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February 7, 2016

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Peter, James and john left everything, and followed Jesus.


(Luke 5.1-11)




Mass Intentions

Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. Feb. 8: Frances Walsh (d.)
Tues. Feb. 9: Giuseppa & Domenico Lostritto (d.)
Wed. Feb. 10: Bernadina Fernandes (d.)
Sat. Feb. 13: Anne Lang (d.)


Please note that Thursday and Friday masses will resume this week.



Weekly Collection
Last week’s collection: Weekly Offertory: $6,123.20. + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,369.38 + Credit Card $1,453.32 = $9,945.90; Capital Campaign: $75.00 + PAG $214.85 + Credit Card $197.26 = $487.11; St. Vincent de Paul: $206.10.



Guest Speaker
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 16, after the 7 pm Mass, in the Parish Center.  The CWL will be hosting a speaker from the Canadian Mental Health Association, who will be discussing the topic "Resilient Minds in Tough Times."   Everyone interested in this topic is welcome to attend.



CWL News

Annual General Meeting
The Tuesday, February 16 meeting of the CWL is our annual general meeting. At that time the financial statements for 2015 and the budget for 2016 will be presented. Copies of these statements are available at the parish office and also at the meeting. There will also be a speaker from the Canadian Mental Health Association, presenting the topic "Resilient Minds in Tough Times."

Development Day
Anyone interested in going to the Development Day being held on Saturday, February 27 from 8:30 to 3:00 please call Gwen at 905-895-9805 or Judy at 905-895-6099 for further details.

Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday is this Wednesday, February 10.  Ashes will be distributed at the 12:10 mass and again at 7:30 pm.
Ashes are a symbol of repentance.  They remind us of our own mortality and our limitedness as creatures.  With ashes we remember how much we are in need of God’s grace and mercy and how much we need to come back to the ways of our loving God. 



Valentine’s Day Dance
On Saturday, February 13 the Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Valentine’s Dinner and Dance. The evening will begin with cocktails at 6 pm, followed by a full course dinner at 7 pm and concluding with dancing to a live band. The cost is $60 per couple with proceeds going to the Northern Catholic Missions. Tickets are on sale at the back of the church after all the masses.



World Day of Prayer 2016
“Receive children. Receive me.”
Come celebrate this year's World Day of Prayer at Trinity United Church, 461 Park St, Newmarket, on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 pm. The Service has been prepared
by the women of Cuba.

The guest speaker is Rev. David Franks, who has a lifelong commitment to working with children. He is honorary Assistant at Trinity Anglican Church in Aurora and is currently a resource worker at Native Child and Family Services in Toronto.

Knights of Columbus Meeting
There will be a Knights of Columbus meeting on Tuesday, February 9 at 7:30 pm in the Bishop Clune Room of the Parish Centre. All members are encouraged to attend.

Poor Box
Thank you for remembering the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The total amount collected for January was $1,027.55. 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.



I’ve always wanted to … Ask a Therapist!
St. Paul’s Catholic School Council invites you to join experienced therapists, Doug Loweth from Catholic Community Services of York Region and Deborah Manion from Blue Hills Child and Family Centre for an evening presentation on parenting and discussion about all your favourite parenting concerns.  The evening will begin with a presentation about how to position yourself as a parent with your child against a problem rather than against your child over a problem.  There will be a question box where parents can submit questions anonymously.  These will be addressed in the second half of the evening.  The event takes place on Monday, February 8 from 7 pm to 9 pm in the St. Paul Catholic School Library at 140 William Roe Blvd.



A Prayer for Married Couples
Father of Life and Love, You created us in your image – woman and man. We rejoice and thank you for the gift of each other. Sustain us in our love and lead us to a deeper understanding of your love.

Jesus, we come before you, seeking your guidance and direction in our relationship. In marriage you call and challenge us to a permanent, exclusive and sacred friendship. Be our strength and support, therefore, as we continue this journey together.

Holy Spirit, help us to strive towards a lasting, honest commitment united in love. Give us your strength to carry each other in times of darkness, your joy in times of happiness, and your gift of awe in the uniqueness and sacredness of each other.

May our love be a reflection and a sign of your love in the world. Amen.
Source: Catholic Organization for Life & Family (COLF)


A Personal Lenten Mission …
Over the past few weeks, we have been exploring the theme of “mercy”, and how at its core lies a disposition of “tender compassion”. Being a people of mercy begins with having an inner disposition of tender compassion. We nurture that disposition by taking time each day to be aware of the times when we have shown tender compassion towards another, and the times we have been a recipient of that same compassion.


If mercy is part of who we are, part of our being, then this same tender compassion will show itself in the actions, or ‘works’, that we do.

There are traditionally 14 works of mercy. Seven relate to our physical (or “corporal”) service of others. The remaining seven relate to our spiritual disposition.

The Corporal Works of Mercy are to feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty, to clothe the naked, to shelter the homeless, to visit the sick, to visit the imprisoned, and to bury the dead.


The first three Spiritual Works (to instruct the ignorant, to counsel the doubtful, to admonish sinners) are ones we often shy away from, as they can be seen to require a certain level of knowledge or an extraordinary amount of tact. However, as Christians, we can always witness our beliefs by sharing our personal experience with God. This is a gentle but powerful way of achieving these three works. The remaining works (to bear wrongs patiently, to forgive offences willingly, to comfort the afflicted, to pray for the living and the dead) are really part of our everyday faith life as Christians.


Perhaps this Lent, you could take one theme from each of those lists (corporal and spiritual) and let that be your personal Lenten mission. Begin each day in Lent with a prayer to God that you will be an instrument of tender compassion - of mercy - and to reflect and give thanks at the end of each day for the times you were able to fulfill your mission.


For some more suggestions for a Personal Lenten Mission, visit http://deacongary.net





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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating




175th Anniversary
Our 175th Anniversary is officially here! Celebrations and special events will take place throughout the year culminating in a mass and banquet in June. Mark the following dates on your calendars:

  • March 2, 7:30 pm: Musical Presentation of the Passion According to St. John, with choir, narrator, soloists and instruments. Special preacher Rev. Scott Lewis, S. J.

  • May 28, 11 am – 3 pm: Family Carnival;

  • May 29, 1 pm and 3 pm: Victorian Tea;

  • June 3: Pub Night;

  • June 4: Mass with Cardinal Collins followed by banquet at the Mansion in Aurora.


St. John's Smart Phone App

As you may know, we have an app for you to use on your phone. To receive it, simply scan the QR code in the church vestibule (on the bulletin board) 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

Special thanks to Ted Iannuzzi from Magmito for setting this up and doing the weekly updates.

Liturgical Colors
Why do we have liturgical colors? And why do they affect us?
Even in the secular world we associate colors with particular celebrations: red and green for Christmas, purple and yellow for Easter, white for the bridal gown. Schools have colors, so do doctoral robes and, of course, sports teams.

The early church used only one liturgical color: white. Favored for the newly-baptized, it symbolized the pure new life they attained in Christ. Colors were few for a simple reason: Colored clothing was so expensive in those days that only the wealthy could afford it.

Not until 12th-century Jerusalem, when dyes were more commonplace, did liturgical colors start to become law. After a false start (they wanted black for Christmas and blue for Epiphany) the 13th century dawned with Pope

Innocent III’s decree for the colors we basically follow today: white for festive days and saints, red for martyrs and the Holy Spirit, green for the daily life of what we now call “ordinary time,” and violet for the penitential seasons like Lent. Violet, together with blue and black, shared the
range of colors for mourning. Hence, even though purple was originally one of the most expensive dyes to obtain, it came to symbolize a season of mourning—a time to die to ourselves and live for Christ.
Liturgical colors still work their magic, helping us meditate on the seasons of the year and the meaning of life.


Paul Turner, Copyright © 2012 Resource Publications, Inc., 160 E. Virginia St. #170, San Jose,CA 95112, (408) 286-8505.


175th Anniversary
Plans are well underway in preparation for the parish 175th Anniversary in 2016. Celebrations and special events will take place throughout the year culminating in a Mass and banquet in June. Mark the following dates on your calendars:

  • January 2 & 3: Opening weekend with all masses dedicated to the anniversary;

  • March: Choir concert & special preacher (date to be determined);

  • May 28: Family Carnival

  • May 29: Afternoon Tea – A Step Back in Time;

  • June 3: Pub Night;

  • June 4: Mass with Cardinal Collins followed by banquet at the Mansion in Aurora.

We are putting together a special edition yearbook. If you have any old pictures that you would like to contribute call Christine Way Skinner at 905-898-4137and she will arrange to get them from you.
Volunteers will also be required to assist with the various functions. Notify the parish if you would like more information on helping out with one of the special events.







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.



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.



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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