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June 14, 2015
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The smallest seed
becomes the greatest of all shrubs.
Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. Jun. 15: Drago Pavlovic (d.)
Tues. Jun. 16: CWL
Wed. Jun. 17: Salvatore DeStefano (d.)
Thur. Jun. 18: Rosalina Reyes (d.)
Fri. Jun. 19: Rose Marcello (d.)
Sat. Jun. 20: Mike Boland (d.)
Last Week's Collection: $5,941.15 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,624.38 +
Credit Card $1,214.80 = $9,600.33; Capital Campaign: $1,041.00 + PAG $249.46
+ Credit Card $197.26 = $1,667.72; ShareLife: $750.00; St. Vincent de Paul:
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.
York Catholic Directory
Copies of the York Catholic Directory are available at the back of the
church under the bulletin board. This directory lists all the Catholic
Churches in York Region along with mass times at each.
Masses during the summer
This summer there will be no Masses on Mondays from July 6 to September
14 inclusive, as well as on September 3 & 4.
Working wonders with families in our neighbourhoods ...
The Smith family came for counselling to deal with the sudden death of their
parent. The children's grief was complicated by the fact that they were now
residing with their other parent, with whom they had not spent a great deal
of time, due to long work hours to provide for the family. As this grief
stricken family learned about each other, how to relate, how to trust, how
to love and build a new definition of "family", they began to open up to
their counsellor and share what their life was like before their parent's
tragic death. One child in the family shared that a trusted adult in their
life used to be very abusive to them - physically assaulting them, locking
them in closets, and making them hurt each other - to name just a few of the
milder incidents. That disclosure to the family therapist led to the arrest
of that individual and it also resulted in those children no longer feeling
afraid of any future victimization. Closer family intimacy, safety, and a
brighter future resulted for the Smith family. Last year,
ShareLife-supported Family Service agencies provided family counselling to
over 5,100 people in the Greater Toronto Area.
Thank you for your generosity.
Together we can work wonders!
The annual Mass for the Faithful Departed will be held on Wednesday,
August 12 at 7 pm at St. John's Cemetery. In case of inclement weather, the
mass will be moved to the church.
Grateful "thank you's" go out to:
Madeleine Burke, her planning committee, helpers, contributors and
participants, who executed the program for the Mass and prepared the
excellent Reception luncheon in celebration of our 90th Anniversary on
the ladies who came out for the Sewing project last Tuesday. We made 36
beautiful pillow cases for Sick Kids.
June general meeting will be an Evening of Reflection. Our own Christine Way
Skinner will reflect on the current CWL theme, One Heart, One Voice, One
Mission - One Family in Christ.
All women of the parish are invited to attend. Service pins will be
presented to eligible recipients at the Mass, prior to the Evening of
Reflection meeting on June 16.
Plans are well underway in preparation for the parish 175th Anniversary
in 2016. Celebrations and special events will take place throughout the year
culminating in a Mass and banquet in June. Mark the following dates on your
January 2 & 3: Opening weekend with all masses dedicated to the
March: Choir concert & special preacher (date to be determined);
May 28: Family Carnival
May 29: Afternoon Tea - A Step Back in Time;
June 3: Pub Night;
June 4: Mass with Cardinal Collins followed by banquet at the Mansion in
are putting together a special edition yearbook. If you have any old
pictures that you would like to contribute call Christine Way Skinner at
905-898-4137and she will arrange to get them from you.
Volunteers will also be required to assist with the various functions.
Notify the parish if you would like more information on helping out with one
of the special events.
Please remember when you move to let us know, so that we can update our
files. Also, if you are new to our parish, please register with us and let
your old parish know that you have moved so that they too can update their
Congratulations & Thank You
The celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation probably felt to many
of you like the end point - a sort of graduation - after a long process of
preparation. But nothing could be farther from the truth! Confirmation is
NOT about GRADUATION, but rather, about INITIATION. Now it is time for you
to begin to LIVE the sacrament, to live a new life marked by the Spirit's
wonder & awe.
Special thanks to all the wonderful facilitators who offered so much of
their time, to make the preparation process meaningful for the confirmandi.
Thanks to Kara Lee McWatters, Jared Pereira, Melinda Marghetis, Gary Marston,
Tara Cretney, Jeanine Cardinali, Kathy Verrelli, Cathy McDonnell, Maddie di
Muccio, Nancy Davie, Catherine Rovina, Sean Rickman and Tawnya Cummins.
Thanks also to students from Sacred Heart as well as other confirmation
parents who helped with the gown pick up, the retreats, photography and with
setting up the confirmation groups. We should all be very grateful for their
Finally, we should all be grateful for those parishioners who prayed for
each candidate and to the Catholic Women's League for the gifts given to
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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating
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.
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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