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March 29, 2015,
of the Passion of the Lord
The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ
(Mark 14.1 – 15.47)
of the Passion of the Lord
Masses on Saturday:
10 AM with choir,
12 PM with band
the EASTER TRIDUUM
the Great Three Days
from sundown on Thursday
to sundown on Sunday
Holy Thursday, April 2
Thursday of the Lord's Supper
7:30 pm with Washing of the Feet
(bring non-perishable food for the poor)
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Good Friday, April 3
Friday of the Passion of the Lord
services at 12 pm & 3 pm (with choir)
Holy Saturday, April 4
Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil
7:30 pm (choir, band, brass quartet & timpani)
Presider: Most Rev. Wayne
Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto
Easter Sunday, April 5
Resurrection of the Lord
Masses of Easter Day - Regular Sunday Schedule
8:30 am, 10:00 am
12:00 pm (with band)
Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. Mar. 30: Josef Lau (d.)
Tues. Mar 31: Dominic Cana (d.)
Wed. Apr. 1: James Hayes (d.)
Thurs. Apr. 2: Holy Thursday, no intentions
Fri. Apr. 3: Good Friday, no intentions
Sat. Apr. 4: Holy Saturday, no intentions
Last Week’s Collection: $5,838.70 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG)
$2,601.30 + Credit Card $1,173.75 = $9,613.75; Capital Campaign: $5,030.00 +
PAG $249.46 + Credit Card $204.86 = $5,484.32; ShareLife: $2,240.00; St.
Vincent de Paul: $252.00
Reservation deadline for the Diocesan Convention and Banquet is March
31. Call Judy at 905-895-6099. The Council pays for the registration
reimburses a portion of your meal expenses, if you are attending the
business sessions. If you are attending the Banquet only, your ticket
will also be subsidized. Willing to share a hotel room (one
night only) and split the cost? The CWL Convention room rate is
$142.00 plus taxes, until March 30.
We are once again having our Parking Lot/Bake/Plant Sale on Saturday, May 9
from 8:30 am till 1:00 pm. $20 gets you a parking spot. For
tickets 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.
If you have not yet had an opportunity for confession before Easter, you
may still do so on Tuesday, March 31 after the 7 pm mass. Please note that
no confessions will be heard on Holy Saturday.
During the Easter season what better time to remember our loved ones by
adding to the beauty of our church with plants and flowers. Please help make
a glorious display this Easter by donating plants to the church. Suggested
offerings of pussy willows, lilies, hydrangeas and spring bulbs may be left
at the office or the church vestibule this coming week.
Working wonders in our livelihoods…
When he was presented with a top youth achievement award at a recent
gala at The Carlu, Kiwayne was only a short distance from the streets where
he had been homeless, and a world away. In the building’s food court a few
years ago, he recalls falling asleep at the table – exhausted – trying to
avoid having to go back outside. “I was going down the wrong path and didn’t
know if I’d live to be 21,” he says. But for the past two years since moving
into his own place, Kiwayne has been studying construction engineering at
George Brown College and working part-time at the Provincial Advocate’s
Office. Kiwayne grew up in foster care and, at 17, he found himself on the
street until a friend told him about Covenant House. “Covenant House gave me
stable housing that allowed me to go back to school and learn life skills.”
Next ShareLife Sunday – April 12
You can work wonders!
From Fire to Fire
At the Easter Vigil we will light the new fire of Easter. Then, seven
weeks later, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit in tongues of fire.
Sunday by Sunday offers a page of prayers to take us from the fire of Easter
to the fire of Pentecost. To view these prayers visit
Church Spring Cleanup
Volunteers, both men and women, are needed to help clean pews tomorrow,
Monday, March 30 from 9 am to 12 pm. If you are available, come out to the
church with your buckets and wash cloths. Remember that many hands make
Bells for the Easter Vigil
The great vigil of Easter is the final part of the Easter Triduum.
It is the tradition at St. John’s (and in many other places), to have all
the worshippers bring bells to the service and to ring them during the
chorus of the Gloria and re-introduction of the Alleluia after a long season
of Lenten absence. David will give everyone instructions about when to
ring your bells just prior to the liturgy. This is a wonderful way to
express our joy in the great gift of Resurrection
Development and Peace
Development and Peace at St. John's wishes to thank all those who made a
gift on Solidarity Sunday. Through your generosity $378.45 was collected in
our parish. This will serve the needs of our sisters and brothers in Africa,
Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. This year's campaign emphasized the
important role of small family farms in feeding communities in the Global
South and in eradicating hunger. Two hundred and seventy nine parishioners
signed the petition. We would also like to thank the Catholic Women's League
for their donations of soup and breads--they were delicious. If you were
unable to attend and would like to donate, you can donate through your
ShareLife donation or directly on-line at
www.devp.org/give or by phone to
1-888-234-8533. You can also text PEACE to 45678 to donate $10.
National Catholic Mission
The National Catholic Mission 2015 “Beware the Holy Spirit!” will be
broadcast on VISIONTV on Monday, March 30 (Part 1) and Tuesday, March 31
(Part 2) at 6 pm and repeated at 10 pm. It will be hosted by Fr. Pat
Fitzpatrick and will feature Spiritan Fr. Anthony Gittins
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
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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
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:
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
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
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.
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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