Bulletin – October 6, 2019

St. Gabriel’s Photo Directory

After the completion of portrait reservations last weekend, 257 sitting times have been reserved. Confirmation of the sitting times for the six days from Monday, October 7th to Saturday, October 12th were sent out by email this last week.

If you missed signing-up and still wish to do so, as of October 1, 2019, there were 14 sitting times still available on the following days as shown below:
Monday, October 7th – 3:30 PM
Friday, October 11th – 6:45 pm
Thursday, October 24th – 4:45 PM & 5:00 PM
Tuesday, October 29th – 4:15 PM, 4:30 PM & 4:45 PM
Thursday, October 31st – 3:30 PM, 3:45 PM, 4:00 PM, 4:15 PM, 4:45 PM, 5:00 PM & 5:30 PM

Please call the parish office to request a sitting time. Do not be disappointed!


Sunday, October 6th after 12:30 PM Mass

The St. Gabriel’s Youth Group will be having their kick-off meeting on Sunday, October 6th after the 12:30 PM mass. Join us for an afternoon of games, worship, food and fellowship. Come join us and bring a friend. New members from Grades 6-12 are welcome!


The Local Health Initiative Network will be offering a 4-session Spiritual Care Visitor Training at Markham Stouffville Hospital on October 17th 24th, 31st and Nov7th, 2019. This is a mandatory training for all those who are interested in visiting the sick at a hospital or for those who are homebound. If you are interested, please contact Sr. Maria Lucia at 416-221-8866.


October 7th to October 13th

MONDAY – STEPHEN & CECILIA HUH – Requested by Bona Oh
TUESDAY – SARAH RAMON – Requested by Mary Anne Barnes
WEDNESDAY – BISHOP JOHN MICHAEL SHERLOCK – Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie
FRIDAY – LAU KOON TING – Requested by Linda Law & Family
SATURDAY – VICTOR PAUL – Requested by Sophie & Candida Pereira
SUNDAY 10:30 AM – ROSALINA REMENTILLA – Requested by the Family
SUNDAY 12:30 PM –


Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin in October. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation, but who wish to do so, are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically, etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly. The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith.

If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.


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 after Thanksgiving.


If anyone missed the three evenings of Sacramental registration but wish to have their child receive the sacrament of First Communion, Confirmation or Reconciliation, please come to the parish office as soon as possible.

A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation.

$30 is required at registration for Confirmation to defray related costs.


The Toronto Catholic District School is looking for occasional/supply Educational Assistants. The requirements for an interview include a Grade 12 diploma. If you are interested in applying, please email your covering letter with resume and contact information to Antonella De Roma (antonella.deroma@tcdsb.org), the school principal at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School who will forward the information to the Human Resources department for a possible interview.


October 6th to 12th, 2019

During National Catholic Health Care Week, October 6 – 12, we give thanks for the courageous gift of Catholic health care. Whether it be in hospitals, community health centres, nursing homes, and long-term care homes. Catholic health care works to provide purpose-driven care with compassion and innovation. Each year, Catholic health care providers serve more than five million people in need. Every person who contributes to working in Catholic health care is living out the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and we give thanks for the thousands of physicians, nurses, employees, and volunteers who give of themselves to care for all in need.


You can make a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless this Thanksgiving by participating in the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

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.

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.

Urgently needed items include:
rice, pasta and pasta sauces,
peanut butter cooking spices
hot chocolate powdered milk
black/Orange Pekoe tea ground or instant coffee,
sugar cookies and crackers,
vegetable oil jams
canned tuna, soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables
Please no fresh or frozen foods.

We thank you for your generous support!


The bridge group which meets at St. Gabriel’s Parish is looking for bridge players and “subs” on Thursday afternoon from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. For more information, please call Anne Deck at 416-221-8248.


Monday, October 7th at 4:45 PM

St. Augustine’s Seminary, 2661 Kingston Road

Inviting men in Grades 12 and older to come and experience seminary life. The evening will include Mass and supper with the seminary community followed by a short talk by Fr. Chris Lemieux. Please register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca.

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


Wednesday, October 9th From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

131 Farnham Avenue

On behalf of the De Le Salle College Community, we would like to thank you sincerely for considering “Oaklands” for your son or daughter. With its rich history in the City of Toronto dating back to 1851, De La Salle has provided a human and Christian education to thousands of young men and women who continue to live out the school’s motto of “Enter to Learn. Leave to Serve.”

Open Houses for interested parents and their daughters and sons will be held on Wednesday, October 9th from7:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the school. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 416-969-8771.

Women in Scripture as Agents of Change

Saturday, October 12 – 9:30 AM at Blessed Trinity Parish Hall

Women in the Bible played pivotal roles in Salvation History. They were used by the Lord in diverse ways to influence and fulfil His plans. This presentation will focus on some significant female “super heroes” of sacred Scripture and how God used them to make a difference. The session goes from after the 9 AM Mass until noon. $15 per person and a light breakfast will be provided.

Contact: Kay by phone at 416-357-5378 or by Email: kaymax@sympatico.ca

Testimonies of Entry and Re-entry to the Catholic Church: Personal Stories of Spiritual Journeys Home

Tuesday, October 15th – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Blessed Trinity Parish Hall

This night will feature personal stories of spiritual searching that have led each of our speakers “home” to the Catholic Church. Coming from different backgrounds and cultures, they will share how God led them through various religious affiliations to find their identity and centre in Jesus in the church. We will also feature some Jewish testimonies of faith, including St. Teresa of Avila, whose feast day it is. All are welcome.

CONTACT: Fellowship of St. Joseph – Association for Hebrew Catholics – EMAIL: ahctoronto@gmail.com


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


After a summer of beauty and bountiful harvests, October is the month when we put the gardens to bed and we could use your help. Please check this spot next week for activities and dates when you can get involved.

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