Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - Nelia Alzate: 416 425-4569
Catholic Women's League - Cora de Villa : 416-546-0061
The objects of the League shall be to unite Catholic women of Canada:
- To achieve individual and collective spiritual development
- To promote the teachings of the Catholic Church
- To exemplify the Christian ideal in home and family life
- To protect the sanctity of life
- To enhance the role of women in church and society
- To recognize the human dignity of all people everywhere
- To uphold the defend Christian education and values in the modern world
- To contribute to the understanding and growth of religious freedom, social justice and peace and harmony. For more information contact Lolita Perry above.
Children's Liturgy- Parish Office: 416-429-4000
Children's Liturgy of the Word is an age-appropriate of the Word offered for ages 5 and up at the 12:15PM Mass. No pre-registration is necessary. All children are welcome and encouraged to attend. Just before the Liturgy of the Word begins for the assembly, these children are invited to go with the weekly leaders from the church to the Parish Hall. During this special time , the volunteer teacher leads the children through prayers, songs and readings that are simplified for children. The children learn about the same Scripture readings as te rest of the assembly. The are taught a simplified main message of the readings and encouraged to share that message with their parents after Mass. Volunteers are needed to teach the lessons each week, as well as to assist with the supervision of the children. This is a great opportunity for adults and middle school/high school youth to help these eager youngsters learn the Word of the Lord. For more information or to get involved, contact the Parish Office.
Couples for Christ and Youth for Christ
FAMILIES IN THE HOLY SPIRIT RENEWING THE FACE OF THE EARTH
Moved by the Holy Spirit, one with Catholic Church, blessed to witness to Chris's love and service, Couples for Christ is a united global community of family evangelizers that sets the world on fire with the fullness of God's transforming love.
Couple For Christ Global Mission
BUILDING THE CHURCH OF THE HOME, BUILDING THE CHURCH OF THE POOR
We are Couples for Christ. We are committed to live in God's righteousness and holiness, evangelizing people through a life of love and service; we shall work for the renewal of families that will serve God and build generations of Christian leaders; and, we shall pursue total Christian Liberation through Social justice, respect for life, and work with the poor.
CFC GLOBAL GOALS
1. EVANGELIZATION AND FORMATION
To strategically locate in the world to evangelize peoples and inculcate a way of life based on Gospel values.
2. FAMILY RENEWAL
To strengthen and defend the family as a basic unite of society and of the Church in accordance with God's plan.
3. TOTAL CHRISTIAN LIBERATION (Justice, Life, and Poor)
To help the least of our brethren based on Matthew 25:40, "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the these least brothers of mine, you did for me."
4. EFFECTIVE / EFFICIENT GOVERNANCE
To provide effective and efficient support services to fulfill the vision and mission of CFC.
CFC CORE VALUES
PRO GOD / PRO FAMILY / PRO LIFE / PRO POOR
Eucharistc Ministry - Fr. Simon
The appointment of Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and the privilege of distributing Holy Communion is granted for the good of the faithful and for cases of genuine necessity. These individuals should be properly instructed and should live an exemplary Christian life. They must show great devotion to the Holy Eucharist and be an example of piety and reverence. The instruction also cautions, "Let no one be chosen whose selection may cause scandal among the faithful." In a sense, Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers ought to have an extraordinary love for the Holy Eucharist and for the Church, the Body of Christ.
First Friday Night Vigil - Elaine Shaver: 647-713-1198
Every first Friday of the month an overnight vigil will be held in the adoration chapel from Friday: 7:30 Am to Saturday: 7:30 Am.
Most of the benefits will invisible. The measure benefits will occur in individual lives:
- Increased faith in the True Presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
- Answered prayer requests, both spiritual and material.
- Conversions of heart and overcoming of habitual sins
- Families growing closer together
Icon of Our Lady of Fatima Groups - Beth Abordo: 416-467-6492
Apostolate of the Shrine: What is it?
The goal of the apostolate of the Shrine is to adequately respond to the insistent call of St Pope John Paul II by cooperating with bishops and priests in the effort for a new evangelization, particularly so that lapsed Catholics may once again become involved in the ecclesial life of their parishes. This work not only seeks to benefit individuals but also entire families. It is a worldwide initiative of Heralds of the Gospel, a Private International Association of the Christ’s Faithful of Pontifical Right.
Mainly it involves forming groups of thirty families in which a shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as She appeared at Fatima in Portugal, travels from home to home on pilgrimage.
Families receive the shrine in their home once a month on a day determined in agreement with the coordinator. On the appointed day, each respective family invites friends, relatives, neighbours to read a passage from the Gospel together, followed by a few minutes of reflection, recite the rosary and make an act of consecration of the family to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
St John XXIII Parish has 4 Icons of Our Lady of Fatima travelling to homes in each group every day of the month for a total of 120 homes in the parish.
Please call co-ordinator to become a family that receives the Icon
Intercessory Prayer Group - Beth Abordo: 416-467-6492
A group of parishioners who wish to offer intercessory prayer for your intentions: which can be for the sick, the dying, the wayward, jobs, etc. Contact Beth for your intentions. Only your first name and your intention are shared with the group of intercessors.
Knights of Columbus
From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. We are men of faith and men of action. In 2015, the Knights of Columbus set a new all-time record for the 17th consecutive year. Our charitable donations increased from 2014 by more than $1.5 million to a new total of $175,079,192. In addition, we achieved our highest level of charitable service in 2015, volunteering more than 73.4 million hours of service. The number of service hours contributed by Knights rose in 2015 by more than a million over the previous year’s total. Our charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national and international projects. From international charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity to our own Food for Families and Coats for Kids projects and other local charities, the opportunity to work together with fellow Knights and their families is virtually endless. "We are answering Pope Francis’ call to go to the peripheries,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said. “We can reach half way around the globe to help those in need and we can reach to our neighbour next door. And we do that every day. That makes us witnesses to the faith.” If you’d like to be a part of an international organization of more than 1.9 million Catholic men whose principal work involves helping others in need, we'd like to meet you and invite you to join us
Lectors - Lolita Perry: 647-273-2147
A lector is the person who proclaims the first or second reading at Mass. This person also may lead the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass. A lector must have the qualifications listed below and have a desire to minister in this capacity at the Eucharistic liturgy. This ministry in the Church requires a person who is of excellent character and serious about the practice of their faith. The lector must believe that Sacred Scripture is the Word of God and have deep respect for God's presence in that Word.
How does a person become a Lector? Parishioners may volunteer to the coordinator of lectors or make their desire known directly to the priest or co-ordinator. However, lectors will be selected after all other criteria have been established on the basis of objective pastoral need. Lectors should be carefully chosen based on their skills in proclamation, their willingness to complete formation in this ministry and their evidence of a deep spirituality.
Who can be a Lector?
• man, woman or young person
• a person in full communion with the Catholic Church
• a person serious about the practice of their faith
• a person who is willing to complete a parish or diocesan formation process
Regarding what is necessary for an individual to be truly suited, it would seem that this involves being a fully initiated Catholic living in communion with the Church. Thus, a lector should have preferably received both First Holy Communion and Confirmation and should not be living in an invalid marriage or in any other state of grave sin. A lector should be free of any canonical penalty and be living a life that befits the ministry to be undertaken. Being truly suited also implies the necessary talents to serve as a lector. Thus, individuals who are not able to proclaim the readings in a clear manner that expresses the dignity of scripture may not be suited for this service in church.
Legion of Mary - Grace Aquino: 647-350-0445
The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work. The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. Persons who wish to join the Legion must apply for membership in a Praesidium. The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish. Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary
Living for Christ Prayer Community - Cathy Guillermo - 647-588-7026 & Evelyn Abutan: 416-799-0232
We Meet Every Wednesday after the 7PM Mass
Join us downstairs in the Church Hall
Open to all, the evening is a combination of praise and worship songs, teachings, witnessing and an opportunity to pray as a community. It is a gathering of Christians to worship and thank Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, as the Holy Spirit moves us.
The Living for Christ Prayer Community exists solely to glorify God:
•To Exalt Him: LFCPC is a place of worship—by giving Him our highest affection and placing Him above everything else in our lives. …We achieve this through our praise and worship at the beginning of our program.
•To equip the Body: LFCPC is a place of learning—…To us, studying the Bible is vital because it not only instructs us intellectually but also guides us spiritually. …We achieve depth through discipleship.
•To encourage the body: LFCPC is a place you can call “Home”—In St John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another as I have loved you, so you must love one another; by this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” …We make it a priority to build lasting bonds between members of our Church family—bonds of concern and genuine commitment to one another….
•To evangelize the world: LFCPC is a place to grow. Following the great commission of our Lord, we evangelize because we understand our responsibility and commit our lives to share the life-giving message of the Gospel. We achieve growth through evangelism.
Mission Support Group - Benjie Romero: 416-696-6133
The Mission Support Group of St JXXIII Parish works together to further the Mission of the Church in proclaiming Jesus Christ. It’s activities include fundraisers, pilgrimages, spiritual meetings; it supports orphanages, homes for lepers, homes for disabled, etc; also, donations to Church missions and disaster relief.
Parish Youth Ministry - Carla Marcoccia: 416-429-4000
The Youth Ministry of St John XXIII has a youth minister whose role is to serve the spiritual needs of our young people. Carla runs two groups: high school & elementary school. These groups meet on alternate Fridays evenings. They do fundraisers, catechetical sessions, spiritual sessions, and socials, etc.
Rosary Apostolate - Nadine Cornelio: 416-421-9322
The Rosary Apostolate is a non-profit association of volunteers in the community that freely give of their time and talents to lead children, youth and families into a deeper relationship with our Triune God through prayer. Thus, the Rosary Apostolate is an apostolate of prayer. The Rosary apostolate seeks to lead people to Jesus our Savior and Redeemer through Mary by teaching others how to pray with the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There are three basic sectors where we seek to lead people in the recitation of the Holy Rosary:
- The Catholic Schools
- The Homes of Families
- The Catholic Churches
Each volunteer under the direction and guidelines of the Rosary Apostolate, prays the Rosary with children and youth and families, to encourage them to return to the practice of praying daily the Rosary. The Rosary Apostolate organization shall be carried on without purpose of gain for its members and any profits or other gains to the Rosary Apostolate organization shall be used in promoting its objectives.
Senior's Group - Monica DeMello: 416-429-6995 & Marcelle Attar 416-467-6352
ShareLife Mission - Eric & Lorraine Robert: 647-828-4702
“To live the Gospel by providing for those in need.”
“The Catholic community and its partners responding generously with justice and love.”
Volunteer Committee Chairperson (4 hours per month)
The Chairperson should be a leader in the parish and be willing to commit to the job until its completion. As a lay leader, you 'animate' the campaign. You have the important role of communicating to your fellow parishioners that they are an integral part of the ShareLife effort.
It is important to express your own commitment to the financial support of the campaign. Together with the pastor, you ensure the overall campaign plan is carried out within the time frame established. You must ensure volunteers understand the plan and the responsibilities assigned to them.
ShareLife Committee is a volunteer group of parishioners and clergy that work on behalf of the parish to assist the Pastor in delivering a positive and effective ShareLife campaign.
Since each parish owns their unique parish goals, volunteer committees are accountable to the Pastor. Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of 4 hours per month from February to July 31.
As an option, a ShareLife Campaign Officer will connect you with enthusiastic committee members from other parishes.
Through our mentoring program you will meet committee members from other parishes and learn more about their campaigns.
It's a great opportunity to improve your campaign success, socialize and network.
Committees & Agencies
Hands-on experience: Committee members can visit one or more ShareLife-supported agencies to learn about their wonderful work.
Upon request, we will connect you with staff from a ShareLife agency.
In-church presentations by ShareLife agency speakers are one of the best ways to motivate parishioners to support the appeal.
Invite at least one agency speaker to make a presentation at all Masses on a weekend.
Keep a rack of ShareLife information available at the entrance of the church for easy access. Have an information table with volunteers during collection weekends.
St Vincent d’Paul - Anita Colaco: 416-424-2402
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (acronym SSVP) is a lay catholic organization whose mission is:
- To live the Gospel message
- by serving Christ in the poor
- with love, respect, justice and joy.
The Mission of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul implies that as Vincentians, we:
- see Christ in anyone who suffers;
- come together as a family;
- have personal contact with the poor;
- help in all possible ways.
The Confederation of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, (the International Council General) has adopted a logo and recommended it to the Society in every country. The National Council of Canada has adopted this logo.
- The fish is the symbol of Christianity and, in this case, represents the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.
- The eye of the fish is the vigilant eye of God seeking to help the poor in our midst.
- The crossing at the tail or the tie-knot represents unity and oneness among members and also the union with the poor.
- The circle bounding the logo signifies the global or worldwide stature of the SSVP, an international Society
- The words “serviens in spe" mean to serve in hope, the hope that comes from Our Lord Jesus Christ
St Anthony’s Group - Monica: DeMello 416-429-6995
St Anthony’s Group was established by Monica DeMello 35 years ago.
It provides funds to charitable organizations in Toronto and around the Globe.
Our Group membership is widespread and not merely restricted to St John XXIII Parish.
St John XXIII Parish is one of the beneficiaries of this charity.
Our funds come from individual donations and fund-raising projects. Donations are accepted throughout the year. Our donations go to help fight poverty, homelessness, flood and earthquake victims, refugees, leprosy, mental issues; donations also include: gifts of medication, gifts to Chalice, and gifts to international projects.