FROM THE DESK OF FR. BRANDO
On behalf of the St. Gabriel’s Parish Community I would like to welcome Nikki Malunas who is our new Youth Minister. Nikki has been involved with the youth of the parish for several years and will be a great asset to our Parish Team.
FR. BRANDO ON HOLIDAY
September 13th to October 13th
Fr. Brando will be taking a well deserved holiday from September 13th to October 13th. We wish him a healthy, happy, restful and safe holiday.
September 12th to September 17th, 2016
MONDAY – SPECIAL INTENTION – Requested by Kshamalee Wirekoon
TUESDAY – VINCENT HA – Requested by Laura, Sylvia & Valerie Ha
WEDNESDAY – JOHN POWELL – Requested by Kathleen Olden Powell
THURSDAY – HARRY LEUNG – Requested by Mary Leung
FRIDAY – HEUNG-WAH-LAM – Requested by the Fung, Lam & Monero Families
SATURDAY – MR. & MRS. VICTOR FERNANDO – Requested by Kshamalee Wirekoon
ST. GABRIEL’S MUSIC MINISTRY
“Those who sing pray twice.”
Our senior choir practices on Tuesday evenings, 7:30–9:00 P.M. and leads community song at the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass.
Our junior choir practices on Thursday evenings from 6:30–8:00 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.
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 on October 2nd, at 11:30 AM. All are invited.
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 to have 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.
CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM
The Children’s Faith Program for children attending private or public schools will begin this Sunday, September 11th at 10:00 AM. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School. Anyone who has not yet registered may do so before the first class. .
Please note that a separate Sacramental registration form is required if your child will receive the sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation during the 2016/17 year. These forms are available in the Parish Office.
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE
Wednesday, September 21st at 7:30 PM
St. Gabriel’s Development and Peace Committee is holding its first meeting after the summer break on Wednesday, September 21, at 7:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. The mission of development and Peace is to support partners in various developing countries in the causes of social justice and to educate Canadians about the roots of global poverty. If you are interested or want to know more about the work we do, please join us.
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:
pasta and pasta sauces,
ground or instant coffee,
cookies and crackers,
soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables.
Please no fresh or frozen foods.
Food items may be placed in the bin provided in the Gathering Space. We thank you for your generous support!
Weekend of September 17th/18th
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: $6.00
FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL
Each month 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.
ITALIAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF
The Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting financial contributions for humanitarian relief following the catastrophic effects of a serious earthquake in Italy on August 24. The 6.2 magnitude earthquake is responsible for nearly 300 deaths in central Italy. As well, an estimated 3,500 people have lost their homes in the natural disaster. The Vatican relief agency in the country (Caritas Italy), along with local churches, is working to provide aid to support the survivors of the disaster.
Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:
Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
By phone through the Development Office –at 416-934-3411
Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
St. Gabriel’s Parish – Italian Earthquake – Humanitarian Relief
We offer our prayers for the victims of this natural disaster and those who have been displaced. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to help those in crisis in Italy.
THE FELLOWSHIP OF ST. JOSEPH
Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00 PM
Blessed Trinity Church Hall, 3220 Bayview Avenue
The Association for Hebrew Catholics is presenting Fr. Fred Chung, Assistant Professor of Biblical Theology at St. Augustine’s Seminary and Director of Serra House on Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00 PM in Blessed Trinity Church parish hall.
Fr. Fred will present an interactive talk on “Messiah in the Psalms. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.
WHAT IS THE RELEVANCE OF MARY THE MOTHER OF GOD FOR TODAY’S CHRISTIANITY?
The Significance of the Rosary
Thursday, September 13th at 7:00 PM
St Elizabeth of Hungary, Church Hall
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish will present a lecture by Fr. Henri Boulad SJ on Thursday, September 13th at 7:00 PM in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church Hall, 432 Sheppard Ave. East. All are welcome.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for last weekend:
Envelopes 364 $ 9,548
Loose Change 946
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 165 3,018
Total 529 $ 13,512