bulletin – November 4

Thanks to the great people of our Youth Group who provided the children of the parish with their annual ‘Haunted house’. They put a lot of work into this and provided the children with a great treat!

I promise this will be the last you hear of my birthday!!!! Thanks, thanks, thanks to those who arranged the reception after the 12:30 Mass on Sunday the 23rd of September. Many, many thanks to those who worked so hard to pull off a wonderful party this past Saturday evening. What a wonderful turn out of people – some I have not seen in years. Thank you for the cruise and the new ‘senior’ golf clubs. Thank you also for the many personal gifts from so many people.

God bless you all
Fr. Paul


For many years St. Gabriel’s Parish has participated in the annual Holocaust Education week. On Wednesday evening, November 8th at 7:30 PM there will be a showing of a documentary ” A Debt to Honor”, narrated by Alan Alda, describing how 30,000 Jewish men, women and children evaded the Nazis with the help of Italian citizens. Our guest speaker will be Ms. Esther Bem who was sheltered by an Italian family. We hope that the Italian Counsel General will be with us to speak on the same subject.


Date Time Intentions
Nov. 6 9:00AM JOAN RUEST req Ron & Family
Nov. 8 9:00AM RICHARD & NICKIE ROSANOVA req Frank & Sylvia Leaver
Nov. 9 9:00AM GRACE & CHRIS LEAVER req Frank & Sylvia Leaver
Nov. 10 4:30PM GEORGE V. LEWIS req Winnie & Family

SUNDAY COLLECTION: October 27/28, 2007

Total: $9,898


4:30 8:30 10:30 12:30
Env. $
Total $2,616 $1,359 $4,409 $1,514
# of Env. 116 89 181 77


There will be a book of Remembrance placed on the altar
for the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your deceased relatives and friends in this book. They will be remembered at all the Masses celebrated in November.


will be held on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11TH AT 12:30 PM MASS
During the 12:30 PM Mass all confirmation candidates will be acknowledged at the altar. All confirmants who attend St. Gabriel’s School, the Children’s Faith Program and Private Schools are invited to attend. Please note that registrations for Confirmation will not be accepted on or after this date.


The parish is looking to establish a new ministry to serve elderly parishioners and others with special needs who might require transportation to and from Church on Saturdays/Sundays, and to medical appointments. First we would like to ascertain the need of the community in this regard. At the same time, we are seeking volunteers who would like to participate in this ministry. Any parishioners who would like to avail themselves of such a service OR who can volunteer to help, please contact Fatima Lee at 416 221-8866.


The topics we have chosen are varied – a mixture of church history, church teachings and scripture. You are welcome to join us whenever you can. For further information call Mary Landry at 416-221-8866 ext. 224. Next meetings:
Tuesday evening, October 30th at 7:30 PM
Wednesday morning, October 31st at 10:30 AM.


Have questions regarding end of life issues: euthanasia, pain and suffering surrounding death, palliative care, withdrawal of treatment or dignity of the dying?

Please join us for a lecture series presented by the Canadian Catholic bioethics Institute (CCBI) here at our parish. The lectures are scheduled for four consecutive Wednesdays beginning on November 14th from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.

The topics are:
Nov. 14th – What is Bioethics and what are the issues?
Nov. 21st – Advanced Directives, Power of Attorney and Ethical issues at the End of Life
Nov. 28th – Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, Palliative Care and Spiritual Issues
Dec. 5th – A Christian Spirituality of Suffering and Death

Guest speakers will be Dr. Moira McQueen, the Director of the CCBI, and Dr. Barry Brown. At the end of each lecture, there will also be an opportunity for questions and discussion. Suggested donation is $40 for the series; or $10 per lecture; or whatever your means allow. For further information and to register, please call the parish office at (416) 221-8866.

A letter from the Good Shepherd Centre

Dear Good People;

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for generously participating in our 2007 Thanksgiving Food Drive. We had an overwhelming response this year with over 70 schools and parishes participating.

With your help we were able to fill our storage area with non-perishable food items that will allow us to prepare hot and nutritious meals for Toronto’s homeless and hungry. Your thoughtful donations will help our meal program to serve upward of 750 meals and snacks daily.

Your ongoing support makes a real difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of our community. You enable us to convey our values of respect, faith, dignity, integrity, recognition, empathy, compassion, acceptance, trust and hospitality to everyone we serve. Alone, we cannot provide a solution to homelessness; together we are able to make great strides to help people find their way.

Thank you for your care and concern for the homeless and disadvantaged. Wishing you all the best throughout the year ahead.

Leanne Tanaka
Fundraiser, Events and Resources