INSTALLATION OF OUR NEW PASTOR
Most Rev. Bishop William McGrattan will install Fr. Brando as the new pastor of St. Gabriel’s Parish next weekend, October 6th at the 10:30 AM. Mass. Because of the Rite of Installation, the Mass will be longer than usual. There will be a simple reception after the Mass. Everyone is invited.
September 30th to October 5th 2013
MONDAY – MICHAEL DONAGHY Requested by the Family
TUESDAY – DONALD SMITH Requested by Mary Alice O’Mahony & Anne Leckie
WEDNESDAY – CAROLYN SULLIVAN Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie
THURSDAY – ROSIE JOSEPH & POONN JOSEPH Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – SYD SEDGWICK Requested by the Family
SATURDAY – MARTIN SMEE Requested by the Smee Family
REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS
School Age Children
October 2nd or October 3rd
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, October 2nd or Thursday, October 3rd
A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation.
Friday, October 4th from 9:30 AM – 12 Noon
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.
CHILDRENS LITURGY OF THE WORD
The Children’s Liturgy of the Word is cancelled at the 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday, October 6th. It will resume the following week.
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.
ECO – SABBATH
Sunday, October 13th 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. Please note that this is a week later than normal due to the Installation of Fr. Brando. All are welcome.
English: Saturday, October 5th at 3:15 PM in the Library
Chinese: Sunday, October 6th at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room.
For further information, please contact Linda Law at 416 -918-8029.
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.
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!
BECOMING NEIGHBOURS CLOTHING DRIVE
If you missed the last Saint Vincent de Paul clothing drive in early September, or if you still have winter clothing you would like to donate, please do not miss this opportunity …
Becoming Neighbours, an initiative sponsored by the religious men and women congregations in Toronto to serve the refugees among us, is seeking gently-used winter clothing and accessories (coats, jackets, sweaters, hats, gloves, and mitts, etc.). Refugee families they serve can then go to them and pick up whatever they may need. For new arrivals especially, your clothing donations will be a tremendous help.
If you do have items to donate, please bring them in on the Thanksgiving weekend. You can leave these items in the large bins, marked “clothing donations”, provided in the Gathering Space. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
MILK BAGS INTO BED MATS:
Did you know that the plastic, outer bags from four litres of milk can be woven into quick-dry, bug-resistant bed mats for flood-ravaged areas of the third world, like Haiti. This gives them a practical use since they take 40 – 100 years to decompose. A bin has been placed at the back of the church for the collection of clean, dry bags. Thank you.
SYRIA – HUMANITARIAN RELIEF
The Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting financial contributions to support humanitarian relief efforts in Syria and the Middle East.
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
FAITH CONNECTIONS – THEOLOGY ON TAP
From Gangland to Promised Land
Monday, September 30th at 7:00 PM
Duke of York Pub (upstairs), 39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto
Young adults (19-39) are invited join us for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a comfortable and relaxed setting, with special guest from Ireland: John Pridmore, author and speaker.
He will speak about how he went from a life of darkness as a violent London gangster to working with people like Mother Teresa and speaking at World Youth Day. Munchies provided, cash bar, come and bring a friend!
NEW BEGINNINGS: CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES
For those who have lost a loved one through Death, Separation or Divorce.
Tuesday, October 1st from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Come and join us for an informative evening with Sally Amaral, Her topic is “Stages of Bereavement”.
The presentation will take place Tuesday October 1st. The evening starts at 7:00 PM with a half hour of fellowship and then the presentation will go from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.
The location is The Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge St. 4th Floor, (NE corner of Yonge and Shaftesbury Ave., free underground parking off Shaftesbury and we are beside the Summerhill Subway station. No registration is required. For more information contact Deacon James at 416-921-1163 ext. 2227 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 370 $7,260
Loose Change $1,161
Weekly Portion of PAG 182 $3,519 (Pre-Authorized Giving)
Please remember to print your full name on your Offertory envelope and then seal it.