Bulletin – October 22, 2017

October 22nd, 2017

ST. GABRIEL’S SCHOOL – WANTED

St. Gabriel’s School is looking for a Nutrition Program Co-coordinator for the school snack program. If interested in this position, please call the school principal, Ms. Crispo at 416-393-5256.

MAKE SURE YOU ARE COUNTED!

October 21st /22nd

Cardinal Collins has requested that a weekend Mass attendance count be conducted annually in all parishes and missions of the Archdiocese. The attendance count will take place again this weekend, October 21st /22nd. The purpose of the count is to have a more accurate assessment of the number of people attending Mass on a weekend.

As with last year, when you come in for Mass, you may notice a few “counters” clicking on tally counters at the doors of the church. The counters will be doing their jobs in a way as discreetly and non-intrusively as possible. Thank you for your support.

YOUTH GROUP BAKE SALE

Weekend of October 28th and 29th

On Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th our Youth Group will be having a Halloween bake sale. The money raised will help cover the Youth Group’s transportation costs to the Steubenville Catholic Conference in 2018. Please support our Youth Group!

DISCOVER ST. GABE’S: OUR GREEN CHURCH

Guided Church Tours after each Mass,
Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th

Do you know that St. Gabriel’s is the first green church in Canada to receive a LEED Gold certification? How is our church “green”? Why a green church? You may wonder.

On the weekend of Oct 28th/29th, the parish will be offering guided tours of the church after all the Masses. You will be able to find out more about our green church.

The tours, each lasting about 30 minutes, are for all parishioners. If you are new to this parish, or you have never had a chance to hear about the special design of our church building and the gardens, you may find the tours especially interesting and informative. It is a unique opportunity. Do consider joining us if you can, and discover the gem right in our midst.

More information will be available in the Gathering Space at the end of all the weekend Masses this weekend. You can also pre-register for the tours.

GARDEN WORKSHOPS

November 5th, November 19th after the 12:30 Mass

Robert Cordy, our landscape designer, will be holding gardening workshops on November 5th and November 19th after the 12:30 Mass on Orchard Tree Planting. Everyone is welcome.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE VIGIL

Wednesday, November 15th at 7:30 PM

Gabriel Room

This year’s D & P campaign is “Women at the Heart of Peace”

Given the increasing number of violent conflicts and their dramatic repercussions on civilians, we must find new solutions to promoting peace. Please join us for a vigil to pray for and stand in solidarity with women who play a key role in conflict prevention and resolution, as well as building and sustaining an inclusive, lasting and fair peace.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 23rd to October 28th

MONDAY – JAMILIE BAILEY – Requested by Mary Zakher
TUESDAY – MARY ANN O’CONNELL – Requested by the O’Connell Family
WEDNESDAY – MAUREEN DAVIES – Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie & Mary Alice O’Mahony
THURSDAY – BERNIE SEDGWICK – Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
FRIDAY – ALICE MICHAEL – Requested by Charmaine Michael
SATURDAY – JUAN VILLAFRANCA – Requested by his Family

PARENTS FIRST COMMUNION INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30 PM.

St. Gabriel’s Church

There will be a meeting here at the Church on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30 PM. for parents of children who will be receiving the Sacrament of First Communion in 2018.

WELCOME TO THE NEWLY BAPTIZED

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
Trudy Rose McGee
Mason Valle Pangalilingan
Paige Eve Viaje Gallardo

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on October 15th, 2017. Congratulations!

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

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin in October. 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 Fatima Lee at fatimalee@bellnet.ca or call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM

If you have, or know of, school age children (ages 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office, or Fatima Lee directly, at fatimalee@bellnet.ca.

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 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.

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF FOR THE CARIBBEAN AND MEXICO

Over the course of the past several weeks, hurricanes, tropical storms and violent earthquakes have devastated a number of countries in the Caribbean and Mexico.

In an effort to support people in that region who have been impacted by these disasters, the Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting funds that will be sent through Catholic relief channels.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

  • Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
  • By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
  • Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
    St. Gabriel’s Parish – 2017 Hurricane, Earthquake – Disaster Relief.

We offer our prayers for all those impacted by these tragedies. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to assist those in crisis.

THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you to those parishioners who prepared 29 casseroles for the month of September. Your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are desperately needed to help feed the hungry in our city. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s website. or 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.

BREBEUF COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, October 26th at 7:00 PM

211 Steeles Avenue East

Brebeuf College is holding an Open House for students who are entering high school. It will be held on Thursday, October 26th at 7:00 PM. Parents/Guardians and students are cordially invited to attend. They can be reached at 416 -393-5508.

FRIENDS OF THE STREET

Wednesday October 25th from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Friends of the Street is a group in St. Margaret of Scotland parish that prays for those who have been pushed to the margins of society through drug use or their lifestyle. Each month we hear from people who have lived on the street, or from those who support them downtown.

The next meeting is on Wednesday October 25th from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the parish hall at 2134 Avenue Road. The speaker will be Chimene who was featured in a recent Catholic Register column “The Church on the Street”. She will talk of being on the street since her youth, and her struggle to recover from drug addiction.

VISIT THE PASSIONIST COMMUNITIES IN EAST AFRICA

June, 2018

Are you interested in witnessing the work of the Passionist Community in East Africa in June 2018? Travel in a small group and visit some of the Passionist Communities in Kenya and Tanzania. Have the experience of a lifetime on an East African Wildlife Safari.

For more information please contact Steve Carey at carey@travelonly.com or call 416-278-9346.

COME AND SEE WEEKEND

Friday, November 3rd at 7:00 PM to Sunday, November 5th

St. Augustine’s Seminary

Inviting single Catholic men 17 years and older, to cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. Time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest. Register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca. Registrants 17 years old require parental consent. Please contact Fr. Brando or the Office of Vocations at vocations@archtoronto.org or call 416 968 0997.

MOSAIC INTERFAITH FROM ABRAHAM THREE FAITHS

Sunday November 5th from 2:00 PM to 4.30 PM

Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Avenue

Mosaic Interfaith invites you to attend the next presentation in their series “From Abraham Three Faiths” to take place at Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Avenue on Sunday November 5th from 2:00 PM to 4.30 PM. The subject is “In the current struggle for the soul of humanity, is religion an asset or an obstacle?” taking a look at the worldwide turn to right wing extremism in religion, nationalism and politics. Panelists as before are Rev. Canon John Hill, Rabbi Michael Stroh and Dr. Liyakat Takim from Christianity, Judaism and Islam respectively.

See flyer on bulletin boards. For more information or to RSVP call Nora 416-218 0680.

Homily – October 15, 2017

October 15th, 2017

I think it is safe to say that we all like a party and we all like to be invited to a party. Birthday parties are the most common of parties, but we have wedding banquets and anniversaries, we celebrate retirements and even party after a funeral. Parties are an important part of our lives and we can get upset with someone who ignores our invitation to join us in a celebration of an important event. The great banquet described in the first reading at which weeping and mourning are banned is all about is a classic example of the fulfillment of God’s saving purpose in history.

All through the Jewish scriptures we read time and again of God’s inviting his people to listen to God’s voice through the call of God’s prophets. In one of the psalms the writer has God saying; Forty years I endured this generation, they are a people whose hearts go astray and they did not listen to my voice, though they had seen all my works so I swore in my anger they shall not enter into my rest. None of the men, women and children, including Moses himself, whom God delivered from Egypt, entered the Promised Land. Though they experienced their deliverance from slavery, though they has seen God’s works of feeding them and giving water to drink, their hearts went astray, they worship false Gods, they would not listen to God’s voice. They did not enter into God’s rest.

Today’s gospel story about the king’s son wedding and the invited guests refusal to attend, even beating and killing those bringing the invitation is just another example of people not just ignoring but outright rejecting God’s invitation into God’s life.

When Matthew wrote his gospel Jerusalem had already been reduced to ruins by the Roman armies sent to put down the Jewish rebellion. He saw this as a punishment for the people, especially the religious leader’s refusal to accept Jesus, though they had seen all his works.

We have seen and at this Mass we renew the great work of Jesus, his teachings, his healings and especially his passion, death and resurrection.

Every day God beckons us, invites us to his banquet, into a deeper relationship with him. It could be by a hint that we could be more patient, more understanding of a spouse, a young adult son or daughter. It could be by a deeper sensitivity toward the way we relate to minority peoples of new immigrants to Canada. God may hint that we spend a bit of time in peace and quiet, step aside from our business. We may be nudged to be more patient driving the car, more patient with the bustle of people in the subway, more patient with the men and women with whom we work. We might be called to pray for the countless refugees of the world, the people whose lives are forever changed by natural disasters of floods or fires. God might gift us with a new insight into his new commandment, ‘love one another as I have loved you.’ But every day, in many different ways we are invited to the banquet of life and love that brings us into a deeper relationship with God – our host. Do we ignore or reject or accept God’s gracious invitation?

In the gospel story the invited offered flimsy and insulting excuses, implying that tending the farm or the business is much more important than the wedding of the king’s son. We are capable of brushing off God’s hints, God’s invitation to deepen our closeness to him. Do we have our flimsy excuses? Are we too busy, do we have too many things to do, more important things to do? Or do we gladly accept God’s invitation to come closer and enjoy the banquet of God’s life and love?

Bulletin – October 15, 2017

October 14th, 2017

ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS FEAST DAY – OCTOBER 19th

St. Paul of the Cross was the founder of the Passionists in the year 1720. Born in northern Italy in 1694, Paul experienced conversion at the age of 15 and began a lifetime of devotion to prayer life as a soldier, but left after one year. Six years later, having had several visions, he determined that his vocation was to found an order dedicated to the Passion of our Lord. Officials declared the visions authentic and Paul withdrew to write a rule. He was joined by his brother, who remained with him for the rest of his life. By 1747, the Passionists had three houses and were preaching missions throughout Italy. At the time of his death in 1775,
Paul was establishing a congregation for Passionist nuns.

MAKE SURE YOU ARE COUNTED!

October 14th /15th and October 21st /22nd

Cardinal Collins has requested that a weekend Mass attendance count be conducted annually in all parishes and missions of the Archdiocese. The attendance count will take place this weekend, October 14th/15th and next weekend, October 21st /22nd. The purpose of the count is to have a more accurate assessment of the number of people attending Mass on a weekend.

As with last year, when you come in for Mass, you may notice a few “counters” clicking on tally counters at the doors of the church. The counters will be doing their jobs in a way as discreetly and non-intrusively as possible. Thank you for your support.

ST. GABRIEL’S SCHOOL – WANTED

St. Gabriel’s School is looking for a Nutrition Program Co-coordinator for the school snack program. If interested in this position, please call the school principal, Ms. Crispo at 416-393-5256.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 16th to October 21st

MONDAY – MICHAEL McDONOUGH – Requested by His Family
TUESDAY – SEE HIM CHIU – Requested by the Chiu Family
WEDNESDAY – BASIL MARKIDES – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
THURSDAY – VINCENT HA – Requested by Laura, Sylvia & Valerie Ha
FRIDAY – ROMULO CHRISTIAN GONZALEZ – Requested by Rosa and Romulo
SATURDAY – KENG OWYONG – Requested by Helen Owyong

PARENTS FIRST COMMUNION INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30 PM.
St. Gabriel’s Church

There will be a meeting here at the Church on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30 PM. for parents of children who will be receiving the Sacrament of First Communion in 2018.

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

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin in October. 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 Fatima Lee at fatimalee@bellnet.ca or call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM

If you have, or know of, school age children (ages 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office, or Fatima Lee directly, at fatimalee@bellnet.ca.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

Thank you so much for your overwhelming support of our Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Good Shepherd Centre.
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 donations were very much appreciated by the young families and homeless of Toronto.

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of October 21st/22nd

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

MILK BAG WORKSHOP

Wednesday, October 18th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Gabriel Room

The next Milk Bag workshop led by Sharon Gusz will be held in the Gabriel room on Wednesday, October 18th from 1:00 to 3:30 PM. No experience needed! All are welcome!

PASSIONIST CHRISTMAS CARDS

Passionist Christmas cards will be available for purchase after all the Masses next weekend. The suggested cost is $2:00 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.

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF FOR THE CARIBBEAN AND MEXICO

Over the course of the past several weeks, hurricanes, tropical storms and violent earthquakes have devastated a number of countries in the Caribbean and Mexico.

In an effort to support people in that region who have been impacted by these disasters, the Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting funds that will be sent through Catholic relief channels. Contributions can be made through our parishes and through the Archdiocese of Toronto online portal at www.archtoronto.org.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

  • Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
  • By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
  • Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
    St. Gabriel’s Parish – 2017 Hurricane, Earthquake – Disaster Relief.

We offer our prayers for all those impacted by these tragedies. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to assist those in crisis

MOSAIC INTERFAITH

October 22nd from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Jaffari Islamic Centre, 9000 Bathurst Street, Thornhill

MOSAIC Interfaith (of which St. Gabriel’s is a member) invites you to attend the annual Peace Meal on Sunday October 22nd from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Mulla Ashgar Memorial Library and Islamic Resource Centre in Jaffari Islamic Centre.

The theme will be “An Interactive Experience of the Golden Rule” – a presentation and workshop by Kathy Murtha, Director of Scarboro Missions Retreat Centre. This will be followed by the Peace Meal. 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.

To RSVP please contact Nora at 416-218-0680 by October 18th. For more information see poster on bulletin board.

ST. JOSEPH MORROW PARK CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL – OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, October 26th 7:00 PM

St. Joseph Morrow Park is holding an Information Night for students who are entering secondary school on Thursday, October 26that 7:00 PM. Parents/Guardians and students are cordially invited to attend. Join them at 3379 Bayview Avenue, just south of Steeles on the east side. For more information please call 416-393-5516.

BREBEUF COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, October 26th at 7:00 PM

211 Steeles Avenue East

Brebeuf College is holding an Open House for students who are entering high school on Thursday, October 26th at 7:00 PM. Parents/Guardians and students are cordially invited to attend. They can be reached at 416 -393-5508.

DISCOVER ST. GABE’S: OUR GREEN CHURCH

Guided Church Tours after each Mass, Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th

Do you know that St. Gabriel’s is the first green church in Canada to receive a LEED Gold certification? How is our church “green”? Why a green church? You may wonder.

On the weekend of Oct 28th/29th, the parish will be offering guided tours of the church after all the Masses. You will be able to find out more about our green church.

The tours, each lasting about 30 minutes, are for all parishioners. If you are new to this parish, or you have never had a chance to hear about the special design of our church building and the gardens, you may find the tours especially interesting and informative.

It is a unique opportunity. Do consider joining us if you can, and discover the gem right in our midst.
More information will be available in the Gathering Space at the end of all the weekend Masses this weekend and the next. You can also pre-register for the tours.

COME AND SEE WEEKEND

Friday, November 3rd at 7:00 PM to Sunday, November 5th

St. Augustine’s Seminary

Inviting single Catholic men 17 years and older, to cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. Time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest. Register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca. Registrants 17 years old require parental consent.

Please contact Fr. Brando or the Office of Vocations at: 416 968 0997 or email: vocations@archtoronto.org

VISIT THE PASSIONIST COMMUNITIES IN EAST AFRICA

June, 2018

Are you interested in witnessing the work of the Passionist Community in East Africa in June 2018? Travel in a small group and visit some of the Passionist Communities in Kenya and Tanzania. Have the experience
of a lifetime on an East African Wildlife Safari.

For more information please contact Steve Carey at carey@travelonly.com or call 416-278-9346.

GARDEN WORKSHOPS

October 15th, November 5th, November 19th after the 12:30 Mass

Robert Cordy, our landscape designer, will be holding gardening workshops this fall on Orchard Tree Planting. Please mark your calendars for the following Sundays after the 12:30 Mass: October 15th, November 5th and November 19th. Everyone is welcome.

Homily – October 8, 2017

October 8th, 2017

I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend with your families and friends.

In the light of the murderous event in Las Vegas this past Sunday I think the one thing for which we could be most grateful is the precious gift of life. It is a gift we often take for granted. It is a precious gift.

How many of the men and women, the young and the old ever imagined as they went to that concert on Sunday night that this would be their last day of life. How many survivors ever imagined the action of a mad man would alter their lives forever?

We pray for all those families who, in their confusion and pain are now enduring the silence of God, good people who ask ‘why, why us’? Mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters and spouses who in their ways echo the words of Christ on his cross, ‘my God, my God, why have you forsaken me’?

They endure what Christ endured, the silence of God. There is no answer to the ‘why’ they ask. There is no satisfactory answer to the question, no answer that would take away the pain and sorrow, the anger that comes with such an act of madness. We have to trust that the silence of God on their Good Friday will one day be replaced by the Alleluia of their Easters.

Time and again we witness the abiding potential for evil in the human family. When senseless tragedies like Vegas happen we are stunned by them and yet within that same tragedy we hear of so many acts of heroism taking place within the same event. The bravery of first responders who put themselves in harm’s way. People helping other people, putting themselves in danger to be there for total strangers.

Time and time again we witness the abiding potential for the good and the generous in our human family. That potential is what helps us through the awfulness of a Vegas. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. It really doesn’t. Sometime, somewhere this evil will happen again and it will bring out the same bravery and goodness in others to show that the good overcomes the bad and love conquerors the hateful heart.

As a parish family we can give thanks for the many manifestations of love and generosity we experience as a parish family. Your response to Share Life, your support of our refugee committee, your generosity to our food drive, our Christmas toy drive, your support of the works of our St. Vincent de Paul men and women and the list could go on and on.

In no way diminishing the evil on Las Vegas our lives and most people’s lives are blessed by good people. For this we are thankful.

As we continue to celebrate our Eucharist, our act of thanksgiving we pray for the victims and the heroes of Las Vegas and we thank God for the many good people who are a blessing in our lives…..

Bulletin – October 8, 2017

October 7th, 2017

O, heavenly Father:
We thank thee for food and
remember the hungry.
We thank thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
that thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.

Mass will be celebrated on Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 9th at 10:00 AM.

The Parish Office will be closed on Monday.

ST. GABRIEL’S SCHOOL – WANTED

St. Gabriel’s School is looking for a Nutrition Program Co-coordinator for the school snack program. If interested in this position, please call the school principal, Ms. Crispo at 416-393-5256.

ST. GABRIEL’S YOUTH GROUP

Sunday, October 8th at 1:30 PM
Calling all youth Grades 5 and up!

The St. Gabriel’s Youth Group is now welcoming new members.

The first meeting will be held this Sunday October 8th in the Gabriel Room at 1:30 PM. We hope to see you there!

PARENTS CONFIRMATION INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, October 12th at 7:30 PM.
St. Gabriel’s Church

There will be a meeting here at the Church on Thursday, October 12th at 7:30 PM. for parents of children who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this year.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 9th to October 14th

MONDAY – THANKSGIVING DAY – Mass at 10:00 AM
TUESDAY – EVA BARDOWELL – Requested by Teresa Marchie and Family
WEDNESDAY – LUENPONG WONG – Requested by Teresa Marchie and Family
THURSDAY – BERNADETTE SEDGWICK – Requested by Teresa Marchie & Family
FRIDAY – GUS CALDERONE – Requested by Marie Calderone
SATURDAY – PASQUALE GATTI – Requested by Linda Gatti & Family

LAUDATO SI’ PLEDGE

Pope Francis calls on us to sign the Laudato Si’ Pledge to:
Pray for and with creation, Live more simply, Advocate to protect our common home.

If you would like to sign this pledge – please follow the link Http://livelaudatosi.org/

“There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions.” Laudato Si’ – Pope Francis
“Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue.” Laudato Si’ – Pope Francis

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

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin in October. 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 Fatima Lee at fatimalee@bellnet.ca. or call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM

If you have, or know of, school age children (ages 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office, or Fatima Lee directly, at fatimalee@bellnet.ca.. Classes for them will begin after Thanksgiving.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL

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. Each month some of 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 outstanding support.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

You can make a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless this Thanksgiving by participating in the annual Good Shepherd Ministries Thanksgiving Food Drive.

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.

Urgently needed items include:
rice, pasta and pasta sauces,
peanut butter, jam
oatmeal pancake mix
teabags ground or instant coffee,
sugar cookies and crackers,
canned tuna, soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables.
Please no fresh or frozen foods.
We thank you for your generous support!

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF FOR THE CARIBBEAN AND MEXICO

Over the course of the past several weeks, hurricanes, tropical storms and violent earthquakes have devastated a number of countries in the Caribbean and Mexico.

Hurricanes Irma, Jose, Maria destroyed thousands of homes, businesses and churches and left thousands of people without water, shelter or power. Places such as Anguilla, Antigua, The Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Florida, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, the Turks and Caicos Islands all suffered crippling damage. As well, on September 19th, a massive earthquake hit Mexico City, causing 286 deaths – just two weeks after an earthquake leveled buildings and killed at least 90 people in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The situation remains grave for the injured and displaced.

In an effort to support people in that region who have been impacted by these disasters, the Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting funds that will be sent through Catholic relief channels. Contributions can be made through our parishes and through the Archdiocese of Toronto online portal at www.archtoronto.org.

Relief workers from the official Catholic relief agency, Caritas Internationalis, are on the ground. Caritas Mexico teams are determining how the earthquakes have affected local populations. Catholic partners in other affected regions are also actively caring for the victims of these disasters and determining the long-term needs for recovery.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:
• Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
• By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
• Through the parish, making cheques payable to:

St. Gabriel’s Parish – 2017 Hurricane, Earthquake – Disaster Relief.

We offer our prayers for all those impacted by these tragedies. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to assist those in crisis.

NORTHMOUNT SCHOOL FOR BOYS OPEN HOUSE

Wednesday, October 18th from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
26 Mallard Road, Toronto

Northmount School is holding an Open House on Wednesday, October 18th from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. To R.S.V.P. for the Open House or to book a private tour please contact the school at 416-449-8823, Ext. 114 or email info@northmount.com.

CENTRAL PASTORAL REGION CELEBRATION

Thursday, October 19th at 7:00 PM
Blessed Trinity Parish, 3220 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

As we celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Toronto, Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, extends an invitation for all to join him for Mass and a reception to commemorate this historic milestone. The Central Pastoral Region celebration will take place at Blessed Trinity Parish on Thursday, October 19th at 7:00 PM. For more information, visit www.archtoronto.org/175.

ST. BONAVENTURE CWL ANNUAL FLEA MARKET

Saturday, October 22nd from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
St. Bonaventure’ Church

St. Bonaventure CWL will hold their Annual Flea Market on Saturday, October 21st from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Come and see the treasures of all kinds. There will also be a live auction. Don’t miss it!

MOSAIC INTERFAITH

October 22nd from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Jaffari Islamic Centre, 9000 Bathurst Street, Thornhill

MOSAIC Interfaith (of which St. Gabriel’s is a member) invites you to attend the annual Peace Meal on Sunday October 22nd from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Mulla Ashgar Memorial Library and Islamic Resource Centre in Jaffari Islamic Centre 9000 Bathurst Street,Thornhill.

The theme will be “An Interactive Experience of the Golden Rule” – a presentation and workshop by Kathy Murtha, Director of Scarboro Missions Retreat Centre. This will be followed by the Peace Meal. Attendees are asked to bring a nut-free (and alcohol free) dish for the vegan supper – i.e. no meat, poultry, eggs, fish or dairy products.

To RSVP please contact Nora at 416-218-0680 by October 18th. For more information see poster on bulletin board.

BREBEUF COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, October 26th at 7:00 PM
211 Steeles Avenue East

Brebeuf College is holding an Open House for students who are entering high school. It will be held on Thursday, October 26th at 7:00 PM. Parents/Guardians and students are cordially invited to attend. Join them at 211 Steeles Avenue East, just west of Bayview on the south side of Steeles. The school can be reached at 416 -393-5508.

KNOW YOUR FAITH SERIES

Five Weeks beginning Saturday, October 28th
From 9:45 AM to Noon
Blessed Trinity Parish Hall

Join the Kolbe ‘KNOW YOUR FAITH’ series for a five-week Salvation History study on ‘The Psalms: The School of Prayer.’ Through prayer, study and informative DVDs, deepen your awareness of God’s merciful love in your own lives.

Classes begin Saturday October 28th from 9:45 AM to noon at Blessed Trinity Parish. For more information visit www.kolbeapostolate.com.

VISIT THE PASSIONIST COMMUNITIES IN EAST AFRICA

June, 2018

Are you interested in witnessing the work of the Passionist Community in East Africa in June 2018? Travel in a small group and visit some of the Passionist Communities in Kenya and Tanzania. Have the experience of a lifetime on an East African Wildlife Safari.

For more information please contact Steve Carey at carey@travelonly.com or call 416-278-9346.

Happy Thanksgiving!