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December 4, 2016


Second Sunday of Advent

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.


(Matthew 3.1-12)




Mass Intentions

Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. Dec. 5: Antonio, Filomena & Maria
Vecchiarelli (d.)
Tues. Dec 6: Florant Orr (d.)
Wed. Dec 7: Terri McGuigan (d.)
Sat. Dec. 10: Mike Boland (d.)

Weekly Collection
Last Week’s Collection: $7,346.65 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,399.61 + Credit Card $1,272.32 = $11,018.58; Capital Campaign: $207.00 + PAG $212.54 + Credit Card $192.21 = $611.75; Shepherd’s Trust: $463.00; St. Vincent de Paul: $211.20


CWL News

Christmas Dinner
Our Christmas Dinner will be held on December 20 in the Parish Hall. In addition to our usual great meal, we will have a sing-a-long and musical entertainment including something by Fr. Efren. For tickets please contact Joan at 905-895-9295 or email at sydney.fray@sympatico.ca or Judy at 905-895-6099 or email at judylynjagger@icloud.com. Cost is $25.00. Tickets are also available at the office.

Just a reminder that Membership fees for 2017 are due by January 1, 2017. These may be put in the collection basket in an envelope with your name and addressed to the CWL.


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 10 & 11, we will be displaying nativity sets in the Parish Hall after all the masses. If you have an interesting nativity scene that you would like to display, contact the office.


Parish Donation Options

Please pick up your 2017 offertory envelopes which are now available in 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.
If you wish to start using envelopes, blank boxes of envelopes are available beside the labelled ones.

Envelope reassignment
To reduce the number of unassigned envelopes, 43 lucky parishioners will be “moving up” with new envelope numbers. If you have an envelope number higher than 775, you have been assigned a new number. Please check the binder that is by the envelopes for that new number.

Lectors required
The 5 pm mass requires some more lectors. If standing up in public does not make you tremble with fear and you get inspired by the words of holy scripture, then you may be called to be a lector. The commitment is once every four to six weeks and preparation involves reading and meditating on the readings before mass. Training will be provided. Please contact the office at 905-898-4137 or stjohns@neptune.on.ca if you are interested in becoming involved with this ministry.


Faith Embodied
Faith Embodied Pilgrimage: As part of the ongoing series exploring art and theology, we will be taking a group to the Art Gallery of Ontario to see "Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and More" on Friday, December 16.  We will leave at 9:30 am and return after lunch.  We will purchase our own tickets to this exhibit at the door and will carpool.  If you are interested in attending, please call or email Christine Way Skinner (cway@neptune.on.ca)


Christmas Rehearsal
Children and Youth interested in participating in the dramatization of the First Christmas at the 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Mass for children are invited to sign-up by calling the parish office, signing the sheets located at the entrances of the church and at the office or you can also email Christine Way Skinner at cway@neptune.on.ca.



Communal Reconciliation
Again, this year we will be hosting a Joint Penitential Service with St. Elizabeth Seton here at our church. This service, which is not a mass, will take place on Tuesday, December 13 at 7 pm. There will be several priests on hand to hear confession at that time.

Day of Confession
The Archdiocese has again planned a day of confession on Wednesday, December 14. A priest will be available to hear confessions on this day from 9 am to 12 pm; from 2 pm to 4 pm and from 7 pm to 9 pm.


Christmas Card Sales
The Knights of Columbus will be selling Christmas cards at the back of the church after all the masses this weekend.


St. Vincent de Paul Christmas
Thank you to everyone for bringing in your gifts and stars from the Mary McCluskey Giving Tree. We are looking for a few able-bodied volunteers to help bring all the food and gifts over to the Parish Centre after the 12 pm mass on Sunday.


Altar Server Meeting
There will be a meeting for all current and new altar servers on Thursday, December 8 at 6 pm. Any children interested in this ministry are welcome to come and encouraged to bring a friend as well.


Masses to celebrate the Solemnities.
On December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and on December 12, the Solemnity of our Lady of Guadalupe, parishioners are invited to say the rosary at 7 pm followed by the celebration of mass at 7:30 pm.


Poor Box
Thank you for remembering the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The total amount collected for November was $882.10. We sincerely thank you for your loonies & toonies at the door. However, should you wish to contribute more it is easy to include a cheque in the collection basket payable to St. Vincent de Paul and we’ll gladly issue you a tax receipt. New volunteers are always welcome.


Christmas Cake Sales
Gourmet Christmas Cakes will be sold after all the masses next weekend.


Calling all Photographers
Our Catholic life is full of beauty – in the architecture and art of our churches; in the liturgical traditions and sacred rites of our worship; and in the rich, vibrant activities of our parish communities. The Archdiocese of Toronto, is hoping to celebrate this beauty through photographs.
The Archdiocese is regularly asked to provide photographs of parishes and special parish events. These images are most often used by parishes and chancery departments, with permission, for websites and in publications. Therefore we are seeking photographers within the Archdiocese to be a part of a photographic team who may be contacted to take photos a few times a year for specific assignments or special events at a parish in their local area. Potential candidates should have their own professional photographic equipment. If you are interested in joining this team, please send an email and a link to your portfolio (if available) via email to Emanuel Pires or 416-934-0606, ext. 566.












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Advent Resources for Families
Christine Way Skinner has compiled a list of some useful internet links to help families celebrate the season of Advent.
* For the meaning of Advent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S02KOlw7dlA

* Diocese of Dublin video reflection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AySe5pZnwig

* Father Barron talking about The Advent Revolution:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz-l8rEIdEc

* Busted Halo also has a great electronic Advent Calendar.  It won’t be up until Sunday but here’s the link to the page:  http://bustedhalo.com/ministry-resources/advent-busted-halo

* For some fun as a family try the Advent Instachallenge, the Reverse Advent Calendar or the Advent Acts of Kindness Calendar at: http://www.muminthemadhouse.com/acts-of-kindness-for-advent-an-alternative-advent-calendar/.  The link will not be available until Sunday.

* Christine Way Skinner’s Pinterest Board at http://www.pinterest.com/cwayskinner/holy-days-advent

* For poetry lovers:  poems by Dan Clendenin on his Journey with Jesus site:  http://www.journeywithjesus.net/poetry/poetry-index?jwjpoetrygenre=1:Advent.


Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical year. While it expresses the deep longing of all humanity for God, it celebrates the three-fold coming of the Lord: remembering the events that surrounded the Lord’s coming long ago, celebrating his coming among us today, and looking forward to his final coming in glory.

Advent is a season of devout and joyful expectation. Its four Sundays (with its actual length determined by the weekday of Christmas) highlight our desire and longing for peace, justice and unity.

The first part of Advent looks forward to the parousia, the Lord’s glorious return at the end of time and reflects on his presence among us today.
The second part – from December 17 to 24 – is a direct preparation for Christmas the yearly commemoration of Jesus’ coming among us in human flesh.
Although the length of Advent once extended back to November 11 and was generally celebrated as a season of penance, its character today is expressed in terms of anticipation, longing and incompleteness. Enlivened & united in the Spirit, we journey through Advent toward the consummation of human history and prepare for the Christmas feast. Advent is a period of quietness & moderation; a time inspired by anticipation rather than penance; a season that acknowledges our incompleteness.

Excerpt from Celebrating the Season of Advent, National Liturgy Office, CCCB Copyright © Concacan Inc. 2006



Sacrament of Reconciliation
Later this month children in our parish will be celebrating their 1st reconciliation. Since Advent is just around the corner, it is a good time to reflect upon this sacrament.

Reconciliation By Paul Turner
Our Catholic church treasures the sacrament of reconciliation. Many parishes offer a communal celebration of penance, especially during Advent and Lent. But private reconciliation is usually available every week of the year. If you’d like to celebrate reconciliation, here’s what to do:

Prepare. Prayerfully recall your sins. Some will represent a more general pattern of behaviour. Go to the priest. Visit when he’s in the reconciliation room or ask for an appointment. You may either kneel anonymously behind a screen or sit in a chair where you may speak face to face.

Be welcome. You and the priest may greet each other. Make the Sign of the Cross. You may indicate the interval since your last confession or anything else that will help. Either you or the priest may read from Scripture.

Confess your sins. Some penitents begin with a formula like, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.” But you don’t have to. Let the priest know your sins. You may discuss the sins you confess so the priest can give you the best counsel.

Receive a penance. The priest will recommend some action after you leave to indicate to God the sincerity in your heart. Usually he suggests prayer or self-denial. If it sounds difficult, let him know.

Pray for forgiveness. The priest may invite you to say a prayer of sorrow aloud. If you remember the Act of Contrition, you may use it. But you may also speak simply from your heart. Receive absolution. This is the best part. The priest proclaims absolution, and God forgives your sins.

Conclude. The priest may say, “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good.” If so, answer, “His mercy endures forever.” Or he may conclude informally.

Change! Go forth, and with God’s help, begin to live a new life of freedom from the slavery of sin!

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Welcome Baby Grace
Last February, the African refugee family sponsored by our parish and St. Elizabeth Seton parish arrived in Canada with their five children.  On Wednesday, October 5, they welcomed a new baby girl, weighing a healthy 6.7 pounds, named Grace. Mother and baby are doing well. The four oldest children are in Catholic elementary school, and Dad is working full time.  
Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support for this family.



Volunteers Needed
We urgently need volunteers to teach all grades of Sunday School. 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. You do not need a PhD in theology – training and materials are provided.  You need only a willingness to serve, a comfort level with your own faith and an ability to work well with others.  Please consider helping in this ministry, because without your help we will not be able to run this programme.

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.


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.




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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