This week, the History of Angels, and an open house at Brebeuf College. Coming up, the Awakening the Dreamer symposium, Theology on Tap, and For the Love of Singing.
AWAKENING THE DREAMER SYMPOSIUM
December 12th from 8:45 AM until 1:00 PM
Do you have dreams of a world that is environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just?
Join us for the Awakening The Dreamer symposium. It will draw from the experience and wisdom of some of the world’s most respected thinkers, including Tom Berry, Brian Swimme, Desmond Tutu, and Thich Nhat Hanh. Together we’ll explore how we can, both individually and collectively, move the world in a new direction. For more information about the symposium, visit www.AwakeningTheDreamer.org
The symposium will be held on December 12, 2009 (Sat.),
from 8:45 AM to 1:00 PM in the Gabriel Room.
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 Angels Etc.
Tuesday, November 17th at 7:30 PM
The History of Angels Etc.
Wednesday, November 18th 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.
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.
SHEPHERD’S TRUST COLLECTION
Weekend of November 14th/15th
The mission of the Shepherd’s Trust is to raise awareness and funds so that elderly and disabled priests are provided with sufficient financial resources to lead a dignified life after many years of ministry. By supporting Shepherd’s trust retired priests are given the dignity of adequate pensions, health care and other assistance in their golden years.
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!
For further information, go to www.shepherdstrust.org
IN MEMORIAL GIVING
Our parish is where we celebrate the special moments in our lives. It is where we come to be married, see our children and grandchildren baptized, come to be reconciled with God and to be nourished by the Holy Eucharist. Our parish is where we will come to take our final journey out of this world and into the next.
One way you can show others that the Church is important to you is to request that all in lieu of flowers donations made in your memory be directed toward your parish or favourite Archdiocesan charity. To ensure that your wishes are fulfilled, let your family know of your intention. Then sign and date a handwritten letter that states your wishes and keep it with your will. The Archdiocese will ensure that In Memoriam cards are delivered to the funeral home for the visitation.
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.
NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ALL SOULS
Book of Remembrance
There is 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 9th to November 15th, 2009
MONDAY – SEVERINO & MARIA DI NARDO Requested by the Family
TUESDAY – PAUL YAU YUE LAM Requested by Agnes Wong & Family
WEDNESDAY – DANIEL NG Requested by Stella Cheung
THURSDAY – JUDITH MATYASFALVI Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – GUS CALDERONE Requested by Marie Calderone
SATURDAY – GEORGE V. LEWIS Requested by the Lewis Family & the Lin Family
CONFIRMATION ENROLLMENT CEREMONY
The Confirmation Enrollment Ceremony for all Confirmation candidates will be held on Sunday, November 15th at the 12:30 Mass.
All registrations must be received before November 15th. No registrations will be accepted at the ceremony.
November 1st, 2009: $10, 019
Number of Envelopes Used: 406
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2010
We are presently preparing the offertory envelopes for 2010. If you already receive envelopes and have changed your address or phone number, please inform the Parish Office so that we can update our records.
If you do not receive offertory envelopes and would like to do so, please call the office at 416-221-8866 and we will prepare a box for you.
FOR THE LOVE OF SINGING
Saturday, November 28th at 7:30 PM
St. Gabriel’s Church
$12 in advance, $15 at the door and $30 for a family
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 are on sale this 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 this weekend, November 7th/8th. A donation of $1.50 per card is suggested.
NORTH YORK RETIRED MEN’S CLUB
Tuesday, November 10th at 2:00 PM
Blessed Trinity Parish Hall
The North York Retired Men’s Club will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, November 10th at 2:00 PM in Blessed Trinity Parish Hall. The Toronto Star’s Kathy English will talk about the Newspaper’s Ethics and Accountability.
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 south side of Steeles. They can be reached at
C.W.L. BLESSED TRINITY
Seminar on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
November 17th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Blessed Trinity Parish Hall
The Catholic Women’s League of Blessed Trinity Parish cordially invites all parishioners and their friends to an informative complimentary seminar “Learning the Latest Information on Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease and the Services that Will Benefit You.” Experts from the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada and the Alzheimer’s Society, City of Toronto will speak.
Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP Mary Currie at 416-225-8844.
FAITH CONNECTIONS’ THEOLOGY ON TAP
Monday, November 18, 2009 at 7:00 PM
Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto
Young adults (ages 19 to 39) are invited to a social evening of thought-provoking discussion on “Into the Silence – In a Busy World” with guest Fr. Michael Machacek, Executive Director of the Newman Centre at the University of Toronto.
Munchies will be provided and cash bar is available.
Come and bring a friend!
For more information, please call 416 -222-1426, Ext. 276 or visit www.faithconnectionc.ca – a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto.