Bulletin – December 28, 2014

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.”



A big thank you to those who decorated our church beautifully. Thank you also to the musicians who provided us with lively music, to the lectors who proclaimed the Word, to the altar servers who are always available when needed, to our hospitality ministers who welcome everyone 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!

Fr. Brando

Christmas Schedule 2013

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Wednesday, December 31st
No 9:00 AM Mass
Mass at 4:30 PM for the Feast of Mary the Mother of God
Office Open 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM only

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Thursday, January 1st
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Office Closed


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 29th, 2014 to January 3rd, 2015

MONDAY – MRS. WAI KING TSANG – Requested by Pauline & Linda
TUESDAY – FRANCISCO & MA. ROSARIO CALIMBAS – Requested by Estrella, Cherrie, Stella & Isabel
FRIDAY – MELENCIO YAO – Requested by Susana Yao
SATURDAY – Mr. & Mrs. WONG SANG MOU – Requested by Catherine Soong


Your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of January 3rd/4th 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 Office. Please 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.

MOSAIC INTERFAITH Social Justice: Is It the Way to Peace?

Sunday January 18th at 2:00 PM

Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Avenue, Thornhill

“Mosaic Interfaith invites you to attend the Annual Program in honour of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. The topic this year is “Social Justice: Is it the Way to Peace?”. The program will be held at the Temple Har Zion at 7360 Bayview Avenue, Thornhill on January 18, 2015; from 2:00 to 4:00 PM” Please RSVP to Tina at 416 897 1544 by Thursday January 15th. For more information see the poster on the bulletin board.”


The Parish’s 2014 budgeted operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Offertory Collection for last weekend:

Envelopes 418 $11,864
Loose Change 922
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 164 3,058

Total 582 $15,844

If you are a regular Parish member and you do not contribute to the Offertory collection, the Finance Council reminds you that “the financial burden of the Parish is the responsibility of each and all parishioners to the extent that your means allow”.

For those parishioners who contribute to the offertory on a regular weekly basis, we thank you for your constant support.

Have you considered using PAG or Donate Now?


The 2015 Offertory Boxed Envelopes are available in the Gathering Space. Please pick yours up as soon as possible. If you have a PAG or Donate Now account, 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 2015.

Please note: All donations for 2014 must be received in the Parish Office by Tuesday, December 30th 2014 or they will not be included in your 2014 Tax Receipt.