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March 29, 2015,

Palm Sunday
of the Passion of the Lord

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ
(Mark 14.1 – 15.47)


of the Passion of the Lord

Masses on Saturday: 5 PM

Sunday: 8:30 AM,

10 AM with choir,

12 PM with band








the Great Three Days
from sundown on Thursday
to sundown on Sunday


Holy Thursday, April 2

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
till midnight

Good Friday, April 3
Friday of the Passion of the Lord
services at 12 pm & 3 pm (with choir)

Holy Saturday, April 4
Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil
7:30 pm (choir, band, brass quartet & timpani)

Presider: Most Rev. Wayne KIRKPATRICK
Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto

Easter Sunday, April 5
Resurrection of the Lord
Masses of Easter Day - Regular Sunday Schedule
8:30 am, 10:00 am (with choir),
12:00 pm (with band)


Mass Intensions

Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. Mar. 30: Josef Lau (d.)
Tues. Mar 31: Dominic Cana (d.)
Wed. Apr. 1: James Hayes (d.)
Thurs. Apr. 2: Holy Thursday, no intentions
Fri. Apr. 3: Good Friday, no intentions
Sat. Apr. 4: Holy Saturday, no intentions



Weekly Collection
Last Week’s Collection: $5,838.70 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,601.30 + Credit Card $1,173.75 = $9,613.75; Capital Campaign: $5,030.00 + PAG $249.46 + Credit Card $204.86 = $5,484.32; ShareLife: $2,240.00; St. Vincent de Paul: $252.00



CWL News
Reservation deadline for the Diocesan Convention and Banquet is March 31.  Call Judy at 905-895-6099. The Council pays for the registration reimburses a portion of your meal expenses, if you are attending the business sessions.  If you are attending the Banquet only, your ticket will also be subsidized.   Willing to share a hotel room (one night only) and split the cost?  The CWL Convention room rate is $142.00 plus taxes, until March 30.
We are once again having our Parking Lot/Bake/Plant Sale on Saturday, May 9 from 8:30 am till 1:00 pm.  $20 gets you a parking spot.  For tickets contact Joan at 905-895-9295. If you like garage sales come and see what goodies are being offered.
Proceeds will be divided between ShareLife and the Parish. 



Individual Confessions
If you have not yet had an opportunity for confession before Easter, you may still do so on Tuesday, March 31 after the 7 pm mass. Please note that no confessions will be heard on Holy Saturday.

Easter Flowers
During the Easter season what better time to remember our loved ones by adding to the beauty of our church with plants and flowers. Please help make a glorious display this Easter by donating plants to the church. Suggested offerings of pussy willows, lilies, hydrangeas and spring bulbs may be left at the office or the church vestibule this coming week.

Working wonders in our livelihoods…
When he was presented with a top youth achievement award at a recent gala at The Carlu, Kiwayne was only a short distance from the streets where he had been homeless, and a world away. In the building’s food court a few years ago, he recalls falling asleep at the table – exhausted – trying to avoid having to go back outside. “I was going down the wrong path and didn’t know if I’d live to be 21,” he says. But for the past two years since moving into his own place, Kiwayne has been studying construction engineering at George Brown College and working part-time at the Provincial Advocate’s Office. Kiwayne grew up in foster care and, at 17, he found himself on the street until a friend told him about Covenant House. “Covenant House gave me stable housing that allowed me to go back to school and learn life skills.” says Kiwayne.
Next ShareLife Sunday – April 12
You can work wonders!

From Fire to Fire
At the Easter Vigil we will light the new fire of Easter. Then, seven weeks later, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit in tongues of fire. Sunday by Sunday offers a page of prayers to take us from the fire of Easter to the fire of Pentecost. To view these prayers visit



Church Spring Cleanup
Volunteers, both men and women, are needed to help clean pews tomorrow, Monday, March 30 from 9 am to 12 pm. If you are available, come out to the church with your buckets and wash cloths. Remember that many hands make light work!


Bells for the Easter Vigil
The great vigil of Easter is the final part of the Easter Triduum.  It is the tradition at St. John’s (and in many other places), to have all the worshippers bring bells to the service and to ring them during the chorus of the Gloria and re-introduction of the Alleluia after a long season of Lenten absence.  David will give everyone instructions about when to ring your bells just prior to the liturgy.  This is a wonderful way to express our joy in the great gift of Resurrection



Development and Peace
Development and Peace at St. John's wishes to thank all those who made a gift on Solidarity Sunday. Through your generosity $378.45 was collected in our parish. This will serve the needs of our sisters and brothers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. This year's campaign emphasized the important role of small family farms in feeding communities in the Global South and in eradicating hunger. Two hundred and seventy nine parishioners signed the petition. We would also like to thank the Catholic Women's League for their donations of soup and breads--they were delicious. If you were unable to attend and would like to donate, you can donate through your ShareLife donation or directly on-line at www.devp.org/give  or by phone to 1-888-234-8533. You can also text PEACE to 45678 to donate $10.



National Catholic Mission
The National Catholic Mission 2015 “Beware the Holy Spirit!” will be broadcast on VISIONTV on Monday, March 30 (Part 1) and Tuesday, March 31 (Part 2) at 6 pm and repeated at 10 pm. It will be hosted by Fr. Pat Fitzpatrick and will feature Spiritan Fr. Anthony Gittins



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 Newmarket food bank.





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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating



Faith Embodied - Pysanky for Ukraine
Pysanky is a traditional Ukrainian form of Easter Egg decoration.  On April 1, people from all over the world will join together in solidarity to make Pysanky eggs and to pray for peace and justice and offer support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine. This year, St. John's is offering our popular Pysanky egg decorating classes in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and alongside the ever popular “Pysanky For Ukraine” event on Facebook.  On Wednesday, April 1, you may drop in to the parish centre anytime between 11 am and 9 pm to decorate eggs and offer prayers. Instructions will be offered at 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm.  If you drop in at lunch or suppertime, please bring some simple food to share.  Cost is $5.  Please call (905-898-4137) or email (cway@neptune.on.ca) to pre-register so that we ensure enough supplies.



A spring session for Hatha Yoga classes for parishioners will begin on Monday, March 30 to Monday, May 11 from 2 pm to 3 pm. There will be no class on April 6. For more information and to register, please contact the office.







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!



Call for Cantors
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, 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. If this ministry interests you, please contact David our music director after Sunday mass or call the office.




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.



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.

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

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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