Bulletin – October 8, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

A Prayer for Thanksgiving

O, heavenly Father:
We thank thee for food and remember the hungry.
We thank thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service, that thy gifts to us may be used for others.

Monday, October 9th is Thanksgiving Day

There will be no 9:00 AM Mass and the Parish Office
will be closed.


We would like to extend a warm welcome to Deacon Cristian Martinez, a transitional deacon who will be here until October 26th to gain experience working in a Passionist Parish. We look forward to working with him.


The Altar Server Ministry invites children, 10 and above, who are interested in learning how
to serve at Mass, to please email stgabrielsaltarservers@gmailcom


Two volunteers are needed to work on the Volunteer Screening Committee. If you would like more information about this Committee or are interested in being part of this ministry, please contact the parish office.


October 9th to October 15th, 2023

TUESDAY – DR. EUGENE JUWAH ✞ – Requested by Pricilla Juwah
WEDNESDAY – THE TAYLOR FAMILY – Requested by J.M. & M.M. Dewailly
THURSDAY – DELPHINE OAKIE ✞ – Requested by her Family
FRIDAY – ROMULO CHRISTIAN GONZALEZ ✞ – Requested by his Parents
SATURDAY – PASQUALE GATTI ✞ – Requested by Linda Gatti
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – VICTOR PAUL ✞ – Requested by Sophie & Candida Pereira
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – PAUL AU – Requested by the Au Family


Ensure no one goes hungry this Thanksgiving

We all feel it: the rising cost of living is hurting families, forcing many to seek food assistance for the first time. Through our parish’s support, ShareLife is committing over $500,000 to support food banks and meal programs throughout the Archdiocese.

That’s why we need your help to reach our parish goal! We have currently raised $161,199 towards our suggested goal of 192,000 Please support the fight against hunger at sharelife.org/donate or by giving at our parish using a ShareLife envelope. Thank you for living the Gospel.


For the Good Shepherd Centre and Rosalie Hall

You can make a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless this Thanksgiving by helping to provide meals for the homeless and at -risk individuals in our community.

Urgently needed items include:
Tuna and canned meats tomato sauce
canned tomatoes chick peas, beans
soups, stews mayonnaise
granola/protein bars mustard
canned corn & vegetables bagged rice
breakfast cereals peanut butter
tea bags & coffee jams

Please check the expiry date as we cannot pass on expired foods. Please no fresh or frozen foods.

We thank you for your generous support!


The Good Shepherd Centre has now reopened its dining room so that guests can enjoy having their meals inside. St. Gabriel’s volunteers help serve the meal every second Monday of each month with shifts from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. There is carpooling from the Church to the Centre. We are looking to add volunteers to this ministry starting the month of November. If you are interested, please contact the office for more details. Thank you.


Two natural disasters have recently struck the region of North Africa with a devastating earthquake in Morocco followed by severe flooding in Libya caused by Storm Daniel.

On Friday, September 8th, 2023, in the High Atlas Mountain region of Morocco, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake – the largest in the country since 1969 – caused extreme damage to buildings and property and has claimed the lives of at least 2,900 to date with another 5,500 people injured. Since the region is not traditionally prone to large seismic activity, buildings are not built to withstand such large tremors.

Two days later, on Sunday, September 10th, a Mediterranean hurricane-type event known as a “medicane” struck shore and quickly overwhelmed the port town of Derna in Libya. “Storm Daniel” delivered more than 400mm of rain within 24-hours and swept away families, took down buildings and bridges and completely overwhelmed dams which burst allowing rain waters to flood the streets of the town. Entire neighbourhoods were washed out to sea due to the storm that displaced over 30,000 people, with 10,000 more missing or unaccounted for. As of today, the flood has taken the lives of more than 11,000 people.

While rescue operations are ongoing in both countries, the process is very slow and there is a strong likelihood that the death toll will rise exponentially in the coming days and weeks.

For those interested in supporting humanitarian relief efforts to help those in need, please note the following:

Humanitarian Aid for Morocco

The Archdiocese of Toronto will accept donations and channel funds through our Catholic partners in Morocco to support relief efforts underway.

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 Passionist Parish, Morocco Earthquake – Humanitarian Relief

Humanitarian Aid for Libya

Currently, our Catholic partners are not present in Libya to coordinate relief efforts and as such we are unable to accept donations to aid those affected by the flooding at this time. For those wishing to offer support to the people of Libya, please consider a gift through the Canadian Red Cross in the following ways:

Online through the Red Cross website – www.redcross.ca

By phone through the Red Cross – 1-800-418-1111

Please continue to pray for those who have died, for those who are missing or displaced because of these tragic disasters in both Morocco and Libya and for all who are working hard to provide relief and rescue in both locations.


Wednesday October 11, 2023 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM


The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, Toronto Diocesan Council will be holding their CWL Wednesday virtually on Wednesday October 11, 2023 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. This virtual presentation is titled: Faith, Love and Loss. Sustaining Hope amid Memory Loss and the Storms of Life. The presenters are Harry and Jennifer McAvoy. The presentation will be based on their book.

Registration deadline is Monday, October 9th, 2023. To register email Shaila D’Souza at shailaflavy@gmail.com

For inquiries contact Kate O’Quinn at kateoquinn@yahoo.ca


Wednesday October 25th, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
1617 Blythe Road, Mississauga

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre invites all women to the 2023 Women Together Retreat being held on Wednesday October 25th, 2023 From 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM

The cost is $45 which includes coffee or tea with muffins and a hot lunch. Mass will be celebrated during the day.

For more information or to register, please call 905-278-5229 or go to office@qoa.ca


A gift of securities (stocks, bonds, mutual funds) is still one of the most financially sound ways to support the Archdiocese of Toronto. When you donate stocks, mutual funds and other publicly traded securities to a registered charity, you pay no capital gains tax and receive a tax receipt for the full amount of the gift. It means a great tax break for you and more significant support of your Parish and various archdiocesan charities such as ShareLife, St. Augustine’s Seminary, The Shepherds’ Trust and many others.

To donate securities, follow this link: https://www.archtoronto.org/en/offices-and-ministries/social-justice–outreach/development-and-sharelife/home/gifts-of-securities/ to download: How to Gift Securities Info Sheet and the Letter of Direction

To ensure you will receive a 2023 tax receipt, kindly submit a completed Letter of Direction to us no later than on December 21st, 2023, either via email to development@archtoronto.org or by fax at 416-934-3412.

For more information, contact our office at development@archtoronto.org.