Bulletin – May 22, 2016


Monday, May 23rd is Victoria Day.
The Parish Office will be closed.
There will be no 9:00 AM Mass that day.


Congratulations to the following young people of our Parish who were confirmed on Sunday, May 15th, 2016. The Sacrament was administered by Rev. Fr. Brando Recana C.P.

Gabriel Aaron Aliling
Rosali Hilda Annikie
Kaitlyn Bagayawa
Azher John Balajadia
Lucas Manuel Arocena
Derek Aubrey
Matthew Bradbury
Mitchell Bradbury
Kathleen Mackenzie Britton
Frederick Cabrias
Kyle Jackson Christie
Matthew Philip Cooke
Elio Copetti
Pietro Copetti
Amelia D’Alessandro
Nathan Kyle Dijamco
Valeria Echeverry
John Ross Ferragina
Jillian Jean Gonzales
Francesco Giuseppe Gracile
Adrian Jacob Hanna
Ryan Justin Hui
Vanessa Helen Jepson
William Kwong
Danielle Lee
Evelyn Hei Leung
Carl Angelo Loresto
Arianna Marie Macaraeg
Alison Katherine McCown
Hayden Moon
Chanwoo Oh
Seung Joo Oh
Angeline Kayle Panganiban
Amy Katrina Pimentel
Kayla Julian Pierroz-Wong
Lizzacris Mae Portodo
Simon Ramirez Ramirez
Yvon Joy Sabijon
Theo Nacarato Steinstrasser
JD Miguel Solidum
Kiana Tiangco
Joseph Noel Turiano
Carlos Dave Valdez
Tomas Velez

Let us pray for them as they continue on their journey of faith guided by the Holy Spirit.


May 23rd to May 28th 2016

TUESDAY – LAU KOON TING – Requested Linda Law & Family
THURSDAY – BERNARD LUK – Requested by Mary Anne Barnes
FRIDAY – ALINE LAVERTU – Requested by Helene Lavertu
SATURDAY – ERNEST KEEGAN – Requested by Fran Keegan


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.


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.


Working wonders for those in our community…

“I first came to Rose of Sharon as a pregnant, young mom, thinking this would never happen to me,” explains Brittany, now with her five year old son Ethan and one year old daughter Sarah. At 17, Brittany came to the Rose of Sharon to enroll in the mother baby programs designed to assist her and her new family get on their feet. Everything from diapers, food, clothing, cooking classes, completion of high school education, Ontario Works application, resume assistance and more was available to her. Within a year, she was able to use her new-found skills to adjust to her new life.

Brittany thanks ShareLife donors for their financial support to help them deal with the challenges they have faced, and learning to grow as a family and enjoy each other. Last year, over 6,300 young parents received the care, counselling and educational support they needed to care for themselves and their new families.

ShareLife to date: $117,407
Next week is ShareLife Sunday.

Please give generously.
You can work wonders!


Thank you for your very generous response to the Fire Disaster in Fort McMurray. In total $5,030 was raised. This money will be forwarded to the Canadian Red Cross and the funds matched by the Canadian Government.
Please keep the people of Alberta and particularly Fort McMurray in your prayers.


Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.
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.


Your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in our city. Please get 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.


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:
o Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
o By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
o Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
St. Gabriel’s Parish – Ecuador Earthquake – Humanitarian Relief
Funds Raised to Date: $875


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.


St. Augustine’s Seminary, 2661 Kingston Road
Friday May 27th at 7:00 PM to Sunday May 29th at 1:00 PM

The Office of Vocations, Archdiocese of Toronto, will be hosting the Quo Vadis Discernment Retreat on the weekend of May 27th to 29th at St. Augustine’s Seminary. This retreat is for men, finishing high school and older who want to begin to consider what God’ plan might be for them. If you are interested, please email the Office of Vocations at vocations@archtoronto.org or call 416 968-0997.


Saturday June 4th following 9:00 AM Mass

Blessed Trinity Parish
3220 Bayview Ave., Toronto

All are invited to attend an information session on euthanasia and what it means for your loved ones. The guest speaker is Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director of Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, who will speak on the topics of responding to the issue of euthanasia and assisted suicide, what is happening in countries where it is already legal, conscience rights for physicians, improving palliative care and how to respond to euthanasia and assisted suicide. Refreshments will be served.

For more information please contact Blessed Trinity Parish by email at blessed_trinity@rogers.com or by phone at 416-226-0262.


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.


Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for May 15th, 2016:
Envelopes 377 $ 6,923
Loose Change 1,870
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 165 3,034
Total 542 $ 11,827
Maintenance Collection: $4,641

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.