Homily – September 15, 2019

September 15th, 2019

Luke tells us that the Pharisees were shocked and resentful that Jesus welcomes and breaks bread with such losers as these tax collector and sinners.

Jesus still does. At this Eucharist he breaks bread and offers it to us with the words, take and eat, this is my body. Jesus shares a cup of wine with us; take and drink this is my blood. Can we see ourselves in the wandering, confused and lost sheep? Can we see ourselves in that lost coin? Can we see ourselves in that spoiled selfish son who wanted to be free of any restraint any responsibility and do our own thing? Yet the sheep is found and the coin is found and the son comes to his senses and comes home. The shepherd calls others to rejoice with him and his found sheep. The housewife shares her joy with her neighbours when she finds her lost coin. The father throws a party to celebrate his mixed-up son’s return. There is joy in the presence of the Angels of God what was lost is found.

As I’ve said before we’re not bad people we’re mistake making beings and sometimes we do mean and spiteful things. Sometimes we say cruel and spiteful things to family members or fellow workers. Sometimes we belittle men and women because of their race, their faith or their lifestyles. Sometimes we resent all those strangers wanting to come to Canada to find a new and better life. Sometimes we are that lost sheep, that lost coin or that lost son. Our great consolation and wonder is that Christ is the presence of God in his human form seeking for us and saving us finding we who were lost.

In this Eucharist we give God thanks for God’s love and mercy toward all us mistaking making beings. We thank Christ for finding us and welcoming us home again and again and again.

Bulletin – September 15, 2019

September 14th, 2019

ST. GABRIEL’S PICTORIAL DIRECTORY 2019/2020

At all Masses this weekend and the next two weekends, all members of St. Gabriel’s community (whether a single person, two spouses, or a family) are encouraged to sign up for a specific sitting time to have their portrait taken by a professional photographer to be included in the 2020 St. Gabriel’s Pictorial Directory which is expected to be completed and distributed in early 2020. Each family or person photographed will receive a FREE Directory and a FREE 8′ x 10″ colour portrait.

The initial portrait sitting days will commence during the week of October 7th to 12th (Monday to Saturday). Sitting times from Monday to Friday will be on the quarter hour starting at 2:30 PM until 8:30 PM and on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 3:15 PM.

If you are attending St. Gabriel’s on a regular basis, but have not actually completed a registration form at the Parish office, it is encouraged that you do so as soon as possible.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 16th to September 22nd

MONDAY – ROYSTON & LIBERATTA PINTO (for their 25th Anniversary) – Requested by Royston Jr. & Raphael
TUESDAY – LUKE VUKOVIC – Requested by his Family
WEDNESDAY – MARIA REIS & DARKO SEIFERT – Requested by their Family
THURSDAY – CATHERINE MINNAN-WONG – Requested by her sister Noreen
FRIDAY – FIORE GIANNOTTA – Requested by Lina Giannotta
SATURDAY – GORDON OATWAY – Requested by Pat Oatway & Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE VILLAMOR FAMILY – Requested by the Villoria, Hale & Kipp Families.
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM –

REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

St. Gabriel’s Church
September 19th, 24th 25th and 26th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 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 dates:

Thursday, September 19th from 7:30 to 9:00 PM
Tuesday, September 24th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Wednesday, September 25th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Thursday, September 26th from 7.30 PM to 9:00 PM

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

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 Sr. Maria Lucia 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 Sr. Maria Lucia at 416-221-8866. Classes for them will begin in October.

ALTAR SERVERS

Sunday September 15th after the 12:30 Mass

This Sunday, September 15th there will be an altar server welcome back and retraining session after the 12:30 Mass. Every altar server is invited. Interested boys and girls, ages 9 and older, who are willing to train to be an altar server are very much welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

Began last Sunday, September 8th 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 public or private schools. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School every second Sunday. The second class will be next Sunday, September 22nd at 10:00 AM.

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 2019/2020 year. These forms are also available in the parish office.

LECTOR WORKSHOP

Gabriel Room
Saturday, September 28th at 2:00 PM

“Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.” Romans: 10:17

Are you a good story teller? Would you like to share with others? On Saturday, September 28th at 2:00 PM join the Lectors to learn more about the ministry at a workshop in the Gabriel room. The workshop will provide time for lectors to share their experience and learn some of the best kept secrets of proclaiming the Word. Those who would like to join this ministry are asked to RSVP to the Parish office by
September 23rd, 2019.

SHARELIFE FINAL REPORT

The final total for this year’s ShareLife campaign is $183,975.10. Thank you for your generosity.

BUNDLE UP WEEKEND!

This Weekend, September 14th/15th

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 14th/15th

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.

MILK BAG WORKSHOP

Wednesday, September 18th at 1:00 PM

The Milk Bag Workshops will begin again on Wednesday, September 18th. Please make sure the bags you bring are clean and flat in the box. This will be of great help to the weavers. For further information about this program please visit www.milkbagsunlimited.ca or contact Sharon Gusz at sharongusz@gmail.com.

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 cooking spices
hot chocolate powdered milk
black/Orange Pekoe tea ground or instant coffee,
sugar cookies and crackers,
vegetable oil jams
canned tuna, soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables.
Please no fresh or frozen foods.
We thank you for your generous support.

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of September 21st/22nd

Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend, September 21st and 22nd.

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: $4.25

THE GARDEN SHED

Blueberry Pie Raffle
Sunday, September 15th
Gathering Space
The Garden Ministry will be raffling a pie made with St. Gabriel’s own blueberries and baked by retired pastry chef, Regan Daley. Proceeds will go towards the purchase of tools and supplies for St. Gabriel’s Good Shepherd community garden. Tickets will be on sale after all masses this weekend.

Guided Tour of the Stations of Our Cosmic Earth
Sunday, September 22nd, from 11:30 to 12:30
Gabriel Room:
In solidarity with the Season of Creation and Global Climate Strike Week, September. 20th to 27th, Fr. Steve Dunn, of our local Passionist Community, will offer a virtual tour of the Stations which are located in the south garden. The Cosmic Stations situate the Cross amid the major transformation moments in the evolution of Earth. The stained glass originals of the Stations will be on display.

Seed-Saving Workshop
Sunday, September 29th, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM
Gabriel Room
Cameron Couchman, a familiar face from previous workshops and on-site in the gardens, will lead the workshop. Topics covered will be identifying plants that have set seed and are ready for harvest, collecting and storing seeds as well as cold stratification and mimicking natural processes to promote germination.

For more information on the Garden Ministry, visit our website at http://stgabrielsparish.ca/ministries/garden-ministry/ or email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

Homily – September 8, 2019

September 8th, 2019

In the near future we’ll be getting ready for an election and politicians of every stripe will be making promises of how they are going to make life better for all of us. Naturally they’ll try to outdo one another. No one will challenge us to tighten our belts and be prepared for leaner times. They’ll give lip service to the life and death reality of climate change. But as we all know, a politician and his promises are soon parted.

We read in today’s gospel that large crowds followed Jesus. They listened to what he had to say. Sometimes what he had to say was too much for them and we’re told that many of his disciples walked with him no more. Jesus let that be their decision but never watered down what he had to say. At the same time he didn’t want to let their enthusiasm carry them away when they saw exercise power over evil spirit, when he made a leper clean or a lame man dance, or a blind man see. He was there for everyone, rich or poor. Jesus hid himself from the men and women who wanted to take him by for and make him king. Jesus was not into popularity contests.

But Jesus let them know following him would not be a walk in the park. His words in today’s gospel are pretty harsh to our ears. His word ‘hate’ is out of sync with his other teachings about love and acceptance. Scripture scholars were telling us that the best translation of the word hate is prefer or choose.

Choosing Jesus is thus equivalent to letting one’s family go, letting popularity go, letting power or prestige go, letting the good life and the good times go and living a life of love and acceptance and service of others. Choosing to follow Jesus means we prefer him over wealth, power, popularity, pleasures.

In a way Jesus offers us an either or proposition. Of course family is important; of course financial stability is important, of course a career is important, of course friends are important. But if any of these compromise our relationship, our fidelity to Jesus, our Christ who died on the cross for us, they have to go.

It can be an issue we face many times in our lives in the choices we have to make. May we be strong enough, faithful enough to make the right choice by choosing Christ, who loved us and gave his life for us.

Bulletin – September 8, 2019

September 8th, 2019

SAYING GOODBYE TO FR. JOHN

Sunday September 8th after the 12:30 PM Mass

Fr. John Muthengi has been appointed to the United Nations as the representative of the Passionist Congregation. He will be leaving the Parish on September 10th and will be stationed at the Passionist Monastery in Jamaica, New York. We wish Fr. John all the best in his new appointment.

There will be a reception for Fr. John this Sunday September 8th after the 12:30 PM Mass. All are welcome.

ST. GABRIEL’S PICTORIAL DIRECTORY 2019/2020

Before and after all over the next three weekends, all members of St. Gabriel’s community (whether a single person, two spouses, or a family) are encouraged to sign up for a specific sitting time to have their portrait taken by a professional photographer to be included in the 2020 St. Gabriel’s Pictorial Directory which is expected to be completed and distributed in early 2020. Each family or person photographed will receive a FREE Directory and a FREE 8’ x 10” colour portrait.

The initial portrait sitting days will commence during the week of October 7th to 12th (Monday to Saturday). Sitting times from Monday to Friday will be on the quarter hour starting at 2:30 PM until 8:45 PM and on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 3:15 PM.

If you are attending St. Gabriel’s on a regular basis, but have not actually completed a registration form at the Parish office, it is encouraged that you do so as soon as possible.

CREATING A VISION FOR MINISTRY WITH MATURING ADULTS

Wednesday September 11th, 18th, and 25th
9:45 AM to 12:00 Noon

We are excited to announce that our St. Gabriel Parish Community will be introducing two new ministries this fall. The first one we will usher in is the Ministry with Maturing Adults. This ministry will support the “lifelong faith development of women and men throughout all phases of the pre-retirement and retirement years.” Through this ministry, our parish will attempt to address the needs that arise as life changes and hopefully allow our parishioners who are in the second half of life (50+) to recognize that their “everyday life and experiences go hand-in-hand with our spiritual life.”

We will train a core group of parishioners who will constitute the Ministry with Maturing Adult Leadership Team (MMALT). The role and the goal of this ministry will initially be developed by the core leaders of this ministry. Sr. Mary Rose Marrin, CSJ who started the Ministry with Maturing Adults (MMA) in the Archdiocese of Toronto will conduct a visioning workshop for the MMALT so that they can articulate and identify the vision of our ministry at St. Gabriel. The visioning workshop series entitled “Creating a Vision for Ministry with Maturing Adults” will be held from 9:45 AM to 12:00 Noon for three successive Wednesdays: September 11th, 18th, and 25th, 2019.

Anyone who is interested to become part of the core group to start this ministry can join six of our parishioners who had agreed to be on the initial leadership team of the Ministry with Maturing Adults at St. Gabriel’s. Please contact Sr. Maria Lucia at our Parish Office no later than September 10th if you are interested to join the Leadership Team of this new ministry.

ALTAR SERVERS

Sunday September 15th after the 12:30 Mass

On Sunday, September 15th there will be an altar server welcome back and retraining session after the 12:30 Mass. Every altar server is invited. Interested boys and girls, ages 9 and older, who are willing to train to be an altar server are very much welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 9th to September 15th

MONDAY – JOHN CHAN – Requested by Wanda Wrobel
TUESDAY – VINCENT HA – Requested by Laura, Sylvia & Valerie Ha
WEDNESDAY – HARRY LEUNG – Requested by Mary Leung
THURSDAY – ELIO RANCATI – Requested by his Family
FRIDAY – HARRY LEUNG – Requested by John Chan
SATURDAY – HEUNG-WAH LAM – Requested by the Fung, Lam & Monero Families
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – SUSANA, MAXIMIANO & MUCIO VILLORIA – Requested by the Villoria, Hale & Kipp Families.
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – LEE & REENA (for their upcoming marriage) – Requested by Maria Isabel

REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

St. Gabriel’s Church
September 19th, 24th 25th and 26th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 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 dates:

Thursday, September 19th from 7:30 to 9:00 PM
Tuesday, September 24th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Wednesday, September 25th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Thursday, September 26th from 7.30 PM to 9:00 PM

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

LECTOR WORKSHOP

Gabriel Room
Saturday, September 28th at 2:00 PM

“Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.” Romans: 10:17

Are you a good story teller? Would you like to share with others? On Saturday, September 28th at 2:00 PM join the Lectors to learn more about the ministry at a workshop in the Gabriel room. The workshop will provide time for lectors to share their experience and learn some of the best kept secrets of proclaiming the Word. Those who would like to join this ministry are asked to RSVP to the Parish office by September 23rd, 2019.

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

Sunday, September 8th 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 public or private schools. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School every second Sunday beginning Sunday, September 8th at 10:00 AM.

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 2019/20 year. These forms are also available in the parish office.

BUNDLE UP WEEKEND COMING UP!

Weekend of September 14th/15th

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 on the weekend of September 14th/15th 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 will be 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.

MILK BAG WORKSHOP

Wednesday, September 18th at 1:00 PM

The Milk Bag Workshops will begin again on Wednesday, September 18th. Please make sure the bags you bring are clean and flat in the box. This will be of great help to the weavers. For further information about this program please visit www.milkbagsunlimited.ca or contact Sharon Gusz at sharongusz@gmail.com

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 cooking spices
hot chocolate powdered milk
black/Orange Pekoe tea ground or instant coffee,
sugar cookies and crackers,
vegetable oil jams
canned tuna, soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables.

Please no fresh or frozen foods.
We thank you for your generous support

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of September 21st/22nd

Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses on the weekend of September 21st and 22nd.

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: $4.25

THE GARDEN SHED

Sunday, September, 15th: Blueberry Pie Raffle.
The Garden Ministry will be raffling a pie made with St. Gabriel’s own blueberries. Proceeds will go towards the purchase of tools and supplies for the Good Shepherd community garden. Tickets will be on sale after all masses on the weekend of September 14th/15th .

Sunday, September 22nd, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM , Gabriel Room:
Guided Tour of the Stations of Our Cosmic Earth.
In solidarity with the Season of Creation and Global Climate Strike Week, September 20th to 27th, Steve Dunn, of our local Passionist Community, will offer a virtual tour of the Stations which are located in the south garden. The Cosmic Stations situate the Cross amid the major transformation moments in the evolution of Earth. The stained glass originals of the Stations will be on display.

Sunday, September 29th, from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Gabriel Room: Seed-Saving Workshop.
Cameron Couchman, a familiar face from previous workshops and on site in the gardens, will lead the workshop. Topics covered will be identifying plants that have set seed and are ready for harvest, collecting and storing seeds as well as cold stratification and mimicking natural processes to promote germination.

For more information on the Garden Ministry, visit our website at http://stgabrielsparish.ca/ministries/garden-ministry/ or email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

Homily – September 1, 2019

September 1st, 2019

Time and again we’ve heard Christ’s teaching about the folly of men and women who believe they are above the rest of us and the wisdom of men and women who know their limitations and their need for God and others.

But I’d like to say a few words about our opening prayer for this Mass. In it we ask God to put into our hearts a love for God’s name and a deepening sense of reverence so that God may nurture in us what is good.

Sometimes are lives can be so superficial, so shallow. We get caught up in things that are so much fluff, so passing. We ask for a sense of reverence, a sense of awe so that we can appreciate the wonder of ourselves and of life itself. We can begin with ourselves and the wonder that before the world began God chose us in Christ to be his adopted sons and daughters, such was his will and pleasure. We are to appreciate our own worth and dignity and the worth and dignity of every person who comes into our lives. When we allow racism and bigotry to take root in ourselves we diminish our own dignity- these mentalities are unworthy of us.

May we be blessed in a reverence, a sense of awe for the Eucharist we are celebrating right now? Right here, right now we are renewing the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Right here right now we are touch by the wonder that Jesus loved and loves each one of us, thought enough of each one of us that he died his painful death of crucifixion for us.

Could we use a deeper sense and reference and awe for the nourishment we receive at this Mass; the body and blood of Jesus? Could use a great sense of awe when we remember the promise of Jesus; those who eat my flesh and drink my blood live in me and I live in them; we become what we receive, Jesus.

As the human family we desperately need a deeper reverence and sense of awe for the wonders of God’s good creation. A masterpiece that has been 13 billion years in the making and is still not finished. A masterpiece we’ve exploited for our own selfish needs, at the expense of other peoples who share this Earth with us. A masterpiece we’ve degraded by our failure to live within the limits of Earth’s resources. Can we lift our eyes from our ipads and see the beauty of other people and the bountiful beauty of God good creation, not just in a dazzling beauty of a sunrise or a sunset but also in the ordinary dandelion, a flower we’ve reduced to a pesty weed?

Lord, bless us with a sense of awe and wonder.