Bulletin – April 15, 2018


St. Gabriel’s salutes its over 100 volunteers who work in 22 active ministries. You may observe some of them serving at Mass as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, choir members, altar servers and ministers of hospitality. However, others are supporting our children and youth in developing a deeper understanding of their faith. Youth volunteers reach out to those in need. Others have supported our refugees and our work with the Good Shepherd Centre. Some do outreach to shut-ins and those in hospital. Volunteers look after our altar linens, our gardens and others act as collection counters.

All of this to say, volunteers assist in providing a comfortable environment for all of us to celebrate our Christian Faith. Volunteers do receive satisfaction in providing our parishioners with a safe environment in which to deepen our understanding of our faith and celebrate our Christianity.

This is National Volunteer Recognition Week. Take a look around and when you see a volunteer, stop and give her or him a smile and thank them.


Our parish Youth Group is very excited to share that we will be taking part in next year’s World Youth Day (WYD). World Youth Day is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is celebrated every 3 years. The next World Youth Day is taking place in

Panama City, Panama from January 22nd to 27th, 2019.

“WYD is open to young people who want to take part in a festive encounter with their contemporaries centered on Jesus Christ. This event is an opportunity to experience in first person the universality of the Church. WYD is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, by means of prayer and the sacraments, together with thousands of other young people around the world who share your interests and ambitions.”

This event is open to young adults in the parish ages 18-30.

If you are interested in attending, please contact sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com for more information.


Sunday April 22nd from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church

MOSAIC Interfaith has been invited by St. Gabriel’s Parish for a talk on our “green” church on Sunday, April 22nd from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. Fr. Stephen Dunn, Passionist priest and retired Professor of Moral Theology at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto and Roberto Chiotti, architect, with a degree in Master of Theological Studies from St. Michael’s College will speak about the vision behind the building of the church and its realisation. The talk will be followed by group tours of the church which is fully accessible.

Please email fatimalee@bellnet.ca if you wish to attend.


First Communion interview dates are now being booked

Interviews Dates
April 23rd, April 24th, April 25th, April 26th, April 27th, April 30th, May 1st, May 2nd, May 3rd and May 4th.

They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866-to book your appointment with Fr. Brando or Fr. John as soon as possible.


April 16th – April 21st, 2018

MONDAY – HANNA ESKER – Requested by Hanna Esker
TUESDAY – EDGARDO RECANA – Requested by his Family
WEDNESDAY – FLORENCE YOUNG – Requested by the Au Family
THURSDAY – GUILLERMO & BERNIE CABRERA – Requested by Olivia Cabrera
FRIDAY – CHRISTOPHER DI LALLO – Requested by Val Palazzo
SATURDAY – IN THANKSGIVING – Requested by the Rementilla Family


May 6th to 11th, 2018

We invite all parishioners to join in celebrating Catholic Education Week 2018, which runs from May 6th to May 11th. For more than 165 years, Ontario’s publicly funded schools have been integrating our faith into all aspects of school life, nurturing the gifts and talents of every student. We celebrate the distinctive contribution that Catholic schools provide, giving thanks and offering our prayers for all those who faithfully journey with our young people each day. To affirm your support of Catholic Education and sign up for email updates visit www.togetherinfaith.ca.


Living the Gospel by evangelizing our faith in the greater world.

St. Anthony’s parish in the Diocese of Guntur in India has nine mission stations which are between 10-15 kilometres away from the parish. There are nearly 350 Catholic families and five hundred children going to school from these areas. As the mission stations are a distance from the parish, the faithful do not experience many religious activities. Father Mayakuntala Kumar, pastor of the parish, with the support of the Pastoral Mission Fund and ShareLife, is conducting a Children Faith Formation Camp to help the children to become rooted in the Catholic faith. With our support, Father Kumar is helping to evangelize the faith not only for today, but for the future as well.

Total Collected to April 9th, 2018 – $60,435
Next Sunday is ShareLife Sunday. Please give generously.


Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. As you heard last week, these organizations have changed many of the lives of people with whom they come in contact. Your food donations are very much appreciated. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.


April 19th, April 20th & April 21st at 7:30 PM

Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts

TCDSB Staff Arts, which features current and former Board teachers and staff, is presenting “Curtains”, a musical comedy from the creators of “Cabaret” and “Chicago.”

Tickets are $28 (Only $26 for online ticket orders).

For more information, call 416 8282 Ext. 2787
For order forms and online ticket orders go to www.tcdsb.org/staffarts.


Monday, April 16th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Boston Pizza, 400 Progress Ave, Scarborough

Faith Connections, the Office of Catholic Youth, and the local parishes invite young adults (19-39) to join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics! Special guest will be Shereen McFarlane, Program Manager, Catholic Family Services of Toronto. Munchies will be provided and a cash bar is available. Come and bring a friend!

For more information contact OCY by e-mail youth@ocytoronto.org, or phone 416-599-7676.


Saturday, April 28th

The Donalda Club

St. Clare Inn’s Annual Fundraiser is back…. Saturday, April 28th at the Donalda Club.

Throw on something black or white, mingle with friends, listen to the smooth voice of Frank Sinatra or simply get your picture taken with him. Enjoy the always delicious food of the Donalda Club and get caught up in the bidding at our live and silent auction … all for a great cause! This year will be hosted by CTV Toronto’s Michelle Dubé. Tickets are $85/each.

Call 416-690-0330 or go online to buy yours today at www.stclareinn.org.


May 5th and 6th

It’s Spring Cleaning Time!

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is collecting gently used clothing, shoes, linens and household goods to support our neighbors in need or to be sold to help support their special works in the community.

They cannot accept books, dishes, furniture, appliances, mattresses, construction materials or videos and cassettes.

Please bring your donations and help others in your community.

The truck is open Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Volunteers will be there to assist with loading before and after each Mass.


5km Fundraising Walk and Hug

Saturday, May, 12th 2018
Registration from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at Fort York
9:30 AM Registration Closes
10:00 AM Walk to SickKids

On Saturday, May 12th, the seventeenth annual Meagan’s Walk: – Creating a Circle of Hope will take place. You may register online at meaganswalk.com. Registration also opens at 8:30 AM at Fort York, followed by family activities and entertainment. Registration closes at 9:30 AM. The Walk begins at 10:00 AM. and concludes at SickKids with the “Hug”.

Over the last 17 years, proceeds of 5 million dollars from this event have been directed toward paediatric brain tumour research, faster diagnoses, personalized treatments and improved outcomes for young people faced with brain tumours and treatment of paediatric brain tumours at SickKids.


Pilgrimage to the Canadian Shrines
Saturday, June 9th to Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Join a group leaving from Blessed Trinity Parish with Fr. Terry McKenna, with a pick up at St. Gabriel’s and St. Timothy’s Churches in North York to visit the Canadian shrines of the Sacred Heart in Beauvoir, Sherbrooke and participating in the “Gospel Walk”. The group will also visit the National Shrine of our Blessed Mother at Cap-de-la-Madeleine, St. Anne de Beaupre via old Quebec City and St. Joseph’s Oratory. Participants will travel by highway coach. The trip includes 3 nights double occupancy accommodation, 3 buffet breakfasts, 2 buffet dinners and all taxes.

The cost is $399 per person which includes the round trip coach fare. A $50 non refundable deposit is required. For more information, please call Mary at 416-497-7059, Margaret at 416-226-1449 or Toni at 416-670-9546.


St. Gabriel’s Parish
Weekend of September 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2018

A Marriage Preparation course will be offered here at St. Gabriel’s the weekend of September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2018. 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.


There are still some envelopes to be picked up! Please get yours as soon as possible. If you are contributing cash to the Offertory Collection without any identification, you will not receive credit for your contribution.
If you wish to have a box issued for 2018, 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.