Bulletin – 20 December

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Effective immediately, the doors of the Church will be locked through the week following the morning Mass. This is for security reasons following several incidents of theft.

To visit the Church, please enter through the Office Door.

A Holy and Blessed Christmas

May the Christ whose Birth and Life we celebrate strengthen us all and bless us with the peace and joy of this Holy Season.

AN INVITATION TO LEARN!

Next Meetings:
What’s “Canon Law” all about?
Tuesday, January at 7:30 PM.
Wednesday, January at 10:30 AM.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Your prepared chicken (or turkey) rice casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses the weekend of January 2/3, 2010 for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. Please note that this is a week later than normal to avoid collection on the Christmas weekend. 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.

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.

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.

THE LEPROSY MISSION OF CANADA

Please keep on sending us your used postage stamps so that we can work towards the day when leprosy is eradicated. We are happy to accept any and all trimmed stamps, leaving no less than ¼ inch and no more than ½ inch paper border. Stamps may be placed in the basket on the cabinet just outside the Parish Office.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

December 21st to December 26th 2009

MONDAY – V
TUESDAY – MARIANNA ANTONCZAK V Requested by Mary Toth & Family
WEDNESDAY – V
THURSDAY -

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 all 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

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

Parking
While parking at ground level is limited to 51 spaces, there is plenty of space in the underground parking lot. Please follow the instructions of the attendants. Do not park in front of the Church since this is a fire route and must be kept clear.

Additional parking is available at Elkhorn Public School. The school requests that we do not park on the grass. Many thanks to Paul Farrel, the Principal of Elkhorn Public School, for allowing us the use of the school property.

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 this weekend, Sunday, December 20 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. For more information please call Marilyn Calderone at 416-221-8866.

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.

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 13th, 2009: $10,693

4:30 8:30 10:30 12:30
Total $2,239 $1,985 $2,935 $3,546
Envelopes 109 81 161 96

Number of Envelopes Used: 447

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 New Years, Initial, 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
Daily per capita use of water in residential areas:

  • 350 litres in North America and Japan
  • 200 litres in Europe
  • 10 – 20 litres in sub-Saharan Africa