Bulletin – June 28, 2020

Happy Summer!

This is the last full bulletin until the Labour Day Weekend in September.

Announced Masses for July and August will be posted on the website. Any information concerning the Church and Covid 19 will also be published
We wish you all a happy, healthy and safe summer!

Wednesday, July 1st is Canada Day.

The office will be closed on Wednesday for the holiday. There will be no 9:00 AM Mass on July 1st.


June 29th to July 5th, 2020

MONDAY – TA FAMILY – Requested by Veronica Do
TUESDAY – BERNADETTE HIGGINS – Requested by Agnes Gaughan
THURSDAY – DELPHINE OAKIE – Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – CATHERINE MINNAN WONG – Requested by Noreen Chen
SATURDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE – Requested by their Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM –
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – YUNG-NIEN HSU – Requested by the Family


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 Sr. Maria Lucia at 416-221-8866.

Parish News

Weekday Mass have resumed at 9.00 in the morning here at St. Gabriels.

In accordance with the guidelines established by the Province of Ontario and the Archdiocese of Toronto, attendance at Mass is limited to 30% capacity of the church, while at the same time, ensuring a 2m (6ft) physical distance requirement.

In light of this limitation, a reservation system has been implemented for attending weekend Masses. This reservation system is on our website. If you do not have access to a computer or encounter any problems reserving your seat, please call the parish office.

For the health and safety of all, before you come to Mass;
Please check temperature of all family members who are coming to Mass. If any member has a fever, please remain at home,

If you have any of the following symptoms, Cough, fatigue, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, headache, runny nose, sore throat, chills and shakes, please stay home;

If you have travelled abroad, has been in contact with someone who may have COVID-19, or show signs or symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days, please stay home.

It is highly recommended for you to wear a face mask when you come to Mass, for the health and safety of our worshipping community. More information will be provided when you return to the Church

As we are reopening the Church for Masses, disinfecting the pews and high touch areas is one of the many measures to keep our Church safe for everyone. Any parishioner who wants to volunteer their time in disinfecting the pews after each weekend Mass can sign up by sending an email with your name and contact details, indicating which Mass you would be available for, to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca

For the latest update from the Archdiocese of Toronto, please visit: www.archtoronto.org/covid19


Living the Gospel by supporting missions in the Global South

The Pastoral Mission Fund supports 226 projects in 25 countries in the Global South. These projects include programs run by the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary in the remote Colombian village of El Pozon. In this village marked by killings and disappearances, the sisters provide food, job training, and hope – through prayer meetings, Confirmation classes and Bible studies. A grant from the Pastoral Mission Fund is helping the sisters conduct their important pastoral and mission work.

Please make a sacrificial gift to ShareLife through your parish or sharelife.org

Your gift to ShareLife is helping!

Did you know that while parishes remain closed, ShareLife agencies are as busy as ever? That’s because those who are poor and marginalized are disproportionately affected during a crisis. Your support of ShareLife ensures Catholic agencies can continue their work on the front lines, helping the many people who are suffering. Please give securely online at sharelife.org/donate.


Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Until we receive an update on food collection, we cannot accept any food donations at this time.

While we wait for updates from these outreach ministries, let us always be mindful of what they do.

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.

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.


Attention high school graduates:

If you’re headed to university or college in the fall, campus ministry is waiting for you! Check it out at: www.chaplaincyconnect.ca!


Bereavement/Separation/Loss Support Group

Dealing with a breakup or the loss of someone close to you is difficult in the best of times – trying to do so in the midst of a pandemic makes everything that much tougher.

Fortunately, Catholic Family Services of Toronto have a ministry dedicated to assisting those who have suffered a loss through separation, divorce, or the death of a loved one.

Our New Beginnings program is offering bi-monthly support sessions. This closed support group allows us to work together to explore our grief, experience healing, and renew our faith.

For more information or to get yourself registered, please reach out to Arcangelo Limanni at alimanni@cfstoronto.com or call (416) 921-1163, ext. 2225.


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, Catholic Family Services have moved their counselling and psychotherapy services online in an effort to continue to help their clients who are struggling with their mental well-being in this difficult time.

If you are suffering from mild to moderate mental health issues or are experiencing difficulty in your relationships, we encourage you to reach out to them and take a step towards a happier and healthier life. Catholic Family Services offer a variety of services, so whether you are an individual, couple, or family, their counsellors will explore your concerns with you and help you work towards your goals.

Sessions are conducted through the OnCall Health platform, which provides you and your counsellor with a secure and private video connection, since your privacy and confidentiality is of the utmost importance to them. To learn more about these counselling services or to find out how you can get started, please visit the Catholic Family Services of Toronto website at: https://www.cfstoronto.com/client/cfs/cfs_lp4w_lnd_webstation.nsf/page/Counselling+Program!OpenDocument


Our Church resumed weekend Masses last weekend. You may drop your offertory envelope in the collection baskets when you enter the Church, or at the parish office during parish office hours.

You may donate by credit card through Donate Now. A link on our website will show you how to do this.

You may also consider changing your offertory giving to monthly Pre-Authorized Giving. Forms are available at the Parish office or on-line at the Parish website in the “Weekly Giving” section under the Finances tab.