Bulletin – October 23, 2016


October 22nd/23rd

Cardinal Collins has requested that a weekend Mass attendance count be conducted annually in all parishes and missions of the Archdiocese. The attendance count will continue this weekend, October 22nd /23rd. The purpose of the count is to have a more accurate assessment of the number of people attending Mass on a weekend.
As with last year, when you come in for Mass, you may notice a few “counters” clicking on tally counters at the doors of the church. The counters will be doing their jobs in a way as discreetly and non-intrusively as possible.

Thank you for your support.


As you may have noticed coming into Church today, Passionist Christmas cards are available for purchase after all the Masses this weekend. The suggested cost is $2:00 per card.

All donations will go directly to support the Passionist Missions in Haiti, Honduras and Jamaica. Your support is invaluable in caring for the needy in some of the poorest communities of North America.


Monday, November 7th at 7:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish

For many years, St. Gabriel’s Parish has participated in the Holocaust Education Week. This year, we will be co-sponsoring the event with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

On Monday, November 7th at 7:30 PM we will present the film Return to the Hiding Place. When the Nazis began killing Jews in Holland during World War II, a group of youth decided to save the lives of the innocent. Corrie ten Boom’s army of untrained teenagers navigate a deadly labyrinth of challenges to rescue the Jewish people in one of history’s most famous dramas. Suspected of breaking the rules, Corrie and her sister Betsie were eventually sent to a concentration camp. There it was their Christian faith that kept them from despair and bitterness.

All, especially our young people, are encouraged to attend. Admission is free.


The Parish is in need of parishioners who have Monday mornings available once a month plus another 5 or 6 times throughout the year.

The counting ministry involves assisting in the counting and depositing of the weekly Offertory Collection as well as Special Collections during the year. You do not have to be a gifted mathematician to apply – just diligent.

If you are interested, please leave your name and contact number in the parish office after Mass or call the office during the week at 416-221-8866.


October 24th to October 29th, 2016
MONDAY – PATRICIA RODRIGUES – Requested by Tony & Ida Fernandes
TUESDAY – EVA SIU – Requested by Helen Hung
WEDNESDAY – ABANDONED SOULS – Requested by the Nguyen Family
THURSDAY – ALICE MICHAEL – Requested by Charmaine Michael
FRIDAY – SPECIAL INTENTION – Requested by Carolyn Thomas
SATURDAY – JUAN M. VILLAFRANCA – Requested by his Family


Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:30 PM.

St. Gabriel’s Church

There will be a meeting here at the Church on Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:30 PM. for parents of children who will be receiving the Sacrament of First Communion this year.


It is critical for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic school board in Ontario, as part of your application for employment there must be a letter of reference from your pastor.

If you are planning to apply to teach in a Catholic school, it is highly recommended that you contact
the pastor as soon as possible.

Please plan to have a conversation with your pastor early in the process and you will avoid disappointment and stress at the time when applications are to be submitted.


Your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in our city. Please get 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.


Hurricane Matthew has left catastrophic destruction in the Caribbean and on the coast of the Eastern United States, but nowhere more so than in Haiti.

Fr. Rick Frechette and Fr. Enzo Del Brocco, our Passionist missionaries in Haiti, are currently deciding on appropriate action plans.

If you wish to support them, you will find humanitarian relief envelopes located on tables at the back of the pews as well as at the north end of the Gathering Space. Any cheques should be payable to St. Gabriel’s Parish. All funds received will be directed to the Passionist Haiti Mission to assist in the rebuilding necessary.

Collected to Date: $20,360


If any parishioner has a spare flat screen tv, please notify Margaret Carabine of St. Vincent de Paul at 416-512-9666.


Sunday, October 23rd at 7:00 Pm

Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Avenue

Temple Har Zion invites MOSAIC Interfaith (of which St. Gabriel’s is a member) to celebrate Simchat Torah on Sunday October 23rd at 7:00 PM. This is a Jewish holiday celebrating the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle. This is a joyous celebration and will include music dancing and singing. See poster on the bulletin boards. For more information or to RSVP call Nora at 416 218 0680.


From Disconnection to Reconnection – Human Relationships in Action

Monday, October 24th, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Ave

All young adults (19-39) are invited to join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics!

Special guest: Zachary Grant has been a key organiser in community justice initiatives, with his most recent work focusing on repealing HIV criminalization in Canada, and building community based HIV support initiatives.

Munchies will be provided and a cash bar is available. Come and bring a friend!

For more information: visit our Toronto Theology on Tap web page, or contact Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt by e-mail faithconnections@csj-to.ca, or phone 416-467-2645.


Monday, October 24, 2016 at 7:00 PM

St Boniface Church 142 Markham Road Scarborough

Guest speaker, Denis Costello, M.A. M.S.W. R.S.W, will speak about Living with Loneliness. All are welcome to attend. For more information about the event, please contact New Beginnings at Catholic Family Services of Toronto. Phone: (416) 921-1163 x2227 or email: alopechuk@cfstoronto.com.


Sunday October 30th 3.00 PM

St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street

The 26th Annual Mass of Memory will be celebrated on Sunday October 30th at 3.00 PM at St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power St. (Power and Queen St. East).

A Sacred/Celtic Prelude will be performed by Harpist Eithne Heffernan at 2.45 PM. The Celebrant/Homilist will be Fr. Pat O’Dea. : A reception will be held immediately following in church hall. For more information, please contact Mairead at 416 264 5363.


Sunday, October 30th from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Blessed Trinity Church, 3220 Bayview Ave.

Blessed Trinity Church is presenting this important topic on Sunday, October 30th from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Palliative care improves the quality of life of people living with serious illness and includes informed consent, pain management, nutrition, hydration and comfort measures. It is important to understand Church teaching regarding these issues and be informed of your rights as a patient. Dr. Nisha Fernandes and Dr. Irene D’Souza will present an overview of palliative care and address concerns at end-of-life.

For more information, contact Terry McDermott, RN, Parish Nurse by Email at btparishnurse@gmail.com or phone 416-226-0262 ext. 8.


Sunday, October 30th, after the 12:30 Mass

All youth grades six and up are invited to a Halloween movie screening at the church on Sunday October 30th after the 12:30 Mass. This fundraiser is hosted by the youth group. Spots are limited. Tickets will be sold after all the Masses this weekend!


Weekend of November 4th to 6th

St Augustine’s Seminary

Inviting single Catholic men 17 years and older, to cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. There will be time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest Please contact the Office of Vocations at vocations@archtoronto.org or 416-968-0997.


Weekly Offertory
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for last weekend:
Envelopes 387 $ 8,284
Loose Change 974
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 165 3,018
Total 552 $ 12,276