Mass, Pentecost Sunday 2020

May 31st, 2020

Homily – May 31, 2020

May 31st, 2020

Today we celebrate the wonderful feast of Pentecost. Luke describes the event in our first reading. Together with Mary the mother of Jesus, the disciples were together in prayer but behind locked doors. They feared that the execution of Jesus was just the first step in the efforts of the religious leaders to wipe out the followers of Jesus, especially since the word was out that Jesus had risen from the dead.

Suddenly the room was filled with the sound of a violent wind and strange tongues of fire rested on each of them and each of them was filled with the boldness of the Holy Spirit. Luke’s description of Pentecost insinuates that the Holy Spirit dissipated all their fears and drove the Apostles out of that locked room into a street crowded with pious Jewish pilgrims from around the world and gave them voice to proclaim Jesus as the Messiah.

In Paul’s letter to the Christian community in Corinth he writes about the many gifts of the Holy Spirits and tells them these gifts are meant to the good of the whole community. But the Corinthians seemed fixated on the gifts of tongues. Those with had that gift saw themselves as specially blessed over all others. Today most of us get nervous when we hear charismatics and evangelicals talking enthusiastically about being filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. For most of us it’s just not our way.

Most of the time we just plod through our pedestrian spiritual lives with no fireworks.

I think our problem is that we don’t know how to recognize the Spirit’s presence in our lives. I think we experience the Spirit’s presence not just at special moments, but every day of our lives. We just don’t recognize it.

Instead of imaging a bombastic action of the Holy Spirit in our lives, can we imagine that the Holy Spirit quietly nudges us with a little poke, pushing us forward toward a deeper living of our Christian lives? The Spirit may poke us to be patient when a spouse of an elderly parent asks the same question over and over or they can’t remember where they left their glasses or their hearing aids, or their teeth.

The Spirit may nudge us to be more patient with ourselves as we cope with being socially restricted or find ourselves getting uptight with not having anything to do and feeling useless. We might be nudged to get out of the house and take a walk and get a breath of fresh air

The Spirit may nudge us sit and think or nudge us to just sit, trusting the world is in God’s hand. We may be nudged to turn off the depressing daily news reports every now and then. Who needs it?

The Spirit could give us a poke, push, a nudge in these days of boredom to say the rosary or read a bit of scripture. It might be a nudge to say a prayer for those suffering this virus and those who care for them and say a pray for those taken by this virus and those who mourn for them.

As we celebrate this great feast we can pray for ourselves and for each other that we be blessed to feel and respond to that nudge, that poke of the Holy Spirit that pushes us out of own concerns to be there for others.

Bulletin – May 31, 2020

May 31st, 2020

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 1st to June 7th, 2020

MONDAY –
TUESDAY – MARCELINO FERNANDES – Requested by Tita Fernandes
WEDNESDAY –
THURSDAY – FELIX CHAN – Requested by John Chan
FRIDAY – CATHERINE MINNAN-WONG – Requested by Noreen Chen
SATURDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE – Requested by their Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM

PRAYER DURING COVID 19

For all who have contracted coronavirus,
We pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decisionmakers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Grant peace. Grant comfort.
Grant healing.
Be with us, Lord. Amen

Parish News

For the latest update from the Archdiocese of Toronto, please visit: https://www.archtoronto.org/media-centre/news-archive/chancery-news/Update-on-Church-Closure-During-COVID-19

As we anticipate the reopening of the Church for weekend Masses, disinfecting the pews and high touch areas is one of the many measures to keep our Church safe for everyone. Any parishioner who wants to volunteer their time in disinfecting the pews after each weekend Mass can sign up by sending an email with your name and contact details, indicating which Mass you would be available for, to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca

SHARELIFE

Every gift to ShareLife is a sacred trust

At ShareLife, we pride ourselves on being responsible and accountable to you, our generous donors. By keeping administrative and fundraising costs at 11% – one of the lowest in the nonprofit sector – we ensure the maximum amount possible goes to the vital work of our agencies.

Your gift to ShareLife is helping!

Did you know that while parishes remain closed, ShareLife agencies are as busy as ever? That’s because those who are poor and marginalized are disproportionately affected during a crisis. Your support of ShareLife ensures Catholic agencies can continue their work on the front lines, helping the many people who are suffering. Please give securely online at sharelife.org/donate.

Due to Covid 19, the ShareLife collections have been postponed. Parishioners can contribute online at sharelife.org/donate or by dropping off or mailing their contribution to the parish office.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Unfortunately, with the current COVID-19 situation, we cannot accept any food donations at this time.

While we wait for updates from these outreach ministries, let us always be mindful of what they do.

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 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.

A MESSAGE FROM CATHOLIC CEMETERIES

While our cemetery gates remain closed during our regular operating hours, the gates will be opened for family visits on the cemetery grounds only. Our hours of operation for families visiting will be as follows:

Monday – Saturday: 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sundays and Statutory Holidays: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Our mausolea remain closed until further notice. Entry to the cemetery and mausolea during regular operating hours will only be provided to those attending a funeral or burial, those with a scheduled appointment and for essential deliveries.

Physical distancing requirements and attendee number restrictions are in place at all times in keeping with provincial guidelines.

FINANCE CORNER

Although our Churches have remained closed since March 15th, 2020, our outreach programs and pastoral presence remain active.

Because there were no Masses celebrated with public participation, there were no offertory collections taken up. The reality is that our parishes rely on the support of their parishioners to operate through weekly offertory collections. Parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) are funded through the generosity of its parishioners. There is a challenge for the parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection.

Monthly contributions to the Parish by monthly Pre-Authorized Giving or by credit card through “Donate Now” continue automatically. You may, however, drop off your envelope at the parish office or mail it to the parish.

Please consider changing your offertory giving, at this time, to monthly Pre-Authorized Giving. Forms are available at the Parish office or on-line at the Parish website in the “Weekly Giving” section under the Finances tab.

Mass, Ascension of the Lord

May 24th, 2020

Homily – May 24, 2020

May 24th, 2020

Today we celebrate the feast of Christ’s Ascension, his being taken up in glory. The resurrection and the ascension of Jesus cannot be separated. The Church does separate these events in order to contemplate the meaning of two aspects of a single, indivisible event. Both feasts celebrate Christ’s vindication, his glorification. Both feasts teach us that the sacrifice of his life on the cross was accepted by the Father. As St. Paul teaches, it was for this cause – Christ’s acceptance of death – that God has exalted him and given him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus ever knee should bend in heaven and on earth and every tongue should confess that Jesus the Christ is Lord.

These feasts of resurrection and ascension shout out loud that evil and hatred and injustice are not the final words in our lives. The humiliation and degradation Christ Crucified endured on the cross are vindicated in his resurrection and ascension. Death has no power over him anymore.

The financial anxiety, the grief, the fright so many people endure as we live during this present endemic will not endure. God’s grace and love and mercy are with us especially in the hard work of world scientists as they feverishly search to find an antibody to this virus. God is with us in the sacrifices of the first responders. God is with us as we reach out to family and friends to comfort and support them.

Jesus promised us, “I will not leave you orphans.’ As in so many other times in our lives we need to hear that promise in this time. We need to trust that promise now. I will not leave you orphans. I am with you always.