Bulletin – September 24, 2023


Youth in elementary school and high school, as well as young adults 19 and up are invited to join our parish youth ministry. There is a table in the gathering space this weekend to learn more information. There will also be a special slideshow from our young adults who attended World Youth Day this summer in Portugal.


September 26th , 27th and October 5th from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

There will be registration for the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation on September 26th, 27th and October 5th from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the gathering space of the church.

Please Note:

A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation. Registration forms will not be accepted without it.

A Baptism certificate is not required for Reconciliation.

A fee of $30 is required at registration for Confirmation to defray related costs.

The deadline for registration for all sacraments is October 8th.No registrations will be accepted after that date.


The Children’s Liturgy began this Sunday at the 10:30 AM Mass. We are in need of more volunteers to assist this program. For more information or to volunteer, please call Dawn Burke at 416 671-0561 or leave a message at the Parish Office.


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


September 25th to October 1st 2023

MONDAY – ABANDONED SOULS IN PURGATORY ✞ – Requested by the Nguyen Family
TUESDAY – ANNA & PHILIP TAYLOR ✞ – Requested by JM & MM Dewailly
THURSDAY – RAYMUND MARTE ✞ – Requested by Lemarc & Michelle Alonzo
FRIDAY – THANKSGIVING – Requested by the Asuncion Family
SATURDAY – ANTONIO GIOIA ✞ – Requested by Mary Laurella
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – KAZ SWIDERSKI ✞ – Requested by Irene & Family
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – HUI LAI SENG ✞ – Requested by Kok Yau Lam


Friday, September 29th, 2023 at 5:30 PM

St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica

The Archdiocese of Toronto celebrates the feast day of our archdiocesan patron, St. Michael, on Friday, September 29th, 2023. All are welcome to join in a special celebration on that day at 5:30 PM. at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica (65 Bond St.). Archbishop Francis Leo will celebrate Mass, with music from the world-renowned St. Michael’s Choir School. As part of the celebration, the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, the Most Rev. Ivan Jurkovič will confer the pallium on our archbishop, a symbol of his role as Metropolitan Archbishop of Toronto and shepherd to the faithful.

Following Mass, there will be an informal reception with light refreshments in the St. Michael’s Cathedral atrium and courtyard. Seating will be first come, first served. All are welcome to join in this special celebration for our archdiocese and archbishop!


Combating hunger through your compassion

Many of our brothers and sisters grapple with the daily challenge of putting food on the table. In response to their urgent need, ShareLife has launched the Food Security Grants – dedicating over half a million dollars to combat hunger.

Your compassionate support of our parish’s ShareLife Campaign will make possible this bold action. We have currently raised $151,276 towards our suggested goal of $192,000. Please support our fight against hunger at sharelife.org/donate or by giving at the parish with a ShareLife envelope. Thank you for heeding the Lord’s call to feed the hungry in our community and beyond.


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!


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.


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.


Next Weekend, September 30th/October 1st

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared casseroles for August. For September your frozen casseroles will be collected after all the Masses next weekend, September 30th/October 1st for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre

The casseroles are easy to make and we have the recipes and casserole pans right here in the Parish Office. The recipes are also available on the Parish website. If you require more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.


The Justice & Peace & the Integrity of Creation Committee

This weekend, September 23-24 and up to October 1st, our parish through the Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Committee and in collaboration with the Canadian Library Project will have a micro gallery display in our Gathering Space. Hopefully this will assist us in observing and commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation or Orange Shirt Day which is normally observed on September 30th each year.

The micro gallery display will consist of books that have been “individually covered in Indigenous-inspired fabric, and arranged on bookshelves. The names of lives lost, printed in gold letters, are placed on the spines of these books to individually respect and honour the thousands of murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls and children.” It is the hope of TLC and the JPIC at St. Gabriel’s that “the visual representation of the books covered in glorious Indigenous fabrics and the names of those lost, printed on the spines of the books, will evoke in us a sense of empathy, understanding & desire to see change.”

Coincidentally, the Archdiocese of Toronto will hold a special collection to support the Indigenous Healing & Reconciliation Fund. “The fund will support both local and national programs proposed by Indigenous communities to nurture the ongoing reconciliation journey.”


September 30th, 2023

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation takes place each year on September 30th. At St. Ann’s parish in Toronto, home to the Native People’s Mission, a special Mass will be held on October 1st, 2023, at 12:30 PM. All are welcome to attend.

The Archdiocese of Toronto will hold a special collection the weekend of September 30th/October 1st, 2023 to support the Indigenous Healing & Reconciliation Fund. The fund will support both local and national programs proposed by Indigenous communities to nurture the ongoing reconciliation journey. You can donate through your local parish or online anytime at: www.archtoronto.org/healingandreconciliation