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May 1, 2016

Sixth Sunday of Easter


The Holy Spirit will teach you everything

and remind you of all that I have said to you.


(John 14.23-29)



Mass Intentions
Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. May 2: Deceased Bruno family members
Tues. May 3: Margaret Fabris (d.)
Wed. May 4: Frank & Linda Kelly (d.)
Thurs. May 5: Deceased Molella family members
Fri. May 6: Irma Lemcke (d.)
Sat. May 7: Alphonsus Lambe (d.)


Weekly Collection
Last week’s collection: Weekly Offertory: $7,438.80. + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,450.38 + Credit Card $1,457.78 = $11,346.96; Capital Campaign: $95.00 + PAG $214.85 + Credit Card $191.70 = $501.55; ShareLife: $640.00; St. Vincent de Paul: $276.00.


175th Anniversary Choir
All former choir members throughout the years are invited to join our choir and sing at the Anniversary Mass, Sat. June 4 at 4 PM. Rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM. Call or email David our director. Join us!


CWL News
Mark your calendars:
Tuesday, May 17 is the next general meeting after the 7 pm mass. The guest speaker will be Ria Kinghorn to discuss the art of icons.
Tuesday, May 24 we will be sewing pillowcases for Sick Kids at 7 pm in the Parish Centre.
Tuesday, June 21 will be an evening of reflection with Deacon Gary and Fr. Bob.


Memories of St. John’s
Parchment forms on which you can record favourite memories of your time here at St. John’s are still available under the bulletin board. These memories will be posted on the bulletin board until May 21 at which time we will put them into a binder to create a book of memories. Instructions are on the back of the sheets.
Feel free to fill out a sheet and return it to the office or leave it in the basket under
the bulletin board.

175th Anniversary
Mark the following dates on your calendars:
* May 28, 11 am – 3 pm: Family Carnival;
* May 29, 1 pm and 3 pm: Victorian Tea;
* June 3, 7 pm to 11 pm: Pub Night;
* June 4, 4 pm: Mass with Cardinal Collins followed by gala at the Mansion in Aurora.


Ticket Sales
Tickets for the Gala are $100 per person and can be purchased at the back of the church after all the masses. If you reserved tickets in the last couple of weeks, you can pay for them this weekend and pick them up as well.

Tickets for the Victorian Tea are available for $5 per person. This is a minimal charge to help cover the cost of the event and help determine how many people will be attending.

Tickets for the Pub Night are also available for $5 per person.


Commemorative Historical Book
We have prepared a commemorative historical book for our 175th Anniversary. The hardcover book can be pre-ordered on-line at
http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01129392 for a cost of $27. Delivery will be the end of May. After this date, books can be purchased for $30 after mass or at the office.


Cemetery Clean-up
The annual spring clean-up of St. John’s Cemetery will take place on Saturday, May 7 from 9 am to 12 pm. We need as many volunteers as possible with rakes, shovels, and wheelbarrows to be at the cemetery. Some equipment will also be provided if you don’t have any. Following the morning work, the Knights of Columbus will provide a BBQ lunch at the Parish Centre. For students looking to do community service, this will qualify. Please bring your forms to be signed.

Working wonders for the elderly…
Elva is a client in her late 70’s who spent her life overcoming the challenges of Spine Bifida. Despite her physical disabilities, Elva travelled the world as a music teacher and pianist for the National Ballet in Canada. Wheelchair bound for the last 25 years, Elva gradually found herself less able to continue playing the piano and doing the things she enjoyed. Last year, the Society of Sharing matched Elva with Adam, and this has reconnected her to the community, giving her a renewed sense of meaning and purpose.
This year, our support for ShareLife will help to expand this volunteer model into the Peel Region to assist seniors in this area.
Last year ShareLife-supported agencies provided outreach programs that met the needs of over 2,200 seniors.
Next ShareLife Sunday is May 29

Healing Mass
A healing mass will be held on Monday, May 9 at 10:30 am for all parishioners especially residents of nursing homes and seniors’ residences, shut-ins and all who are sick and suffering in our parish. Anyone needing help or transportation please phone the parish office at 905-898-4137.


Poor Box
Thank you for remembering the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The total amount collected for March was $1,246.01. We sincerely thank you for your loonies & toonies at the door. However, should you wish to contribute more please place a cheque, in the SVDP poor box payable to St. Vincent de Paul and we will gladly issue a tax receipt to you. New volunteers are always welcome.


Prayer for Palliative Care
The CWL of Canada calls all people of faith to join nationwide in 12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care on May 4. This is designed to take place during the National Hospice Palliative Care Week (organized by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association) as a profound witness to the sanctity of human life. Please pray in your own way and add to this powerful commitment of prayer.


KC’s Cancer Cushion Fund
The 10th Annual Pub Night & Silent Auction to benefit cancer patients in need of financial assistance will take place on Saturday, May 14 at the Newmarket Community Centre. POGO RODEO, featuring Tyler Stewart of Barenaked Ladies, will be performing. Silent auction, raffles, door prizes, cash bar, late night buffet all for only $30 per person. Order online at www.cushionfund.com or cushionfund@gmail.com.


Summer Programs 2016
The York Catholic DSB offers a variety of educational programs throughout the school year for Elementary and Secondary students. For program information or to register online kindly visit us at ce.ycdsb.ca. Opening and closing registration dates vary by program, so register early and avoid disappointment.  


Church Bulletin Advertising
Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisement for our church bulletin. The advertising will begin in July 2016 & supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call Liturgical Publications at 1-800-268-2637.


Items for Yellow Brick House
Yellow Brick House is in need of a Little Tykes playhouse and any other larger Little Tykes play equipment, as well as a few outdoor patio or wicker chairs. If you have any of these items to donate please contact Monica at monica.redeemed@yahoo.ca.






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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating



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 Vigil

The following were baptized
Aneesa Abdool
Jonah Seetal
Dana Rennie
Melia De Faria
Keiran Burton
Luke Jordan
Hunter Jordan
Savannah Slessor
Heydyn Slessor

The following were received into the Roman Catholic Church:
Alison Francois
Jonathon Slessor
Susan Cadorette
Natallia Melo

The following were confirmed:
Zeenat Aumeer
Alyssa Jagger

The following received communion:
Sarah Kenney



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 childmh@outlook.com .


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 risen Christ.

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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 collection.

We 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 initiatives.
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.

Those 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.

Here 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: 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!



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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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.


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 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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