FR. BRANDO ON HOLIDAY
September 13th to October 13th
As previously announced Fr. Brando is away on holiday until October 13th.
September 26th to October 1st, 2016
MONDAY – CATHY & BILL MILLAR – Requested by their Family
TUESDAY – ARMANDO & WALTER DINARDO – Requested by Pasqua Dinardo & Family
WEDNESDAY – SR. DORYNE KIRBY IBVM – Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie
THURSDAY – MICHAEL O’CONNELL – Requested by Fergus & Mary Ann O’Connell
FRIDAY – ROSIE JOSEPH – Requested by Margaret & Yasmin Joseph
SATURDAY – PASQUALE GATTI – Requested by Linda Gatti & Family
ST. GABRIEL’S MUSIC MINISTRY
“Those who sing well pray twice.”
Our senior choir practices on Tuesday evenings, from 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.
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 email@example.com or leave your name and phone number with the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.
The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
Samuel Francisco Castillo
Kiera Aurora Francisco
Cristiano Sean Antonio Sealy Johnson
Alexandra Helini Paloubas
Margaret Sofia Romero
Naya Grace Rudd
Violet Mey Wiradharma
These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, September 18th, 2016. Congratulations!
REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN
St. Gabriel’s Church
Thursday, September 22nd, Tuesday, September 27th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
Registration for children who wish to receive the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation will be held at St. Gabriel’s Church from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM on the following evenings:
Thursday, September 22nd
Tuesday, September 27th
Please Note: A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation. A fee of $20 is required for Confirmation.
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.
Friday, October 7th from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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 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.
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.Min. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Upcoming Weekend: October 21-23, 2016 (Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga)
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for last weekend:
Envelopes 371 $ 6,582
Loose Change 771
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 165 3,018
Total 536 $ 10,371