Bulletin – March 14, 2021

March 14th, 2021

Daylight Savings Time begins on this Sunday, March 14th. Please remember to set your clocks forward 1 hour

OFFICE HOURS

The parish office is currently open only on Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:00 noon and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Please call before you come.

A Fair and Equitable Approach to Places of Worship & Covid-19

Under current provincial guidelines under Grey (Lockdown) designation, restrictions of no more than 10 people in the church, including the priest and those assisting with the liturgy remain in place. Cardinal Collins encourages the faithful to write or call their MPP to respectfully request that any restrictions for places of worship use a percentage of capacity as opposed to an arbitrary number. You can do this by visiting the website aplacetoworship.ca.

Email Scam Alert

The parish office received a scam or phishing email from Fr. Brando requesting for assistance. You may have also received one. When you are in doubt if these emails are genuine, please always call the parish office to check before you reply or click on any attachment.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

March 15th to March 21st, 2021

MONDAY –
TUESDAY –
WEDNESDAY –
THURSDAY – ARMAND OAKIE – Requested by his Family
FRIDAY –
SATURDAY – LISA CALLAHAN – Requested by Cecilia & Gary Kernan
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM

DAY OF CONFESSIONS

This Lenten season, each parish in the Archdiocese of Toronto will be holding a Day of Confessions. Let us make the journey into the heart of our relationship with God. Take a long, loving look at the ways God calls us to grow. Take this challenge and hold it in readiness for the rich blessing that is manifest in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

In our parish, the schedule for confessions is as follows:
March 19th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM
March 26th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS

WAYS TO PRAY IN LENT

Wednesdays, During Lent: March 17th, 24th

This program is for those who might be interested in deepening their prayer life during lent via different ways or methods such as Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, Taizé Prayer, praying with mandalas, Divine Office, etc. For the first hour, a brief explanation regarding a mode of prayer for that day will be given. The next hour will be devoted to a guided prayer experience itself in that mode of prayer.

TIME: Afternoon Session: 3:00 pm to 5:00 PM;
Evening Session: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
COST: Your time and an open heart and mind.
PLACE: Virtual (via Zoom)

Schedule:
March 17, 2021 Lectio Divina
March 24, 2021 Taizé Prayer Praying with Mandalas

For more information, please contact Sr. Malou via email at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com or call her at (416) 221-8866 Ext. 228 during the week on Thursdays or Fridays.

The following programs will begin within and after the Lenten Season:

Writing Circle
For those who attend the Life Story Programme members that was offered in January and February 2020. We will meet once a month and will run for the next several months.

Scripture Programme
For those interested in deepening their understanding and praying with the Sacred Scriptures. This will run once a month.

Technology
Learn how to connect with others virtually and via social networking apps safely and with ease.

Milk Bag Weaving
Learn how to weave milk bags into mats via virtual workshop or training session which will be conducted by Sharon Gusz and other members of the MMA Team.

EUTHANASIA PREVENTION COALITION

Canada legalized euthanasia in June, 2016. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) has worked with many groups and individuals to create a strong opposition to the expansion of euthanasia in Canada by Bill C-7. The COVID shut-down and media bias did not stop them.

Last week, the Canadian Senate voted to pass Bill C-7 with 5 amendments which included expanding euthanasia to people with mental illness.

Legalizing euthanasia gives medical professionals the right in law to lethally inject their patients, but permitting euthanasia for mental illness and through advanced directives directly contradicts the need for effective consent.

Oppose Bill C-7 now and demand that parliament reject euthanasia for mental illness and incompetent people.

To sign this petition opposing Bill-C7 and for more information about the organization please go to Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Canada or epcc.ca

This organization is built on donations from members and other supporters. Regular and monthly donors are the life-blood of the EPC. They are thankful to everyone who has enabled them to do this important work.

CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES OF TORONTO’S ONLINE SESSIONS

Catholic Family Services of Toronto is now offering online quick access single sessions. The single-session consultation 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 at 416-921-1163 or 416-222-0048. Leave them 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 their ongoing counselling, wellness or group programs.

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

INAUGURAL MASS FOR THE DIOCESAN CELEBRATION OF THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARRIVAL OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE PHILIPPINES

Tuesday, March 16th at 11:00AM

Virtual at www.ph500toronto.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/500yocTO and YouTube: http://bit.ly/GiftedToGive

His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins and His Excellency Archbishop Romulo Valles, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, will deliver pre-recorded inspirational remarks. It was on March 16th, 1521 when Christianity first came to the Philippines and from then on, the faith spread throughout the archipelago, making it the only predominantly Catholic nation in Asia. The faithful of the Archdiocese of Toronto are in unity with Filipino communities around the world as we celebrate this significant moment in the history of the Church in the Philippines.

For details, please visit: www.ph500toronto.com/events.html or email ph500@archtoronto.org

ANNUAL MASS FOR ST. PATRICK

Wednesday, March 17th at 10:00 AM

A Virtual Mass Celebrated at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica

All are invited to join the livestream of the annual Mass of St. Patrick from St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto. The Eucharistic celebration will take place on Wednesday, March 17th at 10:00 AM. The celebrant and homilist will be Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto. The livestream can be accessed at: www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live.

COFFEE CHAT WITH CARDINAL COLLINS

Thursday, March 18th from 7:00 to 8:00 PM

A VIRTUAL EVENT HOSTED BY WOMEN ON THE WORD TORONTO

Join Women of the Word Toronto for a coffee chat with His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to speak to one of the successors of the Apostles! If you have a question for Cardinal Collins, send them in advance to: mary@wowblessingstoronto.com. Kindly note, that names will not be used when questions are being addressed and we will get to as many questions as time permits. Registration is required.

To register go to www.wowblessingstoronto.com

NEW BEGINNINGS PRESENTS: Online Separated/Divorced Introductory Program

Beginning March 18th at 7:00 PM

The Online Separated/Divorced Introductory Program offers both women and men a learning environment which is safe, welcoming and non-judgmental. The program provides 4 weeks of psycho-education which assists and accompanies the separated/divorced in exploring grief, experiencing healing and renewing faith. The program resources include PowerPoint, audio/video media and time will be allocated for questions and group discussion.

The ideal candidate is ready and able to participate in a group setting. Each candidate will be screened prior, to being considered for admittance into the program. We welcome people from all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.

Start date & time: Thursday March 18th, 2021 at 7:00 PM

There is no charge.

Contact: For more information and to register please contact: Arcangelo Limanni, MRE (416) 921-1163 ext. 2225 alimanni@cfstoronto.com

COME AND SEE WEEKEND ON ZOOM

Friday, March 26th from7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Saturday, March 27th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Office of Vocations will be hosting a virtual Come & See Weekend, via Zoom, for men who are 17 years of age and older. This event will take start on Friday, March 26th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM until Saturday, March 27th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The weekend offers a way for men to discern a possible call to priesthood at our seminary.

To register go to www.vocationstoronto.ca
For more information, email vocations@archtoronto.org

“THE ETHICS OF LAW IN JUDAISM”

Thursday, March 25th at 12:30 PM

A Virtual Event

This event is organized by the two well-known Catholic Institutions in Rome: The Centro Pro Unione and John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue (Angelicum University).

It will be presented by Prof. Menachem Lorberbaum, Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Talmud, Tel Aviv University.

For more information and registration please go to: https://bit.ly/EthicsOfLawOfJudaism

THE GARDEN SHED

The great excitement this week, thanks to the generosity of William Dam Seeds, a family-based company in Dundas, Ontario, was the arrival of seeds for the community garden. Indoor planting will take place on March 27th (not March 20 as stated in last week’s bulletin).

Also exciting is the launch later this month of our Garden Ministry newsletter, to be published quarterly to coincide with the 2 solstices (summer and winter) and the 2 equinoxes (spring and fall). Those of you who are on our email list and were receiving garden news updates in previous years will automatically receive the newsletter in your email. If you would like to join our email list, please send a request to the email address below. The newsletter will also be posted on our webpage.

If you are an experienced gardener, perhaps missing your own garden and would like to take on the leadership of St. Gabriel’s community garden, growing vegetables for the Good Shepherd Ministries and providing direction to our team, please get in touch.

Looking to deepen your connection with the land? To volunteer or to obtain more information please email 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 keep 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.

Mass for the 4th Sunday of Lent, March 13/14, 2021

March 14th, 2021

Mass for the 3rd Sunday of Lent, March 6/7, 2021

March 6th, 2021

Update from Cardinal Collins – A Place to Worship Campaign

March 6th, 2021

A Fair and Equitable Approach to Places of Worship & Covid-19

Write your Member of Provincial Parliament Today! Visit aplacetoworship.ca

Throughout the pandemic, places of worship have followed provincial restrictions and their own strict health and safety protocols. The most recent announcement eases the rules for retailers, allowing 25% capacity while places of worship are restricted to 10 people, whether they can accommodate 100 or 1,000 people. Please visit aplacetoworship.ca and ask your MPP and Premier Ford to address this inequity today.

Download the letter from Cardinal Collins

Bulletin – March 7, 2021

March 6th, 2021

Just a reminder…
Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 14th. Please remember to set your clocks forward 1 hour.

Weekend Mass has resumed on our website.

OFFICE HOURS

The parish office is currently open only on Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:00 noon and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Please call before you come.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

March 8th to March 14th, 2021

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY – JOSEPHINE BADALI – Requested by John, Sal & Patsy
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM

DAY OF CONFESSIONS

This year there will be two days for Reconciliation. Confessions will be heard on the following dates:
March 19th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM
March 26th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM

CONFESSION IS A PLACE OF VICTORY

In today’s first reading we hear about how Moses received the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai. As we are in this penitential season of Lent let us take some time to reflect on how well we are living up to these commandments through an examination of conscience. Let us then avail ourselves to the sacrament of Confession so that the Lord can victoriously heal us of our sins, helping us grow in holiness.

MINISTRY FOR MATURING ADULTS

WAYS TO PRAY IN LENT

Wednesdays, During Lent: March 10th, 17th, 24th

This program is for those who might be interested in deepening their prayer life during lent via different ways or methods such as Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, Taizé Prayer, praying with mandalas, Divine Office, etc. For the first hour, a brief explanation regarding a mode of prayer for that day will be given. The next hour will be devoted to a guided prayer experience itself in that mode of prayer.

TIME: Afternoon Session: 3:00 pm to 5:00 PM;
Evening Session: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
COST: Your time and an open heart and mind.
PLACE: Virtual (via Zoom)

Schedule:
March 10, 2021 Centering Prayer
March 17, 2021 Lectio Divina
March 24, 2021 Taizé Prayer Praying with Mandalas

For more information, please contact Sr. Malou via email at StGabrielMMA@gmail.com or call her at (416) 221-8866 Ext. 228 during the week on Thursdays or Fridays.

The following programs will begin within and after the Lenten Season:

Writing Circle
For those who attend the Life Story Programme members that was offered in January and February 2020. We will meet once a month and will run for the next several months.

Scripture Programme
For those interested in deepening their understanding and praying with the Sacred Scriptures. This will run once a month.

Technology
Learn how to connect with others virtually and via social networking apps safely and with ease.

Milk Bag Weaving
Learn how to weave milk bags into mats via virtual workshop or training session which will be conducted by Sharon Gusz and other members of the MMA Team.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. These agencies provide essential services to young parents and the homeless in our city.

With everyone struggling at this time, your food donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support!

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE CASSEROLES

Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 28 casseroles for February. For March, your prepared frozen casseroles will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of March 27th/28th 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.

CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES OF TORONTO’S ONLINE SESSIONS

Catholic Family Services of Toronto is now offering online quick access single sessions. The single-session consultation 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 at 416-921-1163 or 416-222-0048. Leave them 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 their ongoing counselling, wellness or group programs.

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

EUTHANASIA PREVENTION COALITION

Canada legalized euthanasia in June, 2016. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) has worked with many groups and individuals to create a strong opposition to the expansion of euthanasia in Canada by Bill C-7. The COVID shut-down and media bias did not stop them.

Last week, the Canadian Senate voted to pass Bill C-7 with 5 amendments which included expanding euthanasia to people with mental illness.

Legalizing euthanasia gives medical professionals the right in law to lethally inject their patients, but permitting euthanasia for mental illness and through advanced directives directly contradicts the need for effective consent.

Oppose Bill C-7 now and demand that parliament reject euthanasia for mental illness and incompetent people.

To sign this petition opposing Bill-C7 and for more information about the organization please go to Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Canada or epcc.ca

This organization is built on donations from members and other supporters. Regular and monthly donors are the life-blood of the EPC. They are thankful to everyone who has enabled them to do this important work.

SHARELIFE IMPACT REPORT

So many of our parishioners gave generously to the ShareLife Campaign in 2020, despite COVID-19 forcing the cancellation of masses for much of the year. The difference you’ve made through your gift is detailed in ShareLife’s 2020 Impact Report. From mental health services, to support for seniors, to assistance for young mothers: the report includes inspiring stories of real people you’ve helped during the pandemic. The 2020 edition adopts a new interactive format, providing a fresh, engaging way to learn about the work of ShareLife and Catholic Charities agencies. To view the interactive report online, visit sharelife.org/impact. To request a printed copy, please email slife@archtoronto.org. Thank you for living the Gospel!

READING OUR WAY TO GOD

A Webinar Featuring Dr. Tod Worner for ‘Word on Fire’
Thursday, March 11th from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
A virtual event hosted by Catholic Conscience

St. Jerome wrote, “When we pray, we speak to God; but when we read, God speaks to us.” Join us as we interview Dr. Tod Worner (managing editor of Evangelization & Culture, the journal of the Word on Fire Institute) about the power of great literature for forming us into better Catholics, better servants of Christ — and more impactful Christian citizens. Whether you’re an avid reader or want to become one, you’ll leave our conversation feeling inspired to pursue reading as more than a hobby — you’ll learn how reading can be a prayer and a method of spiritual formation.

Our guest, Tod Worner, is a practicing internal medicine physician who lectures and offers rotations on medicine and literature for the University of Minnesota Medical School and teaches “The Art of Healing” at St. John’s University.

NEW BEGINNINGS PRESENTS: Online Separated/Divorced Introductory Program

Beginning March 18th at 7:00 PM

The Online Separated/Divorced Introductory Program offers both women and men a learning environment which is safe, welcoming and non-judgmental. The program provides 4 weeks of psycho-education which assists and accompanies the separated/divorced in exploring grief, experiencing healing and renewing faith. The program resources include PowerPoint, audio/video media and time will be allocated for questions and group discussion.

The ideal candidate is ready and able to participate in a group setting. Each candidate will be screened prior, to being considered for admittance into the program. We welcome people from all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.

Start date & time: Thursday March 18th, 2021 at 7:00 PM

There is no charge.

Contact: For more information and to register please contact: Arcangelo Limanni, MRE (416) 921-1163 ext. 2225 alimanni@cfstoronto.com

THE GARDEN SHED

Greetings from the Garden Ministry! We hope you and your loved ones continue well as we plod through this pandemic. For us gardeners, a bright spot on the horizon is the start of the gardening season. Currently, we are pruning trees and shrubs, and preparing for the indoor planting of the community garden on March 20th.

If you’ve been thinking you’d like to get back to gardening, or that you would like to give gardening a try, you would be welcomed with open arms! And if you are an experienced gardener, perhaps missing your own garden and would like to take on the leadership of St. Gabriel’s community garden, growing vegetables for the Good Shepherd Ministries and providing direction to our team, please get in touch.

To volunteer or to obtain more information please email 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 keep 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.