Coming up, Jesus: The Name and Face of ‘God with us’, The Story of Mass, and the Shepherds’ Trust collection.
“JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON”
AN ADVENT EVENING OF REFLECTION
Tuesday, November 30th from 7:30 to 9:00 PM
The few weeks leading to Christmas are always such a busy time for us — shopping, entertaining, that we often forget the true reason for the season.
To prepare our hearts and minds for Christmas, the parish will be hosting an Advent evening of reflection with the theme:
“Jesus: The Name and Face of ‘God with us’” on Tuesday November 30, 2010 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM, to be facilitated by Father Jack Costello, S.J.
Father Costello is an excellent speaker, and one who integrates spirituality and the living out of our faith in modern times. He is currently serving as Adjunct professor at Regis College, and the Director of Jesuit Refugee and Migrant Service. The evening will be a great opportunity to pause, listen, and look deeply into our lives to find the room there for the birth of the Christ Child.
If you are planning to attend, please contact the Parish Office at 416- 221-8866 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to have an estimate of the number attending so as to set up for the event.
Suggested donation: $10 or whatever your means allow.
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 Story of the Mass
Tuesday, November 23rd at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, November 24th at 10:30 AM
A NEW SERIES: “DEEPENING OUR FAITH”
On Wednesday, November 24th at 7:30 PM we will begin a series looking at topics such as Trinity, Incarnation, Grace, Salvation, Sacraments, Church, Tradition etc. There will be short talks by Fr. Michael Himes, S.J. on screen followed by group discussion. It promises to be an interesting and stimulating evening! Other dates will be determined by the participants. For more information or to register, please phone Mary Landry at 416-221-8866, Ext. 224 or email her at email@example.com.
November 8th – November 13th, 2010
MONDAY – ARMANDO & WALTER DINARDO Requested by the Family
TUESDAY – BERTHA RICKETTS Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – GREG PAVLIN Requested by Stefanie Pavlin
THURSDAY – ANTHONY ARRIGO Requested by Anne & Family
FRIDAY – PERRY TANG Requested by the Family
SATURDAY – J. & V. ANDREW Requested by Mary Ann Mailhot
NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ALL SOULS – BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
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.
Our operating expenses average $14,000 per week.
Last week’s collection:
Loose Change – $1,185
Envelopes (375) – $7,722
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (134) – $2,738
Total – $11,645
MAINTENANCE COLLECTION – $6,989
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2011
We are presently preparing the offertory envelopes for 2011. 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.
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.
SHEPHERDS’ TRUST COLLECTION
There will be a collection next week, November 20th /21st for the Shepherd’s Trust. Religious order priests such as our own Passionist Community have faithfully served parish communities like St. Gabriel’s for many years. The Shepherd’s Trust recognizes their faithfulness, their many years of service to us, and the strong ties we have to them by ensuring that funds collected in parishes served by religious order priests, be given to those orders as a contribution towards the retirement of our priests.
Please be as generous as your means allow.
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
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.
PHOTO CHURCH DIRECTORY
In 2011, we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of St. Gabriel’s Parish. A parish pictorial directory would be a wonderful way to commemorate this milestone and the directory would be a valuable historical keepsake for future generations to enjoy and cherish.
IPC Canada Photo Services Inc. provides this service to the Church at no cost to the individual or to the Church.
Each participating family (household) will receive a free copy of the directory and an opportunity to purchase additional studio-quality portraits at less than studio prices. There is no obligation to purchase. Tables have been set up in the Gathering Space to give you an opportunity to make an appointment after all the Masses this weekend to have your photo taken.
NEW: COFFEE AFTER WEEKEND MASSES
Every week we see many familiar faces at church, but we never have a chance to get
to know them. This year as a pilot project, the parish is hosting four “coffee and cookies” gathering, one for each of the weekend masses, so that everyone can have the opportunity to mingle and chat, and be a part of community.
The first one, held on October 24th for those who attended the 8:30 AM Mass, was very well received. The second gathering will be held after the 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday, November 21st, 2010.
Please join us if you can! See you there.
RELIGIOUS VOCATION DISCERNMENT WEEKEND
November 26th – 28th, 2010
A Religious Discernment Weekend for young women will be held November 26th to November 28th, 2010 given by a team
of Sisters of St. Joseph. For further information, please contact Sr. Dorothy at 416-927-0720 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Also see the flyer on the bulletin board.
People, Popcorn and Pondering
Advent Movie Night
Newman Centre, 89 St. George St, Toronto
Saturday, November 27, 7:00 PM
Faith Connections and the Newman Centre invite you to join them for an Advent movie night for young adults (18-39). They will be watching Where the Heart Is starring Natalie Portman.
Cost: $5 includes refreshments and munchies (and popcorn, of course!)
The Gift of Welcome
L’Arche Daybreak, 11339 Yonge St, Richmond Hill
Saturday, December 4, 10:00AM-2:00PM
Faith Connections and L’Arche Daybreak invite you to join them for an Advent retreat drawing on the themes of hospitality and preparing ourselves to welcome Christ anew in the world and in our hearts. With Sr. Sue Mosteller, CSJ and assistants and members of L’Arche.
Cost (includes lunch): $10 for individuals, $20 for families
(children are welcome; this will be a family-friendly retreat!)
Please register by November 30 by calling Kelly Bourke at 416-222-1426 ext 276.