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Bulletin – January 14, 2018

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

MINISTERS OF HOSPITALITY NEEDED

We are looking for several individuals who may consider acting as Ministers of Hospitality at the Saturday and Sunday Masses. Duties would include greeting parishioners before Mass starts, taking the collections, taking our gifts to the priest at the altar and distributing our bulletin at the end of Mass.

If interested, please leave your name and phone number with staff in the parish office. One of the hospitality ministers will contact you.

A QUICK UPDATE ON OUR REFUGEE FAMILIES

Through your generosity, our parish has sponsored a total of three refugee families in the last few years. Here is a quick update on them.

The Saoor family of 5 from Mosul, Iraq whom we sponsored in 2012 now have a home in Brampton. The younger son was married in the summer of 2016 and late last year welcomed the birth of his daughter. Sixteen members of the parish refugee committee attended the baptism. All family members either have or are in the process of getting their Canadian citizenship.

The Bezgian family of 4 from Aleppo, Syria whom we sponsored in 2015 are living in Scarborough. The children enjoy their school and both parents are working. They recently bought a car which has made getting to and from work much easier. They are trying to bring Christine’s mother to Canada for a visit. She has not seen the family in 6 years.

The Alkajela family of 6 from Mosul, Iraq whom we sponsored in 2016 have settled in Brampton. Ishan, the father, recently got his truck driver licence and is enjoying driving large trucks all over Ontario. The children enjoy their school and are currently all taking swimming lessons which are the highlight of their week.

Pope Francis asks us to “Welcome, Protect, Promote and Integrate Migrants and Refugees.” Our Parish has answered that call.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

January 15th – January 20th, 2018

MONDAY – ANA MARIE LOPEZ – Requested by Estrella Gavietta
TUESDAY – JENNY & WALTER WILCHYNSKI – Requested by Fran Moscal
WEDNESDAY – ETHEL MAGEE – Requested by Janet Candido
THURSDAY – MAURICE MICHAEL – Requested by Charmaine Michael
FRIDAY – SPECIAL INTENTION – Requested by the Ng family
SATURDAY – PAULINE WONG – Requested by Anda Li

WELCOME! BAPTISM

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome Mariano Lucas Tan who received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, December 31st 2017. Congratulations!

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of January 20th/21st

Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.
Regular ground coffee: $5.50
Decaffeinated: $6.00
Whole Beans: $5.50
Chocolate Bars: $4.50 incl. Taxes
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $6.00
Teas: $4.25

MILK BAG PROJECT

Wednesday, January 17th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Gabriel Room

Did you know that milk bags can be cut, looped and woven into sleep mats for individuals or families in developing countries? . Please drop the colourful outer bags in the bin located in the gathering space. Please make sure that the bags are clean, dry and flat.

Volunteer milk bag weavers will be meeting Wednesday afternoon, January 17th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Gabriel Room. All are welcome!

SHARELIFE

The ShareLife Office has released a Report to Donors sharing the results of the 2017 campaign and demonstrating how our support has made a difference. Copies of the report are available at the parish, or can be downloaded from the ShareLife website at www.sharelife.org.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

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.

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

With everyone struggling at this time, your food 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 generous support.

WORLD LEPROSY DAY – SUNDAY, JANUARY 28th USED STAMP COLLECTION

Sunday, January 28th is World Leprosy Day. When leprosy is diagnosed and treated early, the healing time is much faster and permanent disabilities are prevented. The average person can be diagnosed and cured for just $99.

Please bring us your used postage stamps. These are passed on to Effect Hope helping them work towards the day when leprosy is eradicated. They are happy to accept any and all trimmed stamps, leaving no less than ¼ inch and no more than ½ inch paper border. Stamps may be deposited in the basket on the cabinet just outside the Parish Office. For more information please see posters on the bulletin board or go to www.worldleprosyday.ca.

WALK-IN COUNSELLING SERVICES

Catholic Family Services of Toronto offers walk-In counseling services at two locations. The single-session consultation is aimed at helping individuals, couples, or family clients address their concerns. No appointment is required. Counseling is available at Central office, 1155 Yonge St. Suite 100, Toronto every Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. To contact, phone 416 921-1163. Counseling is also available at North office, 5799 Yonge Street, Suite 300, North York every Thursday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Contact 416 222-0048 or email: info@cfstoronto.com for more information.

WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

Sunday January 14th at 1:00 PM

Good Shepherd Chaldean Catholic Church, 2 High Meadow Place, North York

The theme announced by His Holiness Pope Francis for the 2018 World Day of Migrants and Refugees is “Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating Migrants and Refugees.” In his message, Pope Francis reminds us that “every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age…”

A special Mass commemorating the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on Sunday, January 14th, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Good Shepherd Chaldean Catholic Cathedral, located at 2 High Meadow Place in North York. Bishop Kirkpatrick will be the homilist for this liturgy. A reception will follow with a number of dignitaries in attendance. All are welcome to attend!

TORONTO CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Beginning January 17th

The Toronto Catholic District School Board welcomes families with kindergarten-aged children to register for the September 2018 school year beginning on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018. Your local Catholic school will offer one evening of extended registration hours during the month of January. Please contact your local school for this date.

Parents may also complete an application at http://soar.tcdsb.org. The TCDSB is proud to provide a wide range of programs and services to students in 201 publicly-funded Catholic schools from kindergarten to Grade 12.

For registration information, please call 416-222-8282, ext. 5314

THE FACES OF CHRIST IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION

Saturday, January 20th from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

St. Augustine’s Seminary, 2661 Kingston Rd., Scarborough

Join them for a day to learn about “The Faces of Christ in the Book of Revelation.” This seminar will be held in the Ambrozic Room, St. Augustine’s Seminary from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Mass will be celebrated in the seminary chapel followed by lunch.

Please contact St. Augustine’s Seminary of Toronto by phone at 416-261-7207 or by email at ioft@sastoronto.org or visit www.tcdsb.org.

WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE

Sunday, January 28th, at 3:00 PM.

St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power St., Toronto

On Friday, February 2nd, the Church celebrates the World Day for Consecrated Life.

In the Archdiocese of Toronto we are blessed to have living and serving among us more than 900 religious men and women of 100 different religious congregations. This World Day for Consecrated Life is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank God for the gifts of these religious sisters, brothers and priests and to pray for God’s blessing upon them in their efforts to faithfully live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.

Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick will preside at a special Mass on Sunday, January 28th, at 3:00 PM. at St. Paul’s Basilica,

83 Power St., Toronto in celebration of the vocation and witness of these special men and women religious who are such a vital and important part of the life and ministry of the Church in our Archdiocese. All are welcome to attend.

PUBLIC LECTURE ON CARE OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Wednesday, February 7th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Mary Ward Centre, 70 St. Mary’s Street

Professor Heather Eaton, professor at St. Paul’s University in Ottawa, will hold a public lecture on Wednesday, February 7th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the Mary Ward Centre. She will speak on “Flourishing of Life for All: How are we called to be a prophetic voice for action on climate change?”

LIVING WITH SEPARATION AND DIVORCE

February 13th to April 3rd from 4:30 to 6:30

Central Office, 1155 Yonge Street

Catholic Family Services of Toronto is offering a psycho-educational program for those dealing with the stress of the ending of a relationship.

The sessions facilitated by a clinical social worker will be held February 13th to April 3rd, 2018 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. at 1155 Yonge St. There is a $30 fee per session.

Please contact Alpana Das at 416-921-1163 x2232 or email adas@cfstoronto.com for more information.

Bulletin – January 7, 2018

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

The Wise Still Seek Him.

The Epiphany of Christ is a shining light set at the turning of the year to illuminate all that has gone before and to guide us through the year ahead.

FR. BRANDO AWAY

Fr. Brando will be away this month spending time with his family. We wish him a safe trip and a relaxing visit.

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BRANDO

THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Thank you, good people, for your overwhelming generosity this Christmas season. Thanks to you, St. Gabriel’s was able to provide toys, food and gifts to Rosalie Hall, the Catholic Children’s Aid, the Good Shepherd Centre and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

A special thank you to our neighbours the St. Gabriel’s Village Condos for their generous support of our food and toy drives. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

January 8th – January 13th 2018

MONDAY – RENATO BELLISARI – Requested by Chiara & Tina Intini
TUESDAY – ESTHER RODRIGUEZ – Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – SALLY BEN – Requested by Stephen Previdsa
THURSDAY – DELPHINE OAKIE – Requested by the Oakie Family
FRIDAY – SHIRLEY ROSALES – Requested by Her Family
SATURDAY – GEORGE OLDEN – Requested by Kathleen Olden Powell

SHARELIFE

The ShareLife Office has released a Report to Donors sharing the results of the 2017 campaign and demonstrating how our support has made a difference. Copies of the report are available at the parish, or can be downloaded from the ShareLife website at www.sharelife.org.

WALK-IN COUNSELLING SERVICES

Catholic Family Services of Toronto offers walk-in counseling services at two locations. The single-session consultation is aimed at helping individuals, couples, or family clients address their concerns. No appointment is required. For more information, contact 416 222-0048 or email: info@cfstoronto.com

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 41 casseroles for December. For January, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of January 27th/28th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are urgently needed to help feed the hungry in our city. You may pick up a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan from the Parish Office. Three recipes are also available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Please remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole. For more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.

WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

Sunday January 14th at 1:00 PM

Good Shepherd Chaldean Catholic Church,
2 High Meadow Place, North York

The theme announced by His Holiness Pope Francis for the 2018 World Day of Migrants and Refugees is “Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating Migrants and Refugees.” In his message, Pope Francis reminds us that “every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age…”

A special Mass commemorating the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on Sunday, January 14th, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Good Shepherd Chaldean Catholic Cathedral, located at 2 High Meadow Place in North York. Bishop Kirkpatrick will be the homilist for this liturgy. A reception will follow with a number of dignitaries in attendance. All are welcome to attend!

MOSAIC INTERFAITH

Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Avenue
Sunday January 14th from 2:00 PM to- 4:00 PM

MOSAIC Interfaith invites you to attend their annual program in honour of Martin Luther King’s birthday at Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Avenue on Sunday January 14th, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The program will include a presentation “ A Caring Village” by Clovis Grant, CEO of 360 Kids and will focus on how we as a caring community work together to wrap our arms around young people particularly the most vulnerable to help them achieve their full potential. To RSVP or for more information contact Nora at 416 218 0680 by Jan 12th. See also the posters on the bulletin boards.

TORONTO CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Beginning January 17th

The Toronto Catholic District School Board welcomes families with kindergarten-aged children to register for the September 2018 school year beginning on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018. Your local Catholic school will offer one evening of extended registration hours during the month of January. Please contact your local school for this date.

Parents may also complete an application at http://soar.tcdsb.org. The TCDSB is proud to provide a wide range of programs and services to students in 201 publicly-funded Catholic schools from kindergarten to Grade 12.
For registration information, please call 416-222-8282, ext. 5314 or visit www.tcdsb.org.

Bulletin – December 31, 2017

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

The greatest blessing you bring to your family is the presence of God in your life.
The fragrance of His presence sweetens the atmosphere of your home.
The beauty of His presence warms the relationships within its walls.
The joy of His presence lightens every heart.
The glory of His presence fills all its chambers with rare and precious treasures.
“From God’s Heart to Yours” by Roy Leesin

Let us pray for one another.
May God bless you and yours throughout this Christmas Season.
We wish you a happy and peaceful
New Year and always try to remember…

“Holiness is in the ordinary.”

ANNOUNCED MASSES

January 2nd – January 6th 2018

TUESDAY – FR. ADRIAN LEE – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
WEDNESDAY – FR. DON SANVIDO – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
THURSDAY – CELINA DELFIN – Requested by Her Family
FRIDAY – SISTERS OF OUR LADY IMMACULATE – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE – Requested by Marie Calderone

Christmas Schedule 2017

REGULAR SUNDAY MASSES

Saturday December 30th Vigil Mass 4:30 PM
Sunday, December 31st
Feast of the Holy Family
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

NEW YEAR’S EVE
Sunday, December 31st 5:00 PM Mass
Vigil for Feast of Mary the Mother of God

NEW YEAR’S DAY
Monday, January 1st
Feast of Mary the Mother of God

10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Office Open – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

ECO-SABBATH

Sunday, January 7th at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room

On the first Sunday of each month, the Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality facilitates a 30 minute reflection and discussion prompted by the readings for that Sunday’s liturgy. The guided reflection brings an ecological perspective to the readings. All are welcome.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Friday, January 5th from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon

ROSARY GROUPS

English: Saturday, January 6th at 3:15 PM in the Library
Chinese: Sunday, January 7th at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room.

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

VOCATION SEEDS

Mary treasured all that God had done for her, and pondered these things in her heart. Do you treasure God’s gifts and ponder what He wants from you? You may have a vocation to a life in the Church serving Christ.
If you think God is calling you to be a priest, religious, or permanent deacon, call Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocation Director, Archdiocese of Toronto at 416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org.

PRAYER AND LIFE WORKSHOP

Wednesday, January 10th at 7:00 PM

St. Timothy’s Parish, 21 Leith Hill Rd., Toronto

The Prayer and Life Workshops are a series of sessions that help you learn and deepen your art of prayer. This learning has a very practical character, like a workshop: by praying we learn to pray. Sessions include prayer methods such as prayerful reading, prayer of surrendering, adoration, and contemplative prayer. In every session, we meditate on readings of the Word and listen to a message from Fr. Ignacio Larrañaga, OFM Cap., our founder. The Workshop consists of 15 weekly sessions of 2 hours each, and a final one-day retreat. Instruction is free and all materials have a total cost of $15. For more information and to pre-register call Chandra at 647-980-6800 or Pablo at 416-346-7580. You can also send an email to: ontario@tovpil.ca or visit them on the web at tovpil.ca/Ontario.

WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

Sunday January 14th at 1:00 PM

Good Shepherd Chaldean Catholic Church,
2 High Meadow Place, North York

The theme announced by His Holiness Pope Francis for the 2018 World Day of Migrants and Refugees is “Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating Migrants and Refugees.” In his message, Pope Francis reminds us that “every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age…”

A special Mass commemorating the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on Sunday, January 14th, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Good Shepherd Chaldean Catholic Cathedral, located at 2 High Meadow Place in North York. Bishop Kirkpatrick will be the homilist for this liturgy. A reception will follow with a number of dignitaries in attendance. All are welcome to attend!

Please note

All donations for 2017 must be received in the Parish Office by this Sunday, December 31st, 2017 to be included in your 2017 Tax Receipt.

Bulletin – December 24, 2017

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour which is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:11

A LETTER FROM OUR PASTOR

My Dear Good People of St. Gabriel’s,
With great joy and deep gratitude, I write to express my prayerful best wishes for a holy, peaceful and blessed Christmas.

During this Advent Season, I have been praying that each of you had a great time to ponder and reflect on your own personal faith and relationship with the Incarnate word, the Child Jesus – the reason for the season. Whatever it is that your hearts and souls long for, may you be filled with joy, hope, love and consolation at Christmas.

Christmas is a time of peace and joy, a time to celebrate with family, with friends and loved ones. However, for some, Christmas is a sad time, because they have lost a loved one, or because they are alone and lonely, or overburdened by family problems or for many other reasons. Spare a moment or two to journey with our sisters and brothers who are suffering from one kind of problem or another. Think of those Christian families in Syria, the Middle East and elsewhere around the world. Spare a moment to think of the image of the Child Jesus together with his parents, Mary and Joseph seeking refuge. They found no space in the inn. Jesus was born in a stable. God chose his Son to be born like the rest of us so that we can realize that we are important. If we fail to see the face of Jesus in the poor, then what would our faith in God have become? Would you welcome Jesus in your hearts as He gazes upon you?

Our parish community remains generous and kind as it has always been. You have never failed to see the face of Jesus in the poor and the marginalized. I want to thank you for your generosity this past year as you supported Share Life, St. Vincent De Paul, Good Shepherd Centre, Rosalie Hall and many others.

To the men and women volunteers – those sweating in the Parish gardens, milk bag weavers, casseroles makers, ushers and musicians, lectors and decorators, hospitality and Eucharistic ministers, Good Shepherd Centre volunteers and other centres to serve the homeless and the needy, the youth patrolling the street to console homeless people by preparing and distributing food, planting trees to heal the Earth and the hidden good you’ve all done so the right hand does not know what the left hand has done …For these and for all the good known to you and to God, thank you and may God multiply the good you do immersing it in the joy God brings to our needy world.

As we celebrate the birth of our Saviour and of the coming New Year, I am one with you in asking God to refresh our lives, sustain our love for each other, strengthen our faith, enkindle our bonds with our loved ones and friends and above all, to be sharers of hope to the lost and desperate. Together with our committed and hard-working parish staff, I and Fr. John prayerfully wish you all a Merry Christmas and a bountiful New Year 2018!

Blessings,
Fr. Brando, CP

ANNOUNCED MASSES

December 27th – December 30th 2017

WEDNESDAY – MICHAEL PALAZZO – Requested by Valentina Palazzo
THURSDAY – IN THANKSGIVING – Requested by Agnes Wong
FRIDAY – FR. TIMOTHY HIGGINS – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
SATURDAY – IN THANKSGIVING – Requested by the Ng Family

Christmas Schedule 2017

MASSES

CHRISTMAS EVE – Sunday, December 24th

Regular Sunday Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
5:00 PM Family Mass – Carol Singing
9:00 PM Adult Choir – Carol Singing
12:00 AM Midnight Mass – Contemporary Group

Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

CHRISTMAS DAY – Monday, December 25th

10:30 AM
12:30 PM

Office Open – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

BOXING DAY – Tuesday, December 26th

Office Closed

No 9:00 AM Mass

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Sunday, December 31st

Regular Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 5:00 PM Mass
Vigil for Feast of Mary the Mother of God

Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Monday, January 1st

Feast of Mary the Mother of God
10:30 AM
12:30 PM

Office open – 9:30 to 2:00 PM

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Collection – December 30th/31st

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 48 casseroles for November. Your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. Please remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole.

More volunteers are urgently needed to become active in helping to feed the needy and homeless in Toronto. Three different recipes are available in the Parish Office or online at the Church website. Casserole pans are also available in the Parish Office.

Please give it a try! If you require more information please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES BLOOD CLINIC

December 27th from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish

Canadian Blood Services helps ensure lifesaving blood products are available to hospital patients in need. This organisation hosts monthly blood donor clinics at St. Gabriel’s Parish, and will again host this clinic on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM. You can take part by making an appointment for this clinic at Give Life https://blood.ca/en/givelife by selecting St. Gabriel’s Parish for December 27th, 2017.

Please note: All donations for 2017 must be received in the Parish Office by Sunday, December 31st, 2017 to be included in your 2017 Tax Receipt.

Bulletin – December 17, 2017

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Lord Jesus,
Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”
Amen.

Fr. Henri J.M. Nouwen

ANNOUNCED MASSES

December 18th – December 23rd, 2017

MONDAY – DAVID LI – Requested by Linda Law
TUESDAY – CANDELARIA TERRADO – Requested by the Manabat Family
WEDNESDAY – OPHELIA CHOW – Requested by David Chung
THURSDAY – JOHN BARNES – Requested by Mary Anne Barnes
FRIDAY – DRAGICA PETROVIC – Requested by Mira Petranovic
SATURDAY – FRANCO INTINI – Requested by Chiara & Tina Intini

CHILDREN’S CHOIR

FAMILY MASS – CHRISTMAS EVE AT 5:00 PM
Rehearsal: Sunday, December 17th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Each year, young people, Grade 3 and up, form a special choir for the Family Mass on Christmas Eve. Children must be at the Church by 4:00 PM. One rehearsal, which is mandatory, will be held on Sunday, December 17th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Please call Marilyn Calderone at 416-618-2041 for more information.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT DRESS REHEARSAL

Sunday, December 17th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Each year a Nativity pageant takes place at the 5:00 PM Family Mass. S.K. to Grade 5 children are invited to participate in the pageant. The rehearsal will be held on Sunday, December 17th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the Church

Christmas Schedule 2017

INDIVIDUAL ADVENT CONFESSIONS

Wednesday, December 13th:
10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM

MASSES

CHRISTMAS EVE – Sunday, December 24th

Regular Sunday Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
5:00 PM Family Mass – Carol Singing
9:00 PM Adult Choir – Carol Singing
12:00 AM Midnight Mass – Contemporary Group

Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

CHRISTMAS DAY – Monday, December 25th

10:30 AM
12:30 PM

Office Open – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

BOXING DAY – Tuesday, December 26th

Office Closed

No 9:00 AM Mass

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Sunday, December 31st

Regular Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 5:00 PM Mass
Vigil for Feast of Mary the Mother of God

Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Monday, January 1st

Feast of Mary the Mother of God
10:30 AM
12:30 PM

Office open – 9:30 to 2:00 PM

Parking

While parking at ground level is limited to 51 spaces, there is plenty of space in the underground parking lot. Please follow the instructions of the attendants. Do not park in front of the Church since this is a fire route and must be kept clear.

Additional parking is available on the east side of Elkhorn Public School and in the bus loop. Again, please follow the instructions of the attendant. The school requests that we do not park on the grass. Many thanks to Holly Richards, the Principal of Elkhorn Public School, for allowing us the use of the school property.

GIFTS OF NEW BIRTH – ANNUAL ADVENT-SOLSTICE

Thursday, December 21st at 7:30 PM
St. Gabriel’s Church

Advent’s preparations culminate in a radical new beginning – the birth of the Christ child – not just for humanity but for all of creation. The winter solstice marks a transition toward brighter times. Together, the Advent-Solstice reminds us of our profound connection with all of God’s creation and wakens us to the opportunity for a new beginning in that relationship. We will explore the surprising gifts that result when we make choices that foster such relationships.

VOCATION SEEDS

There was a man named John, sent by God, who came as a witness to testify to the Light, so that through this person all people might believe. Is it possible God could be calling your name to witness to the Light of Christ in our day? If you think God is calling you to be a priest, religious or deacon, call
Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocation Director, Archdiocese of Toronto, at 416-968-0997 or email at vocations@archtoronto.org and www.vocationstoronto.ca

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Weekend of December 30th/ 31st

Your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses the weekend of December 30th /31st for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

Although this is a very busy time, there are still many hungry people who are counting on us to make a difference. Good Shepherd Ministries serves more than 1,300 meals a day, every day.

More volunteers are urgently needed to help feed the hungry in our city. Please get a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try. Remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole.
For more information, you may contact Irene Albrecht at
416 221-2791.