Bulletin – February 13, 2022


Monday, February 21st

Monday February 21st is Family Day, a day to celebrate our families. The Parish Office will be closed and there will be no 9:00 AM Mass on that day.


February 14th to February 20th, 2022

MONDAY – KEITH & MARGARET LAU 🕆 – Requested by Vivian Ng
TUESDAY – DAVID DUNDON 🕆 – Requested by Cindy & Richard Hazell
WEDNESDAY – NIKOLA VUKOVIC 🕆 – Requested by the Family
THURSDAY – ANDREW HUI 🕆 – Requested by Howa Hui
FRIDAY – TA FAMILY – Requested by Veronica Do
SATURDAY – CAROLYN CRAVEN 🕆 – Requested by John Craven
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – BRUNO CORTESE 🕆 – Requested by the Cortese Family
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM


This Sunday, February 13th, 2022 at 2:30 PM
St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica
65 Bond St., Toronto

As part of Marriage Sunday 2022 celebrations, Bishop Robert Kasun, CSB, will preside at a special Mass to honour married couples celebrating milestone anniversaries (25th, 40th, 50th, 60th or 60+) in 2022.

Although registration is now closed, those who were not able to register may join the celebration via livestream Mass at: www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live. The broadcast will begin at 2:15 PM. Please visit www.archtoronto.org/marriage to access resources for parishes and couples.


Thank you for your generous support of 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.

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.


Phase One

Last December, Fr. Jim O’Shea, the Passionist Provincial, visited St. Gabriel’s to speak about the Passionist Jubilee Synod in Toronto. The goal of this synod is to listen to the voices of the marginalized in our parish community and to propose a vision for the work of the Passionists in Canada. This synod is a time our community to gather to explore serious issues, to listen to and learn from one another, to imagine how to address the issue in order to move into a better future, and to report these findings – all with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The synod process has now begun with Phase One, which is focused on the theme of gratitude. This phase will be facilitated virtually through an online blog, where participants are welcome to share their gratitude for St. Gabriel’s Parish and the Passionists’ missions in Canada. The blog is now open to all parishioners.

Please visit the parish website for more information, or you can visit www.stgabrielsynod.blogspot.com to access the blog directly. On the blog website, please see “Using the Blog” for instructions on posting on the blog and commenting on posts.


The English Rosary Group will be meeting on the first Saturday of each month beginning in March. For the present time, the meetings will be online at 2:00 PM until in-person meetings are allowed.

If you are interested, please call the Parish Office at 416 221 8866, leaving your name and phone number and Vivian will get back to you.


Recently, Pope Francis encouraged dioceses to remove the moral and physical distance which prevents the faithful from accessing the tribunal. To become more accessible the Toronto Regional Tribunal has opened a northern instructional office in Richmond Hill to serve the faithful of the archdiocese who have difficulty going downtown,


Every Catholic has a right to investigate their marriage (Canon Law 1674). It is free of charge.
Pope Francis has greatly simplified the procedures.

Talk to your pastor about the Catholic Marriage Tribunal and the marriage nullity process, or visit www.archtoronto.org/MarriageTribunal for more information.


Online, Thursday, February 24th, 2022
8:50 AM to 10:00 AM – Formal Program
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM – Breakout

February 1 to 7 is an annual event to promote harmony between people regardless of their faith. The Toronto Catholic District School Board, the Mary Ward Centre and the Archdiocese of Toronto Office for Interreligious Dialogue are collaborating to present an intergenerational event on Thursday, February 24th rom 8:50 AM to 10:30 AM.

A panel of speakers from different faith traditions engaged in the work of justice and reconciliation will address the topic of Listen, Learn and Engage. This will be followed by a chance to engage in conversation in a breakout room and an action piece to follow up.


“The Light of Newman in the Dark of Winter, Help for Our Lenten Journey.” A Virtual Lenten Retreat

Saturday, March 12th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Now is the time to start thinking about Lenten retreats. Join them on Saturday, March 12th as Dr. Donald Graham, Assistant Professor at St. Augustine’s Seminary, leads you through a day of virtual reflection on “The Light of Newman in the Dark of Winter. Help for Our Lenten Journey.” Dr. Graham has published widely on the topic of St. John Henry Newman. Don’t miss this opportunity to reflect with fellow pilgrims on the journey.

The Cost is $25 plus HST

For More information, contact St. Augustine’s Seminary of Toronto at: 416-261-7207, by email at lay.formation@staugustines.on.ca or go to their website: www.staugustines.on.ca

To register, go to https://bit.ly/SeminaryLentenRetreat2022


Theme: Walk in Wisdom
Wisdom Circle of Faith Friends

This is a small conversation group of persons in the second half of life who will gather on Zoom to reflect and share insights and questions from their life experience within the context of faith.

Dates: Five weekly gatherings on Zoom on Tuesdays from
2:30 to 4:00 PM – March 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, April 5th.

Process: In preparation for each session, a reflection guide will be sent by email to each participant. Conversation will be facilitated by Mary Rose Marrin CSJ, Retired Maturing Adults Minister. Sister Malou will serve as the host for the Zoom session.

Registration: contact Sr. Malou at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com before February 25th, 2022.


The next session of the Writing Circle will be held on February 25th. Sister Maria Lucia is hosting this on Zoom and Sister Mary Rose will facilitate the sessions.


The 2022 Offertory envelopes are available for those who did not pick them up. When you attend Mass, please remember to pick up your box of envelopes from Nikki, maintaining the required physical distancing.


Donors With Incomplete Information

If you are making a cash donation and are not using your numbered envelopes, please ensure that your name and address are neatly printed on the envelope.

For example, we have received donations in cash where the name is not legible with a missing phone number or address.

If you want to receive a tax receipt, please ensure that you provide the above information.


Special Collection, Weekend of March 5th/ 6th

The Church building is approaching her 16th year of operation. Most equipment and machinery that keep the building functional are often not visible. This equipment has undergone regular checks and maintenance to ensure that they function properly and efficiently. Some of these have reached a critical milestone that would require major repairs or even a replacement. These items are classified as the “must haves” in our long-term budget.

One of the two project that we plan to undertake in 2022 is a major repair on the living wall. The living wall has not been in the best shape. We are in the process of identifying the issue and are close to a resolution. It involves the engineering components that reside behind the wall. Once this is resolved we can then reconstruct the external visible living wall to one that we are usually proud to associate with St. Gabriel’s Parish.

The second under consideration is asphalt resurfacing of the south parking lot. The condition is deteriorating and may pose problems in the near future if it is not repaired.

We cannot achieve these milestones without your continued support and contribution to the maintenance funds. A special collection is planned for March 5th/6th, 2022 weekend. Please be as generous as your means allow.