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May 15, 2016

Pentecost Sunday

The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,

will teach you everything.


(John 14.15 – 26)



Mass Intentions
Special Intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. May 16: Thanksgiving mass for Philip Okoh (s.i.)
Tues. May 17: CWL
Wed. May 18: Zigmas Gedminas (d.)
Sat. May 21: Felisicima Pascaul (d.)


Weekly Collection
Last week’s collection: Weekly Offertory: $6,922.00. + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,450.38 + Credit Card $1,907.10 = $11,279.48; Capital Campaign: $805.00 + PAG $214.85 + Credit Card $191.70 = $1,211.55; ShareLife: $310.00; St. Vincent de Paul: $218.00.


Special Message from Father Bob
We can now announce that the new pastor will be Father Efren Alvarez-Pelayo. Efren was born in Mexico but has been in Canada for over 20 years. He studied at the Toronto School of Theology and was ordained from St. Augustine’s Seminary.
Most recently he has been pastor of St. Jude’s on Weston Road. He was here for lunch a few weeks ago and liked the parish and all that happens here. The staff all enjoyed meeting him. He will make it much easier to forget about Father Bob and Father Miro. (Editorial note by the grumpy old man himself.) An associate pastor will arrive at the end of July. We have a name of someone from another diocese but that could change. We will keep you posted.


Commemorative Historical Book
We have prepared a commemorative historical book for our 175th Anniversary. The hardcover book can be pre-ordered online at
http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01129392 for $27. Delivery will be at the end of May. After this date, books can be purchased for $30 after mass or in the parish office.

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 basket under the bulletin board.

175th Anniversary
Mark the following dates on your calendars:
* May 28, from 11 am – 3 pm: Family Carnival;
* May 29, at 1 pm and 3 pm: Victorian Tea;
* June 3, from 7 pm – 11 pm: Pub Night;
* June 4, at 4 pm: Mass with Cardinal Collins, followed by the Gala at The Mansion in Aurora.


Ticket Sales
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 past, you can pay for them this weekend and pick them up as well. Please note that next weekend, May 21/22, all reserved tickets must be paid for and this will also be the final weekend to purchase them.

Tickets for the Victorian Tea are available for $5 per person from the office only or by contacting Madeleine at 905-898-4137. Tickets for the 1 pm seating are almost sold out but there are still many available for the 3 pm seating. Get them now before time runs out. Tickets sales close on May 22 and no tickets will be sold at the door.

Tickets for the Pub Night are also available for $5 per person after mass or from the office until May 29.

Working wonders for those who need help in our neighbourhood…
In response to operational challenges and funding cuts, agencies continue to explore creative ways of working together
and reaching more clients. The first initiative known as “Shared Services” encourages agencies to share back office functions in the areas of human resources, financial management and information technology. The vision for this effort
is to strengthen the collaboration of agencies guided by the philosophy of working for the common good. Ultimately these administrative and program efficiencies will lead to enhanced organizational capacity, reducing overhead and administrative costs for ShareLife supported agencies.
Next ShareLife Sunday is May 29.
You can work wonders!

CWL News
Please mark your calendars for these events:
This Tuesday, May 17 is our general meeting. Artist and speaker Ria Kinghorn will enlighten us on the art of icons.
Tuesday, May 24 we will be sewing pillow-cases for Sick Kids at 7 pm in the Parish Hall.
Tuesday, June 21 Fr. Bob will give a brief message followed by our Evening of Reflection with Deacon Gary.


Congratulations to the young people receiving the sacrament of confirmation this weekend. Due to the large number of candidates this year, we have a second weekend of confirmations on May 21 at the 5 pm mass and on May 22 at the 10 pm & 12 pm masses.


Seeing with Heart
A day of reflection is taking place on Saturday, June 4 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 Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering. For more information, call John Montague


Distractions at church
“Don’t pray at Mass. Pray the Mass.”
That piece of advice disoriented many Catholics in the 1960s when the church invited us to take a different role at Mass. Catholics used to go to church carrying prayer books and rosaries so they could say their own prayers while Mass was going on. They were asked to take part in the prayer going on around them publicly.

Distractions come in many other forms, too. You will find people reading the bulletin, or checking their texts/emails during the homily, the scripture readings or the eucharistic prayer. Occasionally, a cell phone rings. Sometimes it belongs to the priest! If he answers it, you know that distractions have gotten way out of hand.

Sometimes we bring our own distractions. You may come to church with the intention of joining in the prayer, but your mind begins to wander.

Nonetheless, our common goal is to pray the Mass. It is hard, but two activities will help: preparation at home and concentration at church. At home you can prepare for Mass by reading the Scriptures beforehand and making time for personal prayer. Then when you arrive at church, the skills you honed at private prayer will enhance your communal prayer. During the Mass, concentrate on the texts you say or sing. Think about the meaning of the words. Listen attentively when one of the ministers speaks. Observe the silences with reverence. Distractions will be fewer when our preparation and concentration grow stronger.

Paul Turner, Copyright © 2012 Resource Publlications, Inc., 160 E Virginia St. #170, San Jose, CA 95112 (408) 286-8505.






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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 Vigil

The following were baptized
Aneesa Abdool
Jonah Seetal
Dana Rennie
Melia De Faria
Keiran Burton
Luke Jordan
Hunter Jordan
Savannah Slessor
Heydyn Slessor

The following were received into the Roman Catholic Church:
Alison Francois
Jonathon Slessor
Susan Cadorette
Natallia Melo

The following were confirmed:
Zeenat Aumeer
Alyssa Jagger

The following received communion:
Sarah Kenney



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 childmh@outlook.com .


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 risen Christ.

Copyright © 2012 Resource Publications, Inc. 160 E. Virginia St. #170, San Jose, CA 95112,


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 collection.

We 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 initiatives.
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.

Those 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.

Here 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: 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.


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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