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October 4, 2015, 27th

Sunday in Ordinary Time

What God has joined together,
let no man separate.


(Mark 10.2-16)



Mass Intensions
Special intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. Oct. 5: Gerardo Molella (d.)
Tues. Oct. 6: Don Montague (d.)
Wed. Oct. 7: Francesca Beninati (d.)
Fri. Oct. 9: Adele Gedminas (d.)
Sat. Oct. 10: Ralph Jamieson (d.)

Weekly Collection
Last Week’s Collection: $5,187.31 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,564.38 + Credit Card $1,243.29 = $8,994.98; Capital Campaign: $10.00 + PAG $226.40 + Credit Card 197.26 = $433.66; Needs of the Canadian Church: $515.00; St. Vincent de Paul: 285.15.

CWL News
General Meeting
The next General Meeting of the CWL will be held on Tuesday, October 20, in the Parish center, after the 7 pm Mass.  Our guest speaker will be representing the K. C. Cancer Cushion Fund.
All ladies of the Parish are invited to attend.

Federal Elections
As we head into the next election please pay careful attention to the current issues as they affect our faith and values. Ask your local MP what his/her stand is on those issues. Weigh your decisions carefully but whatever else you do...make sure to cast your vote.

Remember that if you do not speak up for what you want then someone else will and it may not be what you want it to be.

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 cway@neptune.on.ca or by phone at 905-898-4137. Classes begin on Sunday, October 19 at 11:15 am in the Parish Centre.

Sacramental Preparation
All immediate sacramental preparation in St. John Chrysostom Parish is done at the church. If you wish to have your child celebrate one of the sacraments, you will need to register for the appropriate preparation programme, in the parish:

Confirmation: Wednesday, October 14 & 28 at 7 pm
First Eucharist (Communion): Wednesday, November 4 at 7 pm

Poor Box
Thank you for remembering the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The total amount collected for September was $946.50. We sincerely thank you for your loonies & toonies at the door. However, should you wish to contribute more please place a cheque, in the SVDP poor box payable to St. Vincent De Paul and we will gladly issue a tax receipt to you. New volunteers are always welcome.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Are you interested in helping the Parish in its mission to pass on the faith to the next generation? Perhaps you would consider assisting with Children’s Liturgy of the Word. The commitment is flexible - but is ideally around once a month.   Please contact the office to let us know if you are interested in helping.

Wedding Banns
There is a promise of marriage between:
Samantha Dickinson & Michael Shepherd
Ann Young & Tak Koguchi

Thanksgiving Food Drive
As we give thanks for the many blessings we have, let us not forget those in our community who are not as fortunate. Donations of dry and canned goods will be received at the offertory at all the masses next weekend.

Volunteers Needed
* Sunday School Teachers - especially for Grades 7 and 8.  This programme is for children who are in the public school system.  The classes meet weekly with a break approximately every four weeks.  There are 18 classes in total throughout the year.
* Team Members for the Initiation of Children - This involves working with families who have children over the age of seven to prepare for baptism at Eastertime. Ideally, we would like to have a team of three or four people in this role. 
* Team Members for the Initiation of Adults - We are always looking for sponsors and team members for adults who are joining the church.  Meetings are Thursday nights.

Training and ongoing support would be provided for any of these positions.  It is not required that you have a PhD in theology for any of these positions.  You need only a willingness to serve, a comfort level with your own faith and an ability to work well with others.  The pay for all of these positions is $0 but the benefits are heavenly!

New Parishioners Welcome
The next Welcome Sunday for new parishioners will be November 1 after the 10 am mass. Refreshments will be served after mass in the Gathering Room. New parishioners can register through our website, by calling the parish office or filling out a registration form located at the back of the church. All parishioners are encouraged to attend and welcome our new parishioners to the parish.

Rose of Sharon Open House
You are invited to attend an Open House at the Rose of Sharon, to celebrate their 30th anniversary on October 22 from 5 – pm at 361 Eagle St., Newmarket. Tour the centre, ask questions, hear personal stories from young mothers, enjoy light refreshments & win a door prize. Please RSVP by October 8, to Leah Walker at lwalker@therose.ca

New Beginnings Inspirational Talk
You are invited to attend a seminar entitled “The Role of Spirituality/Religiosity in the Movement through Loss and Grief” with Dr. Ken Fung, M.D. F.R.C.S. on Monday, October 19, at 6:30 pm at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge St. 4th Floor.  Dr. Fung will explore the benefits of spirituality and religiosity in our movement through loss and grief, illustrating how the pathways of faith - experienced, affiliative, searching, and owned - inspire well-being. There is no cost for this event.

Blessing and Exchange of Rings
During the Catholic wedding ceremony, the couple exchanges rings as a sign of their new union. The action helps seal the words they just said when they exchanged their consent to each other. The ceremony assumes that each will give a ring to the other. Both partners are giving their consent, and the double ring ceremony underscores this. During the marriage rite, the priest or deacon says a blessing over the rings. The priest or deacon may sprinkle the rings with holy water, but this is not required. When the blessing is done, a server usually holds a tray upon which the rings are placed. Otherwise, the rings may be held in the palm of someone’s hand. They may even be raised up for the blessing so that those in attendance can see the rings as the words are spoken. The groom takes the bride’s ring and places it on her ring finger. The bride takes the groom’s ring and places it on his ring finger. Each may say a text, such as ”N., take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating


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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