Bulletin – September 29, 2019

September 29th, 2019

ST. GABRIEL’S PICTORIAL DIRECTORY 2019/2020

We encourage you to sign up for a specific sitting time to have your portrait taken by a professional photographer to be included in the 2020 St. Gabriel’s Pictorial Directory which is expected to be completed and distributed in early 2020. Each family or person photographed will receive a FREE Directory and a FREE 8″ x 10″ colour portrait.

There are approximately 65 spaces still available on October 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th and 31st. Please consider signing up after Mass this weekend in order to make the Directory a success – no one is too old or too young!

THE LIFE STORY PROGRAMME

Presented by the Ministry for Maturing Adults
St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish
Beginning October 3rd from 9:30 to 11:30 AM

“The life story programme provides an opportunity to stop, take stock, and look back over the process of life in order to gain deeper understanding, clearer perspective and a more integrated view. Undertaken from a faith perspective, it is a search for evidence in your life that God has been with you and is still with you.” Dr. Richard Johnson

Sr. Mary Rose Marrin CSJ will facilitate the reflection on life experience in each decade of life and from these reflections, the participants will write stories that are significant to them. Later on each person will choose what they wish to share from their personal reflection and writing.

The group will meet for a total of 8 sessions on consecutive Thursdays beginning October 3rd to November 21st from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. The cost for the workbook is $20.

Please register by contacting Sr. Maria Lucia at 416 221 8866.

ST. GABRIEL’S YOUTH GROUP

Sunday, October 6th after 12:30 Mass

The St. Gabriel’s Youth Group will be having their kick-off meeting on Sunday, October 6th after the 12:30 mass. Join us for an afternoon of games, worship, food, and fellowship. Come join us and bring a friend. New members from Grades 6-12 are welcome!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 30th to October 6th

MONDAY – FOR THE INTENTIONS OF WANDA WROBEL – Requested by Parish staff
TUESDAY – IN THANKSGIVING TO ST. GABRIEL’S PARISH – Requested by Robert Cordy & Family
WEDNESDAY – ALL SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by the Nguyen Family
THURSDAY – SIL RE PARK – Requested by Moon Young Park
FRIDAY – CATHERINE MINNAN-WONG – Requested by her sister Noreen
SATURDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE – Requested by their Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – INTENTIONS OF SERENA MEHARCHAND – Requested by Friends in the Music Ministry
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – 25th ANNIVERSARY of PETER & ANA BASCOM – Requested by the Family

ALTAR SERVERS

Sunday September 29th after the 10:30 Mass

This Sunday, September 29th there will be an altar server welcome back and retraining session after the 10:30 Mass. Every altar server is invited. Interested boys and girls, ages 9 and older, who are willing to train to be an altar server are very much welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Friday, October 4th from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon

ROSARY GROUPS

English: Rosary – Saturday, October 5th at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room
Chinese Rosary – Sunday, October 6th at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room

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

ECO – SABBATH

Sunday, October 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.

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 Sr. Maria Lucia at 416-221-8866. Classes for them will begin after Thanksgiving.

TORONTO CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

The Toronto Catholic District School is looking for occasional/supply Educational Assistants. The requirements for an interview include a Grade 12 diploma. If you are interested in applying, please email your covering letter with resume and contact information to Antonella De Roma (antonella.deroma@tcdsb.org), the school principal at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School who will forward the information to the Human Resources department for a possible interview.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

You can make a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless this Thanksgiving by participating in the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

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.

Urgently needed items include:
rice, pasta and pasta sauces,
peanut butter cooking spices
hot chocolate powdered milk
black/Orange Pekoe tea ground or instant coffee,
sugar cookies and crackers,
vegetable oil jams
canned tuna, soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables
Please no fresh or frozen foods.
We thank you for your generous support!

HURRICANE DORIAN RELIEF FUND

In an effort to support those have been most directly impacted by Hurricane Dorian, the Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting funds that will be sent through our Catholic relief partners. Contributions can be made by those wishing to help 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 Parish – Hurricane Dorian Disaster Relief
  • NATIONAL CATHOLIC HEALTH CARE WEEK

    October 6th to 12th, 2019

    During National Catholic Health Care Week, October 6 – 12, we give thanks for the courageous gift of Catholic health care. Whether it be in hospitals, community health centres, nursing homes, and long-term care homes. Catholic health care works to provide purpose-driven care with compassion and innovation. Each year, Catholic health care providers serve more than five million people in need. Every person who contributes to working in Catholic health care is living out the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and we give thanks for the thousands of physicians, nurses, employees, and volunteers who give of themselves to care for all in need.

    BRIDGE GROUP

    The bridge group which meets at St. Gabriel’s Parish is looking for bridge players and “subs” on Thursday afternoon from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

    For more information, please call Anne Deck at 416-221-8248.

    ST. JOSEPH MORROW PARK CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL – OPEN HOUSE

    Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM

    St. Joseph Morrow Park is holding an Information Night for students who are entering secondary school. It will be held on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM.

    Parents/Guardians and students are cordially invited to attend. Join them at 3379 Bayview Avenue, just south of Steeles on the east side. For more information please call 416-393-5516.

    BREBEUF COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE

    Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM

    Brebeuf College is holding an Open House for students who are entering high school. It will be held on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM. Parents/Guardians and students are cordially invited to attend. Join them at 211 Steeles Avenue East. They can be reached at 416 393-5508 for more information.

    ATTENTION POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS

    Are you new on campus and looking for a place to belong? Check out Catholic campus ministry! Find your Catholic home on campuses in the GTA and across Canada by connecting at www.chaplaincyconnect.ca.

    RETREAT “Calling Women from 18 to 80”

    Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27 – 7:30 PM

    Manresa Jesuit Retreat Centre 2325 Liverpool Rd., Pickering
    With Fr. Henk van Majel, SJ.

    “A contemplative approach to making decisions”
    Decisions, Decisions – Yes, No, maybe?

    Step forward to a restful weekend of open fields and fall colors, away from the frenzy, to hear God’s gentle whisper. Private room, Mass, spiritual direction and more – even a movie night!

    Contact: Mary at 416-497-7059
    EMAIL: pilgrimagecanadianshrines@gmail.com, registration@manresa.ca / 905-839-2864

    GARDEN MINISTRY

    On Sunday, September 29th, from 1:30 to 3:00, Cameron Couchman, a familiar face from previous workshops and on-site in the gardens, will lead a workshop on Seed-Saving. Topics covered will be identifying plants that have set seed and are ready for harvest, collecting and storing seeds as well as cold stratification and mimicking natural processes to promote germination. We will meet in the Gabriel Room but dress for the outdoors.

    For more information on the Garden Ministry, visit our website at http://stgabrielsparish.ca/ministries/garden-ministry/ or email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

Homily – September 22, 2019

September 22nd, 2019

Around the world young people are staging demonstrations on what they call ‘Fridays for the Future’. It is a concerted effort of these young people to sensitize men and women and children and especially politicians to the realities of climate change, a change that is effecting and will affect the lives of all of us in not too many years from now.

Many of these demonstrations are inspired by the young Danish activist Greta Thunberg who sailed from Denmark to New York to speak at the United Nations Climate Action Summit tomorrow, a meeting President Trump will not attend. These world-wide protests are meant to send a message to politicians to take climate change seriously and to work toward keeping global warming to a maximum of 1.5 Celsius.

Ms. Thunberg says that these worldwide demonstrations are meant to hold those who are the most responsible for the global crisis accountable. Well that’s all of us, not just politicians. This present crisis didn’t just happen yesterday. Scientists had been warning us for years about global warming and climate change. We’ve been warned many times that we humans have to live with the limits of Earth’s resources, resources that are not equally shared by the human family. There are the haves and the have nots, we’re among the ‘haves’. We are living on a sick planet, a planet polluted and diminished by toxic air, polluted water and toxic soil. The destruction of the manmade fires destroying the rain forests in Brazil and Indonesian are a crime against Earth and humanity. And it’s all for profit. Our own Mayor tells us something we already know, ‘in the past few years our city has been dealing with the effects of more flooding, our city in getting hotter, wetter and wilder and our climate risks are increasing.

What has all this got to do with today’s gospel? Just go to the words of the rich man who caught his steward abusing his trust and stealing; ‘you can be steward no longer.’

In one of the stories of creation found in the Book of Genesis we’re told of God deciding,’ let us make humankind in our own image and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air and over all the wild animals.’ One of our hymns sings,’ made us lords of all creation, everything is ours to use and abuse. These texts have given humankind a twisted attitude toward God’s good creation. We exploit nature, abuse nature, even try to control nature. We humans believe we are over and above nature. That’s our ingrained mindset and that’s why humanity, us, are in the mess we are in.

The human family is enmeshed in the life systems of Earth. As I’ve said before ‘The earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth and what we do to the earth we do to ourselves. We did not weave the web of life; we are a strand in the web and what we do to the web we do to ourselves.

You can be steward no longer – that might be the message of the countless young people from around the world to us. We’ve blown it and they’ve been part of that by their own lives styles and throw away mentality. Hopefully their sense of social justice and ecological awareness, their concern for the future of the planet and their future will have an impact on the leaders of the world meeting at the UN. Hopefully.

Bulletin – September 22, 2019

September 22nd, 2019

ST. GABRIEL’S PICTORIAL DIRECTORY 2019/2020

Before and after all masses today, all members of St. Gabriel’s community (whether a single person, two spouses, or a family) are encouraged to sign up for a specific sitting time to have their portrait taken by a professional photographer to be included in the 2020 St. Gabriel’s Pictorial Directory which is expected to be completed and distributed in early 2020. Each family or person photographed will receive a FREE Directory and a FREE 8′ x 10″ colour portrait.

There are still some sitting times on October 9th, 10th, & 11th (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday). As well new appointment times are now available on Wednesday & Thursday (October 23rd & 24th) and on Wednesday & Thursday (October 30th & 31st). Sitting times will be on the quarter hour starting at 2:30 PM until 8:30 PM and on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 3:15 PM

We need many more parishioners to register for the Parish Directory in order to make it successful – no one is too old or too young! Please consider signing up today.

If you are attending St. Gabriel’s on a regular basis, but have not formally registered at the Parish office, you are encouraged to do so.

THE LIFE STORY PROGRAMME

Presented by the Ministry for Maturing Adults
St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish
Beginning October 3rd from 9:30 to 11:30 AM

“The life story programme provides an opportunity to stop, take stock, and look back over the process of life in order to gain deeper understanding, clearer perspective and a more integrated view. Undertaken from a faith perspective, it is a search for evidence in your life that God has been with you and is still with you.” Dr. Richard Johnson

Sr. Mary Rose Marrin CSJ will facilitate the reflection on life experience in each decade of life and from these reflections, the participants will write stories that are significant to them. Later on each person will choose what they wish to share from their personal reflection and writing.

The group will meet for a total of 8 sessions on consecutive Thursdays beginning October 3rd to November 21st from 9:30 to 11:30. AM. The cost for the workbook is $20.

Please register by contacting Sr. Maria Lucia at 416 221 8866.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 23rd to September 29th

MONDAY – GERRY HATCH – Requested by his Family
TUESDAY – AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes
WEDNESDAY – RENATO BELLISARI – Requested by Chiara & Tina Intini
THURSDAY – KENG OWYONG – Requested by Helen Owyong
FRIDAY – MARION & BOB DESROCHES – Requested by Mark DesRoches
SATURDAY – JOHN POWELL – Requested by Pat Kathleen Olden Powell
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – FRANK YORKE – Requested by the Scanga Family
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM

ALTAR SERVERS

Sunday September 29th after the 10:30 Mass

On Sunday, September 29th there will be an altar server welcome back and retraining session after the 10:30 Mass. Every altar server is invited. Interested boys and girls, ages 9 and older, who are willing to train to be an altar server are very much welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

St. Gabriel’s Church
September 24th 25th and 26th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Registration for children who wish to receive the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation will be held at St. Gabriel’s Church on the following dates:

Tuesday, September 24th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Wednesday, September 25th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Thursday, September 26th from 7.30 PM to 9:00 PM

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

WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

Sunday September 29th

The theme announced by His Holiness Pope Francis for the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees is “It Is Not Just About Migrants.” In his message, Pope Francis reminds us that “the presence of migrants and refugees, is an invitation to recover some of those essential dimensions of our Christian existence and our humanity that risk being overlooked in a prosperous society. That is why it is not just about migrants. ‘

“For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?’
(Matt: 5:46).”

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 Sr. Maria Lucia 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 Sr. Maria Lucia at 416-221-8866. Classes for them will begin in October.

LECTOR WORKSHOP

Gabriel Room
Saturday, September 28th at 2:00 PM

“Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.” Romans: 10:17

Are you a good story teller? Would you like to share with others? On Saturday, September 28th at 2:00 PM join the Lectors to learn more about the ministry at a workshop in the Gabriel room. The workshop will provide time for lectors to share their experience and learn some of the best kept secrets of proclaiming the Word. Those who would like to join this ministry are asked to RSVP to the Parish office by September 23rd, 2019.

HURRICANE DORIAN RELIEF FUND

Last week, Hurricane Dorian devastated the Caribbean nation of the Bahamas, and caused significant damage in Nova Scotia and along the Atlantic coast of the United States.

The hurricane moved excruciatingly slowly across the Bahamian island of Abaco, leaving most buildings and infrastructure destroyed. More than 70,000 people in the Bahamas are expected to need emergency assistance, including food, shelter, electricity and safe drinking water. A still unknown number of people are missing and at least 50 people dead — a number that is expected to rise quickly over the coming weeks as more bodies are recovered.

In an effort to support those have been most directly impacted by Hurricane Dorian, the Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting funds that will be sent through our Catholic relief partners. Contributions can be made by those wishing to help 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 Parish – 2019 Hurricane Dorian – Disaster Relief

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

You can make a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless this Thanksgiving by participating in the annual Good Shepherd Ministries Thanksgiving Food Drive. 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.

Urgently needed items include:
rice, pasta and pasta sauces,
peanut butter, jam cooking spices
hot chocolate powdered milk
black/Orange Pekoe tea ground or instant coffee,
sugar cookies and crackers,
vegetable oil jams
canned tuna, soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables.
Please no fresh or frozen foods.
We thank you for your generous support.

ST. JOSEPH MORROW PARK CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM.

St. Joseph Morrow Park is holding an Information Night for students who are entering secondary school. It will be held on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019, at 7:00 PM.

Parents/Guardians and students are cordially invited to attend. Join them at 3379 Bayview Avenue, just south of Steeles on the east side. For more information please call 416-393-5516.

BREBEUF COLLEGE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM.

Brebeuf College School is holding an Open House on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM for students who are entering secondary school. Parents/Guardians and students are invited to attend. Join them at 211 Steeles Avenue East, just west of Bayview on the south side of Steeles. They can be reached at (416) 393-5508.

ATTENTION POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS

Are you new on campus and looking for a place to belong? Check out Catholic campus ministry! Find your Catholic home on campuses in the GTA and across Canada by connecting at www.chaplaincyconnect.ca.

THE GARDEN SHED

Congratulations to Olga Bonilla, the winner of our blueberry pie raffle! Thank you to everyone who generously helped us raise $339 for supplies for our Good Shepherd community garden.

On Sunday, September 29th, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM in the Gabriel Room, Cameron Couchman, a familiar face from previous workshops and on-site in the gardens, will lead a workshop on Seed-Saving. Topics covered will be identifying plants that have set seed and are ready for harvest, collecting and storing seeds as well as cold stratification and mimicking natural processes to promote germination.

For more information on the Garden Ministry, visit our website at http://stgabrielsparish.ca/ministries/garden-ministry/ or email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

Homily – September 15, 2019

September 15th, 2019

Luke tells us that the Pharisees were shocked and resentful that Jesus welcomes and breaks bread with such losers as these tax collector and sinners.

Jesus still does. At this Eucharist he breaks bread and offers it to us with the words, take and eat, this is my body. Jesus shares a cup of wine with us; take and drink this is my blood. Can we see ourselves in the wandering, confused and lost sheep? Can we see ourselves in that lost coin? Can we see ourselves in that spoiled selfish son who wanted to be free of any restraint any responsibility and do our own thing? Yet the sheep is found and the coin is found and the son comes to his senses and comes home. The shepherd calls others to rejoice with him and his found sheep. The housewife shares her joy with her neighbours when she finds her lost coin. The father throws a party to celebrate his mixed-up son’s return. There is joy in the presence of the Angels of God what was lost is found.

As I’ve said before we’re not bad people we’re mistake making beings and sometimes we do mean and spiteful things. Sometimes we say cruel and spiteful things to family members or fellow workers. Sometimes we belittle men and women because of their race, their faith or their lifestyles. Sometimes we resent all those strangers wanting to come to Canada to find a new and better life. Sometimes we are that lost sheep, that lost coin or that lost son. Our great consolation and wonder is that Christ is the presence of God in his human form seeking for us and saving us finding we who were lost.

In this Eucharist we give God thanks for God’s love and mercy toward all us mistaking making beings. We thank Christ for finding us and welcoming us home again and again and again.

Bulletin – September 15, 2019

September 14th, 2019

ST. GABRIEL’S PICTORIAL DIRECTORY 2019/2020

At all Masses this weekend and the next two weekends, all members of St. Gabriel’s community (whether a single person, two spouses, or a family) are encouraged to sign up for a specific sitting time to have their portrait taken by a professional photographer to be included in the 2020 St. Gabriel’s Pictorial Directory which is expected to be completed and distributed in early 2020. Each family or person photographed will receive a FREE Directory and a FREE 8′ x 10″ colour portrait.

The initial portrait sitting days will commence during the week of October 7th to 12th (Monday to Saturday). Sitting times from Monday to Friday will be on the quarter hour starting at 2:30 PM until 8:30 PM and on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 3:15 PM.

If you are attending St. Gabriel’s on a regular basis, but have not actually completed a registration form at the Parish office, it is encouraged that you do so as soon as possible.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 16th to September 22nd

MONDAY – ROYSTON & LIBERATTA PINTO (for their 25th Anniversary) – Requested by Royston Jr. & Raphael
TUESDAY – LUKE VUKOVIC – Requested by his Family
WEDNESDAY – MARIA REIS & DARKO SEIFERT – Requested by their Family
THURSDAY – CATHERINE MINNAN-WONG – Requested by her sister Noreen
FRIDAY – FIORE GIANNOTTA – Requested by Lina Giannotta
SATURDAY – GORDON OATWAY – Requested by Pat Oatway & Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE VILLAMOR FAMILY – Requested by the Villoria, Hale & Kipp Families.
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM –

REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

St. Gabriel’s Church
September 19th, 24th 25th and 26th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Registration for children who wish to receive the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation will be held at St. Gabriel’s Church on the following dates:

Thursday, September 19th from 7:30 to 9:00 PM
Tuesday, September 24th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Wednesday, September 25th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Thursday, September 26th from 7.30 PM to 9:00 PM

Please Note:
A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation. A fee of $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 Sr. Maria Lucia 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 Sr. Maria Lucia at 416-221-8866. Classes for them will begin in October.

ALTAR SERVERS

Sunday September 15th after the 12:30 Mass

This Sunday, September 15th there will be an altar server welcome back and retraining session after the 12:30 Mass. Every altar server is invited. Interested boys and girls, ages 9 and older, who are willing to train to be an altar server are very much welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

Began last Sunday, September 8th at 10:00 AM
St Gabriel’s School

Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program are still available in the parish office. This program is for children of the Parish who attend public or private schools. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School every second Sunday. The second class will be next Sunday, September 22nd at 10:00 AM.

Please note that a separate Sacramental registration form is required if your child will receive the sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation during the 2019/2020 year. These forms are also available in the parish office.

LECTOR WORKSHOP

Gabriel Room
Saturday, September 28th at 2:00 PM

“Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.” Romans: 10:17

Are you a good story teller? Would you like to share with others? On Saturday, September 28th at 2:00 PM join the Lectors to learn more about the ministry at a workshop in the Gabriel room. The workshop will provide time for lectors to share their experience and learn some of the best kept secrets of proclaiming the Word. Those who would like to join this ministry are asked to RSVP to the Parish office by
September 23rd, 2019.

SHARELIFE FINAL REPORT

The final total for this year’s ShareLife campaign is $183,975.10. Thank you for your generosity.

BUNDLE UP WEEKEND!

This Weekend, September 14th/15th

Spring Cleaning Year Round!

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 this weekend, September 14th/15th

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.

MILK BAG WORKSHOP

Wednesday, September 18th at 1:00 PM

The Milk Bag Workshops will begin again on Wednesday, September 18th. Please make sure the bags you bring are clean and flat in the box. This will be of great help to the weavers. For further information about this program please visit www.milkbagsunlimited.ca or contact Sharon Gusz at sharongusz@gmail.com.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

You can make a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless this Thanksgiving by participating in the annual Good Shepherd Ministries Thanksgiving Food Drive. 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.

Urgently needed items include:
rice, pasta and pasta sauces,
peanut butter, jam cooking spices
hot chocolate powdered milk
black/Orange Pekoe tea ground or instant coffee,
sugar cookies and crackers,
vegetable oil jams
canned tuna, soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables.
Please no fresh or frozen foods.
We thank you for your generous support.

JUST COFFEE

Weekend of September 21st/22nd

Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend, September 21st and 22nd.

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

THE GARDEN SHED

Blueberry Pie Raffle
Sunday, September 15th
Gathering Space
The Garden Ministry will be raffling a pie made with St. Gabriel’s own blueberries and baked by retired pastry chef, Regan Daley. Proceeds will go towards the purchase of tools and supplies for St. Gabriel’s Good Shepherd community garden. Tickets will be on sale after all masses this weekend.

Guided Tour of the Stations of Our Cosmic Earth
Sunday, September 22nd, from 11:30 to 12:30
Gabriel Room:
In solidarity with the Season of Creation and Global Climate Strike Week, September. 20th to 27th, Fr. Steve Dunn, of our local Passionist Community, will offer a virtual tour of the Stations which are located in the south garden. The Cosmic Stations situate the Cross amid the major transformation moments in the evolution of Earth. The stained glass originals of the Stations will be on display.

Seed-Saving Workshop
Sunday, September 29th, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM
Gabriel Room
Cameron Couchman, a familiar face from previous workshops and on-site in the gardens, will lead the workshop. Topics covered will be identifying plants that have set seed and are ready for harvest, collecting and storing seeds as well as cold stratification and mimicking natural processes to promote germination.

For more information on the Garden Ministry, visit our website at http://stgabrielsparish.ca/ministries/garden-ministry/ or email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.