Bulletin – May 15, 2016


Congratulations to the following children from our parish attending the Children’s Faith Program, Private and other Catholic Schools who received their First Communion as a group on Sunday, May 8th, 2016.

Makyah Adams
Briar Boogaart
Alexander Chan
Camille Chang-Ying
Jessica Martine Joy Lee
Jonathan Brendan Jim Lee
Rylan Ng Lee
Ethan Leung
Olivia Li Ngan Sun
Lucas Mele
Nathan Mong
Alexander Phillips
Katherine Poon
Kunuk Rhee
June Stonehouse
Kostan Supan
Chloe Tsang
Ethan Tsang
Norah Yee
Joshua Ronyn Yong
Madison Sarah Yong
Ryley Matthew Yong
Andrew Young
Madison Autumn Zuccato
Sydney Alexis Zuccato

It was a beautiful celebration. Let us promise to support these young people with our prayers as they continue on their journey of faith.


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.


May 16th to May 21st, 2016
MONDAY – LEWIS ROYES – Requested by Helene Royes
TUESDAY – MARGARET CHAN – Requested by Teresa Loo
WEDNESDAY – DICK MORAN – Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie & Mary Alice O’Mahony
THURSDAY – ANA SOFIA NASCIMENTO – Requested by the Nascimento Family
FRIDAY – CECILIA MANALANG – Requested by Tyke Manalang
SATURDAY – MIKE PALAZZO & CHRISTOPHER DI LALLO – Requested by Val Palazzo & Family


It is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic School Board in Ontario, as part of your application for employment, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor. If you are planning to apply to teach in a Catholic School, a contact with the pastor is highly recommended. Please plan to have a conversation with your Pastor early in the process, well before applications are to be submitted.


An urgent appeal for help has been launched by the Canadian Red Cross following the devastating fire in Fort McMurray, Alberta last week. Over 88,000 people have been evacuated from Fort McMurray and surrounding areas. Thousands have lost their homes and belongings as the fire continues to rage.

Donations can be made through:

The Parish making cheques payable to St. Gabriel’s Parish – Fort McMurray
The Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
The Canadian Red Cross directly at www.redcross.ca or by calling 1-800-418-1111.


Each month food we collect is sent to 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

With everyone struggling at this time, your food donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.


Working wonders for those who need help in our neighbourhood…

In response to operational challenges and funding cuts, agencies continue to explore creative ways of working together and reaching more clients.

The first initiative known as “Shared Services” encourages agencies to share back office functions in the areas of human resources, financial management and information technology. The vision for this effort is to strengthen the collaboration of agencies guided by the philosophy of working for the common good. ultimately these administrative and program efficiencies will lead to enhanced organizational capacity, reducing overhead and administrative costs for ShareLife supported agencies.

ShareLife to date: $109,042
Next ShareLife Sunday is May 29th.
Please give generously.
You can work wonders!


The Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting financial contributions for humanitarian relief following the disastrous effects of a serious earthquake on April 16th.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks have devastated huge areas of Ecuador, with nearly 600 people reported dead, another 5,700 injured and 24,000 families left homeless.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
Through the parish, making cheques payable to: St. Gabriel’s Parish – Ecuador Earthquake – Humanitarian Relief


St. Gabriel’s Parish
Weekend of September 23rd to 25th, 2016

A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of September 23rd to 25th, 2016.

The course will be held Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. For a registration package please email Marie Deans at deansm@sympatico.ca.

Note that this course usually fills up quickly and spaces are limited.


May 16th at 7:30 PM

St. Luke’s Church, 39 Green Lane, Thornhill

Mosaic Interfaith invites you to attend the next presentation in their series “From Abraham Three Faiths” to take place at St. Luke’s Catholic Parish, 39 Green Lane, Thornhill on Monday May 16th at 7.30 PM.

The subject is “Everyone Wants to go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die” exploring the meaning of death and the kind of faith which disarms death from Jewish, Christian and Muslim perspectives.

Panelists are Rev. Canon John Hill, Rabbi Michael Stroh and Dr. Liyakat Takim from Christianity, Judaism and Islam respectively.

Please see the flyer on the bulletin boards. For more information or to RSVP call Nora at 416-218 0680.


Monday, May 16th at 6:30 PM

Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge St., 4th Floor.

You are invited to a New Beginnings Talk on the topic of Marriage and Annulment given by Fr. Alexander Laschuk, JCL at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge St., 4th Floor on Monday, May 16th, at 6:30 PM. The Talk explores the Church’s teaching on the Sacrament of Marriage and why in some cases a declaration of nullity (annulment) is granted.

For more information, please contact us at 416-921-1163 Ext. 2227 or 2235.


Monday, May 16th at 7:00 PM

Boston Pizza, 400 Progress Avenue, Scarborough

The OCY and Faith Connections, along with representatives from your local parishes invite all young adults (ages 19 +) to join them for Theology on Tap on May 16th at 7:00 PM at Boston Pizza in Scarborough. The topic is My Unique Personal Vocation.

So much anxiety!

Am I getting the right education? Will I be able to get a decent job? Is he/she the right person for me in marriage? Religious life? Singlehood? What is my baptismal call???

Join Patricia Murphy, Professor of Moral Theology at St. Augustine’s Seminary, as she discusses the discernment of our own unique, personal vocations.


Tuesday May 17th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Gabriel Room
Hello fellow parishioners,
I have booked the St. Gabriel’s Room for Tues. May 17th for our next weaving event. We will try to weave from 1:00 to 3:00 or 4ish as long as our energy and supplies last….

Thank you to those that took bags home to cut…. I have already received some back!! Hope to see you next month and feel free to bring a friend.

Sharon Gusz


Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 PM

Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home & Cemetery, Thornhill

Catholic Cemeteries and the Archdiocese estate planning team will share information about:
How to protect your loved ones with a proper will
How to ensure your wishes are legally protected
Powers of Attorney
The advantage of pre-arranging funeral, burial and cremation
The cost savings of making an estate plan
Finding lawyers and estate planning advisors
Our Catholic traditions around wills, burials and funerals.

An estate planning kit will be provided at no cost. Refreshments will be provided.

RSVP to Frank Jannetta, Catholic Cemeteries at 416.733-8544 ext. 2023 or fjannetta@cc-fs.ca.


Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for May 8th, 2016:
Envelopes 411 $ 7,367
Loose Change 1,178
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 165 3,034
Total 576 $ 11,579

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.

If you have prior year’s offertory envelopes, please do not use them! Each year we go through the unused envelopes for which no donations have been received and may reassign that number to another parishioner.