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March 9, 2014
First Sunday in Lent
Jesus fasted forty days, and was put to the
intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. Mar. 10: Irma Lembcke (d.)
Tues. Mar. 11: Caterina Pironcelli (d.)
Wed. Mar. 12: Cindy Halifax (d.)
Thurs. Mar. 13: Theresa Desrochers (d.)
Sat. Mar. 15: Francesco Belcamino (d.)
Last Week’s Collection: $5,733.55 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,712.88 =
$8,446.43; Capital Campaign: $1,463.00 + PAG $216.69 = $1,679.69; St. Vincent de
SHARELIFE “Together we are continuing to work wonders…
Help one another. This is what Jesus teaches. This is what I do. And I do it
with my heart...I love doing it because this is what the Lord has taught me. But
you too must help us and help each other always. And thus in helping each other
we will do good for each other.” —Pope Francis
Our Holy Father reminds us of the importance of caring for each other. Through
ShareLife agencies, we reach out to some of the most vulnerable, marginalized
and needy people in our community, helping our neighbours, friends and fellow
parishioners as they work through difficult times. This demonstrates our
commitment to Catholic charity in a meaningful way. Please consider supporting
ShareLife, the annual appeal of our Archdiocese, during this Lenten season.
—Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto
Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be held each Friday evening at 7 pm during the
season of Lent. Please join us in this devotion and prayerful reflection on our
Lord Jesus’ loving sacrifice for our salvation and the mystery of the
Knights of Columbus
There will be a Knights of Columbus meeting on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 pm
in the Bishop Clune Room of the Parish Centre. All members are encouraged to
News - Catch the Fire!
This is our new CWL leadership training workshop. From all dioceses across
Canada, CWL National heard that one of the greatest needs was for basic
leadership training. Using modern technology, spirited presenters and community
building components, Catch the Fire! is poised to set our world ablaze.
Building on our Catholic faith and the long history and tradition of the League,
this workshop will revitalize even the most tired soul. Our next workshop is on
Saturday, March 22. Contact Mary Antonio at 905-868-9406 for registration
Formation for the Second Half of Life
Sr. Mary Rose Marrin, CSJ will be offering a four-session program for
ongoing faith development and growth in Christian maturity. This would be
valuable to adults who are in the second half of life (pre-retirement to
retirement years) as well as to their adult children who care for them. The
sessions will take place here at St. John’s on Thursday afternoons beginning
March 20 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Pre-register if possible. A free-will offering is
welcome for the sessions. For more information or to register, call the office
Patty’s Irish Pub Night
The Knights of Columbus are having their annual dinner and dance on
Saturday, March 15 from 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm. The cost is $30 per couple and
tickets will be sold after all the masses this weekend. There will be dinner,
Irish Dancers, live band, dancing and cash bar. You don’t have to be Irish to
attend and have a good time!
of the Earth and Work of Human Hands
“Fruit of the Earth and Work of Human Hands” is a reflection paper on
Ontario agriculture from the Social Affairs Commission of the Ontario Bishops.
Everyone is invited to this three-session study of the Bishops’ reflection
paper. It is an opportunity for farmers and non-farmers to explore sustainable
food production with respect to globalization, land use and the environment. The
sessions will take place at Holy Martyrs of Japan in Bradford, Tuesday evenings
March 25, April 1 & April 8 from 7 to 9 pm. Offered by the Office of Formation
for Discipleship Archdiocese of Toronto. For more information please contact:
Laurie van den Hurk at
email@example.com or 705-428-5537.
If you are looking for resources there is a wealth of information available
on our website relating to the season of Lent. Lenten resources are found under
our Resources webpage
Christine's Web Picks.
If you are a Pinterest follower, you can find lots of ideas about how to
celebrate lent (and any other church season) on Christine's boards (Search
Pinners - Christine Way Skinner). You may particularly like the following
boards: Holy Days - Ash Wednesday; Holy Days - Lent; Holy Days - Easter;
Sacraments - Baptism; Living Faith - Liturgy and Prayer for Children; Living
Faith - Liturgy and Prayer for Adults.
Faith Embodied: Hatha Yoga: As Catholics we have a reputation for praying
with our whole bodies and all of our senses. We sit and stand and kneel and bow
during mass. We use art and music and even holy smoke (incense) in prayer. We
pray with rosary beads and wear crosses and holy medals to remind us of God's
loving presence. There is a deep connection between our bodies and our
spirits. Not only do we use our bodies to connect to God in prayer but having a
healthy body is part of a healthy spirituality.
Some people have found yoga to be a helpful way to make this connection. In
light of this, we are offering an 8-week session of Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga is a
practice for wellness of mind and body. Poses and the breath are practiced to
improve strength, balance, flexibility, mobility and alignment. These classes
will be offered by registered yoga teacher and parishioner Jane Brooks at the
Parish Centre every Monday beginning March 24 from 2 to 3 pm. Interested
participants are asked to pre-register by calling the office at 905-898-4137.
Please bring your own mat or large towel, water bottle and come in comfortable
Dynamic Women of Faith Conference
The Dynamic Women of Faith Conference will take place on Saturday, April 12
at the International Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre in Toronto. Speakers
include Lisa Hendey, Creator of
www.CatholicMom.com presenting Saints!
Companions for Life; Dorothy Pilarski, Catholic Register columnist presenting
Mid Life, Great Life; and Michael Coren, TV personality, Is Your Journey
complete? For information visit:
www.dynamicwomentfaith.com or call
Refresh and rekindle your love for each other by treating yourselves to a
marriage enrichment weekend at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, or give a
weekend as a gift to family or friends. The Centre offers comfort, excellent
cuisine and an inspiring program. The next weekend is April 11-13. For
information telephone: 905-278-5229.
intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Tues. Mar. 4: Dante Landi (d.)
Wed. Mar. 5: René Dumas (d.)
Sat. Mar. 8: Edward James Moore (d.)
Mentioned in Deacon Garry's
homily, Feb. 8-9
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
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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating
In November a group from Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto included
our church in their “Pilgrimage to Sacred Spaces” tour. Rev. Dr. Peter Holmes
wrote a lovely and informative piece about their visit to St. John’s and also
the Christian Baptist church here in town. Check us out at
We begin preparing for our Lenten fast the day before Ash Wednesday. In
earlier times and still in some cultures today, no meat (or meat products such
as fat) is eaten for the whole forty days of Lent. Because of this, a custom
developed to use up all the fat and meat before Lent began. On the feast of
Carnival, we say goodbye to meat (carne is meat in Latin). We fry up pancakes to
use up all our fat. And so we begin our fast with a feast.
number 40 is an important number in our Sacred story. It is a number that always
indicates conversion or preparation. Noah and his family floated in the ark for
40 days and 40 nights in the rain before the land had been cleared of sin and
was ready for a new beginning. The people of Israel wandered in the desert for
40 years before they had learned what it meant to live as free people instead of
slaves. Finally, Moses and Elijah and Jesus all fasted for a time of 40 days in
preparation for the important life work that they were about to undertake. Given
these important stories of preparation and conversion, the early church thought
forty days was a perfect amount of time for catechumens to prepare for their
as followers of Jesus.
As it turns out, this corresponds with the insights of contemporary
psychologists who say that if one wants to break a bad habit ...or start a new
good habit ... it takes between 40 and 50 days. It seems our ancestors were keen
observers of human behaviour!
for the good of your soul.
for the good of your
for the good of your
- Gertrud Mueller Nelson
The Butterfly as a Christian Symbol
This weekend and next, we will have cut out butterflies available in the
church and encourage families to write the names of deceased loved ones on the
butterflies. The butterflies will then be displayed in the church in November.
What is the Christian symbolism of the Butterfly? It is the Resurrection.
The butterfly has three phases during its life:
1. The caterpillar, which just eats, symbolizes normal earthly life where people
are preoccupied with taking care of their physical needs.
2. The chrysalis or cocoon resembles the tomb.
3. The butterfly represents the resurrection into a glorious new life free of
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.
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.
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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