SUNDAY & WEEKDAY MASSES TEMPORARILY CANCELLED

November 21st, 2020

NOVEMBER 23, 2020

We want to thank all the parishioners of St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish for their ongoing support during this period of great uncertainty. It has been wonderful to see so many of you at Mass since we re-opened in June. We are especially grateful to the volunteers who have helped ensure our church is a safe place to gather – they have done incredible work!

As you know, the number of new COVID-19 cases in the Greater Toronto Area have increased significantly in recent days and, at present, Toronto and Peel Regions are in the “Lockdown Stage” as identified by the Province of Ontario. In addition, Premier Ford announced on November 20, 2020 special emergency measures that need to be taken in our area., including the restriction of attendance inside the church to 10 people.

Sadly, due to these measures, public Masses must be temporarily cancelled. We will continue to celebrate private Mass daily for the intentions of parishioners and for those suffering from Covid-19.

While we recognize it is not a substitute for attending Mass in person, we encourage you to view online/livestream/televised Masses. A full list is available at www.archtoronto.org.

Sadly, it is not possible for our parish to remain open at this time in a way that is safe and able to control the restricted number of people permitted in the building. Confirmations, which were scheduled on December 6 and 13, are postponed at this time.

We continue to thank you for your continued financial contribution during this time. You can mail or drop off your envelope contribution to the parish office. As well you can sign up for Pre-Authorized Giving by printing the form from this website (see under Finances) or requesting a form from the parish office.

So many of the faithful rely on the reception of the sacraments and our churches to find solace, peace and support during this period of pandemic. We will make every effort to continue our outreach to you. We also ask that you find opportunities to assist those who are vulnerable or alone among us.

We will continue to update this web page as the situation evolves. We pray that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. May God continue to bless you now and always!

Bulletin – November 22, 2020

November 21st, 2020

UPDATE FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF TORONTO –PARISHES IN THE RED ZONE

By Tuesday, November 24th, 2020, parishes in the Red Zone within the Archdiocese of Toronto must restrict all liturgical celebrations to 50 worshipers in the entire building. All other requirements, registering to attend the Mass, sanitizing, social distancing and other measures as outlined in the protocols shall remain the same. Please visit the parish website to register to come to Mass. No walk ins shall be permitted at the moment.

SHADOW IMPACT ON CHURCH SOUTH GARDEN AND WINDOW FROM FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF 680 & 688 SHEPPARD AVENUE EAST

Virtual Meeting, Monday. November 23rd at 6:30 PM

A high rise 24 storey development to the east of the Church on 680 & 688 Sheppard Avenue East has the potential of casting a shadow long enough over the south garden and reducing the sun light in through our south window, and the skylight.

In addition to the above, the density of the development will increase traffic flow in the area. There is also an undesirable proposal to utilize our above ground parking lots as a passage to ease congestion due to this development.

A virtual public meeting for the proposed 680 & 688 Sheppard Ave. E. development will be on Monday November 23 at 6:30 PM. This will be the only public consultation meeting for this development and it is absolutely crucial that we have as many supporters as possible participate in the call to demonstrate to Councillor Carroll, the Planning Department and the developer that there is a very large group opposed to this project as it currently stands. To register, please go to https://shelleycarroll.ca/development-updates.

It is important that as many members of the Parish as possible also voice their opposition to the Applicants Development Plans. It is important that you state what your objection to the development, as a parishioner, neighbour, and someone who loves the Church in that you do not want:

  • the development to damage and negatively impact the intended use and enjoyment of our beloved Church.
  • the use of our parking lots for a public road.

If you cannot register and attend the virtual meeting, the following link to the City of Toronto’s development website for the application will allow you to register your comments under the applicants “public consultation section.”

http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do?folderRsn=%2BWpO0cxYE15%2F0UwoUM%2BdRA%3D%3D#detail0

Additional details about the opportunity to oppose and send in your comments can be found in the Parish Office. If you would like a copy emailed to you which will provide all the necessary links, please contact the Parish Office stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca.

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.

November is “Make a Will’ month! 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.

BEAUTIFUL 2021 CALENDAR FROM THE CANADIAN NORTH

Available this weekend, November 21st and 22nd, 2020

Many of you met Bishop Jon Hansen, the Bishop of the Diocese of Mackenzie, when he led our parish retreat in early March.

Each year Bishop Jon puts together a unique calendar with a collection of beautiful photos from his past year’s travels around the North. All proceeds from the sale of these calendars support the missions of the diocese.

The calendars, at $20 each, will be available this weekend before and after each mass. Please consider supporting the Diocese of Mackenzie. Due to COVID-19, we ask that you please have the exact change ready, which you can deposit directly in a box, so as to minimize physical contact.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 23rd to November 29th

MONDAY – JOSEPH LUAN NGUYEN – Requested by his Family
TUESDAY – PETER PHUNG VAN NHIC – Requested by the Nguyen Family
WEDNESDAY – FILOMENA DASILVA – Requested by Maria Da Silva
THURSDAY – BERNIE O’BRIEN – Requested by Alex O’Brien & Family
FRIDAY – ANTONIO GAREIA – Requested by Humberto Holanda
SATURDAY – DOREEN YOUNG – Requested by Noreen Chen
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – ANGELO DI FLUMERI & FAMILY – Requested by Benito Tomaiuoli & Family
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – THANKSGIVING – Requested by Nora Lagula

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ALL SOULS

BOX OF REMEMBRANCE

A Box of Remembrance has been placed on the altar for the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your deceased relatives and friends on a sheet of paper and place it in the box. We will remember them at all the Masses celebrated in November.

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS
FRIENDLY CONNECTIONS

Connecting with each other during the Pandemic

The St. Gabriel’s Friendly Connections is a program of the Ministry for Maturing Adults that being initiated during the second wave of COVID 19. Our goal is to help people who have limited social networks to maintain healthy community living. The method of contact and frequency can be determined by the participants.

The team members of the Ministry of Maturing Adults would like to invite anyone who would like a telephone pal or email pal to contact the parish office or email us directly at stgabrielmma@gmail.com. If you are interested, please let us know by this Sunday, November 22nd.

We are excited to announce several programs that parish Ministry with Maturing Adults Committee will be starting in the next two months. All sessions will be offered virtually. Please watch this space for further information.

  • Writing Circle – for those who attend the Life Story Programme members that was offered in January and February 2020. We will meet once a month and will run for the next several months.
  • Ways to Pray – For those who might be interested in deepening their prayer life via different ways or methods praying such as Lectio Divina; Centering Prayer, Taize Prayer, praying with mandalas, Divine Office, Mission Rosary, etc.
  • Scripture Programme – For those interested in deepening their understanding and praying with the Sacred Scriptures. This will run once a month
  • Technology – learn how to connect with others virtually and via social networking apps safely and with ease.
  • Milk Bag weaving – Learn how to weave milk bags into mats via virtual workshop or training session which will be conducted by Sharon Gusz and other members of the MMA Team.

R.C.I.A. AND ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) have begun.

If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please contact Sr. Maria Lucia at 416-221-8866 before Sunday November 29th.

FOOD FOR THE NEEDY

Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. With so many out of work and struggling at this time, your food 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 generous support.

THE GIVING TREE OF 2020 FOR ROSALIE HALL

Begins November 29th, Ends December 6th

This year Rosalie Hall is caring for about 80 children and their Moms. Due to Covid 19, our giving tree campaign this year will look a little different.

On the tables in the gathering space, you will find stockings labeled with the age and gender of a child. Please decide what you would like, choose a stocking and purchase pajamas or undershirts for little ones from newborn to 4 years. Items with the original stocking attached should be placed in the box provided no later than Sunday December 6th. Toys or books for these little ones would also be appreciated.

For the Moms we are suggesting gift cards from Tim Hortons, Walmart or McDonalds these can be placed in the envelope provided and brought to the Parish Office Thank you so much for your generosity.

THE SOCIETY OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL CHRISTMAS OUTREACH

“Due to the pandemic and the limitations of our regular partners that support the St. Gabriel Conference our focus is limited to receipts of gift cards for the children instead of toys. Donations of gift cards between $25 and $50 dollars from Walmart, The Bay, Winners, Marshalls etc. will be much appreciated. Please drop off gift cards for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul to the parish office by December 14, 2020. Thank you very much and God Bless”

CHILDRENS AID FOUNDATION TOY DRIVE

Saturday November 28th to Tuesday, December 8th

We will be having a Christmas Toy Drive again this year for the Catholic Children’s Aid Foundation. You can help by dropping off an unwrapped new toy for a child, age newborn to12 years old. Containers will be set up in the gathering space on Saturday, November 26th and will remain there until Tuesday, December 8th.

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 – November 22, 2020

November 21st, 2020

Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. I can’t remember the number of people who’ve asked me if I’m watching The Royals on Netflix. Of all the series it’s supposed to be the best yet.

In today’s gospel our king was hungry, thirsty, naked, a stranger, a prisoner and ill treated. No crown except thorns, no royal robes but naked, no throne but a cross, no jewels but the gaping wounds in his hands and feet and side.

Who are this king’s loyal subjects? Ordinary men and women like ourselves who give food to the hungry and drink to the thirsty, who welcomed strangers and clothe the naked, who comforted the ill and visited prisoners.

Our king’s kingdom is not of this world, it is not a threat or challenge to the Caesars of our time. His kingdom is “a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love, and peace.” Those who respect truth and life, who live in holiness and grace, and who work to bring justice, love and peace, will “inherit the kingdom prepared for them from the creation of the world.”

When we think of the essentials of the Christian faith we generally associate these with belief in a certain creed, acceptance of various dogmas, adherence to a certain moral code, especially as it pertains to private morality,

Jesus, our king, would add something else. For him, a criterion, in fact the criterion, in the practice of our Christian faith is the exercise of the corporal works of mercy.

Feed the hungry? Give drink to the thirsty. Clothe the naked., be there for the sick, the person in prison, welcomed the stranger to your neighbourhood And remember, faith without good works is dead. Are you getting tired of or numbed by the daily reporting of the victims of Corid 19 or the daily reports of the soap opera south of the border? But these are the realities of our lives. We can’t ignore them. They won’t go away.

The same can be true of the reality of the plight of world’s hungry or the desperation of the world’s countless refugees, the exploitation of the working poor or our avoidance of and our denial of climate change. We can get angry or we get numb. We can ask, what can I do about all this and throw up our hands.

The answer is ‘we be mindful’ of these harsh facts that wound the body of our crucified King and make a mockery of his love for the world.

Pope Francis urges us to avoid the anesthetizing allure of indifference and none involvement. We can’t look the other way, we can’t walk away. When all is said and done it comes down to this – whatever you did to these, the least of mine, you do to me.

An Argentinian folk musician who sang during the time of Argentine’s dirty war put it this way – all I ask of God is that I not be indifferent to sorrow – that death not find me empty and alone without having done enough.

Whatever we do or don’t do is what matters.

Bulletin – November 15, 2020

November 15th, 2020

A VERY SPECIAL EVENT

On November 8th, 9 new Parishioners were welcomed to our Parish. Due to Covid-19, the sacraments that were supposed to be given at the last Easter Vigil were finally received.

Six adults received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist: John Edward Conforzi, Tiffany Gee, Mi-Kyoung Kim, Ruth Rosa Patune, Linda Zhao Tran, and Yin-Yin Yuan-Tran. while two adult Confirmandi, Diodabel Ann Marie Tanawan and Lawrence Yi received the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Several children also received sacraments.

Alyssa Ramojal was received into the Catholic Church and made her First Communion. Kenedy Bael, Arah Liz Recta and Yuri Cavalheiro De Oliveira also received their First Communion.

Chloe Ryan Kim, Kai Yuan-Tran and Rei Yuan-Tran received the Sacrament of Baptism.

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome and congratulate them.

BEAUTIFUL 2021 CALENDAR FROM THE CANADIAN NORTH

Available weekend of November 21st and 22nd, 2020

Many of you may remember that in early March, right before the pandemic hit, we had the privilege of having Bishop Jon Hansen, the Bishop of the Diocese of Mackenzie, lead our parish retreat at St Gabriel’s. He met many of you then.

The Mackenzie Diocese is home to many remote and isolated indigenous communities. The distance between communities as well as the harshness of the winter necessitate expensive travel and fuel costs; and the sparseness of the population makes it difficult for the missions to be self-sustaining.

Each year Bishop Jon puts together a unique calendar with a collection of beautiful photos from his past year’s travels around the North. All proceeds from the sale of these calendars support the missions of the diocese.

The calendars, at $20 each, will be available at St Gabriel’s before and after each mass on the weekend of November 21st/22nd. These calendars are great for personal use; but will also make wonderful gifts, since they are unique and not easily available elsewhere.

Please consider supporting the Diocese of Mackenzie. Because of the COVID-19 precautions, we ask that you please have the exact change ready, which you can deposit directly in a box, so as to minimize physical contact.

SHADOW IMPACT ON CHURCH SOUTH GARDEN AND WINDOW FROM FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF 680 & 688 SHEPPARD AVENUE EAST

Virtual Meeting, Monday. November 23rd at 6:30 PM

A high rise 24 storey development to the east of the Church on 680 & 688 Sheppard Avenue East has the potential of casting a shadow long enough over the south garden and reducing the sun light in through our south window, and the skylight.

In addition to the above, the density of the development will increase traffic flow in the area. There is also an undesirable proposal to utilize our above ground parking lots as a passage to ease congestion due to this development.

A virtual public meeting for the proposed 680 & 688 Sheppard Ave. E. development will be on Monday November 23 at 6:30 PM. This will be the only public consultation meeting for this development and it is absolutely crucial that we have as many supporters as possible participate in the call to demonstrate to Councillor Carroll, the Planning Department and the developer that there is a very large group opposed to this project as it currently stands. To register, please go to https://shelleycarroll.ca/development-updates.

It is important that as many members of the Parish as possible also voice their opposition to the Applicants Development Plans. It is important that you state what your objection to the development, as a parishioner, neighbour, and someone who loves the Church in that you do not want:
the development to damage and negatively impact the intended use and enjoyment of our beloved Church.
the use of our parking lots for a public road.

If you cannot register and attend the virtual meeting, the following link to the City of Toronto’s development website for the application will allow you to register your comments under the applicants “public consultation section.”

http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do?folderRsn=%2BWpO0cxYE15%2F0UwoUM%2BdRA%3D%3D#detail0

Additional details about the opportunity to oppose and send in your comments can be found in the Parish Office. If you would like a copy emailed to you which will provide all the necessary links, please contact the Parish Office stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 16th to November 22nd

MONDAY – KRISTOPHER TA – Requested by Veronica Do
TUESDAY – WINNIE DIAS – Requested by Sophie & Candida Pereira
WEDNESDAY – INTENTIONS OF REV. ELIAS KIRIJIAN’S FAMILY – Requested by Rev. Elias Kirijian
THURSDAY – IN THANKSGIVING – Requested by Sophie & Candida Pereira
FRIDAY – IN THANKSGIVING – Requested by Marie Swant
SATURDAY – ALL DECEASED OF THE INTINI FAMILY – Requested by Chiara
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – JOSEPH CHAN – Requested by Ivy Lau
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE FABRA LEYTON FAMILY – Requested by Mirian Fabra

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS FRIENDLY CONNECTIONS

Connecting with each other during the Pandemic

The St. Gabriel’s Friendly Connections is a program of the Ministry for Maturing Adults that being initiated during the second wave of COVID 19. It has been developed to encourage independence and social contact parishioners, especially those who live alone.

Our goal is to help people who have limited social networks to maintain healthy community living. Using regular contact, via the telephone or email, friendship and support are provided to encourage independence and social contact. The method of contact and frequency can be determined by the participants for.

The team members of the Ministry of Maturing Adults would like to invite anyone who would like a telephone pal or email pal to contact the parish office or email us directly at stgabrielmma@gmail.com.

No one should feel alone… Each of us are weathering this storm in a different way, but we are all part of the same storm. Let us know if we can help!

R.C.I.A. AND ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) have begun. These meetings are normally in person but, due to Covid 19, they are being held online. They are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly. The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith.

If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please contact Sr. Maria Lucia at 416-221-8866.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. With so many out of work and struggling at this time, your food 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 generous support.

“RECOVERING TOGETHER” A VIRTUAL CAMPAIGN WORKSHOP

Hosted by Toronto Development and Peace/Caritas Canada
Saturday, November 21st, 2020 from 10:00AM to 11:30 AM

Please join the Development & Peace Group on Zoom to learn more about how our global pandemic requires a global solution as well as how you can be involved Development & Peace’s “Recovering Together” campaign

Register at http://bit.ly/RecoveringTogetherWorkshop
Email at torontodevp@gmail.com
Phone: 905-430-7753
Web: www.devp.org

ST. AUGUSTINE’S SEMINARY LAY FORMATION PROGRAM – WATER AND FIRE: THE PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN CHRISTIAN LIFE

A virtual event
Saturday, November 21st from 9:30 AM. to 1:00 PM

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son, working to sanctify us every day. This workshop will explore the activity of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians.

Presented by Fr. Joseph Chandrakanthan.

The cost is $25. Please contact St. Augustine’s Seminary of Toronto by email at lay.formation@staugustines.on.ca or by phone a at: 416-261-7207. WEBSITE: www.staugustines.on.ca

Homily – November 15, 2020

November 15th, 2020

In a way we can hear today’s parable as a ‘give an accounting of your self. What have you done with the gifts God gave you?

Let’s start with ourselves as members of the human species.

Think on these things;

God our master has left us with the earth, not to do with it what we want but to care for it even as we live off of its abundant riches.

God created the land to support living things: What will happen when God returns to find so much land strip-mined, strip-cleared, eroded, and burdened with toxic waste?

God created the waters to support all living things: What will happen when God returns to find the oceans and rivers polluted with our garbage and chemical by-products?

God created the air to support all living things: What will happen when God returns to find polluting smog and holes in the ozone?

God created plants and animals to live on this wonderful earth and revel in its beauty: What will happen when God returns to find so many of them driven to extinction by our destructive practices?

What answer can we give? What excuses can we make?

Another thing to think about…God graced us with the gift of our Christian faith. St. Paul urges us to grow to grow in our faith to a full maturity in Christ

Years ago Pope John 23rd challenged us with these word’ we are not on earth to guard a museum but to cultivate a flourishing garden of life. This challenge is still vital. At a moment when many good people are preoccupied with keeping the deposit of our faith secure, faithful to the past, this is the way we always thought, Pope John called us to a new venture of openness and dialog with the world in which we live. To use Pope John’s own image, ‘open the windows and let in the fresh air.

In Pope Francis choice of Bishops and Cardinals he’s moved beyond the old practice of choosing places like Paris or Milan, London or New York. He’s gone to the frontiers, choosing bishops who have the smell of their sheep. Pope Francis chooses pastors over administrators.

The Pope promotes, what he call a culture of encounter, he talks with and listens respectfully to people who think differently from himself, so he’s upset many people with his opinions of the LGBTO community and his thoughts on civil unions.

A Jesuit author wrote an article about 80 year old Bob Dylan’s recent album , Rough and Roudy Ways. This Jesuit sees Dylan as a deeply spiritual person whose musical message encourages us to ‘stop spending our efforts on earning God’s, bur to spend our efforts on receiving God’s love.

Something to think about…am I trying to earn God’s love or am I willing to accept God’s love? A love we celebrate right here, right now – this is my body given for you, this is my blood poured out for you – receive!