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November 29, 2015

First Sunday of Advent


Your redemption is drawing near.


(Luke 21.25-28, 34-36)




Mass Intentions
Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Wed. Dec. 2: Robert Reitzel (d.)
Thurs. Dec. 3: Geno Lucas (d.)
Sat. Dec. 5: Joao Viveiros, Maria De Jesus, Maria Oliveira (d.)



Weekly Collection
Last Week’s Collection: $6,144.85 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,477.84 + Credit Card $1,564.56 = $10,187.25; Capital Campaign: $55.00 + PAG $226.38 + Credit Card $208.37 = $489.75; Shepherd’s Trust: $550.00; St. Vincent de Paul: $193.95.



CWL News
Remember to renew your 2016 Membership now ($25.00) and be eligible for the draw at the Christmas dinner on December 15. Memberships can be dropped into the collection basket marked CWL Membership.

Tickets are now available for the Dinner for $25.00. Contact Judy Jagger at 905-895-6099 or Joan Fray at 905-895-1914 for more information. Deadline for reservations is December 8.
The raffle winners were: 1st prize - Morena Diaz; 2nd prize - Raquel Birgin; 3rd prize - Joan Fortier.



Commemorative Christmas Ornament
To mark our 175th anniversary, we will have a special commemorative Christmas ornament for sale at the Advent Book Sale. The cost is just $15 for this beautiful pewter ornament.



Advent Book Sale
The Parish Advent Sale of books and videos for children and adults will be taking place after all the masses, this weekend. Sunday Missals will also be available for $5 for both adult and Children’s Missals.

Christmas/New Year’s Masses
Thurs. Dec. 24: 7:30 am daily mass;
4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm &  9:30 pm with choir, carols & strings followed by mass
Fri. Dec. 25: 9 am & 11 am

Sat. Dec. 26: 9 am weekday mass and 5 pm Sunday mass
Sun. Dec. 27: 8:30 am, 10 am, 12pm
Mon. Dec. 28: No Mass
Tues. Dec. 29: 7 pm weekday mass
Wed. Dec 30: 12:10 weekday mass
Thurs. Dec. 31: 7:30 am weekday mass and 5 pm
Fri. Jan 1: 10 am
Sat. and Sun. Jan 1 & 2: Regular mass schedule

NB 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 20 at 2:00 pm for those children who would like to take part in acting out the gospel.

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 6 from 2 pm to 5 pm. We hope to see you there.



Christmas Card Sales
The Knights of Columbus will be selling Christmas cards at the back of the church after all the masses this weekend.


Multicultural Nativity Display
The tradition of the nativity scene can be traced back to St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century who wanted to help people be more fully present in the Christmas story. On December 5 & 6, we will be displaying nativity sets in the Gathering Room after all the masses. If you have an interesting nativity scene that you would like to display contact the office.



Christmas Cake Sales
Gourmet Christmas Cakes will be sold after all the masses this weekend, The deluxe tin is $25 and the small loaf is $15. Cakes can also be purchased by calling Jennifer at 905-853-5009.



St. Vincent de Paul Christmas
* URGENT REQUEST. Thank you to those who have already donated to the Don Montague Christmas Program. If you have not yet donated we URGENTLY require your financial help. Please take a Saint Vincent De Paul blue envelope TODAY from the back of the church, and make a contribution. Tax receipts will be issued.

* Please take a star or two from the Mary McCluskey Giving Tree. Each star describes a gift you may purchase to make a wish come true for those folks living in assisted care and group homes. The gifts should be returned to the church, with the stars, on or before Sunday, December 6th.

* And finally, just a reminder to bring your non-perishable food items to the church on the weekend of December 5 & 6. Thank you for your generosity.



Thank you

The Knights of Columbus would like to thank all the parishioners who came out for the Breakfast on November 15. Approximately 110 people enjoyed breakfast and $700 was raised and donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Program.

Thank you also to the Knights who worked so hard organizing and cooking the food. We look forward to another breakfast next year.


Reconciliation: First Reconciliation
Please remember in your prayers all the children who will be making their First Reconciliation on Tuesday, December 1 at 7 pm.


Day of Confession and Joint Reconciliation
The Archdiocese has again planned a day of Confession on Wednesday, December 10. A priest will be available to hear confessions on this day from 11 am to 12 pm; from 3 pm to 4 pm and from 7 pm to 8 pm, which is the time of the Joint reconciliation service with St. Elizabeth Seton. There will be several priests on hand to hear confession at that time.

If the above times are not convenient you can take a look at the poster on the bulletin board that lists all the area confessions taking place.



Renovation Update
You might be interested in an update regarding the renovation project.

The new screen and doors for the main entrance to the church will be installed on Wednesday, December 9. Late, but at least we now have a date. When this is completed the stained glass that has been repaired and cleaned will be re-installed.

The area in front of the doors has been completed with the exception of non-skid material for the area closest to the doors. This will be the same material that has been installed on the steps leading to the driveway. Probably this will happen in the spring, as it is too cold for this work now.

The sidewalk running along the wall of the church has been renewed with interlocking brick as has the short sidewalk leading to the parish centre parking lot.

The town of Newmarket hired a contractor to repair the steps on the boulevard leading to the main parking lot and the contractor was Joe Peluso, a former parishioner. He declined to charge the church. Thank you Joe.

Finally, we have replaced the winter mats in the main vestibule since, after 18 years, the old ones had passed their prime – just like the current pastor. All of this work is funded as one of the projects of the parish share of the Family of Faith campaign.







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Liturgical Colors
Why do we have liturgical colors? And why do they affect us?
Even in the secular world we associate colors with particular celebrations: red and green for Christmas, purple and yellow for Easter, white for the bridal gown. Schools have colors, so do doctoral robes and, of course, sports teams.

The early church used only one liturgical color: white. Favored for the newly-baptized, it symbolized the pure new life they attained in Christ. Colors were few for a simple reason: Colored clothing was so expensive in those days that only the wealthy could afford it.

Not until 12th-century Jerusalem, when dyes were more commonplace, did liturgical colors start to become law. After a false start (they wanted black for Christmas and blue for Epiphany) the 13th century dawned with Pope

Innocent III’s decree for the colors we basically follow today: white for festive days and saints, red for martyrs and the Holy Spirit, green for the daily life of what we now call “ordinary time,” and violet for the penitential seasons like Lent. Violet, together with blue and black, shared the
range of colors for mourning. Hence, even though purple was originally one of the most expensive dyes to obtain, it came to symbolize a season of mourning—a time to die to ourselves and live for Christ.
Liturgical colors still work their magic, helping us meditate on the seasons of the year and the meaning of life.


Paul Turner, Copyright © 2012 Resource Publications, Inc., 160 E. Virginia St. #170, San Jose,CA 95112, (408) 286-8505.


175th Anniversary
Plans are well underway in preparation for the parish 175th Anniversary in 2016. Celebrations and special events will take place throughout the year culminating in a Mass and banquet in June. Mark the following dates on your calendars:

  • January 2 & 3: Opening weekend with all masses dedicated to the anniversary;

  • March: Choir concert & special preacher (date to be determined);

  • May 28: Family Carnival

  • May 29: Afternoon Tea – A Step Back in Time;

  • June 3: Pub Night;

  • June 4: Mass with Cardinal Collins followed by banquet at the Mansion in Aurora.

We are putting together a special edition yearbook. If you have any old pictures that you would like to contribute call Christine Way Skinner at 905-898-4137and she will arrange to get them from you.
Volunteers will also be required to assist with the various functions. Notify the parish if you would like more information on helping out with one of the special events.







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!



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

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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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