Bulletin – October 28, 2018


On Saturday, October 20th five altar servers from St. Gabriel’s Parish received the “Bishop’s Altar Server Award for Service during the 33rd Annual Altar Servers Awards Ceremony at St. Paul’s Basilica. We offer our sincere thanks and congratulations to the following altar servers:

Nicholas Brittain-Saldivar
Claire Burke
Jean-Paul Dizon
Hannah Donaghy
John Tupas

The parish is truly grateful to all of its altar servers for their participation at the celebration of the Eucharist and ceremonies throughout the Church year.


This Weekend, October 27th and 28th

This weekend our Youth Group will be having a Halloween bake sale after all the Masses. The money raised will help cover the Youth Group’s transportation costs to World Youth Day in Panama in January. Please support our Youth Group!


November 1st 2018

St. Gabriel’s Church

The mission of the Parliament of the World’s Religions is to “cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.” This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Parliament, which first convened in Chicago in 1893.

The 2018 Parliament will convene November 1st to 7th at , and is expected to draw thousands of prominent global religious and civic leaders, scholars, positive social change advocates, and lay members of the world’s diverse religions.

On November 1st, St. Gabriel’s will be host to visitors from the Parliament of World Religions. If you are interested to be part of this event, more information is available at the website https://www.parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/2018-toronto-0


Protection of minors and vulnerable adults

On October 4th, the bishops of Canada issued new national guidelines for the protection of minors in Canada. Entitled Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation.

This document first and foremost, focuses on minors and vulnerable adults, whom Canada’s bishops wish to protect from sexual violence. The document can be found at http://www.cccb.ca/. Since 1989, the Archdiocese of Toronto has had an extensive safe environment policy in place, including a procedure for allegations of abuse or misconduct. That document can be found at https://www.archtoronto.org/about-us/safe-environment.


October 29th to November 3rd

MONDAY – ALICE MICHAEL – Requested by Charmaine Michael

TUESDAY – JOHN HUYBERS – Requested by his Family

WEDNESDAY – SPECIAL INTENTION – Requested by the Burke Family

THURSDAY – AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes

FRIDAY – JUANITO GAVIETA – Requested by Estrella, C. Gavieta, Rachel Luke & Family

SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE – Requested by Marie Calderone


Thursday, November 1st at 7:30 PM.

St. Gabriel’s Church

There will be a meeting here at the Church on Thursday, November 1st at 7:30 PM. for parents of children wishing to be confirmed in 2019.


Friday, November 2nd from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon


English: Rosary – Saturday, November 3rd at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room.

Chinese Rosary – Sunday November 4th in the Gabriel Room

For information, please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.


Sunday, November 4th at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room

On the first Sunday of each month, the Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality facilitates a 30 minute reflection and discussion prompted by the readings for that Sunday’s liturgy.

All are welcome to attend.


Friday, November 2nd at 6:30 PM to

Sunday, November 4th at 1:30 PM

St. Augustine’s Seminary:

The Office of Vocations invites single Catholic men 17 years and older, to a Come and See Weekend from Friday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 4th. Participants will cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. There will be time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest. Registrants 17 years old require parental consent. Register online at http://www.vocationstoronto.ca/.

For more information, please contact Fr. Brando or the Office of Vocations at: 416 968 0997 or email: vocations@archtoronto.org


Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A.

(Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin soon. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly. The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith.

If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.


If you have, or know of, school age children (ages 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. Classes for them will begin soon.


Areas of the Philippines were devastated by Typhoon Mangkhut on September 15th, with winds of up to 225 km/h. More than 80 people died as a result of the storm and related landslides, flash floods and destruction of homes, infrastructure and crops.

Days later, on September 28th, an earthquake off the coast of Sulawesi Island, Indonesia, caused a tsunami with waves six meters high. To date, more than 1300 people have been confirmed dead and many, many more remain missing.

The earthquake damaged roads and telecommunications systems, creating many challenges to sending assistance to the affected areas.

In an effort to support the survivors of these two significant disasters, the Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting funds that will be sent through Caritas Internationalis, the official relief network of the Vatican. In both countries, Caritas agencies have deployed workers to provide food, drinking water, temporary shelter and medical support.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

• Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: http://www.archtoronto.org/

• By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411

• Through the parish, making cheques payable to: St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish – 2018 Philippines / Indonesia – Disaster Relief

We offer our prayers for all those impacted by these natural disasters. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to assist those in crisis.


Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your ongoing support of these important centres.


From Creation to Commodity

Monday, October 29th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

The Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Dr.

Join Paul Baines from the CSJ’s Federation Blue Communities project to talk about our connection and commitment to water. We will discuss water as a human right, water privatization and commodification, and shared water infrastructure and imagination. Enjoy a drink while we get to the source of our taps and all life on this blue planet.


Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre

1617 Blythe Rd., Mississauga

Women’s ACTS Retreats

Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 PM to

Sunday, November 18th at 12:00 PM

The ACTS retreat is a three-day retreat led by those who have attended prior ACTS retreats. Men present men’s retreats; women present women’s retreats.

The retreat focuses on adoration, community, theology and service. Scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church are the guidelines. The goals are to renew yourself spiritually, to strengthen your faith and to apply it in your daily life, and to create lasting and supporting friendships.

Men’s ACTS Retreat

Thursday, November 29th at 7:00 PM to Sunday December 2nd at 12:00 PM.

The ACTS retreat is a three-day retreat led by those who have attended prior ACTS retreats. Men present men’s retreats; women present women’s retreats. The retreat focuses on adoration, community, theology and service. Scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church are the guidelines. The goals are to renew yourself spiritually, to strengthen your faith and to apply it in your daily life, and to create lasting and supporting friendships.

Please contact Willy Klaudusz by phone at 647-281-5990 or on the website at https://actscanada.org/