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Bulletin – October 25, 2020

Saturday, October 24th, 2020

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 26th to November 1st

MONDAY – UNBORN SOULS – Requested by Nguyen Family
TUESDAY – YANG PILL BUN – Requested by Veronica Do
WEDNESDAY – MARGARET NORONHA – Requested by Alcuin Noronha
THURSDAY – DRAGICA PETRANOVIC – Requested by Mira Petranovic
FRIDAY – LAU KOON TING – Requested by Linda Law & Family
SATURDAY – VINCENZA & LORENZO GRECH – Requested by The Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – THERESE & VED MEHARCHAND – Requested by The Meharchand Family
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by Mirian Fabra

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS
FRIENDLY CONNECTIONS

Connecting with each other during the Pandemic

The St. Gabriel’s Friendly Connections is a program of the Ministry for Maturing Adults that being initiated during the second wave of COVID 19. It has been developed to encourage independence and social contact parishioners, especially those who live alone.

Our goal is to help people who have limited social networks to maintain healthy community living. Using regular contact, via the telephone or email, friendship and support are provided to encourage independence and social contact. The method of contact and frequency can be determined by the participants for.

The team members of the Ministry of Maturing Adults would like to invite anyone who would like a telephone pal or email pal to contact the parish office or email us directly at stgabrielmma@gmail.com.

No one should feel alone… Each of us are weathering this storm in a different way, but we are all part of the same storm. Let us know if we can help!

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

Registration Began on October 19th

The 2020-2021 Children’s Faith Program will follow a home-school model with email resource support from volunteer catechist. At registration, you will receive a textbook for use as a primary resource. Parents will home school the child, with guidance from the textbook material and email resources from the catechist. Registration forms are available on line or in the Parish Office.

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 normally in person but, due to Covid 19, they will be online. They 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.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

Thank you so much for your overwhelming support of our Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Good Shepherd Centre and Rosalie Hall. They were extremely grateful for the donations they received.

Each month food we collect is sent to 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.

With so many out of work and struggling at this time, your food donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Please no fresh or frozen foods. Thank you for your generous support!

THEOLOGY ON TAP – SAINTS IN OUR JEANS

Monday October 26th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The speaker for this online event is Lisette Romero, BAS, B.Ed. Lisette enthusiastically works as a Youth Minister and a Lay Pastoral Assistant in two parishes of the Diocese of Peterborough. She invites us to share in her passion for the Catholic Faith and rich knowledge of Saints and Sainthood.

Please join her for a night of learning, fellowship, and sharing! Space is limited. Please contact faithconnections@csj-to.ca for more information.

THE DEVEBER INSTITUTE: INAUGURAL VIRTUAL LECTURE

October 29th at 8:00 PM

Join the deVeber Institute for their first virtual lecture! The featured speaker, Dr. Jane Pritchard, will discuss the affect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on already marginalized individuals in Toronto. In addition, bioethicist Bob Parke will present on the urgent need to improve palliative care for individuals with intellectual disabilities. It is sure to be a thought-provoking evening of incredible discussion and research. They hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact bioethics@deveber.org or by phone at 416-256-0555.

WEB: www.deveber.org

VIRTUAL EVENT HOSTED BY THE NEWMAN CENTRE

Friday, October 30th from 8:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Faith Connections and Newman Young Adult Ministry invite all young adults aged 18-39 to a virtual murder mystery evening! Ten strangers arrive on an island invited by an unknown host. Each of them has a secret … and then someone dies. Join them online to solve this murder.

For more information, contact Faith Connections at 416 886 8412 or by email at faithconnections@csj-to.ca

REGISTER at http://bit.ly/NewmanMysteryNight

41ST ANNUAL CARDINAL’S DINNER, A Virtual Evening

November 5th at 7:00 PM

Salt & Light TV and www.facebook.com/archtoronto

The 41st annual Cardinal’s Dinner will be celebrated as a virtual event, open to all, on Thursday, November 5th at 7:00 PM

Join them on Salt & Light TV and the Archdiocese of Toronto’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/archtoronto) for an inspiring 60-minute program that will include musical performances, profiles of Cardinal’s Dinner beneficiaries, an interview with Cardinal Collins, greetings from dignitaries and a special thank you to volunteers who have been assisting parishes throughout the pandemic.

There is no cost to attend the event however the goal is to continue to support the Cardinal’s Dinner charities during these challenging days. For more information or to donate in support of the dinner, visit: www.archtoronto.org/cardinalsdinner.

RETREAT FOR MEN

Friday, November 6th at 7:00 PM to Sunday, November 8th at 1:00 PM

Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre
2325 Liverpool Rd., Pickering

Learn the basics of praying in the Jesuit tradition. Understand the essential elements of Jesuit spirituality, a spirituality for busy, active people. St. Ignatius Loyola wanted Jesuits to be “contemplatives in action” but the busyness of our lives is often the thing that distracts us most from God. Learn to develop your awareness of God’s presence in your life. Develop the tools for deepening your relationship with God while maintaining all your usual commitments to family and work.

Facilitated by Fr. Michael Rosinski, SJ. A suggested offering of $225 per person. Includes two-nights of accommodation, meals, program and spiritual direction.

REGISTER: manresa-canada.ca
CONTACT: registration@manresa.ca
PHONE: 905-839-2864.

ENDING POVERTY TOGETHER – A VIRTUAL EVENT HOSTED BY THE NEWMAN CENTRE

Saturday, November 14th from10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Ending Poverty Together is an interactive workshop designed to help redefine your understanding of poverty — both causes and solutions — in Canada and abroad. Connect with individuals in your community while gaining a healthy, hope-filled approach to poverty alleviation. Join thousands of Canadians who have enjoyed the interactive content, videos and discussion.

REGISTER: http://bit.ly/EndingPovertyWorkshop
CONTACT: lenita.lopes@newmantoronto.com

THE GARDEN SHED

COVID restrictions and anxiety weigh heavily on our hearts, minds and bodies. The COVID walk has become a daily ritual for many of us and the only escape from isolation for some. For your next walk, consider the garden as your destination.

It offers a healing oasis of calm and quiet and a smorgasbord of sensory enrichment: tweets, scurryings, rustles, golden leaves gliding on breezes, a visual salad of leafy greens, spruce spires piercing a brilliant blue sky, and here and there spots of pinks, purples and whites proffered by enduring yarrow and hyssop. Let it refresh you.

Bulletin – October 18, 2020

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 19th to October 25th

MONDAY – ROMULO CHRISTIAN GONZALEZ – Requested by Rosa Gonzalez
TUESDAY – KENG OWYONG – Requested by Helen Owyong
WEDNESDAY – INTENTIONS OF URSULA MARTINS – Requested by Tony Fernandes
THURSDAY – AMY YOO – Requested by John Choi
FRIDAY – THE JACK TA FAMILY – Requested by Veronica Do
SATURDAY – VICTOR PAUL – Requested by Sophie & Candida Pereira
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – KRYSTYNA SIELECKA – Requested by Hanna Wisniowska
SUNDAY 12:30 PM – ALONSO VARGAS – Requested by Mirian Fabra

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS

PHONE PALS OR EMAIL PALS: CONNECTING WITH EACH OTHER DURING THE PANDEMIC

While the first wave of Covid 19 was trying for everyone it was particularly difficult for anyone who was living by themselves or for those living with others but not feeling included, valued or welcome. As we prepare for a possible second wave of the pandemic, the team members of the Ministry of Maturing Adults would like to invite anyone who would like a telephone pal or email pal to contact the parish office or email us directly at stgabrielmma@gmail.com.

By providing us with your name, phone number or email, we will connect you with someone who would make periodical calls to check in on you at least once a week. These calls or emails could be used for a simple friendly chat, a chance to voice a concern to a compassionate ear, or a companion to pray with.

No one should feel alone… Each of us are weathering this storm in a different way, but we are all part of the same storm. Let us know if we can help!

ARCHDIOCESAN CATECHIST FORMATION PROGRAM 2020-21

Registration is now open for the 2020-21 Catechist Formation Program. The program runs from Sunday, October 18th, 2020 to Saturday, June 19th, 2021. It consists of a combination of online courses, seminars, retreat morning, as well as a Mass and blessing of catechists by Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, at St. Augustine’s Seminary. There is a $250 deposit, refundable upon program completion, and the cost of books.

For more information see the brochure at http://bit.ly/OCFP-Brochure2020 or contact Connie Price at: cprice@archtoronto.org or 416-934-3400, ext. 513.

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 normally in person but, due to Covid 19, they will probably be online. They 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.

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

Registration Begins October 19th

We anticipate that the 2020-2021 Children’s Faith Program will follow a home-school model with email resource support from volunteer catechist. At registration, you will receive a textbook for use as a primary resource. Parents will home school the child, with guidance from the textbook material and email resources from the catechist. Registration forms will be available on line or in the Parish Office beginning Monday, October 19th.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month food we collect is sent to 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.

With so many out of work and struggling at this time, your food donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Please no fresh or frozen foods. Thank you for your generous support!

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

This Weekend, October 17th & 18th

World Mission Sunday takes place this weekend.

This national collection is given to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith who distributes the funds to every mission bishop to assist in the day to day expenses of operating the diocese as well as special projects, such as building churches/chapels, healthcare clinics, the training and support catechists.

Please be as generous as your means allow.

2021 REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

For Families of Parishioners

The Archdiocese Office for Refugees has a program to assist parishioners who would like to sponsor a family member that is in need of refugee sponsorship. This program is intended to assist parishioners only. If you are a parishioner, and would like to sponsor a family member, please contact the parish office to schedule a meeting with the pastor prior to November 15th. The Office for Refugees will look to the sponsoring family to provide the necessary funds for sponsorship.

The Process

Step 1: The Program is Announced at Parish by October 20th, 2020.
Step 2: The Parishioner Meets with the Pastor – Interested parishioners are to arrange a meeting with the pastor by November 15th, 2020
Step 3: The Pastor Sends Request to ORAT by November 29th, 2020
Step 4: ORAT Invites Parishioner to an Information Session – Following the receipt of the request from the pastor, ORAT will extend an invitation to the parishioner, inviting them to attend the Introduction to Resettlement Information Session. This is a mandatory session for the parishioner. The session will take place on or before Saturday, December 12th, 2020.

THEOLOGY ON TAP-SAINTS IN OUR JEANS

Monday October 26th from 7:00 PM to 9:00PM

The speaker for this online event is Lisette Romero, BAS, B.Ed. Lisette enthusiastically works as a Youth Minister and a Lay Pastoral Assistant in two parishes of the Diocese of Peterborough. She invites us to share in her passion for the Catholic Faith and rich knowledge of Saints and Sainthood.

Please join her for a night of learning, fellowship, and sharing! Space is limited. Please contact faithconnections@csj-to.ca for more information.

THE GARDEN SHED

Our garden connects us to the natural world of which we are a part, not only in the present, but to our roots in the ancient past. If you walk the Stations of the Cosmic Earth in the south garden, and reflect on the third station, “Life Emerges,” consider adding to your reflection, an exploration of the east wall of the church, either the exterior and the interior. It is clad with Tyndall stone from Manitoba. This fossilized stone dates back 450 million years and reveals the imprint of life emerging on Earth. See how many of the fossilized remains of our ancestors you can find.

If you would like to participate in caring for our gardens, please email heathermjb@gmail.com.

Bulletin – October 11, 2020

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

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.

Monday, October 12th is Thanksgiving Day.

There will be no 9:00 AM Mass and the Parish Office will be closed.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 12th to October 18th

MONDAY – THANKSGIVING – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – NGUYEN THI MINH – Requested by Veronica Do
WEDNESDAY – NANCY FABRA – Requested by Mirian Fabra
THURSDAY – NADSA CORNELIO – Requested by Mark DesRoches
FRIDAY – PASQUALE GATTI – Requested by Linda Gatti
SATURDAY – GORDON OATWAY – Requested by Pat Oatway
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – KAZ SWIDERSKI – Requested by Irene Swiderski
SUNDAY 12:30 PM – ANA LLANOS – Requested by Mirian Fabra

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 normally in person but, due to Covid 19, they will probably be online. They 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.

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS

PHONE PALS OR EMAIL PALS: CONNECTING WITH EACH OTHER DURING THE PANDEMIC

While the first wave of Covid 19 was trying for everyone it was particularly difficult for anyone who was living by themselves or for those living with others but not feeling included, valued or welcome. As we prepare for a possible second wave of the pandemic, the team members of the Ministry of Maturing Adults would like to invite anyone who would like a telephone pal or email pal to contact the parish office or email us directly at stgabrielmma@gmail.com.

By providing us with your name, phone number or email, we will connect you with someone who would make periodical calls to check in on you at least once a week. These calls or emails could be used for a simple friendly chat, a chance to voice a concern to a compassionate ear, or a companion to pray with.

No one should feel alone… Each of us are weathering this storm in a different way, but we are all part of the same storm. Let us know if we can help!

ARCHDIOCESAN CATECHIST FORMATION PROGRAM 2020-21

Registration is now open for the 2020-21 Catechist Formation Program. The program runs from Sunday, October 18th, 2020 to Saturday, June 19th, 2021. It consists of a combination of online courses, seminars, retreat morning, as well as a Mass and blessing of catechists by Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, at St. Augustine’s Seminary. There is a $250 deposit, refundable upon program completion, and the cost of books.

For more information see the brochure at http://bit.ly/OCFP-Brochure2020 or contact Connie Price at: cprice@archtoronto.org or 416-934-3400, ext. 513.

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

We anticipate that the 2020-2021 Children’s Faith Program will follow a home-school model with email resource support from volunteer catechist. At registration, you will receive a textbook for use as a primary resource. Parents will home school the child, with guidance from the textbook material and email resources from the catechist. Registration will open soon.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

You can 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.

Rosalie Hall provides a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

Urgently needed items include:
Rice, pasta, pasta sauces, curry, garlic powder
Cereal, powdered milk, hot chocolate
salad dressing, tea bags, coffee
granola bars, protein bars, chocolate bars, hard candy
cookies and crackers, sugar
canned tuna, soups, stews, corned beef, fruits and vegetables

Please check the expiry date as we cannot pass on expired foods. Please no fresh or frozen foods. We thank you for your generous support!

2021 REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

For Families of Parishioners

The Archdiocese Office for Refugees has a program to assist parishioners who would like to sponsor a family member that is in need of refugee sponsorship. This program is intended to assist parishioners only. If you are a parishioner, and would like to sponsor a family member, please contact the parish office to schedule a meeting with the pastor prior to November 15th. The Office for Refugees will look to the sponsoring family to provide the necessary funds for sponsorship.

The Process

Step 1: The Program is Announced at Parish by October 20th, 2020.
Step 2: The Parishioner Meets with the Pastor – Interested parishioners are to arrange a meeting with the pastor by November 15th, 2020
Step 3: The Pastor Sends Request to ORAT by November 29th, 2020
Step 4: ORAT Invites Parishioner to an Information Session – Following the receipt of the request from the pastor, ORAT will extend an invitation to the parishioner, inviting them to attend the Introduction to Resettlement Information Session. This is a mandatory session for the parishioner. The session will take place on or before Saturday, December 12th, 2020.

COLLECTION OF MILK BAGS

For the foreseeable future, we are stopping the collection of milk bags. There are no workshops being scheduled at this time and Sharon has many more than she can use. We will let you know when we can begin collecting them once more.

ST. JOSEPH MORROW PARK

Virtual Open House
October 14th at 7:00 PM

St. Joseph Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School will be hosting a Virtual Open House for Grade 8 students and parents that includes the following:

  1. An informational video that will be available on our school website beginning October 13th at 4:00 PM. Please visit www.tcdsb.org/stjosephmorrowpark for a link to the video.
  2. Virtual Town Hall on October 14th at 7:00 PM. to learn more about high school life at St. Joseph Morrow Park. Please use the following link to register for this event: St. Joseph Morrow Park Virtual Town Hall Registration.

BREBEUF COLLEGE SCHOOL

Virtual Open House
October 15th and 21st

Brebeuf College School is an All-Boys TCDSB Catholic School that focuses on Faith Development, Academics, Athletics, and Student Leadership. The applications for the 2021-2022 School Year are now available. To learn more, please join them at their Virtual Open House on October 15th and 21st. To register and further explore what Brebeuf can offer your son and family, please visit https://sites.google.com/tcdsb.ca/brebeufcollege and click on “Brebeuf Open House”. They look forward to seeing you then.

THE GARDEN SHED

Shapes of Autumn

When leaves fall and flowers exhaust themselves in seed formation, it’s a great time to observe shapes in the garden. For example, in the north garden there are arching Goji’s and flame-shaped hyssop pods, while, in the south garden, there are globular black seed heads of Virginia Mountain Mint, pearls of Pearly Everlasting and seed discs of Smooth Oxeye.

Sharing

While it saves labour to cut back seed stalks in the fall, rather than wait for the spring when they will be partly decayed and soggy, we also share the garden with birds and other creatures that depend on its seeds. So, we cut back some of the plants, like Blazing Star and Hairy Beardtongue in the fall and leave others, like Virginia Mountain Mint, Verbena, Smooth Oxeye and Pearly Everlasting until the spring.

For more information on St. Gabriel’s gardens visit the Garden Ministry web-page on the parish website. If you would like to participate in caring for our gardens, please email heathermjb@gmail.com.

Bulletin – October 4, 2020

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 5th to October 11th

MONDAY – SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by the Nguyen Family
TUESDAY – INTENTIONS OF MICHAEL KIM – Requested by Thomas & Veronica Kim
WEDNESDAY – JAE-WHAN DO – Requested by the Ta Family
THURSDAY – GIUSEPPE DIDIODATO – Requested by Chiara & Tina Intini
FRIDAY – ANNIVERSARY OF MARILYN & FRED BURKE – Requested by their Family
SATURDAY – SHANNON OLDEN – Requested by Kathleen Olden-Powell
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – JOSE ENRIQUEZ SR. – Requested by Jackie Enriquez
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – MARTHA SHORT – Requested by Patrick Mohan

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

Interviews for children who were prepared to receive their First Communion last May are now being scheduled.

Two dates have been added to accommodate those who have not yet called for an appointment:

Tuesday, October 6th and Wednesday October 7th

Interviews 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.

WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS!

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:
Sophia Crane
Mia Elyse Lamoste
Adrian William Lim Ah Ken
Mackenzie Perez

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

ARCHDIOCESAN CATECHIST FORMATION PROGRAM 2020-21

Registration is now open for the 2020-21 Catechist Formation Program. The program runs from Sunday, October 18th, 2020 to Saturday, June 19th, 2021. It consists of a combination of online courses, seminars, retreat morning, as well as a Mass and blessing of catechists by Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, at St. Augustine’s Seminary. There is a $250 deposit, refundable upon program completion, and the cost of books.

For more information see the brochure at http://bit.ly/OCFP-Brochure2020 or contact Connie Price at: cprice@archtoronto.org or 416-934-3400, ext. 513.

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 normally in person but, due to Covid 19, they will probably be online. They 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.

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS
PHONE PALS OR EMAIL PALS: CONNECTING WITH EACH OTHER DURING THE PANDEMIC

While the first wave of Covid 19 was trying for everyone it was particularly difficult for anyone who was living by themselves or for those living with others but not feeling included, valued or welcome. As we prepare for a possible second wave of the pandemic, the team members of the Ministry of Maturing Adults would like to invite anyone who would like a telephone pal or email pal to contact the parish office or email us directly at stgabrielmma@gmail.com.

By providing us with your name, phone number or email, we will connect you with someone who would make periodical calls to check in on you at least once a week. These calls or emails could be used for a simple friendly chat, a chance to voice a concern to a compassionate ear, or a companion to pray with.

No one should feel alone… Each of us are weathering this storm in a different way, but we are all part of the same storm. Let us know if we can help!

OCTOBER – NATIONAL SENIORS MONTH

The date for the National Seniors Day in Canada and International Day of Older Persons was October 1st. Both the Government of Canada and the United Nations have provided various resources that are available on their website, including virtual events. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the following websites:
(1) http://www.ngocoa-ny.org/
(2) https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/campaigns/national-seniors-day.html

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

We are discerning how the program will be delivered in these times. More information will be forthcoming, so stay tuned.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

You can 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 and pasta sauces,
cereal curry& garlic powder
salad dressing hot chocolate
powdered milk tea bags
granola/protein bars chocolate bars
cookies and crackers, hard candy
sugar coffee
canned tuna, soups, stews, corned beef, fruits and vegetables

Please check the expiry date as we cannot pass on expired foods. Please no fresh or frozen foods.
We thank you for your generous support!

COLLECTION OF MILK BAGS

For the foreseeable future, we are stopping the collection of milk bags. There are no workshops being scheduled at this time and Sharon has many more than she can use. We will let you know when we can begin collecting them once more.

2021 REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

For Families of Parishioners

The Archdiocese Office for Refugees has a program to assist parishioners who would like to sponsor a family member that is in need of refugee sponsorship. This program is intended to assist parishioners only. If you are a parishioner, and would like to sponsor a family member, please contact the parish office to schedule a meeting with the pastor prior to November 15th. The Office for Refugees will look to the sponsoring family to provide the necessary funds for sponsorship.

The Process

Step 1: The Program is Announced at Parish by October 20th, 2020.
Step 2: The Parishioner Meets with the Pastor – Interested parishioners are to arrange a meeting with the pastor by November 15th, 2020
Step 3: The Pastor Sends Request to ORAT by November 29th, 2020
Step 4: ORAT Invites Parishioner to an Information Session – Following the receipt of the request from the pastor, ORAT will extend an invitation to the parishioner, inviting them to attend the Introduction to Resettlement Information Session. This is a mandatory session for the parishioner. The session will take place on or before Saturday, December 12th, 2020.

THE GARDEN SHED

The joy of discovery!

Check out the Garden Ministry web-page for a picture of the tiny, perfect bird’s nest, perched about shoulder height on the bough of a spruce tree on the southern walkway. Better still, take a stroll and discover it for yourself. Awesome ingenuity – a home skillfully built with materials at hand.

A testament to resilience! After the extreme heat of early summer, we thought the goji berry harvest was lost. The leaves on ninety percent of the plants had withered and dropped. But, the plants rebounded, leafing out for a second time and flowering. Chances are now very good that the berries will ripen before the first frost.

For more information on St. Gabriel’s gardens visit the Garden Ministry web-page on the parish website. If you would like to participate in caring for our gardens, please email heathermjb@gmail.com.

Bulletin – September 27, 2020

Saturday, September 26th, 2020

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 28th to October 4th

MONDAY – GUILLERMO ACOSTA – Requested by Mirian Fabra
TUESDAY – LOZANO ACOSTA – Requested by Mirian Fabra
WEDNESDAY – SOULS IN PURGATORY – Requested by Mirian Fabra
THURSDAY – CARL LEFEBOUR – Requested by Yvonne Lefebour
FRIDAY – THOMAS OWEN & JESSE PETER JOSEPH MILLER – Requested by their Family
SATURDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE – Requested by their Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – DOREEN YOUNG – Requested by Noreen Chen
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – LAUDELINA DESOUZA MOREIRA – Requested by Humberto Holanda

FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

Interviews for children who were prepared to receive their First Communion last May are now being scheduled.

Interviews began on Tuesday, September 15th and will continue until Thursday, October 1st. They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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

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 normally in person but, due to Covid 19, they will probably be online. They 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.

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM

We are discerning how the program will be delivered in these times. More information will be forthcoming, so stay tuned.

WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS & REFUGEES

This Sunday, September 27th at 10:00 AM.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented some unique challenges for the Church, as well as for our efforts to plan for this year’s World Day of Migrants & Refugees. In response, our office arranged for this year’s World Day of Migrants & Refugees, which will take place this Sunday, September 27th to be celebrated virtually. On Sunday, Cardinal Collins will be the celebrant and homilist at the 10:00 AM Mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. The Mass will be livestreamed. Following the livestream, the Mass along with pre-recorded videos from several guest speakers will be made available on ORAT’s website and Facebook page. These are intended to draw our attention to the plight of so many who have been displaced from their homes and homelands.

ARCHDIOCESAN CATECHIST FORMATION PROGRAM 2020-21

Registration is now open for the 2020-21 Catechist Formation Program. The program runs from Sunday, October 18th, 2020 to Saturday, June 19th, 2021. It consists of a combination of online courses, seminars, retreat morning, as well as a Mass and blessing of catechists by Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, at St. Augustine’s Seminary. There is a $250 deposit, refundable upon program completion, and the cost of books.

For more information see the brochure at http://bit.ly/OCFP-Brochure2020 or contact Connie Price at: cprice@archtoronto.org or 416-934-3400, ext. 513.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

You can 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 and pasta sauces,
cereal curry& garlic powder
salad dressing hot chocolate
powdered milk tea bags
granola/protein bars chocolate bars
cookies and crackers, hard candy
sugar coffee
canned tuna, soups, stews, corned beef, fruits and vegetables

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

We thank you for your generous support!

2021 REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

For Families of Parishioners

The Archdiocese Office for Refugees has a program to assist parishioners who would like to sponsor a family member that is in need of refugee sponsorship. This program is intended to assist parishioners only. If you are a parishioner, and would like to sponsor a family member, please contact the parish office to schedule a meeting with the pastor prior to November 15th. The Office for Refugees will look to the sponsoring family to provide the necessary funds for sponsorship.

The Process

Step 1: The Program is Announced at Parish by October 20th, 2020.
Step 2: The Parishioner Meets with the Pastor – Interested parishioners are to arrange a meeting with the pastor by November 15th, 2020
Step 3: The Pastor Sends Request to ORAT by November 29th, 2020
Step 4: ORAT Invites Parishioner to an Information Session – Following the receipt of the request from the pastor, ORAT will extend an invitation to the parishioner, inviting them to attend the Introduction to Resettlement Information Session. This is a mandatory session for the parishioner. The session will take place on or before Saturday, December 12th, 2020.

COLLECTION OF MILK BAGS

For the foreseeable future, we are stopping the collection of milk bags. There are no workshops being scheduled at this time and Sharon has many more than she can use. We will let you know when we can begin collecting them once more.

FAITH CONNECTIONS

Monday, September 28th at 7:00 PM

Join Faith Connections on Monday, September 28th at 7:00 PM for a virtual evening of theology and reflection for young adults, ages 18-39! We welcome Rev. Leigh Kern, Hon. B.A., M.Div., for a discussion on “Colonization and Confinement: From Assimilation to Liberation,” which will examine the theological roots of our current judicial, policing and prison system, and their impact on Indigenous communities. For more information and to join us via Zoom, please visit the events section of Faith Connections Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FaithConnections/events. It’s sure to be a great night!

Please contact Faith Connections at faithconnections@csj-to.ca or phone
WEBSITE: faithconnections.ca

THE GARDEN SHED

When you see Garden Ministry members in the garden, you rightly assume we are its caretakers. What you might not see is the garden taking care of us. Its rich, earthy scents soothe anxiety; birdsongs lift a troubled soul out of shadows; soft breezes swishing through grasses calm an overactive mind; colours pique curiosity and loneliness fades as we are drawn closer to the myriad creatures that make the garden their home. In that quiet space, awaits the listening ear of our Creator. Our garden is there for all of us.

For more information on St. Gabriel’s gardens visit the Garden Ministry web-page on the parish website. If you would like to participate in caring for our gardens, please email heathermjb@gmail.com.