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June 26, 2016
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus set his face resolutely toward Jerusalem.
Good-bye and Hello
As predicted by Father Bob’s countdown clock, the time has arrived for
us to bid farewell to Fathers Bob and Miro. The parish has experienced
nearly twenty years of strong leadership and pastoral care which has also
included a great deal of laughter and a healthy dose of irreverence. Now it
is time for them to rest and we wish them well as they fill their days with
new adventures and their apartments with new furniture. We thank them both
for their years of faithful service to the church. They will truly be
As we say good-bye to them, we also welcome our new pastor, Father Efren
Alvarez-Pelayo, and associate pastor, Father Norbert Eyule. They will bring
new and different gifts to the parish and continue to build on the firm
foundation that has been prepared for them. Let us do everything we can to
welcome and support them.
Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Tues. June 28: Rosa Romano & Angelo
Del Gobbo (d.)
Wed. June 29: Isabel & James Hayes (d.)
Thurs. June 30: Gertrude Henriques (d.)
Sat. July 2: Carmen Minichiello (d.)
Tues. July 5: Iris Murzello (d.)
Wed. July 6: Rene Dumas (d.)
Sat. July 9: Adele Gedminas (d.)
Tues. July 12: Paul Evangelista (d.)
Wed. July 13: Joseph Lemcke (d.)
Thurs. July 14: Ricardo Romero (d.)
Sat. July 16: Terry Gorman (d.)
Tues. July 19: Rita Pereira (d.)
Wed. July 20: Gerry Hearty (s.i.)
Thurs. July 21: Frederick Allen Hermack (d.)
Sat. July 23: Terry Gorman (d.)
Tues. July 26: Gerardo Molella (d.)
Wed. July 27: Joe Sullivan (d.)
Sat. July 30: Adrian Van Kempen (d.)
Tues. Aug. 2: Jane Angela Engerer (d.)
Tues. Aug. 16: Dolores Evangelista (d.)
Sat. Aug. 27: Karen Kelson (d.)
Last week’s collection: Weekly Offertory: $6,609.59. + Pre-Authorized
Giving (PAG) $2,393.84 + Credit Card $1,354.03 = $10,357.46; Capital
Campaign: $55.00 + PAG $212.53 + Credit Card $191.70 = $459.23; ShareLife:
$575.00; St. Vincent de Paul: $122.31.
Candle Light Remembrance
There will be a candle-lighting remembrance service following the 7 pm
mass on Tuesday, June 28. Come light a candle and say a prayer to remember
a deceased relative or friend.
This is the last bulletin before the summer. Bulletin publication will
resume September 4.
Ladies, this is a gentle reminder to you who may have forgotten, for
whatever reason, to renew your membership for 2016. CWL needs ladies like
yourselves who are committed to our church and to the mission of the CWL. If
you are going to renew, put it in with the collection at a Sunday mass with
your name, address, phone number and email. Preferably with a cheque made to
the St. John's CWL. You can also drop it off at the Parish Office. Thank
Our first general meeting after the summer break is September 20. We are
working on details to make this a special evening. More info will follow
Excursion to Marylake
As part of the Open Doors to Mercy we are planning on carpooling to
Marylake Shrine on Saturday, September 24 for 9:00 am Mass followed by a
Summer Ticket Sales
It’s that time of year again to begin selling our raffle tickets. In
addition to asking family and friends for their generous support, there
are sales opportunities on Main Street on the following dates:
Friday, July 1 – Canada Day kick off;
Sunday, July 17 – Around the World multicultural event at River Walk
Saturday, July 30 – Music Fest;
Saturday, September 17 – Fall Festival;
Saturday, October 29 – Monster Bash.
Lots of help is needed. If you are interested please contact Joan Fray
for details at
905-895-9295; 905-716-6591 (please hold all calls until June 23).
Thank you to all parishioners who made donations to ShareLife this year.
As of June 14 the total amount given by our parish is $48,905. Your
continued support of ShareLife is truly remarkable!
There is a promise of marriage between:
Bradley Thompson & Kelly Carter
Wayne Antonio & Diane Bakonyi
The annual Mass for the Faithful Departed will be held on Wednesday,
August 17 at 7 pm at St. John’s Cemetery. In case of inclement weather, the
mass will be moved to the church.
Each year, the York Region Food Network coordinates a Backpack Program
that provides basic school supplies through the food banks directly to
children in low-income families. The CWL is supporting this important
program by collecting items for these backpacks. You can drop off items at
any time in the Stained Glass Room. We require new items only such as
backpacks, binders, paper, pencils, coloured pencils, erasers, pens, and
The Archdiocesan Mission Co-Operative Program plays an important role in
connecting the parishes of the Archdiocese of Toronto with the Catholic
Church in other parts of the world. Through this program, our local Catholic
community learns about the mission work of the Church and is invited to
offer their financial support through this annual program.
On the weekend of July 9/10, Fr. James Cherickal, from the diocese of
Thamarassery in India will be coming to speak at all the masses to raise
funds for his diocese.
Please remember to bring non-perishable food items next Sunday. Items
can be left at the back of the church and will be donated to the Newmarket
Welcome Back BBQ
It’s hard to believe that school is out and summer holidays are
beginning. Before you go away on vacation, be sure to mark Saturday,
September 10 on your calendar for our Welcome Back BBQ after the 5 pm mass.
This same evening will also be used to celebrate the feast of St. John
Chrysostom, which is on September 13.
Summer is officially here
There will be some changes here at the parish during the summer months.
Please make note of the following:
* Summer office hours will be Monday through Thursday 9 am to 8 pm and
Fridays, 9 am to 4 pm;
* The office will be closed on Friday, July 1, Monday, August 1 and Monday,
We wish everyone a safe and
happy summer season.
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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating
Distractions at church
“Don’t pray at Mass. Pray the Mass.”
That piece of advice disoriented many Catholics in the 1960s when the church
invited us to take a different role at Mass. Catholics used to go to church
carrying prayer books and rosaries so they could say their own prayers while
Mass was going on. They were asked to take part in the prayer going on
around them publicly.
Distractions come in many other forms, too. You will find people reading the
bulletin, or checking their texts/emails during the homily, the scripture
readings or the eucharistic prayer. Occasionally, a cell phone rings.
Sometimes it belongs to the priest! If he answers it, you know that
distractions have gotten way out of hand.
Sometimes we bring our own distractions. You may come to church with the
intention of joining in the prayer, but your mind begins to wander.
Nonetheless, our common goal is to pray the Mass. It is hard, but two
activities will help: preparation at home and concentration at church. At
home you can prepare for Mass by reading the Scriptures beforehand and
making time for personal prayer. Then when you arrive at church, the skills
you honed at private prayer will enhance your communal prayer. During the
Mass, concentrate on the texts you say or sing. Think about the meaning of
the words. Listen attentively when one of the ministers speaks. Observe the
silences with reverence. Distractions will be fewer when our preparation and
concentration grow stronger.
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Development and Peace
Did you know that Ethiopia is going through its worst drought in 50
years? You are invited to St. Joan of Arc church at 7 pm (1701 Bloor St W,
just east of the Keele Subway) on April 28 for An Evening in Ethiopia.
Members of Development and Peace who travelled to Ethiopia this past summer
will share their experiences. Come hear first-hand how Development and Peace
is making a difference in helping communities in Ethiopia overcome the many
challenges they face. Light refreshment will be served and fair-trade
products will be available for sale. There is no charge for this event.
Development and Peace is a ShareLife agency.
Our New Catholics
We welcome all the people who were initiated into the church at the Easter
The following were baptized
Melia De Faria
The following were received into the Roman Catholic Church:
The following were confirmed:
The following received communion:
Understanding and Supporting Children’s Mental Health
We would like to invite you to an informative evening on understanding
and supporting children’s mental health. The event is being held at Canadian
Martyrs Catholic Elementary School, 170 London Rd in Newmarket, on Tuesday,
April 5 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. We are thrilled to have guest speaker Dr.
Ahmed Boachie, MD, FRCP(C), FAED, Director of the Eating Disorders Program
at Southlake Regional Health Centre, staff psychiatrist at Sick Kids
Hospital, and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
Education and early detection have countless benefits! To RSVP please email
your confirmation by March 30 to
On Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
On this day the disciples saw the empty tomb, and the risen Jesus began to
appear to them. Easter celebrates our belief in life after death. It ranks
first among the feasts of the church. The Easter Sunday Mass differs a bit
from others. The new paschal candle is lit and stands near the ambo. Having
omitted the Glory to God throughout the season of Lent, we sing it again.
The Easter sequence is said or sung after the second reading. During Lent we
sang a different acclamation before the Gospel, but now we sing “Alleluia”
again. Attendance is strong on Easter, as all those who profess faith in
Christ join together in a single celebration. Many worshipers like to dress
up for the occasion. The main Easter liturgy is the Easter Vigil on Saturday
night, and all Catholics should make every effort to participate in it. But
Easter Sunday remains a popular choice for affirming one’s faith in the
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Parish Financial Update
You will find on the shelves at the back of the church a blue page with
the annual parish Statement of Receipts and Expenditures for last year.
The basic figures show that the revenue for the parish operating account was
down about $40,000 last year and expenses were up. The finance committee has
prepared a preliminary budget for this year that is still $32,000 short of
anticipated income. We are therefore working on reducing many expenses but
we also need to increase the level of giving in the regular Sunday
think that there are a number of reasons for the short fall, with one of the
principal reasons being the wonderful response 18 months ago to the Family
of Faith Campaign. People are still seeing deductions being made to their
chequing accounts and credit cards for this campaign and other parish
There are quite a few very generous people in our parish and we certainly
thank you for your contributions. In fact, we are not asking you people to
increase your donations. It always seems to be the same people who are
already generous and then dig deeper when asked.
we are asking to increase their donations are the people who contribute
nothing or $5.00 to $10.00 dollars when they come to church.
For a few this is all they can afford and we accept this, it is what we are
about. However, for those who can afford to do so, we ask you to pick up the
slack this year. We only need to increase the collection by about $800 per
Sunday. Let us not rely on the same generous people year after year.
is something to think about if you are in the $5.00 group. When you go to
McDonald’s, a basic meal combo consisting of a Big Mac, small fries and a
pop costs $8.09 or $9.14 with tax. Five dollars does not even buy you one
meal in 2016. Let us ask ourselves if the time we spend in Church with God
nourishing our spiritual selves is worth as much as our half hour at
McDonald’s feeding our physical selves.
St. John's Smart Phone App
We now have an app for you to use on your phone. It allows you to get the
latest news about the parish in a simple easy to use app.
To receive the St. John Parish app, simply scan the QR code and follow the
directions as they appear on the screen.
If you do not have QR code software on your phone you can download it for
free by entering didmo.com/qr into the web
browser of your camera-enabled phone and follow the directions for
installation. The other option is to type the following URL into the browser
of your phone and follow the directions:
is a ‘Spread the Word’ link in the main menu of the app so you can share
this app with family and friends. Just click the button and follow the
instructions to share a link to the app with others. Special thanks to Ted
Iannuzzi from Magmito!
Are you new to the Parish?
Welcome to St. John’s Parish. If you have recently joined our community we
encourage you to register so that we may know who you are. Registration forms
are available at the back of the church or you can do it online
of Faith Campaign
The Family of Faith
Campaign is an unprecedented effort being undertaken by the Archdiocese of
Toronto and its 225 parishes and is based on the two-year old pastoral plan for
our Archdiocese. The money raised by the campaign will go towards local
projects, youth and young Adult ministry, Catholic formation and engagement, St.
Michael’s Cathedral renovation, building of new parish churches and capital
improvements to existing churches.
The overall goal of
the campaign is $105 million and our parish goal is set at $735,000 in
non-binding pledges over the next 3-5 years. Until we reach our goal, 25% of all
realized pledges will go towards our parish needs. When we exceed our goal, 75%
of all additional pledged dollars will come right back to our parish.
Our share will guarantee that many of the social ministry programs that we run
can be supported, if the need for such support arose down the road. This would
include the Monday community meal, the migrant worker program, the refugee
programme and of course our catechetical programmes.
We also will need funds available for three major capital programmes in the
Repairs to the outside
entrance of the church. The front doors are presently supported by elbow
brackets because the bottom of the posts are rotted away by years of winter
salt; Renovation of the kitchen in the parish centre. It is inadequate for the
use it gets and needs to be architecturally renovated and much of the equipment
replaced; Repaving of the parking lots.
Each and every household is invited to contribute to the success of
this initiative in a way appropriate to them. It will take many hands and many
households to make these dreams a reality for the future. Our parish goal is
achievable with your support!
Mentioned in Deacon Garry's
homily, Feb. 8-9, 2014
The Joy of the Gospel
by Pope Francis I
OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY,
AND THE LAY FAITHFUL
ON THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL
IN TODAY’S WORLD
Sensitive to Others
A number of products such as perfume, cologne, deodorant and hair spray
contain chemicals that negatively affect those with asthma and environmental
sensitivities. Please be aware of the impact that these chemicals may have on
other parishioners and our visitors.
Roman Missal: We are Sent
Our participation in the Eucharist does not leave us unchanged. Encountering
the Presence of Christ in the many ways that he is present during the Mass
transforms us. United with his sacrifice and fed by his very self, we are also
invited to live Jesus’ attitude of selfless giving in our lives: to let him live
in us. The Concluding Rites of the Mass are so brief, but once again we invoke
the Lord and his Spirit just before we are dismissed. What does this say about
going into the world from our experience of the Eucharist? Listen to the new
translations of the dismissal. What are we being entrusted with having been
nourished on Christ’s Word and on his Body and Blood? What is your mission
having heard the Word of the Lord and having feasted at the Lord’s banquet? For
more information on the Roman Missal visit
www.archtoronto.org/romanmissal anytime to continue your reflection.
Are you Catholic and
been to church in a while?
There's been some changes.
We have a
new Roman Missal!
November 27, 2011 the English
speaking Catholic Church throughout the
world began to use a new translation of the
Roman Missal. Go to our
Roman Missal Page
for all the information.
Please pick up your 2013 offertory envelopes from the Stained Glass Room at the
back of the church. Ensure that we still have the correct address on file and
contact the office to report any changes or other discrepancies.
Also, if you no longer wish to continue using your envelopes, let us know so we
can assign them to others in the parish who are waiting for envelopes.
If you wish to start using envelopes, blank boxes of envelopes are available
beside the labelled ones in the Stained Glass Room.
Pre-authorized giving is another way to make donations to the parish and
registration forms are available at the back of the church or can be downloaded
from the website.
Children’s Liturgy Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to assist with Children’s Liturgy. The time commitment is
minimal – about one Mass every 4 – 6 weeks. All materials and training are
provided and every liturgist is assisted by another adult. If you enjoy working
with children and think this might be something you could do, please contact the
office for more information.
Revised Roman Missal III
On the weekend of September 18 2011, Fr. Bob's sermon was on the topic of the new
revised Roman Missal III. He talked about the changes in the mass that will be
happening soon in all English speaking countries. If you missed the sermon, you
can read a copy of it on the Roman
Missal Page of the parish website where you can
find additional resources on this topic as well.
We would like to advise those parishioners who have not picked up their 2011
donation envelopes, that your envelopes will now be reassigned. If you have any
old envelopes left from 2010 please do not use them anymore otherwise, your
donations will be recorded under the new owner of the envelopes.
We would also like to remind everyone that you may sign up for pre-authorized
giving at any time of year. This is a very convenient way to support your parish
even in your absence. Forms are available at the back of the church, at the
office or can be downloaded from the
Please do not park in front of the garage
doors of the rectory. Occasionally our priests need to exit the garage
and parking lot when there is an emergency sick call while mass is
occurring. This might also be a good time to remind you to leave the parking
spaces closest to the side doors of the church for those parishioners with
Did you know that the money you drop into the poor box every Sunday goes to the
St. Vincent de Paul Society and is used to help those in our community who are
in need? Remember also that the St. John Chrysostom/St. Elizabeth Seton
conference of St. Vincent de Paul meets the second Monday of the month (except
July and August) and new members are welcome and needed. For more information
visit our church web site at
St. John's Parish
The Work of
St. John's is made possible through the generosity of its'
parishioners. The parish Pre-Authorized Giving plan
may be a good choice for you.
These and other
questions are answered in our new
Pre-Authorized Giving pamphlet.
You can see more information and download the PDF flyer from
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides year-round emergency food voucher
assistance and also operates the Christmas Basket program providing food and
gifts for hundreds of families and individuals in our area. We need men and
especially women to assists in our work, particularly home visiting. We also
need persons, including young people, to help with poor box collections on
Sundays. Membership commitment involves one meeting a month (2nd Monday) and
participation on an emergency food team every three weeks. Christ said,
“Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for Me.” For more information
contact the parish office.
Considering Becoming Catholic?
We will hold “Inquiry” sessions for the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)
at certain times throughout the year in the parish centre. This is a
non-judgmental, non- threatening, welcoming place for people to come and ask
questions about the church. If you are interested in participating in the RCIA
or know of someone who is please contact the parish and speak with Christine Way
Skinner. If you would like to help out by being a sponsor or team member, we are
always looking for help.
Newmarket Food Pantry
Give Big or a little, and then go home happy knowing you did something good!
A long standing tradition here at St. John’s is to bring food to the church on
the first Sunday of the month. Our caretaker then takes the groceries to the
Newmarket Food Pantry who distributes to the needy of our community.
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