Bulletin – November 13, 2016


Preacher: Fr. Bob Joerger CP
Saturday, December 10th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
St. Gabriel’s Church

In a few weeks, we will begin the season of Advent, a time to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Christmas. In Advent, we are called to stay awake as we keep vigil, with our eyes set on the light, and not let ourselves be too carried away by the unnecessary care and concerns of the Christmas Season. Please consider joining us for a few hours of quietude in prayer and reflection.

The preacher for our Advent Retreat this year will be Father Robert Joerger, CP. Father Bob is the Provincial of the Passionists of the St. Paul of the Cross Province. Many of you have met him when he last visited St. Gabriel’s. He has touched many hearts with his preaching.

The topic of our Advent Retreat is “Leaning into the Light”. It will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at St. Gabriel’s Parish. Come and be prepared to be inspired and be challenged to a deeper relationship with God.

All are welcome. There is no cost to attend. However, donations will be gratefully accepted. For more information, please call the parish office at 416-221-8866, or email fatimalee@bellnet.ca

The retreat will begin at 1:00 PM sharp. Please plan on arriving a little earlier.


Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

Gabriel Room

We as a parish have been blessed with the ministry of the Passionists priests for over six decades. Have you ever wondered what the Passionists are about? Do you want to find out more about their spirituality and their work?

If you are interested, please join us for a conversation with Father Bob, the Provincial Superior of the St. Paul of the Cross Province of the Passionists. (The Province covers Canada, Eastern USA, Jamaica, W.I. and Haiti.) The meeting will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, in the Gabriel Room.

This is an opportunity not to be missed. Please mark your calendars.


Weekend of November 19th/20th

The youth group will be raffling off advent wreaths after all the Masses next weekend. They have been crafted by our very own youth group members. Raffle tickets will be sold in the gathering space.


Tuesday, November 22nd from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

On Tuesday, November 22nd from 7:30 to 9:00 PM the choir will be hosting a hymn sing. We will be focusing on new hymns for Advent and Christmas. Please join us for a good ol’ sing-a-long!


Wednesday, November 16th at 7:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church, Gabriel Room

On Wednesday, November 16th at 7:30 PM there will be a meeting in the Gabriel Room for parents of children who will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.


Sunday, November 20th at the 12:30 PM Mass

The Confirmation Enrollment Ceremony for all Confirmation candidates will be held on Sunday, November 20th at the 12:30 PM Mass. All Confirmation candidates must attend.

Candidates are reminded to submit their letters requesting Confirmation to Fr. Brando through the Parish Office by this Sunday, November 13th.


November 14th to November 19th, 2016

MONDAY – MAURO FIONDI – Requested by the Benito Fiondi
TUESDAY – TAM WAI-YENG – Requested by Angela Wong
THURSDAY – FR. ADRIAN LEE – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
FRIDAY – EDWIN PINTO – Requested by Anne Pinto
SATURDAY – PATRICK McGROARTY – Requested by Bill & Carolyn Markle


This Weekend, November 12th/13th

As members of our Catholic community, we regularly benefit from the tireless service of our priests. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we remember how they have been tangible instruments of the Lord’s mercy in our lives. Called by God and ordained to care for His people, our priests serve our families, in churches, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, missions and on the streets. The Shepherds’ Trust ensures our priests can live their retirement years with dignity.

The Shepherds’ Trust collection will take place in all parishes in the Archdiocese this weekend, November 12th/13th. Envelopes are in the pews.

This fund does more than just support our priests in their retirement years; it represents a very tangible gesture of thanks for the blessings we have received. Your generosity
is greatly appreciated.


Winter is coming and many Out of the Cold Shelters will open their doors at night during the winter months. Scarves for their clients will be most welcome.

I use a very simple pattern, knitting while I watch TV. If you are interested, I can meet with you at your convenience and show you the pattern. Please leave your name and phone number with the Parish Office and I’ll arrange a meeting. Mary Landry


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: $4.50 incl. taxes
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $5.00
Teas: $4.25


Saturday, November 26th to Sunday, December 10th

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 0 to 12 years old.

Containers will be set up at the doors of the Church from Saturday, November 26th until Sunday, December 10th.


During Advent, the Society of St Vincent de Paul will have 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 to 18 months.

Unwrapped Items with the original stocking tag attached can be left in the box provided near the “mitten” tree no later than December 10th. Toys for these little ones would also be appreciated.

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


Wednesday, November 16th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Gabriel Room

The next Milk Bag workshop led by Sharon Gusz will be held in the Gabriel room on Wednesday, November 16th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. No experience needed! All are welcome!


November 16th at 7:00 PM

Blessed Trinity Parish Hall 3220 Bayview Avenue

Music speaks to the heart. At times when words are difficult, music can help to evoke expressions of consolation, joy, and sorrow. Come and explore the role of music at times of loss with speaker Connie Price on Wednesday, November 16th, at 7:00 PM at Blessed Trinity Parish Hall,

For more information, contact Terry McDermott, RN, Parish Nurse. at 416-226-0262 ext. 8 or by email at btparishnurse@gmail.com.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St West

Catholic Family Services of Toronto presents a Benefit Concert to End Abuse to Women and Girls. Join us at Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St West, for a concert featuring Enrico Galante and Friends on Wednesday, November 23rd. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Enjoy live music, good food and a silent auction all for a good cause.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Hugh’s Room (416-531-6604) for $40 or $45 at the door. All proceeds go to Catholic Family Services of Toronto’s Women Abuse Programs.


Weekend of April 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2017
St. Gabriel’s Parish

A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of April 21st to 23rd, 2017. The course will be held Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. For a registration package please email Marie Deans at deansm@sympatico.ca.


Weekly Offertory

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for last weekend:
Envelopes 378 $ 7,990
Loose Change 1,001
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 163 3,025
Total 541 $ 12,016

If you are new in the community please print your name and address on your envelope so that your donation may be properly accredited to you.

Please do not use envelopes from previous years since that envelope number may have been reassigned to another parishioner.

If you are moving out of the Parish or have changed your address, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 so that we can update our records. Thank you.