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COMPLETE LIST of parish events and meetings please view our
Solemnity of Christ the King
The Son of Man will sit on the throne of his glory, and he will separate people
one from another.
intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. Nov. 24: Ricardo Romero (d.)
Tues. Nov. 25: Beryl Gones (d.)
Wed. Nov. 26: Domenica & Giovanni Novielli (d.)
Sat. Nov. 22: Barry Pelletier (d.)
Last Week’s Collection: $6,290.85 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,678.15 +
Credit Card $1,128.40 = $10,097.40; Capital Campaign: $61.15 + PAG $268.15 +
Credit Card $233.05 = $562.35; Shepherd’s Trust: $2675.00; St. Vincent de Paul:
Remember to renew your Membership prior to our Annual Christmas Dinner on
December 16, to be eligible for an "Early Bird" Prize. Membership renewal
envelopes are available at the back of the Church and may be deposited with the
Tickets for the Dinner are $25.00 each and may be purchased from Joan Fray at
905-895-9295 or by email at
email@example.com or at the Parish
A few years ago, we began a new education series in which we learned how our
faith has been expressed artistically in various cultures and in various times
in history. There are two events coming up in this series:
Hand-Made Christmas Card Bee
Tuesday, November 25 - 7 pm - 9 pm
Please call or email the church to register for this free event.
Multicultural Nativity Display
December 6 and 7 before and after masses
If you have an interesting nativity scene that you would like to display
contact the office.
Vincent de Paul Christmas
The St. Vincent de Paul Society would like to remind you that they would like to
receive the blue envelope donations for the Christmas Basket Program by Sunday,
November 30. The donations can be placed in the collection baskets or dropped
off at the parish centre.
Mary McCluskey Giving Tree is set up. Please take a couple of stars and return
the stars attached to the gifts by the weekend of December 6 and 7.
finally, just a reminder to bring your non-perishable food items to the church
on the weekend of December 6 and 7. Thank you for your generosity.
Knights of Columbus News
The Knights are having a Living Rosary during this coming Advent season
on Thursday, December 4 at 7 pm. Fifty volunteers are required to help lead
with Deacon Michael in reciting the rosary while everyone else joins in.
Please sign up with one of the Knights at the back of the church or contact
the Parish Office.
The Knights will be selling Christmas cards at the back of the church
after all the masses today and next weekend.
Wee Spirit - Parents and Preschoolers
Wee Spirit - Parents and Preschoolers will meet again on Wednesday, November
26 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am in the Parish Centre. Please contact Christine Way
Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-898-4137 if you are interested in coming so
we know how many people to expect.
The Parish Advent Sale of books and videos for children and adults is taking
place again this weekend after all the masses. Treat yourself to a book; buy one
as a gift or as a donation to the Parish Library! Sunday Missals will also be
available for $5 for both adult and Children’s Missals.
There will be a candle-lighting remembrance service following the 7 pm mass
on Tuesday, November 25. Come to light a candle and say a prayer to
remember a deceased relative or friend.
Father Bob, Father Miro, and the staff would like to thank all parish volunteers
for the work you do for our community. Your time and dedication to your
respective ministries enrich the lives of so many. In recognition of your
efforts, you and your significant other are invited to a Christmas “At Home” in
the rectory on Sunday, December 7 from 2 pm to 5 pm. We hope to see you there.
Refugee Sponsorship Update
We are delighted to announce that the three Syrian refugees, Zena, her
sister Reem, and their brother Sabri, are scheduled to arrive on Thursday,
November 27. We have a temporary place for them to stay, and we will be
busy in the first couple of weeks with doing necessary paperwork, getting health
cards and SIN cards, and setting up English classes. We will keep you
updated about their progress, and hope to have an opportunity for you to meet
them when they are settled. Our refugee sponsorship committee once again thanks
you for your support and prayers.
Please remember to bring non-perishable food items next Sunday. Items can be
left at the back of the church and will be donated to the local food bank.
of Faith Update
As of Tuesday, November 18 we have received a total of $983,359 in pledges.
Thank you for your tremendous support of this campaign.
Christmas Cake Sales
Gourmet Christmas Cakes will be sold after all the masses next weekend,
November 29/30. The deluxe tin is $25 and the small loaf is $15. Cakes can also
be purchased by calling Jennifer at 905-853-5009.
Speaker at Sacred Heart CHS
Reknowned author and motivational speaker, Dr. Karyn Gordon, will be at
Sacred Heart School on Monday, November 24 from 8 pm to 9 pm to give a keynote
address about Raising Healthy Kids in an Age of Affluence. For more details
Villanova College – Open House
You are cordially invited to attend our November Open House on November 27
from 10 am to 12 pm. As York Region’s only independent, Catholic school,
Villanova College offers an enriched academic program from Grade 4 to university
admissions, focusing on the development of the whole child through the teachings
of the Catholic Church. Please join us at our Open Houses or for an individual
tour contact our Office of Admissions at
Retreat Weekend for Men - ACTS
The Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga is offering a retreat
weekend for men from December 4 to 7. Men’s ACTS (Adoration, Community,
Theology, Service) is a powerful, experiential retreat for personal growth and
renewal. For further information or to register please call the Centre at
905-278-5229 or Willy 647-281-5990.
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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating
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
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 the word of the Old Testament prophets using the book Old Testament
Prophets for Today by Carolyn J. Sharp. The meetings take place Thursday
mornings from 9:15 to 11:30 am starting on September 25 at Trinity United
Church, Newmarket. For more information please call Jean Lashley at
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.
So far we have raised
$254,344. 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!
Faith Embodied --
In the spring, we offered Hatha Yoga classes as part of the faith embodied
series. It was such a popular session we will be offering it again, free of
charge. The classes will begin on Monday, September 8 and run to Monday,
November 17 from 2 pm to 3 pm. As there is limited space, pre-registration will
be required by calling the parish office.
The Office of Formation for Discipleship is offering a “Praying with
Scripture” series at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Aurora, Tuesday evenings from
September 23 – November 25 from 7 pm to 9 pm. If you are looking for new ways to
experience scripture in your prayer life, take time to discover this ancient
prayer form. To register, call the Office of Formation for Discipleship at
416-934-3400 Ext. 523 or on-line at
New Beginnings welcomes you to an inspirational talk by Fr. Fred Scinto,
C.R., entitled: “Ancient Wisdom for Persons Suffering Loss (plus some modern
common sense)”. The talk takes place on Tuesday, September 9 at 7 pm at the
Catholic Pastoral Centre, 4th Floor,1155 Yonge St., Toronto.
Fr. Fred Scinto, C.R. from Resurrection Ministries will once again engage us
with an evocative and informative theme that in Fr. Fred's words is sure to help
us "live a better, happier, fuller and more developed life". Fr. Fred
brings with him many years of experience working with widowed, separated and
Mentioned in Deacon Garry's
homily, Feb. 8-9
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.
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
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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