This week, Holocaust Education Week, and The History of Heaven and an open house at St. Joseph’s Morrow Park. Also, we’re looking for a parishioner skilled in sign language and we’re exploring sponsoring a refugee family.
HOLOCAUST EDUCATION WEEK
St. Gabriel’s Parish
Wednesday, November 4th at 7:30 PM.
For many years, St. Gabriel’s Parish has participated in Holocaust Education Week. On Wednesday, November 4th at 7:30 PM, we will present a two part program, co-sponsored with Temple Har Zion.
The first part of the program, Sisters of Sion: the Story of Rescue, will highlight the contribution of the Sisters of Sion in rescuing Jews in France from 1940 to 1944. The guest speaker will be Sister Anne Denise Rinckwald, former provincial of the European Province of the Sisters of Sion Congregation, now living in Krakow. In 2007, she was nominated as a “person of reconciliation” by the Jewish-Christian Council in Poland.
The second part of the program, Jewish relations in Poland Today, will deal with life in Poland after WWII and with Christian-Jewish relations in Poland after the war and during the last twenty years. The guest speaker will be Sister Anna Bodzinska, a member of the Polish Council of Christian and Jews who is responsible for the formation of Sisters of Sion in the European Province.
All are invited to attend.
AN INVITATION TO LEARN!
In past years, Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings have been devoted to religious topics decided on by those who wish to participate.
The History of Heaven
Tuesday, November 4th at 7:30 PM.
The History of heaven
Wednesday, November 5th at 10:30 AM.
For further information, please call Mary Landry at 416-293-3760.
BIBLE STUDY WITH FR. BERNARD
Monday, November 9th at 7:30 PM
Grow in your faith by studying the Bible regularly. Fr. Bernard will lead a Bible study group on Monday evenings at 7:30 PM beginning Monday, November 9th. The focus of the study will be the Gospel of John. All are welcome. Bring a friend and your Bible.
We are in need of a parishioner who is skilled in sign language. Please contact Mary Landry at 416-293-3760.
SHEPHERD’S TRUST COLLECTION
Weekend of November 14th/15th
The Shepherd’s Trust is an archdiocesan retirement program that provides elderly and infirm priests with the financial support they require to lead a dignified life after their many years of service to us.
This collection will take place in our parish the weekend of November 14th/15th. The contributions received from our parish, plus other “religious order” parishes, will be allocated to each order’s retirement fund. Please note that all contributions are tax-deductible. Thank you for caring for those who always cared for us!
SPONSORING A REFUGEE FAMILY
Day after day, we hear of people in other parts of the world whose lives are threatened because of war, political beliefs, or ethnic conflicts. Canada prides itself on accepting tens of thousands of refugees each year, and tries to provide for them
a space to rebuild their lives. Thirty years ago, St. Gabriel’s sponsored its first refugee family – one from Vietnam. We have helped other families since.
At this time, the parish is exploring again the feasibility of sponsoring another refugee family. If you are interested, and wish to be part of this effort, please contact Fatima Lee at (416) 221-8866 ext 228.
GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES
Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 35 casseroles for October. For November, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of November 28th/29th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. If you require more information or would like to get a copy of the recipe and a casserole pan, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
Thank you very much for your generous support of World Mission Sunday last week. Your prayers and donations will make a huge contribution to the growth of the Church and to the well-being of the poor of the world. Please continue to pray for all those who serve in mission countries that they may remain steadfast in their vocation to bring Christ’s message of love to those they serve – the world’s most vulnerable.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY BOARD
You may have noticed a new bulletin board in the lower hall leading to the parking garage. This is an employment opportunities board where employers looking for help and individuals looking for work can post their information.
Please bring all notices to the Parish Office for approval.
BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
There will be a Book of Remembrance placed on the altar for the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your deceased relatives and friends in the book. They will be remembered at all the Masses celebrated this month.
November 2nd to November 7th , 2009
MONDAY – PEDRO ARCAMO Requested by the Arcamo Family
TUESDAY – SHEELAGH CREAGHAN Requested by the Croghan Family
WEDNESDAY – VICTORIO KIM Requested by Victor & Christina Kim
THURSDAY – MARIA DIDIODATO Requested by the Roch Ford Family
FRIDAY – ARMANDO & WALTER DI NARDO Requested by the Family
SATURDAY – JOAN RUEST Requested by the Family
ENGLISH ROSARY GROUP
Saturday, November 7th at 3:15 PM in the Library. For information, please contact Linda Law at 416 -918-8029.
Friday November 6th from 9:30 AM to 12:00 Noon.
Please see the time schedule on the table inside the Church.
CONFIRMATION ENROLLMENT CEREMONY
The Confirmation Enrollment Ceremony for all Confirmation candidates will be held on Sunday, November 15th at the 12:30 Mass.
ALL SOULS’ DAY MASS
Catholic Cemeteries – Archdiocese of Toronto wishes to invite all families to participate in the annual All Souls’ Day Mass on Saturday, November 7th 2009 at 2:00 PM at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill, 905-889-7467.
The Liturgy will be in English and Italian.
All are welcome.
October 25th, 2009: $8.038
Number of Envelopes Used: 437
FOR THE LOVE OF SINGING
Saturday, November 28th at 7:30 PM
St. Gabriel’s Church
We are hosting a night of sacred and secular music featuring the East York Barbershop Chorus and our own
St. Gabriel’s Musicians and Singers.
Tickets will go on sale next weekend after all the Masses.
$12 in advance, $15 at the door and $30 for a family
PASSIONIST CHRISTMAS CARDS
Passionist Christmas cards will be available after all the Masses next weekend, November 7th/8th. A donation of $1.50 per card is suggested.
BREBEUF COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, November 11th at 7:00 PM
Brebeuf College, 211 Steeles Avenue East
Brebeuf College is holding an Open House on Wednesday, November 11th at 7:00 PM. Parents, Guardians and students are cordially invited to attend. Join them in their new facilities located at 211 Steeles Avenue East, just west of Bayview on the north side of Steeles. They can be reached at 416-393-5508.
ST. JOSEPH’S MORROW PARK INFORMATION NIGHT AND OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, November 4th at 7:00 PM
St. Joseph’s Morrow Park All Girls Catholic High School will hold an Open House and Information Night for Grade Eight students and parents on Wednesday, November 4th at 7:00 PM at the school, 3379 Bayview Avenue.
A new program, Extended French for Grade 9 students beginning in September 2010, will be introduced.
For more information, please call 416-393-5516.