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Bulletin – November 18, 2018

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

ST. GABRIEL’S ADVENT RETREAT

Mary: Model of Hope and Healing in the Midst of Darkness
Saturday, December 8th from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
St. Gabriel’s Parish

Please join us for our Parish Advent Retreat on Saturday, December 8th at 12:30 PM.

The theme is Mary: Model of Hope and Healing in the Midst of Darkness. The speaker will be Fr. Thomas Rosica. Fr.Rosica, C.S.B. is a Canadian Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Congregation of St Basil. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, English language media attaché of the Holy See Press Office, author, speaker, and commentator. For further information, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

SHEPHERD’S TRUST COLLECTION

This Weekend, November 18th/19th

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.

This weekend the second collection is 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

YOUTH TALENT NIGHT

Sunday November 25th at 6:00 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church

The St. Gabriel’s Youth Group would like to invite you, your friends and your families to their Youth Talent Night, taking place in Sunday, November 25th. Join them for a lovely evening as they showcase the talent of the youth in our parish.

Admission is by donation. All proceeds will support 9 of our young adults and their trip to Panama this January for World Youth Day. Thank you for all your continuous support of the Youth Group. Hope to see you there!

REMEMBERING THE PARISH IN YOUR WILL

November is “Make a Will’ month! Have you considered remembering your parish in your will? The Church is where we experience many important moments in our lives. A bequest is a beautiful way to express your faith and gratitude for a lifetime of blessings – a lasting legacy of love that will help the Church continue with its many ministries. When making your will, please consider a bequest to St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish. For more information, please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 or the Development Office of the Archdiocese at 416-934-3411, Ext. 519 or visit www.archtoronto.org/development.

BEAUTIFUL 2019 CALENDAR FROM THE CANADIAN NORTH

Available the Weekend of December 1st/2nd

On the weekend of December 1st/ 2nd our Parish’s Development and Peace Group will be selling 2019 calendars. This is a beautiful and unique calendar showcasing sceneries from the Arctic north. The pictures are taken by Bishop Jon Hansen of the MacKenzie-Fort Smith Diocese on his missionary trips to the arctic communities.

Through the sale of these calendars, funds will be raised for the missions in the Arctic. Our Lady of Victory Church in Inuvik (the famous igloo church) and three of its missions: Tuktoyaktuk on the Beaufort Sea,Tsiigehtchic and Paulatuk. These remote communities are striving for self-sufficiency, but it is not easy. During the harsh winter months, the heating of the churches would cost over $4000 a month.

Perhaps in the comfort of our well heated homes, we can think of these communities in the Arctic and try to support them in ways we can – the calendars at $20 each will be great for personal use; they will also make wonderful gifts, since they are unique and not easily available.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 19th to November 24th

MONDAY – MIKIE PALAZZO & CHRISTOPHER DI LALLO – Requested by Val Palazzo
TUESDAY – MARLENE O’BRIEN – Requested by Vernon & Marie Swant
WEDNESDAY – FERNANDO MARTINS – Requested by Maria Martins
THURSDAY – ABANDONED SOULS – Requested by the Nguyen Family
FRIDAY – IN THANKSGIVING – Requested by Jomini & Peter Lam
SATURDAY – GORDON OATWAY – Requested by Pat Oatway & Family

PARENT MEETING FOR FIRST RECONCILIATION

Wednesday, November 28th at 7:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church, Gabriel Room

On Wednesday, November 28th at 7:30 PM there will be a meeting in the Gabriel Room for parents of children who will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.

CONFIRMATION ENROLLMENT CEREMONY

Sunday, December 2nd at the 12:30 PM Mass

The Confirmation Enrollment Ceremony for all Confirmation candidates will be held on Sunday, December 2nd at the 12:30 PM Mass. All Confirmation candidates must attend.

Candidates are reminded to submit their letters requesting Confirmation to Fr. Brando through the Parish Office by Sunday, November 25th.

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

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) began last Saturday. 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.

DEVELOPMENT & PEACE

Share the Journey Campaign

This year, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is joining forces with Pope Francis and Caritas Internationalis by inviting Canadians to share the journey with those living the tragedy of forced migration. Launched in Rome in September 2017, the Share the Journey campaign aims to create a “culture of encounter” by educating the public to the realities of those forced to flee their homes and creating opportunities for encounters between them and local communities.

Actions Cards requiring your signature will be available at all Masses next week to send a clear message to the Canadian government that it must do more to tackle the root causes of forced migration.

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.

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.

WORLD DAY OF THE POOR

November 18th

To commemorate the World Day of the Poor on November 18th, Catholic media throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto have partnered to prepare an online page summarizing their activities in drawing greater attention to this important date in the life of the church. To learn more about the programs and other initiatives leading up to November 18th visit www.archtoronto.org/dayofpoor for more information. Please join us in prayer and outreach as the global church lifts its collective voice to support the poor among us.

THE GIVING TREE

Saturday, December 1st to Sunday, December 16th

During Advent, the Society of St Vincent de Paul will have a Giving Tree in the Gathering Space.

The tree will be decorated with gift tags. Each tag will have the gender and age of a child. We invite you to take a tag, buy a gift or a gift card of about $25.00 for that child and return the unwrapped gift, with the tag attached, to the box provided in the Gathering Space. If you choose an older child, please buy a gift card. Return it with the tag to the Parish Office. If you are a knitter, there will be mitten tags. Please take one and return mitts to the box in the Gathering Space.

At this time of the year, we are also thinking of the young mothers and babies of Rosalie Hall. If you wish to help, you may choose a “Christmas Stocking” from the tree to purchase pyjamas or undershirts for babies ages 6 months to 4 years.

Unwrapped Items with the original stocking tag attached can be left in the box provided near the “mitten” tree no later than Sunday, December 16th. Toys or books for these little ones would also be appreciated.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from Tim Horton’s, Walmart or MacDonald’s. These can be placed in the envelopes provided and brought to the Office. Thank you for your generosity.

CHRISTIANS OF THE HOLY LAND

I am very grateful that so many of you came to meet me after Mass on November 3rd/4th 2018. Your community and Fr. Brando made me feel so very welcomed and appreciated. Many of you expressed kind and sincere words of gratitude and praise; your kindness to our cause is very humbling. I appreciate that many of you purchased the olive wood religious articles. Thank you.

Many Christian Palestinians will soon be hard at work to replenish what you have purchased. This in turn creates a virtuous cycle of simple commerce, all because you chose to participate. One of the major problems we face as Christian Palestinians is lack of awareness about us. I pray that I’ve left a positive impression on you regarding our community. Remember you are in our prayers and we need your prayers for peace and a political solution.
Peace, Laith (Leo) Qumsieh

THE GARDEN SHED

With the 2018 growing season at an end, I want to give all of you who weeded, pruned and planted, donated perennials, planted spring bulbs, attended workshops, informed parishioners, participated in meetings and cheered from the sidelines, a huge and heartfelt thank you! God bless you! We are now planning for an exciting 2019 season. Heather

For more information on the Garden Ministry, please contact Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

Bulletin – November 11, 2018

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

LEST WE FORGET

This Sunday, 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.

SAVE THE DATE!

The Parish Advent Retreat will be held on Saturday, December 8th

YOUTH TALENT NIGHT

Sunday November 25th at 6:00 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church

The St. Gabriel’s Youth Group would like to invite you, your friends and your families to their Youth Talent Night, taking place in Sunday, November 25th. Join them for a lovely evening as they showcase the talent of the youth in our parish.

Admission is by donation. All proceeds will support 9 of our young adults and their trip to Panama this January for World Youth Day. Thank you for all your continuous support of the Youth Group. Hope to see you there!

SHEPHERD’S TRUST COLLECTION

November 18th/19th

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 18th and 19th 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

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.

BEAUTIFUL 2019 CALENDAR FROM THE CANADIAN NORTH

Available the Weekend of December 1st/2nd
On the weekend of December 1st/ 2nd our Parish’s Development and Peace Group will be selling 2019 calendars. This is a beautiful and unique calendar showcasing sceneries from the Arctic north. The pictures are taken by Bishop Jon Hansen of the MacKenzie-Fort Smith Diocese on his missionary trips to the arctic communities.

Through the sale of these calendars, funds will be raised for the missions in the Arctic. Our Lady of Victory Church in Inuvik (the famous igloo church) and three of its missions: Tuktoyaktuk on the Beaufort Sea,Tsiigehtchic and Paulatuk. These remote communities are striving for self-sufficiency, but it is not easy. During the harsh winter months, the heating of the churches would cost over $4000 a month.

Perhaps in the comfort of our well heated homes, we can think of these communities in the Arctic and try to support them in ways we can – the calendars at $20 each will be great for personal use; they will also make wonderful gifts, since they are unique and not easily available.

FIRST COMMUNION INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 PM.
St. Gabriel’s Church

There will be a meeting here at the Church on Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 PM. for parents of children who will be receiving the Sacrament of First Communion in 2019.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 12th to November 17th

MONDAY – W. BERNARD COMER – Requested by Jeannine Comer
TUESDAY – WAHIBA BALADI – Requested by Mary Zakher
WEDNESDAY – MARIA JULIA MARTINS – Requested by Maria Martins
THURSDAY – RONNIE FRANCIS – Requested by His Family
FRIDAY – BERTHA RICKETTS – Requested by the her Family
SATURDAY – JOHN POWELL – Requested by Kathleen Olden Powell

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

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 soon. 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.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

Share the Journey Campaign
Did you know?
“31 people are forced to flee their home every minute!”

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of November 17th/18th

Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.
Regular ground coffee: $5.50
Decaffeinated: $6.00
Whole Beans: $5.50
Chocolate Bars: $4.50 incl. Taxes
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $6.00
Teas: $4.25

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared casseroles for October. For November, your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of November 24th / 25th 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 Church 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. With everyone struggling at this time, your food donations are more important than ever. Please check expiry dates as we cannot pass on expired food.

‘GUIDANCE MATTERS’

Wednesday, November 21st, at 7:00 PM

St. Timothy Parish Hall, 21 Leith Hill Road

St. Michael’s College School, the leader in Catholic boys’ education, will be hosting an evening for students in elementary, middle, and high school, and their parents entitled ‘Guidance Matters’ on Wednesday, November 21st at 7:00 PM

Experienced St. Michael’s College School guidance counselors and members of the Student Affairs team will be present to share information and answer your questions about academics, mental health. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. Reserve your spot today at: guidancematters@smcsmail.com

MOSAIC INTERFAITH- FROM ABRAHAM 3 FAITHS

Can Violence in our Scriptures Justify Violence in Today’s World?
Sunday November 25th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Jaffari Islamic Centre, 9000 Bathurst Street, Thornhill

MOSAIC Interfaith, co-sponsored by the Organization of Islamic Learning invites you to attend a discussion “Can the Violence in the Scripture Justify Violence in Today’s World? On Sunday November 25th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Mullah Asher Memorial Library and Islamic Resource Centre, Affair Islamic Centre.
They welcome back the Rev. Canon Hill, Rabi Michael Stroh and Dr. Liyakat Takim. There will be a round table discussion and question period following the presentation. For further information please contact Nora Kerr at 416-218-0680. An RSVP would be appreciated.

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.”
- Thomas Berry
- For more information on the Garden Ministry, email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com

Bulletin – November 4, 2018

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

LEST WE FORGET

Next Sunday, 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.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

Share the Journey Campaign
Did you know?
“31 people are forced to flee their home every minute!”

YOUTH GROUP MONTH IN REVIEW

The St. Gabriel’s Youth Group is excited to share a quick recap of our great events that took place this past month.

At the beginning of October, 30 youth took to the streets of downtown Toronto and distributed almost 100 meal packages consisting of a homemade sandwich, granola bar, and juice box to those in need. It was a very eye-opening and heart-warming experience. Our second outreach initiative was aimed towards helping the environment. We participated in the City of Toronto’s Community Stewardship Program and planted more than 20 trees and shrubs in Sunnybrook Park. Finally, we wrapped up this month’s festivities with a Halloween social filled with food, music, costumes, and games.

We also held two fundraisers to support the 9 young adults attending World Youth Day in Panama this January. Our Silent Auction was a huge success in which a total of $3800 was raised. We would like to thank all who helped organize the event, all who donated items to auction off, as well as all those who participated and placed bids. We also held our annual Halloween Bake Sale and raised more than $1800. Thank you to all who helped bakes, decorated, and purchased delicious baked goods.

We are so blessed to be a part of such a generous parish community and are grateful for your ongoing support!

COMING. UP……

We look forward to all that is in store for the youth group in the coming weeks, particularly our Talent Night that is taking place on Sunday November 25th. Please save the date and join us for a lovely evening as we showcase the talent of the young people of our parish.

FIRST COMMUNION INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 PM.

St. Gabriel’s Church

There will be a meeting here at the Church on Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 PM. for parents of children who will be receiving the Sacrament of First Communion in 2019.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 5th to November 10th

MONDAY – ALL SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by John Chan
TUESDAY – VLADO PETRANOVIC – Requested by Mira Petranovic
WEDNESDAY – JOAN RUEST – Requested by her Family
THURSDAY – DON POWER – Requested by Fergus O’Connell
FRIDAY – PAULINE CHIU – Requested by the Chiu Family
SATURDAY – ALL DECEASED – Requested by Chiara & Tina Intini

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

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF

Areas of the Philippines were devastated by Typhoon Mangkhut on September 15th, with winds of up to 225 km/h. More than 80 people died as a result of the storm and related landslides, flash floods and destruction of homes, infrastructure and crops.

Days later, on September 28th, an earthquake off the coast of Sulawesi Island, Indonesia, caused a tsunami with waves six meters high. To date, more than 1300 people have been confirmed dead and many, many more remain missing.

In an effort to support the survivors of these two significant disasters, the Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting funds that will be sent through Caritas Internationalis, the official relief network of the Vatican. In both countries, Caritas agencies have deployed workers to provide food, drinking water, temporary shelter and medical support.

Those wishing to help may do so 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 Passionist Parish – 2018 Philippines / Indonesia – Disaster Relief

We offer our prayers for all those impacted by these natural disasters. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to assist those in crisis.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared casseroles for October. For November, your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of November 24th / 25th 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 Church 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.

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

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.

THE GARDEN SHED

Would you like to see spring flowers scattered throughout the gardens next April? Join us on Saturday, November 10tn at 1:00 for a bulb-planting bee. No experience necessary. Children are welcome to get involved too.

Gardening workshops will resume in January. Stay tuned for topics and schedules. For information on the Gardening Ministry, contact Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com

‘GUIDANCE MATTERS’

Wednesday, November 21st, at 7:00 PM

St. Timothy Parish Hall, 21 Leith Hill Road

St. Michael’s College School, the leader in Catholic boys’ education, will be hosting an evening for students in elementary, middle, and high school, and their parents entitled ‘Guidance Matters’ on Wednesday, November 21st at 7:00 PM

Experienced St. Michael’s College School guidance counselors and members of the Student Affairs team will be present to share information and answer your questions about academics, course selection, high school preparation, student mental health and wellness and more. You can also email your questions in advance. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. Reserve your spot today at: guidancematters@smcsmail.com

DAY OF SPIRITUAL RECOLLECTION

Monday November 26 from 9:30 to 4:00 PM

Villa Colombo, 40 Playfair Avenue

In the beautiful surroundings of Villa Colombo, a day of Recollection will be held on Monday, November 26th from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Under the direction of Fr. Raffaele Paonessa, it will be a preparation for the holy season of Advent. The cost is $42. Including lunch and two coffee breaks. Please reserve in person or by sending a cheque or money order, payable to Villa Colombo, attention Mirella (416 789 2113) before Tuesday, November 20th Tickets will not be sold at the door.

QUEEN OF APOSTLES ACTS RETREAT

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
1617 Blythe Rd., Mississauga

Women’s ACTS Retreats
Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 PM to Sunday, November 18th at 12:00 PM

Men’s ACTS Retreat
Thursday, November 29th at 7:00 PM to Sunday December 2nd at 12:00 PM.

The ACTS retreat is a three-day retreat led by those who have attended prior ACTS retreats. Men present men’s retreats; women present women’s retreats. The retreat focuses on adoration, community, theology and service. Scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church are the guidelines. The goals are to renew yourself spiritually, to strengthen your faith and to apply it in your daily life, and to create lasting and supporting friendships.

Please contact Willy Klaudusz by phone at 647-281-5990 or on the website at https://actscanada.org/

Bulletin – October 28, 2018

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS!

On Saturday, October 20th five altar servers from St. Gabriel’s Parish received the “Bishop’s Altar Server Award for Service during the 33rd Annual Altar Servers Awards Ceremony at St. Paul’s Basilica. We offer our sincere thanks and congratulations to the following altar servers:

Nicholas Brittain-Saldivar
Claire Burke
Jean-Paul Dizon
Hannah Donaghy
John Tupas

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.

YOUTH GROUP BAKE SALE

This Weekend, October 27th and 28th

This weekend our Youth Group will be having a Halloween bake sale after all the Masses. The money raised will help cover the Youth Group’s transportation costs to World Youth Day in Panama in January. Please support our Youth Group!

PARLIAMENT OF WORLD RELIGIONS

November 1st 2018

St. Gabriel’s Church

The mission of the Parliament of the World’s Religions is to “cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.” This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Parliament, which first convened in Chicago in 1893.

The 2018 Parliament will convene November 1st to 7th at , and is expected to draw thousands of prominent global religious and civic leaders, scholars, positive social change advocates, and lay members of the world’s diverse religions.

On November 1st, St. Gabriel’s will be host to visitors from the Parliament of World Religions. If you are interested to be part of this event, more information is available at the website https://www.parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/2018-toronto-0

CANADIAN BISHOPS ISSUE DOCUMENT

Protection of minors and vulnerable adults

On October 4th, the bishops of Canada issued new national guidelines for the protection of minors in Canada. Entitled Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation.

This document first and foremost, focuses on minors and vulnerable adults, whom Canada’s bishops wish to protect from sexual violence. The document can be found at http://www.cccb.ca/. Since 1989, the Archdiocese of Toronto has had an extensive safe environment policy in place, including a procedure for allegations of abuse or misconduct. That document can be found at https://www.archtoronto.org/about-us/safe-environment.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 29th to November 3rd

MONDAY – ALICE MICHAEL – Requested by Charmaine Michael

TUESDAY – JOHN HUYBERS – Requested by his Family

WEDNESDAY – SPECIAL INTENTION – Requested by the Burke Family

THURSDAY – AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes

FRIDAY – JUANITO GAVIETA – Requested by Estrella, C. Gavieta, Rachel Luke & Family

SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE – Requested by Marie Calderone

CONFIRMATION INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, November 1st at 7:30 PM.

St. Gabriel’s Church

There will be a meeting here at the Church on Thursday, November 1st at 7:30 PM. for parents of children wishing to be confirmed in 2019.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Friday, November 2nd from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon

ROSARY GROUPS

English: Rosary – Saturday, November 3rd at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room.

Chinese Rosary – Sunday November 4th in the Gabriel Room

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

ECO – SABBATH

Sunday, November 4th 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.

COME AND SEE WEEKEND

Friday, November 2nd at 6:30 PM to

Sunday, November 4th at 1:30 PM

St. Augustine’s Seminary:

The Office of Vocations invites single Catholic men 17 years and older, to a Come and See Weekend from Friday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 4th. Participants will 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. Registrants 17 years old require parental consent. Register online at http://www.vocationstoronto.ca/.

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

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

SOCIAL NEEDS

Areas of the Philippines were devastated by Typhoon Mangkhut on September 15th, with winds of up to 225 km/h. More than 80 people died as a result of the storm and related landslides, flash floods and destruction of homes, infrastructure and crops.

Days later, on September 28th, an earthquake off the coast of Sulawesi Island, Indonesia, caused a tsunami with waves six meters high. To date, more than 1300 people have been confirmed dead and many, many more remain missing.

The earthquake damaged roads and telecommunications systems, creating many challenges to sending assistance to the affected areas.

In an effort to support the survivors of these two significant disasters, the Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting funds that will be sent through Caritas Internationalis, the official relief network of the Vatican. In both countries, Caritas agencies have deployed workers to provide food, drinking water, temporary shelter and medical support.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

• Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: http://www.archtoronto.org/

• By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411

• Through the parish, making cheques payable to: St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish – 2018 Philippines / Indonesia – Disaster Relief

We offer our prayers for all those impacted by these natural disasters. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to assist those in crisis.

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.

THEOLOGY ON TAP – THE GIFT OF WATER

From Creation to Commodity

Monday, October 29th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

The Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Dr.

Join Paul Baines from the CSJ’s Federation Blue Communities project to talk about our connection and commitment to water. We will discuss water as a human right, water privatization and commodification, and shared water infrastructure and imagination. Enjoy a drink while we get to the source of our taps and all life on this blue planet.

QUEEN OF APOSTLES ACTS RETREAT

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre

1617 Blythe Rd., Mississauga

Women’s ACTS Retreats

Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 PM to

Sunday, November 18th at 12:00 PM

The ACTS retreat is a three-day retreat led by those who have attended prior ACTS retreats. Men present men’s retreats; women present women’s retreats.

The retreat focuses on adoration, community, theology and service. Scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church are the guidelines. The goals are to renew yourself spiritually, to strengthen your faith and to apply it in your daily life, and to create lasting and supporting friendships.

Men’s ACTS Retreat

Thursday, November 29th at 7:00 PM to Sunday December 2nd at 12:00 PM.

The ACTS retreat is a three-day retreat led by those who have attended prior ACTS retreats. Men present men’s retreats; women present women’s retreats. The retreat focuses on adoration, community, theology and service. Scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church are the guidelines. The goals are to renew yourself spiritually, to strengthen your faith and to apply it in your daily life, and to create lasting and supporting friendships.

Please contact Willy Klaudusz by phone at 647-281-5990 or on the website at https://actscanada.org/

Bulletin – October 21, 2018

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

October 21st 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.

CANADIAN BISHOPS ISSUE DOCUMENT

Protection of minors and vulnerable adults

On October 4th, the bishops of Canada issued new national guidelines for the protection of minors in Canada. Entitled Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation. This document first and foremost, focuses on minors and vulnerable adults, whom Canada’s bishops wish to protect from sexual violence. The document can be found at www.cccb.ca. Since 1989, the Archdiocese of Toronto has had an extensive safe environment policy in place, including a procedure for allegations of abuse or misconduct. That document can be found at https://www.archtoronto.org/about-us/safe-environment.

VOLUNTEER DAY OF REFLECTION

October 27th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

St. Gabriel’s Church

On Saturday, October 27th from 9.00 AM until 12:00 Noon, an invitation has been extended to our volunteers in all ministries to attend a Day of Reflection, “Leadership through Service” to be held in our church.

Sister Mary Rowell, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph will lead our session. Sister Mary teaches theology at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto.

The day will include presentations, dialogue and engagement of all who attend. We look forward to this day to provide support to our parish staff and parish community. Please RSVP by October 21st to stgabrielsvolscreening@bellnet.ca

PARLIAMENT OF WORLD RELIGIONS

November 1st 2018

St. Gabriel’s Church

The mission of the Parliament of the World’s Religions is to “cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.” This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Parliament, which first convened in Chicago in 1893.

The 2018 Parliament will convene November 1st to 7th at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and is expected to draw thousands of prominent global religious and civic leaders, scholars, positive social change advocates, and lay members of the world’s diverse religions.

On November 1st, St. Gabriel’s will be host to visitors from the Parliament of World Religions. If you are interested to be part of this event, more information is available at the website https://www.parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/2018-toronto-0

YOUTH GROUP BAKE SALE

Weekend of October 27th and 28th

On Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th our Youth Group will be having a Halloween bake sale. The money raised will help cover the Youth Group’s transportation costs to World Youth Day in Panama in January. Please support our Youth Group!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 22nd to October 27th

MONDAY – LAU KOON TING – Requested by Linda Law & Family
TUESDAY – ANA YAM – Requested by Helen, Ellen & Sonia
WEDNESDAY – ROMULO CHRISTIAN GONZALEZ – Requested by Rosa & Romulo Gonzalez
THURSDAY – ALL SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by Teresa Marchie & Family
FRIDAY – DRAGICA PETRANOVIC – Requested by Mira Petranovic
SATURDAY – VICTOR PAUL – Requested by Sophie & Candida Pereira

CONFIRMATION INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, November 1st at 7:30 PM.

St. Gabriel’s Church

There will be a meeting here at the Church on Thursday, November 1st at 7:30 PM. for parents of children wishing to be confirmed in 2019.

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

COME AND SEE WEEKEND

Friday, November 2nd at 6:30 PM to Sunday, November 4th at 1:30 PM

St. Augustine’s Seminary:

The Office of Vocations invites single Catholic men 17 years and older, to a Come and See Weekend from Friday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 4th. Participants will 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. Registrants 17 years old require parental consent. Register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca.

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

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF

Areas of the Philippines were devastated by Typhoon Mangkhut on September 15th, with winds of up to 225 km/h. More than 80 people died as a result of the storm and related landslides, flash floods and destruction of homes, infrastructure and crops. The region hardest hit was Northern Luzon, one of the main islands of the Philippines. In this area the storm surged up to six metres high, submerging huge areas of inhabited land.

Days later, on September 28th, an earthquake off the coast of Sulawesi Island, Indonesia, caused a tsunami with waves six meters high. To date, more than 1300 people have been confirmed dead and many, many more remain missing. Survivors are struggling to find food and drinkable water.

People also need adequate shelter and medical support. The earthquake damaged roads and telecommunications systems, creating many challenges to sending assistance to the affected areas.

In an effort to support the survivors of these two significant disasters, the Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting funds that will be sent through Caritas Internationalis, the official relief network of the Vatican. In both countries, Caritas agencies have deployed workers to provide food, drinking water, temporary shelter and medical support.

Those wishing to help may do so 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 Passionist Parish – 2018 Philippines / Indonesia – Disaster Relief

We offer our prayers for all those impacted by these natural disasters. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to assist those in crisis.

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 ANNUAL PEACE MEAL

Sunday October 21st from 2:30 to 5:00 PM

Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Avenue, Thornhill

MOSAIC Interfaith (of which St. Gabriel’s is a member) invites you to attend the annual Peace Meal on Sunday October 21st from 2.30 to 5:00 PM at Temple Har Zion. The theme will be “Charity and Justice”.

Speakers will be Sarah Dopp, Community Campaigns Manager for Grandmothers to Grandmothers, Jeff Abraham Manager Volunteer Services Habitat for Humanity GTA and Jack Panozzo, member of Steering Committee & Executive ISARC.

This will be followed by the Peace Meal. Attendees are asked to bring a nut-free and alcohol free dish for the vegan supper – ie no meat, poultry, eggs, fish or dairy products. To RSVP please contact Nora at 416-218-0680. For more information see poster on bulletin board.

THEOLOGY ON TAP – THE GIFT OF WATER

From Creation to Commodity
Monday, October 29th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
The Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Dr.

Join Paul Baines from the CSJ’s Federation Blue Communities project to talk about our connection and commitment to water. We will discuss water as a human right, water privatization and commodification, and shared water infrastructure and imagination. Enjoy a drink while we get to the source of our taps and all life on this blue planet.

THE GARDEN SHED
GARDEN CLEANUP BEE

Wednesday, October 24th from 9:30 AM to 12:00 Noon

Please join us for a garden cleanup “bee” on Wednesday, October 24th from 9:30 AM to 12:00 Noon. Your help in putting the garden to bed for the winter would be greatly appreciated whether you stay for all or just a portion of the time. We’ll meet in the Gathering Space.

The next meeting of the Garden Ministry will be on Sunday, October 21st in the Library. Everyone is welcome.