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November 29, 2015
First Sunday of Advent
Your redemption is drawing near.
(Luke 21.25-28, 34-36)
Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Wed. Dec. 2: Robert Reitzel (d.)
Thurs. Dec. 3: Geno Lucas (d.)
Sat. Dec. 5: Joao Viveiros, Maria De Jesus, Maria Oliveira (d.)
Last Week’s Collection: $6,144.85 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG)
$2,477.84 + Credit Card $1,564.56 = $10,187.25; Capital Campaign: $55.00 +
PAG $226.38 + Credit Card $208.37 = $489.75; Shepherd’s Trust: $550.00; St.
Vincent de Paul: $193.95.
Remember to renew your 2016 Membership now ($25.00) and be eligible for
the draw at the Christmas dinner on December 15. Memberships can be dropped
into the collection basket marked CWL Membership.
Tickets are now available for the Dinner for $25.00. Contact Judy Jagger at
905-895-6099 or Joan Fray at 905-895-1914 for more information. Deadline for
reservations is December 8.
The raffle winners were: 1st prize - Morena Diaz; 2nd prize - Raquel Birgin;
3rd prize - Joan Fortier.
Commemorative Christmas Ornament
To mark our 175th anniversary, we will have a special commemorative
Christmas ornament for sale at the Advent Book Sale. The cost is just $15
for this beautiful pewter ornament.
Advent Book Sale
The Parish Advent Sale of books and videos for children and adults will
be taking place after all the masses, this weekend. Sunday Missals will also
be available for $5 for both adult and Children’s Missals.
Christmas/New Year’s Masses
Thurs. Dec. 24: 7:30 am daily mass;
4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm & 9:30 pm with choir, carols & strings followed by
Fri. Dec. 25: 9 am & 11 am
Dec. 26: 9 am weekday mass and 5 pm Sunday mass
Sun. Dec. 27: 8:30 am, 10 am, 12pm
Mon. Dec. 28: No Mass
Tues. Dec. 29: 7 pm weekday mass
Wed. Dec 30: 12:10 weekday mass
Thurs. Dec. 31: 7:30 am weekday mass and 5 pm
Fri. Jan 1: 10 am
Sat. and Sun. Jan 1 & 2: Regular mass schedule
the 4 pm Christmas Eve mass the children will be acting out the gospel. A
thirty-minute rehearsal will take place on Sunday, December 20 at 2:00 pm
for those children who would like to take part in acting out the gospel.
Father Bob, Father Miro, and the staff would like to thank all parish
volunteers for the work you do for our community. Your time and dedication
to your respective ministries enrich the lives of so many. In recognition of
your efforts, you and your significant other are invited to a Christmas “At
Home” in the rectory on Sunday, December 6 from 2 pm to 5 pm. We hope to see
Christmas Card Sales
The Knights of Columbus will be selling Christmas cards at the back of
the church after all the masses this weekend.
Multicultural Nativity Display
The tradition of the nativity scene can be traced back to St. Francis of
Assisi in the 13th century who wanted to help people be more fully present
in the Christmas story. On December 5 & 6, we will be displaying nativity
sets in the Gathering Room after all the masses. If you have an interesting
nativity scene that you would like to display contact the office.
Christmas Cake Sales
Gourmet Christmas Cakes will be sold after all the masses this weekend,
The deluxe tin is $25 and the small loaf is $15. Cakes can also be purchased
by calling Jennifer at 905-853-5009.
St. Vincent de Paul Christmas
* URGENT REQUEST. Thank you to those who have already donated to the Don
Montague Christmas Program. If you have not yet donated we URGENTLY require
your financial help. Please take a Saint Vincent De Paul blue envelope TODAY
from the back of the church, and make a contribution. Tax receipts will be
Please take a star or two from the Mary McCluskey Giving Tree. Each star
describes a gift you may purchase to make a wish come true for those folks
living in assisted care and group homes. The gifts should be returned to the
church, with the stars, on or before Sunday, December 6th.
finally, just a reminder to bring your non-perishable food items to the
church on the weekend of December 5 & 6. Thank you for your generosity.
Knights of Columbus would like to thank all the parishioners who came out
for the Breakfast on November 15. Approximately 110 people enjoyed breakfast
and $700 was raised and donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Christmas
you also to the Knights who worked so hard organizing and cooking the food.
We look forward to another breakfast next year.
Reconciliation: First Reconciliation
Please remember in your prayers all the children who will be making their
First Reconciliation on Tuesday, December 1 at 7 pm.
Day of Confession and Joint Reconciliation
The Archdiocese has again planned a day of Confession on Wednesday,
December 10. A priest will be available to hear confessions on this day from
11 am to 12 pm; from 3 pm to 4 pm and from 7 pm to 8 pm, which is the time
of the Joint reconciliation service with St. Elizabeth Seton. There will be
several priests on hand to hear confession at that time.
the above times are not convenient you can take a look at the poster on the
bulletin board that lists all the area confessions taking place.
You might be interested in an update regarding the renovation project.
new screen and doors for the main entrance to the church will be installed
on Wednesday, December 9. Late, but at least we now have a date. When this
is completed the stained glass that has been repaired and cleaned will be
area in front of the doors has been completed with the exception of non-skid
material for the area closest to the doors. This will be the same material
that has been installed on the steps leading to the driveway. Probably this
will happen in the spring, as it is too cold for this work now.
sidewalk running along the wall of the church has been renewed with
interlocking brick as has the short sidewalk leading to the parish centre
town of Newmarket hired a contractor to repair the steps on the boulevard
leading to the main parking lot and the contractor was Joe Peluso, a former
parishioner. He declined to charge the church. Thank you Joe.
Finally, we have replaced the winter mats in the main vestibule since, after
18 years, the old ones had passed their prime – just like the current
pastor. All of this work is funded as one of the projects of the parish
share of the Family of Faith campaign.
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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating
Why do we have liturgical colors? And why do they affect us?
Even in the secular world we associate colors with particular celebrations:
red and green for Christmas, purple and yellow for Easter, white for the
bridal gown. Schools have colors, so do doctoral robes and, of course,
early church used only one liturgical color: white. Favored for the
newly-baptized, it symbolized the pure new life they attained in Christ.
Colors were few for a simple reason: Colored clothing was so expensive in
those days that only the wealthy could afford it.
until 12th-century Jerusalem, when dyes were more commonplace, did
liturgical colors start to become law. After a false start (they wanted
black for Christmas and blue for Epiphany) the 13th century dawned with Pope
Innocent III’s decree for the colors we basically follow today: white for
festive days and saints, red for martyrs and the Holy Spirit, green for the
daily life of what we now call “ordinary time,” and violet for the
penitential seasons like Lent. Violet, together with blue and black, shared
range of colors for mourning. Hence, even though purple was originally one
of the most expensive dyes to obtain, it came to symbolize a season of
mourning—a time to die to ourselves and live for Christ.
Liturgical colors still work their magic, helping us meditate on the seasons
of the year and the meaning of life.
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Plans are well underway in preparation for the
parish 175th Anniversary in 2016. Celebrations and special events will take
place throughout the year culminating in a Mass and banquet in June. Mark
the following dates on your calendars:
January 2 & 3: Opening weekend with all masses dedicated to the
March: Choir concert & special preacher (date to be determined);
May 28: Family Carnival
May 29: Afternoon Tea – A Step Back in Time;
June 3: Pub Night;
June 4: Mass with Cardinal Collins followed by banquet at the Mansion in
are putting together a special edition yearbook. If you have any old
pictures that you would like to contribute call Christine Way Skinner at
905-898-4137and she will arrange to get them from you.
Volunteers will also be required to assist with the various functions.
Notify the parish if you would like more information on helping out with one
of the special events.
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!
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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