Bulletin – November 10, 2019


This Monday, November 11th is Remembrance Day, a day to remember all who have served, and continue to serve in our armed forces, especially those who have died and those wounded in battle. We pray for healing and peace; that one day, all peoples will lay down their arms and embrace one another as brothers and sisters in one human family.


A Book of Remembrance has been placed on the altar for the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your deceased relatives and friends in the book. They will be remembered at all the Masses celebrated in November.


November 16th/17th

As members of our Catholic community, we regularly benefit from the tireless service of our priests. Called by God and ordained to care for His people, our priests serve our families, in churches, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, missions and on the streets.

On November 16th and 17th there will be a second collection for The Shepherds’ Trust. The mission of The Shepherds’ Trust is to help ensure that elderly and disabled priests are provided with sufficient financial resources to lead a dignified life after many years of ministry. Your generous gift will help our priests to maintain a modest but active and independent lifestyle in their retirement years. For priests who are ill or otherwise infirm, the Trust ensures they have access to nursing home facilities and medical care. Thank you for your support of this important work


St. Gabriel’s Church, Saturday, December 14th 7:30 PM

Christmas, Christmas time is near! Come join the Seraphim and Cherubim Chorus singing the Christmas songs you love as part of their All You Need is Love concert series. This year we’re so excited to bring our Christmas concert to St. Gabriel’s for the first time! Bringing our friends together to sing songs that touch our hearts is celebrating the season is all about. Never a typical Christmas concert and always full of surprise tunes and reimagined classics. Advanced tickets available online at www.seraphimandcherubim.ca


November 11th to November 17th

MONDAY – PAULINE FUNG CHIU – Requested by the Chiu Family
TUESDAY – INTENTIONS OF ALISON COOPER – Requested by Persaud & Goldenberg Families
WEDNESDAY – ALL SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by the Nguyen Family
THURSDAY – JOHN, CATHERINE & STEPHEN HIGGINS – Requested by Eamon & Agnes Gaughan
SATURDAY – REBECCA WONG – Requested by Catherine Soong
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM ANGELO DIFLUMERI – Requested by Grace DiFlumeri & Children
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM VERNON MULHALL – Requested by Vivian Mulhall McDonough


Thursday, November 14th at 7:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church – Gabriel Room

There will be a meeting here in the Gabriel Room on Thursday, November 14th at 7:30 PM for parents of children wishing to have their First Reconciliation in 2020.


The R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) sessions have commenced and no further candidates will be accepted for this year. However, contact Sr. Maria Lucia at our Parish Office if you are thinking about going through the R.C.I.A. commencing in 2020.

Please pray for all our R.C.I.A. participants that they may patiently persevere in their spiritual journey. You may use this short prayer.

Prayer for the Journey of Faith:
Loving God, bless those who are moving forward into the fullness of faith in You and full communion in the life of our Catholic Family. Protect them on their journey. Reveal to them the love of Your Son Jesus. Empower them with the gifts of Your Holy Spirit. May their journey to deepen their faith be fruitful and enriching. We offer this sacrifice of prayer for them, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.


Weekend of November 16th & 17th

Fair trade organic coffees, teas and chocolate will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.

Regular ground coffee $5.50
Whole Beans $5.50
Decaffeinated coffee $6.00
Chocolate Bars $4.50
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa $6.00
Teas $4.25


For November, your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of November 23rd / 24th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed to become active in helping to feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. Three different recipes are available in the Parish Office or online at the Parish website. Casserole pans are also available in the Parish Office. If you require more information please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.


Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are very much appreciated.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city. Rosalie Hall provides a wide range of child services for young parents and their children.

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.

Christians in the Middle East Benefit Dinner

Saturday, November 9 – 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Toronto Grand Banquet & Convention Centre
30 Baywood Rd., Etobicoke

What is life like for Christians in the Middle East today?
Who are these Christians “from the East”? What can they teach us?

CNEWA Canada, a papal agency that supports Eastern Christians across the Middle & Near East, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Toronto, invite you to attend the annual benefit dinner. Hear from the Most Rev. Najeeb Michaeel o.p., Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul and Akra, Iraq and Cardinal Thomas Collins, and help raise awareness and funds for these most ancient Christian communities.

Tickets available at: cmebdinner2019.eventbrite.ca or 416-574-9131. EMAIL: cmedinner@gmail.com

The Lion of Munster: The Bishop Who Roared Against the Nazis

Tuesday, November 12th – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Fellowship of St. Joseph of the Association for Hebrew Catholics
Blessed Trinity Parish Hall,3220 Bayview Ave., Toronto

With guest speaker Fr. Daniel Utrecht of the Oratory, Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish and Professor at St. Philip’s Seminary. Fr. Daniel will speak about the faith and resilience of Blessed Cardinal Clemens August von Galen during the Nazi period in Germany.

Cardinal von Galen preached Catholic truth in the face of false ideology and racist theology, but he also prayed fervently for an end to the spiritual oppression of his people, both Jews and Catholics. This astounding story will inspire and motivate us in these challenging days.

All are welcome. email: ahctoronto@gmail.com

Culture of Life Formation Day with the Sisters of Life

Saturday, November 16, 2019 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

St. Peter’s Church, 830 Bathurst St., Toronto

Join the Sisters of Life for an afternoon of being immersed in the culture of life. The sisters will give talks on the spiritual foundation of the culture of life, understanding the heart of the vulnerable pregnant woman and being agents of God’s mercy. There will be time for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!

CONTACT: The Sisters of Life at 416-463-2722 or by email: toronto@sistersoflife.org, https://sistersoflife.org/events/toronto-culture-of-life-formation-day/


Tuesday, November 19, 2019 – 7:00 PM.

St. Brigid’s Church, 300 Wolverleigh Blvd., Toronto

Patricia Hung is a retired police officer, certified life coach, author, and speaker who is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in psychotherapy. Patricia began her policing career in Intelligence as a translator during a major drug importation investigation. She then worked in Communications, frontline policing, helped execute gang-exiting programs and many others areas in the Service.

After the homicide of her 14-year old daughter, Patricia retired as the Victim Witness Support Coordinator (for the Toronto Police Service) and shifted her focus to support victims of crime. Her work has been published in Canadian Family Magazine. She is the author of Seven Helpful Ways to Support Those Who Grieve.

Register Online at https://sbcct.eventbrite.ca or contact Arcanelo Limanni MRE at 416-587-7687


“What does the Earth Desire…
To be admired in her loveliness,
To be tasted in her delicious fruits,
To be listened to in her teaching,
To be endured in the severity of her discipline,
To be cared for as a maternal source from whence we come,
a destiny to which we return.”
Fr. Thomas Berry CP

The next meeting of the Garden Ministry is on Sunday, November 10th, at 1:30 PM, in the Library. Everyone is welcome.

For more information on the Garden Ministry, visit our website at https://stgabrielsparish.ca/ministries/garden-ministry/ or email Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com


The Pope goes to New York
He is picked up at the airport by a limousine.
He looks at the beautiful car and says to the driver, “You know, I hardly ever get to drive. Would you please let me?”
The driver is understandably hesitant and says, “I’m sorry, but I don’t think I’m supposed to do that.”
But the Pope persists, “Please?” The driver finally lets up.
“Oh, all right, I can’t really say no to the Pope.”
So the Pope takes the wheel, and boy, is he a speed demon! He hits the gas and goes around 100 mph in a 45 zone.
A policeman notices and pulls him over.
The cop walks up and asks the Pope to roll down the window.
Startled and surprised, the young officer asks the Pope to wait a minute.
He goes back to his patrol car and radios the chief.
Officer: “Chief, I have a problem.”
Chief: “What sort of problem?”
Officer: “Well, you see, I pulled over this guy for driving way over the speed limit but it’s someone really important.”
Chief: “Important like the mayor?”
Officer: “No, no, much more important than that.”
Chief: “Important like the governor?”
Officer: “Wayyyyyy more important than that.”
Chief: “Like the president?”
Officer: “More!”
Chief: “Who’s more important than the president?”
Officer: “I don’t know, but he’s got the Pope DRIVING for him!”