bulletin – December 3

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE

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CONFESSIONS SAT DEC 23rd 1:00 to 3:00 PM and
7:30 to 9:00 PM
SAT DEC 23rd 4:30 PM
SUN DEC 24th 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
CHRISTMAS EVE MASSES SUN DEC 24th 7:00 PM Family Mass – Carol Singing
9:00 PM Mass-Adult Choir – Carol Singing
12:00 AM Midnight Mass – Folk Group
CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES MON DEC 25th 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
OFFICE CLOSED – BOXING DAY TUE DEC 26th NO MASS
SAT DEC 30th 4:30 PM
SUN DEC 31st 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
NEW YEARS’ DAY MASSES MON JAN 1st 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
OFFICE CLOSED TUE JAN 2nd NO MASS

FAMILY MASS ON CHRISTMAS EVE AT 7:00 PM

CHILDREN’S CHOIR

Each year, young people Grade 3 and up form a special choir. Children must be at church by 6:00PM on Christmas Eve. THERE IS ONLY ONE PRACTICE AND IT IS MANDATORY. PRACTICE IS ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17th FROM 2:00 TO 4:00 PM. Please call Marilyn Calderone at 905-889-6856

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

S.K. to Grade 5 children are invited to participate in the pageant. Please call Anne Murphy at 416-512-0340. Children must be able to attend the DRESS REHEARSAL on SUNDAY DEC. 17th FROM 2:00 to 4:00PM.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

Date Time Intentions
Dec. 5 9:00AM DAVID SHELDRICK req Family
Dec. 7 9:00AM PATRICIA RODRIGUES req Yvonne & Barney Singh
Dec. 8 9:00AM TED BURRELL req Pam & Patrick Burrell
Dec. 9 4:30PM JANE MULLIGAN req Family

SUNDAY COLLECTION: November 25/26, 2006

Total: $11,308.85

4:30 8:30 10:30 12:30
Loose 142.98 60.38 223.87 322.97
Env. $ 2,315.00 3,388.00 3,103.10 1,752.55
Total 2,457.98 3,448.38 3,326.97 2,075.52
# of Env. 120 105 161 90

NEW CHURCH – OLD AND NEW IDEAS

This fall we will look at our new “green” church from different perspectives, including: “Who started us in this direction? Why did we choose this way of placing the pews, the altar, the pulpit (ambo)? Do we as Catholics have any tradition linking ecology and religion?” — and any other questions you may have. Each topic will be repeated the following week. You are invited to join us on:
DATE: Wednesday, NOVEMBER 29th (to be repeated on December 6th)
TIME: 10:30 AM to noon
PLACE: Gabriel Meeting Room

This presentation will also be offered on Tuesday evening December 5th at 7:30PM We hope the discussions will be informative and enjoyable.

On TUESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 28th, we will begin with the topic: How is our Christian life and ethics similar to those of other faith traditions? How are they different?
TIME: 7:30 – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Library

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NEW CHURCH – OLD AND NEW IDEAS

DATE: TUESDAY DECEMBER 5th or WEDNESDAY December 13th at 10:30AM in the Gabriel Room

“How are our Christian life and ethics similar to those of other faith traditions? How are they different?”
DATE: TUESDAY EVENING, December 12th TIME: 7:30 – 9:00PM PLACE: Library

Automatic Debit

Many parishes have adopted an “Automatic Debit” system. This is the same method used by utilities such as Bell Canada and Ontario Hydro whereby bills are paid monthly by a pre-authorized withdrawal from your bank account.

In addition to making giving easier for you, Automatic Debit would provide many benefits to the parish, in terms of efficiency and budget forecasting. You would never need to remember your envelope – and for those who still like to deposit in the basket, we would provide reusable cards stating – “I give by Automatic Debit”.

We would like to understand the level of interest in the Automatic Debit system at St. Gabriel’s. Please answer the following questions, and include this paper with your next collection – Thank you.

PLEASE CHECK “YES” or “NO”: I would use Automatic Debit for my collection contribution.
YES __________   NO __________

CHRISTMAS CRAFT AND BAKE SALE

SATURDAY DECEMBER 2 FROM 1:00-6:00 PM AND SUNDAY DECEMBER 3 FROM 8:00-2:00 PM. THIS WEEKEND, ST. GABRIEL’S CRAFTERS ARE HOSTING THEIR CHRISTMAS CRAFT & BAKE SALE IN THE GABRIEL ROOM AFTER ALL THE MASSES. RAFFLE TICKET DRAW WILL TAKE PLACE SUNDAY AFTER THE 12:30 PM MASS. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS WORTHWHILE EFFORT!

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

The Cardinal Carter Academy Singers are pleased to present “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” in the Church on Wednesday, December 20th at 7:30 PM. This celebration of Christmas follows the traditional format made famous by King’s College, Cambridge. The story of our salvation, from the fall of humanity, to the promise of the prophecies, to the birth of Jesus, is proclaimed in scripture and song. Over one hundred and twenty young singers offer anthems, hymns and carols. Be with us for this beautiful, prayerful and inspiring start to the holidays. Admission: $10, Children 12 and under free. For ticket information please contact Marilyn Calderone at 416-618-2041 or marilyncalderone@rogers.com

CHRISTMAS SERVICE FOR THOSE WHO MOURN

This Ecumenical Service is arranged by the Bayview Sheppard Ministerial and the Chaplaincy of North York General Hospital, of which St. Gabriel’s is a part, in the hope that the night of Christ will bring peace and comfort to those who have experienced personal loss and for whom Christmas may be a most difficult time. This will take place at Advent Lutheran Church, 2800 Don Mills Road, North York on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12th at 7:30 PM.

CATHOLIC CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY – “HOPE FOR CHILDREN FOUNDATION”

We are inviting families to assist us in providing some little extras, such as new clothing, new toys, food vouchers and/or gift certificates to bring the joy of the season to one of our families. If you are willing to adopt-a-family or provide a donation please contact Seta at 416-395-1507.

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 65 casseroles for November. For December, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of DECEMBER 30/31 for delivery to the Centre. More volunteers are encouraged to become active in helping to feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. Please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

invites you to celebrate Human Rights Day (December 10th) after the Masses on DECEMBER 9th & 10th by signing a petition or postcard or sending a greeting card to a human rights defender or prisoner of conscience.