Bulletin – 13 December

Prepare for the season with the Christmas mass schedule, and join our memorial of Thomas Berry in Bring Back the Sun.

AN INVITATION TO LEARN!

What’s” Canon Law” all about?

  • Tuesday, December 15th at 7:30 PM.
  • Wednesday, December 16th at 10:30 AM.

BIBLE STUDY WITH FR. BERNARD

Monday, December 14th at 7:30 PM

Fr. Bernard leads a Bible study group focusing on the Gospel of John. Bring your Bible and a friend.

TORONTO’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD WELCOMES NEW STUDENTS

Toronto’s Catholic schools invite you to register your children for the 2010-2011 school year. Registration begins in January 2010 for Kindergarten and French Immersion at all Catholic elementary schools throughout the City of Toronto. For the convenience of families, most schools are open for registration on Wednesday, January 13th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
For more information, please contact the Catholic school nearest you or 416-222-8282, extension 5314 or visit the Board’s website at www.tcdsb.org.

THANK YOU

We want to thank the Community of St. Gabriel’s Village Condos for their generous donation of toys for the catholic Children’s Aid Society Toy Drive. Their help is very much appreciated.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

There but for the Grace of God…

Your help is urgently needed.
Make a difference in the lives of those most in need within our community by participating in the Good Shepherd Centre’s annual Christmas Food Drive.

Urgently Needed Items:

  • Rice, pasta and sauces
  • breakfast cereals, powered fruit juices
  • canned items – fish, meats, vegetables, fruit, soup or stews
  • peanut butter and jams
  • tea, ground and instant coffee, sugar
  • cookies and crackers
  • ketchup, mustard and relish

Donations may be left in the designated containers at the doors of the Church. We thank you for your generous support.

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

The Catholic Children’s Aid Society is inviting families to assist them 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 their families. If you are willing to provide a donation or adopt-a-family, please call 416-395-1634 or email info@hopeforthechildren.ca.

CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE

We are having a Christmas Toy Drive for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society. This is the last weekend to drop off an unwrapped new toy for a child 0 to 12 years old. Containers have been set up at the doors of the Church.

ST.VINCENT DE PAUL

Christmas Offering envelopes for the St. Vincent de Paul Society are available at the back of the Church. Your donations enable the Society to help those in need. At this time of year, they try to provide a little extra to add to their Christmas celebration. Your generosity is much appreciated.

THANK YOU FROM THE LEPROSY MISSION OF CANADA

What an amazing gift! Thank you very much for the stamps you sent to us and for bringing us closer to a world without leprosy. We are very grateful for all your effort to save the stamps, trim them and send them to us. We have raised over $10,673 so far in 2009. Our goal is to raise $12,000 in 2009, which will provide cure and care for 37 leprosy patients! Through medical treatments, education and rehabilitation, your recent gift helps restore dignity and courage to those who have suffered much too long. We are happy to accept any and all trimmed stamps, leaving no less than ¼ inch and no more than ½ inch paper border. Please keep on sending us your used postage stamps so that we can work towards the day when leprosy is eradicated.

Christmas Schedule 2009

Confessions
Saturday, December 19th

  • 10:00 AM – 12 Noon
  • 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Christmas Eve
Thursday, December 24th

  • 7:00 PM Family Mass – Carol Singing
  • 9:00 PM Adult Choir – Carol Singing
  • 12:00 AM Midnight Mass – Contemporary Group

Christmas Day
Friday, December 25th – 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

Feast of the Holy Family

  • Saturday, December 26th 4:30 PM
  • Sunday, December 27th 8:30 AM, 10:30 PM, 12:30 PM

Office Closed

New Year’s Eve

  • Thursday, December 31st – No Mass

Office Closed

New Year’s Day

  • Friday, January 1st – 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Office Closed

BRING BACK THE SUN

A Solstice Celebration & Memorial of the Life of Thomas Berry
Winter Solstice
December 21, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
St. Gabriel’s Church

Join us for reflections, tributes, music and more to celebrate the great work of Thomas Berry.
There will be a reception following the celebration.

Presented by the Elliot Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology

CHILDREN’S CHOIR FAMILY MASS

CHRISTMAS EVE AT 7:00 pm
Rehearsal: Sunday, December 20th 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Each year, young people, Grade 3 and up, form a special choir for the Family Mass on Christmas Eve. Children must be at the Church by 6:00 PM. One rehearsal, which is mandatory, will be held on Sunday, December 20 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Please call Marilyn Calderone at 416-221-8866 for more information.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

Dress Rehearsal: Sunday, December 20th 2:00PM to 4:00PM
S.K. to Grade 5 children are invited to participate in the pageant. Please call Anne Murphy at 416-512-0340.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

December 14th to December 19th, 2009

MONDAY – HELEN AULT Requested by Robert Ault & Janet Clarke Armstrong
TUESDAY – RITA BUTT Requested by Moira McCarthy & Bob Torpey
WEDNESDAY – AUNTIE PAT Requested by Marta Lou
THURSDAY –ZOFIZ TARNOWSKA-MOSS Requested by Anne Marie Bielska
FRIDAY –
SATURDAY – KATHI WATTS Requested by Kathi & Philip Leah

CHRISTMAS SERVICE FOR THOSE WHO MOURN

Monday, December 21st at 7:30 PM
St. Matthew’s Anglican Church
80 George Henry Blvd
(facing Sheppard, west of Don Mills Road).

Will Christmas be difficult to celebrate this year because of the loss of a loved one? St. Gabriel’s, the other local Christian Churches and the North York Hospital Chaplaincy are offering a Christmas Service for Those Who Mourn on Monday, December 21st at 7:30 PM at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church.

SUNDAY COLLECTION

December 6th 2009: $14,118

166

4:30 8:30 10:30 12:30
Total $6,902 $2,571 $3,200 $1,445
Envelopes 120 88 81

Number of Envelopes Used: 455

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2010

The 2009 Offertory Boxed Envelopes are available in the Gathering Space. It is important that you throw away all envelopes from previous years as your number might have been assigned to another family. Please enter your full name and address on the first few envelopes so that we may allocate donations correctly for income tax purposes.
If you are on the Pre- Authorized Giving Plan, you will still receive a box of envelopes since these include Initial, New Year’s, Christmas, Easter and Maintenance envelopes. If you do not have envelopes but would like them for 2010, please contact the office at 416-221-8866.

THE VOCATION OF THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE

Calling all interested Catholic Ratepayers!

St. Augustine’s Seminary of Toronto is presenting a series of workshops on 6 consecutive Saturdays, January 9th to February 13th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. for anyone in the Province of Ontario who is considering running for the position of Catholic Trustee, is a present trustee or any other persons who are interested.
A nominal fee of $100 will be charged for the complete series and lunch will be provided. The fee must be paid by December 20th 2009. Cheques should be made payable to St. Augustine’s Seminary. For inquiries please email receptionist_sas@yahoo.ca or call 416-261-7207, Ext. 221.

THE GREEN CORNER

Our Commitment to a Greener Planet

When [Canada] ratified the [Kyoto Protocol] in 2002, then Prime Minister Jean Chrétien vowed that Canada would reduce emissions by 6 per cent by 2012 over the 1990 base year. They are up 26 per cent or more instead.

“Canada did not take its Kyoto obligations seriously, particularly under Stephen Harper, and that goes against Canada’s image,” said Saleemul Huq, a lead author of the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, the United Nations scientific body that assesses climate change.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has committed to a 20 per cent reduction by 2020, but from a new base year – 2006 – when the Canadian economy was on fire. In late 2007 Canada blocked a Commonwealth resolution to support binding emissions targets for industrialized countries.

-www.theglobeandmail.com, Dec. 6, 2009