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Bulletin – June 28, 2020

Saturday, June 27th, 2020

Happy Summer!

This is the last full bulletin until the Labour Day Weekend in September.

Announced Masses for July and August will be posted on the website. Any information concerning the Church and Covid 19 will also be published
We wish you all a happy, healthy and safe summer!

Wednesday, July 1st is Canada Day.

The office will be closed on Wednesday for the holiday. There will be no 9:00 AM Mass on July 1st.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 29th to July 5th, 2020

MONDAY – TA FAMILY – Requested by Veronica Do
TUESDAY – BERNADETTE HIGGINS – Requested by Agnes Gaughan
WEDNESDAY – CANADA DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
THURSDAY – DELPHINE OAKIE – Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – CATHERINE MINNAN WONG – Requested by Noreen Chen
SATURDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE – Requested by their Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM –
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – YUNG-NIEN HSU – Requested by the Family

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.

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 at 416-221-8866.

Parish News

Weekday Mass have resumed at 9.00 in the morning here at St. Gabriels.

In accordance with the guidelines established by the Province of Ontario and the Archdiocese of Toronto, attendance at Mass is limited to 30% capacity of the church, while at the same time, ensuring a 2m (6ft) physical distance requirement.

In light of this limitation, a reservation system has been implemented for attending weekend Masses. This reservation system is on our website. If you do not have access to a computer or encounter any problems reserving your seat, please call the parish office.

For the health and safety of all, before you come to Mass;
Please check temperature of all family members who are coming to Mass. If any member has a fever, please remain at home,

If you have any of the following symptoms, Cough, fatigue, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, headache, runny nose, sore throat, chills and shakes, please stay home;

If you have travelled abroad, has been in contact with someone who may have COVID-19, or show signs or symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days, please stay home.

It is highly recommended for you to wear a face mask when you come to Mass, for the health and safety of our worshipping community. More information will be provided when you return to the Church

As we are reopening the Church for Masses, disinfecting the pews and high touch areas is one of the many measures to keep our Church safe for everyone. Any parishioner who wants to volunteer their time in disinfecting the pews after each weekend Mass can sign up by sending an email with your name and contact details, indicating which Mass you would be available for, to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca

For the latest update from the Archdiocese of Toronto, please visit: www.archtoronto.org/covid19

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting missions in the Global South

The Pastoral Mission Fund supports 226 projects in 25 countries in the Global South. These projects include programs run by the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary in the remote Colombian village of El Pozon. In this village marked by killings and disappearances, the sisters provide food, job training, and hope – through prayer meetings, Confirmation classes and Bible studies. A grant from the Pastoral Mission Fund is helping the sisters conduct their important pastoral and mission work.

Please make a sacrificial gift to ShareLife through your parish or sharelife.org

Your gift to ShareLife is helping!

Did you know that while parishes remain closed, ShareLife agencies are as busy as ever? That’s because those who are poor and marginalized are disproportionately affected during a crisis. Your support of ShareLife ensures Catholic agencies can continue their work on the front lines, helping the many people who are suffering. Please give securely online at sharelife.org/donate.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Until we receive an update on food collection, we cannot accept any food donations at this time.

While we wait for updates from these outreach ministries, let us always be mindful of what they do.

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.

CAMPUS MINISTRY

Attention high school graduates:

If you’re headed to university or college in the fall, campus ministry is waiting for you! Check it out at: www.chaplaincyconnect.ca!

NEW BEGINNINGS

Bereavement/Separation/Loss Support Group

Dealing with a breakup or the loss of someone close to you is difficult in the best of times – trying to do so in the midst of a pandemic makes everything that much tougher.

Fortunately, Catholic Family Services of Toronto have a ministry dedicated to assisting those who have suffered a loss through separation, divorce, or the death of a loved one.

Our New Beginnings program is offering bi-monthly support sessions. This closed support group allows us to work together to explore our grief, experience healing, and renew our faith.

For more information or to get yourself registered, please reach out to Arcangelo Limanni at alimanni@cfstoronto.com or call (416) 921-1163, ext. 2225.

ONGOING COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, Catholic Family Services have moved their counselling and psychotherapy services online in an effort to continue to help their clients who are struggling with their mental well-being in this difficult time.

If you are suffering from mild to moderate mental health issues or are experiencing difficulty in your relationships, we encourage you to reach out to them and take a step towards a happier and healthier life. Catholic Family Services offer a variety of services, so whether you are an individual, couple, or family, their counsellors will explore your concerns with you and help you work towards your goals.

Sessions are conducted through the OnCall Health platform, which provides you and your counsellor with a secure and private video connection, since your privacy and confidentiality is of the utmost importance to them. To learn more about these counselling services or to find out how you can get started, please visit the Catholic Family Services of Toronto website at: https://www.cfstoronto.com/client/cfs/cfs_lp4w_lnd_webstation.nsf/page/Counselling+Program!OpenDocument

FINANCE CORNER

Our Church resumed weekend Masses last weekend. You may drop your offertory envelope in the collection baskets when you enter the Church, or at the parish office during parish office hours.

You may donate by credit card through Donate Now. A link on our website will show you how to do this.

You may also consider changing your offertory giving to monthly Pre-Authorized Giving. Forms are available at the Parish office or on-line at the Parish website in the “Weekly Giving” section under the Finances tab.

Bulletin – June 21, 2020

Sunday, June 21st, 2020

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 22nd to June 28th, 2020

MONDAY –
TUESDAY –
WEDNESDAY – ALEXANDER TA – Requested by Veronica Do
THURSDAY – JUANITO G. GAVIETA & MA. ROSARIO A. CALIMBAS – Requested by Estrella Gavieta & the Luke Family
FRIDAY – KENG OWYONG – Requested by Helen Owyong
SATURDAY – DOREEN YOUNG – Requested by Noreen Chen
SUNDAY – NO INTENTIONS

PRAYER DURING COVID 19

When this is over,
may we never again take for granted
a handshake with a stranger
conversations with neighbors
a crowded theater
Friday night out
the taste of Communion
a routine checkup
the school rush each morning
coffee with a friend
the stadium roaring
each deep breath
a boring Tuesday
life itself.
When this ends,
may we find that we have become
more like the people we wanted to be,
we were called to be,
we hoped to be.
And may we stay that way – better for each other because of the worst.
Amen
Laura Kelly Fanucci

Parish News

Weekday Mass have resumed at 9.00 in the morning as of June 17th.

In accordance with the guidelines established by the Province of Ontario and the Archdiocese of Toronto, attendance at Mass is limited to 30% capacity of the church, while at the same time, ensuring a 2m (6ft) physical distance requirement.

In light of this limitation, a reservation system will be implemented for attending Masses. This reservation system will be available on our website. If you do not have access to a computer or encounter any problems reserving your seat, please call the parish office.

For the health and safety of all, before you come to Mass;

Please check temperature of all family members who are coming to Mass. If any member has a fever, please remain at home,
If you have any of the following symptoms,

Cough, fatigue, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, headache, runny nose, sore throat, chills and shakes, please stay home;

If you have travelled abroad, has been in contact with someone who may have COVID-19, or show signs or symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days, please stay home.

It is highly recommended for you to wear a face mask when you come to Mass, for the health and safety of our worshipping community. More information will be provided when you return to the Church

As we are reopening the Church this weekend for Masses, disinfecting the pews and high touch areas is one of the many measures to keep our Church safe for everyone. Any parishioner who wants to volunteer their time in disinfecting the pews after each weekend Mass can sign up by sending an email with your name and contact details, indicating which Mass you would be available for, to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca

For the latest update from the Archdiocese of Toronto, please visit: www.archtoronto.org/covid19

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting missions in the Global South

The Pastoral Mission Fund supports 226 projects in 25 countries in the Global South. These projects include programs run by the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary in the remote Colombian village of El Pozon. In this village marked by killings and disappearances, the sisters provide food, job training, and hope – through prayer meetings, Confirmation classes and Bible studies. A grant from the Pastoral Mission Fund is helping the sisters conduct their important pastoral and mission work.

Please make a sacrificial gift to ShareLife through your parish or sharelife.org

Your gift to ShareLife is helping!

Did you know that while parishes remain closed, ShareLife agencies are as busy as ever? That’s because those who are poor and marginalized are disproportionately affected during a crisis. Your support of ShareLife ensures Catholic agencies can continue their work on the front lines, helping the many people who are suffering. Please give securely online at sharelife.org/donate.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Until we receive an update on food collection, we cannot accept any food donations at this time.

While we wait for updates from these outreach ministries, let us always be mindful of what they do.

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.

CAMPUS MINISTRY

Attention high school graduates:

If you’re headed to university or college in the fall, campus ministry is waiting for you! Check it out at: www.chaplaincyconnect.ca!

NEW BEGINNINGS

Bereavement/Separation/Loss Support Group

Dealing with a breakup or the loss of someone close to you is difficult in the best of times – trying to do so in the midst of a pandemic makes everything that much tougher.

Fortunately, Catholic Family Services of Toronto have a ministry dedicated to assisting those who have suffered a loss through separation, divorce, or the death of a loved one.

Our New Beginnings program is offering bi-monthly support sessions. This closed support group allows us to work together to explore our grief, experience healing, and renew our faith.

For more information or to get yourself registered, please reach out to Arcangelo Limanni at alimanni@cfstoronto.com or call (416) 921-1163, ext. 2225.

ONGOING COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, Catholic Family Services have moved their counselling and psychotherapy services online in an effort to continue to help their clients who are struggling with their mental well-being in this difficult time.

If you are suffering from mild to moderate mental health issues or are experiencing difficulty in your relationships, we encourage you to reach out to them and take a step towards a happier and healthier life. Catholic Family Services offer a variety of services, so whether you are an individual, couple, or family, their counsellors will explore your concerns with you and help you work towards your goals.

Sessions are conducted through the OnCall Health platform, which provides you and your counsellor with a secure and private video connection, since your privacy and confidentiality is of the utmost importance to them. To learn more about these counselling services or to find out how you can get started, please visit the Catholic Family Services of Toronto website at: https://www.cfstoronto.com/client/cfs/cfs_lp4w_lnd_webstation.nsf/page/Counselling+Program!OpenDocument

FINANCE CORNER

Our Church resumed weekend Masses this weekend. You may drop your offertory envelope in the collection baskets when you enter the Church, or at the parish office during parish office hours.

You may donate by credit card through Donate Now. A link on our website will show you how to do this.

You may also consider changing your offertory giving to monthly Pre-Authorized Giving. Forms are available at the Parish office or on-line at the Parish website in the “Weekly Giving” section under the Finances tab.

Bulletin – June 14, 2020

Sunday, June 14th, 2020

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 15th to June 21st, 2020

MONDAY – LEONARD MARCHIE – Requested by Teresa Marchie & Family
TUESDAY –
WEDNESDAY –
THURSDAY – JOHN MATTICE – Requested by The Family
FRIDAY –
SATURDAY – FRANCIS PEREIRA – Requested by Sophie & Candida Pereira
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM –
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM –

PRAYER DURING COVID 19

O God,
We gather together separated by life-saving distancing, but united more than ever in spirit;
For all in direct patient care; give them strength for their service and strength to ask for help when they are in need.
God, protect them.
For all the sick; bring them to full health and restore them to those who love them.
God, protect them.
For all those isolated in their homes; sustain them in joy and peace.
God, protect them.
For all those who have died and those who grieve their loss in isolation; comfort them in their sorrow.
God, protect them.
For decision-makers at all levels; send them your wisdom and good counsel to serve their communities.
God, protect them.
We pray that a cure and vaccine will soon be available,
And that we all – family, friends, all Canadians, the entire world may be healed in body and spirit.

Amen.

Parish News

The Church will be open for private prayer by appointment only on Sunday June 14, Monday June 15, and Tuesday June 16. Please phone the parish office to make the appointment.

Weekday Mass will resume at 9.00 in the morning on Wednesday, June 17.

Weekend Mass will resume on Saturday, June 20 at 4.30 PM. Sunday Masses on June 21 will be at 8.30 AM, 10.30 AM and 12.30 PM.

In accordance with the guidelines established by the Province of Ontario and the Archdiocese of Toronto, attendance at Mass is limited to 30% capacity of the church, while at the same time, ensuring a 2m (6ft) physical distance requirement. In light of this limitation, a reservation system will be implemented for attending Masses. This reservation system will be available on our website. If you do not have access to a computer or encounter any problems reserving your seat, please call the parish office.

For the health and safety of all, before you come to Mass.

Please check temperature of all family members who are coming to Mass. If any member has a fever, please remain at home.

If you have any of the following symptoms, Cough, fatigue, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, headache, runny nose, sore throat, chills and shakes, please stay home;

If you have travelled abroad, has been in contact with someone who may have COVID-19, or show signs or symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days, please stay home.

It is highly recommended for you to wear a face mask when you come to Mass, for the health and safety of our worshipping community. More information will be provided when you return to the Church

As we are reopening of the Church June 20/21 weekend Masses, disinfecting the pews and high touch areas is one of the many measures to keep our Church safe for everyone. Any parishioner who wants to volunteer their time in disinfecting the pews after each weekend Mass can sign up by sending an email with your name and contact details, indicating which Mass you would be available for, to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca

For the latest update from the Archdiocese of Toronto, please visit: www.archtoronto.org/covid19

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by helping vulnerable youth

Incarcerated at a youth detention centre, 18-year-old Rodrigo didn’t know what his future held. Upon his release, he was referred to Covenant House, which partnered him with a Youth in Transition worker. Together they developed a plan that included regular counselling sessions and enrolling in an alternative school program. Now living back at home, Rodrigo’s future is open to so many possibilities.

Due to Covid 19, the ShareLife collections have been postponed. Please make a sacrificial gift to ShareLife through your parish or sharelife.org

Your gift to ShareLife is helping!

Did you know that while parishes remain closed, ShareLife agencies are as busy as ever? That’s because those who are poor and marginalized are disproportionately affected during a crisis. Your support of ShareLife ensures Catholic agencies can continue their work on the front lines, helping the many people who are suffering. Please give securely online at sharelife.org/donate.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Until we receive an update on food collection, we cannot accept any food donations at this time.

While we wait for updates from these outreach ministries, let us always be mindful of what they do.

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.

NEW BEGINNINGS

Bereavement/Separation/Loss Support Group

Dealing with a breakup or the loss of someone close to you is difficult in the best of times – trying to do so in the midst of a pandemic makes everything that much tougher.

Fortunately, Catholic Family Services of Toronto have a ministry dedicated to assisting those who have suffered a loss through separation, divorce, or the death of a loved one.

Our New Beginnings program is offering bi-monthly support sessions. This closed support group allows us to work together to explore our grief, experience healing, and renew our faith.

For more information or to get yourself registered, please reach out to Arcangelo Limanni at alimanni@cfstoronto.com or call (416) 921-1163, ext. 2225.

ONGOING COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, Catholic Family Services have moved their counselling and psychotherapy services online in an effort to continue to help their clients who are struggling with their mental well-being in this difficult time.

If you are suffering from mild to moderate mental health issues or are experiencing difficulty in your relationships, we encourage you to reach out to them and take a step towards a happier and healthier life. Catholic Family Services offer a variety of services, so whether you are an individual, couple, or family, their counsellors will explore your concerns with you and help you work towards your goals.

Sessions are conducted through the OnCall Health platform, which provides you and your counsellor with a secure and private video connection, since your privacy and confidentiality is of the utmost importance to them. To learn more about these counselling services or to find out how you can get started, please visit the Catholic Family Services of Toronto website at: https://www.cfstoronto.com/client/cfs/cfs_lp4w_lnd_webstation.nsf/page/Counselling+Program!OpenDocument

A MESSAGE FROM CATHOLIC CEMETERIES

While our cemetery gates remain closed during our regular operating hours, the gates will be opened for family visits on the cemetery grounds only. Our hours of operation for families visiting will be as follows:
Monday – Saturday: 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sundays and Statutory Holidays: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Our mausolea remain closed until further notice. Entry to the cemetery and mausolea during regular operating hours will only be provided to those attending a funeral or burial, those with a scheduled appointment and for essential deliveries.

Physical distancing requirements and attendee number restrictions are in place at all times in keeping with provincial Guidelines.

FINANCE CORNER

Our Church will resume weekend Masses on June 20/21 weekend. You may drop your offertory envelope in the collection baskets when you enter the Church, or at the parish office during parish office hours.

You may donate by credit card through Donate Now. A link on our website will show you how to do this.

You may also consider changing your offertory giving to monthly Pre-Authorized Giving. Forms are available at the Parish office or on-line at the Parish website in the “Weekly Giving” section under the Finances tab.

Bulletin – June 7, 2020

Sunday, June 7th, 2020

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 8th to June 14th, 2020

MONDAY – YVETTE PIRES – Requested by Maria Saunders
TUESDAY –
WEDNESDAY –
THURSDAY –
FRIDAY –
SATURDAY – DECEASED FATHERS OF THE CHUCHRA & WROBEL FAMILIES – Requested by Wanda & Jack Wrobel
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM –
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM –

PRAYER DURING COVID 19

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another.

Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.

Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Jesus Christ, heal us.

Kerry Weber: A Coronavirus Prayer,
American Magazine, March 2, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE

For the latest update from the Archdiocese of Toronto, please visit: https://www.archtoronto.org/media-centre/news-archive/chancery-news/Update-on-Church-Closure-During-COVID-19

GARDEN HELPER

A Government of Canada funded Canada Summer Jobs Program position

St. Gabriel’s has received a Canada Summer Jobs grant to hire a Garden Helper for 9 weeks at 30 hours per week. If you are a youth between the ages of 15 and 30 who might be interested in applying, please send an application with your resume to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca. You can also visit https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/youth for more information on this position. The deadline for application is June 15, 2020.

CHURCH REOPENING

As we anticipate the reopening of the Church for weekend Masses, disinfecting the pews and high touch areas is one of the many measures to keep our Church safe for everyone. Any parishioner who wants to volunteer their time in disinfecting the pews after each weekend Mass can sign up by sending an email with your name and contact details, indicating which Mass you would be available for, to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca

PRIVATE PRAYER MOMENT

If you would like to spend some time to pray in the Church, you may contact the parish office at 416-221-8866 to make an appointment.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting married couples

Married for three years, Phil and Helen were expecting their first child when Phil revealed a secret: he had a son from a previous relationship. Feeling betrayed by Phil’s dishonesty, Helen learned about affordable couples counselling at Catholic Family Services of Toronto. Over 10 weeks of counselling, they learned to take the risk of being honest rather than using deceit to keep the peace. Phil and Helen found a new sense of confidence as a couple and starting feeling excited about the arrival of their baby.

Your gift to ShareLife is helping!

Did you know that while parishes remain closed, ShareLife agencies are as busy as ever? That’s because those who are poor and marginalized are disproportionately affected during a crisis. Your support of ShareLife ensures Catholic agencies can continue their work on the front lines, helping the many people who are suffering. Please give securely online at sharelife.org/donate.

Due to Covid 19, the ShareLife collections have been postponed. Parishioners can contribute online at sharelife.org/donate or by dropping off or mailing their contribution to the parish office.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Unfortunately, with the current COVID-19 situation, we cannot accept any food donations at this time.

While we wait for updates from these outreach ministries, let us always be mindful of what they do.

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.

ONGOING COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, Catholic Family Services have moved their counselling and psychotherapy services online in an effort to continue to help their clients who are struggling with their mental well-being in this difficult time.

If you are suffering from mild to moderate mental health issues or are experiencing difficulty in your relationships, we encourage you to reach out to them and take a step towards a happier and healthier life. Catholic Family Services offer a variety of services, so whether you are an individual, couple, or family, their counsellors will explore your concerns with you and help you work towards your goals.

Sessions are conducted through the OnCall Health platform, which provides you and your counsellor with a secure and private video connection, since your privacy and confidentiality is of the utmost importance to them. To learn more about these counselling services or to find out how you can get started, please visit the Catholic Family Services of Toronto website at: https://www.cfstoronto.com/client/cfs/cfs_lp4w_lnd_webstation.nsf/page/Counselling+Program!OpenDocument

A MESSAGE FROM CATHOLIC CEMETERIES

While our cemetery gates remain closed during our regular operating hours, the gates will be opened for family visits on the cemetery grounds only. Our hours of operation for families visiting will be as follows:
Monday – Saturday: 4:30 PM to 7:30 OM
Sundays and Statutory Holidays: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Our mausolea remain closed until further notice. Entry to the cemetery and mausolea during regular operating hours will only be provided to those attending a funeral or burial, those with a scheduled appointment and for essential deliveries.

Physical distancing requirements and attendee number restrictions are in place at all times in keeping with provincial Guidelines.

FINANCE CORNER

Although our Churches have remained closed since March 15th, 2020, our outreach programs and pastoral presence remain active.

Because there were no Masses celebrated with public participation, there were no offertory collections taken up. The reality is that our parishes rely on the support of their parishioners to operate through weekly offertory collections. Parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) are funded through the generosity of its parishioners. There is a challenge for the parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection.

Monthly contributions to the Parish by monthly Pre-Authorized Giving or by credit card through “Donate Now” continue automatically.

Please consider changing your offertory giving, at this time, to monthly Pre-Authorized Giving. Forms are available at the Parish office or on-line at the Parish website in the “Weekly Giving” section under the Finances tab.

You may also mail in or drop off your offertory envelope at the parish office on weekdays and weekends at regular hours.

Bulletin – May 31, 2020

Sunday, May 31st, 2020

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 1st to June 7th, 2020

MONDAY –
TUESDAY – MARCELINO FERNANDES – Requested by Tita Fernandes
WEDNESDAY –
THURSDAY – FELIX CHAN – Requested by John Chan
FRIDAY – CATHERINE MINNAN-WONG – Requested by Noreen Chen
SATURDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE – Requested by their Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM

PRAYER DURING COVID 19

For all who have contracted coronavirus,
We pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decisionmakers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Grant peace. Grant comfort.
Grant healing.
Be with us, Lord. Amen

Parish News

For the latest update from the Archdiocese of Toronto, please visit: https://www.archtoronto.org/media-centre/news-archive/chancery-news/Update-on-Church-Closure-During-COVID-19

As we anticipate the reopening of the Church for weekend Masses, disinfecting the pews and high touch areas is one of the many measures to keep our Church safe for everyone. Any parishioner who wants to volunteer their time in disinfecting the pews after each weekend Mass can sign up by sending an email with your name and contact details, indicating which Mass you would be available for, to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca

SHARELIFE

Every gift to ShareLife is a sacred trust

At ShareLife, we pride ourselves on being responsible and accountable to you, our generous donors. By keeping administrative and fundraising costs at 11% – one of the lowest in the nonprofit sector – we ensure the maximum amount possible goes to the vital work of our agencies.

Your gift to ShareLife is helping!

Did you know that while parishes remain closed, ShareLife agencies are as busy as ever? That’s because those who are poor and marginalized are disproportionately affected during a crisis. Your support of ShareLife ensures Catholic agencies can continue their work on the front lines, helping the many people who are suffering. Please give securely online at sharelife.org/donate.

Due to Covid 19, the ShareLife collections have been postponed. Parishioners can contribute online at sharelife.org/donate or by dropping off or mailing their contribution to the parish office.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Unfortunately, with the current COVID-19 situation, we cannot accept any food donations at this time.

While we wait for updates from these outreach ministries, let us always be mindful of what they do.

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.

A MESSAGE FROM CATHOLIC CEMETERIES

While our cemetery gates remain closed during our regular operating hours, the gates will be opened for family visits on the cemetery grounds only. Our hours of operation for families visiting will be as follows:

Monday – Saturday: 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sundays and Statutory Holidays: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Our mausolea remain closed until further notice. Entry to the cemetery and mausolea during regular operating hours will only be provided to those attending a funeral or burial, those with a scheduled appointment and for essential deliveries.

Physical distancing requirements and attendee number restrictions are in place at all times in keeping with provincial guidelines.

FINANCE CORNER

Although our Churches have remained closed since March 15th, 2020, our outreach programs and pastoral presence remain active.

Because there were no Masses celebrated with public participation, there were no offertory collections taken up. The reality is that our parishes rely on the support of their parishioners to operate through weekly offertory collections. Parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) are funded through the generosity of its parishioners. There is a challenge for the parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection.

Monthly contributions to the Parish by monthly Pre-Authorized Giving or by credit card through “Donate Now” continue automatically. You may, however, drop off your envelope at the parish office or mail it to the parish.

Please consider changing your offertory giving, at this time, to monthly Pre-Authorized Giving. Forms are available at the Parish office or on-line at the Parish website in the “Weekly Giving” section under the Finances tab.