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Bulletin – November 10, 2019

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

LEST WE FORGET

This Monday, November 11th is Remembrance Day, a day to remember all who have served, and continue to serve in our armed forces, especially those who have died and those wounded in battle. We pray for healing and peace; that one day, all peoples will lay down their arms and embrace one another as brothers and sisters in one human family.

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ALL SOULS
BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE

A Book of Remembrance has been placed on the altar for the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your deceased relatives and friends in the book. They will be remembered at all the Masses celebrated in November.

SHEPHERD’S TRUST COLLECTION

November 16th/17th

As members of our Catholic community, we regularly benefit from the tireless service of our priests. Called by God and ordained to care for His people, our priests serve our families, in churches, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, missions and on the streets.

On November 16th and 17th there will be a second collection for The Shepherds’ Trust. The mission of The Shepherds’ Trust is to help ensure that elderly and disabled priests are provided with sufficient financial resources to lead a dignified life after many years of ministry. Your generous gift will help our priests to maintain a modest but active and independent lifestyle in their retirement years. For priests who are ill or otherwise infirm, the Trust ensures they have access to nursing home facilities and medical care. Thank you for your support of this important work

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

St. Gabriel’s Church, Saturday, December 14th 7:30 PM

Christmas, Christmas time is near! Come join the Seraphim and Cherubim Chorus singing the Christmas songs you love as part of their All You Need is Love concert series. This year we’re so excited to bring our Christmas concert to St. Gabriel’s for the first time! Bringing our friends together to sing songs that touch our hearts is celebrating the season is all about. Never a typical Christmas concert and always full of surprise tunes and reimagined classics. Advanced tickets available online at www.seraphimandcherubim.ca

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 11th to November 17th

MONDAY – PAULINE FUNG CHIU – Requested by the Chiu Family
TUESDAY – INTENTIONS OF ALISON COOPER – Requested by Persaud & Goldenberg Families
WEDNESDAY – ALL SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by the Nguyen Family
THURSDAY – JOHN, CATHERINE & STEPHEN HIGGINS – Requested by Eamon & Agnes Gaughan
FRIDAY – MIKE PALAZZO & CHRISTOPHER DI LALLO – Requested by Val Palazzo
SATURDAY – REBECCA WONG – Requested by Catherine Soong
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM ANGELO DIFLUMERI – Requested by Grace DiFlumeri & Children
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM VERNON MULHALL – Requested by Vivian Mulhall McDonough

FIRST RECONCILIATION INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, November 14th at 7:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church – Gabriel Room

There will be a meeting here in the Gabriel Room on Thursday, November 14th at 7:30 PM for parents of children wishing to have their First Reconciliation in 2020.

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

The R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) sessions have commenced and no further candidates will be accepted for this year. However, contact Sr. Maria Lucia at our Parish Office if you are thinking about going through the R.C.I.A. commencing in 2020.

Please pray for all our R.C.I.A. participants that they may patiently persevere in their spiritual journey. You may use this short prayer.

Prayer for the Journey of Faith:
Loving God, bless those who are moving forward into the fullness of faith in You and full communion in the life of our Catholic Family. Protect them on their journey. Reveal to them the love of Your Son Jesus. Empower them with the gifts of Your Holy Spirit. May their journey to deepen their faith be fruitful and enriching. We offer this sacrifice of prayer for them, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of November 16th & 17th

Fair trade organic coffees, teas and chocolate will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.

Regular ground coffee $5.50
Whole Beans $5.50
Decaffeinated coffee $6.00
Chocolate Bars $4.50
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa $6.00
Teas $4.25

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

For November, your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of November 23rd / 24th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed 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 Parish website. Casserole pans are also available in the Parish Office. If you require more information please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

FOOD FOR LESS FORTUNATE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are very much appreciated.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city. Rosalie Hall provides a wide range of child services for young parents and their children.

Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your ongoing support of these important centres.

Christians in the Middle East Benefit Dinner

Saturday, November 9 – 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Toronto Grand Banquet & Convention Centre
30 Baywood Rd., Etobicoke

What is life like for Christians in the Middle East today?
Who are these Christians “from the East”? What can they teach us?

CNEWA Canada, a papal agency that supports Eastern Christians across the Middle & Near East, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Toronto, invite you to attend the annual benefit dinner. Hear from the Most Rev. Najeeb Michaeel o.p., Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul and Akra, Iraq and Cardinal Thomas Collins, and help raise awareness and funds for these most ancient Christian communities.

Tickets available at: cmebdinner2019.eventbrite.ca or 416-574-9131. EMAIL: cmedinner@gmail.com

The Lion of Munster: The Bishop Who Roared Against the Nazis

Tuesday, November 12th – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Fellowship of St. Joseph of the Association for Hebrew Catholics
Blessed Trinity Parish Hall,3220 Bayview Ave., Toronto

With guest speaker Fr. Daniel Utrecht of the Oratory, Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish and Professor at St. Philip’s Seminary. Fr. Daniel will speak about the faith and resilience of Blessed Cardinal Clemens August von Galen during the Nazi period in Germany.

Cardinal von Galen preached Catholic truth in the face of false ideology and racist theology, but he also prayed fervently for an end to the spiritual oppression of his people, both Jews and Catholics. This astounding story will inspire and motivate us in these challenging days.

All are welcome. email: ahctoronto@gmail.com

Culture of Life Formation Day with the Sisters of Life

Saturday, November 16, 2019 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

St. Peter’s Church, 830 Bathurst St., Toronto

Join the Sisters of Life for an afternoon of being immersed in the culture of life. The sisters will give talks on the spiritual foundation of the culture of life, understanding the heart of the vulnerable pregnant woman and being agents of God’s mercy. There will be time for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!

CONTACT: The Sisters of Life at 416-463-2722 or by email: toronto@sistersoflife.org, https://sistersoflife.org/events/toronto-culture-of-life-formation-day/

RENEWED FAITH: THE JOURNEY BACK

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 – 7:00 PM.

St. Brigid’s Church, 300 Wolverleigh Blvd., Toronto

Patricia Hung is a retired police officer, certified life coach, author, and speaker who is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in psychotherapy. Patricia began her policing career in Intelligence as a translator during a major drug importation investigation. She then worked in Communications, frontline policing, helped execute gang-exiting programs and many others areas in the Service.

After the homicide of her 14-year old daughter, Patricia retired as the Victim Witness Support Coordinator (for the Toronto Police Service) and shifted her focus to support victims of crime. Her work has been published in Canadian Family Magazine. She is the author of Seven Helpful Ways to Support Those Who Grieve.

Register Online at https://sbcct.eventbrite.ca or contact Arcanelo Limanni MRE at 416-587-7687

THE GARDEN SHED

“What does the Earth Desire…
To be admired in her loveliness,
To be tasted in her delicious fruits,
To be listened to in her teaching,
To be endured in the severity of her discipline,
To be cared for as a maternal source from whence we come,
a destiny to which we return.”
Fr. Thomas Berry CP

The next meeting of the Garden Ministry is on Sunday, November 10th, at 1:30 PM, in the Library. Everyone is welcome.

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

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE!

The Pope goes to New York
He is picked up at the airport by a limousine.
He looks at the beautiful car and says to the driver, “You know, I hardly ever get to drive. Would you please let me?”
The driver is understandably hesitant and says, “I’m sorry, but I don’t think I’m supposed to do that.”
But the Pope persists, “Please?” The driver finally lets up.
“Oh, all right, I can’t really say no to the Pope.”
So the Pope takes the wheel, and boy, is he a speed demon! He hits the gas and goes around 100 mph in a 45 zone.
A policeman notices and pulls him over.
The cop walks up and asks the Pope to roll down the window.
Startled and surprised, the young officer asks the Pope to wait a minute.
He goes back to his patrol car and radios the chief.
Officer: “Chief, I have a problem.”
Chief: “What sort of problem?”
Officer: “Well, you see, I pulled over this guy for driving way over the speed limit but it’s someone really important.”
Chief: “Important like the mayor?”
Officer: “No, no, much more important than that.”
Chief: “Important like the governor?”
Officer: “Wayyyyyy more important than that.”
Chief: “Like the president?”
Officer: “More!”
Chief: “Who’s more important than the president?”
Officer: “I don’t know, but he’s got the Pope DRIVING for him!”

Bulletin – November 3, 2019

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ALL SOULS
BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE

A Book of Remembrance has been placed on the altar for the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your deceased relatives and friends in the book. They will be remembered at all the Masses celebrated in November.

DEACON PHILIP ALLARD – CHALICE SPONSORSHIP

At all masses this weekend, Deacon Philip Allard will speak about CHALICE, a Canadian, Catholic sponsorship program. He will explain how you can help a destitute child at one of 56 mission sites in 15 developing countries.

Deacon Philip was ordained in 2000 for the Archdiocese of Toronto. He was raised in Toronto and has been married to Arlene for over 30 years. Arlene and Philip have 3 dependent children who are living at home and engaged in post-secondary education. Philip has served in the same Scarborough parish since his ordination, and also ministers in a residential treatment centre for women with addiction and emotional problems.

BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY TRAINING

November 9th & 16th, 2019 – St. Gabriel’s Parish

The second of the two new ministries we are launching in our parish community is the Bereavement Ministry. The Bereavement Ministry is also known as the Ministry of Consolation. Training is required for those who are interested in becoming a part of Bereavement Ministry Team. The Bereavement Ministry Training is designed for those who are ministering to the bereaved in a parish setting. New and seasoned parish bereavement ministers and volunteers are invited to join others in an interactive, two-day faith-based educational and spiritual learning opportunity.

We are pleased to announce that the upcoming Bereavement Ministry Training this fall will be hosted by St. Gabriel’s Parish. The training dates will be held on November 9 and 16, 2019 (both Saturdays). The sessions will start from 9:30 AM and will finish at 4:00 PM on both dates. Participants are required to attend both Saturday sessions. Registration deadline is Monday, November 4th, 2019. There is no cost to attend the training sessions; however if you wish to purchase the optional participant workbook, that would be $45 (with the cheque made payable to RCEC). Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

The training will explore ways to begin a Bereavement Ministry in the parish or enhance your present bereavement ministry programs. If anyone is interested to become part of the Bereavement Ministry Team of our parish, please contact Sr. Maria Lucia at our Parish Office no later than November 1st so that she can register you at the archdiocesan office responsible for the training program. Come, learn, and share how the Christian faithful comfort mourners with words of faith and support and with acts of kindness!

Youth Ministry Update

The St. Gabriel’s youth group is excited to share an update of the activities that have been going on in our ministry these past few weeks.

We had our first youth gathering in early October to kick-off the new school year and welcomed a number of new youth members. On October 20th, we took to the streets of downtown Toronto as part of our long-standing Street Patrol initiative to help those in need. We distributed 125 meal packages consisting of a homemade sandwich, granola bar, and juice box. It was truly a heart-warming experience as we were living out Jesus’s teachings in the Gospel. In keeping with our church’s care for creation, we also planted over 50 native shrubs and trees at Cedarvale Park through a Stewardship volunteer event run by the City of Toronto. This past Sunday we also planted tulip, snowdrop, grape hyacinth, and daffodil bulbs around our church property with the help of our church’s Gardening Ministry. We ended off the month of October with a Halloween movie night social.

We look forward to all that is in store for our ministry in the coming months, especially our annual Talent Show this February, and our other future fundraisers to support our attendance at the annual Steubenville Catholic Conference. Thank you to our parishioners for all your ongoing support for our ministry!

We are always welcoming new members from Grades 6 to 12. If you are interested in joining our dynamic, passionate group of young people, send us an email at sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 4th to November 10th

MONDAY – VLADO PETRANOVIC – Requested by Mira Petranovic
TUESDAY – WAHIBA BALADI – Requested by Mary Zakher
WEDNESDAY – VICTOR, ROSIE & POONA JOSEPH – Requested by Margaret Joseph
THURSDAY – JOAN RUEST – Requested by her Family
FRIDAY – DECEASED MEMBERS OF MINNAN WONG FAMILY – Requested by the Family
SATURDAY – ALL WHO HAVE DIED – Requested by Chara & Tina Intini
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM DORIS YUNG – Requested by Paul & Wai Chin Huang & Family
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM VERNON MULHALL – Requested by Vivian Mulhall McDonough

FIRST COMMUNION INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, November 7th at 7:30 PM
St. Gabriel’s Church

There will be a meeting here at the Church on Thursday, November 7th at 7:30 PM for parents of children wishing to receive First Communion in 2020.

FIRST RECONCILIATION INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, November 14th at 7:30 PM
St. Gabriel’s Church

There will be a meeting here at the Church on Thursday, November 14th at 7:30 PM for parents of children wishing to have their First Reconciliation in 2020.

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

The R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) sessions have commenced. Please pray for all our R.C.I.A. participants that they may patiently persevere in their spiritual journey. You may use this short prayer.

Prayer for the Journey of Faith:
Loving God, bless those who are moving forward into the fullness of faith in You and full communion in the life of our Catholic Family. Protect them on their journey. Reveal to them the love of Your Son Jesus. Empower them with the gifts of Your Holy Spirit. May their journey to deepen their faith be fruitful and enriching. We offer this sacrifice of prayer for them, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.

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 the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. Classes for them will begin soon.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 48 casseroles for October. For November, your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of November 23rd / 24th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed 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 Parish website. Casserole pans are also available in the Parish Office. If you require more information please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

FOOD FOR LESS FORTUNATE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are very much appreciated.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city. Rosalie Hall provides a wide range of child services for young parents and their children.

Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your ongoing support of these important centres.

MASS OF MEMORY

Sunday, November 3rd, at 3:00 PM

St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street

The Mass of Memory is dedicated in memory of the many victims of the Irish Famine of 1847 who died of typhus on arrival in Toronto. 861 people were buried in the then St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery and 281 were buried in St. James Anglican Cemetery.

Sacred/Celtic music prelude by The Irish Choral Society of Canada starts at 2:30 PM with a reception to follow after the Mass.

Proceeds from this celebration go to the Children’s Breakfast Club Program of St. Paul’s Basilica.

THE GARDEN SHED

The installation of the south garden is now over 90% complete. Originally anticipated to finish on October 31, 2019, completion will now be delayed until the spring of 2020.

St. Gabriel’s garden has now been “put to bed” and the final event of 2019, during which members of the Youth Group planted bulbs for next spring, has been held. We, in the Garden Ministry, now move into planning mode for next season. Please check this space for future announcements of planning sessions in which you might like to take part. Thank you for your donations and support over the past year!

The next meeting of the Garden Ministry is on November 10, at 1:30 PM, in the Library.

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.

SHARELIFE – LETTER FROM THE CARDINAL

Cardinal Collins has written a letter of gratitude to pastors and their communities for their hard work and generosity toward the ShareLife Campaign.

Bulletin – October 27, 2019

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

CONGRATULATIONS!

On Saturday, October 26th seven altar servers from St. Gabriel’s Parish received the “Bishop’s Altar Server Award for Service” during the 34th Annual Altar Servers Awards Ceremony at St. Paul’s Basilica. We offer our sincere thanks and congratulations to the following altar servers: Ian Saldivar-Brittain, Aidan Cologna, Joonho Kim, Luke Kim, Ugo Ogumanam, Mark Viado, Michaella Viado

The parish is truly grateful to all of its altar servers for their participation at the celebration of the Eucharist and ceremonies throughout the Church year.

ST. GABRIEL PHOTO DIRECTORY

Those parishioners who registered for this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (October 29th, 30th & 31st) to have their portrait taken for the 2020 Photo Directory should have received an email notification during the last week. Please ensure that you fulfill your commitment to attend so that all allocated appointments are kept.

BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY TRAINING

November 9th & 16th, 2019 – St. Gabriel’s Parish

The second of the two new ministries we are launching in our parish community is the Bereavement Ministry. The Bereavement Ministry is also known as the Ministry of Consolation. Training is required for those who are interested in becoming a part of Bereavement Ministry Team. The Bereavement Ministry Training is designed for those who are ministering to the bereaved in a parish setting. New and seasoned parish bereavement ministers and volunteers are invited to join others in an interactive, two-day faith-based educational and spiritual learning opportunity.

We are pleased to announce that the upcoming Bereavement Ministry Training this fall will be hosted by St. Gabriel’s Parish. The training dates will be held on November 9 and 16, 2019 (both Saturdays). The sessions will start from 9:30 AM and will finish at 4:00 PM on both dates. Participants are required to attend both Saturday sessions. Registration deadline is Saturday, November 9th, 2019. There is no cost to attend the training sessions; however if you wish to purchase the optional participant workbook, that would be $45 (with the cheque made payable to R.C.E.C.) Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

The training will explore ways to begin a Bereavement Ministry in the parish or enhance your present bereavement ministry programs. If anyone is interested to become part of the Bereavement Ministry Team of our parish, please contact Sr. Maria Lucia at our Parish Office no later than November 1st so that she can register you at the archdiocesan office responsible for the training program. Come, learn, and share how the Christian faithful comfort mourners with words of faith and support and with acts of kindness!

DEACON PHILIP ALLARD – CHALICE SPONSORSHIP

At all masses next weekend, November 2nd & 3rd, Deacon Philip Allard will speak about CHALICE, a Canadian, Catholic sponsorship program. He will explain how you can help a destitute child at one of 56 mission sites in 15 developing countries.

Deacon Philip was ordained in 2000 for the Archdiocese of Toronto. He was raised in Toronto and has been married to Arlene for over 30 years. Arlene and Philip have 3 dependent children who are living at home and engaged in post-secondary education. Philip has served in the same Scarborough parish since his ordination, and also ministers in a residential treatment centre for women with addiction and emotional problems.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS NOVEMBER 3rd

Remember to set your clocks back one hour next Saturday evening before you go to bed!

MAKE SURE YOU ARE COUNTED!

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. 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.

BAPTISM

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome the following children who received the Sacrament of Baptism on:

September 15, 2019
Ryan James DaRosa
Isla Elizabeth
Keenan Kennedy
Tatiana TinYu Lau
Benjamin Robert Matthews
Keira Margaret Matthews
Henry Alexander Rutka
Marcus Daniel Yu

October 20, 2019
Danielle Rosaline Kong
Noah James Macaraeg
Anne-Marie Oluwatoni Ndukwe
Montserrat Rosales-Castro

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 28th to November 3rd

MONDAY – ALICE MICHAEL – Requested by Charmaine Michael
TUESDAY – DRAGICA PETRANOVIC – Requested by Mira Petranovic
WEDNESDAY – JOHN HUYBERS – Requested by the Family
THURSDAY – MARGARET MARY NORONHA – Requested by her Husband & Children
FRIDAY – ALL SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by John Chan
SATURDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE – Requested by the Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM AGNES NATCHATHIRAM – Requested by Felix and Family

FIRST COMMUNION INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, November 7th at 7:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church

There will be a meeting here at the Church on Thursday, November 7th at 7:30 PM for parents of children wishing to receive First Communion in 2020.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Friday, November 1st from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon

ROSARY GROUPS

English: Rosary – Saturday, November 2nd at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room.
Chinese Rosary -, Sunday November 3rd at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room
For information, please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.

ECO – SABBATH

Sunday, November 3rd 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

The R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) sessions have commenced. Please pray for all our R.C.I.A. participants that they may patiently persevere in their spiritual journey. You may use this short prayer.

Prayer for the Journey of Faith:
Loving God, bless those who are moving forward into the fullness of faith in You and full communion in the life of our Catholic Family. Protect them on their journey. Reveal to them the love of Your Son Jesus. Empower them with the gifts of Your Holy Spirit. May their journey to deepen their faith be fruitful and enriching. We offer this sacrifice of prayer for them, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.

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 the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. Classes for them will begin soon.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your ongoing support of these important centres.

MOSAIC INTERFAITH

Sunday, October 27th (2:30 PM)

Mosaic Interfaith invites you to attend the next presentation in their series “From Abraham: Three Faiths” to take place in St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 39 Green Lane, Thornhill on Sunday October 27 from 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM.

The subject is “How can we reform our tradition and still be loyal to that tradition?” Panelists, as before, are Rev. Canon John Hill, Rabbi Michael Stroh and Dr. Liyakat Takim from Christianity, Judaism and Islam respectively. See flyer on bulletin boards. For more information or to RSVP, call Nora 416-218-0680.

TEMPLE HAR ZION INVITES MOSAIC INTERFAITH

Sunday, October 27th (7:00 PM)

Temple Har Zion invites Mosaic Interfaith to celebrate Simchat Torah at 7360 Bayview Avenue, Thornhill at 7:00 PM on Sunday, October 27th.

Simchat Torah literally means “Rejoicing of?[with the] Torah” and is a Jewish holiday that celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of new cycle This is a joyous occasion and there will be music, dancing and singing.

For more information, call Nora 416-218-0680.

COME AND SEE WEEKEND

Friday, November 1st to Sunday, November 3rd

at 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. A time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest. The weekend begins at 7:00 PM on Friday and ends at 1:30 PM on Sunday. Register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca. Registrants 17 years old require parental consent.

For more information, please contact the Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org.

CELEBRATION OF THE 29TH ANNUAL MASS OF MEMORY

Sunday, November 3rd, at 3:00 PM

St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street

The Mass of Memory is dedicated in memory of the many victims of the Irish Famine of 1847 who died of typhus on arrival in Toronto. 861 people were buried in the then St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery and 281 were buried in St. James Anglican Cemetery.

Sacred/Celtic music prelude by The Irish Choral Society of Canada starts at 2:30 PM with a reception to follow after the Mass.

Proceeds from this celebration go to the Children’s Breakfast Club Program of St. Paul’s Basilica.

THE GARDEN SHED

PLANTING BULBS

Sunday, October 27th after 10:30 AM Mass

The last harvest delivery for 2019, of beets, was made to the Good Shepherd Ministries this week. Thank you for your support throughout our community garden’s first growing season!

The Garden Ministry will be teaming up with the Youth Group on October 27th after the 10:30 AM mass to plant tulip, daffodil, snowdrop, and grape hyacinth bulbs in various locations around the property. Look for bursts of colour in the early spring!

Bulletin – October 20, 2019

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

ST. GABRIEL PHOTO DIRECTORY

Those parishioners who registered for this Wednesday and Thursday (October 23rd & 24th) to have their portrait taken for the 2020 Photo Directory should have received an email notification during the last week. Please ensure that you fulfill your commitment to attend so that all allocated appointments are kept.

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

October 20th Second Collection

There will be a second collection today for the Evangelization of the Nations, otherwise known as World Mission Sunday. This is a worldwide collection for the missionary church and it is our opportunity to assist at-need Catholic communities globally. Offerings are combined with offerings from other Catholics around the world and distributed to missions and dioceses. We are called to share from our abundance with those less fortunate who lack the basic essentials to know, love and praise our God. Thank you for your support of this important work.

BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY TRAINING

November 9th & 16th, 2019 – St. Gabriel’s Parish

The second of the two new ministries we are launching in our parish community is the Bereavement Ministry. The Bereavement Ministry is also known as the Ministry of Consolation. Training is required for those who are interested in becoming a part of Bereavement Ministry Team. The Bereavement Ministry Training is designed for those who are ministering to the bereaved in a parish setting. New and seasoned parish bereavement ministers and volunteers are invited to join others in an interactive, two-day faith-based educational and spiritual learning opportunity.

We are pleased to announce that the upcoming Bereavement Ministry Training this fall will be hosted by St. Gabriel’s Parish. The training dates will be held on November 9 and 16, 2019 (both Saturdays). The sessions will start from 9:30 AM and will finish at 4:00 PM on both dates. Participants are required to attend both Saturday sessions. Registration deadline is Saturday, November 9th, 2019. There is no cost to attend the training sessions; however if you wish to purchase the optional participant workbook, that would be $45 (with the cheque made payable to R.C.E.C.) Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

The training will explore ways to begin a Bereavement Ministry in the parish or enhance your present bereavement ministry programs. If anyone is interested to become part of the Bereavement Ministry Team of our parish, please contact Sr. Maria Lucia at our Parish Office no later than November 1st so that she can register you at the archdiocesan office responsible for the training program. Come, learn, and share how the Christian faithful comfort mourners with words of faith and support and with acts of kindness!

MAKE SURE YOU ARE COUNTED!

Cardinal Collins has requested that a weekend Mass attendance count be conducted annually in all parishes and missions of the Archdiocese. This year the attendance count will continue on the weekends of October19th /20th and 26th/27th. 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.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 21st to October 27th

MONDAY – KENG OWYONG – Requested by Helen Owyong
TUESDAY – ROMULO CHRISTIAN GONZALEZ – Requested by Rosa & Romulo Gonzalez
WEDNESDAY – GIOVANNI, MARIA & FRANK PUGLIESE – Requested by Rose Pugliese
THURSDAY – LEENA PEREIRA – Requested by the Pereira Family
FRIDAY – DELPHINE OAKIE – Requested by the Family
SATURDAY – MICHAEL McDONOUGH – Requested by Vivian McDonough
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM INTENTIONS OF FRANK PALMERI – Requested by the Au Family
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM VERNON MULHALL – Requested by Vivian Mulhall McDonough

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

The R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) sessions have commenced. Please pray for all our R.C.I.A. participants that they may patiently persevere in their spiritual journey. You may use this short prayer.

Prayer for the Journey of Faith:
Loving God, bless those who are moving forward into the fullness of faith in You and full communion in the life of our Catholic Family. Protect them on their journey. Reveal to them the love of Your Son Jesus. Empower them with the gifts of Your Holy Spirit. May their journey to deepen their faith be fruitful and enriching. We offer this sacrifice of prayer for them, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.

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 the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

Classes for them have commenced.

FIRST COMMUNION INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, November 7th at 7:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church

There will be a meeting here at the Church on Thursday, November 7th at 7:30 PM. for parents of children wishing to receive their First Communion in 2020.

ELECTION DAY – Monday October 21st, 2019

Please exercise your right to vote in the Federal election on Monday. Polls are open in the Eastern Time Zone from 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city.

Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your ongoing support of these important centres.

SR. CARMELINA TARANTINO OF THE CROSS

Closing of Diocesan Investigation Process
Sunday, October 20th at 4:00 PM

The Passionist Sisters would like to invite all the good people of this parish to the closing of the diocesan investigation process for Sr. Carmelina Tarantino of the Cross. We would like to share our joy for this great event with you and hope that you might attend. Please come and see the wonders the Lord has worked for those who believe in Him. The event will take place on Sunday, October 20th at ST. Leo’s Church, 277 Royal York Road (south of QEW) at 4:00 PM. His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins will preside over the Celebration.

RETREAT “Calling Women from 18 to 80”

Friday, October 25th (7:30 PM) to Sunday, October 27th

Manresa Jesuit Retreat Centre 2325 Liverpool Rd., Pickering
“A contemplative approach to making decisions”
Decisions, Decisions – Yes, No, maybe?
with Fr. Henk van Meijel SJ.

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

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend

Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27

Celebrate your love and take a fresh look at your marriage! The Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement is hosting a weekend experience for couples to refresh their marriage. Running from Friday, October 25 through Sunday, October 27 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Mississauga.

For more information, please contact Marge & Gerard at:
(905) 792-1925 or gerard.marge@rogers.com.

MOSAIC INTERFAITH

Sunday, October 27th (2:30 PM)

Mosaic Interfaith invites you to attend the next presentation in their series “From Abraham: Three Faiths” to take place in St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 39 Green Lane, Thornhill on Sunday October 27 from 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM.

The subject is “How can we reform our tradition and still be loyal to that tradition?” Panelists, as before, are Rev. Canon John Hill, Rabbi Michael Stroh and Dr. Liyakat Takim from Christianity, Judaism and Islam respectively. See flyer on bulletin boards. For more information or to RSVP, call Nora 416-218 0680.

TEMPLE HAR ZION INVITES MOSAIC INTERFAITH

Sunday, October 27th (7:00 PM)

Temple Har Zion invites Mosaic Interfaith to celebrate Simchat Torah at 7360 Bayview Avenue, Thornhill at 7:00 PM on Sunday, October 27th.
Simchat Torah literally means “Rejoicing of?[with the] Torah” and is a Jewish holiday that celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of new cycle This is a joyous occasion and there will be music, dancing and singing.

For more information, call Nora 416-218 0680.

COME AND SEE WEEKEND

Friday, November 1st to Sunday, November 3rd
at 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. A time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest. The weekend begins at 7:00 PM on Friday and ends at 1:30 PM on Sunday. Register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca. Registrants 17 years old require parental consent.

For more information, please contact the Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org.

CELEBRATION OF THE 29TH ANNUAL MASS OF MEMORY

Sunday, November 3rd, at 3:00 PM

St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street

The Mass of Memory is dedicated in memory of the many victims of the Irish Famine of 1847 who died of typhus on arrival in Toronto. 861 people were buried in the then St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery and 281 were buried in St. James Anglican Cemetery.

Sacred/Celtic music prelude by The Irish Choral Society of Canada starts at 2:30 PM with a reception to follow after the Mass.

Proceeds from this celebration go to the Children’s Breakfast Club Program of St. Paul’s Basilica.

THE GARDEN SHED

PLANTING BULBS

Sunday, October 27th after 10:30 AM Mass

The Garden Ministry will be teaming up with the Youth Group after the 10:30 AM mass on October 27th to plant tulip, daffodil, snowdrop and grape hyacinth bulbs in various locations around the property.

Bulletin – October 13, 2019

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

O, heavenly Father:
We thank thee for food and
remember the hungry.
We thank thee for health and remember
the sick.
We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
that thy gifts to us may be used for others.
Amen.

Mass will be celebrated on Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 14th at 9:00 AM.

The Parish Office will be closed on Monday.

ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS FEAST DAY – OCTOBER 19th

St. Paul of the Cross was the founder of the Passionists in the year 1720. Born in northern Italy in 1694, Paul experienced conversion at the age of 15 and began a lifetime of devotion to prayer life as a soldier but left after one year. Six years later, having had several visions, he determined that his vocation was to found an order dedicated to the Passion of our Lord. Officials declared the visions authentic and Paul withdrew to write a rule. He was joined by his brother, who remained with him for the rest of his life. By 1747, the Passionists had three houses and were preaching missions throughout Italy. At the time of his death in 1775, Paul was establishing a congregation for Passionist nuns.

SPIRITUAL CARE VISITOR TRAINING

The Local Health Initiative Network will be offering a 4-session Spiritual Care Visitor Training at Markham Stouffville Hospital on October 17th 24th, 31st and Nov7th, 2019. This is a mandatory training for all those who are interested in visiting the sick at a hospital or for those who are homebound. If you are interested, please contact Sr. Maria Lucia at 416-221-8866.

The LIFE STORY PROGRAMME

(Presented by Ministry with Maturing Adults)

The 8-sessions Life Story Program started last October 3rd, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room. Sr. Mary Rose Marrin, CSJ, who is facilitating the programme, stated that this is the largest group that had attended her session! The programme will involve the participants to reflect on their life experience in each decade of life and from these reflections, the participants will write stories that are significant to them. Often times, after jotting down and reflecting such stories and events in their lives, participants find healing and joy, and discover God in the small and daily events in their lives.

May our participants continue their endeavours and may they find healing, peace, and joy in recognizing that God is touching and journeying with them in their daily lives!

BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY TRAINING

November 9th & 16th, 2019 – St. Gabriel’s Parish

The second of the two new ministries we are launching in our parish community is the Bereavement Ministry. The Bereavement Ministry is also known as the Ministry of Consolation. Training is required for those who are interested in becoming a part of Bereavement Ministry Team. The Bereavement Ministry Training is designed for those who are ministering to the bereaved in a parish setting. New and seasoned parish bereavement ministers and volunteers are invited to join others in an interactive, two-day faith-based educational and spiritual learning opportunity.

We are pleased to announce that the upcoming Bereavement Ministry Training this fall will be hosted by St. Gabriel’s Parish. The training dates will be held on November 9 and 16, 2019 (both Saturdays). The sessions will start from 9:30 AM and will finish at 4:00 PM on both dates. Participants are required to attend both Saturday sessions. Registration deadline is Saturday, November 9th, 2019. There is no cost to attend the training sessions; however if you wish to purchase the optional participant workbook, that would be $45 (with the cheque made payable to R.C.E.C.) Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

The training will explore ways to begin a Bereavement Ministry in the parish or enhance your present bereavement ministry programs. If anyone is interested to become part of the Bereavement Ministry Team of our parish, please contact Sr. Maria Lucia at our Parish Office no later than November 1st so that she can register you at the archdiocesan office responsible for the training program. Come, learn, and share how the Christian faithful comfort mourners with words of faith and support and with acts of kindness!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 14th to October 20th

MONDAY – THANKSGIVING DAY – Mass at 9:00 AM
TUESDAY – NORRIS WHITFIELD – Requested by Jack & Margaret Murray
WEDNESDAY – INTENTIONS OF MARIE SWANT – Requested by Marie Swant
THURSDAY – SEE HIM CHIU – Requested by the Chiu Family
FRIDAY – VINCENT HA – Requested by Laura, Sylvia & Valerie Ha
SATURDAY – PASQUALE GATTI – Requested by Linda Gatti & Family
SUNDAY 10:30 AM – FREDERICO BILLEDO – Requested by the Billedo Family
SUNDAY 12:30 PM – NARCISO CORTEZ – Requested by Zenaida Cortez

CONFIRMATION INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, October 17th at 7:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church – Gabriel Room

There will be a meeting in the Gabriel Room on Thursday, October 17th at 7:30 PM for parents of children wishing to be confirmed in 2020.

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

The R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) sessions started last Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Library. Please pray for all our R.C.I.A. participants that they may patiently persevere in their spiritual journey. You may use this short prayer.

Prayer for the Journey of Faith:
Loving God, bless those who are moving forward into the fullness of faith in You and full communion in the life of our Catholic Family. Protect them on their journey. Reveal to them the love of Your Son Jesus. Empower them with the gifts of Your Holy Spirit. May their journey to deepen their faith be fruitful and enriching. We offer this sacrifice of prayer for them, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.

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 the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. Classes for them will begin after Thanksgiving.

TORONTO CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

The Toronto Catholic District School Board is actively recruiting for the positions of Supply Education Assistant, Occasional Library Technician and Supply Secretary on an immediate needs basis. A minimum of grade 12 or Ontario equivalency is required for the first and third positions and a minimum of a college level diploma is required for the Occasional Library Technician.

For more information, please visit www.tcdsb.org/careers. Email inquiries can be sent to hr.recruitment@tcdsb.org. Applications will only be received at www.ApplyToEducation.com.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

Thank you so much for your overwhelming support of our Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Good Shepherd Centre and Rosalie Hall.

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.

Your donations are very much appreciated by the young families and homeless of Toronto.

Testimonies of Entry and Re-entry to the Catholic Church: Personal Stories of Spiritual Journeys Home

Tuesday, October 15th – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Blessed Trinity Parish Hall

This night will feature personal stories of spiritual searching that have led each of our speakers “home” to the Catholic Church. Coming from different backgrounds and cultures, they will share how God led them through various religious affiliations to find their identity and centre in Jesus in the church. We will also feature some Jewish testimonies of faith, including St. Teresa of Avila, whose feast day it is. All are welcome.

Contact: Fellowship of St. Joseph – Association for Hebrew Catholics by email: ahctoronto@gmail.com

SR. CARMELINA TARANTINO OF THE CROSS

Closing of Diocesan Investigation Process
Sunday, October 20th at 4:00 PM

The Passionist Sisters would like to invite all the good people of this parish to the closing of the diocesan investigation process for Sr. Carmelina Tarantino of the Cross. We would like to share our joy for this great event with you and hope that you might attend. Please come and see the wonders the Lord has worked for those who believe in Him. The event will take place on Sunday, October 20th at ST. Leo’s Church, 277 Royal York Road (south of QEW) at 4:00 PM. His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins will preside over the Celebration.

RETREAT “Calling Women from 18 to 80”

Friday, October 25th (7:30 PM) to Sunday, October 27th

Manresa Jesuit Retreat Centre 2325 Liverpool Rd., Pickering
“A contemplative approach to making decisions”
Decisions, Decisions – Yes, No, maybe? with Fr. Henk van Meijel SJ.

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

Come and See Weekend

Friday, November 1st to Sunday, November 3rd

at 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. A time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest. The weekend begins at 7:00 PM on Friday and ends at 1:30 PM on Sunday. Register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca. Registrants 17 years old require parental consent.

For more information, please contact the Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org.

THE GARDEN SHED

With harvest season drawing to a close, we will be moving the community garden boxes off the patio where they now reside. It appears that the patio and the adjacent cement wall hold too much heat for some crops like tomatoes and cucumbers. Extra hands would be most welcome!

Please join us on Saturday, October 19th at 9:30 AM.