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May 15, 2016
The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything.
(John 14.15 – 26)
Special Intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. May 16: Thanksgiving mass for Philip Okoh (s.i.)
Tues. May 17: CWL
Wed. May 18: Zigmas Gedminas (d.)
Sat. May 21: Felisicima Pascaul (d.)
Last week’s collection: Weekly Offertory: $6,922.00. + Pre-Authorized
Giving (PAG) $2,450.38 + Credit Card $1,907.10 = $11,279.48; Capital
Campaign: $805.00 + PAG $214.85 + Credit Card $191.70 = $1,211.55;
ShareLife: $310.00; St. Vincent de Paul: $218.00.
Special Message from Father Bob
We can now announce that the new pastor will be Father Efren Alvarez-Pelayo.
Efren was born in Mexico but has been in Canada for over 20 years. He
studied at the Toronto School of Theology and was ordained from St.
Most recently he has been pastor of St. Jude’s on Weston Road. He was here
for lunch a few weeks ago and liked the parish and all that happens here.
The staff all enjoyed meeting him. He will make it much easier to forget
about Father Bob and Father Miro. (Editorial note by the grumpy old man
himself.) An associate pastor will arrive at the end of July. We have a name
of someone from another diocese but that could change. We will keep you
Commemorative Historical Book
We have prepared a commemorative historical book for our 175th
Anniversary. The hardcover book can be pre-ordered online at
for $27. Delivery will be at the end of May. After this date, books can be
purchased for $30 after mass or in the parish office.
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.
Mark the following dates on your calendars:
* May 28, from 11 am – 3 pm: Family Carnival;
* May 29, at 1 pm and 3 pm: Victorian Tea;
* June 3, from 7 pm – 11 pm: Pub Night;
* June 4, at 4 pm: Mass with Cardinal Collins, followed by the Gala at The
Mansion in Aurora.
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
past, you can pay for them this weekend and pick them up as well. Please
note that next weekend, May 21/22, all reserved tickets must be paid for and
this will also be the final weekend to purchase them.
Tickets for the Victorian Tea are available for $5 per person from the
office only or by contacting Madeleine at 905-898-4137. Tickets for the 1 pm
seating are almost sold out but there are still many available for the 3 pm
seating. Get them now before time runs out. Tickets sales close on May 22
and no tickets will be sold at the door.
Tickets for the Pub Night are also available for $5 per person after mass or
from the office until May 29.
Working wonders for those who need help in our neighbourhood…
In response to operational challenges and funding cuts, agencies
continue to explore creative ways of working together
and reaching more clients. The first initiative known as “Shared Services”
encourages agencies to share back office functions in the areas of human
resources, financial management and information technology. The vision for
is to strengthen the collaboration of agencies guided by the philosophy of
working for the common good. Ultimately these administrative and program
efficiencies will lead to enhanced organizational capacity, reducing
overhead and administrative costs for ShareLife supported agencies.
Next ShareLife Sunday is May 29.
You can work wonders!
Please mark your calendars for these events:
This Tuesday, May 17 is our general meeting. Artist and speaker Ria Kinghorn
will enlighten us on the art of icons.
Tuesday, May 24 we will be sewing pillow-cases for Sick Kids at 7 pm in the
Tuesday, June 21 Fr. Bob will give a brief message followed by our Evening
of Reflection with Deacon Gary.
Congratulations to the young people receiving the sacrament of
confirmation this weekend. Due to the large number of candidates this year,
we have a second weekend of confirmations on May 21 at the 5 pm mass and on
May 22 at the 10 pm & 12 pm masses.
Seeing with Heart
A day of reflection is taking place on Saturday, June 4 from 9 am to 5
pm for Catholic parents of lesbian daughters and gay sons. The cost of $40
includes lunch. It takes place at the Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal
Centre in Pickering. For more information, call John Montague
Distractions at church
“Don’t pray at Mass. Pray the Mass.”
That piece of advice disoriented many Catholics in the 1960s when the church
invited us to take a different role at Mass. Catholics used to go to church
carrying prayer books and rosaries so they could say their own prayers while
Mass was going on. They were asked to take part in the prayer going on
around them publicly.
Distractions come in many other forms, too. You will find people reading the
bulletin, or checking their texts/emails during the homily, the scripture
readings or the eucharistic prayer. Occasionally, a cell phone rings.
Sometimes it belongs to the priest! If he answers it, you know that
distractions have gotten way out of hand.
Sometimes we bring our own distractions. You may come to church with the
intention of joining in the prayer, but your mind begins to wander.
Nonetheless, our common goal is to pray the Mass. It is hard, but two
activities will help: preparation at home and concentration at church. At
home you can prepare for Mass by reading the Scriptures beforehand and
making time for personal prayer. Then when you arrive at church, the skills
you honed at private prayer will enhance your communal prayer. During the
Mass, concentrate on the texts you say or sing. Think about the meaning of
the words. Listen attentively when one of the ministers speaks. Observe the
silences with reverence. Distractions will be fewer when our preparation and
concentration grow stronger.
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St. #170, San Jose, CA 95112 (408) 286-8505.
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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
The following were baptized
Melia De Faria
The following were received into the Roman Catholic Church:
The following were confirmed:
The following received communion:
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
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
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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
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
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.
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.
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:
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!
Mentioned in Deacon Garry's
homily, Feb. 8-9, 2014
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
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.
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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