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September 25, 2016,

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

You received good things, but Lazarus received evil:
now he is comforted, while you are in agony.

(Luke 16.19-31)




Mass Intentions

Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. Sept. 26 : Tony Mertens (d.)
Tues. Sept. 27: Florian & Mary Kuiack (d.)
Wed. Sept. 28: Angelo Del Gobbo (d.)
Thurs. Sept. 29: Josefina de los Reyes (d.)
Fri. Sept. 30: Josef Lau (d.)
Sat. Oct. 1: Joe McNabb (d.)


Weekly Collection
Last Week’s Collection: $6,952.55 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,407.69 + Credit Card $1,291.99 = $10,652.23; Capital Campaign: $55.00 + PAG $212.53 + Credit Card 252.10 = $519.63; St. Vincent de Paul: 245.45.


Sunday School
Are your children attending Public School? The parish offers a comprehensive catechetical programme for children from Grade 1 – 8. Please register by contacting Christine by email at cway@neptune.on.ca or by phone at 905-898-4137. Classes begin on Sunday, October 16 at 11:15 am in the Parish Centre.


CWL News
Snowflake Bazaar
It is that time of the year again when we start to prepare for the annual Bazaar on November 19. This entails gathering crafts, items for the White Elephant and gently used books; thinking about the baked goods and prizes for the Penny Auction that you can donate.

Raffle Tickets
You can still get Raffle tickets to sell and purchase for the main draw on Bazaar day.  In addition, there will be a sales opportunity on October 29 on Main Street.  As usual volunteers are desperately needed.  Call or email Joan at 905-895-9295 or email sydney.fray@sympatico.ca for all things raffle.

Welcome Back BBQ Thank You
Thank you to the Knights of Columbus and all the volunteers, including all the students, who helped make the Welcome Back BBQ a success through all their hard work and preparation. It was a wonderful opportunity to see everyone again after the summer and for Fr. Efren and Fr. Norbert to get a chance to meet the parishioners.


Sacramental Preparation
All IMMEDIATE sacramental preparation at St. John Chrysostom Parish is done at the church. The Catholic schools or Sunday School together with the family provides the INITIAL (or foundational) preparation for all the sacraments. 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.

Wednesday, September 28,
at 7 pm

Wednesday, October 26,
at 7 pm

Wednesday, November 9
at 7 pm

BAPTISM: By appointment


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 Bank.


Candle Light Remembrance
There will be a candle-lighting remembrance service following the 7 pm mass on Tuesday, September 27.  Come light a candle and say a prayer to remember a deceased relative or friend.


Volunteers Needed
* Sunday School Teachers - especially for Grades 7 and 8.  This programme is for children who are in the public school system.  The classes meet weekly with a break approximately every four weeks.  There are 18 classes in total throughout the year.

* Team Members for the Initiation of Children - This involves working with families who have children over the age of seven to prepare for baptism at Eastertime. Ideally, we would like to have a team of three or four people in this role. 

* Team Members for the Initiation of Adults - We are always looking for sponsors and team members for adults who are joining the church.  Meetings are Thursday nights.

Training and ongoing support would be provided for any of these positions.  It is not required that you have a PhD in theology for any of these positions.  You need only a willingness to serve, a comfort level with your own faith and an ability to work well with others.  The pay for all of these positions is $0 but the benefits are heavenly!


Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Are you interested in helping the Parish in its mission to pass on the faith to the next generation? Perhaps you would consider assisting with Children’s Liturgy of the Word. The commitment is flexible - but is ideally around once a month.   Please contact the office to let us know if you are interested in helping.


ShareLife Results
The ShareLife campaign officially ended on July 31. Despite an overall decrease in donations within the Archdiocese, we at St. John’s came in above our results from last year. Our total this year was $83,228.25, which is an increase of $7,056.70 or 9.3% over last year. The campaign total for the entire Archdiocese was $13,245,272, a 4.3% decrease compared to last year. Thank you all so very much for your tremendous generosity. Your donations will work wonders!
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 from our website.


Living with Christ Missalettes
Every month the parish orders Living with Christ missals for the back of the church for use by parishioners during mass. These missalettes are intended for use in the church only and are not intended to be taken home. We ask you to please return any that you may have taken home so that others may benefit from them. If you would like your own personal copy you can purchase a subscription from Novalis by calling 1-800-387-7164 or online at www.novalis.ca.


Regis College Fall Open House
If you are interested in theological studies, Regis College, the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto, invites you to its Fall Open House. It will take place on Saturday, October 1 from 10 am to 3 pm. This free event includes a series of mini-lectures in theology, presentations about academic programs, a campus tour, lunch, and the opportunity to meet faculty and students. For more info and to register online, please visit www.RegisCollege.ca/OpenHouse/ or call 416-922-5474 x221.


Lectio Divina
One Sunday evening each month, join Cardinal Collins for Lectio Divina at St. Michael's Cathedral. The evening begins with Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 7 pm, followed by Lectio Divina from 7:30 to 8:15 pm. The theme for this season is “The Freedom of the Kingdom of God.” This year, we will meditate upon nine passages of Scripture that illuminate the slavery we experience in our struggle with sin and show the way to freedom. The first evening will take place Sunday, October 2. For a full list of dates and Scripture passages, visit www.archtoronto.org/lectio. Each gathering is archived at this website. Episodes also air on Salt + Light TV (www.saltandlighttv.org).






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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating




Faith Embodied -- Yoga
The Hatha yoga classes continue to be a big success; therefore, we will be offering another session free of charge for parishioners beginning Monday, September 12 to Monday, November 7 from 2 – 3 pm. Please contact the office to register or for more information.


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 several key figures from the Hebrew Scriptures using the book Messengers of God by Elie Weisel followed by an introduction to the Gospel of Matthew using materials by John E. O’Grady. (We will continue to study the Gospel of Matthew during the winter of 2017).
The meetings take place Thursday mornings from 9:15 am to 11:30 am starting on September 22 at Trinity United Church in Newmarket. For more information, please call Jean Lashley at 905-836-0370.


Humanitarian Relief – Italian Earthquake
The Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting financial contributions for humanitarian relief following the catastrophic effects of a serious earthquake in Italy on August 24. Contributions can be made through the Archdiocese at www.archtoronto.org. or by telephone through the Development Office at 416-934-3411. Donations can also be made through the parish, making cheques payable to St. John Chrysostom- Italian Earthquake – Humanitarian Relief. Yellow envelopes for this purpose can be found at the back of the church.






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!



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!



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.


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.



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.



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.








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.





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