bulletin – September 6


Welcome back. We hope you have had an enjoyable and relaxing summer. For those young people who are off to university, we wish you every success as you begin a new stage of your life. For those students and teachers in our community returning to elementary and secondary school, we wish you a very positive and rewarding year.


Date Time Intentions
September 7th 9:00AM YIU-KWONG KO Requested by Lana Lo
September 8th 9:00AM EDDY DHARMADI Requested by Ria Dharmadi, Pudjo & Vera Dharmadi
September 9th 9:00AM SUCCESS OF JOHN LAW’S SURGERY Requested by the Mary & Alec
September 10th 9:00AM GUS CALDERONE Requested by Marie Calderone
September 11th 9:00AM VINCENT HA Requested by Laura, Sylvia & Valerie Ha
September 12th 4:30PM JUDITH MATYASFOLVI Requested by The Family

SUNDAY COLLECTION: August 30th, 2009

Total: $7713

4:30 8:30 10:30 12:30
Env. $
Total $2311 $1171 $3011 $1220
# of Env. 117 69 150 77

Pre-authorized Giving

Month Total Participants
June $4767.17 54
July $$6484.30 71
August $7020.27 76


The “Pre-Authorized Giving” plan allows parishioners to make their regular offertory donations by automatic monthly bank withdrawal. This system is widely used in the Archdiocese of Toronto and is a safe and convenient method of giving for those interested. Forms, in a sealed envelope, may be placed in the collection basket or dropped off at the Parish Office.


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

  • Nathan Gabriel Aristanto
  • Aleck Aguino-Chan
  • Melthi Elohim Samuel Dwyer
  • Larz Georg Hartman
  • Brandon Michael Ho
  • Jack Akira Mammoliti
  • Gavin Edmund Manabat
  • Logan Diezel Reid
  • Milo Xavier Roldan
  • Ariana Kali Russell
  • Karina Gabrielle Schuck
  • Anthea CarmelaTsambourlianos
  • Karl Wong

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism during the summer.


Our journey of life and journey of faith are meant to converge at an early age. For many of us, however, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but remain at a childish level of understanding our faith. The following information is for those who wish to keep growing, to be able to enjoy the Good news of God’s love for us as members of God’s Church.

Monday Nights are R.C.I.A. Nights

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) meetings begin on Monday, September 21st, 2009 at 8:00 PM. These evenings are for persons interested in learning about the Catholic Faith. Because the Parish Community itself is considered the official teacher and guide for potential new members, it is important that some parishioners participate by being present and by sharing their Faith in various ways. It is also an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of the faith. Adult Catholics who wish to celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist and/or Confirmation are welcome. For more information, please call Mary Landry at 416-221-8866.


Congratulations to the good people of
St. Gabriel’s. Our goal for this year’s
ShareLife Campaign was $175,000.
Our final total was $177,080.19.
Thank you for your very generous support.


Sunday, September 13th at 11:30 AM Gabriel Room

Eco-Sabath, usually held on the first Sunday of each month, will resume on Sunday, September 13th. The Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality facilitates a 30 minute reflection and discussion prompted by the readings for that Sunday’s liturgy. The guided reflection brings an ecological perspective to the readings. All are welcome.


October 5th – 7th, 2009

Professor Raymond Collins, STD, a renowned New Testament scholar will be giving a three-evening workshop on St. Paul at our parish on October 5 to 7, 2009 (Monday to Wednesday).

Until his retirement in 2006, Professor Collins, for more than three decades, was professor of New Testament at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and then at the Catholic University of America. He is author of numerous books and articles on the New Testament.

If you wish to understand St. Paul better, this is an opportunity not to be missed. For details please refer to the notice on the bulletin board, or contact Fatima Lee. Please call 416-221-8866 to register; this will help us with arrangements for the venue.


A Marriage Preparation Course will take place at St. Gabriel’s Church on the weekend of November 6h to 8th. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Office. at 416-221-8866. Register early as space is limited.


Andrea Lucas of “Between Friends” wishes to thank everyone from St. Gabriel’s who generously donated to the Aboriginal communities in Northern Ontario.

The next shipment to the communities will be in October, but the collection will continue throughout the year. Most requested items are:

  • clothing
  • reading books (for children, teens, and adults)
  • puzzles and games, toys
  • linens, blankets
  • skates and hockey sticks

All items should be in good condition – something that you would use yourself.

As before, donations can be dropped off between
7:30 AM – 2 PM Monday to Friday at

“Kids Come First” Daycare

40 New Westminster Drive, Thornhill

(at Steeles between Bathurst and Dufferin).

Please enter through the black iron wrought gates.

If you have any questions, please contact Fatima Lee
at 416-221-8866.


We wish to thank Otto Schmidt for his many years of service to the Parish Community of St. Gabriel’s. Otto started here as Coordinator of Sacramental Preparation of School Age Children in 2003.

Recently, he was hired by the Korea Poly Returnee Educational Institute in Seoul, Korea as chief program curriculum designer/consultant to create and write curriculum for three new streams of gifted education to be added to their existing programs.

We wish him every success in this new endeavor.



Thank you to the volunteers who prepared casseroles for the Good Shepherd Centre during the summer: 45 for June, 32 for July and 36 for August.

For September, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of September 26/27 for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. More volunteers are encouraged to become active in helping to feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers.

If you require more information or would like to get a copy of the recipe and a casserole pan, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.


The Centre needs

  • men’s jeans and t-shirts and running shoes
  • men’s underwear and socks

Thank you for your donation. For more information, please contact Rebecca Ferguson at 416-869-3619, Ext. 262.


Rosalie Hall is a Centre for teen mothers and other single parents and their children. Amidst their ongoing great struggle and hardship, we depend on you, “the good people of St. Gabes”, to once again consider supporting these young women by feeding them and providing them with adequate clothing, as they strive to parent their children.

Our needs are basic: small bags of rice, pasta, Kraft dinner, breakfast and infant cereals, juice boxes, crackers, canned beans, pasta sauce, canned meats, tuna, canned fruit and diapers.

Teen and Women’s Clothing items such as socks, underwear, hats and mitts, shirts, pants, etc. are most welcome. We will also gratefully accept new and gently used clothing for babies and toddlers up to 14 months old.

Many thanks for your compassion and support as we all strive to be “doers of the word” in our reaching out to others. May you be blessed, as you are blessing.