SUNDAY & WEEKDAY MASSES RESUMED ON LIMITED BASIS

June 8th, 2021

We remain grateful and want to thank all the parishioners of St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish for their ongoing support during this period of great difficulty and uncertainty.

Under Step 1 of the provincial reopening plan, as of June 11th, attendance at all liturgical celebrations will be limited to 15% capacity of the church. Therefore, public Mass can resume but with that limit on attendance. Weekend Masses will resume the weekend of June 12/13, 2021. Weekday Masses will resume on Friday, June 11, 2021.

In order to attend Sunday masses, a reservation for each attendee is required.

Please review the Protocol for Sunday Mass celebrations before making any reservations. Please click Sunday Mass Reservations. If you have any difficulty in registering, please call the parish office during regular office hours.

There is no reservation required for the 9:00 am Monday to Friday weekday Mass but sign in upon arrival is required.

For the safety and health of our community, please remain home if you show or have any signs or symptoms of Covid-19. Under a City of Toronto by-law, all attendees are required to wear non-medical grade masks or face coverings throughout their entire time of attendance at church while at the same time respecting the physically distance rules of 2 metres (6 feet).

We continue to thank you for your financial contribution during this time. If you cannot attend the Masses, you can mail or drop off your envelope contribution to the parish office. As well you can sign up for Pre Authorized Giving by picking up a form in the parish office or printing the form, completing it and submitting it to the parish office.

We are looking forward to seeing you.

Mass for Body and Blood of Christ – June 6, 2021

June 5th, 2021

Bulletin – June 20, 2021

June 19th, 2021

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers, Grandfathers, Stepfathers and Great Grandfathers.

May you be blessed with the graces you need to be good and loving role models to your children. May God give you courage, compassion, patience and peace.

ATTENDING MASS

Welcome Back!

On June 7th, the Province of Ontario announced that Step 1 of the reopening plan would begin on June 11th.

Under Step 1, attendance at St. Gabriel’s is limited to a capacity of 15%. Weekend Mass attendance will continue to be by reservation on the Eventbrite system. This attendance number is limited to all Liturgical celebrations.

Reservations are not required for weekday Masses.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 21st, 2021 to June 27th, 2021

MONDAY – DONALD O’CONNELL – Requested by Fergus O’Connell
FRIDAY – BERNARD KELLY – Requested by His Family
SATURDAY – KENG OWYONG – Requested by Helen Owyong

PRAYER FOR LOST ABORIGINAL CHILDREN

For the children who died in Kamloops and in residential schools throughout the country that
they not be forgotten,
Lord, Hear our prayer.

For healing of the relatives and communities of these children within the First Nation and Metis communities.
Lord heat our prayer.

For a thorough investigation of all former residential schools that any further unmarked graves of children would be found.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For wisdom and grace for the Honourable Dr. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations.
Lord, hear our prayer.

ATTENTION GRADE 12 STUDENTS

If you’re going to university or college in the fall, campus ministry is waiting for you! Connect with the Catholic community on your campus by visiting: www.chaplaincyconnect.ca!

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS: SENIORS MONTH AND ADULT FORMATION

June is celebrated as Seniors Month in Ontario and in various provinces across Canada. The theme of 2021 in Ontario is Stay safe, Active and Connected. The month of June is also the dedicated to Adult Faith Formation in the Archdiocese of Toronto in recognition of the fact that adult faith formation is fundamental, essential and central in the life of faith communities.

“Seniors” and older adults have faced “increased isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic” but the government of Canada and the province of Ontario have been making great strides in vaccinating older Ontarians, including those living in congregate settings. We hope that our older adult parishioners have taken advantage of the vaccination program offered in our province so that they can finally meet family members and enjoy outdoor activities once again.

“Adult faith formation has probably taken the biggest hit from the pandemic restrictions, as parishes have had to scramble to adapt and re-adapt liturgical celebrations and programs of sacramental preparation.” Most of the activities they have done thus far are with our seniors and older adult parishioners are virtual either via Skype or Zoom. It may take a bit longer before life returns to normal, but we will continue to try and find meaningful ways to connect with and serve the seniors and older adults in our community.

It is important that we recognize, appreciate, salute, and celebrate the seniors and older adults in our community, and especially in our parish. They are the ones who had contributed and continue to contribute towards the building of our community – both our parish and our local communities – that they are today. We continue as a parish community to strive to raise awareness about programs and services that will benefit and meet the needs of our seniors, especially during this pandemic time and beyond. If any of our parishioners are interested in programs and services for seniors and maturing adults, please check our bulletin or our parish website. You may can also contact Sr. Maria Lucia at the parish or via email at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com

SHARELIFE

This weekend is ShareLife Sunday!

“These uncertain times are especially difficult for addiction clients. Our programs would not be open without ShareLife donors, Through your support we are able to dramatically reduce social isolation for men and women living with mental health and addictions.”

— Robin Griller, St. Michael’s Homes

Today is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Weekend of June, 26th/27th

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 24 casseroles for May. For June, your frozen casseroles will be collected after all the Masses next Saturday, June 26th and Sunday, June 27th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. Let’s see if we can increase that number!

The need is very great especially right now with Covid19.

The casseroles are easy to make and we have the recipes and casserole pans right here in the Parish Office. The recipes are also available on the Parish website. If you require more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

Rosalie Hall 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.

Your food donations are more important than ever as Covid 19 continues and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired

SHARELIFE SPEAKER SERIES: CARING FOR SENIORS

Thursday, June 24th from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

A Virtual Event Hosted by ShareLife

We often worry about how to care for the emotional wellbeing of our parents and senior family members as they age. These challenges grew during the pandemic, as many of us were unable to safely visit them in person. What are some of the challenges seniors experience, but may be hesitant to share with us? And how do we respect their independence, while ensuring they do not suffer from loneliness and isolation?

Amanda Fellows from Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County– a ShareLife-funded agency – will provide valuable insights on how we can best support our senior family members. Following the 25-minute presentation, Amanda will answer your questions.

Register at http://bit.ly/sharelifeseniors

Camping with the Holy Spirit

Saturday, June 26th at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event Hosted by the Children’s Ministry of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Council (CCRC) of the Archdiocese of Toronto

Calling all parents and children! Join our annual celebration virtually and free of charge. Join us for Holy Ghost stories, camp fire songs, games, crafts and yummy fruits under the stars with Mother Mary!

Email at childrenministryccrc@gmail.com

SUMMER RETREAT WITH FR. JACQUES PHILIPPE

Saturday, June 26th from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

A Virtual Event Hosted by Newman Centre Catholic Mission

The Newman Centre is excited to invite you to a summer retreat with world-renowned spiritual director, Fr. Jacques Philippe. He will present an inspiring retreat on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We will pray the rosary together as well as the Litany to the Sacred Heart.

With over one million copies sold in 24 languages, Fr. Philippe’s writings on prayer, interior freedom and peace of heart have become classics of modern Catholic spirituality.
This will be a live webinar and seats are already filling up. Please register and spread the word!

Register at https://summer2021retreat.eventbrite.ca or contact lenita.lopes@newmantoronto.com

Website: www.newmantoronto.com

THE GARDEN SHED

This spring the cherry trees in the north garden are literally laden with ripening fruit, and the same is true of the blueberry, haskap and currant shrubs. It appears that 3 years after planting, the north garden is reaching maturity.

In the south garden, the area formerly covered by landscape fabric has now been seeded with white clover to form living mulch pathways between the ferns, grasses, lavender and smoke bush.

Check out the photos on our Garden Ministry webpage: https://stgabrielsparish.ca/ministries/garden-ministry/

Looking for a nature getaway? Join the Garden Ministry!
sgpgardenministry@gmail.com

REMEMBERING THE PARISH IN YOUR WILL

Your parish has been there for you and your family during the most important moments of your lives. Help you’re your Catholic community active and alive for years to come.

Please consider your parish in your will or through a planned gift. A bequest is a beautiful way to express your faith and gratitude for a lifetime of blessings – a lasting legacy of love that will help the Church continue with its many ministries.

For more details, please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 or contact Peter Okonski, Manager of Planned Giving and Personal Gifts at 416 934 3400 Ext. 519 or by email at development@archtoronto.org.

All calls are confidential.

Bulletin – June 13, 2021

June 12th, 2021

ATTENDING MASS

Welcome Back!

On June 7th, the Province of Ontario announced that Step 1 of the reopening plan would begin on June 11th.

Under Step 1, attendance at St. Gabriel’s is limited to a capacity of 15%. Weekend Mass attendance will continue to be by reservation on the Eventbrite system. This attendance number is limited to all Liturgical celebrations.

Reservations are not required for weekday Masses.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 14th, 2021 to June 20th, 2021

SATURDAY – DECEASED FATHERS OFJACK & WANDA WROBEL – Requested by Jack & Wanda Wrobel
SUNDAY 10:30 –
SUNDAY 12:30 –

PRAYER FOR LOST ABORIGINAL CHILDREN

For the children who died in Kamloops and in residential schools throughout the country that they not be forgotten,

Lord, Hear our prayer.

For healing of the relatives and communities of these children within the First Nation and Metis communities.

Lord heat our prayer.

For a thorough investigation of all former residential schools that any further unmarked graves of children would be found.

Lord, hear our prayer.

For wisdom and grace for the Honourable Dr. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations.

Lord, hear our prayer.

SHARELIFE

Next weekend is ShareLife Sunday!

Next Sunday, June 20th is ShareLife Sunday.

Our parish goal for this year’s campaign is $187,000. Thus far we have received $87,840. We encourage you to donate at the parish or online at sharelife.org.

Monthly Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) is a convenient way to spread your ShareLife contribution throughout the year. To enroll, please fill out a ShareLife envelope at your parish or contact ShareLife at or 416-934-3411.

ShareLife Sunday is next weekend, June 20th.

Please give generously.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Weekend of June, 26th/27th

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 24 casseroles for May. For June, your frozen casseroles will be collected after all the Masses on Saturday June 26th and Sunday, June 27th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. Let’s see if we can increase that number!

The need is very great especially right now with Covid19.

The casseroles are easy to make and we have the recipes and casserole pans right here in the Parish Office. The recipes are also available on the Parish website. If you require more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

Rosalie Hall 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.

Your food donations are more important than ever as Covid 19 continues and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF TO INDIA

India is reeling from a devastating COVID-19 outbreak. In recent days, the country has been reporting more than 400,000 of new cases and 4,000 deaths every 24 hours. International observers expect that the actual numbers are significantly higher.

The medical system, funeral services and other social supports are unable to meet the country’s needs at this time.

The Archdiocese of Toronto will send donations through Development and Peace to Caritas Internationalis, an international confederation of Catholic humanitarian organizations that is already in India helping those who are suffering during this COVID-19 outbreak.

To learn more about Caritas’ work in India, please watch the video: http://bit.ly/CaritasIndiaRelief

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 at416-934-3411

Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish – India’s COVID-19

FRIENDLY NEIGHBOR HOTLINE

Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Call 1-855 581- 9580

The Friendly Neighbor Hotline Is an organization mobilizing volunteers to deliver groceries and medication to seniors who have trouble going to the stores by themselves. The seniors just have to call the number, they can also register online. They place their order by phone (8 items max) and say how they want to pay, then sends a message to the pool of volunteers who indicated they can do deliveries in the senior’s ward. When a volunteer responds that he or she can do it, FNH sends a message to the volunteer with the shopping list. After delivery, the volunteer gets reimbursed by the organization who collects the money from the senior.”

CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES OF TORONTO’S ONLINE COUNSELLING SESSIONS

Catholic Family Services of Toronto is now offering online quick access single sessions. Single-session counselling is a quick and effective way for individuals, couples or families to address a mental health or relationship concern.

To arrange for a session, please contact: info@cfstoronto.com or 416-921-1163 or 416-222-0048. Leave us a message with your name, email and phone number, and a staff person will contact you.

Clients who are interested in pursuing other or additional services in the agency have the option to access our ongoing counselling, wellness or group programs.

Counselling fees are charged according to a client’s income level. No one is denied service because of their inability to pay fees.

THE GARDEN SHED

This spring the cherry trees in the north garden are literally laden with ripening fruit, and the same is true of the blueberry, haskap and currant shrubs. It appears that 3 years after planting, the north garden is reaching maturity.

In the south garden, the area formerly covered by landscape fabric has now been seeded with white clover to form living mulch pathways between the ferns, grasses, lavender and smoke bush.

Check out the photos on our Garden Ministry webpage.

Looking for a nature getaway? Join the Garden Ministry!
sgpgardenministry@gmail.com

REMEMBERING THE PARISH IN YOUR WILL

Your parish has been there for you and your family during the most important moments of your lives. Help you’re your Catholic community active and alive for years to come.

Please consider your parish in your will or through a planned gift. A bequest is a beautiful way to express your faith and gratitude for a lifetime of blessings – a lasting legacy of love that will help the Church continue with its many ministries.

For more details, please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 or contact Peter Okonski, Manager of Planned Giving and Personal Gifts at 416 934 3400 Ext. 519 or by email at development@archtoronto.org.

All calls are confidential.

Homily – June 13, 2021

June 12th, 2021

Last Sunday people were shocked by the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves of Indigenous children who were students at a residential school in B.C.

These unnamed, unknown children were forcefully removed from their mothers and fathers, they were punished for speaking their mother tongue, forced to wear uniforms, forced to eat new food, denied contact with their parents and suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

This Sunday we’re stunned by the violent deaths of a Moslem family run down as they enjoyed an evening stroll on a London street.

Both tragic events point to the evil effects of the virus of racism a virus far more deadly and destructive that the present virus Corvid 19 that is presently holding our lives at a standstill.

The antivirus to racism is the God given commandment ‘love one another as I’ve loved you’. It doesn’t seem to be working in the human family. Racism, bigotry, intolerance still have the upper hand in our inter-human relationships

Jesus often uses agricultural imagery in his teaching. In today’s gospel he uses the imagery of the smallest of all seeds, a seed that sprouts and grows, independent of the farmer’s efforts to the greatest of all shrubs offering its branches to nesting birds.

Seeds, let’s call them attitudes or mindsets are sown in our lives within our own family life. We pick up these mindsets and attitudes almost by osmosis. These attitudes can be the virus that blights the way we see and relate to men and women of another race, another color, another religion, another life-style such as members of the Gay communities. These attitudes, these mindsets keep us from seeing the goodness, the dignity, the worth of men and women and even children different from ourselves.

This virus of racism can cause us to see others as less than ourselves. Corvid 19 has spread around the world causing millions of deaths. Racism is pandemic, it’s everywhere, and it’s in the air we breathe. People may protest, I’m not a racist but let’s face it; we all are to one degree or another. We’re all suspicious of, leery of ‘The other’, the different, and the strange. They speak differently, they dress differently, they live differently, they believe differently they love differently.

There is a saying; denial ain’t just a river in Egypt’. When it comes to the virus of racism, are you in denial, am I in denial about having this virus? Probably yes.

As we continue to celebrate this Mass we pray, we plea for the grace to love, accept, respect the ‘other’, the different, the strange as the crucified Christ loves, respects and accepts us, as we are, warts and all.