bulletin – December 16

Christmas & New Year’s Schedule

CONFESSIONS SAT DEC 22nd 1:00 to 3:00 PM and
7:30 to 9:00 PM
CHRISTMAS EVE MASSES MON 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 TUE DEC 25th 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
OFFICE CLOSED – BOXING DAY WED DEC 26th NO MASS
FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY SAT DEC 29th 4:30 PM
SUN DEC 30th 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
NEW YEARS’ EVE MON DEC 31st NO MASS
NEW YEARS’ DAY MASSES TUE JAN 1st 12:30 PM

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 the church by 6:00 PM on Christmas Eve. THERE IS ONLY ONE PRACTICE AND IT IS MANDATORY. PRACTICE IS ON
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23rd FROM 2:00 to 4:00 PM. For information call Marilyn Calderone at 905 889-6856.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

DRESS REHEARSAL ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 23rd from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. 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 this DRESS REHEARSAL.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

Date Time Intentions
Dec. 18 9:00AM CATHERINE & JOHN KELLY req Bernie Sedgwick and Family
Dec. 20 9:00AM KATHI WATTS req Philip & Kathi Leah
Dec. 21 9:00AM CARMEN SIERRA req Family
Dec. 22 4:30PM UMBERTO INTINI req Chiara and Family

SUNDAY COLLECTION: December 8/9, 2007

Total: $12,662

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4:30 8:30 10:30 12:30
Loose
Env. $
Total $2,905 $2,399 $4,552 $2,806
# of Env. 127 108 181 102

2008 OFFERTORY BOXED ENVELOPES

are ready for pick-up in our Gathering Space. It is important that you throw away all envelopes from previous years as your number may have been assigned to another family. Please enter your full name and address on each envelope so that we may allocate donations correctly for income tax purposes. If you do not have envelopes and would like a box, please contact the office.

ADVENT/WINTER SOLSTICE EVENING OF REFLECTION

on Friday December 21st from 7:30 – 9:30 PM at St. Gabriel’s Parish – DARK DAYS AND HOPES OF NEW BEGINNINGS – This annual reflection is being presented by The Passionist Centre for Ecology & Spirituality in cooperation with The Elliott Allen Institute for Theology & Ecology, University of St. Michael’s College, Faculty of Theology. Please pre-register. To register or for more information contact The Elliott Allen Institute for Theology & Ecology at dennis.ohara@utoronto.ca or call 416 926-1300 ext. 3408. All are welcome!

CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR NEWCOMERS

Those in our community who are newcomers to Canada are cordially invited to join us at a Christmas Party on December 20, 2007 (Thursday) at 7:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. Come and meet other newcomers and we’ll celebrate Christmas together. For further information please contact Fatima Lee at 416 221-8866 ext. 228.

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Your prepared chicken (or turkey) rice casserole (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on December 29/30, the weekend after Christmas, for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. More volunteers are encouraged to get a copy of the casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try. For more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

ST. VINCENT de PAUL

Your donations to the St. Vincent de Paul boxes after Mass enable us to help those in need. At this time of the year, we try to provide a little extra so that we may add to their Christmas celebration.

YOUTH GROUP will be hosting a CHRISTMAS FAIR

on DECEMBER 23, 2007
St. Gabriel’s Youth Group are hosting a Christmas Fair this year in the Gathering Space as a way to create a more relaxed setting to help alleviate the stresses of the Season. Events will include a café, a talent show, a bake sale and raffles. Come join the fun!

SHEPHERD’S TRUST

A special thank you to all those who contributed so generously. Your financial support will provide the elderly and infirm priests with the means to lead a dignified life after many years of service to us.

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 call 416 395-1634 or e-mail hopeforchildren@ccas.toronto.on.ca

CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

The brothers could use our help during the Christmas Season. Please bring non-perishable food items such as: canned soups and stews, powdered milk, instant and ground coffee, canned tuna or salmon, canned meats, canned fruit juices, powdered soup bases, hot chocolate, cooking spices and cold breakfast cereals. Kindly leave donations at the doors of the Church in the designated containers.

LESSONS AND CAROLS

Last year we were gifted with this wonderful presentation here at St. Gabriel’s. We hope you will support the Choirs of Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts as they share their work “outside these walls”. A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will take place at St. Patrick’s Church, 141 McCaul St. at Dundas,on Tuesday, December18th at 7:30 PM. Be with them for this beautiful, prayerful start to the holidays. Admission $10.