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March 1, 2015

Second Sunday in Lent

This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him.

(Mark 9.2-10)
 


 

 

Mass Intensions

Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. Mar. 2: Fidel Delos Reyes (d.)
Tues. Mar. 3: NO MASS
Wed. Mar. 4: Helen & Bernard Zweerman (d.)
Thurs. Mar. 5: Neal Kearney (s.i.)
Sat. Mar. 7: Brian Durkin (d.)

 

There will be no evening Mass on March 3 as both Father Miro and Father Bob will be participating in the reconciliation service at St. Elizabeth Seton church.

 

 

Weekly Collection
Last Week’s Collection: $6,953.40 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,558.61 + Credit Card $1,252.94 = $10,764.95; Capital Campaign: $79.00 + PAG $244.85 + Credit Card $211.15 = $535.00; ShareLife: $830.00; St. Vincent de Paul: $1,352.00

 

Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross will be held each Friday evening at 7 pm during the Lenten season. You are invited to join in this devotion and prayerfully reflect on our Lord Jesus’ loving sacrifice for our salvation and the mystery of the Resurrection.

 

 

Reconciliation before Easter
Our parish and St. Elizabeth Seton will be gathering together for a communal celebration of Reconciliation at St. Elizabeth Seton Church on Tuesday, March 3 at 7 pm. Several priests will be on hand to hear individual confessions after the liturgy.
 

Again this year at St. John’s, there will be a day of individual confession. A priest will be available to hear confessions on Wednesday, March 4 from 11 am to 12 pm; 4 pm to 5 pm and 7 pm to 8 pm.
To help you prepare for this sacrament, please help yourselves to a copy of the booklet at the back of the church entitled “Why go to Confession?”.

CWL News
"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying: 'Whom shall I send?'”
Isaiah 6:8
Catholic women answer with the theme of our commitment for 2015/2016 and beyond.
One heart - filled with mercy, compassion and holiness;
One voice - united in harmony to speak the truth with courage and zeal;
One mission - witnessing the Good News of the Gospel through personal encounter and joyful service.
Are you searching for something worthwhile that makes the best use of your time and talents? Consider the CWL!  All women of the Parish 16 years and older, are invited to join us.
Your commitment could be as easy as maintaining an inexpensive yearly membership even when you are unable to attend meetings or other events.  As time permits, you may enjoy helping with a new or ongoing project.


Fresh ideas are always welcome; share them with the new friends that await you.
Need more information?  Just ask an existing CWL member.

 

 

Cardinal Collins Statement
The Government of Ontario has released its revised Health & Physical Education Curriculum. Visit www.archtoronto.org to view a statement from the Cardinal on this topic as well as a resource answering questions regarding implementation from a Catholic school perspective. A hardcopy of the statement is available at the back of the church.

 

 

St. Patty’s Irish Pub Night
Everyone had such a great time last year that the Knights of Columbus are once again having a dinner and dance on Saturday, March 14 from 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm. The same band is booked as are the Irish Dancers. Tickets are $60 per couple and will be sold after all the masses for the next few weeks.
 

 

New Parishioners Welcome
Following the 10 am mass this Sunday, we invite new parishioners to join us for refreshments in the Gathering Room. All parishioners are encouraged to attend to welcome our new members to the parish.

 

 

World Day of Prayer 2015
Jesus said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you?"
This year's World Day of Prayer will be held at Trinity United Church, Main Street, Newmarket, on Friday, March 6 at 7:30 pm. The Service has been prepared by the women of the Bahamas.
Please join with Christians in more than 170 countries around the world and in 2,000 communities across Canada, to pray and act in solidarity with the people of the Bahamas.


ShareLife 2015

Working wonders in our livelihoods…
“The services provided by ShareLife agencies are lifesaving and life-restoring to those who regularly rely on them. Families are working through crises and are healing. People with developmental challenges are supported as they experience a sense of self-worth and fulfillment in their daily activities. Seniors are living independently, with access to the care and services they need. Refugees and new Canadians are guided toward a stable, productive livelihood in their new-found home. Sometimes the results are obvious and sometimes they’re invisible but, always, they make a tangible difference.” —Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto
Today is ShareLife Sunday.
You can work wonders!

 

 

Solidarity Sunday
Development and Peace at St. John's along with the Catholic Women's League will again be serving homemade soups on Solidarity Sunday.
 

Soup will be served after the 10 am and 12 pm masses on Sunday, March 22 at the St. John's Parish Centre (downstairs hall). A free-will offering in support of Development and Peace would be appreciated. As a family activity, we invite you to decorate an empty jar or container in which you can collect your Lenten offering as suggested in the Development and Peace calendar. On Solidarity Sunday bring your jar to the soup lunch and donate it to the free-will offering. The calendar can be found at www.devep.org under the Resources tab.

 

 

Poor Box
Thank you for remembering the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The total amount collected for February was $1,973.15. We sincerely thank you for your loonies & toonies at the door. However, should you wish to contribute more, it is easy to include a cheque in the collection basket payable to St. Vincent de Paul and we’ll gladly issue you a tax receipt.

 

 

Lent is a Time to Feast & Fast

Fast from judging others.
Feast on the Christ within them.
Fast from emphasis on differences.
Feast on the unity of all life.
Fast from apparent darkness.
Feast on the reality of light.
Fast from thoughts of illness.
Feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from discontent.
Feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger.
Feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism.
Feast on optimism.
Fast from worry.
Feast on God’s love for you.

By Margaret Murray, CSJ, Good Ground Press 2015.

 

 

 


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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating

 

 

Solidarity Sunday
Development and Peace at St. John's along with the Catholic Women's League will again be serving homemade soups on Solidarity Sunday.
 

Soup will be served after the 10 am and 12 pm masses on Sunday, March 22 at the St. John's Parish Centre (downstairs hall).
 

A free-will offering in support of Development and Peace would be appreciated.
As a family activity, we invite you to decorate an empty jar or container in which you can collect your Lenten offering as suggested in the Development and Peace calendar. On Solidarity Sunday bring your jar to the soup lunch and donate it to the free-will offering.
 

The calendar can be found at www.devep.org under the Resources tab.

 

 

World Day of Prayer 2015
Jesus said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you?"
This year's World Day of Prayer will be held at Trinity United Church, Main Street, Newmarket, on Friday, March 6 at 7:30 pm. The Service has been prepared by the women of the Bahamas.
Please join with Christians in more than 170 countries around the world and in 2,000 communities across Canada, to pray and act in solidarity with the people of the Bahamas.

 

 

 

 

 

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: http://m.magmito.com/didmo/stjohnparish
 

There 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!

 

 

Call for Cantors
The specific role of the cantor is to sing the verses of the responsorial psalm and the vesicle of the Alleluia. In our parish, (as in many others) the cantor is also a leader of song. Cantors need certain skills to perform their duties, such as a pleasant singing voice and the ability to stand in front of the assembly and lead. The ability to read music well enough to pluck out melodies on a keyboard is also very helpful. However, help is provided in the form of one-on-one coaching and mp3 audio files.


Currently our parish is in need of a couple more cantors. If this ministry interests you, please contact David our music director after Sunday mass or call the office.

 

 

 

 

 

Tax Receipts
Tax receipts will be mailed out soon. Thank you so much for your generosity to St. John’s, the community, to the Canadian Church and the world. Despite the challenging times, you continue to make offerings Sunday after Sunday. This helps us continue to serve and minister to our community, provide sacramental programs and of course provide spiritual nourishment that comes from our celebration of Eucharist together.
 

 

There are a few things you need to know about your 2014 receipt.

  • If you switched to using your credit card to make your donations, those donations will be receipted by the Archdiocese. That amount is not included in your receipt from St. John’s.

  • If you made a donation to St. Vincent de Paul, that receipt is included in the same envelope as your St. John’s receipt.

  • If you made a donation to the Family of Faith campaign, it will be receipted by the Archdiocese.

  • If you made a ShareLife donation to St. John’s, the amount is included in your receipt. However, if you used your credit card to make that donation, the Archdiocese will send you a receipt for the ShareLife portion.

 

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 HERE.

 

 


Family 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 future.
 

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


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APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
EVANGELII GAUDIUM
OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY,
CONSECRATED PERSONS
AND THE LAY FAITHFUL
ON THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL
IN TODAY’S WORLD
 

 


Being 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.

 

 

Visiting Ministry
Newly retired and looking for God’s plan for you? The Visiting Ministry at St. John’s provides companionship and Holy Communion to the many seniors in our parish. We visit seniors at nursing homes in the area as well as shut-ins in their homes. The time commitment varies and there’s likely a commitment that’s just right for you. Training is provided and volunteer screening is required. Please contact Linda at 905-853-6959.
 


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.

 


OLD NEWS

Are you Catholic and haven't
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.

 

 


Parish Donation Options
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The 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.


 

 


Weekly Donation Envelopes
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 parish website.
 

 


No Parking
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 restricted mobility.


 

 

 

 

The Poor Box
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 http://www.stjohnchrysostom.on.ca/st_vincent_de_paul.htm
 

 

 

 

 

Supporting 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.

  • Who looks after the plan?

  • Why should I participate?

  • How do I enroll?

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 Administration Page.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Volunteer Opportunity
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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