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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 of the month
at  11AM  and  third  Sun  of  the  month  at  1:30PM.
Preparation session is required.

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

Working wonders for people

locally and around the world…

Pope Francis reminds us that this is the

year of mercy. How do we extend the

hands of Christ to others in our daily

lives? For some, it may be caring for an

elderly relative, volunteering at a soup

kitchen, or helping to collect food or

raise funds for charity. In our busy

society, many of us do not have the time

to actively participate, and as such we

rely on the many agencies within our

community to provide love, care and

support to those in need.

In the Archdiocese of Toronto, our

annual ShareLife appeal provides

resources to over 40 agencies, bringing

much needed programs and services to

those both here in our communities and

around the world. Collectively, through

our support, we share in their success in

making a positive difference in the lives

of those they serve.

Next Sunday is the first ShareLife

collection. Over the next week, consider

your ability to help your brothers and

sisters in Christ, and make a contribution

to our annual appeal. You will be helping

to make a difference – indeed you will be

working wonders!

Next Sunday, March 13, 2016 is

ShareLife Sunday Please give

generously. You can work wonders!

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CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 
PART ONE—THE PROFESSION OF FAITH 

“I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER ALMIGHTY, 


CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH.”

Man

66. In what sense do we understand man and

woman as created “in the image of God”?

The human person is created in the image of God in
the sense that he or she is capable of knowing and of
loving  their  Creator  in  freedom.  Human  beings  are
the  only  creatures  on  earth  that God  has  willed  for
their  own  sake  and  has  called  to  share,  through
knowledge and love, in his own divine life. All human
beings, in as much as they are created in the image
of God, have the dignity of a person. A person is not
something but someone, capable of self-knowledge
and  of  freely  giving  himself  and  entering  into
communion with God and with other persons.

67. For what purpose did God create man and

woman?

God  has  created  everything  for  them;  but  he  has
created them to know, serve and love God, to offer
all  of  creation  in  this  world  in  thanksgiving  back  to
him  and  to  be  raised  up  to  life  with  him  in  heaven.
Only in the mystery of the incarnate Word does the
mystery  of  the  human  person  come  into  true  light.
Man  and  woman  are  predestined  to  reproduce  the
image  of  the  Son  of  God  made  Man,  who  is  the
perfect “image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15).

68. Why does the human race form a unity?

All  people  form  the  unity  of  the  human  race  by
reason of the common origin which they have from
God.  God  has  made  “from  one  ancestor  all  the
nations of men” (Acts 17:26). All have but one Savior
and  are  called  to  share  in  the  eternal  happiness  of
God.

69. How do the soul and body form a unity in the

human being?

The human person is a being at once corporeal and
spiritual.  In  man  spirit  and  matter  form  one  nature.
This unity is so profound that, thanks to the spiritual
principle  which  is  the  soul,  the  body  which  is
material,  becomes  a  living  human  body  and
participates in the dignity of the image of God.

70. Where does the soul come from?

The spiritual soul does not come from one’s parents
but is created immediately by God and is immortal. It
does not perish at the moment when it is separated
from  the  body  in  death  and  it  will  be  once  again

reunited  with  the  body  at  the  moment  of  the  final
resurrection.

71. What relationship has God established

between man and woman?

Man and woman have been created by God in equal
dignity  insofar  as  they  are  human  persons.  At  the
same  time,  they  have  been  created  in  a  reciprocal
complementarity  insofar  as  they  are  masculine  and
feminine. God  has  willed  them  one  for  the  other  to
form  a  communion  of  persons. They  are  also  called
to transmit human life by forming in matrimony “one
flesh”  (Genesis  2:24).  They  are  likewise  called  to
subdue the earth as “stewards” of God.

72. What was the original condition of the human

person according to the plan of God?

In  creating  man  and  woman God  had  given  them  a
special participation in his own divine life in holiness
and justice. In the plan of God they would not have
had to suffer or die. Furthermore, a perfect harmony
held  sway  within  the  human  person,  a  harmony
between  creature  and  Creator,  between  man  and
woman,  as  well  as  between  the  first  human  couple
and all of creation.

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.

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MASS INTENTIONS

Mon, March 7, 7PM: Thanksgiving for Violeta
Tues, March 8, 9AM: +Mary Schwanauer
Wed, March 9, 7PM: +Regina Sebastiampilla
Thurs, March 10, 9AM: +Nimfa Albino

Fri, March 11, 7PM

:

Thnksgv by Lamorena Family

Sat, March 12, 9AM:

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Saturday Vigil, March 12

5:15PM: Thanksgiving by Gemma Cabungcal
Sunday, March 13

9AM: The Parishioners
12:15PM: Intention of Michael Navarro
5:30PM: +Alison Cisse

PARISH

NEXT CHALICE CHILDREN COLLECTION

Sunday, March 27, 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: $1141.

YOUTH CHOIR

Rehearsals—Sat Before Singing @ 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, and Marc & Suzanne LaFort

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

Reminders

Session 5—Grd 7—Wed, March 9

Session 5—Grd 8—Wed, April 13

SACRAMENT OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Reminders

Third (3) Test—Section Three for FHC

March/April: Call office for appointment with Fr S

LENTEN DEVOTIONS

Sundays of Lent--Holy Hour: 4-5PM

With Exposition & Benediction

of the Blessed Sacrament. Come for Adoration of Our

Lord & Meet Him in the Silence

Stations of the Cross

Every Friday following the 7PM Mass

Come and be with Christ in His Passion

PARISH MISSION FOR LENT

Next Week

March 13, 14, 15 & 16

Fr Ben St Croix of the Companions of the Cross (Amen!?

Ament!?) will preach at all the Sunday Masses of March

12/13. And on the following Monday, Tuesday, and

Wednesday evenings he will speak to a renewal of our

Faith.

Monday March 14

7PM Mass—7:25PM Talk

Tuesday March 15

7PM Mass—7:25PM

Wednesday March 16

7PM Mass—7:30PM Confessions

Plan on being there—perhaps God has a particular

message for you at this mission. Bring a friend—perhaps

someone away from the Church and needing to hear

Jesus’ mercy proclaimed to them. Invite your family to

receive the special gift God, the Holy Spirit, has for each

and everyone of them.

On the Wednesday evening—at the conclusion of the

Mission—ten (10) priest will be available for confessions

WELCOME

Roberto & Melanie Meniano

Thanks for registering

Hope your time with St John XXIII

will be a blessing to you and us.

VISITA IGLESIA

Good Friday

In observance of Good Friday on March 25, The Mission

Support Group of this parish will organize

the traditional Visti Iglesia

Assembly point is at the Church at 7AM. The trip costs

$10 each for adults while price for the kids is negotiable.

Details for the itinerary are posted in Church foyer.

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ARCDIOCESE

LENTEN FAST & ABSTINENCE

We fast, & abstain from meat on Ash Wed & Good Fri.

The fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

The required fast on Ash Wed and Good Fri 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

Abstinence on these days from meat does not intend the

omission of eggs or dairy products.

Age Requirements

"All Catholics who have completed their 14

th

year are

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

the law of fast up to the beginning of their 60

th

year.

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.

UPCOMING

DOOR OF MERCY

Pilgrimage To St Paul’s Basilica To Gain

The Jubilee Indulgence, Saturday April 23, 2016

Bus departs St John XXIII—8AM, April 23 for the Basilica.

To gain the indulgence we must (1) process through the

Door of Mercy—8:30AM; then, (2) we offer the Our Father

& Hail Mary for the Holy Father, and his intentions—

8:50AM; then, (3) Holy Mass in which we reflect on God’s

great gift of mercy & profess our Faith through the creed

—9AM; finally, (4) the Sacrament of Reconciliation

following Mass—9:30AM. For those interested in joining

this pilgrimage a sign up sheet will be in the foyer in

February, 2016. Adults $5, youth $a Twonnie, children $a

Loonie. Refreshments in Hall after confession.

MARCH FOR LIFE—OTTAWA

Thursday, May 12—Day Trip to Ottawa

Mass For Life @ 6:30AM; Depart @ 7AM; Return @ 7PM

Approximately 54 Confirmandi from grades 7, 8, and 9 will

be accompanying us to Ottawa. Parents/parishioners who

wish to accompany us will have to pay $35; confirmandi
$free; teens $5; children $1. Bus SignUp Sheet to come.

PILGRIMAGE TO MARTYRS SHRINE

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Daughters of Isabella & the 12:15PM Choir invite you

to come on pilgrimage to Martyrs Shrine this June. We will

celebrate Mass, enjoy a picnic with games for everyone,

and end with the Stations of the Cross. Bus sign-up in May

YOUNG MEN’S HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT

At St. Augustine’s Seminary on Sat, March 12, 2016.
Provides a time to pray, to interact & socialize. Priests

and Seminarians will deliver talks on practical aspects of
faith. Offers opportunities for Prayer, Mass, Adoration &

Confession. 416-968-0997 vocations@archtoronto.org

BAND OF CHRISTIAN BROTHERS MEN’S

CONFERENCE

Sat, March 19, 9AM-5PM; Canada Christian College; 50

Gervais Dr., Toronto

The theme of the event is ‘Iron sharpeneth iron, so a man

sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.’ – Proverbs

27:17. The event features talks by Cardinal Collins, Matt
Fradd and Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers. Will have Mass,

confessions and adoration. Topics for the day include:

—God, the Universe and Everything; Clothed and in His

Right Mind: Reclaiming the Heart of the Spiritual Man;

Taking Down Goliath (Porn); —Putting on the Armor of

God: Preparing for Spiritual Combat. Father/son and
group rates available. www.bandofchristianbrothers

DOCUMENTARY AIRING: LIBERATING A

CONTINENT: JOHN PAUL II AND THE FALL OF

COMMUNISM

Monday, March 7 at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at 9 p.m.

Tuesday, March 15 at 11:30 p.m. Friday, March 25 at 8

p.m.

Throughout March, a new documentary looking at John

Paul II's impact on communism's fall will be airing on

WNED (PBS Buffalo) and will be available to viewers in the

Archdiocese of Toronto. Narrated by Jim Caviezel and with

original music by composer Joe Kraemer of Mission

Impossible fame, this film is the most in-depth effort to

date to capture John Paul II's spiritual and moral

revolution, which led to the fall of communism in 1989.

For local broadcast details, please visit jp2film.com/
broadcasts. These screenings will run as part of PBS

pledge nights, allowing viewers who call in to obtain an

advance DVD of the film, set to be released later in 2016.

THE SOURCE WITH THE SISTERS OF LIFE

March 15, 6:30 pm

Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W., Toronto

Join Convivium Editor and National Post Columnist Father

Raymond de Souza as he hosts the world's foremost

Jewish scholar in an important discussion on the place of

religion in our common life. Rabbi Sacks, a global

religious leader, philosopher, bestselling author of over 25

books, and moral voice for our time will share from his

recently published Not In God's Name: Confronting

Religious Violence.

www.bit.ly/religionnotthreat events@cardus.ca

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Optional  Memorial:  St  John  of  God,  Religious—Tuesday,
March  8—
Having  given  up  active  Christian  belief  while  a
soldier,  John  was  40  before  the  depth  of  his  sinfulness
began to dawn on him. He decided to give the rest of his
life to God’s service, and headed at once for Africa, where
he  hoped  to  free  captive  Christians  and,  possibly,  be
martyred.
He  was  soon  advised  that  his  desire  for  martyrdom  was
not  spiritually  well  based,  and  returned  to Spain  and  the
relatively prosaic activity of a religious goods store. Yet he
was  still  not  settled.  Moved  initially  by  a  sermon  of  St.
John  of  Avila  (May  10),  he  one  day  engaged  in  a  public
beating of himself, begging mercy and wildly repenting for
his past life.
Committed  to  a  mental  hospital  for  these  actions,  John
was  visited  by  St.  John,  who  advised  him  to  be  more
actively involved in tending to the needs of others rather
than in enduring personal hardships. John gained peace of
heart,  and  shortly  after  left  the  hospital  to  begin  work
among the poor.
He  established  a  house  where  he  wisely  tended  to  the
needs of the sick poor, at first doing his own begging. But
excited  by  the  saint’s  great  work  and  inspired  by  his
devotion, many people began to back him up with money
and  provisions.  Among  them  were  the  archbishop  and
marquis of Tarifa.
Behind John’s  outward  acts  of  total  concern  and  love  for
Christ’s sick poor was a deep interior prayer life which was
reflected in his spirit of humility. These qualities attracted
helpers  who,  20  years  after  John’s  death,  formed  the
Brothers Hospitallers, now a worldwide religious order.
John  became  ill  after  10  years  of  service  but  tried  to
disguise  his  ill  health.  He  began  to  put  the  hospital’s
administrative work into order and appointed a leader for
his helpers. He died under the care of a spiritual friend and
admirer, Lady Ana Ossorio.
Story:  The  archbishop  called  John  of  God  to  him  in
response to a complaint that he was keeping tramps and
immoral women in his hospital. In submission John fell on
his knees and said: "The Son of Man came for sinners, and
we are bound to seek their conversion. I am unfaithful to
my  vocation  because  I  neglect  this,  but  I  confess  that  I
know  of  no  bad  person  in  my  hospital,  except  myself
alone,  who  am  indeed  unworthy  to  eat  the  bread  of  the
poor." The  archbishop  could  only  trust  in  John's  sincerity
and humility, and dismissed him with deep respect.
Comment: The utter humility of John of God, which led to a
totally  selfless  dedication  to  others,  is  most  impressive.
Here is a man who realized his nothingness in the face of
God.  The  Lord  blessed  him  with  the  gifts  of  prudence,
patience, courage, enthusiasm and the ability to influence
and  inspire  others.  He  saw  that  in  his  early  life  he  had

turned  away  from  the  Lord,  and,  moved  to  receive  his
mercy, John began his new commitment to love others in
openness to God’s love.
Quote:  The  archbishop  called  John  of  God  to  him  in
r e s p o n s e  t o  a

complaint  that  he

was keeping tramps

a n d  i m m o r a l

w o m e n  i n  h i s

h o s p i t a l .  I n

submission John fell

on  his  knees  and

said:  “The  Son  of

M a n  c a m e  f o r

sinners,  and  we  are

bo un d  t o  s eek

their  conversion.  I

am  unfaithful  to

m y  v o c a t i o n

because  I  neglect

this,  but  I  confess

that  I  know  of  no

bad  person  in  my  hospital  except  myself  alone,  who  am
indeed  unworthy  to  eat  the  bread  of  the  poor.”  The
archbishop could only trust in John’s sincerity and humility,
and dismissed him with deep respect.
Patron  Saint  of:  Booksellers,  Firefighters,  Heart  patients,
Hospitals, Nurses, Printers, Sick

SAINT OF THE WEEK

SMILE

An Irishman Wants A Job,

But First He Has To Pass A Math Test

Irishman wants a job, but the boss won't hire him until he
passes a little math test. "Here is your first question," the

boss said. "Without using numbers, represent the

number 9.” "Without numbers?" the Irishman says, "Dats

easy." And proceeds to draw three trees. "What's this?"

the boss asks.

"Tree and tree, plus tree makes 9," says the man.

"Fair enough," says the boss. "Here's your second

question. Use the same rules, but this time the number is

99.” The man stares into space for a while, then picks up

the picture that he has just drawn and makes a smudge

on each tree... "Ere ye go."

The boss scratches his head and says, "How on earth do

you get that to represent 99?” "Each of them trees is

dirty now. So, it's dirty tree, and dirty tree, plus dirty tree.

Dat makes 99.” The boss is getting worried that he's

going to actually have to hire the guy, so he says, "All

right, last question. Same rules again, but represent the

number 100.” The man stares into space some more,

then he picks up the picture again and makes a little

mark at the base of each tree and says, "Ere ye go. One
hundred.” The boss looks at the attempt and says, "You

must be nuts if you think that represents a hundred!” The
man leans forward and points to the marks at the base of

each tree and whispers, "A little dog came along and

pooped by each tree...so now you got dirty tree and a

turd, dirty tree and a turd, and dirty tree and a turd,

which makes one hundred!"

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Joshua  5:9-12;  Psalms  34:2-7;  2  Corinthians

5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
In  today's  First  Reading,  God  forgives  "the

reproach"  of  the  generations  who  grumbled

against Him after the Exodus. On the threshold

of  the  promised  land,  Israel  can  with  a  clean

heart celebrate the Passover, the feast of God's

first-born  son  (see  Joshua  5:6-7;  Exodus  4:22;

12:12-13).
Reconciliation  is  also  at  the  heart  of  the  story

Jesus  tells  in  today's  Gospel.  The  story  of  the

prodigal  son  is  the  story  of  Israel  and  of  the

human  race.  But  it  is  also  the  story  of  every

believer.
In  Baptism,  we're  given  a  divine  birthright,

made "a new creation," as Paul puts it in today's

Epistle. But when we sin, we're like the prodigal,

quitting  our  Father's  house,  squandering  our

inheritance in trying to live without Him.
Lost in sin, we cut ourselves off from the grace

of sonship lavished upon us in Baptism. It is still

possible for us to come to our senses, make our

way back to the Father, as the prodigal does.

But  only  He  can  remove  the  reproach,  restore

the  divine  sonship  we  have  spurned.  Only  He

can free us from the slavery to sin that causes us

- like the prodigal - to see God not as our Father

but as our master, One we serve as slaves.
God  wants  not  slaves  but  children.  Like  the

father in today's Gospel, He longs to call each of

us "My son," to share His life with us, to tell us:

"Everything I have is yours."
The  Father's  words  of  longing  and  compassion

still  come  to  His  prodigal  children  in  the

Sacrament of Penance. This is part of what Paul

today  calls  "the  ministry  of  reconciliation"

entrusted  by  Jesus  to  the  Apostles  and  the

Church.
Reconciled  like  Israel,  we  take  our  place  at  the

table  of  the  Eucharist,  the  homecoming

banquet  the  Father  calls  for  His  lost  sons,  the

new Passover we celebrate this side of heaven.

We taste the goodness of the Lord, as we sing in

today's Psalm, rejoicing that we who were dead

are found alive again.

“…His Father Saw Him And Was Filled

With Compassion….”

Jesus

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Question
Did he get his new job because he prayed for it or was he
was just well qualified?
Full Question
A  friend  of  mine  attributes  his  new  job  to  prayer.  I  think,
given  his  qualifications  and  circumstances,  he  would  have
gotten the job anyway. Is it right to consider as an answer
to prayer something which would have happened anyway?
Answer
Your  question  overlooks  the  possibility  that  your  friend's
prayer may well have been a factor in God granting him the
qualifications and circumstances required for the job in the
first place.
In his book Miracles, C. S. Lewis noted that the question of
prayer  and  what  "would  have  happened  anyway"  is  like
asking whether or not in Hamlet Ophelia (who falls into a
river and drowns) dies because the branch upon which she
climbs  breaks  or  because Shakespeare  wanted  her  to  die.
The answer, says Lewis, is both. He writes:
Every event in the play happens as a result of other events
in the play, but also every event happens because the poet
wants it to happen. All events in the play are Shakespearian
events; similarly all events in the real world are providential
events.  All  events  in  the  play,  however,  come  about  (or
ought  to  come  about)  by  the  dramatic  logic  of  events.
Similarly all events in the real world (except miracles) come
about  by  natural  causes.  'Providence'  and  Natural
causation are not alternatives; both determine every event
because both are one.
What  "would  have  happened  anyway"  isn't  something  we
can know, because what actually happened is influenced by
our prayers (or our failure to pray). Even though the thing
we're  praying  for  presently  has,  in  a  sense,  already  been
decided  by  the  events  which  preceded  it  (excluding
miracles)  and  these  events  (ultimately)  by  divine
providence  from  all  eternity,  this  doesn't  make  our
petitions to no effect.
One  of  the  things God  took  into  account  in  deciding  how
things  would  come  out  was  our  prayers  here  and  now.  In
this  way  our  prayers  can  be,  under  God,  real  causes  of
events set in motion before the foundation of the world.
Because  we're  in  time  and  God  isn't,  we  have  trouble
seeing how this can be. While we must talk as if God exists
on the same timeline as we do (even if we imagine that his
presence  on  it  stretches  infinitely  back  and  infinitely
forward),  this  isn't  really  the  case  because  he  is  outside
time altogether.
This  means  the  events  which  happened  yesterday  and
which went into our present state of affairs are as present
to God as the prayers we utter today. Confusing? Yes, but
that doesn't mean such an explanation is illogical. Because
of  our  limited  (and  fallen)  reason,  there's  much  we  can
comprehend  only  partially--or  not  at  all.  Time  is  one  of

those  things.  But  don't  worry:  We'll  all  understand  this
perfectly in, say, 90 years.

CATHOLIC ANSWERS

Next EDGE Youth Ministry Night

Friday, March 11, 2016 from 7:00-9:00pm in the Parish

hall.

Next week we will continue our series on Creation and

reflect on humankind made in the image of God. We will

consider how we are uniquely crated by God, with the

ability to make moral decisions, celebrate our different

gifts and are called to grow in holiness. Please remember

to bring a picture of yourself; we will be creating “me”

posters demonstrating how God has uniquely created

YOU!

Good Friday: Friday, March 25, 2016 at 6:00pm.

SJ23 Youth Ministry will be leading Stations of the Cross

on Good Friday. We have a sign up sheet for readers and

singers.

Please note Youth Ministry will not be running on April 1,

2016.

Contact

If you have any questions, ideas, prayer requests, or

would like to get involved in Youth Ministry please don’t
hesitate to contact me, carla.marcoccia@hotmail.com,

or come by the Youth Ministry office!

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www.wwme.org or contact:

Gerard & Marge McCauley at gerard.marge@rogers.com

or (905) 792-1925

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