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COMPLETE LIST of parish events and meetings please view our
December 14, 2014
Third Sunday of Advent - Year B
you stands one whom you do not know.
(John 1.6-8, 19-28)
Christmas Mass Schedule Page HERE
Wed. Dec. 24: 4, 6, 8 & 9:30 pm carols and Mass
Thurs. Dec. 25: 9 am & 11 am
Fri. Dec. 26: No mass.
Sat. Dec. 27: 9 am weekday mass and 5 pm Sunday mass
Sun. Dec. 28: 8:30 am, 10 am & 12 pm
Mon. Dec. 29: 7:30 am weekday mass
Dec. 30: 7:30 am weekday mass
Wed. Dec 31: 12:10 weekday mass & 5 pm New Year's Eve mass
Thurs. New Years Day, Jan. 1: 10 am
NB for Christmas Eve
The 4 pm Christmas Eve mass is for younger children and includes Gospel pageant
and cantor and organ.
The 9:30 pm begins with a carol concert followed by mass with choir, strings &
At the 4 pm Christmas Eve mass the children will be acting out the gospel. A
thirty-minute rehearsal will take place on Sunday, December 21 at 1:00 pm for
those children who would like to take part in acting out the gospel.
Special intentions (s.i.)
Mon. Dec 15: Luca Vecchiarelli & family (d.)
Tues. Dec. 16: David Manning (d.)
Wed. Dec. 17: Sister Saveria (d.)
Thurs. Dec.18: Marialaura & Giovan Gamilo (d.)
Fri. Dec. 19: Drago Pavlovic (d.)
Sat. Dec. 20: Lettie Murphy (d.)
Last Week’s Collection: $7,606.00 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,678.15 +
Credit Card $1,325.10 = $11,609.25; Capital Campaign: $1,181.00 + PAG $268.15 +
Credit Card $187.99 = $1,637.14; Shepherd’s Trust: $130.00; St. Vincent de Paul:
December 24: 9 am to
December 25 & 26: Office closed
December 29 & 30: Regular office hours
December 31: 9 am to 12 pm
January 1: Office closed
January 2: 9 am to 4 pm
CWL News - Dinner
To all those coming to the Christmas dinner, please don’t forget to bring a
Christmas gift donation for the Rose of Sharon.
Do you want to join an organization that recognizes and celebrates healthy
family life? Helping other people in your community allows you to live
your Christian values and be a positive role model in your family. You can
take part in activities that promote family life and lovingly support life
in its entirety. Your membership adds power to the CWL’s voice as the League
lobbies government on social justice issues on behalf of a national
sisterhood of catholic women. If the CWL sounds like an organization you
would be interested in contact Mary Antonio at 905- 868-9406.
Confession - Individual
If you missed the previous occasions for confession in the last two
weeks, a priest will be available to hear individual confessions on Tuesday,
December 23 at 7:30 pm.
Options - Envelopes
Please pick up your 2015 offertory envelopes which are now available in 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
If you wish to start using envelopes, blank boxes of envelopes are available
beside the labelled ones.
In order to reduce the amount of unassigned envelopes each year, 29 lucky
parishioners will be “moving up” with new envelope numbers. If your 2014
envelopes are numbered over 900 then you have been assigned a new envelope
number. Please check the black binder that is by the envelopes for the new
Pre-authorized giving is another way to make donations to the parish.
Registration forms are available at the back of the church or can be downloaded
from the website.
If you would like to use your credit card to make donations, the on-line
form is available at:
If you are donating by Pre-Authorized Giving or by Credit Card and no
longer wish to keep your donation envelopes, please call the office. We have
a special set of envelopes for you to use that only include envelopes for
St. Vincent de Paul
Your St. Vincent de Paul Society wishes you a blessed Christmas. Through your
loving and amazing generosity you have helped needy families and individuals
throughout the year and during this joyous Christmas season. Thank you for your
prayers and continued financial support. Thank you for seeing Jesus in those who
are hungry and thirsty and for seeing Jesus in those who need comfort.
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.
The winning number for the Nativity display is 134468. Bring your ticket to
the parish office between 9 am and 4 pm to claim your prize.
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.
Ministry Resource Update, October 2014
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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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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