Bulletin – March 6, 2022


We are in need of more Hospitality Ministers. Hospitality Ministers welcome and usher those attending Mass or other liturgies They are responsible for the order of offertory collections, offertory and communion processions, as well as taking care of special needs. If you wish to be a part of this ministry, please email your name and phone number to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca or call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.


Stations of the Cross:
Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Lenten Retreat:
March 5th, Call to Prophecy
10:00 AM to 12:00 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Individual Confessions:
Wednesday, March 30th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Palm Sunday, April 10th:
Masses Sat., 4:30 PM
Sun., 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday, April 14th:
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
7:30 PM – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday, April 15th:
10:00 AM – Morning Prayer
3:00 PM – Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM – Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 16th
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 17th
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Easter Monday, April 18th:
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed



March 7th to March 13th, 2022





SATURDAY – JOSEPHINE BADALI ✞ – Requested by John, Sal & Patsy
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – PETER & BRIDGET PEREIRA ✞ – Requested by Sophie & Candida Pereira
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – HELENA SUH ✞ – Requested by Veronica Lee


Phase One- Gratitude

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 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.

Phase Two – Prophecy
First Session – “Jubilee Synod” Lenten Retreat March 5th
Call to Prophecy
Second Session – March 26th
Horizons of Prophecy

Phase Three – Hope
Session – April 9th: Visions of Hope and Report


Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday evening during Lent at 7:30 PM. We also encourage your attendance at our daily Mass throughout Lent.


Saturday, March 12th at 3:00 PM in the Gabriel Room.


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


Ukraine has been plunged into war after the Russian military invaded the country last week, resulting in widespread violence and a looming humanitarian crisis. In response to the request of parishioners, the Archdiocese of Toronto has launched a humanitarian relief effort to help the Ukrainian people at this time.

Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian civilians have already fled their homes and are trying to find shelter in neighbouring countries. The United Nations estimates that there could eventually be up to five million Ukrainian refugees, depending on how the war transpires.

Pope Francis has called on the faithful to make Ash Wednesday (March 2, 2022) a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Ukraine. On that day – and the days that follow – a donation to help Ukrainians who are suffering due to this war would be a most appreciated gift.

The Archdiocese of Toronto will channel donations to support the Office for Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT) and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA). ORAT is Canada’s largest private Sponsorship Agreement Holder, which helps bring hundreds of newcomers to our country each year; it will use donations to bring Ukrainian refugees to Canada as soon as possible.

Your donation will help Ukrainians who are beset by violence in Eastern Europe and it will help some of them find a new home in Canada.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:
Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
St.Gabriel’s Parish – Ukrainian Relief – Humanitarian Relief

Please continue to pray for the Ukrainian people and all those who suffer under the human tragedy of war. Thank you for your continued assistance.


Thank you so much to the volunteers who prepared 52 casseroles for February. For March, your frozen prepared casseroles will be collected at all the Masses on the weekend of March 26th/27th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are encouraged to become active in helping to feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. Three different recipes are available in the Parish Office or online at the Church website. You may pick up casserole pans at the Parish Office. If you require more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.


Once again thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

Your food donations are very much appreciated by the homeless of our city. The numbers of needy people continue to increase each day. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.


St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, 65 Bond Street
Thursday, March 17th at 10:00 AM

The annual Mass of St. Patrick from St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica in Toronto will take place on Thursday, March 17th at 10:00 AM. Cardinal Thomas Collins will be the presider. The homilist will be Fr. Seamus Hogan, Associate Professor of Church History, St. Augustine’s Seminary of Toronto.

To register go to: https://annual-st-patrick-mass.eventbrite.ca

All are welcome to participate in the celebration via livestream at: www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live.


Saturday March 19th, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

DynamicWomen of Faith will be hosting a conference for Catholic women on Saturday, March 19th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The cost is $35 plus HST.

Friday March 25th from 7:00 to-10:00 PM

Dynamic Women of Faith will be hosting a conference for mothers and daughters on Friday, March 25th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM The cost is $30 (plus HST).
To register for either of these events go to www.dynamicwomenfaith.com


Special Collection, This Weekend, 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 have solved the engineering issues that reside behind the wall. Our next step is to 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 being held this weekend, March 5th/6th. Please be as generous as your means allow.