In this week’s bulletin, the Shepherd’s Trust collection, Just Coffee and World Mission Sunday.
FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
As you may have noticed the arm at the Sheppard entrance is closed at all times other than Mass times.
If you are visiting the Church at other times, please use Elkhorn Drive to enter and exit. Thanks.
LEST WE FORGET
Today, November 11th is Remembrance Day, a day to commemorate the sacrifices of both the military and civilians in armed conflict.
November 12th to November 17th, 2012
MONDAY – JULIANA LA PENA MANZANO & MAXIMINO MANZANO JR. – Requested by Arnulfo Manzano
TUESDAY – REV. CARL MATTHEWS Requested by Paul & Wai Chin
WEDNESDAY – MARIE GERTRUDE ELLIOT CALLAGHAN Requested by Thomas Callaghan
THURSDAY – MONICA YU Requested by Agnes & Eric Lau
FRIDAY – MARTIN SMEE Requested by the Smee Family
SATURDAY – BERTHA RICKETTS Requested by the Family
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
BIBLE FOR BEGINNERS
Tuesday, November 20th at 7:30 PM or
Thursday, November 22nd at 10:30 AM
Topic: An Overview of the Old Testament – now known as the ‘Hebrew Scriptures’.
St. Jerome said that ignorance of these Scriptures is ignorance of Christ. Come and see what he meant! For information or to register please call Mary at 416-293-3760.
THE MISSIONARY SISTERS OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Two Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (MIC) will visit our parish this weekend, November 10th and 11th to present to us their congregation and mission. They will also offer their mission review, the MIC Mission News for subscription as part of their evangelization ministry. They were founded by a Canadian, Delia Tetreault whose cause for beatification is in process. Let us welcome them with generosity and open hearts.
SHEPHERDS’ TRUST COLLECTION
November 17th and 18th
Religious order priests such as our own Passionist Community have faithfully served parish communities like St. Gabriel’s for many years. They were with us to joyfully celebrate our marriage, baptize our children and also to support us during times of sadness and grief. The Shepherd’s Trust recognizes their faithfulness, their many years of service to us, and the strong ties we have to them by ensuring that funds collected in parishes served by religious order priests, be given to those orders as a contribution towards the retirement of our priests. It does more than just bridge the gap in our priest’s retirement years; it says thank you in a very tangible way for the blessings we have received.
The Shepherds’ Trust Collection takes place next weekend, November 17th/18th. Envelopes are available in the pews. Please be as generous as your means allow.
Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.
- Regular ground coffee: $5.50
- Decaffeinated: $6
- Whole Beans: $5.50
- Chocolate Bars: $4 incl. Taxes
- Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $4.75
- Teas: $4.00 and $4.25 by variety
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
Thank you for your very generous response to this year’s World Mission Sunday. A total of $2,986 was raised to support pastoral wok and pastoral projects in about 1100 dioceses or territories. The money raised will be used for a variety of projects including training and supporting catechists, providing education, building rural health clinics, providing emergency aid to refugees and aid to disaster areas, opening new missions and assisting people of poor communities to build decent structures for prayer and community meetings.
Our operating expenses average $13,750 per week.
Collection for November 4th 2012
Loose Change – $1,431
Envelopes (352) – $8,520
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (183) – $3,453
Total – $13,404
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 2013
The 2013 Offertory Boxed Envelopes will soon be available in the Gathering Space. 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.
SPIRITUAL GROWTH IN THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE
Prince of Peace Parish
Thursdays, November 15th, 22nd, 29th from 1:30 to 3:00 PM
As we mature, our potential for spiritual growth increases. This programme explores aging as an opportunity for unparalleled inner growth. It will be held on Thursdays, November 15th, 22nd, and 29th at
Prince of Peace Parish from 1:30 – 3:00 P.M. Each week will include short presentations, guided reflection and conversation. Topics for the series are:
- November 15th, 2012 – Spiritual Needs of Maturing Adults
- November 22nd, 2012 – Successful Aging
- November 29th, 2012 – The Primacy of Connection
The facilitator for the programme will be Mary Rose Marrin CSJ. Sister Mary Rose holds certificates in Spiritual Gerontology and Lifelong Faith Development from the Johnson Institute in St. Louis, MO. Over the past five years she initiated and developed Ministry with Maturing Adults at St. Mary’s Parish in Barrie. To register for the programme, phone 416-934-3400, ext. 523.
SCARBORO MISSIONS: COURAGE TO SERVE DAY RETREAT
2685 Kingston Road, Scarborough
Saturday, November 24th from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
“Listen to your Inner Voice as it speaks of your meaning and purpose.”
You are invited to attend a day retreat sponsored by the Scarboro Missions on Saturday, November 24th at the Scarboro Missions Office in Scarborough. The facilitator and spiritual director is Henriette Mazenc-Dolak. Cost including lunch is $50. For further information or to register, please email Henriette at courage firstname.lastname@example.org
THEOLOGY ON TAP: CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC AND CONSUMER CULTURE
Monday, November 26th, at 7:00PM
Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto
Special guest: Leah Hunter, Toronto based musician.
If consumer culture is present in the newer songs we sing at Church, is this a bad thing? What might it say about us as a worshiping body? Faith Connections invites young adults 19-39 to join us for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussions and presentations in a comfortable and relaxed setting. Munchies provided, cash bar, come and bring a friend! For more information: visit our Toronto Theology on Tap web page, or contact Héctor by e-mail email@example.com, or phone 416-467-2645.
QUEEN OF APOSTLES RENEWAL CENTRE: RETREAT FOR MEN – A.C.T.S.
November 29th to December 2nd
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre is offering an exciting A.C.T.S. 9 Adoration, Community, Theology, Service) retreat for men on the weekend of November 29th to December 2nd at the centre in Mississauga. This is a powerful experiential retreat for personal growth and renewal during the Year of Faith. For more information or to register call 905-278-5229.
CCBI 2012 ANNUAL LECTURE: HIGH QUALITY, HIGH VALUE – HOSPICE PALLIATIVECARE IN ONTARIO
December 5th, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Father Robert Madden Auditorium in Carr Hall,
100 St. Joseph Street,
University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto.
Rick Firth, Executive Director, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, will be speaking on the topic of High Quality, High Value – Hospice Palliative Care in Ontario.