In this week’s bulletin, Holocaust Education Week, the Book of Remembrance, the Eco-sabbath and the All Souls Day mass.
HOLOCAUST EDUCATION WEEK
Thursday, November 3rd at 7:30 PM
St. Gabriel’s Parish
For many years, St. Gabriel’s Parish has participated in Holocaust Education Week. On Thursday, November 3rd at 7:30 PM we will present The Nazi Genocide of European Roma and Sinti and Its Historical Roots featuring Guest Speaker, Dr. Gerhard Baumgartner, historian, journalist and lecturer at the Joanneum University in Graz, Austria.
The lecture will cover the main stages of the persecution of the Roma and Sinti and the circumstances which lead to their final deportation and murder in Nazi death camps in Poland. The presentation aims at integrating the history of this genocide within the wider frame of the Jewish Holocaust, pointing out similarities and crucial differences. New historical images, mostly unearthed during the last decade by German and Austrian researchers, will be used to illustrate this tragic history.
This program is supported by the Roma Community Centre.
ROMAN MISSAL – THE NEW TRANSLATION
When we begin using the new English translation of the Roman Missal on November 27th 2011, one of the biggest changes you’ll notice is the words of the Gloria.
The Gloria is used on all Sundays of the year, except for those during Advent and Lent and a few other rare Occasions. The text has changed enough that composers in Canada have written new musical settings for it that we will rehearse at times before Mass. The Gloria is a joyful hymn of praise and honour to God. When we say it or sing it we honour God’s importance. In the Gloria we raise, with one voice, the song of the angels.
For more information on the Roman Missal and its changes, visit www.archtoronto.org/romanmissal anytime to continue your reflection.
October 31st – November 5th, 2011
MONDAY – MR. & MRS. ALDO BIGIONI Requested by Renee Vachon
TUESDAY – CESARIA VITA PICOLA DI CIAULA Requested by the Virgilio Family
WEDNESDAY – MARTIN SMEE Requested by the Smee Family
THURSDAY – TOM O’CONNELL Requested by Mary Ann & Fergus O’Connell
FRIDAY – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE NGUYEN FAMILY Requested by the Nguyen Family
SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE Requested by Marie Calderone
Friday November 4th from 9:30 AM to 12:00 Noon.
Please see the time schedule on the table inside the Church for sign up.
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.
ALTAR SERVER AWARDS
Congratulations to the following Altar Servers who were awarded the Bishop’s Award for Service this weekend at
St. Paul’s Basilica:
- Victoria Chan
- Andre Jeyarajan
- Kevin Meharchand
- Andrew Storus
English: Saturday, November 5th at 3:15 PM in the Library
Chinese: Sunday, November 6th at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. For further information, please contact Linda Law at 416 -918-8029.
The next Family Mass will take place Sunday, November 6th at the 12:30 PM Mass. All are welcome.
Sunday, November 6th 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.
ALL SOULS’ DAY MASS
Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill
Saturday, November 5th at 2:00 PM
Catholic Cemeteries – Archdiocese of Toronto wishes to invite all families to participate in the annual All Souls’ Day Mass on Saturday, November 5th 2011 at 2:00 PM at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill, 905-889-7467. The Liturgy will be celebrated in English and Italian. All are welcome.
A LOOK AT THE NEW MASS
We continue to look at the text of the new Mass which begins on the first Sunday of Advent. For more information, please contact Mary Landry at 416-221-8866, Ext. 224.
Tuesday, November 8th at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, November 9th at 10:30 AM
Our operating expenses average $14,000 per week.
Last week’s collection:
Loose Change – $942
Envelopes (396) – $9,629
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (162) – $3,197
Total – $13,769
PRE-AUTHORIZED GIVING OPTION
The “Pre-Authorized Giving” Plan (PAG), authorized and supported by the Archdiocese of Toronto, is a direct debit program. It allows parishioners to make their regular offertory donations by automatic monthly bank withdrawal on or about the 20th of each month. Participation in the PAG provides a regular dependable cash flow of contributions to the parish and enables us to better manage the Parish finances. PAG brochures and sign-up forms are available in the Parish Office and on the tables at the back of the Church. Thank you for your generosity and support.
TO THE PARISHIONERS OF ST. GABRIEL’S
My heartfelt thanks to all of you who checked drawers, looked in coat pockets, cupboards and closets to find eyeglasses that you no longer need or use. Rest assured that, by the middle of November, there will be many Ghanaians in the remote villages of northern Ghana sporting new glasses. Who knows… they may be wearing yours!
In two weeks, the Ghana Medical Mission will see over 9000 people in four different villages. You can only imagine what a difference being able to see properly will mean to them.
Ghana Health Team
THANK YOU FROM THE HOLY LAND CHRISTIAN FAMILIES
On the behalf of the Christians in the Holy Land, they very much appreciate your help by purchasing their Olive woodcrafts. Your help has made a difference to many families in Bethlehem and surrounding areas. Words cannot express how thankful they are for the opportunity you gave them to display the religious woodcrafts at St. Gabriel’s Parish. Please keep the Christians in the Holy Land in your prayers as you are always in theirs.
Holy Land Christian Families
THE LEPROSY MISSION OF CANADA USED STAMP COLLECTION
At this time of year, many are receiving Christmas cards. Please remember to bring us your used postage stamps. These are passed on to the Leprosy Mission of Canada helping them work towards the day when leprosy is eradicated. They are happy to accept any and all trimmed stamps, leaving no less than ¼ inch and no more than ½ inch paper border. Stamps may be deposited in the basket on the cabinet just outside the Parish Office.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
Today in St. Gabriel’s Parish is World Mission Sunday. 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 and become 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.
PARISH PHOTO DIRECTORIES
Did you have a photo taken for our Parish Directory? If you have not received yours, please pick it up in the Parish Office as soon as possible. Thank you.
ANNUAL MASS TO END WOMAN ABUSE
Thursday, November 3rd at 6:00 PM
St. Clare’s Church
1118 St. Clair Avenue West
The choirs, directors and musicians of St. Bonaventure’s and St. Gabriel’s Churches will lead the music for the second annual Mass offered to end Woman Abuse on Thursday, November 3rd at St. Clare’s Church. A light dinner in the Parish Hall will follow. Please register by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 416-921-1163.
BREBEUF COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00 PM
Brebeuf College is holding an Open House on Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00 PM. Parents/Guardians and students are cordially invited to attend. Join us at 211 Steeles Avenue East, just west of Bayview on the south side of Steeles. We can be reached at (416) 393-5508.
QUEEN OF APOSTLES RETREAT CENTRE
Marriage Enrichment Weekend
November 25th – 27th
Refresh and rekindle your love for each other by treating yourselves to a marriage enrichment weekend at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, or give a weekend as a gift to family or friends. The Centre offers comfort, excellent cuisine and an inspiring program. The next weekend is Nov. 25-27th. For information telephone 905-278-8879 or 905-829-0116.
To register call Queen of Apostles: 905-278-5229
CHALLENGING MYSELF TO LIVE MORE FULLY
St. Bernard’s Convent
Two Thursdays- – November 17th and 24th,
7:00 – 10:00 PM
685 Finch Avenue West
For more information, please call 416-630-3296, Ext. 124 or email email@example.com.