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April 26, 2015
Fourth Sunday of Easter

The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

(John 10.11-18)

Mass Intensions
Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. Apr. 27: Mary Cecil Morrison (d.)
Tues. Apr. 28: Christy Crawford (d.)
Wed. Apr. 29: Fr. Henry McErlean (d.)
Thur. Apr. 30: Maria Pia Barbon (d.)
Sat. May 2: Joseph Bergin (d.)

Weekly Collection
Last Week’s Collection: $5,184.63 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,555.15 + Credit Card $1,160.24 = $8,900.02; Capital Campaign: $60.00 + PAG $249.46 + Credit Card $137.48 = $446.94; ShareLife: $1,295.00; St. Vincent de Paul: $186.32.

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


CWL News
We are once again having our Parking Lot/Bake/Plant Sale on Saturday, May 9 from 8:30 am till 1:00 pm.  This will be a good time to clear your attic, basement or garage of those items that you don't need but that could be useful to someone else.  Pile them into your vehicle and come on over to the Church's Upper/North parking lot.  Bring a table. Your $20 donation gets you a parking spot.  What you sell is yours. Tickets will be on sale at the 8:30 and 10 am Masses next weekend or you can contact Joan at 905-895-9295. If you like Garage Sales come and see what goodies are being offered. Proceeds will be divided between ShareLife and the Parish.

PS: Don't throw out those extra plants from your spring clean-up!  We can use them for the plant sale. Also, loads of baked goods will be gratefully appreciated.


This year, Catholics across our archdiocese are being asked to support the Family of Faith campaign. This campaign will provide for the pastoral and temporal needs of the archdiocese, such as campus and youth ministry, communication initiatives that will strengthen our family of faith, and support to help new parishes to celebrate Mass in a new church. The ShareLife campaign provides for the needs of our social service agencies, helps our brothers and sisters in Christ across the world, and supports the education of our clergy. There is no duplication – ShareLife agencies do not receive funding from the Family of Faith campaign. Thus it is important that we continue to support the ShareLife appeal, to provide for the needs of the marginalized both here in our communities and around the world.

Next Sunday is ShareLife Sunday – May 3, 2015
You can work wonders!

Cemetery Clean-up
The annual spring clean-up of St. John’s Cemetery will take place on Saturday, May 9 from 9 am to 12 noon. 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 St. John’s Parish Centre. For students looking to do community service, this will qualify. Please bring your forms to be signed.


Healing Mass
A healing mass will be held on Monday, May 11 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.


First Communion
Congratulations to all the children who will be celebrating their first Eucharist this weekend at all the masses and on Saturday, May 2 at 5 pm and Sunday, May 3 at the 12 pm Mass. Parents, please remember to come to the final meetings on May 6 and 9 to receive your child’s certificate.

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 Pantry.


Community Bread Fundraiser
One of our parishioners will be walking the San Camino de Santiago Trail in May. In addition to the pilgrimage itself, he would like to raise money for Community Bread. If you wish to contribute to this cause, donations can be dropped off at the office or in the collection basket to the attention of Christine Allen. Cheques should be made payable to St. John Chrysostom Community Bread.


Men’s Retreat
A Men’s Day of Retreat will be held at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, 1617 Blythe Rd., Mississauga on Saturday, May 9 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. The theme of the retreat is “A Biblical Journey into a Deeper Relationship with Christ.” The facilitator is Deacon Greg DeMarchi; deacon. Refreshments and lunch will be served. The suggested offering is $35.00. To register, please contact the Centre at 905-278-5229.


Marriage Encounter Weekend
Married couples: You deserve a weekend to cherish being together; to rediscover each other and focus on ways to make your relationship even better. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend offers this opportunity. Consider giving each other or another couple you know the gift of a weekend away from daily pressures; time to be with each other and with God on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The upcoming weekend date is May 22-24. For more information and application, please go to www.wwme.org or contact: Gerard & Marge McCauley at gerard.marge@rogers.com or 905-792-1925.


Annulment Seminar
Catholic Family Services of Toronto New Beginnings invite you to a talk entitled, “On Marriage and Annulment.” Fr. Brian Clough, Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of Toronto will provide an understanding of the Catholic Church’s teachings on marriage and annulment. The seminar will take place on Monday, May 11 at 7 pm in the Catholic Pastoral Centre on the 4th floor (1155 Yonge St., Toronto). The Centre is adjacent to Summerhill subway station and free underground parking is available. For more information, call 416-921-1163 ext. 2235.


Summer School
The YCDSB offers a variety of educational programs throughout the school year for Elementary and Secondary students as well as Adults living in York Region.

This summer in our Elementary Programs we are offering expanded International Languages, Literacy and Numeracy Programs, Art and Computer Programs. Our Secondary Credit Program includes a wide-ranging number of courses at selected school sites, a Driver’s Education Program as well as eLearning opportunities.

For more information or to register online, please visit the Board website and click on Continuing Education or visit us at http://ce.ycdsb.ca. Kindly take note of the various registration deadlines and register early to avoid disappointment.









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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating



Faith Embodied - Pysanky for Ukraine
Pysanky is a traditional Ukrainian form of Easter Egg decoration.  On April 1, people from all over the world will join together in solidarity to make Pysanky eggs and to pray for peace and justice and offer support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine. This year, St. John's is offering our popular Pysanky egg decorating classes in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and alongside the ever popular “Pysanky For Ukraine” event on Facebook.  On Wednesday, April 1, you may drop in to the parish centre anytime between 11 am and 9 pm to decorate eggs and offer prayers. Instructions will be offered at 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm.  If you drop in at lunch or suppertime, please bring some simple food to share.  Cost is $5.  Please call (905-898-4137) or email (cway@neptune.on.ca) to pre-register so that we ensure enough supplies.



A spring session for Hatha Yoga classes for parishioners will begin on Monday, March 30 to Monday, May 11 from 2 pm to 3 pm. There will be no class on April 6. For more information and to register, please contact the office.







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!



Call for Cantors
The specific role of the cantor is to sing the verses of the responsorial psalm and the vesicle of the Alleluia. In our parish, (as in many others) the cantor is also a leader of song. Cantors need certain skills to perform their duties, such as a pleasant singing voice and the ability to stand in front of the assembly and lead. The ability to read music well enough to pluck out melodies on a keyboard is also very helpful. However, help is provided in the form of one-on-one coaching and mp3 audio files.

Currently our parish is in need of a couple more cantors. If this ministry interests you, please contact David our music director after Sunday mass or call the office.




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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