Apostolates

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - Nelia Alzate: 416 425-4569

If you would like to be on the schedule for Adoration on Fridays please call Nelia.
Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament takes place on Fridays from 9AM-5:40PM; Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours & Benediction follow.
 
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
 
Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honouring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves "the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us".
 
During Eucharistic Adoration, we "watch and wait", we remain "silent" in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist ... By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us. In its fullest essence ... Eucharistic Adoration is "God and Man reaching out for each other, at the same time!"
 
The Eucharist is: Jesus truly present - Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity!
At the moment of Consecration, during the Mass, the "gifts" of bread and wine are transformed (transubstantiated) into the actual Body and Blood of Christ, at the Altar. This means that they are not only spiritually transformed, but rather are actually (substantially) transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ. The elements retain the appearance of bread and wine, but are indeed the actual Body and Blood of Christ. This is what is meant by Real Presence: the actual, physical presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Christ instituted this Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist in order to remain with mankind until the end of time (Jn. 14:18).

 

Catholic Women's League - Lolita Perry: 647-273-2147

League Objects

The objects of the League shall be to unite Catholic women of Canada:

  1. To achieve individual and collective spiritual development
  2. To promote the teachings of the Catholic Church
  3. To exemplify the Christian ideal in home and family life
  4. To protect the sanctity of life
  5. To enhance the role of women in church and society
  6. To recognize the human dignity of all people everywhere
  7. To uphold the defend Christian education and values in the modern world
  8. 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.

Benefits

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

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:

  1. The Catholic Schools
  2. The Homes of Families
  3. 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 - Femi Barrara 416-467-6492

 
Meet after the 9AM Mass on the 
2nd & 4th Thursdays of the Month
Inviting our Mature Parishioners to come and socialize with each other
for breakfast, exercise, spiritual movies, board games, cards, etc.
Meeting will take place in Our Lady of Good Counsel room across from the offices.
 

St Vincent d’Paul - Anita Colaco: 416-424-2402

Mission Statement

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.

Values

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.

Logo

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

Bible verse of the day

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means!

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