LEST WE FORGET
November 11th is Remembrance Day, a day to remember all who have served, and continue serving in our armed forces, especially those who have died and those wounded in battle. We pray for healing and peace; that one day, all peoples will lay down their arms and embrace one another as brothers and sisters in one human family.
November 11th to November 16th, 2013
MONDAY – MARIA SUNG HAK LEE – Requested by Elizabeth Chang
TUESDAY – PAUL CASEY – Requested by Geraldine Casey
WEDNESDAY – TULIO RAMIREZ – Requested by the Family
THURSDAY – SPECIAL INTENTION – Requested by John & Alice Donaghue
FRIDAY – SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by Zaida Elep
SATURDAY – GEORGE LEWIS – Requested by Winnie & Anne Lewis
CONFIRMATION ENROLLMENT CEREMONY
Sunday, November 24th at 12:30 PM Mass
The Confirmation Enrollment Ceremony for all Confirmation candidates will be held on Sunday, November 24th at the 12:30 P.M. Mass. All Confirmation candidates must attend. Candidates are reminded to submit their letters requesting Confirmation to Fr. Brando through the Parish Office by Saturday, November 16th.
NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ALL SOULS
BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
There is 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.
INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS AND THOSE OF OTHER RELIGIONS
Sunday, November 10th at 3:00 P.M.
St. Paul’s Basilica
83 Power Street
(1 block East of Queen and Parliament Sts.)
Come and join us in prayer with religious leaders from many faith traditions on Sunday, November 10th at 3:00 P.M. Parking is available. For further information, please contact the Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs at (416) 934-3400 ext. 344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DAY OF CONFESSION
Monday, November 11th
4:00 to 6:00 P.M.
Cardinal Collins has designated Monday, November 11th as the Archdiocesan Day of Confession. Every parish in the Archdiocese is making time available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on that day. This important sacrament will be available from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. here at St. Gabriel’s. All are encouraged and welcomed to receive this sacrament of pardon and peace.
RECEPTION FOR NEW PARISHIONERS
Saturday, November 16th at 2:30 PM
A reception will be hosted for our new parishioners who registered with us in the past year on Saturday, November 16th at 2:30 P.M. here at the parish. Invitations have been sent out. If you are new to the parish, and have not yet registered, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.
ADVENT EVENING OF REFLECTION
Wednesday, December 4th at 7:30 P.M.
There will be an Advent Evening of Reflection here at St. Gabriel’s on Wednesday, December 4th at 7:30 P.M. The guest speaker will be Fr Jack Lynch. Watch the bulletin for further details!
THANK YOU FROM ST. GABRIEL’S YOUTH GROUP
Thank you to everyone who supported the St. Gabriel’s Youth Group Bake Sale. $1,000 was raised to help with the costs of attending the Steubenville Youth Conference which will take place in Toronto, July 4th to 6th, 2014. This conference will draw thousands of young people together to discover the richness of the Catholic Church through prayer, praise and reflection. Your generosity is outstanding!
Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.
Regular ground coffee: $5.50
Whole Beans: $5.50
Chocolate Bars: $4 incl. Taxes
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $4.75
Teas: $4.00 and $4.25 by variety
SHEPHERD’S TRUST COLLECTION
The Shepherds’ Trust has a mission to provide, comfort and care for those who have steadfastly cared for us – our retired priests. As parishioners, we have our own memories of a Catholic priest who made a positive, meaningful and lasting impact in our lives. Each year, thousands of people contribute to the Shepherds’ Trust. The collection will take place in all parishes in the Archdiocese next weekend, on November 16th and 17th. Envelopes will be distributed this weekend, November 9th and 10th.
We want our priests to retire safely and with dignity. The Shepherds’ Trust allows us to help achieve this goal. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.
PHILIPPINES EARTHQUAKE – HUMANITARIAN RELIEF
The Archdiocese of Toronto is now accepting financial contributions for humanitarian relief as the death toll continues to rise following an earthquake that struck the central Philippines on October 15.
The earthquake, centered about 620 km southeast of Manila, has been blamed for more than 160 deaths so far, with hundreds of people injured and dozens still missing. Government reports suggest more than 158,000 people have been displaced, with 100,000 of them being housed in 85 evacuation centres. The official Catholic relief agency on the ground, NASSA-Caritas Philippines, has already released financial assistance to augment the relief operation of the dioceses in the Bohol region. Funds from the local church are also being tapped to provide emergency assistance to the affected areas.
- Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
- By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
- Through the parish, making cheques payable to: St. Gabriel’s Parish – Philippines Earthquake – Humanitarian Relief
We offer our prayers for the victims of this natural disaster and those who have been displaced. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to help those in crisis in the Philippines.
QUEEN OF APOSTLES RENEWAL CENTRE
MEN’S WEEKEND ACTS RETREAT
November 21st to November 24th
Feeling your faith, spiritual or family life needs a boost? Come to the Men’s ACTS Retreat November 21st to 24th at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga. Private room and bathroom. Great food! For more details contact Willy Klaudusz at 905-824-1159.
THEOLOGY ON TAP
Making Life Decisions — Inviting God on your Journey
Wednesday, November 20th – 7:00 P.M.
Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill
580 Progress Ave (Near Scarborough Town Centre)
Faith Connections, the Office of Catholic Youth, and the local parishes invite you to join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics! Munchies provided, cash bar available – come and bring a friend!
Special guest: Bishop Vincent Nguyen, Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto.
Bishop Nguyen will reflect on being attentive to God when we make decisions both big (i.e. what is my vocation?) and small (i.e. should I change jobs?). His Excellency will also share some of his own story. For more information: visit our Toronto Theology on Tap web page, or contact OCY by e-mail email@example.com or phone 416-599-7676. Your RSVP would be appreciated.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for October 27th, 2013
Envelopes 424 $8,693
Loose Change $1,248
Weekly Portion of PAG 182 $3,519 (Pre-Authorized Giving)
Total $13, 460
Please remember to print your full name on your Offertory envelope and then seal it.
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.
If there are any changes to your address or phone number, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 so that we may update our records. Thank you.
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2014
The 2014 Offertory Boxed Envelopes will be available in the Gathering Space at the end of November. 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 2014.