Bulletin – April 10, 2016


“Volunteers are the Roots of Strong Communities”
Quoted from National Volunteer Week website, to be held from April 10-16, 2016

St. Gabriel’s volunteers are kindly invited to a recognition celebration this Sunday from to 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the Gathering Space.

The parish wishes to thank you for your involvement in enriching its life. Father Brando and the Pastoral Team look forward to seeing you.


There is a compelling need for palliative care in Ontario. Recently, Cardinal Collins mentioned in his address to all parishes that less than 30% of those needing end-of-life care can find it. Availability of palliative care is what is needed not doctor-assisted-suicide.

We are a small group of parishioners and health care professionals who have a vision to care for people needing inpatient palliative care. Our plan is to create a place where patients and their families will receive care imbued with the value of compassion and which provides total care from physical, social and spiritual care. Setting up hospices will be an effective way to achieve this objective and to this end we are engaging communities and organizations that have similar values. We need people with a diversity of backgrounds to realize this dream. If you are interested in volunteering with us please contact Bob Parke or Ron Forbe at hospiceprojects@gmail.com or call 416-577-1406.


April 11th to April 16th 2016

MONDAY – LUDMILA CZORNIAK – Requested by Helen Dimoska
TUESDAY – BERNARD LUK – Requested by Teresa Marchie
WEDNESDAY – ANGELA WRIGHT – Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie & Mary Alice O’Mahony
THURSDAY – WALTER DI NARDO – Requested by Pasqua DiNardo & Family
FRIDAY – PAULINE LAM – Requested by Agnes Wong
SATURDAY – EDGARDO RECANA – Requested by his Family


The St. Gabriel’s Children’s Faith Program is a Parish faith program for children in Grade SK to 8 who attend Public and Private schools.

We are in need of volunteers to serve as coordinator of the program and as class teachers and assistants. If you are interested please call 416-221-8866 ext 224, email francisng@bellnet.ca or leave your name and contact number with the parish office.


Interviews for children who wish to receive their First Communion are now being scheduled. Those children attending the Children’s Faith Program, private schools or others are asked to choose one of the following dates: April 13th, 14th , 19th, 20th .21st, 27th or 28th

Children from St. Gabriel’s School are asked to choose one of the following dates: May 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 17th, 18th, 19th or 20th.

Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 as soon as possible to book your appointment with Fr. Brando.


We have just received an urgent appeal for help from Father Ondap, a Passionist priest working in Mindanao of the Philippines. Because of the effects of El Niño, there was little or no rain for the whole growing season this year. Crops have failed miserably. The situation among the indigenous people there is most dire. At least 3,100 families, many children among them, are suffering from starvation and other forms of illnesses brought about by the drought.

Father Ondap is trying to raise funds to buy rice and other supplies for these affected communities in the mission areas, so that they can deal with this emergency situation. If you would like to help, for this weekend and the next, you can drop off your donations in the box provided in the Gathering Space.

In order to receive appropriate tax credit, please include your offering in an envelope with your full name, address and/or envelope number.


Working wonders in our neighbourhoods…

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage the community of Peel to be a part of the healing journey with Catholic Family Services of Peel-Dufferin (CFSPD). It’s a great organization that demonstrates care, support and compassion toward our well-being and healing processes. Since I began with this agency, it has been a transformational experience. I have gained so much knowledge and insight about myself and others and have made great friends and enjoy meeting new people. I would like to thank ShareLife and CFSPD for allowing me this opportunity to be part of their family and am very grateful for all the services they provided for me and the community at large.”
—Debbie, a client of the CFSPD sistering program.

Over 39,000 individuals received help in getting their lives back on track through ShareLife-supported family services programs.

ShareLife to date: $83,726
ShareLife Sunday is next Sunday, April 17th, 2016.

Please give generously.
You can work wonders!


Weekend of May 7th/8th

The Society for St. Vincent de Paul will hold their annual Bundle Up Collection on the weekend of May 7th/8th. Bring your gently used clothing, household linens, shoes and small household goods to share with others. Appliances, furniture and books cannot be accepted.

A St. Vincent de Paul truck will be in the Church parking lot to receive donations. The truck will be open in the parking lot on Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Sunday, May 8th until 1:00 P.M. Volunteers will assist with the loading before and after each Mass. The Society will donate, exchange for vouchers or sell these donations to support their outreach efforts. Thank you for your continued support.


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


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

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

With everyone struggling at this time, your food 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 generous support.


Saturday, April 16th, from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
(followed by Mass)
Starting at St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power St, Toronto

Young adults (ages 18-39) are invited to join the Sisters of St. Joseph for an opportunity to reflect on and embrace God’s mercy. Together you will celebrate this jubilee year by passing through the Holy Doors of St. Paul’s Basilica and St. Patrick’s Parish (as designated by the Archdiocese). There will be an opportunity to learn about the holy doors, pray & reflect, and receive the sacraments of Reconciliation & Holy Eucharist. Children welcome! RSVPs appreciated. To register, please call Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt at 416-467-2645 or go to faithconnections@csj-to.ca.


Monday, April 18th at 6:30 PM
Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge Street, 4th Floor

You are invited to attend an upcoming Inspirational Talk “Living With Loneliness” which will be held on Monday, April 18th at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge St., 4th Floor. The talk will begin at 6:30 PM.


Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
April 15th to 17th

Celebrate your love and take a fresh look at your marriage! Spend a very special weekend together. A weekend of discovery… a lifetime of love.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps married couples rediscover themselves as individuals and as a couple. The weekend format helps couples communicate openly and honestly without group sharing, therapy or marriage counseling.

For more information please go to www.wwme.org or contact Gerard & Marge McCauley at 905-792-1925.


Saturday, April 23rd from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
St Bonaventure’s Parish, 1300 Leslie Street

The New Beginnings Spring Retreat, entitled, “Nurturing Seeds of Hope in all the Seasons of Life” will take place on Saturday, April 23rd at St. Bonaventure’s 1300 Leslie Street from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.


5km Fundraising Walk and Hug
Saturday, May 7th, 2016
Registration from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at Fort York
10:00 A.M. Walk to SickKids

On Saturday, May 7th, the fifteenth annual Meagan’s Walk: -Creating a Circle of Hope will take place.
Registration opens at 8:30 A.M. at Fort York, followed by family activities and entertainment. The Walk begins at 10:00 AM. and concludes at SickKids with the “Hug”.

Proceeds from this event support the SickKids Foundation and are designated to the Meagan Bebenek Endowment Fund and awareness, research and treatment of paediatric brain tumours at SickKids.


Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for April 3rd, 2016:
Envelopes 370 $ 7,854
Loose Change 1,144
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 165 3,034
Total 535 $ 12,032

Please inform the Parish Office if you have changed your address or are moving out of the Parish so that we may update our records.