Bulletin – April 14, 2024


Our youth group will be preparing and distributing sandwiches across downtown Toronto next weekend on Sunday April 21st. All interested youth ages 12 & up may contact youth@stgabrielsparish.ca for more information and to register.


April 15th – April 21st, 2024

TUESDAY – SUSAN BURR ✞ – Requested by The Taylor Family
THURSDAY – TINA INTINI ✞ – Requested by The Family
FRIDAY – JARL-ERIK NYLUND ✞ – Requested by Luisa Nylund
SATURDAY – DOSKO MILLIMONKA ✞ – Requested by Mary Anne Barnes
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM –
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – LEAH FERNANDES ✞ – Requested by Lynette Fernandes


Through ShareLife, you help refugees find safety and freedom

Your generous gift to ShareLife is crucial for immigrants and refugees establishing a new life in Canada. Your love and support have not only provided them with safety and freedom, but have also given them the opportunity to create a brighter future in our community.

Please give at the parish using a ShareLife envelope, online through our parish website, or at sharelife.org/donate.


3rd Sunday of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 3.13-15, 17-19
2nd Reading: 1 John 2.1-5
Gospel: Luke 24.35-48 – Jesus Appears to the Disciples

We all love having friends and since we know what it is like to befriend other humans, we can extend this same means of friendship to Jesus because he too is fully human. However, this friendship doesn’t remain like all of our other friendships but is elevated to the status of being friends with God, since Jesus is also fully God. As stewards, let us take some time each day in prayer to converse with Jesus as we would a close friend and by doing so, enjoy friendship with God.


Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are always so important as numbers of people in need continue to increase.

Rosalie Hall is an accredited children’s mental health facility focusing on the needs of pregnant and parenting youth ages 12-25, their children, and their families.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals, clean clothes and shelter for the homeless in our city They help find housing and provide follow up support. They support the homeless who are working to overcome addictions and provide a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs.

Please check the expiry date before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.


Good Shepherd provides more than 240,000 meals a year to people who would otherwise go hungry. Please think about volunteering to help feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. Three different recipes are available in the Parish Office or online at the Parish website. Casserole pans are also available in the Parish Office.

Your support is a tremendous help and is appreciated in the fight to end hunger and chronic homelessness. For more information, you may contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

St. Gabriel’s Social Justice Movie Club and Discussion Group

Join us for St. Gabriel’s Social Justice Movie Club and Discussion Group.

The first movie for viewing is “Kiss the Ground”, available through Netflix, YouTube and Google Play.

“Kiss the Ground” reveals that, by regenerating the world’s soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. Using compelling graphics and visuals, along with striking NASA and NOAA footage, the film artfully illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle. This movie is positioned to catalyze a movement to accomplish the impossible – to solve humanity’s greatest challenge, to balance the climate and secure our species’ future.

You choose your level of participation, from simply watching the movie at home to having a thoughtful and illuminating discussion with other parishioners at the following date, time and place.

Gabriel Room on Wednesday April 17 at 7:30 PM

The movie has to be viewed at home and only the discussion will take place on April 17th.

Please contact the office if you have any questions regarding the Movie Club.

A Grief Retreat and Presentation of Support Fundamentals

Saturday, May 11th, 2024, 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

Hosted by Father Ed Murphy at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church – 3220 Bayview Ave. Toronto M2M 3R7. This retreat is presented at no cost. Email the parish office to register – office@blessedtrinityparish.ca.

Dominican Friars Youth Interfaith Video Contest 2024

February 5th to April 15th, 2024

Theme: “This is a time when the world needs more love and compassion than ever.”

High school students (ages 13–19 years) in Catholic School Boards located in the Archdiocese of Toronto are invited to participate in this annual event that commemorates United Nations International Human Fraternity Day on February 4 every year. Students are encouraged to make a 3-minute video encapsulating the theme. They are encouraged to follow the guiding rules provided on the Catholic Register website and submit their entries by filling the details on the submission form located here: https://www.catholicregister.org/videocontest

CONTACT: interreligious@archtoronto.org or call 416-934-3400 ext. 527 for more information or questions.

Vespers Celebrating St. Gregory of Narek

Vespers Celebrating St. Gregory of Narek as ‘Abbot and Doctor of the Catholic Church’

St. Gregory of Narek, a revered saint in the Oriental Orthodox Church, has recently come into our Roman Catholic liturgical calendar. Join Archbishop Francis Leo and Bishop Abgar Hovakimyan (Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Canada) who will co-preside at a jointly prepared Armenian Vespers to celebrate this remarkable event on Saturday, April 27th, 2024 at 6:00 PM, hosted at Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church on 920 Progress Ave., Scarborough, Ont. M1G 3T5. A wide representation of church leaders in the Greater Toronto Area is expected at this event.

Brebeuf College School 60th anniversary Pub Night Reunion

Brebeuf College School is celebrating its 60th anniversary and invites alumni back to the school for a Pub Night Reunion on Friday, May 3rd, 2024 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

On Sunday, May 5th, 2024 there will be a Mass, Barbecue, and Open House for alumni, students, staff, and their families. The Mass Celebrant is Archbishop Terence Prendergast, S.J. For more information or to RSVP, please email fmacgrath@gtigolf.com.


If you are planning to be a teacher, it is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic school board in Ontario, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor as part of your application. The letter explaining that you belong to and participate in the community cannot be written if your pastor does not know you. It is recommended that you have a conversation with him early in the process well before the applications are to be submitted.


The Spring issue of our newsletter “Growing News” is now available from the home page and the Garden Ministry page of the Parish website. We hope you will enjoy it and look forward to your “letters to the editor”.

If you would like to receive the latest copy as soon as it is printed send us an email and we will gladly put you on our email list. Email us at: garden@stgabrielsparish.ca

If you are an experienced gardener, or interested in learning and would like volunteer or take on the leadership of St. Gabriel’s community garden, growing vegetables for the Good Shepherd Ministries, please get in touch. You will be welcomed with open arms.

To volunteer or to obtain more information please email garden@stgabrielsparish.ca

Join Us In The Garden Thursday April 18th from 9am to 2pm

St. Gabriel’s Garden Ministry would like to invite you to join us in the Gardens to help us accomplish the numerous tasks required to get the garden ready for the summer season.

Members of the ministry will be mixing compost into the community boxes, pruning/propagating, removing unsightly garden fabric, and installing rain barrels.

Please come out and join us to complete these tasks or feel free to pick your own chore.


Our Community is enjoined to help them design their logo.

Entries will be received from March 22nd to April 15th. The winning logo design will be announced on May 4th. Details are posted on the bulletin boards.


What kind of tree wishes you a good day?