Homily – April 19, 2020

April 19th, 2020

In a way today’s gospel applies to us. We are those blessed ones who have not seen the Risen Christ, have not touched those open wounds and yet we believe that Christ is risen and is active in our lives as he was active in the lives of the first believers.

We can imagine the joy and excitement that exploded among the followers of Jesus when the news spread that he was alive, rose from the dead. Unbelievable.

We have the disciples gathered behind locked doors. They feared the authorities would come after them for spreading this fake news that he was alive. Jesus comes to them and blesses them with the gift of peace and power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Thomas was not there and he had great difficulty believing this news. Thomas had to see for himself. Jesus comes to them again and invites the speechless Thomas to touch, to feel his wounds. What else to Thomas say but; ’My lord and my God’?

For Thomas, faith came by hearing the voice of the risen one addressing him personally. For we who come centuries after Thomas, our faith comes through hearing the Word of God that comes to us through the Church…

We’re all finding our present situation of isolation and social distancing very difficult. So many of us are suffering from cabin fever. We want to get back with family and friends; we want to get back to work without the fear and anxiety of getting sick. We look forward to the day when we can be together as a parish family and are with one another and sing together and break the bread of the Eucharist again. It is good to remember that we are all in this together and that it is a good idea to pray for those who are touched by this virus and pray for those who have died and those who mourn them. Especially we pray for those we call ‘first responders’, the real heroes in all this.

There is a saying; Oremus pro invicem- let us pray for one another. Pray for the patience we need and the hope we need to live through these difficult times together. And when all this is over hopefully we’ll have a deeper appreciation of how much we mean to one another.

Bulletin – April 19, 2020

April 19th, 2020

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 20th to April 26th, 2020

MONDAY –
TUESDAY – HUI SAU LIN – Requested by Linda Law & Family
WEDNESDAY – MIKE HATCH – Requested by Christine & Roland Kilchling
THURSDAY – LEONARD MARCHIE – Requested by Teresa Marchie & Family
FRIDAY – ANTONIA EVANS – Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
SATURDAY – ANTONIO & GAETANO BRANCATO – Requested by the Brancato Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – MARCELINO FERNANDES – Requested by Tita Fernandes
– 12:30 PM – ALAN BURR – Requested by Anna Taylor & Family

PRAYER FOR A PANDEMIC

May we who are merely inconvenienced
remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
remember those who must choose
between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
remember those that have no place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money
in the tumult of the economic market
remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
remember those who have no home.
During this time
when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel through immediate mental health services

Mental health problems can escalate if not addressed quickly. That’s why the five Catholic Family Services agencies in the Archdiocese of Toronto offer walk-in counselling. This initiative can often meet clients’ needs without requiring longer term sessions. Clients report a clinically significant increase in confidence that they can tackle their problems. For some agencies, ShareLife is the sole funder of this important program. Thanks to your support, no one is ever turned away due to inability to pay.

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

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Unfortunately, with the current COVID-19 situation, we cannot accept any food donations at this time.

While we wait for updates from these outreach ministries, let us always be mindful of what they do.

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

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

FINANCE CORNER

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

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

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

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

Please consider changing your offertory giving, at this time, to monthly Pre-Authorized Giving. Forms are available at the Parish office or on-line at the Parish website in the “Weekly Giving” section under the Finances tab.

Celebration of Easter morning Mass 2020

April 12th, 2020

Celebration of Easter morning Mass at St. Gabriel’s Parish, on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.

Homily – April 12, 2020

April 12th, 2020

I’m beginning to plan this Easter sermon on the cold but sunny Good Friday. A blue sky gives me a lift. We know there will be no Easter Masses. We know we will not enjoy the uplifting music our choir sings. We know we won’t be greeting fellow parishioners with a cheerful ‘Happy Easter’. Right now we have to say,”I’m not up to it.” We have to admit we’re trying to cope with this necessary isolation. Our walls are closing in. Maybe some of us are struggling with depression or discouragement. Some of us are lucky enough get out of the house for a walk and many of us feel the walls are closing in on us. We long to hear the phone ring or the doorbell. There will be no family gatherings to celebrate this day. We wonder when our own Good Friday will end.

The meaning of these holy days were summed up by St. Paul in his letter to the Christian community in Philippi when he wrote that Jesus did not consider his equality with God as something to clung to. He emptied himself of his divinity and took to himself our humanity, becoming as we all are and became a slave, a slave obedient even unto death, death on a cross. Because of this emptying God has exalted him and give him a name above all other names so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend and every tongue should confess the Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Read these words again and again.

Easter is always the feast on which we celebrate the victory of life over death. The victory of love over hatred. The victor of justice over injustice. The victory of acceptance and welcome over exclusion and rejection. The victory of self-giving over selfishness.

May we be blessed to see these victories in the lives of overworked doctors and nurses and their assistants and kitchen staffs and cleaning staffs in our hospitals and the first providers such as ambulance drivers, policemen and women and firemen and fire women. Good people putting aside their own safety and the safety of their families, their own weariness, their own family concerns, their spare time to be there for men and women and children in need of their expertize.

May we celebrate Easter in gratitude to such men and women who are living examples of the love Jesus showed each one of us as he endured his passion and death and his glorification in his resurrection. May we celebrate Easter being grateful to family members and friends and all who support us in these difficult times.

Bulletin – April 12, 2020

April 12th, 2020

Rejoice for the Lord has truly risen!

Alleluia! Alleluia!

We wish you all a very Happy and Holy Easter!

From the Desk of Fr Brando…

This year the celebrations and rituals of Holy Week have been like no other. This is a time of great stress, fear and, for many, loss.

Thank you to all those who sent messages of prayer and encouragement. Thank you for those in essential services who have risked their own lives to help those in need. Thank you to all who have followed the restrictions as we try to keep this pandemic under control. Let us pray that we will all soon be together again.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 13 th to April 19 th , 2020

MONDAY – EASTER MONDAY
TUESDAY – ARMAND OAKIE – Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – ELSA D’SOUZA – Requested by her Family
THURSDAY – EAMON GAUGHAN – Requested by the Gaughan Family
FRIDAY – EDGARDO RECANA – Requested by his Family
SATURDAY – LEAH FERNANDES – Requested by George & Lynette Fernandes
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – SHELLA TANG – Requested by Amy & Michael Tang
– 12:30 PM – DOREEN YOUNG – Requested by Noreen Chen

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting vocations

“The financial help provided by the people of God through ShareLife plays a significant part in my vocation. Without ShareLife, I would not be able to complete my studies and go on in my formation. Thank you very much for being instrumental in the hands of God and His Church, so that His word could come true in my vocation.” – Deacon André Luis de Lima, priest in formation at Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary

Parishioners can still contribute by credit card through the ShareLife website, or by mailing or dropping off or mailing their contribution to the parish office

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Unfortunately, with the current COVID-19 situation, we cannot accept any food donations at this time.

While we wait for updates from these outreach ministries, let us always be mindful of what they do.

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

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

FINANCE CORNER

At a time like this it can be uncomfortable to talk about giving. Our primary concern is the health and well-being of our parishioners. However, these difficult circumstances show just how important the offertory is to the life of our parishes.

The reality is that our parishes rely on the support of their parishioners to operate – parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) are funded through the generosity of its parishioners. It will be a challenge for the parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection. Although our Churches are closed, our outreach programs and pastoral presence remain active.

Because there will be no masses, there will no offertory collections taken up. You may, however, drop off your envelope at the parish office or mail it to the parish.

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

Please consider changing your offertory giving, at this time, to monthly Pre-Authorized Giving. Forms are available at the Parish office or on-line at the Parish website in the “Weekly Giving” section under the Finances tab.