Bulletin – May 21, 2017


Monday, May 22nd is Victoria Day.

The Parish Office will be closed.

There will be no 9:00 AM Mass that day.


Congratulations to the following children from our parish attending St. Gabriel’s School who received their First Communion as a group on Sunday, May 14th, 2017.

Romela Jane Abad
Nafea Al-Taweel
Richard Antigua
Andres Arias-Lopez
Nyla Maria Callanta
Sofia Cherian
Michela Cologna
Simona Cologna
Fernando Cordova-Guillermo
Cassidy Falcao
Nicole Gonzalez
Julia Izzo
Andrew Kemmesies
Katarina Kim
JinGyu Ella Lee
Braeden McDermott
Vicente AmaroMaturana Toledo
Nathan McDaniel
Thompson Camilla Mendoza
Ogechi Oguamanam
Matthew Palermo
Michael Ramponi
Matias Joaquin Pachas Ramos
Logan Reid
Ian Saldivar-Brittain
Celina Shin
Maya Sobanski
Edouardo Taylor
Mark Reighdem Viado
Cassandra Victorine
Naomi Wright-Bennett
Alessandro Zoppi

It was a beautiful celebration. We wish these young people every blessing and promise to support them with our prayers as they continue on their journey of faith.


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 or email Heather Bennett at 647-774-9742 or heathermjb@gmail.com.


Saturday, May 27th
Sunday, May 28th

St. Gabriel’s Church has been selected and will participate in this year’s DOORS OPEN TORONTO 2017. The event, produced by City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community, will celebrate “15 Decades of Canadian Architecture”. This will take place Saturday, May 27th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday, May 28th from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.


The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday, June 4th at 3:00 PM at St. Gabriel’s Church. In preparation for this Sacrament, a Confirmation Retreat will be held on Saturday, June 3rd from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at St. Gabriel’s Church. All candidates must attend.

Candidates are reminded to bring a signed letter from the service coordinator or a parent stating the completion or anticipated date of completion of volunteer service hours.


May 22nd – May 27th 2017
TUESDAY – WILLIAM ANDERSON – Requested by Eva Anderson
WEDNESDAY – MAUREEN GAHAGAN – Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie
THURSDAY – ROBIN CARSCADDEN – Requested by the Lopez Family
FRIDAY – MARGARET CALDERONE – Requested by Juliette Alfor
SATURDAY – STEPHEN HOU YU TSAO – Requested by the Bible Study Group

Living the Gospel by caring for the elderly…

“Words cannot convey our gratitude to Elizabeth and to the Society of Sharing for giving our mother a new meaning to her life. Before the friendly visit program started, our mother was very depressed and unmotivated. However, her life changed when Elizabeth started to visit her. Elizabeth is a very kind, energetic and enthusiastic volunteer and her hobby is artwork. She decided to share her talent with our mother and has been giving her art lessons in acrylic painting. The intellectual stimulation has been tremendous and, as a result, has enhanced her health and her quality of life as she relaxes and focuses on her art projects. Thank you again, for all your support.” Last year ShareLife-supported agencies provided outreach programs that met the needs of over 2,200 seniors.

Next ShareLife Sunday is June 4th 2017
Please give generously.


Each month the 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.

Your food donations are more important than ever as the numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.


Did you know that in 1975, in response to the unscrupulous practice of peasants being evicted from their land in the name of development, the Bishops’ Conference of Brazil created the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT), which became an important partner of Development and Peace (D&P) For decades, the CPT has been denouncing violence against peasants and advocating for land reform to guarantee access to land. 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.


The Weekend of June 3rd/4th

The Society for St. Vincent de Paul is holding their annual Bundle Up Collection the weekend of June 3rd/4th.

Bring your gently used clothing, household linens, shoes and small household goods to share with others. Appliances, furniture, building materials, dishes, books and video or audio cassettes 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, June 3rd from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday, June 4th until 1:00 PM.

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.


Your prepared frozen casseroles 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. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s website. 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.


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.


It is important 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, a contact with the pastor is highly recommended. Please plan to have a conversation with your Pastor early in the process, well before applications are to be submitted.


May 24th at 7:00 PM

St. Bonaventure Church, 1300 Leslie Street

If you are intrigued by St. Francis of Assisi; his love of humanity, nature and peace, which has inspired thousands through the ages even to today, you are invited to the “Bonaventure Room” in the Parish Hall at St. Bonaventure Church. Join them and discover his way of life can be lived as a Secular Franciscan even today.

THEOLOGY ON TAP: Serving with Absolute Respect… Unconditional Love

Monday, May 29, 2017 — 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto

Faith Connections invites young adults, ages 19-39, to join them for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a comfortable and relaxed setting, with special guests: Bruce Rivers, Executive Director of Covenant House.

Munchies will be provided. There is a cash bar. Come and bring a friend! For more information call Kataryna Kuzar at 416-467-2645 or visit www.faithconnections.ca — a ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto.


Saturday, June 3rd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Catholic Parents of Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons
Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre, Pickering, Ontario

A day of Reflection will be held on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering. Sr. Mary Rowell, who teaches theology at Regis and St. Michael’s Colleges will facilitate. Jesuit Fr. Robert Foliot will assist.

The cost is $40.00 which includes lunch. For questions and information call John Montague at 416-523-6449.


Saturday, June 3rd at 2:00 PM

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery invites you to a Mass in honour of St. Lorenzo Ruiz on Saturday June 3rd at 2:00 PM. The Mass will be celebrated in Holy Family Mausoleum by Fr. Godofredo Claudio, Pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish.
For more information, please call Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at 905-889-7467.


Weekend of September 22nd, 23rd and 24th 2017

St. Gabriel’s Parish

A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at
St. Gabriel’s the weekend of September 22nd to 24th. The course will be held Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. For a registration package please email Marie Deans at deansm@sympatico.ca.