This week: Holocaust Education Week, the History of Heaven, an Eco-Sabbath, and an update on the Tropical Storm Ketsana Relief Fund. Also, information on For the Love of Singing and a Mosaic Peace Meal on faith and the environment.
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 3rd at 7:30 PM.
Topic: The History of Heaven
Wednesday, November 4th at 10:30 AM.
For further information, please call Mary Landry at 416-293-3760.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
Collection this weekend – October 24th /25th.
World Mission Sunday is a global effort to bring spiritual and material help to our brothers and sisters who long for hope and love that comes from knowing Christ’s love for them. Your kind support will assist all missionaries across the world. It will help new churches to grow, be strong and vital communities. 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.
TROPICAL STORM KETSANA RELIEF FUND
Thank you, good people, for your outstanding response to the appeal for contributions to the ShareLife Tropical Storm Ketsana Relief Fund. To date, we have collected $3,099.72. Your generosity is overwhelming.
We are in need of a parishioner who is skilled in sign language. Please contact Mary Landry at 416-293-3760.
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.
H1N1 FLU VIRUS
Regarding the H1N1 Flu Virus, hand cleaning stations are provided at the entrance to the Church. If parishioners are feeling ill or have been sick in recent days, they should refrain from receiving Communion on the tongue or from the cup. The “sign of peace:” is an important part of Mass. If you are uncomfortable shaking hands, use another gesture such as a bow, a wave of the hand or simply saying “Peace be with you.”
NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ALL SOULS
Book of Rememberance
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 in November.
October 26th to October 31st, 2009
MONDAY – FR. ROBERT RUTLEDGE Requested by Michael Galligher
TUESDAY – CHRISTINA HAUGHEY Requested by Nora Kerr
WEDNESDAY – FRANK COLAMECO. Requested by the Colameco Family
THURSDAY – TULIO RAMIREZ Requested by the Ramirez Family
FRIDAY – JOHN HUYBERS Requested by the Family
SATURDAY – SIMPLICIO MONTINOLA Requested by Mimi
The next Family Mass will take place Sunday, November 1st at the 12:30 PM Mass. All are welcome.
CHINESE ROSARY GROUP
Sunday, November 1st at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. For information, please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.
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.
Sunday, November 1st at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room
On the first Sunday of each month, the Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality facilitates a 30 minute reflection and discussion prompted by the readings for that Sunday’s liturgy. The guided reflection brings an ecological perspective to the readings. All are welcome.
CONFIRMATION ENROLLMENT CEREMONY
The Confirmation Enrollment Ceremony for all Confirmation candidates will be held on Sunday, November 15th at the 12:30 Mass.
The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
- Avery Oi – Hay Ha Chang
- Matthew Que Kilayko
- Charlotte Ki Tung Lam
- Mia Victoria Padova
- Shyla Mia Palmieri
- Cassandra Chantel Victorine
These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, October 18th. Congratulations!
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 celebrated in English and Italian. All are welcome.
October 18th, 2009: $7,167
FOR THE LOVE OF SINGING
Saturday, November 28th at 7:30 PM
St. Gabriel’s Church
Reserve the date “For the Love of Singing” here at St. Gabriel’s on Saturday, November 28th at 7:30 PM.
A combination of Barber Shop, secular and sacred music will be presented by our own musicians. More information to follow.
MOSAIC PEACE MEAL
Sunday November 1 from 2:00 -5:00 PM
Thornhill United Church 25 Elgin St.
(north of Steeles, east of Yonge)
The Mosaic Peace Meal is co-sponsored by Thornhill United Church and Islamic Shia Ithna-askeri Jamaat of Toronto.
All are welcome. The theme “How Green can you be?” will include different faiths’ perspectives on the environment, displays and special programming for children on the environment. The program ends with a pot-luck vegan supper.
If coming, please bring a dish to share with others but with absolutely no meat, poultry, eggs, fish, dairy products or alcohol due to dietary laws and no nut products because many people are allergic to these. Also to think green, no disposable dishes.
Please RSVP to Nora at 416-218-0680 by October 26.
See the poster on the bulletin boards for more details.
ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE SCHOOL
The Office of Admissions of St. Michael’s College School is now considering applications for September 2010.
Open Houses for interested parents and their sons will be held on the following evenings: Wednesday, October 21st and Tuesday, October 27th commencing at 7:30 PM and concluding at approximately 9:00 PM.
St. Michael’s College School,
1515 Bathurst Street (at St. Clair Avenue West)
While St. Michael’s is a private school, they offer academic scholarships and financial aid to qualified students.