Reservation system for Sunday masses

July 5th, 2020

In accordance with guidelines established by the Province of Ontario and the Archdiocese of Toronto, individual mass attendance at St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish is limited to 110 people (respecting the 30% capacity limitation as well as the physical distance requirement of 6 feet / 2 metres) including the celebrant.

You are required to either use the Eventbrite reservation system (St. Gabriel Sunday Mass Reservation) or else telephone (416-221-8866) the parish office to reserve your mass time. We require the names of the attendees, phone number, email address. If the number of attendees exceeds the space limitation, there will be a short wait list. Please review the “Protocols for Sunday Mass Celebrations” before making your Sunday Mass reservations.

To make a Sunday Mass reservation, please click on the red button to the right. You will be taken to the parish reservation system on Eventbrite. Please click on the picture of the church altar and a new page will open and then click on “Select a Date” in the red bar. Choose the mass time you want to reserve for and click on “Tickets”. Please note that wearing a face mask in indoor spaces (including places of worship) became mandatory as of Tuesday, July 7, 2020 in the City of Toronto.

Bulletin – September 20, 2020

September 20th, 2020

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 21st to 27th

MONDAY – FIORENTINO GIANNOTTA – Requested by Lina Giannotta
TUESDAY – SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by Mirian Fabra
WEDNESDAY – GERRY, MIKE & EDNA HATCH – Requested by their Family
THURSDAY – AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes
FRIDAY – FABRA LEYTON – Requested by Mirian Fabra
SATURDAY – JOHN POWELL – Requested by Kathleen Olden-Powell
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – RENATO BELLISARI – Requested by Chiara
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – INTENTIONS OF MIRIAN FABRA – Requested by Mirian Fabra

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

Interviews for children who have been preparing to receive their First Communion are now being scheduled.
Interviews began on Tuesday, September 15th and will continue until Thursday, October 1st. They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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

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 normally in person but, due to Covid 19, they will probably be 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.

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

We are discerning how the program will be delivered in these times. More information will be forthcoming, so stay tuned.

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY

This Sunday, September 20th

Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, has announced the institution of Stewardship Sunday across the archdiocese on the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time. The first Stewardship Sunday will take place this Sunday, September 20th. To mark the occasion, Cardinal Collins has authored a homily on stewardship (which is also available in a video format). You may read the Cardinal’s homily or view it on video at www.archtoronto.org

WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS & REFUGEES

Sunday, September 27th at 10:00 AM.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented some unique challenges for the Church, as well as for our efforts to plan for this year’s World Day of Migrants & Refugees. In response, our office arranged for this year’s World Day of Migrants & Refugees, which will take place on Sunday, September 27th to be celebrated virtually. On that day, Cardinal Collins will be the celebrant and homilist at the 10:00 AM Mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. The Mass will be livestreamed. Following the livestream, the Mass along with pre-recorded videos from several guest speakers will be made available on ORAT’s website and Facebook page. These are intended to draw our attention to the plight of so many who have been displaced from their homes and homelands.

BUNDLE UP WEEKEND FOR THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

This Weekend, September 19th/20th

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is collecting gently used clothing, shoes and linens to support our neighbors in need or to be sold to help support their special works in the community this weekend, September 19th/20th.

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 5:30 PM
Sunday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Volunteers will be there to assist with loading before and after Mass.

COLLECTION OF MILK BAGS

For the foreseeable future, we are stopping the collection of milk bags. There are no workshops being scheduled at this time and Sharon has many more than she can use. We will let you know when we can begin collecting them once more.

2021 REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

For Families of Parishioners

The Archdiocese Office for Refugees has a program to assist parishioners who would like to sponsor a family member that is in need of refugee sponsorship. This program is intended to assist parishioners only. If you are a parishioner, and would like to sponsor a family member, please contact the parish office to schedule a meeting with the pastor prior to November 15th. The Office for Refugees will look to the sponsoring family to provide the necessary funds for sponsorship.

The Process

Step 1: The Program is Announced at Parish by October 20th, 2020.
Step 2: The Parishioner Meets with the Pastor – Interested parishioners are to arrange a meeting with the pastor by November 15th, 2020
Step 3: The Pastor Sends Request to ORAT by November 29th, 2020
Step 4: ORAT Invites Parishioner to an Information Session – Following the receipt of the request from the pastor, ORAT will extend an invitation to the parishioner, inviting them to attend the Introduction to Resettlement Information Session. This is a mandatory session for the parishioner. The session will take place on or before Saturday, December 12th, 2020.

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses next weekend. Each month, the casseroles are picked up early on Monday morning for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in our city. We encourage you to pick up a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Printed copies of the recipes are also available in the Parish Office. For more information, you may contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

As you are aware, St. Gabriel’s has always collected food for Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

During the pandemic, there was no food collection and shelves were depleted so these organizations are desperate.

Please help if you can by bringing non-perishable foods such as rice, canned goods, powdered milk, coffee, tea sugar, cereal, peanut butter, jam, pasta and sauces. You may place them in the large bin in the Gathering Space.

Thank you to all the parishioners who heeded the announcement and already brought food. Your response has been awesome!

THE GARDEN SHED

September sees the waning of most flowering plants in the south garden, but there is one wonderful exception: Smooth Blue Aster. It’s profusion of small, blue-pink blossoms remind us of the gentle, spring garden shades overtaken in summer by more raucous colours like the extravagant magenta of Hairy Beardtongue, which has just finished flowering or the boisterous yellow of Smooth Oxeye, which is still blooming. Take a stroll and enjoy the scene before the inevitable frost.

For more information on St. Gabriel’s gardens visit the Garden Ministry web-page on the parish website. If you would like to participate in caring for our gardens, please email heathermjb@gmail.com.

Homily – September 20, 2020

September 20th, 2020

Since March of this year our lives have been turned upside down. A virus, a plague has spread around the world with lightning speed. We are helpless before it. Scientists around the world are co-operating to find a cure. As of now they have not been successful.

Think of how this virus has affected us personally. Right here right now we have to sign in to come to this Mass. We have to wear masks, sit a certain distance apart, we’re not allowed to sing our hymns, there’s no choir and then we are restricted in our greeting of peace. We receive Holy Communion in a well ordered way. There is no spontaneity – we have to be careful. We can no longer take our time after Mass to greet and talk with one another.

There’s no more social life. We live in our own bubbles. No parties, no picnics, no fun.

The saddest and the hardest of all is the reality of seniors dying alone in nursing homes, no love ones allowed to hold and comfort them.There are no wakes, no hugging, no words of sympathy and encouragement. No funerals.

Weddings and their reception are cancelled; Thanksgiving and Christmas family gathering and dinners are discouraged. Snow birds are grounded.

Think of the numbers of small businesses that are gone. The financial impact of this virus has been disastrous for so many people.

This devious virus has touched us all in one way or another.

But think on this. We, the human family have become a virus to Earth. By our lifestyles, our consumerism, our wastefulness, our exploitation of Earth’s limited resources, our pollution of Earth’s oceans and lakes and rivers, our part in the extinction our so many species of plants, animals and birds and insects all these plus the climate change we’ve caused by our irresponsible human activity we’ve have caused a virus that damages and diminishes the health of Earth. What we do to Earth we do to ourselves.

We have no idea when our lives will get back to normal but scientist tells us the healing of Earth will be a long, long process.

Think on this. If we change our attitudes on our relationship with Earth, if we learn to respect the fragility of the life systems of Earth, if we appreciate the limits of Earth’s resources and live within them, if we are willing to live a simple life style, if we control our use of fossil fuel and harvest the energy of the sun and the winds, if we are willing to control the ways we harvest the seas and the land; then we will go a long way to developing an antivirus to the virus with which we’ve inflicted Earth and go a long way toward the healing of Earth.

A healthy Earth will be the antivirus we’re looking for and we can put behind us these difficult and tragic times in which we live.

Pope Francis and the Patriarch of Constantinople have asked that these days, until Oct. 4th the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi be known as the Season of Creation – days on which we see our place in God’s good creation.

Will we, during the Season of Creation, take the time to wonder at the beauty of creation, especially during this Fall season and take the time to examine our own life styles and by changing them make our own effort to work toward the healing of Earth and the healing of ourselves?

Cardinal Collins’ Homily on the Archdiocese’s First Stewardship Sunday 2020

September 16th, 2020

Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, has announced the institution of Stewardship Sunday across the archdiocese on the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time. The first Stewardship Sunday will take place on September 20, 2020. To mark the occasion, Cardinal Collins, authored the below homily on stewardship (which is also available in a video format). Click on the link to view the video or read the homily.

Read more – and see the video – on the Archdiocese web site

ShareLife message from Cardinal Collins – Fall 2020

September 16th, 2020

Dear brothers and sisters,

Every year ShareLife gives us the opportunity to reach out with the hands of Christ to care for those who are most in need. This is what we’re called to do as His disciples: to be with those at the side of the road who are suffering, just as the Good Samaritan did. This is what it means to be a Christian.

At this time especially, in the midst of this pandemic, so many people are suffering greatly. There are people who are in great need of help for them as they struggle mentally and psychologically. ShareLife helps in that.

For people lonely, isolated, for seniors who need help, ShareLife reaches out to them.

There is a great deal of domestic violence and the ShareLife agencies are there at this time of great need to bring the loving hand of Christ into the midst of situations of such suffering.

In ShareLife we find the presence of Christ in the midst of those who suffer. We are there with them because He is with us, sending us out to be with those who are in need. That’s the purpose of ShareLife.

Especially in this time of such great need in the midst of this pandemic, I ask you to, in a very particular way, be generous in supporting those in need during the ShareLife Sunday collection.

May God bless you as you serve Our Lord by serving those who are in need.

Cardinal Thomas Collins
Archbishop of Toronto

Bulletin – September 13, 2020

September 12th, 2020

WELCOME BACK

If you are returning to St. Gabriel’s, welcome back. We are very happy to see you!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 14th to 20th

MONDAY – MICHAEL & AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes
TUESDAY – MICHAEL & AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes
WEDNESDAY – GABRIELA & FLOR ACOSTA – Requested by Mirian Fabra
THURSDAY – LOZANO FABRA – Requested by Mirian Fabra
FRIDAY – LUKE VUKOVIC – Requested by His Family
SATURDAY – CATHERINE MINNAN-WONG – Requested by Noreen Chen
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – DARKO SEIFERT & MARIA REIS – Requested by Mirjana Seifert
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – MICHAEL THOMPSON – Requested by Patrick Mohan

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

We are discerning how the program will be delivered in these times. More information will be forthcoming, so stay tuned.

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

Interviews for children who have been preparing to receive their First Communion are now being scheduled.

Interviews will begin on Tuesday, September 15th and continue until Thursday, October 1st. They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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

WELCOME! OUR NEWEST MEMBERS

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome these little ones:
Gabriel Kent Abilay
Clara Mirabella Aykroyd
Olivia Brianna Canasa
Declan Charles Terrence Long
Zane Pierce Rozario

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

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 normally in person but, due to Covid 19, they will probably be 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.

BUNDLE UP WEEKEND FOR THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

Next Weekend, September 19th/20th

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is collecting gently used clothing, shoes and linens to support our neighbors in need or to be sold to help support their special works in the community next weekend, September 19th/20th.

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 5:30 PM
Sunday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Volunteers will be there to assist with loading before and after Mass.

2021 REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

For Families of Parishioners

The Archdiocese Office for Refugees has a program to assist parishioners who would like to sponsor a family member that is in need of refugee sponsorship. This program is intended to assist parishioners only. If you are a parishioner, and would like to sponsor a family member, please contact the parish office to schedule a meeting with the pastor prior to November 15th. The Office for Refugees will look to the sponsoring family to provide the necessary funds for sponsorship.

The Process
Step 1: The Program is Announced at Parish by October 20th, 2020.
Step 2: The Parishioner Meets with the Pastor – Interested parishioners are to arrange a meeting with the pastor by November 15th, 2020
Step 3: The Pastor Sends Request to ORAT by November 29th, 2020
Step 4: ORAT Invites Parishioner to an Information Session – Following the receipt of the request from the pastor, ORAT will extend an invitation to the parishioner, inviting them to attend the Introduction to Resettlement Information Session. This is a mandatory session for the parishioner. The session will take place on or before Saturday, December 12th, 2020.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

As you are aware, St. Gabriel’s has always collected food for Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

During the pandemic, there was no food collection and shelves were depleted so these organizations are desperate.

Please help if you can by bringing non-perishable foods such as rice, canned goods, powdered milk, coffee, tea sugar, cereal, peanut butter, jam, pasta and sauces. You may place them in the large bin in the Gathering Space.

Thank you to all the parishioners who heeded the announcement and already brought food. Your response has been awesome!

VIRTUAL/ ONLINE WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER EXPERIENCE

Live your best life in love. No matter where you are in your marriage journey, the Marriage Encounter experience is a heart haven that helps you listen, share and connect more deeply. There’s no group discussion. It’s just about the two of you learning to be the best, most loving couple you can be. Reclaim your love’s joy. It is based around Catholic values, but couples of all faiths are welcome.

For application and inquiry contact Gerard & Marge McCauley at gerard.marge@rogers.com or (905) 792-1925. Website: www.wwme.org

CATHOLIC CAMPUS MINISTRY

Are you a post-secondary student? Catholic campus ministry is a great way to meet new people, both in-person and online, and journey together throughout the school year. Check it out at: www.chaplaincyconnect.ca. If you’re studying from home this year, find out how to connect with a nearby chaplaincy by emailing: chaplaincyconnect@gmail.com

THE GARDEN SHED

Did you know that St. Gabriel’s gardens are an example of living in harmony with God’s creation? They were created and are maintained sustainably. Featuring indigenous plants, they are naturally pest resistant, requiring no pesticides or herbicides and they are drought -resistant, requiring less water than non-indigenous plants. Soil health is maintained by regular applications of compost, most of which comes from the garden’s own composting system. No chemical fertilizers are used.

For more information on St. Gabriel’s gardens visit the Garden Ministry web-page on the parish website. If you would like to participate in caring for our gardens, please email heathermjb@gmail.com.

FINANCIAL CORNER

There are several collections that were missed during the pandemic. You will have the opportunity to drop these envelopes in addition to your regular offertory envelope into the second collection box in the Gathering Space.

The schedule is as follows:
Needs of the Church in Canada – weekend of September 26th/27th, 2020
Pope’s Pastoral Works – weekend of October 3rd/4th, 2020
World Mission Sunday – weekend of October 17th/18th, 2020
The Shepherds’ Trust – weekend of November 14th/15th, 2020

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.