Bulletin – December 17, 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!”

Fr. Henri J.M. Nouwen


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


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.


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


Wednesday, December 13th:
10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM


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


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.


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.


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


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.