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February 19, 2017


Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.


(Matthew 5.38-48)







Mass Intentions
Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Tue. Feb. 21: CWL
Wed. Feb. 22: Angela & Rocco Tangreda (d.)
Fri. Feb. 24: All Souls

Please note that the office will be closed on Monday, February 20 for Family Day.

Collection for February 12, 2017
Weekly Offertory: $6,517.88 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,435.38 + Credit Card $1,334.58 = $10,287.84; Capital Campaign: $180.00 + PAG $206.77 + Credit Card $192.21 = $578.98; St. Vincent de Paul: $201.85.


Tax Receipts
What you need to know about your 2016 tax receipts…

  • They will be available after all the masses this weekend at the back of the church and at the office during the week.

  • If you switched to using your credit card to make your donations, those donations will be receipted by the Archdiocese. That amount is not included in your receipt from St. John’s.

  • If you donated to St. Vincent de Paul, you will receive a separate receipt from them.

  • If you donated to the Family of Faith campaign, you will receive your receipt from the Archdiocese.

  • If you made a ShareLife donation to St. John’s, the amount is included in your receipt. However, if you used your credit card to make that donation, the Archdiocese will send you a receipt for the ShareLife portion.

  • Still confused? Contact the office.


We have a few Sunday missals, for both adults and children, left for sale at the parish office. They are $5 apiece. First come, first served.

CWL News
Installation and General Meeting
The installation of the new executive for the CWL will take place at the 7 pm mass on Tuesday, February 21. Following the mass, we will have our annual general meeting at 8 pm, at which time the financial statements for the year will need approval. Besides business, there will also be a short, fun activity. We hope to see you there!

Call to Action
As you know, it is a central belief of Catholics that we must respect and honour human life from its earliest beginnings to its natural end. We have a duty to protect the most vulnerable and weak among us. We are opposed to the deliberate killing of another human being for any reason, even under the guise of compassion.

In light of this, the Catholic Women’s League would like to express our dismay at Global Television Network’s nation-wide airing of the mini-series Mary Kills People. Our concern is that this show glamourizes the act of euthanasia and assisted suicide. We ask that you contact Global TV and express your concern about this programme by email: ViewerContactToronto@globalnews.ca, by phone: 416-446-5460, or on social media: Global Toronto on Facebook, @globalnewsto on Twitter.

As well, please watch the bulletin for further information regarding the important issue of conscience rights regarding assisted suicide in the coming weeks.


Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Are you interested in helping the Church in its mission to pass on the faith to the next generation? Perhaps you would consider assisting with Children’s Liturgy of the Word. The commitment is flexible, but is ideally around once a month.   Please contact the office at 905-898-4137 for more information.


St. Vincent de Paul Urgent Request
Do you have experience using a Microsoft Access database? The St. Vincent de Paul Society is in urgent need of a volunteer to update and revise the existing database to incorporate changes to social programs and family tracking reports. Beyond the initial updates and revisions, future tasks would be on an as-needed basis. If you can help, please leave a message for Louisa through the parish office at 905-898-4137.

World Day of Prayer 2017
Every year on the first Friday of March, “World Day of Prayer” is celebrated around the world in solidarity with the women of a particular country; this year, that country is the Philippines. Join us here at St. John’s on Friday, March 3 at 7:30 pm for an ecumenical service prepared by the women of the Philippines. The service will be led by Fr. Norberto, and the theme is “Am I Being Unfair to You?”


Friday Mass During Lent
As part of our Lenten preparations for Easter, we will be celebrating mass on Fridays at 7 pm instead of 8 am beginning on March 10. Mass will be followed by stations of the cross and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.


Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday is March 1. Ashes will be distributed at the 12:10 mass and again at 7:30 pm. Ashes are a symbol of repentance.  They remind us of our own mortality and our limitedness as creatures.  With ashes we remember how much we are in need of God’s grace and mercy and how much we need to come back to the ways of our loving God. 


Donation Envelopes
Donation envelopes will now be available at the office. Please pick them up as soon as possible. Envelope boxes not picked up will be reassigned.


Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance
Thank you to all the members of the Knights of Columbus, the chefs, Gary, Caroline, John and Nicole, and the student volunteers for all their hard work in organizing and hosting a very successful St. Valentine’s Dinner and Dance. The food was amazing and it was wonderful to be able to socialize with other members of the parish all while raising over $3,354 for Community Bread.

The money raised will provide approximately 15 weeks’ worth of meals or enough to feed 1,050 guests!


Mardi Gras Mass
The Augustinians at Marylake would like to invite you to a Mardi Gras mass on Saturday, February 25 at 5 pm in preparation for Lent, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace (13760 Keele St., King City). The music for the mass will be entirely in the style of Louisiana Dixieland Jazz, which is traditional in the southern U.S. After the mass, traditional Shrove Tuesday pancakes and sausages will be served while the Red Peppers Dixieland Jazz Band provides the entertainment. For more information, please call 905-833-5368 or e-mail info@augustinians.ca.


Marriage Encounter Weekend
Celebrate your love and take a fresh look at your marriage by spending a very special weekend together. A weekend of discovery…a lifetime of love! A Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps married couples rediscover themselves as individuals and as a couple. The weekend format helps couples communicate openly and honestly without group sharing, therapy or marriage counselling. The next upcoming weekend is March 17 – 19 at the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga. For more information and application, please visit www.wwme.org, or contact Gerard & Marge at gerard.marge@rogers.com or 905-792-1925.





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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating



World Day of Prayer 2017
Every year on the first Friday of March, “World Day of Prayer” is celebrated around the world in solidarity with the women of a particular country; this year, that country is the Philippines. Join us here at St. John’s on Friday, March 3 at 7:30 pm for an ecumenical service prepared by the women of the Philippines. The service will be led by Fr. Norberto, and the theme is “Am I Being Unfair to You?”



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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