Bulletin – October 4th


October 5th – 7th, 2009

Professor Raymond Collins, a renowned New Testament scholar, will be giving a three-evening workshop on St. Paul at our parish on October 5 to 7, 2009 (Mon to Wed), from 7:30 to 9 PM each evening.

Until his retirement in 2006, Father Collins was, for more than three decades, professor of New Testament at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and then at the Catholic University of America. He is author of numerous books and articles, many focusing on the Pauline epistles. He also writes extensively using his scholarship on the New Testament to help “break the Word” for the homilists as well as the faithful.

Topics for the Workshop:
Oct 5 St. Paul, preacher of the Gospel: in a new time, a new culture, and a new way.
Oct 6 “I commend to you our sister Phoebe” (Rom 16:1): Women in Paul’s ministry
Oct 7 “We proclaim Christ crucified” (1Cor 1:23): the Cross in Paul

If you wish to understand St. Paul better, this is an opportunity not to be missed. For further details, please consult the notice on the bulletin board, or contact Fatima Lee. Please call (416) 221-8866 to register. This will help us with arrangements for the venue.


The next R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) meetings will be held on Tuesday, October 13th at 8:00 PM and Wednesday, October 14th at 7:30 PM. These evenings are for persons interested in learning about the Catholic Faith. Because the Parish Community itself is considered the official teacher and guide for potential new members, it is important that some parishioners participate by being present and by sharing their Faith in various ways. It is also an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of the faith. Adult Catholics who wish to celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist and/or Confirmation are welcome.
For more information, please call Mary Landry at 416 – 293-3760.


Sunday, October 4th at 2:00 PM

The Youth Ministry will hold its first meeting and orientation for new members this weekend on Sunday, October 4th at 2:00 PM in the Parish library.
Interested individuals ages 14 to 25 are most welcome.


School Age Children – October 8th, 15th, 20th, 2009

Registration for children who wish to receive the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation will be held at the Parish Office from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM on the following evenings: Thursday, October 8th, Thursday October 15th and Tuesday, October 20th. Please bring a copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate if registering for First Communion or Confirmation.


In past years, Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings have been devoted to religious topics decided on by those who wish to participate.

Next Meetings:

Tuesday, October 20th at 7:30 PM.
Topic: The History of Heaven
Wednesday, October 21st at 10:30 AM.
Topic: The History of Heaven

For further information, please call Mary Landry at 416-293-3760.


On September 26, Tropical Storm Ketsana (also known as Typhoon Ondoy) struck the Philippines, causing the most severe flooding the country has experienced in more than 40 years.
The ShareLife Office is accepting monetary donations to support disaster relief efforts in the Philippines, assisting in the provision of food, shelter, clean water, and medical and cooking supplies for those affected by the storm and flooding.
Working through the Catholic Church’s official international relief network, Caritas Internationalis, funds will be channelled to Caritas Philippines (NASSA). Initially, NASSA is providing aid for a total of 10,000 families (50,000 people) in the seriously affected areas.
Those wishing to help through a financial contribution may do so in the following ways:

  • Online through ShareLife’s website: www.sharelife.org
  • Through the ShareLife Office 1-800-263-2595 or 416-934-3411
  • Through the Parish, making cheques payable to:
    ShareLife – St Gabriels Parish – Tropical Storm Ketsana Relief – Philippines

We offer our prayers for the thousands of families affected by the storm. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to serve those in need, both here at home and around the world. Be assured that ShareLife does not apply any administrative fees to humanitarian relief contributions, ensuring as much money as possible is directed toward assistance of those in crisis.


Last year, Parish Food Drives helped Good Shepherd Ministries serve more than 290,000 meals to people who would have otherwise have gone hungry. Please help the homeless and hungry within our community by participating in this year’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Urgently needed items include: rice, breakfast cereals, tea and coffee, canned soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables, pasta and pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, sugar, hot chocolate, salt, pepper and spices, condiments.
Your kind donations will make all the difference!


Regarding the H1N1 Flu Virus, Archbishop Collins has suggested that we provide hand cleaning stations at the entrance to the Church. If parishioners are feeling ill or have been sick in recent days, they should refrain from receiving Communion on the tongue or from the cup. The “sign of peace:” is an important part of Mass. If you are uncomfortable shaking hands use another gesture such as a bow, a wave of the hand or simply saying “Peace be with you.”


Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 32 casseroles for September. For October, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of October 24/25 for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. If you require more information or would like to get a copy of the recipe and a casserole pan, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.


You may have noticed a new bulletin board in the lower hall leading to the parking garage. This is an employment opportunities board where employers looking for help and individuals looking for work can post their information.
Please bring all notices to the Parish Office for approval.


Catholic Family Services is offering a 10 week group program for adult men and women who are dealing with the process of separation and divorce.
Dates & Times:

  • Group 1 – October 6th – December 8th
    Tuesday Evenings 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Group 2 – October 13th – December 15th
    Tuesdays 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location: Catholic Family Services of Toronto (North Branch),
5799 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Cost: $300 for 10 week program (subsidies available)
For further information please contact the facilitator, Mario Esposito, at 416-222-0048, Ext 222.


October 5th TO October 10th, 2009
MONDAY – GERRY HATCH Requested by Jackie, Marilyn & Families
WEDNESDAY – SYD SEDGWICK Requested by Bernadette Sedgwick
THURSDAY – SANTINA MARIA BARRACARequested by Fergus & Mary Ann O’Connell
FRIDAY – MARTIS D’SILVO Requested by Bosco & Tarlotte Fernandes
SATURDAY – KATHI WATTS Requested by Parents, Kathi & Philip Leah


“Those who sing pray twice!”
We would like to invite new membership to our Choirs. The Senior Choir practices Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 PM and sings at the 10:30 Mass. The Junior Choir practices Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and sings at the 12:30 Mass. Please consider joining this important ministry of music. For information, please call Marilyn Calderone at 416-618-2041.


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 leave your name and phone number with the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.
The orientation and training for new members will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2009 from 2:30 PM to 4:15 PM.


September 27th, 2009: $7,932

Mass Total Envelopes
4:30 $2051 119
8:30 $1769 80
10:30 $2627 146
12:30 $1485 115

Number of Envelopes Used: 450

Pre-authorized Giving for September
$7,138.41 from 78 participants


Reserve the date “For the Love of Singing” here at St. Gabriel’s on Saturday, November 28th at 7:30 PM.
A combination of Barber Shop, secular and sacred music will be presented by our own musicians. More information to follow.