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May 17, 2015
Ascension of the Lord
The Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God.
Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. May 18: No Mass
Tues. May 19: CWL
Wed. May 20: Neal Kearney (d.)
Thurs. May 21: Zigmas Gedminas (d.)
Please note that the office will be closed on Monday, May 18 for Victoria
Day and there will be no Mass.
Last Week’s Collection: $6,188.60 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG)
$2,555.15 + Credit Card $1,160.24 = $9,903.99; Capital Campaign: $180.00 +
PAG $249.46 + Credit Card $137.48 = $566.94; ShareLife: $575.00; St. Vincent
de Paul: $292.30; Popes Pastoral Works: $1,244.00; Humanitarian Relief –
Concerned about our environment? We live in the Lake Simcoe/Holland
River watershed. Come hear what is being done locally and what we can do to
protect this ecosystem. A member of the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority
will do a presentation and floor any questions at our general meeting on
Tuesday, May 19 following the 7:00 pm Mass.
Sewing Project: Pillowcases for Sick Kids. Come join us in the Parish
Centre on May 26 at 7:00 pm.
There is a promise of marriage between:
Denis Rousselle & Emily Jensen
Working wonders for our new arrivals in Canada…
Within one year of arriving in Canada, large numbers of immigrants who had
no prior mental health problems experience mental health challenges that
often impede their ability to settle in Canada. In addition, there are few
culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services. Last year,
ShareLife agencies helped to meet this challenge by providing advocacy
programs for more than 40,000 immigrants and refugees in the GTA.
As of week 10 of the campaign (May 7) our parish grand total is $60,463
Thank you for your generosity. Together we can work wonders!
Parish Financial Report
The Parish Financial Report and Statement of Receipts and Expenditures
for 2014 is available at the back of the church under the bulletin board.
Please help yourselves to a copy.
Each year, the York Region Food Network coordinates a Backpack Program
that provides basic school supplies through the food banks directly to
children in low-income families. The CWL is supporting this important
program by collecting items for these backpacks. You can drop off items at
any time in the Stained Glass Room. We require new items only such as
backpacks, binders, paper, pencils, coloured pencils, erasers, pens, and
pencil cases. Younger children need crayons and high school students need
scientific calculators and math sets.
Next weekend, May 23/24 young people from our parish will be receiving
the sacrament of Confirmation. To help ease the overcrowding at the regular
masses, an additional mass will be said on Saturday, May 23 at 3 pm. All
parishioners are welcome to attend. In solidarity, with the confirmandii who
will be endowed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit and because it is
Pentecost weekend, we invite you all to wear red to mass.
CWL 90th Anniversary
The Catholic Women’s League of St. John Chrysostom Parish is marking its
90th Anniversary with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick. The
Mass will take place on Sunday, May 31 at 12 pm and a short reception will
follow in the Parish Hall. All past parish members are invited to attend.
For more information contact the Parish Office at 905-898-4137.
Wanted: Treasurer for SVP
Your St. Vincent de Paul Society needs your help! We require a Treasurer
to join the team. You will be tutored (gently) into your responsibilities,
and expected to attend one evening meeting each month (2nd Monday of the
month). If you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity,
please phone Bill Cyr at 905-473-5285 or 289-383-4496.
Trip to St. Jacobs Market
The Italian Social Group will be hosting a day trip to St. Jacobs
Farmers’ & Flea Market on Thursday, May 21. The group will be departing from
St. John’s at 8:30 am and returning at roughly 6:30 pm. The cost is $59.00
per person, which includes roundtrip transportation via deluxe coach, a
visit to St. Jacobs Market, buffet lunch, driver gratuity and taxes. To book
your spot, contact Maria De Simone 905-895-9665.
Seeing with Heart
A day of reflection is taking place on Saturday, June 6 from 9 am to 5
pm for Catholic parents of lesbian daughters and gay sons. The cost of $40
includes lunch. It takes place at the Scarboro Missions, 2685 Kingston Rd,
Toronto. For more information, call John Montague 416-523-6449.
Ascension on Sunday
The Ascension of Christ, which traditionally falls on a Thursday, may be
celebrated on a Sunday in certain parts of the world.
Ascension originated as a Thursday celebration because of the story of the
event from the penning of the Acts of the Apostles. There, Luke says that
Jesus rose from the dead, appeared to believers for 40 days and then
ascended to the heavens. Even though the accounts of the ascension in the
Gospels suggest it took place after a shorter period of time, the liturgy of
the church has honoured the chronology from Acts by celebrating the
Ascension on Thursday of the sixth week of Easter.
Solemnity of the Ascension is one of 10 days that may be a holy day of
obligation. Not all countries have the same holy days. In those countries
where the Ascension is not a holy day, the solemnity is transferred to the
Those celebrating Ascension on Sunday will miss the Mass texts of the
seventh Sunday of Easter, filled with anticipation for the Spirit of
Pentecost. The second reading and the Gospel of the Seventh Sunday of Easter
may replace those usually heard on the Sixth. Those attending weekday Masses
may notice that the responsorial psalm on Friday and Saturday of the Sixth
Week of Easter is a seasonal psalm for the Ascension, even if their
community will not celebrate the solemnity until Sunday.
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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating
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:
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!
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
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.
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
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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