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November 23, 2014

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.


(Matthew 25.31-46)



Mass Intensions

Special 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.)



Weekly Collection
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: $257.50.



CWL News
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 Offering.
Tickets for the Dinner are $25.00 each and may be purchased from Joan Fray at 905-895-9295 or by email at sydney.fray@sympatico.ca or at the Parish Office.

Faith Embodied
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.

St. 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.

Also the 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.

And 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

Living Rosary
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.

Christmas Cards
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 cway@neptune.on.ca or 905-898-4137 if you are interested in coming so we know how many people to expect.

Advent Book Sale
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.



Candle-Lighting Remembrance
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.



Volunteer Appreciation
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.



Food Drive
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.



Family 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 visit: http://sahe.ycdsb.ca/departments/guidance/



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 admissions@villanovacollege.org or



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 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

PDF document



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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