ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS FEAST DAY – OCTOBER 19th
St. Paul of the Cross was the founder of the Passionists in the year 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!
October 15th/16th and October 22nd/23rd
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 this weekend, October 15th/16th and next weekend, October 22nd /23rd. 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.
HOLOCAUST EDUCATION WEEK
Monday, November 7th 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 International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.
On Monday, November 7th at 7:30 PM we will present the film Return to the Hiding Place. When the Nazis began killing Jews in Holland during World War II, a group of youth decided to save the lives of the innocent. Corrie ten Boom’s army of untrained teenagers navigated a deadly labyrinth of challenges to rescue the Jewish people in one of history’s most famous dramas. Suspected of breaking the rules, Corrie and her sister Betsie were eventually sent to a concentration camp. There it was their Christian faith that kept them from despair and bitterness.
All, especially our young people, are encouraged to attend. Admission is free.
PARENTS FIRST COMMUNION INFORMATION MEETING
Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:30 PM.
St. Gabriel’s Church
There will be a meeting here at the Church on Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:30 PM. for parents of children who will be receiving the Sacrament of First Communion this year.
October 17th to October 22nd, 2016
MONDAY – JEAN ABANILLA – Requested by Gloria Flor
TUESDAY – ELLEN JANE ROSE – Requested by the MacKenzie, Heffler, Bonnick & Howe Families
WEDNESDAY – VINCENT HA – Requested by Laura, Sylvia & Valerie Ha
THURSDAY – ROMULO CHRISTIAN GONZALEZ – Requested by his Parents, Rosa & Romulo
FRIDAY – KENG OW YONG – Requested by Helen Ow Yong
SATURDAY – MAISEY & ALBERT DAGNEAULT – Requested by Ginette Harquail
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 are planning to apply to teach in a Catholic school, it is highly recommended that you contact the pastor as soon as possible.
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.
R.C.I.A. AND ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT
Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin soon. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.
Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.
As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly. The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith.
If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like more information about it, please call Fatima Lee at the Parish Office, 416-221-8866, Ext. 228.
SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM
If you have, or know of, school age children (ages 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office, or Fatima Lee directly, at (416) 221-8866, ext. 228. Classes for them will begin after Thanksgiving.
HAITI HUMANITARIAN RELIEF
Hurricane Matthew has left catastrophic destruction in the Caribbean and on the coast of the Eastern United States, but nowhere more so than in Haiti.
Fr. Rick Frechette and Fr. Enzo Del Brocco, our Passionist missionaries in Haiti, are currently deciding on appropriate action plans.
If you wish to support them, you will find humanitarian relief envelopes located on tables at the back of the pews as well as at the north end of the Gathering Space. Any cheques should be payable to St. Gabriel’s Parish. All funds received will be directed to the Passionist Haiti Mission to assist in the rebuilding necessary.
MILK BAG WORKSHOP
Wednesday, October 19th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
The next Milk Bag workshop led by Sharon Gusz will be held in the Gabriel room on Wednesday, October 19th from 1:00 to 3:30 PM. No experience needed! All are welcome!
THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
Thank you so much for your overwhelming support of our Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Good Shepherd Centre and Rosalie Hall. Your donations were very much appreciated by the young families and homeless of Toronto.
CELEBRATE YOUR MARRIAGE WITH A WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND!
October 21st to October 23rd
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
Celebrate your love and take a fresh look at your marriage! Spend a very special weekend together. A Weekend of discovery…a lifetime of love!
Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps married couples rediscover themselves as individuals and as a couple. The Weekend format helps couples communicate openly and honestly without group sharing, therapy or marriage counseling. The next weekend: will be October 21st/23rd at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga
For more information and application, please go to www.wwme.org or contact: Gerard & Marge McCauley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (905) 792-1925.
Sunday, October 23rd at 7:00 Pm
Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Avenue
Temple Har Zion invites MOSAIC Interfaith (of which St. Gabriel’s is a member) to celebrate Simchat Torah on Sunday October 23rd at 7:00 PM This is a Jewish holiday celebrating the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle. This is a joyous celebration and will include music dancing and singing. See poster on the bulletin boards. For more information or to RSVP call Nora at 416 218 0680.
THE 26TH ANNUAL MASS OF MEMORY
Sunday October 30th 3:00 PM
St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street
The 26th Annual Mass of Memory will be celebrated on Sunday October 30th at 3.00 PM at St. Paul’s Basilica,
83 Power St. (Power and Queen St. East).
A Sacred/Celtic Prelude will be performed by Eithne Heffernan, harpist at 2.45 PM. The Celebrant/Homilist will be Fr. Pat O’Dea. A reception will be held immediately following in church hall.
For more information, please contact Mairead at 416 264 5363.
PALLIATIVE CARE: WHAT CATHOLICS SHOULD KNOW
Sunday, October 30th from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Blessed Trinity Church, 3220 Bayview Ave.
Blessed Trinity Church is presenting this important topic on Sunday, October 30th from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
Palliative care improves the quality of life of people living with serious illness and includes informed consent, pain management, nutrition/hydration, comfort measures. It is important to understand Church teaching regarding these issues and be informed of your rights as a patient. Dr. Nisha Fernandes and Dr. Irene D’Souza will present an overview of palliative care and address concerns at end-of-life.
For more information, contact Terry McDermott, RN, Parish Nurse by Email at email@example.com or phone 416-226-0262 ext. 8.
COME AND SEE WEEKEND
Weekend of November 4th to 6th
St Augustine’s Seminary
Inviting single Catholic men 17 years and older, to cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. There will be time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest Please contact the Office of Vocations at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-968-0997.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for last weekend:
Envelopes 373 $ 9,188
Loose Change 1,060
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 165 3,018
Total 538 $ 13,266