Bulletin – June 6, 2021

June 5th, 2021

ATTENDING MASS

At this time public Masses are still temporarily cancelled. Our priests will continue to celebrate private Mass daily for the intentions of parishioners and for those suffering from COVID-19.

The Church will be open for private prayer during office hours, 8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon, and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday. The Church will not be open on the weekend. Each Saturday, Fr. Paul or Fr. Brando will celebrate Mass which will be shown on our website.

Visits to the Parish Office are by appointment only. Please call 416–221-8866 to make an appointment.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 7th, 2021 to June 13th, 2021

There are no announced Masses this week.

SACRED HEART OF JESUS – Pastoral Letter & Resources Available

Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto are encouraged to read Cardinal Collins’ latest Pastoral Letter, “Heart Speaks to Heart”, a deep reflection on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Visit www.archtoronto.org/sacredheart to read the letter and to access numerous resources that can be used in the home, school or parish setting. The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is observed in 2021 on Friday, June 11 and you are encouraged to offer a special focus on the Sacred Heart in the month of June. The theme of the Sacred Heart, however, is pertinent throughout the year and the resources, prayers and reflections are helpful tools to utilize year round.

PRAYER FOR COVID 19 RELIEF FOR INDIA

“At this time of global pandemic, we pray for the sick and the suffering, for all of us who feel fear and anxiety.

We thank all those who are in the frontline – doctors, nurses, medical and hospital staff, care workers, family members, friends, and strangers – we pray for their safety, health, and strength.

We pray for those responsible as decision-makers and law enforcers, that they may be guided in their choices and actions, to be unselfish and magnanimous.

We pray that the scientific community may find ways to “contain the pandemic and defeat its deadly power”.

For Mother Earth, we pray that she may recover from the exhaustion and devastation caused by humanity.

And we pray that people, while exercising precaution and social responsibility, may reach out to the weakest and most vulnerable, showing compassion and care through creative ways.”

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting the Deaf community

ShareLife funded agencies have been working on the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic. One of them, Silent Voice, has been continuing to offer programs in ASL (American Sign Language) to the Deaf community.

“You are indeed agents of change, enabling Silent Voice to provide entirely accessible programming, in ASL, that open the world to vulnerable Deaf adults, youth, children, and their families.”
— Kelly MacKenzie, Silent Voice

Sunday, June 20th is the next ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

By Sunday, June 27th 2021

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 24 casseroles for May. For June, you may bring in your frozen casseroles before the last Sunday in June (June 27th) for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. Let’s see if we can increase that number!

The need is very great especially right now with Covid19.

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.

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 very much appreciated.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

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

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

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF TO INDIA

India is reeling from a devastating COVID-19 outbreak. In recent days, the country has been reporting more than 400,000 of new cases and 4,000 deaths every 24 hours. International observers expect that the actual numbers are significantly higher.

The medical system, funeral services and other social supports are unable to meet the country’s needs at this time.

The Archdiocese of Toronto will send donations through Development and Peace to Caritas Internationalis, an international confederation of Catholic humanitarian organizations that is already in India helping those who are suffering during this COVID-19 outbreak.

To learn more about Caritas’ work in India, please watch the video: http://bit.ly/CaritasIndiaRelief

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 at416-934-3411

Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish – India’s COVID-19

Donations to India Covid 19 Relief Fund – $50

FRIENDLY NEIGHBOR HOTLINE

Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Call 1-855 581- 9580

The Friendly Neighbor Hotline Is an organization mobilizing volunteers to deliver groceries and medication to seniors who have trouble going to the stores by themselves. The seniors just have to call the number, they can also register online. They place their order by phone (8 items max) and say how they want to pay, then sends a message to the pool of volunteers who indicated they can do deliveries in the senior’s ward. When a volunteer responds that he or she can do it, FNH sends a message to the volunteer with the shopping list. After delivery, the volunteer gets reimbursed by the organization who collects the money from the senior.”

CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES OF TORONTO’S ONLINE COUNSELLING SESSIONS

Catholic Family Services of Toronto is now offering online quick access single sessions. Single-session counselling is a quick and effective way for individuals, couples or families to address a mental health or relationship concern.

To arrange for a session, please contact: info@cfstoronto.com or 416-921-1163 or 416-222-0048. Leave us a message with your name, email and phone number, and a staff person will contact you.

Clients who are interested in pursuing other or additional services in the agency have the option to access our ongoing counselling, wellness or group programs.

Counselling fees are charged according to a client’s income level. No one is denied service because of their inability to pay fees.

REMEMBERING THE PARISH IN YOUR WILL

Your parish has been there for you and your family during the most important moments of your lives. Help you’re your Catholic community active and alive for years to come.

Please consider your parish in your will or through a planned gift. A bequest is a beautiful way to express your faith and gratitude for a lifetime of blessings – a lasting legacy of love that will help the Church continue with its many ministries.

For more details, please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 or contact Peter Okonski, Manager of Planned Giving and Personal Gifts at 416 934 3400 Ext. 519 or by email at development@archtoronto.org.

All calls are confidential.

Cardinal Collins – A Place to Worship Campaign & Outdoor Liturgies

June 1st, 2021

As communicated last week, the provincial government released its “Roadmap to Reopen” on May 20, 2021. In summary, places of worship are restricted to a 10 person maximum until Step 2, expected in early July 2021, with the exception of outdoor services that are permitted in Step 1. In a meeting with the Premier’s office, I made very clear our dissatisfaction regarding the hard cap of 10 in light of the fact that non-essential retailers will be permitted to open at 15% capacity as of Step 1 (expected mid-June) and 25% capacity for Step 2.

In March of this year, many of you wrote or encouraged your parishioners/colleagues to participate in the “A Place to Worship” campaign, when we found ourselves in a similar situation. A simple website helps to facilitate a message to Premier Ford and local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP).

If, by the end of this week, there are no changes relating to places of worship in the “Roadmap to Reopen”, we will, once again, ask parishioners to connect with their MPP as part of a new campaign. Additional details regarding the logistics as well as appropriate communication will be shared with you shortly. Many faith communities from throughout the province have expressed an interest in participating in this initiative.

We have also received numerous inquiries regarding the possibility of outdoor Masses at parishes in the archdiocese, as is permitted by the provincial government in Step 1. We are in the process of preparing recommendations regarding outdoor liturgies. If the province chooses not to make changes to current restrictions, guidance regarding outdoor Masses will be provided to parishes by June 1, 2021.

I recognize the fluid nature of the situation and once again, appreciate your patience as we advocate for places of worship and prepare plans for the days ahead. We will continue to keep you updated with the latest information. Be assured of my ongoing gratitude and prayers.

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

Sincerely in Christ,
Thomas Cardinal Collins
Archbishop of Toronto

Statement from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops following the recent discovery at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation

May 31st, 2021

On behalf of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), I express our deepest sorrow for the heartrending loss of the children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.

The news of the recent discovery is shocking. It rekindles trauma in numerous communities across this land. Honouring the dignity of the lost little ones demands that the truth be brought to light.

This tragedy profoundly impacts Indigenous communities, with whom many people across this land and throughout the world now stand in solidarity.

As we see ever more clearly the pain and suffering of the past, the Bishops of Canada pledge to continue walking side by side with Indigenous Peoples in the present, seeking greater healing and reconciliation for the future.

We lift up prayers to the Lord for the children who have lost their lives and pledge our close accompaniment of Indigenous families and communities.

May our Creator God bless all of us with consolation and hope.

+ Richard Gagnon
Archbishop of Winnipeg and
President of the Canadian Conference
of Catholic Bishops
31 May 2021

Mass for Most Holy Trinity Sunday – May 30, 2021

May 30th, 2021

Bulletin – May 30, 2021

May 29th, 2021

Today is Trinity Sunday

Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: to God who is, who was, and who is to come. Alleluia.

ATTENDING MASS

At this time public Masses are still temporarily cancelled. Our priests will continue to celebrate private Mass daily for the intentions of parishioners and for those suffering from COVID-19.

The Church will be open for private prayer during office hours, 8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon, and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday. The Church will not be open on the weekend. Each Saturday, Fr. Paul or Fr. Brando will celebrate Mass which will be shown on our website.

Visits to the Parish Office are by appointment only. Please call 416–221-8866 to make an appointment.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

May 31st, 2021 to June 6th, 2021

There are no announced Masses this week.

PRAYER IN TIME OF COVID

Gracious God, you who are the author of all life, and who desire the well-being of all people, during these dark days of COVID-19, increase in us, respect and reverence for all human life.
Grant restored health to the sick, comfort and hope to the dying, eternal peace for those who have died, strength to family members, relatives, clergy, friends and volunteers,
renewed energy to hospital workers, PSWs, nurses and doctors, and perseverance to all in the health care professions.
Grant wisdom to scientists for the development of effective and moral vaccines, discernment and right judgment for legislators, aid to the discouraged, poor and vulnerable, courage and justice for front-line workers and all who risk their lives for the benefit of others, and keep always in our minds the vision of the true common good of all the world.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bishop Robert Kasun, CSB
Auxiliary Bishop, Central Region, Archdiocese of Toronto

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by providing for those in need

“Without you, ShareLife could not fulfill its mission to live the Gospel by providing for those in need. Together we are making a real difference! My prayer is that we may continue to respond to God’s love by going forth from ourselves to seek the good of others.”

— Cardinal Thomas Collins

Please make your sacrificial gift through the parish office or sharelife.org. Please give generously

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 very much appreciated.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

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

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

CASSEROLES FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

This Weekend, May 29th/30th

Your prepared frozen casseroles will be picked up after this weekend and delivered to the Good Shepherd Centre.

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

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

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

FRIENDLY NEIGHBOR HOTLINE

Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Call 1-855 581- 9580

The Friendly Neighbor Hotline Is an organization mobilizing volunteers to deliver groceries and medication to seniors who have trouble going to the stores by themselves. The seniors just have to call the number, they can also register online. They place their order by phone (8 items max) and say how they want to pay, then sends a message to the pool of volunteers who indicated they can do deliveries in the senior’s ward. When a volunteer responds that he or she can do it, FNH sends a message to the volunteer with the shopping list. After delivery, the volunteer gets reimbursed by the organization who collects the money from the senior.”

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF TO INDIA

India is reeling from a devastating COVID-19 outbreak. In recent days, the country has been reporting more than 400,000 of new cases and 4,000 deaths every 24 hours. International observers expect that the actual numbers are significantly higher.

The medical system, funeral services and other social supports are unable to meet the country’s needs at this time.

The Archdiocese of Toronto will send donations through Development and Peace to Caritas Internationalis, an international confederation of Catholic humanitarian organizations that is already in India helping those who are suffering during this COVID-19 outbreak.

To learn more about Caritas’ work in India, please watch the video: http://bit.ly/CaritasIndiaRelief

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 at 416-934-3411

Through the parish, making cheques payable to: St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish – India’s COVID-19 Outbreak Relief

CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES OF TORONTO’S ONLINE COUNSELLING SESSIONS

Catholic Family Services of Toronto is now offering online quick access single sessions. Single-session counselling is a quick and effective way for individuals, couples or families to address a mental health or relationship concern.

To arrange for a session, please contact: info@cfstoronto.com or 416-921-1163 or 416-222-0048. Leave us a message with your name, email and phone number, and a staff person will contact you.

Clients who are interested in pursuing other or additional services in the agency have the option to access our ongoing counselling, wellness or group programs.

Counselling fees are charged according to a client’s income level. No one is denied service because of their inability to pay fees.

BLESSED TRINITY’S 30 MINUTE CHILDREN’S CATECHESIS PROGRAM

June 12th, 19th, and 26th at 10:00 AM

On Zoom

These 30 fun-filled minutes include prayer,songs, and crafts centered on a particular theme.Our June theme is The Kingdom of God Parables. A home kit with the required craft materials is provided.

Come join us online on June 12th, 19th, and 26th at 10:00am. Cost for the 3 sessions is $15.00/child. Email btcatechesis@gmail.com to register or for more info.

Last day to register for these sessions is May 15th, 2021

THE GARDEN SHED

This past week, thanks to a Canada Summer Jobs grant, we welcomed Lance Cabacungan to the position of Gardening Helper. Lance has just completed his first year in Biomedical Sciences at York University. If you are in the garden, please seek him out and introduce yourself.

Lance’s first job will be to assist in bagging the cover crop of winter rye from the area west of the mulched pathway in the south garden and sowing red clover in its place. Both of these crops suppress weeds and enrich the soil in preparation for redevelopment next year.

Looking for a nature getaway? Join the Garden Ministry!
sgpgardenministry@gmail.com

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES

Offertory envelopes for 2021 are available at the parish Office. If you would like to pick yours up, please call before coming so that we will have them ready for you. If you are unable to pick yours up, please call the Parish Office and we will make other arrangements.

REMEMBERING THE PARISH IN YOUR WILL

Your parish has been there for you and your family during the most important moments of your lives. Help you’re your Catholic community active and alive for years to come.

Please consider your parish in your will or through a planned gift. A bequest is a beautiful way to express your faith and gratitude for a lifetime of blessings – a lasting legacy of love that will help the Church continue with its many ministries.

For more details, please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866 or contact Peter Okonski, Manager of Planned Giving and Personal Gifts at 416 934 3400 Ext. 519 or by email at development@archtoronto.org.

All calls are confidential.