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Bulletin – May 24, 2020

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

ANNOUNCED MASSES

May 25th to May 31th, 2020

MONDAY –
TUESDAY –
WEDNESDAY –
THURSDAY –
FRIDAY –
SATURDAY – SAUL MONROY – Requested by Gloria Monroy
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM –
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM –

PRAYER DURING COVID 19

For all in direct patient care; give them strength for their service and strength to ask for help when they are in need.
God, protect them.
For all the sick; bring them to full health and restore them to those who love them.
God, protect them.
For all those isolated in their homes; sustain them in joy and peace.
God, protect them.
For all those who have died and those who grieve their loss in isolation; comfort them in their sorrow.
God, protect them.
For decision-makers at all levels; send them your wisdom and good counsel to serve their communities.
God, protect them.
Amen.

Parish News

As we anticipate the reopening of the Church for weekend Masses, disinfecting the pews and high touch areas is one of the many measures to keep our Church safe for everyone. Any parishioner who wants to volunteer their time in disinfecting the pews after each weekend Mass can sign up by sending an email with your name and contact details, indicating which Mass you would be available for, to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting the Deaf community

Imagine you’re a Deaf child and your parents don’t know sign language. Your parents could gesture in a rudimentary way, but how do you share your joys, fears and needs? Silent Voice, a ShareLife agency, teaches American Sign Language and Deaf culture to families so they can share a common language. “I’m so passionate about Silent Voice,” says one grateful parent, “because their Family Communication Program rescues children from social isolation.” Last year more than 700 Deaf people and their family members received help through Silent Voice.

ShareLife and COVID-19

ShareLife-funded agencies have adapted their programs to the pandemic and continue to serve those in need. Among many other lifesaving initiatives, they are delivering meals to isolated seniors and offering phone counselling for people experiencing anxiety and depression. Visit sharelife.org to learn the many other ways your gift is making a difference.

Due to Covid 19 the ShareLife collections have been postponed. Parishioners can contribute online at sharelife.org/donate or by 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 wait 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.

A MESSAGE FROM CATHOLIC CEMETERIES

While our cemetery gates remain closed during our regular operating hours, the gates will be opened for family visits on the cemetery grounds only. Our hours of operation for families visiting will be as follows:
Monday – Saturday: 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sundays and Statutory Holidays: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Our mausolea remain closed until further notice. Entry to the cemetery and mausolea during regular operating hours will only be provided to those attending a funeral or burial, those with a scheduled appointment and for essential deliveries.

Physical distancing requirements and attendee number restrictions are in place at all times in keeping with provincial
Guidelines.

FINANCE CORNER

Although our Churches have remained closed since March 15th, 2020, our outreach programs and pastoral presence remain active.

Because there were no Masses celebrated with public participation, there were no offertory collections taken up. The reality is that our parishes rely on the support of their parishioners to operate through weekly offertory collections. Parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) are funded through the generosity of its parishioners. There is a challenge for the parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection.

Monthly contributions to the Parish by monthly Pre-Authorized Giving or by credit card through “Donate Now” continue automatically. You may, however, drop off your envelope at the parish office or mail it to the parish.

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 – May 17, 2020

Sunday, May 17th, 2020

ANNOUNCED MASSES

May 18th to May 24th, 2020

MONDAY – VICTORIA DAY
TUESDAY – ANA SOFIA NASCIMENTO – Requested by Carlos & Odete Nascimento
WEDNESDAY –
THURSDAY –
FRIDAY – CHUCK GRECH – Requested by The Family
SATURDAY – MARY-ANNE OLDEN – Requested by Kathleen Olden-Powell
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – ANTONIO MARCHESE – Requested by Cathy Marchese
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – FRANK COLANTONIO – Requested by Angela Colantonio

PRAYER DURING COVID 19

Most Merciful God,
We come to You in our weakness.
We come to You in our fear.
We come to You with trust.
For You alone are our hope.
We place before You the disease present in our world.
We turn to You in our time of need.
Bring wisdom to doctors.
Give understanding to scientists.
Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity.
Bring healing to those who are ill.
Protect those who are most at risk.
Give comfort to those who have lost a loved one.
Welcome those who have died into Your Eternal Home.
Stabilize our communities.
Unite us in our compassion.
Remove all fear from our hearts.
Fill us with confidence in Your care.
We ask this through Christ the Lord
Amen.

SHARELIFE

ShareLife and COVID-19

ShareLife-funded agencies have adapted their programs to the pandemic and continue to serve those in need. Among many other lifesaving initiatives, they are delivering meals to isolated seniors and offering phone counselling for people experiencing anxiety and depression. Visit sharelife.org to learn the many other ways your gift is making a difference.

Due to Covid 19 the ShareLife collections have been postponed. Parishioners can contribute online at sharelife.org/donate or by 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 wait 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

Although our Churches have remained closed since March 15th, 2020, our outreach programs and pastoral presence remain active.

Because there were no Masses celebrated with public participation, there were no offertory collections taken up. The reality is that our parishes rely on the support of their parishioners to operate through weekly offertory collections. Parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) are funded through the generosity of its parishioners. There is a challenge for the parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection.

Monthly contributions to the Parish by monthly Pre-Authorized Giving or by credit card through “Donate Now” continue automatically. You may, however, drop off your envelope at the parish office or mail it to the parish.

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 – May 10, 2020

Sunday, May 10th, 2020

ANNOUNCED MASSES

May 11th to May 17th, 2020

MONDAY – RICHARD CHUCHRA – Requested by Wanda & Jack Wrobel
TUESDAY –
WEDNESDAY –
THURSDAY –
FRIDAY –
SATURDAY – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE CHUCHRA & WROBEL FAMILIES – Requested by Wanda & Jack Wrobel
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM –

PRAYER DURING COVID 19

For all who have contracted coronavirus,
We pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decisionmakers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Grant peace.
Grant comfort.
Grant healing.
Be with us, Lord.
Amen.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by helping those with addictions

After the death of a close friend, Alex turned to hard drugs to escape his reality. He continued using, despite getting married and having a son. Realizing the impact of his addiction on his son, he sought help from St. Michael’s Homes, a ShareLife-funded agency. He completed their treatment program and, as a result of his recovery, he can now be there for his family. Alex credits St. Michael’s Homes for saving his life.

Due to Covid 19 the ShareLife collections have been postponed. However, our agencies continue to serve those in need. Parishioners can contribute online at sharelife.org/donate or by 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 wait 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.

CEMETERY GATES CLOSED TO FAMILY VISITATIONS

Please be advised that on Tuesday, April 7th Catholic Cemeteries & Funeral Services (CCFS) closed its gates until further notice for family visitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CCFS is committed to serving our bereaved families and working to ensure their health and safety. We are equally committed to and focused on the health and safety of our employees.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, CCFS has been adjusting its operations and levels of public interaction in an effort to do our part to slow the transmission of this virus.

Please direct any inquiries to our Central Business Office at: 416-733-8544.

OFFICE OF CATHOLIC YOUTH PRAYER SERVICE

Wednesday, May 13th on Instagram

On Wednesday, May 13th, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, the OCY is hosting an online day of prayer featuring various parishes and music ministries from across the archdiocese. There will be various 30 to 60 minute prayer experiences over Instagram LIVE from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Petitions and intercessory prayer will be shared, along with rosaries, divine mercy chaplets, stations of the cross, an hour of Eucharistic Adoration, praise and worship and more. This virtual prayer experience will be made available through the Instagram platform only.

For more information about these opportunities and others, please contact John MacMullen at: jmacmullen@archtoronto.org. You may also leave a voicemail at the OCY at: 416-599-7676. We continue to monitor incoming voice messages.

FINANCE CORNER

Although our Churches have remained closed since March 15th, 2020, our outreach programs and pastoral presence remain active.

Because there were no Masses celebrated with public participation, there were no offertory collections taken up. The reality is that our parishes rely on the support of our parishioners to operate through weekly offertory collections. Parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) are funded through the generosity of our parishioners. There is a challenge for the parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection.

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. You may, however, drop off your envelope at the parish office or mail it to the parish.

Bulletin – May 3, 2020

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

ANNOUNCED MASSES

May 4th to May 10th, 2020

MONDAY – EDGARDO DE BORJA – Requested by his Children
TUESDAY –
WEDNESDAY – MARIA DIDIODATO – Requested by her Family
THURSDAY – LAU KOON TING – Requested by Linda Law & Family
FRIDAY –
SATURDAY – FR. JOSEPH PAUL – Requested by Sophie & Candida Pereira
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – LARRY MONAGHAN – Requested by Carol & Hugh Mackenzie
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM –

PRAYER DURING COVID 19

Most Merciful God,
We come to You in our weakness.
We come to You in our fear.
We come to You with trust.
For You alone are our hope.

We place before You the disease present in our world.
We turn to You in our time of need.

Bring wisdom to doctors.
Give understanding to scientists.
Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity.
Bring healing to those who are ill.
Protect those who are most at risk.
Give comfort to those who have lost a loved one.
Welcome those who have died into Your Eternal Home.

Stabilize our communities.
Unite us in our compassion.
Remove all fear from our hearts.
Fill us with confidence in Your care.

We ask this through Christ the Lord

Amen.

SHARELIFE

sharelife Living the Gospel by putting faith into action

“ShareLife is the way the rubber hits the road. This is how we validate the legitimacy and integrity of our Christian life: not by the words we speak, but by the love we share, in practical ways. That’s what we do with ShareLife.”

Cardinal Thomas Collins

Due to Covid 19 the ShareLife Collection scheduled for this weekend, May 2nd /3rd has been postponed. However, our agencies continue to serve those in need. Parishioners can contribute online at sharelife.org/donate or by 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 wait 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

Although our Churches have remained closed since March 15th, 2020, our outreach programs and pastoral presence remain active.

Because there were no Masses celebrated with public participation, there were no offertory collections taken up. The reality is that our parishes rely on the support of their parishioners to operate through weekly offertory collections. Parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) are funded through the generosity of its parishioners. There is a challenge for the parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection.

Monthly contributions to the Parish by monthly Pre-Authorized Giving or by credit card through “Donate Now” continue automatically. You may, however, drop off your envelope at the parish office or mail it to the parish.

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 – April 26, 2020

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 27th to May 3rd, 2020

MONDAY – GABRIEL TREVISAN – Requested by Sue Woodcock
TUESDAY –
WEDNESDAY – MARK D’SILVA – Requested by the D’Silva Family
THURSDAY –
FRIDAY – CATHERINE MINNAN-WONG – Requested by Noreen Chen
SATURDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE – Requested by the Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – ALLAN PERSAUD – Requested by the Persaud & Goldenberg Families
– 12:30 PM – NOREEN YOUNG – Requested by Noreen Chen

PRAYER FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE INFECTED WITH COVID-19 OR FACING QUARANTINE

Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments.

Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19. May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses.

Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine.

Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by welcoming newcomers to Canada

The Dia Desso family were forced to flee the Cote d’Ivoire due to the civil war. They sought safety in neighbouring Ghana, where they met a team from the Office of Refugees of the Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT). ORAT, a ShareLife-funded agency, facilitated the family’s private refugee sponsorship by Good Shepherd Parish in Thornhill. They are now thriving! The father loves his work driving a forklift, the mother cares for their one-year-old son at home, and the daughters are succeeding at school. Thanks to your support, the Dia Desso family is proud to be living in Canada.

Due to Covid 19 the ShareLife Collection scheduled for May 3rd has been postponed. However, our agencies continue to serve those in need. Parishioners can contribute online at sharelife.org/donate or by 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 wait 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

Although our Churches have remained closed since March 15th, 2020, our outreach programs and pastoral presence remain active.

Because there were no Masses celebrated with public participation, there were no offertory collections taken up. The reality is that our parishes rely on the support of their parishioners to operate through weekly offertory collections. Parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) are funded through the generosity of its parishioners. There is a challenge for the parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection.

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

You may, however, drop off your envelope at the parish office or mail it to the parish.

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.