Bulletin – September 12, 2021


September 13th to September 19th

MONDAY – JOSEPH & ANTONY VALAVI – Requested by Dhanya Valavi
TUESDAY – MICHAEL & AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes
WEDNESDAY – MICHAEL & AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes
FRIDAY – ANDRE HUI TAI PANG – Requested by Howa Hui
SATURDAY – MR.& MRS VICTOR FERNANDO on the 30th anniversary of their death – Requested by Kshamalee Wirekoon
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – HEUNG WAH LAM – Requested by The Fung, Lam & Montero Families
SUNDAY 12:30 PM – LUKE VUKOVIC – Requested by The Family


September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

There will be registration for the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation on September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Please Note: A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation. Registration forms will not be accepted without it. A Baptism certificate is not required for Reconciliation. A fee of $30 is required at registration for Confirmation to defray related costs.


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. Registration will continue until September 18th. 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 by email at StGabrielRCIA@gmail.com or by phone at 416-221-8866.


At the 10:30 AM Mass from October to May each year, children ages 4 to 10 have the opportunity to gather as a group for the Liturgy of the Word led by parents who have volunteered.

We are in need of more volunteers to assist this program.

For more information or to volunteer, please call Dawn Burke at 416 671-0561 or leave a message at the Parish Office.


For Children Who Were Registered in 2019 – 2020

First Communion interview dates are now being booked. They will take place on Tuesday, October 19th, Wednesday, October 20th and Friday, October 22nd.

They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Please call the Parish Office at 416 221 8866 to book your appointment with Fr. Brando as soon as possible.


As you know, Haiti has now been hit with a 7.2 earthquake, the latest in a series of disasters to strike this small nation. The devastation was worsened by arrival of Tropical Depression Grace, bringing heavy rains flooding and landslides.

In an effort to support those have been most directly impacted by these disasters, St. Gabriel’s Parish is accepting funds which will be passed on directly to Fr. Rick Frechette in Haiti.

Contributions can also be made through the Archdiocese of Toronto. Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

Through the parish, making cheques payable to: St. Gabriel’s – Haiti Disaster Relief 2021

Disaster Relief envelopes are on the table in the Gathering Space.

Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website

Through the Development Office at 416-934-3411

Please offer your prayers for all those impacted by this tragedy. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to assist those in crisis.


This Weekend – September 11th/ 12th

On Good Friday in the midst of the pandemic, several parishioners contributed to the Collection for the Holy Land.

For those who missed it, there will be a collection for the Holy Land this weekend, September 11th/ 12th. This collection is taken to support Christian communities, the upkeep of Holy Sites and the formation of priests in the Holy Land.

Envelopes are in the Gathering Space.

Please be as generous as your means allow.


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.


Living the Gospel by supporting residents of long-term care

The Houses of Providence in Scarborough is a ShareLife-funded agency that provides long-term care for seniors.

“It’s been hard during COVID-19,” says Mary, one of its residents, “but we understand the precautions that staff are taking. Providence staff have been absolutely wonderful and are doing a good job. I thank them every time I see them for their hard work.”

Did you know that you can contribute to ShareLife agencies like the Houses of Providence through Pre-Authorized Giving? Please consider making a monthly contribution to ShareLife using PAG.

October 3rd is the next ShareLife Sunday.

Please give generously during the special collection or anytime at sharelife.org.


Registration for the Garden Retreat is now full. If you would like to attend, please check Eventbrite (periodically for cancellations).

You may have noticed the guide house near the meditation circle, which currently houses a Companion guide for the Walk of the Stations of the Cosmic Earth. Feel free to borrow the guide for your walk, return it and avail yourself of a take-away guide stored beneath the rear portion of the articulated roof. Additional guides for reflective garden walks will appear in the guide house in the coming months.

Last week, we sent a bountiful harvest to the Good Shepherd including carrots, beans, chard, peppers, tomatoes, parsley, thyme and celery, celeriac and yellow squash. Planting for fall crops is underway and will include beets, carrots, spinach, lettuce, radish and cabbage.

Join the Garden Ministry! You are sure to find garden care tasks that appeal to you among the endless variety in St. Gabriel’s garden.


With a federal election scheduled for September 20th, Catholics are encouraged to learn more about the parties and candidates seeking our vote.

Catholic Conscience is Canada’s non-partisan Catholic civic and political engagement organization. They have prepared a number of resources that will assist Catholics in voter education and engagement in the days leading up to the federal election. These resources can be accessed at: www.catholicconscience.org/canada-federal-current.

All those eligible to vote are encouraged to do so on, or before, September 20th, 2021.


Saturday, October 2nd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre
2325 Liverpool Rd., Pickering

A day of reflection for Catholic parents of young adults with mental health issues.
Facilitated by Sr. Mary Rowell, csj. A suggested offering of $50 per person. Includes lunch, break and retreat day program. Space is limited.

For more information, visit their website at www.manresa-canada.ca

To register contact mikehyland@bell.net or phone 647-296-2499.


Tuesday, October 12th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
1617 Blythe Rd., Mississauga

Celebrate October, the Month of the Holy Rosary, by attending a day retreat at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga.

The cost is $40 (includes morning coffee and muffin, hot lunch and the program)

To register call Anne at 905-278-5229.


The Finance Council wishes to share this with all who come together as our worshipping community.
“The financial burden of the Parish is the responsibility of each and all parishioners to the extent that your means allow.”

Please consider giving your offertory by picking up Envelopes, enrolling in Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG), or Donate Now (through the Archdiocese of Toronto website). Please come by the parish office if you have any questions.