Bulletin – September 4, 2022

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

St Gabriel’s Refugee Committee – Ukrainian Family Sponsorship – UPDATE NEWS

July 8th, 2022

As you are aware, our parish has committed to sponsor a Ukrainian refugee family to Canada as permanent residents. Our sponsorship makes us responsible to support and assist this family during their first year in Canada. Our Parish committee of 20 members will assist them with everything from securing and equipping housing, language training, education where needed, banking, shopping, recreation, medical appointments and all the other things it takes to settle into our country.

This will be the fourth refugee family our parish has assisted in the last 10 years. The prior three families are all doing well and all have become Canadian citizens.

We have yet to be matched with a Ukrainian family but we are aware of a local church that has received their refugee family.

We will, of course, need your financial assistance to make this sponsorship a success. The government of Canada requires us to raise a minimum of $35,000 to support a family of 4. To achieve this we are now accepting donations through the parish office.

With your support we can live the gospel to which we are called.

From Mathew 25: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.

Thank you.

Finding God in Creation: A Garden Retreat for Elders

July 2nd, 2022

Celebating World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Saturday, July 23, 2022
From 1pm to 4pm
St. Gabriel’s Parish

Participants will engage hands on with the soil.

Sponsored by St. Gabriel’s Parish in collaboration with the Garden Ministry, the Ministry with Maturing Adults and the congregation of the Passionists.

To register, please visit stgabrielsparish.eventbrite.ca or call 416-221-8866

Download the poster for more information

Bulletin – June 26, 2022

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.

Bulletin – June 19, 2022

June 17th, 2022

MY LIFE IS AN EMBARRASSMENT OF BLESSINGS

My dear Good People of St. Gabriel’s
These past two years, we have been united in braving through various challenges, the top of which is the global health crisis which wreaked havoc on homes and communities. It exposed many of our vulnerabilities, especially our distance from the mystery of nature, including our very own bodies. Then, later, political crises from afar – in Ukraine and Africa – have haunted us. As children of the Passion of Christ, like our patron St. Gabriel, we cannot be apathetic amid this suffering world. We are so blessed with peace and bounty here in Toronto and in our parish, but our arms are open to our worst-affected brothers and sisters.

Being your pastor, it would have been an insurmountable task to deliver God’s works with all these challenges. However, having you as my mission partners, the difficulties are dwarfed by continued inspiration. In fact, years before the pandemic, you have empowered me with great care and support.

As I reach the silver milestone of my priesthood, my 25th anniversary of ordination, I count my ministry with you as sort of glorious mysteries. I had meaningful ministries and years prior to arriving here in St. Gabriel’s Parish, but I could not ask for a ministry and community more significant than this one that I have shared with you. Indeed, all your love and fellowship have shamed me as I often times feel not deserving of such overwhelming support.

Hence, I look at my life as an embarrassment of blessings. It is an embarrassment of blessings as per the great privilege to serve all the good people in our parish. Shepherding you through the celebration of feasts, baptism, weddings and funerals, I experienced the fullness of agape-or shared love. In the mobilization of aids during the pandemic and for the refugees affected by senseless wars, you rallied with me. You are always there with your unwavering support.

You are not just passive recipients of sacraments and undertakers of a pastor. You are active co-agents of building our local Church. The universal Church has encouraged synodality, that is, the life of the Church being shared by all sectors of the parish. But even before the Pope’s pronouncement, synodality is already very much operative in our parish.

It is easy to count 1 to 25 years, but my journey with you can never be quantified. As St. Francis de Sales would say: “The measure of love is to love without measure.” That is the most I can grasp of your overwhelming-embarrassing-love. So, I can only return: “The measure of service is humbly serving you without measure.”

May the Passion of Christ be ever in our hearts!

Fr. Brando

Have a wonderful trip!

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers, Grandfathers, Stepfathers and Great Grandfathers. May you be blessed with the graces you need to be good and loving role models to your children. May God give you courage, compassion, patience and peace.

GERRY MASSICOTTE’S FUNERAL

Gerry Massicotte died on June 1st 2022. He was a longtime parishioner of St. Gabriel’s Parish. He was very active in the Parish and served as head of the Hospitality Ministry for many years. His skill in Japanese Bunka embroidery was amazing and he donated some of his work to special causes in the Parish.

Gerry’s funeral Mass will be held at St. Edward’s Church at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 27th. A reception will follow.

Please call Kathy his daughter, at 416 602 9934 or email her at kathyfrey@rogers.com before June 20th if you wish to attend.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 20th to June 26th, 2022

MONDAY – TERESIA HUI TAM ✞ – Requested by Catherine Chung
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY – PETER GEORGE VALAVI ✞ – Requested by the Valavi Family
FRIDAY – GIOVANNI, MARIA & FRANK PUGLIESE ✞ – Requested by Rose Pugliese
SATURDAY – BERNIE KELLY ✞ – Requested by Barbara Kelly
SUNDAY, 10:30 – KENG OW YONG ✞ – Requested by the Helen Ow Yong
SUNDAY, 12:30 – DECEASED MEMBERS OF F.O.S.S. ✞ – Requested by Agnes Wong

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.

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.

SHARELIFE

ShareLife agencies need your support, now more than ever

Did you know that, through your support, no one is turned away from ShareLife-funded agencies due to inability to pay? One of these agencies whose work you make possible is Catholic Crosscultural Services (CCS).

“The pandemic has affected the newcomer and refugee communities we serve greatly,” the agency reports. Thanks to you, CCS continued its settlement and mental health services for this marginalized population without interruption.

Our goal this year is $198,000 To date we have achieved $121,820. Please give at the parish using a ShareLife envelope, online through our parish website, or at sharelife.org.

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 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.

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.

MARYGROVE CAMP COLLECTION

June 18th and 19th

This week, there will be a second collection for Marygrove Girls Camp run by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Each year, over 1,000 young girls with financial or domestic hardship enjoy a subsidized joyful camping experience at Marygrove. Please give generously to support this important initiative.

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

On Sunday, June 26th, the Garden and the Children’s Liturgy ministries will once again collaborate. This time, the children will experience caring for a garden that grows food to feed those in need of a meal. (The produce from St. Gabriel’s Garden is given to the Good Shepherd Ministries.) Since the children will be weeding and watering our vegetable garden, please ensure that they dress for hands-in-the-soil and perhaps an unintended splash. A hat and sunscreen are recommended.

The summer issue of our Garden Ministry newsletter, Growing News, will be available on the parish website on June 21st, the summer solstice. 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.