SUNDAY & WEEKDAY MASSES RESUMED ON LIMITED BASIS

July 16th, 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 3 of the provincial reopening plan as of July 16th, there is no capacity restriction on all liturgical celebrations. However, attendance will be limited by the physical distancing requirement.

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.

Bulletin – September 19, 2021

September 19th, 2021

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 20th to September 26th

MONDAY – DARKO SEIFERT – Requested by Mirjana Seifert
TUESDAY – FIORENTINO GIANNOTTA – Requested by Franca Giannotta
WEDNESDAY – HENRY NG – Requested by his Family
THURSDAY – EDNA, GERRY & MIKE HATCH – Requested by their Family
FRIDAY – AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by TonyFernandes
SATURDAY – RENATO BELLISARI – Requested by Chiara Intini
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – KOK SHING WING – Requested by Yan Lam Kok
SUNDAY 12:30 PM – ANDREW HUI TAI PANG – Requested by the Family

SACRAMENTAL REGISTRATION

September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

There will be registration for the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation on September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM in the gathering space of the church.

Please Note:

A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation. Registration forms will not be accepted without it.

A Baptism certificate is not required for Reconciliation.

A fee of $30 is required at registration for Confirmation to defray related costs.

The deadline for registration for all sacraments is September 30th. No registrations will be accepted after that date.

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. Registration will continue until September 18th. 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 by email at StGabrielParishRCIA@gmail.com or by phone at 416-221-8866.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

At the 10:30 AM Mass from October to May each year, children ages 4 to 10 have the opportunity to gather as a group for the Liturgy of the Word led by parents who have volunteered.

We are in need of more volunteers to assist this program.

For more information or to volunteer, please call Dawn Burke at 416 671-0561 or leave a message at the Parish Office.

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

For Children Who Were Registered in 2019 and 2020

First Communion interview dates are now being booked. They will take place on Tuesday, October 19th, Wednesday, October 20th and Friday, October 22nd.

They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Please call the Parish Office at 416 221 8866 to book your appointment with Fr. Brando as soon as possible.

NEEDS OF THE CHURCH IN CANADA

Second Collection on the Weekend of September 25th/26th

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is involved in national and international areas of pastoral activity, including social justice, ecumenical and interfaith relations, collaboration with Indigenous peoples, life and family issues, liturgy, catechesis, doctrine and relations with Catholic associations and movement.

There will be a second collection on the weekend of September 25th/26th for the Needs of the Church in Canada. Your gifts are used by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to represent Canadian Catholics in national and international pastoral activity. Thank you for your support of this important work.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Next Weekend, September 25th/26th

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 31

casseroles for August. For September, your frozen casseroles will be collected after all the Masses next weekend, September 25th/26th, 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

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall. Your food donations are very much appreciated especially during these difficult times.

SHARELIFE

Will you help us reach our ShareLife campaign goal?

We have currently raised $146,745 toward our parish goal of $187,000

“Our goal can be met, but only with your help. I invite you to join today’s generation of heroes by making a sacrificial gift to ShareLife. As you contemplate the blessings God has entrusted to you, please join me in giving to ShareLife to the best of your ability.

– Cardinal Thomas Collins

October 10th is the next ShareLife Sunday.

Please give generously during the special collection or anytime at sharelife.org.

DISASTER RELIEF FOR HAITI

As you know, Haiti has now been hit with a 7.2 earthquake, the latest in a series of disasters to strike this small nation. The devastation was worsened by arrival of Tropical Depression Grace, bringing heavy rains flooding and landslides.

In an effort to support those have been most directly impacted by these disasters,

St. Gabriel’s Parish is accepting funds which will be passed on directly to Fr. Rick Frechette in Haiti.

Contributions can also be made through the Archdiocese of Toronto.

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

Through the parish, making cheques payable to:

St. Gabriel’s – Haiti Disaster Relief 2021

Disaster Relief envelopes are on the table in the Gathering Space.

Through the Development Office at 416-934-3411

Please offer your prayers for all those impacted by this tragedy. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to assist those in crisis.

CHURCH BULLETIN ADVERTISING

Liturgical Publications is seeking advertisements for our church bulletin. This advertising helps to cover the costs of producing the bulletin each week. Please support our bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call Liturgical Publications at 905 624 4422 for more information.

FEDERAL ELECTION RESOURCES FROM A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE

With a federal election scheduled for September 20th, Catholics are encouraged to learn more about the parties and candidates seeking our vote.

Catholic Conscience is Canada’s non-partisan Catholic civic and political engagement organization. They have prepared a number of resources that will assist Catholics in voter education and engagement in the days leading up to the federal election. These resources can be accessed at: http://www.catholicconscience.org/canada-federal-current.

All those eligible to vote are encouraged to do so on, or before, September 20th, 2021

NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMEMORATION

Sunday, September 26th from 12:30 to 2:00 PM

Native Peoples’ Mission (at St. Ann Parish)
711 Gerrard St. E., Toronto

Join the Native Peoples’ Mission (NPM) community in a day of reflection, solidarity and commemoration of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a new federal statutory holiday being observed on September 30.

John Robinson, an Ojibway elder, will do a purification ceremony. Sr. Petite Lao, RNDM, NPM volunteer and Filipina researcher, will share her reflections on the “Filipino Catholics and the Challenges of the Truth and Reconciliation Process in Canada.” For more information, contact Sr. Petite Lao, RNDM at petite.lao@utoronto.ca

THE GARDEN SHED

Be sure to check out the Fall edition of the garden Ministry newsletter, Growing News,

which will be posted on the parish website on September 22nd, the Autumnal Equinox. The edition features an editorial by Fr. Paul.

We, and the garden, are grateful to Agnes Gaughan, Liz Quilliam and Marie Deans for their time and the tender, loving care they bestow on the garden.

Harvests from the community garden have paused while fall crops of cabbage, carrots, beets, lettuce, spinach, radish and chard germinate.

Some of you may know that we had all of our garlic stolen a few weeks ago, which meant we had no cloves to plant for next year. We are deeply grateful to Fisher’s Field who, in unsolicited kindness, donated a supply to us.

FINANCIAL CORNER

“The financial burden of the Parish is the responsibility of each and all parishioners to the extent that your means allow.”

Please consider giving your offertory by picking up Envelopes, enrolling in Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG), or Donate Now (through the Archdiocese of Toronto website). Please come by the parish office if you have any questions.

Bulletin – September 12, 2021

September 12th, 2021

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 13th to September 19th

MONDAY – JOSEPH & ANTONY VALAVI – Requested by Dhanya Valavi
TUESDAY – MICHAEL & AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes
WEDNESDAY – MICHAEL & AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes
THURSDAY
FRIDAY – ANDRE HUI TAI PANG – Requested by Howa Hui
SATURDAY – MR.& MRS VICTOR FERNANDO on the 30th anniversary of their death – Requested by Kshamalee Wirekoon
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – HEUNG WAH LAM – Requested by The Fung, Lam & Montero Families
SUNDAY 12:30 PM – LUKE VUKOVIC – Requested by The Family

SACRAMENTAL REGISTRATION

September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

There will be registration for the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation on September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd 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. Registration forms will not be accepted without it. A Baptism certificate is not required for Reconciliation. 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. Registration will continue until September 18th. 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 by email at StGabrielRCIA@gmail.com or by phone at 416-221-8866.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

At the 10:30 AM Mass from October to May each year, children ages 4 to 10 have the opportunity to gather as a group for the Liturgy of the Word led by parents who have volunteered.

We are in need of more volunteers to assist this program.

For more information or to volunteer, please call Dawn Burke at 416 671-0561 or leave a message at the Parish Office.

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

For Children Who Were Registered in 2019 – 2020

First Communion interview dates are now being booked. They will take place on Tuesday, October 19th, Wednesday, October 20th and Friday, October 22nd.

They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Please call the Parish Office at 416 221 8866 to book your appointment with Fr. Brando as soon as possible.

DISASTER RELIEF FOR HAITI

As you know, Haiti has now been hit with a 7.2 earthquake, the latest in a series of disasters to strike this small nation. The devastation was worsened by arrival of Tropical Depression Grace, bringing heavy rains flooding and landslides.

In an effort to support those have been most directly impacted by these disasters, St. Gabriel’s Parish is accepting funds which will be passed on directly to Fr. Rick Frechette in Haiti.

Contributions can also be made through the Archdiocese of Toronto. Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

Through the parish, making cheques payable to: St. Gabriel’s – Haiti Disaster Relief 2021

Disaster Relief envelopes are on the table in the Gathering Space.

Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website

Through the Development Office at 416-934-3411

Please offer your prayers for all those impacted by this tragedy. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to assist those in crisis.

HOLY LAND COLLECTION

This Weekend – September 11th/ 12th

On Good Friday in the midst of the pandemic, several parishioners contributed to the Collection for the Holy Land.

For those who missed it, there will be a collection for the Holy Land this weekend, September 11th/ 12th. This collection is taken to support Christian communities, the upkeep of Holy Sites and the formation of priests in the Holy Land.

Envelopes are in the Gathering Space.

Please be as generous as your means allow.

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

Living the Gospel by supporting residents of long-term care

The Houses of Providence in Scarborough is a ShareLife-funded agency that provides long-term care for seniors.

“It’s been hard during COVID-19,” says Mary, one of its residents, “but we understand the precautions that staff are taking. Providence staff have been absolutely wonderful and are doing a good job. I thank them every time I see them for their hard work.”

Did you know that you can contribute to ShareLife agencies like the Houses of Providence through Pre-Authorized Giving? Please consider making a monthly contribution to ShareLife using PAG.

October 3rd is the next ShareLife Sunday.

Please give generously during the special collection or anytime at sharelife.org.

THE GARDEN SHED

Registration for the Garden Retreat is now full. If you would like to attend, please check Eventbrite (periodically for cancellations).

You may have noticed the guide house near the meditation circle, which currently houses a Companion guide for the Walk of the Stations of the Cosmic Earth. Feel free to borrow the guide for your walk, return it and avail yourself of a take-away guide stored beneath the rear portion of the articulated roof. Additional guides for reflective garden walks will appear in the guide house in the coming months.

Last week, we sent a bountiful harvest to the Good Shepherd including carrots, beans, chard, peppers, tomatoes, parsley, thyme and celery, celeriac and yellow squash. Planting for fall crops is underway and will include beets, carrots, spinach, lettuce, radish and cabbage.

Join the Garden Ministry! You are sure to find garden care tasks that appeal to you among the endless variety in St. Gabriel’s garden.

FEDERAL ELECTION RESOURCES FROM A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE

With a federal election scheduled for September 20th, Catholics are encouraged to learn more about the parties and candidates seeking our vote.

Catholic Conscience is Canada’s non-partisan Catholic civic and political engagement organization. They have prepared a number of resources that will assist Catholics in voter education and engagement in the days leading up to the federal election. These resources can be accessed at: www.catholicconscience.org/canada-federal-current.

All those eligible to vote are encouraged to do so on, or before, September 20th, 2021.

A JOURNEY OF HOPE

Saturday, October 2nd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre
2325 Liverpool Rd., Pickering

A day of reflection for Catholic parents of young adults with mental health issues.
Facilitated by Sr. Mary Rowell, csj. A suggested offering of $50 per person. Includes lunch, break and retreat day program. Space is limited.

For more information, visit their website at www.manresa-canada.ca

To register contact mikehyland@bell.net or phone 647-296-2499.

MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY

Tuesday, October 12th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
1617 Blythe Rd., Mississauga

Celebrate October, the Month of the Holy Rosary, by attending a day retreat at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga.

The cost is $40 (includes morning coffee and muffin, hot lunch and the program)

To register call Anne at 905-278-5229.

FINANCIAL CORNER

The Finance Council wishes to share this with all who come together as our worshipping community.
“The financial burden of the Parish is the responsibility of each and all parishioners to the extent that your means allow.”

Please consider giving your offertory by picking up Envelopes, enrolling in Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG), or Donate Now (through the Archdiocese of Toronto website). Please come by the parish office if you have any questions.

Homily – September 12, 2021

September 11th, 2021

Today’s gospel deals with a turning point in the apostles understanding of who and what Jesus of Nazareth was all about. Jesus wants to know, ’who do people say that I am? They tell him, some say John the Baptist, and others say Elijah and some believe you are one of the prophets.

But then Jesus asks another question; who do you say I am, who am I to you. You’ve walked with me, you’ve heard what I’ve taught, you’ve seen me give sight to the blind, make the cripple walk, and so, who do you say I am?

Peter answers for all of them; you are the Christ. You are the Messiah. Then Jesus throws cold water on Peter’s idea of the Christ. He tells them the Messiah must undergo great suffering, be rejected by the authorities and be put to death. And after three days be

Peter was stunned by all this and tried to talk Jesus out of this. This must never happen to you. Jesus had changed Simon’s’ name to Peter, the Rock and because Peter tried to talk Jesus out of all this destiny Jesus calls him Satan because Peter couldn’t let go of the mindset he grew up with; the Messiah will be a hero, a liberator of the people, not a disgraced criminal.

Jesus’ question to his disciples; who do you say I am, who am I to you should make us pause and ask ourselves ‘who do I really think, believe Jesus really is.

In a minute we’ll all say the Creed, our statement of faith. We’ll rattle off the words.. and in Jesus Christ our Lord who was born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried and on the third day rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Have we ever thought of the real meaning of these words? That Jesus endured his passion and death because he loved each man, woman and child in this church, at this Mass with a love we can’t imagine and then challenged each of us to have that same love for every man, woman and child who comes into our lives.

It boggles the mind. Maybe sometime during this day or during this week can we find the time to be still and search our hearts to answer Jesus’ question; who do you say I am, who am I to you?

We here today live on the other side of the resurrection. St. John reminds us that Jesus did many signs in the sight of his disciples that are not written in his book, but these are written so that we may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God and that through believing we may have like in his name.

Paul the Apostle reminds us who live on the other side of the Resurrection that Jesus is the love of God made visible, the love of God enfleshed and Paul spells out to us the ramifications of being a follower of Christ in the community of the Church.

As we continue to celebrate this Mass we can pray for ourselves and for each other that we try to find the answer to Christ’s question; who do you say I am? Who am I to you?

Bulletin – September 5, 2021

September 4th, 2021

WELCOME BACK

Many of you have been at Mass during the summer. For those of you who have recently returned to St. Gabriel’s, welcome back. We are very happy to see you!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 6th to September 12th

MONDAY – LABOUR DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – THE INTENTIONS OF CHUN-LI – Requested by Tony Fernandes
WEDNESDAY – MICHAEL & AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes
THURSDAY – Claire & Dawn Burke – Requested by their Family
FRIDAY –
SATURDAY – SHING-WING KOK & FAMILY – Requested by Yau Lam Kok
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – SHING WING KOK & FAMILY – Requested by Yau Lam Kok
SUNDAY 12:30 PM – KSHAMALEE WIREKOON’S 75TH BIRTHDAY – Requested by Kshamalee Wirekoon

WELCOME! OUR NEWEST MEMBERS

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome these little ones:
Ana Elisa Leon Ayala
Liam Cameron-Sellers Florez
Rebecca Pena Silva
Benjamin Adam Siu
Aleria Valentina Smikle
Theodore Kwabena Oritsematosan Uku

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism in July and August. Congratulations!

CHILDREN’S LITURGY – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

At the 10:30 AM Mass from October to May each year, children ages 4 to 10 have the opportunity to gather as a group for the Liturgy of the Word led by parents who have volunteered.

We are in need of more volunteers to assist this program.

For more information or to volunteer, please call Dawn Burke at 416 671-0561 or leave a message at the Parish Office.

SACRAMENTAL REGISTRATION

There will be registration for the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation on September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.

Please bring a Baptism certificate if you are registering for First Communion or Confirmation. Registration forms cannot be accepted without it. A Baptism certtificate is not required for Reconciliation.

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. Registration will continue until September 18th. 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 by email at StGabrielRCIA@gmail.com or by phone at 416-221-8866.

DISASTER RELIEF FOR HAITI

As you know, Haiti has now been hit with a 7.2 earthquake, the latest in a series of disasters to strike this small nation. The devastation was worsened by arrival of Tropical Depression Grace, bringing heavy rains flooding and landslides.

In an effort to support those have been most directly impacted by these disasters, St. Gabriel’s Parish is accepting funds which will be passed on directly to Fr. Rick Frechette in Haiti.

Contributions can also be made through the Archdiocese of Toronto.

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

Through the parish, making cheques payable to:St. Gabriel’s – Haiti Disaster Relief 2021

Disaster Relief envelopes are on the table in the Gathering Space.

Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website

Through the Development Office at 416-934-3411

Please offer your prayers for all those impacted by this tragedy. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to assist those in crisis.

HOLY LAND COLLECTION

Weekend of September 11th/ 12th

On Good Friday in the midst of the pandemic, several parishioners contributed to the Collection for the Holy Land.

For those who missed it, there will be a collection for the Holy Land on the weekend of September 11th/ 12th. This collection is taken to support Christian communities, the upkeep of Holy Sites and the formation of priests in the Holy Land.

Envelopes are in the Gathering Space.

Please be as generous as your means allow.

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

Living the Gospel by supporting young parents

Thanks to generous donors like you, ShareLife agencies helped 150,000 people locally last year. These include 1,900 young pregnant and parenting women and their babies. These women take parenting classes, receive diapers and healthy food, and get one-on-one support as they complete their high school education.

We encourage you to support this work by making a gift to ShareLife via the parish or at sharelife.org.

October 3rd is the next ShareLife Sunday. Please give generously.

FEDERAL ELECTION RESOURCES FROM A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE

With a federal election scheduled for September 20th, Catholics are encouraged to learn more about the parties and candidates seeking our vote.

Catholic Conscience is Canada’s non-partisan Catholic civic and political engagement organization. They have prepared a number of resources that will assist Catholics in voter education and engagement in the days leading up to the federal election. These resources can be accessed at: www.catholicconscience.org/canada-federal-current.

All those eligible to vote are encouraged to do so on, or before, September 20th, 2021.

A JOURNEY OF HOPE

Saturday, October 2nd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre
2325 Liverpool Rd., Pickering

A day of reflection for Catholic parents of young adults with mental health issues.
Facilitated by Sr. Mary Rowell, csj. A suggested offering of $50 per person. Includes lunch, break and retreat day program. Space is limited.

For more information, visit their website at www.manresa-canada.ca

To register contact mikehyland@bell.net or phone
647-296-2499.

MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY

Tuesday, October 12th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
1617 Blythe Rd., Mississauga

Celebrate October, the Month of the Holy Rosary, by attending a day retreat at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga.

The cost is $40 (includes morning coffee and muffin, hot lunch and the program)

To register call Anne at 905-278-5229.

THE GARDEN SHED

ST. GABRIEL’S GARDEN RETREAT

A Gateway to Earth’s Spirituality
Saturday, September 18th

St. Gabriel’s will be hosting a Garden Retreat on Saturday, September 18th, on the theme of the garden as gateway to earth spirituality. Through hands-on garden encounters, contemplation and knowledge-sharing, participants will be invited to explore and deepen their relationship with the land.

Please see the posters in the Gathering Space and downstairs for further details.

FINANCIAL CORNER

The Finance Council wishes to share this with all who come together as our worshipping community.

“The financial burden of the Parish is the responsibility of each and all parishioners to the extent that your means allow.”

Please consider giving your offertory by picking up Envelopes, enrolling in Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG), or Donate Now (through the Archdiocese of Toronto website). Please come by the parish office if you have any questions.

Homily – August 29, 2021

August 29th, 2021

Today’s scriptures are very relevant to the times in which we live. We’re living with a death dealing virus and its mutants and we’re in the midst of a snap election.

In both these instances we’re called to be ‘doers of the word and not hearers only.

In living with the virus being doers of the word means we care for those around us, we are our brothers and sister keepers, we do unto others what we would have others do to us and so we wear masks, we get vaccinated, we wash our hands. We’re mature enough not to buy into; no one’s going to tell me what to do; I have my rights. Government get out of my life.

In this time of elections, we are to be doers of the word not just hearers. Be doers of the word and elect men and women who are willing to face the realities of climate change, the need for a living wage and equitable health care. Be doers of the word and elect those who take seriously the need for affordable housing and the reality of our aging population.

It is not my business to tell you how to vote. It is my business to remind you of your civic duty to vote. It is a privilege many man and women in too many countries do not have.

As voting Christian men and women we follow the example and teachings of Jesus; feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty – clean safe water is a human right – welcome the stranger. Be doers of the word.

Here in Canada we vote for a political party and it’s political platform, not for the individual. Check and see how close the political platform comes to what we consider to be ‘gospel values’.In our opening prayer we asked God; to nurture in us what is good and keep safe what God has nurtured.

As we continue this Mass we pray for ourselves and each other for the courage to be doers and not just listeners of the basic teaching and example of Jesus; love one another, especially the least among you, as I’ve loved you.