Bulletin – April 5, 2020

April 5th, 2020

Updates on any scheduled or planned activities will be provided as the information becomes available. Please continue to check in on our parish website.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 6th to April 12th, 2020

MONDAY – REGINA TA – Requested by Veronica Do
TUESDAY – KRISTOPHER TA – Requested by Veronica Do
WEDNESDAY – JOSEPH ALEXANDER TA – Requested by Veronica Do
THURSDAY – HOLY THURSDAY
FRIDAY – GOOD FRIDAY
SATURDAY – HOLY SATURDAY
SUNDAY – EASTER SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – PRISCA CALAOR – Requested by Mila Cabanilla

LITURGY

As we approach the most sacred time of the year, adapted ceremonies of Holy Week and Easter proceed in accordance to the restrictions required at this time. Due to the current pandemic, the liturgical celebration of the paschal mysteries of Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter will be celebrated without the physical participation of the faithful.

You may follow this link to the Archdiocese of Toronto for livestream options of liturgical celebrations of the Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter.

https://www.archtoronto.org/media-centre/news-archive/chancery-news/how-to-watch-holy-week-in-the-archdiocese-of-toronto

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel locally and around the world

“Last year, your generosity to ShareLife made a difference in the lives of over 140,000 people locally and countless more around the world. Thank you for helping so many people experience God’s love and compassion.” – Cardinal Thomas Collins

Parishioners can still contribute by credit card through the ShareLife website, or by mailing or 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 await 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.

FINANCE CORNER

At a time like this it can be uncomfortable to talk about giving. Our primary concern is the health and well-being of our parishioners. However, these difficult circumstances show just how important the offertory is to the life of our parishes.

The reality is that our parishes rely on the support of their parishioners to operate – parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) are funded through the generosity of its parishioners. It will be a challenge for the parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection. Our Church remains open and our outreach programs and pastoral presence remain active.

Because there will be no masses, there will no offertory collections taken up. You may, however, drop off your envelope at the parish office or mail it to the parish.

Monthly contributions to the Parish by monthly Pre-Authorized Giving or by credit card through “Donate Now” continue automatically.

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.

Bulletin – March 29, 2020

March 29th, 2020

IMPORTANT MESSAGES FROM CARDINAL COLLINS ON COVID-19

MARCH 24, 2020

“In order to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we have already cancelled the public celebration of the sacraments, including the Eucharist. In view of the increased restrictions on public activity, I am now asking you to close your church and any chapel, even for individual prayer, effective immediately.

As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday evening, parish offices should be closed to the public. Please make every effort to arrange for remote working arrangements for either the parish secretary or a parishioner who has the capacity to help organize and communicate with the faithful and to reach out to those isolated.”

COVID-19 UPDATES

As directed by Cardinal Collins, all communal celebrations of the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Marriage and Funerals are not allowed at this time.

Please contact the Pastor should you have plans for Baptism, Reconciliation, Marriage, Marriage Preparation or Funerals.

“Funerals – During this emergency, there will be no vigils or wake services. The Rite of Committal will take place with the immediate family at the cemetery. There will be no funeral Mass at this time, but we encourage the celebration of a funeral Mass at a later date when it is possible. Prior to the Rite of Committal at the cemetery, there may be a brief religious service, but not the Mass, in a church or funeral home, following the required prescriptions of the health authorities regarding the number of people who may be present, as well as the need for social distancing.

Please contact the parish office should you know of someone vulnerable or homebound that need assistance.

Emergency provisions are reviewed regularly in accord with the requirements of the public health officials and updates are provided at: www.archtoronto.org/covid19

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION CELEBRATION

This event scheduled for Sunday, April 26th from 2:00 PM to 5:00PM has been postponed.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

March 30th to April 5th, 2020

MONDAY – SIMON & TERESA – Requested by Veronica Do
TUESDAY –
WEDNESDAY – ALLAN PERSAUD – Requested by the Persaud & Goldenberg Families
THURSDAY – DAVID SHELDRICK – Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
FRIDAY – CATHERINE MINNAN-WONG – Requested by Noreen Chen
SATURDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE – Requested by their Families
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – VLADO PETRANOVIC – Requested by Mira Petranovic
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – MICHAEL FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes

ECO – SABBATH

This event scheduled Sunday, April 5th at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room has been cancelled.

On the first Sunday of each month, the Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality facilitates a 30 minute reflection and discussion prompted by the readings for that Sunday’s liturgy. There will be no meetings until further notice

ROSARY GROUPS

The groups scheduled below have been cancelled until further notice.

English: Saturday, April 4th at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room.
Chinese: Sunday, April 5th at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room

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

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Friday, April 3rd from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon – Cancelled

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings have been cancelled.

THE GIFT OF RECONCILIATION

As we enter these last few weeks of Lent, we continue to prepare for the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. During this time of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting, the Church endeavors to remind parishioners of the gift of Reconciliation, as a loving act through which the Father restores us to the fullness of life and to call them to full participation in the Holy Week and Easter liturgies.

The Reconciliation Service on Wednesday, April 1st at 7:30 PM has been cancelled.

IMPORTANT MESSAGES FROM CARDINAL COLLINS ON HOLY WEEK CELEBRATIONS

“In this time of tribulation, we as priests of Jesus Christ, are all the more called to deepen our exercise of this sacred ministry to the glory of God and the service of His people. Each day we do this through the celebration of the Eucharist even when it is not possible for the people to be present. We also do this through the celebration of the Liturgy of Hours in which we pray for God’s people as their priests, and I strongly encourage every priest to spend at least an hour before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer for the people.

We are approaching the most sacred time of the year. It is essential that, in every parish in the diocese, the ceremonies of Holy Week and Easter proceed even though adapted to the restrictions required at this time.

Due to the current pandemic, the liturgical celebration of the paschal mysteries of Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter will be celebrated without the physical participation of the faithful.”

Please click on the following link for the instruction that outlines how these liturgies are to be celebrated in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Michael, and in all parish churches throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto.

https://www.archtoronto.org/media-centre/news-archive/chancery-news/cardinal-collins-letter-on-holy-week-during-the-covid19-pandemic

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel locally and around the world

“Last year, your generosity to ShareLife made a difference in the lives of over 140,000 people locally and countless more around the world.

Thank you for helping so many people experience God’s love and compassion.” – Cardinal Thomas Collins

ShareLife Sunday, which was scheduled for today has been postponed.

There will be a revised ShareLife collection schedule when Masses are celebrated in the parish.

Parishioners can still contribute by credit card through the ShareLife website, or by mailing or 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

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.

FINANCE CORNER

Our primary concern is the health and well-being of our parishioners. And at a time like this it can be uncomfortable to talk about giving. However, these difficult circumstances show just how important the offertory is to the life of our parishes.

The reality is that our parishes rely on the support of their parishioners to operate – parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) are funded through the generosity of its parishioners. It will be a challenge for the parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection.

Because there will be no masses, there will no offertory collections taken up. You may consider sending your offertory by mail to the parish. Or you may visit the Archdiocese of Toronto COVID-19 “Support your Parish” tab for more options to support your parish.

https://www.archtoronto.org/covid19/Pages/support.aspx

Monthly contributions to the Parish by monthly Pre-Authorized Giving or by credit card through “Donate Now” continue automatically.

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

Church & Parish Office CLOSED Until Further Notice

March 28th, 2020

March 24, 2020

Dear Parishioners of St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish,

In order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus and so as to comply with the Government of Ontario’s new regulations requiring that all non-essential workplaces be closed, we are sorry to inform you that the church and the parish office must remain closed until further notice.
This is a deeply painful, but necessary, decision for our faith community.

However, we are still here for you during this difficult time. You can still leave a voicemail at the parish office: 416-221-8866 or you can email us at: stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca. We will return your messages soon as possible. Visit www.archtoronto.org/covid19 for updated information from the Archdiocese of Toronto and for links to view the Daily Mass online.

Please continue to pray for those sick and those caring for them. Be assured of our daily prayers for you.
Yours in Christ

Rev. Fr. Brando Recana CP
Pastor of St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish

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Homily – March 29, 2020

March 28th, 2020

Today’s gospel tells the awesome story of Jesus calling his close friend Lazarus from the tomb to life. All this was done so that God may be glorified.

We hear this story every year. Lazarus and Mary and Martha were close friends of Jesus. He and his disciples visited their home on other occasions. This time was different. Lazarus was seriously ill. Martha and Mary sent word to Jesus, ‘come quickly, the family needs you.’ Jesus delays and arrives four days after his friend’s death. Both Martha and Mary let Jesus know they are annoyed with him. ‘If you had been here our brother would not have died.’ Together they go to the tomb and Jesus weeps. He then tells them to roll away the stone that blocks the entrance to the fetid tomb. He calls Lazarus to come out. Lazarus hears the call and comes out and all are amazed.

These are stressful and tense filled times for all of us. We can’t meet friends for coffee and a chat. We can’t mingle with friends and neighbours. Restaurants and bars are no-go zones. It’s rough. Who’d ever imagine we’d come to such a place?

Do you remember ever saying to yourself,’ Oh for some peace and quiet, oh to be alone for just a bit’? Well it’s here, here in spades. It’s stressful.

Hopefully the time will come when this necessary separation from others will come will be over. Hopefully the time will come when Jesus will call each one of us, as he called Lazarus, out of our tombs of isolation and lonely confinement and restore us, as he restored Lazarus, to our friends and neighbours. Was it Joni Mitchel who sang, ‘you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone’? We know now the pain of separation. When all this is over, and it will be, may we be blessed with a deeper appreciation of how our lives are blessed with the people we so often take for granted.

Pray for the sick and the doctors and nurses and their support staffs who are under so much stress these days. May they be blessed with patience and courage.

Homily – March 22, 2020

March 22nd, 2020

Are you going stir crazy? Do you feel the walls are closing in around you? Do you ‘just want to get out the house? These are hard times for everyone. Are you one of those people who are off the job because the place where you work has been closed down? Are you lucky enough to be able to work from home? Will we ever get back to normal? Let’s hope not. Even though we were not locked in our homes we were locked into IPad and so many other technologies that isolated us from inter-personal relationships with one another.

You’ve heard me say different times that ‘we did not weave the web of life; we are strands in the web and what we do to the web we do to ourselves.’ We belong to the family of life, even the virus family. One author I read put it this way,

“In a globalised world our lives are so intertwined that the idea of viewing ourselves as islands – whether as individuals, communities, nations, or a uniquely privileged species – should be understood as evidence of false consciousness. In truth, we were always bound together, part of a miraculous web of life on our planet and, beyond it, stardust in an unfathomably large and complex universe.”

Today’s gospel from John tells of Jesus curing a man who was blind from birth. Maybe we could ask the healing Jesus to cure us of our failure to see our interconnectedness with all the life forms on Earth; our failure to see we are kin with all life. May we be blessed to see we are not islands nor are we meant to be rugged individuals. We are family and as family we care for one another. Just give a shut-in friend a phone call, the sound of the human voice is better than an e-mail.

We’re all in this together, the loneliness, the frustration, and the anxieties that are part of all our lives. So, we pray for and we reach out to one another. We are family!