September 24th to September 29th, 2012
MONDAY – ROSIE JOSEPH Requested by Margaret
TUESDAY – MARION HILL Requested by Nora Kerr
WEDNESDAY – ADONIS PEREZ Requested by Mary Alice Mahony
THURSDAY – MICHAEL DONAGHY Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – THE DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE DON & NGUYEN FAMILIES Requested by the Nguyen Family
SATURDAY – GORDON OATWAY Requested by the Family
The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
- Isabella Da Rosa
- Cameron Henson Kwan
- Adele Miriglia
- Denis Owen Sergei McCarthy
- Julia Moreno-Izzo
- Maya Alissia Varillas
- Qiuyi (Zoe) Zhu
These children received the Sacrament of Baptism last weekend. Congratulations!
REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS
School Age Children
September 25th, September 27th,
October 2nd, October 4th
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, September 25th
- Thursday, September 27th
- Tuesday, October 2nd
- Thursday, October 4th
Please Note: A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation.
The Altar Service is now recruiting new members. If you are in Grade 4 or higher and are interested in becoming an altar server, please leave your name and phone number with the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. The orientation and training for new members will be held on Sunday, September 30th from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Church.
ST GABRIEL’S MUSIC MINISTRY
“Those who sing pray twice.”
Our senior choir practices on Tuesday evenings, 7:30–9:00 PM and leads community song at the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass. Our junior choir practices on Thursday evenings from 6:30–8:00 PM and leads the music at the 12:30 PM Mass. We always welcome new voices and hope you will consider joining us! For more information, please contact the choir director after any of the Masses.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
The Children’s Liturgy of the Word will begin on Sunday, September 30th at the 10:30 AM Mass.
SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM
If you have, or know of, school age children (ages 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office, or Fatima Lee directly, at 416-221-8866. Classes for them will begin in early October.
CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM
The Children’s Faith Program for children attending private or public schools began on September 9th.. The next class will be held on Sunday, September 23rd at 10:00 AM at St. Gabriel’s School.
ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT
R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) meetings will begin this year at the end of September. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith, who may eventually decide to seek baptism into the Catholic Church, as well as for those who wish seek Reception into Full Communion with the Catholic Church. Adult Catholics who want to prepare for the celebration of Confirmation are also welcome. In many ways, these meetings may also provide an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of the faith. For more information, please call the Parish Office at (416) 221-8866.
BIBLE FOR BEGINNERS
Tuesday, October 9th at 7:30 PM
Did Adam and Eve eat an apple? Did Jonah live inside the whale for 3 days? Did the Flood last 40 days or 120 days? Come and find out. Beginning Tuesday, October 9th at 7:30 PM, Mary Landry will present 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 GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE
Your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. More volunteers are encouraged to get a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Printed copies of the recipes are also available. Please mark the label on the pan lid with the name
of the casserole. For more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.
THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
Currently, Good Shepherd Ministries serves more than 1,000 meals a day to people who would otherwise have gone hungry, an increase of 10% over last year. Please make a difference in the lives of those most in need within our community by participating in the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Urgently needed items include:
- rice, pasta, pasta sauces, canned/condensed milk,
- breakfast cereals, tea, coffee, powdered fruit juices
- canned soups, stews, meats, fish, fruits and vegetables,
- margarine, peanut butter, jam, sugar,
- cookies and crackers, condiments, spices
Please no fresh or frozen foods. We thank you for your generous support!
HAITI: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Tuesday, September 25th at 7:30 PM
Would you like to know more about Haiti first hand, and what its present situation is?
Two of our parishioners, Eric and Helen Pierre, have been very much involved with rebuilding efforts in Haiti after the earthquake. Eric is from Haiti itself, and he has been serving as the honorary consul of Haiti in Toronto. After the earthquake, Eric and Helen were instrumental in building a school in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Haiti, and also with helping women move towards self-reliance by making handicrafts using milk-bags (yes, transforming our plastic milk-bags from waste to life-giving material).
Eric and Helen will be sharing their experiences with fellow parishioners on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. Please join them for an evening of sharing and perhaps even some thought-provoking discussion – how did Haiti get to where it was, its present situation, and what it can become. We will also explore how we can support their efforts at a grassroots level.
CAN YOU HELP?
The St. Vincent de Paul Society is looking for a one bedroom basement apartment for a neighbor in need. This single parent with a toddler can manage $650 a month. If you know of a possible rental, please call the Parish Office.
COME MEET OUR REFUGEE FAMILY
Sunday, September 30th at the 10:30 AM Mass
As reported earlier, our refugee family has arrived safely in Toronto at the end of July. Now they are beginning to settle in to their new life in Canada. The adults are in ESL classes and the child just started Grade 6. Our Refugee Sponsorship Committee has been doing a wonderful job helping with their settlement.
On Sunday, September 30th, the family will be joining our parish community for the 10:30 AM Mass. It will be an opportunity for us to give thanks to God together. Please join us if you can. After Mass, they will stay and meet with our parishioners. Although their English is still limited at this time, please take a few moments to come up and welcome them, or even try start a simple conversation with them.
Our operating expenses average $13,750 per week.
Collection for September 16th, 2012
Loose Change – $1,194
Envelopes (315) – $7,289
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (179) – $3,371
Total – $11,854
NORTH YORK RETIREES CLUB
September 25th at 2:00 PM
Blessed Trinity Parish Hall
The first fall meeting of the North York Retired Men’s Club will take place on Tuesday, September 25th at 2:00 PM. The Guest speaker, Elizabeth Shamehorn, will speak on the topic “Orillia, A Historical Perspective”. All retired men and their spouses are cordially invited to attend.
ANNUAL MASS TO END WOMAN ABUSE
Tuesday, October 16th at 6:00 PM
Blessed Trinity Church
3220 Bayview Avenue
Catholic Family Services and Blessed Trinity Parish invite you to attend the third annual Mass offered to end Woman Abuse on Tuesday, October 16th at Blessed Trinity Church. Light refreshments in the Parish Hall will follow the Mass. Please register by email, email@example.com or by phone at 416-921-1163.
SAVE THIS DATE – OCTOBER 26th
Save this date… October 26th. The Sneak Peek orchestra returns to St. Gabriel’s for another wonderful concert. Watch the bulletin for more details.