Bulletin – January 21, 2024

January 20th, 2024

ANNOUNCED MASSES

January 22nd – January 28th, 2024

MONDAY – SUSAN AHN ✞ – Requested by Cecilia Sung
TUESDAY – SUSAN AHN ✞ – Requested by Cecilia Sung
WEDNESDAY – SUSAN AHN ✞ – Requested by Cecilia Sung
THURSDAY – SUSAN AHN ✞ – Requested by Cecilia Sung
FRIDAY – MARIA EVANGELISTA – Requested by Juana Rydberg
SATURDAY – DECEASED MOTHERS OF JACK & WANDA ✞ – Requested by Jack & Wanda Wrobel
SUNDAY – 8:30 AM – FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE PARISH
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – THÉRÉSE OF LISIEUX KOK YAU MEI ✞ – Requested by the Yau Lam Kok
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – KOK CHENG FAI ✞ – Requested by Yau Lam Kok

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY PRAYER SERVICE 2024

Sunday, January 21st, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, 455 Ferrier Street

EVENT SPONSORED BY THE OFFICE FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN UNITY AND RELIGIOUS RELATIONS WITH JUDAISM

Join Archbishop Francis Leo and a wide representation of Christian leaders to pray for the restoration of full visible unity willed by Jesus Christ for the Church. In this annual celebration we are reminded that the unity of the Church is both a gift of the Holy Spirit and a task for all Christians.

This event is jointly organized by the Office for Promoting Christian Unity and the Greater Toronto Area Council of Christian Churches (GTACCC). All are welcome to attend.

CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE MASS WITH ARCHBISHOP FRANCIS LEO

Sunday, February 11th, 2024 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, 65 Bond Street

As part of Marriage Sunday 2024 celebrations, Archbishop Francis Leo will preside at a special Mass to honour married couples, with special recognition for those celebrating 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th and 60+ wedding anniversaries in 2024. The Mass will take place at 3:00 PM on Sunday, February 11th at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. All married couples will have an opportunity to renew their marriage commitment during the Mass.

All are welcome to attend. Couples celebrating 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th or 60+ anniversaries in 2024 may register for reserved seating. Reserved seating is limited, so please register early. All other seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who are unable to attend at the Cathedral are invited to join the celebration via livestream Mass. Registration and other important information can be found at www.archtoronto.org/marriage.

Livestream link: https://www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live/

A PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Lord, with the gift of courage, we can do all manner of things in service of you and our fellow men and women. Help us listen to the voice of your Son, Jesus, and so discover the truth about you.

With your grace, gift your Church with young men and women who are ready and eager to be living witnesses of your saving love and true servants of their sisters and brothers. Help them to discover in priesthood and consecrated life your call to love and service, and the fullness of life you promise. We ask this in your name, Jesus. Amen

HOSPITALITY MINISTRY

The Hospitality Ministry is inviting you to join the ministry. You will be one of the first smiles seen or voices heard when someone visits the Church for Masses on the weekends.

If you are interested to join the ministry, please email hospitality@stgabrielsparish.ca. or leave your name and contact at the parish office. We need help especially at the 4.30 PM, 8.30 AM and 12.30 PM Masses.

ROSARY GROUPS

You are invited to join other parishioners to pray the rosary each month.

The English Rosary Group meets every first Saturday of the month at 3:00 PM.

The Chinese Rosary Group meets each first Sunday of the month at 3:30 PM. Both groups meet in the Gabriel Room.

For more information, please contact Linda Law at 416 918 8029.

CARING FOR THE HOMELESS IN OUR CITY

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

Rosalie Hall is an accredited children’s mental health facility focusing on the needs of pregnant and parenting youth ages 12-25, their children, and their families. Here the needs of young families are met, offering prenatal and parenting classes as well as staff to aid in the transition to parenthood. A school program enables clients to finish high school. The food we donate from our parish often replenishes their empty food bank.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals, clean clothes and shelter for the homeless in our city They help find housing and provide follow up support. They support the homeless who are working to overcome addictions and provide 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.

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Next Weekend, January 27th/28th

Your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. Many more volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in our city.

Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Printed copies of the recipes are also available in the Parish Office. Pans can also be picked up here in the office. Please 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

PLANNING TO BE A CATHOLIC TEACHER?

If you are planning to be a teacher, it is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic school board in Ontario, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor as part of your application.

The letter explaining that you belong to and participate in the community cannot be written if your pastor does not know you. It is recommended that you have a conversation with him early in the process well before the applications are to be submitted.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR

Registration for the 2024-2025 school year will start on January 24, 2024 at 10:00 AM.

The following original documents for your child are required upon registration:

Birth certificate
Proof of Catholicity (one of the following documents):
Your child’s Catholic baptismal certificate.
The parent’s Catholic baptismal certificate (note: the Catholic parent must provide proof of residency in the City of Toronto).
A letter of enrolment to the R.C.I.A./R.C.I.C. program.
Passport / immigration documents (if child was
not born in Canada).
Two proof of address documents.

Connect with us for questions about the admission process

Admissions and Placement Department:
Email: admissions.registration@tcdsb.org or
Phone: 416-222-8282 ext. 5320

THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON OF CONSPIRATORIAL ANTISEMITISM

Sunday, January 21st, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
A VIRTUAL EVENT RECOMMENDED BY THE OFFICE FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN UNITY AND RELIGIOUS RELATIONS WITH JUDAISM

Jacob Kovalio, Professor of Japanese and Asian History/Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, has researched widely nationalism, antisemitism and jihadism. He will explore the reasons behind Holocaust denial, including many related conspiracy theories. Join not only to understand this expression of racism in the past but also how to address it today for the flourishing of everyone in society.

Register: https://isca.indiana.edu/conferences/webinars/Fall23/Jacob-Kovalio.html

“PEACE I LEAVE YOU, MY PEACE I GIVE YOU”

Day of Reflection for Men and Women

Monday, January 29th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre, Pickering

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you.” At Mass, just before communion, we have a Rite of Peace. This is no accident. Today we have a time for reflection on the importance of this rite. We offer a sign of peace to one another, we pray for peace in our world and in our lives, but we also open ourselves in a new way to receive this gift from Christ.

The day will be facilitated by Fr. Jim Kelly, SJ.

Suggested offering of $65 includes coffee/tea break on arrival, talks, lunch and Mass.

Register online at https://manresa-canada.ca or by email at registration@manresa.ca

FINANCE CORNER

Offertory envelopes for 2024 are still 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.

Boxes are usually not assigned to parishioners who are donating via Pre-Authorized Giving or Donate Now through the Archdiocese.

On the first few 2024 envelopes, please write your name and complete address so that the office can ensure they have your correct information when sending out 2023 tax receipts. If you have changed your address, please inform the parish office as soon as possible.

Bulletin – January 14, 2024

January 13th, 2024

ANNOUNCED MASSES

January 15th – January 21st, 2024

MONDAY – GINA LI ✞ – Requested by Linda Law
TUESDAY – MICHAEL GROGHAN ✞ – Requested by Luvi Groghan & Family
WEDNESDAY – TINA INTINI ✞ – Requested by Chiara Intini
THURSDAY – SUNNY JOSEPH ✞ – Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – DELFINO CANDIDO ✞ – Requested by Janet Candido
SATURDAY – PHIL TAYLOR ✞ – Requested by his Family
SUNDAY – 8:30 AM ̶ FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE PARISH
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – MONICA CHIU LAI SAU ✞ – Requested by the Yau Lam Kok
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – PAUL KOK YAU BO ✞ – Requested by Yau Lam Kok

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

PRAYER SERVICE 2024

Sunday, January 21st, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, 455 Ferrier Street

EVENT SPONSORED BY THE OFFICE FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN UNITY AND RELIGIOUS RELATIONS WITH JUDAISM

Join Archbishop Francis Leo and a wide representation of Christian leaders to pray for the restoration of full visible unity willed by Jesus Christ for the Church. In this annual celebration we are reminded that the unity of the Church is both a gift of the Holy Spirit and a task for all Christians.

This event is jointly organized by the Office for Promoting Christian Unity and the Greater Toronto Area Council of Christian Churches (GTACCC). All are welcome to attend.

CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE MASS WITH ARCHBISHOP FRANCIS LEO

Sunday, February 11th, 2024 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, 65 Bond Street

As part of Marriage Sunday 2024 celebrations, Archbishop Francis Leo will preside at a special Mass to honour married couples, with special recognition for those celebrating 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th and 60+ wedding anniversaries in 2024. The Mass will take place at 3:00 PM on Sunday, February 11th at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. All married couples will have an opportunity to renew their marriage commitment during the Mass.

All are welcome to attend. Couples celebrating 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th or 60+ anniversaries in 2024 may register for reserved seating. Reserved seating is limited, so please register early. All other seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who are unable to attend at the Cathedral are invited to join the celebration via livestream Mass. Registration and other important information can be found at www.archtoronto.org/marriage.

Livestream link: https://www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live/

A PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Lord, with the gift of courage, we can do all manner of things in service of you and our fellow men and women. Help us listen to the voice of your Son, Jesus, and so discover the truth about you.

With your grace, gift your Church with young men and women who are ready and eager to be living witnesses of your saving love and true servants of their sisters and brothers. Help them to discover in priesthood and consecrated life your call to love and service, and the fullness of life you promise. We ask this in your name, Jesus. Amen

HOSPITALITY MINISTRY

The Hospitality Ministry is inviting you to join the ministry. You will be one of the first smiles seen or voices heard when someone visits the Church for Masses on the weekends.

If you are interested to join the ministry, please email hospitality@stgabrielsparish.ca. or leave your name and contact at the parish office. We need help especially at the 4.30 PM, 8.30 AM and 12.30 PM Masses.

ROSARY GROUPS

You are to join other parishioners to pray the rosary each month.

The English Rosary Group meets every first Saturday of the month at 3:00 PM.

The Chinese Rosary Group meets each first Sunday of the month at 3:30 PM. Both groups meet in the Gabriel Room.

For more information, please contact Linda Law at 416 918 8029.

CARING FOR THE HOMELESS IN OUR CITY

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

Rosalie Hall is an accredited children’s mental health facility focusing on the needs of pregnant and parenting youth ages 12-25, their children, and their families. Here the needs of young families are met, offering prenatal and parenting classes as well as staff to aid in the transition to parenthood. A school program enables clients to finish high school. The food we donate from our parish often replenishes their empty food bank.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals, clean clothes and shelter for the homeless in our city They help find housing and provide follow up support. They support the homeless who are working to overcome addictions and provide 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.

PLANNING TO BE A CATHOLIC TEACHER?

If you are planning to be a teacher, it is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic school board in Ontario, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor as part of your application.

The letter explaining that you belong to and participate in the community cannot be written if your pastor does not know you. It is recommended that you have a conversation with him early in the process well before the applications are to be submitted.

TORONTO CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Begins Wednesday, January 24th at 10:00 AM

The Toronto Catholic District School Board welcomes families with junior kindergarten-aged children (born in 2020) to register for the September 2024/25 school year.

The Elementary Student Online Registration 2024/25 is now available. Please complete an application at http://soar.tcdsb.org.

The following original documents for your child are required upon registration:

Birth certificate.
Passport / immigration documents (if child was not born in Canada).
Two proof of address documents

Proof of Catholicity (one of the following documents):
Your child’s Catholic baptismal certificate.
The parent’s Catholic baptismal certificate (note: the Catholic parent must provide proof of residency in the City of Toronto).
A letter of enrolment to the R.C.I.A./R.C.I.C. program.

For more registration information, please email admissions.registration@tcdsb.org or call (416) 222-8282, ext. 5320

THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON OF CONSPIRATORIAL ANTISEMITISM”

Sunday, January 21st, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

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

Jacob Kovalio, Professor of Japanese and Asian History/Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, has researched widely nationalism, antisemitism and jihadism. He will explore the core reasons behind Holocaust denial, including many related conspiracy theories. Join not only to understand this expression of racism in the past but also how to address it today for the flourishing of everyone in society.

Register: https://isca.indiana.edu/conferences/webinars/Fall23/Jacob-Kovalio.html

ROLL THE DICE & GRAB A SLICE!

Young Adult Board Game & Pizza Social
Friday, January 19th from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, 139 McCaul Street

You are invited to Come and Meet other Young Adults (ages 19–39) at St. Patrick’s Parish for a social evening of Board Games in the Parish Hall, 139 McCaul St., Toronto. BYOG: Bring your own games or join in a game…

“PEACE I LEAVE YOU, MY PEACE I GIVE YOU”

Day of Reflection for Men and Women
Monday, January 29th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre, Pickering

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you.” At Mass, just before communion, we have a Rite of Peace. This is no accident. Today we have a time for reflection on the importance of this rite. We offer a sign of peace to one another, we pray for peace in our world and in our lives, but we also open ourselves in a new way to receive this gift from Christ.

The day will be facilitated by Fr. Jim Kelly, SJ.

Suggested offering of $65 includes coffee/tea break on arrival, talks, lunch and Mass.

Register online at https://manresa-canada.ca or by email at registration@manresa.ca

FINANCE CORNER

Offertory envelopes for 2024 are still 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.

Boxes are usually not assigned to parishioners who are donating via Pre-Authorized Giving or Donate Now through the Archdiocese.

On the first few 2024 envelopes, please write your name and complete address so that the office can ensure they have your correct information when sending out 2023 tax receipts. If you have changed your address, please inform the parish office as soon as possible.

To ensure the proper recording for tax receipt purposes, please do not use any envelopes from 2023 or any prior year for any 2024 donations.

Bulletin – January 7, 2024

January 6th, 2024

The Wise Still Seek Him

The Epiphany of Christ is a shining light set at the turning of the year to illuminate all that has gone before and to guide us through the year ahead.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

January 8th – January 14th 2024

MONDAY – CHRISTOPHER CARLUCCI ✞ – Requested by the Family
TUESDAY – ABANDONED SOULS IN PURGATORY ✞ – Requested by the Nguyen Family
WEDNESDAY – THE DESTITUTE, SICK AND DYING – Requested by Lydia McGrann
THURSDAY – DELPHINE OAKIE ✞ – Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – TRAN DIEC HUNG ✞ – Requested by the Nguyen Family
SATURDAY – REMEDIOS DELGADO SURCO & NESTOR MARFA ✞ – Requested by the Surco & Marfa Families
SUNDAY – 8:30 AM – FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE PARISH
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – FATIMA KOK YAU FUNG ✞ – Requested by the Yau Lam Kok
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – PETER KOK SHING WING ✞ – Requested by Yau Lam Kok

HOSPITALITY MINISTRY

The Hospitality Ministry is inviting you to join the ministry. You will be one of the first smiles seen or voices heard when someone visits the Church for Masses on the weekends.

If you are interested to join the ministry, please email hospitality@stgabrielsparish.ca. or leave your name and contact at the parish office. We need help especially at the 4.30 PM, 8.30 AM and 12.30 PM Masses.

FROM THE DESK OF FR. PAUL, THANK YOU!

With this Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, we close our celebration of Christmas and we look forward to a peaceful New Year.

Sincere thanks to everyone who supported our various outreach programs and all other events held and organized by our Parish.

A special mention also goes to all our Parish Ministries and their volunteers. Your selfless contribution of your time and talents are certainly the greatest blessing that our Parish continues to have!

You are truly wonderful people!

CARING FOR THE HOMELESS IN OUR CITY

Thank you for your support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre over Christmas. Once again, the people of St. Gabriel’s have been extremely generous.

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

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

A big thank you to the volunteers who prepared 47 casseroles for December, our highest number in 2023! For January, your frozen prepared casseroles will be collected at all the Masses on the weekend of January 27th/28th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are encouraged 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 Church website. You may pick up casserole pans at the Parish Office. If you require more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

ROLL THE DICE & GRAB A SLICE!

Young Adult Board Game & Pizza Social
Friday, January 19th from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, 139 McCaul Street

You are invited to Come and Meet other Young Adults (ages 19–39) at St. Patrick’s Parish for a social evening of Board Games in the Parish Hall, 139 McCaul St., Toronto.
BYOG: Bring your own games or join in a game…

THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON OF CONSPIRATORIAL ANTISEMITISM”

Sunday, January 21, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
A VIRTUAL EVENT RECOMMENDED BY THE OFFICE FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN UNITY AND RELIGIOUS RELATIONS WITH JUDAISM

Jacob Kovalio, Professor of Japanese and Asian History/Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, has researched widely nationalism, antisemitism and jihadism. He will explore the core reasons behind Holocaust denial, including many related conspiracy theories. Join not only to understand this expression of racism in the past but also how to address it today for the flourishing of everyone in society.

Register: https://isca.indiana.edu/conferences/webinars/Fall23/Jacob-Kovalio.html

There are several boxes of 2024 offertory envelopes on the tables in the Gathering Space. If you have not picked yours up, please do so as soon as possible. Thank you.

Bulletin – December 31, 2023

December 30th, 2023

Happy New Year!

“The most beautiful thing that God made, was the family. All of the love that God has in Himself, all of the beauty that God has in Himself, all of the truth that God has in Himself, He gives to the family.”

Pope Francis

Heavenly Father, you have given us the model for life in the Holy Family. Please bless our families and help us to achieve the unity, peace and love of Jesus’ Holy Family of Nazareth.

Christmas Schedule 2023

FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY

Saturday December 30th – 4:30 PM Mass

Sunday, December 31st – 8:30 AM Mass, 10:30 AM Mass, 12:30 PM Mass, Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM

NEW YEAR’S EVE, Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God

Sunday, December 31st – There is no Vigil Mass

NEW YEAR’S DAY, Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God

Monday, January 1st – 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM

ANNOUNCED MASSES

January 1st – January 7th, 2024

MONDAY – NEW YEAR’S DAY – No Announced Masses
TUESDAY – JOSEPH SUNG ✞ – Requested by Cecilia Sung
WEDNESDAY – ANNA RO ✞ – Requested by Cecilia Sung
THURSDAY – LILY LAU MAK YEE MAN
FRIDAY – LYDIA McGRANN ✞ – Requested by Ron & Anne Ackber
SATURDAY – THANKSGIVING – Requested by Cherry Torres
SUNDAY – 8:30 – MASS FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE PARISH
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – RENATO BELLISARI ✞ – Requested by Chiara Intini
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – FUSAO KIMURA ✞ – Requested by Caroline & Jun Martin

ANNUAL WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY PRAYER SERVICE 2024

Sunday, January 21st, 2024 at 4:00 PM

St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral,455 Ferrier St., Markham, Ont. L3R 5Z2

Theme: “You shall love the Lord your God… and your neighbour as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)

Join Archbishop Francis Leo and a wide representation of Christian leaders to pray for the restoration of full visible unity willed by Jesus Christ for the Church. This event is jointly organized by the Office for Promoting Christian Unity and the Greater Toronto Area Council of Christian Churches

SHARELIFE

This is the final weekend that your contribution to our parish’s ShareLife campaign will be matched by an anonymous donor up to a total of $500,000.

We all feel it: the rising cost of living is hurting families, forcing many to seek food assistance for the first time. Through our parish’s support, ShareLife is committing over $500,000 to support food banks and meal programs throughout the Archdiocese.

Please support the fight against hunger at sharelife.org/donate for living the Gospel

FRIARS STUDENT WRITING CONTEST 2024

November 8th, 2023, to January 15th, 2024

Theme: “You shall love the Lord your God … and your neighbour as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)

High school students (ages 13-19 years) in the Catholic School Boards located in the Archdiocese of Toronto are invited to participate in this annual event that commemorates the global Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from January 18th -25th.

Write a five-hundred-word essay that explores the 2024 theme. Great prizes await the top three submissions.

Students are to consult the resources at https://rb.gy/wajo9 to understand the meaning and purpose of the theme and address the focus question found on the poster at https://bit.ly/3G0I4zT and submit their entries at https://www.catholicregister.org/writingaward.

CONTACT: ecumenical@archtoronto.org or call 416-934-3400 (Ext. 527) for more information or questions.

FINANCE CORNER

Offertory envelopes for 2024 are now available in the Gathering Space. On the first few 2024 envelopes, please write your name and complete address so that the office can ensure they have your correct information when sending out 2023 tax receipts.

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. However, if you want envelopes, please contact the Parish Office.

To ensure the proper recording for tax receipt purposes, please do not use any envelopes from 2023 or any prior year for any 2024 donations.

Please note: All donations for 2023 must be received in the Parish Office by Sunday, December 31st, 2023 to be included in your 2023 Tax Receipt.

Bulletin – December 24, 2023

December 23rd, 2023

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:11

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Advent as well as Christmas Eve.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

December 27th to December 31st 2023

WEDNESDAY – CARMELA GRECH CAIA ✞ – Requested by the Grech Family
THURSDAY – CARMELA STANISCIA ✞ – Requested by Joanne Marchese
FRIDAY – LAUREEN IP ✞ – Requested by Vivian Ng
SATURDAY – FR. PAUL CUSACK CP ✞ – Requested by the Parish Staff
SUNDAY – CHRISTMAS EVE – No Intentions

Christmas Schedule 2023

Sunday, December 24th – 8:30 AM Mass, 10:30 AM Mass, There is no 12:30 PM Mass, Office Open – 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM

CHRISTMAS EVE, NATIVITY OF OUR LORD

Sunday, December 24th – 6:00 PM Family Mass, 9:00 PM Mass, 12:00 AM Midnight Mass

CHRISTMAS DAY, NATIVITY OF OUR LORD

Monday, December 25th – 10:30 AM Mass, 12:30 PM Mass, Office Open – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

BOXING DAY

Tuesday, December 26th – There is no 9:00 AM Mass, Office Closed

Friday, December 29th – Office Open 8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon

FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY

Saturday December 30th – 4:30 PM Mass

Sunday, December 31st – 8:30 AM Mass, 10:30 AM Mass, 12:30 PM Mass, Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM

NEW YEAR’S EVE, Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God

Sunday, December 31st – There is no Vigil Mass

NEW YEAR’S DAY, Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God

Monday, January 1st – 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 the Principal of Elkhorn Public School for allowing us the use of the school property.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Thank you for your overwhelming support of our Christmas collections for Rosalie Hall and the Society for St. Vincent de Paul. You have brought joy to many families in our city!

“To change the world, we must be good to those who cannot repay us.”

Pope Francis

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Next Weekend, December 30th/31st

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared casseroles for November. For December your frozen casseroles will be collected after all the Masses next weekend, December 30th/31st for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

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.

SHARELIFE UPDATE

Ensure no one goes hungry this season

Until year end, your contribution to our parish’s ShareLife campaign will be matched by an anonymous donor up to a total of $500,000.

We all feel it: the rising cost of living is hurting families, forcing many to seek food assistance for the first time. Through our parish’s support, ShareLife is committing over $500,000 to support food banks and meal programs throughout the Archdiocese.

Please support the fight against hunger at sharelife.org/donate or by giving at our parish using a ShareLife envelope. Thank you for living the Gospel!

FINANCE CORNER

Offertory envelopes for 2024 are now available in the Gathering Space. On the first few 2024 envelopes, please write your name and complete address so that the office can ensure they have your correct information when sending out 2023 tax receipts.

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. However, if you want envelopes, please contact the Parish Office.

To ensure the proper recording for tax receipt purposes, please do not use any envelopes from 2023 or any prior year for any 2024 donations.

Please note: All donations for 2023 must be received in the Parish Office by Sunday, December 31st, 2023 to be included in your 2023 Tax Receipt.