Archive for the ‘Bulletin’ Category

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.

Bulletin – December 10, 2017

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

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.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

December 11th to December 16th 2017

MONDAY – SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by Mary & Ravi
TUESDAY – BERNIE O’ROURKE – Requested by the Mary & Anne
WEDNESDAY – SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by Mary & Ravi
THURSDAY – ANA CAROLINA CAETANO-MACDONELL – Requested by her Family
FRIDAY – HARRY LEUNG – Requested by Mary Leung
SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE – Requested by Marie Calderone

DAY OF CONFESSION

Wednesday, December 13th

On Wednesday, December 13th, we will all have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Confessions will be heard from, 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon and from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM.

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.

For more information call Marilyn Calderone at 416-618-2041.

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.

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

John the Baptist is sent by God to prepare the way for His Son. In our present time God sends priests, religious and deacons to prepare the people to receive His Son. If you think God is calling you to a Church vocation, contact Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocation Director, Archdiocese of Toronto AT 416-968-0997 or by email at vocations@archtoronto.org or go to www.vocationstoronto.ca.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. The good people of St. Gabriel’s have been extremely generous in their support of these two important centres.

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.

Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your tremendous support!

THE GIVING TREE

Saturday December 2nd to Sunday, December 17th

During Advent, the Society of St Vincent de Paul has set up a Giving Tree in the Gathering Space.

The tree will be decorated with gift tags. Each tag will have the gender and age of a child. We invite you to take a tag, buy a gift or a gift card of about $25.00 for that child and return the unwrapped gift, with the tag attached, to the box provided in the Gathering Space. If you are a knitter, there will be mitten tags.

Please take one and return mitts to the box in the Gathering Space.

At this time of the year, we are also thinking of the young mothers and babies of Rosalie Hall. If you wish to help, you may choose a “Christmas Stocking” from the tree to purchase pyjamas or undershirts for babies ages 6 months to 4 years.

Unwrapped Items with the original stocking tag attached can be left in the box provided near the “mitten” tree no later than December 17th. Toys for these little ones would also be appreciated.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from Tim Horton’s, Walmart or MacDonald’s. These can be placed in the envelopes provided and brought to the Parish Office. Thank you for your generous support.

CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE

Saturday December 2nd to Sunday December 17th

We are having a Christmas Toy Drive again this year for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society. You can help by dropping off an unwrapped new toy for a child newborn to12 years old. Containers have been set up at the doors of the Church and will remain there until Sunday, December 17th.

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of December 16th/17th

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

EFFECT HOPE – LEPROSY MISSION OF CANADA

Collecting Stamps

This is a wonderful time of year to collect stamps from your Christmas cards and letters to give to Effect Hope, the Leprosy Mission of Canada. If you wish to help, your stamps may be left in the basket outside of the office.

THE FELLOWSHIP OF ST. JOSEPH

Tuesday, December 12th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Blessed Trinity Church, 3220 Bayview Avenue

The Association for Hebrew Catholics is presenting Fr. Russell Asch, Assistant Chaplain – Extraordinary Rite of the Latin Mass on Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00 PM at Blessed Trinity Church.

Come and hear Fr. Russell’s amazing testimony of faith. You will be blessed to share in his journey! Come out as we celebrate Advent and Hanukkah with friends and family.

All are welcome. Donation baskets are at the door to help with expenses and a small gift for the guest speakers. Goodies to share always deeply appreciated.

FRIARS’ STUDENT WRITING AWARD 2018

Win great prizes! Deadline for submissions January 8th 2018

Students aged 14 to 18 are invited to write a 500-word essay on the theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated January 18th to January 25th, 2018. The Theme is “Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power” (cf. Exodus 15:6). Students should read the Scripture passage from Exodus 15: 1-21 and respond to the following question in the essay:

Just as the Israelites sought deliverance from enslavement, in contemporary society the dignity of all people is threatened by new enslavements to poverty, violence, injustice and addictions. In what ways can Christians of all denominations work together to stave off these assaults to human dignity? Explain.

First Prize. Winning essays will be edited and published in The Catholic Register. Deadline for entries is January 8th, 2018. For entry details, please visit http://bit.ly/studentwritingawarddetails.

HODIE CHRISTUS NATUS EST!

Wednesday, December 13th 7:30 PM- 9:00 PM

Regis College Toronto

Join Toronto’s new professional-level chamber choir, Incontra Vocal Ensemble,as they perform Advent and Christmas-themed music inspired by joy, expectation and wonderment. Works by Palestrina, Lauridsen, Sixten, Gjeilo, Rutter, Sirett, Abu-Khader and a new composition by Toronto composer J. Scott Brubacher.
Tickets are $35. Call 416- 922-5474 ext. 266 or go to
https://regiscollege.ca/event/christmas-concert-hodie-christus-natus-est/ or wilma.scherloski@utoronto.ca for more details.

Sponsored by the Regis College Alumni Association.