In this week’s bulletin, registering for junior kindergarten in a Catholic School and a collection drive for new immigrants and refugees.
January 10th – January 15th, 2011
MONDAY – HARRY LEUNG – Requested by Mary Leung
TUESDAY – ANTOINETTE VOLPE – Requested by Paul & Wai Chin Hwang
WEDNESDAY – NORAH SWEENEY – Requested by Nora Kerr
THURSDAY – HELENA SHUK-WAH HO – Requested by Paul, Wai Chin & Julie Hwang
FRIDAY – NORA DALY – Requested by Desmond Daly
SATURDAY – MARGARET & CATHERINE MORIARTY – Requested by Teresa & Family
MEETING FOR FIRST RECONCILIATION AND HOLY COMMUNION
Thursday, January 20th, at 7:30 PM
On Thursday, January 20th at 7:30 there will be a meeting for parents only of children who will be receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time. The meeting will be held in the Church.
The books We Discover God’s Path and We Share in the Eucharist will be distributed at that time.
AN INVITATION TO LEARN!
The Story of the Mass
Tuesday January 11th at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, January 12th at 10:30 AM
TORONTO CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
Registration for Junior Kindergarten children for the school year September 2011 – June 2012 began in our school (and Board wide) on January 3, 2011.
Children registering for Junior Kindergarten in September must be four years of age by December 31, 2011 (born in the year 2007).
Any children registering for Senior Kindergarten, who are new to our school, must be five years of age by December 31, 2010 (born in the year 2006).
Documents required for registration are:
- Baptismal certificate
- Birth certificate
- Immunization records
- Landed Immigrant Status (if not born in Canada)
- Child’s Health Card Number and other relevant telephone numbers
We will have extended registration night on Wednesday, January 12 from 7:00PM to 9:00 PM.
***Please call to book an appointment***
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2011
Your offertory envelopes are now available in the Gathering Space. Please pick yours up as soon as possible.
It is very important that you write your name and address on your new 2011 envelopes for the month of January. This will ensure that you are given proper credit for your donations.
Our operating expenses average $14,000 per week.
Christmas Day, December 25th – $35,300
December 26th – $11,311
Loose Change – $1,919
Envelopes (768) – 14,283
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (136) – $2,758
Total – $18,960
COLLECTION DRIVE FOR NEW IMMIGRANTS/REFUGEES
“Becoming Neighbours” is a joint ministry of nineteen religious congregations of men and women in Toronto (the Passionists included) to serve as companions to new immigrants and refugees during the latter’s initial adjustment in Canada, so as to ease their adaptation to life in Toronto.
Most of us have been blessed with abundance. In the spirit of sharing, St Gabriel’s will again be organizing a collection drive, on behalf of Becoming Neighbours, during the weekend of January 15th/16th, 2011. This year they are asking specifically for gently used winter clothes.
We take this opportunity to collect also for the Iraqi refugee family that the parish is sponsoring. Clothing collected that would fit members of the family will be set aside for them. Whatever help you can give will be much appreciated.
GOOD SHEPHERD CASSEROLES
Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 53 casseroles for December. For January, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of January 29/30, 2011 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.
REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE
Concert – Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 7:30 PM
The Refugee Sponsorship Committee is having a Fundraising concert on Thursday January 13th, 2011 for the Iraqi family being sponsored by the Parish. The concert will be held at 7:30pm at St. Gabriel’s and will feature musicians and singers from the Parish, as well as special guest DALA (www.dalagirls.com). DALA has toured Canada and the US many times, opening for artists such as Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane, Matthew Good, Stuart McLean of the CBC’s Vinyl Café and Chantal Kreviazuk. Tickets are on sale in the Gathering Space after all Masses this weekend, December 18th and 19th. Adult tickets: $20, and $10 for children under 12.
Tickets can also be purchased from Marilyn Calderone (416-221-8866 ext 225) and Chris Carabine (416-512-9666).
Fair-trade, organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.
Regular ground Coffee: $5
Whole Beans: $5
Chocolate Bars: $4 including taxes
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $4.50
Teas: $3.25 to $4.00 by variety
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.
THE GREEN CORNER
The environment must be seen as God’s gift to all people, and the use we make of it entails a shared responsibility for all humanity, especially the poor and future generations. I also observed that whenever nature and human beings in particular, are seen merely as products of chance or an evolutionary determinism, our overall sense of responsibility wanes. On the other hand, seeing creation as God’s gift to humanity helps us understand our vocation and worth as human beings. … Contemplating the beauty of creation inspires us to recognize the love of the Creator, that Love which “moves the sun and the other stars”.
Message of Pope Benedict XVI for the celebration of the World Day of Peace, 2010.