Bulletin – April 8, 2018

At the Easter Vigil, six new Parishioners were welcomed to our Parish.

Jason Ching, Gladys Wong and Cindy Yao received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.
Jiwoo Baek received the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Eucharist.
Nathan Shim, son of Gladys Wong received the Sacrament of Baptism.
Patricia Bristol Clarke was received into full Communion with the Catholic Church.

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


Thank you to all those who supported the youth group’s bake sale last weekend!

They raised $1,619 to help fund the youth’s trip to the Steubenville Catholic Conference this July in Oshawa. They are grateful for the continuous generosity of our church community and wish you all a blessed Easter season.


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

St. Gabriel’s Church

MOSAIC Interfaith has been invited by St. Gabriel’s 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. The church is 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 9th – April 14th, 2018

MONDAY – DAVID SHELDRICK & DANIEL MORIARTY – Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
TUESDAY – JARED POSDANCE – Requested by Paul, Wai Chin Hwang & Family
WEDNESDAY – CELINE CHIU KO – Requested by the Chiu Family
THURSDAY – ELINOR MACDONALD – Requested by Heather Bennett
FRIDAY – ARMAND OAKIE – Requested by Oakie Family
SATURDAY – WALTER & ARMANDO DI NARDO – Requested by Pasqua Di Nardo & Family


Living the Gospel through immediate mental health services

Mental health problems can escalate if not addressed quickly. That’s why the five Catholic Family Services agencies in the Archdiocese of Toronto now offer walk-in counseling. This initiative can often meet clients’ need without requiring longer term counseling. Clients report a clinically significant increase in confidence that they can tackle their problems. By supporting ShareLife, you’re helping restore hope to those in crisis.

Total Collected to April 3rd, 2018 – $57,054
April 22nd is the next ShareLife Sunday. Please give generously.


Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are very much appreciated.

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 so many people 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.


April 13th & April 14th, April 19th, April 20th & April 21st

All Shows begin 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.


Saturday, April 14th at 7:30 PM

St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica
65 Bond Street, Toronto

Handel’s Messiah, featuring St. Michael’s Choir School, Will be performed on Saturday, April 14th at 7:30 PM at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. There is general seating. A suggested donation is $25. All are welcome.


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.


Tuesday, April 17th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Blessed Trinity Parish Hall, 3220 Bayview Ave., Toronto

The Fellowship of St. Joseph will present “Unveiling The Mystery of Iconology. This sacred art form has endured the centuries in the Eastern Rite Churches to reveal beautiful images of Jesus, Mary and the saints, which parallel teaching in Scripture.

Ria Kinghorn will present an exhibit of her icons and speak about the place sacred icons have in prayer and devotion. As well, there will be a brief explanation of Jewish iconography as part of the heritage and history of Christian art. It is run by the Fellowship of St. Joseph of the Association for Hebrew Catholics. All are welcome. Email ahctoronto@gmail.com for more information.


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.


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 to visit the Canadian shrines of the Sacred Heart in Sherbrooke, 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 breakfasts, 2 buffet dinners and all taxes.

The cost is $399 per person and a $50 deposit is required. For more information, please call Mary at 416-497-7059-or Margaret at 416-226-1449.


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


We still have a number of boxes of assigned envelopes here in the parish office. If you have not done so, please pick yours up 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 set 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.