January 20th – January 25th, 2014
MONDAY – LOUIS & MARIE FUNG – Requested by the Family
TUESDAY – MARY LAM – Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – HUGH KELLY – Requested by Carol & Hugh Mackenzie
THURSDAY – RAYMOND PAUL LANDRY – Requested by Staff of St. Gabriel’s Parish
FRIDAY – ANGELA ROSE UMBRIO – Requested by Marisse Roco
SATURDAY – VIOLET PREVIDSA – Requested by Steve Previdsa
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 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.
WORLD LEPROSY DAY – SUNDAY, JANUARY 26TH
USED STAMP COLLECTION
Sunday, January 26th is World Leprosy Day. Leprosy affects the nervous system deadening the body to pain. As a result, cuts and burns go unnoticed and neglected leading to severe infections. Such conditions can lead to loss of function in the limbs and even result in amputation. Please take a few moments to remember the children, women and men living with leprosy. 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.
MASS FOR THE WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
This Sunday, January 19th at 3:00 P.M.
St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street, Toronto
Did you know that 160 parishes in the Archdiocese of Toronto are involved in sponsoring refugees to resettle in Canada? Join us for a Mass to celebrate the many individuals and families who have escaped turmoil to resettle in Canada and to pray for those still seeking to leave areas of war and strife. Bishop McGrattan will preside. The Mass is hosted by the Mission of the Vietnamese Martyrs. A special invitation is extended to those who have been involved in refugee sponsorship across the Archdiocese. For more information, visit www.archtoronto.org. All are welcome.
DANCE SOCIAL AND FUNDRAISER
Saturday, January 25th at 9:00 P.M.
Newman Centre, 89 St George St, Toronto
Faith Connections and the Newman Young Adult Ministry invite young adults (18-39) to a New Year’s Dance Social and charity fundraiser! Tickets: $10. Snacks and refreshments provided. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt at 416-467-2645.
ST. AUGUSTINE’S LAY SPIRITUAL FORMATION PROGRAM PRESENTS BIOETHICS 101
Saturday, January 25th from 9:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M
St. Augustine’s Seminary
2661 Kingston Road, Scarborough
The workshop will include: Bioethics in the Headlines
Session One: Beginning of Life Issues at 9:40 A.M.
What does the Church teach about recent developments in some of the “new reproductive technologies”?
Mass at 11:30 A.M followed by lunch.
Session Two: End of Life Issues at 1:00 P.M.
How should Catholics respond to the call for physician-assisted suicide today?
What does truly compassionate and dignified “end of life” care involve?
The cost is $40 including lunch.
Please register by emailing email@example.com or by calling 416-261-7207, Ext 235
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2014 ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE
Sunday, January 26th at 3:00 P.M.
St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street, Toronto
Come and join us in prayer with His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Anglican Archbishop Colin Johnson, Slovak Catholic Bishop John Pazak, Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald and other city-wide religious leaders on Sunday, January 26th at 3:00 P.M. at St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street (1 block East of Queen and Parliament Streets.) Homilist: Anglican Bishop Right Rev. Mark MacDonald (Canada’s first National Indigenous Bishop)
Parking is available. Refreshments will follow in the parish hall.
For further information, please contact the Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs at 416-934-3400, Ext. 344 or Ext. 527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR CONSECRATED LIFE CELEBRATION
February 2nd at 3:00 P.M.
St. Paul’s Basilica
On Sunday, February 2nd, the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life.
The purpose of this day is “to help the entire Church to esteem ever more greatly the witness of those persons who have chosen to follow Christ by means of the practice of the evangelical counsels” as well as “to be a suitable occasion for consecrated persons to renew their commitment and rekindle the fervor which should inspire their offering of themselves to the Lord.” – Blessed Pope John Paul II, 1997 message.
In the Archdiocese of Toronto, we are blessed to have living and serving among us more than 1,000 religious men and women of over 100 different religious congregations. This World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank God for the gifts of these religious sisters, brothers and priests and to pray for God’s blessing upon them in their efforts to faithfully live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.
On Sunday, February 2nd at 3:00 P.M. at St. Paul’s Basilica, there will be a special Mass in celebration of the vocation and witness of these special men and women religious who are such a vital and important part of the life and ministry of the Church in our Archdiocese. All are welcome to attend.
RETREAT WEEKEND WITH FATHER RON ROLHEISER, OMI
February 7th to 9th
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga
The theme is “entering the soul through stories.” Call 905-278-5229 to register.
IS THERE A GOD?
NEW DEBATE SERIES TACKLES LIFE’S BIG QUESTIONS
Friday, February 7th at 7:00 P.M.
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West
This question will be explored at the inaugural event of the Chesterton Debate Series, sponsored by the Office of Catholic Youth and the Archdiocese of Toronto. The debate takes place on Friday, February 7th at 7:00 P.M. at the Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West).
Fr. Philip Cleevely, CO, an Oxford and Cambridge educated philosophy professor at St. Philip’s Seminary, will argue the Catholic position. Representing the atheist position is Justin Trottier, the founder of the Centre for Inquiry Canada and one of the country’s foremost advocates of secularism and skeptical inquiry. Stephen LeDrew, longtime host and commentator of CP24, will moderate the debate.
The debate series is inspired by G.K. Chesterton, an English Catholic who is widely regarded as one of the most gifted writers and orators of the 20th Century. The initiative reflects one of the core goals of the Pastoral Plan of the Archdiocese of Toronto, which challenges believers to “ensure the voice of faith is heard in the public square.”
Tickets cost $10. Sales begin January 10th through online registration at www.ocytoronto.org.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for January 12th, 2014
Envelopes 474 $9,743
Loose Change $1,047
Weekly Portion of PAG 180 $3,461
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2014
Please pick up your 2014 Offertory Boxed Envelopes as soon as possible. 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.
We would like to remind you not to use envelopes from previous years as this number may have been reassigned to another family.