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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.

Bulletin – April 10, 2022

Saturday, April 9th, 2022

FIRST 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 11th to April 17th, 2022

MONDAY – FRANCISCO KIT SANTOS ✞ – Requested by the Pacheco -Abalos Family
TUESDAY – PAUL KIM ✞ – Requested by Suzanne Kim
WEDNESDAY – ARMAND OAKIE ✞ – Requested by the Family
THURSDAY – HOLY THURSDAY – No Intentions
FRIDAY – GOOD FRIDAY – No Intentions
SATURDAY – HOLY SATURDAY – No Intentions
SUNDAY – EASTER SUNDAY – No Intentions

2022 LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE

Holy Thursday, April 14th:
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
7:30 PM – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday, April 15th:
10:00 AM – Morning Prayer
3:00 PM – Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM – Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 16th
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 17th
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Easter Monday, April 18th:
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

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.

GOOD FRIDAY HOLY LAND COLLECTION

Friday April 15th

On Good Friday, April 15th there will be a collection for the support of the Christian Communities in the Holy Land. This collection, requested by Pope Francis, is used for the upkeep of the holy sites, the pastoral work, Catholic schools and social assistance in the Holy Land.

Let us give generously to respond to the needs of the Church in the land of Jesus. For more information please visit: www.commissariat.ca

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 agencies need our support

The LA Centre for Active Living is a ShareLife-funded that agency that helps seniors. Here’s how your support of ShareLife is enabling their lifesaving work:

“This pandemic has had a big impact on the world, revealing new needs in our communities, and it through ShareLife’s support that we have been able to provide prepared meals and pantry goods every week to our members through our food delivery program. Your support is invaluable and we cannot thank you enough!”

Our parishioners have contributed $25,295 toward our goal of $198,000. 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.

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.

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

THE GARDEN SHED

St. Gabriel’s is once again blessed to have the help of student volunteers in caring for the garden. Please feel free to join our crews on Fridays from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Good Friday excepted) and Saturdays from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM or contact the Garden Ministry at sgpgardenministry@gmail.com for more information.

Since April is cleanup month in the garden, that is our first task.

DIALOGUE AS A SACRED PATH: BUILDING OUR SKILLS IN TALKING WITH ONE ANOTHER

Tuesday, April 12th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

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

The Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Montreal has invited Dr. Saundra Sterling Epstein (Sunnie), a well-known Jewish educator and advocate, to facilitate a program that will focus on dialogue as a sacred experience deeply rooted in our faith traditions. Participants will learn and explore the joys and challenges inherent in dialogue. We hope this conversation will sharpen our communication skills and foster ever deeper encounters between Jews and Catholics in the Greater Toronto Area.

Register by emailing here: rebsherril@outlook.com (Registrants will receive the Zoom link)

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). This is a wonderful opportunity for youth to explore the theme of how our diverse faith traditions call on us to Rebuild, Restore and Renew our communities together, through cultivating friendship and solidarity. We encourage participants to not only highlight the contest theme but also to reach out to collaborate and engage with people of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. Entries can come from an individual or a team.

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 in the Gathering Space if you have not already done so. Thank you.

Bulletin – April 3, 2022

Sunday, April 3rd, 2022

PASSIONIST JUBILEE SYNOD IN TORONTO

Phase Three – Visions of Hope
Saturday, April 9th
1:00 PM to 4:00PM

The third and final phase of the Passionist Jubilee Synod will be taking place on Saturday April 9th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

The theme will be “Visions of Hope”. Join us for an afternoon of open dialogue with Passionist Provincial Fr. Jim O’Shea and for the preparation of a final report to renew the Passionists’ mission in Canada.

RETURNING TO NORMAL

On Palm Sunday, we will return to passing the Offertory basket from person to person as we used to do.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

April 4th to April 10th, 2022

MONDAY – MICHAEL FERNANDES ✞ – Requested by Tony Fernandes
TUESDAY – VLADO PETRANOVIC ✞ – Requested by Mira Petranovic
WEDNESDAY – YANG PHIL BOON – Requested by Veronica Do
THURSDAY – DO JAE WHAN ✞ – Requested by Veronica Do
FRIDAY – GIOVANNI, MARIE & FRANK PUGLIESE ✞ – Requested by Rose Pugliese
SATURDAY – ALEX O’BRIEN ✞ – Requested by Bonnie O’Brien & Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – ANGELO DI FLUMERI ✞ – Requested by his Family
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – EAMON GAUGHAN ✞ – Requested by Agnes Gaughan

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.

2022 LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE

Stations of the Cross:
Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Individual Confessions:
Wednesday, March 30th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Palm Sunday, April 10th:
Masses Sat., 4:30 PM
Sun., 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday, April 14th:
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
7:30 PM – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday, April 15th:
10:00 AM – Morning Prayer
3:00 PM – Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM – Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 16th
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 17th
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Easter Monday, April 18th:
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday evening during Lent at 7:30 PM. We also encourage your attendance at our daily Mass throughout Lent.

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 agencies serve everyone.

Today’s Gospel shares the parable of the woman accused of adultery, a message of Our Lord’s great love, forgiveness and respect for all people.

Likewise, ShareLife agencies are there to support the most vulnerable and marginalized members of our communities. ShareLife-funded social service agencies have an ‘open intake policy’ and provide help based on need—not on religion, lifestyle, gender or ethnicity.

With last week’s ShareLife collection, our parishioners have contributed $9,040 toward our goal of $198,000. Thank you for supporting ShareLife!

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 42 casseroles for March. For April, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of April 23rd/24th 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.

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.

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.

ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE SCHOOL SPRING VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

Saturday April 9th at 9:30 AM

Learn about St. Michael’s College School’s university preparatory programming for boys in grades 7 through 12. See our school in action! Meet our admissions team and ask your questions during a live Q&A, plus much more. Hope to see you there.

To contact Kim Celotti, Admissions Assistant email celotti@smcsmail.com or call 416-653-3180.

To Register go to https://bit.ly/SMCSopenhouse2022

Website: www.applysmcs.com

ESTATE PLANNING FROM A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE

Saturday, April 9th, 2022 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 & 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 funeral

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

Please include ‘webinar April 9’ in the subject line and provide your name in the body of a message. Also, we would be grateful if, for the sake of our statistics, you could let us 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 April 4th, and in a couple of reminders closer to the date of the presentation.

THE GARDEN SHED

TEMPORARY GARDENING POSITION AVAILABLE

The Garden Ministry is seeking a Garden Assistant to help the ministry with daily gardening activities. This is a temporary position for the period of April 11th to May 15th, requiring up to 30 hours per week at minimum wage. Work can include, but not be limited to watering, weeding, planting, transplanting, soil preparation, pruning, cutting and bagging grasses, mulching, cleaning up debris and care of garden tools.

More information can be obtained by emailing at sgpgardenministry@gmail.com.

Please submit your application and resume to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca

Many thanks to Home Depot, 2375 Steeles Avenue West, for their donation of a rain barrel.

FINANCE CORNER

Please pick up your Offertory envelopes in the Gathering Space if you have not already done so. Thank you.

Bulletin – March 27, 2022

Sunday, March 27th, 2022

2022 LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE

Stations of the Cross:
Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Individual Confessions:
Wednesday, March 30th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Palm Sunday, April 10th:
Masses Sat., 4:30 PM
Sun., 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday, April 14th:
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
7:30 PM – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday, April 15th:
10:00 AM – Morning Prayer
3:00 PM – Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM – Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 16th
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 17th
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Easter Monday, April 18th:
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

ANNOUNCED MASSES

March 28th to April 3rd, 2022

MONDAY – TAI AU YEUNG ✞ – Requested by Agnes Wong
TUESDAY – KATHLEEN MCCARTHY – Requested by Agnes Gaughan
WEDNESDAY – YANG PHIL BOON – Requested by Veronica Do
THURSDAY –
FRIDAY – ALLAN PERSAUD ✞ – Requested by Alana Persaud
SATURDAY – STEPHEN MENEZES ✞ – Requested by the Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY ✞ – Requested by the St. Vincent de Paul Society
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – JOSE ADONIS MONTECASTRO ✞ – Requested by Jeanette Montecastro

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday evening during Lent at 7:30 PM. We also encourage your attendance at our daily Mass throughout Lent.

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.

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.

If interested please email Sr. Malou at smluciarsm@bellnet.ca

UKRAINIAN HUMANITARIAN RELIEF

As you know, Russia has invaded Ukraine, resulting in widespread violence and a looming humanitarian crisis. In response to the request of parishioners, the Archdiocese of Toronto has launched a humanitarian relief effort to help the Ukrainian people at this time.

Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian civilians have already fled their homes and are trying to find shelter in neighbouring countries. The United Nations estimates that there could eventually be up to five million Ukrainian refugees, depending on how the war transpires.

During Lent, a donation to help Ukrainians who are suffering due to this war would be a most appreciated gift.

The Archdiocese of Toronto will channel donations to support the Office for Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT) and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA).

ORAT is Canada’s largest private Sponsorship Agreement Holder, which helps bring hundreds of newcomers to our country each year. It will use donations to bring Ukrainian refugees to Canada as soon as possible.

Your donation will help Ukrainians who are beset by violence in Eastern Europe and it will help some of them find a new home in Canada.

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

Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
St. Gabriel’s Parish – Ukraine Relief –

Please continue to pray for the Ukrainian people and all those who suffer under the human tragedy of war. Thank you for your continued assistance.

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 Ministeries, 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.

YOUTH GROUP CORNER

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.

MONTHLY YOUTH REFLECTION

My name is Chloe and I have been a member of the youth group since 2016. I first joined as part of my preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. However, as I spent more time with all the other members, I felt like I truly belonged and continued to be an active member after many years.

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend our parish Lenten Retreat and listen to Fr. Jim O’Shea preach about various issues of today. Fr. Jim mentioned how as children of God, we must make everyone feel welcome, no matter what background they come from. As a young Catholic who is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Fr. Jim’s points made me feel heard.

There have been times where I did not feel welcome in the Catholic Church because of comments I received from other Catholics outside our parish community. However, after attending this retreat, I felt inspired to strengthen my faith once again. This was a great start to my Lenten season.

Our church and our youth group has helped me on both a spiritual and personal level. It is a place filled with great role models and memorable experiences where I feel safe and supported. Our parish motto, “We Belong, We Believe, We Become” resonates with me always. I am so grateful to be a part of a welcoming church community!

ESTATE PLANNING FROM A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE

Saturday, April 9th, 2022 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 & 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 funeral

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

Please include ‘webinar April 9’ in the subject line and provide your name in the body of a message. Also, we would be grateful if, for the sake of our statistics, you could let us 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 April 4th, and in a couple of reminders closer to the date of the presentation.

THE GARDEN SHED

TEMPORARY GARDENING POSITION AVAILABLE

The Garden Ministry is seeking a Garden Assistant to help the ministry with daily gardening activities. This is a temporary position for the period of April 11th to May 15th, requiring up to 30 hours per week at minimum wage. Work can include, but not be limited to watering, weeding, planting, transplanting, soil preparation, pruning, cutting and bagging grasses, mulching, cleaning up debris and care of garden tools.

More information can be obtained by emailing sgpgardenministry@gmail.com.

Please submit your application and resume to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca

FINANCE CORNER

Please pick up your Offertory envelopes in the Gathering Space if you have not already done so. Thank you.

Bulletin – March 20, 2022

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

PASSIONIST JUBILEE SYNOD IN TORONTO

Phase Two – Prophecy
Saturday, March 26th,
11:30 AM to 12:45 PM and 2:10 PM to 4:00PM

Phase Two – Prophecy

The second session of Phase Two of the Passionist Jubilee Synod will be taking place on Saturday March 26th from 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM and will be continuing from 2:10 PM to 4:00 PM. A light lunch will be provided in between. The theme will be “Horizons of Prophecy”. Join us for a day of sharing and listening as we continue to explore a change of era in order to respond to the crucified of today and to renew the Passionists’ mission in Canada.

Please visit the parish website for more information, or you can visit www.stgabrielsynod.blogspot.com to access the blog directly. On the blog website,please see “Using the Blog” for instructions on posting on the blog and commenting on posts.

HOSPITALITY MINISTERS

We are in need of more Hospitality Ministers. Hospitality Ministers welcome and usher those attending Mass or other liturgies They are responsible for the order of offertory collections, offertory and communion processions, as well as taking care of special needs. If you wish to be a part of this ministry, please email your name and phone number to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca or call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

2022 LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE

Stations of the Cross:
Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Individual Confessions:
Wednesday, March 30th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Palm Sunday, April 10th:
Masses Sat., 4:30 PM
Sun., 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday, April 14th:
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
7:30 PM – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday, April 15th:
10:00 AM – Morning Prayer
3:00 PM – Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM – Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 16th
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 17th
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Easter Monday, April 18th:
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed

EXTRA PARKING AT ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOL

ANNOUNCED MASSES

March 21st to March 27th, 2022

MONDAY – CECILIA MANALANG ✞ – Requested by the Family
TUESDAY – JACK TA – Requested by Veronica Do
WEDNESDAY – ENRIQUETA ESMELE & LUZ CAPISTRANO ✞ – Requested by the Family
THURSDAY – CHRISTOPHER TA – Requested by Veronica Do
FRIDAY – JOHN KIM – Requested by Veronica Do
SATURDAY – BRUNO INNOCENTE ✞ – Requested by the Della Mora Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – FR. PAUL CUSACK ✞ – Requested by the St. Vincent de Paul Society
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – CONCHITA ANGULO CABANA ✞ – Requested by the Martin Family

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday evening during Lent at 7:30 PM. We also encourage your attendance at our daily Mass throughout Lent.

ROSARY GROUPS

English Rosary – Saturday, April 2nd at 3:00 PM
Chinese Rosary – Sunday April 3rd at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room.

SHARELIFE

Your helping hand is the answer

After two years of crisis, our communities need hope and healing. That hope can be found in you – the “hands and feet of Christ” making possible the life-changing work of ShareLife agencies.

Vulnerable people are turning to these agencies for support more than ever. And the problems are many, ranging from mental illness, to poverty, addiction and isolation.

The solution is in reach: your hands and ours, working together to live the Gospel.

March 27th is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

For March, your prepared frozen casseroles are being collected at the Masses next weekend for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

More volunteers are needed to become active in helping to 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 HUMANITARIAN RELIEF

As you know, Russia has invaded Ukraine, resulting in widespread violence and a looming humanitarian crisis. In response to the request of parishioners, the Archdiocese of Toronto has launched a humanitarian relief effort to help the Ukrainian people at this time.

Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian civilians have already fled their homes and are trying to find shelter in neighbouring countries. The United Nations estimates that there could eventually be up to five million Ukrainian refugees, depending on how the war transpires.

During Lent, a donation to help Ukrainians who are suffering due to this war would be a most appreciated gift.

The Archdiocese of Toronto will channel donations to support the Office for Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT) and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA).

ORAT is Canada’s largest private Sponsorship Agreement Holder, which helps bring hundreds of newcomers to our country each year. It will use donations to bring Ukrainian refugees to Canada as soon as possible.

Your donation will help Ukrainians who are beset by violence in Eastern Europe and it will help some of them find a new home in Canada.

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

Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org

By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411

Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
St. Gabriel’s Parish – Ukraine Relief –

Please continue to pray for the Ukrainian people and all those who suffer under the human tragedy of war. Thank you for your continued assistance.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD

Once again thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

Your food donations are very much appreciated by the homeless of our city. The numbers of needy people continue to increase each day. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

DYNAMIC WOMEN OF FAITH CONFERENCE

CALLING ALL GIRLS

Friday March 25th from 7:00 to-10:00 PM

Dynamic Women of Faith will be hosting a conference for mothers and daughters on Friday, March 25th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

The cost is $30 (plus HST).

To register go to www.dynamicwomenfaith.com

FR. RON ROLHEISER LENTEN RETREAT

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
1617 Blythe Rd., Mississauga
Friday, April 1st from 7:00 PM to Sunday April 3rd at
2:00 PM

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre is holding a Lenten retreat with Fr. Ro n Rolheiser. The theme is “Keeping Christ Incarnate: The Stunning Implications of the Incarnation“

For more information, please contact the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre at 905-278-5229.

ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE SCHOOL SPRING VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

Saturday April 9th at 9:30 AM

Learn about St. Michael’s College School’s university preparatory programming for boys in grades 7 through 12. See our school in action! Meet our admissions team and ask your questions during a live Q&A, plus much more. Hope to see you there.

Please contact Kim Celotti, Admissions Assistant at 416-653-3180 or by email at celotti@smcsmail.com
To register go to https://bit.ly/SMCSopenhouse2022

For more information go to www.applysmcs.com.

THE GARDEN SHED

As you can hear, in the birdsongs that once again fill the air, and see, in the seedlings sprouting in the library and at the entrance to the parking garage, the growing season is well and truly underway.

This Sunday, March 20th, the children participating in the Children’s Liturgy at the 10:30 AM Mass will be planting vegetable seeds (indoors) for our Good Shepherd Ministries community garden. If you have a child attending, please ensure that they arrive dressed in their “garden best” rather than their “Sunday best,” as they will be handling soil and water.

To contact the Garden Committee, please email sgpgardenministry@gmail.com.

FINANCE CORNER

Please pick up your Offertory envelopes in the Gathering Space if you have not already done so. Thank you.