Bulletin – January 25, 2015

January 25th, 2015

FAMILY OF FAITH

Our parish has commenced the Family of Faith campaign as mandated by the Archdiocese of Toronto. As stated in my Christmas letter, the parish goal is $900,000 of which 25% will remain in the parish. We hope to use these funds to develop our youth ministry program.

Commitment Sundays are scheduled for January 25th and February 1st. Commitment pledges of $5,000 or more may be made over five years. Pledges less than $5,000 are to be fulfilled within 3 years.
I would ask you to be as generous as you always are to cover this special appeal.

Fr. Brando

ANNOUNCED MASSES

January 26th to January 31st, 2015

MONDAY – MANUEL COSTA – Requested by Celeste Costa & Family
TUESDAY – IMELDA GO – Requested by Roman & Chit
WEDNESDAY – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE DAMPS & CONLISK FAMILIES – Requested by the Anne & Agnes Damps
THURSDAY – FLORENCE LEE – Requested by Moira & Bob Torpey
FRIDAY – MARIE FUNG – Requested by the Family
SATURDAY – ALBERTO MACARAEG – Requested by Rubi Macaraeg

WELCOME! BAPTISM

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
Chloe Wai-Shan Li
Dominic Toufic Homaidan
Ellie Norah Oulahen
Evelyn Elise Oulahen

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, January 18th, 2015. Congratulations!

ECO-SABBATH

Sunday, February 1st at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room

On the first Sunday of each month, the Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality facilitates a 30 minute reflection and discussion prompted by the readings for that Sunday’s liturgy. The guided reflection brings an ecological perspective to the readings. All are welcome.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, February 6th from 9:30 AM – 12 Noon

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR CONSECRATED LIFE CELEBRATION

Sunday, February 1st at 3:00 PM

St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street

On Sunday, February 1st, the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life.

“They are men and women who can awaken the world. Consecrated life is prophecy. God asks us to be sent to the frontiers of the world, avoiding the temptation to ‘domesticate’ them. This is the most concrete way of imitating the Lord.” Pope Francis, on the occasion of his announcement that 2015 will be dedicated to consecrated life.

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

There will be a special Mass next Sunday, February 1st at 3:00 PM at St. Paul’s Basilica, Toronto in celebration of the vocation and witness of these special men and women religious who are such a vital and important part of the life and ministry of the Church in our Archdiocese. All are welcome to attend.

ROSARY GROUPS

English: Saturday, February 7th at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room

Chinese: Sunday, February 1st at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room.

For information, please contact Linda Law at 416 -918-8029.

WORLD LEPROSY DAY – SUNDAY, JANUARY 25th

USED STAMP COLLECTION

This Sunday, January 25th, is World Leprosy Day. Please remember to bring us your used postage stamps. These are passed on to the Effect Hope helping them work towards the day when leprosy is eradicated. They are happy to accept any and all trimmed stamps, leaving no less than ¼ inch and no more than ½ inch paper border. Stamps may be deposited in the basket on the cabinet just outside the Parish Office.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2015 ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE

This Sunday, January 25th at 4:00 P.M.

Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street

Come and join us in an ecumenical prayer service with His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Anglican Archbishop Colin Johnson, Evangelical Lutheran Bishop Michael Pryse, Slovak Catholic Bishop John Pazak, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Rev. Dr. Harris Athanasiadis and other city-wide religious leaders this: Sunday, January 25th at 4:00 P.M. at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street (2 blocks north of St. Clair at Heath Street)

Parking is available. Refreshments will follow in the parish hall.

For further information, please contact the Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs at 416-934-3400, Ext. 344 or Ext. 527 or vkwok@archtoronto.org.

THEOLOGY ON TAP: ASK THE BISHOP

Monday, January 26th at 7:00 PM

Duke of York, 39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto

Faith Connections invites young adults 19-39 to join us for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussions and presentations in a comfortable and relaxed setting. The special guest will be Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto, who will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about our faith. Munchies will be provided and there is a cash bar. Come and bring a friend!

AWAKENING TO THE SPIRIT IN TIMES OF SUFFERING – WHAT TO DO WITH MY EXPERIENCE?

Monday, February 9th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

The Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge St.,Toronto.

Catholic Family Services of Toronto – New Beginnings. will host an Inspirational talk entitled Awakening the Spirit in Times of Suffering.on Monday February 9th at 7:00 PM.

The speaker will be Maureen McDonnell, D.Min. For more information, please contact 416-921-1163 x2235 or email mbenincasa@cfstoronto.com.

FINANCE CORNER

There will be a Maintenance Collection at all the Masses next weekend

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for Last Weekend

Envelopes 441 $ 8,443
Loose Change 893
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 164 3,701
Total 605 $13,037

RECEIPTS FOR 2014

The tax receipts for 2014 have been mailed out this week.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2015

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. Have you considered using PAG or Donate Now?

If you are not currently using parish envelopes and wish to have a set issued for 2015, please contact the Parish Office and we will prepare a box for you. This is the most effective way to keep track of your donations. If you have recently moved, please inform the Parish Office so that we may keep our parish records up to date.

In 2015, please do not use any envelopes from 2014 or any envelopes from previous years as the number on it may have been reassigned. Please put your name on your envelope to ensure that your donation is properly recorded.

Homily – January 18, 2015

January 18th, 2015

John the Baptist referring to Jesus said, I must decrease and he must increase’. We see the beginning of John’s decreasing in today’s short gospel. When Jesus walked by, John said to two of his many disciples, ’Look there is the lamb of God’. With these encouraging words John urged his two disciples to follow Jesus. Sensing he was being followed Jesus turns and asked them ‘what are you looking for’ or in others words, ‘what’s up?’ They ask him, ‘where are you staying?’ and they accept his invitation, ‘come and see’. They stayed with him the rest of the day listening to what he has to say and asking him questions. Their lives were never the same because they accepted that invitation, come and see.’ Struck by this encounter with Jesus they rushed to tell others. Andrew convinced his brother Peter that he had to meet this Jesus from Nazareth whom Andrew was convinced was the Messiah. So began the gathering of the disciples of Jesus. As one of the Fathers of the Church described this moving from John the Baptist to Jesus – they left the lamp and went to the sun.

Think for a bit of how that invitation of Jesus ‘come and see’ changed the lives of Andrew then Peter and later James and John. They would be his faithful followers and give their lives professing their faith in Jesus of Nazareth, Son of God and savior of all.

This invitation is offered to us when we are nudged by Jesus to settle down and spend a bit of time in peace and quiet. In that time of quiet we become aware of the blessings in our lives – our health, our sight, our mobility and our family. In that quiet time we can tell him of our worries and concerns, in that quiet time we can ask him to watch over those we love. In those moments we are invited to deepen our relationship with Christ. Accepting the invitation to come and see we may come to a deeper appreciation of his love for us, especially when our thoughts turn to his passion and death. Every time we accept that invitation, come and see, we come away changed, even is a small way. We may come to see in a deeper way the teaching of John, ’this is the wonder, not that we love God but that God first loved us and sent his son as our redeemer.’

Come and see is a bit like the call to Samuel in our first reading. When Samuel tells God he is ready to listen then the real connection between God and Samuel begins. Anytime we are willing to take the time to ‘come and see, come and listen, come and get to know him better our relationship with Christ will be deepened.

There can be other times in our lives when we are invited to come and see. We may meet someone who is a total stranger a stranger who puts us off a bit. A conversation begins but because this stranger is of a different faith, a different race or social background, a different sexual orientation we brush them off, dismiss them. With that brush off we rob ourselves of the chance to get to know this person better, we lose the possibility of having our lives enriched by this man or woman. We can be losers because we fail to take the time to come and see and let ourselves be exposed to new ideas, new insights.

Christ comes into our lives in every person we meet in the course of the day. In and through these people we can come to new insights about them and especially about ourselves. They may make us face our bigotry, or face how close-minded we may be, or how unwilling we are to be open to new ideas.

Scientists, environmentalists and ecologists are inviting us to come and see the devastation we are causing to the life systems that sustain our life on Earth. Come and see the harm we are doing to future generations. Come and see our need to free ourselves from our dependency on fossil fuels. Come and see our responsibility to live simply that others may simply live.

Remember the song from the musical The King and I, Getting to know you – getting to know more about you day by day? That can be the journey we make every day as we accept the invitation to ‘come and see’ and find the time to spend the time with Christ in peace and quiet or make the effort to be more open to new friends or new ways of looking at life itself.

As we continue to celebrate this Mass together we can pray for ourselves and for each other that, by whichever way it comes to us in the course of the day, we will be open to and respond to the invitation – come and see.

Bulletin – January 18, 2015

January 18th, 2015

ANNOUNCED MASSES

January 19th to January 24th, 2015

MONDAY – MAURICE MICHAEL – Requested by Charmaine Michael
TUESDAY – EDGUARDO RECANA – Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – ALL ABANDONED SOULS – Requested by the Nguyen Family
THURSDAY – TOMMASO RUSCICA – Requested by Paolina & Family
FRIDAY – DANIEL, MARGARET & CATHERINE MORIARTY – Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
SATURDAY – HENRY KITTS – Requested by the O’Connell Family

WORLD LEPROSY DAY – SUNDAY, JANUARY 25TH

USED STAMP COLLECTION

Sunday, January 25th is World Leprosy Day. Leprosy affects the nervous system deadening the body to pain. As a result, cuts and burns go unnoticed and neglected leading to severe infections. Such conditions can lead to loss of function in the limbs and even result in amputation. Please take a few moments to remember the children, women and men living with leprosy.

Please remember to bring us your used postage stamps. These are passed on to the Leprosy Mission of Canada helping them work towards the day when leprosy is eradicated. They are happy to accept any and all trimmed stamps, leaving no less than ¼ inch and no more than ½ inch paper border. Stamps may be deposited in the basket on the cabinet just outside the Parish Office.

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.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE CAMPAIGN

This weekend parishioners will be asked to sign a petition supporting D&P’s campaign, “Sow Much Love”. This campaign is asking the Government of Canada to commit to:

Adopt international aid policies that support small family farmers, especially women,

Ensure that Canadian policies and programs are developed in consultation with small family farmers, and that they protect the rights of small family farmers in the Global South to preserve, use and freely exchange seeds.

Because of the ratification by a number of countries of the latest version of the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, ancestral rights, which consisted of preserving, using and exchanging farmer seeds, have become in some cases illegal acts, which are punishable by law. More details are available at www.devp.org.

Mass for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees

This Sunday, January 18th at 11:00 AM

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 202 St. Patrick Street

Catholics in our region can be proud that 160 parishes in the Archdiocese of Toronto are involved in sponsoring refugees to resettle in Canada. Join us for a Mass to celebrate the many individuals and families who have escaped turmoil to resettle in Canada and to pray for those still seeking to leave areas of war and strife.

Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick, Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto, will preside. Mass is hosted by the Chinese Pastoral Council at Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish, with a reception to follow. A special invitation is extended to those who have been involved in refugee sponsorship across the archdiocese. For more information, visit www.archtoronto.org. All are welcome.

THEOLOGY ON TAP – NEW EVANGELIZATION: POPE FRANCIS STYLE

Thursday, January 22nd, at 7:00 PM

The Bear, 1294 Kingston Road, Pickering

Faith Connections, the Office of Catholic Youth, and the local parishes invite young adults (19-39) to join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics! Their special guests will be Cheridan Sanders & Sebastian Gomes, producers at Salt + Light Media.

Munchies are provided and a cash bar is available – come and bring a friend!

For more information: visit the Toronto Theology on Tap web page, or contact OCY by phone at 416-599-7676 or e-mail youth@ocytoronto.org. RSVPs are appreciated!

AN EVENING OF PRAYER AND FELLOWSHIP

Thursday, January 22nd from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power St., Toronto

Join the Sisters 0f Life for an evening of prayer and fellowship from 7:00 to 8:00 PM in the main chapel of St. Paul’s Basilica.

They will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with meditative music provided by the Sisters of Life. 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 at 416-463-2722, toronto@sistersoflife.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2015 ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE

Sunday, January 25th at 4:00 P.M.

Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street

Come and join us in an ecumenical prayer service with His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Anglican Archbishop Colin Johnson, Evangelical Lutheran Bishop Michael Pryse, Slovak Catholic Bishop John Pazak, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Rev. Dr. Harris Athanasiadis and other city-wide religious leaders on: Sunday, January 25th at 4:00 P.M. at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street (2 blocks north of St. Clair at Heath Street)

Parking is available. Refreshments will follow in the parish hall.

For further information, please contact the Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs at 416-934-3400, Ext. 344 or Ext. 527 or vkwok@archtoronto.org.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR CONSECRATED LIFE CELEBRATION

Sunday, February 1st at 3:00 PM

St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street

On Monday, February 2nd, the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life.
In the Archdiocese of Toronto we are blessed to have living and serving among us more than 1,000 religious men and women of over 100 different religious congregations. This World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank God for the gifts of these religious sisters, brothers and priests and to pray for God’s blessing upon them in their efforts to faithfully live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.

On Sunday, February 1st at 3:00 PM at St. Paul’s Basilica, there will be a special Mass presided by His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins, in celebration of the vocation and witness of these special men and women religious who are such an important part of the life and ministry of the Church in our archdiocese. All are welcome to attend.

FINANCE CORNER

FAMILY OF FAITH CAMPAIGN

Our parish has commenced the Family of Faith campaign as mandated by the Archdiocese of Toronto. As stated in my Christmas letter, the parish goal is $900,000 of which 25% will remain in the parish. We hope to use these funds to develop our youth ministry program.

Commitment Sundays are scheduled for January 25th and February 1st. Commitment pledges of $5,000 or more may be made over five years. Pledges less than $5,000 are to be fulfilled within 3 years.
I would ask you to be as generous as you always are to cover this special appeal.

Fr. Brando

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for January 11th, 2015:

Envelopes 468 $ 9,434
Loose Change 956
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 164 3,701
Total 632 $14,091

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2015

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. Have you considered using PAG or Donate Now?

Please pick up your 2015 envelopes as soon as possible if you have not already done so. If you are not currently using parish envelopes and wish to have a set issued for 2015, please contact the Parish Office and we will prepare a box for you. This is the most effective way to keep track of your donations. If you have recently moved, please inform the Parish Office so that we may keep our parish records up to date.

In 2015, please do not use any envelopes from 2014 or any envelopes from previous years as the number on it may have been reassigned. Please put your name on your envelope to ensure that your donation is properly recorded.

Homily – January 11, 2015

January 11th, 2015

In Mark’s gospel, the first of all the gospels, we hear of what took place when Jesus went, as so many others were doing, to the Jordan River to be baptised by his cousin John. John was reluctant to do this, he knew Jesus was greater than he but Jesus insisted. When Jesus came up out of the water we hear that the heavens were torn apart and a voice declared – you are my son, the beloved, with you I am well pleased.

I read somewhere that the ancient world had a very primitive understanding of reproduction and it was impossible to prove who the actual father of a child was. Everyone knew who the child’s mother but who is its father? It was only when a father acknowledged a baby as his own did that boy or girl become a son or daughter. We saw something like this at the circumcision of John the Baptist when Zachariah declared ‘his name in John’, accepting him as his son.

We know that Joseph, by agreeing to marry Mary who was not pregnant by him, performed precisely this task on behalf of Jesus. Joseph accepted Jesus as his son making Jesus a member of his household and giving Jesus honorable standing and a secure setting in which to live.

Now on the banks of the Jordon God the Father declared Jesus as his son, a son in whom he would be well pleased.

In his letter to the Ephesians St. Paul tell his early converts an amazing thing ; before the world began God chose us – you and me – to be his adopted sons and daughters, such was God’s will and pleasure. At our own baptism – with the pouring of the water and the saying of the words –I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit what was true in eternity becomes true in time – we are the adopted sons and daughters of God our Father. It is so hard to get our heads around such a truth of how important we are to God, how loved we are by the Father who sent his son into the world not to condemn us but to bring us closer to Him.

Baptism is always seen as a birthing – we are reborn into everlasting life. Birthing initiates grow. Time and again Paul calls us to put on Christ, to have that mind in us that was also in Christ Jesus, Paul encourages us to grow to full maturity in Christ. This is our daily task. We are to recognize our own dignity as chosen sons and daughters or God and we are to recognize that same choseness is all those who come into our lives in the course of the day and show the respect that is their due. Growing in Christ we are to find it in our hearts to forgive those who do us harm, we are to hold back from judging the life and lifestyles of others remembering the words of Christ that we are not judge. Having that mind in us that was also in Christ Jesus we are called to reach out to those who are less blessed than we are – the hungry and homeless, the street people trying to survive in the cold snap we are enduring.

Putting on Christ is a life time effort that comes to us by God’s grace. With this in mind we might ask ourselves, when at the end of a day we reflect back on our day, could the Father who chose us as his own be able to say of us – this is my beloved son, my beloved daughter in whom I am well pleased.

Bulletin – January 11, 2015

January 11th, 2015

ANNOUNCED MASSES

January 12th to January 17th, 2015

MONDAY – PETER YANG – Requested by the Family
TUESDAY – ROSA WAI KING TSANG – Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – IRENE CHUCHRA – Requested by the Family
THURSDAY – MORTON SCHULMAN – Requested by the Nguyen Family
FRIDAY – MAGDALENE LAM – Requested by John Chan
SATURDAY – IN THANKSGIVING – Requested by Marie Calderone

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2015 ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE

Sunday, January 25th at 4:00 P.M.

Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
1585 Yonge Street

Come and join us in an ecumenical prayer service with His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Anglican Archbishop Colin Johnson, Evangelical Lutheran Bishop Michael Pryse, Slovak Catholic Bishop John Pazak, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Rev. Dr. Harris Athanasiadis and other city-wide religious leaders on: Sunday, January 25th at 4:00 P.M. at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street (2 blocks north of St. Clair at Heath Street)

Parking is available. Refreshments will follow in the parish hall.

For further information, please contact the Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs at 416-934-3400, Ext. 344 or Ext. 527 or vkwok@archtoronto.org.

WORLD LEPROSY DAY – SUNDAY, JANUARY 25TH

USED STAMP COLLECTION

Sunday, January 25th is World Leprosy Day. Leprosy affects the nervous system deadening the body to pain. As a result, cuts and burns go unnoticed and neglected leading to severe infections. Such conditions can lead to loss of function in the limbs and even result in amputation. Please take a few moments to remember the children, women and men living with leprosy.

Please remember to bring us your used postage stamps. These are passed on to the Leprosy Mission of Canada helping them work towards the day when leprosy is eradicated. They are happy to accept any and all trimmed stamps, leaving no less than ¼ inch and no more than ½ inch paper border. Stamps may be deposited in the basket on the cabinet just outside the Parish Office.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 51 casseroles for December. For January, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of January 24th/25th 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, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.

MILK BAGS

Please be aware that we will no longer be accepting milk bags since we have no means of getting them to those who use them. Thank you for your support of this endeavor over the last few years.

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

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE CAMPAIGN

Next weekend, parishioners will be asked to sign a petition supporting D&P’s campaign,”Sow Much Love”. This campaign is asking the Government of Canada to commit to:

Adopt international aid policies that support small family farmers, especially women,

Ensure that Canadian policies and programs are developed in consultation with small family farmers, and that they protect the rights of small family farmers in the Global South to preserve, use and freely exchange seeds.

Because of the ratification by a number of countries of the latest version of the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, ancestral rights, which consisted of preserving, using and exchanging farmer seeds, have become in some cases illegal acts, which are punishable by law.

More details are available at www.devp.org

NEUROSCIENCE AND RESILIENCE

January 12th at 7:00 PM

Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge St. 4th Floor

Please join them for an inspirational talk,” Neuroscience and Resilience”. Neuroscience teaches us that resilience is the capacity for our brain to adapt and bounce back after life-changing experiences. Come and learn how you can develop your own resiliency. The speaker will be James Shaughnessy, M.S.W., R.S.W., Psyn.D. Free underground parking is available.

For inquiries please contact: Deacon James Shaughnessy, MSW., RSW., Psyn. D. at 416-921-1163 ext. 2227 or email: jshaughn@cfstoronto.com

REGIS COLLEGE FILM SERIES: “THE HIDDEN ROOTS OF LOVE”

Begins January 14th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Regis College, 100 Wellesley St. West.

Regis College invites you to a series of eight evenings to help you deepen your spiritual life. Small group discussion will be led by John O’Brien, SJ. The series continues on Wednesdays for eight weeks until March 11th. Admission is free.

For more information and to pre-register, please visit www.RegisCollege.ca/Film or call 416-922-5474, ext. 221. Regis College is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto.

Mass for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Sunday, January 18th at 11:00 AM

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 202 St. Patrick Street

Catholics in our region can be proud that 160 parishes in the Archdiocese of Toronto are involved in sponsoring refugees to resettle in Canada. Join us for a Mass to celebrate the many individuals and families who have escaped turmoil to resettle in Canada and to pray for those still seeking to leave areas of war and strife.

Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick, Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto, will preside. Mass is hosted by the Chinese Pastoral Council at Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish, with a reception to follow. A special invitation is extended to those who have been involved in refugee sponsorship across the archdiocese. For more information, visit www.archtoronto.org. All are welcome.

MOSAIC INTERFAITH Social Justice: Is It the Way to Peace?

Sunday January 18th at 2:00 PM

Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Avenue, Thornhill

Mosaic Interfaith invites you to attend the Annual Program in honour of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. The topic this year is “Social Justice: Is it the Way to Peace?’ The program will be held at the Temple Har Zion at 7360 Bayview Avenue, Thornhill on January 18, 2015; from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Please RSVP to Tina at 416-897-1544 by Thursday, January 15th. For more information see the poster on the bulletin board.”

THEOLOGY ON TAP – NEW EVANGELIZATION: POPE FRANCIS STYLE

Thursday, January 22nd, at 7:00 PM

The Bear, 1294 Kingston Road, Pickering

Faith Connections, the Office of Catholic Youth, and the local parishes invite young adults (19-39) to join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics! Their special guests will be Cheridan Sanders & Sebastian Gomes, producers at Salt + Light Media.

Munchies are provided and a cash bar is available – come and bring a friend!

For more information: visit the Toronto Theology on Tap web page, or contact OCY by phone at 416-599-7676 or e-mail youth@ocytoronto.org. RSVPs are appreciated!

FAMILY OF FAITH CAMPAIGN

Our parish has commenced the Family of Faith campaign as mandated by the Archdiocese of Toronto. As stated in my Christmas letter, the parish goal is $900,000 of which 25% will remain in the parish. We hope to use these funds to develop our youth ministry program.

Commitment Sundays are scheduled for January 25th and February 1st. Commitment pledges of $5,000 or more may be made over five years. Pledges less than $5,000 are to be fulfilled within 3 years.
I would ask you to be as generous as you always are to cover this special appeal.

Fr. Brando

Collection for New Years Day $5,742
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for January 4th, 2015:
Envelopes 422 $ 8,283
Loose Change 993
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 164 3,701
Total 586 $ 12,977

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2015

Please pick up your 2015 envelopes as soon as possible if you have not already done so. If you are not currently using parish envelopes and wish to have a set issued for 2015, please contact the Parish Office and we will prepare a box for you. This is the most effective way to keep track of your donations. If you have recently moved, please inform the Parish Office so that we may keep our parish records up to date.

In 2015, please do not use any envelopes from 2014 or any envelopes from previous years as the number on it may have been reassigned. Please put your name on your envelope to ensure that your donation is properly recorded.