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Bulletin – November 21, 2021

Sunday, November 21st, 2021

This is the Feast of Christ the King
To Him be Glory and Kingship forever!

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ALL SOULS

BOX OF REMEMBRANCE

A Box of Remembrance has been placed on the altar for the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your deceased relatives and friends on a sheet of paper at home and bring it to place in the box.

Those whose names are in the Box of Remembrance will be remembered at all the Masses celebrated in November.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 22nd to November 28th, 2021

MONDAY – KOK YAU MAY – Requested by Yau Lam Kok
TUESDAY – ANITA LEE – Requested by Rosemary Lee
WEDNESDAY –
THURSDAY – FILOMENA D’SILVA – Requested by Maria D’Silva
FRIDAY –
SATURDAY – LOZANO FABRA – Requested by Myrian Fabra
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – CAROLYN CRAVEN – Requested by Milena Babic
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – SIMON GALVEZ PRINCIPIO – Requested by Margina Principio

ADVENT INDIVIDUAL RECONCILIATION

Friday, December 10th from 3:00 to 6:00 PM

During this time of prayer, we are reminded that the gift of Reconciliation restores us to the fullness of life and calls us to full participation in the Christmas liturgies.

Individual reconciliation will be held on Friday, December 10th from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.

CONFIRMATION

Sunday, December 5th at 3:00 PM

The Sacrament of Confirmation for the candidates from 2019/20 will be celebrated on Sunday, December 5th at 3:00 PM at St. Gabriel’s Church.

In preparation for the Sacrament, a Confirmation Retreat will be held on Saturday, December 4th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

All candidates must attend.

Candidates are reminded to bring a signed letter from the service coordinator or parent stating the completion or anticipated date of completion of service hours.

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 great need of more volunteers to assist this program.

For more information or to volunteer, please call Dawn Burke at 416 671-0561 or leave a message at the Parish Office.

THE GIVING TREE

Saturday, November 20th to Sunday, December 12th

St. Vincent de Paul

During Advent, the Society of St Vincent de Paul, St. Gabriel Conference will have a Giving Tree in the Gathering Space.

The tree will be decorated with gift tags. Each tag will have the gender and age of a child. We invite you to take a tag, buy a Walmart gift card of about $50 for that child and return it with the tag attached to the Parish Office.

Rosalie Hall

At this time of the year, we are also thinking of the young mothers and babies of Rosalie Hall. If you wish to help, you may choose a “Christmas Stocking” from the tree to purchase pyjamas or undershirts for babies, age 6 months to 5 years.

Because donations are very low this year, sweaters or hoodies would also be very welcome. Unwrapped Items with the original stocking tag attached can be left in the box provided near the giving tree no later than Sunday, December 12th. Toys or books for these little ones would also be appreciated.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from Tim Horton’s, Walmart or MacDonald’s. These can be placed in the envelopes provided and brought to the Office. Thank you for your generosity

CHILDRENS AID FOUNDATION TOY DRIVE

Saturday November 21st h to Sundday, December 12th

We will be having a Christmas Toy Drive again this year for the Catholic Children’s Aid Foundation. You can help by dropping off an unwrapped new toy for a child, age newborn to12 years old. Containers will be set up in the gathering space on Saturday, November 21st and will remain there until Sunday, December 12th.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

As you know, each week we collect food for Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

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. Thank you for your generous support.

BEAUTIFUL 2022 CALENDAR FROM THE CANADIAN NORTH

Available weekend of December 4th and 5th, 2021

A beautiful and unique calendar from the Canadian North will be available again!

The calendar showcases photos of lovely landscape of the North captured by Bishop Jon Hansen on his many missionary trips in the Diocese of Mackenzie in the Northwest Territories. That Diocese is home to many isolated indigenous communities.

Many of you may have known Fatima Lee, who is formerly a member of our pastoral team at St Gabriel’s. She has for the past three years served as a missionary in the Diocese of Mackenzie

On the weekend of December 4th and 5th, volunteers will be selling these beautiful 2022 calendars at the parish (following strict Covid protocols).

It is hoped that through the sale of these calendars, funds will be raised to support the travel of priests and pastoral workers of the diocese to the remote communities. Since this Diocese of 1.5 million sq. km has only nine priests serving, many of the isolated communities will have Mass only occasionally. Except in the deep of winter, when the ice roads are available, each time the priests or pastoral workers would have to fly in and out of these communities. It is notoriously expensive to fly in the north.

Please consider supporting the Diocese of Mackenzie. The calendars, at $20 each, are great for personal use; they will also make wonderful gifts, since they are unique and not easily available elsewhere.

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Weekend of November 27th/28th

Your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses the weekend of November 27th/28th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

Due to Covid 19, there are many hungry people who are counting on us to make a difference. Good Shepherd Ministries serves more than 1,1300 meals a day, every day of the year.

More volunteers are urgently needed to help feed the hungry in our city. Please get a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try.

Recipes are available in the parish office or on our website. Remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole. For more information, you may contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.

ONLINE BLUE TABLE WEBINAR: ETHICS AND ART

Wednesday November 24 at 8:00 AM

A VIRTUAL EVENT Recommended by the Office for Promoting Christian Unity and Religious Relations with Judaism

This webinar invites us to see the arts not just through aesthetic lenses, but more so in their awareness-raising, educational and mobilizing abilities. The speaker, Favianna Rodriguez, will highlight some of our time’s most inspiring art initiatives and share how social and ethical issues can be brought to the public’s attention through art.

To register go to https://bit.ly/EthicsAndArtWebinar

THE CONCEPT OF GRIEF AND HEALING IN DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS

Thursday, November 25th at 6:30 PM

A Virtual Event Sponsored by the Office for Interreligious Dialogue, Archdiocese of Toronto

This event is organized by the Young Adults Interfaith Dialogue Group, which is run under the auspices of the Office for Interreligious Dialogue, Archdiocese of Toronto. They have invited Dr. Shari Golberg, Saulina Amaral, Muneeb Nasir and Mandeep Singh to discuss the meaning and importance of grief and healing in their faith traditions. They will discuss: how does faith help us in the process of healing when we are challenged emotionally?

To register, go to https://bit.ly/GriefAndHealing2021

Bulletin – November 7, 2021

Saturday, November 6th, 2021

LEST WE FORGET

Thursday, November 11th is Remembrance Day, a day to remember all who have served, and continue to serve in our armed forces, especially those who have died and those wounded in battle. We pray for healing and peace; that one day, all peoples will lay down their arms and embrace one another as brothers and sisters in one human family.

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ALL SOULS

BOX OF REMEMBRANCE

A Box of Remembrance has been placed on the altar for the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your deceased relatives and friends on a sheet of paper at home and bring it to place in the box.

Those whose names are in the Box of Remembrance will be remembered at all the Masses celebrated in November.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 8TH to November 14th, 2021

MONDAY – SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by Myrian Fabra
TUESDAY – SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by Myrian Fabra
WEDNESDAY – PAULINE FUNG CHIU – Requested by the Chiu Family
THURSDAY – DAMIAN GAUGHAN – Requested by Agnes Gaughan
FRIDAY – CORA PARKE – Requested by Lulu Luz
SATURDAY – SIMON GALVEZ PRINCIPIO – Requested by Margina Principio
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – EMILIO & JOSEFINA LUNA – Requested by Francisco Luna
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – JOSE ENRIQUEZ SR. – Requested by Jackie & Kayla Enriquez

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 great 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.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome the following children who received the Sacrament of Baptism during the month of October:

Margaret Mary Calvert
Owen Matthews
Penelope Matthews
Theodore Rutka

Congratulations and blessings to you!

ALTAR SERVERS

The Altar Server Ministry invites children, 10 and above, who are interested in learning how to serve at Mass, to please email stgabrielsaltarservers@gmail.com with details of the Mass at which they would like to serve.

SHEPHERD’S TRUST COLLECTION

November 13th/14th

There will be a second collection next week, November 13th/14th for The Shepherds’ Trust. The mission of The Shepherds’ Trust is to ensure retired priests are provided with sufficient financial resources to lead a dignified life after many years of ministry. Your generous gift will help our priests maintain a modest, but active and independent lifestyle in their retirement years. For priests who are ill or otherwise infirmed, the trust ensures they have access to nursing home facilities and medical care. Thank you for your support of this important work.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

As you know, each week we collect food for Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

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. Thank you for your generous support.

GOOD SHEPHERD CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 35 casseroles in October for the Good Shepherd Centre.

In November your prepared casseroles will be collected on the weekend of November 27th/28th.

Please consider helping to feed the less fortunate in our city. Recipes and casserole pans are available at the Parish Office. Recipes are also online at our website. For more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

QUEEN OF APOSTLES HEALING RETREAT

1617 Blythe Road Mississauga
Thursday November 11th from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre is holding a Healing Retreat for those suffering with cancer.

Please join them as they journey through the challenges of living and dealing with cancer.

The cost is $40.

To find out more information or to register, please email office@qoa.ca or call 905 278 5229.

ESTATE PLANNING FROM A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE

Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Join this webinar and learn about the importance of a Will, Powers of Attorney & Estate Planning as well as Catholic teachings and traditions around cremation.

The Archdiocese of Toronto estate planning team and Catholic Cemeteries & Funeral Services will share:

How to protect your loved ones with a proper will
How to ensure that your wishes are legally protected
About Powers of Attorney
Estate Trustee selection
Finding lawyers and estate planning advisors
Our Catholic traditions around wills, cremation, burial and funerals

An estate planning guide will be mailed to all attendees at no cost.

To register, send them an email to: development@archtoronto.org

Please include ‘webinar on November 13’ in the subject line and provide your name and mailing address in the body of a message (otherwise they won’t be able to send you your copy of the Estate Planning guide!). Also, they would be grateful if, for the sake of their statistics, you could let them know whether you are planning to watch this webinar alone or together with a family member.

You will receive a link to the webinar on November 8th, and a couple of reminders closer to the date of the presentation.

RED WEDNESDAY 2021

Wednesday, November 17th at 7:00 PM
St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica
65 Bond St., Toronto

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN Canada) will hold its 7th annual Red Wednesday on November 17th. The goal of the event is to raise awareness and to pray for persecuted Christians, who are the most discriminated against religious group in the world.

To mark this important day, ACN and the Archdiocese of Toronto are organizing a prayer vigil at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica at 7:00 PM. All are welcome!

For more information, please contact Aid to the Church in Need (ACN Canada)at el@acn-canada.org or by phone at 416-827-5022

NEW BEGINNINGS ONLINE SEPARATED/DIVORCED VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Thursday November 18th at 7:00 PM

The Online Separated/Divorced Introductory Program offers both women and men a learning environment which is safe, welcoming and non-judgmental. The program provides 4 weeks of psycho-education which assists and accompanies the separated/divorced in exploring grief, experiencing healing and renewing faith. The program resources include PowerPoint, audio/video media and time will be allocated for group discussion.

Program Goals
• Understanding the fundamentals of grief and mourning
• Explaining the transitional dynamics of loss
• Developing skills for emotional management and practical care
• Renewing faith and rediscovery of personal spirituality

Program Access
The ideal candidate is ready and able to participate in a group setting. Each candidate will be screened prior, to being considered for admittance into the program.

For more information and to register please contact: Arcangelo Limanni, MRE (416) 921-1163 ext. 2225 alimanni@cfstoronto.com We welcome people from all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds

COME AND SEE RETREAT

Saturday, November 20th from 9 :00 AM to 3:30 PM

The Office of Vocations will host a Come & See – Day Retreat for men 18 years and older, at St. Augustine’s Seminary on Saturday, November 20th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM This day retreat offers men a way to discern a possible call to priesthood at our seminary. We encourage you to promote this retreat in your parish and during your livestream Masses. Thank you in advance for your generosity as we work together to build a culture of vocations.

Please register at www.vocationstoronto.ca.

For more information go to vocations@archtoronto.org

Bulletin – October 31, 2021

Saturday, October 30th, 2021

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ALL SOULS

BOX OF REMEMBRANCE

A Box of Remembrance will be placed on the altar for the month of November. You are invited to write the names of your deceased relatives and friends on a sheet of paper at home and bring it to place in the box.

Those whose names are in the Box of Remembrance will be remembered at all the Masses celebrated in November.

UPDATING OUR PARISH RECORDS

At this time, we would like to update our Parish records.

If you have changed your address, telephone number or email address, please let us know. Thank you for your cooperation.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS NOVEMBER 7th

Remember to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday evening November 6th before you go to bed!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 1st to November 7th, 2021

MONDAY – FRANK KENNY – Requested by Agnes Gaughan
TUESDAY – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE INTINI FAMILY – Requested by Chiara Intini
WEDNESDAY – SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by the Nguyen Family
THURSDAY – SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by Mirian Fabra
FRIDAY – SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by Mirian Fabra
SATURDAY – INTENTIONS OF THE ROSARY GROUP – Requested by Linda Law
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – JOAN RUEST – Requested by Ron Ruest
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – BENJAMIN JOSE GIBERSON SR. – Requested by Joan Giberson

ALTAR SERVERS

The Altar Server Ministry invites children, 10 and above, who are interested in learning how to serve at Mass, to please email stgabrielsaltarservers@gmail.com with details of the Mass at which they would like to serve.

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 great 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.

SHARELIFE!

Double your impact on ShareLife Sunday

ShareLife Sunday is a special day for our parish, as we join together in support of those who are poor and marginalized. And we now have an opportunity to make an even greater difference with our donations. From now through November 15, our gifts to ShareLife will be matched by a generous donor up to a total of $750,000.

Our parish’s ShareLife goal this year is $187,000. To date we have achieved $170,875. Will you help us reach our goal?

“Thank you to each and every person who showed solidarity with those who suffer by making a sacrificial gift.”
– Cardinal Thomas Collins

Today is the final ShareLife Sunday of 2021.
Please give generously.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

As you know, each week we collect food for Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

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. Thank you for your generous support.

QUEEN OF APOSTLES HEALING RETREAT

1617 Blythe Road Mississauga
Thursday November 11th from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre is holding a Healing Retreat for those suffering with cancer.

Please join them as they journey through the challenges of living and dealing with cancer.

The cost is $40.

To find out more information or to register, please email office@qoa.ca or call 905 278 5229.

ESTATE PLANNING FROM A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE

Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Join this webinar and learn about the importance of a Will, Powers of Attorney & Estate Planning as well as Catholic teachings and traditions around cremation.

The Archdiocese of Toronto estate planning team and Catholic Cemeteries & Funeral Services will share:
How to protect your loved ones with a proper will
How to ensure that your wishes are legally protected
– About Powers of Attorney
– Estate Trustee selection
– Finding lawyers and estate planning advisors
– Our Catholic traditions around wills, cremation,
burial and funerals

An estate planning guide will be mailed to all attendees at no cost.

To register, send them an email to: development@archtoronto.org

Please include ‘webinar on November 13’ in the subject line and provide your name and mailing address in the body of a message (otherwise they won’t be able to send you your copy of the Estate Planning guide!). Also, they would be grateful if, for the sake of their statistics, you could let them know whether you are planning to watch this webinar alone or together with a family member.

You will receive a link to the webinar on November 8th, and a couple of reminders closer to the date of the presentation.

NEW BEGINNINGS ONLINE SEPARATED/DIVORCED PROGRAM

Thursday November 18th at 7:00 PM

The Online Separated/Divorced Introductory Program offers both women and men a learning environment which is safe, welcoming and non-judgmental. The program provides 4 weeks of psycho-education which assists and accompanies the separated/divorced in exploring grief, experiencing healing and renewing faith. The program resources include PowerPoint, audio/video media and time will be allocated for group discussion.

Program Goals
• Understanding the fundamentals of grief and
mourning
• Explaining the transitional dynamics of loss
• Developing skills for emotional management and
practical car
• Renewing faith and rediscovery of personal
spirituality

Program Access
The ideal candidate is ready and able to participate in a group setting. Each candidate will be screened prior, to being considered for admittance into the program.

For more information and to register please contact: Arcangelo Limanni, MRE (416) 921-1163 ext. 2225 alimanni@cfstoronto.com

We welcome people from all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds

COME AND SEE RETREAT

Saturday, November 20th from 9 :00 AM to 3:30 PM

The Office of Vocations will host a Come & See – Day Retreat for men 18 years and older, at St. Augustine’s Seminary on Saturday, November 20th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM This day retreat offers men a way to discern a possible call to priesthood at our seminary. We encourage you to promote this retreat in your parish and during your livestream Masses. Thank you in advance for your generosity as we work together to build a culture of vocations.

Please register at www.vocationstoronto.ca.

For more information go to vocations@archtoronto.org

THE GARDEN SHED

LIFE IN THE GARDEN

With the temperature dropping and the leaves falling, it’s time to harvest the last crops, cover the boxes and mulch the beds before winter’s deep freeze. Nature is signaling that it is time to rest.

We in the Garden Ministry want to thank you for the comments and encouragement that you have shared with us and for your prayers for the well-being of the garden. St. Gabriel’s Garden continues to be an adventure, one that we share with our garden relations: flowers, grasses and trees, birds, fur bearers, insects and crawlers. To them all, we express our deep gratitude. Let us pray that we all overwinter in good health and return eager to begin again in March.

P.S. The young fox that I mentioned two weeks ago, was brought to the Animal Rescue facility in Downsview (thanks to Hélène and John in the office and the City) and is recovering well from a parasitic infection.

Bulletin – October 17, 2021

Sunday, October 17th, 2021

UPDATING OUR PARISH RECORDS

At this time, we would like to update our Parish records.

If you have changed your address, telephone number or email address, please let us know. Thank you for your cooperation.

MAKE SURE YOU ARE COUNTED!

Cardinal Collins has requested that a weekend Mass attendance count be conducted annually in all parishes and missions of the Archdiocese. This year the attendance count will continue on the weekends of October 16th /17th and 23rd/24th.

The purpose of the count is to have a more accurate assessment of the number of people attending Mass on a weekend. We realize that the parish headcount will reflect the allowed numbers during this ongoing pandemic; however, an accurate account of the number of people attending is very important nonetheless.

When you come in for Mass, you may notice a few “counters” clicking on tally counters at the doors of the church. The counters will be doing their jobs in a way as discreetly and non-intrusively as possible.

CHURCH BULLETIN ADVERTISING

Liturgical Publications is seeking advertisements for our church bulletin. This advertising helps to cover the costs of producing the bulletin each week. Please support our bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call Liturgical Publications at 905 624 4422 for more information.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 18th to October 24th, 2021

MONDAY – KOON TING LAU – Requested by Linda Law & Family
TUESDAY – SEE HIM CHIU – Requested by The Chiu Family
WEDNESDAY – ROMULO CHRISTIAN GONZALEZ – Requested by his Parents
THURSDAY KENG OWYONG – Requested by Helen Owyong
FRIDAY – ABANDONED SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by The Nguyen Family
SATURDAY – BIRTHDAY INTENTIONS OF LUCILLE YEUNG – Requested by The Yeung Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – JUAN ANGELO MANGAHAS – Requested by Anna Mae Mangahas
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – ALOYSIUS TELLIS – Requested by Brenda & Family

ALTAR SERVERS

The Altar Server Ministry invites children, 10 and above, who are interested in learning how to serve at Mass, to please email stgabrielsaltarservers@gmailcom with details of the Mass at which they would like to serve.

JUST A REMINDER

The Parent meeting for those whose children will receive First Communion in the spring is October 26th at 7:30 PM.

The Parent meeting for those whose children will be confirmed in the spring will be on October 28th at 7:30 PM

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

October 23rd/24th

Since 1922, the Pontifical Missions Societies, through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, have supported the temporal needs of missions and created awareness of the work of the missions throughout the world. Some examples of their projects include: building churches, pastoral centres, cathedrals, religious houses of formation, homes for the clergy; offering formation programs for lay missionaries; providing radio and television production and audio-visual materials to remote mission areas; and supporting pastoral work in various rural dioceses.

There will be a second collection on the weekend of October 23rd/24th for the Evangelization of the Nations, otherwise known as World Mission Sunday.

This is a worldwide collection for the missionary Church and it is our opportunity to assist at-need Catholic communities around the globe. Our offerings are combined with those of other Catholics around the world and distributed to missions and dioceses.

We are called to share from our abundance with those who are less fortunate and lack the basic essentials to know, love and praise God. Thank you for your support of this important work.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting seminarians

We must pray for good and holy priests. But we must also ensure they are equipped with an excellent educational and spiritual formation, which is why your gift to ShareLife supports St. Augustine’s Seminary. The future of our Church, and the essential pastoral care provided by our priests, depends on our generosity.

October 31st is the next ShareLife Sunday.

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

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre during our Thanksgiving Food Drive. Your response was overwhelming!

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.

BOOK DISCUSSION BUILDING ‘DELIGHT MUSCLES’

Wednesday, October 20th at 7:00 PM

A virtual event recommended by the Office for Promoting Christian Unity and Religious Relations with Judaism

The Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS) provides lectures and discussions to build religious literacy among the public. Ross Gay will share insights from his recent book that explores the delights of the ordinary, especially the small actions of individuals that create community. These shared bonds lead to the rewards that come from a life closely observed. This poet and essayist will illustrate the importance of acknowledging joy and wonder in our life as a spiritual practice.

Register at https://bit.ly/BookOfDelightsDiscussion

WORLDWIDE Marriage Encounter

Virtual Online, October 22nd to October 24th

Live your best life in love! Restore your loving communication with your spouse and rekindle the romance. The Marriage Encounter experience is a skill-building enrichment program where you, as husband and wife, learn how to be the best couple you can be; a special weekend to spend in ways that normal, daily living tends to inhibit. No group discussion. Based on Catholic values but open to couples of all faiths. Rediscover the love in your relationship!

For more information and to register, contact Marge & Gerard McCauley at gerard.marge@rogers.com or (905) 792-1925. Website: wwme.org

ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE SCHOOL VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

Tuesday, October 26th and Thursday, October 28th at 7:30 PM

A VIRTUAL EVENT HOSTED BY ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE SCHOOL

Discover and experience St. Michael’s College School, an independent school for boys in Grades 7 to 12, near downtown Toronto. Explore robust academics, arts, athletics and activities programming and dynamic mentorship, leadership and experiential learning opportunities! Registration required.
To register go to www.applysmcs.com

THEOLOGY ON TAP – The Final Event!

Nudged by the Spirit: The Journey Continues.

Monday, October 25th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

After 16 years, the Young Adult Ministry of Faith Connections is drawing to a close.

As a congregation, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto reflected and prayed about offering opportunities for adults in our Church, and beyond, that were most needed and appealing. They invite you to celebrate with them as the Spirit moves them forward, from Faith Connections, to new paths that reflect their common Christian vocation.

Join them virtually on Monday, October 25th, for Faith Connections’ final Theology on Tap Central – “Nudged by the Spirit: The Journey Continues”. They are looking forward to celebrating the end of this journey with you with a special panel of speakers and reflections. Please go to faithconnections@csj-to.ca for more information.

THE GARDEN SHED

LIFE IN THE GARDEN

Fox stood tentatively on the curb beside the lavender bed, haunches low, eyes squinting as if holding them open cost too much effort. We assessed each other. It was young, scrawny and its attitude strikingly different from that of other urban foxes I have encountered. They projected a self-assurance and comfort in their environment; this fox was submissive.

Was it injured or starving? Should I call Animal Rescue? I threw some nuts to entice it to walk, which it did. Clearly not injured, I assumed it was hungry, emptied my snack pouch and left for home.

Although feeding wild animals is not a wise practice, in this case I felt it was justified. Did sly fox con me with its submissive performance? Maybe – this time.

Looking for adventure? Join the Garden Ministry: sgpgardenministry@gmail.com

Bulletin – October 10, 2021

Sunday, October 10th, 2021

THANKSGIVING

A Reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Colossians (3.12-15)

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.

And be thankful.

A Prayer for Thanksgiving

O heavenly Father:
We thank thee for food and
remember the hungry.
We thank thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank thee for freedom and remember
the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
that thy gifts to us may be used for others.
Amen.

A blessed and happy Thanksgiving to all.

Monday, October 11th is Thanksgiving Day.
There will be no 9:00 AM Mass and the Parish Office will be closed.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 11th to October 17th, 2021

MONDAY – THANKSGIVING DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass today
TUESDAY – SOGAN JUNG – Requested by Veronica Do
WEDNESDAY – MOLLY & BILL BURKE – Requested by Marilyn & Fred Burke
THURSDAY – LEANOR MACALINO – Requested by Robert & Cheeto Miguel
FRIDAY – SOGAN JUNG – Requested by Veronica Do
SATURDAY – PASQUALE GATTI – Requested by Linda Gatti
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – KAZ SWIDERSKI – Requested by Irene & Family
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – ANDREW HUI TAI PANG – Requested by Howa Hui

ALTAR SERVERS

The Altar Server Ministry invites children, 10 and above, who are interested in learning how to serve at Mass, to please email stgabrielsaltarservers@gmailcom with details of the Mass at which their children would like to serve.

WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS!

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome
Ariana Nicole Mourra and
Jaden Osariere Oghosa

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism in the month of September. Congratulations!

JUST A REMINDER

The Parent meeting for those whose children will receive First Communion in the spring is October 26th at 7:30 PM.

The Parent meeting for those whose children will be confirmed in the spring will be on October 28th at 7:30 PM.

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

October 23rd/24th

Since 1922, the Pontifical Missions Societies, through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, have supported the temporal needs of missions and created awareness of the work of the missions throughout the world. Some examples of their projects include: building churches, pastoral centres, cathedrals, religious houses of formation, homes for the clergy; offering formation programs for lay missionaries; providing radio and television production and audio-visual materials to remote mission areas; and supporting pastoral work in various rural dioceses. There will be a second collection on the weekend of October 23rd/24th for the Evangelization of the Nations, otherwise known as World Mission Sunday.

This is a worldwide collection for the missionary Church and it is our opportunity to assist at-need Catholic communities around the globe. Our offerings are combined with those of other Catholics around the world and distributed to missions and dioceses.

We are called to share from our abundance with those who are less fortunate and lack the basic essentials to know, love and praise God. Thank you for your support of this important work.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting frontline workers

Day in and day out, frontline workers have been working tirelessly during the pandemic. While they are there for us, who is there for them?

Catholic Family Services agencies have served countless people who are on the front lines during the pandemic, providing counselling and support. Your gift to ShareLife is helping them cope with the stress and anxiety of being exposed to illness.

October 31st is the next ShareLife Sunday. Please give generously during the special collection or anytime at sharelife.org.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

For the Good Shepherd Centre and Rosalie Hall

it’s not to late to make a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless this Thanksgiving by participating in the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

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.

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.

Urgently needed items include:
rice pasta sauces, canned tomatoes
breakfast cereals hot chocolate
tea bags jam
granola/protein bars chocolate bars
cookies and crackers, hard candy
sugar coffee
canned legumes e.g., chick peas, black beans
canned tuna, soups, stews, fruits and vegetables

Please check the expiry date as we cannot pass on expired foods. Please no fresh or frozen foods.

Thank you for your ongoing support of these two special charities.

CHURCH BULLETIN ADVERTISING

Liturgical Publications is seeking advertisements for our church bulletin. This advertising helps to cover the costs of producing the bulletin each week. Please support our bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call Liturgical Publications at 905 624 4422 for more information.

IS OUR GOD TOO SMALL?

Friday, October 15th at 7:00 PM to Sunday, October 17th at 1:00 PM

Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre
2325 Liverpool Rd., Pickering

A silent Ignatian weekend retreat for men and women.

What happens to our faith as we learn just how big the cosmos is? How do we encounter God differently when we realize that all those stars and planets are real places – part of the same universe created by God and redeemed by the Incarnation?

Facilitated by Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ, known as “The Pope’s Astronomer.” He is the director of the Vatican Observatory and president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation.

Br. Consolomagno believes in the need for science and religion to work alongside one another, rather than act as competing ideologies. A suggested offering of $260 per person. Includes two nights’ accommodation, meals, program and spiritual direction.

To register go to www.manresa-canada.ca

For more information, contact: registration@manresa.ca or phone 905-839-2864.

BOOK DISCUSSION – BUILDING ‘DELIGHT MUSCLES’

Wednesday, October 20th at 7:00 PM

A virtual event recommended by the Office for Promoting Christian Unity and Religious Relations with Judaism

The Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS) provides lectures and discussions to build religious literacy among the public. Ross Gay will share insights from his recent book that explores the delights of the ordinary, especially the small actions of individuals that create community. These shared bonds lead to the rewards that come from a life closely observed. This poet and essayist will illustrate the importance of acknowledging joy and wonder in our life as a spiritual practice.

Register at https://bit.ly/BookOfDelightsDiscussion

WORLDWIDE Marriage Encounter

Virtual Online, October 22nd to October 24th

Live your best life in love! Restore your loving communication with your spouse and rekindle the romance. The Marriage Encounter experience is a skill-building enrichment program where you, as husband and wife, learn how to be the best couple you can be; a special weekend to spend in ways that normal, daily living tends to inhibit. No group discussion. Based on Catholic values but open to couples of all faiths. Rediscover the love in your relationship!

For more information and to register, contact Marge & Gerard McCauley at gerard.marge@rogers.com or (905) 792-1925.

Website: wwme.org

THE GARDEN SHED

On this Thanksgiving weekend, the Garden Ministry would like to share with you a Thanksgiving which they created from their experiences working in St. Gabriel’s Garden.

It expresses our gratitude to the garden, its creatures, the elements and Creator, and can be found in the Fall Newsletter, at the bottom of the Garden Ministry page on the parish website: https://stgabrielsparish.ca/ministries/garden-ministry/

Thank you for your continued interest, support and encouragement.