Bulletin – October 2, 2016

FR. BRANDO ON HOLIDAY

September 13th to October 13th

As previously announced Fr. Brando is away on holiday until October 13th.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 3rd to October 8th, 2016

MONDAY – FRANCIS CHEUNG – Requested by the Cheung Family
TUESDAY – JOHN ROGERS – Requested by his Family
WEDNESDAY – TOM VUKOVIK – Requested by Manda Vukovik
THURSDAY – ELLEN JANE ROSE – Requested by Cheryl Rancati
FRIDAY – JOHN EGSGARD – Requested by Gerry, Molly, Helen & Kathi
SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE – Requested by Marie Calderone

ST. GABRIEL’S MUSIC MINISTRY

Those who sing well pray twice.”

Our senior choir practices on Tuesday evenings, 7:30 to 9:00 P.M. and leads community song at the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass.

Our junior choir practices on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and leads the music at the 12:30 PM Mass.

We always welcome new voices and hope you will consider joining us! For more information, please contact the choir director after any of the Masses.

ALTAR SERVERS

The Altar Service is now recruiting new members.

If you are in Grade 4 or higher and are interested in becoming an altar server, please contact Colin Meharchand at cmeharchand@bell.net or leave your name and phone number with the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Friday, October 7th from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon

ECO-SABBATH

This Sunday, October 2nd at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room

St Gabriel’s has a long tradition of hosting the Eco-Sabbath every first Sunday of the month. This year, the tradition will continue. The first meeting of this year after the summer break will be held this weekend, October 2nd, at 11:30 AM. All are invited.

ROSARY GROUPS

English: Saturday, October 1st at 3:15 PM in the Library

Chinese: Sunday, October 2nd at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room.

For further information, please contact Linda Law at 416 -918-8029.

PARENTS CONFIRMATION INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, October 13th at 7:30 PM.

St. Gabriel’s Church

There will be a meeting here at the Church on Thursday, October 13th at 7:30 PM. for parents of children who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this year.

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.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL

Each month some of the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

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 outstanding support.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

You can make a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless this Thanksgiving by participating in the annual Good Shepherd Ministries Thanksgiving Food Drive.

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.

Urgently needed items include:
rice, pasta and pasta sauces,
peanut butter, jam
oatmeal pancake mix
teabags ground or instant coffee,
sugar cookies and crackers,
canned tuna, soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables.

Please no fresh or frozen foods.

We thank you for your generous support!

LECTIO DIVINA 2016-2017

Beginning October 2nd at 7:00 PM

ST. MICHAEL’S CATHEDRAL

One Sunday evening each month, all are welcome to join Cardinal Collins for Lectio Divina at St. Michael’s Cathedral. We begin with Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 7:00 PM followed by Lectio Divina from 7:30 to 8:15 PM. The theme for this season is “The Freedom of the Kingdom of God.” This year, we will meditate upon nine passages of Scripture that illuminate the slavery we experience in our struggle with sin and show the way to freedom. The first evening will take place Sunday, October 2nd at 7:00 PM at St. Michael’s Cathedral. For a full list of dates and Scripture passages, visit www.archtoronto.org/lectio. Each gathering is archived at this website. Episodes also air on Salt + Light TV (www.saltandlighttv.org).

SPIRITUAL GROWTH IN THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE

Six Tuesday Mornings Beginning October 4th

St. Bonaventure’s Parish Centre, 1300 Leslie Street

Maureen McDonnell, D.Mim. will be presenting an exciting and informative programme on the topic of Spiritual Growth in the Second Half of Life.

The programme, hosted by St. Bonaventure’s Church will take place on six Tuesday Mornings at 10:00 AM between October 4th and December 13th.

For more information or to register, please call 416-491-2360. or email adamscote@rogers.com.

PROJECT RACHEL

Weekend of October 28th/30th

Are you longing for mercy from the One who brings peace and healing? Project Rachel can help. A weekend retreat for women whose hearts have been broken by abortion will be held on the weekend of October 28th to -30th.

Please e-mail ProjectRachel@StMarysRefuge.org or call 416-629-8264. Project Rachel is private and confidential.

FREE CATHOLIC ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR

Wednesday, Oct. 5th at 7:00 PM

Holy Cross Funeral Home, Thornhill

Catholic Cemeteries and the Archdiocese estate planning team will share:
- How to protect your loved ones with a proper Will
- How to ensure your wishes are legally protected
- About Powers of Attorney
- Estate Trustee selection
- Finding lawyers and estate planning advisors
- Our Catholic traditions around wills, burial and funerals

An estate planning kit will be provided at no cost.

The session will be held at the Holy Cross Funeral Home (located at 211 Langstaff Rd. East, Thornhill)
Refreshments will be provided.
RSVP: Frank Jannetta, Catholic Cemeteries
416.733-8544 ext. 2023 or fjannetta@cc-fs.ca.

WELCOME RECEPTION FOR NEWCOMERS TO CANADA

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Catholic Education Centre, 80Sheppard Avenue East

The Toronto Catholic District School Board is hosting a Welcome Reception for Newcomers to Canada on Friday, October 21st from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the Catholic Education Centre.

This is a multilingual event: interpreters and print materials will be available in a variety of languages. A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by October 7th to your local school principal.

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 gerard.marge@rogers.com or (905) 792-1925.

FINANCE CORNER

Weekly Offertory
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for last weekend:
Envelopes 366 $ 7,087
Loose Change 878
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 165 3,018
Total 531 $ 10,983
Needs of the Canadian Church $ 2,598