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January 25, 2015
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mass Intentions
Tuesday, January 27th
8:15 am for + DOUGLAS HIGGINS
Requested by The St. John’s Week Day Mass Group
Wednesday, January 28th
8:15 am for + GRETA PRUPAS
Requested by Avis Favaro
As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his
brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen.
Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men."
Then they abandoned their nets and followed him (Mark 1:16-19).
“Repent, and believe in the
good news.” What would happen
if Jesus spoke these commanding
words today? Would those gathered to meet him accuse him
of shoving his religion down their throats? Would they give
him a lecture on tolerance? How many of us would actually
listen to him, and do what he said?
Our modern culture has programmed us to
respond with scepticism, if not anger, to any suggestion that
there is a “right” way of doing things or a “true” religion.
But when Jesus tells us to repent, he implies that some of the
choices we are making are wrong, that we need to change, to
turn toward God, and to become more loving, more generous,
and more forgiving. And when he tells us to believe in the
good news, he’s not just making a recommendation. He is
giving us direction for entering “the Kingdom of God.”
Are we willing to let his words affect us? Are we
ready to examine our lives and repent for our sins? Are we
prepared to believe the good news he preached of salvation
and forgiveness? He wants us to share in the glory of his
Kingdom, now and for all eternity. The question is only how
we will respond to this divine invitation.
Next weekend, February 1st, the world celebrates
Marriage Sunday. The event provides an opportunity to
honour husband and wife while celebrating the faithfulness,
sacrifice and joy that comes with the marriage covenant. To
those preparing for marriage, newlyweds and those that have
been companions on the journey for decades, we offer our
prayers and best wishes in a special way. Let us celebrate the
tremendous contributions of married couples who continue to
strengthen our faith community.
May God Lord continue to bless us all.
Thursday, January 29th
8:15 am for + EUGENIA SZELIGA
Requested by Mary Anthony
Friday, January 30th
8:15 am for + GEORGE NEWTON
The practice of requesting a Mass to be offered for loved ones,
living or deceased, for anniversaries, weddings and birthdays, is
a beautiful and wonderful part of our Catholic tradition. If
anyone wishes to schedule a Mass please contact the office.
In your charity please
pray for the repose of the souls of
Olive Mullen & Maxima Viegas
The Sanctuary light burns this week
in loving memory of
Greta Prupas
If you would like to have the Sanctuary light dedicated to a
loved one, contact the office.
Kids’ Corner: Jesus saw two more fishermen and called them to follow
him. Who are they? Use the answer graph to find out who they were.
Fr. John
Come and join us in praying the ROSARY before
Mass, Tuesday to Friday at 7:45 am.
Please remember the poor box as you exit the church.
and
January 25, 2015
Please Pray For The Sick
Dr. Nauts
Paulette Kubusheskie
Nora Jones
Glenda Fajardo
Tita Tiu
Evelyn Sytico
Matt Kavanagh
Gaetan Daigle
Tom Common
Mhai Opiana
Evelyn Lagunilla
Nancy Abenoja
In The News
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR CONSECRATED
LIFE: On Monday, February 2nd the Church celebrates the
World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. In the
Archdiocese of Toronto we are blessed to have living and
serving among us more than 1,000 religious men and women
of over 100 different religious congregations. This is a
wonderful opportunity for us to thank God for the gifts of
these religious sisters, brothers and priests and to pray for
God’s blessing upon them in their efforts to faithfully live the
evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience. On
Sunday, February 1st at 3 pm at St. Paul’s Basilica, there will
be a special Mass presided by His Eminence, Thomas
Cardinal Collins, in celebration of the vocation and witness of
these special men and women religious who are such an
important part of the life and ministry of the Church in our
archdiocese. All are welcome to attend.
SOLEMN MASS FOR THE FEAST OF DON BOSCO: on
January 31st from 10 am at St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power St.,
Toronto. His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins,
Archbishop of Toronto, Presider and Homilist invite you to
this solemn Mass. Light luncheon to follow in church hall.
FAITH CONNECTIONS’ THEOLOGY ON TAP: Ask the
Bishop. Faith Connections invites young adults (19-39) to
join us for an evening of thought-provoking theological
discussion in a comfortable and relaxed setting at the Duke of
York on January 26th from 7 to 9 pm, 39 Prince Arthur Ave.,
Toronto. Our special guest, Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick, will
answer any questions you have about our faith. Munchies
provided. Cash bar. Come and bring a friend! For more
information call John-Paul Markides at 416.467.2645 or
visit www.faithconnections.ca
COME AND SEE WEEKEND: The Office of Vocations is
hosting a Come & See Weekend retreat on January 31 at 6:30
pm to February 1 at 2:30 pm at St. Augustine's Seminary,
2661 Kingston Rd. Scarborough, for men, 18 years and
older. This weekend offers a way for men discerning a
possible call to priesthood to meet seminarians, hear a
number of vocation testimonies and to receive first-hand
experience of seminary life. For more information, please call
us at 416.968.0997 or email [email protected]
BOOK YOUR BABYSITTER NOW!: The St. John’s School
annual dance is fast approaching and it promises to be the
best one ever! Out All Night Dance/Silent Auction. When:
Saturday February 28th, 7:30 pm - 1 am. Where: Ted Reeve
Community Centre. Cost: $25/Ticket or $30 at the door. To
order your tickets now and to inquire about volunteering to
help out, email us and we will get you all set
up! [email protected]
Parish Events & Opportunities
CWL: All parishioners are welcome to come hear guest
speakers Deacon Paul MacDonald and Bonnie Brady present
a talk on Marriage - Covenant not Contract next Sunday,
Feb. 1st in the Hall, right after the 11:00 Mass. Whether
married 60 years or not at all, their presentation holds
something for everyone about relationship. Deacon Paul &
Bonnie have led the Marriage Preparation Course out of
Blessed Sacrament parish for many years. A light lunch will
be served. The General Meeting will take place after the
presentation.
VALENTINE'S BAKE SALE: Bakers, get your ovens ready
for this up-coming sale on Sun., Feb. 8th after both Masses!
Proceeds to Sancta Maria House, a downtown residential
home for teenage girls 14 to 18.
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE DINNER:
Join us on Tuesday, February 17th from 5:30 pm
to 6:45 pm in the Church Hall for our annual
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner. Pancakes,
sausages, tea, coffee and juice will be served up for all to
enjoy. Senior/Students $5/ Adults $10/ Family $15. Tickets
available at the door.
SIGN UP! FOR OUR PARISH BOWLING
ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 8TH: Family and
friends of all ages are welcome to join us at
O'Connor Bowl for and exciting afternoon of
five pin bowling. Registration begins at 3:30 and we bowl
from 4 to 6 pm. Cost for 2 games and shoe rental is $8.50 per
person. Sign-up sheets will be at the back of the church on
Jan. 24/25 and Jan. 31/Feb 1. Hope to see you there. If you
have any questions, please call Doris 416.698.1459.
JOIN THE PRAYER GROUP / BIBLE STUDY GROUP: On
Friday mornings after the 8:15 Mass, we meet in the Parish
Lounge to say the prayer to St. Peregrine and reflect on the
readings for the following Sunday. All are welcome.
2015 OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: have been moved to the
office. If you would like to begin using envelopes or have yet
to pick up yours please contact the office. Thank you and
God Bless.
We welcome the newly baptized
Caden Dumas
God our Father, you generously grant us all the gifts we
have. Help us to understand that it is in the giving that
we receive. Thank you for making a gift to your Parish.
2014
2015
Sunday Collection:
$ 4644
$ 4665
Offertory PAG:
$
744
$ 847
Little Levity: “Do you believe in life after death?” the boss asked one of his
employees. “Yes, sir,” the clerk replied. “That’s good,” the boss said. “After
you left early yesterday to go to y our grandmother’s funeral, she stopped in to
see you
Peace begins with a smile. ……………………..…...Mother Theresa