In this week’s bulletin, the Eco-sabbath and the Dreams of Flying concert.
FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
Each Monday morning Parish members count that weekend’s Offertory and Special Collections, a process of usually 2½ hours. The Counting Ministry ensures prompt and accurate depositing of weekly collections and accurate input into the process of recording parishioner donations.
We need additional volunteers for this important Ministry. Volunteers work on a team which normally counts every fourth week. If you are a retired person, available on Mondays, we could use your help. Those interested, please contact Marie Gennaro at the Parish office (416-221-8866) as soon as possible.
January 30th – February 4th, 2012
TUESDAY – SEAN KERR Requested by Heather Wootton
THURSDAY – BERTHA RICKETTS Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – INNOCENT D’SOUZA Requested by The D’Souza Family
SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE Requested by Marie Calderone
MEETING FOR FIRST RECONCILIATION AND HOLY COMMUNION
Thursday, February 9th, at 7:30 PM
On Thursday, February 9th at 7:30 PM 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 here in the Church. The books We Discover God’s Path and We Share in the Eucharist will be distributed at that time. Please ensure that you pick up 2 books and help your child learn and review the content.
ECO – SABBATH
Sunday, February 5th 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. All are welcome.
MASS FOR CONSECRATED LIFE
Sunday, January 29th, 2011 at 3:00 PM
St. Paul’s Basilica,
On Thursday, February 2nd, the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. In the Archdiocese of Toronto, we are blessed to have living and serving among us more than 1,050 religious men and women of over 100 different religious congregations. This World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank God for the gifts of these religious sisters, brothers and priests and to pray for God’s blessing upon them in their efforts to faithfully live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.
All are welcome to come to a special Mass this Sunday, January 29th at 3:00 PM at St. Paul’s Basilica to celebrate with and pray for these men and women religious who are such a vital and important part of the life and ministry of the Church in our Diocese.
Friday, February 3rd from 9:30 AM – 12 Noon
Our operating expenses average $14,000 per week.
Collection for January 22nd, 2012
Loose Change – $907
Envelopes (447) – $8,309
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (168) – $3,246
Total – $12,462
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.
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2012
Please pick up your 2012 Offertory Boxed Envelopes in the Gabriel Room. If you are not currently using parish envelopes and wish to have a set issued for next year, please contact the Parish Office. This is the most effective way to keep track of your donations. If you have recently changed your address or phone number, it would be helpful if you would let us know at this time.
We would like to remind you not to use envelopes from previous years as this number has been reassigned to another family.
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. Your box can be found on the table beside the regular offertory boxes in the Gabriel Room.
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.
The Miracles of Jesus (Continued)
Tuesday, January 31st at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, February 1st at 10:30 AM
PHILIPPINES FLOOD RELIEF
Nearly 1000 people are reported dead and hundreds more are still missing after flash floods in the Philippines when Typhoon Washi hit southern Mindanao Island and surrounding areas in December. An estimated 40,000 people, many of whom were already desperately poor, are now living in evacuation centres after losing their homes and possessions.
Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:
- Online through the Archdiocesan website: www.archtoronto.org
- By phone through the Development Office: or 416-934-3411
- Through the parish, making cheques payable to: St. Gabriel’s Parish – Philippines – Flood Relief
WORLD LEPROSY DAY – JANUARY 29TH
This Sunday, January 29th is World Leprosy Day. Please take a few moments to remember the children, women and men living with leprosy. 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.
DREAMS OF FLYING CONCERT
Featuring the Sneak Peek Orchestra
St.Gabriel’s Church on February 4th at 7:30 PM
The Sneak Peek Orchestra is pleased to present its major concert of the 2011/12 season, Dreams of Flying. On February 4th 2012 at 7:30 PM. Toronto composer Rob Teehan’s Juno-nominated Dreams of Flying will open the concert, followed by Kevin Lau’s newest creation, Foundation. Dazzling soloist Rachel Mercer will perform this cello concerto. Finally, return to earth but let your spirit soar with Ludwig von Beethoven’s epic masterpiece, Symphony No. 7 in A major. The concert will take place here at St. Gabriel’s Church.
Tickets will be available after all the Masses this week and next and will also be sold at the door. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Check out www.sneakpeekorchestra.com for more information.
MULTICULTURAL POTLUCK DINNER
Sunday, January 29th at 7:30 PM in the Gathering Space
The Multicultural Potluck Dinner will be held this Sunday, January 29th at 7:30 PM. We anticipate having one hundred and twenty people attending. It promises to be an evening of diverse cultural and culinary experience!
A reminder for all participants: Please bring in your dishes between 4:15 and 4:30 PM, so that the programs for the evening can begin promptly at 5:00 PM. Please remember to bring your ingredients card to accompany your dish – this will encourage other people to try something new. Also, you are encouraged to come to the Dinner in your cultural costumes! It will certainly add more colour and fun to the evening.
EVENING FOR PARENTS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN
Tuesday, February 7th at 7:30 PM in the Gabriel Room
Would you be interested in meeting other parents from the parish who are parenting young children, age 6 and younger? If so, please come out on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:30 PM in the Gabriel Room to meet others and talk about the commonalities about parenting little ones.
The evening will be facilitated by Judy Johnston, a parishioner of ours, who is a nurse-educator. Judy has facilitated parenting groups professionally. She had been a participant in parent networking groups when her children were small, and found that experience to be most beneficial.
To allow for a more focused discussion, this evening is intended to be for adults only, either mom, dad or both. To register, please call or email the parish office (416) 221-8866, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to have further information about the meeting, please contact Judy Johnston at (416) 733-0024.
LUNAR NEW YEAR PARTY
For many years, the Asian community in our parish has gifted our parish community with a wonderful New Year Party.
This year our Lunar New Year Party will take place on February 5th after the 12:30 PM Mass in the Gathering Space. Don’t forget to mark your calendar! Volunteers and donations are welcome. Please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.
This New Year will be the Year of the Dragon. During the party, there will be balloons twisted to the shape of dragons. At the request of the two young people who are responsible for this activity, there will be a free-will donation for the balloons, with the proceeds going to the St Vincent de Paul Society.