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Bulletin – December 4, 2022

Saturday, December 3rd, 2022

This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Advent.

“The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.”
(Psalm126)

Christmas Schedule 2022

ADVENT INDIVIDUAL CONFESSION

Wednesday, December 14th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

CHRISTMAS EVE – Saturday, December 24th

No 4:30 PM Mass
6:00 PM Mass
9:00 PM Mass
12:00 AM Midnight Mass
Office Open – 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

CHRISTMAS DAY – Sunday, December 25th

10:30 AM Mass
12:30 PM Mass
Office Open – 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

BOXING DAY

Monday, December 26th
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

Tuesday December 27th

No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Saturday, December 31st

No 4:30 PM Mass
Vigil Mass for Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God – 5:00 PM
Office Open – 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Sunday, January 1st

Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God
8:30 AM
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Parking

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 Danila Duliunas, the Principal of Elkhorn Public School, for allowing us the use of the school property.

PARISH NEWS

All children in JK and up are invited to participate in this year’s Nativity Play at the 6:00 PM Christmas Eve mass. There will be one rehearsal on Sunday December 18th after the 10:30 AM mass. Please contact sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com or 416-221-8866 ext. 227 to participate!

CHILDREN’S CHOIR

After two years, our parish is excited to recommence the Children’s Choir for the Christmas Eve Mass! All youth in Grades 3 and up are invited to join. There will be 3 rehearsals at St. Gabriel’s Parish

♪ Thursday, December 8th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
♪ Thursday, December 15th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
♪ Sunday, December 18th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

If you would like to participate or have any questions, please contact our Youth Minister at sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com or 416-221-8866 ext. 227.

SERAPHIM & CHERUBIM’S CONCERT

Saturday, December 10th at 7:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church
Christmas, Christmas time is near!

We’re back live and in concert!

Come join the Seraphim & Cherubim Chorus singing the Christmas songs you love as part of our Winter Song concert series. We’re always so excited to bring our friends together to celebrate the season and sing songs that touch our hearts. Never a typical Christmas concert and always full of surprise tunes and reimagined classics.

Join us at St. Gabriel’s on December 10th at 7:30 PM. Advanced tickets are available online at www.seraphimandcherubim.ca

ANNOUNCED MASSES

December 5th to December 11th

MONDAY – MARIA DIDIODATO ✞ – Requested by her Family
TUESDAY – YOLANDA CUERVO ✞ – Requested by Carlos Restrepo
WEDNESDAY – SR. KLALA LI & JOSEPINA LI ✞ – Requested by Cecilia Park
THURSDAY – KRISTOPHER TA – Requested by Veronica Do
FRIDAY – PELAGIO OLIVAR ✞ – Requested by Eileen Domopoy
SATURDAY – FR. PAUL CUSACK CP ✞ – Requested by Mark DesRoches
SUNDAY 10:30 AM – JOHN MENDES ✞ – Requested by his Family
SUNDAY 12:30 PM – BENITO TOMAIUOLI & FAMILY ✞ – Requested by the Family

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to those parishioners who prepared 34 casseroles for November. For December, your prepared frozen casseroles may be dropped off at the Parish Office by December 29th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

Let’s see if we can increase that number!

The need is very great especially as winter approaches.

The casseroles are easy to make and we have the recipes and casserole pans right here in the Parish Office. The recipes are also available on the Parish website. If you require more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

CATHOLIC CHILDRENS’ AID FOUNDATION CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE

Saturday November 19th to Sunday December 11th

We will be having a Christmas Toy Drive again this year for the Catholic Children’s Aid Foundation. You can help by dropping off an unwrapped new toy for a child, age newborn to12 years old. Containers will be set up at the doors of the Church on Saturday, November 19th and will remain there until Sunday, December 11th.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel through ShareLife

NEW: Your year-end gift will double in value! From now until the end of 2022, your contribution to our parish’s ShareLife campaign will be matched by an anonymous donor up to a total of $1 million.

Our parishioners’ support of ShareLife is making a difference in the lives of those in need. Last year, ShareLife supporters like you enabled 21,000 people to receive affordable mental health care through family service agencies across the Archdiocese of Toronto, including our community.

Our goal this year is $198,000. To date we have achieved $169,312. Please give at the parish using a ShareLife envelope, online through our parish website, or at sharelife.org/donate.

SEWING MACHINES

If you have a sewing machine that is not used any more and is still in good working condition you could help a new immigrant or refugee toward becoming independent. Why not donate it? If you can help please leave your name and phone number with the parish office. Someone will arrange to pick it up.

THE GIVING TREE

Saturday, November 19th to Sunday, December 11th

St. Vincent de Paul

During Advent, the Society of St Vincent de Paul, St. Gabriel Conference, will have a Giving Tree in the Gathering Space. The tree will be decorated with gift stars.

We invite you to take a star, buy a Walmart or Canadian Tire gift card for about $50 and bring it with the star attached to the Parish Office.

Rosalie Hall

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 little ones, age 6 months to 5 years.

Sweaters or hoodies would also be very welcome. Unwrapped Items with the original stocking tag attached can be left in the box provided near the giving tree no later than Sunday, December 11th. Toys or books for these little ones would also be appreciated.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from Tim Horton’s, Walmart or MacDonald’s. These can be placed in the cards provided and brought to the Office. Thank you for your continued generosity.

MINI ADVENT RETREAT

December 9th and 10th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

St. Timothy’s Church, 29 Leith Hill Road

Are you spiritually prepared for Christmas? Wherever you’re at, St. Timothy’s Parish is excited to announce that they will have a mini-Advent retreat on Friday December 9th and Saturday December 10th. It will be led by Fr. Lawrence Hyginus, CC and seminarian Tim Silver, CC.” All are welcome.

Thank you for your support!

BEREAVEMENT DAY OF RETREAT

Saturday December 10th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre is offering a Bereavement Day of Retreat on Saturday December 10th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The Theme is “Let the healing hands of Jesus bless you with peace and Healing” preached by the Centre Team. The cost is $45.00 including lunch. To register contact: 905-278-5229 or office@qoa.ca

TOGETHER IN WORSHIP CANADA

Sunday, December 18th at 4:00 PM

St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, 222 Ridely Blvd., Toronto

Come and join us for Lessons & Carols featuring the Together in Worship Canada Choir. Tickets are $20 for Adults, Seniors and kids $10.

Please contact St. Margaret’s Parish Office by phone at 416-485-7781 or email at stmargaretofscotland@archtoronto.org

2023 OFFERTORY ENVELOPES

Offertory envelopes for 2023 are now available in the Gathering Space.

If there is no box with your name on it and you wish to use envelopes, please advise the parish office either in person, by email or by phone.

You normally would not have an envelope box assigned to you if you are donating via Pre-Authorized Giving or Donate Now via the Archdiocese.

On the first few 2023 envelopes, please write your name and complete address so that the office can ensure they have your correct information when sending out 2022 tax receipts.

To ensure the proper recording for tax receipt purposes, please do not use any envelopes from 2022 or any prior year for any 2023 donations.

Bulletin – November 27, 2022

Sunday, November 27th, 2022

Christmas Schedule 2022

ADVENT INDIVIDUAL CONFESSION

Wednesday, December 14th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

CHRISTMAS EVE – Saturday, December 24th

No 4:30 PM Mass
6:00 PM Mass
9:00 PM Mass
12:00 AM Midnight Mass
Office Open – 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

CHRISTMAS DAY – Sunday, December 25th

10:30 AM Mass
12:30 PM Mass
Office Open – 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

BOXING DAY

Monday, December 26th
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

Tuesday December 27th

No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Saturday, December 31st

No 4:30 PM Mass
Vigil Mass for Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God – 5:00 PM
Office Open – 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Sunday, January 1st

Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God
8:30 AM
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Parking

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 Danila Duliunas, the Principal of Elkhorn Public School, for allowing us the use of the school property.

CHILDREN’S CHOIR

After two years, our parish is excited to recommence the Children’s Choir for the Christmas Eve Mass! All youth in Grades 3 and up are invited to join. There will be 3 rehearsals at St. Gabriel’s Parish

♪ Thursday, December 8th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
♪ Thursday, December 15th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
♪ Sunday, December 18th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

If you would like to participate or have any questions, please contact our Youth Minister at sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com or 416-221-8866 ext. 227.

SERAPHIM & CHERUBIM’S CONCERT

Saturday, December 10th at 7:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church

Christmas, Christmas time is near!
We’re back live and in concert!

Come join the Seraphim & Cherubim Chorus singing the Christmas songs you love as part of our Winter Song concert series. We’re always so excited to bring our friends together to celebrate the season and sing songs that touch our hearts. Never a typical Christmas concert and always full of surprise tunes and reimagined classics.

Join us at St. Gabriel’s on December 10th at 7:30 PM. Advanced tickets are available online at www.seraphimandcherubim.ca

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 28th to December 4th

MONDAY – MARIA ODILIA PEREIRA ✞ – Requested by Maria Da Silva
TUESDAY – THE PACAMPARA FAMILY – Requested by Nicole Pacampara
WEDNESDAY – GIUSEPPINA & ORESTE SMERIGLIO ✞ – Requested by Lina Giannotta
THURSDAY – ABANDONED SOULS ✞ – Requested by the Nguyen Family
FRIDAY – JOSEPH LUAN NGUYEN ✞ – Requested by the Family
SATURDAY – ANGELO DI FLUMERI & FAMILY ✞ – Requested by the Family
SUNDAY 10:30 AM – JOSE ENRIQUEZ SR. ✞ – Requested by the Family
SUNDAY 12:30 PM – CEFERINO VALDEZ ✞ – Requested by the Family

SHARELIFE

Help homeless youth through ShareLife

NEW: Your year-end gift will double in value! From now until the end of 2022, your contribution to our parish’s ShareLife campaign will be matched by an anonymous donor up to a total of
$1 million.

Covenant House is one of the agencies you support through ShareLife. It’s located in Toronto, but its young clients – largely homeless youth – arrive from throughout the archdiocese.

“Your commitment to love and care for the youth experiencing homelessness and trafficking who come to Covenant House truly means so much,” says the agency’s director. “Your support gives hope to young people who need hope right now – and you give youth a real chance for a better future.”

Our goal this year is $198,000. To date we have achieved $169,232. Please give at the parish using a ShareLife envelope, online through our parish website, or at sharelife.org/donate.

THE GIVING TREE

Saturday, November 19th to Sunday, December 11th

St. Vincent de Paul

During Advent, the Society of St Vincent de Paul, St. Gabriel Conference, will have a Giving Tree in the Gathering Space. The tree will be decorated with gift stars.

We invite you to take a star, buy a Walmart or Canadian Tire gift card for about $50 and bring it with the star attached to the Parish Office.

Rosalie Hall

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 little ones, age 6 months to 5 years.

Sweaters or hoodies would also be very welcome. Unwrapped Items with the original stocking tag attached can be left in the box provided near the giving tree no later than Sunday, December 11th. Toys or books for these little ones would also be appreciated.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from Tim Horton’s, Walmart or MacDonald’s. These can be placed in the cards provided and brought to the Office. Thank you for your continued generosity.

CATHOLIC CHILDRENS’ AID FOUNDATION CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE

Saturday November 19th to Sunday December 11th

We will be having a Christmas Toy Drive again this year for the Catholic Children’s Aid Foundation. You can help by dropping off an unwrapped new toy for a child, age newborn to12 years old. Containers will be set up at the doors of the Church on Saturday, November 19th and will remain there until Sunday, December 11th.

UKRAINIAN CRISIS UPDATE

Our parish refugee committee is committed to hosting a Ukrainian family but the challenge we have run into is the cost of rental accommodation in the Toronto area. The committee currently has funds to house a family for only three months. This does not provide much stability for newcomers while they get settled, learn English and find employment. We would like to provide a longer time frame for accommodation and support for the newcomers we will sponsor to provide more stability and support. To that end, we have been looking for private rental accommodation and are also looking to team up with other parishes who might like to support our efforts. We are also asking for your assistance by asking you to contribute to a second collection this weekend. Envelopes are in the pews and can be dropped off at the parish office next weekend if you wish.

Hopefully we can, together, live the gospel of Mathew:
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in.”

Thank you for your support.

MINI ADVENT RETREAT

December 9th and 10th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

St. Timothy’s Church, 29 Leith Hill Road

Are you spiritually prepared for Christmas? Wherever you’re at, St. Timothy’s Parish is excited to announce that they will have a mini-Advent retreat on Friday December 9th and Saturday December 10th. It will be led by Fr. Lawrence Hyginus, CC and seminarian Tim Silver, CC.” All are welcome.

POINSETTIAS SALE

Ends: Monday, November 28th
Pick Up: Wednesday, December 7th

Friends of Loretto Abbey presents Christmas at the Abbey offering poinsettias, plants, planters, outdoor greenery and ornaments in many colours and sizes.

Please visit https://christmas-at-the-abbey.myshopify.com/ to place an order.

Sale ends November 28th, pick up is December 7th at Loretto Abbey.

All profits benefit the needs of Loretto Abbey CSS. Thank you for your support!

BEREAVEMENT DAY OF RETREAT

Saturday December 10th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre is offering a Bereavement Day of Retreat on Saturday December 10th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The Theme is “Let the healing hands of Jesus bless you with peace and Healing” preached by the Centre Team. The cost is $45.00 including lunch. To register contact: 905-278-5229 or office@qoa.ca

2023 OFFERTORY ENVELOPES

Offertory envelopes for 2023 are now available in the Gathering Space.

If there is no box with your name on it and you wish to use envelopes, please advise the parish office either in person, by email or by phone.

You normally would not have an envelope box assigned to you if you are donating via Pre-Authorized Giving or Donate Now via the Archdiocese.

On the first few 2023 envelopes, please write your name and complete address so that the office can ensure they have your correct information when sending out 2022 tax receipts.

To ensure the proper recording for tax receipt purposes, please do not use any envelopes from 2022 or any prior year for any 2023 donations.

Bulletin – November 20, 2022

Saturday, November 19th, 2022

This is the Feast of
Christ the King
To Him be Glory and Kingship forever!

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ALL SOULS

BOX OF REMEMBRANCE

A Box of Remembrance has been placed on the altar for the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your deceased relatives and friends on a sheet of paper at home and bring it to place in the box.

Those whose names are in the Box of Remembrance will be remembered at all the Masses celebrated in November.

YOUTH GROUP STREET PATROL

“As Christians, let us always make charity, faith and hope the basis of our lives and our actions.” – Pope Francis, Message for the sixth World Day of the Poor (Nov 13th, 2022)

Last Sunday, our youth group assembled 100 winter care packages of gloves, socks, and gift cards for the less fortunate. Our group of 25 spent the afternoon handing out packages to individuals in the downtown core and also dropped off packages to three shelters. It was a gratifying experience for World Day of the Poor. Thank you to our adult supervisors and to our pastoral team for their continued support!

Our youth group is always welcoming new members grades 6 and up. To get involved, please email sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 21st to November 27th

MONDAY – ARLO SEAS – Requested by Megan Freitas
TUESDAY – CARMILUZZA DI NATALE ✞ – Requested by the Grech Family
WEDNESDAY – ROMULO GONZALEZ ✞ – Requested by his Parents
THURSDAY – SR. CAROLINE ALTPETER ✞ – Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie
FRIDAY – FILOMENA DA SILVA ✞ – Requested by Maria Da Silva
SATURDAY – JOHN MENDES ✞ – Requested by his Family
SUNDAY 10:30 AM – LAURA KOO & FAMILY – Requested by Megan Freitas
SUNDAY 12:30 PM – KOK YAU BO ✞ – Requested by Y.L. Kok

BEAUTIFUL 2023 CALENDARS FROM THE CANADIAN NORTH

Available weekend of November 26/27, 2022

A beautiful and unique calendar from the Canadian North will be available again! The calendar showcases photos of lovely landscape of the North captured by Bishop Jon Hansen on his many missionary trips in the Diocese of Mackenzie in the Northwest Territories. That Diocese is home to many isolated indigenous communities.

Many of you may have known Fatima Lee, who is formerly a member of our pastoral team at St Gabriel’s. She has served as a missionary in the Diocese of Mackenzie since 2018.

On the weekend of Nov 26/27, volunteers will be selling these beautiful 2022 calendars at the parish gathering space before and after mass, while the calendars last.

It is hoped that through the sale of these calendars, funds will be raised to support the travel of priests and pastoral workers of the diocese to the remote communities. Since this Diocese of 1.5 million sq. km has only nine priests serving, many of the isolated communities will have Mass only occasionally. Except in the deep of winter when the ice roads are available, each time a priest or pastoral worker visits, flying in and out of these communities is the only option. And it is notoriously expensive to fly in the north.

Please consider supporting the Diocese of Mackenzie. The calendars, at $20 each, are great for personal use; they will also make wonderful and unique gifts.

THE GIVING TREE

Saturday, November 19th to Sunday, December 11th

St. Vincent de Paul

During Advent, the Society of St Vincent de Paul, St. Gabriel Conference, will have a Giving Tree in the Gathering Space. The tree will be decorated with gift stars.

We invite you to take a star, buy a Walmart or Canadian Tire gift card for about $50 and bring it with the star attached to the Parish Office.

Rosalie Hall

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 little ones, age 6 months to 5 years.

Sweaters or hoodies would also be very welcome. Unwrapped Items with the original stocking tag attached can be left in the box provided near the giving tree no later than Sunday, December 11th. Toys or books for these little ones would also be appreciated.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from Tim Horton’s, Walmart or MacDonald’s. These can be placed in the cards provided and brought to the Office. Thank you for your continued generosity.

UKRAINIAN CRISIS UPDATE

There will be a second collection on November 26/27 to support the Ukrainian Sponsorship Initiative.

Apartment Needed

The Refugee Committee is actively looking for a 2 bedroom apartment that can be rented to host a Ukrainian family for 3-6 months.

If you have such a space, or know of someone who does, would you please contact the parish office at stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca.

SHARELIFE

Live the Gospel by supporting ShareLife

NEW: Your year-end gift will double in value! From now until the end of 2022, your contribution to our parish’s ShareLife campaign will be matched by an anonymous donor up to a total of $1 million.

“ShareLife is the way the rubber hits the road. This is how we validate the legitimacy and integrity of our Christian life: not by the words we speak, but by the love we share, in practical ways. That’s what we do with ShareLife.” – Cardinal Thomas Collins

Our goal this year is $198,000. To date we have achieved $169,232 Please give at the parish using a ShareLife envelope, online through our parish website, or at sharelife.org/donate.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

For November, your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed to become active in helping to feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. Three different recipes are available in the Parish Office or online at the Parish website. Casserole pans are also available from the Parish Office. If you require more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE

Saturday November 19th to Sunday December 11th

We will be 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, age newborn to12 years old. Containers will be set up at the doors of the Church on Saturday, November 30th and will remain there until Sunday, December 16th.

POINSETTIAS SALE

Friends of Loretto Abbey presents Christmas at the Abbey offering poinsettias, plants, planters, outdoor greenery and ornaments in many colours and sizes.

Please visit https://christmas-at-the-abbey.myshopify.com/ to place an order.

Sale ends Nov 28th, pick up is Dec 7th at Loretto Abbey.

All profits benefit the needs of Loretto Abbey CSS.

Thank you for your support!

NEW BEGINNINGS

Through Separation, Divorce and Death
Thursday, November 24th Online

In partnership with the Archdiocese of Toronto, Catholic Family Services of Toronto offers the New Beginnings program which is a ministry dedicated to helping those suffering a loss through separation, divorce or death. This program is online beginning on Thursday, November 24th. They provide inspirational talks, day retreats and assist parish peer support groups through training and resources.

Register at: https://nbsdrrr.eventbrite.ca or for more information please email Arcangelo Limanni, MRE at alimanni@cfstoronto.com or call 647- 215-3978.

ADVENT RETREAT WITH BISHOP ROBERT KASUN

Saturday, November 26th

Blessed Trinity Parish, 3220 Bayview Ave.,
from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Blessed Trinity invites you to an Advent Retreat with Bishop Robert Kasun on Nov. 26th from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM in the church parish hall. The cost is $20 per ticket. A light breakfast will be served. Everyone is welcome!

Contact Camila Nowakowski at cnowakowski@rogers.com or by phone at 416-226-0262

WEBSITE: https://www.blessedtrinityparish.ca/

MORE OPTIONS, MORE CHOICE: AGING YOUR WAY

A Virtual Presentation

Monday, November 28th at 7:00 PM

University Women’s Club North York (UWCNY) invites you to attend More Options, More Choice: Aging Your Way – a virtual presentation via Zoom with Sue Lantz, Founder and Managing Director of Collaborative Aging on Monday, November 28th at 7:00 PM. You will learn about a holistic approach to planning, arranging, and preparing for the life you want to live tomorrow.

Sue will present a thought-provoking conversation to broaden your perspective on aging in the places you choose, with the best supports and resources within your community. Participants will be inspired to map out their own plans in a practical, unique, and collaborative way using the five-strategy framework and various tools within the “Options Open” Guide.

Registration info

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqd-mtpjkiE9NlQsEPJcmR-strUnUgJS_d or contact Maureen Cassidy at (437) 242-1055

Bulletin – November 13, 2022

Saturday, November 12th, 2022

SAVE THE DATE!

ST GABRIEL SYNOD FOLLOW-UP

November 19th, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Following Fr. Jim O Shea’s recent visit, we are all invited to join another gathering on Saturday, November 19th. Mark your calendars and come be part of the process of determining the vibrant Passionist mission at St Gabriel’s.

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ALL SOULS

BOX OF REMEMBRANCE

A Box of Remembrance has been placed on the altar for the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your deceased relatives and friends on a sheet of paper at home and bring it to place in the box.

Those whose names are in the Box of Remembrance will be remembered at all the Masses celebrated in November.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 14th to November 20th

MONDAY – MAUREEN CALLAGHAN – Requested by Agnes Gaughan
TUESDAY – TONINO DIDIODATO ✞ – Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – GABRIELLE KERR ✞ – Requested by Nora Kerr
THURSDAY – ANDREW HUI ✞ – Requested by Howa Hui
FRIDAY – CORA PARKE ✞ – Requested by Bob Parke
SATURDAY – YEE FOON LO ✞ – Requested by Erminia Choy
SUNDAY 10:30 AM – RICHARD KOO ✞ – Requested by Megan Freitas
SUNDAY 12:30 PM – KOK YAU MEI ✞ – Requested by Y.L. Kok

UKRAINIAN CRISIS UPDATE

Apartment Needed

The Refugee Committee is actively looking for a 2 bedroom apartment that can be rented to host a Ukrainian family for 3-6 months. If you have such a space or know of someone who does would you contact the parish office at stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca.

THE GIVING TREE

Saturday, November 19th to Sunday, December 11th

St. Vincent de Paul

During Advent, the Society of St Vincent de Paul, St. Gabriel Conference, will have a Giving Tree in the Gathering Space. The tree will be decorated with gift stars.

We invite you to take a star, buy a Walmart or Canadian Tire gift card for about $50 and bring it with the star attached to the Parish Office.

Rosalie Hall

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 little ones, age 6 months to 5 years.

Sweaters or hoodies would also be very welcome. Unwrapped Items with the original stocking tag attached can be left in the box provided near the giving tree no later than Sunday, December 10th. Toys or books for these little ones would also be appreciated.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from Tim Horton’s, Walmart or MacDonald’s. These can be placed in the cards provided and brought to the Office. Thank you for your continued generosity.

SHARELIFE

You can be a hero for those in need!

Your year-end gift will double in value! From now until the end of 2022, your contribution to our parish’s ShareLife campaign will be matched by an anonymous donor up to a total of $1 million. When you give to ShareLife, you support agencies like Mary Centre. Here’s how your contribution makes a difference for the work of this agency:

“Thank you to all who donate to ShareLife. With each donation we receive, we are able to attain our goals of assisting people in their efforts in building a good life, and also providing a safe place for people with a developmental disability to stay so that their families/caregivers and themselves can get some needed respite.”

Our goal this year is $198,000. To date we have achieved $160,402 Please give at the parish using a ShareLife envelope, online through our parish website, or at sharelife.org/donate.

CARING FOR THE HOMELESS IN OUR CITY

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. They are very appreciative.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential. The food we donate from our parish often replenishes their empty food bank.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city as well as a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs.

Your food donations are so important as numbers of people in need continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

BETWEEN THE LINE: CHOOSING HOPE

Monday, November 14th from 7:30 to 8:30 PM

A VIRTUAL EVENT RECOMMENDED BY THE OFFICE FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN UNITY AND RELIGIOUS RELATIONS WITH JUDAISM

In this lecture, Dr. David Arnow, a writer, clinical psychologist, and activist in the Jewish community will delve into the depths of the reservoir of hope from Biblical times to the present day. Grounded in Scripture and contemporary theology, Dr. Arnow will explore the fundamental sources of hope which have helped the Jewish people stay strong and optimistic through the challenges of life. These sources include: Teshuvah (a method to fulfill hope), Tikkun olam (the hope that we can repair the world by working together), Abraham and Sarah (models persisting in hope amid trials), Exodus (an archetype of redemptive hope), Covenant (the hope for a durable relationship with God), Job (the “hard-fought hope” that brings a grief-stricken man back to life), the World-to-Come (the sustaining hope that death is not the end), as well as Humour. Plan to attend this fascinating presentation drawing from our common heritage of a virtue that is very much in need today.

For participation, register: https://bit.ly/3T1UJrd

COME & SEE – Weekend Retreat

St. Augustine’s Seminary
November 18th at 6:30 PM to November 20th at 2:00 PM

The Office of Vocations will be hosting a Come & See Weekend Retreat for men 18 years and older at St. Augustine’s Seminary on Friday, November 18th at 6:30 PM until Sunday, November 20th at 2:00 PM.

This retreat offers a way for men to discern a possible call to priesthood at our seminary. Registration must be done online at www.vocationstoronto.ca/comesee. For more information, please email: vocations@archtoronto.org

Red Wednesday 2022 Prayer Vigil for Persecuted Christians

Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00 PM

St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica ,65 Bond St., Toronto

The pontifical charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN Canada), and the Archdiocese of Toronto invite all to participate in the Red Wednesday Prayer Vigil, on November 16th, at 7:00 PM at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. The annual event intends to raise awareness about the alarming situation of persecuted Christians worldwide, to remember those who have perished as victims of their religious beliefs, and to pray for religious freedom. On that day, St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, among other important buildings, such as the largest Shrine dedicated to St. Joseph in Canada, Montreal, QC., will be lit in red to symbolize the martyr’s blood. Please remember there are many other ways to contribute to this day, such as wearing red and inviting others to do the same. Share your pictures of solidarity on social media channels with the hashtag #RedWednesday, or hold a fundraiser to help the affected communities.

For more information go to acn-canada.org/red-wednesday.

ADVENT RETREAT WITH BISHOP ROBERT KASUN

Saturday, November 26th

Blessed Trinity Parish, 3220 Bayview Ave.,
from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Blessed Trinity invites you to an Advent Retreat with Bishop Robert Kasun on Nov. 26th from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM in the church parish hall. The cost is $20 per ticket. A light breakfast will be served. Everyone is welcome!

Contact Camila Nowakowski at cnowakowski@rogers.com or by phone at 416-226-0262

WEBSITE: https://www.blessedtrinityparish.ca/

MORE OPTIONS, MORE CHOICE: AGING YOUR WAY

A Virtual Presentation
Monday, November 28th at 7:00 PM

University Women’s Club North York (UWCNY) invites you to attend More Options, More Choice: Aging Your Way – a virtual presentation via Zoom with Sue Lantz, Founder and Managing Director of Collaborative Aging on Monday, November 28th at 7:00 PM. You will learn about a holistic approach to planning, arranging, and preparing for the life you want to live tomorrow.

Sue will present a thought-provoking conversation to broaden your perspective on aging in the places you choose, with the best supports and resources within your community. Participants will be inspired to map out their own plans in a practical, unique, and collaborative way using the five-strategy framework and various tools within the “Options Open” Guide.

Details about purchasing a copy of Options Open: The Guide for Mapping Your Best Aging Journey will be shared at the event. For more information, visit: https://optionsopen.org and https://collaborativeaging.com.

FINANCE CORNER

A donation of securities is one of the easiest and smartest ways to donate in Canada. When you donate to the Archdiocese of Toronto, you put stock in knowing that you are creating the greatest impact on the church and those we serve. Consider making a gift of securities to your parish or any one of our Archdiocesan charities.

With a gift of securities, you can receive an immediate donation receipt for the fair market value of the security. In addition, there is no capital gains tax applied to any benefit received from the sale of these securities. Listed securities include, stocks, bonds and mutual funds.

To donate listed securities, you can obtain our form, the Letter of Direction by visiting this link: https://www.archtoronto.org/en/offices-and-ministries/social-justice–outreach/development-and-sharelife/home/gifts-of-securities/.

For further information, contact the development office at 416-934-3400 Ext. 561/519 or email at development@archtoronto.org.

Bulletin – November 6, 2022

Sunday, November 6th, 2022

LEST WE FORGET

Friday, November 11th is Remembrance Day, a day to remember all who have served, and continue to serve in our armed forces, especially those who have died and those wounded in battle. We pray for healing and peace; that one day, all peoples will lay down their arms and embrace one another as brothers and sisters in one human family.

SAVE THE DATE! ST GABRIEL SYNOD FOLLOW-UP

November 19th, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Following Fr. Jim O Shea’s recent visit, we are all invited to join another gathering on Saturday, November 19th. Mark your calendars and come be part of the process of determining the vibrant Passionist mission at St Gabriel’s.

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ALL SOULS

BOX OF REMEMBRANCE

A Box of Remembrance has been placed on the altar for the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your deceased relatives and friends on a sheet of paper at home and bring it to place in the box.

Those whose names are in the Box of Remembrance will be remembered at all the Masses celebrated in November.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 7th to November 13th

MONDAY – JOAN RUEST ✞ – Requested by Ron Ruest
TUESDAY – GIOVANNA SESSA PADOVA ✞ – Requested by the Grech Family
WEDNESDAY – GEORGE WROBEL – Requested by Jack & Wanda
THURSDAY – SOULS IN PURGATORY ✞ – Requested by May Chiu
FRIDAY – WORLD PEACE – Requested by May Chiu
SATURDAY – ANGELICA FERNANDES ✞ – Requested by her Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – JOHN MENDES ✞ – Requested by his Family
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – KOK YAU FUNG ✞ – Requested by Y.L. Kok

SHARELIFE

Your helping hand is the answer.

NEW: Your year-end gift will double in value!

From now until the end of 2022, your contribution to our parish’s ShareLife campaign will be matched by an anonymous donor up to a total of $1 million. “Vulnerable members of our community are relying on you and me to ensure ongoing access to the care they so desperately need. This is why it’s crucial we meet our parish campaign goal of $13.8 million. Our goal can be met, but only if we each do our part.” – Cardinal Thomas Collins Our goal this year is $198,000. To date we have achieved $157,900]. Please give at the parish using a ShareLife envelope, online through our parish website, or at sharelife.org/donate.

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF – PAKISTAN FLOODS

Devastating floods in Pakistan have displaced hundreds of thousands, at one point leaving a third of the country inundated with water. More than 1,500 people have died following record rainfall with 33 million throughout the country affected by this disaster.

Since June, Pakistan has experienced three times more rainfall than an average monsoon season. Flooding and landslides have destroyed homes, crops, health centres, roads and bridges.

There is an elevated risk of the spread of malaria, dengue fever and other diseases. Priorities include clean water, shelter and health care for those directly affected by this tragic situation.

The Archdiocese of Toronto will channel donations through Catholic partners (including Caritas Canada – Development and Peace as well as the Archdiocese of Karachi) to support relief efforts underway. Please note that these organizations are not subject to the government matching funds program.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

  • Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website – www.archtoronto.org
  • By phone through the Development Office
  • Through the parish, making cheques payable to: St. Gabriel’s Parish – Pakistan Floods – Humanitarian Relief

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

As you know, each week we collect food for Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 32 casseroles for October. For November, your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at all the Masses on the weekend of November 26th/ / 27th to be delivered to the Good Shepherd Centre.

You may pick up a copy of a casserole recipes and a pan from the Parish Office. Three recipes are also available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Please remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole.

More volunteers are urgently needed to help feed the hungry in our city. For more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.

SHEPHERDS’ TRUST COLLECTION

November 12th /13th

There will be a second collection next weekend for The Shepherds’ Trust. The mission of The Shepherds’ Trust is to help ensure that elderly and disabled priests are provided with sufficient financial resources to lead a dignified life after many years of ministry. Your generous gift will help our priests to maintain a modest but active and independent lifestyle in their retirement years. For priests who are ill or otherwise infirm, the Trust ensures they have access to nursing home facilities and medical care. Thank you for your support of this important work.

UKRAINIAN CRISIS UPDATE

Apartment Needed

The Refugee Committee is actively looking for a 2 bedroom apartment that can be rented to host a Ukrainian family for 3-6 months.
If you have such a space or know of someone who does would you contact the parish office at stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca.

BRAIN FITNESS

Blessed Trinity Parish

Saturday November 12th from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Blessed Trinity CWL invites all men and women to a Health and Wellness Series, Brain Fitness.This series will be led by Jill Hewlett, a nationally recognized speaker, Wellness Authority and Brain Fitness Expert.

A light breakfast will be served. Donations will be appreciated. Registration is required.

Please contact Kay Booker at kaymax@sympatico.ca

ESTATE PLANNING FROM A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE: FREE WEBINAR

Saturday, November 12th at 9:00 AM

Join this webinar and learn about the importance of a Will, Powers of Attorney & Estate Planning as well as Catholic teachings and traditions around cremation. The Archdiocese of Toronto estate planning team & Catholic Cemeteries & Funeral Services will share:

– How to protect your loved ones with a proper Will
– How to ensure that your wishes are legally protected
– About Powers of Attorney
– Estate Trustee selection
– Finding lawyers and estate planning advisors
– Our Catholic traditions around wills, cremation, burial and funeral

To register, send us an email to: development@archtoronto.org

Please include ‘webinar November 12th’ in the subject line and provide your name in the body of a message.

Also, we would be grateful if, for the sake of our statistics, you could let us know whether you are planning to watch this webinar alone or together with a family member.

Red Wednesday 2022 Prayer Vigil for Persecuted Christians

Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00 PM

St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica ,65 Bond St., Toronto

The pontifical charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN Canada), and the Archdiocese of Toronto invite all to participate in the Red Wednesday Prayer Vigil, on November 16th, at 7:00 PM at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. The annual event intends to raise awareness about the alarming situation of persecuted Christians worldwide, to remember those who have perished as victims of their religious beliefs, and to pray for religious freedom. On that day, St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, among other important buildings, such as the largest Shrine dedicated to St. Joseph in Canada, Montreal, QC., will be lit in red to symbolize the martyr’s blood. Please remember there are many other ways to contribute to this day, such as wearing red and inviting others to do the same. Share your pictures of solidarity on social media channels with the hashtag #RedWednesday, or hold a fundraiser to help the affected communities.

For more information go to acn-canada.org/red-wednesday

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