Bulletin – November 13, 2022



November 19th, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Following Fr. Jim O Shea’s recent visit, we are all invited to join another gathering on Saturday, November 19th. Mark your calendars and come be part of the process of determining the vibrant Passionist mission at St Gabriel’s.



A Box of Remembrance has been placed on the altar for the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your deceased relatives and friends on a sheet of paper at home and bring it to place in the box.

Those whose names are in the Box of Remembrance will be remembered at all the Masses celebrated in November.


November 14th to November 20th

MONDAY – MAUREEN CALLAGHAN – Requested by Agnes Gaughan
TUESDAY – TONINO DIDIODATO ✞ – Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – GABRIELLE KERR ✞ – Requested by Nora Kerr
THURSDAY – ANDREW HUI ✞ – Requested by Howa Hui
FRIDAY – CORA PARKE ✞ – Requested by Bob Parke
SATURDAY – YEE FOON LO ✞ – Requested by Erminia Choy
SUNDAY 10:30 AM – RICHARD KOO ✞ – Requested by Megan Freitas
SUNDAY 12:30 PM – KOK YAU MEI ✞ – Requested by Y.L. Kok


Apartment Needed

The Refugee Committee is actively looking for a 2 bedroom apartment that can be rented to host a Ukrainian family for 3-6 months. If you have such a space or know of someone who does would you contact the parish office at stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca.


Saturday, November 19th to Sunday, December 11th

St. Vincent de Paul

During Advent, the Society of St Vincent de Paul, St. Gabriel Conference, will have a Giving Tree in the Gathering Space. The tree will be decorated with gift stars.

We invite you to take a star, buy a Walmart or Canadian Tire gift card for about $50 and bring it with the star attached to the Parish Office.

Rosalie Hall

At this time of the year, we are also thinking of the young mothers and babies of Rosalie Hall. If you wish to help, you may choose a “Christmas Stocking” from the tree to purchase pyjamas or undershirts for little ones, age 6 months to 5 years.

Sweaters or hoodies would also be very welcome. Unwrapped Items with the original stocking tag attached can be left in the box provided near the giving tree no later than Sunday, December 10th. Toys or books for these little ones would also be appreciated.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from Tim Horton’s, Walmart or MacDonald’s. These can be placed in the cards provided and brought to the Office. Thank you for your continued generosity.


You can be a hero for those in need!

Your year-end gift will double in value! From now until the end of 2022, your contribution to our parish’s ShareLife campaign will be matched by an anonymous donor up to a total of $1 million. When you give to ShareLife, you support agencies like Mary Centre. Here’s how your contribution makes a difference for the work of this agency:

“Thank you to all who donate to ShareLife. With each donation we receive, we are able to attain our goals of assisting people in their efforts in building a good life, and also providing a safe place for people with a developmental disability to stay so that their families/caregivers and themselves can get some needed respite.”

Our goal this year is $198,000. To date we have achieved $160,402 Please give at the parish using a ShareLife envelope, online through our parish website, or at sharelife.org/donate.


Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. They are very appreciative.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential. The food we donate from our parish often replenishes their empty food bank.

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 so important as numbers of people in need continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.


Monday, November 14th from 7:30 to 8:30 PM


In this lecture, Dr. David Arnow, a writer, clinical psychologist, and activist in the Jewish community will delve into the depths of the reservoir of hope from Biblical times to the present day. Grounded in Scripture and contemporary theology, Dr. Arnow will explore the fundamental sources of hope which have helped the Jewish people stay strong and optimistic through the challenges of life. These sources include: Teshuvah (a method to fulfill hope), Tikkun olam (the hope that we can repair the world by working together), Abraham and Sarah (models persisting in hope amid trials), Exodus (an archetype of redemptive hope), Covenant (the hope for a durable relationship with God), Job (the “hard-fought hope” that brings a grief-stricken man back to life), the World-to-Come (the sustaining hope that death is not the end), as well as Humour. Plan to attend this fascinating presentation drawing from our common heritage of a virtue that is very much in need today.

For participation, register: https://bit.ly/3T1UJrd

COME & SEE – Weekend Retreat

St. Augustine’s Seminary
November 18th at 6:30 PM to November 20th at 2:00 PM

The Office of Vocations will be hosting a Come & See Weekend Retreat for men 18 years and older at St. Augustine’s Seminary on Friday, November 18th at 6:30 PM until Sunday, November 20th at 2:00 PM.

This retreat offers a way for men to discern a possible call to priesthood at our seminary. Registration must be done online at www.vocationstoronto.ca/comesee. For more information, please email: vocations@archtoronto.org

Red Wednesday 2022 Prayer Vigil for Persecuted Christians

Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00 PM

St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica ,65 Bond St., Toronto

The pontifical charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN Canada), and the Archdiocese of Toronto invite all to participate in the Red Wednesday Prayer Vigil, on November 16th, at 7:00 PM at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. The annual event intends to raise awareness about the alarming situation of persecuted Christians worldwide, to remember those who have perished as victims of their religious beliefs, and to pray for religious freedom. On that day, St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, among other important buildings, such as the largest Shrine dedicated to St. Joseph in Canada, Montreal, QC., will be lit in red to symbolize the martyr’s blood. Please remember there are many other ways to contribute to this day, such as wearing red and inviting others to do the same. Share your pictures of solidarity on social media channels with the hashtag #RedWednesday, or hold a fundraiser to help the affected communities.

For more information go to acn-canada.org/red-wednesday.


Saturday, November 26th

Blessed Trinity Parish, 3220 Bayview Ave.,
from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Blessed Trinity invites you to an Advent Retreat with Bishop Robert Kasun on Nov. 26th from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM in the church parish hall. The cost is $20 per ticket. A light breakfast will be served. Everyone is welcome!

Contact Camila Nowakowski at cnowakowski@rogers.com or by phone at 416-226-0262

WEBSITE: https://www.blessedtrinityparish.ca/


A Virtual Presentation
Monday, November 28th at 7:00 PM

University Women’s Club North York (UWCNY) invites you to attend More Options, More Choice: Aging Your Way – a virtual presentation via Zoom with Sue Lantz, Founder and Managing Director of Collaborative Aging on Monday, November 28th at 7:00 PM. You will learn about a holistic approach to planning, arranging, and preparing for the life you want to live tomorrow.

Sue will present a thought-provoking conversation to broaden your perspective on aging in the places you choose, with the best supports and resources within your community. Participants will be inspired to map out their own plans in a practical, unique, and collaborative way using the five-strategy framework and various tools within the “Options Open” Guide.

Details about purchasing a copy of Options Open: The Guide for Mapping Your Best Aging Journey will be shared at the event. For more information, visit: https://optionsopen.org and https://collaborativeaging.com.


A donation of securities is one of the easiest and smartest ways to donate in Canada. When you donate to the Archdiocese of Toronto, you put stock in knowing that you are creating the greatest impact on the church and those we serve. Consider making a gift of securities to your parish or any one of our Archdiocesan charities.

With a gift of securities, you can receive an immediate donation receipt for the fair market value of the security. In addition, there is no capital gains tax applied to any benefit received from the sale of these securities. Listed securities include, stocks, bonds and mutual funds.

To donate listed securities, you can obtain our form, the Letter of Direction by visiting this link: https://www.archtoronto.org/en/offices-and-ministries/social-justice–outreach/development-and-sharelife/home/gifts-of-securities/.

For further information, contact the development office at 416-934-3400 Ext. 561/519 or email at development@archtoronto.org.