Bulletin – June 12, 2022


Sunday June 12th from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

The Parish is hosting a Jubilee Celebration Party commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the ordination of Father Brando this Sunday, June 12th, between 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM in our Parking lot and Gathering Space – We hope to see you there! Extra parking is available at Elkhorn School.


June 13th to June 19th, 2022

MONDAY – TONINO DIDIODATO ✞ – Requested by the Family
TUESDAY – CORRINE MATTICE ✞ – Requested by Jim & Julianna Barnes
WEDNESDAY – FR. BRANDO RECANA – Requested by the Taylor Family
THURSDAY – JOHN MATTICE ✞ – Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – ANDREW HUI ✞ – Requested by Howa Hui
SATURDAY – FATHERS OF JACK & WANDA ✞ – Requested by Jack & Wanda Wrobel
SUNDAY, 10:30 – BRUNO CORTESE ✞ – Requested by the Cortese Family
SUNDAY, 12:30 – FR. PAUL CUSACK CP ✞ – Requested by Mary Huybers


Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin in September. 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.

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 at 416-221-8866.


June 18th and 19th

Next week, there will be a second collection for Marygrove Girls Camp run by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Each year, over 1,000 young girls with financial or domestic hardship enjoy a subsidized joyful camping experience at Marygrove. Please give generously to support this important initiative.


You can be a hero for those in need

The thousands of people who rely on ShareLife-funded agencies are counting on us to reach our parish goal, so the lifesaving work of these agencies can continue. Our goal this year is $198,000 To date we have achieved $120,600.

“Our goal can be met, but only with your help. I invite you to join today’s generation of heroes by making a sacrificial gift to ShareLife. As you contemplate the blessings God has entrusted to you, please join me in giving to ShareLife to the best of your ability.” – Cardinal Thomas Collins

If you have not yet donated, you can do so using a ShareLife envelope, online through our parish website, or at sharelife.org. Please give generously.


We are pleased to report that our team of 21 volunteers is getting ready to welcome a family from the Ukraine.

We are in the very early stages of this sponsorship and as yet we do not know how or when we will be matched with a family in need. Our Sponsorship is the through the Office of Refugees Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT) and they have a team in Poland speaking to Ukrainian families about resettlement in Canada.

We will of course keep the Parish informed of developments as they happen. Thank you for your continued support of this important work.

Hebrews 13:2
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.


Each month the 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.

Your food donations are more important than ever many are without jobs and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.


Friday, June 24th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
1617 Blythe Rd., Mississauga

A relic of St. Peregrine will be in their chapel during this retreat. Come, and let Jesus hold you lovingly in His arms and fill you with strength. The cost for the day including a hot lunch will be $45.

For more information contact Jean at 905-278-5229 or email office@qoa.ca


July 9th, From 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM

3022 Dufferin Street

Save the Date! Returning by popular demand Saturday July 9th! Rain or Shine! Join the Daughters of St. Paul for a Fundraising BBQ from 12:00 noon – 6:00 PM at 3022 Dufferin Street, North York. Enjoy a Hot Dog, Hamburger or Sausage, a bowl of Baked Beans, Chili or Pancit with a water or soda. All proceeds go to renovations of the Sisters’ Bookcentre and Convent. Questions? Call 416-781-9131


Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisements for our church bulletin. The advertising will begin in September 2022 and supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call Liturgical Publications at 905-624-4422.


Along with the vigorous growth of both our chosen garden plants and party crashers (a.k.a. weeds), this spring has brought significant infestations of pests and fungi affecting some of our fruit trees and indigenous flowering plants. As a result, we have called in an expert to advise us and will let you know their recommendations next week.

This time of the growing season is when weeders are most needed. If you can devote as little as an hour a week to help out, we, and the garden, would be grateful.

We are also looking for a driver, someone to deliver the weekly harvest to the Good Shepherd Ministries. If you can help, please email sgpgardenministry@gmail.com


Please pick up your Offertory envelopes at the Parish Office if you have not already done so. Thank you.


June is Seniors’ Month in the Province of Ontario and July is Grandparents and Elderly Month in the Catholic World

Did you know? There are 900 million persons in the world over the age of 60 and in Canada, there are more people over the age of 65 than children under the age of 15.

Our potential for spiritual growth increases as we age. To support the faith development of “maturing adults, a new ministry is emerging.

The maturing adult (50+) population is comprised of three distinct groups:  the pre-retired, the active retired, and the elders – each group having specific needs. Dealing with issues of loss is the central psychological and spiritual task of maturing years. Connection – with self, others, creation, and God – is our greatest asset in the aging process. How might we support each other in the aging process?”

With this in mind, our parish had established this ministry in the spring of 2019. The members of the Maturing Adult Ministry Team are continually undergoing training to meet the demands of this ministry according to the Archdiocesan standards. Sr. Mary Rose Marrin, CSJ, who established the Maturing Adult Ministry in the Toronto Archdiocese had facilitated most of the training. Our MMA Team is currently comprised of Dawn Burke, Beatrice Duran, Sharon Gusz, Maria Lourdes Luz, Odete Nascimento, Andrea San Juan, and Lydia Watts. Sr. Maria Lucia coordinates the MMA Team.

The team has been organizing programs to meet some needs of our parish’s maturing adult population. We have had programs such as: Life Story Program (A Journaling Workshop); Ways of Praying (for Lent and Advent); How to Use Social Media (to Connect with Family and Friends during the Pandemic), Palliative Care Workshop (in collaboration with St. Gabriel’s Bereavement Ministry Team) Wisdom Circle of Friends (for Lent); Writing Circle (a follow-up to the Life Story Program). During the height of the pandemic, the MMA had initiated the Friendly Connections Program, in order to connect to each other during the pandemic. It was developed to encourage independence and social contact with our parishioners, especially those who live alone. The Milk Bag Ministry which is spearheaded by Sharon Gusz is now formally a program under the auspices of MMA. In May 2021, Sharon conducted a webinar via Zoom for those who would be interested in starting the Milk Bag ministry in other places.

Currently, MMA is teaming with the Heather Bennett and the Garden Ministry Team to organize a Garden Retreat in July with the emphasizing “how grandparents and the elderly are a value and a gift both for society and for ecclesial communities. MMA will also be hosting a Technology Workshop starting in July for those would like to learn how to use technology (cellphone, social media, emails, etc.) in a safer way. This is being done in collaboration with the Youth Ministry Team of our parish.

If you have any ideas, suggestions, or interest, please contact our Maturing Adult Ministry Team via Sr. Maria Lucia at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com.