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May 1, 2016
Sixth Sunday of Easter
The Holy Spirit will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I have said to you.
Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. May 2: Deceased Bruno family members
Tues. May 3: Margaret Fabris (d.)
Wed. May 4: Frank & Linda Kelly (d.)
Thurs. May 5: Deceased Molella family members
Fri. May 6: Irma Lemcke (d.)
Sat. May 7: Alphonsus Lambe (d.)
Last week’s collection: Weekly Offertory: $7,438.80. + Pre-Authorized
Giving (PAG) $2,450.38 + Credit Card $1,457.78 = $11,346.96; Capital
Campaign: $95.00 + PAG $214.85 + Credit Card $191.70 = $501.55; ShareLife:
$640.00; St. Vincent de Paul: $276.00.
175th Anniversary Choir
All former choir members throughout the
years are invited to join our choir and sing at
the Anniversary Mass, Sat. June 4 at 4 PM.
Rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM. Call or
email David our director. Join us!
Mark your calendars:
Tuesday, May 17 is the next general meeting after the 7 pm mass. The guest
speaker will be Ria Kinghorn to discuss the art of icons.
Tuesday, May 24 we will be sewing pillowcases for Sick Kids at 7 pm in the
Tuesday, June 21 will be an evening of reflection with Deacon Gary and Fr.
Memories of St. John’s
Parchment forms on which you can record favourite memories of your time
here at St. John’s are still available under the bulletin board. These
memories will be posted on the bulletin board until May 21 at which time we
will put them into a binder to create a book of memories. Instructions are
on the back of the sheets.
Feel free to fill out a sheet and return it to the office or leave it in the
the bulletin board.
Mark the following dates on your calendars:
* May 28, 11 am – 3 pm: Family Carnival;
* May 29, 1 pm and 3 pm: Victorian Tea;
* June 3, 7 pm to 11 pm: Pub Night;
* June 4, 4 pm: Mass with Cardinal Collins followed by gala at the Mansion
Tickets for the Gala are $100 per person and can be purchased at the
back of the church after all the masses. If you reserved tickets in the last
couple of weeks, you can pay for them this weekend and pick them up as well.
Tickets for the Victorian Tea are available for $5 per person. This is a
minimal charge to help cover the cost of the event and help determine how
many people will be attending.
Tickets for the Pub Night are also available for $5 per person.
Commemorative Historical Book
We have prepared a commemorative historical book for our 175th
Anniversary. The hardcover book can be pre-ordered on-line at
for a cost of $27. Delivery will be the end of May. After this date, books
can be purchased for $30 after mass or at the office.
The annual spring clean-up of St. John’s Cemetery will take place on
Saturday, May 7 from 9 am to 12 pm. We need as many volunteers as possible
with rakes, shovels, and wheelbarrows to be at the cemetery. Some equipment
will also be provided if you don’t have any. Following the morning work, the
Knights of Columbus will provide a BBQ lunch at the Parish Centre. For
students looking to do community service, this will qualify. Please bring
your forms to be signed.
Working wonders for the elderly…
Elva is a client in her late 70’s who spent her life overcoming the
challenges of Spine Bifida. Despite her physical disabilities, Elva
travelled the world as a music teacher and pianist for the National Ballet
in Canada. Wheelchair bound for the last 25 years, Elva gradually found
herself less able to continue playing the piano and doing the things she
enjoyed. Last year, the Society of Sharing matched Elva with Adam, and this
has reconnected her to the community, giving her a renewed sense of meaning
This year, our support for ShareLife will help to expand this volunteer
model into the Peel Region to assist seniors in this area.
Last year ShareLife-supported agencies provided outreach programs that met
the needs of over 2,200 seniors.
Next ShareLife Sunday is May 29
A healing mass will be held on Monday, May 9 at 10:30 am for all
parishioners especially residents of nursing homes and seniors’ residences,
shut-ins and all who are sick and suffering in our parish. Anyone needing
help or transportation please phone the parish office at 905-898-4137.
Thank you for remembering the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The total
amount collected for March was $1,246.01. We sincerely thank you for your
loonies & toonies at the door. However, should you wish to contribute more
please place a cheque, in the SVDP poor box payable to St. Vincent de Paul
and we will gladly issue a tax receipt to you. New volunteers are always
Prayer for Palliative Care
The CWL of Canada calls all people of faith to join nationwide in 12
Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care on May 4. This is designed to take place
during the National Hospice Palliative Care Week (organized by the Canadian
Hospice Palliative Care Association) as a profound witness to the sanctity
of human life. Please pray in your own way and add to this powerful
commitment of prayer.
KC’s Cancer Cushion Fund
The 10th Annual Pub Night & Silent Auction to benefit cancer patients in
need of financial assistance will take place on Saturday, May 14 at the
Newmarket Community Centre. POGO RODEO, featuring Tyler Stewart of Barenaked
Ladies, will be performing. Silent auction, raffles, door prizes, cash bar,
late night buffet all for only $30 per person. Order online at
Summer Programs 2016
The York Catholic DSB offers a variety of educational programs
throughout the school year for Elementary and Secondary students. For
program information or to register online kindly visit us at ce.ycdsb.ca.
Opening and closing registration dates vary by program, so register early
and avoid disappointment.
Church Bulletin Advertising
Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisement for our
church bulletin. The advertising will begin in July 2016 & supports the
bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or
service. Call Liturgical Publications at 1-800-268-2637.
Items for Yellow Brick House
Yellow Brick House is in need of a Little Tykes playhouse and any other
larger Little Tykes play equipment, as well as a few outdoor patio or wicker
chairs. If you have any of these items to donate please contact Monica at
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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating
Development and Peace
Did you know that Ethiopia is going through its worst drought in 50
years? You are invited to St. Joan of Arc church at 7 pm (1701 Bloor St W,
just east of the Keele Subway) on April 28 for An Evening in Ethiopia.
Members of Development and Peace who travelled to Ethiopia this past summer
will share their experiences. Come hear first-hand how Development and Peace
is making a difference in helping communities in Ethiopia overcome the many
challenges they face. Light refreshment will be served and fair-trade
products will be available for sale. There is no charge for this event.
Development and Peace is a ShareLife agency.
Our New Catholics
We welcome all the people who were initiated into the church at the Easter
The following were baptized
Melia De Faria
The following were received into the Roman Catholic Church:
The following were confirmed:
The following received communion:
Understanding and Supporting Children’s Mental Health
We would like to invite you to an informative evening on understanding
and supporting children’s mental health. The event is being held at Canadian
Martyrs Catholic Elementary School, 170 London Rd in Newmarket, on Tuesday,
April 5 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. We are thrilled to have guest speaker Dr.
Ahmed Boachie, MD, FRCP(C), FAED, Director of the Eating Disorders Program
at Southlake Regional Health Centre, staff psychiatrist at Sick Kids
Hospital, and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
Education and early detection have countless benefits! To RSVP please email
your confirmation by March 30 to
On Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
On this day the disciples saw the empty tomb, and the risen Jesus began to
appear to them. Easter celebrates our belief in life after death. It ranks
first among the feasts of the church. The Easter Sunday Mass differs a bit
from others. The new paschal candle is lit and stands near the ambo. Having
omitted the Glory to God throughout the season of Lent, we sing it again.
The Easter sequence is said or sung after the second reading. During Lent we
sang a different acclamation before the Gospel, but now we sing “Alleluia”
again. Attendance is strong on Easter, as all those who profess faith in
Christ join together in a single celebration. Many worshipers like to dress
up for the occasion. The main Easter liturgy is the Easter Vigil on Saturday
night, and all Catholics should make every effort to participate in it. But
Easter Sunday remains a popular choice for affirming one’s faith in the
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Parish Financial Update
You will find on the shelves at the back of the church a blue page with
the annual parish Statement of Receipts and Expenditures for last year.
The basic figures show that the revenue for the parish operating account was
down about $40,000 last year and expenses were up. The finance committee has
prepared a preliminary budget for this year that is still $32,000 short of
anticipated income. We are therefore working on reducing many expenses but
we also need to increase the level of giving in the regular Sunday
think that there are a number of reasons for the short fall, with one of the
principal reasons being the wonderful response 18 months ago to the Family
of Faith Campaign. People are still seeing deductions being made to their
chequing accounts and credit cards for this campaign and other parish
There are quite a few very generous people in our parish and we certainly
thank you for your contributions. In fact, we are not asking you people to
increase your donations. It always seems to be the same people who are
already generous and then dig deeper when asked.
we are asking to increase their donations are the people who contribute
nothing or $5.00 to $10.00 dollars when they come to church.
For a few this is all they can afford and we accept this, it is what we are
about. However, for those who can afford to do so, we ask you to pick up the
slack this year. We only need to increase the collection by about $800 per
Sunday. Let us not rely on the same generous people year after year.
is something to think about if you are in the $5.00 group. When you go to
McDonald’s, a basic meal combo consisting of a Big Mac, small fries and a
pop costs $8.09 or $9.14 with tax. Five dollars does not even buy you one
meal in 2016. Let us ask ourselves if the time we spend in Church with God
nourishing our spiritual selves is worth as much as our half hour at
McDonald’s feeding our physical selves.
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.
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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