Bulletin – September 1, 2019


Fr. John Muthengi has been appointed to the United Nations as the representative of the Passionist Congregation. He will be leaving the Parish on September 10th and will be stationed at the Passionist Monastery in Jamaica, New York. We wish Fr. John all the best in his new appointment.


Wednesday September 11th, 18th, and 25th

9:45 AM to 12:00 Noon

We are excited to announce that our St. Gabriel Parish Community will be introducing two new ministries this fall. The first one we will usher in is the Ministry with Maturing Adults. This ministry will support the “lifelong faith development of women and men throughout all phases of the pre-retirement and retirement years.” Through this ministry, our parish will attempt to address the needs that arise as life changes and hopefully allow our parishioners who are in the second half of life (50+) to recognize that their “everyday life and experiences go hand-in-hand with our spiritual life.”

We will train a core group of parishioners who will constitute the Ministry with Maturing Adult Leadership Team (MMALT). The role and the goal of this ministry will initially be developed by the core leaders of this ministry. Sr. Mary Rose Marrin, CSJ who started the Ministry with Maturing Adults (MMA) in the Archdiocese of Toronto will conduct a visioning workshop for the MMALT so that they can articulate and identify the vision of our ministry at St. Gabriel. The visioning workshop series entitled “Creating a Vision for Ministry with Maturing Adults” will be held from 9:45 AM to 12:00 Noon for three successive Wednesdays: September 11th, 18th, and 25th, 2019.

Anyone who is interested to become part of the core group to start this ministry can join six of our parishioners who had agreed to be on the initial leadership team of the Ministry with Maturing Adults at St. Gabriel’s. Please contact Sr. Maria Lucia at our Parish Office no later than September 7th if you are interested to join the Leadership Team of this new ministry.


Welcome back to all our parishioners who have been away on holidays. We hope you have had an enjoyable summer.

For those young people who are off to university, we wish you every success as you begin a new stage of your life. For those students and teachers returning to elementary and secondary school, we wish you a very positive and rewarding year.

Monday September 2nd is Labour Day. There will be no 9:00 AM Mass that day. The Parish Office will be closed.


Sunday September 15th after the 12:30 Mass

On Sunday, September 15th there will be an altar server welcome back and retraining session after the 12:30 Mass. Every altar server is invited. Interested boys and girls, ages 9 and older, who are willing to train to be an altar server are very much welcome. Refreshments will be provided.


September 2nd to September 8th

TUESDAY – ROSARIO CORTEZ – Requested by Zenaida Cortez
WEDNESDAY – BILL McNAMARA – Requested by the O’Mahony Family
FRIDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE – Requested by the Calderone Family
SATURDAY – HYACINTH PAUL – Requested by Sophie & Candida Pereira
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – JUAN & CANDIDA VILLORIA – Requested by the Villoria, Hale & Kipp Families.
SUNDAY 12:30 PM –


St. Gabriel’s Church
September 19th, 24th 25th and 26th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Registration for children who wish to receive the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation will be held at St. Gabriel’s Church on the following dates:

Thursday, September 19th from 7:30 to 9:00 PM
Tuesday, September 24th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Wednesday, September 25th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Thursday, September 26th from 7.30 PM to 9:00 PM

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

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


Gabriel Room
Saturday, September 28th at 2:00 PM

“Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.” Romans: 10:17

Are you a good story teller? Would you like to share your with others? On Saturday, September 28th at 2:00 PM join the Lectors to learn more about the ministry at a workshop in the Gabriel room. The workshop will provide time for lectors to share their experience and learn some of the best kept secrets of proclaiming the Word. Those who would like to join this ministry are asked to RSVP to the Parish office by September 23rd, 2019.


Sunday, September 8th at 10:00 AM

St Gabriel’s School

Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program are available in the parish office. This program is for children of the Parish who attend public or private schools. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School every second Sunday beginning Sunday, September 8th at 10:00 AM.

Please note that a separate Sacramental registration form is required if your child will receive the sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation during the 2019/20 year. These forms are also available in the parish office.


“Those who sing pray twice.”

The members of the choir always welcome new voices and hope you will consider joining them! The senior choir practices on Tuesday evenings, from 7:30 to 9:00 PM and leads community song at the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass.

The junior choir practices on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and leads the music at the 12:30 PM Mass.

For more information, please contact Marilyn Calderone at 416-618-2041


You can make a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless this Thanksgiving by participating in the annual Good Shepherd Ministries 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.

Urgently needed items include:
rice, pasta and pasta sauces, peanut butter, jam, 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!


Weekend of September 15th/16th

Spring Cleaning Year Round!

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is collecting gently used clothing, shoes, linens and household goods to support our neighbors in need or to be sold to help support their special works in the community on the weekend of September 15th/16th They cannot accept books, dishes, furniture, appliances, mattresses, construction materials or videos and cassettes. Please bring your donations and help others in your community.

The truck will be open Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Volunteers will be there to assist with loading before and after each Mass.


Thank you to all who prepared casseroles for the Good Shepherd Centre for the months of July (50) and August (24). If you forgot to bring your casserole in on the weekend, you may still do so as soon as possible.

For September, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of September 29th/30th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

Casserole donations have fallen off considerably in the summer months. Many more volunteers are needed to help feed the hungry in our city. We encourage you to pick up a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s web site and in the Parish Office.

For more information, you may contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.


Wednesday, September 19th at 1:00 PM

The Milk Bag Workshops will begin again on Wednesday, September 19th. Please make sure the bags you bring are clean and flat in the box. This will be of great help to the weavers. For further information about this program please visit www.milkbagsunlimited.ca or contact Sharon Gusz at sharongusz@gmail.com


It has been a productive summer with the installation of the south garden nearing completion and ample harvests for the Good Shepherd continuing apace. The abundance of pollinators in both gardens continues to delight observers and gratify our efforts. Several events have been planned for September.

Sunday, September, 15th
The Garden Ministry will be raffling a pie made with St. Gabriel’s own blueberries. Proceeds will go to the Garden Ministry for the purchase of tools and supplies for the Good Shepherd community garden.

Sunday, September 22nd
from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM:
In solidarity with Global Climate Strike Week, September 20th to 27th, Fr. Steve Dunn, of our local Passionist Community, will offer a virtual guided tour of the Cosmic Stations in the south garden. The stained glass originals of the Stations will be on display.

Sunday, September 29
from 1:30-3:00 PM
There will be a Seed-Saving Workshop led by Cameron Couchman, a familiar face from previous workshops and on site in the gardens. Saving seeds from the garden’s lavender plants, as well as seeds from other plants will be explored.

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.