SUNDAY & WEEKDAY MASSES RESUMED ON LIMITED BASIS

July 16th, 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 difficulty and uncertainty.

Under Step 3 of the provincial reopening plan as of July 16th, there is no capacity restriction on all liturgical celebrations. However, attendance will be limited by the physical distancing requirement.

In order to attend Sunday masses, a reservation for each attendee is required.

Please review the Protocol for Sunday Mass celebrations before making any reservations. Please click Sunday Mass Reservations. If you have any difficulty in registering, please call the parish office during regular office hours.

There is no reservation required for the 9:00 am Monday to Friday weekday Mass but sign in upon arrival is required.

For the safety and health of our community, please remain home if you show or have any signs or symptoms of Covid-19. Under a City of Toronto by-law, all attendees are required to wear non-medical grade masks or face coverings throughout their entire time of attendance at church while at the same time respecting the physically distance rules of 2 metres (6 feet).

We continue to thank you for your financial contribution during this time. If you cannot attend the Masses, you can mail or drop off your envelope contribution to the parish office. As well you can sign up for Pre Authorized Giving by picking up a form in the parish office or printing the form, completing it and submitting it to the parish office.

We are looking forward to seeing you.

Homily – November 28, 2021

November 28th, 2021

There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, on earth distress among nations, the roaring of the seas and the powers of heaven will be shaken.

I wonder how the good people of British Columbia must have felt as the endured a storm of the century. Their lives were turned upside down. Within hours families were shattered, lives were lost. Electrical power was no more, main highways, rail roads and bridges were no more. Their businesses gone, farmlands flooded, live stock lost. They were without safe drinking water, they had no sanitation facilities. All this in a matter of hours. It was the end of life as they knew it.

Last week it was B.C. this week it’s Nova Scotia and NFLD. Global warning and climate change are full of surprises. May we keep these people in our prayer that they have the strength and determination to rebuild their lives. Resiliency is part of the human condition, and these disasters bring out the best in us. But still, we know not the day nor the hour. Just think on this…

The poetry of these apocalyptic writings, terrifying as they may be, really is all about the vulnerability and unpredictability of our daily living more than with clues to the schedule of the coming end of all things. Our world disintegrates when a loved one dies or our life is shattered by divorce or our future in uncertain when we lose a job. We fear our future when we’re told we have cancer or we’re in the first stages of dementia.

But even with these portents of the end times, there is the promise born: We will “see the Son of Man coming on a cloud. When these things begin to happen, stand up straight and raise your heads, for your Redeemer is near at hand.”

God’s promise to all of us is; fear not, I am with you always, even to the end of days, especially in the worst of days…

Bulletin – November 21, 2021

November 21st, 2021

This is the Feast of Christ the King
To Him be Glory and Kingship forever!

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 at home and bring it to place in the box.

Those whose names are in the Box of Remembrance will be remembered at all the Masses celebrated in November.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 22nd to November 28th, 2021

MONDAY – KOK YAU MAY – Requested by Yau Lam Kok
TUESDAY – ANITA LEE – Requested by Rosemary Lee
WEDNESDAY –
THURSDAY – FILOMENA D’SILVA – Requested by Maria D’Silva
FRIDAY –
SATURDAY – LOZANO FABRA – Requested by Myrian Fabra
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – CAROLYN CRAVEN – Requested by Milena Babic
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – SIMON GALVEZ PRINCIPIO – Requested by Margina Principio

ADVENT INDIVIDUAL RECONCILIATION

Friday, December 10th from 3:00 to 6:00 PM

During this time of prayer, we are reminded that the gift of Reconciliation restores us to the fullness of life and calls us to full participation in the Christmas liturgies.

Individual reconciliation will be held on Friday, December 10th from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.

CONFIRMATION

Sunday, December 5th at 3:00 PM

The Sacrament of Confirmation for the candidates from 2019/20 will be celebrated on Sunday, December 5th at 3:00 PM at St. Gabriel’s Church.

In preparation for the Sacrament, a Confirmation Retreat will be held on Saturday, December 4th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

All candidates must attend.

Candidates are reminded to bring a signed letter from the service coordinator or parent stating the completion or anticipated date of completion of service hours.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

At the 10:30 AM Mass from October to May each year, children ages 4 to 10 have the opportunity to gather as a group for the Liturgy of the Word led by parents who have volunteered.

We are in great need of more volunteers to assist this program.

For more information or to volunteer, please call Dawn Burke at 416 671-0561 or leave a message at the Parish Office.

THE GIVING TREE

Saturday, November 20th to Sunday, December 12th

St. Vincent de Paul

During Advent, the Society of St Vincent de Paul, St. Gabriel Conference will have a Giving Tree in the Gathering Space.

The tree will be decorated with gift tags. Each tag will have the gender and age of a child. We invite you to take a tag, buy a Walmart gift card of about $50 for that child and return it with the tag attached to the Parish Office.

Rosalie Hall

At this time of the year, we are also thinking of the young mothers and babies of Rosalie Hall. If you wish to help, you may choose a “Christmas Stocking” from the tree to purchase pyjamas or undershirts for babies, age 6 months to 5 years.

Because donations are very low this year, sweaters or hoodies would also be very welcome. Unwrapped Items with the original stocking tag attached can be left in the box provided near the giving tree no later than Sunday, December 12th. Toys or books for these little ones would also be appreciated.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from Tim Horton’s, Walmart or MacDonald’s. These can be placed in the envelopes provided and brought to the Office. Thank you for your generosity

CHILDRENS AID FOUNDATION TOY DRIVE

Saturday November 21st h to Sundday, December 12th

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 21st and will remain there until Sunday, December 12th.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

As you know, each week we collect food for 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 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. Thank you for your generous support.

BEAUTIFUL 2022 CALENDAR FROM THE CANADIAN NORTH

Available weekend of December 4th and 5th, 2021

A beautiful and unique calendar from the Canadian North will be available again!

The calendar showcases photos of lovely landscape of the North captured by Bishop Jon Hansen on his many missionary trips in the Diocese of Mackenzie in the Northwest Territories. That Diocese is home to many isolated indigenous communities.

Many of you may have known Fatima Lee, who is formerly a member of our pastoral team at St Gabriel’s. She has for the past three years served as a missionary in the Diocese of Mackenzie

On the weekend of December 4th and 5th, volunteers will be selling these beautiful 2022 calendars at the parish (following strict Covid protocols).

It is hoped that through the sale of these calendars, funds will be raised to support the travel of priests and pastoral workers of the diocese to the remote communities. Since this Diocese of 1.5 million sq. km has only nine priests serving, many of the isolated communities will have Mass only occasionally. Except in the deep of winter, when the ice roads are available, each time the priests or pastoral workers would have to fly in and out of these communities. It is notoriously expensive to fly in the north.

Please consider supporting the Diocese of Mackenzie. The calendars, at $20 each, are great for personal use; they will also make wonderful gifts, since they are unique and not easily available elsewhere.

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Weekend of November 27th/28th

Your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses the weekend of November 27th/28th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

Due to Covid 19, there are many hungry people who are counting on us to make a difference. Good Shepherd Ministries serves more than 1,1300 meals a day, every day of the year.

More volunteers are urgently needed to help feed the hungry in our city. Please get a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try.

Recipes are available in the parish office or on our website. Remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole. For more information, you may contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.

ONLINE BLUE TABLE WEBINAR: ETHICS AND ART

Wednesday November 24 at 8:00 AM

A VIRTUAL EVENT Recommended by the Office for Promoting Christian Unity and Religious Relations with Judaism

This webinar invites us to see the arts not just through aesthetic lenses, but more so in their awareness-raising, educational and mobilizing abilities. The speaker, Favianna Rodriguez, will highlight some of our time’s most inspiring art initiatives and share how social and ethical issues can be brought to the public’s attention through art.

To register go to https://bit.ly/EthicsAndArtWebinar

THE CONCEPT OF GRIEF AND HEALING IN DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS

Thursday, November 25th at 6:30 PM

A Virtual Event Sponsored by the Office for Interreligious Dialogue, Archdiocese of Toronto

This event is organized by the Young Adults Interfaith Dialogue Group, which is run under the auspices of the Office for Interreligious Dialogue, Archdiocese of Toronto. They have invited Dr. Shari Golberg, Saulina Amaral, Muneeb Nasir and Mandeep Singh to discuss the meaning and importance of grief and healing in their faith traditions. They will discuss: how does faith help us in the process of healing when we are challenged emotionally?

To register, go to https://bit.ly/GriefAndHealing2021

Homily – November 21, 2021

November 20th, 2021

Standing before a corrupt politician, dressed in mock purple, wearing a painful crown of thorns, weakened by his scourging, Pilate asks Jesus, ‘are you the king of the Jews. Jesus does not deny the title’ ’King’ but wants nothing to do with the reality of kingship of his time, ‘my kingdom is not off this world.’

Basically Jesus is saying to Pilate I am not tolerating this phony trial. I am here to bear witness to the truth.

Pilate asks Jesus, ‘what is truth’ but is really not interested in an answer.

Truth for Jesus was that every person has his/her own dignity before God. That’s why he praised the Samaritan people, who were despised by the Jews. That’s why Jesus ate with publicans and sinners, the despised outcasts of society. That’s why Jesus embraced prostitutes and lepers, despised by the social snobbery of the time… That’s why Jesus spent time with and preached to the crowds hungry for words of understanding as to how difficult their lives were; bearing witness to the truth that they were of value, they are loved by God, and they are loved by Jesus.

Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.

You’ve probably heard the saying,’ denial ain’t just a river in Egypt’. How many truths, how many realities are we denying, refusing to face the truth of our time?

How about these truths?

The embarrassing truth that our church made a terrible mistake when we teamed up with the federal government to get the Indian out of the child and staffed residential schools.

The frightening truth of global warming and climate change and our challenge to live lightly on the earth.

The embarrassing truth of the unjust and unfair distribution of earth’s wealth and resources.

The shameful truth of the racism and bigotry that pervades our communities and education systems.

The distressful truth of unaffordable housing and the homelessness that is part and parcel of our social network.

Christ our King said that everyone who belongs, admits and accept the uncomfortable truths of their times listen to his voice and works to undo the wrongs of their times.

You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free. Admitting the truth of the reality of the injustices with which live, the racism and bigotry with which we live, the consumerism and wastefulness of our lifestyles may God give us the freedom to live our lives as faithful followers of the Christ we honor as our King.

Homily – November 14, 2021

November 14th, 2021

From the fig tree learn this lesson – its tender branches and its fresh leaves tell us summer is near. For us falling leaves and bare branches sign us that winter is on its way. Get out our woollies.

What are the signs in our times that warn us of future troubles? The increase number of hurricanes, the loss of shore lines, prolonged dry hot seasons and forest fires, melting glaciers, polluted oceans, these are all signs that things are changing in the world in which we live. What is the lesson these signs want us to learn? Could it be; smarten up? You are in trouble?

The world summit in Glasgow on climate change is an important event. Concerned young people from around the world gave and heard speeches about possible disasters that will impact their futures. World leaders gave great promises to change our dependency on fossil fuel and made promises of economic help to poor countries.

Everyone had to admit we are running out of time to really and drastically change the ways we live on planet Earth. But let’s face it; there hasn’t been that much change, drastic change in our life styles of consumerism and wastefulness, and our dependency on fossil fuel, since the Paris Agreement in 2019

I could scare you to death with all kinds of statistical woes but all you have to do is read the newspapers to find out how bad things are. Are we really serious about the drastic changes in our lifestyles required of us if we are to survive? Are we trying to live simply on Earth that others may simply live? Or are we leaving it for the next generation to clean up the mess we leave them, are we kicking the can down the road?

There is another way we can hear today’s gloomy gospel, that is to hear Mark speaking to every generation, including our own. Each of us will have our own ‘end time’ namely our own death and our generation pass away, like those before us… Can we hear Mark not so much warning us about the future end of the world but rather telling us how to live this day, this moment, this life? Right here, right now is our time to bear fruit, right here, right now, in our time, Mark is telling us to live today as if it were our last day, loving as we’ve been loved, forgiving as we’ve been forgiven, and healing as we’ve been healed. It’s all about right here, right now.

Jesus once said to people who worried about the future problems, ‘sufficient for the day is the evil there of’. For us here and now can we hear, sufficient for the day are the possibilities there of? The possibility to be more accepting of men and women different from ourselves, the possibility to be there for friend or stranger, the possibility to act kindly, live justly and walk humbly before our God. The rest is in the hands of God

Bulletin – November 7, 2021

November 6th, 2021

LEST WE FORGET

Thursday, November 11th is Remembrance Day, a day to remember all who have served, and continue to serve in our armed forces, especially those who have died and those wounded in battle. We pray for healing and peace; that one day, all peoples will lay down their arms and embrace one another as brothers and sisters in one human family.

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 at home and bring it to place in the box.

Those whose names are in the Box of Remembrance will be remembered at all the Masses celebrated in November.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 8TH to November 14th, 2021

MONDAY – SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by Myrian Fabra
TUESDAY – SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by Myrian Fabra
WEDNESDAY – PAULINE FUNG CHIU – Requested by the Chiu Family
THURSDAY – DAMIAN GAUGHAN – Requested by Agnes Gaughan
FRIDAY – CORA PARKE – Requested by Lulu Luz
SATURDAY – SIMON GALVEZ PRINCIPIO – Requested by Margina Principio
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – EMILIO & JOSEFINA LUNA – Requested by Francisco Luna
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – JOSE ENRIQUEZ SR. – Requested by Jackie & Kayla Enriquez

CHILDREN’S LITURGY – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

At the 10:30 AM Mass from October to May each year, children ages 4 to 10 have the opportunity to gather as a group for the Liturgy of the Word led by parents who have volunteered.

We are in great need of more volunteers to assist this program.

For more information or to volunteer, please call Dawn Burke at 416 671-0561 or leave a message at the Parish Office.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome the following children who received the Sacrament of Baptism during the month of October:

Margaret Mary Calvert
Owen Matthews
Penelope Matthews
Theodore Rutka

Congratulations and blessings to you!

ALTAR SERVERS

The Altar Server Ministry invites children, 10 and above, who are interested in learning how to serve at Mass, to please email stgabrielsaltarservers@gmail.com with details of the Mass at which they would like to serve.

SHEPHERD’S TRUST COLLECTION

November 13th/14th

There will be a second collection next week, November 13th/14th for The Shepherds’ Trust. The mission of The Shepherds’ Trust is to ensure retired priests are provided with sufficient financial resources to lead a dignified life after many years of ministry. Your generous gift will help our priests maintain a modest, but active and independent lifestyle in their retirement years. For priests who are ill or otherwise infirmed, the trust ensures they have access to nursing home facilities and medical care. Thank you for your support of this important work.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

As you know, each week we collect food for 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 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. Thank you for your generous support.

GOOD SHEPHERD CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 35 casseroles in October for the Good Shepherd Centre.

In November your prepared casseroles will be collected on the weekend of November 27th/28th.

Please consider helping to feed the less fortunate in our city. Recipes and casserole pans are available at the Parish Office. Recipes are also online at our website. For more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

QUEEN OF APOSTLES HEALING RETREAT

1617 Blythe Road Mississauga
Thursday November 11th from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre is holding a Healing Retreat for those suffering with cancer.

Please join them as they journey through the challenges of living and dealing with cancer.

The cost is $40.

To find out more information or to register, please email office@qoa.ca or call 905 278 5229.

ESTATE PLANNING FROM A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE

Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Join this webinar and learn about the importance of a Will, Powers of Attorney & Estate Planning as well as Catholic teachings and traditions around cremation.

The Archdiocese of Toronto estate planning team and Catholic Cemeteries & Funeral Services will share:

How to protect your loved ones with a proper will
How to ensure that your wishes are legally protected
About Powers of Attorney
Estate Trustee selection
Finding lawyers and estate planning advisors
Our Catholic traditions around wills, cremation, burial and funerals

An estate planning guide will be mailed to all attendees at no cost.

To register, send them an email to: development@archtoronto.org

Please include ‘webinar on November 13’ in the subject line and provide your name and mailing address in the body of a message (otherwise they won’t be able to send you your copy of the Estate Planning guide!). Also, they would be grateful if, for the sake of their statistics, you could let them know whether you are planning to watch this webinar alone or together with a family member.

You will receive a link to the webinar on November 8th, and a couple of reminders closer to the date of the presentation.

RED WEDNESDAY 2021

Wednesday, November 17th at 7:00 PM
St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica
65 Bond St., Toronto

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN Canada) will hold its 7th annual Red Wednesday on November 17th. The goal of the event is to raise awareness and to pray for persecuted Christians, who are the most discriminated against religious group in the world.

To mark this important day, ACN and the Archdiocese of Toronto are organizing a prayer vigil at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica at 7:00 PM. All are welcome!

For more information, please contact Aid to the Church in Need (ACN Canada)at el@acn-canada.org or by phone at 416-827-5022

NEW BEGINNINGS ONLINE SEPARATED/DIVORCED VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Thursday November 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 group discussion.

Program Goals
• Understanding the fundamentals of grief and mourning
• Explaining the transitional dynamics of loss
• Developing skills for emotional management and practical care
• Renewing faith and rediscovery of personal spirituality

Program Access
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.

For more information and to register please contact: Arcangelo Limanni, MRE (416) 921-1163 ext. 2225 alimanni@cfstoronto.com We welcome people from all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds

COME AND SEE RETREAT

Saturday, November 20th from 9 :00 AM to 3:30 PM

The Office of Vocations will host a Come & See – Day Retreat for men 18 years and older, at St. Augustine’s Seminary on Saturday, November 20th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM This day retreat offers men a way to discern a possible call to priesthood at our seminary. We encourage you to promote this retreat in your parish and during your livestream Masses. Thank you in advance for your generosity as we work together to build a culture of vocations.

Please register at www.vocationstoronto.ca.

For more information go to vocations@archtoronto.org