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May 17, 2015
Ascension of the Lord

The Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God.

(Mark 16.15-20)

Mass Intensions
Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. May 18: No Mass
Tues. May 19: CWL
Wed. May 20: Neal Kearney (d.)
Thurs. May 21: Zigmas Gedminas (d.)

Please note that the office will be closed on Monday, May 18 for Victoria Day and there will be no Mass.

Weekly Collection
Last Week’s Collection: $6,188.60 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,555.15 + Credit Card $1,160.24 = $9,903.99; Capital Campaign: $180.00 + PAG $249.46 + Credit Card $137.48 = $566.94; ShareLife: $575.00; St. Vincent de Paul: $292.30; Popes Pastoral Works: $1,244.00; Humanitarian Relief – Nepal: $160.00.


CWL News
Concerned about our environment?  We live in the Lake Simcoe/Holland River watershed.  Come hear what is being done locally and what we can do to protect this ecosystem.  A member of the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority will do a presentation and floor any questions at our general meeting on Tuesday, May 19 following the 7:00 pm Mass.

Sewing Project: Pillowcases for Sick Kids.  Come join us in the Parish Centre on May 26 at 7:00 pm.

Marriage Banns
There is a promise of marriage between:
Denis Rousselle & Emily Jensen



Working wonders for our new arrivals in Canada…
Within one year of arriving in Canada, large numbers of immigrants who had no prior mental health problems experience mental health challenges that often impede their ability to settle in Canada. In addition, there are few culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services. Last year, ShareLife agencies helped to meet this challenge by providing advocacy programs for more than 40,000 immigrants and refugees in the GTA.

As of week 10 of the campaign (May 7) our parish grand total is $60,463

Thank you for your generosity. Together we can work wonders!

Parish Financial Report
The Parish Financial Report and Statement of Receipts and Expenditures for 2014 is available at the back of the church under the bulletin board. Please help yourselves to a copy.


Backpack Program
Each year, the York Region Food Network coordinates a Backpack Program that provides basic school supplies through the food banks directly to children in low-income families. The CWL is supporting this important program by collecting items for these backpacks. You can drop off items at any time in the Stained Glass Room. We require new items only such as backpacks, binders, paper, pencils, coloured pencils, erasers, pens, and pencil cases. Younger children need crayons and high school students need scientific calculators and math sets.


Next weekend, May 23/24 young people from our parish will be receiving the sacrament of Confirmation. To help ease the overcrowding at the regular masses, an additional mass will be said on Saturday, May 23 at 3 pm. All parishioners are welcome to attend. In solidarity, with the confirmandii who will be endowed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit and because it is Pentecost weekend, we invite you all to wear red to mass.


CWL 90th Anniversary
The Catholic Women’s League of St. John Chrysostom Parish is marking its 90th Anniversary with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick. The Mass will take place on Sunday, May 31 at 12 pm and a short reception will follow in the Parish Hall. All past parish members are invited to attend. For more information contact the Parish Office at 905-898-4137.


Wanted: Treasurer for SVP
Your St. Vincent de Paul Society needs your help! We require a Treasurer to join the team. You will be tutored (gently) into your responsibilities, and expected to attend one evening meeting each month (2nd Monday of the month). If you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity, please phone Bill Cyr at 905-473-5285 or 289-383-4496.


Trip to St. Jacobs Market
The Italian Social Group will be hosting a day trip to St. Jacobs Farmers’ & Flea Market on Thursday, May 21. The group will be departing from St. John’s at 8:30 am and returning at roughly 6:30 pm. The cost is $59.00 per person, which includes roundtrip transportation via deluxe coach, a visit to St. Jacobs Market, buffet lunch, driver gratuity and taxes. To book your spot, contact Maria De Simone 905-895-9665.

Seeing with Heart
A day of reflection is taking place on Saturday, June 6 from 9 am to 5 pm for Catholic parents of lesbian daughters and gay sons. The cost of $40 includes lunch. It takes place at the Scarboro Missions, 2685 Kingston Rd, Toronto. For more information, call John Montague 416-523-6449.


Ascension on Sunday
The Ascension of Christ, which traditionally falls on a Thursday, may be celebrated on a Sunday in certain parts of the world.

The Ascension originated as a Thursday celebration because of the story of the event from the penning of the Acts of the Apostles. There, Luke says that Jesus rose from the dead, appeared to believers for 40 days and then ascended to the heavens. Even though the accounts of the ascension in the Gospels suggest it took place after a shorter period of time, the liturgy of the church has honoured the chronology from Acts by celebrating the Ascension on Thursday of the sixth week of Easter.

The Solemnity of the Ascension is one of 10 days that may be a holy day of obligation. Not all countries have the same holy days. In those countries where the Ascension is not a holy day, the solemnity is transferred to the following Sunday.

Those celebrating Ascension on Sunday will miss the Mass texts of the seventh Sunday of Easter, filled with anticipation for the Spirit of Pentecost. The second reading and the Gospel of the Seventh Sunday of Easter may replace those usually heard on the Sixth. Those attending weekday Masses may notice that the responsorial psalm on Friday and Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter is a seasonal psalm for the Ascension, even if their community will not celebrate the solemnity until Sunday.

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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!




Mentioned in Deacon Garry's
homily, Feb. 8-9, 2014

The Joy of the Gospel
by Pope Francis I

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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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