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Bulletin – September 12, 2021

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 13th to September 19th

MONDAY – JOSEPH & ANTONY VALAVI – Requested by Dhanya Valavi
TUESDAY – MICHAEL & AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes
WEDNESDAY – MICHAEL & AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes
THURSDAY
FRIDAY – ANDRE HUI TAI PANG – Requested by Howa Hui
SATURDAY – MR.& MRS VICTOR FERNANDO on the 30th anniversary of their death – Requested by Kshamalee Wirekoon
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – HEUNG WAH LAM – Requested by The Fung, Lam & Montero Families
SUNDAY 12:30 PM – LUKE VUKOVIC – Requested by The Family

SACRAMENTAL REGISTRATION

September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

There will be registration for the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation on September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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.

R.C.I.A. AND ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin in October. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly.

The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith. Registration will continue until September 18th. If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please contact Sr. Maria Lucia by email at StGabrielRCIA@gmail.com or by phone at 416-221-8866.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

At the 10:30 AM Mass from October to May each year, children ages 4 to 10 have the opportunity to gather as a group for the Liturgy of the Word led by parents who have volunteered.

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.

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

For Children Who Were Registered in 2019 – 2020

First Communion interview dates are now being booked. They will take place on Tuesday, October 19th, Wednesday, October 20th and Friday, October 22nd.

They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Please call the Parish Office at 416 221 8866 to book your appointment with Fr. Brando as soon as possible.

DISASTER RELIEF FOR HAITI

As you know, Haiti has now been hit with a 7.2 earthquake, the latest in a series of disasters to strike this small nation. The devastation was worsened by arrival of Tropical Depression Grace, bringing heavy rains flooding and landslides.

In an effort to support those have been most directly impacted by these disasters, St. Gabriel’s Parish is accepting funds which will be passed on directly to Fr. Rick Frechette in Haiti.

Contributions can also be made through the Archdiocese of Toronto. Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

Through the parish, making cheques payable to: St. Gabriel’s – Haiti Disaster Relief 2021

Disaster Relief envelopes are on the table in the Gathering Space.

Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website

Through the Development Office at 416-934-3411

Please offer your prayers for all those impacted by this tragedy. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to assist those in crisis.

HOLY LAND COLLECTION

This Weekend – September 11th/ 12th

On Good Friday in the midst of the pandemic, several parishioners contributed to the Collection for the Holy Land.

For those who missed it, there will be a collection for the Holy Land this weekend, September 11th/ 12th. This collection is taken to support Christian communities, the upkeep of Holy Sites and the formation of priests in the Holy Land.

Envelopes are in the Gathering Space.

Please be as generous as your means allow.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are very much appreciated.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

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 more important than ever as Covid 19 continues and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting residents of long-term care

The Houses of Providence in Scarborough is a ShareLife-funded agency that provides long-term care for seniors.

“It’s been hard during COVID-19,” says Mary, one of its residents, “but we understand the precautions that staff are taking. Providence staff have been absolutely wonderful and are doing a good job. I thank them every time I see them for their hard work.”

Did you know that you can contribute to ShareLife agencies like the Houses of Providence through Pre-Authorized Giving? Please consider making a monthly contribution to ShareLife using PAG.

October 3rd is the next ShareLife Sunday.

Please give generously during the special collection or anytime at sharelife.org.

THE GARDEN SHED

Registration for the Garden Retreat is now full. If you would like to attend, please check Eventbrite (periodically for cancellations).

You may have noticed the guide house near the meditation circle, which currently houses a Companion guide for the Walk of the Stations of the Cosmic Earth. Feel free to borrow the guide for your walk, return it and avail yourself of a take-away guide stored beneath the rear portion of the articulated roof. Additional guides for reflective garden walks will appear in the guide house in the coming months.

Last week, we sent a bountiful harvest to the Good Shepherd including carrots, beans, chard, peppers, tomatoes, parsley, thyme and celery, celeriac and yellow squash. Planting for fall crops is underway and will include beets, carrots, spinach, lettuce, radish and cabbage.

Join the Garden Ministry! You are sure to find garden care tasks that appeal to you among the endless variety in St. Gabriel’s garden.

FEDERAL ELECTION RESOURCES FROM A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE

With a federal election scheduled for September 20th, Catholics are encouraged to learn more about the parties and candidates seeking our vote.

Catholic Conscience is Canada’s non-partisan Catholic civic and political engagement organization. They have prepared a number of resources that will assist Catholics in voter education and engagement in the days leading up to the federal election. These resources can be accessed at: www.catholicconscience.org/canada-federal-current.

All those eligible to vote are encouraged to do so on, or before, September 20th, 2021.

A JOURNEY OF HOPE

Saturday, October 2nd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre
2325 Liverpool Rd., Pickering

A day of reflection for Catholic parents of young adults with mental health issues.
Facilitated by Sr. Mary Rowell, csj. A suggested offering of $50 per person. Includes lunch, break and retreat day program. Space is limited.

For more information, visit their website at www.manresa-canada.ca

To register contact mikehyland@bell.net or phone 647-296-2499.

MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY

Tuesday, October 12th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
1617 Blythe Rd., Mississauga

Celebrate October, the Month of the Holy Rosary, by attending a day retreat at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga.

The cost is $40 (includes morning coffee and muffin, hot lunch and the program)

To register call Anne at 905-278-5229.

FINANCIAL CORNER

The Finance Council wishes to share this with all who come together as our worshipping community.
“The financial burden of the Parish is the responsibility of each and all parishioners to the extent that your means allow.”

Please consider giving your offertory by picking up Envelopes, enrolling in Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG), or Donate Now (through the Archdiocese of Toronto website). Please come by the parish office if you have any questions.

Bulletin – September 5, 2021

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

WELCOME BACK

Many of you have been at Mass during the summer. For those of you who have recently returned to St. Gabriel’s, welcome back. We are very happy to see you!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 6th to September 12th

MONDAY – LABOUR DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – THE INTENTIONS OF CHUN-LI – Requested by Tony Fernandes
WEDNESDAY – MICHAEL & AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes
THURSDAY – Claire & Dawn Burke – Requested by their Family
FRIDAY –
SATURDAY – SHING-WING KOK & FAMILY – Requested by Yau Lam Kok
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – SHING WING KOK & FAMILY – Requested by Yau Lam Kok
SUNDAY 12:30 PM – KSHAMALEE WIREKOON’S 75TH BIRTHDAY – Requested by Kshamalee Wirekoon

WELCOME! OUR NEWEST MEMBERS

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome these little ones:
Ana Elisa Leon Ayala
Liam Cameron-Sellers Florez
Rebecca Pena Silva
Benjamin Adam Siu
Aleria Valentina Smikle
Theodore Kwabena Oritsematosan Uku

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism in July and August. Congratulations!

CHILDREN’S LITURGY – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

At the 10:30 AM Mass from October to May each year, children ages 4 to 10 have the opportunity to gather as a group for the Liturgy of the Word led by parents who have volunteered.

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.

SACRAMENTAL REGISTRATION

There will be registration for the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation on September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.

Please bring a Baptism certificate if you are registering for First Communion or Confirmation. Registration forms cannot be accepted without it. A Baptism certtificate is not required for Reconciliation.

R.C.I.A. AND ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin in October. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly.

The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith. Registration will continue until September 18th. If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please contact Sr. Maria Lucia by email at StGabrielRCIA@gmail.com or by phone at 416-221-8866.

DISASTER RELIEF FOR HAITI

As you know, Haiti has now been hit with a 7.2 earthquake, the latest in a series of disasters to strike this small nation. The devastation was worsened by arrival of Tropical Depression Grace, bringing heavy rains flooding and landslides.

In an effort to support those have been most directly impacted by these disasters, St. Gabriel’s Parish is accepting funds which will be passed on directly to Fr. Rick Frechette in Haiti.

Contributions can also be made through the Archdiocese of Toronto.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

Through the parish, making cheques payable to:St. Gabriel’s – Haiti Disaster Relief 2021

Disaster Relief envelopes are on the table in the Gathering Space.

Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website

Through the Development Office at 416-934-3411

Please offer your prayers for all those impacted by this tragedy. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to assist those in crisis.

HOLY LAND COLLECTION

Weekend of September 11th/ 12th

On Good Friday in the midst of the pandemic, several parishioners contributed to the Collection for the Holy Land.

For those who missed it, there will be a collection for the Holy Land on the weekend of September 11th/ 12th. This collection is taken to support Christian communities, the upkeep of Holy Sites and the formation of priests in the Holy Land.

Envelopes are in the Gathering Space.

Please be as generous as your means allow.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are very much appreciated.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

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 more important than ever as Covid 19 continues and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting young parents

Thanks to generous donors like you, ShareLife agencies helped 150,000 people locally last year. These include 1,900 young pregnant and parenting women and their babies. These women take parenting classes, receive diapers and healthy food, and get one-on-one support as they complete their high school education.

We encourage you to support this work by making a gift to ShareLife via the parish or at sharelife.org.

October 3rd is the next ShareLife Sunday. Please give generously.

FEDERAL ELECTION RESOURCES FROM A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE

With a federal election scheduled for September 20th, Catholics are encouraged to learn more about the parties and candidates seeking our vote.

Catholic Conscience is Canada’s non-partisan Catholic civic and political engagement organization. They have prepared a number of resources that will assist Catholics in voter education and engagement in the days leading up to the federal election. These resources can be accessed at: www.catholicconscience.org/canada-federal-current.

All those eligible to vote are encouraged to do so on, or before, September 20th, 2021.

A JOURNEY OF HOPE

Saturday, October 2nd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre
2325 Liverpool Rd., Pickering

A day of reflection for Catholic parents of young adults with mental health issues.
Facilitated by Sr. Mary Rowell, csj. A suggested offering of $50 per person. Includes lunch, break and retreat day program. Space is limited.

For more information, visit their website at www.manresa-canada.ca

To register contact mikehyland@bell.net or phone
647-296-2499.

MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY

Tuesday, October 12th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
1617 Blythe Rd., Mississauga

Celebrate October, the Month of the Holy Rosary, by attending a day retreat at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga.

The cost is $40 (includes morning coffee and muffin, hot lunch and the program)

To register call Anne at 905-278-5229.

THE GARDEN SHED

ST. GABRIEL’S GARDEN RETREAT

A Gateway to Earth’s Spirituality
Saturday, September 18th

St. Gabriel’s will be hosting a Garden Retreat on Saturday, September 18th, on the theme of the garden as gateway to earth spirituality. Through hands-on garden encounters, contemplation and knowledge-sharing, participants will be invited to explore and deepen their relationship with the land.

Please see the posters in the Gathering Space and downstairs for further details.

FINANCIAL CORNER

The Finance Council wishes to share this with all who come together as our worshipping community.

“The financial burden of the Parish is the responsibility of each and all parishioners to the extent that your means allow.”

Please consider giving your offertory by picking up Envelopes, enrolling in Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG), or Donate Now (through the Archdiocese of Toronto website). Please come by the parish office if you have any questions.

Bulletin – June 27, 2021

Sunday, June 27th, 2021

Happy Summer!

This is the last bulletin until the Labour Day Weekend in September. We wish you all a happy and safe summer!

Thursday, July 1st is Canada Day.

There will be no 9:00 AM Mass on Thursday or Friday.

The Parish Office will be closed both days, July 1st and July 2nd.

ATTENDING MASS

Welcome Back!

At the present time, Step 1 of the Ontario Government’s reopening plan is still in effect.

Under Step 1, attendance at St. Gabriel’s is limited to a capacity of 15%. Weekend Mass attendance will continue to be by reservation on the Eventbrite system. This attendance number is limited to all Liturgical celebrations.

Reservations are not required for weekday Masses.

CHURCH BULLETIN ADVERTISING

Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisements for our church bulletin. The advertising will begin in September 2021 and supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call Liturgical Publications at 905-624-4422.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 28th, 2021 to July 4th, 2021

MONDAY – ADELE O’CONNELL – Requested by Fergus O’Connell
TUESDAY- BILL ROSENITCH – Requested by Fergus O’Connell
WEDNESDAY –
THURSDAY – CANADA DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
FRIDAY – PARISH CLOSED – No 9:00 AM Mass
SATURDAY – BIRTHDAY INTENTION OF ROSEMARIE YEUNG – Requested by Her Parents
SUNDAY – 10:30 – ROSITA DE BORJA – Requested by Her Children

ATTENTION GRADE 12 STUDENTS

If you’re going to university or college in the fall, campus ministry is waiting for you! Connect with the Catholic community on your campus by visiting: www.chaplaincyconnect.ca!

PRAYER FOR LOST ABORIGINAL CHILDREN

For the children who died in Kamloops and in residential schools throughout the country that they not be forgotten,
Lord, Hear our prayer.

For healing of the relatives and communities of these children within the First Nation and Metis communities.
Lord heaf our prayer.

For a thorough investigation of all former residential schools that any further unmarked graves of children would be found.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For wisdom and grace for the Honourable Dr. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations.
Lord, hear our prayer.

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS: SENIORS MONTH AND ADULT FORMATION

June is celebrated as Seniors Month in Ontario and in various provinces across Canada. The theme of Seniors Month 2021 in Ontario is “Stay Safe, Active and Connected.” The month of June is also dedicated to Adult Faith Formation in the Archdiocese of Toronto in recognition of the fact that adult faith formation is fundamental, essential and central in the life of faith communities.

“Seniors” and older adults have faced “increased isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.” The good news is that the government of Canada and the province of Ontario have been making great strides in vaccinating older Ontarians, including those living in congregate settings. We hope that our older adult parishioners have taken advantage of the vaccination program offered in our province so that they can finally meet family members and enjoy outdoor activities once again. If anyone need assistance in getting their vaccine appointment, contact us. There are several parishioners who would like to assist with this endeavor.

“Adult faith formation has probably taken the biggest hit from the pandemic restrictions, as parishes have had to scramble to adapt and re-adapt liturgical celebrations and programs of sacramental preparation.” Most of the activities we have done thus far with our seniors and older adult parishioners are virtual – either via Skype or Zoom. It may take a bit longer before life returns to normal, but we will continue to try and find meaningful ways to connect with and serve the seniors and older adults in our community.

It is important that we recognize, appreciate, salute, and celebrate the seniors and older adults in our community, and especially in our parish. They are the ones who had contributed and continue to contribute towards the building up of our community – both our parish and our local communities – that they are today. We continue as a parish community to strive to raise awareness about programs and services that will benefit and meet the needs of our seniors, especially during this pandemic time and beyond. If any of our parishioners are interested in programs and services for seniors and maturing adults, please check our bulletin or our parish website. You may can also contact Sr. Maria Lucia at the parish or via email at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com

SHARELIFE

ShareLife agencies are there for you, too

Please remember that ShareLife organizations are also there to help you. If you, your family or other loved ones are in need of support from the services of a ShareLife funded agency, visit sharelife.org and click on the “Need Help?” button.

For those who are able, please give to ShareLife through the parish office or sharelife.org.

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Summer Collection: July 24th/25th, August 28th/29th

Thank you to all who prepared casseroles for the Good Shepherd Centre for the month of June.
During the summer, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekends of July 24th/25th and August 28th/29th.

More volunteers are needed, especially during the summer months, to help feed the hungry in our city. We encourage you to pick up a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Printed copies of the recipes are also available in the Parish Office. Please remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole.

Please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791 for more information.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are very much appreciated.

Rosalie Hall assists the most vulnerable young Moms and their children to realize their potential by providing a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

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 Covid 19 continues and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired

USING MONEY LIKE A CATHOLIC

Wednesday, June 30th at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event Hosted by Catholic Conscience

Matthew 6:24 famously reads, “You cannot serve God and wealth.” Yet as a Catholic living 2021, there’s no avoiding money and its powerful role in our lives and the society we participate in every day. How we use money lovingly, effectively and with Catholic social teaching in mind is crucial to how we serve God and our neighbour in this life. How do we, as Christian disciples, use our money in Christian ways? How do we steward the money of others, in our professional workplaces or our community projects? And how can we resist a money-centric culture that often reduces our human dignity to consumption and production, while also recognizing money’s role in pursuing the common good?

Join us for a Catholic Civics Workshop with two Catholic experts who will help us answer these critical questions: Michael Ryall, Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management, and Paul Perrone, a Chartered Financial Analyst and experienced investment industry professional.

ST. MONICA’S PARISH VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP

Weekdays: Monday, July 12th to Friday, August 13th

All youth, ages 4 to 12 years old, are invited to register for St. Monica’s free virtual summer camp. We create opportunities for campers to learn about and participate in the Catholic faith in ways that engage and relate to their lives. Daily uploads will lead our campers and their families to Christ, right in the comfort of their home.

To register go to http://bit.ly/StMonicaParishCamp

Contact: St. Monica’s Parish at 416-483-1513 or email: stmonicaparishcamp@gmail.com

CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES OF TORONTO’S ONLINE COUNSELLING SESSIONS

Catholic Family Services of Toronto is now offering online quick access single sessions. Single-session counselling is a quick and effective way for individuals, couples or families to address a mental health or relationship concern. To arrange for a session, please contact: info@cfstoronto.com or 416-921-1163 or 416-222-0048. Leave us a message with your name, email and phone number, and a staff person will contact you.

Clients who are interested in pursuing other or additional services in the agency have the option to access our ongoing counselling, wellness or group programs.

Counselling fees are charged according to a client’s income level. No one is denied service because of their inability to pay fees.

THE GARDEN SHED

The summer edition of St. Gabriel’s Garden Growing News is available on the Garden Ministry page. We hope you will enjoy the news and photos and welcome your comments, suggestions and requests for more information.

The harvest sent to the Good Shepherd this week included radish, kale, Swiss chard, and lettuce.

“But make no mistake: the weeds will win; nature bats last.” ~Robert M. Pyle

While it’s still our inning, join the Garden Ministry!
sgpgardenministry@gmail.com

REMEMBERING THE PARISH IN YOUR WILL

Your parish has been there for you and your family during the most important moments of your lives. Help you’re your Catholic community active and alive for years to come.

Please consider your parish in your will or through a planned gift. A bequest is a beautiful way to express your faith and gratitude for a lifetime of blessings – a lasting legacy of love that will help the Church continue with its many ministries.

For more details, please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 or contact Peter Okonski, Manager of Planned Giving and Personal Gifts at 416 934 3400 Ext. 519 or by email at development@archtoronto.org.

All calls are confidential.

Bulletin – June 20, 2021

Saturday, June 19th, 2021

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers, Grandfathers, Stepfathers and Great Grandfathers.

May you be blessed with the graces you need to be good and loving role models to your children. May God give you courage, compassion, patience and peace.

ATTENDING MASS

Welcome Back!

On June 7th, the Province of Ontario announced that Step 1 of the reopening plan would begin on June 11th.

Under Step 1, attendance at St. Gabriel’s is limited to a capacity of 15%. Weekend Mass attendance will continue to be by reservation on the Eventbrite system. This attendance number is limited to all Liturgical celebrations.

Reservations are not required for weekday Masses.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 21st, 2021 to June 27th, 2021

MONDAY – DONALD O’CONNELL – Requested by Fergus O’Connell
FRIDAY – BERNARD KELLY – Requested by His Family
SATURDAY – KENG OWYONG – Requested by Helen Owyong

PRAYER FOR LOST ABORIGINAL CHILDREN

For the children who died in Kamloops and in residential schools throughout the country that
they not be forgotten,
Lord, Hear our prayer.

For healing of the relatives and communities of these children within the First Nation and Metis communities.
Lord heat our prayer.

For a thorough investigation of all former residential schools that any further unmarked graves of children would be found.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For wisdom and grace for the Honourable Dr. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations.
Lord, hear our prayer.

ATTENTION GRADE 12 STUDENTS

If you’re going to university or college in the fall, campus ministry is waiting for you! Connect with the Catholic community on your campus by visiting: www.chaplaincyconnect.ca!

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS: SENIORS MONTH AND ADULT FORMATION

June is celebrated as Seniors Month in Ontario and in various provinces across Canada. The theme of 2021 in Ontario is Stay safe, Active and Connected. The month of June is also the dedicated to Adult Faith Formation in the Archdiocese of Toronto in recognition of the fact that adult faith formation is fundamental, essential and central in the life of faith communities.

“Seniors” and older adults have faced “increased isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic” but the government of Canada and the province of Ontario have been making great strides in vaccinating older Ontarians, including those living in congregate settings. We hope that our older adult parishioners have taken advantage of the vaccination program offered in our province so that they can finally meet family members and enjoy outdoor activities once again.

“Adult faith formation has probably taken the biggest hit from the pandemic restrictions, as parishes have had to scramble to adapt and re-adapt liturgical celebrations and programs of sacramental preparation.” Most of the activities they have done thus far are with our seniors and older adult parishioners are virtual either via Skype or Zoom. It may take a bit longer before life returns to normal, but we will continue to try and find meaningful ways to connect with and serve the seniors and older adults in our community.

It is important that we recognize, appreciate, salute, and celebrate the seniors and older adults in our community, and especially in our parish. They are the ones who had contributed and continue to contribute towards the building of our community – both our parish and our local communities – that they are today. We continue as a parish community to strive to raise awareness about programs and services that will benefit and meet the needs of our seniors, especially during this pandemic time and beyond. If any of our parishioners are interested in programs and services for seniors and maturing adults, please check our bulletin or our parish website. You may can also contact Sr. Maria Lucia at the parish or via email at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com

SHARELIFE

This weekend is ShareLife Sunday!

“These uncertain times are especially difficult for addiction clients. Our programs would not be open without ShareLife donors, Through your support we are able to dramatically reduce social isolation for men and women living with mental health and addictions.”

— Robin Griller, St. Michael’s Homes

Today is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Weekend of June, 26th/27th

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 24 casseroles for May. For June, your frozen casseroles will be collected after all the Masses next Saturday, June 26th and Sunday, June 27th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. Let’s see if we can increase that number!

The need is very great especially right now with Covid19.

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.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are very much appreciated.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

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 more important than ever as Covid 19 continues and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired

SHARELIFE SPEAKER SERIES: CARING FOR SENIORS

Thursday, June 24th from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

A Virtual Event Hosted by ShareLife

We often worry about how to care for the emotional wellbeing of our parents and senior family members as they age. These challenges grew during the pandemic, as many of us were unable to safely visit them in person. What are some of the challenges seniors experience, but may be hesitant to share with us? And how do we respect their independence, while ensuring they do not suffer from loneliness and isolation?

Amanda Fellows from Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County– a ShareLife-funded agency – will provide valuable insights on how we can best support our senior family members. Following the 25-minute presentation, Amanda will answer your questions.

Register at http://bit.ly/sharelifeseniors

Camping with the Holy Spirit

Saturday, June 26th at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event Hosted by the Children’s Ministry of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Council (CCRC) of the Archdiocese of Toronto

Calling all parents and children! Join our annual celebration virtually and free of charge. Join us for Holy Ghost stories, camp fire songs, games, crafts and yummy fruits under the stars with Mother Mary!

Email at childrenministryccrc@gmail.com

SUMMER RETREAT WITH FR. JACQUES PHILIPPE

Saturday, June 26th from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

A Virtual Event Hosted by Newman Centre Catholic Mission

The Newman Centre is excited to invite you to a summer retreat with world-renowned spiritual director, Fr. Jacques Philippe. He will present an inspiring retreat on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We will pray the rosary together as well as the Litany to the Sacred Heart.

With over one million copies sold in 24 languages, Fr. Philippe’s writings on prayer, interior freedom and peace of heart have become classics of modern Catholic spirituality.
This will be a live webinar and seats are already filling up. Please register and spread the word!

Register at https://summer2021retreat.eventbrite.ca or contact lenita.lopes@newmantoronto.com

Website: www.newmantoronto.com

THE GARDEN SHED

This spring the cherry trees in the north garden are literally laden with ripening fruit, and the same is true of the blueberry, haskap and currant shrubs. It appears that 3 years after planting, the north garden is reaching maturity.

In the south garden, the area formerly covered by landscape fabric has now been seeded with white clover to form living mulch pathways between the ferns, grasses, lavender and smoke bush.

Check out the photos on our Garden Ministry webpage: https://stgabrielsparish.ca/ministries/garden-ministry/

Looking for a nature getaway? Join the Garden Ministry!
sgpgardenministry@gmail.com

REMEMBERING THE PARISH IN YOUR WILL

Your parish has been there for you and your family during the most important moments of your lives. Help you’re your Catholic community active and alive for years to come.

Please consider your parish in your will or through a planned gift. A bequest is a beautiful way to express your faith and gratitude for a lifetime of blessings – a lasting legacy of love that will help the Church continue with its many ministries.

For more details, please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 or contact Peter Okonski, Manager of Planned Giving and Personal Gifts at 416 934 3400 Ext. 519 or by email at development@archtoronto.org.

All calls are confidential.

Bulletin – June 13, 2021

Saturday, June 12th, 2021

ATTENDING MASS

Welcome Back!

On June 7th, the Province of Ontario announced that Step 1 of the reopening plan would begin on June 11th.

Under Step 1, attendance at St. Gabriel’s is limited to a capacity of 15%. Weekend Mass attendance will continue to be by reservation on the Eventbrite system. This attendance number is limited to all Liturgical celebrations.

Reservations are not required for weekday Masses.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 14th, 2021 to June 20th, 2021

SATURDAY – DECEASED FATHERS OFJACK & WANDA WROBEL – Requested by Jack & Wanda Wrobel
SUNDAY 10:30 –
SUNDAY 12:30 –

PRAYER FOR LOST ABORIGINAL CHILDREN

For the children who died in Kamloops and in residential schools throughout the country that they not be forgotten,

Lord, Hear our prayer.

For healing of the relatives and communities of these children within the First Nation and Metis communities.

Lord heat our prayer.

For a thorough investigation of all former residential schools that any further unmarked graves of children would be found.

Lord, hear our prayer.

For wisdom and grace for the Honourable Dr. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations.

Lord, hear our prayer.

SHARELIFE

Next weekend is ShareLife Sunday!

Next Sunday, June 20th is ShareLife Sunday.

Our parish goal for this year’s campaign is $187,000. Thus far we have received $87,840. We encourage you to donate at the parish or online at sharelife.org.

Monthly Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) is a convenient way to spread your ShareLife contribution throughout the year. To enroll, please fill out a ShareLife envelope at your parish or contact ShareLife at or 416-934-3411.

ShareLife Sunday is next weekend, June 20th.

Please give generously.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Weekend of June, 26th/27th

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 24 casseroles for May. For June, your frozen casseroles will be collected after all the Masses on Saturday June 26th and Sunday, June 27th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. Let’s see if we can increase that number!

The need is very great especially right now with Covid19.

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.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are very much appreciated.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

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 more important than ever as Covid 19 continues and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF TO INDIA

India is reeling from a devastating COVID-19 outbreak. In recent days, the country has been reporting more than 400,000 of new cases and 4,000 deaths every 24 hours. International observers expect that the actual numbers are significantly higher.

The medical system, funeral services and other social supports are unable to meet the country’s needs at this time.

The Archdiocese of Toronto will send donations through Development and Peace to Caritas Internationalis, an international confederation of Catholic humanitarian organizations that is already in India helping those who are suffering during this COVID-19 outbreak.

To learn more about Caritas’ work in India, please watch the video: http://bit.ly/CaritasIndiaRelief

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 at416-934-3411

Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish – India’s COVID-19

FRIENDLY NEIGHBOR HOTLINE

Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Call 1-855 581- 9580

The Friendly Neighbor Hotline Is an organization mobilizing volunteers to deliver groceries and medication to seniors who have trouble going to the stores by themselves. The seniors just have to call the number, they can also register online. They place their order by phone (8 items max) and say how they want to pay, then sends a message to the pool of volunteers who indicated they can do deliveries in the senior’s ward. When a volunteer responds that he or she can do it, FNH sends a message to the volunteer with the shopping list. After delivery, the volunteer gets reimbursed by the organization who collects the money from the senior.”

CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES OF TORONTO’S ONLINE COUNSELLING SESSIONS

Catholic Family Services of Toronto is now offering online quick access single sessions. Single-session counselling is a quick and effective way for individuals, couples or families to address a mental health or relationship concern.

To arrange for a session, please contact: info@cfstoronto.com or 416-921-1163 or 416-222-0048. Leave us a message with your name, email and phone number, and a staff person will contact you.

Clients who are interested in pursuing other or additional services in the agency have the option to access our ongoing counselling, wellness or group programs.

Counselling fees are charged according to a client’s income level. No one is denied service because of their inability to pay fees.

THE GARDEN SHED

This spring the cherry trees in the north garden are literally laden with ripening fruit, and the same is true of the blueberry, haskap and currant shrubs. It appears that 3 years after planting, the north garden is reaching maturity.

In the south garden, the area formerly covered by landscape fabric has now been seeded with white clover to form living mulch pathways between the ferns, grasses, lavender and smoke bush.

Check out the photos on our Garden Ministry webpage.

Looking for a nature getaway? Join the Garden Ministry!
sgpgardenministry@gmail.com

REMEMBERING THE PARISH IN YOUR WILL

Your parish has been there for you and your family during the most important moments of your lives. Help you’re your Catholic community active and alive for years to come.

Please consider your parish in your will or through a planned gift. A bequest is a beautiful way to express your faith and gratitude for a lifetime of blessings – a lasting legacy of love that will help the Church continue with its many ministries.

For more details, please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 or contact Peter Okonski, Manager of Planned Giving and Personal Gifts at 416 934 3400 Ext. 519 or by email at development@archtoronto.org.

All calls are confidential.