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January 18, 2015

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B


The disciples of John came and saw where Jesus was staying, and they remained with him.


(John 1.35-42)





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!





Mass Intentions

Please note that there will be no masses on Thursday and Fridays in January and February.


Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. Jan. 19: Matthew McConville (d.)
Tues. Jan. 20: CWL
Wed. Jan 21: Patricia Cornolo (d.)
Sat. Jan. 24: Drago Pavlovic (d.)



Weekly Collection
Last Week’s Collection: $6,820.00 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,651.61 + Credit Card $1,238.50 = $10,710.11; Capital Campaign: $292.00 + PAG $268.15 + Credit Card $193.85 = $754.00; St. Vincent de Paul: $322.90.



Donation Envelopes
Please pick up your 2015 offertory envelopes which are available in the Stained Glass Room at the back of the church. Ensure that we still have the information on file and contact the office to report any changes or other discrepancies.

If you wish to start using envelopes, blank boxes of envelopes are available beside the labelled ones.



St. John Chrysostom Visiting Ministry
The annual general meeting of the Visiting Ministry will be held on Monday, January 19, at 7 pm in the Parish Centre.

All visiting ministry members should attend. Refreshments will be served. Anyone interested in this very necessary ministry is most welcome to attend as well.

There is a promise of marriage between:
Cara Mapanao & Matthew Dyke

CWL News General Meeting
"Happy New Year" Ladies.  Our first General Meeting of 2015 will be held on Tuesday, January 20, beginning with Mass at 7 pm, followed by a social evening at which time the new executive will be introduced.

The membership year runs from January to December. If you have not paid your 2015 membership dues of $25, please do so at your earliest convenience.  You may use an envelope located at the back of the church and drop it in the collection. Alternatively, you may drop it off at the parish office.
New members are welcome at any time.



Call for Cantors
CANTOR, ORIGIN mid 16th century: from Latin, ‘singer,’ from canere ‘sing.’

DEFINITION: a person who sings solo verses or passages to which the assembly responds.

The specific role of the cantor is to sing the verses of the responsorial psalm and the vesicle of the Alleluia. In our parish, (as in many others) the cantor is also a leader of song. Cantors need certain skills to perform their duties, such as a pleasant singing voice and the ability to stand in front of the assembly and lead. The ability to read music well enough to pluck out melodies on a keyboard is also very helpful. However, quite often help is provided in the form of one-on-one coaching and mp3 audio files.

Currently our parish is in need of a couple more cantors. There will be one or two masses per weekend in January with no cantors scheduled. Only two cantors are available for the month of January to cover four weekend liturgies as our other three cantors are unavailable for various reasons.


Canting is a volunteer service to the church; however, our cantors share in the weddings and funerals for which they are paid a modest stipend. If this ministry interests you, please contact David our music director after Sunday mass or call the office.



Tax Receipts
2014 tax receipts will be available after all the masses this weekend at the back of the church. During the week they will be available at the office.



Marriage Preparation Course
Couples who wish to get married in the Catholic Church must complete a mandatory marriage preparation course before their marriage.  St. John Chrysostom Parish will be offering this course in the Parish Centre on Monday, February 23 from 7 pm - 10 pm, Thursday, February 26 from 7 pm - 10 pm and Saturday, February 28 from 9 am - 3 pm.  Please call the office to register or for more information.



Winter Programmes at YCDSB
The YCDSB offers a variety of educational programs throughout the school year for Elementary & Secondary students as well as Adults living in York Region.  

We offer Elementary Literacy/Numeracy, Art and Computer Programs, Secondary Night School Credits and Driver's Education Programme, Adult General Interest Courses in Computers, Conversational Languages, Instructor Training Certificate Course and English as a Second Language Courses.  
For more information or to register online, please visit the Continuing Education webpage at http://ce.ycdsb.ca



Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity an Ecumenical Prayer Service will be celebrated at Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria Street, Aurora at 3 pm. on Sunday, January 25.  The Right Reverend Peter DeC. Fenty, Area Bishop of York-Simcoe, Bishop Suffragan of Toronto will preside.  Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick, Auxiliary Bishop of the Northern Pastoral Region of the Archdiocese of Toronto will be the homilist.  This year’s theme is “Jesus said to her, ‘give me drink’.”  Contact northern.region@archtoronto.org for more information.


Come and see weekend
St. Augustine’s Seminary is hosting a Come & See Weekend retreat for men, 18 years and older, from Friday, January 31 at 6:30 pm to Sunday, February 1 at 2:30 pm. This weekend offers a way for men discerning a possible call to priesthood to meet seminarians, hear a number of vocation testimonies and to receive first-hand experience of seminary life. For more information, please call us at 416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org



Conversion of St. Paul
The conversion of St. Paul is one of the bible’s great stories. A man who persecuted Christians joins the group he was targeting. The story appears several times in the New Testament. Saul was traveling on the road to Damascus when he was struck by a blinding light and fell to the ground. Unable to see, he heard the voice of Jesus ask, “Why are you persecuting me?” Saul in turn asked, “Who are you?” Housed by a disciple named Ananias, Saul learned about Jesus Christ, was baptized, and became known as “Paul.”
Through his travels, preaching, and writing, he became the most influential of all the followers of Christ. The conversion during his vision symbolizes the stance between God and the average human person: God asks why we do what we do, and we try to penetrate the mystery of God.

The Catholic Church celebrates a feast day in honour of Paul’s conversion every year on January 25. There is no historical evidence linking this date to that event. The earliest appearance of January 25 on the church calendar seems to have commemorated the anniversary of the day that the relics of this apostle were moved from the catacombs to the basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls of Rome. The date later became associated with his conversion, probably because of the universal appeal of Paul’s story.

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Advent Baking
Part of the busyness of Advent consists of the baking of special seasonal treats. Most families have their favourite recipes for a Christmas bread, or cookies, or candies. The making of these items can be an opportunity for family togetherness and cooperation. It can be done with an attitude of prayerfulness for those who will consume them. We make them for friends and relatives. Perhaps we can also include those who may be unable to make such treats for themselves, and who may be in need of a friendly gift of homemade goodies.


Inside and out we try to make our homes look special for the holidays. We add colorful ribbons, candles, a tree, and twinkling lights. These items help to create an atmosphere of warmth and welcome. Our homes appear ready to invite visitors inside. One of the items that adorn our homes during this season is the nativity crèche or manger scene. It may be traditional or modern, large or small. Its presence reminds us all of the reason for our seasonal celebration and centers us on the mystery and wonder that we celebrate.

Excerpt from Ministry Resource Update, October 2014



Advent Gospels
On the four Sundays of Advent, the Catholic lectionary presents a series of Gospel readings that prepare for the celebration of the birth of Christ. The Sunday Advent readings all rotate on a three-year cycle, but they always follow the same pattern.

The Gospel for the First Sunday of Advent always tells of the reign of Christ at the end of time. It echoes the theme of the previous Sunday, the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. Advent starts with the message that we await the second coming of Christ. This entire season is not just a reminder of a past birth but an anticipation of future glory.

The Second and Third Sundays of Advent always have Gospel readings about John the Baptist. John is an adult in these passages, proclaiming the nearness of the kingdom of God and serving as the prophet who bridges the Old and New Testaments. John foreshadows Jesus in his birth, his preaching, and his death. John’s message on these two middle Sundays of this season inspires us to follow Christ.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent always tells part of the story that just precedes the birth of Christ. These familiar episodes set the stage for one of the Bible’s best-known passages, the story of Christmas.

The Gospel readings of the four Sundays of Advent come to us in reverse chronology. We start with the end of time. We continue to the period when Jesus was an adult. We end in the days before his birth. Like a funnel, Advent opens with a giant theme, the grandness of Christ the King, and it ends with a specific one, the child lying in a Bethlehem manger.
By Paul Turner, Copyright 2012 Resource Publications, Inc,



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.



Community Bible Study
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 905-836-0370.



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.

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 -- Yoga
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.



Praying with Scripture
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 www.archtoronto.org/discipleship 

New Beginnings
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 divorced persons.  




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

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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