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December 14, 2014

Third Sunday of Advent - Year B


Among you stands one whom you do not know.


(John 1.6-8, 19-28)



Christmas Mass Schedule Page HERE



Christmas/New Year’s Masses
Wed. Dec. 24: 4, 6, 8 & 9:30 pm carols and Mass
Thurs. Dec. 25: 9 am & 11 am
Fri. Dec. 26: No mass.
Sat. Dec. 27: 9 am weekday mass and 5 pm Sunday mass
Sun. Dec. 28: 8:30 am, 10 am & 12 pm
Mon. Dec. 29: 7:30 am weekday mass
Dec. 30: 7:30 am weekday mass
Wed. Dec 31: 12:10 weekday mass & 5 pm New Year's Eve mass
Thurs. New Years Day, Jan. 1: 10 am


NB for Christmas Eve Masses.
The 4 pm Christmas Eve mass is for younger children and includes Gospel pageant and cantor and organ.
The 9:30 pm begins with a carol concert followed by mass with choir, strings & organ.


Children’s Gospel Rehearsal
At the 4 pm Christmas Eve mass the children will be acting out the gospel. A thirty-minute rehearsal will take place on Sunday, December 21 at 1:00 pm for those children who would like to take part in acting out the gospel.



Mass Intensions

Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. Dec 15: Luca Vecchiarelli & family (d.)
Tues. Dec. 16: David Manning (d.)
Wed. Dec. 17: Sister Saveria (d.)
Thurs. Dec.18: Marialaura & Giovan Gamilo (d.)
Fri. Dec. 19: Drago Pavlovic (d.)
Sat. Dec. 20: Lettie Murphy (d.)



Weekly Collection
Last Week’s Collection: $7,606.00 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,678.15 + Credit Card $1,325.10 = $11,609.25; Capital Campaign: $1,181.00 + PAG $268.15 + Credit Card $187.99 = $1,637.14; Shepherd’s Trust: $130.00; St. Vincent de Paul: $180.93.



Christmas Office Hours

December 24: 9 am to 12 pm
December 25 & 26: Office closed
December 29 & 30: Regular office hours
December 31: 9 am to 12 pm
January 1: Office closed
January 2: 9 am to 4 pm



CWL News - Dinner Gift
To all those coming to the Christmas dinner, please don’t forget to bring a Christmas gift donation for the Rose of Sharon.

New Members
Do you want to join an organization that recognizes and celebrates healthy family life?  Helping other people in your community allows you to live your Christian values and be a positive role model in your family. You can take part in activities that promote family life and lovingly support life in its entirety. Your membership adds power to the CWL’s voice as the League lobbies government on social justice issues on behalf of a national sisterhood of catholic women. If the CWL sounds like an organization you would be interested in contact Mary Antonio at 905- 868-9406.

Confession - Individual Confession
If you missed the previous occasions for confession in the last two weeks, a priest will be available to hear individual confessions on Tuesday, December 23 at 7:30 pm.

Parish Donation Options - Envelopes
Please pick up your 2015 offertory envelopes which are now available in 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.


Envelope reassignment
In order to reduce the amount of unassigned envelopes each year, 29 lucky parishioners will be “moving up” with new envelope numbers. If your 2014 envelopes are numbered over 900 then you have been assigned a new envelope number. Please check the black binder that is by the envelopes for the new number.


Pre-authorized Giving
Pre-authorized giving is another way to make donations to the parish. Registration forms are available at the back of the church or can be downloaded from the website.

Credit card
If you would like to use your credit card to make donations, the on-line form is available at: https://community.archtoronto.org/page.aspx?pid=405

Special Collection Set
If you are donating by Pre-Authorized Giving or by Credit Card and no longer wish to keep your donation envelopes, please call the office. We have a special set of envelopes for you to use that only include envelopes for special collections.


St. Vincent de Paul
Your St. Vincent de Paul Society wishes you a blessed Christmas. Through your loving and amazing generosity you have helped needy families and individuals throughout the year and during this joyous Christmas season. Thank you for your prayers and continued financial support. Thank you for seeing Jesus in those who are hungry and thirsty and for seeing Jesus in those who need comfort.


Marriage Preparation Course
Couples who wish to get married in the Catholic Church must complete a mandatory marriage preparation course before their marriage.  St. John Chrysostom Parish will be offering this course in the Parish Centre on Monday, February 23 from 7 pm - 10 pm, Thursday, February 26 from 7 pm - 10 pm and Saturday, February 28 from 9 am - 3 pm.  Please call the office to register or for more information.



Raffle Winner
The winning number for the Nativity display is 134468. Bring your ticket to the parish office between 9 am and 4 pm to claim your prize.



Advent Baking
Part of the busyness of Advent consists of the baking of special seasonal treats. Most families have their favourite recipes for a Christmas bread, or cookies, or candies. The making of these items can be an opportunity for family togetherness and cooperation. It can be done with an attitude of prayerfulness for those who will consume them. We make them for friends and relatives. Perhaps we can also include those who may be unable to make such treats for themselves, and who may be in need of a friendly gift of homemade goodies.


Inside and out we try to make our homes look special for the holidays. We add colorful ribbons, candles, a tree, and twinkling lights. These items help to create an atmosphere of warmth and welcome. Our homes appear ready to invite visitors inside. One of the items that adorn our homes during this season is the nativity crèche or manger scene. It may be traditional or modern, large or small. Its presence reminds us all of the reason for our seasonal celebration and centers us on the mystery and wonder that we celebrate.

Excerpt from Ministry Resource Update, October 2014






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Advent Gospels
On the four Sundays of Advent, the Catholic lectionary presents a series of Gospel readings that prepare for the celebration of the birth of Christ. The Sunday Advent readings all rotate on a three-year cycle, but they always follow the same pattern.

The Gospel for the First Sunday of Advent always tells of the reign of Christ at the end of time. It echoes the theme of the previous Sunday, the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. Advent starts with the message that we await the second coming of Christ. This entire season is not just a reminder of a past birth but an anticipation of future glory.

The Second and Third Sundays of Advent always have Gospel readings about John the Baptist. John is an adult in these passages, proclaiming the nearness of the kingdom of God and serving as the prophet who bridges the Old and New Testaments. John foreshadows Jesus in his birth, his preaching, and his death. John’s message on these two middle Sundays of this season inspires us to follow Christ.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent always tells part of the story that just precedes the birth of Christ. These familiar episodes set the stage for one of the Bible’s best-known passages, the story of Christmas.

The Gospel readings of the four Sundays of Advent come to us in reverse chronology. We start with the end of time. We continue to the period when Jesus was an adult. We end in the days before his birth. Like a funnel, Advent opens with a giant theme, the grandness of Christ the King, and it ends with a specific one, the child lying in a Bethlehem manger.
By Paul Turner, Copyright 2012 Resource Publications, Inc,



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.



Community Bible Study
Join us for an inspiring twelve-week series of readings, discussions and fellowship with Christians from many different churches of our times as we explore the word of the Old Testament prophets using the book Old Testament Prophets for Today by Carolyn J. Sharp. The meetings take place Thursday mornings from 9:15 to 11:30 am starting on September 25 at Trinity United Church, Newmarket. For more information please call Jean Lashley at 905-836-0370.



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.

So far we have raised $254,344. 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!



Faith Embodied -- Yoga
In the spring, we offered Hatha Yoga classes as part of the faith embodied series. It was such a popular session we will be offering it again, free of charge. The classes will begin on Monday, September 8 and run to Monday, November 17 from 2 pm to 3 pm. As there is limited space, pre-registration will be required by calling the parish office.



Praying with Scripture
The Office of Formation for Discipleship is offering a “Praying with Scripture” series at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Aurora, Tuesday evenings from September 23 – November 25 from 7 pm to 9 pm. If you are looking for new ways to experience scripture in your prayer life, take time to discover this ancient prayer form. To register, call the Office of Formation for Discipleship at 416-934-3400 Ext. 523 or on-line at www.archtoronto.org/discipleship 

New Beginnings
New Beginnings welcomes you to an inspirational talk by Fr. Fred Scinto, C.R., entitled: “Ancient Wisdom for Persons Suffering Loss (plus some modern common sense)”. The talk takes place on Tuesday, September 9 at 7 pm at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 4th Floor,1155 Yonge St., Toronto.

Fr. Fred Scinto, C.R. from Resurrection Ministries will once again engage us with an evocative and informative theme that in Fr. Fred's words is sure to help us "live a better, happier, fuller and more developed life".  Fr. Fred brings with him many years of experience working with widowed, separated and divorced persons.  




Mentioned in Deacon Garry's
homily, Feb. 8-9

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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