In this week’s bulletin: volunteer for St. Gabriel’s, supporting your Separate Schools, and St. Gabriel’s sponsors an Iraqi refugee family.
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.
ALL CANDIDATES MEETINGS FOR CATHOLIC TRUSTEES
- St. Gabriel’s School -Thursday, October 7th, 7:00 PM
- Marshall McLuhan C.S.S. –Thursday, October 14th, 7:00 PM
- Holy Spirit School – Wednesday, October 13th, 7:00 PM
ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT
Our journey of life and journey of faith are meant to converge at an early age. For many of us, however, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically, etc., but remain at a childish level of understanding of our faith. The following information is for those who wish to keep growing, to be able to enjoy the Good News of God’s love for us as members of God’s Church.
Monday Nights are R.C.I.A. Nights
The next R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) meeting will be held on Monday, October 4th at 7:30 PM. These evenings are for persons interested in learning about the Catholic Faith. Because the Parish Community itself is considered the official teacher and guide for potential new members, it is important that some parishioners participate by being present and by sharing their Faith in various ways. It is also an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of the faith. Adult Catholics who wish to celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist and/or Confirmation are welcome. For more information, please call Mary Landry at 416 – 221 – 8866.
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. We have studied and discussed parts of the Bible and Church history, viewed videos, listened to tapes and read short but substantial books about Christ and the Church.
On Tuesday evening, October 12th at 7:30 PM and again on Wednesday morning, October 13th at 10:30 AM, we will be studying “The Story of the Mass.” The words and prayers of
the Mass have evolved over the centuries and we will shortly
see some changes in our celebration. You’re welcome to join
us at either session.
October 4th – October 9th, 2010
MONDAY –ARTHUR DINELLE Requested by Gabrielle Gold
TUESDAY – FR.PETER ASHTON O.F.M.
WEDNESDAY – FR.PETER ASHTON O.F.M.
THURSDAY – FR.PETER ASHTON O.F.M.
FRIDAY – SYD SEDGWICK Requested by The Sedgwick Family
SATURDAY – MARTIS D’SILVO Requested by Bosco & Tarlotte Fernandes
CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM
The St Gabriel’s Children’s Faith Program is looking for volunteers to teach or assist this year’s program. Please contact Lynette Fernandes at 416-502-1743 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
The Children’s Liturgy of the Word, for children 4-10 years old, takes place at the 10:30 AM Mass. We are in need of volunteers to assist with this program. If you can help, please contact Tim Lychy at email@example.com
REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS
School Age Children
October 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st 2010
Registration for children who wish to receive the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation will be held at the Parish Office from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM on the following evenings:
- Tuesday, October 12th,
- Thursday October 14th
- Tuesday, October 19th
- Thursday, October 21st.
A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation.
ST GABRIEL’S MUSIC MINISTRY
“Those who sing pray twice.”
Our senior choir practices on Tuesday evenings, 7:30–9:00 PM and leads our singing at the 10:30 Sunday Mass celebration. Our junior choir practices on Thursday evenings 6:30–8:00 PM and is at the 12:30 Mass. We always welcome new voices and hope you will consider joining us!
Please call Marilyn at 416-221-8866, ext 225 for more information.
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.
LUNCHTIME SUPERVISOR FOR ST. GABRIEL’S SCHOOL
St. Gabriel’s School is in need of a lunchtime supervisor from 12:00 to 1:00 PM daily. This is a paid position. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact the School Office at 416-393-5256 as soon as possible.
ST. GABRIEL’S SPONSORS IRAQI REFUGEE FAMILY
St. Gabriel’s is sponsoring an Iraqi Christian family of five now living as refugees in Damascus, Syria. This family has been recommended to our Parish by the Archdiocese of Toronto’s Office of Refugees. There will be a second collection this weekend, October 2/3. The money raised will go toward our one year financial commitment to help this family to settle in our area.
Please be as generous as your means allow.
GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE
Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 32 casseroles for September. For October, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of October 30/31 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.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Currently, Parish Food Drives help Good Shepherd Ministries serve more than 1,000 meals a day to people who would have otherwise have gone hungry. Please help the homeless and hungry within our community by participating in this year’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Urgently needed items include:
- rice, breakfast cereals,
- tea, ground and instant coffee, powdered fruit juices
- canned soups, stews, meats, fish, fruits and vegetables,
- pasta and pasta sauce,
- peanut butter, jam, sugar,
- cookies and crackers,
- ketchup, mustard and relish.
Your kind donations will make all the difference!
PAKISTAN FLOOD RELIEF – SHARELIFE
This is the last weekend the Federal Government has committed to match all contributions for Flood Relief in Pakistan made to eligible charities This donation matching ends Sunday, October 3rd, 2010.
Those wishing to help through a financial contribution to this fund may do so in the following ways:
- Online through ShareLife’s website: www.sharelife.org
- By phone through the ShareLife office – 416-934-3411 or 1-800-263-2595
- Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
ShareLife – St. Gabriel’s – Floods – Pakistan
Kindly include in your prayers and Mass intentions those people in Pakistan who have died and those who continue to suffer as a result of the floods. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to serve those in need, both here at home and around the world.
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.
Our operating expenses average $14,000 per week.
Last week’s collection:
Loose Change – $1,228
Envelopes (414) – $7,515
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (126) – $2,645
Total – $11,388
YOUTH GROUP FIRST MEETING
Sunday, October 10th at 2:00 PM
There will be an orientation and planning meeting for the Youth Group on Sunday, October 10th at 2:00 PM. in the Gabriel Room. Any interested youth ages 14 and older are welcome.
Please contact Fr. Brando at 416-221-8866 for more information.
Do you speak French… even a little bit?
The Conversational French Group will continue to meet on Thursday mornings from10:00 to 11:00 AM in the Library. Anyone interested is very welcome.
For more information, please contact Sarah at 416-222-7117.