Bulletin – June 26, 2016

This is the last bulletin until the Labour Day Weekend in September. We wish you all a happy and safe summer! July 1st is Canada Day. The office will be closed on Friday, July 1st for the holiday. There will be no 9:00 AM Mass.


Sunday, July 3rd after the 12:30 Mass

The Parish BBQ Picnic will be held on Sunday, July 3rd after the 12:30 Mass in the parking lot. There will be hot dogs, games, face painting, lucky draws, music and more…..

Tickets are $2 each.

Please bring your families, friends and neighbours to enjoy a summer afternoon with your parishioners. We need volunteers to help and make this event happen. Please sign up by putting your name and phone number on the sheets at the back of church. For more information, you may call Linda Law at 416-918-8029.


As part of the mandate for the Archdiocese of Toronto to foster a safe and caring community, a policy of screening volunteers exists to ensure the protection and safety of the most vulnerable. St. Gabriel’s Parish Volunteer Screening Committee is entrusted with this task.

As some members are retiring, we are extending an invitation to St. Gabriel’s parishioners to join the Committee. If you are interested and want to know more about this responsibility, please contact the parish office at 416-221-8866.


You may have noticed the two new vegetable plots in the south garden. We need volunteers to help tend these plots. If you would like to help, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.


The Youth Group bake sale raised a total of $1,703.15. The money will be used for the Group’s transportation costs to the Steubenville Catholic Conference in New York. Thank you for your generous support.


Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program are now available in the parish office. This program is for children of the Parish who attend public or private schools. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School every second Sunday beginning September 11th, 2016.

Please note that a separate Sacramental registration form is required if your child will receive the sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation during the 2016/17 year. These forms are also available in the Parish Office.


June 27th to July 2nd, 2016

MONDAY – FR. DAN SANVIDO – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
TUESDAY – FR. ADRIAN LEE – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
WEDNESDAY – MARIA CHUNG & THERESA KANG – Requested by Peter & Gemma
THURSDAY – BERNADETTE SEDGWICK – Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
SATURDAY – EVELYN & WARD MARKLE – Requested by Bill & Carolyn Markle

Please see the insert in the parish bulletin or check the website or bulletin board for announced Masses during the summer months. The notices on the bulletin boards will be updated each week.


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

Miguel Christian Donato
Jordan Maddox Gunawan
Alexia Fadia Homaidan
Bernadette Husenia Malacaman
Sydney Rose Masangkay
Ezekiel Tariq Singh

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on June 19th, 2016. Congratulations


R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) meetings begin in the fall. 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 the Parish Office at 416-221-8866


We encourage you to continue bringing non perishable foods for Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre during the summer months.

During July and August, food donations tend to drop off.

Your donations of canned foods, cereal rice and other non perishables are more important than ever as families
struggle to make ends meet.

Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.


Thank you to all who prepared casseroles for the Good Shepherd Centre for the month of June. Your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of July 30th/31st and August 27th/28th.

Each month, the casseroles are picked up early on Monday morning for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

Lately, many people are bringing in casseroles after the pick up day, meaning that they are left in our freezer for an additional month. Please try to get them in on time.

More volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in our city. We encourage you to pick up a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Printed copies of the recipes are also available in the Parish Office. Please 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.


Tuesdays, Central Office, 1155 Yonge Street, Suite 100 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM or Thursdays, North York Office – 5799 Yonge Street, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Catholic Family Services of Toronto is now offering walk-in counseling services at their two locations. Their staff is trained to offer same-day service to clients with urgent counseling needs. The single-session consultation is aimed at helping individuals, couples, or family clients address their concerns. No appointment required.

Please contact the Central office, 1155 Yonge St., Suite 100, Toronto (Yonge/Summerhill) Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 416 921-1163 or by email at info@cfstoronto.com.

On Thursdays, contact the North office, 5799 Yonge St., (Yonge/Finch) from 9:00 Am to 3:00 PM. at 416 222-0048 or by email at info@cfstoronto.com.


Thank you to all parishioners who are recycling their clean, flattened milk bags at the church.

The Milk Bag Workshops, held by Sharon Gusz this spring were very successful. Thank you to Sharon and all the milk bag weavers for their excellent work. Workshops will begin again in the fall.

Sharon recently shared some exciting news with us.

“I find it so rewarding to be part of this amazing project.

By the way the last few mats that we made are being sent to a homeless shelter in Newmarket. There are several people who are reluctant to sleep on the regular mattresses.. (bed bugs, smells, etc..). I gave them 15 mats to try out and got an email asking for 10 more!!!”

For further information about this program please visit www.milkbagsunlimited.ca or contact Sharon Gusz at sharongusz@gmail.com.


Together we are working wonders…

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the 2016 ShareLife Parish Campaign. For those who wish to make a contribution, you are still welcome to do so. You can drop your ShareLife envelopes in the offertory basket until July 31, 2016 or donate online at www.sharelife.org.

ShareLife to date: $130,183
Thank you for your generosity!


August 28th from 2:00 PM

Parish of the Immaculate Conception
300 Ansley Grove Road, Woodbridge, Ontario

The 50th annual celebration in honour of St. Gabriel, under the direction of the Passionist Community will be held on Sunday, August 28th from 2:00 PM at the Parish of the Immaculate Conception in Woodbridge. All are welcome! Bring your own folding chair.


Thursday, July 28th at 6:00 PM

15 Laxton Ave, Toronto

In solidarity with World Youth Day activities, all young adults 18-39 (student, working professional, single, married, young parent) are invited to a house party and barbecue!

Meet and hang out with other young adults! Meet Catholic Sisters, Brothers and Priests and share life experiences! Enjoy a barbecue supper, laughter and fun in a casual and relaxed atmosphere! Please RSVP by July 15th to Faith Connections at faithconnections@csj-to.ca (so they know how much food to order)


Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for June 19th, 2016:
Envelopes 380 $ 7,018
Loose Change 1,003
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 165 3,034
Total 545 $ 11,055

Please inform the Parish Office if you have changed your address or are moving out of the Parish so that we may update our records.


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