Bulletin – January 22, 2017


Sunday, February 5th after 12:30 PM Mass

Saturday, January 28th marks the beginning of Lunar New Year. This year is the Year of the Rooster.
For many years, the Asian community in our parish has gifted our parish community with a wonderful Lunar New Year Party.

Our Lunar New Year Celebration will take place on Sunday, February 5th after the 12:30 PM Mass in the Gathering Space. All are welcome. Don’t forget to mark your calendar!

Volunteers and donations are also welcome.

Please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.


January 23rd – January 28th , 2017

MONDAY – FR. ADRIAN LEE – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
TUESDAY – RENATO BELLISARI – Requested by Chiara & Tina Intini
WEDNESDAY – FR. TIM HIGGINS – Requested by Jeanne Robinson
THURSDAY – MANUEL COSTA – Requested by his Family
FRIDAY – ABANDONED SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by the Nguyen Family
SATURDAY – RONNIE FRANCIS FORD – Requested by Shawn & Caroline Ford


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

Gabrielle Faith Bersamira and Mark Raffi Apollo Montenegro

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, January 15th 2017. Congratulations!


Sunday, January 29th at 3:00 P.M.

St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, 65 Bond Street

An ecumenical prayer service will be held at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica on Sunday, January 29th at 3:00 PM. It will be led by His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Chaldean Catholic Bishop Emanuel Shaleta, Coptic Orthodox Bishop Anba Mina, Anglican Suffregan Bishop Peter Fenty accompanied by other city-wide religious leaders. The homilist will be His Rev. Peter Holmes. Refreshments will follow in the parish hall. Parking is available. For further information, please contact the Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs at 416-934-3400, Ext. 344 or Ext. 527 or email vkwok@archtoronto.org.


Your prepared frozen casseroles 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. 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.


Collecting Stamps

This is a wonderful time of year to collect stamps from your Christmas cards and letters to give to the Leprosy Mission of Canada, who are renowned for their effectiveness in the prevention, detection and treatment of leprosy. Stamps may be left in the basket outside of the office.


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.



Sunday, January 29th is World Leprosy Day. When leprosy is diagnosed and treated early. The healing time is much faster and permanent disabilities are prevented. The average person can be diagnosed and cured for just $99

Please bring us your used postage stamps. These are passed on to the Effect Hope helping them work towards the day when leprosy is eradicated. They are happy to accept any and all trimmed stamps, leaving no less than ¼ inch and no more than ½ inch paper border. Stamps may be deposited in the basket on the cabinet just outside the Parish Office. For more information go to worldleprosyday.ca.


Weekend of April 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2017

St. Gabriel’s Parish

A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of April 21st to 23rd, 2017.

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


Imagine the Possibilities!

Junior Kindergarten in the Toronto Catholic District School Board provides children with a variety of learning experiences in a caring, faith based environment. Students develop a positive attitude about themselves and others, become more independent and responsible, develop self-regulation and social skills, and learn to solve problems.

Parents can now apply online at SOAR.tcdsb.org and follow up with a visit to the school to present required documents. Or they can register at their local school with the required documents.

For more information phone 416-222-8282 ext. 5314 or go to www.tcdsb.org/kindergartenregistration.

THEOLOGY ON TAP: Understanding the Joy of Love

Monday, January 23rd from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Avenue

All young adults (19-39) are invited to join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics with Special guest: Fr. Tom Rosica CSB, CEO, Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation.

Fr. Rosica served as the English-language Media Attaché at the October 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family and the October 2015 Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. He works closely with the Holy See Press Office.

Munchies will be provided and a cash bar is available. Come and bring a friend! For more information contact Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt at 416-467-2645 or email faithconnections@csj-to.ca.


Sunday, January 29th at 3:00 PM

St. Paul’s Basilica

On Thursday, February 2nd, the Church celebrates the World Day for Consecrated Life.

In the Archdiocese of Toronto we are blessed to have living and serving among us more than 900 religious men and women of 100 different religious congregations. This World Day for Consecrated Life is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank God for the gifts of these religious sisters, brothers and priests and to pray for God’s blessing upon them in their efforts to faithfully live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.

Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick will preside at a special Mass on Sunday, January 29th at 3:00 PM at St. Paul’s Basilica, Toronto in celebration of the vocation and witness of these special men and women religious who are such a vital and important part of the life and ministry of the Church in our Archdiocese. All are welcome to attend.


Saturday, February 11th, from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

Blessed Trinity Parish Hall, 3220 Bayview Avenue

You are invited to take time out in your busy day to break for and receive blessings at the Sacred Pauses Retreat being held at Blessed Trinity Parish Hall on Saturday, February 11th, from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Simple practices introduced at Sacred Pauses retreat will help you live out your day more mindfully. Our facilitator, Trena Finnegan, is a graduate from Regis College in spiritual direction. Please register at Blessed Trinity parish office before February 3rd. The registration fee is $15.00 per person and includes lunch. All are invited.


GRADES 11 & 12

February 11th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Blessed Sacrament Parish, 24 Cheritan Avenue

The Office of Vocations is hosting a day retreat at Blessed Sacrament Parish on Saturday, February 11th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The day provides a time to pray, interact & socialize with other young Catholic men.

Seminarians deliver talks on practical aspects of faith. The day includes Holy Mass, Adoration & Confession. For more information please call the Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or email: vocations@archtoronto.org


Weekly Offertory
December 25th $ 14,293
Christmas Collection $ 32,352
New Year’s Day $ 3,692

Collection for January 1st, 2017 last week:
Envelopes 431 $ 8,137
Loose Change 1,121
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 167 3,084
Total 598 $ 12,342


There are still many parishioners who have not picked up their 2017 Offertory Envelopes. Please pick yours up in the hallway outside the Gabriel Room if you have not already done so.

If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution. You must provide your full name and address.

If you are not currently using parish envelopes and wish to have a set issued for 2017, please contact the Parish Office and we will prepare a box for you. This is the most effective way to keep track of your donations.


Tax receipts for 2016 have been mailed this past week. Tax receipts for the Family of Faith Campaign or for any donations made by credit card through the Archdiocese will be receipted by the Archdiocese in February.