Bulletin – March 6, 2016

Just a reminder……

Daylight Savings Time begins next weekend. Please remember to set your clocks forward 1 hour on Saturday evening.



By June 2016, the Government of Canada is expected to pass legislation to legalize assisted suicide. Cardinal Collins encourages Catholics throughout the archdiocese to visit CanadiansforConscience.ca and support the Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience. The coalition represents a group of like-minded partners, including 5,000 doctors across Canada, who are committed to protecting conscience rights for health practitioners and facilities. You can use this website to write directly to your Member of Parliament, respectfully expressing your concerns. Given tight timelines for this legislation, please take action no later than April 1st, 2016.


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. The program is run by volunteers. This program is an important ministry to the families that come to our parish. Many of our children were and are still part of the program and we know how valuable this ministry is to our parish life.

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.


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 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 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.


The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome Ethan Nicholas Diep who received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, February 28th, 2016. Congratulations!


Stations of the Cross Every Friday
7:30 PM

Tenebrae Service Saturday, March 12th
7:30 PM

Day of Confession, Wednesday, March 16th:
Individual Confession – 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Reconciliation Service – 7:30 PM

Palm Sunday March 20th
Masses Saturday 4:30 PM
Sunday 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM.

Holy Thursday March 24th
No 9:00 AM Mass
7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM.

Good Friday March 25th
10:00 AM Morning Prayer
3:00 PM Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday March 26th
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday March 27th
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Easter Monday March 28th
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office closed



March 7th to March 12th, 2016

MONDAY – SOULS OF THE DEPARTED – Requested by the Chiu family
TUESDAY – ERNIE KEEGAN – Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – PAULINE DEZWART – Requested by Sharyn Kastelic
THURSDAY – IN THANKSGIVING – Requested by Francis Cheng & Family
FRIDAY – GUS CALDERONE – Requested by Marie Calderone
SATURDAY – JOSEPHINE BADALI – Requested by John, Sal & Patsy


Wednesday, March 16th at 7:30 PM

This is an opportunity to spend some time in peace and quiet, to reflect upon how we are responding to our call to be sons and daughters of God.

Recognizing the fact that we are “good people”, we also accept the fact that good people can sin. Through an examination of conscience we face those sins, admit them and are reconciled to God. For those who wish, individual confessions will be celebrated after the service. We encourage you to take advantage of this celebration.


March 12th at 7:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church

On Saturday, March 12th at 7:30 PM, we will be celebrating the ancient service of Tenebrae at St. Gabriel’s. Historically, this tradition was held the evening before the start of the Easter Triduum. Shrouded in shadow, Tenebrae evokes a sense of wonder and mystery as the Passion of Jesus is told through a series of readings, songs, and hymns. Fifteen 15 candles are extinguished one by one, marking the progression to our Lord’s crucifixion. The last candle, the Christ Candle, is not extinguished but rather removed from the view of the congregation. This signifies hope in the resurrection as the rest of the church is blanketed in utter darkness.

Please join us for Tenebrae held at St. Gabriel’s Parish. It will be a remarkable experience for this community to share. The gentlemen of the Seraphim Men’s Chorus will be present to provide musical settings of the readings composed by Msgr. Ronan, founder of St. Michael’s Choir School. A voluntary donation will be taken up as a collection in support of the Choir School. This tradition is a wonderful way to prepare ourselves to celebrate the mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


Working wonders for people locally and around the world…

Pope Francis reminds us that this is the year of mercy. How do we extend the hands of Christ to others in our daily lives? For some, it may be caring for an elderly relative, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or helping to collect food or raise funds for charity. In our busy society, many of us do not have the time to actively participate, and as such we rely on the many agencies within our community to provide love, care and support to those in need. In the Archdiocese of Toronto, our annual ShareLife appeal provides resources to over 40 agencies, bringing much needed programs and services to those both here in our communities and around the world. Collectively, through our support, we share in their success in making a positive difference in the lives of those they serve. Next Sunday is the first ShareLife collection. Over the next week, consider your ability to help your brothers and sisters in Christ, and make a contribution to our annual appeal. You will be helping to make a difference – indeed you will be working wonders!

Next Sunday, March 13th, 2016 is ShareLife Sunday
Please give generously.
You can work wonders!


Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 42 casseroles for February. For March, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of March 26th/27th 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.


Thank you Sharon Gusz for your very informative demonstration on how to make mats from milk bags. Parishioners were very interested in this worthwhile project.


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


Tuesday, March 8th from 7:00 PM to 9:00PM

Scarboro Missions, 2685 Kingston Road

To encourage ongoing dialogue, Scarboro Missions is presenting a series of Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives on Mercy. Join Dr. Murray Watson, Roman Catholic professor at Huron University College, for the first in the series “Christian Perspective on Mercy” to be held on Tuesday, March 8th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Scarboro Missions.

There is no registration or admission fee. A voluntary offering is appreciated. For more information contact Sr. Lucy Thorson at 416-261-7135, Ext. 244.


Blessed Trinity Parish Hall
Tuesday, March 8th at 2:00 PM

The next meeting of the North York Retiree’s will be feature guest speaker, Eric McGreer His topic will be “Post WWII Refugees and Canada.”
All retirees are cordially invited to attend.



Monday, March 14th at 7:00 PM

St. Basil’s Church, 50 St. Joseph Street, Toronto

Cardinal Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, is a passionate supporter of Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home, Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the environment. He told attendees at last year’s UN Summit on Climate Change that we “cannot remain blind to the grave damage done to the planet, nor can we remain indifferent to the plight of the millions of people who most bear the burden of such destruction. Free admission. For tickets and more information go to events.usmctheology@utoronto.ca.


Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for February 28th, 2016:
Envelopes 419 $ 7,466
Loose Change 904
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 166 3,160
Total 585 $ 11,530

Please do not use any envelopes from any prior year as the number on it may have been reassigned.