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COMPLETE LIST of parish events and meetings please view our
January 15, 2017,
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the
Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. Jan. 16: Raymondo Medlilla (d.)
Tue. Jan. 17: Marjorie LaRonde (d.)
Wed. Jan. 18: Leonard Quevillon (d.)
Thu. Jan. 19: Immaculata Colangelo (d.)
Sat. Jan. 21: Matthew McConville (d.)
Collection for January 8, 2017
Collection: $6,954.00 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,442.30 + Credit
Card $1,542.88 = $10,939.18; Capital Campaign: $985.00 + PAG $212.54 +
Credit Card $192.21 = $1,389.75; St. Vincent de Paul: $202.50.
Following the 7 pm mass on Tuesday, January 17, there will be a Membership
Tea in the Parish Centre. The new executive will be introduced at this
general meeting of the CWL.
January 28: Executive Training at Blessed Trinity Church, Bayview Avenue,
February 11: Development Day at Christ the King Church, Confederation
All members are invited to attend. Call Gwen at 905-895-9805 for more
details; we will carpool to both.
Living with Christ
Many of you may have noticed that there are fewer copies of the Living
with Christ at the back of the church. As a cost saving measure, we have
reduced our subscription. The copies at the back of the church are for use
in the church only. Please do not take them home with you. Doing so means
others have no missalettes to use during mass. If you would like a personal
copy, subscriptions are available online at
www.novalis.ca or by calling 1-800-387-7164.
Parish Donation Options
Please pick up your 2017 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.
If you wish to start using envelopes, blank boxes of envelopes are available
beside the labelled ones.
To reduce the number of unassigned envelopes, some parishioners have had new
envelope numbers assigned to them. Please check the binder that is by the
envelopes for that new number.
Marriage Preparation Course
Couples who wish to get married in the Catholic Church must complete a
mandatory marriage preparation course before their wedding. We will be
offering this course in the Parish Centre on Tuesday, February 21 from 7 pm
- 10 pm, Thursday, February 23 from 7 pm - 10 pm and Saturday, February 25
from 9 am - 3 pm. Please call the office to register and/or for more
Daily Mass Time Change
Just a reminder that morning masses will now be at 8 am instead of 7:30
am. We hope this change will make it easier for more people to attend, not
to mention giving everyone an extra half hour of sleep!
St. John Chrysostom Visiting Ministry
The annual general meeting of the Visiting Ministry will be held on
Monday, January 23 at 7 pm in the Parish Centre. All visiting ministry
members should attend. Refreshments will be served. Anyone interested in
this very necessary ministry is most welcome to attend as well.
Adult Faith Formation
One of the distinctive features of the Catholic Tradition is that it is
sacramental. On Monday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9 pm, the Adult Faith
Formation group will study, share, and reflect on the sacraments. Although
you may have missed the introductory session, you are welcome to attend. If
you are interested in joining the group, please call the parish office at
St. Vincent de Paul Society Thanks You
Over 1,200 people in our community enjoyed Christmas this year because
of your thoughtfulness and generosity. On behalf of the nearly 200 families,
the clients and staff of Rose of Sharon, Community Living Newmarket/Aurora
District, Cross Links Housing Services, York Region Support Services and the
17 homes for the homeless, seniors and those suffering from intellectual or
physical challenges, the Don Montague Christmas Program, and the Mary
McCluskey Giving Tree organizers, we would like to say thank you for making
a difference. Many of these people depend solely on your generosity at this
time of year. We have been told many times, by the homes in particular, that
there would be no Christmas without your support.
overwhelming generosity, despite the many other financial commitments
leading up to Christmas, is truly inspiring. With the cash donations
received, we provided gift cards that enabled our clients to enjoy the
dignity that comes from providing for their family at this most special time
were over 1,100 stars on the Mary McCluskey Giving Tree this year and we
extend our sincere gratitude to those who purchased these basic gift items
that we all take for granted.
but not least, a special thank you to Fr. Efren, Fr. Norbert and the parish
staff at St. John’s whose daily life we totally disrupt at this time of
all of us, may your 2017 be rewarding in every way and may you carry the
blessed spirit of Christmas throughout the year.
New Beginnings Talks
On Monday, January 16 at 7 pm, you are invited to attend a presentation
by Dr. Ken Fung, MD, MB FRCS on “Identifying the Innermost Root Source of
Our Chronic Problems.” The evening will be about reclaiming one’s authentic
identity as a child of God, or “imago dei,” and uncovering the root cause of
our chronic problems, praying for inner healing. Located at 1155 Yonge St.
in Toronto, 4th floor.
Wednesday, January 25 at 7 pm at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 17955 Leslie
St. Newmarket you are invited to attend a presentation entitled, “Beginning
the Healing Journey after Separation and Divorce”. The speaker will be Fr.
Fred Scinto, C.R. and he will include some practical input and take-home
St. Paul tells us that we have been sanctified in Christ Jesus and
called to be a holy people. Could it be that you or someone in your family
is being called to be a priest, deacon, brother or sister? Contact Fr. Chris
Lemieux, Vocation Director at the Archdiocese of Toronto, for more
information. Call 416-968-0997 or email
We are distinctly together in faith. Our Catholic education system is
designed to offer an inclusive learning environment, fostering spirituality
to produce top academic and community-minded graduates. Our educational
mission is the transmission of knowledge and the formation of the whole
person: body, mind and spirit. Visit
www.togetherinfaith.ca and sign up to
support Catholic Education in Ontario.
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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating
Are your children attending Public School? The parish offers a comprehensive
catechetical programme for children from Grade 1 ? 8. Please register by
contacting Christine by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at
905-898-4137. Classes begin on Sunday, October 16 at 11:15 am in the Parish
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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