Homily – September 17, 2017

September 17th, 2017

The most common prayer for most Christians is the Our Father. One of the most demanding – maybe even frightening words in this prayer are ; forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. In other words show the same mercy and forgiveness to us as we show to those who have hurt and offended us.

Refusing to forgive is refusing to love, and it is never acceptable not to love. That is why it is never right to withhold forgiveness either.

It is not easy to forgive, especially we’ve been badly hurt or disappointed by someone we thought was friend. It is not easy to forgive and forget the pain and anger and the bitterness one knows as a couple go through a divorce. It is difficult to forgive a person who has defrauded us of what we’ve saved or what should have come to us as an inheritance. It is hard to forgive a friend who has betrayed a confidence. But if our lives, our friendships, our family relationships have known hurt and betrayal this is what our appeal for God’s forgiveness demands of us. Forgive us as we forgive.

It is good to remember that when we find it in our heart to forgive that in no way denies the reality that we have been hurt, hurt badly by a family member or friend. Forgiving does not erase the memories of being wronged or betrayed. We may forgive but the memories of the wrongs and hurts we’ve endured stay with us. It is impossible to forget.

Anger and wrath, these are abominations. Anger and wrath are like parasites that devour our inner peace. We may imagine that by withholding our forgiveness we are punishing someone. The truth is we are only diminishing ourselves.

Peter asked Jesus what are the limits to forgiveness – seven times? Jesus answered, not seven but seventy seven times. In other words the challenge to forgive is limitless.

His challenging answer has never changed – not seven but seventy seven times. I read an article recently and the author asked this question; how do I forgive someone from my heart when my heart still stings and I find it hard to respect them’? I still don’t really know, but I know it’s my job to keep trying.

May we be blessed with grace to keep trying.

Bulletin – September 17, 2017

September 16th, 2017

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 18th to September 23rd

MONDAY – LUKE VUKOVIC – Requested by the Vukovic Family
TUESDAY – NICOLA RIOLO – Requested by Grazia Murdoch
WEDNESDAY – FLORENTINO GIANNOTTA – Requested by Lina Giannotta
THURSDAY – GERRY HATCH – Requested by his Family
FRIDAY – MARIA REIS & DARKO SEIFERT – Requested by their Family
SATURDAY – JOHN POWELL – Requested by Kathleen Olden-Powell

ST. GABRIEL’S MUSIC MINISTRY

Those who sing pray twice.

Our senior choir practices on Tuesday evenings, from 7:30 to 9:00 P.M. and leads community song at the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass. Our junior choir practices on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and leads the music at the 12:30 PM Mass. We always welcome new voices and hope you will consider joining us! For more information, please contact Marilyn Calderone at 416-618-2041.

REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

St. Gabriel’s Church

Wednesday, September 20th,from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Thursday, September 28th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday, September 30th from1.30 PM to 3.30 PM

Registration for children who wish to receive the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation will be held at St. Gabriel’s Church on the following times:
Wednesday, September 20th, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Thursday, September 28th. 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday, September 30th 1.30 PM to 3.30 PM

Please Note:
A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation. $30 is required at registration for Confirmation to defray related costs.

SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM

If you have, or know of, school age children (ages 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office, or Fatima Lee directly, at fatimalee@bellnet.ca. Classes for them will begin after Thanksgiving.

R.C.I.A. AND ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin in October. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly. The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith.

If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please contact Fatima Lee at fatimalee@bellnet.ca or call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

Began Last Sunday, September 10th at 10:00 AM
St Gabriel’s School

Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program are still available in the parish office. This program is for children of the Parish who attend other Catholic schools, public or private schools. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School every other Sunday beginning last Sunday, September 10th, 2017. The next class will be held on Sunday, September 24th at 10:00 AM at St. Gabriel’s School.

Please note that a separate Sacramental registration form is required if your child will receive the sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation during the 2017/18 year. These forms are also available in the Parish Office.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

You can make a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless this Thanksgiving by participating in the annual Good Shepherd Ministries Thanksgiving Food Drive.

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.

Urgently needed items include:
rice, pasta and pasta sauces,
peanut butter, jam
oatmeal pancake mix
teabags ground or instant coffee,
sugar cookies and crackers,
canned tuna, soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables.

Please no fresh or frozen foods.

We thank you for your generous support!

SHARELIFE

The June 25th, 2017, bulletin indicated we were close to reaching our parish goal of $194,200 for the 2017 ShareLife Campaign which ended on
July 31st, 2017. Thanks to you good people of St. Gabriel’s, the final total collected for the 2017 Campaign was $217,507. Thank you for your generous support!

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL

Each month some of the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall. 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.

With everyone struggling at this time, these donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your outstanding support.

FALL GARDENING WORKSHOPS

September 17th, October 1st after 12:30 PM Mass

Robert Cordy, our landscape designer, will be holding several gardening workshops this fall on Sundays after the 12:30 PM Mass:
September 17th – Garden Design
October 1st – Orchard Planting

There will be one more workshop, the date and subject to be determined.

Everyone is welcome. If you are interested in attending, please register with Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com, or with the parish office.

51st ANNUAL FESTA OF ST. GABRIEL

Sunday September 17, 2017 from 1:00 PM
Veneto Centre
7465 Kipling Avenue, Woodbridge, Ontario

The 51st annual celebration in honour of St. Gabriel, under the direction of the Passionist Community will be held this Sunday, September 17th from 1:00 PM onwards at the Veneto Centre in Woodbridge.

All are welcome! Bring your own folding chair.

QUEEN OF APOSTLES WOMAN’S FALL RETREAT

Friday, September 22nd to Sunday September 24th
Queen of Apostles Retreat Centre
1617 Blyth Road, Mississauga, Ontario

A women’s fall retreat, Journeying with Women of the Bible, will be held at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre on the weekend of September 22nd to September 24th.

For further information, please call 905-278-5229.

LOOKING AHEAD SEMINAR

Saturday September 23rd at 9:00 AM
Holy Cross Cemetery & Funeral Home

Holy Cross Cemetery and Funeral Home will be hosting a Looking Ahead Seminar on Saturday, September 23rd at 9:00 AM. See the poster on the bulletin board for details. For further information, please call Holy Cross Cemetery at 905-889-7467.

SISTINE CHAPEL CHOIR CONCERT

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 at7:3 0 PM
St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica

For the first time in its history, the Sistine Chapel Choir (commonly known as the Pope’s Choir) will visit Canada. The first stop of the Canadian tour will take place on Tuesday, September 26th at 7:30 PM at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. The Sistine Chapel Choir is considered one of the most prominent and oldest choirs in the world, dating back to the 7th century. The concert will also feature a performance by the students of St. Michael’s Choir School, one of only six choir schools in the world affiliated with the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome.

A limited number of free general admission tickets (maximum 2 per person) will be made available online at: bit.ly/sistineTO beginning Monday, September 11th, at 10:00 AM.

SPEAK UP! CALLING ALL YOUNG PEOPLE (16–29)

As the Synod on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment approaches, we want to hear from you! Faith Connections and the Office of Catholic Youth will be hosting Live Listening Sessions with the Toronto Bishops. Young people 16–29 will have the opportunity to respond to Pope Francis’ questions in preparation for the Synod! Your voice is important!

October 2nd , 7:00 PM at St. Stanislaus, Toronto with Cardinal Collins
October 11th , 7:00 PM at St. Christopher’s, Mississauga with Bishop Kasun

In order to guarantee a spot, please RSVP and tell us about yourself at: http://bit.ly/synodspeakup.

For more information, contact Kataryna Kuzar at 416-467-2645 or kkuzar@csj-to.ca.

MILK BAG PROJECT

Wednesday, September 20th from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Gabriel Room

Volunteer milk bag weavers will be meeting Wednesday afternoon, September 20th from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room to continue their great work, making sleep mats for third world countries All are welcome!

For further information about this program please visit www.milkbagsunlimited.ca or contact Sharon Gusz at sharongusz@gmail.com.

8th ANNUAL MASS TO END WOMEN ABUSE

Precious Blood Church Church
1737 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough
Wednesday, October 4th at 7:00 P.M.

There will be a special Mass dedicated to ending abuse toward women on Wednesday, October 4th at 7:00 PM at Precious Blood Church. This event is dedicated to ending the cycle of violence towards women.

For further information, please contact Mary Benincasa at 416-921-1163 or email info@cfstoronto.com.

Homily – September 10, 2017

September 10th, 2017

One of the greatest fears in many people’s minds these days is the situation between the US and North Korea. The posturing and the rhetoric of the two unstable leaders of these countries do nothing to ease the tension between these two nuclear powers. Both leaders don’t seem to be interested in any efforts at conflict resolution. It’s all very scary.

Most newspapers have a columnist who advises people who are in conflict with a family member or relative. The Dear Abby type. Misunderstandings seem to be part and parcel of family life and in our relationships with other people.

St. Paul was very concerned about maintaining the bond of unity in the church. He spent so much time trying to keep the peace and deepen the unity between Jewish and Gentile Christians.

Today’s short gospel is a great lesson on what is known today as conflict resolution.

Hurt feelings and misunderstandings can happen without our being aware of them. Friends may feel slighted or ignored. They can feel offended by something we said or did. Matthew teaches that if someone thinks another person has shown him/her disrespect, the offended person is advised to confront the other in private to talk things over, to get things straight. If there has been an honest misunderstanding then things are settled on the spot. It is over and done with. If the slight or offence is more serious the person might invite a third party in to try to sort things out, get an independent opinion. The hope in all this is that the independent person or witnesses will succeed where individual efforts failed and things will be made right.

If all these fail be bring about a reconciliation, in Matthew’s gospel the next step suggested is to bring the matter to the whole community. If the offended person will not accept the community’s judgement and persists in causing trouble, then he/she is asked to leave the community because they are disrupting the peace and order of the whole community.

The lesson is that we are to do everything, go to any lengths to resolve a conflict, keep the peace. It’s not all that easy. There was a book published years ago title, ‘Caring Enough to Confront.’ Can we care enough about another person, can we care enough about good people who are ‘put down’, belittled by racial jokes and remarks, to confront those who belittle other people’s dignity and speak up for men and women less fortunate than ourselves.

In our own family relationships do we care enough to confront misunderstandings or family feuds? Some families will go years before addressing a problem. Grudges or resentments within a family more often die with those who hold them rather than come to resolution in quiet conversation. Misdeeds of friends or relatives are usually discussed with everyone but the accused.

Willingness to communicate and forgive enhances a common life of faith and family. We know too that jealousy and envy rip families and communities apart.

Matthew teaches that the Christian community will to any lengths, walk the last mile to maintain community peace and unity. In our family life, our parish life, our community life are we willing to care enough to confront resentments, racism and bigotry in any form and work to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace and love and mutual respect? May we never let the sun go down upon our rifts and misunderstandings.

We pray too that the leaders of North Korea and the U.S will care enough to confront the possibilities of reconciliation and peace.

Bulletin – September 10, 2017

September 9th, 2017

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 11th to September 16th

MONDAY – VINCENT HA – Requested by Laura, Sylvia & Valerie Ha
TUESDAY – ELIO RANCATI – Requested by his Family
WEDNESDAY – HARRY LEUNG – Requested by Mary Leung
THURSDAY – HARRY LEUNG – Requested by John Chan
FRIDAY – HERB D’ROZARIO – Requested by Hazel D’Rozario
SATURDAY – HEUNG-WAH LAM – Requested by the Fung, Lam & Montero Families

ST. GABRIEL’S MUSIC MINISTRY

Those who sing pray twice.

Our senior choir practices on Tuesday evenings, from 7:30 to 9:00 P.M. and leads community song at the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass.

Our junior choir practices on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and leads the music at the 12:30 PM Mass.

We always welcome new voices and hope you will consider joining us! For more information, please contact Marilyn Calderone at 416-618-2041.

REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

St. Gabriel’s Church

Wednesday, September 20th,from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Thursday, September 28th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday, September 30th from 1.30 PM to 3.30 PM

Registration for children who wish to receive the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation will be held at St. Gabriel’s Church on the following times:

Wednesday, September 20th, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Thursday, September 28th. 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday, September 30th 1.30 PM to 3.30 PM

Please Note: A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation. $30 is required at registration for Confirmation to defray related costs.

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

Begins This Sunday, September 10th at 10:00 AM
St Gabriel’s School

Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program are available in the parish office. This program is for children of the Parish who attend other Catholic schools, public or private schools. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School every second Sunday beginning this Sunday, September 10th.

Please note that a separate Sacramental registration form is required if your child will receive the sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation during the 2017/18 year. These forms are also available in the Parish Office.

R.C.I.A. AND ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin in October. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly. The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith.

If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please contact Fatima Lee at fatimalee@bellnet.ca or call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM

If you have, or know of, school age children (ages 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office, or Fatima Lee directly, at fatimalee@bellnet.ca. Classes for them will begin after Thanksgiving.

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of September 16th/17th

Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.
Regular ground coffee: $5.50
Decaffeinated: $6.00
Whole Beans: $5.50
Chocolate Bars: $4.50 incl. Taxes
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $6.00
Teas: $5.00

BUNDLE UP WEEKEND COMING UP!

This Weekend, September 9th/10th

Spring Cleaning Year Round!

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is collecting gently used clothing, shoes, linens and household goods to support our neighbors in need or to be sold to help support their special works in the community this weekend, September 9th/10th. They cannot accept books, dishes, furniture, appliances, mattresses, construction materials or videos and cassettes.

Please bring your donations and help others in your community. The truck is open Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Volunteers will be there to assist with loading before and after each Mass.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

You can make a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless this Thanksgiving by participating in the annual Good Shepherd Ministries Thanksgiving Food Drive.

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.

Urgently needed items include:
rice, pasta and pasta sauces, peanut butter, jam, oatmeal, pancake mix, teabags, ground or instant coffee, sugar, cookies and crackers, canned tuna, soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables. Please no fresh or frozen foods.

We thank you for your generous support!

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL

Each month some of the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall. 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.

With everyone struggling at this time, these donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your outstanding support.

FALL GARDENING WORKSHOPS

September 10th, September 17th, October 1st after 12:30 PM Mass

Robert Cordy, our landscape designer, will be holding several gardening workshops this fall on Sundays after the 12:30 PM mass:
September 10th – Seed Sowing;
September 17th – Garden Design;
October 1st – Orchard Planting;

There will be one more workshop, the date and subject to be determined.

Everyone is welcome. If you are interested in attending, please register with Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com, or with the parish office.

SPEAK UP! CALLING ALL YOUNG PEOPLE (16–29)

As the Synod on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment approaches, we want to hear from you! Faith Connections and the Office of Catholic Youth will be hosting Live Listening Sessions with the Toronto Bishops. Young people 16–29 will have the opportunity to respond to Pope Francis’ questions in preparation for the Synod! Your voice is important!

September 13th , 7:00 PM at St Patrick’s, Markham with Bishop Kirkpatrick
October 2nd , 7:00 PM at St. Stanislaus, Toronto with Cardinal Collins
October 11th , 7:00 PM at St. Christopher’s, Mississauga with Bishop Kasun

In order to guarantee a spot, please RSVP and tell us about yourself at: http://bit.ly/synodspeakup.

For more information, contact Kataryna Kuzar at 416-467-2645 or kkuzar@csj-to.ca.

51st ANNUAL FESTA OF ST. GABRIEL

Sunday September 17, 2017 from 1:00 PM

Veneto Centre, 7465 Kipling Avenue, Woodbridge, Ontario

The 51st annual celebration in honour of St. Gabriel, under the direction of the Passionist Community will be held on Sunday, September 17th from 1:00 PM at the Veneto Centre in Woodbridge.

All are welcome! Bring your own folding chair.

MILK BAG PROJECT

Wednesday, September 20th from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Gabriel Room

Volunteer milk bag weavers will be meeting Wednesday afternoon, September 20th from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room to continue their great work, making sleep mats for third world countries All are welcome! For further information about this program please visit www.milkbagsunlimited.ca or contact Sharon Gusz at sharongusz@gmail.com.

SISTINE CHAPEL CHOIR CONCERT

Tuesday, September 26th , 2017 at 7:30 PM

St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica

For the first time in its history, the Sistine Chapel Choir (commonly known as the Pope’s Choir) will visit Canada. The first stop of the Canadian tour will take place on Tuesday, September 26th at 7:30 PM at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. The Sistine Chapel Choir is considered one of the most prominent and oldest choirs in the world, dating back to the 7th century. A limited number of free general admission tickets (maximum 2 per person) will be made available online at: bit.ly/sistineTO beginning Monday, September 11th, at 10:00 AM. The concert will also feature a performance by the students of St. Michael’s Choir School, one of only six choir schools in the world affiliated with the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome.

MOSAIC INTERFAITH

Sunday, September 17th at 3:00 PM

St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 39 Green Lane

Mosaic Interfaith invites you to an interactive learning event portraying the arrival of European settlers to North America and the impact on First Nation and Innuit Peoples – presented in collaboration with Thornhill Ministerail Association and Mosaic Interfaith. This will take place on Sunday September 17th at 3:00 PM at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 39 Green Lane. See poster on the bulletin boards. For more information call Nora 416 218 0680.

QUEEN OF APOSTLES WOMAN’S FALL RETREAT

Friday, September 22nd to Sunday September 24th

Queen of Apostles Retreat Centre
1617 Blyth Road, Mississauga, Ontario

A women’s fall retreat, Journeying with Women of the Bible, will be held at Queen of Apostles Retreat Centre on the weekend of September 22nd to September 24th.For further information, please cal 905-278-5229.

Homily – September 3, 2017

September 3rd, 2017

In our opening prayer we ask God to deepen our sense of reverence for God and how God works in our lives. In other words deepen in us a reverential attitude and appreciation for our lives, our faith, the gifts of health, our families and the possibilities that life offers us. Let’s face it, we take so many things for granted, we just presume on God and the gifts of God.

You’ve heard me speak before about having an attitude of gratitude. You know what it is like to be taken for granted, when family members just presume you will be at their beck and call. Sons and daughters expect you’ll put aside your own needs and be there for what they want. Your boss expects you to be available 24/7. We know how much we resent being taken for granted. We may have a smile on our face but there is a hard feeling in our heart.

How much do we treasure our good health? How much do we appreciate our mobility? How much do we appreciate the gifts and talents with which we have been blessed? How often do we take these precious gifts for granted?

How much do we appreciate our gift of faith, our membership in the church? How much are we in awe at what we are celebrating right here, right now; ‘when we eat this bread and drink this cup we proclaim your death of Lord’? Right here, right now we make present the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus.

What would it profit us if we gained the whole world and lost our sense of reverence, our attitude of gratitude for God’s love for us, a love we see proven in the crucified body of God’s beloved son?

Can we think for a moment and offer a prayer for the families who are now homeless, businesses now destroyed and jobs put on hold by the winds and rain that devastated Houston and surrounding communities this past week? Did this tragedy in any way make us more conscious of how consumerist life styles, how our careless exploitation of earth’s resources has impacted the very health of Earth’s life systems? We’ve presumed that Earth’s resources are limitless, and they are not. We presumed on Earth’s bounty and in many ways refused to share them with nations not as blessed as are we. Has this past week moved us in any way moved us to a reverential attitude toward God’s good creation and our relationship to it?

What would it profit us if we gained the whole world and lost any sense of our oneness with the rest God’s good creation?

As we continue this Eucharist may we pray for each other that each of us be blessed with a deeper sense of reverence and awe for all the ways we are blessed and enriched by God’s gifts to each of us.