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February 26, 2017


Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Do not worry about your life or tomorrow.


(Matthew 6.24-34)







Mass Intentions
Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Tue. Feb. 28: Maxwell & Ruth Broughton (d.)

Collection for February 19, 2017
Weekly Offertory: $6,987.60 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,435.38 + Credit Card $1,334.58 = $10,757.56; Capital Campaign: $135.00 + PAG $206.77 + Credit Card $192.21 = $533.98; St. Vincent de Paul: $118.15.


CWL News
This is a gentle reminder that membership fees are due for this year. You can just put a cheque for $25.00 or cash, in an envelope with your name, address, telephone number, and email then put in collection basket. Better still, why not come to a meeting?

Anyone interested in the diocesan convention this year, please note the dates are May4/5 with the banquet being on the 5th.


Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Are you interested in helping the Parish in its mission to pass on the faith to the next generation? Perhaps you would consider assisting with Children’s Liturgy of the Word. The commitment is flexible, but is ideally around once a month.   Please contact the office at 905-898-4137 for more information.


Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday is March 1. Ashes will be distributed at the 12:10 pm mass and again at 7:30 pm with the choir. 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. 

Reconciliation Before Easter
Our parish and St. Elizabeth Seton will be gathering together in Lent for a communal celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The celebration will take place at St. Elizabeth Seton church on Tuesday, March 28 at 7 pm. Several priests will be on hand to hear individual confessions after the liturgy.


Day of Confession
The Archdiocese has again planned a day of confession and it will take place at St. John’s, on Wednesday, March 29. A priest will be available to hear confessions on this day from 9 am to 12 pm; from 2 pm to 4 pm and from 7 pm to 9 pm.


The Three Pillars of Lent
Giving alms, Jesus teaches, means making the needs of others our own, especially the needy of our world. They are all around us: children and the old, the sick and the suffering, families and individuals, next-door neighbours and people in lands faraway.

Whatever we give should be something of ourselves, something that costs us. We will receive blessings from God in return.

What shall we give to the needy this Lent? In deciding, decide generously. After all, before us is the great alms Jesus gave: "He loved us, and gave himself up for us. "Give...Pray...Fast...” This Lent, we invite the parish community to join in the practice of these pillars of Lent:

Give and Fast: During the Fridays of Lent, you are invited to give up the budget of your dinner and give it to the poor. In turn, you and your family can join us for Soup and Bread starting Friday, March 10 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.

Pray: After soup and bread, if you choose, pray with the community by attending mass at 7 pm followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Stations of the Cross and benediction. You can choose to do all three or alternate. Please note that there will be no 8 am mass on Fridays during Lent beginning March 10.


World Day of Prayer 2017
Every year on the first Friday of March, “World Day of Prayer” is celebrated around the world in solidarity with the women of a particular country; this year, that country is the Philippines. Join us here at St. John’s on Friday, March 3 at 7:30 pm for an ecumenical service prepared by the women of the Philippines. The service will be led by Fr. Norberto, and the theme is “Am I Being Unfair to You?”


Food Drive
Please remember to bring non-perishable food items next Sunday. Items can be left at the back of the church and will be donated to the Newmarket Food Bank.


Candle Light Remembrance
There will be a candle-lighting remembrance service following the 7 pm mass on Tuesday, February 28. Come light a candle and say a prayer to remember a deceased relative or friend.


Donation Envelopes
Donation envelopes will now be available at the office. Please pick them up as soon as possible. Envelope boxes not picked up will be reassigned.


Faith Embodied -- Yoga
Hatha yoga classes continue to be a big success; therefore, we will be offering another session free of charge for parishioners beginning March 13 – April 24 from 2 – 3:30 pm, excluding Easter Monday on April 17. Please contact the office to register or for more information.


We have a few Sunday missals, for both adults and children, left for sale at the parish office. They are $5 apiece. First come, first served.

St. Vincent de Paul Urgent Request
Do you have experience using a Microsoft Access database? The St. Vincent de Paul Society is in urgent need of a volunteer to update and revise the existing database to incorporate changes to social programs and family tracking reports. Beyond the initial updates and revisions, future tasks would be on an as-needed basis. If you can help, please leave a message for Louisa through the parish office at 905-898-4137.


Development and Peace
Did you know that Development and Peace was founded in 1967 by the Canadian Catholic Bishops after their participation in Vatican II where they listened to the concerns of the Bishops from the Global South about poverty hunger, etc. To find out more about the work of Development and Peace or to become a member or donor, visit the website at www.devp.org/en/get-involved.


Marriage Encounter Weekend
Celebrate your love and take a fresh look at your marriage by spending a very special weekend together. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps married couples rediscover themselves as individuals and as a couple. The weekend format helps couples communicate openly and honestly without group sharing, therapy or marriage counselling. The next upcoming weekend is March 17 – 19 at the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga. For more information and application, please visit www.wwme.org, or contact Gerard & Marge McCauley at gerard.marge@rogers.com or 905-792-1925.


Lenten Breakfasts
Set aside time to reflect with others on the meaning of Lent at Loretto Maryholme. Enjoy a simple breakfast and a reflection during a time of prayer & sharing every Wednesday from 8 am to 9:30 am beginning March 8 until March 29, and again on Saturday, April 15. Almsgiving donations will be accepted for the Georgina Food Pantry.






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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating



World Day of Prayer 2017
Every year on the first Friday of March, “World Day of Prayer” is celebrated around the world in solidarity with the women of a particular country; this year, that country is the Philippines. Join us here at St. John’s on Friday, March 3 at 7:30 pm for an ecumenical service prepared by the women of the Philippines. The service will be led by Fr. Norberto, and the theme is “Am I Being Unfair to You?”



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.



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.



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.



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



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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