bulletin – October 19

ANNOUNCED MASSES

Date Time Intentions
October 21 9:00AM KENG OWYONG Requested by Helen
October 23 9:00AM GERRY & RUTH LEAVER Requested by Frank & Sylvia Leaver
October 24 9:00AM ERASMUS VEIGAS Requested by Brenda & Victor D’Souza
October 25 4:30PM JUAN VILLAFRANCA Requested by the Family

SUNDAY COLLECTION: October 11-12, 2008

Total: $8,764.74

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GOOD SHEPHERD THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

We want to thank you for your generous support of the good Shepherd Thanksgiving Food Drive. Your response was outstanding!

CEREMONY OF THE BLESSING OF THE SICK

The ceremony for the blessing of the sick will be held this weekend on Sunday, October 19th at 3:30 PM. The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is one of the seven Sacraments. It is celebrated with those who are seriously ill, those who are preparing for surgery and the elderly. The preferred place for celebrating this Sacrament is in the Church with family and the members of the parish community present. All are more than welcome to attend.

CARDINAL CARTER ALTAR SERVER AWARD

On Saturday, October 11th at St. Paul’s Basilica, Bishop Richard Grecco conferred the Twenty -Third Annual Cardinal Carter Altar Server Award on Arthur Li, Elizabeth Li, Simon Li, Morton Nguyen, Evan Wojna and Matthew Wojna. We want to congratulate and thank these young people for their service to the parish.

BISHOP’S COLLECTION

Thank you for your generous support of the Bishop’s Collection on the weekend of September 28th. $1,936.53 was collected for the needs of the Canadian Church.

ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS – OCTOBER 19

St. Paul of the Cross was the founder of the Passionists (1720). Born in northern Italy in1694, Paul experienced conversion at the age of 15 and began a lifetime of devotion to prayer and austerity. At age 20 he tried 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 his death in 1775, Paul was establishing a congregation for Passionist nuns.

TUESDAY NIGHTS AND WEDNESDAY MORNINGS ARE LEARNING TIMES

On Wednesday morning, October 22nd at 10:30 AM, we will finish studying St. Paul’s Letters. On Tuesday evening, October 28th at 7:30 PM, our topic will be “What is Liberation Theology?” Both groups will decide what topics they wish to study through the fall. If you are interested, please come with your questions, your “puzzlements”, your concerns and interests about the faith (and sometimes doubts) we share. For further information, please call Mary Landry at 416-221-8866, Ext. 224.

TAX SAVING ALERT!

BCE (Bell Canada), one of Canada’s premiere telecommunications companies, will soon become a private company (December, 2008). All common shareholders will be required to sell or donate their BCE securities and may face a large tax bill due to the greatly appreciated value of their stock. By donating your shares to our parish or the Passionist Community, you can avoid the taxes on gains. Please consult your financial advisor on this matter. You can also download the forms needed at www.stewardshiptoronto.org. Please share this message with other Catholics you know!

RECEPTION FOR NEW PARISHIONERS

The parish will be holding a reception on November 1, 2008 in the gathering space of the church to welcome all the new parishioners who have joined our parish family in recent months. For those who are new to the parish, this will be an opportunity for the parish team to get to know you and to answer any questions you have regarding our community. Please join us if you can. It will facilitate our planning if we can know ahead the number of people who will be attending. If you can come to the reception, please call the parish office at 416-221-8866 or email stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca before October 24th.

REGISTRATION FOR CHILDREN’S SACRAMENTS

St. Gabriel’s Students, Children’s Faith Program, Public and Private School Children

Parents please bring completed registration forms to the Parish Office (Gabriel Room) on Tuesday, October 21st between 7:30 and 9:00 PM. A photocopy of your child’s Baptismal certificate must accompany the registration for First Communion and Confirmation.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION PARENTS ONLY MEETING

Wednesday. October 22nd from 7:30 to 9:00 PM This meeting which will take place in the Church, is for parents of children receiving their Confirmation this year.

CASSEROLES – GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Your prepared chicken rice casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses next weekend 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.

MESSAGE FROM RALPH

Ralph would like to thank everyone for their cards, letters and phone calls. They are very much appreciated. He hopes to be able to answer the cards and letters in the near future.

SHARELIFE RECEIVING FUNDS FOR AID TO HAITI

ShareLife is continuing to accept funds to assist with relief and reconstruction efforts in Haiti. Donations can be made online through the ShareLife website www.sharelife.org. As always, ShareLife applies no administration fees to funds received for humanitarian relief appeals, ensuring that 100 percent of each contribution goes to the agencies involved.

BLESSED TRINITY CWL

A general meeting of the Blessed Trinity CWL will be held on Tuesday, October 21st in the parish hall. There will be Mass at 1:15 PM, a brief meeting and our guest speaker, Msgr. Sheehy with a special message to the CWL. Refreshments will be served. Please help the food drive and bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting.

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

Today is World Mission Sunday. Today’s collection supports the new struggling dioceses of the church, churches in mission countries. Your financial support will bring the message of hope to your brothers and sisters in remote areas of the world. Remember, by our Baptism we are all called to be missionaries. Please continue to pray for all those who serve in mission countries and please be generous in your support of their work. May God bless you always.

ALTAR SERVERS

If you are in Grade 4 or higher and are interested in becoming an altar server, please leave your name and phone number with the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. The orientation and training for new members will be held on Saturday, October 25, from 2:30 PM to 4:15 PM.

MOSAIC PEACE MEAL

Sunday, November 2nd,from 2-5 PM Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Ave. (north of Steeles) Co sponsored by Temple Har Zion and Thorn hill United Church . The theme is Social Justice with different faiths’ perspectives and will include displays from agencies working to help the poor etc. as well as a program for children on bullying. The program ends with a pot-luck vegan supper. If coming, please bring a dish to share with other participants but with absolutely no meat, poultry, eggs, fish, dairy products or alcohol due to dietary laws and no nut products as many people are allergic to these. All are welcome. Please RSVP to Nora at 416-218- 0680 by October 27th. See the poster on the bulletin boards for more details.

COME AND SEE WEEKEND

Thinking about the priesthood? Wondering what it might be like? Then “Come and See” is for you! November 7th to 9th, 2008, there will be an opportunity for young men of 18 years or older to visit our Archdiocesan Seminary in Scarborough. This weekend will provide time for prayer, reflection and information on becoming a Catholic priest. If God is calling you, say yes… and Come and See. Those interested are asked to speak with their Pastor or contact the Office of Vocations for further information at 416-968-0997.

DE LA SALLE COLLEGE “OAKLANDS”

De La Salle College, a Catholic co-educational, private school for students in grades 5 to 12, will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, October 22nd from 7:00PM to 9:00PM for prospective students and their families for the academic year 2009 -2010. Tuition for the current 2008 – 2009 academic year is $10,350.00. The school is located at 131 Farnham Avenue. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 416-969-8771, Ext. 228 for more information.