Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 1/2, 2021

May 2nd, 2021

SUNDAY & WEEKDAY MASSES – DURING STAY AT HOME ORDER

April 18th, 2021

Dear Parishioners of St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish,

In compliance with the Government of Ontario’s extended stay-at-home order announced April 16, 2021 parishes must restrict attendance inside the church to 10 people. Due to these measures, public Masses must be temporarily cancelled. Private Masses will be celebrated for 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 list of these Masses can be found on www.archtoronto.org. You may view the weekend Mass from our parish by visiting this website.

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 https://stgabrielsparish.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/St-Gabriels-PAG-Brochure-March-20131.pdf 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.

Please continue to pray for those who are sick and those caring for them. We pray that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. May God continue to bless you now and always.

Yours in Christ
Rev. Fr. Brando Recana CP
Pastor of St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish

Gardening Helper Job Posting 2021

May 4th, 2021

St. Gabriel’s has received a Canada Summer Jobs grant to hire a Garden Helper for 9 weeks at 30 hours per week. The position pays minimum wage. If you are a youth between the ages of 15 and 30, and are interested, please contact the parish office at 416-221-8866 or at stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca. More information on the position is also available at https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/youth

Bulletin – May 2, 2021

May 1st, 2021

ATTENDING MASS

As you probably know, the number of new cases of Covid 19, has increased dramatically. As a result, public Masses have been temporarily cancelled. Our priests will continue to celebrate private Mass daily for the intentions of parishioners and for those suffering from COVID-19.

The Church will be open for private prayer during office hours, 8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon, and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday. The Church will not be open on the weekend. Each Saturday, Fr. Paul or Fr. Brando will celebrate Mass which will be shown on our website at 4:30 PM.

Visits to the Parish Office are by appointment only. Please call 416–221-8866 to make an appointment.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

May 3rd, 2021 to May 9th, 2021

MONDAY – MANUEL, ANNA & ALL DECEASED OF THE NASCIMENTO FAMILY – Requested by the Family
TUESDAY – MARY & DAN SALVADOR – Requested on their 30th Wedding Anniversary
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY – KOON TING LAU – Requested by Linda Law & Family
SATURDAY
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM

WELCOME OUR NEWEST MEMBERS!

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:

Meredith Anne- Marie Deans
Hendrix Ace Pollastrone
Ella Deselle Galano
Emiliarose Renee
Lorena Faye Rennie Ramdin
Oliver Gerard Wang Git Mo

These children were baptised in the past few months. Congratulations to these little ones and their families!

ORDINATION

May 8th at 10:00 AM

On Saturday, May 8th at 10:00 AM, His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, will ordain our two transitional deacons, Rev. Mr. Arthur Lee and Rev. Mr. Andrew Taylor, with the Sacrament of Holy Orders as they become priests to the Archdiocese of Toronto. This wonderful event will take place at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica and the faithful are all encouraged to join us via the cathedral’s livestream.

As a community of faith, let us offer our prayers for Arthur and Andrew as they are ordained to the priesthood. Let us also continue to pray for all those who are currently in formation to the priesthood at St. Augustine’s Seminary and at the Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary.

LIVESTREAM: www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS MILK BAG MAT-MAKING

Tuesday, May 25th from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

A Virtual Program

Are you wondering why only milk bags are used to make the sleeping mats for our street friends here in Toronto? Are you perhaps looking for a simple activity to keep your hands busy and mind relaxed especially during this pandemic time while you are in quarantine? Are you looking for a way to contribute or give back to others not just here in Toronto but also to our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world? Would you like to learn another way to creatively reduce, reuse, and recycle?

If so, please join Sharon Gusz to learn why and how! She will discuss and present virtually about the Milk Bag Mat-Making. This presentation will be done via Zoom on Tuesday, May 25th from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM. Sharon is a Leadership Team Member of the Maturing Adult Ministry in our parish.

To register please contact: StGabrielMMA@gmail.com no later than Monday, May 24th.

SHARELIFE

ShareLife agencies need your support during the pandemic.

Vita Centre is a ShareLife funded agency that provides support, education and counselling for pregnant and parenting women in Peel.

“We give heartfelt thanks to all the heroes who donate to ShareLife. Your support makes it possible for vulnerable parents to have the supports and resources that allow their children and themselves to thrive.” – Tanya Pereira, Vita Centre

Thank you for supporting ShareLife
Our Parish goal this year is $187,000.
Please give generously.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to those parishioners who prepared 18 casseroles for April. For May, your prepared frozen casseroles may be dropped off at the Parish Office before May 29th /30th 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 still spreading and many out of work.

The casseroles are easy to make and we have the recipes and casserole pans right here in the Parish Office. The recipes are also available on the Parish website. If you require more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are very much appreciated.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city as well as a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs.

Your food donations are more important than ever as Covid 19 continues and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

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

Postponed Until August 14th /15th

The bundle up weekend, scheduled for May 15th/16th has been postponed until Saturday, August 14th and Sunday, August 15th.

FRIENDLY NEIGHBOR HOTLINE

Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Call 1-855 581- 9580

The Friendly Neighbor Hotline Is an organization mobilizing volunteers to deliver groceries and medication to seniors who have trouble going to the stores by themselves. The seniors just have to call the number, they can also register online. They place their order by phone (8 items max) and say how they want to pay (cash, g then sends a message to the pool of volunteers who indicated they can do deliveries in the senior’s ward. When a volunteer responds that he or she can do it, FNH sends a message to the volunteer with the shopping list. After delivery, the volunteer gets reimbursed by the organization who collects the money from the senior.”

ESTATE PLANNING FROM A CATHOLIC PROSPECTIVE

Saturday, May 1st at 10:00 AM- A webinar event

The Archdiocese of Toronto estate planning team will share:
– How to protect your loved ones with a proper Will
– How to ensure your wishes are legally protected
– About Powers of Attorney
– Estate Trustee selection
– Finding lawyers and estate planning advisors

Here are your registration details:
Estate Planning from a Catholic Perspective
Saturday, May 1st, 2021 at 10:00 AM

BLESSED TRINITY’S 30 MINUTE CHILDREN’S CATECHESIS PROGRAM

June 12th, 19th, and 26th at 10:00 AM

On Zoom

These 30 fun-filled minutes include prayer,songs, and crafts centered on a particular theme.

Our June theme is The Kingdom of God Parables

A home kit with the required craft materials is provided. Come join us online on June 12th, 19th, and 26th at 10:00am. Cost for the 3 sessions is $15.00/child

Email btcatechesis@gmail.com to register or for more info.

Last day to register for these sessions is May 15th, 2021

THE GARDEN SHED

This past week saw us planting the cool weather seedlings after a week’s delay due to frosty temperatures.

Also accomplished this past week, was the construction of an additional box in the community garden south of the meditation circle, thanks to the efforts of Pat and Neal Ahlberg. This significantly increases our capacity to grow food for the Good Shepherd Ministries.

Check our webpage for a picture of the indoor planting.

Looking for a nature getaway?
Join the Garden Ministry!
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 you’re 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.

Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Easter – April 24/25, 2021

April 25th, 2021

Bulletin – April 25, 2021

April 24th, 2021

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION

Well done my good and faithful servant. Matthew 25:23

Every day here at St. Gabriel’s and across the Archdiocese of Toronto, parishioners selflessly give of their time and talent to nurture and strengthen the faith experience of the Catholic community and announce the Gospel. From the tireless work of volunteer coordinators, church cleaners, liturgical hospitality teams, committee members, Ministry Leaders, to the faith-affirming efforts of Catechists, Lay Pastoral Visitors, and Baptismal Preparation teams, parish volunteers are at the heart of the Archdiocesan call to stewardship, and all we do in our parish.

You make a difference, and we thank you.

ATTENDING MASS

As you probably know, the number of new cases of Covid 19, has increased dramatically. As a result, public Masses have been temporarily cancelled. Our priests will continue to celebrate private Mass daily for the intentions of parishioners and for those suffering from COVID-19.

The Church will be open for private prayer during office hours, 8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon, and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday. The Church will not be open on the weekend.

Visits to the Parish Office are by appointment only. Please call 416–221-8866 to make an appointment.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 26th, 2021 to May 2nd, 2021

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY – ALLAN PERSAUD – Requested by the Persaud & Goldenberg Families
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – SALVADOR SAN JUAN – Requested by His Family

Prayer for Vocations

O God, Who wills not the death of a sinner but rather that he be converted and live, grant we beseech you, through the intercession of the Blessed Mary ever Virgin, Saint Joseph, her spouse, St. Junipero Serra, and all the saints, an increase of laborers for your Church, fellow laborers with Christ to spend and consume themselves for souls through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.

SHARELIFE

World Day of Prayer for Vocations is April 25th, 2021
Support vocations through ShareLife

When you support ShareLife, you help educate our future priests.

Your gift to ShareLife is investing in our Church’s future by supporting 54 seminarians at St. Augustine’s Seminary and Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary in the current academic year.

Our Parish goal this year is $187,000.
Please give generously.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are very much appreciated.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city as well as a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs.

Your food donations are more important than ever as Covid 19 continues and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

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

Postponed Until August 14th /15th

The bundle up weekend, scheduled for May 15th/16th has been postponed until Saturday, August 14th and Sunday, August 15th. Please mark the dates in your calendar.

THEOLOGY ON TAP presents

The Sinfulness of the Echo Chamber
Monday, April 26th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Virtual – on ZOOM

Please join the Sisters of St. Joseph for a conversation with Dr. Reid Locklin as they explore the dynamics of how they engage with social media and internet information.

For the ZOOM link, go to http://csj-to.ca/fc and check under “More Events”. If you have any questions, go to faithconnections@csj-to.ca

ST. MICHAEL’S CHOIR SCHOOL VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

Wednesday, April 28th from 7:00 PM to 8 :00 PM

A Virtual Event Hosted by St. Michael’s Choir School

If your son loves singing and is in Grades 2-10, join St. Michael’s Choir School staff, alumni, parents and students to learn more about our choral and academic programs.

Visit their website at www.smcs.on.ca for more information about the school.

To Register go to http://bit.ly/ChoirSchoolOHRegister

THE GARDEN SHED

The past week marked the beginning of the outdoor growing season for the St. Gabriel’s Good Shepherd community garden. Shallots, snow peas and spinach seeds and lettuce, chives and parsley seedlings have been planted. More seeds and seedlings will be added at two week intervals as the weather warms up.

In addition, basil and tomato seeds have been added to the indoor planting and will be placed under the grow lights in the basement as soon as they sprout.

Check our webpage for a picture of the indoor planting.

Looking for a nature getaway? Join the Garden Ministry! 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 you’re 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.