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October 26, 2014
Sunday in Ordinary Time
You shall love the Lord your God,
and your neighbour as yourself.
intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Tues. Oct. 28: Andrea Moretti (d.)
Wed. Oct. 29: Carole McDermott (s.i.)
Sat. Nov. 1: All Saints
Last Week’s Collection: $6,489.90 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,651.61 +
Credit Card $1,258.09 = $10,399.60; Capital Campaign: $90.00 + PAG $269.31 +
Credit Card $152.18 = $511.49; World Mission: 1,126.00; St. Vincent de Paul:
Enhancing Ministry Skills
Reaching out to help others in their times of need is an important part of
Christian discipleship. St. John’s has been blessed with many who have taken on
this ministry more formally within the Parish. To assist those already active in
ministry, or to introduce those interested in ministering to some of the basic
skills and techniques, we will offer a four-week course this November on
Tuesdays, November 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 7 pm until 9 pm. The course will be
facilitated by Deacon Gary. There is no charge for this course. Registration is
limited. Please contact the Parish Office at 905-898-4137 to register.
We invite all those who have lost family members or friends to join us on
Tuesday, November 4 in the church at 7 pm for a memorial mass for all the
faithful departed. An easel displaying pictures of the departed will be set up
at the back of the church that evening. If you would like pictures of your loved
ones displayed, please drop the pictures off at the office before October 27.
News - Did you know...
That your CWL council awards pins to members with 10, 25, 40, 50, 60 or 75
years of dedicated service “For God and Canada”? The Maple Leaf Service pin is
awarded to members who have served the League in an exceptional or meritorious
(click the picture to view poster - backspace to
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The 47th Annual CWL Snowflake Christmas Bazaar takes place
November 15 in our parish hall. The talents of bakers and crafters are
needed as well as volunteers for decorating the hall, manning booths and
helping with the luncheon. We are also collecting gently-used items for the
White Elephant sale and new items for the Penny Auction table. Not a member?
Not a problem! Everyone is invited to come out and experience the joy of
working together to help our parish and community. Need more information?
Call Mary Antonio, 2014 Bazaar Co-Chair at 905-868-9406.
All immediate sacramental preparation in St. John Chrysostom Parish is done at
the church. If you wish to have your child celebrate one of the sacraments, you
will need to register for the appropriate preparation programme, in the parish:
First Eucharist (Communion): Wednesday, November 5 at 7 pm
The next Welcome Sunday for new parishioners will be next weekend on
November 2 after the 10 am mass. Refreshments will be served after mass in the
Gathering Room. New parishioners can register through our website, by calling
the parish office or filling out a registration form located at the back of the
Deceased loved ones
This weekend we will have cut-out fish available in the church and we
encourage families to write the names of deceased loved ones on the fish or in
the book of remembrance. The fish will then be displayed in the church in
If you missed the lectors’ workshop earlier this month, there will be
another one taking place on October 28 at 7:30 pm in the Church. All new and
current lectors are encouraged to attend especially those who have never had any
in- church training.
Knights of Columbus Breakfast
The Knights of Columbus are serving up breakfast on Sunday, November 16. The
proceeds are going to the Rose of Sharon. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for
youth 10 and under. Breakfast will be served after the 8:30 and 10 am masses.
Tickets will be sold in the Stained Glass Room after all the masses beginning
November 1 & 2.
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.
A few years ago, we began a new education series in which we learned how our
faith has been expressed artistically in various cultures and in various times
in history. This fall, we are hosting a few more events:
Jesse Tree Ornament Exchange: Sunday, November 16 - 2 pm - 4 pm
Hand-Made Christmas Card Bee: Wednesday November 19 - 7 pm - 9 pm
Multicultural Nativity Display: December 6 and 7 before and after masses
Please call or email the church to register for these free events.
There will be a candle-lighting remembrance service following the 7 pm mass
on Tuesday, October 28. Come to light a candle and say a prayer to
remember a deceased relative or friend.
Holocaust Education Week Events
Holocaust Education week runs from November 2 – 9. Many events are occurring
during this week including the following two in our Region.
Chrysostom is collaborating with Or Hadash Congregation for a film and
discussion. The film – Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers ̶ tells the
story of 29-year-old Irena Sendler who saw the suffering of Warsaw's Jews and
along with her friends rescued Jewish children. Discussion will be led by Rabbi
Michal Shekel and Christine Way Skinner on Saturday, November 8 at 8 pm at Or
Hadash Synagogue, 451 Botsford Street, Unit 5.
summer, 32 YCDSB high school students took part in a Holocaust study tour. They
examined the Holocaust from a Christian perspective, participating in formal
classroom learning and travelling to Poland and Germany to visit a number of
sites including: Majdanek, Buchenwald, Auschwitz-Birkenau among others. Come and
hear about their experience on Thursday, November 6 at 7 pm at St. Elizabeth
CHS, 525 New Westminster Dr., Thornhill.
Prayer for Guidance
As we prepare to choose our local governments on October 27, let us pray for
God who governs the universe,
we ask you to guide us as we choose people to govern our community.
Help us to choose wisely and selflessly,
keeping in mind the needs of
poor and marginalized.
Help us to be generous of spirit with those who are offering themselves to serve
in public office.
Guide these candidates to be people of integrity and vision.
Give them strength and courage and lead them in the ways of truth and justice.
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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating
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
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
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.
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 --
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.
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
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
Mentioned in Deacon Garry's
homily, Feb. 8-9
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.
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
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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