Homily – June 25, 2017

June 25th, 2017

There was a very disappointing article in the Star on Wednesday on a woman walking into a clinic in Mississauga demanding to see ‘a white doctor who doesn’t have brown teeth and speaks English’. I saw a video of the event on the website of the Huffington Post. It was really shocking. It looked like she expected to be seen before all the people of color who were waiting patiently for their appointments because she was white and should be seen immediately with her son who had a breathing problem. She was clueless as to how her demands dismissed and diminished the men and women waiting their turn to be seen.

A man waiting for his appointment filmed the whole thing. He said, ‘I could have just ignored it but some inner voice convinced me that it was totally wrong and there was no room for misinterpretation – I am a realist and I know these things exist but watching something like this in front of your own eyes, so openly and boldly just shocked me.’ He filmed the whole thing and it’s been seen by thousands of viewers.

I’m sure many of the people in that waiting room kept their heads down and wished the woman would go away but others in the room challenged her for being a racist and a bigot.

In today’s gospel Jesus is sending his twelve apostles out on the road to spread his message that God’s kingdom is in their midst. They are to speak this truth boldly – what Jesus said to them in private, they were to proclaim from the house tops. They were to be fearless; they were not to let themselves be intimidated by the authorities. “Everyone who acknowledges me before others, I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven.’ Jesus warned them they might be driven out of synagogues and towns but they were to keep on with their tasks. They were to fear no one except the persons who would try to get them to water down their message, take the heart out of Christ’s teachings. They were the ones who could kill the soul.

The men and women who confronted the women in that clinic about her bigotry and racism were in fact acknowledging the teaching of Jesus that we are to love and respect other men and women regardless of the color of their skin or the land of their origin.

These good people are an example to us. Like them we are all called to stand up and speak up against men and women who put down and belittle men and women of other faiths, other races, other social class, and other life styles. Christ’s new and revolutionary commandment is ‘love one another as I have loved you’. It is not an easy commandment to follow. We all have our built in prejudices, attitudes toward other people that we’ve picked up by osmosis, within our own families. As Canadians we pride ourselves for being a multicultural society but often times we discover that this can be a thin veneer hiding our latent resistance to the other and the different.

Today’s gospel and that harmful, distasteful event in the clinic in Mississauga should make us all stop and think and make us honestly face the efforts we have to make in our daily exchange with men and women of a faith or a nationality or a life style different from our own. I read somewhere that to be a bearer of the word of God means to suffer, because that word inevitably encounters hostility and rejection.

As we continue to celebrate this Eucharist we pray for ourselves and for each other that we have the conviction to stand up and speak up against those who would belittle and diminish the worth and dignity of another person. Especially this weekend.

Bulletin – June 25, 2017

June 24th, 2017

Happy Summer!

This is the last bulletin until the Labour Day Weekend in September. We wish you all a happy and safe summer! Saturday, July 1st is Canada Day. There will be a 4:30 PM Mass.

The office will be closed on Monday, July 3rd for the holiday. There will be no 9:00 AM Mass on July 3rd.

PARISH PICNIC

Sunday, July 9th after the 12:30 Mass

The Parish BBQ Picnic will be held on Sunday, July 9th after the 12:30 Mass in the parking lot. There will be hot dogs, games, face painting, lucky draws, music and more…

Tickets are $2 each.

Please bring your families, friends and neighbours to enjoy a summer afternoon with your parishioners. We need volunteers to help and make this event happen. Please sign up by putting your name and phone number on the sheets at the back of church. For more information, you may call Linda Law at 416-918-8029.

GARDEN MINISTRY

The Building Maintenance Committee is currently working with a landscape designer on a new vision for our gardens. If you are interested in participating in the planting and maintenance of the new gardens as well as learning about the plants and their care, please call the Parish office at 416-221-8866.

MEMBERS NEEDED FOR VOLUNTEER SCREENING COMMITTEE

St. Gabriel’s Volunteer Screening Committee is seeking two committee members. The Screening Committee interviews and screens parish volunteers. If interested, please visit the parish office and ask for a copy of the position description. To speak with a committee member, leave your name and phone number with the office staff. A committee member will call you. The Screening Committee has also been tasked to plan and deliver St. Gabriel’s 2018 Volunteer Recognition. To achieve committee gender balance, male applicants are encouraged.

MILK BAGS

Thank you to all parishioners who are recycling their clean milk bags at the church. Please remember to flatten them before putting them into the box. This would be a great help to the weavers,

The Milk Bag Workshops, led by Sharon Gusz this year were very successful. The week of March Break was especially productive due to the enthusiastic participation of the Youth Group. Thank you to Sharon and all the milk bag weavers for their excellent work.

Workshops will begin again in the fall. For further information about this program please visit www.milkbagsunlimited.ca or contact Sharon Gusz at sharongusz@gmail.com.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 26th – July 1st, 2017

MONDAY – KENG OWYONG – Requested by Helen Owyong
TUESDAY – SUFFERING SOULS – Requested by Agnes Wong
WEDNESDAY – FR. DON SANVIDO – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
THURSDAY – CARM WHITE – Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie
FRIDAY – JOHN WOODCOCK – Requested by Kathi Leah, Molly McCormick & Judy Flynn
SATURDAY – THE PEOPLE OF CANADA

BAPTISM

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:

Hailey Ray Dalogdog
Journey Liwanag
Leah Catherine Matthews
Logan Rhys Bangi Ramiro
Olivia Ann Tuzi

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on June 18h. Congratulations

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program are now 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 September 10th, 2017.

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.

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you to all who prepared casseroles for the Good Shepherd Centre for the month of June. Your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of July 29th/30th and August 26th/27th.

More volunteers are needed, especially during the summer months, to help feed the hungry in our city. We encourage you to pick up a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Printed copies of the recipes are also available in the Parish 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.

COLLECTING EYEGLASSES

We are continuing to collect eyeglasses for the Lions Club. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact. Please place them in the baskets provided outside the office

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by helping youth to rebuild their lives…

Seventeen-year-old Emily arrived at Sancta Maria earlier this year having previously spent time at Whitby Shores. Her biggest surprise is the warmth and calm acceptance she feels here at her new “home”. Having grown up in a home with no father, Emily spent a great deal of time in conflict with her mom, which caused a great deal of anxiety. She eventually ended up in a Toronto clinic at sixteen, and soon discovered that the lack of acceptance did nothing to build up her self-esteem. At Sancta Maria House, Emily has gained her independence and improved her confidence in cooking skills. As well, she has developed her job search skills, having applied for several positions with hopes to start a job soon. ShareLife-supported Sancta Maria House has provided life-transforming services for young women in need for over 40 years in the Greater Toronto Area.

As you may know, the 2017 ShareLife campaign year ends on July 31. Our parish goal for this year’s campaign is $194,200.

As of June 20th, the parish’s ShareLife donations of $135,659 received directly at the parish, together with donations sent directly to the ShareLife office, total $188,366. Any contributions you can make to help us reach our goal would be welcome.

AFRICAN FAMINE RELIEF: PRAY, GIVE, SPEAK OUT

The Archdiocese of Toronto joins the CCCB and faith communities across Canada in launching a joint appeal, entitled Pray-Give-Speak Out, in response to the desperate food crisis in South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia.

The United Nations has confirmed that South Sudan has 100,000 people living in famine conditions. Reports suggest a total of 20 million people are on the brink of starvation in the region. A declaration of famine has not been made by UN agencies since July 2011 when some 260,000 people died in Somalia – half of them children under the age of five. The world must not let those horrors be repeated.

The joint appeal aims to engage the faithful in three ways:
Pray: Keeping the people of South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen in our prayers.
Give: Making a financial contribution to support those affected by the crisis.
Speak Out: Becoming better informed and to speak about the crisis with family, friends and neighbours. Contacting their local Members of Parliament about their concerns.

The CCCB has identified three Canadian Catholic agencies – Aid to the Church in Need, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada, and the Canadian Jesuits International – as recipients of donations from the Catholic faithful.

The Government of Canada has created a “Famine Relief Fund.” The federal government will match every donation made between March 17th and June 30th, 2017, by individuals to registered Canadian charities participating in this campaign.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: https://community.archtoronto.org
By phone through the Development Office at 416-934-3411
Through the parish, making cheques payable to: St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish – African Famine – Humanitarian Relief

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. We encourage you to continue bringing non perishable foods during the summer months. During July and August, food donations tend to drop off. Your donations of canned foods, cereal rice and other non perishables are more important than ever as families struggle to make ends meet.

Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

ANNUAL MASS FOR THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Services, Archdiocese of Toronto wishes to invite all families within the Archdiocese of Toronto to participate in the Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed on Wednesday, August 16th, at 7:00 PM.

Mass at Mount Hope Cemetery will be celebrated by Rev. Monseigneur Robert Nusca. In the event of rain, Mass will be celebrated at St. Monica’s Church, 44 Broadway Avenue.

Mass will be celebrated by His Eminence, Cardinal Thomas Collins at Holy Cross Cemetery in Thornhill. In the event of rain, Mass will be celebrated in the Mausoleum.

51st ANNUAL FESTA OF ST. GABRIEL

August 27th from 2:00 PM

Parish of the Immaculate Conception
300 Ansley Grove Road, Woodbridge, ON.

The 51st annual celebration in honour of St. Gabriel, under the direction of the Passionist Community will be held on Sunday, August 27th from 2:00 PM at the Parish of the Immaculate Conception in Woodbridge. All are welcome! Bring your own folding chair.

PILGRIMAGE – BASILICA OF THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA, Lewiston New York

Saturday August 12th, 2017

The pilgrimage leaves from Blessed Trinity Church at 7:00 AM with pick up at St. Gabriel’s Church
The Chaplain will be Fr. John Muthengi CP
For more information call Mary at 416-497-7059.

CHURCH BULLETIN ADVERTISING

Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisements for our church bulletin. The advertising will begin in September 2017 and supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call Liturgical Publications at 905-624-4422.

Homily – June 18, 2017

June 18th, 2017

In John’s gospel we read, ‘In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.’ Such was God’s desire to be close to us, one with us. But today’s feast of the Body and Blood of Christ goes even deeper in Christ’s desire of closeness.

Jesus shocked his hearers, he turned many of them off when told them, ‘Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood you cannot have life in you… whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I in them.’ How close can we get?

We read that many of his followers found this to be a hard saying and walked with him no more. Who ever heard of eating another’s flesh, drinking another person’s blood? The very idea is revolting. Yet this is the reality when we receive Holy Communion. Bread is more that bread and wine is more than wine. They are the body and blood of Jesus.

Every Jewish person knew the story of the manna, the mysterious bread from heaven that helped them survive their sojourn in the desert. Jesus tells the men and women listening to him that he is the new manna, the new bread from heaven. He adds the promise, ‘whoever eats this bread will live forever.’

This is the reality we celebrate on the day – the day of the Body and Blood of Jesus our Christ.

Receiving Holy Communion is not a private devotion. When we receive Communion we answer Amen, meaning I believe I am receiving Christ’s body. But there is more. We are affirming ourselves to be members of the Body of Christ the Church. St. Paul asks us,’ do you not know that you are the body of Christ? Paul teaches that when we receive Holy Communion we are bonded to Jesus and also to our neighbours, to everyone here with us. As members of the Church we support and sustain it by our good works; works entrusted to us by Christ; feed the hungry, clothe the naked, house the homeless, welcome the stranger. Holy Communion has a horizontal as well as a vertical direction.

Before we receive the Body of Christ we repeat the words of the centurion, ‘Lord I’m not worthy that you should enter under my roof, say only the word and my soul shall be healed.’ Worthiness has nothing to do with all this. Who of us is worthy of such a gift? Need is our reality at this moment, our need for the grace of Christ, the strength of Christ, the love of Christ, the compassion of Christ, the forgiveness of Christ that we lack in our own lives at this time. The words of Pope Francis are so encouraging when tells us that the Eucharist, Holy Communion is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak – which we all are. Receiving Holy Communion we hold out an empty hand, showing our need for the strength and help we need to be faithful to the teaching of Jesus. Holy Communion is the bread, the nourishment we need to follow in the footsteps of the One who said, ‘love one another as I have loved you, forgive one another as I have forgiven you.

As we continue to celebrate this Mass may we always be thankful for this great gift, the Body and Blood of Christ.

Bulletin – June 18, 2017

June 17th, 2017

Happy Father’s Day

To all the Fathers, Grandfathers, Stepfathers, Single Fathers and Great Grandfathers we wish you a very happy Father’s Day.

May you be blessed with the graces you need, with courage, compassion, patience and peace.

PARISH PICNIC

Sunday, July 9th after the 12:30 Mass

The Parish BBQ Picnic will be held on Sunday, July 9th after the 12:30 Mass in the parking lot. There will be hot dogs, games, face painting, lucky draws, music and more…..

Tickets are $2 each.

Please bring your families, friends and neighbours to enjoy a summer afternoon with your parishioners.

We need volunteers to help and make this event happen. Please sign up by putting your name and phone number on the sheets at the back of church. For more information, you may call Linda Law at 416-918-8029.

GARDEN MINISTRY

The Building Maintenance Committee is currently working with a landscape designer on a new vision for our gardens.
If you are interested in participating in the planting and maintenance of the new gardens as well as learning about the plants and their care, please call the Parish office at 416-221-8866.

MEMBERS NEEDED FOR VOLUNTEER SCREENING COMMITTEE

St. Gabriel’s Volunteer Screening Committee is seeking two committee members. The Screening Committee interviews and screens parish volunteers. If interested, please visit the parish office and ask for a copy of the position description. To speak with a committee member, leave your name and phone number with the office staff. A committee member will call you. The Screening Committee has also been tasked to plan and deliver St. Gabriel’s 2018 Volunteer Recognition. To achieve committee gender balance, male applicants are encouraged.

MILK BAGS

Thank you to all parishioners who are recycling their clean milk bags at the church. Please remember to flatten them before putting them into the box. This would be a great help to the weavers,

The Milk Bag Workshops, led by Sharon Gusz this year were very successful. The week of March Break was especially productive due to the enthusiastic participation of the Youth Group. Thank you to Sharon and all the milk bag weavers for their excellent work.

Workshops will begin again in the fall. For further information about this program please visit www.milkbagsunlimited.ca or contact Sharon Gusz at sharongusz@gmail.com.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 19th – June 24th, 2017

MONDAY – JOAN PEREIRA – Requested by her Family
TUESDAY – BASIL GABRIEL MARKIDES – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
WEDNESDAY – BR. ISADORE WASYLENCHUK FSC – Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie
THURSDAY – SPECIAL INTENTION – Requested by the Ng Family
FRIDAY – GERARD McGURK – Requested by Nora Kerr
SATURDAY – AMPERO VILLAFRANCA – Requested by his Family

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program are now 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 September 10th, 2017.

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.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by helping women in crisis…

Early in life, Tanya was unfortunately sexually abused by her extended family in her native country, who regarded her as a worthless, dangerous person who should be chained up. She became suicidal and was admitted into the hospital. Tanya then fled to Canada as a refugee searching for safety and happiness. She first came to Street Haven three years ago through their Learning Centre, enrolling in the literacy and numeracy classes. The staff connected her to their Emergency Shelter, where she stayed and had access to legal aid and other vital supports to assist her through the refugee process. “I now have hope since I came to ShareLife supported Street Haven and know that I have the tools to move forward with my life.” shares Tanya. Street Haven helped Tanya move forward with her life and she now lives in a safe home where she can start again.

Please make a sacrificial gift to ShareLife through your parish or at www.sharelife.org

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – MARYGROVE CAMP

This Weekend

The second collection this weekend is for Marygrove Camp for Girls. a residential camp situated on 39 acres of beautifully treed grounds and a quarter mile of Georgian Bay waterfront near Penetang, Ontario. This summer, 1,100 girls from less fortunate families will be attending camp. Please support this important work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Each and every child’s camping experience is fully subsidized through this collection. Thank you for your support! Envelopes are in the pews.

AFRICAN FAMINE RELIEF: PRAY, GIVE, SPEAK OUT

The Archdiocese of Toronto joins the CCCB and faith communities across Canada in launching a joint appeal, entitled Pray-Give-Speak Out, in response to the desperate food crisis in South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia.

The United Nations has confirmed that South Sudan has 100,000 people living in famine conditions. Reports suggest a total of 20 million people are on the brink of starvation in the region. A declaration of famine has not been made by UN agencies since July 2011 when some 260,000 people died in Somalia – half of them children under the age of five. The world must not let those horrors be repeated.

The joint appeal aims to engage the faithful in three ways:

Pray: Keeping the people of South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen in our prayers.
Give: Making a financial contribution to support those affected by the crisis.
Speak Out: Becoming better informed and to speak about the crisis with family, friends and neighbours. Contacting their local Members of Parliament about their concerns.

The CCCB has identified three Canadian Catholic agencies – Aid to the Church in Need, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada, and the Canadian Jesuits International – as recipients of donations from the Catholic faithful.

The Government of Canada has created a “Famine Relief Fund.” The federal government will match every donation made between March 17th and June 30th, 2017, by individuals to registered Canadian charities participating in this campaign.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:
Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website:
https://community.archtoronto.org
By phone through the Development Office at 416-934-3411
Through the parish, making cheques payable to: St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish – African Famine – Humanitarian Relief

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses next weekend. Each month, the casseroles are picked up early on Monday morning for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in our city. We encourage you to pick up a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Printed copies of the recipes are also available in the Parish 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.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre

We encourage you to continue bringing non perishable foods during the summer months. During July and August, food donations tend to drop off.

Your donations of canned foods, cereal rice and other non perishables are more important than ever as families
struggle to make ends meet.

Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE – 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Did you know that when Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, Development and Peace (D&P) raised $12 million and is helping affected communities become more resilient and participate directly in the reconstruction process. Drawing on the expertise of its existing partners, D&P is addressing the poverty, socio-economic inequality and state of powerlessness that makes poor and marginalized communities so vulnerable to natural disasters. To find out more about the work of D&P or to become a member or donor, visit the website at http://www.devp.org/en/get-involved.

COLLECTING EYEGLASSES

We are continuing to collect eyeglasses for the Lions Club. Throughout the year, the Lion’s Club volunteers collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Recycling Centres. There volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact. Please place them in the baskets provided outside the office.

ANNUAL MASS FOR THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Services, Archdiocese of Toronto wishes to invite all families within the Archdiocese of Toronto to participate in the Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed on Wednesday, August 16th, at 7:00 PM.

Mass at Mount Hope Cemetery will be celebrated by Rev. Monseigneur Robert Nusca. In the event of rain, Mass will be celebrated at St. Monica’s Church, 44 Broadway Avenue.

Mass will be celebrated by His Eminence, Cardinal Thomas Collins at Holy Cross Cemetery in Thornhill. In the event of rain, Mass will be celebrated in the Mausoleum.

CHURCH BULLETIN ADVERTISING

Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisements for our church bulletin. The advertising will begin in September 2017 and supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call Liturgical Publications at 905-624-4422.

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Confirmation 2017

June 15th, 2017

On June 4, the Sacrament of Confirmation was administered by Most Rev. Robert Kasun CSB, Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto on 50 of our young people at this parish. Here are some pictures of this Spirit filled celebration.

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