Bulletin – June 17, 2018

Happy Father’s Day

To all the Fathers, Grandfathers, Stepfathers, Single Fathers and Great Grandfathers we wish you a very happy Father’s Day.

May you be blessed with the graces you need to be good and loving role models to your children.

May God give you courage, compassion, patience and peace.


Save Summer Jobs and Reach Out to Your Member of Parliament.

Thousands of charitable organizations are being denied funding through the Canadian Summer Jobs Program. The federal government has introduced a litmus test. To qualify for funding, organizations must agree with the Liberal Government on issues such as abortion and gender expression. This has impacted more than 150 jobs and more than $1 million in funding in the Archdiocese of Toronto alone. Across Canada 1,500 groups had their applications rejected this year vs. 126 in 2017.

Cardinal Collins invites you to write to your federal Member of Parliament to respectfully express your concerns. Visit https://www.savesummerjobs.ca/ to send a message to your MP, a process that will take less than 3 minutes. You can also donate at the same time to support those organizations impacted by the new application guidelines.


Sunday, July 8th after the 12:30 Mass

The Parish BBQ Picnic will be held on Sunday,

July 8th after the 12:30 Mass in the parking lot. There will be hot dogs, games, face painting, lucky draws, music and more. Tickets are $2 each.

Please bring your families, friends and neighbours to enjoy a summer afternoon with your parishioners.

We need more young volunteers to help and make this event happen. Please sign up by putting your name and phone number on the sheets at the back of church. For more information, you may call Linda Law at 416-918-8029.


June 18th to June 23rd, 2018

MONDAY – JOHN & CHRISTOPHER DI LALLO – Requested by Val Palazzo

TUESDAY – BERNIE CABRERA – Requested by Olivia Pereira

WEDNESDAY – PRIVATE INTENTION – Requested by the Cordi, d’Orano-Macri & Radomski Family

THURSDAY – TSANG SHEK BOR – Requested by Paul, Wai Chin, Irene, Pauline & the Hwang Family

FRIDAY – FRANK COLANTONIO – Requested by Angela Colantonio

SATURDAY – FRANCIS PEREIRA – Requested by Sophie & Candida Pereira


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 other Catholic schools, public or private schools. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School every second Sunday beginning September 9th, 2018.

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 2018/2019 year. These forms are also available in the Parish Office.


Living the Gospel by helping isolated seniors

In partnership with Catholic Family Service agencies and six parishes in Peel Region and Simcoe County, ShareLife is funding a pilot project that connects trained volunteers with isolated and lonely seniors. Volunteers cultivate relationships by conducting home visits, making phone calls, and linking seniors with community resources. Through your generosity, ShareLife is connecting these seniors with the support they need.

Total Collected to June 11th, 2018 – $117,537

Please make a sacrificial gift to ShareLife through your parish or sharelife.org


Your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses next weekend. Each month, the casseroles are picked up early on Monday morning for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in our city. We encourage you to pick up 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.


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

Rosalie Hall provides a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services for young parents and their children.

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.

During July and August, food donations tend to drop off.

Your donations of canned foods, cereal rice and other non perishables are more important than ever as families struggle to make ends meet.

Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.


Furniture Bank is a registered charity that provides quality furniture to people in need, including the formerly homeless, women and children fleeing violence, and newcomers and refugees. Furniture Bank is currently seeking donations of gently used furniture and housewares to help combat the growing issue of furniture poverty in Toronto.

Do you have unwanted furniture and housewares to give? Change the life of a family in the process?

Please call 416-934-1229 to book your drop off or hire Furniture Bank’s pick-up team to help transfer your unwanted furniture and housewares to its warehouse. All donations of gently-used furniture and housewares are eligible for a tax receipt. Visit furniturebank.org to learn more.


Weekend of September 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2018

St. Gabriel’s Parish

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.


Attention high school graduates: Are you moving on to post-secondary education in the fall? Check out Campus Ministry! Connect to campus ministry by visiting www.chaplaincyconnect.ca and find your Catholic home on campus.

For information about the campus ministries in our archdiocese, please view the poster on our bulletin board or at http://bit.ly/PostSecondaryCampusMinistry.


Monday, June 25th to Wednesday, June 27th at 7:00 PM

St. Patrick’s Church, 131 McCaul Street

The Parish of St. Patrick invites you to join them at the annual Novena Triduum at the Shrine of our Mother of Perpetual Help, as they welcome Bishop Bob Kasun CSB and Fr. Mark Miller CSsR as the presiders and preachers. Each evening will begin at 7:00 PM and consist of Novena Prayers, Mass and Mission Homily. The first evening will focus on Family with a special family blessing at the end of Mass. The second evening will focus on Healing with the Sacrament of the Sick for those in need. The third evening will focus on the feast day to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. An international social will follow in the Parish Hall. For more information, please visit www.stpatrickstoronto.ca.


Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Services, Archdiocese of Toronto wishes to invite all families within the Archdiocese of Toronto to participate in the Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed on Wednesday, August 15th, at 7:00 PM.

Mass at Mount Hope Cemetery will be celebrated by Rev. Michael Busch. In the event of rain, Mass will be celebrated at St. Monica’s Church, 44 Broadway Avenue.

Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Robert Kasun at Holy Cross Cemetery in Thornhill. In the event of rain, Mass will be celebrated in the Mausoleum.


Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisements for our church bulletin. The advertising will begin in September 2018 and supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call Liturgical Publications at 905-624-4422.


A series of seasonal permaculture garden workshops will be offered by Robert’s team over the summer and early fall. All will begin after the 12:30 PM Mass and everyone is welcome.

June 17 Cover Crops Part 1

July 15 Weed identification, prevention and value; Bloom calendars

July 29 Medicinals & Tea/Beverage Plants

August 5 Cover Crops Part 2

August 26 Solar Dehydrators

September 23 Building Bathouses, Birdhouses and Bee hotels

September 30 Cultivating Mushrooms (Oyster)

On June 24th, Robert has arranged a tour of Fiddlehead Nursery, near Collingwood. Meet up at the nursery at 2:00 PM. More information on the nursery can be found on their website: http://fiddleheadnursery.ca.

For more information, please email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.