Learn about Canon Law, become neighbours by sharing your gently used items through Becoming Neighbours, then proclaim the Word of God through spoken word with Theology on Tap, all coming up at St. Gabe’s.
The Heritage Book has arrived. This beautiful book contains the names of all those who contributed to the new Church. It is on display at the south end of the Gathering Space.
AN INVITATION TO LEARN!
What’s Canon Law all about?
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 PM.
For more information, please contact the Catholic school nearest you, call 416-222-8282, Ext. 5314 or visit the Board’s website at www.tcdsb.org.
FIRST RECONCILIATION MEETING
Wednesday, January 20th, at 7:30 PM
On Wednesday, January 20th at 7:30 there will be a meeting for parents only of children who will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. The meeting will be held in the Church.
Weekend of January 9th /10th
“Becoming Neighbours” is a joint ministry of nineteen religious congregations of men and women in Toronto (the Passionists included), to serve as companions to new immigrants and refugees during the latter’s initial adjustment in Canada, so as to ease their adaptation to life in Toronto.
Most of us have been blessed with abundance. In the spirit of sharing, St Gabriel’s will be collecting gently used items such as clothes (esp. winter clothes), toys, children’s books, linens, kitchenware, for these new immigrants and refugees on the weekend of
January 9th /10th. Donations can be left in the boxes provided in the Gathering Space. Please help if you can.
Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.
- Regular ground Coffee: $5
- Decaffeinated $6
- Whole Beans $5
- Chocolate Bars: $4 including taxes
- Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $4.50
- Teas: $3.25 to $4.00 by variety
Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 36 casseroles for December. For January, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of January 30th/31st 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.
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 deposited in the basket just outside the Parish Office.
January 11th to January 16th 2010
TUESDAY – ANNA BLAZINA Requested by Nora Kerr
THURSDAY –THOMAS DERUITER’S 4TH BIRTHDAY Requested by Grandma
FRIDAY – RONALD BUTT Requested by Moira McCarthy & Bob Torpey
SATURDAY – FRANK HAYWARD Requested by Phyllis Hayward
MASS FOR CONSECRATED LIFE
Sunday, January 31st, 2010 at 3:00 PM
St. Paul’s Basilica
Tuesday, February 2nd the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. In the Archdiocese of Toronto, we are blessed to have living and serving among us more than 1,100 religious men and women of over 100 different religious congregations. This World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank God for the gifts of these religious sisters, brothers and priests and to pray for God’s blessing upon them in their efforts to faithfully live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.
All are welcome to come to a special Mass on
Sunday, January 31st at 3:00 PM at St. Paul’s Basilica to celebrate with and pray for these men and women religious who are such a vital and important part of the life and ministry of the Church in our Diocese.
New Year’s Day: $3,303
January 3rd, 2010: $10,764
Number of Envelopes Used: 521
Pre- Authorized Giving
December – $7,998.54
Number of Participants: 90
Tax receipts for donations made in 2009 will be mailed to you by the end of February. If you have changed your address, please notify the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. Please notify the office if you are moving out of the Parish.
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2010
The 2009 Offertory Boxed Envelopes are available in the Office hallway. 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.
PRE- AUTHORIZED GIVING
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 a box for 2010, please contact the office at 416-221-8866.
FAITH CONNECTIONS – THEOLOGY ON TAP
Monday, January 18th at 7:00 PM
Duke of York Pub
39 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto
Young adults (ages 19 – 39) are invited to a social evening of thought-provoking discussion on “Proclaiming the Word of God; Spoken Word as Testimony”. The guest speaker will be Marie-Lauren Gregoire B.A., B.J. a spoken word artist, writer and communicator. Munchies will be provided. There will be a cash bar. Come and bring a friend!
A WOMEN’S LENTEN RETREAT WEEKEND
February 12-14, 2010.
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga
A Women’s Lenten Retreat Weekend is being offered at the Queen of Apostles renewal Centre February 12th to 14th. The centre team will preach this retreat. Come join us to rest, renew, pray and grow in your personal relationship with Jesus. Please call 905-278-5229 to make a reservation or for more information.
THE GREEN CORNER
The World Health Organization estimated that “the effects of the climate change that has occurred since the mid -1970’s may have caused over 150,000 deaths in 2000”.
According to the Global Humanitarian Forum, now over 300,000 lives are estimated to be lost due to climate change each year. The annual death toll is expected to reach 500,000 by 2030.
WHO, Climate and Health fact Sheet, July, 2005
Global Humanitarian Forum, The Anatomy of a Silent Crisis, 2009