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January 15, 2017,


Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!


(John 1.29-34)







Mass Intentions
Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. Jan. 16: Raymondo Medlilla (d.)
Tue. Jan. 17: Marjorie LaRonde (d.)
Wed. Jan. 18: Leonard Quevillon (d.)
Thu. Jan. 19: Immaculata Colangelo (d.)
Sat. Jan. 21: Matthew McConville (d.)


Collection for January 8, 2017
Collection: $6,954.00 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,442.30 + Credit Card $1,542.88 = $10,939.18; Capital Campaign: $985.00 + PAG $212.54 + Credit Card $192.21 = $1,389.75; St. Vincent de Paul: $202.50.


CWL News
Membership Tea
Following the 7 pm mass on Tuesday, January 17, there will be a Membership Tea in the Parish Centre. The new executive will be introduced at this general meeting of the CWL.

Upcoming Events
January 28: Executive Training at Blessed Trinity Church, Bayview Avenue, Toronto.
February 11: Development Day at Christ the King Church, Confederation Parkway, Mississauga.
All members are invited to attend. Call Gwen at 905-895-9805 for more details; we will carpool to both.


Living with Christ
Many of you may have noticed that there are fewer copies of the Living with Christ at the back of the church. As a cost saving measure, we have reduced our subscription. The copies at the back of the church are for use in the church only. Please do not take them home with you. Doing so means others have no missalettes to use during mass. If you would like a personal copy, subscriptions are available online at or by calling 1-800-387-7164.

Parish Donation Options
Please pick up your 2017 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.
If you wish to start using envelopes, blank boxes of envelopes are available beside the labelled ones.

Envelope Reassignment
To reduce the number of unassigned envelopes, some parishioners have had new envelope numbers assigned to them. Please check the binder that is by the envelopes for that new number.


Marriage Preparation Course
Couples who wish to get married in the Catholic Church must complete a mandatory marriage preparation course before their wedding. We will be offering this course in the Parish Centre on Tuesday, February 21 from 7 pm - 10 pm, Thursday, February 23 from 7 pm - 10 pm and Saturday, February 25 from 9 am - 3 pm.  Please call the office to register and/or for more information.


Daily Mass Time Change
Just a reminder that morning masses will now be at 8 am instead of 7:30 am. We hope this change will make it easier for more people to attend, not to mention giving everyone an extra half hour of sleep!


St. John Chrysostom Visiting Ministry
The annual general meeting of the Visiting Ministry will be held on Monday, January 23 at 7 pm in the Parish Centre. All visiting ministry members should attend. Refreshments will be served. Anyone interested in this very necessary ministry is most welcome to attend as well.


Adult Faith Formation
One of the distinctive features of the Catholic Tradition is that it is sacramental. On Monday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9 pm, the Adult Faith Formation group will study, share, and reflect on the sacraments. Although you may have missed the introductory session, you are welcome to attend. If you are interested in joining the group, please call the parish office at 905-898-4137.


St. Vincent de Paul Society Thanks You
Over 1,200 people in our community enjoyed Christmas this year because of your thoughtfulness and generosity. On behalf of the nearly 200 families, the clients and staff of Rose of Sharon, Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District, Cross Links Housing Services, York Region Support Services and the 17 homes for the homeless, seniors and those suffering from intellectual or physical challenges, the Don Montague Christmas Program, and the Mary McCluskey Giving Tree organizers, we would like to say thank you for making a difference. Many of these people depend solely on your generosity at this time of year. We have been told many times, by the homes in particular, that there would be no Christmas without your support.

Your overwhelming generosity, despite the many other financial commitments leading up to Christmas, is truly inspiring. With the cash donations received, we provided gift cards that enabled our clients to enjoy the dignity that comes from providing for their family at this most special time of year.

There were over 1,100 stars on the Mary McCluskey Giving Tree this year and we extend our sincere gratitude to those who purchased these basic gift items that we all take for granted.  

Last but not least, a special thank you to Fr. Efren, Fr. Norbert and the parish staff at St. John’s whose daily life we totally disrupt at this time of year. 

From all of us, may your 2017 be rewarding in every way and may you carry the blessed spirit of Christmas throughout the year.

New Beginnings Talks
On Monday, January 16 at 7 pm, you are invited to attend a presentation by Dr. Ken Fung, MD, MB FRCS on “Identifying the Innermost Root Source of Our Chronic Problems.” The evening will be about reclaiming one’s authentic identity as a child of God, or “imago dei,” and uncovering the root cause of our chronic problems, praying for inner healing. Located at 1155 Yonge St. in Toronto, 4th floor.

On Wednesday, January 25 at 7 pm at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 17955 Leslie St. Newmarket you are invited to attend a presentation entitled, “Beginning the Healing Journey after Separation and Divorce”. The speaker will be Fr. Fred Scinto, C.R. and he will include some practical input and take-home material.


St. Paul tells us that we have been sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be a holy people. Could it be that you or someone in your family is being called to be a priest, deacon, brother or sister? Contact Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocation Director at the Archdiocese of Toronto, for more information. Call 416-968-0997 or email


Catholic Education
We are distinctly together in faith. Our Catholic education system is designed to offer an inclusive learning environment, fostering spirituality to produce top academic and community-minded graduates. Our educational mission is the transmission of knowledge and the formation of the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Visit and sign up to support Catholic Education in Ontario.




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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating


Sunday School
Are your children attending Public School? The parish offers a comprehensive catechetical programme for children from Grade 1 ? 8. Please register by contacting Christine by email at or by phone at 905-898-4137. Classes begin on Sunday, October 16 at 11:15 am in the Parish Centre.




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 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:

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!



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.


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 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.



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.



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





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.








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.





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