O, heavenly Father:
We thank thee for food and
remember the hungry.
We thank thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
that thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.
Mass will be celebrated on Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 10th at 10:00 AM.
FR. BRANDO RETURNS
Fr. Brando will return on Thursday.
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 the weekends of October 15th/16th and 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.
October 10th to October 15th, 2016
MONDAY – THANKSGIVING DAY – Mass at 10:00 AM
TUESDAY – MARILYN ANDEN – Requested by Gloria Flor
WEDNESDAY – SR. ALIDA DE FREITAS IBVM – Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie
THURSDAY – KOON TING LAU – Requested by Linda Law
FRIDAY – ROSALINA REMENTILLA – Requested by the Rementilla Family
SATURDAY – MICHAEL MCDONOUGH – Requested by his Family
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.
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.
Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.
Regular ground coffee: $5.50
Whole Beans: $5.50
Chocolate Bars: $4.50 incl. taxes
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $5.00
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!
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.
7th ANNUAL MASS EVENT TO END WOMAN ABUSE
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 480 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke
Woman Abuse is an issue that affects the whole community, not just the woman and her children. On Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00 PM, Nativity of Our Lord Parish and Catholic Family Services of Toronto Foundation invite you to the 7th Annual Mass to End Woman Abuse to be held at Nativity of Our Lord Parish. All are welcome. There will be light refreshments following the Mass.
FELLOWSHIP OF ST JOSEPH
Tuesday, October 18th.from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Blessed Trinity Parish Hall, 3220 Bayview Avenue
The Fellowship of St Joseph will feature a unique presentation on “Prophecy, Prophets, and Preachers: the Rise of the Modern Messianic Jewish Movement”. Ben Volman, founding leader of Congregation Eytz Chaim (“Tree of Life”) and freelance journalist will be with us that evening. Ben will discuss the remarkable history of Jewish believers in Yeshua who comprise this modern movement, which is rooted in Sacred Scripture and which bridges the gap between the Messiah and the People of Israel. We will learn the unique place that Toronto has played in this story and how the movement is poised to go forward in the 21st century.
All are welcome.
WELCOME RECEPTION FOR NEWCOMERS TO CANADA
Friday, October 21st, 2016
Catholic Education Centre, 80 Sheppard 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 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 email@example.com or (905) 792-1925.
CWL FLEA MARKET
Saturday, October 22nd from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
St. Bonaventure’ Church
Treasures of all kinds plus a live auction. Don’t miss it!
Weekend of October 28th/30th
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.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for last weekend:
Envelopes 353 $ 7,275
Loose Change 1,032
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 164 3,028
Total 517 $ 11,335