blessed Sacrament Church. Author of the recently published book Divine Renovation, Fr. Mallon’s talk is entitled “Rebuild My Church: Pope Francis and Pastoral Conversion.” Join them on Wednesday, November 19th at 7:00 PM for this wonderful opportunity.

For more information, visit www.novalis.ca.

WOMEN’S FALL RETREAT

November 21st to 23rd

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
1617 Blythe Road, Mississauga

A Women’s Fall Retreat will be held at the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre on the weekend of November 21st to November 23rd. It will preached by Fr. Peter Nowak, OMI and Mrs. Anne Hales.

Single private rooms. Wonderful Cuisine
Country in the City setting.
Please call 905-278-5229 to reserve or for further information.

NORTH YORK RETIREES CLUB

Blessed Trinity Parish Hall
Tuesday, November 25th at 2:00 PM

The next meeting of the North York Retiree’s will feature guest speaker Christopher Rollox from GeminK9 Obedience who will speak about “Dealing with dogs, training, care and obedience”. All retirees are cordially invited to attend.

THEOLOGY ON TAP: Interfaith Engagement Among the Children of Abraham

Monday, November 24, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto

Faith Connections invites young adults (19-39) to join them for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a comfortable and relaxed setting, with special guest: Dr. Shari Golberg, PhD. They will discuss “From A(fterlife) to Z(ion): An Educator’s Tales of Interfaith Engagement among the Children of Abraham.

Munchies will be provided and there is a cash bar.
Come and bring a friend!

For more information call Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt at 416 467 2645 or visit www.faithconnections.ca — a ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto.

THE SOURCE WITH THE SISTERS OF LIFE

Thursday, November 27th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
St. Paul’s Basilica 83 Power St.Toronto

Join them for an evening of prayer and fellowship. There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with meditative music provided by the sisters from 7:00 to 8:00PM in the main chapel. Confessions will be available from 8:00 to 9:00 PM. There will be refreshments and fellowship in the hall downstairs. They hope to see you there!

For more information, contact: The Sisters of Life, 416-463-2722, or toronto@sistersoflife.org.

NEW BEGINNINGS ADVENT RETREAT

“Contemplative Advent Practices for Those Who Are Experiencing Loss”
St. Norbert’s Church, 100 Regent Road
Saturday, November 29th 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Catholic Family Services of Toronto – New Beginnings and St. Norbert’s Church invite you to a Saturday Advent Retreat with Christine Rybka-Miki, M.Div. and Maureen McDonnell, D.Min.

This Advent, rediscover the wealth that our faith tradition and Ignatian contemplative prayer has to offer us as we wait in abiding hope. All are welcome! Light lunch will be provided. Pre-registration necessary. Please call Mary Benincasa at 416-921-1163, ext. 2235.

FINANCE CORNER

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Offertory Collection for last weekend:
Envelopes 382 $ 7,492
Loose Change 1014
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 163 3,057
Total 545 $ 11,563

PRE-AUTHORIZED GIVING OPTION

The “Pre-Authorized Giving” Plan (PAG), authorized and supported by the Archdiocese of Toronto, is a direct debit program. It allows parishioners to make their regular offertory donations by automatic monthly bank withdrawal on or about the 20th of each month. Participation in the PAG provides a regular dependable cash flow of contributions to the parish and enables us to better manage the Parish finances. PAG brochures and sign-up forms are available in the Parish Office and on the tables at the back of the Church.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2015

The 2015 Offertory Boxed Envelopes will be available in the Gathering Space at the end of November. Please inform the Parish Office if you have recently moved or are new to the Parish so that we may update our records and label your box correctly.

If you have a PAG or Donate Now account, 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 2015.

If you are moving out of the Parish or have a change of address, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 so that we can update our records. Thank you.

Bulletin – November 9, 2014

November 9th, 2014

LEST WE FORGET

November 11th is Remembrance Day, a day to remember all who have served, and continue serving in our armed forces, especially those who have died and those wounded in battle. We pray for healing and peace; that one day, all peoples will lay down their arms and embrace one another as brothers and sisters in one human family.

CONGRATULATIONS ALEX!

Congratulation to one of our regular musicians, Alex Seredenko, who competed in the prestigious Canadian Chopin Festival last month. Alex won first prize in the senior division and will be competing in the preliminary round of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Competition to be held in Warsaw, Poland in April 2015. We are very proud of him and wish him every success in Warsaw!

ADVENT MISSION

“God is with us”: Bringing hope to those living in darkness

Saturday, December 6th from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM

NOT TO BE MISSED – reflection with Fr. Rick Frechette CP on our Christian commitment that will be both inspiring and enriching!

Father Rick is a Passionist who went to Haiti 27 years ago to serve as a priest. Seeing the poverty and the dire need of the people there for medical care, he went back to the U.S. in his 40s, took up medical studies, and returned to Haiti as both a priest and a medical doctor. The needs of the people whom he served prompted him to give himself to their service by not only ministering to their spiritual needs, but their physical needs as well. His presence among the people of Haiti is truly an amazing witness of love.

At the beginning of the season of Advent, when we are preparing for Christmas, Fr. Rick will talk about our Christian commitment to share the Good News, especially with those who are living in the darkness of poverty, injustice, and slavery in its many forms. It will be an excellent opportunity for all parishioners to pause and look deeply. We encourage especially our young people to join us!

A simple lunch will be provided. Cost is $5 per person.

To register, please call the Parish Office at (416) 221-8866 or email fatimalee@bellnet.ca

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ALL SOULS

BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE

A Book of Remembrance has been placed on the altar for the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your deceased relatives and friends in the book. They will be remembered at all the Masses celebrated in November.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 10th to November 15th, 2014

MONDAY – WILLIAM TAM – Requested by Angela Tam
TUESDAY – ABANDONED SOULS – Requested by the Nguyen Family
WEDNESDAY – THOMAS JOSEPH BOYLE – Requested by Mary Anne Barnes
THURSDAY – TULIO RAMIREZ – Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – MARTIN SMEE – Requested by the Family
SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE – Requested by the Family

MEETING FOR FIRST RECONCILIATION

Wednesday, November 12th, at 7:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church, Gabriel Room

On Wednesday, November 12th at 7:30 PM there will be a meeting in the Gabriel Room for parents of children who will be receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.

CONFIRMATION ENROLLMENT CEREMONY

Sunday, November 23rd at the 12:30 PM Mass

The Confirmation Enrollment Ceremony for all Confirmation candidates will be held on Sunday, November 23rd at the 12:30 PM Mass. All Confirmation candidates must attend.

Candidates are reminded to submit their letters requesting Confirmation to Fr. Brando through the
Parish Office by Saturday, November 14th.

SHEPHERD’S TRUST COLLECTION

November 15th/16th

The Shepherd’s trust has a mission to provide comfort and care to those who have steadfastly cared for us – our retired priests.

Religious orders such as the Passionist Community have faithfully served the parish communities in the Archdiocese of Toronto for many years.

The Shepherd’s Trust ensures funds collected in parishes like St. Gabriel’s that are run by religious order priests be given to those orders as a contribution toward the retirement of its members.

The collection will take place in all parishes in the Archdiocese next weekend, on November 15th and 16th. Envelopes are in the pews.

We want our priests to retire safely and with dignity. The Shepherds’ Trust allows us to help achieve this goal. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

PASSIONIST CHRISTMAS CARDS

Christmas cards will be available after all the Masses this weekend, Nov. 8th/9th. The suggested cost is $1.50 per card. All donations will go directly to support the Passionist Missions in Haiti, Honduras and Jamaica. Your support is invaluable in caring for the needy in some of the poorest communities of North America.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL

Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall. With everyone struggling at this time, these donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

JUST COFFEE

Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.

Regular ground coffee: $5.50
Decaffeinated: $6
Whole Beans: $5.50
Chocolate Bars: $4 incl. Taxes
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $4.75
Teas: $4.25

NORTH YORK RETIREES CLUB

Blessed Trinity Parish Hall

Tuesday, November 11th at 2:00 PM

The next meeting of the North York Retiree’s will be feature guest speaker Richard Fennes Clinton from Muddy York Walking Tours. He will speak about “life in Toronto in 1914”.
All retirees are cordially invited to attend.

AN EVENING OF CHORAL MUSIC WITH THE VOCAL CHAMBER CHOIR

Saturday, November 15th at 7:30 PM

St. Bonaventure’s Church
1300 Leslie Street

Vocal Horizons Chamber Choir presents an evening of beautiful choral music, featuring Brahms’ Requiem with conductor-Vincent Cheng, pianist-Joshua Tamayo, Soprano-Hazel Hetimier and Baritone-Chris Cheng on Saturday, November 15th at 7:30 PM here at the Church. Admission is free but donations would be greatly appreciated!

For more information, visit www.vocalhorizons.com

WOMEN’S FALL RETREAT

November 21st to 23rd

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
1617 Blythe Road, Mississauga

A Women’s Fall Retreat will be held at the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre on the weekend of November 21st to November 23rd. It will preached by Fr. Peter Nowak, OMI and Mrs. Anne Hales. Single private rooms. Wonderful Cuisine Country in the City setting. Please call 905-278-5229 to reserve or for further information.

NEW BEGINNINGS ADVENT RETREAT

“Contemplative Advent Practices for Those Who Are Experiencing Loss”

St. Norbert’s Church, 100 Regent Road
Saturday, November 29th
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Facilitators: Christine Rybka-Miki, Maureen McDonnell

FINANCE CORNER

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Offertory Collection for last weekend:
Envelopes 426 $ 10,016
Loose Change 1,276
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 163 3,057
Total 589 $ 14,349
Maintenance Collection $ 7,371

PRE-AUTHORIZED GIVING OPTION

The “Pre-Authorized Giving” Plan (PAG), authorized and supported by the Archdiocese of Toronto, is a direct debit program. It allows parishioners to make their regular offertory donations by automatic monthly bank withdrawal on or about the 20th of each month. Participation in the PAG provides a regular dependable cash flow of contributions to the parish and enables us to better manage the Parish finances. PAG brochures and sign-up forms are available in the Parish Office and on the tables at the back of the Church.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2015

The 2015 Offertory Boxed Envelopes will be available in the Gathering Space at the end of November. Please inform the Parish Office if you have recently moved or are new to the Parish so that we may update our records and label your box correctly.

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 2015.

If you are moving out of the Parish or have a change of address, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 so that we can update our records. Thank you.

Homily – November 9, 2014

November 9th, 2014

When people visit Rome the must see place to go is St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. It is an awesome structure. Another must see place is the Vatican Museum with it famous Sistine Chapel.

But today we celebrate the dedication of the first church ever to be allowed to be built in the Roman world. It was dedicated by Pope Sylvester in 314 under the reign of Constantine. Originally it was dedicated to the Most Holy Redeemer but eventually it was dedicated to St. John the Apostle. These words are carved on the front of the present day church – ‘the mother and the head of all churches of the city and of the world.’ St. John Lateran is the cathedral church of Rome; it is Pope Francis’ parish church. Popes lived in the Lateran palace next door to St. John Lateran up until 1870 when Rome fell to forces calling for the unification of Italy. It was in 1870 the Pius 9th made the Vatican his residence, to be close to the tomb of St. Peter. Popes have lived at the Vatican ever since. The present church of St. John Lateran is a far cry from the simple building consecrated by Pope Sylvester in 314.

The first reading from Ezekiel and the gospel of John deal with the holy temple in Jerusalem. In Ezekiel life giving water flows out the temple toward the east bringing abundant life where ever it flow, even to the sea of stagnant waters which it vitalizes. In the gospel we see an enraged Jesus clearly the temple of the commercialism that had crept into it territory, reclaiming it as a place of prayer and worship.

The church, the Christian community was alive in Rome long before Pope Sylvester dedicated a modest building in 314. Our reading from Paul’s letter to the community in Corinth tells us what we should already know – the church is not bricks and mortars, the church is men, women and children. The church is a community of people who belong, believe and become.

Cardinal Ambrozic consecrated this building Nov.19th 2008. In doing so he used holy water to bless it and holy oil to consecrate its walls and altar. When each one of us was baptised these two elements were used, holy water and holy oil thus making each one of us a temple, a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. Individually and as a group we are temples of God and the Holy Spirit lives and acts in us.

Today’s feast is more than about a simple building consecrated to the worship of God in 314. Today’s feast celebrates our consecration, individually and as a community, and calls us to be mindful of our dignity as bearers of God’s Spirit to the world.

Paul’s words were probably upsetting to those who read or heard them. Everyone knows that God only dwells in heaven or in sacred temples built to worship gods. Paul teaches that God dwells not primarily in buildings but in human beings. The primary dwelling place of God on earth is no longer in bricks and mortar, no matter how magnificent they are, but in a community of men, women and children gathered together in the name of Jesus.

When Paul writes about someone destroying God’s temple he is writing about people in the community of Corinth who were causing dissension and conflict in the community. He’s writing to those who would destroy the unity of the community and he warns that God will destroy such people.

As you know our parish motto is, belonging, believing, becoming. As a parish we want everyone who comes here to know that they belong, they are family and all are welcome. By believing in the passion, death and resurrection of Christ that we celebrate as a family we help each other grow in our faith. By trying each day to live our lives faithful to the gospel we help each other grow to full maturity in Christ. We are all ‘living stones’, living is the important word – living lives that are open to others, living our faith every day and every day trying to grow to full maturity in Christ. Belonging, believing ,becoming.

Today we celebrate ourselves as temples of the living God. We give thanks for the gift of faith that makes us so. May our lives bear witness to our faith by what we do and by what we say.

Homily – November 2, 2014

November 2nd, 2014

Yesterday and today we celebrate two interesting feasts of the church – All Saints Day and All Souls Day. These feasts teach us that the life of the church extends beyond time and stretches into eternity. In death life is changed not ended and when our earthly body turns to dust we gain an everlasting place in heaven. Our perishable selves will be imperishable and our mortal selves will be immortal. Whether we are on this side of the grave or beyond the grave we are all one family, one church, one communion of the saints.

As for the feast of All Saints, as I’ve said before, the saints of the church are in the pews of the church. The saints of this parish are wives and husbands being true to their commitments and staying together, supporting and sustaining each other in their good times and in their rough times. Today’s saints are mothers and fathers who love and support sons or daughters challenged by physical or mental issues. Today’s saints are those sons and daughters who care for aging parents who’ve lost the ability to live on their own and need the help of others. Today’s saints are our young men and women who are willing to share their time and talent getting involved with the social issues of the times, the need for affordable housing, the homeless, the hungry, the street people, our un-employed youth. The saints we see today are the doctors and health care givers who leave home and family and go to those exposed to the Ebola disease. These are the saints of today’s church and today’s world. For all the tragedies of our present day our world is blessed with good people doing many good works, being there for neighbours in need.

This dreary month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls, family members and friends who touched our lives in so many ways and are now with God. We pray for the souls in purgatory. But what is purgatory. First, what purgatory is not.. It is not a place of physical suffering, it can’t be, we are talking about souls. It is not a place of fire.

When we die we come to know God’s love for us in a whole new way and at the same time we know come to know ourselves in ways we never could before. We come face to face with our selfishness, our self – indulgence and self-centeredness. We come to see how deficient we were in responding to and returning God’s love for us by the many ways we failed in the great commandment, ’love one another as I have loved you.’

We realize, in a way we never could before, how we neglected or ignored the gifts and the love of God. We come to know as we’ve never known before, that the love of God was poured into our hearts with the force of a Tsunami, and we have to face the fact that we returned that torrent of love drip by stingy drip. The pain of purgatory is realizing what we might have become if we had responded more openly to God’s call to life and love. This is the pain of purgatory. We have a sense of how unworthy we are to be in God’s presence. We want to be purged of our self – centeredness and self – indulgence. We want to be rid of all those things that kept us from being Christ like so the Father can see and love in us what he sees and loves in Christ.

This is the truth behind the teachings on purgatory. That is why the prayers of those we leave behind can help us in our desire for the readiness we need for our total communion with God. Scripture tells us “it is a good and holy thing to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins.’

We can continue to celebrate this Mass thanking God for all the saints who have gone before us, for all the saints who enrich our lives today. We pray for the souls of the faithful departed knowing full well that when we die we will need the prayers of others.