Bulletin – May 16, 2021

Today is Ascension Sunday

“Go make disciples of all nations. I am with you always to the end of the age” Matthew 28: 19,20


At this time public Masses are still temporarily cancelled. Our priests will continue to celebrate private Mass daily for the intentions of parishioners and for those suffering from COVID-19.

The Church will be open for private prayer during office hours, 8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon, and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday. The Church will not be open on the weekend. Each Saturday, Fr. Paul or Fr. Brando will celebrate Mass which will be shown on our website at 4:30 PM.

Visits to the Parish Office are by appointment only.

Please call 416–221-8866 to make an appointment.


May 17th, 2021 to May 23rd, 2021

TUESDAY – SAUL MONROY – Requested by Gloria Monroy
WEDNESDAY – EDNA, GERRY & MIKE HATCH – Requested by their Family
SATURDAY – ANTONIO MARCHESE – Requested by Cathy Marchese
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM


Gracious God, you who are the author of all life, and who desire the well-being of all people,
during these dark days of COVID-19, increase in us, respect and reverence for all human life.
Grant restored health to the sick, comfort and hope to the dying,
eternal peace for those who have died, strength to family members, relatives, clergy, friends and volunteers,
renewed energy to hospital workers, PSWs, nurses and doctors,
and perseverance to all in the health care professions.
Grant wisdom to scientists for the development of effective and moral vaccines,
discernment and right judgment for legislators,
aid to the discouraged, poor and vulnerable,
courage and justice for front-line workers and all who risk their lives for the benefit of others,
and keep always in our minds the vision of the true common good of all the world.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bishop Robert Kasun, CSB
Auxiliary Bishop, Central Region, Archdiocese of Toronto


Monday, May 25th from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

A Virtual Program

Are you wondering why only milk bags are used to make the sleeping mats for our street friends here in Toronto? Are you perhaps looking for a simple activity to keep your hands busy and mind relaxed especially during this pandemic time while you are in quarantine? Are you looking for a way to contribute or give back to others not just here in Toronto but also to our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world? Would you like to learn another way to creatively reduce, reuse, and recycle?

If so, please join Sharon Gusz to learn why and how! She will discuss and present virtually about the Milk Bag Mat-Making. This presentation will be done via Zoom on Monday, May 25th from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM. Sharon is a Leadership Team Member of the Maturing Adult Ministry in our parish.

To register please contact: StGabrielMMA@gmail.com no later than Monday, May 24th.


Ascension of the Lord
World Communications Day
Living the Gospel locally and around the world

“You – the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese – haven’t forgotten the needs of your neighbours .“Thank you to our pastors and parish staff who have continued to educate the faithful about the work of ShareLife agencies.”
– Cardinal Thomas Collins

Thank you for supporting ShareLife!
Our Parish goal this year is $187,000.
Please give generously.


Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are very much appreciated.

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.

Your food donations are more important than ever as Covid 19 continues and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.


Catholic Family Services of Toronto is now offering online quick access single sessions. Single-session counselling is a quick and effective way for individuals, couples or families to address a mental health or relationship concern.

To arrange for a session, please contact: info@cfstoronto.com or 416-921-1163 or 416-222-0048. Leave us a message with your name, email and phone number, and a staff person will contact you.

Clients who are interested in pursuing other or additional services in the agency have the option to access our ongoing counselling, wellness or group programs.

Counselling fees are charged according to a client’s income level. No one is denied service because of their inability to pay fees.


Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Call 1-855 581- 9580

The Friendly Neighbor Hotline Is an organization mobilizing volunteers to deliver groceries and medication to seniors who have trouble going to the stores by themselves. The seniors just have to call the number, they can also register online. They place their order by phone (8 items max) and say how they want to pay (cash, g then sends a message to the pool of volunteers who indicated they can do deliveries in the senior’s ward. When a volunteer responds that he or she can do it, FNH sends a message to the volunteer with the shopping list. After delivery, the volunteer gets reimbursed by the organization who collects the money from the senior.”


Wednesday, May 19th from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM ONLINE

As part of the work of the Blue Table Series (a consortium of diverse international ecumenical and educational organizations), this webinar will explore the solidity of our democracies. This topic is especially timely given recent events related to hate speech, conspiracy theories and fake news that have taken centre stage in the public debate. The webinar endeavours to shed light on the ethical perspectives and criteria that could assist in addressing these challenges.

To Register, go to http://bit.ly/EthicsandDemocracyRegister


Theology of the Body for Everyone!

Thursday, May 20th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

The realities of masculinity, femininity, gender, and the relation of these to our identity are being questioned like never before. Jason Evert, internationally-known Catholic speaker and author, leads the discussion beyond feelings to help us embrace an integrated understanding of the truth of our identity. Speaking the truth in love, he shows how the recognition of what our biology reveals helps us to understand who God created us to be and to accompany others on their life’s journey!

Please join us on Thursday, May 20th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM

This is a free event but registration is required. Go to www.archtoronto.org/reclaiminglove.

For more information, contact Annalisa Parente at: aparente@archtoronto.org or 416-934-0606, ext. 569.


June 12th, 19th, and 26th at 10:00 AM

On Zoom

These 30 fun-filled minutes include prayer,songs, and crafts centered on a particular theme.

Our June theme is The Kingdom of God Parables

A home kit with the required craft materials is provided.Come join us online on June 12th, 19th, and 26th at 10:00am. Cost for the 3 sessions is $15.00/child

Email btcatechesis@gmail.com to register or for more info.

Last day to register for these sessions is May 15th, 2021


I might be imagining it, but there seems to be a greater variety of bird songs in and around the garden this year. As well as our perennial residents, the cardinals and the robins, the mourning doves are more present, greeting me skittishly, when I arrive.

The air is a tapestry of songs of the northern mockingbird, pileated woodpecker, house and song sparrows, chickadee and others. And dominating all from the church roof, is the call (perhaps not song!) of the Canada goose. It’s a thriving habitat!

Looking for a nature getaway? Join the Garden Ministry!


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. If you are unable to pick yours up, please call the Parish Office and we will make other arrangements.


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.

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.