Mass for the 2nd Sunday of Lent, February 27/28, 2021

February 27th, 2021

SUNDAY & WEEKDAY MASSES TEMPORARILY CANCELLED

November 21st, 2020

JANUARY 14, 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 uncertainty.

Premier Ford announced that the Province of Ontario will be entering a state of emergency on January 14, 2021 in an effort to address the increasing number of positive Covid-19 cases in the province. The province has instituted a “stay-at-home order”, asking people to remain at home wherever possible, going outside of the home only for essential activities. The current “lockdown” measures, that includes places of worship have been extended by the province until at least Thursday, February 11, 2021.

Sadly, the restricted number of people permitted in the building remains at 10 people at any time. While public Masses is 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 this is not a substitute for attending Mass in person, we encourage you to view our parish online Mass which is available every weekend on this website. A list of online/livestream/televised Masses from other parishes is available at www.archtoronto.org.

We continue to thank you for your continued financial contribution during this time. Please mail or drop off your envelope contribution to the parish office. Alternatively, 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. You may also contribute by credit card by clicking on the “Offertory Donation by Credit Card” button on this webpage.

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 in the safest possible way. 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!

Update from Cardinal Collins – A Place to Worship Campaign

March 6th, 2021

A Fair and Equitable Approach to Places of Worship & Covid-19

Write your Member of Provincial Parliament Today! Visit aplacetoworship.ca

Throughout the pandemic, places of worship have followed provincial restrictions and their own strict health and safety protocols. The most recent announcement eases the rules for retailers, allowing 25% capacity while places of worship are restricted to 10 people, whether they can accommodate 100 or 1,000 people. Please visit aplacetoworship.ca and ask your MPP and Premier Ford to address this inequity today.

Download the letter from Cardinal Collins

Bulletin – March 7, 2021

March 6th, 2021

Just a reminder…
Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 14th. Please remember to set your clocks forward 1 hour.

Weekend Mass has resumed on our website.

OFFICE HOURS

The parish office is currently open only on Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:00 noon and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Please call before you come.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

March 8th to March 14th, 2021

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY – JOSEPHINE BADALI – Requested by John, Sal & Patsy
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM

DAY OF CONFESSIONS

This year there will be two days for Reconciliation. Confessions will be heard on the following dates:
March 19th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM
March 26th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM

CONFESSION IS A PLACE OF VICTORY

In today’s first reading we hear about how Moses received the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai. As we are in this penitential season of Lent let us take some time to reflect on how well we are living up to these commandments through an examination of conscience. Let us then avail ourselves to the sacrament of Confession so that the Lord can victoriously heal us of our sins, helping us grow in holiness.

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS

WAYS TO PRAY IN LENT

Wednesdays, During Lent: March 10th, 17th, 24th

This program is for those who might be interested in deepening their prayer life during lent via different ways or methods such as Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, Taizé Prayer, praying with mandalas, Divine Office, etc. For the first hour, a brief explanation regarding a mode of prayer for that day will be given. The next hour will be devoted to a guided prayer experience itself in that mode of prayer.

TIME: Afternoon Session: 3:00 pm to 5:00 PM;
Evening Session: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
COST: Your time and an open heart and mind.
PLACE: Virtual (via Zoom)

Schedule:
March 10, 2021 Centering Prayer
March 17, 2021 Lectio Divina
March 24, 2021 Taizé Prayer Praying with Mandalas

For more information, please contact Sr. Malou via email at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com or call her at (416) 221-8866 Ext. 228 during the week on Thursdays or Fridays.

The following programs will begin within and after the Lenten Season:

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.

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.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. These agencies provide essential services to young parents and the homeless in our city.

With everyone 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!

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 28 casseroles for February. For March, your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of March 27th/28th 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.

CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES OF TORONTO’S ONLINE SESSIONS

Catholic Family Services of Toronto is now offering online quick access single sessions. The single-session consultation 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 at 416-921-1163 or 416-222-0048. Leave them 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 their ongoing counselling, wellness or group programs.

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

EUTHANASIA PREVENTION COALITION

Canada legalized euthanasia in June, 2016. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) has worked with many groups and individuals to create a strong opposition to the expansion of euthanasia in Canada by Bill C-7. The COVID shut-down and media bias did not stop them.

Last week, the Canadian Senate voted to pass Bill C-7 with 5 amendments which included expanding euthanasia to people with mental illness.

Legalizing euthanasia gives medical professionals the right in law to lethally inject their patients, but permitting euthanasia for mental illness and through advanced directives directly contradicts the need for effective consent.

Oppose Bill C-7 now and demand that parliament reject euthanasia for mental illness and incompetent people.

To sign this petition opposing Bill-C7 and for more information about the organization please go to Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Canada or epcc.ca

This organization is built on donations from members and other supporters. Regular and monthly donors are the life-blood of the EPC. They are thankful to everyone who has enabled them to do this important work.

SHARELIFE IMPACT REPORT

So many of our parishioners gave generously to the ShareLife Campaign in 2020, despite COVID-19 forcing the cancellation of masses for much of the year. The difference you’ve made through your gift is detailed in ShareLife’s 2020 Impact Report. From mental health services, to support for seniors, to assistance for young mothers: the report includes inspiring stories of real people you’ve helped during the pandemic. The 2020 edition adopts a new interactive format, providing a fresh, engaging way to learn about the work of ShareLife and Catholic Charities agencies. To view the interactive report online, visit sharelife.org/impact. To request a printed copy, please email slife@archtoronto.org. Thank you for living the Gospel!

READING OUR WAY TO GOD

A Webinar Featuring Dr. Tod Worner for ‘Word on Fire’
Thursday, March 11th from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
A virtual event hosted by Catholic Conscience

St. Jerome wrote, “When we pray, we speak to God; but when we read, God speaks to us.” Join us as we interview Dr. Tod Worner (managing editor of Evangelization & Culture, the journal of the Word on Fire Institute) about the power of great literature for forming us into better Catholics, better servants of Christ — and more impactful Christian citizens. Whether you’re an avid reader or want to become one, you’ll leave our conversation feeling inspired to pursue reading as more than a hobby — you’ll learn how reading can be a prayer and a method of spiritual formation.

Our guest, Tod Worner, is a practicing internal medicine physician who lectures and offers rotations on medicine and literature for the University of Minnesota Medical School and teaches “The Art of Healing” at St. John’s University.

NEW BEGINNINGS PRESENTS: Online Separated/Divorced Introductory Program

Beginning March 18th at 7:00 PM

The Online Separated/Divorced Introductory Program offers both women and men a learning environment which is safe, welcoming and non-judgmental. The program provides 4 weeks of psycho-education which assists and accompanies the separated/divorced in exploring grief, experiencing healing and renewing faith. The program resources include PowerPoint, audio/video media and time will be allocated for questions and group discussion.

The ideal candidate is ready and able to participate in a group setting. Each candidate will be screened prior, to being considered for admittance into the program. We welcome people from all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.

Start date & time: Thursday March 18th, 2021 at 7:00 PM

There is no charge.

Contact: For more information and to register please contact: Arcangelo Limanni, MRE (416) 921-1163 ext. 2225 alimanni@cfstoronto.com

THE GARDEN SHED

Greetings from the Garden Ministry! We hope you and your loved ones continue well as we plod through this pandemic. For us gardeners, a bright spot on the horizon is the start of the gardening season. Currently, we are pruning trees and shrubs, and preparing for the indoor planting of the community garden on March 20th.

If you’ve been thinking you’d like to get back to gardening, or that you would like to give gardening a try, you would be welcomed with open arms! And if you are an experienced gardener, perhaps missing your own garden and would like to take on the leadership of St. Gabriel’s community garden, growing vegetables for the Good Shepherd Ministries and providing direction to our team, please get in touch.

To volunteer or to obtain more information please email sgpgardenministry@gmail.com.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES

Offertory envelopes for 2021 are available at the parish Office. If you would like to pick yours up, please call before coming so that we will have them ready for you. If you are unable to pick yours up, please call the Parish Office and we will make other arrangements.

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 keep 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 – February 28, 2021

February 28th, 2021

Weekend Mass has resumed on our website.

OFFICE HOURS

The parish office is currently open only on Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:00 noon and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Please call before you come.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

March 1st to March 7th, 2021

MONDAY – CARL LEFEBOUR – Requested by Yvonne Lefebour
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY – CORAZON MALUNAS – Requested by the Family
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY – LISA CALLAHAN – Requested by Cecilia & Gary Kernan
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS

WAYS TO PRAY IN LENT

Wednesdays, During Lent: February 24th, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

This program is for those who might be interested in deepening their prayer life during lent via different ways or methods such as Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, Taizé Prayer, praying with mandalas, Divine Office, etc. For the first hour, a brief explanation regarding a mode of prayer for that day will be given. The next hour will be devoted to a guided prayer experience itself in that mode of prayer.

TIME: Afternoon Session: 3:00 pm to 5:00 PM;
Evening Session: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
COST: Your time and an open heart and mind.
PLACE: Virtual (via Zoom)

Schedule:
February 24, 2021 The Divine Office
March 3, 2021 Praying with Labyrinth
March 10, 2021 Centering Prayer
March 17, 2021 Lectio Divina
March 24, 2021 Taizé Prayer Praying with Mandalas

For more information, please contact Sr. Malou via email at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com or call her at (416) 221-8866 Ext. 228 during the week on Thursdays or Fridays.

The following programs will begin within and after the Lenten Season:

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.

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.

FREE DAILY REFLECTIONS FOR LENT

This Lent, we invite you to journey with Dr. Tim Gray by signing up for FORMED Daily Lenten Reflections at formed.org/lent. Each day you will receive in your inbox a short video which features Dr. Gray commenting on the daily Mass readings, explaining the Scriptures, and providing you with concrete ideas on how to apply them to your Christian life. May God bless you during this special season.

Sign up today for free by visiting formed.org/lent.

EUTHANASIA PREVENTION COALITION

Canada legalized euthanasia in June, 2016. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) has worked with many groups and individuals to create a strong opposition to the expansion of euthanasia in Canada by Bill C-7. The COVID shut-down and media bias did not stop them.

Last week, the Canadian Senate voted to pass Bill C-7 with 5 amendments which included expanding euthanasia to people with mental illness.

Legalizing euthanasia gives medical professionals the right in law to lethally inject their patients, but permitting euthanasia for mental illness and through advanced directives directly contradicts the need for effective consent.

Oppose Bill C-7 now and demand that parliament reject euthanasia for mental illness and incompetent people.

To sign this petition opposing Bill-C7 and for more information about the organization please go to

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Canada or epcc.ca

This organization is built on donations from members and other supporters. Regular and monthly donors are the life-blood of the EPC. They are thankful to everyone who has enabled them to do this important work.

CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES OF TORONTO’S ONLINE SESSIONS

Catholic Family Services of Toronto is now offering online quick access single sessions. The single-session consultation 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 at 416-921-1163 or 416-222-0048. Leave them 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 their ongoing counselling, wellness or group programs.

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

SHARELIFE IMPACT REPORT

So many of our parishioners gave generously to the ShareLife Campaign in 2020, despite COVID-19 forcing the cancellation of masses for much of the year. The difference you’ve made through your gift is detailed in ShareLife’s 2020 Impact Report. From mental health services, to support for seniors, to assistance for young mothers: the report includes inspiring stories of real people you’ve helped during the pandemic. The 2020 edition adopts a new interactive format, providing a fresh, engaging way to learn about the work of ShareLife and Catholic Charities agencies. To view the interactive report online, visit sharelife.org/impact. To request a printed copy, please email slife@archtoronto.org. Thank you for living the Gospel!

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. These agencies provide essential services to young parents and the homeless in our city.

With everyone 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!

VIRTUAL ORDINANDI DINNER

Tuesday, March 2nd at 7:00 PM

The Archdiocese’s YouTube Channel

Sponsored by the Serra Foundation of Canada and the six Serra clubs in the Archdiocese of Toronto, a virtual Ordinandi Dinner will be held on Tuesday, March 2nd starting at 7:00 PM on the Archdiocese’s YouTube channel

We hope you will join us as we meet and honour our ordinandi from St. Augustine’s Seminary and Redemptoris Mater Seminary who, with God’s grace, will be ordained to the priesthood in 2021.

Share this unique opportunity to meet these fine men and to hear about their unique faith journeys that led them to this most noble commitment.

There is no cost to view this event.

If you would like to make a donation to help cover the costs of this event or to support our two seminaries, the Office of Vocations and Serra House or to obtain further information about this event, please visit: http://bit.ly/OrdinandiDinner.

VIRTUAL WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER

March 5th to March 7th, 2021

In these stressful times, give your marriage a booster shot! Restore your loving communication with your spouse and rekindle the romance. The Marriage Encounter experience is a skill-building enrichment program where together, you, as husband and wife, learn how to be the best couple you can be. No group discussion. Based on Catholic values but open to couples of all faiths. Rediscover the love in your relationship! Participants will need to purchase the Study Edition of Story of a Soul by Fr. Mark Foley for the class.

Register at https://thestoryofasoul.eventbrite.ca/ Contact lenita.lopes@newmantoronto.com for more information
WEBSITE: www.newmantoronto.com

READING OUR WAY TO GOD

A Webinar Featuring Dr. Tod Worner for ‘Word on Fire’
Thursday, March 11th from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
A virtual event hosted by Catholic Conscience

St. Jerome wrote, “When we pray, we speak to God; but when we read, God speaks to us.” Join us as we interview Dr. Tod Worner (managing editor of Evangelization & Culture, the journal of the Word on Fire Institute) about the power of great literature for forming us into better Catholics, better servants of Christ — and more impactful Christian citizens. Whether you’re an avid reader or want to become one, you’ll leave our conversation feeling inspired to pursue reading as more than a hobby — you’ll learn how reading can be a prayer and a method of spiritual formation.

Our guest, Tod Worner, is a practicing internal medicine physician who lectures and offers rotations on medicine and literature for the University of Minnesota Medical School and teaches “The Art of Healing” at St. John’s University.

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 keep 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.

TAX RECEIPTS FOR 2020

Tax receipts for contributions to the Parish during 2020 have been mailed out. Please check your mail for your receipt.

For contributions made in 2020 to the Archdiocese for ShareLife or Donate Now via credit card or to the Family of Faith Campaign, your tax receipt will come directly from the Archdiocese by the end of February.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES

Offertory envelopes for 2021 are available at the parish Office. If you would like to pick yours up, please call before coming so that we will have them ready for you. If you are unable to pick yours up, please call the Parish Office and we will make other arrangements.

Mass for the 1st Sunday of Lent, February 20/21, 2021

February 20th, 2021