Bulletin – April 28, 2019

At the Easter Vigil, 5 new Parishioners were welcomed to our Parish.

Taito Shibuya received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.

Beau William Shibuya and Mila Ava Shibuya received the Sacrament of Baptism.

Jean Kim and Joan Sum were received into full Communion with the Catholic Church.

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


This Weekend April 27th and April 28th

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 this 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”


Our St. Vincent de Paul collection boxes are in poor condition.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society is looking for a carpenter who would be able to repair them. If you can help, please call Brenda at 416-990-8892. Thank you


April 29th – May 4th, 2019

MONDAY – SHELLA TANG– Requested by the Yeung & Au Families
TUESDAY – GAETANO BRANCATO– Requested by the Brancato Family
WEDNESDAY – GERALD MEYER – Requested by Violet Ryckewaert
THURSDAY – ANTON &MARY GOH– Requested by their Children
FRIDAY – LAU KOON TING– Requested by Linda Law & Family
SATURDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE– Requested by their Family


There are still many children who have not been registered for their First Communion interview.

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.


Friday, May 3rd from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon


Sunday, May 5th 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. This will be the last Eco-Sabbath until the fall.


English: Rosary – Saturday, May 4th at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room.

Chinese Rosary – Sunday May 5th in the Gabriel Room

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

“Living as Joyful Disciples.”

Catholic Education Week 2019

Catholic Education Week 2019 begins on Sunday, May 5th. The Catholic schools in our parish will engage in a series of events to celebrate the ongoing gift of publicly funded Catholic education. You are invited to discover what celebrations are happening in your children’s school and if possible, attend. Publicly funded Catholic education has existed in Ontario since 1841 and its graduates have served Ontario and Canada very well. The current generation of students in our publicly funded Catholic schools will serve with the same spirit and generosity as their previous generations.

This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is “Living as Joyful Disciples.”


It is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic School Board in Ontario, as part of your application for employment, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor. If you are planning to apply to teach in a Catholic School, a contact with the pastor is highly recommended. Please plan to have a conversation with your Pastor early in the process, well before applications are to be submitted.


Living the Gospel by welcoming newcomers to Canada

Rashida endured years of domestic abuse while living in Egypt. Fearing her husband would abuse their children, she successfully applied for refugee status in Canada. Rashida arrived in Toronto, not knowing the language, what to do, or who could help. Fortunately, she met an Arabic speaker who told her about Catholic Crosscultural Services (CCS). CCS helped her navigate the immigration process and access the resources she needed. “CCS saved my life,” Rashida says. “Today I have money of my own, an apartment, and my children are finally safe
and happy.”

Next Sunday, May 5th is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.

ShareLife Results for Previous Campaigns
2016 $190,334.25
2017 $217,507.08
2018 $172,230.78

OUR GOAL FOR 2019 $180,000
Collection to Date: $36,455


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 while Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city.

Your food donations are more important than ever as the 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.


Celebration of Faith and Solidarity
Sunday, April 28th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

MOSAIC InterFaith is holding a Celebration of Faith and Solidarity hosted by St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 39 Green Lane, Thornhill, on Sunday April 28th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This will be in interfaith service of peace and understanding and a celebration of life, led by leaders of MOSAIC’s faith communities. All are welcome.

Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable item for a local foodbank. For more information see the flyer on the bulletin board or call Nora at 416-218 0680.


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


5km Fundraising Walk and Hug
Saturday, May, 11th, 2019
Registration from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at Fort York
9:30 AM Registration Closes.
!0:00 AM Walk to SickKids begins.

The eighteenth annual Meagan’s Walk: – Creating a Circle of Hope will take place on Saturday, May 11th. 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 18 years, proceeds of over 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


Weekend of May 31st to June 2nd.

“Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough.” 1 Corinthians 5

Do you need to rest your burden? Project Rachel can help.

St. Mary’s Refuge is holding a weekend retreat for women whose hearts have been broken by abortion. Project Rachel is private and confidential. The retreat will be held on the weekend of May 31st to June 2nd. If you are interested, please e-mail ProjectRachel@stmarysrefuge.org or call 416-629-8264.


You may have noticed the first frames of St. Gabriel’s community garden on the small patio south of the window in the Gathering Space. These were built last weekend by a team from the Garden Ministry, who also mixed the soil and filled the boxes. In the next weeks, spinach and radish seeds will be planted, and on the weekend of May 18th , the seedlings will be transplanted to the boxes and additional seeds will be planted.

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