Bulletin – April 3, 2016


At the Easter Vigil, many new Parishioners were welcomed to our Parish.

Scott Cartegena, Paul Chan, Alexander Kim, Jane Kim, Mijung Kim, Francis A. Maleki, Nicole Mirhashemi, Jaeden Rotondo, Liping Wang, Rachel Wang and Julie Zhou received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.

Phillip Mirhashemi and Jakob Rotondo received the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Eucharist.

Matthew Cartegena, Ethan Chan, Sinead Chan and Diako Maleki received the Sacrament of Baptism.

Maya Armstrong, Jacob Charalambous, Angela Jacovou and Ella Merrett were received into full Communion with the Catholic Church.

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome and congratulate them!


“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 on April 10th from to 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the Gathering Space.

Invitations will be sent out by email in March. If you are a volunteer and you did not receive an invitation, please check with your Ministry Coordinator. 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. Cardinal Collins mentioned in his address to all parishes last Sunday 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 Forbes at hospiceprojects@gmail.com or call 416-577-1406.


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 6th, 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 to book your appointment with Fr. Brando.


April 4th to April 9th 2016

MONDAY – DANICA PETRANOVIC – Requested by V. Petranovic
TUESDAY – GRACE ANNE SEDILLA – Requested by Gloria Flor
WEDNESDAY – KEVIN TAKAKI – Requested by Violet Pung
THURSDAY – ANNA KORSAK – Requested by Mary Ann & Fergus O’Connell
FRIDAY – ALEC KRYT – Requested by Friends from the 25 & Up Club
SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE – Requested by Marie Calderone


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 francis.ng@bellnet.ca or leave your name and contact number with the parish office.


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.


Working wonders overseas through the Pastoral Working wonders in our community…

Terry obtained his Master’s Degree in music and philosophy earlier in life and was successful in careers in spirituality with the Carmelites as well as in the hospitality industry. While working, he became addicted to alcohol. Recognizing the seriousness of his problem and in order to return to work successfully, Terry would need to be involved in a long term recovery program. He chose the spiritually enriched program St Michael’s Homes offered and as a result, Terry became focused and deeply connected with the staff at St Michael’s and was able to continue on the right path. He looks forward to the day soon when he can confidently leave and be successful once again in the hospitality industry, and an inspiration to those around him.

ShareLife funded agencies like St. Michael’s homes helps many men suffering from substance abuse get their lives back on track through life-changing counselling and extensive support.
ShareLife to date: $77,835
Next ShareLife Sunday is April 17th, 2016.
Please give generously.
You can work wonders!


Gabriel Room
Wednesday, April 6th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Anyone interested in becoming involved in the Milk Bag Mat Project is invited to attend a “hands-on” workshop on Wednesday, April 6th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Gabriel Room. A special thank you to those parishioners who have already offered to cut the milk bags and to those that are bringing their bags to the church clean and flattened. Kindly register by emailing sharongusz@gmail.com.


Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 72 casseroles for March. For April, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of April 22nd/23rd for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are encouraged to become active in helping to feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. Three different recipes are available in the Parish Office or online at the Church website.

If you require more information or would like to get a copy of a recipe and a casserole pan, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.


Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Come join the Jesuits in honouring Betty Bujold, Michael and Barbara McManus and Bishop Jean-Louis Plouffe with the “Magis Award” for their outstanding work and dedication to Jesuit ministries.

The evening will begin with Mass at The Church of The Good Shepherd in Thornhill followed by dinner at Le Parc Dining and Banquet Hall in Thornhill. To order tickets, please call 416-481-9154 or email jdo@jesuits.ca.


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 them 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 following upcoming Inspirational Talk “Living With Loneliness” which will be held on Monday, April 18th at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge St., 4th Floor. They will begin gathering 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.


Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for Easter Sunday, March 27th, 2016:

Envelopes 473 $ 17,001
Loose Change 3,351
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 166 3,109
Total 556 $ 23,461
Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land: $ 5,404

Please read the 2015 Parish financial statements and comments from the Financial Council which are included in the bulletin as a separate page.