Bulletin – October 6, 2013


October 7th to October 12th 2013

MONDAY – CRISTINA KIBEDI Requested by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
TUESDAY – STEPHEN LEUNG Requested by the Leung Family
WEDNESDAY – WILLIAM ANDERSON Requested by Eva Anderson
THURSDAY – GREGORY PIPHER Requested by Dale Pipher
FRIDAY – JOSEPH & ANNE FERNANDEZ Requested by Marlene Fernandez
SATURDAY – PASQUALE GATTI Requested by Linda Gatti


Wednesday, October 9th at 7:30 PM.
St. Gabriel’s Church

There will be a meeting here at the Church on Wednesday, October 9th at 7:30 PM. for parents only of children receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this year.


The Altar Service is now recruiting new members.

If you are in Grade 3 or higher and are interested in becoming an altar server, please contact Colin Meharchand at cmeharchand@bell.net or leave your name and phone number with the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

The orientation and training for new members will be held this Sunday, October 6th, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Church.


If you have, or know of, school age children (ages 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office, or Fatima Lee directly, at (416) 221-8866. Classes for them will begin in early October.


Sunday, October 13th at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room

Next Sunday, the Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality will facilitate a 30 minute reflection and discussion prompted by the readings for that Sunday’s liturgy. Note that this is a week later than usual due to the Installation of Fr. Brando as Pastor. All are welcome.


The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome Owen Louis Real Cormier, who received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, September 29th, 2013. Congratulations!


Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin soon. These meetings are for persons interested in learning 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 call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. You may also contact Fatima Lee directly at ext. 228.


You can make a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless this Thanksgiving by participating in the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Urgently needed items include: rice, pasta, pasta sauces, canned tuna or salmon, canned soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, jam, sugar, cookies and crackers, breakfast cereals, tea, ground or instant coffee, condiments. Please no fresh or frozen foods.

We thank you for your generous support!


Did you know that the plastic, outer bags from four litres of milk can be woven into quick-dry, bug-resistant bed mats for flood-ravaged areas of the third world, like Haiti. This gives them a practical use since they take 40 – 100 years to decompose. A bin has been placed at the back of the church for the collection of clean, dry bags. Thank you.


We are collecting Canadian Tire money in support of Matercare International which is an association of Catholic Obstetricians and Gynecologists working in developing countries. This organization is dedicated to improving the lives and health of mothers and their children, both unborn and born, through initiatives of service, training, research and advocacy. Please support this worthwhile campaign by dropping your Canadian Tire money in the collection basket.


Thanksgiving Weekend

If you missed the last Saint Vincent de Paul clothing drive in early September, or if you still have winter clothing you would like to donate, please do not miss this opportunity …

Becoming Neighbours, an initiative sponsored by the religious men and women congregations in Toronto to serve the refugees among us, is seeking gently-used winter clothing and accessories (coats, jackets, sweaters, hats, gloves, and mitts, etc.). Refugee families they serve can then go to them and pick up whatever they may need. For new arrivals especially, your clothing donations will be a tremendous help.

If you do have items to donate, please bring them in on the Thanksgiving weekend. You can leave these items in the large bins, marked “clothing donations”, provided in the Gathering Space. Thank you in advance for your generosity!


Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 43 casseroles for September. For October, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of October 26th/27th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are encouraged to become active in helping to feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. There are now 3 different recipes available in the Parish Office or online at the Church website.

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


World Mission Sunday
October 20th from 11:00 AM. to 3:00 PM.

Come and discover mission with Scarboro priests and lay missioners!

Mass at 11:00 AM.
– Light Buffet Lunch
– Displays

“Discover the Road Less Travelled”

Please confirm your attendance for the buffet lunch by contacting Scarboro Missions at 416-261-7135, Ext. 265 or by email at lmo@scarboromissions.ca


Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:00 PM.
Our Lady of Sorrows Church

Catholic Family Services of Toronto and Our Lady of Sorrows Church will host the 4th Annual Mass to End Woman Abuse on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:00 PM. The Mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church – 3055 Bloor St. W. (west of Royal York Rd.) in Etobicoke. Light refreshments will follow. Please join us as we gather to pray for all families who are affected by violence. Woman Abuse Hurts Us All.


November 1st to 3rd
St. Augustine’s Seminary

“The Love of Christ urges us on” to radically respond to His call to follow Him wholeheartedly. Jesus is inviting you to spend time with Him so that you may discover His call.

This will be an opportunity for young men, 18 years of age or older to spend a weekend in prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples through the Catholic priesthood.

For more information, please call the Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997


Weekend of November 1st to 3rd.

Celebrate Your Marriage with a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend! Married couples: You deserve a weekend to cherish being together; to rediscover each other and focus on ways to make your relationship even better. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend offers this opportunity. Consider giving each other or another couple that you know the gift of a weekend away from daily pressures; time to be with each other and with God on a Marriage Encounter Weekend. See www.wwme.org

Upcoming Weekend Date: November 1-3, 2013

For further information or registration please contact:
Cora & Mike Bryce (905-896-2958) or cora-mikebryce@sympatico.ca


Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
November 1st to 3rd

Refresh and rekindle your love for each other by treating yourselves to a marriage enrichment weekend at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, or give a weekend as a gift to family or friends. The Centre offers comfort, excellent cuisine and an inspiring program.

The next weekend is Nov.1st to 3rd, 2013. For information telephone Queen of Apostles 1617 Blythe Road, Mississauga at 905-278 5229.


Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for September 29th, 2013

Envelopes 393 $7,338
Loose Change $977
Weekly Portion of PAG 182 $3,518 (Pre-Authorized Giving)
Total $11,832

Second Collection
Needs of the Canadian Church $1,799

Please remember to print your full name on your Offertory envelope and then seal it.