In this week’s bulletin: registration for sacraments, the Good Shepherd Centre Thanksgiving food drive, and supporting your Separate Schools.
SUPPORTING YOUR SEPARATE SCHOOLS
With upcoming elections in October, 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 in October in order to revitalize our board and regain our credibility in the community.
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, September 27th 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, September 28th at 7:30 PM and again on Wednesday morning, September 29th at 10:30 AM, we will begin to study “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.
SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM
If you have, or know of, school-age children (age 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office or Fatima Lee directly, at (416) 221-8866. Classes for them will begin in late September.
The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
- Yashpal Maxwell Antonio
- Alyssa Chan
- Evan Alexander Kroetsch
- Matthew Keith Thurtell
These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, September 19th. Congratulations!
September 27th – October 2nd, 2010
MONDAY –SPECIAL INTENTION Requested by Allan Scott
TUESDAY – 25TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY OF ANNA & JOHN DELLA MORA Requested by Anna & John
WEDNESDAY – MARIANNA ANTONCZAK Requested by her Daughter & Family
THURSDAY – BARRY BRADBURY Requested by Peggy & Family
FRIDAY – ROSIE JOSEPH Requested by Margaret Joseph
SATURDAY – KATHI WATTS Requested by Kathi & Philip Leah
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 email@example.com if you are interested.
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.
ENGLISH ROSARY GROUP
Saturday, October 2nd at 3:15 PM in the Library
For information, please contact Linda Law at 416 -918-8029.
CHINESE ROSARY GROUP
Sunday, October 3rd at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room For information, please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.
Sunday, October 3rd at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room
On the first Sunday of each month, the Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality facilitates a 30 minute reflection and discussion prompted by the readings for that Sunday’s liturgy. The guided reflection brings an ecological perspective to the readings. All are welcome
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 on the weekend of October 2/3. The money raised will go toward our one year financial commitment to help this family to settle in our area.
To assist in understanding St. Gabriel’s sponsorship of an Iraqi Christian family, the following web sites are useful for background information on the refugee situation in Iraq:
Search the last two sites for Iraqi Christians.
PAKISTAN FLOOD RELIEF – SHARELIFE
The Federal Government has committed to match all contributions for Flood Relief in Pakistan made to eligible charities between August 2nd and 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.
GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE 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!
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 – $1,101
Envelopes (430) – $8,700
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (126) – $2,645
Total – $12,447
RECEPTION FOR NEW PARISHIONERS
Saturday, October 2nd at 2:30 PM
A reception will be hosted for our new parishioners (who registered with us in the past year) on October 2, 2010 at 2:30 PM here at the parish. Invitations have already been sent out.
If you are new to the parish, and have not yet registered, or if you have not received an invitation, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.
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.