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April 20, 2014
According to the scripture: Jesus must rise from the dead.
On behalf of the whole staff of St. John’s we wish you and your families a holy
and happy Easter. This is a wonderful time of hope for all of us in our parish
family as we begin anew to live the gift of eternal life given to us through the
death and resurrection of Jesus.
Our celebrations over
the last few days could not have been possible without the help of so many
volunteers. Thank you to the musicians, lectors, Eucharistic ministers,
ministers of hospitality, decorators and those who cleaned the church. You all
did an amazing job!
the EASTER TRIDUUM
the Great Three Days
from sundown on Thursday
to sundown on Sunday
Holy Thursday, April 17
Thursday of the Lord's Supper
7:30 pm with Washing of the Feet
(bring non-perishable food for the poor)
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Good Friday, April 18
Friday of the Passion of the Lord
services at 12 pm & 3 pm (with choir)
Holy Saturday, April 19
Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil
7:30 pm (choir, band)
Easter Sunday, April 20
Resurrection of the Lord
Masses of Easter Day - Regular Sunday Schedule
8:30 am, 10:00 am (with choir),
12:00 pm (with band)
(The three days of the Triduum
are from sundown on Thursday to Sunday)
Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. April 21: No Mass
Tues. April 22: Elfred & Lawrence Lobo (.d)
Wed. April 23: Rocco Vigliotta (d.)
Thur. April 24: Theresa Desrochers (d.)
Fri. April 25: Nuala Marshall (d.)
Sat. April 26: Cindy Halifax (s.i.)
NB: The office will be
closed on Easter Monday, April 21.
Last Week’s Collection: $9,281.00 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,739.42 =
$12,020.42; Capital Campaign: $580.00 + PAG $225. = $805.00; ShareLife:
$2,020.00 + PAG 178.50 = $2,198.50; St. Vincent de Paul: $285.00.
There will be a candle-lighting remembrance service following the 7 pm mass on
Tuesday, April 22. Come to light a candle and say a prayer to remember a
deceased relative or friend.
Working wonders in our livelihoods…
“The services provided by ShareLife agencies are lifesaving and
life-restoring to those who regularly rely on them.
Families are working through crises and are healing. People with developmental
challenges are supported as they experience a sense of self-worth and
fulfillment in their daily activities. Seniors are living independently, with
access to the care and services they need. Refugees and new Canadians are guided
toward a stable, productive
livelihood in their newfound home. Sometimes the results are obvious and
sometimes they’re invisible but, always,
they make a tangible difference.”
—Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto
Next ShareLife Sunday – May 4,
You can work wonders!
Wee Spirit – Parents and Preschoolers
Wee Spirit - Parents
and Preschoolers will meet again on Wednesday, April 23 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am
in the Parish Centre. Please contact Christine Way Skinner at email@example.com
or 905-898-4137 if you are interested in coming so we know how many people to
12 Noon Mass Band
The band for the 12 noon mass is looking for one or more drummers. Practices
are at 11:30 am on Sunday mornings. If you are interested contact the office or
David Jafelice our music director.
CWL News - Trunk
On May 24 we will be having a Trunk Sale in the Church parking lot.
Reserve your $20.00 spot by calling Joan at 905-895-9295.
At the same time as the Trunk Sale, there will be a Bake and Plant Sale -
proceeds to go to ShareLife and our own Parish. So dig up and separate
those plants that come up every Spring and fire up the oven. Your
contributions and support are always appreciated.
We welcome all the
people who were initiated into the church at the Easter Vigil.
The following were
Sotirat (Jason) Ros
Che Cheong (Peggy) Cheng
Géraldine Leggett (Gemma)
Tara Jam Shidi
The following were received intothe Roman Catholic Church:
Jennifer Lee Booth
The following were confirmed:
Meaghan Anne Villanueva
received first communion:
Elijah De Souza
Retrouvaille helps those couples who are experiencing difficulties in their
marriage through weekend live-in sessions and follow-up post sessions. The next
weekend is April 25 - 27. For confidential inquiries or to register call
Salt & Light
Salt and Light television is being previewed free from April 1 to May 31 on
Rogers and Shaw Direct. This is an excellent opportunity to view all the Easter
and Canonization events along with a wealth of other programming.
Overdue Library Material
Below is a list of all the library material that has been signed out but never
returned. If you have one of the items listed below, please return it so that
others may enjoy it as well.
Strange Slimy - 5 People You Meet in Heaven DVD
Noah’s Ark - Walmart DVD
Prayers & Meditation for Children - Therese DVD
Angels and Donkeys - The Stable
Prayers and Meditation for Children - Larry Bob and Rumor Weed DVD
All you ever Need - Story Keepers DVD
God’s Paintbrush - My Utmost for his Highest CD
God Gave Us So Much - Joan of Arcadia DVD
Why do Catholics do that? - The Legend of the Candy Cane
God’s Easter Plan - Veggie Tales DVD
Chicken Soup for Kids Soul II - Something From Nothing DVD
My Sister is Annoying - Something
Children Learn What they Live - Heroes of the Bible DVD
Journey Easter Journey - Black Gold DVD
Chicken Soup: Preteen Soul - Real Life Takes Guts, Go for it
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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating
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
History: Lent has been a part of the Church’s life for at least the past
1,700 years. It began as a period of special preparation for adults being
baptized during the Easter vigil. Gradually it became a period of penance and
conversion for public sinners and also for devout members of the community.
Purpose of Lent today: Lent is a time of prayer and penance, when Christ
wants to lead us back to our baptismal promises of dying to sin and of living
for God. We prepare ourselves to enter once again into Jesus’ Paschal mystery
and to renew it in our lives.
Dying to sin. During Lent, God’s people seek to put sin out of their lives by
uprooting habits and tendencies that are contrary to God’s will. It is a time of
conversion, of turning away from our sins and of turning back to God.
Living for God. The Lord Jesus is calling us to be people of praise and
prayer, and living signs of his love for all. During Lent, we open our hearts to
our Father, so that we may live with Christ for God.
The Elect: The catechumens who will be baptized at the Easter vigil take
a prominent place in the Lenten Sunday liturgies and at celebrations during the
week. We join in prayer for them and, through our participation in the various
rituals (for example, the scrutinies) come to a better understanding of the
grace of our own initiation.
Lenten works: What should we be doing for Lent? Today the Church invites us to
prepare for Easter by doing individual penance and penance as a group; by
reading God’s word more carefully; by praying more ardently, including sincere
prayer for sinners; by giving of ourselves to the service of God’s people.
Excerpt from Living Lent Liturigical Leaflet edited by the National Liturgy
Office, Canadian Conference of Bishops, ©2006.
In November a group from Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto included
our church in their “Pilgrimage to Sacred Spaces” tour. Rev. Dr. Peter Holmes
wrote a lovely and informative piece about their visit to St. John’s and also
the Christian Baptist church here in town. Check us out at
We begin preparing for our Lenten fast the day before Ash Wednesday. In
earlier times and still in some cultures today, no meat (or meat products such
as fat) is eaten for the whole forty days of Lent. Because of this, a custom
developed to use up all the fat and meat before Lent began. On the feast of
Carnival, we say goodbye to meat (carne is meat in Latin). We fry up pancakes to
use up all our fat. And so we begin our fast with a feast.
number 40 is an important number in our Sacred story. It is a number that always
indicates conversion or preparation. Noah and his family floated in the ark for
40 days and 40 nights in the rain before the land had been cleared of sin and
was ready for a new beginning. The people of Israel wandered in the desert for
40 years before they had learned what it meant to live as free people instead of
slaves. Finally, Moses and Elijah and Jesus all fasted for a time of 40 days in
preparation for the important life work that they were about to undertake. Given
these important stories of preparation and conversion, the early church thought
forty days was a perfect amount of time for catechumens to prepare for their
as followers of Jesus.
As it turns out, this corresponds with the insights of contemporary
psychologists who say that if one wants to break a bad habit ...or start a new
good habit ... it takes between 40 and 50 days. It seems our ancestors were keen
observers of human behaviour!
for the good of your soul.
for the good of your
for the good of your
- Gertrud Mueller Nelson
The Butterfly as a Christian Symbol
This weekend and next, we will have cut out butterflies available in the
church and encourage families to write the names of deceased loved ones on the
butterflies. The butterflies will then be displayed in the church in November.
What is the Christian symbolism of the Butterfly? It is the Resurrection.
The butterfly has three phases during its life:
1. The caterpillar, which just eats, symbolizes normal earthly life where people
are preoccupied with taking care of their physical needs.
2. The chrysalis or cocoon resembles the tomb.
3. The butterfly represents the resurrection into a glorious new life free of
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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