This week in the bulletin: Holocaust Education Week, and coffee after weekend masses.
HOLOCAUST EDUCATION WEEK
St. Gabriel’s Parish
Wednesday, November 3rd at 7:30 PM
For many years, St. Gabriel’s Parish has participated in Holocaust Education Week. On Wednesday, November 3rd at 7:30 PM we will present My Personal Testimony a program co-sponsored by Marilyn & Stephen Sinclair in memory of Ernie Weiss.
After their expulsion from their home in Fascist Italy, Miriam Frankel and her family found themselves trapped in Hungarian-occupied Czechoslovakia for the next four years. Her father was taken to a forced labour camp and when he returned, the family was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in May 1944. Surviving two additional concentration camps, Miriam was liberated in Salzwedel, Germany in April 1945. The sole survivor of her family, Miriam came to Canada as a Jewish war orphan in 1948.
SUPPORTING YOUR SEPARATE SCHOOLS
With upcoming elections this month, the Archbishop wants to make sure that you good people are registered as Separate School Supporters. If you moved recently, then you have lost your Separate School Supporter status and must apply to be reinstated. Forms are available at the door of the Church to help you in this matter.
After the past regretful events of our School Board, it is important that we have a good turnout on October 25th in order to revitalize our board and regain our credibility in the community.
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, October 26th at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, October 27th at 10:30 AM
JUST A REMINDER
We do have a small library which is available usually during Office hours. We recently acquired an extensive number of books by or about Thomas Merton and other current books by authors such as Jean Vanier.
Our operating expenses average $14,000 per week.
Last week’s collection:
Loose Change – $1161
Envelopes (419) – $6,972
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (132) – $2,698
Total – $10,831
October 25th – October 30th, 2010
MONDAY – FR. PETER ASHTON O.F.M.
TUESDAY – RITA ROTHWELL Requested by Phyllis Milligan
WEDNESDAY – FR. PETER ASHTON O.F.M.
THURSDAY – JOHN C. K. YEUNG Requested by Agnes Wong & Family
FRIDAY – ANTHONY O. B. YEUNG Requested by Agnes Wong & Family
SATURDAY – JUAN VILLAFRANCA Requested by the Family
The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
- McDavid Jimenez Asuncion
- Nathan Charles Davidson
- Tyrese Jacob Erive
- Lauren Isabella Garde
- Jacob Kiu Hong
- Tia Hsu
- Luca Christopher James
- Juliana Claire Florido Jereza
- Aaron Elizabeth Niamh Purcell
- Riley Wolkove
These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, October 17th. Congratulations!
PARENTS CONFIRMATION INFORMATION MEETING
Tuesday, October 26, 2010. 7:30 to 9:00 PM
St. Gabriel’s Church
This meeting is for parents only of children receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this year.
The Altar Service is now recruiting new members. If you are in Grade 4 or higher and are interested in becoming an altar server, please leave your name and phone number with the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.
The orientation and training for new members will be held on Saturday, October 30th, 2010 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM.
ALL SOULS’ DAY MASS
November 6th at 2:00 PM
Holy Cross Cemetery
Catholic Cemeteries – Archdiocese of Toronto wishes to invite all families to participate in the annual All Souls’ Day Mass on Saturday, November 6th 2010 at 2:00 PM at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill, 905-889-7467. The Liturgy will be celebrated in English and Italian. The blessing of the new Mausoleum phase will follow Mass. All are welcome.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
Today is World Mission Sunday. Today, every Catholic community and parish throughout the world takes part in World Mission Sunday. It is a global effort to bring spiritual
and material help to our brothers and sisters who long for hope and love that comes from knowing Christ’s love for them. Your kind support will assist all missionaries across the world. It will help new churches to grow, be strong and vital faith communities. Please continue to pray for all those who serve in mission countries and please be generous in your support of their work. May God bless you always. For more information, please go to.www.worldmissionsocieties.ca.
GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES
Your prepared chicken rice casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at all the Masses next weekend, October 30th/31st for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.
More volunteers are encouraged to pick up a copy of the casserole recipe and a pan. Why not give it a try?
For more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Information Meeting Thursday, October 28th at 7:30 PM
Are you interested in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul here at St. Gabe’s? Would you like more information? An Information meeting will be held here at the Church on Thursday, October 28th at 7:30 PM. Everyone is welcome.
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.
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, the parish would like to host four “coffee and cookies” gatherings over the next several months, 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 will be held this Sunday, October 24th, 2010 after the 8:30 AM Mass.
The parish is now seeking a small group of dedicated volunteers who can help organize these gatherings. If you would like to be involved, please contact Fatima Lee at (416) 221-8866 ext 228.
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. 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 today and next week in the Gathering Space to give you an opportunity to make an appointment to have your photo taken in early November.
ALEX SEREDENKO – FEATURED PIANIST TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Alex Seredenko, our accompanist at the 12:30 Mass will be the featured pianist with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra on Thursday, December 9th (matinee) and Saturday, December 11th (evening). For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at www.tso.ca
October 24th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Temple Har Zion
7360 Bayview Avenue (north of Steeles Avenue)
From Abraham: Three Faiths
Mosaic Interfaith is sponsoring an interactive discussion on this topic on Sunday, October 24th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at Temple Har Zion. Panelists are Canon Hill (Anglican) Rabbi Michael Stroh (Judaism) and Dr. Liyakat Takim (Islam) All are welcome. Please RSVP to Nora 416-218-0680 by October 21.
MASS TO SUPPORT WOMEN EXPERIENCING VIOLENCE AND ABUSE
November 3rd at 5:00 PM
St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street
His Grace, Archbishop Thomas Collins will celebrate a Mass to support women experiencing violence and abuse at St Paul’s Basilica on Wednesday, November 3rd at 5:00 PM. A reception will follow the Mass. Please see the poster on the Bulletin board or go to www.cfsofto.org for further information.
QUEEN OF APOSTLES RENEWAL CENTRE
WOMEN’S FALL RETREAT
Weekend of November 5th to 7th
The Centre team will preach on the theme “The Genesis Story and Our Story”. Why not consider a vacation with the Lord and perhaps bring a friend? For further information or to register please call 905-278-5229.