Bulletin – September 25

In this week’s bulletin, the Good Shepherd Centre Thanksgiving food drive, and the Eco-sabbath.


Until the early 1960s, the Mass was celebrated in Latin throughout the world. At the Second Vatican Council, in the early 1960s, it was agreed that Mass could be said in the language of the people where it was being celebrated. There would be no fundamental change to the Mass itself, just the language being used.
An English translation was made available as quickly as possible, but it was intended to be temporary. A more considered translation would be issued later. Now, some 40 years later, this translation has been approved by the Vatican and we will begin using it in our parishes on the weekend of November 26th/27th. Until that time, we will have the chance to learn more about the new translation, becoming familiar with some of the changes and reflect on the Eucharist in our own lives. For more information on the Roman Missal and its changes, visit www.archtoronto.org/romanmissal anytime to continue your reflection.
In preparation for the introduction of the 3rd edition of the Roman Missal, the Archdiocese of Toronto will present workshops at a number of locations for parishioners interested in learning more about the impending changes. Please see the poster on the bulletin board for more detail.
To register, please advise the Parish Office of the location you wish to attend. This is to ensure that sufficient materials will be available at each location.


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.


R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) meetings begin
on Monday, September 19th at 7:30 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, Ext. 224.

R.C.I.A. in Cantonese will also be offered this year. If you are interested, please contact Fatima Lee at 416-221-8866, Ext. 228.


On the first Sunday of Advent, we will begin using a Missal with some changes in the wording of the prayers. The text is available to us and you are invited to join us and familiarize yourself with the new way of celebrating the Eucharist.
For more information and to register, please contact Mary Landry at 416-221-8866, Ext. 224

Next Meetings:
Tuesday, September 27th at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, September 28th at 10:30 AM


September 26th – October 1st, 2011
MONDAY – CLAIRE BURKE Requested by the Burke Family
TUESDAY – SARA SHILLER Requested by Lina Giannotta
WEDNESDAY – DIANA CHAN Requested by Nora Kerr
THURSDAY – MICHAEL DONAGHY Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – BARRY BRADBURY Requested by the Family
SATURDAY – FRANCIS PEREIRA Requested by Mary-Ann Mailhot


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

  • Robert Jaewon Bae
  • Ryan Bernard
  • Oliver Max Chang-Ying
  • Alexander Haydon Chiu
  • Claire Catherine Oulahen
  • Nathaniel Joseph Rivera

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism last weekend. Congratulations!


School Age Children
Parish Office October 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th 2011

Registration for children who wish to receive the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation will be held at the Parish Office from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM on the following evenings:

  • Tuesday, October 11th,
  • Thursday October 13th,
  • Tuesday, October 18th,
  • Thursday, October 20th.

Please Note: A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation.


Sunday, October 2nd at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room

On the first Sunday of each month, the Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality facilitates a 30 minute reflection and discussion prompted by the readings for that Sunday’s liturgy. All are welcome.


Our operating expenses average $14,000 per week.
Last week’s collection:
Loose Change – $899
Envelopes (394) – $8.383
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (162) – $3,174
Total – 12,456


The “Pre-Authorized Giving” Plan (PAG), authorized and supported by the Archdiocese of Toronto, is a direct debit program. It allows parishioners to make their regular offertory donations by automatic monthly bank withdrawal on or about the 20th of each month. Participation in the PAG provides a regular dependable cash flow of contributions to the parish and enables us to better manage the Parish finances. PAG brochures and sign-up forms are available in the Parish Office and on the tables at the back of the Church. We thank you for your generosity and support.


Currently, Parish Food Drives helped Good Shepherd Ministries serve more than 1,200 meals a day to people who would otherwise have gone hungry. Please make a difference in the lives of those most in need within our community by participating in the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

  • rice, pasta, pasta sauces,
  • breakfast cereals,
  • tea, ground and instant coffee, powdered fruit juices
  • canned soups, stews, meats, fish, fruits and vegetables,
  • margarine, peanut butter, jam, sugar,
  • cookies and crackers,
  • ketchup, mustard and relish.
  • garlic powder, paprika, black pepper

We thank you for your generous support!


Did you have a photo taken for our Parish Directory? If so we still have several copies which have not been picked up. If you have not received yours, please pick it up in the Parish Office as soon as possible. Thank you.


The Altar Service is now recruiting new members. If you are in Grade 4 or higher and are interested in becoming an altar server, please leave your name and phone number with the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. The orientation and training for new members will be held on Sunday, September 25th, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Church.


October 22nd/23rd.

St. Gabriel’s Parish will be having a Pauline Book & Media fair brought to us by the Daughters of St. Paul before and after all the Masses on the weekend of October 22nd/23rd. Everyone is invited to browse and purchase from a wonderful selection of Catholic books, music CDs and DVD movies from the Pauline Book and Media Centre in Toronto. There will also be a large selection for children. This is a great opportunity to get something inspirational to read, watch or listen to in order to help you on your spiritual journey. You can familiarize yourself with the life and mission of the Daughters of St. Paul by going to www.pauline.org.


Do you speak French, even a little bit? The French Conversational Group will be meeting on Thursday mornings from 11:00 to 12:00 AM in the Library.
Anyone interested is very welcome.

50th International Eucharistic Congress
Dublin, Ireland, 2012
June 10 – June 17, 2012
Deadline for registration and deposit is November 1, 2011.

The Archdiocese of Toronto is organizing a pilgrimage to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress that will take place in Dublin, Ireland, from June 10 -June 17, 2012. There will be an option for an extended stay in Ireland highlighting the religious and historical sites from June 18th to June 25th. Archbishop Collins will also be attending as well as Catholics from around the world.

The total cost of the pilgrimage is $2630.00cdn (includes airfare, accommodation, Congress registration fees, public transit fees, meals and
special events).
For more details on the pilgrimage, please visit us online at or call Kitty McGilly at 416-201-7375 or email.
www.archtoronto.org/iec or kmcgilly@rogers.com


October 28-30.

Theme: Nurturing the Spirit Within
Facilitated by the new Centre team – Father Leo, Father Tomy, and Mrs. Anne Hales.
For further information or reservation please call 905-278-5229.