In this week’s bulletin, mitten tree and toy drive, the Christmas pageant and Children’s Choir on Christmas Eve.
Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”
Fr. Henri J.M. Nouwen
December 17th to December 22nd, 2012
MONDAY – RANDY HALL Requested by Noreen Williams
TUESDAY – BARRY BRADBURY Requested by Peggy Pusaka
WEDNESDAY – CHLOE BOISJOLI Requested by Claude Cournoyer
THURSDAY – CHLOE BOISJOLI Requested by Claude Cournoyer
FRIDAY – THE RYAN FAMILY Requested by Noreen Williams
SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE Requested by Marie Calderone
CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE 2012
Christmas Schedule 2012
Saturday, December 22nd
- 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
- 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
CHRISTMAS EVE -Monday, December 24th
No 9:00 AM Mass
- 7:00 PM Family Mass – Carol Singing
- 9:00 PM Adult Choir – Carol Singing
- 12:00 AM Midnight Mass – Contemporary Group
Office Open 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM only
CHRISTMAS DAY -Tuesday, December 25th
- 10:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
BOXING DAY – Wednesday, December 26th
No Mass, Office Closed
NEW YEAR’S EVE – Monday, December 31st
No 9:00 AM Mass
- 4:30 PM – Mass for the Feast of Mary the Mother of God
Office Open 1:00 to 4:00 PM only
NEW YEAR’S DAY Tuesday, January 1st
FEAST OF MARY THE MOTHER OF GOD –
- 10:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
CHILDREN’S CHOIR: FAMILY MASS – CHRISTMAS EVE AT 7:00 PM
Rehearsal: Sunday, December 23rd
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Each year, young people, Grade 3 and up, form a special choir for the Family Mass on Christmas Eve. Children must be at the Church by 6:00 PM. One rehearsal, which is mandatory, will be held on Sunday, December 23rd from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Please call Marilyn Calderone at 416-618-2041 for more information.
Dress Rehearsal: Sunday, December 23rd
2:00 to 4:00 PM
S.K. to Grade 5 children are invited to participate in the pageant. Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866
for more information.
MITTEN TREE FOR ST.VINCENT DE PAUL AND ROSALIE HALL
Thank you to all who took the mitten and stocking tags from our Christmas tree in the Gathering Space. Items should be gift wrapped with the original tag attached and delivered to the “mitten” tree no later than this Sunday, December 16th. Thanks for your generosity.
CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE
We are having a Christmas Toy Drive for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society and Rosalie Hall. Can you help by dropping off an unwrapped new toy for a child 0 to 12 years old? Containers will be in the Gathering Space until this Sunday, December 16th.
GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE
There but for the Grace of God…..
Please help feed the hungry and homeless this Christmas. Make a difference in the lives of those most in need within our community by participating in the Good Shepherd Centre’s annual Christmas Food Drive.
Urgently Needed Items: Rice, pasta and sauces, breakfast cereals, powered fruit juices, canned items – fish, meats, vegetables, fruit, soup or stews peanut butter, jams, tea, ground and instant coffee, sugar, cookies and crackers, ketchup, mustard and relish.
Donations may be left in the designated containers at the doors of the Church. We thank you for your generous support.
THE LEPROSY MISSION OF CANADA USED STAMP COLLECTION
At this time of year, many will be 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.
ST.VINCENT DE PAUL
Christmas Offering envelopes for the St. Vincent de Paul Society are available at the back of the Church. Your donations enable the Society to help those in need. Ninety seven cents of every dollar is used to assist over 71,000 people in need each year. At this time of year, the St. Vincent de Paul Society tries to provide a little extra to add to their Christmas celebration. Your generosity is much appreciated.
BIBLE FOR BEGINNERS
Tuesday, January 8th at 7:30 PM or
Thursday, January 10th at 10:30 AM
Topic: An Overview of the Old Testament – now known as the ‘Hebrew Scriptures’. For information please call Mary at 416-293-3760.
ADVENT/WINTER SOLSTICE EVENING OF REFLECTION
Friday, December 21st at 7:30 PM
The annual Advent/Winter Solstice Evening of Reflection will be held on Friday, December 21st at 7:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. Because the feast of Christmas was deliberately timed to coincide with the darkness of the winter’s solstice, there is a link between theological meaning and cosmological setting. Join us for a guided exploration of the relevance of these theological and cosmological connections to today’s ecological challenges.
Please contact Dennis O’Hara at email@example.com or 416-926-1300, ext. 3408 to register or for more information.
Our operating expenses average $13,750 per week.
Collection for December 9th 2012
Envelopes (434) – $9,250
Loose Change – $1,233
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (183) – $3,432
Total – $13,915
Please note: All donations for 2012 must be received in the Parish Office by Monday, December 31st 2012 or they will not be included in your 2012 Tax Receipt.
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2013
The 2013 Offertory Boxed Envelopes are now available in the Gathering Space. Please pick them up as soon as possible. Please inform the Parish Office if you have recently moved or are new to the Parish so that we may update our records and label your box correctly. If you are on the Pre- Authorized Giving Plan, you will still receive a smaller green box of envelopes since these include Initial, New Year’s, Christmas, Easter and Maintenance envelopes. You may contact the Parish Office if you do not have envelopes but would like a box for 2013.