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SAINT JOHN XXIII PARISH 

Pastor: (Rev) Simon deGale; Secretary: Hayde Ayala 

To Donate Online to St JXXIII go to: https://community.archtoronto.org/page.aspx?pid=415

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

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

PARISH

LEADERS

GROUP

Lectio

Eucharist

THIS

COMING

Sat, May

27, 11AM-

12:30PM

Sunday Mass
Sat Vigil Mass 5:15PM / Sun Mass 9AM, 12:15PM &
5:30PM.

(Wkds: Mon, Wed, Fri 7PM; Tues, Thurs, Sat 9AM)

Baptism
Baptisms are celebrated on the second Saturday of
the month at 11AM and third Sunday 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
Adoration Chapel.

Anointing of the Sick
At any time by appointment. In case of emergency,
please  ask  hospital  for  Catholic  priest.  Or  see  Fr
Simon.

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
Head Office: 416-733-8544

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CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 

PART THREE—LIFE IN CHRIST

10 Commandments

THE NINTH COMMANDMENT:

YOU SHALL NOT COVET YOUR NEIGHBOUR'S WIFE

527. What is required by the ninth commandment?

The  ninth  commandment  requires  that  one
overcome  carnal  concupiscence  in  thought  and  in
desire.  The  struggle  against  such  concupiscence
entails  purifying  the  heart  and  practicing  the  virtue
of temperance.

528. What is forbidden by the ninth

commandment?

The  ninth  commandment  forbids  cultivating
thoughts and desires connected to actions forbidden
by the sixth commandment.

529. How does one reach purity of heart?

In the battle against disordered desires the baptised
person is able, by the grace of God, to achieve purity
of  heart  through  the  virtue  and  gift  of  chastity,
through  purity  of  intention,  purity  of  vision  (both
exterior  and  interior),  discipline  of  the  imagination
and of feelings and by prayer.

530. What are the other requirements for purity?

Purity requires modesty which, while protecting the
intimate  centre  of  the  person,  expresses  the
sensitivity  of  chastity.  It  guides  how  one  looks  at
others and behaves toward them in conformity with
the  dignity  of  persons  and  their  communion.  Purity
frees  one  from  wide-spread  eroticism  and  avoids
those  things  which  foster  morbid  curiosity.  Purity
also  requires  a  purification  of  the  social  climate  by
means  of  a  constant  struggle  against  moral
permissiveness  which  is  founded  on  an  erroneous
conception of human freedom.

COFFEE SUNDAY:

LAST SUNDAY OF MONTH

Co-Ordinators

9AM Mass: Legion of Mary;

12:15PM Mass: Ailene & Jonathan & Mary

Thanks to these Volunteers for their generosity.

WHAT ARE 10 BENEFITS OF

JOINING A CATHOLIC MOM’S

GROUP?

Take a few minutes to read this and

find out.

Next 8 Reasons to Come in future

bulletins

3: Discover a Spiritual Program

Mothers are intuitive by nature. We

have a strong sense of the divine and

the presence of God in our lives. Today,

women are so busy working, raising

kids, doing laundry, getting groceries,

making meals, and driving kids from

one extracurricular activity to another

—that they just do not have time to

connect with others on a deeper level

and discover the joys of having a

spiritual program. Belonging to a

mother’s group can help with that.

4: Experience Community and

Acceptance

For many moms, life can become a bit

fragmented. Living in a multicultural

community often does not feel like

community. In fact, it can be quite

alienating. In the secular world, we are

often faced with anti-Christian values.

Coming to a Catholic Mothers Group

gives you an immediate sense of

community. By taking the time to

connect with moms who share in the

same mission of raising catholic kids

and becoming holy themselves, it

provides you with a huge sense of relief

and freedom.

5: Get Encouragement and Support

Being a mother is both exhilarating and

demanding at the same time. As

women, we are pulled in 101 directions.

Sometimes it becomes difficult to

follow the promptings of a mother’s

heart. Other times we honestly just do
not know what to do. Participating in a

mother’s group gives you the

encouragement and support you need

in your role as a Catholic mother.

Next Catholic Mom’s Meeting

at St JXXIII Parish is

Saturday, June 24

1:30PM to 3PM

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WONDERFULLY GREAT THINGS

Children’s Choir: Grade 1 Grade 8.

Sing 1

st

& 4

th

Sun @ 5:30PM Mass

Youth Choir

Grade 9 & Up: Sing 2

nd

& 3

rd

Sun @ 5:30PM

Mass

Chalice Children’s Collection

Sunday, May 28

Goal: $2,220. Total to Date: $1358.75

MASS

INTENTIONS

Mon, May 22, 10AM: 

+Eugina Abordo

Tues, May 23, 9AM:

+Liam Gavigan

Wed, May 24, 7PM:

+Teresa & Domingo Ayala

Thurs, May 25, 9AM:

+Abelardo Dacanay

Fri, May 26, 7PM:

Black Nazarene Devotees Thanksgiving

Sat, May 27, 9AM

+Felisa Tolentino

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Saturday, May 27
5:15PM: The Parishioners
Sunday, May 28
9AM: +Augustin de Silva
12:15PM: +Rebecca & Rodolfo Donado
5:30PM: Thanksgiving by CWL

VIGIL CANDLES

Saturday, May 27—Friday, June 2

Sanctuary Tabernacle:

Chapel Tabernacle:

SMILE

Animals

A guy spots a sign outside a house that reads

“Talking Dog for Sale.” Intrigued, he walks in.

“So what have you done with your life?” he asks

the dog. “I've led a very full life,” says the dog.
“I lived in the Alps rescuing avalanche victims.

Then I served my country in Iraq. And now I

spend my days reading to the residents of a

retirement home.” The guy is flabbergasted. He
asks the dog’s owner, “Why on earth would you

want to get rid of an incredible dog like that?”
The owner says, “Because he’s a liar! He never

did any of that!”

A couple of dog owners are arguing about

whose pet is smarter.

"My dog is so smart," says the first owner, "that

every morning he waits for the paperboy to

come around. He tips the kid and then brings

the newspaper to me, along with my morning

coffee."

"I know," says the second owner.

"How do you know?"

"My dog told me."

SENIOR’S GROUP

Meet 2

nd

& 4

th

Thursday of Month

Co-ordinator: Femi Barrera: 416-696-8868

INTERCESSORY PRAYER GROUP

Need Prayer Help?

Call Beth at 416-467-6492. Your intention will be
emailed out to this prayer community. Only first

name and intention will be shared.

SICK & UNABLE TO ATTEND MASS?

Call parish office and let us know—416-429-4000;

Fr Simon will bring Holy Communion each week to you

or your relative.

NOTICE

Monday Masses

Canceled

In June, July & August.

NO PRIESTS

AVAILABLE

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VOCATIONS

The Lord said, “I will not leave you orphaned.”

Pray for an increase of vocations to the

priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life. If

God is calling you, contact Fr. Chris Lemieux,
Vocation Director, Archdiocese of Toronto at

416-968-0997.

vocations@archtoronto.org

FERTILITYCARE TORONTO

Catholic Women’s Fertility Health

416-465-2868

www.fertilitycare.ca / info@fertilitycare.ca

Are you planning to space your children and feel

unsure of the family planning system you’re

using?

FertilityCare Toronto can help.

Is your family complete and are wondering

what comes next for family panning?

FertilityCare Toronto can help.

Would you like to follow your faith but don’t

know a reliable, scientific family planning

method?

FertilityCare Toronto can help.

Do you have health concerns and want to learn
more about your body and gynecologic health?

FertilityCare Toronto can help.

Are you suffering from infertility or recurrent

miscarriage and don’t know where to turn for

effective help? FertilityCare Toronto can help.

ARE YOU REGISTERED?

Are You Using Donation Envelopes?

Please register and begin using donation

envelopes. In using envelopes you will be

reminded weekly of the urgency of St John XXIII

Parish’s need of your financial support.

EASTER DEVOTIONS

Holy Hour—Sundays

Exposition & Benediction—4PM to 5PM

Prayer for Vocations @ 4:30PM

ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA

Novena Schedule

June 5—Monday No Mass—pray it at home.

June 6—Tuesday: 8:45AM

June 7—Wednesday: 6:45PM

June 8—Thursday: 8:45 AM

June 9—Friday: 6:45PM
June 10—Saturday: 8:45AM

June 11—Sunday: After 9AM Mass in Chapel

June 12—Monday: No Mass—pray it a home

June 13—Tuesday: 8:45AM
St. Anthony’s  Feast  Day  Mass  is  transferred  to
Wed June 14 @ 7PM.
All  are  most  welcome  to  attend  a  reception  in
honour  of  St.  Anthony  in  the  foyer.
Refreshments and coffee will be served.

FINANCIAL APPEAL UPDATE

January/February

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Do you remember the appeal made to you for an
increase of financial contributions to the Sunday

collection at the beginning of the year?

Good news, since then, 23 of you have updated

your registrations, and 36 of you have begun

using donation envelopes for the first time.

Best of all, the Sunday collection has increased

by $800 to $900 per week and is now averaging

some $3000 per week. This means that you have

almost doubled the income that was lost when

the Presbyterian Church withdrew from us.

How wonderful you are to your parish family and

to the Lord.

Congratulations to you! Fr Simon

GOOD NEWS

Bequest

We have just heard from the lawyers of the

estate of Mr +Jim Shontaler that he has

bequeathed to St John XXIII the sum of $20,000.

This means we can continue with renovations:

ceiling above choir has rusted and needs

patching; emergency exit door posts same

problem; ventilation fans for downstairs

washrooms; possibly: hall kitchen upgrade.

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SAINT OF THE WEEK

Optional  Memorial:  St  Rita  of  Cascia,  Religious
Monday, May 22:
Like Elizabeth Ann Seton, Rita of Cascia was a wife,
mother,  widow,  and  member  of  a  religious
community. Her holiness was reflected in each phase
of her life.

Born at Roccaporena in central Italy, Rita wanted to
become a nun but was pressured at a young age into
marrying a harsh and cruel man. During her 18-year
marriage,  she  bore  and  raised  two  sons.  After  her
husband was killed in a brawl and her sons had died,
Rita  tried  to  join  the  Augustinian  nuns  in  Cascia.
Unsuccessful  at  first  because  she  was  a  widow,  Rita
eventually succeeded.

Over  the  years,  her  austerity,  prayerfulness,  and
charity  became  legendary.  When  she  developed
wounds  on  her  forehead,  people  quickly  associated
them with the wounds from Christ’s crown of thorns.
She  meditated  frequently  on  Christ’s  passion.  Her
care for the sick nuns was especially loving. She also
counselled lay people who came to her monastery.

Beatified in 1626, Rita was not canonized until 1900.
She has acquired the reputation, together with Saint
Jude, as a saint of impossible cases. Many people visit
her tomb each year.

Reflection
Although  we  can  easily  imagine  an  ideal  world  in
which to live out our baptismal vocation, such a world
does  not  exist. An  “If  only  ….”  approach  to  holiness
never quite gets underway, never produces the fruit
that God has a right to expect.

Rita  became  holy  because  she  made  choices  that
reflected her baptism and her growth as a disciple of
Jesus.  Her  overarching,  lifelong  choice  was  to
cooperate  generously  with  God’s  grace,  but  many
small choices were needed to

make that happen. Few

of those choices were made in ideal circumstances—
not even when Rita became an

Augustinian nun.

Saint Rita of Cascia is the Patron Saint of:
Difficult Marriages
Impossible Causes

Living the Gospel by caring

for the elderly…

“Words cannot convey our gratitude to Elizabeth

and to the Society of Sharing for giving our

mother a new meaning to her life. Before the

friendly visit program started, our mother was

very depressed and unmotivated. However, her
life changed when Elizabeth started to visit her.

Elizabeth is a very kind, energetic and

enthusiastic volunteer and her hobby is artwork.
She decided to share her talent with our mother

and has been giving her art lessons in acrylic

painting. The intellectual stimulation has been

tremendous and, as a result, has enhanced her
health and her quality of life as she relaxes and

focuses on her art projects. Thank you again, for

all your support.” Last year ShareLife-supported

agencies provided outreach programs that met

the needs of over 2,200 seniors.

Final ShareLife Sunday

is June 4, 2017

Please give generously.

OUR NEW PRIESTS

Pray For Them

Pray For Vocations to the Priesthood

Ordained to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ:

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Fr Favin Alemão Fr Ryan Alemão, Fr Jeremias Inoc,

Fr Matthew McCarthy, Fr Antonello Murgia

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This  Sunday’s  Readings:  Acts  8:5-8,  14-17;  Psalm
66:1-7, 16, 20; 1 Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21

Jesus  will  not  leave  us  alone.  He  won't  make  us
children  of  God  in  Baptism  only  to  leave  us
"orphans,"  He  assures  us  in  today's  Gospel  (see
Romans 8:14-17) .

He asks the Father to give us His Spirit, to dwell with
us and keep us united in the life He shares with the
Father.

We  see  the  promised  gift  of  His  Spirit  being
conferred in today's First Reading.

The  scene  from Acts  apparently  depicts  a  primitive
Confirmation  rite.  Philip,  one  of  the  first  deacons
(see  Acts  6:5),  proclaims  the  Gospel  in  the  non-
Jewish  city  of  Samaria.  The  Samaritans  accept  the
Word  of  God  (see  Acts  17:11;  1  Thessalonians  2:13)
and are baptized.

It  remains  for  the  Apostles  to  send  their
representatives,  Peter  and  John,  to  pray  and  lay
hands  on  the  newly  baptized—that  they  might
receive  the  Holy  Spirit.  This  is  the  origin  of  our

sacrament  of  Confirmation  (see  Acts  19:5-6),  by
which  the  grace  of  Baptism  is  completed  and
believers are sealed with the Spirit promised by the
Lord.

We remain in this grace so long as we love Christ and
keep  His  commandments. And  strengthened  in  the
Spirit  whom  Jesus  said  would  be  our Advocate,  we
are  called  to  bear  witness  to  our  salvation—to  the
tremendous  deeds  that God  has  done  for  us  in  the
name of His Son.

In today's Psalm, we celebrate our liberation. As He
changed  the  sea  into  dry  land  to  free  the  captive
Israelites,  Christ  suffered  that  He  might  lead  us  to
God, as we hear in today's Epistle.

This  is  the  reason  for  our  hope—the  hope  that
sustains us in the face of a world that cannot accept
His  truth,  the  hope  that  sustains  us  when  we  are
maligned and defamed for His name's sake.

Put  to  death  in  the  flesh,  He  was  brought  to  life  in
the  Spirit,  Paul  tells  us  today.  And  as  He  himself
promises: "Because I live, you will live."

“If You Love Me You Will Keep My Commandments”

The Lord

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CATHOLIC ANSWERS

www.catholic.com

Full Question
Why  did God  create Adam  and  Eve  if  he  knew  that
they would turn away from him by sinning?
Answer
Some  might  think  that  God  is  "on  the  hook"  for
original sin, because if he had not created Adam and
Eve,  they  would  never  have  sinned,  right?  While
that's  a  humanly  understandable  reaction,  in  one
sense,  it  also  reveals  an  imperfect  understanding  of
what true love is.

First, God  knowing  something  is  going  to  happen—
given  his  divine  omniscience—doesn’t  mean  he’s
going  to  cause  something  to  happen. We  still  have
our  God-given  free  will  by  which  we  can  choose  to
cooperate—or  not  cooperate—with  God’s  plan  for
humanity  in  general  and  for  our  lives  in
particular.  God  gives  us  free  will  to  determine
whether we will trust him to provide what’s best for
us or whether we’ll go “our own way” in opposition to
him (Matt, 25:31-46).

God  doesn't  know  events  in  a  pre-deterministic
sense. He knows them because all history is present
to him as the creator of time. He cannot be limited by
time, so he doesn't have to wait for things to happen
to know their outcome.

Here we see that true love is not coercive. It respects
the free will of the beloved. God doesn’t let sin and
death  have  the  last  word  either,  sending  his  only
begotten  Son  to  become  man  and  redeem  us  all
through  his  one  sacrifice  of  Calvary.  So  he  gives  us
plenty of opportunities to repent and walk with him
throughout our lives and to accept and persevere in
his gift of salvation.

Analogously,  Catholic  parents  will  have  children
knowing that they will be born with original sin and
will commit their own sins. Does this mean they don’t
love the children that they procreate? Of course not.
They know that children are gifts from God and that
he has a great plan for all children—including eternal
life if they will receive that gift; and they themselves
will  work  with  God  to  see  that  happen  for  their
children.

And  so  we  see  it  was  also  with  God  and  our  first
parents.  He  knows  they  will  they  sin,  but  he  knows
that it will be their choice, not his. And he knows that
he will send them a great Redeemer, someone who
will  offer  them  an  opportunity  for  eternal  life—a  far
greater life and communion with him than had they
never sinned and only lived on Earth forever. So we
see,  in  the  end,  how  loving  our  God  really  is  (CCC
412).

YOUTH MINISTRY

Congratulations to the youth who were

confirmed last week.

You have made the decision to publicly declare

your faith and be responsible for your faith. You

have received the gift of the Holy Spirit, may

God bless you in your journey of faith as you live

your life as a witness to Christ.

Next God Squad Night:

Friday, May 26, 2017 from 7:00-9:00pm in the

Parish hall.

Next Kids of the Cross Night:

Friday, June 2, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm in the

Parish hall.

Bake Day and Bake Sale:

Both Kids of the Cross and God Squad are

welcome to join us on Saturday, May 10, 2017

from 2:00-4:00pm in the Parish Kitchen to bake

goods for our bake sale the following day,

Sunday, May 11, 2017 from 9:00am-6:30pm after

each Mass. Don't forget to bring a friend!

Movie Night:

All are welcome from SJ23 Youth Ministry to watch

God's Not Dead 2 on Friday, June 23, 2017 from

6:00-8:00pm in the Parish Hall. We will begin with

prayer and have snacks and popcorn with the

movie. Friends and family are also welcome to join

us.

MORE GOOD NEWS

CWL

The Catholic Women’s League of JXXIII are

donating a new floor for our Hall this summer.

Also, they have kindly accepted to research the
possibility of federal financing for a wheel-chair

lift that can be installed on the staircase leading

down to the hall. This is a program offered to
charitable institutions for disability access to

buildings.

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416-292-5959

4466 Sheppard Ave. East at Brimley 

Rd.

Dr. Evangeline M. Bernabe & 

Associates

Family, Cosmetics Dentistry & 

General Orthodontics  

25 Overlea Blvd. Unit 3, Toronto, 

On, M4H 1P9

                   416-421-5625

H e r i t a g e   F u n e r a l   C e n t r e

 

50 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, ON M4H 1B6

Jay Wilson

Managing Director

416-423-1000

C a t h o l i c   C e m e t e r i e s

Archdiocese of Toronto 

Mt Hope Cemetery 

305 Erskine Avenue, Toronto, ON M4P 1Z7

416-483-4944

www.catholic-cemeteries.com

P a u l   O ’ C o n n o r   Fu n e r a l   H o m e  

1939 Lawrence Avenue East

416-751-7890

Don Mills-Eglinton  

 

DENTAL CARE CLINIC

 

Dr. Maria Imelda C. Ang 

A COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTAL CENTRE 

29 Gervais Drive, Suite 101 

416-383-1889

        

North York, ON M3C 1Y9 

Free Chairside Teeth Whitening for every new patient exam 

& cleaning. Please call for details…

Your Fellow Parishioner

 

REAL ESTATE & MORTGAGE AGENT

Buying or Selling Your Home? Looking for a  

Mortgage? Refinance? Home Equity LOC? 

Or a 2nd Mortgage?
• Low interest rates, Low Commission & Cash Back Plans.

• Earn up $1,000 on referrals.
• Up to 10% Donation to the Church 

with reference to this Ad.

sellfastwitheric@yahoo.ca

eric4mortgages@gmail.com

www.eric-realty.com

www.bestmortgagedealsbyeric.com

New Star Realty,                  Mortgage Agent
Inc. Brokerage                        M14000680

Eric Robert 

647-828-4702

   Sales Representative

Flemingdon Park Dental Care 

747 Don Mills Road #35 

Inside Flemingdon Plaza 

New Patients are welcome

 

416-429-0783

ADORATION OF OUR LORD IN THE

BLESSED SACRAMENT

Takes place in the Adoration Chapel

Every  Friday:  9AM  to  6PM,  concludes  with
e v e n i n g

p r a y e r  a n d

Benediction

at  5:40PM.

Come  for  a

few  minutes

or an hour and

keep  watch

with the Lord.

P r a y  f o r

others,  the

Church,  your

f a m i l y ,

yourself.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin  

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 Sunday of Easter                      

May 21, 2017 

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The Empty Tomb

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150 Gateway Blvd., Toronto, ON., M3C 3E2            

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