Bulletin – January 13, 2013

In this week’s bulletin, Bible for Beginners, the Catholic Church Energy Savings Workshop and Philippines Typhoon Relief.


January 14th – January 19th, 2013

MONDAY – MAY LENA CHILI Requested by Fran & Sylvia Leaver
TUESDAY – PURITA FERRER Requested by Paul, Wai Chin Hwang & Family
WEDNESDAY – LAURIE BURKE Requested by the Family
THURSDAY – JOSEPH LUAN NGUYEN Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – GUS CALDERONE Requested by Marie Calderone
SATURDAY – TOM DONAGHY Requested by the Family


Thursday, February 7th, at 7:30 PM

On Thursday, February 7th at 7:30 there will be a meeting for parents only of children who will be receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation for the first time. The meeting will be held here in the Church.

The book, We Prepare for Reconciliation, will be distributed at that time. Please ensure that you get a book and help your child learn and review the content.


Tuesday, January 8th at 7:30 PM or
Thursday, January 10th at 10:30 AM
Topic: An Overview of the Old Testament – now known as the ‘Hebrew Scriptures’.
For information please call Mary at 416-293-3760.


Catholic Church Energy Savings Workshop
St. Gabriel’s Parish,
Wednesday, February 6th 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Better Buildings Partnership, City of Toronto, is holding an informative and important energy workshop about “How to save Money and Energy” on Wednesday, February 6th at St. Gabriel’s from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Those who attend will learn about saving money and saving energy in their church. The SaveOnEnergy savings program includes 50% of the cost of building audits and up to 50% on lighting, cooling, electric heating, building envelope and temperature control system updates.

Please contact Heather Bennett at 416-787-9919- or email her at heathermjb@gmail.com for more information.


Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.

  • Regular ground coffee: $5.50 Decaffeinated: $6
  • Whole Beans: $5.50
  • Chocolate Bars: $4 incl. Taxes
  • Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $4.75
  • Teas: $4.25


Sunday, January 27th is World Leprosy Day. Please take a few moments to remember the children, women and men living with leprosy. Please remember to bring us your used postage stamps. These are passed on to the Leprosy Mission of Canada 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


In response to the recent typhoon in the Philippines, the Archdiocese of Toronto is now accepting funds to support the work taking place in the affected areas. Typhoon Bopha (known locally as “Pablo”) passed to the south of the large islands of the Palau archipelago on December 3rd on its way to the Philippines, with winds recorded at over 250 km per hour. The human toll has been catastrophic and continues to rise. In total, more than 5 million people have been affected by the situation. There is an urgent need to distribute food, shelter, and medicine to the affected population. Thousands of people have fled their homes and are in need of basic necessities. Water scarcity and contamination is also a major problem. Heavy rains have caused rivers to overflow, resulting in flooding and landslides.
Those wishing to help through a financial contribution may do so in the following ways:

  • Online through the Archdiocesan website, www.archtoronto.org
  • By phone through the Development Office – 1 -800-263-2595 or 416-934-3411.


NEW BEGINNINGS: For those who have lost a loved one through Death, Separation or Divorce.

Archdiocese of Toronto Pastoral Centre:
1155 Yonge Street, 4th Floor
North East corner of Yonge and Shaftebury,
January 8, 2013, 7:30 to 9:00 PM
Topic: Demystifying Anger –

Come and join us for an informative evening: Our Facilitators will be Henny DeLange MSW., RSW. and Greg Badcock MSW., RSW.,

Free underground parking off Shaftebury beside the Summer Hill subway station. Pre registration is not required. Please contact Deacon James Shaughnessy MSW., RSW., Psyn.D. at 416-921-1163 ext 2227 or email jshaughn@cfstoronto.com for more information.


Paulist Centre at Bathurst and Bloor
Thursday January 10th at 7:00 PM for 8 weeks

On Thursday, January 10, the Paulist Centre at Bathurst and Bloor Streets will begin an eight-week program exploring the Gospel of St. Luke.  This is the gospel to be read at weekend Masses in all Catholic churches during 2013. The class will explore:  Who was St. Luke?  For whom was he writing?  What is the heart of his message – for the people of his own time and for us today?  There is no charge for this course and no need to sign up in advance. All are welcome to attend at 7:00 PM on Thursday evening, January 10th, and the following seven weeks for this exciting journey into the message of this powerful gospel writer. For more information contact the Paulist Centre at 416-534-2326 or www.paulistcentretoronto.ca.


Atlantis at Ontario Place
955 Lakeshore Blvd., Toronto
Friday, February 1st, 2013

The 12th Annual Meagan’s Walk Gala will be held on Friday, February 1st, 2013 at Atlantis at Ontario Place. A cocktail reception will begin at 6:00 PM followed by dinner at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $150 per person. Join host television personality Alicia Markson in raising Hope, Awareness and Funds for Paediatric Brain Tumour Research. Enjoy a full evening of live music featuring award winning Canadian singer Kim Stockwood. For more information, please visit www.meaganswalk.com or phone 416-239-7843.


January 25th – 27th
Theme: Who do YOU say I am?

Why not consider a retreat experience during this Year of Faith? Queen of Apostles Retreat Centre in Mississauga is holding a weekend retreat for women from January 25th to 27th. Please call 905-278-5229 for further information or to register.


Sunday, January 20th from 2:30 to 5:00 PM
240 Duncan Mills Road, 6th Floor

Mosaic Interfaith invites you to attend the third in their series of interactive discussions on “From Abraham: Three Faiths” on Sunday January 20th at 240 Duncan Mills Road, 6th floor from 2.30 to 5:00 PM. This will address concerns about the perceived connections between violence and religion. Duncan Mills Road runs west of Don Mills Road between Sheppard and York Mills. Please RSVP to Nora at 416 218 0680 by Thursday January 17th .For more information see the poster on the bulletin board


Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for January 6th, 2013

Envelopes (496) – $9,062
Loose Change – $1,165
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (184) – $3,474
Total – $13,701


The 2013 Offertory Boxed Envelopes are now available in the Gathering Space. Please pick them up as soon as possible. If you have recently moved or are new to the Parish, please inform the Parish Office so that we may update our records and label your box correctly. We would like to remind you not to use envelopes from previous years as this number may have been reassigned to another family. If you are on the Pre- Authorized Giving Plan, you will still receive a smaller green box of envelopes since these include Initial, New Year’s, Christmas, Easter and Maintenance envelopes. You may contact the Parish Office if you do not have envelopes but would like a box for 2013.