Protocols for Sunday Mass celebrations

July 5th, 2020

Welcome back to S. Gabriel’s Parish! We missed seeing you at church and are so happy that the church is now open for Sunday masses, albeit on a limited capacity basis.

We recognize that things may not look or feel the same as they did before. Some may find this awkward or uncomfortable. Others may wonder why we have these new measures at all.

We want to assure you that these temporary measures are only in place to make sure you stay healthy. We also want to assure you that we have done everything we can do to protect your health while you are at church.

The church is thoroughly sanitized before every Mass thanks to a team of volunteers. More volunteers, especially for the 4:30 pm and the 10:30 am and 12:30 am masses, are needed to ensure the cleaning process is quick and effective. If you are willing to help after this, or any other Mass, please contact the parish office.

A few notes about Mass attendance for some time to come:

  • While not mandatory, we strongly encourage you to wear non-medical grade masks or face coverings to church. If you are unable to wear a face covering for the entire Mass, please consider wearing it when entering and exiting the church and while lining up for Holy Communion.
  • Where possible, please maintain six feet (two metres) of physical distance from other parishioners who are not members of your household.
  • Although we do have a cantor and organist, we will not have communal singing during Mass at this time – so no singing!
  • All children’s ministries during Mass are cancelled.
  • The offertory basket will not be passed around. If you are able, after Mass please leave a donation in the marked baskets as you leave the church. Also, please consider signing-up for Pre-Authorized Giving which is a convenient way to support the church whether you are present or not. Signup forms are available from the parish office. Thank you for your generosity!
  • At the Sign of Peace, please nod or bow to your neighbours rather than shaking hands.
  • If you suddenly feel sick during the Mass, please leave the church for the safety of all parishioners. If you were to learn that you or a member of your household has tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending Mass here at St. Gabriel’s, please contact our local public health agency and also the parish office. We will protect your identity, except in conversation with public health officers to stop the spread of the virus.
  • At Holy Communion, we ask that you follow direction of the ushers. You can use the lines on the floor to maintain physical distancing. Please stop at the mark that is six feet (two metres) from the priest or Eucharistic Minister.
  • If you are receiving the Eucharist, when you have stopped at the six-foot (two-metre) spot, the priest or Minister will say “The Body of Christ” and you will reply “Amen”. With your mask on, approach the priest or Minister and receive the Eucharist in your hand only. Move to the spot marked on the floor to your left or right, remove your mask and consume the Eucharist. Then put the mask back on your face and return to your pew.
  • If you are receiving a blessing only, please cross your arms and receive the blessing from the original six foot (2 metre) spot and then return to your seat.
  • After extensive consultation with medical professionals specializing in pandemic management, Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, has decided that Holy Communion on the tongue will be temporarily suspended to stop the spread of the virus. We will return to this practice, for those who wish to receive in this way as soon as we are safely able to do so.
  • We will not distribute the Precious Blood at weekday masses.
  • At the end of Mass, we ask you to promptly leave the church, while maintaining six feet or two metres of physical distancing where possible. Please follow the instructions of the ushers. When everyone has left, cleaning volunteers will close the church doors so they can ensure this sacred space is thoroughly sanitized before the next Mass. They need as much time as possible to do this job properly.
  • To reduce the amount of cleaning required we ask you to please refrain from venerating or touching the church’s statues and the tabernacle.
  • All other Mass events and programs are cancelled at this time. We hope that these chances to meet with one another can resume when it is safe to do so.
  • And thank you for returning to our parish! The recent months have been difficult for all of us, so we hope this celebration of the Eucharist was a comforting and uplifting sacred experience. As Catholics, the Mass is the source and summit of our life in Christ. We thank God that we could celebrate this Mass here – with you – again today. Have a wonderful day! After months away from our parish, these temporary measures allow us to celebrate together once again in a way that we can protect one another. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation. It is great to see you all once again.

Homily – July 5, 2020

July 5th, 2020

All his life Jesus wanted to be identified with the little people of the world. He came from a backwater village of Nazareth. Remember Nathaniel’s crack, ’can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ His father was a carpenter and Jesus probably learned the trade.

During his ministry Jesus rubbed shoulders with people of privilege, he accepted their hospitality. He challenged their lifestyles and their attitudes; their taking the first place at banquets and first seats in the synagogues and making a big show of their donations to the temple. But basically he walked with and shared his wisdom with merchants and fishermen and shepherds, with husbands and wives, the sick and the frightened, the lost and confused.

Close your eyes and image Jesus with those people, the simple folk of the land. He stands among them and opens wide his arms in welcome and says these words; come to me, come to me all you who are weary and find life burdensome and I will give you rest.

Come with your anxieties about your health and the health of those you love. Come, stressed out as you are with this isolation and social distancing.

Jesus invites us to yoke ourselves to himself promising that his yoke is easy, his burden light. He compares his yoke to that of the Pharisees, the keepers of the Law. Jesus accused these strict keepers of the law they lay heavy burdens on people and will not lift a finger to lighten the load. His yoke is easy, his burden light. Our only shared burden is to love one another as we’ve been loved.

To be yoked with Jesus is to allow him to our companion on our own personal journey. To be yoked to Jesus is to be willing to be willing to let his will make a difference in what we choose and do.To be yoked to Jesus is to make a difference in the way we treat other people. To be yoked to Jesus is to make a difference in the way we handle conflict in our lives. To be yoked with Jesus is to make a difference in the way we are there for friends and strangers who need our support. To be yoked with Jesus is to make a difference in the way we face our own struggles and weaknesses. To be yoked to Jesus is to make a difference in the way we approach God in prayer.

At this Mass, as we receive the Body of Christ may we be graced to accept Christ’s gracious invitation- take my yoke upon you – then we’ll never walk alone.

Homily – June 28, 2020

June 28th, 2020

This Sunday’s readings invite us to reflect on another dimension of our lives, that of hospitality. In our first reading a wealthy woman convinced her husband that they show hospitality to Elisha so that he could have a place to stay and a meal to eat and a bed to rest. Elisa responds to their goodness by promising them a future son.

How good are we as a society at welcoming people into our company? We Canadians have a pretty good track record, beginning with accepting refugees from the Hungarian revolution in 1956. Then we welcomed people fleeing the collapse of Vietnam. As a parish family we’ve welcomed refugees from Syria and Iraq.

Jesus told the men he was sending as sheep among wolves that they would face hostility from many people but then added ‘he who welcomes you welcomes me and he who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. There is a ripple effect there.

Every day we can be challenged by the demands of hospitality, this demand of welcoming others into our lives.

The present social turmoil in the States about the prevalence and the impact of racism on the lives of millions of Black and people of colour can be the occasion for us to face the reality of this sin in our own lives. We shouldn’t be too smug about this.

To quote an American Black person, most white people go cradle to grave in racial segregation. Most white people do not have authentic sustained relationships across race, particularly with black people. I’m not talking about acquaintances. Show me your wedding album. That is a truer measure of who is in your friendship circle and sitting at your table.

Racism is an attitude of mind; it’s something we pick up by osmosis from family members and people with whom we grow up. Racism diminishes us as persons because it blinds us to the dignity and worth of our equals. We are all children of God.

In our opening prayer we prayed we not be wrapped in the darkness of error but that we always stand in the bright light of truth. He who welcomes you welcomes me and he who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.

A question; how valid is the welcoming mat at our door?

Bulletin – June 28, 2020

June 27th, 2020

Happy Summer!

This is the last full bulletin until the Labour Day Weekend in September.

Announced Masses for July and August will be posted on the website. Any information concerning the Church and Covid 19 will also be published
We wish you all a happy, healthy and safe summer!

Wednesday, July 1st is Canada Day.

The office will be closed on Wednesday for the holiday. There will be no 9:00 AM Mass on July 1st.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 29th to July 5th, 2020

MONDAY – TA FAMILY – Requested by Veronica Do
TUESDAY – BERNADETTE HIGGINS – Requested by Agnes Gaughan
WEDNESDAY – CANADA DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
THURSDAY – DELPHINE OAKIE – Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – CATHERINE MINNAN WONG – Requested by Noreen Chen
SATURDAY – GUS & MARIE CALDERONE – Requested by their Family
SUNDAY – 10:30 AM –
SUNDAY – 12:30 PM – YUNG-NIEN HSU – Requested by the Family

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 October. 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.

As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly. The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith.

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.

Parish News

Weekday Mass have resumed at 9.00 in the morning here at St. Gabriels.

In accordance with the guidelines established by the Province of Ontario and the Archdiocese of Toronto, attendance at Mass is limited to 30% capacity of the church, while at the same time, ensuring a 2m (6ft) physical distance requirement.

In light of this limitation, a reservation system has been implemented for attending weekend Masses. This reservation system is on our website. If you do not have access to a computer or encounter any problems reserving your seat, please call the parish office.

For the health and safety of all, before you come to Mass;
Please check temperature of all family members who are coming to Mass. If any member has a fever, please remain at home,

If you have any of the following symptoms, Cough, fatigue, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, headache, runny nose, sore throat, chills and shakes, please stay home;

If you have travelled abroad, has been in contact with someone who may have COVID-19, or show signs or symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days, please stay home.

It is highly recommended for you to wear a face mask when you come to Mass, for the health and safety of our worshipping community. More information will be provided when you return to the Church

As we are reopening the Church for Masses, disinfecting the pews and high touch areas is one of the many measures to keep our Church safe for everyone. Any parishioner who wants to volunteer their time in disinfecting the pews after each weekend Mass can sign up by sending an email with your name and contact details, indicating which Mass you would be available for, to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca

For the latest update from the Archdiocese of Toronto, please visit: www.archtoronto.org/covid19

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting missions in the Global South

The Pastoral Mission Fund supports 226 projects in 25 countries in the Global South. These projects include programs run by the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary in the remote Colombian village of El Pozon. In this village marked by killings and disappearances, the sisters provide food, job training, and hope – through prayer meetings, Confirmation classes and Bible studies. A grant from the Pastoral Mission Fund is helping the sisters conduct their important pastoral and mission work.

Please make a sacrificial gift to ShareLife through your parish or sharelife.org

Your gift to ShareLife is helping!

Did you know that while parishes remain closed, ShareLife agencies are as busy as ever? That’s because those who are poor and marginalized are disproportionately affected during a crisis. Your support of ShareLife ensures Catholic agencies can continue their work on the front lines, helping the many people who are suffering. Please give securely online at sharelife.org/donate.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Until we receive an update on food collection, we cannot accept any food donations at this time.

While we wait for updates from these outreach ministries, let us always be mindful of what they do.

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.

CAMPUS MINISTRY

Attention high school graduates:

If you’re headed to university or college in the fall, campus ministry is waiting for you! Check it out at: www.chaplaincyconnect.ca!

NEW BEGINNINGS

Bereavement/Separation/Loss Support Group

Dealing with a breakup or the loss of someone close to you is difficult in the best of times – trying to do so in the midst of a pandemic makes everything that much tougher.

Fortunately, Catholic Family Services of Toronto have a ministry dedicated to assisting those who have suffered a loss through separation, divorce, or the death of a loved one.

Our New Beginnings program is offering bi-monthly support sessions. This closed support group allows us to work together to explore our grief, experience healing, and renew our faith.

For more information or to get yourself registered, please reach out to Arcangelo Limanni at alimanni@cfstoronto.com or call (416) 921-1163, ext. 2225.

ONGOING COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, Catholic Family Services have moved their counselling and psychotherapy services online in an effort to continue to help their clients who are struggling with their mental well-being in this difficult time.

If you are suffering from mild to moderate mental health issues or are experiencing difficulty in your relationships, we encourage you to reach out to them and take a step towards a happier and healthier life. Catholic Family Services offer a variety of services, so whether you are an individual, couple, or family, their counsellors will explore your concerns with you and help you work towards your goals.

Sessions are conducted through the OnCall Health platform, which provides you and your counsellor with a secure and private video connection, since your privacy and confidentiality is of the utmost importance to them. To learn more about these counselling services or to find out how you can get started, please visit the Catholic Family Services of Toronto website at: https://www.cfstoronto.com/client/cfs/cfs_lp4w_lnd_webstation.nsf/page/Counselling+Program!OpenDocument

FINANCE CORNER

Our Church resumed weekend Masses last weekend. You may drop your offertory envelope in the collection baskets when you enter the Church, or at the parish office during parish office hours.

You may donate by credit card through Donate Now. A link on our website will show you how to do this.

You may also consider changing your offertory giving to monthly Pre-Authorized Giving. Forms are available at the Parish office or on-line at the Parish website in the “Weekly Giving” section under the Finances tab.

Bulletin – June 21, 2020

June 21st, 2020

ANNOUNCED MASSES

June 22nd to June 28th, 2020

MONDAY –
TUESDAY –
WEDNESDAY – ALEXANDER TA – Requested by Veronica Do
THURSDAY – JUANITO G. GAVIETA & MA. ROSARIO A. CALIMBAS – Requested by Estrella Gavieta & the Luke Family
FRIDAY – KENG OWYONG – Requested by Helen Owyong
SATURDAY – DOREEN YOUNG – Requested by Noreen Chen
SUNDAY – NO INTENTIONS

PRAYER DURING COVID 19

When this is over,
may we never again take for granted
a handshake with a stranger
conversations with neighbors
a crowded theater
Friday night out
the taste of Communion
a routine checkup
the school rush each morning
coffee with a friend
the stadium roaring
each deep breath
a boring Tuesday
life itself.
When this ends,
may we find that we have become
more like the people we wanted to be,
we were called to be,
we hoped to be.
And may we stay that way – better for each other because of the worst.
Amen
Laura Kelly Fanucci

Parish News

Weekday Mass have resumed at 9.00 in the morning as of June 17th.

In accordance with the guidelines established by the Province of Ontario and the Archdiocese of Toronto, attendance at Mass is limited to 30% capacity of the church, while at the same time, ensuring a 2m (6ft) physical distance requirement.

In light of this limitation, a reservation system will be implemented for attending Masses. This reservation system will be available on our website. If you do not have access to a computer or encounter any problems reserving your seat, please call the parish office.

For the health and safety of all, before you come to Mass;

Please check temperature of all family members who are coming to Mass. If any member has a fever, please remain at home,
If you have any of the following symptoms,

Cough, fatigue, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, headache, runny nose, sore throat, chills and shakes, please stay home;

If you have travelled abroad, has been in contact with someone who may have COVID-19, or show signs or symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days, please stay home.

It is highly recommended for you to wear a face mask when you come to Mass, for the health and safety of our worshipping community. More information will be provided when you return to the Church

As we are reopening the Church this weekend for Masses, disinfecting the pews and high touch areas is one of the many measures to keep our Church safe for everyone. Any parishioner who wants to volunteer their time in disinfecting the pews after each weekend Mass can sign up by sending an email with your name and contact details, indicating which Mass you would be available for, to stgabrielsparish@bellnet.ca

For the latest update from the Archdiocese of Toronto, please visit: www.archtoronto.org/covid19

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting missions in the Global South

The Pastoral Mission Fund supports 226 projects in 25 countries in the Global South. These projects include programs run by the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary in the remote Colombian village of El Pozon. In this village marked by killings and disappearances, the sisters provide food, job training, and hope – through prayer meetings, Confirmation classes and Bible studies. A grant from the Pastoral Mission Fund is helping the sisters conduct their important pastoral and mission work.

Please make a sacrificial gift to ShareLife through your parish or sharelife.org

Your gift to ShareLife is helping!

Did you know that while parishes remain closed, ShareLife agencies are as busy as ever? That’s because those who are poor and marginalized are disproportionately affected during a crisis. Your support of ShareLife ensures Catholic agencies can continue their work on the front lines, helping the many people who are suffering. Please give securely online at sharelife.org/donate.

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Until we receive an update on food collection, we cannot accept any food donations at this time.

While we wait for updates from these outreach ministries, let us always be mindful of what they do.

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.

CAMPUS MINISTRY

Attention high school graduates:

If you’re headed to university or college in the fall, campus ministry is waiting for you! Check it out at: www.chaplaincyconnect.ca!

NEW BEGINNINGS

Bereavement/Separation/Loss Support Group

Dealing with a breakup or the loss of someone close to you is difficult in the best of times – trying to do so in the midst of a pandemic makes everything that much tougher.

Fortunately, Catholic Family Services of Toronto have a ministry dedicated to assisting those who have suffered a loss through separation, divorce, or the death of a loved one.

Our New Beginnings program is offering bi-monthly support sessions. This closed support group allows us to work together to explore our grief, experience healing, and renew our faith.

For more information or to get yourself registered, please reach out to Arcangelo Limanni at alimanni@cfstoronto.com or call (416) 921-1163, ext. 2225.

ONGOING COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, Catholic Family Services have moved their counselling and psychotherapy services online in an effort to continue to help their clients who are struggling with their mental well-being in this difficult time.

If you are suffering from mild to moderate mental health issues or are experiencing difficulty in your relationships, we encourage you to reach out to them and take a step towards a happier and healthier life. Catholic Family Services offer a variety of services, so whether you are an individual, couple, or family, their counsellors will explore your concerns with you and help you work towards your goals.

Sessions are conducted through the OnCall Health platform, which provides you and your counsellor with a secure and private video connection, since your privacy and confidentiality is of the utmost importance to them. To learn more about these counselling services or to find out how you can get started, please visit the Catholic Family Services of Toronto website at: https://www.cfstoronto.com/client/cfs/cfs_lp4w_lnd_webstation.nsf/page/Counselling+Program!OpenDocument

FINANCE CORNER

Our Church resumed weekend Masses this weekend. You may drop your offertory envelope in the collection baskets when you enter the Church, or at the parish office during parish office hours.

You may donate by credit card through Donate Now. A link on our website will show you how to do this.

You may also consider changing your offertory giving to monthly Pre-Authorized Giving. Forms are available at the Parish office or on-line at the Parish website in the “Weekly Giving” section under the Finances tab.