December 13th- December 18th 2010
MONDAY – ROSE MA Requested by Mary & Alec Chan
TUESDAY – JANICE DE RUITER Requested by Mary & Alec Chan
WEDNESDAY – SPECIAL INTENTION Requested by Alice Michael
THURSDAY – AGNES & JAMES LEDDY Requested by Alicia Patenaude
FRIDAY – BARRY BRADBURY Requested by Peggy & Family
SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE Requested by Marie Calderone
Dress Rehearsal: Sunday, December 19th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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
Wednesday, December 15th at 7:30 PM
St. Gabriel’s Church
Will Christmas be difficult to celebrate this year because of the loss of a loved one? St. Gabriel’s, the other Christian Churches in our area and the North York Hospital Chaplaincy are offering a Christmas Service for Those Who Mourn on Wednesday, December 15th at 7:30 PM here at St. Gabriel’s Church. All are welcome to attend.
ST. GABRIEL’S YOUTH GROUP CONCERT
Sunday, December 19th @ 7:00 PM
The Youth Group, together with Fr. Brando, will hold a concert on Sunday, December 19th @ 7:00 PM here at St. Gabriel’s Church in order to continue to raise funds for a water system for the indigenous people in the Philippines. Free will donations will be accepted.
CHILDREN’S CHOIR FAMILY MASS – CHRISTMAS EVE AT 7:00 PM
Rehearsal: Sunday, December 19th 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 for this Mass. One rehearsal, which is mandatory, will be held on Sunday, December 19th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Please call Marilyn Calderone at
416-618-2041 for more information.
ADVENT/WINTER SOLSTICE EVENING OF REFLECTION
“Moments of Grace from Dark Days”
Sunday, December 21 at 7:30 PM
The annual Advent/Winter Solstice Evening of Reflection will be held on Sunday, December 21 at 7:30 PM in the Gabriel room. Because the feast of Christmas was deliberately timed to coincide with the darkness of the winter’s solstice, there is a link between theological meaning and cosmological setting. Join us for a guided exploration of the relevance of these theological and cosmological connections to today’s ecological challenges. Please contact Dennis O’Hara at email@example.com or 416-926-1300, ext. 3408 to register or for more information.
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2011
Your offertory envelopes are now available in the Gathering Space. Please pick yours up as soon as possible. If the address on your box is incorrect, 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.
The “Pre-Authorized Giving” plan allows parishioners to make their regular offertory donations by automatic monthly bank withdrawal. Forms, (in a sealed envelope please), may be placed in the collection basket or dropped off at the Parish Office.
Our operating expenses average $14,000 per week.
Last week’s collection:
Loose Change – $ 1, 342
Envelopes (454) – $10,138
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 134 – $2,738
Total – $14,218
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD DRIVE
Your support is urgently needed!
December 12th to 17th
The Society for St. Vincent de Paul is in urgent need of food to help the growing number of families requiring assistance this year. All food collected until December 17th will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society for distribution. Donations may be left in the designated containers at the doors of the Church until December 17th. Thank you for your support.
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul tries to bring help to our neighbours who are in urgent need of assistance. Anyone looking for help should call 416-740-6006 and leave their name and phone number. They will then be contacted in order to determine their needs and arrange a meeting.
CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE
We are having a Christmas Toy Drive for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society. Can you help by dropping off an unwrapped new toy for a child
0 to 12 years old? Containers will be set up at the doors of the Church until Sunday, December 19h.
REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE
Concert – Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 7:30 PM
The Refugee Sponsorship Committee is having a Fundraising concert on Thursday January 13th, 2011 for the Iraqi family being sponsored by the Parish. The concert will be held at 7:30pm at St. Gabriel’s and will feature musicians and singers from the Parish, as well as special guest DALA. DALA has toured Canada and the US many times, opening for artists such as Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane, Matthew Good, Stuart McLean of the CBC’s Vinyl Café and Chantal Kreviazuk. Tickets will go on sale in the Gathering Space after all Masses December 18th and 19th. Adult tickets: $20, and $10 for children under 12. Tickets can also be purchased from Marilyn Calderone (416-221-8866 ext 225) and Chris Carabine (416-512-9666).
GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE FOOD DRIVE
December 18th to January 4th
Your help is urgently needed. The situation is critical! Please help feed the hungry and homeless this Christmas. 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, 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.
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: $4.00
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
You are invited after all the Masses this weekend to sign an Amnesty International petition and/or send a greeting card to a prisoner of conscience or human rights defender who is under threat.
THE GREEN CORNER
“Engagement with the world, as demanded by God’s word, makes us look with new eyes at the entire created cosmos, which contains traces of that Word through whom all things were made. (cf. Jn 1:2). As men and women who believe in and proclaim the Gospel, we have a responsibility towards creation.”
Verbum Domini, Benedict XVI, Nov., 2010