ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS FEAST DAY – OCTOBER 19th
St. Paul of the Cross was the founder of the Passionists (1720). Born in northern Italy in 1694, Paul experienced conversion at the age of 15 and began a lifetime of devotion to prayer life as a soldier, but left after one year. Six years later, having had several visions, he determined that his vocation was to found an order dedicated to the passion of our Lord. Officials declared the visions authentic and Paul withdrew to write a rule. He was joined by his brother, who remained with him for the rest of his life. By 1747, the Passionists had three houses and were preaching missions throughout Italy. At his death in 1775, Paul was establishing a congregation for Passionist nuns.
MAKE SURE YOU ARE COUNTED!
Cardinal Collins has requested that a weekend Mass attendance count be conducted annually in all parishes and missions of the Archdiocese. This year the attendance count will take place on the weekends of October 18/19 and October 25/26. The purpose of the count is to have a more accurate assessment of the number of people attending Mass on a weekend.
As with last year, when you come in for Mass during those two said weekends, you may notice a few “counters” clicking on tally counters at the doors of the church. The counters will be doing their jobs in a way as discreetly and non-intrusively as possible. Thank you for your support.
October 20th to October 25th, 2014
MONDAY – ROMULO CHRISTIAN GONZALEZ – Requested by his Parents
TUESDAY – KENG OWYONG – Requested by Helen Owyong
WEDNESDAY – VINCENT HA – Requested by Laura, Sylvia & Valerie Ha
THURSDAY – JOHN YEUNG CHUN KUN – Requested by Agnes Wong
FRIDAY – SYD SEDGWICK – Requested by the Family
SATURDAY – JUAN M. VILLAFRANCA – Requested by the Family
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MEETING
Wednesday, October 22nd, at 7:30 PM
There will be a meeting for parents of children who will be receiving the Holy Eucharist for the first time on Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:30 PM in the Gabriel Room.
THE NEW STORY – A DISCUSSION OF THE WISDOM OF FR. THOMAS BERRY
Tuesday, October 21st at 7:30 PM or
Thursday, October 23rd at 10:30 AM
The Church has had many great thinkers over the years, including St. Augustine in the 5th century and St. Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century. In our time, we have great thinkers too, one of whom is the Passionist priest, Fr. Thomas Berry, 1914 – 2009. He introduced us to seeing God’s creation in a new way and our role as humans within it. He called it “The New Story”.
On Tuesdays at 7:30 PM and repeated on Thursdays at 10:30 AM, Mary Landry will lead a discussion about his “New Story”, the wisdom that ensues and the challenge it evokes. We guarantee an interesting discussion! All are welcome.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
October 19th, 2014
The second collection this weekend Is for the Evangelization of the Nations, otherwise known as “World Mission Sunday.” This is a worldwide collection for the missionary church. World Mission Sunday is our opportunity to assist at-need Catholic communities throughout the world. Thank you for your support of this important work.
THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
For the Good Shepherd Centre and Rosalie Hall
Thank you to all the parishioners who supported the Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Food collected was sent to the Good Shepherd Centre and Rosalie Hall. Both organizations are very grateful for your generosity!
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. You may pick up a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan from the Parish Office. Three recipes are also available on St. Gabriel’s web site. 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.
HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC FUNERAL HOME
On September 3rd, 2014, His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins began a new chapter in the Church’s desire to minister to all its faithful with the blessing of Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home. The funeral home, the first Catholic funeral home in Ontario is located on the grounds of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Thornhill and is prepared to serve all the faithful in their time of bereavement and need. You may contact the funeral home at 905-889-7467 or visit their website at http://catholic-cemeteries.com.
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE: SOW MUCH LOVE CAMPAIGN WORKSHOP!
Saturday, October 25th from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Development & Peace Office, 80 Hayden Street, Toronto
As part of the Caritas campaign against global hunger launched by Pope Francis, you are invited to join Development and Peace on Saturday October 25th from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM at the D&P Office, 80 Hayden St., Toronto (5 min walk from Yonge / Bloor subway) to learn about our parish-based ‘Sow Much Love’ initiative.
Small-family farms are vital in the fight against global hunger but are losing access to the seeds they need for planting. Come learn what you can do to help build a global food system that makes sense for people, especially the poor, and for our planet.
RSVP to: Keith Gauntlett at 416-481-1930 or by email to email@example.com.
ST. BONAVENTURE FLEAMARKET
Saturday, October 25th, 9:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
1300 Leslie Street
Great buys on good used clothing, jewellery, china, linens, books, decorations, toys, baked goods and more. Don’t miss it!
24th ANNUAL MASS OF MEMORY
Sunday October 26th at 2.30 PM
St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street
The 24th Annual Mass of Memory will take place on Sunday October 26th at 2.30 PM at St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street (Power and Queen St. East). The Mass is dedicated to the Memory of our Irish Ancestors, victims of the Irish Famine of 1847, many who died here in Toronto and were buried in the school grounds just east of the Basilica, formally the old St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery of Toronto. We remember those who died serving the Irish: Bishop Michael Power, the first bishop of Toronto, doctors, nurses, lay people. We also remember members in the Irish community who have passed away in this last year. For information please phone Norita 905- 881 -5012 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS 2014 – CAST YOUR VOTE!
A municipal election will be held on Monday, October 27th. All Catholics are strongly encouraged to exercise their democratic right to vote. To help us all get to know the candidates for Catholic School Board Trustee, Cardinal Collins has given permission for candidates to distribute literature to parishioners departing Mass on weekends up to October 25th/26th. We hope you’ll take the time to get to know those seeking elected office.
To ensure your vote for Catholic School Trustee, at the polling booth, verify that you are registered as a separate school supporter. If your support status is incorrect ask for an Application to Amend Voters’ List. This form may be completed and submitted at the polling station. Thank you for your interest and involvement in this fall’s municipal election!
OPEN HOUSE AT ST. JOSEPH’S MORROW PARK
Wednesday, October 29th at 7:00 PM
3379 Bayview Avenue (just south of Steeles)
St. Joseph’s Morrow Park is holding an information night for students who are entering secondary school. It will be held on Wednesday, October 29th at 7:00 PM. Parents, guardians and students are cordially invited to attend. For further information please call 416-393-5679.
HOLOCAUST EDUCATION WEEK
Wednesday, November 5th at 7:30 PM
St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish
For many years, St. Gabriel’s Parish has participated in the Holocaust Education Week. This year, we will be co-sponsoring the event with the Embassy of Hungary in Canada, the Consulate General of Hungary in Toronto and Joan and Ted Shapero.
On Wednesday, November 5th at 7:30 PM we will present George Csicsery’s documentary film Angel of Mercy. The film tells the story of Sister Margaret Slachta, a courageous woman who defied the Nazis and the communists in her fight for social justice. Her faith and vision led to heroic acts of courage during the Hungarian Holocaust of 1944-45. Mr. Csicsery, the maker of the film, will hold a question and answer session after the screening of the film.
All are encouraged to attend. Admission is free.
CELEBRATE YOUR MARRIAGE WITH A WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND!
November 7th to 9th
Married couples: You deserve a weekend to cherish being together; to rediscover each other and focus on ways to make your relationship even better. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend offers this opportunity. Consider giving each other or another couple that you know the gift of a weekend away from daily pressures; time to be with each other and with God on a Marriage Encounter Weekend. See www.wwme.org
Upcoming Weekend Date: November 7th to 9th
For further information or registration please contact:
Cora & Mike Bryce at 905-896-2958 or
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for last weekend:
Envelopes 387 $7,654
Loose Change $994
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 163 $3,057
Have you considered using Pre Authorized Giving?
If you are moving out of the Parish or have a change of address, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 so that we can update our records. Thank you.