Christmas Schedule 2018

December 17th, 2018

ADVENT INDIVIDUAL CONFESSION

Friday, December 21st from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

REGULAR SUNDAY MASSES

Saturday December 22nd
Vigil Mass 4:30 PM
Office Open – 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Sunday, December 23rd
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

CHRISTMAS EVE – Monday, December 24th

No 9:00 AM Mass
5:00 PM Family Mass – Carol Singing
9:00 PM Adult Choir – Carol Singing
12:00 AM Midnight Mass – Contemporary Group
Office Open – 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

CHRISTMAS DAY – Tuesday, December 25th

10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Office Open – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

BOXING DAY – Wednesday, December 26th

Office Closed
No 9:00 AM Mass

REGULAR SUNDAY MASSES

Saturday December 29th, Vigil Mass 4:30 PM
Sunday, December 30th, Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Monday, December 31st

No 9:00 AM Mass
5:00 PM Mass
Vigil for Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God
Office Open – 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Tuesday, January 1st

Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Office Open – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Parking

While parking at ground level is limited to 51 spaces, there is plenty of space in the underground parking lot. Please follow the instructions of the attendants. Do not park in front of the Church since this is a fire route and must be kept clear.

Additional parking is available on the east side of Elkhorn Public School and in the bus loop. Again, please follow the instructions of the attendant. The school requests that we do not park on the grass. Many thanks to Holly Richards, the Principal of Elkhorn Public School, for allowing us the use of the school property.

Homily – December 16, 2018

December 16th, 2018

If we watch the evening news night after night we must have some form of depression. Night after night it’s a downer. It is difficult to laugh at the ‘gong show’ south of the border. Our own leadership is bent of turning back social programs meant to help men and women struggling to survive. We’re hearing of cutbacks to programs designed to protect our natural resources, our water systems, our lakes and forests. The message is ‘we’re open for business,’ come take what you want of our resources, develop our greenbelt areas and we’ll clean up the mess you leave behind.

Our friends in Europe are in a mess with political turmoil, strikes and anti-immigrant demonstrations. Brexit is front and center in England. And of course our weather doesn’t help. It would be nice to see the sun and blue skies more often.

Our life within our church is burdened by the failure of our bishops to face and handle the abuse scandals instead of covering them up to save the reputation of the church.

This season of Advent can be a downer too. We hear of predictions of the end of the world, stars falling from heaven, disasters on earth and people fainting for fear.

But this Sunday’s scripture gives us a boost. It’s not all gloom and doom. We hear words like; rejoice, rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice, the Lord is near, do not fear, do not let your hands grow weak. John the Baptist calls his listeners to a life of fairness and justice and care for the weak.

Priest put aside their purple vestment and wears a rose colored one, the symbol of hope and life. We light the rose candle in our Advent wreath, a light that calls us to hope.

No matter what worries and troubles weigh us down in our personal lives, there is a greater reality – the peace of God guards our hearts in Christ Jesus. God is with us, we are not on our own. This Sunday calls us to rejoice to celebrate the presence and love of God is our lives in the person of Jesus our Christ. As one writer wrote, ‘God has given us permission to enjoy life and it pleasures. Pleasure is God’s gift; it is not a forbidden fruit.’

Today’s scriptures call us to rejoice, to celebrate our lives, our families, our friends and our faith.

What does it mean to celebrate something? To celebrate an occasion is to heighten it, share it, savor it and enlarge it and enjoy it. We also celebrate in order to link ourselves more fully to others, to be playful, to intensify a feeling, to bring ourselves to ecstasy, and, more commonly, just to rest and unwind. Enjoy the moment, enjoy this person, enjoy this occasion. Enjoy. It is good to be. So often we don’t trust this invitation. There’s a down east saying, ‘you may be laughing today but you’ll be crying tomorrow.’ Because of our incapacity to enjoy something simply for what it is; a beautiful day, meeting an old friend, a birthday, we often try to create that enjoyment through our excesses. So we drink too much or eat too much and take the joy out of it all. We lose the simple joy, the gift of the present moment.

The simple joy of our present moment is; ‘The Lord is in our midst you shall fear disaster no more.’

May we all be blessed to enter into the celebration of this awesome wonder; the Lord our God is with us; right here, right now. Rejoice, again I say rejoice.

Bulletin – December 16, 2018

December 16th, 2018

Lord Jesus,
Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”
Amen.
Fr. Henri J.M. Nouwen

ANNOUNCED MASSES

December 17th – December 22nd, 2018

MONDAY – TIEN PHAM – Requested by the Nguyen Family
TUESDAY – MARY P. DYNAN – Requested by Nora Kerr
WEDNESDAY – MARY RUTH BAUER – Requested by Jack & Margaret Murray
THURSDAY – PAUL McCANN – Requested by Carolyn & Bill Markle
FRIDAY – DON POWER – Requested by D’Arcy Bird & Family
SATURDAY – FRANCO INTINI – Requested by Chiara & Tina Intini

DAY OF CONFESSION

Friday, December 21st

On Friday, December 21st, we will all have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Confessions will be heard from, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

CHILDREN’S CHOIR FAMILY MASS – CHRISTMAS EVE AT 5:00 PM

Rehearsal: Sunday, December 23rd 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 4:00 PM. One rehearsal, which is mandatory, will be held on Sunday, December 23rd from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. For more information call Marilyn Calderone at 416-618-2041.

CHRISTMAS LETTER FROM FR. BRANDO

Fr. Brando’s Christmas Letter is available for you to pick up in the Gathering Space.

Christmas Mass Schedule

ADVENT INDIVIDUAL CONFESSION

Friday, December 21st from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

REGULAR SUNDAY MASSES

Saturday December 22nd
Vigil Mass 4:30 PM
Office Open – 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Sunday, December 23rd
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

CHRISTMAS EVE – Monday, December 24th

No 9:00 AM Mass
5:00 PM Family Mass – Carol Singing
9:00 PM Adult Choir – Carol Singing
12:00 AM Midnight Mass – Contemporary Group
Office Open – 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

CHRISTMAS DAY – Tuesday, December 25th

10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Office Open – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

BOXING DAY – Wednesday, December 26th

Office Closed
No 9:00 AM Mass

REGULAR SUNDAY MASSES

Saturday December 29th, Vigil Mass 4:30 PM
Sunday, December 30th, Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Monday, December 31st

No 9:00 AM Mass
5:00 PM Mass
Vigil for Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God
Office Open – 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Tuesday, January 1st

Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Office Open – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Parking

While parking at ground level is limited to 51 spaces, there is plenty of space in the underground parking lot. Please follow the instructions of the attendants. Do not park in front of the Church since this is a fire route and must be kept clear.

Additional parking is available on the east side of Elkhorn Public School and in the bus loop. Again, please follow the instructions of the attendant. The school requests that we do not park on the grass. Many thanks to Holly Richards, the Principal of Elkhorn Public School, for allowing us the use of the school property.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT DRESS REHEARSAL

Sunday, December 23rd from 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Each year a Nativity pageant takes place at the 5:00 PM Family Mass. S.K. to Grade 5 children are invited to participate in the pageant. The rehearsal will be held on Sunday, December 23rd from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the Church. www.vocationstoronto.ca

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Weekend of December 29th/30th

Your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses the weekend of December 29th/30th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

Although this is a very busy time, there are still many hungry people who are counting on us to make a difference. Good Shepherd Ministries serves more than 1,100 meals a day, every day of the year.

More volunteers are urgently 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. Recipes are available in the parish office or on our website. 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.

GARDEN MINISTRY

SOUTH GARDEN

At our next meeting the Garden Ministry will be reviewing Robert Cordy’s design options for the installation of the south garden next spring. Everyone is welcome. Please join us on January 6th at 1:30 PM.

If you would like more information about the garden ministry, please email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

“I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day.”
- F. Frankfort Moore

FINANCE CORNER

The Finance Council wishes to share this with all who come together as our worshipping community …

“The financial burden of the Parish is the responsibility of each and all parishioners to the extent that your means allow.” Our operating payments average $17,000 per week. Please consider giving your offertory by picking up Envelopes, enrolling in Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG), or Donate Now (through the Archdiocese of Toronto website). Please come by the parish office if you have any questions.

Please note: All donations for 2018 must be received in the Parish Office by Sunday, December 31st, 2018 to be included in your 2018 Tax Receipt.

Homily – December 9, 2018

December 9th, 2018

Can we just imagine this gaunt, dishevelled man showing up out of nowhere and going from town to town along the Jordan River shouting to people his desperate message, repent and prepare the way of the Lord?

This was John the Baptist, a first cousin of Jesus. His destiny was to alert men and women to the man who was to come after him, Jesus. John was a severe man, he believed his mission was to warn and prepare the people for the one who was to come after him. John imagined Jesus as a man like himself, a firebrand, and told the people Jesus’ his winning –fork was in his hand and he will clear the threshing –floor and will gather his wheat into the granary but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.

But Jesus was just the opposite of John’s expectations. He spoke of love and forgiveness. He touched and healed people; he embraced the outcasts of society and patiently listened to their painful stories. A confused John sent his disciples to ask Jesus,’ are you he who is to come or should we look for another’. John expected a different Jesus.

But John’s message rings as true for us today as it did for the people of his own time as he calls us to be open to and readily accept the workings of God in our lives and in the world. John calls us to ‘put on Christ.’

John’s imagery of lowering mountains and filling in gullies and smoothing rough roads should not be lost on us. Can we recognize and face the road blocks, the obstacles we’ve set up by our own life-styles and mind-sets that prevent or stall Christ’s life, teachings and love touch our lives making us better than we are?

Am I whistling in the wind when I suggest our best preparation for the coming feast of the birth of Jesus might be taking the time for self- examination and trying to discover what mindsets and attitudes, what ways of speaking to or of others, what ways of treating and respecting others are road closures to our growth as Christian men and women in the ways we seek to ‘put of Christ’, live Christ-like lives. But whistle I will.

What of that mountain of prejudice, that mountain of our lack of care and concern for the homeless, the unemployed that our own selfishness makes so difficult to level? Why are we resistant to working toward a level lane so that we can welcome men and women different from ourselves as our brothers and sisters and as equally loved by God as we are? Do we seek Christ’s strength to push aside boulders of embarrassment and shame that block our trust in his forgiveness and our road back to the sacrament of reconciliation? Do we trust that Jesus comes to us in the deep gorges of discouragement or depression or the feelings of failure that blight our lives? Do try to fill in those pits with a firm trust in God’s care and love for each of us? As men and women of faith are we ready to prepare the way of life and love into our lives? Can we ask ourselves these questions?

As we continue to celebrate our Mass can we pray for ourselves and for each other that with the help of God’s grace we will do the road work we need to do, and we all know how disruptive road work can be, and open our hears and lives for the coming of the Christ into our lives.

Bulletin – December 9, 2018

December 8th, 2018

Christmas Mass Schedule

ADVENT INDIVIDUAL CONFESSION

Friday, December 21st from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

REGULAR SUNDAY MASSES

Saturday December 22nd
Vigil Mass 4:30 PM
Office Open – 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Sunday, December 23rd
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

CHRISTMAS EVE – Monday, December 24th

No 9:00 AM Mass
5:00 PM Family Mass – Carol Singing
9:00 PM Adult Choir – Carol Singing
12:00 AM Midnight Mass – Contemporary Group
Office Open – 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

CHRISTMAS DAY – Tuesday, December 25th

10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Office Open – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

BOXING DAY – Wednesday, December 26th

Office Closed
No 9:00 AM Mass

REGULAR SUNDAY MASSES

Saturday December 29th, Vigil Mass 4:30 PM
Sunday, December 30th, Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Monday, December 31st

No 9:00 AM Mass
5:00 PM Mass
Vigil for Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God
Office Open – 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Tuesday, January 1st

Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Office Open – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Parking

While parking at ground level is limited to 51 spaces, there is plenty of space in the underground parking lot. Please follow the instructions of the attendants. Do not park in front of the Church since this is a fire route and must be kept clear.

Additional parking is available on the east side of Elkhorn Public School and in the bus loop. Again, please follow the instructions of the attendant. The school requests that we do not park on the grass. Many thanks to Holly Richards, the Principal of Elkhorn Public School, for allowing us the use of the school property.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

December 10th to December 15th

MONDAY – TULIO RAMIREZ – Requested by his Family
TUESDAY – THANKSGIVING FOR BLESSINGS RECEIVED – Requested by Minda
WEDNESDAY – AGNES NATCHATIRAM – Requested by Felix Savariar
THURSDAY – ANNETTE COORAY & PEARL BRIDGET MISERSKY – Requested by Annie Lau
FRIDAY – HARRY LEUNG – Requested by Mary Leung
SATURDAY – EVA GULBINOWICZ – Requested by Kathleen Olden-Powell

DAY OF CONFESSION

Friday, December 21st

On Friday, December 21st, we will all have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Confessions will be heard from, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

CHILDREN’S CHOIR FAMILY MASS – CHRISTMAS EVE AT 5:00 PM

Rehearsal: Sunday, December 23rd 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 4:00 PM. One rehearsal, which is mandatory, will be held on Sunday, December 23rd from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.
For more information call Marilyn Calderone at 416-618-2041.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT DRESS REHEARSAL

Sunday, December 23rd from 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Each year a Nativity pageant takes place at the 5:00 PM Family Mass. S.K. to Grade 5 children are invited to participate in the pageant. The rehearsal will be held on Sunday, December 23rd from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the Church.

SHARELIFE

Thanks to you good people of St. Gabriel’s, the final total collected for Sharelife 2018 was $172,231. Thank you for your generous support!

R.C.I.A. AND ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) began last Saturday. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church. Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly. The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith.

If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

HOPE FOR THE CHILDREN TOY DRIVE

Saturday December 1st to Sunday December 16th
Catholic Children’s Aid Society

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 8 years to12 years old. Containers will be set up at the doors of the Church next weekend and will remain there until Sunday, December 16th

THE GIVING TREE

Saturday, December 1st to Sunday, December 16th

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 choose an older child, please buy a gift card. Return it with the tag to the Parish Office. 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 3 months to 4 years.
Unwrapped Items with the original stocking tag attached can be left in the box provided near the “mitten” tree no later than Sunday, December 16th.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from Tim Horton’s, Walmart or MacDonald’s. These can be placed in the envelopes provided and brought to the Office. Thank you for your generosity.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city as well as a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs.

Your food donations are more important than ever as the winter begins and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

MILK BAG PROJECT

Wednesday, December 12th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Gabriel Room

Volunteer milk bag weavers will be meeting Wednesday afternoon, December 12th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Gabriel Room to continue their great work, making sleep mats for third world countries All are welcome!

For further information about this project please visit www.milkbagsunlimited.ca or contact Sharon Gusz at sharongusz@gmail.com

EFFECT HOPE – LEPROSY MISSION OF CANADA

Collecting Stamps

This is a wonderful time of year to collect stamps from your Christmas cards and letters to give to Effect Hope, the Leprosy Mission of Canada. If you wish to help, your stamps may be left in the basket outside of the office. Please visit effecthope.org for more information

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of December 15th /16th

Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.
Regular ground coffee: $5.50
Decaffeinated: $6.00
Whole Beans: $5.50
Chocolate Bars: $4.50 incl. Taxes
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $6.00
Teas: $4.25

MARSHMALLOW WORLD CONCERT

Seraphim and Cherubim Chorus
Friday, December 14th at 7:30 PM
St. Bonaventure’s Parish

Christmas, Christmas time is near! Join the Seraphim and Cherubim Chorus’ singing the Christmas songs you love as part of their Marshmallow World concert series. A mix of old favourites and twists on classics! Join us on Friday, December 14th at St. Bonaventure Parish in Don Mills, Saturday, December 15th at St. Matthew Parish in Oakville and Sunday, December 16th at St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Woodbridge. All shows start at 7:30pm. Advanced tickets available online at http://www.seraphimandcherubim.ca

THE GARDEN SHED

The next meeting of the Garden Ministry will be a planning meeting for the development, in the spring of 2019, of a community garden that would support the Good Shepherd Mission. If you are interested in participating in this project, please join us this Sunday, December 9th at 11:30 in the Gabriel Room, or contact Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

“To grow and share food with others in a garden is to enter a holy country. ” – Fred Bahsnson, Soil and Sacrament

THE FINANCE CORNER

The Finance Council wishes to share this with all who come together as our worshipping community …

“The financial burden of the Parish is the responsibility of each and all parishioners to the extent that your means allow.” Our operating payments average $17,000 per week. Please consider giving your offertory by picking up Envelopes, enrolling in Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG), or Donate Now (through the Archdiocese of Toronto website). Please come by the parish office if you have any questions.

Offertory envelopes are now available in the Gathering Space Please pick yours up as soon as possible. If you do not have offertory envelopes but would like a box, let the Office know and we will prepare a box for you.