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COMPLETE LIST of parish events and meetings please view our
December 1, 2013
Keep awake, you must be ready.
intentions (s.i.) Deceased (d.)
Mon. Dec 2: Ricardo Romano (d.)
Tues. Dec. 3: NO MASS
Wed. Dec. 4: Domenica, Giovanni & Margherita Novielli (d.)
Sat. Dec. 7: Sherilyn Sabiniano (d.)
Last Week’s Collection: $5,739.69 + Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) $2,500.11=
$8,239.80; Capital Campaign: $50.00 + PAG $211.38 = $261.38; Shepherds’ Trust:
$740.00; Philippine Humanitarian Relief: $4,170.00; St. Vincent de Paul:
Knights of Columbus News - Living Rosary
The Knights are having a Living Rosary on Friday, December 6 at 7 pm. Volunteers
are still required to help lead with Deacon Michael in reciting the rosary while
everyone else joins in. Please sign up with one of the Knights at the back of
the church or contact the Parish Office.
The Knights will be selling Christmas cards at the back of the church after
all the masses today.
Please remember in your prayers all the children who will be making their
First Reconciliation on Tuesday, December 3 at 7 pm.
Thank you for remembering the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The total amount
collected for November was $1,368.39. The money collected is used to provide
food assistance to those less fortunate in our community.
St. Vincent de Paul
The St Vincent de Paul Society would like to remind you that they would like
to receive the monetary donations for the Christmas Basket Program by this
weekend or dropped off at the office by Dec 4. Thank you to everyone who has
contributed so far. We are almost half way to reaching our goal to provide
assistance to the 150 families registered in the program.
If you have taken a star from the Mary McCluskey Giving tree please return the
gifts this weekend.
And finally, just a reminder to bring your non-perishable food items to the
church next weekend. Thank you for your generosity.
Christmas/New Year’s Masses
Tuesday, Dec. 24: 4, 6, 8 & 9:30 pm carols and 10 pm mass
Wednesday, Dec. 25: 9 am & 11 am
Thursday, Dec. 26: No mass.
Friday, Dec. 27: 7:30 am weekday mass
Saturday, Dec. 28: 9:00 am weekday mass & 5 pm Sunday mass
Sun. Dec. 29: 8:30 am, 10 am & 12 pm
Mon. Dec. 30: 7:30 am weekday Tuesday, Dec. 31: 5 pm
Wednesday, Jan. 1: 10 am
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 22 at 1:15 pm for
those children who would like to take part in acting out the gospel.
Living with Christ Sunday Missals for adults and for children are still
available after Mass and at the office for only $5.00 each.
CWL News - CWL Dinner
The Annual Christmas Dinner of the Catholic Women’s League will be held on
Tuesday, December 17 at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $25.00. For more information or to
purchase your ticket, contact Joan at 905-895-9295 or by email at
or Pierrette at 905-775-3660 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. For this year’s Christmas
Dinner, we are asking our members to bring items such as feminine hygiene
products, toilet tissue, bar soap, shampoo and conditioner, hair brushes and
combs, razors and shaving cream. These items are in short supply at the
Newmarket Food Pantry and will be greatly appreciated.
Our Early Bird Membership Draw will take place at the Christmas Dinner.
All you have to do to enter the draw is renew your membership! Call Jane
Sagar at 905-895-3019.
Christmas Cake Sales
Gourmet Christmas Cakes will be sold after all the masses on the weekend
of December 7/8. The deluxe tin is $25 and the loaf is $15. Cakes can also
be purchased by calling Jennifer at 905-853-5009.
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 8 from 2 pm to 5 pm. We hope to see you there.
Our Faith Embodied series continues and next week we are going to try our
hand at making rosaries.
We will meet on Saturday, December 7 (in anticipation of the Feast of the
Immaculate Conception) from 10 am to 12 noon in the Parish Centre. Contact the
office for further details.
Please call or email the church to register.
Marriage Preparation Course
Couples who wish to get married in the Catholic Church must complete a
mandatory marriage preparation course before their marriage. St. John
Chrysostom Parish will be offering this course in the Parish Centre on Tuesday,
February 18 from 7-10 pm, Thursday, February 20 from 7-10 pm and Saturday,
February 22 from 9-3 pm. In order to register for the course please call the
This is the time of year when we prepare ourselves for the birth of our
Lord. As part of this preparation, the Archdiocese has again planned a day of
Confession on Wednesday, December 11. A priest will be available to hear
confessions on this day from 11 am to 12 pm; from 4 pm to 5 pm and from 7 pm to
Again this year, we will be hosting a joint Parish Reconciliation Service with
St. Elizabeth Seton here at St. John’s on Tuesday, December 17 at 7 pm. Five
priests will be present to hear individual confessions after the service.
Dealing with Grief over the holidays
For those who have lost a loved one through death, separation or divorce,
come and join
us for an informative evening. Our facilitator is Father Fred Scinto C. R. and
the topic is: "I am in Grief: How do I face the Christmas Holidays". The
session takes place on December 3, from 7:00 pm. to 9:00 pm at the Archdiocese
of Toronto Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge St., 4th Floor, Toronto, Pre-registration
is NOT required. For inquiries contact Deacon James Shaughnessy, 416-921-1163
ext 2227 or email
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Announcements from previous weeks worth repeating
Philippines Disaster Relief
The Catholic community across the Archdiocese of Toronto is responding to
the humanitarian crisis in the Philippines with prayer and practical assistance
following the catastrophic effects of Typhoon Haiyan on November 8. If you wish
to assist the relief efforts, you can make an online donation by visiting
or by calling the Development Office at: 416-934-3411. You can also donate
through our parish, making cheques payable to: St. John Chrysostom Parish –
Philippines Typhoon Haiyan – Humanitarian Relief.
Parish Library Update
The Parish Library is located in the Stained Glass Room at the back of the
Church. It is a busy “on your honour” library and as such is difficult to
maintain. While some items are signed out and back in, many are just taken and
at times not returned. How can you help?
1) Please check at home for parish books, DVD’s etc and return them. The Library
team will be calling on all overdo items. If you receive a call and have
returned it already, please sign the item back in, even if it is re-listed on
the last page as a signed in item. Many thanks.
2) Volunteer to help: the Library team is looking for volunteers. Please leave
your name at the office or visit our table at the Volunteer Ministry Weekend
3) Please do not leave donated books/CDs/DVDs in the library but drop them off
at the parish office.
Periodically we will be reviewing books and DVDs from our Parish Library.
Here is a review by Marie Craig of the DVD “On Blessings” by Father Ron
For those of you who have never been fortunate enough to hear or read books by
Father Ron Rolheiser, this DVD is a great introduction. This is not about the
typical Catholic blessing by a priest, but about how we can all bless and
support each other with a special emphasis on those younger than us.
Specifically, he says that the young hunger for the Father's blessing and that
older people must feed the young be it at home, work or in volunteerism. Ron
Rolheisier is also the author of a well known book called The Holy Longing
available in our parish library.
New Year’s Eve Dance
It’s never too early to plan for New Year’s Eve and St. Elizabeth Seton
Parish has just the place for you to be. They are having a Dinner and Dance with
live entertainment by Robert Fisher. Tickets are $50 per person and are
available by calling St. Elizabeth’s at 905-853-5009.
Parish Youth Ministry
Chrysostom Youth Celebrates All-Hallow’s Eve with a Halloween Party on
Saturday, October 26 in the Parish Hall from 7 pm – 10 pm. This is a great
chance to get out and meet other youth in the parish. Costumes are welcome but
not necessary. Pizza and drinks will be available for $2. Please RSVP to
email@example.com. Also, check out our Facebook page St.
John's Youth Ministry.
The Butterfly as a Christian Symbol
This weekend and next, we will have cut out butterflies available in the
church and encourage families to write the names of deceased loved ones on the
butterflies. The butterflies will then be displayed in the church in November.
What is the Christian symbolism of the Butterfly? It is the Resurrection.
The butterfly has three phases during its life:
1. The caterpillar, which just eats, symbolizes normal earthly life where people
are preoccupied with taking care of their physical needs.
2. The chrysalis or cocoon resembles the tomb.
3. The butterfly represents the resurrection into a glorious new life free of
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.
Mass of Remembrance
We invite all those who have lost family members or friends to join us on
Tuesday, November 5 in the church at 7 pm for a memorial mass for all the
faithful departed. An easel displaying pictures of the departed will be set up
at the back of the church that evening. If you would like pictures of your loved
ones displayed, please drop the pictures off at the office before October 28.
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.
welcome all the people
who were initiated into the church
at the Easter Vigil.
The following were baptized:
Marvin Aguilar Martinez
Marcella Aguilar Martinez
The following were received into the Roman Catholic Church:
The following were confirmed:
Julia De Fazio
Pop tab Collection
The Knights of Columbus will be collecting the tabs from pop cans. They may be
dropped off at the office to the attention of the Knights. Proceeds from this
collection will go towards purchasing wheel chairs and other necessities for the
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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