Bulletin – September 29, 2019

ST. GABRIEL’S PICTORIAL DIRECTORY 2019/2020

We encourage you to sign up for a specific sitting time to have your portrait taken by a professional photographer to be included in the 2020 St. Gabriel’s Pictorial Directory which is expected to be completed and distributed in early 2020. Each family or person photographed will receive a FREE Directory and a FREE 8″ x 10″ colour portrait.

There are approximately 65 spaces still available on October 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th and 31st. Please consider signing up after Mass this weekend in order to make the Directory a success – no one is too old or too young!

THE LIFE STORY PROGRAMME

Presented by the Ministry for Maturing Adults
St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish
Beginning October 3rd from 9:30 to 11:30 AM

“The life story programme provides an opportunity to stop, take stock, and look back over the process of life in order to gain deeper understanding, clearer perspective and a more integrated view. Undertaken from a faith perspective, it is a search for evidence in your life that God has been with you and is still with you.” Dr. Richard Johnson

Sr. Mary Rose Marrin CSJ will facilitate the reflection on life experience in each decade of life and from these reflections, the participants will write stories that are significant to them. Later on each person will choose what they wish to share from their personal reflection and writing.

The group will meet for a total of 8 sessions on consecutive Thursdays beginning October 3rd to November 21st from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. The cost for the workbook is $20.

Please register by contacting Sr. Maria Lucia at 416 221 8866.

ST. GABRIEL’S YOUTH GROUP

Sunday, October 6th after 12:30 Mass

The St. Gabriel’s Youth Group will be having their kick-off meeting on Sunday, October 6th after the 12:30 mass. Join us for an afternoon of games, worship, food, and fellowship. Come join us and bring a friend. New members from Grades 6-12 are welcome!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 30th to October 6th

MONDAY – FOR THE INTENTIONS OF WANDA WROBEL – Requested by Parish staff
TUESDAY – IN THANKSGIVING TO ST. GABRIEL’S PARISH – Requested by Robert Cordy & Family
WEDNESDAY – ALL SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by the Nguyen Family
THURSDAY – SIL RE PARK – Requested by Moon Young Park
FRIDAY – CATHERINE MINNAN-WONG – Requested by her sister Noreen
SATURDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE – Requested by their Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – INTENTIONS OF SERENA MEHARCHAND – Requested by Friends in the Music Ministry
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – 25th ANNIVERSARY of PETER & ANA BASCOM – Requested by the Family

ALTAR SERVERS

Sunday September 29th after the 10:30 Mass

This Sunday, September 29th there will be an altar server welcome back and retraining session after the 10:30 Mass. Every altar server is invited. Interested boys and girls, ages 9 and older, who are willing to train to be an altar server are very much welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Friday, October 4th from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon

ROSARY GROUPS

English: Rosary – Saturday, October 5th at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room
Chinese Rosary – Sunday, October 6th at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room

For information, please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.

ECO – SABBATH

Sunday, October 6th at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room

On the first Sunday of each month, the Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality facilitates a 30 minute reflection and discussion prompted by the readings for that Sunday’s liturgy.

All are welcome to attend.

R.C.I.A. AND ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin in October. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation, but who wish to do so, are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically, etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly. The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith.

If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM

If you have, or know of, school age children (ages 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact Sr. Maria Lucia at 416-221-8866. Classes for them will begin after Thanksgiving.

TORONTO CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

The Toronto Catholic District School is looking for occasional/supply Educational Assistants. The requirements for an interview include a Grade 12 diploma. If you are interested in applying, please email your covering letter with resume and contact information to Antonella De Roma (antonella.deroma@tcdsb.org), the school principal at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School who will forward the information to the Human Resources department for a possible interview.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

You can make a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless this Thanksgiving by participating in the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

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.

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.

Urgently needed items include:
rice, pasta and pasta sauces,
peanut butter cooking spices
hot chocolate powdered milk
black/Orange Pekoe tea ground or instant coffee,
sugar cookies and crackers,
vegetable oil jams
canned tuna, soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables
Please no fresh or frozen foods.
We thank you for your generous support!

HURRICANE DORIAN RELIEF FUND

In an effort to support those have been most directly impacted by Hurricane Dorian, the Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting funds that will be sent through our Catholic relief partners. Contributions can be made by those wishing to help in the following ways:

  • Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
  • By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
  • Through the parish, making cheques payable to: St. Gabriel’s Parish – Hurricane Dorian Disaster Relief
  • NATIONAL CATHOLIC HEALTH CARE WEEK

    October 6th to 12th, 2019

    During National Catholic Health Care Week, October 6 – 12, we give thanks for the courageous gift of Catholic health care. Whether it be in hospitals, community health centres, nursing homes, and long-term care homes. Catholic health care works to provide purpose-driven care with compassion and innovation. Each year, Catholic health care providers serve more than five million people in need. Every person who contributes to working in Catholic health care is living out the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and we give thanks for the thousands of physicians, nurses, employees, and volunteers who give of themselves to care for all in need.

    BRIDGE GROUP

    The bridge group which meets at St. Gabriel’s Parish is looking for bridge players and “subs” on Thursday afternoon from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

    For more information, please call Anne Deck at 416-221-8248.

    ST. JOSEPH MORROW PARK CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL – OPEN HOUSE

    Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM

    St. Joseph Morrow Park is holding an Information Night for students who are entering secondary school. It will be held on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM.

    Parents/Guardians and students are cordially invited to attend. Join them at 3379 Bayview Avenue, just south of Steeles on the east side. For more information please call 416-393-5516.

    BREBEUF COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE

    Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM

    Brebeuf College is holding an Open House for students who are entering high school. It will be held on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM. Parents/Guardians and students are cordially invited to attend. Join them at 211 Steeles Avenue East. They can be reached at 416 393-5508 for more information.

    ATTENTION POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS

    Are you new on campus and looking for a place to belong? Check out Catholic campus ministry! Find your Catholic home on campuses in the GTA and across Canada by connecting at www.chaplaincyconnect.ca.

    RETREAT “Calling Women from 18 to 80”

    Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27 – 7:30 PM

    Manresa Jesuit Retreat Centre 2325 Liverpool Rd., Pickering
    With Fr. Henk van Majel, SJ.

    “A contemplative approach to making decisions”
    Decisions, Decisions – Yes, No, maybe?

    Step forward to a restful weekend of open fields and fall colors, away from the frenzy, to hear God’s gentle whisper. Private room, Mass, spiritual direction and more – even a movie night!

    Contact: Mary at 416-497-7059
    EMAIL: pilgrimagecanadianshrines@gmail.com, registration@manresa.ca / 905-839-2864

    GARDEN MINISTRY

    On Sunday, September 29th, from 1:30 to 3:00, Cameron Couchman, a familiar face from previous workshops and on-site in the gardens, will lead a workshop on Seed-Saving. Topics covered will be identifying plants that have set seed and are ready for harvest, collecting and storing seeds as well as cold stratification and mimicking natural processes to promote germination. We will meet in the Gabriel Room but dress for the outdoors.

    For more information on the Garden Ministry, visit our website at http://stgabrielsparish.ca/ministries/garden-ministry/ or email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.