Bulletin – May 20, 2018


Monday, May 21st is Victoria Day.
The Parish Office will be closed.
There will be no 9:00 AM Mass that day.


Congratulations to the children from our parish attending our Children’s Faith Program and other Catholic schools who received their First Communion as a group on Sunday, May 13th, 2018 at the 12:30 Mass.

Kate Commendador
Vivienne Confraria
Kai Contway Chand
Manuel Francis Gamalinda
Isabel Ha
Chloe How
Evan Kroetsch
Xavier Daniel Brummel Nascimento
Alison Park
Charlotte Quattrocicchi
Carlos Regalado
Eric Saavedra-Ikonomi
Ethan So
Isabella Viloria
Toni Viterbo
Matthew Wang (Bird)

We wish these young people every blessing and promise to support them with our prayers as they continue on their journey of faith.


The St. Gabriel’s Youth Group would like to give a special thank you to all who supported their Mother’s Day Fundraiser last weekend.

We raised over $1000! We appreciate your donations and purchases of flowers and rosaries to help the youth attend the Steubenville Conference this July and World Youth Day in January 2019.

We would also like to give a special thank you to Linda Law, Laura Cheung, and the members of the Chinese Rosary Group for helping provide flowers and rosaries, as well as Leslie Tan-Man and Chris McKee for providing the gift tags, signs, and decor for our sale.


Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, recently issued a call to action in advance of the June 7th provincial election to promote palliative care, conscience rights and the protection of faith-based facilities.

His Eminence has asked Catholics to visit canadiansforconscience.ca/ontario to send a letter directly to all candidates in their riding for the June 7th election. A pre-written letter is provided which people can amend as they choose.

If you did not receive Cardinal Collins’ emailed letter and you would like to receive them in the future, please visit bit.ly/archtosignup Thank you for advocating on these important issues!


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.


May 21st – May 26th, 2018

TUESDAY – CECILIA MANALANG – Requested by Plutarco Manalang
WEDNESDAY – UNA BOYLAN – Requested by Nora Kerr
THURSDAY – PRUDENCIO CLEOFE – Requested by his Family
FRIDAY – FR. BRANDO – Requested by the Parish Team
SATURDAY – RICHARD GARDIAN – Requested by Sally Gardian & Family


Leprosy Mission of Canada Stamp Collection Program

Make a difference with your mail! You can get involved by collecting, trimming and sending your used postage stamps to Effect Hope, the Leprosy Mission of Canada. Please place stamps in the basket provided outside the Parish Office


Living the Gospel by maximizing the impact of your donation

Administered by St. Elizabeth HealthCare, the Shared Services Initiative is supporting other ShareLife-funded agencies in the areas of human resources, financial services and information technology. Participating agencies report they are able to improve the quality, competency and accuracy of their work. Through this initiative, ShareLife-funded agencies are ensuring the maximum amount received is directed to the front-line service they provide.

Total Collected to May 14th, 2018 – $91,366
Next Sunday, May 27th, is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.


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 website. 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 the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.


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

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.


We are continuing to collect eyeglasses for the Lions Club. Throughout the year, the Lion’s Club volunteers collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Recycling Centres. There volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact. Please place them in the baskets provided outside the office.

THEOLOGY ON TAP: Ecological Awareness

Monday, May 28, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto

All young adults (ages19 to 39) are invited to join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics! The special guest will be Rachel Ball. Munchies will be provided and a cash bar is available. Come and bring a friend!


Saturday, June 2nd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Catholic Parents of Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons

Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre, Pickering, Ontario

The sixteenth Canadian Seeing with the Heart Day of Reflection will be held on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering.

Fr. Roger Brennan of the Scarboro Foreign Mission will facilitate. John Montague from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish will assist.

The Cost is $40.00 which includes lunch. For questions and information call John Montague at 416-523-6449.


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 please email Marie Deans at deansm@sympatico.ca. PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. For a registration package


Robert Cordy, Organic Horticulturalist, will be giving a workshop Sunday, May 20th, after the 12:30 Mass on Hugelkultur, the gardening method he is employing in the north garden.

On Saturday, May 26th, at 2:00, he will provide a workshop on vegetable gardening. All are welcome.

If you are interested in helping to care for the gardens, please leave your name, email address and phone number with the office, or email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.


Weekly Offertory
Collection for Last Weekend
Envelopes 389 $ 8,121
Loose Change 1,302
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 166 3,070
Total 555 $ 12,493


A bequest is a beautiful way to express your faith and your gratitude for a lifetime of blessings! A gift to the parish or any of our diocesan charities in your Will creates a lasting legacy that will help the Church continue its heritage of service and pastoral care to the faith community. When making your Will, please consider a bequest to St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish. To learn more about making a bequest, please call the parish office or the Development Office of the Archdiocese at 416-934-3411 ext. 519 or visit www.archtoronto.org/development.