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Bulletin – May 20, 2018

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

VICTORIA DAY

Monday, May 21st is Victoria Day.
The Parish Office will be closed.
There will be no 9:00 AM Mass that day.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to the children from our parish attending our Children’s Faith Program and other Catholic schools who received their First Communion as a group on Sunday, May 13th, 2018 at the 12:30 Mass.

Kate Commendador
Vivienne Confraria
Kai Contway Chand
Manuel Francis Gamalinda
Isabel Ha
Chloe How
Evan Kroetsch
Xavier Daniel Brummel Nascimento
Alison Park
Charlotte Quattrocicchi
Carlos Regalado
Eric Saavedra-Ikonomi
Ethan So
Isabella Viloria
Toni Viterbo
Matthew Wang (Bird)

We wish these young people every blessing and promise to support them with our prayers as they continue on their journey of faith.

YOUTH GROUP FLOWER SALE

The St. Gabriel’s Youth Group would like to give a special thank you to all who supported their Mother’s Day Fundraiser last weekend.

We raised over $1000! We appreciate your donations and purchases of flowers and rosaries to help the youth attend the Steubenville Conference this July and World Youth Day in January 2019.

We would also like to give a special thank you to Linda Law, Laura Cheung, and the members of the Chinese Rosary Group for helping provide flowers and rosaries, as well as Leslie Tan-Man and Chris McKee for providing the gift tags, signs, and decor for our sale.

CALL FOR CONSCIENCE 2018 – AN INVITATION FROM CARDINAL COLLINS

Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, recently issued a call to action in advance of the June 7th provincial election to promote palliative care, conscience rights and the protection of faith-based facilities.

His Eminence has asked Catholics to visit canadiansforconscience.ca/ontario to send a letter directly to all candidates in their riding for the June 7th election. A pre-written letter is provided which people can amend as they choose.

If you did not receive Cardinal Collins’ emailed letter and you would like to receive them in the future, please visit bit.ly/archtosignup Thank you for advocating on these important issues!

WORLD YOUTH DAY

Our parish Youth Group is very excited to share that we will be taking part in next year’s World Youth Day (WYD). World Youth Day is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is celebrated every 3 years. The next World Youth Day is taking place in Panama City, Panama from January 22nd to 27th, 2019.

“WYD is open to young people who want to take part in a festive encounter with their contemporaries centered on Jesus Christ. This event is an opportunity to experience in first person the universality of the Church. WYD is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, by means of prayer and the sacraments, together with thousands of other young people around the world who share your interests and ambitions.”

This event is open to young adults in the parish ages 18-30.

If you are interested in attending, please contact sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com for more information.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

May 21st – May 26th, 2018

MONDAY – VICTORIA DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – CECILIA MANALANG – Requested by Plutarco Manalang
WEDNESDAY – UNA BOYLAN – Requested by Nora Kerr
THURSDAY – PRUDENCIO CLEOFE – Requested by his Family
FRIDAY – FR. BRANDO – Requested by the Parish Team
SATURDAY – RICHARD GARDIAN – Requested by Sally Gardian & Family

EFFECT HOPE

Leprosy Mission of Canada Stamp Collection Program

Make a difference with your mail! You can get involved by collecting, trimming and sending your used postage stamps to Effect Hope, the Leprosy Mission of Canada. Please place stamps in the basket provided outside the Parish Office

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by maximizing the impact of your donation

Administered by St. Elizabeth HealthCare, the Shared Services Initiative is supporting other ShareLife-funded agencies in the areas of human resources, financial services and information technology. Participating agencies report they are able to improve the quality, competency and accuracy of their work. Through this initiative, ShareLife-funded agencies are ensuring the maximum amount received is directed to the front-line service they provide.

Total Collected to May 14th, 2018 – $91,366
Next Sunday, May 27th, is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in our city. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s website. Printed copies of the recipes are also available in the Parish Office.

Please remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole. For more information, you may contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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 development, community, residential and educational services for young parents and their children.

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

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.

COLLECTING EYEGLASSES

We are continuing to collect eyeglasses for the Lions Club. Throughout the year, the Lion’s Club volunteers collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Recycling Centres. There volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact. Please place them in the baskets provided outside the office.

THEOLOGY ON TAP: Ecological Awareness

Monday, May 28, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto

All young adults (ages19 to 39) are invited to join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics! The special guest will be Rachel Ball. Munchies will be provided and a cash bar is available. Come and bring a friend!

SEEING WITH HEART –DAY OF REFLECTION

Saturday, June 2nd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Catholic Parents of Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons

Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre, Pickering, Ontario

The sixteenth Canadian Seeing with the Heart Day of Reflection will be held on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering.

Fr. Roger Brennan of the Scarboro Foreign Mission will facilitate. John Montague from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish will assist.

The Cost is $40.00 which includes lunch. For questions and information call John Montague at 416-523-6449.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

Weekend of September 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2018

St. Gabriel’s Parish

A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2018. The course will be held Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 please email Marie Deans at deansm@sympatico.ca. PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. For a registration package

THE GARDEN SHED

Robert Cordy, Organic Horticulturalist, will be giving a workshop Sunday, May 20th, after the 12:30 Mass on Hugelkultur, the gardening method he is employing in the north garden.

On Saturday, May 26th, at 2:00, he will provide a workshop on vegetable gardening. All are welcome.

If you are interested in helping to care for the gardens, please leave your name, email address and phone number with the office, or email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

FINANCE CORNER

Weekly Offertory
Collection for Last Weekend
Envelopes 389 $ 8,121
Loose Change 1,302
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 166 3,070
Total 555 $ 12,493

REMEMBERING THE PARISH IN YOUR WILL

A bequest is a beautiful way to express your faith and your gratitude for a lifetime of blessings! A gift to the parish or any of our diocesan charities in your Will creates a lasting legacy that will help the Church continue its heritage of service and pastoral care to the faith community. When making your Will, please consider a bequest to St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish. To learn more about making a bequest, please call the parish office or the Development Office of the Archdiocese at 416-934-3411 ext. 519 or visit www.archtoronto.org/development.

Bulletin – May 13, 2018

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day

To all the Mothers, Single Mothers, Grandmothers and Stepmothers, we wish you a very happy Mother’s day. May you be blessed with the graces you need, with courage, compassion, patience and peace.

YOUTH GROUP FLOWER SALE

The St. Gabriel’s Parish Youth Group will be selling flowers and rosaries for Mother’s Day this weekend, May 12th and 13th, after all the Masses. All proceeds will support the youth group attending the Steubenville Conference and World Youth Day.

LOOKING FOR A BOOKKEEPER

Fr. Bernard is looking for a bookkeeper at the Passionist Mission Office. If interested, please contact Fr. Bernard at the Mission Office at 416-743-3500. Join the team and work for the missions in Haiti, Jamaica and Honduras!

CALL FOR CONSCIENCE 2018 – AN INVITATION FROM CARDINAL COLLINS

Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, recently issued a call to action in advance of the June 7th provincial election to promote palliative care, conscience rights and the protection of faith-based facilities. His Eminence has asked Catholics to visit canadiansforconscience.ca/ontario to send a letter directly to all candidates in their riding for the June 7th election. A pre-written letter is provided which people can amend as they choose. If you did not receive Cardinal Collins’ emailed letter and you would like to receive them in the future, please visit bit.ly/archtosignup Thank you for advocating on these important issues!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

May 14th – May 19th, 2018

MONDAY – JULIA MARTINS – Requested by Maria Martins
TUESDAY – PHILIP TONG – Requested by Mary & Alec Chan

FRIDAY – ANA SOFIA NASCIMENTO & ALL DECEASED FAMILY MEMBERS – Requested by the Nascimento Family
SATURDAY – GERRY & EDNA HATCH – Requested by their Family

CONFIRMATION

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated next Sunday, May 20th, at 3:00 PM at St. Gabriel’s Church.

In preparation for this Sacrament, a Confirmation Retreat will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at St. Gabriel’s Church. All candidates must attend. Candidates are reminded to bring a signed letter from the service coordinator or a parent stating the completion or anticipated date of completion of volunteer service hours.

PLANNING TO BE A CATHOLIC TEACHER?

It is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic School Board in Ontario, as part of your application for employment, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor. If you are planning to apply to teach in a Catholic School, a contact with the pastor is highly recommended. Please plan to have a conversation with your Pastor early in the process, well before applications are to be submitted.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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 development, community, residential and educational services for young parents and their children.

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

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.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting mental health wellness

In 2016, over 2,000 people accessed individual, couple and family counseling at Catholic Family Services of Peel-Dufferin, a ShareLife-funded agency. Often, clients sought help to address depression. Given that depression has replaced back injury as the number one reason for absenteeism at work, these services are helping clients maintain employment and stay out of poverty. By supporting ShareLife agencies like CFS Peel-Dufferin, you’re helping people find health and happiness.

Total Collected to May 9th, 2018 – $87,031
May 27 is the next ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of May 19th/20th
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

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

St. Gabriel’s Parish
Weekend of September 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2018

A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2018. The course will be held Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. For a registration package please email Marie Deans at deansm@sympatico.ca.

TENTH ANNUAL BLUE MASS

Wednesday May 16th at 7:00 PM

Blessed Trinity Parish, 3220 Bayview Ave.

Blessed Trinity Parish invites all St. Gabriel’s parishioners to come and join them as they commemorate the past and honor the present members of Police Services, Fire Services, Paramedic Services and the Canadian Armed Forces. The Mass will take place on Wednesday May 16th at 7:00 PM at Blessed Trinity Parish
A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. All are welcome.

PROVINCIAL ELECTION TIME

Meet the Candidates
Thursday, May 17, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
St. Bonaventure’s Parish Hall

St. Bonaventure’s Church is hosting candidates from all parties seeking election to provincial office representing Don Valley East, West, and North Join them in the St. Bonaventure parish hall, 1300 Leslie Street, (just south of Lawrence on the west side of Leslie) on Thursday, May 17th, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Candidates will be invited to share their views on a variety of topics of interest for Catholic voters. Following the question and answer session, an opportunity will be provided to meet the candidates and ask questions individually.

We are hosting the meeting in conjunction with Catholic Conscience, a local non-profit, non-partisan organization seeking to improve the quality of our elected leaders. Questions may be directed to Catholic Conscience, by e-mail at info@CatholicConscience.org, or through their website, www.CatholicConscience.org.

For those wanting to explore the responsibilities of Catholics in elections, an information and discussion session will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the parish hall of St Peter’s Church, 130 Bathurst Street in Toronto (across from the TTC Bathurst subway stop).

See you there!

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

Thursday, May 17th at 7:30 PM in the Gabriel Room

We would like to extend an invitation to the parish to come to a presentation by Fr. Walter Fernandes, a Jesuit priest based in Guwahati, Assam, India. He has studied tribal, gender and livelihood issues for over four decades of his professional life as founder and director of the North Eastern Social Research Centre (NESRC). He is also a well-known scholar on issues concerning development-induced displacement and challenges posed to human dignity. Some of his current work focuses on social justice in the context of tribal reconciliation (within north-east India), as well as migration from neighboring Myanmar.

Fr. Fernandes is visiting Canada at the invitation of St Mary’s University, Halifax to share his knowledge of Indigenous issues in North-East India and Myanmar.”

Join us in this unique opportunity to learn more about Indigenous issues and challenges.

SEEING WITH HEART –DAY OF REFLECTION

Catholic Parents of Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons
Saturday, June 2nd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre, Pickering, Ontario

The sixteenth Canadian Seeing with the Heart Day of Reflection will be held on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering.

Fr. Roger Brennan of the Scarboro Foreign Mission will facilitate. John Montague from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish will assist.

The Cost is $40.00 which includes lunch.

For questions and information call John Montague at 416-523-6449.

THE GARDEN SHED

Robert Cordy, our Organic Horticulturalist, or members of his team, will be providing two workshops this month. To learn about Hugelkultur, the method of gardening being used in the north garden, meet us on Sunday, May 20th, in the north garden after the 12:30 Mass.

If you are interested in vegetable gardening, join us on Saturday, May 26th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. All are welcome.

If you would like to get involved in the care of our beautiful gardens, please leave your email address and phone number with the parish office, or email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

Bulletin – May 6, 2018

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

OUR PRIESTS & LAY PASTORAL ASSOCIATE AWAY

Sunday May 6th to Thursday, May 10th

This week Fr. Brando, Fr. John, Fr. Paul, Fr. Steve, Fr. Bernard and Fatima Lee will join other Passionists and Lay Associates to attend the St. Paul of the Cross Provincial Chapter in New York. They will be choosing new leaders for the province. Please keep them in your prayers. Fr. Bill Burns will celebrate the weekday Masses while they are away.

YOUTH GROUP FLOWER SALE

The St. Gabriel’s Parish Youth Group will be selling flowers and rosaries on Mother’s Day weekend, May 12th and 13th, after all the Masses. All proceeds will support the youth group attending the Steubenville Conference and World Youth Day.

LOOKING FOR A BOOKKEEPER

Fr. Bernard is looking for a bookkeeper at the Passionist Mission Office. If interested, please contact Fr. Bernard at the Mission Office at 416-743-3500. Join the team and work for the missions in Haiti, Jamaica and Honduras!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

May 7th – May 12th, 2018

MONDAY – MAURICE MICHAEL – Requested by Charmaine Michael
TUESDAY – LAU KOON TING – Requested by Linda Law & Family
WEDNESDAY – JOHN YEUNG CHUN KUN – Requested by Agnes Wong
THURSDAY – JOSEPH THIENG NGUYEN – Requested by the Nguyen Family?
FRIDAY – RICHARD CHUCHRA – Requested by Wanda & Jack
SATURDAY – MARY ANNE OLDEN – Requested by Kathleen Olden Powell

CONFIRMATION

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday, May 20th at 3:00 PM at St. Gabriel’s Church. In preparation for this Sacrament, a Confirmation Retreat will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at St. Gabriel’s Church. All candidates must attend. Candidates are reminded to bring a signed letter from the service coordinator or a parent stating the completion or anticipated date of completion of volunteer service hours.

ECO – SABBATH

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

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

All are welcome to attend.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK

May 6th to 11th, 2018

We invite all parishioners to join in celebrating Catholic Education Week 2018, which runs from May 6th to May 11th. For more than 165 years, Ontario’s publicly funded schools have been integrating our faith into all aspects of school life, nurturing the gifts and talents of every student. We celebrate the distinctive contribution that Catholic schools provide, giving thanks and offering our prayers for all those who faithfully journey with our young people each day. To affirm your support of Catholic Education and sign up for email updates visit www.togetherinfaith.ca.

PLANNING TO BE A CATHOLIC TEACHER?

It is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic School Board in Ontario, as part of your application for employment, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor. If you are planning to apply to teach in a Catholic School, a contact with the pastor is highly recommended. Please plan to have a conversation with your Pastor early in the process, well before applications are to be submitted.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 41 casseroles for April. For May, your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of May 26th/27th 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 ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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 development, community, residential and educational services for young parents and their children.

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

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.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by caring for the elderly

Ever since Erika had a stroke, her diminished mobility kept her from enjoying many activities. When LA Centre for Active Living planned a trip to the Garlic Festival, Erika worried her disabilities would get in the way. To Erika’s delight, the ShareLife-funded agency ensured the trip was fully accessible for her. Having the most fun she’s had in years, she felt like her disabilities disappeared. Last year, ShareLife-supported agencies provided care to over 6,300 seniors.

Total Collected to April 30th, 2018 – $77,846
May 27th is the next ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.

BREBEUF COLLEGE ALUMNI PUB NIGHT

Friday May 11th from 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Brebeuf College will be holding its annual Alumni Pub Night reunion at the school on Friday, May 11th from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM. More details can be found at www.brebeufalumni.org. All are welcome.

MEAGAN’S WALK – CREATING A CIRCLE OF HOPE

5km Fundraising Walk and Hug
Saturday, May, 12th 2018
Registration from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at Fort York
9:30 AM Registration Closes
10:00 AM Walk to SickKids

The seventeenth annual Meagan’s Walk: – Creating a Circle of Hope will take place on Saturday, May 12th. You may register online at meaganswalk.com. Registration also opens at 8:30 AM at Fort York, followed by family activities and entertainment. Registration closes at 9:30 AM. The Walk begins at 10:00 AM. and concludes at SickKids with the “Hug”.

Over the last 17 years, proceeds of 5 million dollars from this event have been directed toward paediatric brain tumour research, faster diagnoses, personalized treatments and improved outcomes for young people faced with brain tumours and treatment of paediatric brain tumours at SickKids.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

May 17th at 7:30 PM in the Gabriel Room

We would like to extend an invitation to the parish to come to a presentation by Fr. Walter Fernandes, a Jesuit priest based in Guwahati, Assam, India. He has studied tribal, gender and livelihood issues for over four decades of his professional life as founder and director of the North Eastern Social Research Centre (NESRC).

He is also a well-known scholar on issues concerning development-induced displacement and challenges posed to human dignity. Some of his current work focuses on social justice in the context of tribal reconciliation (within north-east India), as well as migration from neighboring Myanmar.

Fr. Fernandes is visiting Canada at the invitation of St Mary’s University, Halifax to share his knowledge of Indigenous issues in North-East India and Myanmar.”

Join us in this unique opportunity to learn more about indigenous issues and challenges.

PROVINCIAL ELECTION TIME

Meet the Candidates
Thursday, May 17, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
St. Bonaventure’s Parish Hall

St. Bonaventure’s Church is hosting candidates from all parties seeking election to provincial office representing Don Valley East, West, and North. Join them in the St. Bonaventure parish hall, 1300 Leslie Street, (just south of Lawrence on the west side of Leslie) on Thursday, May 17th, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Candidates will be invited to share their views on a variety of topics of interest for Catholic voters. Following the question and answer session, an opportunity will be provided to meet the candidates and ask questions individually.

We are hosting the meeting in conjunction with Catholic Conscience, a local non-profit, non-partisan organization seeking to improve the quality of our elected leaders. Questions may be directed to Catholic Conscience, by e-mail at info@CatholicConscience.org, or through their website, www.CatholicConscience.org.

For those wanting to explore the responsibilities of Catholics in elections, an information and discussion session will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the parish hall of St Peter’s Church, 130 Bathurst Street in Toronto (across from the TTC Bathurst subway stop).
See you there!

SEEING WITH HEART –DAY OF REFLECTION

Catholic Parents of Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons
Saturday, June 2nd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre, Pickering, Ontario

The sixteenth Canadian Seeing With the Heart Day of Reflection will be held on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering.

Fr. Roger Brennan of the Scarboro Foreign Mission will facilitate. John Montague from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish will assist.

The Cost is $40.00 which includes lunch.
For questions and information call John Montague at 416-523-6449.

THE GARDEN SHED

Robert Cordy, Organic Horticulturalist, will give a presentation and tour of the gardens after all the Masses on the weekend of May 12th/13th.

Robert or members of his team will also be giving two workshops this month: Sunday, May 20th in the north garden, after the 12:30 Mass and Saturday, May 26th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Details and more workshops to follow. All are welcome.

If you are interested in helping to care for our beautiful gardens, please leave your email address and phone number with the office, or email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

Bulletin – April 29, 2018

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

VIOLENT ATTACK ON YONGE STREET

In light of the violent attack which occurred on Yonge Street yesterday, we as a parish community wish to express our deepest sympathy to those families whose loved ones were injured or killed as well as those who witnessed the attack.

Lord we pray for those who have been devastated by the tragedy on Yonge Street. We remember those who lost their lives so suddenly. We pray for the families forever changed by grief and loss. Bring them consolation, comfort and peace. Give those who were traumatized by the devastation they witnessed the strength to heal and surround them with your love. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

SECOND PHASE OF THE GARDEN REVITALIZATION

The second phase of the garden revitalization project is underway led by Robert Cordy, Organic Horticulturalist. The focus of this season’s activity is the north garden and Robert will present the plan for its revitalization and provide a tour of the garden after all masses on the weekend of May 12th/13th. Stay tuned for information on upcoming workshops.

The Garden Ministry is a group of volunteers who participate in the care of our beautiful garden spaces and who are interested in learning more about organic gardening through workshops and working with Robert and his team. To learn more about our activities please leave your email address and phone number with the office staff or email heathermjb@gmail.com.

LOOKING FOR A BOOKKEEPER

Fr. Bernard is looking for a bookkeeper at the Passionist Mission Office. If interested, please contact Fr. Bernard at the Mission Office at 416-743-3500.

Join the team and work for the missions in Haiti, Jamaica and Honduras!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 30th – May 5th, 2018

MONDAY – MARY LIU TAK TUEN – Requested by Agnes Wong
TUESDAY – TSUN YAN-HO – Requested by Anna Ha’s Friends
WEDNESDAY – ALLAN PERSAUD – Requested by Persaud & Goldenberg Families
THURSDAY – THE McCANN FAMILY LIVING & DECEASED – Requested by Carolyn & Bill Markle
FRIDAY – ISABEL WRIGHT & MYRTLE ROMAIN – Requested by The Raymore Family
SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE – Requested by Marie Calderone

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

Several families have not yet booked their First Communion interview. The Interview dates still available are April 30th, May 1st, May 2nd, May 3rd and May 4th. They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. If you have not done so, please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866-to book your appointment with Fr. Brando or Fr. John as soon as possible.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

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

ROSARY GROUPS

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

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

ECO – SABBATH

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

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

All are welcome to attend.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK

May 6th to 11th, 2018

We invite all parishioners to join in celebrating Catholic Education Week 2018, which runs from May 6th to May 11th. For more than 165 years, Ontario’s publicly funded schools have been integrating our faith into all aspects of school life, nurturing the gifts and talents of every student. We celebrate the distinctive contribution that Catholic schools provide, giving thanks and offering our prayers for all those who faithfully journey with our young people each day. To affirm your support of Catholic Education and sign up for email updates visit www.togetherinfaith.ca.

PLANNING TO BE A CATHOLIC TEACHER?

It is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic School Board in Ontario, as part of your application for employment, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor. If you are planning to apply to teach in a Catholic School, a contact with the pastor is highly recommended. Please plan to have a conversation with your Pastor early in the process, well before applications are to be submitted.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall

Your food donations are more important than ever as the numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by helping newcomers to Canada

Angie moved to Canada to marry a man she met online. He was not who he seemed; she endured emotional and physical abuse. While he was at work, she started attending language classes at Catholic Crosscultural Services. Staff at CCS connected her with a settlement worker in the women’s program. Angie received the support she needed to exit her violent relationship and live independently, free from abuse. Angie is one of over 3,000 clients helped annually by CCS programs funded by ShareLife.

Total Collected to April 16th, 2018 – $73,956
May 27 is the next ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.

THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in our city. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Printed copies of the recipes are also available in the Parish Office. Please remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole. For more information, you may contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.

COLLECTING EYEGLASSES

We are continuing to collect eyeglasses for the Lions Club. Throughout the year, the Lion’s Club volunteers collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Recycling Centres. There volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact. Please place them in the baskets provided outside the office.

EFFECT HOPE

Leprosy Mission of Canada Stamp Collection Program

Make a difference with your mail! You can get involved by collecting, trimming and sending your used postage stamps to Effect Hope, the Leprosy Mission of Canada.

Please place stamps in the basket provided outside the Parish Office

BUNDLE UP WEEKEND COMING UP!

Next Weekend, May 5th and 6th
It’s Spring Cleaning Time!

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is collecting gently used clothing, shoes, linens and household goods to support our neighbors in need or to be sold to help support their special works in the community.

They cannot accept books, dishes, furniture, appliances, mattresses, construction materials or videos and cassettes.

Please bring your donations and help others in your community.

The truck is open Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Volunteers will be there to assist with loading before and after each Mass.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

St. Gabriel’s Parish
Weekend of September 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2018

A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2018. The course will be held Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 please email Marie Deans at deansm@sympatico.ca. PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. For a registration package

MEAGAN’S WALK – CREATING A CIRCLE OF HOPE

5km Fundraising Walk and Hug
Saturday, May, 12th 2018
Registration from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at Fort York
9:30 AM Registration Closes
10:00 AM Walk to SickKids

The seventeenth annual Meagan’s Walk: – Creating a Circle of Hope will take place on Saturday, May 12th. You may register online at meaganswalk.com. Registration also opens at 8:30 AM at Fort York, followed by family activities and entertainment. Registration closes at 9:30 AM. The Walk begins at 10:00 AM. and concludes at SickKids with the “Hug”.

Over the last 17 years, proceeds of 5 million dollars from this event have been directed toward paediatric brain tumour research, faster diagnoses, personalized treatments and improved outcomes for young people faced with brain tumours and treatment of paediatric brain tumours at SickKids.

SEEING WITH HEART –DAY OF REFLECTION

Catholic Parents of Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons
Saturday, June 2nd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre, Pickering, Ontario

The sixteenth Canadian Day of Reflection will be held on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering.

Fr. Roger Brennan of the Scarboro Foreign Mission will facilitate. John Montague from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish will assist.

The Cost is $40.00 which includes lunch.

For questions and information call John Montague at 416-523-6449.

Bulletin – April 22, 2018

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

PARISH FINANCE ANNOUNCEMENT

At all of last week’s Masses members of the Finance Council briefly reported on the Parish finances for calendar year 2017 and thanked parishioners for their ongoing generosity and support.

The comparative figures are as follows: From 2016 to 2017, collections were 4% lower ($37,000), Special collections were 14% lower ($35,000), and expenses increased by 2% ($19,000).

The Finance Council highlighted that our church building is 12 years old and recommended to our Pastor, Fr. Brando to creating a sinking fund for church repairs. They also encouraged parishioners to marginally increase their contributions towards the quarterly maintenance fund or their weekly offering.

The Parish financial statements for 2017 are available from the Parish office after masses this week as well.

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION

St. Gabriel’s salutes its over 100 volunteers who work in 22 active ministries. You may observe some of them serving at Mass as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, choir members, altar servers and ministers of hospitality. However, others are supporting our children and youth in developing a deeper understanding of their faith. Youth volunteers reach out to those in need. Others have supported our refugees and our work with the Good Shepherd Centre. Some do outreach to shut-ins and those in hospital. Volunteers look after our altar linens, our gardens and others act as collection counters.

All of this to say, volunteers assist in providing a comfortable environment for all of us to celebrate our Christian Faith. Volunteers do receive satisfaction in providing our parishioners with a safe environment in which to deepen our understanding of our faith and celebrate our Christianity.

This is National Volunteer Recognition Week. Take a look around and when you see a volunteer, stop and give her or him a smile and thank them.

WORLD YOUTH DAY

Our parish Youth Group is very excited to share that we will be taking part in next year’s World Youth Day (WYD). World Youth Day is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is celebrated every 3 years. The next World Youth Day is taking place in Panama City, Panama from January 22nd to 27th, 2019.

“WYD is open to young people who want to take part in a festive encounter with their contemporaries centered on Jesus Christ. This event is an opportunity to experience in first person the universality of the Church. WYD is a unique way to deepenyour faith and grow closer to Christ, by means of prayer and the sacraments, together with thousands of other young people around the world who share your interests and ambitions.”

This event is open to young adults in the parish ages 18-30.

If you are interested in attending, please contact sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com for more information.

LOOKING FOR A BOOKKEEPER

Fr. Bernard is looking for a bookkeeper at the Passionist Mission Office. If interested, please contact Fr. Bernard at the Mission Office at 416-743-3500.

Join the team and work for the missions in Haiti, Jamaica and Honduras!

MOSAIC INTERFATH

Sunday April 22nd from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
St. Gabriel’s Church

MOSAIC Interfaith has been invited by St. Gabriel’s Parish for a talk on our “green” church on Sunday, April 22nd from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. Fr. Stephen Dunn, Passionist priest and retired Professor of Moral Theology at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto and Roberto Chiotti, architect, with a degree in Master of Theological Studies from St. Michael’s College will speak about the vision behind the building of the church and its realisation. The talk will be followed by group tours of the church which is fully accessible.

Please email fatimalee@bellnet.ca if you wish to attend.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 23rd – April 28th, 2018

MONDAY – HUI SOU LIN – Requested by Linda Law & Family
TUESDAY – TSUN YAN HO – Requested by Agnes Wong
WEDNESDAY – ANTHONY YOUNG – Requested by Agnes Wong
THURSDAY – MARCELINO FERNANDES – Requested by Tita Fernandes & Family
FRIDAY – SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by Teresa Marchie
SATURDAY – ALFREDO GERALDO – Requested by Katiuska Ramirez

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

First Communion interview dates are now being booked

Interviews Dates
April 23rd, April 24th, April 25th, April 26th, April 27th, April 30th, May 1st, May 2nd, May 3rd and May 4th.

They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866-to book your appointment with Fr. Brando or Fr. John as soon as possible.

WELCOME! BAPTISM

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

Santiago Andres Leon Ayala
Audrey Phyllis Eleanora Peck
Kiara Latorraca Valentim

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, April 15th, 2018. Congratulations!

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK

May 6th to 11th, 2018

We invite all parishioners to join in celebrating Catholic Education Week 2018, which runs from May 6th to May 11th. For more than 165 years, Ontario’s publicly funded schools have been integrating our faith into all aspects of school life, nurturing the gifts and talents of every student. We celebrate the distinctive contribution that Catholic schools provide, giving thanks and offering our prayers for all those who faithfully journey with our young people each day. To affirm your support of Catholic Education and sign up for email updates visit www.togetherinfaith.ca.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by providing for those in need.

“One of the core components of our Pastoral Plan is Catholic Outreach in Justice and Love. As a Catholic community we are called to be the hands and face of Jesus in our communities. ShareLife is a tangible way we can put the Gospel value to ‘love one another as I have loved you’ into action. I invite all parishioners to support the mission work of the church by making a sacrifcial gift to ShareLife.” -Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto.

Total Collected to April 16th, 2018 – $63,690

Today is ShareLife Sunday.
Thank you for your generosity.

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of April 21st and 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

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall

Your food donations are more important than ever as the numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE

Weekend of September 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2018
St. Gabriel’s Parish

A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2018. The course will be held Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. For a registration package please email Marie Deans at deansm@sympatico.ca.

ST. CLARE INN – ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

Saturday, April 28th

The Donalda Club

St. Clare Inn’s Annual Fundraiser is back…. Saturday, April 28th at the Donalda Club.

Throw on something black or white, mingle with friends, listen to the smooth voice of Frank Sinatra or simply get your picture taken with him. Enjoy the always delicious food of the Donalda Club and get caught up in the bidding at our live and silent auction … all for a great cause! This year will be hosted by CTV Toronto’s Michelle Dubé. Tickets are $85/each.

Call 416-690-0330 or go online to buy yours today at www.stclareinn.org.

BUNDLE UP WEEKEND COMING UP!

May 5th and 6th

It’s Spring Cleaning Time!

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is collecting gently used clothing, shoes, linens and household goods to support our neighbors in need or to be sold to help support their special works in the community.

They cannot accept books, dishes, furniture, appliances, mattresses, construction materials or videos and cassettes.

Please bring your donations and help others in your community.

The truck is open Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Volunteers will be there to assist with loading before and after each Mass.

MEAGAN’S WALK – CREATING A CIRCLE OF HOPE

Saturday, May, 12th 2018

5km Fundraising Walk and Hug

Registration from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at Fort York
9:30 AM Registration Closes
10:00 AM Walk to SickKids

The seventeenth annual Meagan’s Walk: – Creating a Circle of Hope will take place on Saturday, May 12th. You may register online at meaganswalk.com. Registration also opens at 8:30 AM at Fort York, followed by family activities and entertainment. Registration closes at 9:30 AM. The Walk begins at 10:00 AM. and concludes at SickKids with the “Hug”.

Over the last 17 years, proceeds of 5 million dollars from this event have been directed toward paediatric brain tumour research, faster diagnoses, personalized treatments and improved outcomes for young people faced with brain tumours and treatment of paediatric brain tumours at SickKids.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES

If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution. If you wish to have a box issued for 2018, please contact the parish office and we will prepare a box for you. This is the most effective way to keep track of your donations.