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Bulletin – November 4, 2018

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

LEST WE FORGET

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

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ALL SOULS

BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE

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

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

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

YOUTH GROUP MONTH IN REVIEW

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

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

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

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

COMING. UP……

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

FIRST COMMUNION INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 PM.

St. Gabriel’s Church

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

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 5th to November 10th

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

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

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A.

(Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin soon. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly. The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith.

If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM

If you have, or know of, school age children (ages 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. Classes for them will begin soon.

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF

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

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

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

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:
• Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
• By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
• Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish – 2018 Philippines / Indonesia – Disaster Relief

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

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

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

More volunteers are needed to become active in helping to feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. Three different recipes are available in the Parish Office or online at the Church website. Casserole pans are also available in the Parish Office. If you require more information please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

FOOD FOR LESS FORTUNATE

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

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

With everyone struggling at this time, your food donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

THE GARDEN SHED

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

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

‘GUIDANCE MATTERS’

Wednesday, November 21st, at 7:00 PM

St. Timothy Parish Hall, 21 Leith Hill Road

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

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

DAY OF SPIRITUAL RECOLLECTION

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

Villa Colombo, 40 Playfair Avenue

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

QUEEN OF APOSTLES ACTS RETREAT

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
1617 Blythe Rd., Mississauga

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

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

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

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

Bulletin – October 28, 2018

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS!

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

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

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

YOUTH GROUP BAKE SALE

This Weekend, October 27th and 28th

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

PARLIAMENT OF WORLD RELIGIONS

November 1st 2018

St. Gabriel’s Church

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

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

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

CANADIAN BISHOPS ISSUE DOCUMENT

Protection of minors and vulnerable adults

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

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

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 29th to November 3rd

MONDAY – ALICE MICHAEL – Requested by Charmaine Michael

TUESDAY – JOHN HUYBERS – Requested by his Family

WEDNESDAY – SPECIAL INTENTION – Requested by the Burke Family

THURSDAY – AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes

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

SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE – Requested by Marie Calderone

CONFIRMATION INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, November 1st at 7:30 PM.

St. Gabriel’s Church

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

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

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

ROSARY GROUPS

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

Chinese Rosary – Sunday November 4th in the Gabriel Room

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

ECO – SABBATH

Sunday, November 4th at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room

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

All are welcome to attend.

COME AND SEE WEEKEND

Friday, November 2nd at 6:30 PM to

Sunday, November 4th at 1:30 PM

St. Augustine’s Seminary:

The Office of Vocations invites single Catholic men 17 years and older, to a Come and See Weekend from Friday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 4th. Participants will cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. There will be time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest. Registrants 17 years old require parental consent. Register online at http://www.vocationstoronto.ca/.

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

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

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A.

(Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin soon. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly. The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith.

If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM

If you have, or know of, school age children (ages 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. Classes for them will begin soon.

SOCIAL NEEDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

THEOLOGY ON TAP – THE GIFT OF WATER

From Creation to Commodity

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

The Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Dr.

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

QUEEN OF APOSTLES ACTS RETREAT

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre

1617 Blythe Rd., Mississauga

Women’s ACTS Retreats

Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 PM to

Sunday, November 18th at 12:00 PM

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

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

Men’s ACTS Retreat

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

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

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

Bulletin – October 21, 2018

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

October 21st Second Collection

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

CANADIAN BISHOPS ISSUE DOCUMENT

Protection of minors and vulnerable adults

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

VOLUNTEER DAY OF REFLECTION

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

St. Gabriel’s Church

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

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

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

PARLIAMENT OF WORLD RELIGIONS

November 1st 2018

St. Gabriel’s Church

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

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

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

YOUTH GROUP BAKE SALE

Weekend of October 27th and 28th

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

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 22nd to October 27th

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

CONFIRMATION INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, November 1st at 7:30 PM.

St. Gabriel’s Church

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

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

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A.

(Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin soon. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly. The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith.

If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM

If you have, or know of, school age children (ages 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. Classes for them will begin soon.

COME AND SEE WEEKEND

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

St. Augustine’s Seminary:

The Office of Vocations invites single Catholic men 17 years and older, to a Come and See Weekend from Friday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 4th. Participants will cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. There will be time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest. Registrants 17 years old require parental consent. Register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca.

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

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF

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

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

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

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

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

Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish – 2018 Philippines / Indonesia – Disaster Relief

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

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

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

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

MOSAIC INTERFAITH ANNUAL PEACE MEAL

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

Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Avenue, Thornhill

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

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

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

THEOLOGY ON TAP – THE GIFT OF WATER

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

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

THE GARDEN SHED
GARDEN CLEANUP BEE

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

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

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

Bulletin – October 14, 2018

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

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

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

YOUTH GROUP SILENT AUCTION

This Weekend, October 13th & 14th

The Youth Group is having a silent auction this weekend, October 13th and 14th to raise funds for their attendance at World Youth Day in Panama this coming January.

Please extend your kind and generous support to our Youth Ministry.

CANADIAN BISHOPS ISSUE DOCUMENT

Protection of minors and vulnerable adults

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

VOLUNTEER DAY OF REFLECTION

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

St. Gabriel’s Church

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

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

The day will include presentations, dialogue and engagement of all who attend. We look forward to this day to provide support to our parish staff and parish community.

PARLIAMENT OF WORLD RELIGIONS

November 1st 2018

St. Gabriel’s Church

On November 1st, 2018, St. Gabriel’s will be host to visitors from the Parliament of World Religion. This Parliament “was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.” If you are interested to be part of this event, more information is available at the website https://www.parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/2018-toronto-0.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 15th to October 20th

MONDAY – IN THANKSGIVING – Requested by Felix & Nora Lagula

TUESDAY – MICHAEL McDONOUGH – Requested by his Family

WEDNESDAY – SEE HIM CHUI -Requested by Chui Family

THURSDAY – VINCENT HA – Requested by Laura, Sylvia & Valerie Ha

FRIDAY – AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes

SATURDAY – KENG OWYONG – Requested by Helen Owyong

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

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin soon. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly. The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith.

If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM

If you have, or know of, school age children (ages 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. Classes for them will begin soon.

REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

If anyone missed the three evenings of Sacramental registration but wish to have their child receive the sacrament of First Communion, Confirmation or Reconciliation, please come to the parish office as soon as possible.

A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation. $30 is required at registration for Confirmation to defray related costs

HOSPICE: MORE THAN JUST A PLACE TO DIE

A Practical Discussion on Ways of Providing Hospice Care in the Community – A Call to Action

Wednesday, October 17th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Room “Alumni 400” in the Muzzo Family Alumni Hall,
121 St. Joseph Street (on Queen’s Park Circle)

A discussion of ways to provide hospice care in the community will take place on October 17th in Room Alumni 400 in the Muzzo Family Alumni Hall from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

The speakers will be:
Bob Parke, Bioethicist,
James Beingessner, Chancellor, St. Jerome’s University
Judy Nairn, Executive Director, Hospice of Waterloo Region.

All are welcome and there is no cost.

For more information call CCBI at 416 353 4224 or visit www.ccbi-utoronto.ca

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF

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

Days later, on September 28th, an earthquake off the coast of Sulawesi island, Indonesia, caused a tsunami with waves six meters high. To date, more than 1300 people have been confirmed dead and many, many more remain missing. Survivors are struggling to find food and drinkable water. People also need adequate shelter and medical support. The earthquake damaged roads and telecommunications systems, creating many challenges to sending assistance to the affected areas.

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

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

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

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

Through the parish, making cheques payable to:

St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish – 2018 Philippines / Indonesia – Disaster Relief

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

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

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

Your donations were very much appreciated by the young families of Rosalie Hall and the homeless served by the Good Shepherd Centre.

ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES

1515 Bathurst Street at St. Clair Avenue West

Thursday, October 18th & Tuesday, October 23rd

From 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

The Office of Admissions of St. Michael’s College School is now considering applications for September 2019. Open Houses for interested parents and their sons will be held on Thursday, October 18th and Tuesday, October 23rd from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the school. St. Michael’s College offers a generous bursary program that provides financial aid to qualifying student.

9th ANNUAL MASS TO END WOMAN ABUSE

Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 PM

St. Edward the Confessor Church, 75 Churchill Ave

Catholic Family Services of Toronto, St. Edward the Confessor Parish and their CWL Council will host the 9th Annual Mass to End Woman Abuse on Thursday, October 18that 7:00 PM.

This annual event is intended to raise awareness about abuse of women and girls. Prior to the Mass, brief presentations will be made about our Violence Against Women programs. After Mass, there will be a gathering with light refreshments in the church hall. We invite you to join us as we take action in the fight to end women abuse. For event information, email info@cfstoronto.com or call 416-921-1163.

ST. BONAVENTURE CWL ANNUAL FLEA MARKET

Saturday, October 20th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

St. Bonaventure’ Church

St. Bonaventure CWL will hold their Annual Flea Market on Saturday, October 20th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Come and see the treasures of all kinds. There will also be a live auction. Don’t miss it!

THE GARDEN SHED

North Garden Update

Mulching of the pathways is in progress. Additional fruit-bearing trees and shrubs will be planted before month-end.

Workshops:

A schedule for fall/winter workshops will be posted here soon.

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

Bulletin – October 7, 2018

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

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

Mass will be celebrated on Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 8th at 9:00 AM. The Parish Office will be closed on Monday.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Thank you to all the Parishioners who helped to make Fatima’s reception a memorable one. For those who set up and cleaned up, for those who baked, we truly appreciate your support. We wish Fatima every success in her new position.

Fatima also wishes to thank the Community of St. Gabriel’s for the blessings and prayers she has received.

YOUTH GROUP SILENT AUCTION

The Youth Group will be having a silent auction on October 13th and 14th to raise funds for their attendance at World Youth Day in Panama this coming January. They are currently accepting donations for the auction (tickets, computers, memorabilia, artwork etc.) If you would like to donate, please contact the Youth Minister at sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com or call 416-221-8866. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 8th to October 13th

MONDAY – THANKSGIVING DAY – Mass at 9:00 AM
TUESDAY – IAN MAGUIRE – Requested by Christine & Roland Kilchling
WEDNESDAY – ANNIVERSARY – Requested by the Burke Family
THURSDAY – MARION DESROCHES – Requested by Mark DesRoches
FRIDAY – ROSARIO CORTEZ – Requested by Zenaida Cortez
SATURDAY – PASQUALE GATTI – Requested by Linda Gatti & Family

REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

If anyone missed the three evenings of Sacramental registration but wish to have their child receive the sacrament of First Communion, Confirmation or Reconciliation, please come to the parish office as soon as possible.

A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation. $30 is required at registration for Confirmation to defray related costs.

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

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin in October. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly. The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith.

If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM

If you have, or know of, school age children (ages 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. Classes for them will begin after Thanksgiving.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

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

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

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

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

ST. AUGUSTINE’S DAY OF REFLECTION FOR MEN

October 13th from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

St. Augustine’s Seminary, 2661 Kingston Road

St. Augustine’s Lay Spiritual Formation program presents the first annual Day of Reflection for Men entitled “Jesus Christ, Timeless model for Men of Today” It will run from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM and includes Mass in the chapel. The presenter will be Fr. Seamus Hogan.

The cost, which includes lunch, is $50.

For more information, please call 416-261-2529 or email layspiritualformation@sastoronto.org.

CELEBRATING THE CANONIZATION OF BLESSED OSCAR ROMERO

October 14th at 9:30 AM on Salt + Light TV

Blessed Oscar Romero will be canonized in Rome on Sunday, October 14th. The Mass will be broadcast at 9:30 AM on Salt + Light Television. To celebrate, Toronto-based Romero House has organized a number of local events, running from Thursday, October 4th to Sunday, October 28th. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/OscarRomeroCanonization

9th ANNUAL MASS TO END WOMAN ABUSE

Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 PM

St. Edward the Confessor Church, 75 Churchill Ave

Catholic Family Services of Toronto, St. Edward the Confessor Parish and their CWL Council will host the 9th Annual Mass to End Woman Abuse on Thursday, October 18that 7:00 PM.

This annual event is intended to raise awareness about abuse of women and girls. Prior to the Mass, brief presentations will be made about our Violence Against Women programs. After Mass, there will be a gathering with light refreshments in the church hall. We invite you to join us as we take action in the fight to end women abuse. For event information, email info@cfstoronto.com or call 416-921-1163.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND!

Weekend of October 19th to 21st, 2018

Celebrate your love and take a fresh look at your marriage! Spend a very special weekend together. A Weekend of discovery…a lifetime of love! Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps married couples rediscover themselves as individuals and as a couple. The Weekend format helps couples communicate openly and honestly without group sharing, therapy or marriage counseling.

The Upcoming Weekend will be October 19thto 21st, 2018

For more information and application, please go to www.wwme.org or contact Gerard & Marge McCauley at gerard.marge@rogers.com or (905) 792-1925.

ST. BONAVENTURE CWL ANNUAL FLEA MARKET

Saturday, October 20th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
St. Bonaventure’ Church

St. Bonaventure CWL will hold their Annual Flea Market on Saturday, October 20th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Come and see the treasures of all kinds. There will also be a live auction. Don’t miss it!

ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES

1515 Bathurst Street at St. Clair Avenue West
Thursday, October 18th & Tuesday, October 23rd
From 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

The Office of Admissions of St. Michael’s College School is now considering applications for September 2019. St. Michael’s College School is the only independent Catholic school for boys from Grade 7 to Grade 12.

Open Houses for interested parents and their sons will be held on Thursday, October 18th and Tuesday, October 23rd from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the school. While St. Michael’s College is an independent School, we offer a generous bursary program that provides financial aid to qualifying student.

KNOW YOUR FAITH SERIES

Beginning Saturday, October 20th from 9:45 to 12:00 Noon
Blessed Trinity Parish

Join the Kolbe “Know Your Faith” series for a 5 week study on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, Part 1. Through prayer, study and informative DVDs deepen your awareness of God’s merciful love in your own lives. Classes will begin at Blessed Trinity Parish ON Saturday, October 20th at 9:45. For more information, please go to www.kolbeapostolate.com.

COME & SEE WEEKEND

Weekend of November 2nd to 4th
St. Augustine’s Seminary

The Office of Vocations is hosting a Come & See Weekend for men 17 years and older, at St. Augustine’s Seminary from Friday, November 2nd at 6:30 PM. to Sunday, November 4th, until 1:30 PM. This weekend invites single Catholic men to cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. There will be time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest. Register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca. Registrants 17 years old require parental consent. For more information, please call 416-968-0997 or email: vocations@archtoronto.org.

THE GARDEN SHED

The Eco-Sabbath Reflection on Sunday, October 7th, at 11:30 AM, will feature St. Gabriel’s garden, including a tour of the north garden. Everyone is welcome.

North Garden Update
Mulching of the pathways is in progress. Additional fruit-bearing trees and shrubs will be planted before month-end.

Workshops:
A schedule for fall/winter workshops will be posted here soon.

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