Homily – December 4, 2016

December 4th, 2016

Years ago I went to Vancouver to witness the wedding of a young man from the parish. In those days whenever I traveled I took two things with me – the holy oils and my golf clubs. Luckily I never had to use the holy oils but the golf clubs were another matter. After the wedding I spent some time with the groom’s parents. One day we went golfing outside White Rock.

Right in the middle of one of the fairways was the stump of a giant tree that had been felled years ago. This stump was at least 20 feet in diameter and was 10 feet high. From this supposedly dead stump another tree had grown to almost 20 feet high. It was quite a sight. Every year when we read this reading from Isaiah the memory of that stump and the new life that sprung from it comes to my mind. It is a symbol, a reminder that new life, new possibilities can come from even the most dire of circumstances.

Isaiah lived and wrote in a very troubled time. The people to whom Isaiah preached and wrote lived in the midst of political unrest plus the fear of foreign invasion. Religious indifference was rampant and religious observance was a sham. Isaiah compared it all to the stump of a cut down tree. But for him it was not a hopeless situation. He saw new life springing from what should have been a lifeless stump.

That new life springing from that lifeless stump would be blessed with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and awe of God and all these would prevail in the lives of all who would be open to such gifts. In the new life springing from that lifeless stump there will be the unbelievable harmony between opposites – between wolf and lamb, leopard and kid, calf and lion. In that new life springing from that lifeless stump the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

St. Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans that all the scriptures, and he was writing about the Old Testament, were written for our instruction so that by the steadfastness and the encouragement of the scripture we might have hope. This is doubly true for us, blessed as we are with the gospels and the epistles.

There can be times when our lives or relationships or our spiritual life can feel like a lifeless stump. Our health, our marriage, our job and financial security, our sense of anything religious – all these can seem life-less, we find no vitality, no excitement in anything. But the lessons of our scripture tell us just the opposite – did not the Christ have to suffer and so enter into his glory?’ There can be and there often are times in our lives when we just experience downers. But we know too that that’s not the whole story. We’ve been there before and things have turned around. We’ve not given up, we’ve worked things through and for the most part we’ve been better for it.

If we find that there are dead stumps in our lives may our gracious God give us the grace to see the possibilities for live and growth within them and have the trust to allow that grace and growth to come forth.

In all our times of struggle and doubt may we be grace to know the presence of God in our lives. This is the season of Emmanuel – God is with us.

Bulletin – December 4, 2016

December 3rd, 2016

“LEANING INTO THE LIGHT” ADVENT RETREAT

Saturday, December 10th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Preacher: Fr. Bob Joerger CP
St. Gabriel’s Church

Recently, we have begun the season of Advent, a time to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Christmas. In Advent, we are called to stay awake as we keep vigil, with our eyes set on the light, and not let ourselves be too carried away by the unnecessary care and concerns of the Christmas Season. Please consider joining us for a few hours of quietude in prayer and reflection.

The preacher for our Advent Retreat this year will be Father Robert Joerger, CP. Father Bob is the Provincial of the Passionists of the St. Paul of the Cross Province. Many of you have met him when he last visited St. Gabriel’s. He has touched many hearts with his preaching.

The topic of our Advent Retreat is “Leaning into the Light”. It will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at St. Gabriel’s Parish. Come and be prepared to be inspired and be challenged to a deeper relationship with God.

All are welcome. There is no cost to attend. However, donations will be gratefully accepted. For more information, please call the parish office at 416-221-8866, or email fatimalee@bellnet.ca. The retreat will begin at 1:00 PM sharp.

Please plan on arriving a little earlier.

“A CONVERSATION WITH FATHER BOB ON THE PASSIONIST CHARISM”

Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

Gabriel Room

We as a parish have been blessed with the ministry of the Passionists priests for over six decades. Have you ever wondered what the Passionists are about? Do you want to find out more about their spirituality and their work? Is there any way we as lay persons can share in their spirituality and mission?

If you are interested, please join us for a conversation with Father Bob, the Provincial of the St. Paul of the Cross Province of the Passionists. (The Province covers Canada, Eastern USA, Jamaica, W.I. and Haiti.) The meeting will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, in the Gabriel Room. This is an opportunity not to be missed. Please mark your calendars. If you plan to attend, please email fatimalee@bellnet.ca or call 416-221-8866.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

December 5th to December 10th 2016

MONDAY – EVA GULBINOWICZ – Requested by Kathleen Olden Powell
TUESDAY – MARIA DI DIODATO – Requested by Dina Oakie
WEDNESDAY – POONA JOSEPH – Requested by Margaret & Family
THURSDAY – NICOLA VUKOVIC – Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – ELAINE SHEPHERD HAWKE – Requested by Kathi Leah
SATURDAY – MIKE PALAZZO & CHRISTOPHER DI LALLO – Requested by Val Palazzo

Christmas Schedule 2016

INDIVIDUAL ADVENT CONFESSIONS

Wednesday, December 7th:
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

MASSES

CHRISTMAS EVE – Saturday, December 24th

4:30 PM Vigil Mass – Carol Singing
7:00 PM Family Mass – Carol Singing
9:00 PM Adult Choir – Carol Singing
12:00 AM Midnight Mass – Contemporary Group
Office Open 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

CHRISTMAS DAY – Sunday, December 25th
8:30 AM
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Office Open 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM

BOXING DAY – Monday, December 26th
Office Closed
No 9:00 AM Mass

Tuesday, December 27th
Office Closed
No 9:00 AM Mass

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Saturday, December 31st
4:30 PM Mass
Vigil for Feast of Mary the Mother of God
Office Open 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Sunday, January 1st
Feast of Mary the Mother of God
8:30 AM
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Office Open 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Monday, January 2nd
Office Closed
No 9:00 AM Mass

CHILDREN’S CHOIR FAMILY MASS – CHRISTMAS EVE AT 7:00 PM

Rehearsal: Sunday, December 18th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Each year, young people, Grade 3 and up, form a special choir for the Family Mass on Christmas Eve. Children must be at the Church by 6:00 PM. One rehearsal, which is mandatory, will be held on Sunday, December 18th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

For more information call Marilyn Calderone at 416-618-2041.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT DRESS REHEARSAL

Sunday, December 18th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Each year a Nativity pageant takes place at the 7:00 PM Family Mass. S.K. to Grade 5 children are invited to participate in the pageant. The rehearsal will be held on Sunday, December 18th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the Church.

HOPE FOR THE CHILDREN TOY DRIVE

Saturday, November 26th to Sunday, December 11th

We are having a Christmas Toy Drive again this year for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society. You can help by dropping off an unwrapped new toy for a child newborn to 12 years old. Containers will be set up at the doors of the Church until Sunday, December 11th.

THE GIVING TREE

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

The tree is decorated with gift tags. Each tag has the gender and age of a child. We invite you to take a tag, buy a gift or a gift card 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 months to 4 toddler.

Unwrapped Items with the original stocking tag attached can be left in the box provided near the “mitten” tree no later than December 11th. Toys for these little ones would also be appreciated.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from 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.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE “AT THE HEART OF ACTION” CAMPAIGN

This Weekend, December 3rd/4th

Following a very successful “Create a Climate of Change” Campaign last year in which many of you participated, this year Development and Peace is calling us to support small family farmers around the world and sustainable agriculture.

In the Global South, 85% of farmers live on small family farms. They produce 60% of the food consumed worldwide, while only occupying 20 to 30% of arable land. Farming provides the main source of income for the family. If the family cannot farm, they cannot eat. Yet small family farms are suffering the most serious consequences of climate change. The farmers have very little resources at their disposal to face such impacts, though they are the ones who feed the world.

Action cards in support of small family farmers will be available in the Gathering Space from D&P members before and after each of the Masses this weekend. These cards will be mailed to the Prime Minister to ask our government to put small family farmers at the heart of its policies to help the poorest countries. Please stop by and take a couple of minutes to sign these cards and support small family farmers.

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 42 casseroles for November. Your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of December 17th/18th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. Please note that this is early because the following two weeks are holiday weekends. 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.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Don’t forget our food donations to the Good Shepherd Centre and Rosalie Hall,

VOCATION DISCERNMENT RETREAT

December 9th to 11th

Manresa Spiritual Renewal Centre, Pickering.

The Office of Vocations invites single Catholic men, 17 years and older to attend a Vocations Discernment Retreat from December 9th to 11th at Manresa Spiritual Renewal Centre, Pickering. The retreat starts on Friday at 7:00 PM. This is a good retreat for men who are at crossroads in discerning God’s desired Vocation for them. The retreat offers Guided reflections, Holy Mass, Adoration, confession and the assistance of a vocations team. The suggested donation of $150 will help cover costs. For more information, please contact Fr. Brando or call 416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org.

SERAPHIM AND CHERUBIM CHORUS CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Friday, December 9th at 7:30 PM

St. Bonaventure Parish, 1300 Leslie Street

Christmas, Christmas time is near! Come join the Seraphim and Cherubim Chorus’ singing the Christmas songs you love as part of their That’s Christmas to Me! concert series. A mix of old favourites and twists on classics!
Please join them at St. Bonaventure Parish on Friday, December 9th at 7:30 PM. Advanced tickets are available online at www.seraphimandcherubim.ca. Proceeds will go to the support of Camp Winston – camp for children with complex neurological disorders.

FINANCE CORNER

Weekly Offertory

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for last weekend:
Envelopes 382 $ 7,918
Loose Change 866
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 163 3,025
Total 545 $ 11,809

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2017

The 2017 Offertory Boxed Envelopes are available in the Gathering Space. Please pick yours up as soon as possible.

If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution. You must provide your full name and address

If you are new in the community please print your name and address on your envelope for the first few times so that your donation may be properly accredited to you.

Please do not use envelopes from previous years since that envelope number may have been reassigned to another parishioner.

If you are moving out of the Parish or have changed your address, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866

so that we can update our records. Thank you.

Homily – November 27, 2016

November 27th, 2016

I have to tell you I always find Advent to be a bit of a depressing time. The too many overcast days, the darkness that comes with the early sunsets and the wars and destruction of ancient cultures and the gloom of the Advent readings at Mass all seem to be too heavy

For me another downer is the ramifications of the U.S. elections on our country. There has been a rash of acts of vandalism against Mosques and Synagogues and even some churches and a rise in hostility to refugees and new immigrants. The political climate seems to be bringing out the worst in some people with a rise in the fear of the foreigner. All this as we await the birth of the Prince of Peace.

The truth is Advent is about the coming of God into our lives as God came into the lives of God’s people time and again in the history of the Jewish people. Advent is about the coming of God into human history with the birth of Jesus, son of Mary, in Bethlehem of Judea. Most importantly Advent is about the coming of Jesus into our lives every day as he intrudes into our comfort zones of the way we live our lives and relate to others. The Advent of our God tries to shake us up and challenges us to put on our Lord Jesus Christ in our dealings with other people. Jesus calls us as he called the people of his own time to stay awake, be vigilant and receptive to his coming into our lives in the challenges and opportunities that come our way in the ordinary living of our ordinary lives.

Jesus calls you and he calls me to be more accepting and understanding of family members and friends who try our patience. Jesus wants you and he wants me to be understanding and more forgiving of family members and friends with whom we disagree. Jesus wants you and Jesus wants me to be more accepting of family members or friends whose faith convictions or faith indifferences upset and confuse us. Jesus wants you and he wants me to be more sensitive to and aware of the struggles of the men, women and children who depend on food banks and toy drives to get through this Christmas time. Jesus wants you and Jesus wants me to live lightly on the earth and appreciate the impact our consumerism has on Earth.

More importantly Jesus wants you and he wants me to be people of faith and hope. Dark as our personal situations may be, dark as the season may be, dark as our times may be, blighted as they are with senseless wars and the destruction of so many lives, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and the light is Christ, the light of the world challenging each of us to so let our lights shine before others that they may see our good works and give glory to God.

Advent calls us to walk in the light of the Lord, follow the teaching and example of Jesus and not be overcome by the darkness of the season nor the darkness of world events. There is a light at the end of the tunnel – and our light is Christ.

Bulletin – November 27, 2016

November 26th, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BRANDO

Vivian McDonough has recently retired from her role as Coordinator of the Lectors. On behalf of St. Gabriel’s Parish I would like to personally thank Vivian for her many years of valued service and dedication. Her guidance has enriched and enhanced the experience of all those lectors who have served with her.

I would also like to welcome Marie Deans as the new Coordinator. We wish her well.

“LEANING INTO THE LIGHT” ADVENT RETREAT

Preacher: Fr. Bob Joerger CP
Saturday, December 10th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
St. Gabriel’s Church

This week, we begin the season of Advent, a time to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Christmas. In Advent, we are called to stay awake as we keep vigil, with our eyes set on the light, and not let ourselves be too carried away by the unnecessary care and concerns of the Christmas Season. Please consider joining us for a few hours of quietude in prayer and reflection.

The preacher for our Advent Retreat this year will be Father Robert Joerger, CP. Father Bob is the Provincial of the Passionists of the St. Paul of the Cross Province. Many of you have met him when he last visited St. Gabriel’s. He has touched many hearts with his preaching.

The topic of our Advent Retreat is “Leaning into the Light”. It will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at St. Gabriel’s Parish. Come and be prepared to be inspired and be challenged to a deeper relationship with God.

All are welcome. There is no cost to attend. However, donations will be gratefully accepted. For more information, please call the parish office at 416-221-8866, or email fatimalee@bellnet.ca The retreat will begin at 1:00 PM sharp. Please plan on arriving a little earlier.

“A CONVERSATION WITH FATHER BOB ON THE PASSIONIST CHARISM”

Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

Gabriel Room

We as a parish have been blessed with the ministry of the Passionists priests for over six decades. Have you ever wondered what the Passionists are about? Do you want to find out more about their spirituality and their work? Is there any way we as lay persons can share in their spirituality and mission?

If you are interested, please join us for a conversation with Father Bob, the Provincial of the St. Paul of the Cross Province of the Passionists. (The Province covers Canada, Eastern USA, Jamaica, W.I. and Haiti.) The meeting will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, in the Gabriel Room. This is an opportunity not to be missed. Please mark your calendars. If you plan to attend, please email fatimalee@bellnet.ca or call 416-221-8866.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 28th to December 3rd, 2016

MONDAY – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE O’CONNELL FAMILY – Requested by Fergus & Mary Ann O’Connell
TUESDAY – ELIO RANCATI – Requested by his Family
WEDNESDAY – GIUSEPPINA SMERGILIO – Requested by Lina Giannotta
THURSDAY – JOSEPH NGUYEN – Requested by the Nguyen Family
FRIDAY – FRANCES MARION DESROCHES – Requested by Mark DesRoches
SATURDAY – GERALD HARQUAIL – Requested by Ginette Harquail

Christmas Schedule 2016

INDIVIDUAL ADVENT CONFESSIONS

Wednesday, December 7th:
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

MASSES

CHRISTMAS EVE – Saturday, December 24th
4:30 PM Vigil Mass – Carol Singing
7:00 PM Family Mass – Carol Singing
9:00 PM Adult Choir – Carol Singing
12:00 AM Midnight Mass – Contemporary Group
Office Open 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

CHRISTMAS DAY – Sunday, December 25th
8:30 AM
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Office Open 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM

BOXING DAY – Monday, December 26th
Office Closed
No 9:00 AM Mass

Tuesday, December 27th
Office Closed
No 9:00 AM Mass

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Saturday, December 31st
4:30 PM Mass
Vigil for Feast of Mary the Mother of God
Office Open 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Sunday, January 1st
Feast of Mary the Mother of God
8:30 AM
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Office Open 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Monday, January 2nd
Office Closed
No 9:00 Am Mass

CHILDREN’S CHOIR FAMILY MASS – CHRISTMAS EVE AT 7:00 PM

Rehearsal: Sunday, December 18th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Each year, young people, Grade 3 and up, form a special choir for the Family Mass on Christmas Eve. Children must be at the Church by 6:00 PM. One rehearsal, which is mandatory, will be held on Sunday, December 20th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Please call Marilyn Calderone at 416-618-2041 for more information.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT DRESS REHEARSAL

Sunday, December 18th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Each year a Nativity pageant takes place at the 7:00 PM Family Mass. S.K. to Grade 5 children are invited to participate in the pageant. The rehearsal will be held on Sunday, December 18th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the Church.

CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE

Saturday, November 26th to Sunday, December 10th

We are having a Christmas Toy Drive again this year for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society. You can help by dropping off an unwrapped new toy for a child newborn to12 years old. Containers will be set up at the doors of the Church until Sunday, December 11th.

THE GIVING TREE

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

The tree is decorated with gift tags. Each tag has the gender and age of a child. We invite you to take a tag, buy a gift or a gift card 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 11th. Toys for these little ones would also be appreciated.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from 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.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE “AT THE HEART OF ACTION” CAMPAIGN

Weekend of December 3rd/4th

Following a very successful “Create a Climate of Change” Campaign last year in which many of you participated, this year Development and Peace is calling us to support small family farmers around the world and sustainable agriculture.

In the Global South, 85% of farmers live on small family farms. They produce 60% of the food consumed worldwide, while only occupying 20 to 30% of arable land. Farming provides the main source of income for the family.

If the family cannot farm, they cannot eat. Yet small family farms are suffering the most serious consequences of climate change. The farmers have very little resources at their disposal to face such impacts, though they are the ones who feed the world.

Action cards in support of small family farmers will be available in the Gathering Space from D&P members before and after each of the Masses next weekend, December 3rd/4th. These cards will be mailed to the Prime Minister to ask our government to put small family farmers at the heart of its policies to help the poorest countries. Please stop by and take a couple of minutes to sign these cards and support small family farmers.

SERAPHIM AND CHERUBIM CHORUS CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Friday, December 9th at 7:30 PM

St. Bonaventure Parish, 1300 Leslie Street

Christmas, Christmas time is near! Come join the Seraphim and Cherubim Chorus’ singing the Christmas songs you love as part of their That’s Christmas to Me! concert series. A mix of old favourites and twists on classics! Please join us at St. Bonaventure Parish on Friday, December 9th at 7:30 PM. Advanced tickets are available online at www.seraphimandcherubim.ca. Proceeds will go to the support of Camp Winston – camp for children with complex neurological disorders.

MOSAIC INTERFAITH ANNUAL PEACE MEAL

Sunday December 4th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM

Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Ave.

MOSAIC Interfaith (of which St. Gabriel’s is a member) invites you to attend the annual Peace Meal on Sunday December 4th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at Temple Har Zion.

Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission will speak on “Creed and Human Rights: an evolving approach in an evolving world.” Inter-faith panelists will be Mary Jo Leddy, founder of Romero House for Refugees, Ihsaan Gardee, Executive Director of the National Council of Muslims and Pardeep Singh Nagra, Executive Director of the Sikh Heritage Museum & Manager Employment Equity TDSB.

Attendees are asked to bring a nut-free dish (and alcohol free) for the vegan supper – i.e. no meat, poultry, eggs, fish or dairy products. Please RSVP to Nora at 416-218-0680 by November 30th. For more information see poster on bulletin board.

VOCATION DISCERNMENT RETREAT

December 9th to 11th

Manresa Spiritual Renewal Centre, Pickering.

The Office of Vocations invites single Catholic men, 17 years and older to attend a Vocations Discernment Retreat from December 9th to 11th at Manresa Spiritual Renewal Centre, Pickering. The retreat starts on Friday at 7:00 PM. This is a good retreat for men who are at crossroads in discerning God’s desired Vocation for them. The retreat offers Guided reflections, Holy Mass, Adoration, confession and the assistance of a vocations team. The suggested donation of $150 will help cover costs. For more information, please contact Fr. Brando or call 416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org.

FINANCE CORNER

Weekly Offertory
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for last weekend:
Envelopes 377 $ 10,753
Loose Change 1,271
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 163 3,025
Total 540 $ 15,049

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2017

The 2017 Offertory Boxed Envelopes are available in the Gathering Space. Please pick yours up as soon as possible.

Bulletin – November 20, 2016

November 20th, 2016

“LEANING INTO THE LIGHT” ADVENT RETREAT

Preacher: Fr. Bob Joerger CP
Saturday, December 10th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
St. Gabriel’s Church

In a few weeks, we will begin the season of Advent, a time to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Christmas. In Advent, we are called to stay awake as we keep vigil, with our eyes set on the light, and not let ourselves be too carried away by the unnecessary care and concerns of the Christmas Season. Please consider joining us for a few hours of quietude in prayer and reflection.

The preacher for our Advent Retreat this year will be Father Robert Joerger, CP. Father Bob is the Provincial of the Passionists of the St. Paul of the Cross Province. Many of you have met him when he last visited St. Gabriel’s. He has touched many hearts with his preaching.

The topic of our Advent Retreat is “Leaning into the Light”. It will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at St. Gabriel’s Parish. Come and be prepared to be inspired and be challenged to a deeper relationship with God.

All are welcome. There is no cost to attend. However, donations will be gratefully accepted. For more information, please call the parish office at 416-221-8866, or email fatimalee@bellnet.ca

The retreat will begin at 1:00 PM sharp. Please plan on arriving a little earlier.

“A CONVERSATION WITH FATHER BOB ON THE PASSIONIST CHARISM”

Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

Gabriel Room

We as a parish have been blessed with the ministry of the Passionists priests for over six decades. Have you ever wondered what the Passionists are about? Do you want to find out more about their spirituality and their work?

If you are interested, please join us for a conversation with Father Bob, the Provincial Superior of the St. Paul of the Cross Province of the Passionists. (The Province covers Canada, Eastern USA, Jamaica, W.I. and Haiti.) The meeting will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, in the Gabriel Room.
This is an opportunity not to be missed. Please mark your calendars.

YOUTH GROUP WREATH RAFFLE

November 19th/20th

The youth group will be raffling off advent wreaths after all the Masses this weekend. They have been crafted by our very own youth group members. Raffle tickets are being sold in the gathering space.

CHOIR NEWS!

Tuesday, November 22nd from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

On Tuesday, November 22nd from 7:30 to 9:00 PM the choir will be hosting a hymn sing. We will be focusing on new hymns for Advent and Christmas. Please join us for a good ol’ sing-a-long!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 21st to November 26th, 2016

MONDAY – ALBINO GERARDI – Requested by Stella & Isabel Luke
TUESDAY – FR. DON SANVIDO – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
WEDNESDAY – TULIO RAMIREZ – Requested by the Family
THURSDAY – PHILIP BRADLEY – Requested by Moira McCarthy & Bob Torpey
FRIDAY – DAVID SHELDRICK – Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
SATURDAY – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE CHUCHRA & WROBEL FAMILIES – Requested by Jack & Wanda

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. Please get 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.

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.

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 or a gift card 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 10th. Toys for these little ones would also be appreciated.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from 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

Saturday, November 26th to Sunday, December 10th

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

You can help by dropping off an unwrapped new toy for a child newborn to 12 years old.

Containers will be set up at the doors of the Church from Saturday, November 26th until Sunday, December 10th

ATTENTION KNITTERS

Winter is coming and many Out of the Cold Shelters will open their doors at night during the winter months. Scarves for their clients will be most welcome.

I use a very simple pattern, knitting while I watch TV. If you are interested, I can meet with you at your convenience and show you the pattern. Please leave your name and phone number with the Parish Office and I’ll arrange a meeting. Mary Landry

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

St. Gabriel’s Parish
Weekend of April 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2017

A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of April 21st to 23rd, 2017. The course will be held Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

For a registration package please email Marie Deans at deansm@sympatico.ca.

THEOLOGY ON TAP

Grief – What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Monday, November 21st at 7:00 PM

Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto

Want to discuss faith and justice topics relevant to your life? Want to meet other young adults who share these interests? Faith Connections invites young adults 19-39 to join us for evenings of thought-provoking theological discussions and presentations in a comfortable and relaxed setting.

Munchies will be provided. There is a cash bar. Come and bring a friend! The special guest will be Florence Loh, Manager of Programs and Services, Catholic Family Services of Toronto.

SERAPHIM AND CHERUBIM CHORUS CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Friday, December 9th at 7:30 PM

St. Bonaventure Parish, 1300 Leslie Street

Christmas, Christmas time is near! Come join the Seraphim and Cherubim Chorus’ singing the Christmas songs you love as part of their That’s Christmas to Me! concert series. A mix of old favourites and twists on classics! Please join us at St. Bonaventure Parish on Friday, December 9th at 7:30 PM. Advanced tickets are available online at www.seraphimandcherubim.ca. Proceeds will go to the support of Camp Winston – camp for children with complex neurological disorders.

MOSAIC INTERFAITH ANNUAL PEACE MEAL

Sunday December 4th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM

Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Ave.

MOSAIC Interfaith (of which St. Gabriel’s is a member) invites you to attend the annual Peace Meal on Sunday December 4th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at Temple Har Zion.

Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission will speak on “Creed and Human Rights: an evolving approach in an evolving world.”

Inter-faith panelists will be Mary Jo Leddy, founder of Romero House for Refugees, Ihsaan Gardee, Executive Director of the National Council of Muslims and Pardeep Singh Nagra, Executive Director of the Sikh Heritage Museum & Manager Employment Equity TDSB.

Attendees are asked to bring a nut-free dish (and alcohol free) for the vegan supper – i.e. no meat, poultry, eggs, fish or dairy products. Please RSVP to Nora at 416-218-0680 by November 30th. For more information see poster on bulletin board.

VOCATION DISCERNMENT RETREAT

December 9th to 11th

Manresa Spiritual Renewal Centre, Pickering.

The Office of Vocations invites single Catholic men, 17 years and older to attend a Vocations Discernment Retreat from December 9th to 11th at Manresa Spiritual Renewal Centre, Pickering. The retreat starts on Friday at 7:00 PM. This is a good retreat for men who are at crossroads in discerning God’s desired Vocation for them. The retreat offers Guided reflections, Holy Mass, Adoration, confession and the assistance of a vocations team. The suggested donation of $150 will help cover costs. For more information, please contact Fr. Brando or call 416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org.

FINANCE CORNER

Weekly Offertory

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for last weekend:
Envelopes 369 $ 7,212
Loose Change 1050
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 163 3,025
Total 541 $ 11,287
Shepherd’s Trust $12,582

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2017

The 2017 Offertory Boxed Envelopes will be available in the Gathering Space next weekend.

If you are new in the community and would like a box of envelopes, you may contact the Parish Office. Please print your name and address on your envelope so that your donation may be properly accredited to you. Please do not use envelopes from previous years since that envelope number may have been reassigned to another parishioner.