Bulletin – March 1, 2020

Statement from Cardinal Thomas Collins regarding Jean Vanier

“An investigation has revealed very disturbing behaviour by Jean Vanier, revered and loved by so many, both in Canada and around the world. The news is tragic and heart wrenching. We pray for the victims of abuse, mindful of their immeasurable pain and suffering. In the midst of this darkness, we find a ray of light in those who so faithfully serve in L’Arche communities worldwide and have dedicated their lives to friendship, care and love.”

Just a reminder

Daylight Savings Time begins next weekend. Please remember to set your clocks forward 1 hour on Saturday evening, March 7th.

We are very pleased to report that that the original refugee family that the parish sponsored in 2012 (the Saoor family) has just sponsored a family of their own. They are very proud to be able to do for another family what our parish did for them. The sponsored family arrived January 22nd. Several members of our parish donated, arranged or transported furnishings for the new family.

Youth Group Talent Night

Congratulations to the Youth Group for another very successful Talent Show on Sunday. The performances showcased a great deal of talent among the young people of the Parish. A total of $715 was raised in support of their attendance at the Steubenville Youth Conference.

The Youth Group feel so blessed to have such a supportive and generous parish community. They wish to thank all the volunteers, parents, parish staff, and clergy who helped make the show a great success. All who attended enjoyed the show. Way to go, Youth Group!


Saturday, March 7th at 10:00 AM

St. Gabriel’s Church

First Reconciliation for children attending St. Gabriel’s School, those in the Children’s Faith Program and children attending other Catholic Schools will be held at St. Gabriel’s Church on Saturday, March 7th at 10:00 AM.


Friday, March 6th from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon


Saturday, March 7th at 3:15 PM in the Gabriel Room.

For information, please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.


March 2nd – March 8th, 2020

MONDAY – ANTONIA EVANS – Requested by the Teresa Sheldrick
TUESDAY – PEGGY DILLON – Requested by Eamon & Agnes
WEDNESDAY – KRISTOPHER TA – Requested by Veronica Do
THURSDAY – ALEAXANDER TA – Requested by Veronica Do
FRIDAY – CATHERINE MINNAN-WONG – Requested by Noreen Chen
SATURDAY – PETER & BRIDGET PEREIRA – Requested by Sophie & Candida Pereira
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – SHELLA TANG – Requested by Amy & Michael
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – JOSÉ CURY SAHĂO – Requested by Gabriel Ghiraldi


Stations of the Cross: Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Parish Lenten Retreat
Saturday, February 29th
From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Individual Confessions
Thursday, March 26th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Reconciliation Service
Wednesday, April 1st at 7:30 PM

Palm Sunday, April 5th
Masses Sat., 4:30 PM
Sun., 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday, April 9th
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
7:30 PM – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday, April 10th
10:00 AM – Morning Prayer
3:00 PM – Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM – Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 11th
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 12th
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Easter Monday, April 13th
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed



Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday evening during Lent at 7:30 PM. We also encourage your attendance at our daily Mass throughout Lent.


Friday, March 6th at 1:30 PM

Blessed Trinity Church
3220 Bayview Avenue.

You are cordially invited to the annual ecumenical World Day of Prayer Service which will be held at Blessed Trinity Church on Friday March 6th at 1:30 PM. The theme this year, “Rise! Take your mat and walk.” was written by the women of Zimbabwe.

St. Gabriel’s is one of three Catholic churches involved but has very little representation at the service. Please join us, along with our neighbouring Christian churches, in prayer and reflection. A reception will follow.


Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

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.

With everyone struggling at this time, your food donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support!


Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 46 casseroles for February. For March, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of March 28th/29th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are encouraged to become active in helping to feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. Recipes are available in the Parish Office or at the Church website. You may pick up casserole pans at the Parish Office. For more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.


Presented by St. Michael’s Concerts
Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 PM
St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica

A concert, Mozart Requiem, will be held on Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 PM at St. Michael’s Cathedral. It will feature the St. Michael’s Choir School Cantorum and the Scola Cantorum Orchestra, conducted by S. Bryan Priddy. Guest Soloists include Teri Dunn, Krisztina Szabo, Michael Colvin and Robert Pomakov.

A free will offering would be very much appreciated. For more information, visit www.stmichaelscathedral.com/concerts.


Saturday, March 7th from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W.

Come and experience why thousands return each year! The theme of this year’s rally is “Jesus Light of the World”.

The Rally will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building.

Be inspired by compelling speakers, inspiring personal testimony, powerful Christian music, Divine Mercy Celebration Eucharistic procession and prayer ministry for healing and empowerment. Cardinal Thomas Collins will celebrate Mass. There is a separate youth event (13-18 years) with great music, dynamic talks and inspirational skits in the John Basset Theatre, next door. Tickets are $ 25 for adults and $15 for the youth. For tickets please email: contact@ljhr.ca or visit: www.ljhr.ca or call 647 243 9441.


The next meeting of the Garden Ministry will be on Sunday, March 8th at 1:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. The agenda will include planning for the March 22nd indoor planting by the Children’s Liturgy, the community garden and the Stations of the Cosmic Earth. Everyone is welcome. Also, on March 8th, members will be on hand in the Gathering Space after all the Masses to answer your questions and invite your participation.