Bulletin – April 7, 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.


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



April 8th – April 13th, 2019

MONDAY – PORIMOL GOMES – Requested by the Rusiecki Family
TUESDAY – CELINE CHIU KO – Requested by the Chiu Family
WEDNESDAY – MARGARET MARY NORONHA – Requested by her Husband & Children
THURSDAY – BOB FISHER – Requested by Jack & Margaret Murray
FRIDAY – ARMAND OAKIE – Requested by the Family
SATURDAY – SHELLA TANG – Requested by the Eucharistic Ministers Group


Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday evening during Lent at 7:30 PM.

We also encourage your attendance at our daily Mass throughout Lent.


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.

We will have a Reconciliation Service on Wednesday, April 10th at 7:30 PM.

Our Day of Confession will be Wednesday, April 17th from3:00 PM to 6:00PM.


This Sunday, April 7th 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.


Living the Gospel by supporting those with disabilities

Ben, a 66-year-old with a developmental disability, lives with his 90-year-old mother. Without any other family, she didn’t have a plan to take care of him after she no longer was able to do so. She turned to Mary Centre, a ShareLife agency, which matched Ben with a respite worker. This worker gradually introduced Ben to residents of one of Mary Centre’s group homes. Now that he has befriended its residents and staff, Ben will find the eventual transition less overwhelming. He has already developed a sense of belonging to his future community.

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


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.


From Wednesday, April 24th to June 5th

1:00 PM 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.


A big thank you to the children of the Children’s Liturgy, and to the coordinators, Hélène Taylor and Michelle Oliveira, for hosting St. Gabriel’s first ever indoor planting event. The children approached their work with focus and enthusiasm and did an excellent job. Check out our web-page for pictures. You can track the seedlings’ progress, after they have sprouted, on the tables just inside the entrance to the underground parking. Until then, you can find them in the Library.

The next meeting of the Garden Ministry will be on Sunday,

April 14th at 1:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. Everyone is welcome.

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