Funeral Details for Ralph Bardowell

May 22nd, 2022

Ralph Bardowell, formerly a faithful parishioner, serving daily as Fr. Paul Cusack’s lay assistant for more than 30 years, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 16, 2022 at the age of 99.

Download the funeral details (PDF)

Bulletin – May 22, 2022

May 22nd, 2022

VICTORIA DAY

Monday, May 23rd is Victoria Day. The Parish Office will be closed and there will be no 9:00 AM Mass that day.

JUBILEE CELEBRATION

Sunday June 12th, 2022
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Just a reminder! – The Parish will be hosting a Jubilee Celebration Party commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the ordination of Father Brando on Sunday, June 12th, between 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM in our Parking lot and Gathering space – we hope all of you can attend!

The Parish has also set up an Anniversary gifting opportunity for anyone who wishes to help defray Father Brando’s travel expenses to the Philippines and Rome during his sabbatical.

Details on how to contribute are included in the Jubilee Pamphlet on the information table in the Gathering space and on our Parish Website. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

May 23rd to May 29th, 2022

MONDAY – VICTORIA DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – CAROLYN CRAVEN ✞ – Requested by John Craven
WEDNESDAY – FRANK COLANTONIO ✞ – Requested by Angela Colantonio
THURSDAY – DAVID DUNDON ✞ – Requested by Cindy & Richard Hazell
FRIDAY – EDNA, GERRY & MIKE HATCH ✞ – Requested by their Family
SATURDAY – CATHY DRAB ✞ – Requested by her Parents
SUNDAY, 10:30 – EUGENE JEWAH ✞ – Requested by Prescilla Jewah
SUNDAY, 12:30 – EAMON GAUGHAN ✞ – Requested by Agnes Gaughan

ROSARY GROUPS

English Rosary – Saturday, June 4th at 3:00 PM
Chinese Rosary – Sunday, June 5th at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room.

LAUDATO SI’ WEEK 2022

May 22nd to May 29th

Laudato Si’ Week 2022, to be held May 22nd to May 29th, will mark the seventh anniversary of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on creation care. This global celebration will unite Catholics to listen and respond together to the cry of creation, rejoice in the progress we have made in bringing Laudato Si’ to life, and intensify our efforts through the dynamic Laudato Si’ Action Platform, walking the “Synodal” path. During this week, consider taking a few moments before or after mass, contemplating St. Gabriel’s Garden as part of creation.

PLANNING TO BE A CATHOLIC TEACHER?

If you are planning to be a teacher, it is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic school board in Ontario, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor as part of your application.

The letter explaining that you belong to and participate in the community cannot be written if he does not know you. It is recommended that you have a conversation with your pastor early in the process well before the applications are to be submitted.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel through ShareLife
Our parishioners’ support of ShareLife is making a Difference in the lives of those in need.

Thus far we have raised $93,639 toward our goal of $198,000. Please make your donation via the parish website, at sharelife.org, or during the ShareLife Sunday special collection on June 5th

If you have any questions, please contact us at 416-934-3411 or slife@archtoronto.org.

Thank you for supporting ShareLife!

ST. GABRIEL’S REFUGEE COMMITTEE – UKRAINIAN FAMILY SPONSORSHIP

We are pleased to report that our team of 21 volunteers is getting ready to welcome a family from the Ukraine.

We are in the very early stages of this sponsorship and as yet we do not know how or when we will be matched with a family in need. Our Sponsorship is the through the Office of Refugees Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT) and they have a team in Poland speaking to Ukrainian families about resettlement in Canada.

We will of course keep the Parish informed of developments as they happen. Thank you for your continued support of this important work.
Hebrews 13:2

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

For May your prepared frozen casseroles are being collected at the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed to become active in helping to feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. Three different recipes are available in the Parish Office or online at the Parish website.

Casserole pans are also available from the Parish Office. If you require more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

SPECIAL COLLECTION: POPE’S PASTORAL WORKS

This Weekend, May 21st / 22nd

This weekend, May 21st /22nd there is a second collection for the Pope’s Pastoral Works. These funds are passed onto the Holy Father so the Church can provide an immediate humanitarian response in countries stricken by war, famine and natural disasters. By contributing to the Pope’s Pastoral Works, the faithful of Canada give a universal dimension to their charity and display Christ’s love and compassion for people in desperate need. Please give generously.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

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 so important as Covid 19 remains with us and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS COMMUNICATING WITH TECHNOLOGY

Would you like to learn how to connect with others virtually and via social networking apps safely and with ease? This program is a collaborative effort between the Maturing Adult Ministry and the Youth Ministry.

Please email Sr. Malou at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com for more information and to register

HIKE AND MASS

Scarborough Bluffs & St. Augustine’s Seminary 2661 Kingston Rd., Scarborough
Sunday, June 5th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Hosted by Ignite Young Adult Ministry

Let’s go for a hike featuring reflection and prayer, as we venture out into the beauty of nature to celebrate the gift of God’s creation. We will gather at St. Augustine’s at 10:00 AM where we will begin and conclude our hike. Following the hike, we will celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit on the world with Pentecost Sunday Mass, presided over by the newly ordained Fr. Alex D’Silva, on the grounds of St. Augustine’s Seminary. To register go to EVENTBRITE at : https://bit.ly/Hike-and-a-Mass. Please RSVP by June 1.

WEBSITE: www http://www.staugustines.on.ca or www.ignite-canada.ca

NEW BEGINNINGS PRESENTS

Online Bereavement Introductory Program
Wednesday June 1st at 7:00 PM

The Online Bereavement 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 bereaved in exploring grief, experiencing healing and renewing faith. The program resources include PowerPoint and time will be allocated for 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.

There is no charge

Register at: https://nbb06.eventbrite.ca or for more information please contact: Arcangelo Limanni, MRE alimanni@cfstoronto.com, (647) 215-3978

We welcome people from all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds

GARDEN SHED

Congratulations to the hardworking confirmands Alice Leung, Cassandra Victorine, Édouard Taylor, Jay Wang, Mark Viado, Richard Antigua and Ryan Jung! In devoting service hours to the care of the garden, they have improved both its health and appearance.

On Saturday, May 14th, the members of the Garden Ministry built two new planting boxes, which greatly increases our capacity to grow food for the Good Shepherd Ministries. We also planted carrots, cucumber, squash, tomatoes, radish, green onions, parsley, and beans, and set up our rainwater harvesting system.

Plant growth at this time of year is staggering and that includes weeds. Help us keep them under control: one hour a day can make a difference. Join the Garden Ministry! Email us at sgpgardenministry@gmail.com

FINANCE CORNER

Please pick up your Offertory envelopes at the Parish Office if you have not already done so. Thank you.

JOIN THE LEGACY SOCIETY

Support the Church Beyond Your Lifetime

May is “Leave a Legacy” month in Canada. What better time to start thinking about your lasting impact.

To learn more about the Legacy Society, please contact the Development Office at: 416-934-3400 ext. 561/519 or development@archtoronto.org.

Bulletin – May 15, 2022

May 14th, 2022

JUBILEE CELEBRATION

Sunday June 12th, 2022
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Just a reminder! – The Parish will be hosting a Jubilee Celebration Party commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the ordination of Father Brando on Sunday, June 12th, between 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM in our Parking lot and Gathering space – we hope all of you can attend!

The Parish has also set up an Anniversary gifting opportunity for anyone who wishes to help defray Father Brando’s travel expenses to the Philippines and Rome during his sabbatical.

Details on how to contribute are included in the Jubilee Pamphlet on the information table in the Gathering space and on our Parish Website. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

May 16th to May 22nd, 2022

MONDAY – BONA KIM – Requested by Suzanne Kim
TUESDAY – AURITA FERNANDES ✞ – Requested by Tony Fernandes
WEDNESDAY – FRANCISCO KIT SANTOS ✞ – Requested by Linda Abalos
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY – CECILIA MANALANG ✞ – Requested by Plutarco Manalang
SUNDAY, 10:30 – ANTONIO MARCHESE ✞ – Requested by Cathy Marchese
SUNDAY, 12:30 – CORRADO (CHUCK) GRECH ✞ – Requested by the Grech Family

A PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Lord, with the gift of courage, we can do all manner of things in service of you and our fellow men and women. Help us listen to the voice of your Son, Jesus, and so discover the truth about you.

With your grace, gift your Church with young men and women who are ready and eager to be living witnesses of your saving love and true servants of their sisters and brothers. Help them to discover in priesthood and consecrated life your call to love and service, and the fullness of life you promise.

We ask this in your name, Jesus.
Amen

SHARELIFE

ShareLife Goal Update

Thus far our parish has raised $75,060 toward our goal of [$198,000].

“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

The final ShareLife Sunday of the year is June 5th. Please give generously through the parish or at sharelife.org. Thank you for living the Gospel!

Thank you for supporting ShareLife!

BUNDLE UP WEEKEND COMING UP!

This Weekend, May 14th/15th Spring-cleaning Time!

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is collecting gently used clothing, shoes, linens and household goods to support our neighbors in need or to be sold to help support their special works in the community this weekend, May14th/15th

They cannot accept books, dishes, furniture, appliances, mattresses, construction materials or videos and cassettes. Please bring your donations and help others in your community.

The truck will be open Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Volunteers will be there to assist with loading before and after each Mass.

ST. GABRIEL’S REFUGEE COMMITTEE – UKRAINIAN FAMILY SPONSORSHIP

We are pleased to report that our team of 21 volunteers is getting ready to welcome a family from the Ukraine.

We are in the very early stages of this sponsorship and as yet we do not know how or when we will be matched with a family in need. Our Sponsorship is the through the Office of Refugees Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT) and they have a team in Poland speaking to Ukrainian families about resettlement in Canada.

We will of course keep the Parish informed of developments as they happen. Thank you for your continued support of this important work.
Hebrews 13:2

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

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 so important as Covid 19 remains with us and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

SPECIAL COLLECTION: POPE’S PASTORAL WORKS

Weekend of May 21st /22nd, 2022

On May 21st /22nd there will be a second collection for the Pope’s Pastoral Works. These funds are passed onto the Holy Father so the Church can provide an immediate humanitarian response in countries stricken by war, famine and natural disasters. By contributing to the Pope’s Pastoral Works, the faithful of Canada give a universal dimension to their charity and display Christ’s love and compassion for people in desperate need. Please give generously.

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS

COMMUNICATING WITH TECHNOLOGY

Would you like to learn how to connect with others virtually and via social networking apps safely and with ease? This program is a collaborative effort between the Maturing Adult Ministry and the Youth Ministry.

Please email Sr. Malou at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com for more information and to register

PLANNING TO BE A CATHOLIC TEACHER?

If you are planning to be a teacher, it is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic school board in Ontario, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor as part of your application.

The letter explaining that you belong to and participate in the community cannot be written if he does not know you. It is recommended that you have a conversation with your pastor early in the process well before the applications are to be submitted.

ONTARIO ELECTION DEBATE FROM A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE

Wednesday, May 18th at 7:30 PM

The Archdiocese of Toronto is also excited to announce that we will host an Ontario Election Debate from a Catholic Perspective on Wednesday, May 18 starting at 7:30 p.m. You can watch the debate on The Archdiocese of Toronto’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. It will also be broadcast live on Salt+Light TV. The debate will be moderated by Peter Stockland, publisher of The Catholic Register, and will feature representatives from the major political parties.

This debate will build off of the Archdiocese of Toronto’s 2019 Federal Election Debate from a Catholic Perspective, which was viewed by more than 12,000 people and was the #1 trending topics on Twitter in Canada that night.

We believe that the public is eager for substantive, respectful dialogue on political issues, which we will provide with these resources. And we will try to serve the faithful from across the province who are engaged and active citizens.

Please join the conversation by using the hashtag: #CatholicVote2022.

THE GARDEN SHED

OPENING: SUMMER GARDENING POSITION FOR YOUTH

For the third year, St. Gabriel’s has received a Canada Summer Jobs grant from the federal government for a Gardening Helper, between the ages of 15 to 30, to assist with gardening tasks 30 hours per week for 9 weeks, beginning late May. Work can include, but not be limited to watering, weeding, planting, transplanting, soil preparation, pruning, harvesting, mulching, cleaning up debris and care of garden tools. For more information, email sgpgardenministry@gmail.com. To apply, please send your resume to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca.

In the space of a couple of weeks, the garden has turned from winter beige to lush green and buds are beginning to open on the fruit trees: blossoms of delicate pink on the cherry trees, neon pink on the peach, white on the apple, yellow on the haskap and more. Why not make an after-mass stroll through the garden a habit so you can watch the buds open and the blossoms turn to fruit?

FINANCE CORNER

Please pick up your Offertory envelopes at the Parish Office if you have not already done so. Thank you.

Bulletin – May 8, 2022

May 8th, 2022

JUBILEE CELEBRATION

Just a reminder! – The Parish will be hosting a Jubilee Celebration Party commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the ordination of Father Brando on Sunday, June 12th, between 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM in our Parking lot and Gathering space – we hope all of you can attend!

The Parish has also set up an Anniversary gifting opportunity for anyone who wishes to help defray Father Brando’s Travel expenses to the Philippines and Rome during his sabbatical.

Details on how to contribute are included in the Jubilee Pamphlet on the information table in the Gathering space and on our Parish Website. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

If you have not yet scheduled your child’s First Communion interview, please do so aso soon as possible.

Interview dates
May 10th, May 11th, May 12th, May 17th, May 18th and May 19th.

Interviews 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. Please have your child bring their book to the interview.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

May 9th to May 15th, 2022

MONDAY – GABRIEL BOSIT ✞ – Requested by Nguyen Doans
TUESDAY – ROY KUISMORIO ✞ – Requested by Linda Abalos
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY – GIOVANNI, MARIA & FRANK PUGLIESE ✞ – Requested by Rose Pugliese
FRIDAY – MARIA DIDIODATO ✞ – Requested by her Family
SATURDAY – ANDREW HUI ✞ – Requested by Howa Hui
SUNDAY, 10:30 – BRUNO CORTESE ✞ – Requested by the Cortese Family
SUNDAY, 12:30 – LUZ CASTILLO ✞ – Requested by Julie Gatbonton

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be observed this Sunday, May 8th. Please pray for our priests living and deceased. Pray also that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord’s call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes.

A PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Lord, with the gift of courage, we can do all manner of things in service of you and our fellow men and women. Help us listen to the voice of your Son, Jesus, and so discover the truth about you.

With your grace, gift your Church with young men and women who are ready and eager to be living witnesses of your saving love and true servants of their sisters and brothers. Help them to discover in priesthood and consecrated life your call to love and service, and the fullness of life you promise. We ask this in your name, Jesus. Amen

SHARELIFE

ShareLife and the World Day of Prayer for Vocations

When you support ShareLife, you help educate our future priests. Through ShareLife, you invested in our Church’s future by supporting 60 seminarians at St. Augustine’s Seminary and Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary in this past academic year.

To date, $36,410 has been received at the ShareLife Office and $37,675 has been received at the Parish for a total of $74,085 toward our goal of $198,000.

If you haven’t yet contributed, please make your sacrificial gift through the parish office or at sharelife.org.

Thank you for supporting ShareLife!

BUNDLE UP WEEKEND COMING UP!

Weekend of May 14th/15th

It’s Spring-cleaning Time!

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is collecting gently used clothing, shoes, linens and household goods to support our neighbors in need or to be sold to help support their special works in the community on the weekend of May14th/15th

They cannot accept books, dishes, furniture, appliances, mattresses, construction materials or videos and cassettes. Please bring your donations and help others in your community.

The truck will be open Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Volunteers will be there to assist with loading before and after each Mass.

SPECIAL COLLECTION: POPE’S PASTORAL WORKS

Weekend of May 21st /22nd, 2022

On May 21st /22nd there will be a second collection for the Pope’s Pastoral Works. These funds are passed onto the Holy Father so the Church can provide an immediate humanitarian response in countries stricken by war, famine and natural disasters. By contributing to the Pope’s Pastoral Works, the faithful of Canada give a universal dimension to their charity and display Christ’s love and compassion for people in desperate need. Please give generously.

ST. GABRIEL’S REFUGEE COMMITTEE – UKRAINIAN FAMILY SPONSORSHIP

We are pleased to report that our team of 21 volunteers is getting ready to welcome a family from the Ukraine.

We are in the very early stages of this sponsorship and as yet we do not know how or when we will be matched with a family in need. Our Sponsorship is the through the Office of Refugees Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT) and they have a team in Poland speaking to Ukrainian families about resettlement in Canada.

We will of course keep the Parish informed of developments as they happen. Thank you for your continued support of this important work.

Hebrews 13:2
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 32 casseroles for April. For May, your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of May 28th/ 29th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

You may pick up a copy of a casserole recipes and a pan from the Parish Office. Three recipes are also available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Please remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole.

More volunteers are urgently needed to help feed the hungry in our city. For 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 so important as Covid 19 remains with us and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired

THE GARDEN SHED

Thanks to our student volunteers, the cool-weather vegetable seedlings, begun under grow-lights, as well as radish and Swiss chard seeds have all been planted in the community garden. Drop by and have a look!

Opening: Summer Gardening Position for Youth

For the third year, St. Gabriel’s has received a Canada Summer Jobs grant from the federal government for a Gardening Helper, between the ages of 15 to 30, to assist with gardening tasks 30 hours per week for 9 weeks, beginning late May. Work can include, but not be limited to watering, weeding, planting, transplanting, soil preparation, pruning, harvesting, mulching, cleaning up debris and care of garden tools.

For more information, email sgpgardenministry@gmail.com.

To apply, please send your resume to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca.

THEOLOGY ON TAP EAST: DEBT, TAXES, SAVINGS…GOD?

What’s Happening with My Money?
Monday, May 9th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Willie Stouts Pub and Grill, 2175 Sheppard Ave. E., North York

Theology on Tap East invites all young adults (ages 19-39) to join us for our next event on being stewards of our money, featuring Dean Penafiel. Looking at the different financial challenges that a young adult faces, this evening will feature a talk on personal finances. It will highlight the benefits of having a financial plan that lays out all sources of income and then lists all expenses, including day-to-day living, entertainment, tithings, savings, debt and interest payments.

The presentation draws upon the personal experiences of the presenter who incurred student debt to fund undergraduate and professional education in addition to long-term loans to fund home renovations and vehicle purchases. The night starts at 7:00 PM Bring your friends!

Contact Amanda Onilla at aonilla@archtoronto.org or phone 437-900-1683.

PLANNING TO BE A CATHOLIC TEACHER?

If you are planning to be a teacher, it is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic school board in Ontario, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor as part of your application.

The letter explaining that you belong to and participate in the community cannot be written if he does not know you. It is recommended that you have a conversation with your pastor early in the process well before the applications are to be submitted.

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS COMMUNICATING WITH TECHNOLOGY

Would you like to learn how to connect with others virtually and via social networking apps safely and with ease? This program is a collaborative effort between the Maturing Adult Ministry and the Youth Ministry.

Please email Sr. Malou at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com for more information and to register.

FINANCE CORNER

Please pick up your Offertory envelopes at the Parish Office if you have not already done so. Thank you.

Fr. Brando Recana, C.P. Jubilee Celebration

May 2nd, 2022

In honour of the 25th Anniversary of Fr. Brando’s Ordination

Fr. Brando will be on sabbatical from mid-June to mid-December 2022. He will spend most of his time with family in the Philippines, highlighted by a two-week vacation in Rome, a trip he has been looking forward to for years.

In honour of his Ordination Anniversary, the Parish will host a celebration party for Fr. Brando. All are welcome.

Sunday June 12, 2022
1:30 – 3:30 PM

Download a PDF with more details, including gifting opportunity information