In this week’s bulletin, the book of remembrance, the eco-sabbath and an Advent evening of reflection.
November 26th to December 1st, 2012
MONDAY – VITO VIRGILIO Requested by the Virgilio Family
TUESDAY – MARIA HOP TRAN Requested by the Nguyen Family
WEDNESDAY – JOSEPH MATTHEW FERNANDES Requested by the Fernandes Family
THURSDAY – ELIO RANCATI Requested by the Rancati Family
FRIDAY – GIUSEPPINA SMERIGLIO Requested by Lina Giannotta
SATURDAY – NELLY PARRA Requested by Darly Osorio
CONFIRMATION ENROLLMENT CEREMONY
Sunday, November 25th at 12:30 PM Mass
The Confirmation Enrollment Ceremony for all Confirmation candidates will be held this Sunday, November 25th at the 12:30 Mass. All Confirmation candidates must attend.
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.
Sunday, December 2nd 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.
BIBLE FOR BEGINNERS
Tuesday, December 4th at 7:30 PM or
Thursday, December 6th at 10:30 AM
Topic: An Overview of the Old Testament – now known as the ‘Hebrew Scriptures’.
For information or to register please call Mary at 416-293-3760.
AN ADVENT EVENING OF REFLECTION
“What if Jesus came — and I missed him?”
Wednesday, December 12th
7:30 to 9:00 PM
Christmas is right round the corner. The few weeks leading to Christmas are always such a busy time for us — shopping, entertaining and decorating, that we often forget the true reason for the season.
To prepare our hearts and minds for Christmas, the parish will once again be hosting an Advent Evening of Reflection: “What if Jesus came – and I missed him?” on December 12th from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. Father Patrick Fitzpatrick, CSSp, will be leading us in prayer and reflection.
The evening will be a great opportunity to pause, listen, and look deeply into our lives to find the room there to appreciate the meaning of “God with us”.
Please mark your calendar, and reserve the time for some quietude amidst the busyness!
YOUR HELP NEEDED FOR OUR REFUGEE FAMILY!
Weekend of December 1st/2nd
As you know, the Iraqi refugee family that the parish sponsored arrived safely in July from Damascus, Syria — amidst heavy fighting there. They are Christians who lived originally in Mosul (the biblical city of Nineveh) in northern Iraq. They were targeted and threatened because of their faith, and had to flee to Damascus.
Since arriving in Toronto, your financial and material assistance has helped the family begin a new life in Canada. Members of the refugee sponsorship committee have been generously giving their time to help them settle in. The youngest in the family, Reta, is now attending Grade 6, and the adults of the family are all in full-time English-as-a-second-language classes. Learning English is an important step towards their eventual full integration in Canadian society.
The parish, in sponsoring the family, has committed to supporting them financially for one year. For a family of five, the commitment is $39,000. Thus far, we have received $23,800 in funds as well as donations in kind. We estimate that we would need another $15,200 to fulfill our commitment.
On the weekend of December 1st/2nd, there will be a second collection dedicated especially for the sponsorship of our refugee family. Please be as generous as your means allow. Your help will be instrumental in allowing the family to finally make a new home here in Canada, after their many years of living in danger or exile.
MITTEN TREE FOR ST.VIMCENT DE PAUL AND ROSALIE HALL
This Christmas, St. Vincent de Paul is looking to provide mittens, hats, scarves or socks for needy kids. If you are able to participate in this drive please look for our Christmas “mitten” tree in the Gathering Space by December 1st. There you can select a “mitten” tag from the tree that describes the gender and age of the child you would like to support. You may also choose a “Christmas Stocking” tag to buy mittens hat, scarves or socks for a toddler at Rosalie Hall. Items should be gift wrapped with the original tag attached and delivered to the drop box by the “mitten” tree no later than 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 set up at the doors of the Church from Saturday, November 24th until Sunday, December 16th.
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.
Our operating expenses average $13,750 per week.
Collection for November 18th 2012
Loose Change – $1,070
Envelopes (388 ) – $8,775
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (183) – $3,453
Total – $13,298
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.
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.
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. All are welcome to this free event. For more information please call the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute at 416-926-2335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.ccbi-utoronto.ca.
NEW BEGINNINGS: RETREAT WEEKEND
December 7th at 7:00 PM to December 9th at 4:00 PM
Queen of the Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
Jesus says: “Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.”
- To know the love of God and recognize God’s presence in your life.
- To receive the Lord’s grace, healing and restoration.
- To grieve, to mourn, to let go, to find yourself and to experience God, with the support of a loving community.
Enquiries: Mary Benincasa at 416-921-1163 ext. 2235 or email at email@example.com