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Bulletin – April 5, 2020

Sunday, April 5th, 2020

Updates on any scheduled or planned activities will be provided as the information becomes available. Please continue to check in on our parish website.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 6th to April 12th, 2020

MONDAY – REGINA TA – Requested by Veronica Do
TUESDAY – KRISTOPHER TA – Requested by Veronica Do
WEDNESDAY – JOSEPH ALEXANDER TA – Requested by Veronica Do
THURSDAY – HOLY THURSDAY
FRIDAY – GOOD FRIDAY
SATURDAY – HOLY SATURDAY
SUNDAY – EASTER SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – PRISCA CALAOR – Requested by Mila Cabanilla

LITURGY

As we approach the most sacred time of the year, adapted ceremonies of Holy Week and Easter proceed in accordance to the restrictions required at this time. Due to the current pandemic, the liturgical celebration of the paschal mysteries of Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter will be celebrated without the physical participation of the faithful.

You may follow this link to the Archdiocese of Toronto for livestream options of liturgical celebrations of the Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter.

https://www.archtoronto.org/media-centre/news-archive/chancery-news/how-to-watch-holy-week-in-the-archdiocese-of-toronto

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel locally and around the world

“Last year, your generosity to ShareLife made a difference in the lives of over 140,000 people locally and countless more around the world. Thank you for helping so many people experience God’s love and compassion.” – Cardinal Thomas Collins

Parishioners can still contribute by credit card through the ShareLife website, or by mailing or dropping off or mailing their contribution to the parish office

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Unfortunately, with the current COVID-19 situation, we cannot accept any food donations at this time.

While we await for updates from these outreach ministries, let us always be mindful of what they do.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city as well as a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs.

FINANCE CORNER

At a time like this it can be uncomfortable to talk about giving. Our primary concern is the health and well-being of our parishioners. However, these difficult circumstances show just how important the offertory is to the life of our parishes.

The reality is that our parishes rely on the support of their parishioners to operate – parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) are funded through the generosity of its parishioners. It will be a challenge for the parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection. Our Church remains open and our outreach programs and pastoral presence remain active.

Because there will be no masses, there will no offertory collections taken up. You may, however, drop off your envelope at the parish office or mail it to the parish.

Monthly contributions to the Parish by monthly Pre-Authorized Giving or by credit card through “Donate Now” continue automatically.

Please consider changing your offertory giving, at this time, to monthly Pre-Authorized Giving. Forms are available at the Parish office or on-line at the Parish website in the “Weekly Giving” section under the Finances tab.

Bulletin – March 29, 2020

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

IMPORTANT MESSAGES FROM CARDINAL COLLINS ON COVID-19

MARCH 24, 2020

“In order to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we have already cancelled the public celebration of the sacraments, including the Eucharist. In view of the increased restrictions on public activity, I am now asking you to close your church and any chapel, even for individual prayer, effective immediately.

As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday evening, parish offices should be closed to the public. Please make every effort to arrange for remote working arrangements for either the parish secretary or a parishioner who has the capacity to help organize and communicate with the faithful and to reach out to those isolated.”

COVID-19 UPDATES

As directed by Cardinal Collins, all communal celebrations of the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Marriage and Funerals are not allowed at this time.

Please contact the Pastor should you have plans for Baptism, Reconciliation, Marriage, Marriage Preparation or Funerals.

“Funerals – During this emergency, there will be no vigils or wake services. The Rite of Committal will take place with the immediate family at the cemetery. There will be no funeral Mass at this time, but we encourage the celebration of a funeral Mass at a later date when it is possible. Prior to the Rite of Committal at the cemetery, there may be a brief religious service, but not the Mass, in a church or funeral home, following the required prescriptions of the health authorities regarding the number of people who may be present, as well as the need for social distancing.

Please contact the parish office should you know of someone vulnerable or homebound that need assistance.

Emergency provisions are reviewed regularly in accord with the requirements of the public health officials and updates are provided at: www.archtoronto.org/covid19

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION CELEBRATION

This event scheduled for Sunday, April 26th from 2:00 PM to 5:00PM has been postponed.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

March 30th to April 5th, 2020

MONDAY – SIMON & TERESA – Requested by Veronica Do
TUESDAY –
WEDNESDAY – ALLAN PERSAUD – Requested by the Persaud & Goldenberg Families
THURSDAY – DAVID SHELDRICK – Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
FRIDAY – CATHERINE MINNAN-WONG – Requested by Noreen Chen
SATURDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE – Requested by their Families
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – VLADO PETRANOVIC – Requested by Mira Petranovic
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – MICHAEL FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes

ECO – SABBATH

This event scheduled Sunday, April 5th at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room has been cancelled.

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. There will be no meetings until further notice

ROSARY GROUPS

The groups scheduled below have been cancelled until further notice.

English: Saturday, April 4th at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room.
Chinese: Sunday, April 5th at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room

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

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Friday, April 3rd from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon – Cancelled

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings have been cancelled.

THE GIFT OF RECONCILIATION

As we enter these last few weeks of Lent, we continue to prepare for the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. During this time of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting, the Church endeavors to remind parishioners of the gift of Reconciliation, as a loving act through which the Father restores us to the fullness of life and to call them to full participation in the Holy Week and Easter liturgies.

The Reconciliation Service on Wednesday, April 1st at 7:30 PM has been cancelled.

IMPORTANT MESSAGES FROM CARDINAL COLLINS ON HOLY WEEK CELEBRATIONS

“In this time of tribulation, we as priests of Jesus Christ, are all the more called to deepen our exercise of this sacred ministry to the glory of God and the service of His people. Each day we do this through the celebration of the Eucharist even when it is not possible for the people to be present. We also do this through the celebration of the Liturgy of Hours in which we pray for God’s people as their priests, and I strongly encourage every priest to spend at least an hour before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer for the people.

We are approaching the most sacred time of the year. It is essential that, in every parish in the diocese, the ceremonies of Holy Week and Easter proceed even though adapted to the restrictions required at this time.

Due to the current pandemic, the liturgical celebration of the paschal mysteries of Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter will be celebrated without the physical participation of the faithful.”

Please click on the following link for the instruction that outlines how these liturgies are to be celebrated in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Michael, and in all parish churches throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto.

https://www.archtoronto.org/media-centre/news-archive/chancery-news/cardinal-collins-letter-on-holy-week-during-the-covid19-pandemic

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel locally and around the world

“Last year, your generosity to ShareLife made a difference in the lives of over 140,000 people locally and countless more around the world.

Thank you for helping so many people experience God’s love and compassion.” – Cardinal Thomas Collins

ShareLife Sunday, which was scheduled for today has been postponed.

There will be a revised ShareLife collection schedule when Masses are celebrated in the parish.

Parishioners can still contribute by credit card through the ShareLife website, or by mailing or dropping off or mailing their contribution to the parish office

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Unfortunately, with the current COVID-19 situation, we cannot accept any food donations at this time

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city as well as a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs.

FINANCE CORNER

Our primary concern is the health and well-being of our parishioners. And at a time like this it can be uncomfortable to talk about giving. However, these difficult circumstances show just how important the offertory is to the life of our parishes.

The reality is that our parishes rely on the support of their parishioners to operate – parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) are funded through the generosity of its parishioners. It will be a challenge for the parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection.

Because there will be no masses, there will no offertory collections taken up. You may consider sending your offertory by mail to the parish. Or you may visit the Archdiocese of Toronto COVID-19 “Support your Parish” tab for more options to support your parish.

https://www.archtoronto.org/covid19/Pages/support.aspx

Monthly contributions to the Parish by monthly Pre-Authorized Giving or by credit card through “Donate Now” continue automatically.

Please consider changing your offertory giving, at this time, to monthly Pre-Authorized Giving. Forms are available on-line at the Parish website in the “Weekly Giving” section under the Finances tab.

Bulletin – March 22, 2020

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM CARDINAL COLLINS

Contact Your Member of Parliament!

New Euthanasia Legislation Introduced in Canada

Legislation that would expand access to euthanasia in our country has been introduced by the federal government. Among the alarming changes are amendments to expand euthanasia to those without a terminal illness, including those with disabilities. Only 30 per cent of Canadians have access to quality palliative care which would significantly reduce the number of people wanting to end their lives. Every life has value – visit www.helptheliving.ca to send a letter (prepared for you) to your Member of Parliament. The process takes less than 5 minutes. More information can also be found at: www.archtoronto.org/euthanasia. We continue to pray and advocate for the vulnerable among us.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM CARDINAL COLLINS MESSAGE ON COVID-19 – MARCH 17, 2020

“In view of the requirements of the Government of Ontario, during this medical emergency, beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, I instruct that all public Masses be cancelled, both during the week and on the weekend. Churches will be available for individual private prayer.

The priests of the archdiocese will celebrate Mass every day privately for the intentions of the people.

The faithful will be able to watch, via livestream, a Mass which will be celebrated every day at 7:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, which will be followed by the Angelus and the Rosary. I will personally celebrate this Mass as much as is possible. This Mass, Rosary and Angelus will also be available on the Archdiocese of Toronto’s YouTube channel for those who cannot join at 7:30 a.m. These Masses and prayers will be offered for the intentions of everyone as we go through these trying times.

In addition, Mass will be broadcast daily on Salt & Light Catholic Media Foundation, VisionTV (Daily TV Mass) and EWTN.

Baptism – At this time, communal celebrations of Baptism are not allowed. Individual Baptism is allowed with immediate family and following the regulations established by the health authorities.

RCIA – I dispense the catechumens from the scrutinies. Information will be sent out later on the Triduum and reception into the Church.

First Holy Communion, First Reconciliation and Confirmation will be postponed for the duration of the emergency.

Sacrament of Reconciliation – Communal celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation are not allowed at this time. All those who wish to receive the sacrament should contact a priest. The sacrament is to be celebrated not in a confessional but rather in another location, where confidentiality may be ensured and where the distance required by the health officials can be maintained.

Marriage – Marriages without Mass may take place with the immediate family members, provided they follow the regulations established by the health authorities. The postponement of the wedding may be requested given these circumstances, but if this is granted there may be a need for revision of the canonical requirements.

Marriage Preparation is very important. At this time, however, marriage preparation classes are cancelled and pastors are to arrange for individual couples to be prepared properly for marriage.

Visits to the Sick and Homebound should continue as much as possible. As previously communicated, visiting clergy and volunteers should take direction from the health care facility. Parishes should also take care to contact the homebound and vulnerable.

Funerals – During this emergency, there will be no vigils or wake services. The Rite of Committal will take place with the immediate family at the cemetery. There will be no funeral Mass at this time, but we encourage the celebration of a funeral Mass at a later date when it is possible.

Parish Meetings and Events are cancelled at this time.

Parish Offices – While parish offices may offer more limited operating hours, they should maintain an active presence in the community and be accessible to the faithful. The Archdiocese of Toronto’s Catholic Pastoral Centre will also follow this practice, ensuring that offices remain accessible.”

COVID-19 UPDATES

As directed by Cardinal Collins, all communal celebrations of the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Marriage and Funerals are not allowed at this time.

Please contact the Pastor should you have plans for Baptism, Reconciliation, Marriage, Marriage Preparation or Funerals.

Please contact the parish office should you know of someone vulnerable or homebound that need assistance.

Emergency provisions are reviewed regularly in accord with the requirements of the public health officials and updates are provided at: www.archtoronto.org/covid19

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION CELEBRATION

This event scheduled for Sunday, April 26th from 2:00 PM to 5:00PM has been postponed.

CONFIRMATION CLASS

Confirmation class on Saturday, March 28th from 2:00 to 3:30 PM is cancelled.

WELCOME! BAPTISM

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:

Norah Tze
Ching Ho
Aliyah Rachele
Juliete Morrison
Noah Finn Tarvairen

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, March 15th. Congratulations!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

March 23rd to March 29th, 2020

MONDAY – ABANDONED SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by the Nguyen Family
TUESDAY – FR. STEVE, FR. BRANDO & THE STAFF OF ST. GABRIEL’S – Requested by a grateful Mother
WEDNESDAY – EAMON GAUGHAN – Requested by the Gaughan Family
THURSDAY – THANKSGIVING FOR THOSE CELEBRATING THEIR 75TH BIRTHDAY – Requested by Linda Law
FRIDAY – INTENTIONS OF MARK DESROCHES – Requested by Mark DesRoches
SATURDAY – DOREEN YOUNG – Requested by Noreen Chen
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – FERNANDO LASA – Requested by Ana Maria Lasa
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – MANUEL NUNEZ SANTA CRUZ – Requested by Jimena Nunez

DAILY TV MASS

With masses being cancelled across the country the Daily TV Mass offers Mass each day on television and the internet.

Vision TV
Sunday – 8:00 AM
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM & 12:00 PM
Saturday – 8:00 AM & 9:30 AM

Salt + Light
Sunday – 11:00 AM & 10:30 PM
Monday – Saturday – 6:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 10:30 PM

yesTV
Sunday – 10:30 AM
Monday – Saturday – 1:00 PM
Internet

www.dailytvmass.com
www.youtube.com/dailytvmass

SHARELIFE

How can you “Live the Gospel” when life is so busy?

Many people help those in need by volunteering at a local organization. But if your schedule doesn’t allow for it, you can still make a huge impact in your community by supporting ShareLife-funded agencies. Next Sunday is the first ShareLife collection. Over the next week, please reflect on your ability to “Live the Gospel” by making a sacrificial gift to our parish ShareLife campaign.

Next Sunday, March 29 is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.

THE GIFT OF RECONCILIATION

We have already begun the preparation for the greatest feast of all: The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. During this time of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting, the Church endeavors to remind parishioners of the gift of Reconciliation, as a loving act through which the Father restores us to the fullness of life and to call them to full participation in the Holy Week and Easter liturgies. Our Day of Confession will be March 26th from 3:00 PM to 6:00PM. Please contact the Pastor for individual Confession.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city as well as a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs.

Please check the expiration on food package to avoid passing food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support!

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre has been suspended for the time being. We will post a notice when the pick up resumes.

You may consider to prepare casseroles when pick up resumes, the three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Printed copies of the recipes are also available in the Parish Office. For more information, you may contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.

The Garden Shed

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

FINANCE CORNER

During this time of uncertainty, please remember that the expenses of operating and maintaining the church and its premises continue. Our Church remains open and our outreach programs and pastoral presence remain active.

Because there will be no masses, there will no offertory collections taken up.

Monthly contributions to the Parish by monthly Pre-Authorized Giving would have continued automatically.

Please consider changing your offertory giving, at this time, to monthly Pre-Authorized Giving. Forms are available at the Parish office or on-line at the Parish website in the “Weekly Giving” section under the Finances tab.

Bulletin – March 15, 2020

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM CARDINAL COLLINS
NURTURE LIFE, OPPOSE DEATH ON DEMAND!

Contact your Member of Parliament today!

The federal government has tabled legislation to expand what they refer to as medical assistance in dying but is more accurately called euthanasia/assisted suicide. More than 13,000 Canadians have been euthanized since 2016.

New legislation would make assisted death available to those without life-threatening illnesses including those with disabilities and those no longer capable of making decisions for themselves. Some Canadians may even be euthanized on the same day they make the request.

Visit www.helptheliving.ca to send a letter (prepared for you) to your Member of Parliament expressing deep concern. The process takes less than 5 minutes. More information can also be found at: www.archtoronto.org/euthanasia. We continue to pray and advocate for the vulnerable among us.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PREVENTATIVE MEASURES IN PLACE

The Archdiocese of Toronto continues to work with health officials to monitor the local situation regarding active cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, Cardinal Collins has asked all parishes to implement the following measures:

At the Sign of Peace, refrain from shaking hands – a simple bow, nod or “Peace be with you” to your neighbour is appropriate.

For parishes offering communion under both species, forgo the distribution of the Precious Blood from the chalice for the congregation at this time.

Parishes should ensure that those distributing communion wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after the distribution of communion.

Please also continue to practice healthy hygiene – wash your hands with soap or use hand sanitizer regularly, remain home if you are sick, sneeze/cough into your sleeve and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Let us continue to care for ourselves and one another as we pray for all those impacted worldwide by COVID-19.

You are strongly encouraged to take Communion only in the hand.

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION CELEBRATION

Sunday, April 26th from 2:00 PM to 5:00PM

Attention: all Parish Volunteers
Mark your calendars!
Volunteer Recognition Celebration
Sunday, April 26th, from 2:00 PM to 5 :00 PM
Inspirational Talk / Refreshments / Fellowship
Invitations to Follow

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday evening during Lent at 7:30 PM. We also encourage your attendance at our daily Mass throughout Lent.

CONFIRMATION CLASS

Saturday, March 28th from 2:00 to 3:30 PM
Gabriel Room
The next Confirmation class for those students from St. Gabriel’s School and all other Catholic Schools who are to be confirmed on May 17th will be held here in the Gabriel Room on Saturday, March 28th at 2:00 PM.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

March 16th – March 22nd, 2020

MONDAY – GABRIEL TREVISAN – Requested by Sue Woodcock
TUESDAY – ALFRED YAP – Requested by his Family
WEDNESDAY – ARMAND OAKIE – Requested by his Family
THURSDAY – ANTONIA EVANS – Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
FRIDAY – EUGENIO, LUCIA & PHILI VILLAMOR – Requested by their Family
SATURDAY – GIUSEPPE & CLEMENTINA INTINI – Requested by Chiara
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – CECILIA MANALANG – Requested by Plutarco Manalang
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM –

LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE 2020

Stations of the Cross: Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Parish Lenten Retreat
Saturday, February 29th
From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Individual Confessions
Thursday, March 26th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Reconciliation Service
Wednesday, April 1st at 7:30 PM

Palm Sunday, April 5th
Masses Sat., 4:30 PM
Sun., 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday, April 9th
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
7:30 PM – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday, April 10th
10:00 AM – Morning Prayer
3:00 PM – Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM – Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 11th
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 12th
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Easter Monday, April 13th
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by helping young mothers

Kristen was 17 when she found out she was pregnant. Worried she wouldn’t be able to graduate from high school, she reached out to Rose of Sharon. At this ShareLife – funded agency she was able to focus on school work with the help of child minding by the agency. Kristen graduated and was accepted into the medical administration program at Seneca College. “Without Rose of Sharon,” says Kristen, “there’s no way I would have believed college was a possibility.”

March 29th is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

These agencies provide essential services to young parents and 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. Thank you for your generous support!

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of March 21st/22nd

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

“GUINNESS AND GAMES” BOARD GAME NIGHT

Tuesday, March 17th From 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Mustard Seed, 791 Queen St E., Toronto

Join Faith Connections on St. Patrick’s Day for an evening of fun, fellowship and just a little competition for adults aged 30-45! Some board games will be provided.

We also invite you to bring games of your own. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

The cost is $10 per ticket and includes a can of Guinness! RSVP required to faithconnections@csj-to.ca or or by phone at 416-467-2645. For more information, please go to http://www.faithconnections.ca.

ANNUAL MASS OF ST PATRICK

St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, 65 Bond Street
Tuesday, March 17th at 10:00 AM

The Annual Mass of St. Patrick will be held at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica on Tuesday, March 17th at 10:00 AM.

The presider will be Fr. Edward J. Curtis, Rector of St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. Msgr. Patrick O’Dea will be the homilist. All are welcome.

WOMAN’S LENTEN RETREAT

March 20th at 7:30 PM to March 23rd after lunch

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre,
1617 Blythe Road

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre is presenting a Women’ Lenten Retreat from March 20th at 7:30 PM until after lunch on March 23rd. The theme,” In the Spirit of Quietude” will be preached by Fr. Peter Nowak OMI.

The cost for the weekend is $200 per person. For more information, please call 905 278 5229.

THE GARDEN SHED

Thank you to everyone who dropped by to ask about the Garden Ministry and garden care after Mass last Sunday.

On Sunday, March 22nd the children of the parish will be planting seeds indoors for the St. Gabriel’s-Good Shepherd community garden as part of their Children’s Liturgy at the 10:30 Mass. We suggest they dress in their “garden best.”

The Garden Ministry would like to acknowledge and thank several partners who are generously supporting our community garden for the Good Shepherd Ministries: Woodhill Garden Centre at 320 Steeles Ave. East, and Sheridan Nurseries, for gardening supplies and tools, Urban Harvest for organic seeds, and the Home Depots at Yorkdale – 90 Billy Bishop Way, and at 2375 Steele’s Ave. West, for construction supplies.

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

Bulletin – March 8, 2020

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM CARDINAL COLLINS
NURTURE LIFE, OPPOSE DEATH ON DEMAND!

Contact your Member of Parliament today!

The federal government has tabled legislation to expand what they refer to as medical assistance in dying but is more accurately called euthanasia/assisted suicide. More than 13,000 Canadians have been euthanized since 2016.

New legislation would make assisted death available to those without life-threatening illnesses including those with disabilities and those no longer capable of making decisions for themselves. Some Canadians may even be euthanized on the same day they make the request.

Visit www.helptheliving.ca to send a letter (prepared for you) to your Member of Parliament expressing deep concern. The process takes less than 5 minutes. More information can also be found at: www.archtoronto.org/euthanasia. We continue to pray and advocate for the vulnerable among us.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
sneeze and cough into your sleeve
avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
avoid contact with people who are sick
stay home if you are sick

Regarding liturgical practices, local health officials have indicated that it is NOT necessary to alter current practices at this time.

WELCOME NEW PARISHIONERS

We welcome new members of our Parish, individuals and families who joined and registered in the months of January and February, 2020:

Crystan Calica Lucia Salcedo
Crysteen Calica Nicholas Moniz
Jeremy Aykroyd Joyce Many
Clara Aykroyd Cynia Sanchez
Valerie Ciaramella Barbara Schmin
Milan Ciaramella Doug Schmin
Josie Da Silva Ngante Akosung
Eric Da Silva Alan Akosung
Patricia Robinson Swinnie Akosung
Tuomas Tarvanen Maureen Asumin
Noah Tarvanen Robert Wan
Mary Wan

PARISH LENTEN RETREAT

Gift, Greed and Gratitude:
Changing our Hearts to Change the World

On Saturday, February 29th, the Parish held a Lenten retreat on the theme Gift, Greed and Gratitude It was led by Redemptorist Bishop Jon Hansen, Bishop of Mackenzie -Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories.

We would like to thank Bishop Jon for his insights using scripture, stories and indiginous myths from the north.
It was a prayerful and enjoyable afternoon for all who attended.

Thank you Bishop Jon!

LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE 2020

Stations of the Cross: Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Parish Lenten Retreat
Saturday, February 29th
From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Individual Confessions
Thursday, March 26th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Reconciliation Service
Wednesday, April 1st at 7:30 PM

Palm Sunday, April 5th
Masses Sat., 4:30 PM
Sun., 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday, April 9th
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
7:30 PM – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday, April 10th
10:00 AM – Morning Prayer
3:00 PM – Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM – Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 11th
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 12th
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Easter Monday, April 13th
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

CONFIRMATION CLASS

Saturday, March 28th from 2:00 to 3:30 PM
Gabriel Room

The next Confirmation class for those students from St. Gabriel’s School and all other Catholic Schools who are to be confirmed on May 17th will be held here in the Gabriel Room on Saturday, March 28th at 2:00 PM.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

March 9th – March 15th, 2020

MONDAY – ANTONIA EVANS – Requested by the Teresa Sheldrick
TUESDAY – KEVIN PEARCE – Requested by Fergus O’Connell
WEDNESDAY – PATRICIA CLYDESDALE – Requested by Nora Kerr
THURSDAY – ROMEO LIGGAYU – Requested by His Family
FRIDAY – JOSEPHINE BADALI – Requested by John, Sal & Patsy
SATURDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE – Requested by their Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – VICENTE LANSANGAN – Requested by Leticia
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – ADORACION LIGGAYU – Requested by the Family

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday evening during Lent at 7:30 PM. We also encourage your attendance at our daily Mass throughout Lent.

SHARELIFE: It’s who we are!

Catholic agencies have been serving those among us who are poor, sick and marginalized since the founding of our diocese 178 years ago – it’s who we are as Catholics in the Archdiocese of Toronto! We continue that legacy through ShareLife, which funds over 40 agencies that provide unconditional care, regardless of religious affiliation.

March 29 is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support!

CALLING ALL GIRLS

Mother Daughter Event
Friday, March 27th -from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
***Colleen Carroll Campbell will be doing a book signing
Speakers & Topics:
Adeodata Czink – What Makes a Lady a Lady?
Dr. Sandra Sagrati – Get Uncomfortable: Less Stress & Anxiety
Dorothy Pilarski – The Power of Prayer

Register at www.dynamicwomenfaith.com

11th ANNUAL DYNAMIC WOMEN OF FAITH CATHOLIC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

Saturday, March 28th from 9:00 AM to 8:30 PM

Le Treport Banquet Hall 1075 The Queensway East

The 11th Annual Dynamic Women of Faith Conference will be held on Saturday March 28th at the Le Treport Banquet Hall in Mississauga. The Closing Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Edward Curtis, rector of St. Michael’s Cathedral. The speakers include Colleen Carroll Campbell and Kimberly Hahn.

The cost is $65 which includes lunch. Register at www.dynamicwomenfaith.com. If you have questions, contact 416-907-1042.

QUEEN OF APOSTLES – A RETREAT FOR WOMEN

Who Am I? Finding my Purpose through Inner Reflection

Saturday March 28th, from 9:00 AM.to 4:00 PM.

Led by Lynn Gow, ‘Who Am I?’ is a time to stop, reflect and look inside yourself with a new lens. You will be given a framework to use in your journey of self-discovery. Knowing ourselves, our core values helps to focus us on where we need to be spending our energy to become the women we were created to be.

The cost is $125 which includes lunch on Saturday. For more information or to register please call 306-242-1916 or email: receptionist@queenshouse.org Registration is limited to a minimum of 6 participants and a maximum of 12 participants – register soon!

A $25 Deposit is required when registering.
Registration deadline: March 21st.

THE GARDEN SHED

The next meeting of the Garden Ministry will be on Sunday, March 8th at 1:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. Everyone is welcome.

Also, on March 8th, members will be on hand in the Gathering Space after all the Masses to answer your questions and invite your participation.

Please drop by the lights at the bottom of the stairs leading to the garage to watch the progress of the onion and celery seeds, planted for the St. Gabriel’s Good Shepherd Community Garden.

And, if you are looking for a Lenten meditation, you can view Fr. Steve Dunn’s presentation on the Stations of the Cosmic Earth on the parish website at http://stgabrielsparish.ca/ – under Photos and Videos.