This week: the story of the Mass, the MOSAIC peace meal, and Passionist Christmas Cards.
“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 November 30, 2010 (Tuesday), from 7:30 to 9 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 email@example.com. 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 9th at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, November 10th at 10:30 AM
November 8th – November 13th, 2010
MONDAY – JOHN RUEST Requested by the Family
TUESDAY – GINO GERARDI Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – ELISA CARODONNA & FRANCESCO COSCARELLA Requested by Antonio Coscarella
THURSDAY – TULIO RAMIREZ Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – JACK TARKA Requested by Fran Moscall
SATURDAY – GEORGE V. LEWIS Requested by the Lewis & Lin Families
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 – $1,390
Envelopes (439) – $8,515
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (134) – $2,738
Total – $12,643
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY THANK YOU!
Thank you very much for your generous support of World Mission Sunday last week. Your prayers and donations will make a huge contribution to the growth of the Church and to the well-being of the poor of our world. Please continue to pray for all those who serve in mission countries that they may remain steadfast in their vocation to bring Christ’s message of love to those they serve – the world’s most vulnerable. For more information please go to www.worldmissionsocieties.ca.
SHEPHERDS’ TRUST COLLECTION
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.
GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES
Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 53 casseroles for October. For November, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of November 27/28 for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. More volunteers are encouraged to become active in helping to feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. 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.
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 will be set up after all the Masses this weekend in the Gathering Space to give you an opportunity to make an appointment to have your photo taken in November.
MOSAIC PEACE MEAL
Sunday November 7th from 2:00 -5:00 PM
The Jaffari Community Centre
9000 Bathurst Street, Thornhill, Ontario, L4J 8A7
The Mosaic Peace Meal is co-sponsored by the Jaffari Community Centre and St. Luke’s Catholic Parish. All are welcome. Please enter by Door 3.
The theme this year is “Our Common Voice: Achieving Social Justice Together”. The keynote address will be given by Imam Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi. Find out what the seven faiths that make up MOSAIC have to say about Social Justice and what our partner congregations are doing to make a difference.
Visit displays from local Social Justice Groups and find out how to get involved. Special interactive programs for children are available. 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. Think green. Avoid disposable dishes.
Islamic dress Code required (long skirts or pants, covered arms and head scarves for women. No shoes in the building.)
Please RSVP to Nora at 416-218-0680 by November 1st.
PASSIONIST CHRISTMAS CARDS
Passionist Christmas cards will be available after all the Masses on the weekend of November 13th /14th.
A donation of $1.50 per card is suggested.
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 Oct 24 for those who attended the 8:30AM Mass, was very well received. The second gathering will be held after the 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday, November 21, 2010.
Please join us if you can! See you there.
NORTH YORK RETIRED MEN’S CLUB
November 9th, 2:00 PM
Blessed Trinity Parish Hall
The North York Retired Men’s Club will hold their next meeting on November 9, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Blessed Trinity Parish Hall. Don Daly will speak on: Canadian Manufacturing: Trends & Problems.
BREBEUF COLLEGE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
211 Steeles Avenue East, (west of Bayview)
Wednesday, November 10th at 7:00 PM
Brebeuf College is holding an Open House on Wednesday, November 10th at 7:00 PM. Parents/Guardians and students are cordially invited to attend. We can be reached at (416) 393-5508.
Help for Troubled Marriages Retreat Weekend
November 12th – 14th
Retrouvaille (Pronounced Retro-vi) is a program to help married couples through difficult times in their marriage relationships. It is designed to provide the tools to help get your marriage back on track. It will give you the opportunity to rediscover one another and examine your lives together in a new and positive way. For confidential information or to register, visit the website at www.torontoretrouvaille.com or call 416-281-6007.
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.