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Bulletin – May 15, 2022

Saturday, May 14th, 2022

JUBILEE CELEBRATION

Sunday June 12th, 2022
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Just a reminder! – The Parish will be hosting a Jubilee Celebration Party commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the ordination of Father Brando on Sunday, June 12th, between 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM in our Parking lot and Gathering space – we hope all of you can attend!

The Parish has also set up an Anniversary gifting opportunity for anyone who wishes to help defray Father Brando’s travel expenses to the Philippines and Rome during his sabbatical.

Details on how to contribute are included in the Jubilee Pamphlet on the information table in the Gathering space and on our Parish Website. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

May 16th to May 22nd, 2022

MONDAY – BONA KIM – Requested by Suzanne Kim
TUESDAY – AURITA FERNANDES ✞ – Requested by Tony Fernandes
WEDNESDAY – FRANCISCO KIT SANTOS ✞ – Requested by Linda Abalos
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY – CECILIA MANALANG ✞ – Requested by Plutarco Manalang
SUNDAY, 10:30 – ANTONIO MARCHESE ✞ – Requested by Cathy Marchese
SUNDAY, 12:30 – CORRADO (CHUCK) GRECH ✞ – Requested by the Grech Family

A PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Lord, with the gift of courage, we can do all manner of things in service of you and our fellow men and women. Help us listen to the voice of your Son, Jesus, and so discover the truth about you.

With your grace, gift your Church with young men and women who are ready and eager to be living witnesses of your saving love and true servants of their sisters and brothers. Help them to discover in priesthood and consecrated life your call to love and service, and the fullness of life you promise.

We ask this in your name, Jesus.
Amen

SHARELIFE

ShareLife Goal Update

Thus far our parish has raised $75,060 toward our goal of [$198,000].

“Our goal can be met, but only with your help. I invite you to join today’s generation of heroes by making a sacrificial gift to ShareLife. As you contemplate the blessings God has entrusted to you, please join me in giving to ShareLife to the best of your ability.”
– Cardinal Thomas Collins

The final ShareLife Sunday of the year is June 5th. Please give generously through the parish or at sharelife.org. Thank you for living the Gospel!

Thank you for supporting ShareLife!

BUNDLE UP WEEKEND COMING UP!

This Weekend, May 14th/15th Spring-cleaning Time!

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is collecting gently used clothing, shoes, linens and household goods to support our neighbors in need or to be sold to help support their special works in the community this weekend, May14th/15th

They cannot accept books, dishes, furniture, appliances, mattresses, construction materials or videos and cassettes. Please bring your donations and help others in your community.

The truck will be open Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Volunteers will be there to assist with loading before and after each Mass.

ST. GABRIEL’S REFUGEE COMMITTEE – UKRAINIAN FAMILY SPONSORSHIP

We are pleased to report that our team of 21 volunteers is getting ready to welcome a family from the Ukraine.

We are in the very early stages of this sponsorship and as yet we do not know how or when we will be matched with a family in need. Our Sponsorship is the through the Office of Refugees Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT) and they have a team in Poland speaking to Ukrainian families about resettlement in Canada.

We will of course keep the Parish informed of developments as they happen. Thank you for your continued support of this important work.
Hebrews 13:2

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Thank you for your generous support of 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 so important as Covid 19 remains with us and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

SPECIAL COLLECTION: POPE’S PASTORAL WORKS

Weekend of May 21st /22nd, 2022

On May 21st /22nd there will be a second collection for the Pope’s Pastoral Works. These funds are passed onto the Holy Father so the Church can provide an immediate humanitarian response in countries stricken by war, famine and natural disasters. By contributing to the Pope’s Pastoral Works, the faithful of Canada give a universal dimension to their charity and display Christ’s love and compassion for people in desperate need. Please give generously.

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS

COMMUNICATING WITH TECHNOLOGY

Would you like to learn how to connect with others virtually and via social networking apps safely and with ease? This program is a collaborative effort between the Maturing Adult Ministry and the Youth Ministry.

Please email Sr. Malou at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com for more information and to register

PLANNING TO BE A CATHOLIC TEACHER?

If you are planning to be a teacher, it is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic school board in Ontario, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor as part of your application.

The letter explaining that you belong to and participate in the community cannot be written if he does not know you. It is recommended that you have a conversation with your pastor early in the process well before the applications are to be submitted.

ONTARIO ELECTION DEBATE FROM A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE

Wednesday, May 18th at 7:30 PM

The Archdiocese of Toronto is also excited to announce that we will host an Ontario Election Debate from a Catholic Perspective on Wednesday, May 18 starting at 7:30 p.m. You can watch the debate on The Archdiocese of Toronto’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. It will also be broadcast live on Salt+Light TV. The debate will be moderated by Peter Stockland, publisher of The Catholic Register, and will feature representatives from the major political parties.

This debate will build off of the Archdiocese of Toronto’s 2019 Federal Election Debate from a Catholic Perspective, which was viewed by more than 12,000 people and was the #1 trending topics on Twitter in Canada that night.

We believe that the public is eager for substantive, respectful dialogue on political issues, which we will provide with these resources. And we will try to serve the faithful from across the province who are engaged and active citizens.

Please join the conversation by using the hashtag: #CatholicVote2022.

THE GARDEN SHED

OPENING: SUMMER GARDENING POSITION FOR YOUTH

For the third year, St. Gabriel’s has received a Canada Summer Jobs grant from the federal government for a Gardening Helper, between the ages of 15 to 30, to assist with gardening tasks 30 hours per week for 9 weeks, beginning late May. Work can include, but not be limited to watering, weeding, planting, transplanting, soil preparation, pruning, harvesting, mulching, cleaning up debris and care of garden tools. For more information, email sgpgardenministry@gmail.com. To apply, please send your resume to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca.

In the space of a couple of weeks, the garden has turned from winter beige to lush green and buds are beginning to open on the fruit trees: blossoms of delicate pink on the cherry trees, neon pink on the peach, white on the apple, yellow on the haskap and more. Why not make an after-mass stroll through the garden a habit so you can watch the buds open and the blossoms turn to fruit?

FINANCE CORNER

Please pick up your Offertory envelopes at the Parish Office if you have not already done so. Thank you.

Bulletin – May 8, 2022

Sunday, May 8th, 2022

JUBILEE CELEBRATION

Just a reminder! – The Parish will be hosting a Jubilee Celebration Party commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the ordination of Father Brando on Sunday, June 12th, between 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM in our Parking lot and Gathering space – we hope all of you can attend!

The Parish has also set up an Anniversary gifting opportunity for anyone who wishes to help defray Father Brando’s Travel expenses to the Philippines and Rome during his sabbatical.

Details on how to contribute are included in the Jubilee Pamphlet on the information table in the Gathering space and on our Parish Website. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

If you have not yet scheduled your child’s First Communion interview, please do so aso soon as possible.

Interview dates
May 10th, May 11th, May 12th, May 17th, May 18th and May 19th.

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. Please have your child bring their book to the interview.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

May 9th to May 15th, 2022

MONDAY – GABRIEL BOSIT ✞ – Requested by Nguyen Doans
TUESDAY – ROY KUISMORIO ✞ – Requested by Linda Abalos
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY – GIOVANNI, MARIA & FRANK PUGLIESE ✞ – Requested by Rose Pugliese
FRIDAY – MARIA DIDIODATO ✞ – Requested by her Family
SATURDAY – ANDREW HUI ✞ – Requested by Howa Hui
SUNDAY, 10:30 – BRUNO CORTESE ✞ – Requested by the Cortese Family
SUNDAY, 12:30 – LUZ CASTILLO ✞ – Requested by Julie Gatbonton

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be observed this Sunday, May 8th. Please pray for our priests living and deceased. Pray also that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord’s call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes.

A PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Lord, with the gift of courage, we can do all manner of things in service of you and our fellow men and women. Help us listen to the voice of your Son, Jesus, and so discover the truth about you.

With your grace, gift your Church with young men and women who are ready and eager to be living witnesses of your saving love and true servants of their sisters and brothers. Help them to discover in priesthood and consecrated life your call to love and service, and the fullness of life you promise. We ask this in your name, Jesus. Amen

SHARELIFE

ShareLife and the World Day of Prayer for Vocations

When you support ShareLife, you help educate our future priests. Through ShareLife, you invested in our Church’s future by supporting 60 seminarians at St. Augustine’s Seminary and Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary in this past academic year.

To date, $36,410 has been received at the ShareLife Office and $37,675 has been received at the Parish for a total of $74,085 toward our goal of $198,000.

If you haven’t yet contributed, please make your sacrificial gift through the parish office or at sharelife.org.

Thank you for supporting ShareLife!

BUNDLE UP WEEKEND COMING UP!

Weekend of May 14th/15th

It’s Spring-cleaning Time!

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is collecting gently used clothing, shoes, linens and household goods to support our neighbors in need or to be sold to help support their special works in the community on the weekend of May14th/15th

They cannot accept books, dishes, furniture, appliances, mattresses, construction materials or videos and cassettes. Please bring your donations and help others in your community.

The truck will be open Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Volunteers will be there to assist with loading before and after each Mass.

SPECIAL COLLECTION: POPE’S PASTORAL WORKS

Weekend of May 21st /22nd, 2022

On May 21st /22nd there will be a second collection for the Pope’s Pastoral Works. These funds are passed onto the Holy Father so the Church can provide an immediate humanitarian response in countries stricken by war, famine and natural disasters. By contributing to the Pope’s Pastoral Works, the faithful of Canada give a universal dimension to their charity and display Christ’s love and compassion for people in desperate need. Please give generously.

ST. GABRIEL’S REFUGEE COMMITTEE – UKRAINIAN FAMILY SPONSORSHIP

We are pleased to report that our team of 21 volunteers is getting ready to welcome a family from the Ukraine.

We are in the very early stages of this sponsorship and as yet we do not know how or when we will be matched with a family in need. Our Sponsorship is the through the Office of Refugees Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT) and they have a team in Poland speaking to Ukrainian families about resettlement in Canada.

We will of course keep the Parish informed of developments as they happen. Thank you for your continued support of this important work.

Hebrews 13:2
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 32 casseroles for April. For May, your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of May 28th/ 29th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

You may pick up a copy of a casserole recipes and a pan from the Parish Office. Three recipes are also available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Please remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole.

More volunteers are urgently needed to help feed the hungry in our city. For more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

Your food donations are so important as Covid 19 remains with us and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired

THE GARDEN SHED

Thanks to our student volunteers, the cool-weather vegetable seedlings, begun under grow-lights, as well as radish and Swiss chard seeds have all been planted in the community garden. Drop by and have a look!

Opening: Summer Gardening Position for Youth

For the third year, St. Gabriel’s has received a Canada Summer Jobs grant from the federal government for a Gardening Helper, between the ages of 15 to 30, to assist with gardening tasks 30 hours per week for 9 weeks, beginning late May. Work can include, but not be limited to watering, weeding, planting, transplanting, soil preparation, pruning, harvesting, mulching, cleaning up debris and care of garden tools.

For more information, email sgpgardenministry@gmail.com.

To apply, please send your resume to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca.

THEOLOGY ON TAP EAST: DEBT, TAXES, SAVINGS…GOD?

What’s Happening with My Money?
Monday, May 9th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Willie Stouts Pub and Grill, 2175 Sheppard Ave. E., North York

Theology on Tap East invites all young adults (ages 19-39) to join us for our next event on being stewards of our money, featuring Dean Penafiel. Looking at the different financial challenges that a young adult faces, this evening will feature a talk on personal finances. It will highlight the benefits of having a financial plan that lays out all sources of income and then lists all expenses, including day-to-day living, entertainment, tithings, savings, debt and interest payments.

The presentation draws upon the personal experiences of the presenter who incurred student debt to fund undergraduate and professional education in addition to long-term loans to fund home renovations and vehicle purchases. The night starts at 7:00 PM Bring your friends!

Contact Amanda Onilla at aonilla@archtoronto.org or phone 437-900-1683.

PLANNING TO BE A CATHOLIC TEACHER?

If you are planning to be a teacher, it is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic school board in Ontario, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor as part of your application.

The letter explaining that you belong to and participate in the community cannot be written if he does not know you. It is recommended that you have a conversation with your pastor early in the process well before the applications are to be submitted.

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS COMMUNICATING WITH TECHNOLOGY

Would you like to learn how to connect with others virtually and via social networking apps safely and with ease? This program is a collaborative effort between the Maturing Adult Ministry and the Youth Ministry.

Please email Sr. Malou at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com for more information and to register.

FINANCE CORNER

Please pick up your Offertory envelopes at the Parish Office if you have not already done so. Thank you.

Bulletin – May 1, 2022

Saturday, April 30th, 2022

COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

If you have not yet scheduled your child’s First Communion interview, please do so aso soon as possible.

Interview dates:
May 3rd, May 4th, and May 5th
May 10th, May 11th, May 12th,
May 17th, May 18th and May 19th.

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. Please have your child bring their book to the interview.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

May 2nd to May 8th, 2022

MONDAY – EDGARDO DE BORJA ✞ – Requested by Maria De Borja
TUESDAY – CORRINE MATTICE ✞ – Requested by Mary Anne Barnes
WEDNESDAY – EUGENE JUWAH ✞ – Requested by Prescilla Juwah
THURSDAY – KOON TING LAU ✞ – Requested by Paul Lau
FRIDAY –
SATURDAY – JOSEPH D’GAMA ✞ – Requested by his Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 – EGBERTO & GREGORIA MONDEJAR ✞ – Requested by the Family
SUNDAY – 12:30 – NELLO PRADISSITTO ✞ – Requested by Fran Moscall

A PRAYER FOR PEACE IN THE UKRAINE

We pray for the реорlе of Ukraine today.
We pray for реaсе and the laying down
of weapons.
We pray for аll those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or реасе,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above аll, we pray for аll your precious children,
at-risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Реасе.
Amen.

ROSARY GROUPS

Chinese Rosary Group
Sunday, May 1st at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room

English Rosary Group
Saturday, May 7th at 3:00 PM in the Gabriel Room

SHARELIFE

This weekend is ShareLife Sunday

“ShareLife is the way the rubber hits the road. This is how we validate the legitimacy and integrity of our Christian life: not by the words we speak, but by the love we share, in practical ways. That’s what we do with ShareLife.” – Cardinal Thomas Collins

To date, $36,410 has been received at the ShareLife Office and $31,750 has been received at the Parish for a total of $68,160 toward our goal of $198,000.

Please give generously during the ShareLife Sunday collection or at sharelife.org.

Thank you for supporting ShareLife!

BUNDLE UP WEEKEND COMING UP!

Weekend of May 14th/15th

It’s Spring-cleaning Time!

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is collecting gently used clothing, shoes, linens and household goods to support our neighbors in need or to be sold to help support their special works in the community on the weekend of May14th/15th

They cannot accept books, dishes, furniture, appliances, mattresses, construction materials or videos and cassettes. Please bring your donations and help others in your community.

The truck will be open Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Volunteers will be there to assist with loading before and after each Mass.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

There is still time to bring your prepared frozen casseroles to the Church at all the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. We have 33 so far but the need is great.

Please think about volunteering to help feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. Three different recipes are available in the Parish Office or online at the Parish website. Casserole pans are also available from the Parish Office. If you require more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

UKRAINIAN REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP, CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

St. Gabriel’s Parish is hoping to sponsor at least one Ukrainian family. This will be done under the guidance of the Office for Refugees Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT). These are early days in this initiative and much of the process for being matched with a Ukrainian family in need has yet to be announced. As our Refugee Committee receives information and time lines from ORAT, the parish will be updated.

Sponsorship of a family will require the support of the St. Gabriel’s community in many different ways. If you would like to learn more about the volunteer roles and to sign up, you can access that through the parish website under Ministries, Refugee Committee. If you speak Ukrainian, we would appreciate you identifying that skill through the website.

Since volunteers on the committee will work one on one with the sponsored family members, it is classified as a High Risk Volunteer position by the Archdiocese and screening by the Volunteer Screening Committee is required.

For our Parish, this will be the fourth refugee sponsorship we will have done in the last 10 years.

We thank you, the St. Gabriel Parish members, in advance for your support.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

Your food donations are so important as Covid 19 remains with us and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired

THE GARDEN SHED

Opening: Summer Gardening Position for Youth

For the third year, St. Gabriel’s has received a Canada Summer Jobs grant from the federal government for a Gardening Helper, between the ages of 15 to 30, to assist with gardening tasks 30 hours per week for 9 weeks, beginning late May. Work can include, but not be limited to watering, weeding, planting, transplanting, soil preparation, pruning, harvesting, mulching, cleaning up debris and care of garden tools.

For more information, email sgpgardenministry@gmail.com.

To apply, please send your resume to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK

“Rebuild, Renew, Restore Together”
May 1st to May 6th, 2022

During Catholic Education Week, May 1st to May 6th, we give thanks for the gift of publicly funded Catholic Education in our province.

Catholic schools foster supportive communities where young people can experience the joy of God’s love and understand the Christian mission in the world.

Together, our parishes, educators and families sow the seeds of faith with the next generation of Catholics, challenging them to live as joyful and faithful disciples. To affirm your support of Catholic education and sign-up for email update, please visit: www.togetherinfaith.ca.

PLANNING TO BE A CATHOLIC TEACHER?

If you are planning to be a teacher, it is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic school board in Ontario, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor as part of your application.

The letter explaining that you belong to and participate in the community cannot be written if he does not know you. It is recommended that you have a conversation with your pastor early in the process well before the applications are to be submitted.

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS – COMMUNICATING WITH TECHNOLOGY

Would you like to learn how to connect with others virtually and via social networking apps safely and with ease? This program is a collaborative effort between the Maturing Adult Ministry and the Youth Ministry.

Please email Sr. Malou at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com for more information and to register.

FINANCE CORNER

Please pick up your Offertory envelopes at the Parish Office if you have not already done so. Thank you.

Bulletin – April 24, 2022

Friday, April 22nd, 2022

PARISH EVENTS

The Parish Family would like to congratulate the following:

Nikita Cellini Brunetta,
Sidney Tzi Hsin Chow
Yushan Ariel Fan,
Keletso Dineo Motshwane Lungu
Seyedeh Sepideh Nabavian
Xiaoyue Julia Zhang

received the sacraments of Baptism, The Holy Eucharist and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil.

Candace Bernadette Cuan Lim who received the sacrament of Confirmation.

Athear Saoor and Nahren Sarkes Saoor who were received into full Communion in the Catholic Church

Maya Alexis Gorda , Ariane Kit Ling Rodrigues And Jay Wang received the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Eucharist.

Aria Neena Kaur Brunetta,
Tobias Philip Khoa Lim,
Eden Temwa Lungu and
Maya Lebogang Lungu were also baptised at the Easter Vigil.

THE PASSIONIST JUBILEE SYNOD

A word of thanks to all those who participated in the Passionist Jubilee Synod. The openness of the sharing and the creativity of the participants made our “Walking Together” a very valuable experience of Parish Community.

Fr. Jim will return in several weeks’ time to continue the important dialogue on Parish Leadership and our commitment to the mission of the Gospel.

Fr. Steve Dunn

COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

First Communion interviews are now being scheduled.

Interview dates:
May 3rd, May 4th, and May 5th
May 10th, May 11th, May 12th,
May 17th, May 18th and May 19th.

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. Please have your child bring their book to the interview.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 25th to May 1st, 2022

MONDAY – MARIANO MORALES ✞ – Requested by Lalainde Dyok
TUESDAY – ANDREW HUI ✞ – Requested by Howa Hui
WEDNESDAY – THANKSGIVING – Requested by Agnes Wong
THURSDAY – TERESIA TAM ✞ – Requested by Catherine Chung
FRIDAY – NGUYET MARIA THI VU ✞ – Requested by the Nguyen Family
SATURDAY – ALLAN PERSAUD ✞ – Requested by Alana Persaud
SUNDAY, 10:30 –
SUNDAY 12:30 –

PARISH UKRAINIAN REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP, CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

St. Gabriel’s Parish is hoping to sponsor at least one Ukrainian family. This will be done under the guidance of the Office for Refugees Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT). These are early days in this initiative and much of the process for being matched with a Ukrainian family in need has yet to be announced. As our Refugee Committee receives information and time lines from ORAT, the parish will be updated.

Sponsorship of a family will require the support of the St. Gabriel’s community in many different ways. If you would like to learn more about the volunteer roles and to sign up, you can access that through the parish website under Ministries, Refugee Committee. If you speak Ukrainian, we would appreciate you identifying that skill through the website.

Since volunteers on the committee will work one on one with the sponsored family members, it is classified as a High Risk Volunteer position by the Archdiocese and screening by the Volunteer Screening Committee is required.

For our Parish, this will be the fourth refugee sponsorship we will have done in the last 10 years.

We thank you, the St. Gabriel Parish members, in advance for your support.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

There is still time to bring your prepared frozen casseroles to the Church at all the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

Please think about volunteering to help feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. Three different recipes are available in the Parish Office or online at the Parish website. Casserole pans are also available from the Parish Office. If you require more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

Your food donations are so important as Covid 19 remains with us and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired

SHARELIFE

ShareLife Sunday is next weekend.

When you support ShareLife, you support agencies like Mary Centre. Here’s how your support makes a difference for the work of this agency:

“Thank you to all who donate to ShareLife. With each donation we receive, we are able to attain our goals of assisting people in their efforts in building a good life, and also providing a safe place for people with a developmental disability to stay so that their families/caregivers and themselves can get some needed respite.”

To date, $10,810 has been received at the ShareLife Office and $30,270 has been received at the Parish for a total of $41,080 toward our goal of $198,000.

The next ShareLife Sunday collection is Sunday, May 1st.

Thank you for supporting ShareLife!

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS COMMUNICATING WITH TECHNOLOGY

Would you like to learn how to connect with others virtually and via social networking apps safely and with ease? This program is a collaborative effort between the Maturing Adult Ministry and the Youth Ministry.

Please email Sr. Malou at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com for more information and to register.

GLOBAL HITKANSUT CEREMONY: A Ritual Gathering for Yom HaShoah

Wednesday, April 27th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

A VIRTUAL EVENT RECOMMENDED BY THE OFFICE FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN UNITY AND RELIGIOUS RELATIONS WITH JUDAISM

Yom HaShoah is a Remembrance Day of Jews who suffered and died during the Holocaust.

To commemorate this annual event, a special contemporary ritual has been designed called, “The Global Hitkansut Ceremony.” This virtual event will incorporate many survivors’ testimonies with literary texts, music, poetry and prayer to move us toward moral responsibility in the face of inhumanity.

For participation, please register: https://moralmemory.hartman.org.il/home

THE GARDEN SHED

“Every part of this earth is sacred to my people.”
Chief Seattle

In preparation for Easter, we tried to give the church grounds the same loving attention that was showered on the church itself. Grasses and flower stalks were cut back, raked and bagged, tree and shrub prunings were sent to compost, and volunteers filled large garbage bags with refuse accumulated over the winter months. Then, on Good Friday, high winds blew more litter over the garden and, once again we filled multiple garbage bags with plastic bags, paper, cups, glasses, cardboard, etc.

It is disheartening to see the extent to which Earth is treated as a garbage dump rather than as our sacred home.

“The natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong.” – Thomas Berry

YOUTH GROUP CORNER

Monthly Reflection

The passion of our Lord is something that we often take for granted. In the busy hustle and bustle of our own everyday lives, especially living through a pandemic, we often forget the sacrifice Jesus made for us. However, every year we are especially reminded of Jesus’s love on Good Friday.
This year, our parish youth group led the Stations of the Cross service for a fourth year. As one of the readers, I was really proud of our group’s efforts to lead our community in this special service.

Like many, the Stations of the Cross service allowed me to slow down and spend time in personal reflection. I was also able to draw connections between current world events and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, inspiring me to think of little things I can do in my life to live in God’s love and light.

The music was an integral part for me during the service. Music always finds a way to express what the heart is feeling, and to hear the love of Jesus through the music was very moving. The Stations of the Cross was a beautiful way to reflect on our own lives and Jesus’s great sacrifice, helping prepare ourselves for the joyous season that is Easter.

Jana

FINANCE CORNER

Please pick up your Offertory envelopes at the Parish Office if you have not already done so. Thank you.

Bulletin – April 17, 2022

Saturday, April 16th, 2022

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

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

From the Desk of Fr. Brando…

Thank You!

Thank you all who made our Holy Week and Easter such a beautiful and uplifting time. Our musicians, our lectors, our ministers of the Eucharist, our altar servers, our ministers of hospitality, those responsible for decorating the Church and members of our Pastoral Team.

Thank you also for you, faithful parishioners, who have given us so much support. We are very grateful.

PARISH NEWS

Just a reminder…

The office is closed on Easter Monday, April 18th. There will be no 9:00 AM Mass.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 18th to April 24th, 2022

MONDAY – EASTER MONDAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – JACK TA – Requested by Veronica Do
WEDNESDAY – CHRISTOPHER TA – Requested by Veronica Do
THURSDAY – SOU LIN HIU ✞ – Requested by Paul Lau
FRIDAY – DAVID DUNDON ✞ – Requested by Cindy & Richard Hazell
SATURDAY – VINCENT LAURELLA ✞ – Requested by Carol & Mary Laurella & Family
SUNDAY, 10:30 – BRUNO CORTESE ✞ – Requested by the Cortese Family
SUNDAY 12:30 – LEAH FERNANDES ✞ – Requested by Ida & Tony Fernandes

COMMUNION INTERVIEWS

First Communion interviews are now being scheduled.

Interview dates:
May 3rd, May 4th, and May 5th
May 10th, May11th, May12th,
May 17th, May 18th and May 19th.

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. Please have your child bring their book to the interview.

A PRAYER FOR PEACE IN THE UKRAINE

We pray for the реорlе of Ukraine today.
We pray for реaсе and the laying down
of weapons.
We pray for аll those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or реасе,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above аll, we pray for аll your precious children,
at-risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Реасе.
Amen.

PARISH UKRAINIAN REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP, CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

St. Gabriel’s Parish is hoping to sponsor at least one Ukrainian family. This will be done under the guidance of the Office for Refugees Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT). These are early days in this initiative and much of the process for being matched with a Ukrainian family in need has yet to be announced. As our Refugee Committee receives information and time lines from ORAT, the parish will be updated.

Sponsorship of a family will require the support of the St. Gabriel’s community in many different ways. If you would like to learn more about the volunteer roles and to sign up, you can access that through the parish website under Ministries, Refugee Committee. If you speak Ukrainian, we would appreciate you identifying that skill through the website.

Since volunteers on the committee will work one on one with the sponsored family members, it is classified as a High Risk Volunteer position by the Archdiocese and screening by the Volunteer Screening Committee is required.

For our Parish, this will be the fourth refugee sponsorship we will have done in the last 10 years.

We thank you, the St. Gabriel Parish members, in advance for your support.

SHARELIFE

ShareLife is making a difference

“Many aspects of pre-Covid life are returning, such as the gradual reopening of our parishes. But we must remember that, for many people, their suffering continues. ShareLife-funded agencies have been helping thousands of people since the pandemic began. They quickly adapted their programs in light of safety and the changing needs of the people they serve.” – Cardinal Thomas Collins

Our parishioners have contributed $39,480 toward our goal of $198,000.

The next ShareLife Sunday collection is May 1st.

Thank you for supporting ShareLife!

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

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

Your food donations are so important as Covid 19 remains with us and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Your prepared frozen casseroles are being collected at the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

Please think about volunteering to help feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. Three different recipes are available in the Parish Office or online at the Parish website. Casserole pans are also available from the Parish Office. If you require more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

YOUTH GROUP CORNER

Welcome New Members!

The youth group is welcoming members Grades 7 and up to join our ministry. To join the youth group and to keep updated on future gatherings and events, please email sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS

COMMUNICATING WITH TECHNOLOGY

Would you like to learn how to connect with others virtually and via social networking apps safely and with ease? This program is a collaborative effort between the Maturing Adult Ministry and the Youth Ministry.

Please email Sr. Malou at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com for more information and to register.

THE GARDEN SHED

Happy Easter from all of us in the Garden Ministry!

YOUTH INTERFAITH VIDEO CONTEST 2022

Closing Date – Tuesday, April 19th 2022

WIN GREAT PRIZES!

The Archdiocese of Toronto Office for Interreligious Dialogue invites students to participate in the Youth Interfaith Video Contest sponsored by the Dominican Friars of Toronto in collaboration with The Catholic Register, Interfaith Youth Alliance Movement (IYAM) and Salt + Light Media.

The theme of the contest is, “Cultivating Friendship and Solidarity,” in light of the United Nations’ International Day of Human Fraternity (February 4th. The video may be up to three minutes maximum in length and submit by the contest closing date of Tuesday, April 19th, 2022.

For more details, click: https://www.catholicregister.org/videocontest

FINANCE CORNER

Please pick up your Offertory envelopes at the Parish Office if you have not already done so. Thank you.