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SAINT JOHN XXIII PARISH 

Pastor: (Rev) Simon deGale; Secretary: Mrs. Rose Scarano 

Chaplain @ Sunnybrook & Toronto East Hospitals--in Residence: Fr Montfort Marianayagam 

Office: 416-429-4000; Hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-3PM 

Email: saintjohnxx_iiiparish@outlook.com. Website: http://saintjohnxxiiiparish.ca/

Sunday Mass
Sat  Vigil  Mass:  5:15PM  /  Sun  Mass:  9AM,  12:15PM  &
5:30PM. (Weekdays: Mon, Wed, Fri: 7PM; Tues, Thurs, Sat:
9AM)

Baptism
Baptisms  are  celebrated  on  the  second Sat  at  11AM  and
third Sun at 1:30PM. Preparation session is required.

Reconciliation (confession)
Before all Sun Masses/Sat Vigil Mass and the Wed Mass or
by appointment. Confessional in Chapel.

Anointing of the Sick
At any time by appointment. In case of emergency, please
ask  hospital  for  Catholic  priest  or  call  Fr.  Simon  at
416-737-0760.

Marriage
See Fr Simon before setting a date.

RCIA
If  you  know  someone  who  wishes  to  become  Catholic
speak to priest.

Finance Committee
Mr Pors Canlas, Ms Olivia Dizon, Mr Carlton Paul

Catholic Cemeteries
Mount Hope, Holy Cross, Queen of Heaven, Assumption,
Christ the King, Resurrection, Mount Peace. Head Office:
416-733-8544

DAILY ADVENT

MEDITATIONS

http://evangeli.net/gospel

Check out the above Web Site for

daily meditations on the Advent

readings.

HOLY HOUR

Advent Sundays

Come and watch with Christ in the Blessed

Sacrament on Sundays of Advent from

4PM-5PM.

Speak with your Saviour and God about your life,

your concerns, and worries; experience His

presence

and protection.

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The ritual opening of the Holy Door of Mercy in the

Basilica of St. Peter, December 8, 2015, marks the official

start of the Jubilee of Mercy.

From that moment on, in every Catholic Church in every

diocese, the faithful are called to celebrate and live the

Jubilee, particularly through the liturgy.

You are invited to live the Jubilee in the Archdiocese of

Toronto!

In the Archdiocese of Toronto, we have nine Holy Doors,

which open on Sunday, December 13, 2015. The faithful are

invited to make a pilgrimage to one of these doors during

the Jubilee Year to obtain a plenary indulgence.

You can also live the Jubilee in your everyday

actions. Learn about spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
“We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It

is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation

depends on it.”

– Pope Francis,

Bull of Induction of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

HOLY DOORS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF

TORONTO

St. Paul's Basilica

83 Power Street, Toronto 416-364-7588

stpaulsbasilica@on.aibn.com

Weekend Mass times:

Saturdays 4:30 p.m.; Sundays 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Confession times: Saturdays 3:45 to 4:15 p.m.

St. Patrick's Parish

131 McCaul St., Toronto, 416-598-3269

secretary@stpatrickstoronto.ca

Mass times: Saturdays 5 p.m.; Sundays 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m.

(German), 12:10 p.m., 5 p.m. Confession times:

Saturdays 4:30-5 p.m.

St. Theresa's Parish

2559 Kingston Rd., Scarborough, 416-261-7498

st-theresa@rogers.com

Mass times: Sat 5 p.m; Suns 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Confession times: Sat from 4:30-5 p.m., 15 minutes before

all masses.

JUBILEE INDULGENCE

A Jubilee entails the granting of indulgences.

This practice will acquire an even more important meaning

in the Holy Year of Mercy. God’s forgiveness knows no

bounds... The mercy of God… becomes indulgence on the

part of the Father who, through the Bride of Christ, his

Church, reaches the pardoned sinner and frees him/her

from every residue left by the consequences of sin,

enabling him to act with charity, to grow in love rather

than to fall back into sin…To gain an indulgence is to

experience the holiness of the Church, who bestows upon

all the fruits of Christ’s redemption, so that God’s love and

forgiveness may extend everywhere. Let us live this Jubilee

intensely, begging the Father to forgive our sins and to

bathe us in his merciful “indulgence.”

WHAT IS AN INDULGENCE?

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church 1471:

The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are

closely linked to the effects of the sacrament of Penance.

“An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal

punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been

forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed

gains under certain prescribed conditions through the

action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption,

dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the

satisfactions of Christ and the saints.”

“An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes

either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin.”
The faithful can gain indulgences for themselves or apply

them to the dead.

HOW TO OBTAIN THE JUBILEE INDULGENCE

For those able to make a pilgrimage to one of the Jubilee

churches in Rome, that is certainly an option. Otherwise,

there are eight churches within the Archdiocese of

Toronto with a Holy Door of Mercy.

Going through one of these Holy Doors is a spiritual

journey that shows, as the Holy Father said, "the deep

desire for true conversion.” In addition to passing through

a Holy Door, each pilgrim is to:

1. receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation,

2. receive the Holy Eucharist while reflecting on God's

great gift of mercy,

3. make a profession of faith (recite either the Apostles' or

the Nicene Creed), and

4. pray for the Holy Father and for his intentions (an Our

Father and a Hail Mary are recommended).

For those who are elderly, confined and the ill, Pope

Francis said that they may obtain the indulgence:

1. by "living with faith and joyful hope this moment of trial"

and

2. by receiving the Eucharist or by attending Mass and

community prayer, "even through the various means of

communication" (for instance, a Mass offered on

television).

For those in prison, they may obtain the indulgence in their

prison chapels.

Indulgences may be obtained for the dead by the carrying

out of these same acts by the Faithful with the intention of

offering the indulgence for someone who is deceased.

And finally, for all Catholics, this jubilee indulgence may

also be obtained when a member of the Faithful personally

performs a spiritual or corporal work of mercy.

More information on indulgences can be found on the

Vatican website.

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MASS INTENTIONS

Mon, Dec 21, 7PM:

Thanksgiving for Christine

Tues, Dec 22, 9AM: +Leonardo Tolentino
Wed, Dec 23, 7PM: +Rosa Dizon
Christmas Eve: Thurs, Dec 24, 11:59PM
Christmas Day: Fri, Dec 25 9AM & 12:15PM

St Stevens Day: Sat, Dec 26, 10AM: Luk Family

Thnksgv

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Saturday Vigil, December 26

5:15PM: The Parishioners
Sunday, December 27

9AM: Thanksgiving by Navarro Family
12:15PM: Thanksgiving by C.W.L.
5:30PM: +Nestor Cruz & Benjamin DeLaCruz

PARISH

NEXT CHALICE CHILDREN COLLECTION

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Goal: $2,220(cost raise of $48 per child per year)

Payment is made in May of each year for following 12

months. Total to Date: $903.

YOUTH CHOIR

Rehearsals

1st, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Saturdays of Month @ 10AM.

Grade 8 — Grade 12: Contacts: Editha Lazaga:

416-557-3622 or Fr Simon

Sing 2

nd

& 3

rd

Sundays of Month @ 5:30PM Mass

CHILDREN’S CHOIR

Grade 1 — Grade 7

Contact Amy: 647-878-2534 or Cecille 416-825-0793.

Sing 1

st

& 4

th

Sundays of Month @ 5:30PM Mass

PRAY FOR THE

Adults Seeking The Sacraments Of Baptism &

Confirmation At Our Parish

Lina Lim, Wendy Wang, Liam Dowhan, Perry

Leung, Sharon Marshall, Jessica Mogmela, and Marc &

Suzanne LaFort

EVENT

DATE

Parish Confessions

WED, DEC 23 @ 7:30PM

Christmas Carols

THURS, DEC 24 @

11:15PM

Christmas Midnight

Mass

THURS, DEC 24 @

11:59PM

Christmas Day Masses

FRI DEC 25 @ 9AM &

12:15PM

St Steven’s Day Mass

SAT DEC 26 @ 10AM

The Holy Family

Masses

SAT DEC 26 @ 5:15PM

SUN DEC 27: 9AM,

12:15PM, 5:30PM

Mary Mother of God

Vigil

Holy Hour, DEC 31 @

7PM

Vigil Mass New Year’s

Eve

Mary Mother of God

DEC 31 @ 8PM

Masses—New Year’s

Day

Mary Mother of God

JAN 1

9AM & 12:15PM

St Basil & St Gregory

JAN 2 @ 9AM

Masses for the

Epiphany of the Lord

SAT JAN 2 @ 5:15PM

SUN JAN 3

9AM, 12:15PM, 5:30PM

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR SCHEDULE

BLACK NAZARENE NOVENA

Feast Day Saturday, Jan 9

Jan 1st - Friday 1:15 pm

Jan 2nd -Saturday 8:45 am
Jan 3rd - Sunday 1:15 pm

Jan 4th - Monday 7:30 pm

Jan 5th - Tuesday 8:45 am

Jan 6th - Wednesday 7:30 pm

Jan 7th - Thursday 8:45 am

Jan 8th - Friday 7:30 pm

Jan 9th - Saturday 8:45 am

WELCOME

Marjorie Gonzalez

We hope as a new member of St John XXIII you will be

able to find Our Lord amongst us and rejoice with us in His

presence.

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ARE YOU CALLED TO FOLLOW IN THE

FOOTSTEPS OF MARY AS A PRIEST OR

RELIGIOUS TO CARRY THE GOOD NEWS OF

GOD’S GREAT LOVE?

If you think God is calling you to be a priest, religious or

deacon,

Contact Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocation Director, Archdiocese

of Toronto 416-968-0997

vocations@archtoronto.org www.vocationstoronto.ca

ARCDIOCESE

MARRIAGE SUNDAY

2016

In 2016, the Archdiocese of Toronto will celebrate

Marriage Sunday at the parish level on the weekend of

February 6/7. Cardinal Collins has also announced a

special Archdiocesan-wide gathering to honour married

couples that will take place on Saturday, February 13,

2016 at 4:30PM at St Andrew Kim Parish in North York.

His Eminence extends an invitation to all married

couples, in particular those who will celebrate their 25

th

,

40

th

, or 50

+

wedding anniversary anytime throughout

2016 to join him for Mass and a reception to honour their

fidelity and faithfulness.

Loved ones and family members of those honoured are

most welcome to attend. To ensure special reserved

seating for honoured couples, pre-registration is

required. Visit www.archtornto.or/marriage to register

and to find more information about Marriage Sunday and

our archdiocesan celebration. Questions can also be

directed to Anne & Dane McCarthy: 416-964-8694

SMILE

Missed wedding anniversary

Bob was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary.

His wife was really angry. She told him “Tomorrow

morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes

from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE!”

The next morning he got up early and left for work.

When his wife woke up, she looked out the window and

sure enough there was a box gift-wrapped in the middle

of the driveway. Confused, the wife put on her robe and

ran out to the driveway, brought the box back in the

house. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom

scale. Bob has been missing since Friday.

SERVICE OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS

With Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

December 22, 7:00 pm

Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

Paroisse du Sacré-Coeur

381 Sherbourne St., Toronto

Music by Howells, Lauridsen, Poulenc and Willan.

WEB: www.thomasmorechurch.ca

BOOK & MEDIA FAIR & FINE DINING

February 6/7, 2016

We welcome back the Daughters of St Paul to our parish

at all our Masses on the above dates. After each Mass you

are invited down for a meal (not 5:30PM)

Before or After Mass. You will find an extensive selection

of Catholic Bibles, books, Music CDs, and DVD movies for

all ages. You are certain to find something inspiring for

your self and others. Info: about life and mission of

Daughters of St Paul, www.pauline.org

UPCOMING

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

A Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance

Hosted by St JohnXXIII Mission Support Group

February 13, 2016

Leaside Gardens Banquet Hall, 1073 Millwood Road,

Toronto. Tickets $25—On sale in the new year

Semi-Formal Dress

All profits go to complete chapel for the orphanage

TORONTO AIRPORT CHAPLAINCY

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE 


Traveling over the holidays? Here is the schedule of

Masses at Toronto’s Airport Chaplaincy

December 24, 2015: Christmas Eve 


4 p.m. – Terminal 3 & 5:30 p.m. – Terminal 1

December 25, 2015: Christmas Day 


8 a.m. – Terminal 3 


10 a.m. – Terminal 1 


1 p.m. – Terminal 1 

4 p.m. – Terminal 3

December 31, 2015: New Year’s Eve 


4 p.m. – Terminal 3 & 5:30 p.m. – Terminal 1

January 1, 2016: New Year’s Day 


1 p.m. – Terminal 1 & 4 p.m. – Terminal 3

SUPPORT FOR RECENTLY SEPARATED OR

DIVORCED CATHOLICS

Catholic Family Services of Toronto is offering a 6 week

group program for adult men and women coping with

the many struggles involved in the process of separation

and divorce.

Group participants will receive support and guidance as

they move through this difficult period of transition. The
group will run Tuesday evenings from 6:30PM to 8:30PM

beginning Jan 9, 2016.

Central Office, 1155 Yonge St

(Summerhill Subway Station)

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MEMORIAL:  St  Stephen,  the  First  Martyr

Saturday, December 26

All we know of Stephen is

found in Acts of the Apostles, chapters Six and Seven. It is
enough to tell us what kind of man he was:

At that time, as the number of disciples continued to grow,
the  Hellenist  (Greek-speaking)  Christians  complained
about  the  Hebrew-speaking  Christians,  saying  that  their
widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. So
the Twelve called together the community of the disciples
and said, “It is not right for us to neglect the word of God
to serve at table. Brothers, select from among you seven
reputable  men,  filled  with  the  Spirit  and  wisdom,  whom
we  shall  appoint  to  this  task,  whereas  we  shall  devote
ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” The
proposal was acceptable to the whole community, so they
chose Stephen, a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit...
(Acts 6:1-5).

Acts  says  that  Stephen  was  a  man  filled  with  grace  and
power,  who  worked  great  wonders  among  the  people.
Certain  Jews,  members  of  the  Synagogue  of  Roman
Freedmen, debated with Stephen but proved no match for
the  wisdom  and  spirit  with  which  he  spoke.  They
persuaded  others  to  make  the  charge  of  blasphemy
against  him.  He  was  seized  and  carried  before  the
Sanhedrin.

In  his  speech,  Stephen  recalled  God’s  guidance  through
Israel’s  history,  as  well  as  Israel’s  idolatry  and
disobedience.  He  then  claimed  that  his  persecutors  were
showing  this  same  spirit.  “[Y]ou  always  oppose  the  holy
Spirit; you are just like your ancestors” (Acts 7:51b).

His speech brought anger from the crowd. “But [Stephen],
filled with the holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and
saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand
of God, and he said, ‘Behold, I see the heavens opened and
the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God....’ They
threw  him  out  of  the  city,  and  began  to  stone  him.... As
they  were  stoning  Stephen,  he  called  out,  ‘Lord  Jesus,
receive  my  spirit....  Lord,  do  not  hold  this  sin  against
them’” (Acts 7:55-56, 58a, 59, 60b).

Story: “The witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of
a young man named Saul....“Now Saul was consenting to
his  execution.  On  that  day  there  broke  out  a  severe
persecution of the church in Jerusalem.... Saul, meanwhile,
was  trying  to  destroy  the  church;  entering  house  after
house and dragging out men and women, he handed them
over for imprisonment....
 “...[S]till  breathing  murderous  threats  against  the
disciples of the Lord...as he was nearing Damascus, a light
from the sky suddenly flashed around [Saul]. He fell to the

ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why
are you persecuting me?’ He said, ‘Who are you, sir?’ The
reply came, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting’ ” (Acts
7:58b; 8:1, 3; 9:1a, 3–5).

Comment:  Stephen  died  as  Jesus  did:  falsely  accused,
brought  to  unjust  condemnation  because  he  spoke  the
truth  fearlessly.  He  died  with  his  eyes  trustfully  fixed  on
God,  and  with  a  prayer  of  forgiveness  on  his  lips.  A
“happy”  death  is  one  that  finds  us  in  the  same  spirit,
whether our dying is as quiet as Joseph’s or as violent as
Stephen’s:  dying  with  courage,  total  trust  and  forgiving
love.
Patron Saint of: Bricklayers; Deacons; Hungary

FEAST OF THE WEEK

WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

Birthright, a pro-life crisis pregnancy

service, needs your help

Counselling, odd jobs, administrative or

marketing. Volunteers, men and women, are

needed to assist those facing an unplanned

pregnancy, to provide support and comfort

as well as practical solutions. training is

provided. Please help us to “love them both…

mother and child.”

Info: 416-469-111/email:

toronto@birthright.org

FR MARK VILLANUEVA

Pastor of St. Josephine Bakhita Parish

(Mississauga)

25th Anniversary Of Ordination

Celebration—Friday, January 8, 2016, Mass

4:30 pm, Saviour of the World Church, 30

Bristol Road West, Mississauga; Reception at

Capitol Banquet Hall, 6435 Dixie Road,

Mississauga; Cocktails 6 pm, Dinner 7 pm,

Entertainment and dancing to follow

Cost is $55 per person; Dress code: Formal

Contact Rita Venantius at 905-824-7223 or

rita.venantius@hotmail.com

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Notes on the text

Luke turned tradition on its head. Instead of the

elderly  woman  receiving  honour  from  the

younger,  the  tables  were  turned;  Mary  was

honoured (along with her Son).
Because of her age, Elizabeth should have been

the  one  who  received  the  attention  of

maternity.  But  Mary  received  praise  because

she  believed  in  the  new  revelation.  Now,

Elizabeth  (and  her  son),  too,  believed  because

the Spirit acted.
Notice  the  themes  of  exaltation  and  humility.

Through the figure of Elizabeth, Luke humbled

the old tradition in a time that honoured ancient

revelation.  Through  the  figure  of  Mary,  he

exalted  the  new  revelation.  Through  the

meeting,  he  bridged  the  old  to  the  new.  From

this  moment  on,  Luke  would  exalt  Jesus  and

diminish  John's  role.  For  Luke,  the  time  of

Judaism  had  past;  the  time  of Christianity  had

dawned.

Laudato  Si':  On  the  Care  of  Our  Common

Home

Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato Si': On the Care

for Our Common Home is a call for global action

as well as an appeal for deep inner conversion.

H e  p o i n t s  t o  n u m e r o u s  w a y s  w o r l d

organisations,  nations  and  communities  must

move  forward  and  the  way  individuals  --

believers and people of good will -- should see,

think, feel and act. Each week, we offer one of

the  Pope's  suggestions,  with  the  paragraph

numbers to indicate its place in the Encyclical.
“Listen  to,  protect  lands  of  and  involve

indigenous  peoples.  The  disappearance  of

cultures  is  even  more  serious  than  losing  a

species.” (Par 145)

“Blessed are you among

women, and blessed is the

fruit of the womb”

ELIZABETH

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Full Question

Don't  all  Christian  churches  believe  the  same  thing  about
Christ?

Answer

In  a  sense,  they  do.  To  the  extent  one  can  describe  an
ecclesial body as Christian at all, it follows that it must hold to
the  basics  about Christ.  (This  doesn't  mean  such  a  group  is
entirely  orthodox,  only  that  it  isn't  so  heretical  as  to  forfeit
entirely the name Christian.)
Both Catholics and Protestants believe Christ to be true God
and true man. Both believe Jesus to be the Second Person of
the  Trinity.  And  both  believe  in  the  Virgin  Birth  and  bodily
Resurrection of Christ. So both Catholics and Protestants can
rightly  be  called  Christians,  though  from  the  Catholic
perspective  Protestants  are  heterodox  on  a  number  of  key
points.

At  the  same  time,  there  are  many  groups  which  style
themselves  Christian  while  denying  basic  Christological
tenets.  Jehovah's  Witnesses,  for  instance,  claim  Jesus  isn't
Almighty God, Jehovah, but Michael the Archangel. Mormons
deny Jesus and the Father are the same God in two different
Persons. Christian Scientists, by rejecting the objective reality
of the material world, repudiate the Incarnation as Christians
traditionally have understood this doctrine.
There are also "liberal" theologians in the Catholic Church and
within  Protestant  denominations  who  deny  the  divinity  of
Christ, his Virgin Birth, and his bodily Resurrection. As the late
von  Balthasar  observed  about  a  certain  "liberal"  Catholic
theologian,  when  such  basic  Christological  beliefs  are
abandoned,  it's  theologically  incorrect  to  describe  the  one
rejecting them as a Christian.

We Catholics  can't  forbid  heterodox  people  from  describing
themselves as Christians, but we can make it clear they don't
believe what Scripture and Tradition tell us about Christ.

Answered by: Catholic Answers Staff

Question:

How do we know the successors to the apostles

had the same authority they did?

Full Question

Even  granting  that Jesus  chose  Peter  as  earthly  head  of  the
Church, and the apostles as its leaders, what evidence is there
that their successors assumed their power?

Answer

This  is  the  real  issue  that  separates  Catholics  from  other
Christians. I doubt very much that anybody, Fundamentalist
or mainline Protestant, denies the authority of the apostles.
The  very  fact  that  there  were  apostles  and  that  Christ
explicitly  commanded  them  to  "go  forth  and  teach
whatsoever I have commanded you" is too powerful to ignore
or  deny.  The  real  problem  is  in  the  question  of  their
transferring  that  mission  to  others  who  decidedly  were  not
apostles.
That this teaching authority can reside elsewhere than solely
among  the  apostles,  is  amply  demonstrated.  Of  the  four

Gospels,  two  were  written  by  men  who  were  not  apostles,
and yet their writings bear the stamp of divine inspiration and
authentic  teaching.  There  is  no  record  anywhere  of  Luke’s
ever having met Christ, and he was certainly not one of the
Twelve.  Mark  may  have  seen Christ  in  the  flesh  and  indeed
may have been the young man in the garden who fled naked
when  someone  tore  from  his  back  the  sheet  he’d  wrapped
himself  in.  Matthias  was  chosen  as  apostle  by  the  other
apostles to replace Judas Iscariot. This choice was, according
to  the  Acts  of  the  Apostles,  made  directly  under  the
inspiration  of  the  Holy  Spirit.  Once  elected,  he  was  treated
exactly as one of the original Twelve.
In  other  words,  the  Bible  itself  shows  that  Jesus  gave  the
apostles the power to appoint successors.

CATHOLIC ANSWERS

Dear St. John XXIII Parish,

My name is Carla Marcoccia, I am the Parish’s new Youth

Minister and I am very excited to get to know and serve

the community.

Please pray for the launch of this ministry! I will be

reaching out to the community with upcoming dates and

events.

To the youth of the Parish:

Do you desire friendships within a fellowship of believers?

Are you looking for a closer relationship with God?

Would you like to learn more about Jesus’ and the

Church’s teachings?

Are you seeking the opportunity to make your faith

relevant in the world?

Then please consider joining and participating in SJ23

Youth Ministry!

There will be two programs held here at the Parish on

alternate Friday nights:

Edge is a Middle School Ministry for students from grade

6-8 that helps middle schoolers unleash who they were

created to be, in Christ.

Life Teen strengthens teens’ Catholic identity while

rooting them firmly in Christ and in His Church and is for

students from grade 9-12.

I am looking forward to meeting you.

Sincerely, Carla Marcoccia

YOUTH MINISTRY

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ABSTINENCE

Fridays of the Year

It is a requirement of our Faith that we abstain from

meat on all the Fridays of the year (except on

Solemnities) in commemoration of our Saviour’s death.

Abstinence on Fridays of the Year

Abstinence on these days from meat does not intend the

omission of eggs or dairy products.

Age Requirements

"All Catholics who have completed their fourteenth year

are bound by the law of abstinence; all adults are bound

by the law of fast up to the beginning of their sixtieth

year.

MARTYRS SHRINE HELLO!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The 12:15PM Choir & the Daughters of Isabella
have volunteered to sponsor our Pilgrimage to

the Shrine next year. This year’s pilgrimage

was such a beautiful experience both in terms

of the spiritual experience and the wonderful
grounds and fine weather that we want to go

again.

Soon we will have to begin preparing for this

event.

FAST & ABSTINENCE

During Lent

Catholics fast, and abstain from meat on Ash

Wednesday and Good Friday.

Fridays of the Year

It is a requirement of our Faith that we abstain from

meat on all the Fridays of the year (except on

Solemnities) in commemoration of our Saviour’s death.

The fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

The required fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday

involves eating only one full meal on those days. One or
two smaller meals may be taken on those days, but may
not total one full meal. The required fast does not allow

eating anything between meals.

Abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday &

Fridays of the Year

Abstinence on these days from meat does not intend the

omission of eggs or dairy products.

Age Requirements

"All Catholics who have completed their fourteenth year
are bound by the law of abstinence; all adults are bound

by the law of fast up to the beginning of their sixtieth

year.

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