About Church of St. Gabriel


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You are welcomed, accepted, loved and respected here at St Gabriel’s

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Church of St. Gabriel
Church of St. Gabriel
2157 rue Centre
Montreal, Quebec H3K 1J5
Phone: (514) 937-3597
Fax: (514) 937-3598
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Fr Raymond Lafontaine
Fr Raymond Lafontaine
Parochial administrator
2157 rue Centre
Montreal, Quebec H3K 1J5
Phone: (514) 937-3597
Fax: (514) 937-3598
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2 Corinthians 3:18

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.


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Weekends in the church

Sunday with the choir 10:30 am

Weekdays in the chapel

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00 pm
Tuesday Thursday 7:00 pm

Saturday 9:45 am

Other churches on weekends:


4:30 pm St John Bréboeuf
5:00 pm St Willbrord and St Patrick


9:00 am St Thomas More, St John Bréboeuf and St Patrick
5:00 pm St Patrick
8:00 pm Our Lady of Fatima

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History of Church of St. Gabriel Montreal QC

On May 1st 1870 our very first priest Fr Lapierre celebrated mass in a chapel. Twenty years later the stone church was built.

The parish was legally created in 1875. It is what canon law (church law) calls a territorial church, not linked to any particular language but to the territory of Point Saint Charles. In fact for 8 years the church served both the English and the French catholics of the Point. Then in 1883 the French parish, Saint Charles was founded and it's church erected in the lot next to Saint Gabriel's!

For many years the English speaking community grew and spawned initiatives which had effects beyond the boundaries of the parish.One of these initiatives brought the Presentation Brothers to Montreal.

Then in 1956 the church was destroyed by fire, except for the stone walls. But as always, the people of the Point rose to the occasion and the church was rebuilt, though with a different style. And the steeple was never rebuilt.

Over the years the number of English-speaking Catholics in the Point decreased, but many former residents, and in fact many others from the greater Montreal area adopted St Gabriel's as their own.
The Irish in particular are very fond of the parish. For many years, two Sundays before St Patrick's day, a popular mass of anticipation has been celebrated in the church. And on the last Sunday of May, after Sunday mass, there is a walk from the church to the Stone at the foot of Victoria bridge. It is there that so many Irish, and many French Canadians who cared for them, died of typhus.

So today our christian community is different, enriched by people of other cultures, vibrant and open to all ( still with a special love for the Irish). The church building has been fixed (roof, walls etc ) and a lift for the physically handicaped has been added. Other repairs are currently being done. We look to the future with optimism and enthusiasm. Please come and visit.

The priests who served as pastors at St Gabriel's:

Fr John J. Salmon 1875 - 1886

Fr Thomas McCarthy 1886 - 1890

Canon William O'Meara 1890 - 1919

Canon James S. McCrory 1919 - 1927

Fr Thomas W. O'Reilly 1919 - 1935

Fr Thomas A. Bracken 1935 - 1957

Fr George F. Thoms 1958 - 1963

Fr John P. Ryan 1963 - 1973

Fr Neil Willard (later Bishop) 1973 - 1980

Fr Murray McCrory 1980 - 2000 emeritus 2000 -

Fr John Lyng 2000 - 2001
Fr James McDonald 2001 - 2017 emeritus 2017

Fr Gilles Surprenant Parochial administrator 2017 - 2018

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Fr Brissette
Fr Brown Forget
Fr Burke
Fr Carley
Fr Casey Heffernan
Fr Cordier
Fr Devlin
Fr Ducharme
Fr Fahey
Fr Fitzpatrick
Fr Frank Walsh
Fr Gadoury

Fr Gorman
Fr Hall
Fr Hoyden
Fr Jimmy Flood
Fr Jones
Fr Leduc
Fr Martineau
Fr McDonald
Fr McGinnis
Fr Michael McKenna
Fr Mooney

Fr Nugent Desnoyers
Fr O'Hagan
Fr Pelletier
Fr Riley Fr Brosseau
Fr Robillard
Fr Shea
Fr Singleton
Fr Sutton
Fr Thibault
Fr Tom McEntee
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The power of Christian prayer Put me to what You will
Lord, I am no longer my own, but Yours. Put me to what You will, rank me with whom You will. Let be employed by You or laid aside for You, exalted for You or brought low by You. Let me have all things, let me have nothing, I freely and heartily yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are mine and I am Yours. So be it. Amen.
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