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April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday

According to the scripture: Jesus must rise from the dead.

(John 20.1-9)



Easter Message
On behalf of the whole staff of St. John’s we wish you and your families a holy and happy Easter. This is a wonderful time of hope for all of us in our parish family as we begin anew to live the gift of eternal life given to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Our celebrations over the last few days could not have been possible without the help of so many volunteers. Thank you to the musicians, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, ministers of hospitality, decorators and those who cleaned the church. You all did an amazing job!









the Great Three Days
from sundown on Thursday
to sundown on Sunday


Holy Thursday, April 17

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
till midnight

Good Friday, April 18
Friday of the Passion of the Lord
services at 12 pm & 3 pm (with choir)

Holy Saturday, April 19
Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil
7:30 pm (choir, band)

Easter Sunday, April 20
Resurrection of the Lord
Masses of Easter Day - Regular Sunday Schedule
8:30 am, 10:00 am (with choir),
12:00 pm
(with band)


(The three days of the Triduum

are from sundown on Thursday to Sunday)



Mass Intentions
Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. April 21: No Mass
Tues. April 22: Elfred & Lawrence Lobo (.d)
Wed. April 23: Rocco Vigliotta (d.)
Thur. April 24: Theresa Desrochers (d.)
Fri. April 25: Nuala Marshall (d.)
Sat. April 26: Cindy Halifax (s.i.)

NB: The office will be closed on Easter Monday, April 21.



Weekly Collection
Last Week’s Collection: $9,281.00 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,739.42 = $12,020.42; Capital Campaign: $580.00 + PAG $225. = $805.00; ShareLife: $2,020.00 + PAG 178.50 = $2,198.50; St. Vincent de Paul: $285.00.

Candle-Lighting Remembrance
There will be a candle-lighting remembrance service following the 7 pm mass on Tuesday, April 22.  Come to light a candle and say a prayer to remember a deceased relative or friend.

Working wonders in our livelihoods…
“The services provided by ShareLife agencies are lifesaving and life-restoring to those who regularly rely on them.
Families are working through crises and are healing. People with developmental challenges are supported as they experience a sense of self-worth and fulfillment in their daily activities. Seniors are living independently, with
access to the care and services they need. Refugees and new Canadians are guided toward a stable, productive
livelihood in their newfound home. Sometimes the results are obvious and sometimes they’re invisible but, always,
they make a tangible difference.”
—Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto
Next ShareLife Sunday – May 4,
You can work wonders!

Wee Spirit – Parents and Preschoolers

Wee Spirit - Parents and Preschoolers will meet again on Wednesday, April 23 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am in the Parish Centre.  Please contact Christine Way Skinner at cway@neptune.on.ca or 905-898-4137 if you are interested in coming so we know how many people to expect.



12 Noon Mass Band
The band for the 12 noon mass is looking for one or more drummers. Practices are at 11:30 am on Sunday mornings. If you are interested contact the office or David Jafelice our music director.


CWL News - Trunk Sale
On May 24 we will be having a Trunk Sale in the Church parking lot.  Reserve your $20.00 spot by calling Joan at 905-895-9295. 
At the same time as the Trunk Sale, there will be a Bake and Plant Sale - proceeds to go to ShareLife and our own Parish.  So dig up and separate those plants that come up every Spring and fire up the oven.  Your contributions and support are always appreciated.

Easter Welcome!

We welcome all the people who were initiated into the church at the Easter Vigil.

The following were baptized:

Michelle Dao
Sotirat (Jason) Ros
Tiffany Ros
Donald Ros
Che Cheong (Peggy) Cheng
Géraldine Leggett (Gemma)
Haitao Liu
Ashlee Weedon
Tara Jam Shidi
Amanda Muhar
Madison Simmons
Christina Kamali
The following were received intothe Roman Catholic Church:
Benjamin Sandiford
Jennifer Lee Booth
Ryley Day
The following were confirmed:
Michelle Sanderse
Amanda Modrovsky
Robert Kamali
Meaghan Anne Villanueva
Mylene Villanueva


The following received first communion:
James Quinn
Nathan Jagger
Elijah De Souza

Retrouvaille helps those couples who are experiencing difficulties in their marriage through weekend live-in sessions and follow-up post sessions. The next weekend is April 25 - 27. For confidential inquiries or to register call 416-281-6007.



Salt & Light Television
Salt and Light television is being previewed free from April 1 to May 31 on Rogers and Shaw Direct. This is an excellent opportunity to view all the Easter and Canonization events along with a wealth of other programming.
Overdue Library Material
Below is a list of all the library material that has been signed out but never returned. If you have one of the items listed below, please return it so that others may enjoy it as well.

Weird Wacky Strange Slimy  - 5 People You Meet in Heaven DVD
Noah’s Ark - Walmart DVD
Prayers & Meditation for Children - Therese DVD
Angels and Donkeys - The Stable
Prayers and Meditation for Children - Larry Bob and Rumor Weed DVD
All you ever Need - Story Keepers DVD
God’s Paintbrush - My Utmost for his Highest CD
God Gave Us So Much - Joan of Arcadia DVD
Why do Catholics do that? - The Legend of the Candy Cane
God’s Easter Plan - Veggie Tales DVD
Chicken Soup for Kids Soul II - Something From Nothing DVD
My Sister is Annoying - Something
Children Learn What they Live - Heroes of the Bible DVD
Journey Easter Journey - Black Gold DVD
Chicken Soup: Preteen Soul - Real Life Takes Guts, Go for it
Catholic Catechism





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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating




Mentioned in Deacon Garry's
homily, Feb. 8-9

The Joy of the Gospel
by Pope Francis I

PDF document




Living Lent
History: Lent has been a part of the Church’s life for at least the past 1,700 years. It began as a period of special preparation for adults being baptized during the Easter vigil. Gradually it became a period of penance and conversion for public sinners and also for devout members of the community.
Purpose of Lent today: Lent is a time of prayer and penance, when Christ wants to lead us back to our baptismal promises of dying to sin and of living for God. We prepare ourselves to enter once again into Jesus’ Paschal mystery and to renew it in our lives.
Dying to sin. During Lent, God’s people seek to put sin out of their lives by uprooting habits and tendencies that are contrary to God’s will. It is a time of conversion, of turning away from our sins and of turning back to God.
Living for God. The Lord Jesus is calling us to be people of praise and prayer, and living signs of his love for all. During Lent, we open our hearts to our Father, so that we may live with Christ for God.
The Elect: The catechumens who will be baptized at the Easter vigil take a prominent place in the Lenten Sunday liturgies and at celebrations during the week. We join in prayer for them and, through our participation in the various rituals (for example, the scrutinies) come to a better understanding of the grace of our own initiation.
Lenten works: What should we be doing for Lent? Today the Church invites us to prepare for Easter by doing individual penance and penance as a group; by reading God’s word more carefully; by praying more ardently, including sincere prayer for sinners; by giving of ourselves to the service of God’s people.
Excerpt from Living Lent Liturigical Leaflet edited by the National Liturgy Office, Canadian Conference of Bishops, ©2006.



Peter’s Blog
In November a group from Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto included our church in their “Pilgrimage to Sacred Spaces” tour. Rev. Dr. Peter Holmes wrote a lovely and informative piece about their visit to St. John’s and also the Christian Baptist church here in town. Check us out at http://peter.yorkminsterpark.com/2013/12/pilgrimage-of-sacred-spaces---st-john-chrysostom-roman-catholic-church.php 


Did you know…?
We begin preparing for our Lenten fast the day before Ash Wednesday. In earlier times and still in some cultures today, no meat (or meat products such as fat) is eaten for the whole forty days of Lent. Because of this, a custom developed to use up all the fat and meat before Lent began. On the feast of Carnival, we say goodbye to meat (carne is meat in Latin). We fry up pancakes to use up all our fat. And so we begin our fast with a feast.



40 Days

The number 40 is an important number in our Sacred story. It is a number that always indicates conversion or preparation. Noah and his family floated in the ark for 40 days and 40 nights in the rain before the land had been cleared of sin and was ready for a new beginning. The people of Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years before they had learned what it meant to live as free people instead of slaves. Finally, Moses and Elijah and Jesus all fasted for a time of 40 days in preparation for the important life work that they were about to undertake. Given these important stories of preparation and conversion, the early church thought forty days was a perfect amount of time for catechumens to prepare for their life mission
as followers of Jesus.

As it turns out, this corresponds with the insights of contemporary psychologists who say that if one wants to break a bad habit ...or start a new good habit ... it takes between 40 and 50 days. It seems our ancestors were keen observers of human behaviour!

for the good of your soul.
for the good of your
for the good of your

- Gertrud Mueller Nelson


The Butterfly as a Christian Symbol
This weekend and next, we will have cut out butterflies available in the church and encourage families to write the names of deceased loved ones on the butterflies. The butterflies will then be displayed in the church in November.
What is the Christian symbolism of the Butterfly? It is the Resurrection.
The butterfly has three phases during its life:
1. The caterpillar, which just eats, symbolizes normal earthly life where people are preoccupied with taking care of their physical needs.
2. The chrysalis or cocoon resembles the tomb.
3. The butterfly represents the resurrection into a glorious new life free of material restrictions.
(Reference: www.catholic-saints.info/catholic-symbols/butterfly-christian-symbol.htm)

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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