Bulletin – May 24, 2020


May 25th to May 31th, 2020

SATURDAY – SAUL MONROY – Requested by Gloria Monroy
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM –
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM –


For all in direct patient care; give them strength for their service and strength to ask for help when they are in need.
God, protect them.
For all the sick; bring them to full health and restore them to those who love them.
God, protect them.
For all those isolated in their homes; sustain them in joy and peace.
God, protect them.
For all those who have died and those who grieve their loss in isolation; comfort them in their sorrow.
God, protect them.
For decision-makers at all levels; send them your wisdom and good counsel to serve their communities.
God, protect them.

Parish News

As we anticipate the reopening of the Church for weekend 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.


Living the Gospel by supporting the Deaf community

Imagine you’re a Deaf child and your parents don’t know sign language. Your parents could gesture in a rudimentary way, but how do you share your joys, fears and needs? Silent Voice, a ShareLife agency, teaches American Sign Language and Deaf culture to families so they can share a common language. “I’m so passionate about Silent Voice,” says one grateful parent, “because their Family Communication Program rescues children from social isolation.” Last year more than 700 Deaf people and their family members received help through Silent Voice.

ShareLife and COVID-19

ShareLife-funded agencies have adapted their programs to the pandemic and continue to serve those in need. Among many other lifesaving initiatives, they are delivering meals to isolated seniors and offering phone counselling for people experiencing anxiety and depression. Visit sharelife.org to learn the many other ways your gift is making a difference.

Due to Covid 19 the ShareLife collections have been postponed. Parishioners can contribute online at sharelife.org/donate or by dropping off or mailing their contribution to the parish office.


Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Unfortunately, with the current COVID-19 situation, 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.


While our cemetery gates remain closed during our regular operating hours, the gates will be opened for family visits on the cemetery grounds only. Our hours of operation for families visiting will be as follows:
Monday – Saturday: 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sundays and Statutory Holidays: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Our mausolea remain closed until further notice. Entry to the cemetery and mausolea during regular operating hours will only be provided to those attending a funeral or burial, those with a scheduled appointment and for essential deliveries.

Physical distancing requirements and attendee number restrictions are in place at all times in keeping with provincial


Although our Churches have remained closed since March 15th, 2020, our outreach programs and pastoral presence remain active.

Because there were no Masses celebrated with public participation, there were no offertory collections taken up. The reality is that our parishes rely on the support of their parishioners to operate through weekly offertory collections. Parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) are funded through the generosity of its parishioners. There is a challenge for the parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection.

Monthly contributions to the Parish by monthly Pre-Authorized Giving or by credit card through “Donate Now” continue automatically. You may, however, drop off your envelope at the parish office or mail it to the parish.

Please consider changing your offertory giving, at this time, 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.