Bulletin – April 14, 2019


St. Gabriel’s salutes its over 100 volunteers who work in 22 active ministries. They serve at Mass as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, choir members, altar servers and ministers of hospitality. Others support 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 act as collection counters while others help organize and prepare for Parish events. Some work on our volunteer screening committee, our building management committee and our finance council. Still others help to prepare offertory envelopes and complete other time consuming jobs in the office.

Volunteers assist in providing a comfortable environment for all of us to celebrate our Christian Faith. Volunteers 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.


Thank you for your tremendous support of Fr. Rick Frechette’s ministry in Haiti!


Stations of the Cross:
Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Parish Lenten Retreat:
Saturday, April 6th
From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Reconciliation Service:
Wednesday, April 10th at 7:30 PM

Individual Confessions: Wednesday, April 17th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Palm Sunday, April 14th:
Sat., 4:30 PM
Sun., 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday, April 18th:
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday, April 19th:
10:00 AM – Morning Prayer
3:00 PM – Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM – Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 20th:
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 21st:
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Easter Monday, April 22nd:
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed




Bakers and Buyers needed

This year St. Gabriel’s D & P committee have decided to donate all the proceeds of their 2nd annual bake sale to Fr. Rick Frechette’s Haiti Mission. We encourage all of our wonderful bakers to donate some tasty treats for this bake sale. Baked goods can be dropped off at the tables before any of the Masses for that weekend. We also encourage all parishioners to support this social justice cause by indulging in your sweet tooth and making this bake sale a huge success.

As Fr. Rick has requested of us “Let’s invite those who are impoverished to the table of life”


April 15th – April 20th, 2019

MONDAY – JOHN FRANK RUSIECKI – Requested by the Rusiecki Family
TUESDAY – PAUL KIM – Requested by Suzanne Kim
WEDNESDAY – EDGARDO RECANA – Requested by his Family
THURSDAY – HOLY THURSDAY – Mass of the Last Supper, 7:30 PM
FRIDAY – GOOD FRIDAY – No Mass – See Lenten schedule
SATURDAY – HOLY SATURDAY – Easter Vigil, 8:00 PM


Interviews for children who are preparing to receive their First Communion are now being scheduled.

Interviews will begin on Tuesday, April 23rd and continue until Friday May 10th. They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday.

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


We have already begun the preparation for the greatest feast of all: The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. During this time of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting, the Church endeavors to remind parishioners of the gift of Reconciliation, as a loving act through which the Father restores us to the fullness of life and to call them to full participation in the Holy Week and Easter liturgies.

Our Day of Confession will be April 17th from 3:00 PM to 6:00PM.


Living the Gospel by supporting vocations

Martin Dicuangco had a life-changing encounter when he visited Serra House, a residence run by St. Augustine’s Seminary for those discerning a priestly vocation. He is now a third-year theology student at St. Augustine’s.

I thank ShareLife for supporting St. Augustine’s Seminary,” says Martin, “where young men like myself, after experiencing the love of Christ, are joyfully preparing for ordination to the priesthood.”

May 5th is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.


Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

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.

Your food donations are more important than ever as the winter continues and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.


Monday, April 15th & Tuesday, April 16th

Vision TV

This year, Cardinal Collins will lead the National Catholic Mission during Holy Week. The Mission 2019, “Sin, Forgiveness and Reconciliation” will be broadcast on the following days:

On Vision TV, Part 1 will be aired on Monday, April 15th at 8:00 PM. Part 2 will be shown on Tuesday, April 16th at 8:00 PM

On Salt & Light TV Part 1 will be aired on Tuesday, April 16th and Part 2 will be shown on Wednesday, April 17th at 8:00 PM.

The mission will be rebroadcast during regular Daily Mass times.

Part 1 will be rebroadcast on Good Friday and Part 2 will be shown on Holy Saturday.


Wednesday, April 24th to June 5th from 1:00 to 2:30 PM

St. Bonaventure’s Parish

The Ministry with Maturing Adults of St. Bonaventure’s Parish is sponsoring a program entitled Creating Harmony and Hope Through Forgiveness on Wednesday afternoons beginning on April 24th at 1:30 PM. It will be lead by Ginny Doty, an experienced facilitator and councilor.

Early Registration is encouraged since space is limited. For more information and to register please contact Ginny at 416-447-5571, Ext. 560.


Thursday, April 25th from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Venetian Banquet Hall, 219 Romina Drive, Concord

Aid to Women is hosting the 30th Anniversary Gala Fundraising Event on Thursday April 25th from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. The Keynote speaker will be renowned conscience rights defence attorney, Albertos Polizogopoulos.

Your ticket includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, open deluxe bar, and a six course dinner. Live music, and live painting, a silent auction, raffles and draws will be featured.

Tickets are $100 per person and are available at www.aidtowomen.ca/events. Please reserve by April 18th.


The next meeting of the Garden Ministry will be on Sunday, April 14th at 1:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. Everyone is welcome.

The outdoor planting of seeds and seedlings will soon be upon us. If you would like to find a home for any of the following items that you no longer need, please drop them by the church office:

rain barrel, trowels, children’s sharp-pointed scissors, 8 – 2″x6″ lumber, 4 – 4’x4′ sheets of 3/4″ plywood, 4 – 4’x4′ sheets of landscape fabric, lathe to create 1′ grids on each of 4 – 4’x4′ boxes, pencils, 16’x16′ tarp, 2 -18.9 litre buckets, wheelbarrow, small watering cans, 2 saw horses.

If you are bringing any of the larger items, please call the office at 416-221-8866 before coming. Thank you.

For more information on the Garden Ministry, contact Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com