September 23rd to September 28th 2013
MONDAY – GERRY HATCH Requested by the Family
TUESDAY – JUDITH MATYASFALUI Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – BOB McCARTHY Requested by Fergus & Mary Ann O’Connell
THURSDAY – SPECIAL INTENTION Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – DENIS MAILHOT Requested by Mary-Ann Mailhot
SATURDAY – BILL DESROCHES Requested by the DesRoches Family
REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS
School Age Children
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:
Wednesday, September 25th
Thursday, September 26th
Wednesday, October 2nd
Thursday, October 3rd
Please Note: A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation.
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.
The Altar Service is now recruiting new members. If you are in Grade 3 or higher and are interested in becoming an altar server, please contact Colin Meharchand at email@example.com or 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, October 6th, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Church.
The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
- Graydon Alexander Adams
- Landon James Adams
- Francesco Giovanni Bazzaco
- Isabella Annelia Anne Sani
- Leo Athanasios Giorgio Tsambourlianos
- Delmi Isabella Varillas
- Sawyer Andrew Wilson
- Jacob Zuluaga
These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, September 15th, 2013. Congratulations!
CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM
The Children’s Faith Program for children attending private or public schools has begun. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School. The next class will be held on September 29th at 10:00 AM. This is the last opportunity to sign up for classes.
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.
R.C.I.A. AND ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT
Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin soon. These meetings are for persons interested in learning about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community — or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.
Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions. As well these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith.
Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly. The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith.
If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. You may also contact Fatima Lee directly at ext. 228.
We continue our study of the Hebrew Bible on Tuesday evening, September 24th at 7:30 PM, or Thursday morning, September 26th at 10:30 AM. For information please call Mary at 416-293-3760.
SPECIAL COLLECTION – SEPTEMBER 28TH/29TH
There will be a second collection next weekend, September 28th /29th for the Needs of the Canadian Church. Your donations help support the work of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Please be as generous as your means allow.
THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
You can make a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless this Thanksgiving by participating in the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Urgently needed items include:
rice, pasta, pasta sauces, canned tuna or salmon, canned soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, jam, sugar, cookies and crackers, breakfast cereals, tea, ground or instant coffee, sugar, ketchup, mustard and relish. Please no fresh or frozen foods.
We thank you for your generous support!
SYRIA – HUMANITARIAN RELIEF
The Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting financial contributions to support humanitarian relief efforts in Syria and the Middle East.
“Leave behind the self-interest that hardens your heart, overcome the indifference that makes your heart insensitive towards others, conquer your deadly reasoning, and open yourself to dialogue and reconciliation,” Pope Francis told pilgrims at Saturday’s peace vigil in St. Peter’s Square.
An estimated 100,000 people have already lost their lives in the conflict in Syria over the past two years and roughly 2 million people have fled, taking refuge in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and other countries. The conflict in Syria has unleashed a large-scale humanitarian crisis.
Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:
- 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 – Syria – Humanitarian Relief
CASSEROLES FOR 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 needed to help feed the hungry in our city. Please 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 in the Parish Remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole. For more information, you may contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.
SUPPORT FOR RECENTLY SEPARATED OR DIVORCED CATHOLICS
Tuesday Evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
1155 Yonge Street
Catholic Family Services of Toronto is offering a 10 week group program for adult men and women coping with the many struggles involved in the process of separation and divorce. Group Participants will receive support and guidance as they move through this difficult period of transition. The group will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM beginning on September 24th at the Central Office, 1155 Yonge Street. For further information, please contact Ian Singer at 416-921-1163.
QUEEN OF APOSTLES RENEWAL CENTRE
WOMEN’S RETREAT WEEKEND
October 4th to October 6th
Theme: Who do YOU say I am?
Why not consider a retreat experience during this Year of Faith? For further information or to register please call 905-278-5229.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for September 15th, 2013
Envelopes 366 $7,821
Loose Change $969
Weekly Portion of PAG 182 $3,519 (Pre-Authorized Giving)
Maintenance Collection, September 15 $7,791
Thank you for your generosity!
Please remember to print your full name on your Offertory envelope and then seal it.