Bulletin – October 27, 2019


On Saturday, October 26th seven altar servers from St. Gabriel’s Parish received the “Bishop’s Altar Server Award for Service” during the 34th Annual Altar Servers Awards Ceremony at St. Paul’s Basilica. We offer our sincere thanks and congratulations to the following altar servers: Ian Saldivar-Brittain, Aidan Cologna, Joonho Kim, Luke Kim, Ugo Ogumanam, Mark Viado, Michaella Viado

The parish is truly grateful to all of its altar servers for their participation at the celebration of the Eucharist and ceremonies throughout the Church year.


Those parishioners who registered for this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (October 29th, 30th & 31st) 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.


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!


At all masses next weekend, November 2nd & 3rd, Deacon Philip Allard will speak about CHALICE, a Canadian, Catholic sponsorship program. He will explain how you can help a destitute child at one of 56 mission sites in 15 developing countries.

Deacon Philip was ordained in 2000 for the Archdiocese of Toronto. He was raised in Toronto and has been married to Arlene for over 30 years. Arlene and Philip have 3 dependent children who are living at home and engaged in post-secondary education. Philip has served in the same Scarborough parish since his ordination, and also ministers in a residential treatment centre for women with addiction and emotional problems.


Remember to set your clocks back one hour next Saturday evening before you go to bed!


Cardinal Collins has requested that a weekend Mass attendance count be conducted annually in all parishes and missions of the Archdiocese. The attendance count will continue this weekend. 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.


The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome the following children who received the Sacrament of Baptism on:

September 15, 2019
Ryan James DaRosa
Isla Elizabeth
Keenan Kennedy
Tatiana TinYu Lau
Benjamin Robert Matthews
Keira Margaret Matthews
Henry Alexander Rutka
Marcus Daniel Yu

October 20, 2019
Danielle Rosaline Kong
Noah James Macaraeg
Anne-Marie Oluwatoni Ndukwe
Montserrat Rosales-Castro


October 28th to November 3rd

MONDAY – ALICE MICHAEL – Requested by Charmaine Michael
TUESDAY – DRAGICA PETRANOVIC – Requested by Mira Petranovic
WEDNESDAY – JOHN HUYBERS – Requested by the Family
THURSDAY – MARGARET MARY NORONHA – Requested by her Husband & Children
FRIDAY – ALL SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by John Chan
SATURDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE – Requested by the Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM AGNES NATCHATHIRAM – Requested by Felix and Family


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 First Communion in 2020.


Friday, November 1st from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon


English: Rosary – Saturday, November 2nd at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room.
Chinese Rosary -, Sunday November 3rd at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room
For information, please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.


Sunday, November 3rd 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.


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 will begin soon.


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.


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 last harvest delivery for 2019, of beets, was made to the Good Shepherd Ministries this week. Thank you for your support throughout our community garden’s first growing season!

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