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Bulletin – September 25, 2022

Saturday, September 24th, 2022

ST. GABRIEL’S YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS

We are welcoming young people of the parish to join the St. Gabriel’s Youth Group. Meetings, activities, and events will be available to various age groups – elementary school students, grades 6-8, high school students, post-secondary students, and young adults.

If you would be interested in joining our email list, please email sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com or contact our youth minister through 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 this month. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

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.

SACRAMENTAL REGISTRATION

September 27th , 28th and 29th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

There will be registration for the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation on September 27th, 28th, , and 29th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM in the gathering space of the church.

Please Note:
A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation. Registration forms will not be accepted without it.
A Baptism certificate is not required for Reconciliation.
A fee of $30 is required at registration for Confirmation to defray related costs.

The deadline for registration for all sacraments is October 7th. No registrations will be accepted after that date.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

At the 10:30 AM Mass from mid -September to June each year, children ages 4 to 10 have the opportunity to gather as a group for the Liturgy of the Word led by adults who have volunteered. We are in need of more volunteers to assist this program. For more information or to volunteer, please call Dawn Burke at 416 671-0561 or leave a message at the Parish Office.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 26th to October 1st

MONDAY – STEVE & BERNADINE HIGGINS ✞ – Requested by Agnes Gaughan
TUESDAY – WONG KWOK WAH ✞ – Requested by Y. L. Kok
WEDNESDAY – EDWARD FREITAS – Requested by Megan Freitas
THURSDAY – NUZZO & PINUCCIA SPATARO ✞ – Requested by the Grech Family
FRIDAY – TRUTH & RECONCILIATION
SATURDAY – PASQUALE GATTI ✞ – Requested by Linda Gatti
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – VICTOR PAUL ✞ – Requested by Sophie & Candida Pereira
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – ANDREW HUI ✞ – Requested by Howa Hui

WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEE

September 25th, 2022

The theme announced by His Holiness Pope Francis for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees is “Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees.” In his message, Pope Francis reminds us that inclusion of those most vulnerable is the necessary condition for full citizenship in God’s Kingdom.

Indeed, the Lord says, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me” (Mt 25:34-36).

NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

September 30th, 2022

This year’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will take place on Friday, September 30th. Cardinal Collins will preside at the 7:30 AM Mass from St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica with participation from Indigenous members of the community. All are welcome in person or via livestream at: www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live/.

INDIGENOUS HEALING & RECONCILIATION FUND COLLECTION

October 1st/2nd, 2022

Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto are invited to participate in the collection being held the weekend of October 1/2 to support the Indigenous Healing & Reconciliation Fund. The collection is a national grassroots effort to assist healing and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples of This Land. The fund was the result of a $30 million financial commitment made by the Canadian Bishops in September 2021.

Funds will support culture and language revitalization, education and community building, healing and reconciliation for communities and families and dialogue involving Indigenous elders, spiritual leaders and youth with a focus on Indigenous spirituality and culture.

This is an opportunity to follow the invitation of the Holy Father made earlier this year for each one of us to become engaged in the healing and reconciliation journey. For more information or to donate online, visit: www.archtoronto.org/healingandreconciliation. Thank you for your generosity.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

For the Good Shepherd Centre and Rosalie Hall

You can make a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless this Thanksgiving by participating in the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Urgently needed items include:
tomato sauce canned tomatoes
pasta sauces, soups, stews
mayonnaise jams
granola/protein bars mustard
chick peas, beans canned corn
breakfast cereals peanut butter

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!

MATURING ADULT MINISTRY

Fall 2022 Opportunities
SMALL GROUP BOOK STUDY: 6-12 persons
Tuesdays – October 18th, 25th, November 1st, 22nd, 29th
From 1:30 to 3:00 P.M.

Book Title: Conscious Living, Conscious Aging by
Ron Pevny

This book will explore how to make post retirement years more fulfilling by living more consciously. The author offers skilled guidance through the questions, challenges, endings and beginnings that occur during this life phase. Books will be available at the first session: Cost $20:00.

Facilitator: Sr. Mary Rose Marrin CSJ
Registration: contact Sr. Maria Lucia Serrano, RSM at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com

LIFE STORY WRITING PROGRAMME: REFLECTION ON EXPERIENCE

Small Group: 6-12 persons
Dates: October 13th, 20th, 27th, November 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, December 1st from 1:30 to 3:30 PM

Participants will be guided in reflecting on each decade of life. From their reflections, they will write about particular stories that have significance for them. One need not be a skilled writer to be part of this program. Basic writing skills are quite sufficient. Group sessions and sharing of stories provide direction and support for the project.

The cost: $20:00 for workbook to be paid at first session
Facilitator: Sr. Mary Rose Marrin CSJ
Registration: contact Sr. Maria Lucia Serrano, RSM at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com

NEEDS OF THE CANADIAN CHURCH

Special Collection This Weekend

There will be a second collection today for the Needs of the Church in Canada. Your gifts are used by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to represent Canadian Catholics in national and international pastoral activity. Thank you for your support of this important work.

21st ANNUAL FRIARS’ STUDENT WRITING CONTEST 2023

October 4th to January 16th, 2023

Theme: “Do good; seek justice” (Isaiah 1:17).

High School Students (ages 13-19 years) in the Catholic School Boards located in the Archdiocese of Toronto are invited to participate in this annual event that commemorates the global Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Write a five-hundred-word essay that explores the 2023 theme. Great prizes await the top three submissions. Students are encouraged to consult the resources at https://bit.ly/3AgBy5J to understand the meaning and purpose of the theme and address the focus question found on the poster at https://bit.ly/3KXgu8m.

Contact ecumenism@archtoronto.org or call 416-934-3400 (Ext. 527) for more information or questions

THE GARDEN SHED

Come one, come all to the garden!

On Saturday, September 24th, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, we will be collecting seeds and cutting back spent flowers in preparation for winter’s chill. All hands, small and large are welcome. Gloves and tools will be available.

In autumn, Mother Nature gives us a profound lesson about transformation. Editor, Marlene Bourdon-King, explores this concept in terms of our relationship with nature, in the fall edition of our newsletter now available on the parish website.

“Growing News” can be accessed from the Garden Ministry page – https://stgabrielsparish.ca/ministries/garden-ministry/.

For more information, email sgpgardenministry@gmail.com.

FINANCE CORNER

A bequest in your will to our Church is an acknowledgment of your returning to God a portion of the gifts He has bestowed on you during your lifetime. Charitable bequests can have a favourable impact on your overall estate plan.

Bequests are not just for the wealthy! Consider including your parish or any of the archdiocesan charities or departments in your will. Let your will reflect your Catholic values. We have a free estate planning guide to help you make your plan. The Archdiocese of Toronto also maintains a list of advisors across the GTA who are available to assist in your estate planning and the preparation of a will.

Please contact us at Development@archtoronto.org for a list of Catholic estate advisors in your area. Remember about the importance of using the correct legal names when arranging bequests or other planned gifts.

For further information, contact the Development Office at 416-934-3400 Ext. 561/519 or email at development@archtoronto.org.

Bulletin – September 18, 2022

Sunday, September 18th, 2022

ST. GABRIEL’S YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS

We are welcoming young people of the parish to join the St. Gabriel’s Youth Group. Meetings, activities, and events will be available to various age groups – elementary school students, grades 6-8, high school students, post-secondary students, and young adults.

If you would be interested in joining our email list, please email sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com or contact our youth minister through the parish office.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 19th to September 25th

MONDAY – JOHN & CATHERINE HIGGINS ✞ – Requested by Agnes Gaughan
TUESDAY – ABANDONED SOULS ✞ – Requested by the Nguyen Family
WEDNESDAY – FIORENTINO GIANNOTTA ✞ – Requested by Lina Giannotta
THURSDAY – HENRY NG ✞ – Requested by his Family
FRIDAY – EDNA, GERRY & MIKE HATCH ✞ – Requested by their Family
SATURDAY – AURITA FERNANDES ✞ – Requested by Tony Fernandes
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – JOHN MENDES ✞ – Requested by his Family
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – BEVERLEY FARRELL ✞ – Requested by the Eucharistic Ministers

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 this month. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

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.

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY – September 18th

This Sunday is Stewardship Sunday. The goal of stewardship is to increase the engagement of everyone in the life of their parish, inviting us all to become more involved in the myriad of different ways to serve others. Cardinal Collins has prepared his annual homily for Stewardship Sunday and has asked that it be shared with the parishioners in the Archdiocese.

The homily comes in either video or written format and is now available on our website at: www.archtoronto.org/stewardship under the Stewardship Sunday tab.

SACRAMENTAL REGISTRATION

September 27th , 28th and 29th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

There will be registration for the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation on September 27th, 28th, , and 29th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM in the gathering space of the church.

Please Note:
A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation. Registration forms will not be accepted without it.
A Baptism certificate is not required for Reconciliation.
A fee of $30 is required at registration for Confirmation to defray related costs.

The deadline for registration for all sacraments is October 7th. No registrations will be accepted after that date.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

At the 10:30 AM Mass from mid -September to June each year, children ages 4 to 10 have the opportunity to gather as a group for the Liturgy of the Word led by adults who have volunteered. We are in need of more volunteers to assist this program. For more information or to volunteer, please call Dawn Burke at 416 671-0561 or leave a message at the Parish Office.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Next Weekend, September 24th/25th

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 32 casseroles for August. For September, your frozen casseroles will be collected after all the Masses next weekend, September 24th/25th, for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.

Let’s see if we can increase that number!

The casseroles are easy to make and we have the recipes and casserole pans right here in the Parish Office. The recipes are also available on the Parish website. If you require more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

CARING FOR THE HOMELESS IN OUR CITY

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre over the summer. They are very appreciative.

Your food donations are so important as numbers of people in need continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

NEEDS OF THE CANADIAN CHURCH

Special Collection
Weekend of September 24th/25th

There will be a second collection next weekend, September 24th/25th for the Needs of the Church in Canada. Your gifts are used by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to represent Canadian Catholics in national and international pastoral activity. Thank you for your support of this important work.

MATURING ADULT MINISTRY

Fall 2022 Opportunities

SMALL GROUP BOOK STUDY: 6-12 persons
Tuesdays – October 18th, 25th, November 1st, 22nd, 29th
From 1:30 to 3:00 P.M.

Book Title: Conscious Living, Conscious Aging by
Ron Pevny

This book will explore how to make post retirement years more fulfilling by living more consciously. The author offers skilled guidance through the questions, challenges, endings and beginnings that occur during this life phase. Books will be available at the first session: Cost $20:00.

Facilitator: Sr. Mary Rose Marrin CSJ
Registration: contact Sr. Maria Lucia Serrano, RSM at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com

LIFE STORY WRITING PROGRAMME: REFLECTION ON EXPERIENCE

Small Group: 6-12 persons

Dates: October 13th, 20th, 27th, November 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, December 1st from 1:30 to 3:30 PM

Participants will be guided in reflecting on each decade of life. From their reflections, they will write about particular stories that have significance for them. One need not be a skilled writer to be part of this program. Basic writing skills are quite sufficient. Group sessions and sharing of stories provide direction and support for the project.

The cost: $20:00 for workbook to be paid at first session
Facilitator: Sr. Mary Rose Marrin CSJ

Registration: contact Sr. Maria Lucia Serrano, RSM at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com

SEASON OF CREATION 2022 – INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE

Wednesday, Sept. 21st from 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Room 4A, Catholic Pastoral Centre
1155 Yonge St., Toronto

The calamities around the world are due to environmental disasters and all faith communities are concerned and actively advocating to save our common home. Keeping in mind the importance of creation, the Christians around the world are actively preparing to celebrate the Season of Creation, from September 1st, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, to October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint of Ecology.

The proposed theme for this year is “Listening to the Voice of Creation” which is symbolised by the “Burning Bush”. It is chosen by an ecumenical steering committee and inspiration is taken from Psalm 19:1-4. The Office for Interreligious Dialogue at the Archdiocese of Toronto invites members of different faith communities to celebrate the Season of Creation with us in-person through prayer and action.

To register go to https://bit.ly/3PyoXiV

For further details contact: Interreligious Department, Interreligious@archtoronto.org

WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEE

September 25th

The theme announced by His Holiness Pope Francis for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees is “Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees.” In his message, Pope Francis reminds us that inclusion of those most vulnerable is the necessary condition for full citizenship in God’s Kingdom.

Indeed, the Lord says, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me” (Mt 25:34-36).

THE GARDEN SHED

Please come to the following two events, meet members of the Garden Ministry and help to get the garden ready for the winter – “Many hands make light work!” Energy in the form of light refreshments will be provided.

On Saturday, September 24th, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, we will be cutting back spent flowers and collecting seeds for planting next year.

On Saturday, October 22nd, from 10:00 AM to12:00 Noon, we will be putting the garden to bed: covering the boxes, returning trellises, protective cages and Muskoka chairs to the garage, sharpening tools, mulching beds, etc.

For more information, please email sgpgardenministry@gmail.com

FINANCE CORNER

One of the most financially sound ways to support the Archdiocese of Toronto is with the gift of securities (stocks, bonds, mutual funds). When you donate securities to a registered charity, you pay no capital gains tax and receive a tax receipt for the full amount of the gift. It means a great tax break for you and an increased support of various archdiocesan charities. For further information, contact the Development Office at 416-934-3400 Ext. 519/561 or send an email to development@archtoronto.org

Bulletin – September 11, 2022

Sunday, September 11th, 2022

ST. GABRIEL’S YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS

We are welcoming young people of the parish to join the St. Gabriel’s Youth Group. Meetings, activities, and events will be available to various age groups – elementary school students, grades 6-8, high school students, post-secondary students, and young adults.

If you would be interested in joining our email list, please email sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com or contact our youth minister through the parish office.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 12th to September 18th

MONDAY – JOHN GERAGHTY – Requested by Agnes Gaughan
TUESDAY – ARMAND OAKIE ✞ – Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – TED KILLINGSWORTH ✞ – Requested by Carol & Hugh MacKenzie
THURSDAY –
FRIDAY –
SATURDAY – HEUNG WAH LAM ✞ – Requested by The Fung, Lam & Montiero Families
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – LUKE VUKOVIC ✞ – Requested by the Family
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – ANDREW HUI ✞ – Requested by Howa Hui

SEASON OF CREATION 2022

The annual event of Season of Creation began on September 1st, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends on October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology.

Each year an ecumenical steering committee selects a theme, and this year inspiration is taken from Psalm 19:1-4 that proclaims, “Listen to the Voice of Creation.” A short video to introduce this season may be watched via this link, https://youtu.be/WyjUTvGmliI. The Celebration Guide for 2022 provides detailed information on how to observe this season in parishes, schools and at home. Please see https://seasonofcreation.org/.

May this Season of Creation renew our Christian unity through our common efforts to respond to the voices on the margins of society and to care for the earth as good stewards in our discipleship

Here at St. Gabriel’s, you are encouraged to visit our creation garden at any time. As you walk through the garden you can read about creation at various spots along the way!

The garden is open all month and is actually open every day of the year. You could stop in the church to say a prayer or stop by to say hello!

CHILDREN’S LITURGY – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

At the 10:30 AM Mass from mid – September to May each year, children ages 4 to 10 have the opportunity to gather as a group for the Liturgy of the Word led by adults who have volunteered. We are in need of more volunteers to assist this program. For more information or to volunteer, please call Dawn Burke at 416 671-0561 or leave a message at the Parish Office.

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM – 2022/2023

Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program are now available in the parish office. This program is for children of the Parish who attend other Catholic schools, public or private schools. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School every second Sunday. Classes begin on September 18th.

Please note that a separate Sacramental registration form is required if your child will receive the sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation during the 2022/2023 school year. These forms are also available in the Parish Office. Baptismal Certificates are required for First Communion and Confirmation.

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 this month. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

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.

CARING FOR THE HOMELESS IN OUR CITY

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre over the summer. They are very appreciative.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential. The food we donate from our parish often replenishes their empty food bank.

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. In addition to our casseroles and food donations, our Garden Ministry has been growing fresh food for the Good Shepherd Centre.

Your food donations are so important as numbers of people in need continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

SHARELIFE

For those who have not yet contributed to ShareLife, you may still do so. Envelopes are at the back of the church. Please be as generous as your means allow.

LISTENING TO INDIGENOUS VOICES

Thursdays, September 15th, October 13th, November 10th, December 8th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
St. Peter’s Parish, 840 Bathurst Street, Toronto

The Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice has recently published, “Listening to Indigenous Voices: A Dialogue Guide on Justice and Right Relationships” in partnership with Indigenous elders and knowledge keepers. St. Peter’s Parish has invited Elder Bob Philips and Fr. Trevor Scott SJ, of the Jesuit Forum to introduce this dialogue process.

Please register in advance with St. Peter’s parish office at 416-534-4219 as registration is limited to 40 people. Please note our parish hall is not wheelchair accessible. For more information on the guide itself visit: LTIV.ca

The cost is $45 (includes guide); $25 (if you already have the guide) The registration fee will be waived for those who cannot afford to pay it.

SEASON OF CREATION 2022 – INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE

Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Room 4A, Catholic Pastoral Centre
1155 Yonge St., Toronto

The calamities around the world are due to environmental disasters and all faith communities are concerned and actively advocating to save our common home. Keeping in mind the importance of creation, the Christians around the world are actively preparing to celebrate the Season of Creation, from September 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint of Ecology. The proposed theme for this year is “Listening to the Voice of Creation” which is symbolised by the “Burning Bush”. It is chosen by an ecumenical steering committee and inspiration is taken from Psalm 19:1-4. The Office for Interreligious Dialogue at the Archdiocese of Toronto invites members of different faith communities to celebrate the Season of Creation with us in-person through prayer and action.

To register go to https://bit.ly/3PyoXiV

For further details contact: Interreligious Department, Interreligious@archtoronto.org

MATURING ADULT MINISTRY FALL 2022 OPPORTUNITIES

SMALL GROUP BOOK STUDY:

Conscious Living, Conscious Aging by Ron Pevny
The facilitator will be Sr. Mary Rose Marrin CSJ

LIFE STORY WRITING PROGRAMME: REFLECTION ON EXPERIENCE

Sr. Mary Rose Marrin will facilitate.

Watch the bulletin for more detail.

WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEE

September 25th

The theme announced by His Holiness Pope Francis for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees is “Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees.” In his message, Pope Francis reminds us that inclusion of those most vulnerable is the necessary condition for full citizenship in God’s Kingdom. Indeed, the Lord says, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me” (Mt 25:34-36).

RETREAT FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS

Wednesday, September 28th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga

A relic of St. Peregrine will be in our Chapel during the retreat. Come, let Jesus hold you lovingly in His gentle arms and fill you with strength.

The cost is $45, hot lunch included. Please contact Jean at office@qoa.ca or by phone at 905-.278-5229.

THE GARDEN SHED

Labour Day may herald a return to the activities of parish life, but for us in the Garden Ministry, it is the time when life in the garden slows down and our work draws to a close.

Harvests of carrots, radish, cucumber, tomatoes, beans and herbs will continue to the end of the month when we start putting the garden to bed.

In the meantime, let the two new chairs in the south garden entice you to a few moments of tranquility in that beautiful oasis. Designed by Rachel Mcquillan, they were painted by Youth Group members Therese Celis and Czarina Reyes along with Rachel and her daughter Quinn.

For more information contact sgpgardenministry@gmail.com.

FINANCE CORNER

One of the most financially sound ways to support the Archdiocese of Toronto is with the gift of securities (stocks, bonds, mutual funds). When you donate securities to a registered charity, you pay no capital gains tax and receive a tax receipt for the full amount of the gift. It means a great tax break for you and an increased support of various archdiocesan charities. For further information, contact the Development Office at 416-934-3400 Ext. 519/561 or send an email to development@archtoronto.org

Bulletin – September 4, 2022

Saturday, September 3rd, 2022

Welcome back

Welcome back to all our parishioners who have been away. We hope you had an enjoyable summer.

For those young people who are off to university, we wish you every success as you begin a new stage in your life. For those students and teachers returning to elementary or secondary school, we wish you a very positive year.

On April 29th, Fr. Bill Murphy returned to Jamaica, New York to resume his duties.

Fr. Paul Ruttle CP has taken over as interim Pastor. We know you will give him a warm welcome.

ST. GABRIEL’S YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS

We are welcoming young people of the parish to join the St. Gabriel’s Youth Group. Meetings, activities, and events will be available to various age groups – elementary school students, grades 6-8, high school students, post-secondary students, and young adults. If you would be interested in joining our email list, please email sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com or contact our youth minister through the parish office.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

September 5th to September 11th

MONDAY – LABOUR DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – CHIP & DAWN BURKE – Requested by their Family
WEDNESDAY –
THURSDAY – JOHN O’BRIEN ✞ – Requested by Vernon & Marie Swant
FRIDAY – JOHN & AMELIA MENDES ✞ – Requested by their Family
SATURDAY – RAFFY FINEZA & LILIAN FORBES ✞ – Requested by Lulu Luz
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM – CHARLIE & TERESITA MONDEJAR ✞ – Requested by the Mondejar Family
SUNDAY 12:30 PM – FR. PAUL CUSACK CP ✞ – Requested by the Creta Family

WELCOME! OUR NEWEST MEMBERS

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome these little ones: who were baptised over the summer.

Mia DeNicolais
Andrew Warren Gibson
Jack Angel Nicolau
Darius Bodzeta Ramos
Samantha Grace Subramanian
Aurora Sun

Congratulations to these children and their families!

SEASON OF CREATION 2022

The annual event of Season of Creation began on September 1st, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends on October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology.

Each year an ecumenical steering committee selects a theme, and this year inspiration is taken from Psalm 19:1-4 that proclaims, “Listen to the Voice of Creation.” A short video to introduce this season may be watched via this link, https://youtu.be/WyjUTvGmliI. The Celebration Guide for 2022 provides detailed information on how observe this season in parishes, schools and at home. Please see https://seasonofcreation.org/.

May this Season of Creation renew our Christian unity through our common efforts to respond to the voices on the margins of society and to care for the earth as good stewards in our discipleship

Here at St. Gabriel’s, you are encouraged to visit our creation garden at any time. As you walk through the garden you can read about creation at various spots along the way!

The garden is open all month and is actually open every day of the year. You could stop in the church to say a prayer or stop by to say hello!

CHILDREN’S LITURGY – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

At the 10:30 AM Mass from October to May each year, children ages 4 to 10 have the opportunity to gather as a group for the Liturgy of the Word led by parents who have volunteered. We are in need of more volunteers to assist this program. For more information or to volunteer, please call Dawn Burke at 416 671-0561 or leave a message at the Parish Office.

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM – 2022/2023

Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program are now available in the parish office. This program is for children of the Parish who attend other Catholic schools, public or private schools. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School every second Sunday. The calendar is not yet finalized.
Please note that a separate Sacramental registration form is required if your child will receive the sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation during the 2022/2023 school year. These forms are also available in the Parish Office. Baptismal Certificates are required for First Communion and Confirmation.

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 this month. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

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.

SPRING CLEANING – YEAR- ROUND!

Weekend of September 10th/11th

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul will be collecting gently used clothing, shoes and linens to support our neighbours in need next weekend, September 10th/11th. Please bring your donation and help others in your community. Thank you! “The truck/bin will be open Saturday from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM and Sunday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Volunteers will assist with the loading before and after each Saturday and Sunday Mass”.

CARING FOR THE HOMELESS IN OUR CITY

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre over the summer. They are very appreciative.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential. The food we donate from our parish often replenishes their empty food bank.

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. In addition to our casseroles and food donations, our Garden Ministry has been growing fresh food for the Good Shepherd Centre.

Your food donations are so important as numbers of people in need continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

SHARELIFE

For those who have not yet contributed to ShareLife, you may still do so. Envelopes are at the back of the church. Please be as generous as your means allow.

MAINTENANCE COLLECTION

There will be a second collection next weekend, September 10th/11th for the Maintenance of the Parish. Envelopes are in the pews. Please be as generous as your means allow.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 88 casseroles this summer. For September, your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of September 24th/25th 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.

LISTENING TO INDIGENOUS VOICES

Thursdays, September 15th, October 13th, November 10th, December 8th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
St. Peter’s Parish, 840 Bathurst Street, Toronto

The Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice has recently published, ‘Listening to Indigenous Voices: A Dialogue Guide on Justice and Right Relationships in partnership with Indigenous elders and knowledge keepers. St. Peter’s Parish has invited Elder Bob Philips and Fr. Trevor Scott SJ, of the Jesuit Forum to introduce this dialogue process.

Please register in advance with St. Peter’s parish office at 416-534-4219 as registration is limited to 40 people. Please note our parish hall is not wheelchair accessible. For more information on the guide itself visit: LTIV.ca

The cost is $45 (includes guide); $25 (if you already have the guide) The registration fee will be waived for those who cannot afford to pay it.

WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEE

September 25th

The theme announced by His Holiness Pope Francis for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees is “Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees.” In his message, Pope Francis reminds us that inclusion of those most vulnerable is the necessary condition for full citizenship in God’s Kingdom. Indeed, the Lord says, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me” (Mt 25:34-36).

RETREAT FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS

Wednesday, September 28th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga

A relic of St. Peregrine will be in our Chapel during the retreat. Come, let Jesus hold you lovingly in His gentle arms and fill you with strength.

The cost is $45, hot lunch included. Please contact Jean at office@qoa.ca or by phone at 905-.278-5229.

FINANCE CORNER

One of the most financially sound ways to support the Archdiocese of Toronto is with the gift of securities (stocks, bonds, mutual funds). When you donate securities to a registered charity, you pay no capital gains tax and receive a tax receipt for the full amount of the gift. It means a great tax break for you and an increased support of various archdiocesan charities. For further information, contact the Development Office at 416-934-3400 Ext. 519/561 or send an email to development@archtoronto.org

Bulletin – June 26, 2022

Sunday, June 26th, 2022

Welcome

We would like to welcome Fr. Bill Murphy CP to St. Gabriel’s Parish. He will be our Interim Pastor until Fr. Brando returns from his sabbatical. Fr. Bill is from Jamaica, New York and is happy to be here with us.

If you wish to contact Fr. Brando while he is on sabbatical, his emails are: dnarb_recp@yahoo.com or brandorecana@gmail.com

Happy Summer!

This is the last bulletin until the Labour Day Weekend in September. We wish you all a happy and safe summer!

Friday, July 1st is Canada Day.

The office will be closed on Friday for the holiday.

There will be no 9:00 AM Mass on July 1st.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 27th to July 3rd, 2022

MONDAY – KOK YAU FUNG ✞ – Requested by Kok Yau Lam
TUESDAY – ROSA LAI HING CHAN & FAMILY – Requested by Thomas Li & Family
WEDNESDAY – VINCENZO & CONCEITA GRECO ✞ – Requested by the Grech Family
THURSDAY – FR. PAUL CUSACK ✞ – Requested by the Taylor Family
FRIDAY – CANADA DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
SATURDAY – YUNG-NIEN HSU ✞ – Requested by the Hsu Family
SUNDAY, 10:30 – MELANIE WHITE ✞ – Requested by Sophie & Candida Pereira
SUNDAY, 12:30 – KOK SHING WING & CHIU LAI SAU ✞ – Requested by Kok Yau Lam

Announced Masses for the summer months will be posted on the bulletin board in the Gathering Space.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY

This is the final week for the children’s liturgy until the fall. Thank you to the wonderful team of adult and student volunteers who led the children in expressing and deepening their faith.

When we resume in the fall, we look forward to adding more volunteers to the team. For more information or to volunteer, please call Dawn Burke at 416 671-0561 or leave a message at the Parish Office.

THANK YOU TO OUR CHOIR

Thank you to our faithful choir members for their ministry! They will be taking a break, returning in September. New members are welcome to join them.

The senior choir practices on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:00 PM and sings at the10:30 AM Mass.

For more information, please email Serena Neil at serena.meharchand@gmail.com

CHILDREN’S FAITH PROGRAM – 2022/2023

Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program are now available in the parish office. This program is for children of the Parish who attend other Catholic schools, public or private schools. Classes are held at St. Gabriel’s School every second Sunday beginning September

Please note that a separate Sacramental registration form is required if your child will receive the sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation during the 2022/2023 school year. These forms are also available in the Parish Office. Baptismal Certificates are required for First Communion and Confirmation.

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 September. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

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.

CARING FOR THE HOMELESS IN OUR CITY

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.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city as well as a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs.

Your food donations are more important than ever during the summer months as numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired.

ST GABRIEL’S REFUGEE COMMITTEE – UKRAINIAN FAMILY SPONSORSHIP

There will be a second collection in support of our Refugee Sponsorship on the weekend of July 16th/17th. Thank you in advance for your support.

We have learned that a neighbouring church, St Elizabeth of Hungary Church, received a Ukrainian Refugee family on very short notice. We are assisting them by sharing our settlement plan with them. Our Sponsorship is through the Office of Refugees Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT) and they have a team in Poland speaking to Ukrainian families about resettlement in Canada.

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.

SHARELIFE

Help homeless youth through ShareLife

Covenant House is one of the agencies you support through ShareLife. It’s located in Toronto, but its young clients – largely homeless youth – arrive from throughout the archdiocese.

“Your commitment to love and care for the youth experiencing homelessness and trafficking who come to Covenant House truly means so much,” says the agency’s director. “Your support gives hope to young people who need hope right now – and you give youth a real chance for a better future.”

Our goal this year is $198,000. To date we have achieved $132,650 Please give at the parish using a ShareLife envelope, online through our parish website, or at sharelife.org.

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Summer Collection: July 30th/31st, August 27th/28th

Thank you to all who prepared casseroles for the Good Shepherd Centre for the month of June.

During the summer, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on
the weekends of July 30th/31st and August 27th/28th.

More volunteers are needed, especially during the summer months, to help feed the hungry in our city. We encourage you to pick up a copy of a casserole recipe and a pan and give it a try. Three recipes are available on St. Gabriel’s web site. Printed copies of the recipes are also available in the Parish Office. Please remember to mark the label on the pan lid with the name of the casserole. For more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416-221-2791.

ANNUAL MASS FOR THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED

Wednesday, August 17th at 7:00 PM

Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Services, Archdiocese of Toronto wishes to invite all families to participate in the Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed on Wednesday, August 17th at 7:00 PM.

His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross in Thornhill.

Rev. Msgr. Paul Zimmer will be the celebrant at Mount Hope Cemetery in Toronto.

Most Rev. Bishop Robert Kasun will celebrate the Mass at Christ the King Cemetery in Markham.

In the Event of Rain, Mass will be celebrated in the mausoleum at Holy Cross and at St. Monica’s Church instead of Mount Hope Cemetery. Mass will be celebrated in the Reception Centre at Christ the King Cemetery.

GARDEN SHED

CHILDREN’S LITURGY GARDEN CARE EXPERIENCE

This Sunday, June 26th, the Garden and the Children’s Liturgy ministries are once again collaborating to give the children an experience of caring for a garden that grows food for those in need of a meal. (The produce from St. Gabriel’s Garden is given to the Good Shepherd Ministries.)

The summer issue of our Garden Ministry newsletter, Growing News, is now available on the parish website. Featured in this issue is an interview with Fr. Brando, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his ordination, in which he reveals the captivating story of his call to the priesthood.

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

ELDERS RETREAT

Saturday, July, 23rd from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Elders in the parish are invited to a mini retreat on Saturday, July 23rd from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the parish sponsored by the Garden Ministry and the Ministry for Maturing Adults.

Through hands-on encounters in the garden, reflection and discussion of scriptural passages, elders will be invited to share their wisdom and discover the spiritual roots of their relationship with nature.

More details and registration information will be available on posters in the Gathering Space next weekend.

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS

During the last two years, the Ministry for Maturing Adults has been organizing programs to meet some needs of our parish’s maturing adult population.

Currently, MMA is teaming with the Heather Bennett and the Garden Ministry Team to organize a Garden Retreat on July 23rd with the emphasizing “how grandparents and the elderly are a value and a gift both for society and for ecclesial communities.

MMA will also be hosting a Technology Workshop starting in July for those would like to learn how to use technology (cellphone, social media, emails, etc.) in a safer way. This is being done in collaboration with the Youth Ministry Team of our parish.

If you have any ideas, suggestions, or interest, please contact our Maturing Adult Ministry Team via Sr. Maria Lucia at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com.