Father help us to live as the Holy Family, united in respect and love.
The greatest blessing you bring to your family is the presence of God in your life.
The fragrance of His presence sweetens the atmosphere of your home.
The beauty of His presence warms the relationships within its walls.
The joy of His presence lightens every heart.
The glory of His presence fills all its chambers with rare and precious treasures.
“From God’s Heart to Yours” by Roy Leesin
Let us pray for one another.
May God bless you and yours throughout this Christmas Season.
We wish you a happy and peaceful
New Year and always try to remember
“Holiness is in the ordinary.”
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BRANDO
THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
A big thank you to all those who decorated our church beautifully. Thank you also to all the musicians who provided us with lively music, to all the altar servers who are always available when needed, to all our ushers with a ready smile and to all our generous parishioners who always make me grateful for the goodness of the Lord. May my gratitude to all of you create a vision for tomorrow. Have a great and wonderful New Year!
HOMILIES FROM FR. PAUL
Fr. Brando has asked Fr. Paul to keep sending his homilies to the parish website. Fr. Paul has promised to do so.
Christmas Schedule 2013
NEW YEAR’S EVE
Tuesday, December 31st
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
Mass at 5:00 P.M. for the Feast of Mary the Mother of God
Office Open 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. only
NEW YEAR’S DAY
Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
FEAST OF MARY THE MOTHER OF GOD
While parking at ground level is limited to 51 spaces, there is plenty of space in the underground parking lot. Please follow the instructions of the attendants. Do not park in front of the Church since this is a fire route and must be kept clear.
Additional parking is available on the east side of Elkhorn Public School and in the bus loop. Again, please follow the instructions of the attendant. The school requests that we do not park on the grass. Many thanks to Holly Richards, the Principal of Elkhorn Public School, for allowing us the use of the school property.
December 30th, 2013 to January 4th, 2014
MONDAY – FRANCISCO & MAROSARIO CALIMBAS – Requested by Estrella, Cherrie, Stella & Isabel
TUESDAY – JOHN HONG – Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – NEW YEARS DAY
THURSDAY – SPECIAL INTENTION – Requested by Fr. Brando
FRIDAY – THANKSGIVING – Requested by Marie & Michael Gennaro
SATURDAY – WONG FOU NGO – Requested by her Children
THE ALTAR LINEN SOCIETY NEEDS YOU!
We are in need of 2 people to help with the altar linens. If you are interested, please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.
THE LEPROSY MISSION OF CANADA USED STAMP COLLECTION
At this time of year, many have received 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.
OFFERTORY DONATION USING VISA, MASTERCARD OR AMERICAN EXPRESS CREDIT CARD
You can now use your credit card to make your recurring or one-time Offertory donations to St. Gabriel’s. Your donations may earn you valuable points, travel miles or cash back! A classic case of giving and receiving!
Simply log on to the Archdiocese of Toronto website (www.archtoronto.org) select “Donate Now”, “Our Parish”, “Toronto East”, then pick “St. Gabriel Catholic Parish” under Parish in the Donation Information section. Complete all required information.
Remember that your tax receipt for a recurring offertory donation will be issued to you by the Archdiocese at the end of the year. For a one-time gift, your tax receipt is emailed to you immediately.
Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund – $32,464
Moving Forward Together Collection – $16,460.60
Thank you for your incredible generosity!
Please note: All donations for 2013 must be received in the Parish Office by Monday, December 30th 2013 or they will not be included in your 2013 Tax Receipt.