Happy Thanksgiving! In this week’s bulletin, a look at the new mass, the Holy Land Christian Families olive wood sale, and the Mosaic Peace Meal.
God has given us the earth to be our homeland. Along with this gift, we are asked to show our thankfulness by caring for the earth and by sharing our own gifts with one another.
Mass will be celebrated on Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 10th at 10:00 AM.
ROMAN MISSAL – THE NEW TRANSLATION
The Four Presences of Christ
The Second Vatican Council reminded us of our ancient faith: Christ is always present in His church, especially in its liturgical celebrations. So, each time we come to Mass we experience the presence of Christ in four different ways:
- Christ is present in the congregation – the people gathered together;
- Christ is present in the person of the priest;
- Christ is present in the Scriptures that we listen to during Mass;
- Christ is present in the bread and wine when it becomes Christ’s Body and Blood.
The more we are able to understand and participate in the Mass, the more we will come to appreciate and love it. The new translation will help us to do that because the words we will now use will say more clearly what our faith is teaching us.
For more information on the Roman Missal and its changes, visit www.archtoronto.org/romanmissal anytime to continue your reflection.
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 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.
R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) meetings have begun on Monday evenings 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, Ext. 224.
R.C.I.A. in Cantonese will also be offered this year. If you are interested, please contact Fatima Lee at 416-221-8866, Ext. 228.
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, October 11th at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, October 12th at 10:30 AM
October 10th – October 15th, 2011
MONDAY – THANKSGIVING DAY Mass 10:00 AM
TUESDAY – NANDRA SINGH Requested by Bobby Singh
WEDNESDAY – DIANA CHAN Requested by Agnes
THURSDAY – DOMENICO & LAURA GIORDANA Requested by the Virgilio Family
FRIDAY – MARTIN SMEE Requested by the Smee Family
SATURDAY – KATHI WATTS Requested by Kathi & Philip Leah
REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS
School Age Children
October 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th 2011
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 11th,
- Thursday October 13th,
- Tuesday, October 18th,
- Thursday, October 20th.
Please Note: A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation.
Our operating expenses average $14,000 per week.
Last week’s collection:
Loose Change – $1,106
Envelopes (409) – $7,528
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (162) – $3,174
Total – $11,808
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. We thank you for your generosity and support.
Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.
- Regular ground Coffee: $5
- Decaffeinated: $6
- Whole Beans: $5
- Chocolate Bars: $4 including taxes
- Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $4.50
- Teas: $4.00
HOLY LAND CHRISTIAN FAMILIES OLIVE WOOD SALE
Holy Land Christian Families are visiting the parish on October 16th and 17th to display the Olive Woods from the Holy Land. Due to religious wars and conflict, many Christian families had to leave their homes because of job loss. Hand Carved Olive Woods are religious items that are hand made by these Christian families. This is their only source of income and our mission is to help these families by selling their work to help with food, shelter and a better education. This way they can continue the only life they have known.
BOOK FAIR – PAULINE BOOKS AND MEDIA
St. Gabriel’s Parish will be having a Pauline Book & Media fair brought to us by the Daughters of St. Paul before and after all the Masses on the weekend of October 22nd/23rd. Everyone is invited to browse and purchase from a wonderful selection of Catholic books, music CDs and DVD movies from the Pauline Book and Media Centre in Toronto. There will also be a large selection for children. This is a great opportunity to get something inspirational to read, watch or listen to in order to help you on your spiritual journey. You can familiarize yourself with the life and mission of the Daughters of St. Paul by going to www.pauline.org.
MOSAIC PEACE MEAL
Sunday October 23rd from 2:00 -5:00PM
St. Luke’s Catholic Church,
39 Green Lane, Thornhill
The theme of this year’s event, co-sponsored by St. Luke’s and Temple Har Zion is “Protecting the Life Sustaining Gift of Water” Included is the:Keynote address by Professor Stephen Scharper, panel discussion, displays, special program for children. The program ends with pot-luck vegan supper. If coming please bring a dish to share with others but with absolutely no meat, poultry, eggs, fish, dairy products or alcohol due to dietary laws and, because of allergies, no nut products. Also think green, no disposable dishes.
All are welcome. Please RSVP to Nora at 416-218-0680 by October 20. See poster on bulletin board for more information.
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.
NOUS PARLONS FRANCAIS
Do you speak French, even a little bit? The French Conversational Group continues to meet on Thursday mornings from11:00 to 12:00 in the Library. Anyone interested is very welcome.
OFFICIAL ARCHDIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE
50th International Eucharistic Congress
June 10th – June 17th, 2012
The Archdiocese of Toronto is organizing a pilgrimage to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress that will
take place in Dublin, Ireland, from June 10 -June 17, 2012. For more details on the pilgrimage, please see the bulletin board, or call Kitty McGilly at 416-201-7375 or email www.archtoronto.org/iec or email@example.com.
QUEEN OF APOSTLES RETREAT CENTRE
Women’s retreat weekend October 28th -30th
Theme: Nurturing the Spirit Within
Facilitated by the new Centre team – Father Leo, Father Tomy and Mrs. Anne Hales. For further information
or reservation please call 905-278-5229.
SCARBORO MISSIONS: A PRESENTATION ON JEWISH-CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE
Wednesday, October 19th, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Scarboro Missions Centre
2685 Kingston Road
This is an International Conference which took place in July in Krakow and Auschwitz, Poland. For more information please see the Bulletin Board or call 416-261-7135.
“THE POWER OF GOOD”
A Holocaust Education Documentary
Wednesday, October 26th, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Scarboro Missions Centre
2685 Kingston Road
This is the story of one man’s courage and how he saved 669 Jewish children from the Nazis, a gripping documentary film narrated by Joe, Schlesinger, former CBC reporter. Joe is one of “Nicky’s Children” and he talks about “Reflections of a Survivor.”
For more information please see the Bulletin Board or call 416-261-7135.
ISLINGTON UNITED CHURCH GREEN BUILDING OPEN HOUSE
October 29th, 11:00 AM
As part of a “green” initiative, Islington United Church has installed solar panels on its roof. There will be a celebration and an open house beginning 11 AM on Saturday, October 29. Workshops will be conducted throughout the day, topics include: Islington United’s solar installation, home solar installation, and energy efficiency.
If interested, please register online at islingtonunitedopenhouse.evenbrite.com