Bulletin – March 31, 2024

Rejoice for the Lord has truly risen!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

We want to wish you all a Happy and Holy Easter!

From the Desk of Fr. Paul

On this Easter, as we celebrate the Resurrection, we take a moment to keep our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land in our thoughts and prayers. We also take a moment to thank all our fellow parishioners who help make St. Gabriel’s Parish the vital and welcoming church that we are.

We are grateful to our Musicians, Cantors and Choirs, our Lectors, Altar Servers, our Youth, Ministers of Hospitality, the Counting ministry, our Finance Council, the Building Committee, those responsible for decorating the church, those keeping the altar linens fresh, all the members of our Garden ministry, those who serve on our Refugee committee, and our Mission Coordinators. Thank you!

Just a reminder

The office is closed on Easter Monday, April 1st.

There will be no 9:00 AM Mass.


ShareLife: Embrace Jesus’ love and compassion through giving

Jesus’ love and example inspire us to extend a helping hand to others, especially those facing the greatest challenges. ShareLife agencies continue to reach out to the most vulnerable members of our community, offering essential services made possible by your compassion and generous contributions.

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


April 1st – April 7th, 2024

TUESDAY – CHIARA INTINI ✞ – Requested by Carmina & Aldo Filice & Family
WEDNESDAY – VICTOR D’SOUZA ✞ – Requested by Brenda D’Souza
THURSDAY – LYDIA McGRANN – Requested by Ron & Anne Ackber
FRIDAY – VLADO PETRANOVIC ✞ – Requested by Mira Petranovic
SATURDAY – ALLAN PERSAUD ✞ – Requested by The Persaud & Goldenberg Families
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – LITA RAMONA ✞ – Requested by Loida Ganaden
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – VICTOR D’SOUZA ✞ – Requested by Brenda D’Souza


Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. 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.

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


Your prepared frozen casseroles are being collected at the Masses this weekend, March 30th/31st for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

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 chronic homelessness. If you require more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.


Easter Sunday
1st Reading: Acts 10.34a, 37-43
2nd Reading: Colossians 3.1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5.6b-8
Gospel: John 20.1-18++ – The Resurrection of Jesus

These past forty days we’ve been preparing for this great feast where we will be met with the risen Christ yet how often do we fail to recognize Him in our daily lives? St. Teresa of Calcutta believes that we encounter Jesus through our neighbour as she says “I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him.” This Easter, let us rejoice in Jesus’ resurrection and seek to find and serve Him in our neighbour by being good stewards.


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.

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

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


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.


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.


“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Lk 24:5