On Saturday October 25th, five altar servers from St. Gabriel’s Parish received the “Bishop’s Altar Server Award for Service during the29th Annual Altar Servers Awards Ceremony at
St. Paul’s Basilica. We offer our sincere thanks and congratulations to the following altar servers:
The parish is truly grateful to all of its altar servers for their participation at the celebration of the Eucharist and ceremonies throughout the Church year.
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 continue on the weekend of October 25th/26th. 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, 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.
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!
Sunday, November 2nd 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. The guided reflection brings an ecological perspective to the readings. All are welcome.
NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ALL SOULS
BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
There will be a Book of Remembrance placed on the altar for the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your deceased relatives and friends in the book. They will be remembered at all the Masses celebrated in November.
October 27th to November 1st, 2014
MONDAY – ALICE MICHAEL – Requested by Charmaine Michael
TUESDAY – BRANIMIR PETRANOVIC – Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – DRAGO PETRANOVIC – Requested by the Family
THURSDAY – JOHN HUYBERS – Requested by Mary Huybers
FRIDAY – THERESA NGAN – Requested by Christine Pang
SATURDAY – GERRY BAVINGTON – Requested by Diana Bavington
The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
Nathaniel Ming-Chak Lai
Leianna Marie B. Lagmay
Quinn Gwyneth McQuillan
These children received the Sacrament of Baptism last Sunday. Congratulations!
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – FIRST FRIDAY
Friday, November 7th from 9:30 AM – 12 Noon
English: Saturday, November 1st at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room.
Chinese: Sunday, November 2nd at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room.
For further information, please contact Linda Law at 416 -918-8029
ALL SOULS’ DAY MASS
Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill
Saturday, November 8th at 2:00 PM
Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Services – Archdiocese of Toronto wishes to invite all families to participate in the annual All Souls’ Day Mass on Saturday, November 8th at 2:00 PM at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill.
The liturgy will be celebrated indoors in English and Italian. Contact 905-889-7467 for more information. All are welcome.
MEETING FOR FIRST RECONCILIATION
Wednesday, November 12th at 7:30 PM
St. Gabriel’s Church, Gabriel Room
On Wednesday, November 12th at 7:30 PM there will be a meeting in the Gabriel Room for parents of children who will be receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.
THE NEW STORY – A DISCUSSION OF THE WISDOM OF FR. THOMAS BERRY
Tuesday, November 4th at 7:30 PM or
Thursday, November 6th 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.
FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL
Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall. With everyone struggling at this time, these donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.
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 this Sunday October 26th at 2.30 PM at St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street (Power and Queen St. East). For information please phone Norita 905- 881 -5012, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see the poster on the bulletin board.
NORTH YORK RETIREES CLUB
Blessed Trinity Parish Hall
Tuesday, October 28th at 2:00 PM
The next meeting of the North York Retiree’s will be feature guest speaker Bernice Chan for the Alzheimers Society of Toronto. Her topic will be “An Overview of Dementia and Alzheimers”.
All retirees are cordially invited to attend.
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 and Consulate General of Hungary in Toronto.
On Wednesday, November 5th at 7:30 P.M. 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 email@example.com.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Offertory Collection for last weekend:
Envelopes 416 $ 9,548
Loose Change 1,057
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 163 3,057
Total $ 13,622
World Missions 132 $ 3,411
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.