Bulletin – December 13, 2020

Christmas Schedule 2020

Subject to Reopening

CHRISTMAS EVE – Thursday, December 24th

No 9:00 AM Mass
5:00 PM Mass
7:00 PM Mass
9:00 PM Mass
10:30 PM Mass
12:00 AM Midnight Mass
Office Open – 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

CHRISTMAS DAY – Friday, December 25th

10:30 AM, 12:30 PM Mass
Office Open – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

BOXING DAY – Saturday, December 26th

No 4:30 PM Mass
Office Closed


Sunday, December 27th, Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Monday December 28th

No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Thursday, December 31st

No 9:00 AM Mass
Vigil Mass for Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God – 5:00 PM
Office Open – 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Friday, January 1st

Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God
10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Office Open – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM


While parking at ground level is limited to 51 spaces, there is plenty of space in the underground parking lot. Please follow the instructions of the attendants. Do not park in front of the Church since this is a fire route and must be kept clear.

Additional parking is available on the east side of Elkhorn Public School and in the bus loop. Again, please follow the instructions of the attendant. The school requests that we do not park on the grass. Many thanks to Holly Richards, the Principal of Elkhorn Public School, for allowing us the use of the school property.


Each Sunday during Advent, Fr. Brando and Fr. Paul will celebrate Mass. This will be carried on line at www.stgabrielsparish.ca. Please join us and pass the word to friends in the parish who may not know. This is a beautiful way of being together during this temporary closing of the church.


Thank you to everyone who registered participated or sent in comments regarding the future development of 680 and 688 Sheppard Avenue East. Please continue to check Toronto’s website, http://app.toronto.ca and St. Gabriel’s website for further updates.


Your parish has been there for you and your family during the most important moments of your lives. Help you’re your Catholic community active and alive for years to come.

November is “Make a Will’ month! Please consider your parish in your will or through a planned gift. A bequest is a beautiful way to express your faith and gratitude for a lifetime of blessings – a lasting legacy of love that will help the Church continue with its many ministries.

For more details, please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 or contact Peter Okonski, Manager of Planned Giving and Personal Gifts at 416 934 3400 Ext. 519 or by email at development@archtoronto.org.

All calls are confidential.


December 14th to December 20th

MONDAY – HARRY LEUNG – Requested by Mary Leung
TUESDAY – ALFONSO YAO – Requested by Grant & Erwina Yao
WEDNESDAY – VINCENZO DE BARTOLO – Requested by Anna de Bartolo
THURSDAY – ALAN RUTHERFORD – Requested by the Persaud & Goldenberg Families
FRIDAY – MURRAY BRASSEUR – Requested by Maria Mondejar
SATURDAY – FRANCO INTINI – Requested by Chiara
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – Requested by
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM –JOHN McDONOUGH – Requested by Vivian Mulhall McDonough


The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome the following children who were baptized during the month of November:
Timothy William Marcotte
Andrea Sarah Vaz
Sebastian Alfredo Da Silva
Nolan Gregory Kilayko Sleep
Joanna Marie Bodzeta-Ramos

Congratulations to the children and their families!


Stay tuned….

We are excited to announce several programs that parish Ministry with Maturing Adults Committee will be starting in the next two months. All sessions will be offered virtually. Please watch this space for further information.

  • Writing Circle – for those who attend the Life Story Programme members that was offered in January and February 2020. We will meet once a month and will run for the next several months.
  • Ways to Pray – For those who might be interested in deepening their prayer life via different ways or methods praying such as Lectio Divina; Centering Prayer, Taize Prayer, praying with mandalas, Divine Office, Mission Rosary, etc.
  • Scripture Programme – For those interested in deepening their understanding and praying with the Sacred Scriptures. This will run once a month
  • Technology – learn how to connect with others virtually and via social networking apps safely and with ease.
  • Milk Bag weaving – Learn how to weave milk bags into mats via virtual workshop or training session which will be conducted by Sharon Gusz and other members of the MMA Team.


Due to the pandemic and the limitations of our regular partners that support the St. Gabriel Conference our focus is limited to receipts of gift cards for the children instead of toys. Donations of gift cards between $25 and $50 dollars from Walmart, The Bay, Winners, Marshalls etc. will be much appreciated. Please drop off gift cards for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul to the parish office by December 14, 2020. Thank you very much and God Bless.


This year Rosalie Hall is caring for about 80 children and their Moms. Due to Covid 19, our giving tree campaign this year will look a little different.

Since there will be no public Masses, please consider dropping off your gift at the Parish Office as soon as possible.

Needed are:
pajamas for children age newborn to 4 years old
Gift cards for the Moms at Rosalie Hall

Please call the Parish Office before you come to ensure that someone will be there to accept your gifts. Thank you so much for your generosity.


Thank you to those parishioners who prepared 21 casseroles for November. For December, your prepared frozen casseroles may be dropped off at the Parish Office by December 27th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

Let’s see if we can increase that number!

The need is very great especially right now with Covid19.

The casseroles are easy to make and we have the recipes and casserole pans right here in the Parish Office. The recipes are also available on the Parish website. If you require more information please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

Seraphim & Cherubim Chorus

Around this time every year, the Seraphim & Cherubim Chorus host our annual Christmas concert. This is actually the 10th anniversary of our choir and so this Christmas is very special to us. While 2020 has been a challenging year, we’re determined to put even more effort into celebrating the joy of Christmas!

To mark our anniversary year we’re releasing our first album: Christmas on Record. The album and new choir merchandise make wonderful Christmas gifts and are available on our website http://www.seraphimandcherubim.ca/shop

Like most independent artists, our revenues rarely cover our costs. If your means allow, please consider donating the money you might have spent on our concert tickets to our go-fund me campaign to help our choir continue to connect and move people through music.

Thank you all so very much for your constant and unwavering support over these last 10 years. Projects like this would not be possible without your help. We hope you’ll celebrate Christmas with us again this year, but this time On Record and from the comfort of your homes. Have the Merriest Christmas and we’ll see you soon!


Offertory envelopes for 2021 are available at the parish Office. If you would like to pick yours up, please call before coming so that we will have them ready for you.