Bulletin – September 30, 2018

September 29th, 2018

THE COMMISSIONING OF FATIMA LEE

As you know, Fatima Lee is leaving us to work in the far north. We would like to thank her for her years of dedication and commitment to her work here at St. Gabriel’s Parish. We wish her every success in her new venture. She will certainly be missed.

This Sunday, September 30th there will be a commissioning of Fatima during the 10:30 AM Mass. Following the Mass, there will be a reception in the Gathering Space.

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 1st to October 6th

MONDAY – WILLIAM & MARJORIE ALLEN – Requested by Doug & Rosemary Pollock
TUESDAY – KARLA CASTAGNA – Requested by Wai Chin & Paul Hwang
WEDNESDAY – JUDY WHITE – Requested by Margaret Leckie
THURSDAY – JOHN & MYRTLE ROGERS – Requested by their Family
FRIDAY – MARIA BORINI – Requested by Renato Bellia & Family
SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE – Requested by Marie Calderone

ST. GABRIEL’S MUSIC MINISTRY

“Those who sing pray twice.”

Our senior choir practices on Tuesday evenings, from 7:30 to 9:00 P.M. and leads community song at the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass.

Our junior choir practices on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and leads the music at the 12:30 PM Mass.

We always welcome new voices and hope you will consider joining us! For more information, please contact Marilyn Calderone at 416-618-2041.

ALTAR SERVERS

Sunday September 30th after the 12:30 Mass

This Sunday, September 30th 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

REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

St. Gabriel’s Church
Saturday, October 6th from 2.30 PM to 4:00PM.

Registration for children who wish to receive the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation will be held at St. Gabriel’s Church on: Saturday, October 6th from 2.30 PM to 4:00 PM.

Please Note: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.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Friday, October 5th from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon

ROSARY GROUPS

English: Rosary – Saturday, October 6th at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room.
Chinese Rosary -, Sunday October 7th in the Gabriel Room

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

ECO – SABBATH

Sunday, October 7th 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 the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. Classes for them will begin after Thanksgiving.

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!

BREBEUF COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, October 4th 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 4th 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.

ST. JOSEPH MORROW PARK CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL – OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, October 4th 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 4th 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.

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.

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 19th to 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!

THE GARDEN SHED

Thank You!

A huge thank you to all who donated plants to our new garden, and to those who planted them! Take a moment to check out the new garden strip near the entrance to the underground parking. With a little TLC it will be a lovely spot come spring.

Workshop Reminder
Sunday from 1:30 to 3:00 PM with Cameron
September 30 Cultivating Mushrooms (Oyster)

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

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

Homily – September 23, 2018

September 23rd, 2018

In today’s gospel we hear Jesus predicting for the second time his future fate, ‘The son of man will be betrayed into the hands of men and they will kill him.’ In last week’s gospel we heard Peter saying, ‘God forbid Lord this must never happen to you.’ Peter and the others couldn’t image that the man they saw as their Messiah, their liberator, would suffer such a fate. This must never happen to you.

Jesus is one of a long line of righteous men who challenged by the example of their lives the infidelities of their religious leaders, lives that scandalized the little people of the land.

In our first reading from the Book of Wisdom we hear of the resentment of a group of unfaithful people toward a righteous man who struggled to be faithful to God. He is charged with making life inconvenient to them, opposing their actions, exposing their sins against the law.

This is how the religious leaders and scholars saw Jesus as a know nothing. They challenged his teaching, said his miracles were acts of the devil and resented his friendship with tax collectors and prostitutes. How could such a person claim to be a teacher of the Law, how dare he challenge their authority, how dare he question their authenticity?

Like the people in our first reading the religious leaders were determined to discredit Jesus. They bribed one of his own to betray him. Once they had him in their power they had a phony trial loaded with false witnesses. Using the Roman authorities they brought Jesus, this inconvenient man to Calvary to test what will happen at the end of his life and condemn him to a shameful death. “If you are God’s son come down from the cross and we will believe.’ Inconvenient to the end Jesus prayed ‘father forgive them for they know not what they do.’

Things don’t change. Men and women who speak out for justice and fairness for workers or people on welfare, people who support families who are in need of affordable housing, people who support senior citizens in need of help, health care workers who care for young men and women struggling with addictions, all these caring people are dismissed by the powers that be as bleeding hearts, commies, socialists, do gooders. Like Jesus they are inconvenient, bothersome to people in power, people who can affect a change.

We’ve been blessed with inconvenient heroes in our time, Martin Luther King. Archbishop Romero, Mother Teresa and nameless others who worked and suffered and died trying to uphold the dignity of all men and women. People who died trying to save the forests and rivers and mountains from greed and avarice of big corporations.

They were all an inconvenience to the powerful politicians or the wealthy corporations or the masters of commerce.

They are all brought to a shameful end but they were the witnesses to God love for the poor and oppressed.

Each one of us, in one way or another is called to be an inconvenience, a pebble in a shoe. We are called by our crucified Christ to be an inconvenient man or woman and speak out and work for the dignity of every person as He did when he identified himself with the little people, the powerless, the exploited men and women of his time.

We are called to be an inconvenient man or woman when we challenge people who stereotype good people because of their place of origin or their faith or the sexual orientation.

Today’s scripture challenges each one of us to be inconvenient, a bother and be a living example of one who tries and maybe not always succeed to love others, respect others,support others, forgive others as Christ as done so to us.

Bulletin – September 23, 2018

September 22nd, 2018

THE COMMISSIONING OF FATIMA LEE

As you know, Fatima Lee is leaving us to work in the far north. We would like to thank her for her years of dedication and commitment to her work here atSt. Gabriel’s Parish. We wish her every success in her new venture. She will certainly be missed. On Sunday September 30th there will be a commissioning of Fatima during the 10:30 AM Mass. Following the Mass, there will be a reception in the Gathering Space.

ST. GABRIEL’S YOUTH GROUP

Calling all youth grades 6 and up! The St. Gabriel’s Youth Group is now welcoming new members. Our first meeting will be held this Sunday September 23rd at 1:30 PM. We hope to see you there!

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 or call 416-221-8866. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 24th to September 29th

MONDAY – MOLLY BURKE – Requested by her Family

TUESDAY – RENATO BELLISARI – Requested by Chiara & Tina Intini

WEDNESDAY – JESUS CIMAFRANCA – Requested by Swetenia Aglosolan

THURSDAY – ANNE McCANN – Requested by Carolyn & Bill Markle

FRIDAY – JENN BLAIR COLLINS – Requested by Christine & Roland Kilchling

SATURDAY – FOR THE INTENTIONS OF WANDA WROBEL – Requested by the Parish Staff

ST. GABRIEL’S MUSIC MINISTRY

“Those who sing pray twice.”

Our senior choir practices on Tuesday evenings, from 7:30 to 9:00 PM and leads community song at the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass. Our junior choir practices on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and leads the music at the 12:30 PM Mass.

We always welcome new voices and hope you will consider joining us! For more information, please contact Marilyn Calderone at 416-618-2041

WELCOME! BAPTISM

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome Phoenix Raphael Pollastrone who received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, September 16th, 2018. Congratulations to him and his Family!

ALTAR SERVERS

Sunday September 30th after the 12:30 Mass

On Sunday, September 30th 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.

REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

Thursday, September 27th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM,
Saturday, October 6th from 2.30 PM to 4:00PM.

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 27th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM,
Saturday, October 6th from 2.30 PM to 4:00 PM.

Please Note:
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.

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

Began Sunday, September 9th 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 next class will be this Sunday, September 23rd at 10:00 AM.

Please note that a separate Sacramental registrationform is required if your child will receive the sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation during the 2018/19 year. These forms are also available in the parish office.

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. Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children by providing a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

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!

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses next weekend. Each month, the casseroles are picked up early on Monday morning for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in our city. We encourage you to pick up a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Printed copies of the recipes are also available in the Parish Office. For more information, you may contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.

GRIEF, THE UNTOLD STORY

Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 PM

Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home,
211 Langstaff Rd. East, Thornhill

Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Services invite you to join them at Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home for upcoming seminars. You will learn how to explore your grief, experience healing and renew your faith. The seminar will take place on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 PM. Please RSVP to 416 733-8544 ext. 2047.

BREBEUF COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, October 4th 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 4th 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.

ST. JOSEPH MORROW PARK CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL – OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, October 4th 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 4th 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.

9th ANNUAL MASS TO END WOMAN ABUSE

Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 PM
St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church,

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 formathelps 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 or contact Gerard & Marge McCauley at or (905) 792-1925.

THE GARDEN SHED

Workshop Reminders – Sundays from 1:30 to 3:00 PM with Cameron

September 23rd Attracting Bats, Bees Birds and Other Beneficial Wildlife

September 30th Cultivating Mushrooms (Oyster)

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

Homily – September 16, 2018

September 16th, 2018

A number of years ago when I was on the retreat team at Holy Cross Retreat Centre in Port Burwell down on Lake Erie a young man on retreat wanted to give me some advice as to how to get young adults back into the church.

He began by telling me we’ve got to get rid of the cross. It’s a downer, a bummer. We have to be more upbeat. The cross is a no no.

That sounds a bit like Peter in today’s gospel. Jesus gives the apostles a glimpse of his future. Beyond the admiration Jesus receives for his healings and curing there will be another reality. ’The Son of Mass must undergo great suffering and rejection by the religious authorities. He will be betrayed and undergo great suffering and be killed.’ This didn’t fit Peter’s image of the Christ, the Messiah, the delivered of Israel. ‘God forbid Lord this must never happen to you.’ For Peter this was a real downer, this wouldn’t work. It’s the miracles, the wonders that will win people over. A crucified Messiah won’t work!

But this is the reality, the foundational truth of our Christian faith; the crucified Christ, to the intellectual Greeks absolute foolishness, to the Jews a stumbling block. But to those who believe, Christ the wisdom of God, Christ the power of God.

You are the Christ. If Peter and the others saw Jesus as a miracle – working divine man and imagined they are to be likewise they had it all wrong.

Mark’s tells us the recognition of Jesus as the Christ involves the acceptance of a harsh truth; our Christ is a crucified Christ and we follow him bearing the cross in whatever form the cross may take in our lives and relationships, manifesting the dying of Jesus in our mortal bodies.

Our following of the crucified, our dying must find expression in our actions if it is to be real. Christ was a man for others. He showed his love and care for us in his acts of healing, his work to relieve the sufferings of men and women, he acceptance of people who were considered outsiders by society. Our second reading from James is quite blunt about this. If we say to a person who asks our help, ‘go in peace, keep warm, eat well and do nothing to clothe and feed them, we’re phony. Faith without good works is dead.

Faith is Jesus makes its own demands on us. There can be times when we are overcome by compassion-fatigue, things are beyond us. At such times we do the best we can but we never give up trying to be there for people in need.

There can be times when we have to challenge good people who are convinced the men and women who are fleeing persecution and danger are threats to our own prosperity, taking away jobs, living off our high taxes. They see families recused from refugee camps as freddy free loaders instead of good people looking for a new chance at life.

Faith without the good works of welcoming the stranger, seeking a living wage for the working poor, working for affordable housing, proper health care for our aged brothers and sisters is as dead as the dodo.

Faith in our crucified Christ has its own demands. It makes its own claims on us. Its implications are daunting. What you do to the least of these brothers and sisters of mine you do to me.

Bulletin – September 16, 2018

September 16th, 2018

ST. GABRIEL’S YOUTH GROUP

Calling all youth grades 6 and up! The St. Gabriel’s Youth Group is now welcoming new members. To learn more information and to sign up, representatives will be available in the gathering space after all the masses this weekend.

Our first meeting will be held on Sunday September 23rd at 1:30 PM. We hope to see you there!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 17th to September 22nd

MONDAY – JOSEFINA GUEVARA CARINO – Requested by Mariza Carino Barleta
TUESDAY – LUKE VUKOVIC – Requested by his Family
WEDNESDAY – JIM MELADY – Requested by Patricia & Mary Alice O’Mahony
THURSDAY – FIORENTINO GIANNOTTA – Requested by Lina Giannotta
FRIDAY – MARIA REIS & DARKO SEIFERT – Requested by their Family
SATURDAY – GERRY HATCH – Requested by his Family

ST. GABRIEL’S MUSIC MINISTRY

“Those who sing pray twice.”

Our senior choir practices on Tuesday evenings, from 7:30 to 9:00 P.M. and leads community song at the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass.

Our junior choir practices on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and leads the music at the 12:30 PM Mass.

We always welcome new voices and hope you will consider joining us! For more information, please contact Marilyn Calderone at 416-618-2041

REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

St. Gabriel’s Church
Wednesday, September 19th, from 7:30 to9:00 PM
Thursday, September 27th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM,
Saturday, October 6th from 2.30 PM to 4:00PM.

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:
Wednesday, September 19th, from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Thursday, September 27th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM,
Saturday, October 6th from 2.30 PM to 4:00 PM.

Please Note:
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.

ALTAR SERVERS

Sunday September 30th after the 12:30 Mass

On Sunday, September 30th 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.

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.

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

Began last Sunday, September 9th 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 next class will be Sunday, September 23rd 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 2018/19 year. These forms are also available in the parish office.

BUNDLE UP WEEKEND COMING UP!

This Weekend, September 15th/16th

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. 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 are there to assist with loading before and after each Mass.

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!

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL

Each month some of the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall. 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.

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

MILK BAG WORKSHOP

Wednesday, September 19th at 1:00 PM

The Milk Bag Workshops will begin again on Wednesday, September 19th. 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

CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES OF TORONTO

New North Office Address

Catholic Family Services of Toronto has moved their North Office to 245 Fairview Mall Dr., Suite 201. The office phone number remains 416-222-0048. In addition to scheduled appointments, walk-in counseling services will be available at this location on Thursdays from 9:00 AM. to 7:00 PM. For information about all of CFS Toronto’s services and programs, please visit http://www.cfstoronto.com.

MINISTRY WITH MATURING ADULTS

Life Stories Program
Beginning Wednesday, September 26th for 8 Weeks

St. Bonaventure Parish Hall, from 12:45 to 2:45 PM

A small-group Life Stories program will be offered in the St. Bonaventure Parish Hall for 8 consecutive Wednesday afternoons beginning September 26th from 12:45 to 2:45 PM. Participants will write and share stories about their lives. The cost is $25 and preregistration is required. To register, call 416-447-5571 Ext. 560.

BREBEUF COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, October 4th 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 4th at 7:00 PM. Parents/Guardians and students are cordially 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.

9th ANNUAL MASS TO END WOMAN ABUSE

Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 PM

St. Edward the Confessor Catholic 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.

THE GARDEN SHED CALL FOR PLANTS!

Saturday, September 22nd from 8:00 to 11:00 AM

On Saturday, September 22nd from 8:00 to 11:00 AM we will be planting a strip of the garden at the extreme south end. If you plan to divide your hostas or other shade/partial sun perennial flowers this fall and have some to share with the church, please join us for a planting “bee.”

Workshop Reminders – Sundays from 1:30 to 3:00 PM with Cameron
September 23rd Attracting Bats, Bees Birds and Other Beneficial Wildlife
September 30th Cultivating Mushrooms (Oyster)

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