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.
OUR PARISH’S RESPONSE TO THE SYRIAN CRISIS
Special Collection – October 31/November 1st
The situation in Syria and the news about the plight of Syrian refugees have touched many of our hearts. As reported earlier, the parish is considering sponsoring a refugee family again.
A big “Thank You” to all those who volunteered to help with the application and settlement process.
The parish has also been receiving financial donations to support this cause. To date, $21,425 has been received.
We thank all who have already donated.
This is a real humanitarian crisis. Donations will be collected specially for our refugee sponsorship on the weekend of October 31st/November 1st. Please consider and help as your means allow.
PASSIONIST CHRISTMAS CARDS
Christmas cards will be available after all the Masses on the weekend of November 7th/8th. The suggested cost is $1.50 per card.
All donations will go directly to support the Passionist Missions in Haiti, Honduras and Jamaica. Your support is invaluable in caring for the needy in some of the poorest communities of North America.
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 this weekend, October 24th/25th. 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.
Tuesday, November 3rd from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
On Tuesday, November 3rd from 7:30 to 9:00 PM the choir will be hosting a hymn sing! In preparation for full singing participation at all our masses, we will wander through our new blue Gather Hymn books. We will be focusing on new hymns for Advent and Christmas. Please join us for a good ol’ sing-a-long!
ADVENT EVENING OF REFLECTION
Wednesday, November 25th at 7:30 PM
Bishop Mark MacDonald, the first National Indigenous Bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada, will lead our parish’s Advent Evening of Reflection this year. It will be held on Wednesday, November 25th at 7:30 PM in the parish. Please mark your calendar. Details to follow.
October 26th to October 31st 2015
MONDAY – LAU KOON TING – Requested by Linda Law & Family
TUESDAY – ALICE MICHAEL – Requested by Charmaine Michael
WEDNESDAY – JOHN HUYBERS – Requested by the Family
THURSDAY – IN THANKSGIVING – Requested by Edna Manlangit
FRIDAY – THERESA TAM – Requested by Christine Pang
SATURDAY – JUAN M. VILLAFRANCA – Requested by the Family
The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
Ethan Andres Dizon
Rylan Mauvry Geraldez
Isabella Rose Rennie Hull
Bryony Emma Ng
Katherine Jane Ng
Katie Cana Nguyen
Jacen Allen Tsao Sue
Evelyn Wing Yun Woo
These children received the Sacrament of Baptism last Sunday. Congratulations!
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MEETING
Wednesday, October 28th 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 28th at 7:30 PM in the Gabriel Room.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – FIRST FRIDAY
Friday, November 6th from 9:30 AM – 12 Noon
English: Saturday, November 7th at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room.
Chinese: Sunday, November 1st at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room.
For further information, please contact Linda Law at 416 -918-8029
Sunday, November 1st 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
PLANNING TO BE A CATHOLIC TEACHER?
It is critical for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic school board in Ontario, as part of your application for employment there must be a letter of reference from your pastor. If you (or if your adult child) is planning to apply to teach in a Catholic school, it is highly recommended you contact the pastor before Thanksgiving. Please plan to have a conversation with your pastor early in the process and you will avoid disappointment and stress at the time when applications are to be submitted.
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE “CREATE A CLIMATE OF CHANGE” CAMPAIGN, OCTOBER 24th/25th
Let’s make Canada a climate leader!
In December, world leaders will be meeting in Paris at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) to negotiate a binding and universal agreement on the world’s climate. Countries like Canada will need to transition to renewable energies, and move away from fossil fuels. Responding to the call of our Cardinal, please take a moment to sign Development and Peace’s Action Card today. In addition to pledging to reduce your own carbon footprint, the Card contains also a message to the Prime Minister asking him to sign on to an agreement at COP21 that sets the target to keep the rise in temperature below 2°C and to be a leader in achieving that target.
If you’ve missed the parish campaign you can sign the card at: https://www.devp.org/en/education/fall2015/action.
FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE
Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.
Rosalie Hall assists young parents in need and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of community, residential, educational and child development services.
Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city as well as a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs
With everyone struggling at this time, your food 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.
NORTH YORK RETIREES CLUB
Trinity Room, Blessed Trinity Parish
Tuesday, October 27th at 2:00 PM
The next meeting of the North York Retiree’s will be held on Tuesday, October 27th at Blessed Trinity Parish. The guest speaker will be Mary-Anne Benusis Ferreira who will speak about Project Semiicolon “Dealing with Depression, Self Injury and Suicide.” All retirees are cordially invited to attend.
MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE
St. Gabriel’s Parish
Weekend of February 12th to 14th, 2016
A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of February 12th to 14th, 2016.
The course will be held Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. For a registration package please email Marie Deans at email@example.com. Note that this course usually fills up quickly and spaces are limited.
COME CELEBRATE THE SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH
Sunday November 1st from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Fontbonne Ministries, 791 Queen Street East
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto invite you to celebrate this Year of Consecrated Life with a “come and go” tea and ministry display at Fontbonne Ministries, 791 Queen Street East, on Sunday, November 1st from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
ST. JOSEPH’S MORROW PARK CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL – OPEN HOUSE
Thursday, November 5th at 7:00 PM
St. Joseph’s Morrow Park is holding an Information Night for students who are entering secondary school. It will be held on: Thursday, November 5th at 7:00 PM.
Parents/Guardians and students are cordially invited to attend. Join them at 3379 Bayview Avenue, just south of Steeles on the east side. For more information please call 416-393-5679.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for last weekend:
Envelopes 377 $ 7,135
Loose Change 956
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 163 3,060
Total 540 $ 11,151
World Mission Sunday – $2,891
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.