Bulletin – October 20, 2019


Those parishioners who registered for this Wednesday and Thursday (October 23rd & 24th) to have their portrait taken for the 2020 Photo Directory should have received an email notification during the last week. Please ensure that you fulfill your commitment to attend so that all allocated appointments are kept.


October 20th Second Collection

There will be a second collection today for the Evangelization of the Nations, otherwise known as World Mission Sunday. This is a worldwide collection for the missionary church and it is our opportunity to assist at-need Catholic communities globally. Offerings are combined with offerings from other Catholics around the world and distributed to missions and dioceses. We are called to share from our abundance with those less fortunate who lack the basic essentials to know, love and praise our God. Thank you for your support of this important work.


November 9th & 16th, 2019 – St. Gabriel’s Parish

The second of the two new ministries we are launching in our parish community is the Bereavement Ministry. The Bereavement Ministry is also known as the Ministry of Consolation. Training is required for those who are interested in becoming a part of Bereavement Ministry Team. The Bereavement Ministry Training is designed for those who are ministering to the bereaved in a parish setting. New and seasoned parish bereavement ministers and volunteers are invited to join others in an interactive, two-day faith-based educational and spiritual learning opportunity.

We are pleased to announce that the upcoming Bereavement Ministry Training this fall will be hosted by St. Gabriel’s Parish. The training dates will be held on November 9 and 16, 2019 (both Saturdays). The sessions will start from 9:30 AM and will finish at 4:00 PM on both dates. Participants are required to attend both Saturday sessions. Registration deadline is Saturday, November 9th, 2019. There is no cost to attend the training sessions; however if you wish to purchase the optional participant workbook, that would be $45 (with the cheque made payable to R.C.E.C.) Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

The training will explore ways to begin a Bereavement Ministry in the parish or enhance your present bereavement ministry programs. If anyone is interested to become part of the Bereavement Ministry Team of our parish, please contact Sr. Maria Lucia at our Parish Office no later than November 1st so that she can register you at the archdiocesan office responsible for the training program. Come, learn, and share how the Christian faithful comfort mourners with words of faith and support and with acts of kindness!


Cardinal Collins has requested that a weekend Mass attendance count be conducted annually in all parishes and missions of the Archdiocese. This year the attendance count will continue on the weekends of October19th /20th and 26th/27th. The purpose of the count is to have a more accurate assessment of the number of people attending Mass on a weekend.

As with last year, when you come in for Mass, you may notice a few “counters” clicking on tally counters at the doors of the church. The counters will be doing their jobs in a way as discreetly and non-intrusively as possible.


October 21st to October 27th

MONDAY – KENG OWYONG – Requested by Helen Owyong
TUESDAY – ROMULO CHRISTIAN GONZALEZ – Requested by Rosa & Romulo Gonzalez
THURSDAY – LEENA PEREIRA – Requested by the Pereira Family
FRIDAY – DELPHINE OAKIE – Requested by the Family
SATURDAY – MICHAEL McDONOUGH – Requested by Vivian McDonough
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM INTENTIONS OF FRANK PALMERI – Requested by the Au Family
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM VERNON MULHALL – Requested by Vivian Mulhall McDonough


The R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) sessions have commenced. 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.


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 have commenced.


Thursday, November 7th at 7:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church

There will be a meeting here at the Church on Thursday, November 7th at 7:30 PM. for parents of children wishing to receive their First Communion in 2020.

ELECTION DAY – Monday October 21st, 2019

Please exercise your right to vote in the Federal election on Monday. Polls are open in the Eastern Time Zone from 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM.


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.


Closing of Diocesan Investigation Process
Sunday, October 20th at 4:00 PM

The Passionist Sisters would like to invite all the good people of this parish to the closing of the diocesan investigation process for Sr. Carmelina Tarantino of the Cross. We would like to share our joy for this great event with you and hope that you might attend. Please come and see the wonders the Lord has worked for those who believe in Him. The event will take place on Sunday, October 20th at ST. Leo’s Church, 277 Royal York Road (south of QEW) at 4:00 PM. His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins will preside over the Celebration.

RETREAT “Calling Women from 18 to 80”

Friday, October 25th (7:30 PM) to Sunday, October 27th

Manresa Jesuit Retreat Centre 2325 Liverpool Rd., Pickering
“A contemplative approach to making decisions”
Decisions, Decisions – Yes, No, maybe?
with Fr. Henk van Meijel SJ.

Step forward to a restful weekend of open fields and fall colors, away from the frenzy, to hear God’s gentle whisper. Private room, Mass, spiritual direction and more – even a movie night!

Contact: Mary at 416-497-7059
EMAIL: pilgrimagecanadianshrines@gmail.com, registration@manresa.ca / 905-839-2864

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend

Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27

Celebrate your love and take a fresh look at your marriage! The Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement is hosting a weekend experience for couples to refresh their marriage. Running from Friday, October 25 through Sunday, October 27 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Mississauga.

For more information, please contact Marge & Gerard at:
(905) 792-1925 or gerard.marge@rogers.com.


Sunday, October 27th (2:30 PM)

Mosaic Interfaith invites you to attend the next presentation in their series “From Abraham: Three Faiths” to take place in St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 39 Green Lane, Thornhill on Sunday October 27 from 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM.

The subject is “How can we reform our tradition and still be loyal to that tradition?” Panelists, as before, are Rev. Canon John Hill, Rabbi Michael Stroh and Dr. Liyakat Takim from Christianity, Judaism and Islam respectively. See flyer on bulletin boards. For more information or to RSVP, call Nora 416-218 0680.


Sunday, October 27th (7:00 PM)

Temple Har Zion invites Mosaic Interfaith to celebrate Simchat Torah at 7360 Bayview Avenue, Thornhill at 7:00 PM on Sunday, October 27th.
Simchat Torah literally means “Rejoicing of?[with the] Torah” and is a Jewish holiday that celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of new cycle This is a joyous occasion and there will be music, dancing and singing.

For more information, call Nora 416-218 0680.


Friday, November 1st to Sunday, November 3rd
at St. Augustine’s Seminary

Inviting single Catholic men 17 years and older, to cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. A time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest. The weekend begins at 7:00 PM on Friday and ends at 1:30 PM on Sunday. Register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca. Registrants 17 years old require parental consent.

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


Sunday, November 3rd, at 3:00 PM

St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street

The Mass of Memory is dedicated in memory of the many victims of the Irish Famine of 1847 who died of typhus on arrival in Toronto. 861 people were buried in the then St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery and 281 were buried in St. James Anglican Cemetery.

Sacred/Celtic music prelude by The Irish Choral Society of Canada starts at 2:30 PM with a reception to follow after the Mass.

Proceeds from this celebration go to the Children’s Breakfast Club Program of St. Paul’s Basilica.



Sunday, October 27th after 10:30 AM Mass

The Garden Ministry will be teaming up with the Youth Group after the 10:30 AM mass on October 27th to plant tulip, daffodil, snowdrop and grape hyacinth bulbs in various locations around the property.