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.”
FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
Good People of St. Gabriel’s,
I’m not surprised, just overwhelmed by the generosity you’ve shown toward those less fortunate than us this Christmas. The young mothers and their children housed at Rosalie Hall, the many families assisted by our St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Catholic Children’s Aid, and the men fed and clothed at the Good Shepherd Centre have all benefited from the openness of your hearts and hands. Your willingness to share has made life easier for so many families during this holy season.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
December 28th – December 31th 2016
WEDNESDAY – THE CHIU FAMILY – Requested by Bertram Chiu
THURSDAY – THE FUNG FAMILY – Requested by Bertram Chiu
FRIDAY – FRANCISCO CALIMBAS – Requested by Estrella, Cherrie, Stella & Isabel
SATURDAY – EDGARDO, ROLENDO & CELINA – Requested by their Family
WELCOME BISHOP ROBERT KASUN, CSB
We would like to welcome Bishop Robert Kasun, CSB, who was recently appointed Auxiliary Bishop to the Archdiocese of Toronto. We are fortunate to have him here with us to celebrate Mass on January 1st at 10:30 AM.
Christmas Schedule 2016
BOXING DAY – Monday, December 26th
No 9:00 AM Mass
Tuesday, December 27th
No 9:00 AM Mass
NEW YEAR’S EVE – Saturday, December 31st
4:30 PM Mass
Vigil for Feast of Mary the Mother of God
Office Open 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
NEW YEAR’S DAY – Sunday, January 1st
Feast of Mary the Mother of God
Office Open 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Monday, January 2nd
No 9:00 AM Mass
GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES
Thank you to the volunteers who prepared casseroles for December. For January, your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of January 28th/29th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. More volunteers are urgently 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, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416 -221-2791.
MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE
Weekend of April 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2017
St. Gabriel’s Parish
A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of April 21st to 23rd, 2017. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2017
The 2017 Offertory Boxed Envelopes are available in the Gathering Space. Please pick yours up as soon as possible.
If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution. You must provide your full name and address.
Please do not use envelopes from a previous year as the number may have been reassigned to another parishioner.
PRE-AUTHORIZED GIVING OPTION
The “Pre-Authorized Giving” Plan (PAG), authorized and supported by the Archdiocese of Toronto, is a direct debit program. It allows parishioners to make their regular offertory donations by automatic monthly bank withdrawal on or about the 20th of each month. PAG brochures and sign-up forms are available in the Parish Office.
Please note: All donations for 2016 must be received in the Parish Office by Friday, December 30th, 2016 to be included in your 2016 Tax Receipt.