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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   The Ascension of the Lord                   May 13 , 2018 

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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  al   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.

Catholic Cemeteries

Head Office:  416-733-8544

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_i iparish@outlook.com. Website: http://saintjohnxxi iparish.ca/

Living the Gospel by caring for

the elderly

Ever since Erika had a stroke,

her diminished mobility kept

her from enjoying many

activities. When LA Centre for

Active Living planned a trip to

the Garlic Festival, Erika worried

her disabilities would get in the

way. To Erika’s delight, the

ShareLife-funded agency

ensured the trip was ful y

accessible for her. Having the

most fun she's had in years, she

felt like her disabilities

disappeared. Last year,

ShareLife-supported agencies

provided care to over 6,300

seniors.

May 27 is ShareLife Sunday.

Please be generous.

MEMORIAL MASS FOR

+Rev. Msgr. Terence F. D'Souza+

SUNDAY, MAY 27 @ 12:15PM

Former Pastor of St John XXIII Parish: 1982—1987

Msgr D’Souza died on Sat, April 28, 2018.

Monsignor D’Souza was 85 years old and in his 58th

year of the priesthood.  He was ordained to the

priesthood on January 17, 1960.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   The Ascension of the Lord                   May 13 , 2018 

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CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 

Part One—The Profession of Faith

“I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH”

The Church in the Plan of God

THE CHURCH IS ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC, AND

APOSTOLIC

161. Why is the Church one?

The Church is one because she has as her source and
exemplar  the  unity  of  the Trinity  of  Persons  in  one
God.  As  her  Founder  and  Head,  Jesus  Christ  re-
established  the  unity  of  all  people  in  one  body. As
her  soul,  the  Holy  Spirit  unites  al   the  faithful  in
communion  with  Christ.  The  Church  has  but  one
faith, one sacramental life, one apostolic succession,
one common hope, and one and the same charity.

162. Where does the one Church of Christ subsist?

The  one  Church  of  Christ,  as  a  society  constituted
and organized in the world, subsists in (subsistit in)
the  Catholic  Church,  governed  by  the  Successor  of
Peter and the bishops in communion with him. Only
through  this  Church  can  one  obtain  the  ful ness  of
the means of salvation since the Lord has entrusted
all  the  blessings  of  the  New  Covenant  to  the
apostolic college alone whose head is Peter.

163. How are non-Catholic Christians to be

considered?

In the churches and ecclesial communities which are
separated  from  ful   communion  with  the  Catholic
Church,  many  elements  of  sanctification  and  truth
can be found. Al  of these blessings come from Christ
and  lead  to  Catholic  unity.  Members  of  these
churches  and  communities  are  incorporated  into
Christ by Baptism and we so we recognize them as
brothers.

164. How does one commit oneself to work for the

unity of Christians?

The  desire  to  restore  the  unity  of  al  Christians  is  a
gift  from Christ  and  a  cal   of  the  Spirit. This  desire
involves  the  entire  Church  and  it  is  pursued  by
conversion  of  heart,  prayer,  fraternal  knowledge  of
each other and theological dialogue.

165. In what way is the Church holy?

The Church  is  holy  insofar  as  the  Most  Holy God  is
her  author.  Christ  has  given  himself  for  her  to

sanctify her and make her a source of sanctification.
The  Holy  Spirit  gives  her  life  with  charity.  In  the
Church  one  finds  the  ful ness  of  the  means  of
salvation.  Holiness  is  the  vocation  of  each  of  her
members  and  the  purpose  of  al   her  activities. The
Church counts among her members the Virgin Mary
and  numerous  Saints  who  are  her  models  and
intercessors.  The  holiness  of  the  Church  is  the
fountain  of  sanctification  for  her  children  who  here
on  earth  recognize  themselves  as  sinners  ever  in
need of conversion and purification.

 

 

 

 

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FREE BREAKFAST, SNACKS & LUNCH 

SILENT RETREAT FOR MEN &

WOMEN AT MANRESA PICKERING
June 1 @ 7:00 pm: Manresa Jesuit Spiritual

Renewal Centre, 2325 Liverpool Rd., Pickering
A  silent  retreat  in  the  Jesuit  tradition.  Fr.
Michael  Knox, SJ,  Director,  Martyrs’ Shrine  in
Midland,  wil   facilitate  the  retreat,  “Praying
with St. John de Brebeuf: A model of Christian
Virtue  for  the  Catholic  in  Canada.”  Cost:
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Includes accommodation, meals, program and
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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   The Ascension of the Lord                   May 13 , 2018 

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CHALICE CHILDREN’S COLLECTION

Total for 2017/18 achieved! $2157.95

2018, May payment $2220

MASS INTENTIONS

Mon, May 14, 7PM:

+Corazon San Luis

Tues May 15, 9AM:
    

+Lourdina Figueiredo

Wed May 16, 7PM:
       

+Alfonso Tibet Perlas

Thurs May 17, 9AM
       

B-dayThnksgv by Imerenciana 

Quiambao

Fri May 18, 7PM
       

+Remegio Cosue

Sat May 19, 9AM 
             +Esperanza Gabriel

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Saturday, May 19
5:15PM: +Carmela Scarano
Sunday, May 20
9AM: +Clarita Damasco Perlas
12:15PM: +Eugenia & Domitilo Abordo
5:30PM: +Felipa Abarri

VOCATIONS

Before the Ascension, Jesus tells His Apostles not to

leave Jerusalem - to wait - to pray for the Holy Spirit to

show them God’s will for their future.

Where is the Holy Spirit leading you? If you feel that you

are being led to be a priest, religious, or permanent

deacon, cal  Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocation Director,

Archdiocese of Toronto 416-968-0997

vocations@archtoronto.org

www.vocationstoronto.ca

VIGIL CANDLES

Sat, May 19—Friday, May 25

Sanctuary Tabernacle: +Teresa& Domingo Ayala

Chapel Tabernacle:

COFFEE SUNDAY: Last Sun of the Month

9AM Mass & 12:15PM Mass: Thank you

Volunteers for your generosity.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER GROUP

Need Prayer Help?

Cal  Beth at 416-467-6492. Your intention wil  be emailed

out to this prayer community. Only first name and

intention wil  be shared.

COMMUNION FOR THE SICK

& SHUT-INS

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

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Last Sunday’s Offering—$3285

To break even weekly—$3,000 needed.

SENIOR’S GROUP

Meets after 9AM Mass

On the 2nd & 4th Thurs of Month

NEW HYMN BOOKS

Cost: $21

Total Cost: $6,000. To date—$3415 for 160 books—

THANKS.

To Donate: Please call Hayde at the office: 416-429-4000.

DEVOTIONS FOR EASTER

Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Sundays Of Easter: 4—5Pm

YOU CAN DONATE

Ambries

Cost was $3744. To date—Donations:

$1597 from 11

persons.

Thanks to the Knights of Columbus for donating $500.

CHILDREN’S CHOIR: GRD 1--GRD 8.

Sing 1st & 4th Sun @ 5:30PM Mass

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SMILE
Heaven

Three highly decorated police officers die in a

wild shoot out with narcotics dealers and go to

heaven.

God greets them and asks, "When you are laid

out in your casket, and your fel ow officers and

family are mourning you, what would you like

to hear them say about you?

The first cop says, "I would like to hear them
say, that I was the bravest cop on the force."

The second police officer says, "I would like to

hear that I was a terrific cop who died in the line

of duty."

The last cop replies, "I would like to hear them

say ... Look, He's Moving!”

____

Two old men, Abe and Sol, sit on a park bench

feeding pigeons and talking about baseball.

Abe turns to Sol and asks, "Do you think there's

baseball in Heaven?"

Sol, "I dunno. But let's make a deal, if I die first,

I'l  come back and tel  you if there's basebal  in
Heaven, and if you die first, you do the same."

They shake on it and sadly, a few months later,
poor Abe passes on. Soon afterward, Sol sits in

the park feeding the pigeons by himself and

hears a voice whisper, "Sol... Sol... .” Sol

responds, "Abe! Is that you?"

"Yes it is, Sol," whispers Abe's ghost. Sol, stil 

amazed, asks, "So, is there basebal  in Heaven?”

"Well," says Abe, "I've got good news and bad

news.” "Gimme the good news first," says Sol.

Abe says, "Wel , there is basebal  in Heaven.”

Sol says, "That's great! What news could be bad

enough to ruin that?” Abe sighs and whispers,

"You're pitching on Friday."

FORMED

The Catholic Faith On Demand—Free To You
Movies,  documentaries, apologetics, youth,

faith formation, Bible studies, current topics,

youth; talks, audio dramas, audio books.

Spanish too. Go to “formed.org”; input our

parish access code: MRFX27; fil  out your profile

and password.

Watch St Joan of Arc below on formed.org.

Free to you through your parish subscription

(see above on how to access)

PRAY FOR THE MAY MISSION

INTENTION


Mary, Guide of Missionaries

That Mary, Queen of the World and Star of

Evangelization, may accompany all

missionaries in proclaiming her Son Jesus.

FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH

OVERNIGHT VIGIL—ADORATION

CHAPEL

Next First Friday: JUNE 1

Vigil Begins Fri 7:30PM and ends Sat 7:30AM

Contact: Elaine Shaver—647-713-1198

CALL FOR CONSCIENCE 2018 – AN

INVITATION FROM CARDINAL

COLLINS

Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of

Toronto, recently issued a call to action in

advance of the June 7 provincial election to

promote palliative care, conscience rights and

the protection of faith-based facilities.

His Eminence has asked Catholics to visit

canadiansforconscience.ca/ontario to send a
letter directly to al  candidates in their riding
for the June 7 election. A pre-written letter is

provided which people can amend as they

choose. If you did not receive Cardinal Col ins’

emailed letter and you would like to receive

them in the future, please visit bit.ly/

archtosignup Thank you for advocating on

these important issues!

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SAINT OF THE WEEK

FEAST:  St  MATTHIAS,  APSOTLE—Monday,  May  14:
According  to  Acts  1:15-26,  during  the  days  after  the
Ascension  Peter  stood  up  in  the  midst  of  the  brothers—
about 120 of Jesus’ fol owers. Now that Judas had betrayed
his  ministry,  it  was  necessary,  Peter  said,  to  fulfil   the
s c r i p t u r a l

recommendation

t h a t  a n o t h e r

should  take  his

office.  “Therefore,

it  is  necessary  that

one  of  the  men

who  accompanied

us  the  whole  time

the  Lord  Jesus

came  and  went

a m o n g

u s ,

beginning  from

the  baptism  of

John  until  the  day

on  which  he  was

taken  up  from  us,

become  with  us  a

w i t n e s s  t o  h i s

resurrection”  (Acts

1:21-22).

They nominated two men: Joseph Barsabbas and Matthias.
They prayed and drew lots. The choice fel  upon Matthias,
who was added to the Eleven. Matthias is not mentioned
by name anywhere else in the New Testament.

Reflection: What was the holiness of Matthias? Obviously,
he  was  suited  for  apostleship  by  the  experience  of  being
with Jesus from his baptism to his ascension. He must also
have  been  suited  personal y,  or  he  would  not  have  been
nominated  for  so  great  a  responsibility.  Must  we  not
remind  ourselves  that  the  fundamental  holiness  of
Matthias was his receiving gladly the relationship with the
Father  offered  him  by  Jesus  and  completed  by  the  Holy
Spirit?  If  the  apostles  are  the  foundations  of  our  faith  by
their  witness,  they  must  also  be  reminders,  if  only
implicitly, that holiness is entirely a matter of God’s giving,
and it is offered to al , in the everyday circumstances of life.
We  receive,  and  even  for  this  God  supplies  the  power  of
freedom.

OPTIONAL  MEMORIAL:  St  JOHN  I,  POPE,  MARTYR
Friday,  May  18
:  Pope  John  I  inherited  the  Arian  heresy,
which  denied  the

divinity of Christ. Italy

had  been  ruled

for  30  years  by  an

e m p e r o r  w h o

espoused  the  heresy,

t h o u g h

h e

treated  the  empire’s

Catholics  with

toleration.  His  policy

changed at about

the  time  the  young

John  was  elected

pope.

When  the  eastern  emperor  began  imposing  severe
measures  on  the Arians  of  his  area,  the  western  emperor
forced John to head a delegation to the East to soften the
measures  against  the  heretics.  Little  is  known  of  the
manner  or  outcome  of  the  negotiations—designed  to
secure continued toleration of Catholics in the West.

On  his  way  home,  John  was  imprisoned  at  Ravenna
because  the  emperor  had  begun  to  suspect  that  John’s

friendship with his eastern rival might lead to a conspiracy
against  his  throne.  Shortly  after  his  imprisonment,  John
died, apparently from the treatment he received in prison.

John’s body was transported to Rome and he was buried in
the Basilica of St. Peter.
Reflection: We cannot choose the issues for which we have
to  suffer  and  perhaps  die.  John  I  suffered  because  of  a
power-conscious  emperor.  Jesus  suffered  because  of  the
suspicions of those who were threatened by his freedom,
openness,  and  powerlessness.  “If  you  find  that  the  world
hates you, know it has hated me before

you” (John 15:18).

TOTUS TUUS

Dear Parents: We Have Four (4) Young

Missionaries Coming To Our Parish This Summer

For One Week: Sun July 8-Sat July 14.

(Registration Fee: $10 per Student)

The Day program commences on Mon to Sat of

this week from 8:45AM to 2:30PM daily

During  the  week,  the  children  entering  grades  1
through  6  in  the  upcoming  fal   school  year
participate  in  4  classes  each  day,  attend  daily
Mass,  learn  the  Mass  parts  and  liturgical  songs,
participate  in  games,  icebreakers,  skits,  songs,
recess,  and  prayer.  The  grade  school
curriculum  helps  children  to  learn  and  be
reinforced  in  important  principles  of  their
Catholic faith.

The evening program commences at 6:45PM to

9PM daily: Sunday to Friday of this week.Totus

Tuus offers evening instruction for junior and

senior high school youth (grades 7-12) during the
week in the evenings: 7pm—9pm. We have found

that energetic, faithful, col ege-aged teachers

can effectively impact junior and senior high

school youth. The team teaches in such a way as

to continual y offer a dialogue by which

participants feel respected in their most basic

dignity. Sign-Up Sheet in Foyer

PENTECOST NOVENA TO THE HOLY

SPIRIT

In preparation for the celebration of the gift of

the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday, the

birthday of the Church, and the gift of Baptism.

Begins Fri May 11, 10 mins before the Mass and

10 mins before al  weekday Masses; Sun prayer
wil  be at 4:20PM during the holy hour. Novena

ends Sat, May 19 at 8:50AM.

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                   The Ascension of the Lord                   May 13 , 2018 

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This Sunday’s Readings: Acts 10:25–26, 34–35,

44–48; Ps 98:1–4; 1 Jn 4:7–10; Jn 15:9–17
For some, Easter may be a dim memory by now.

But,  those  who  celebrate Ascension  Day  know

exactly how long it's been since then. The Feast

of the Ascension, as it's also known, takes place

39 days after Easter Sunday (this year, that wil 

be Thursday,  May  25)  and  is  believed  to  mark

the day that Jesus ascended to Heaven.

Although Ascension Day commemorates Jesus'

departure from Earth, it's not at al  a cause for

sadness.  In  fact,  it's  a  pretty  joyful  day  in  the

Christian  calendar.  His  ascension  is  often  cited

as  the  final  sign  of  his  divinity,  or  his  godly

power.  Much  like  Jesus'  resurrection,  which  is

what Easter celebrates, it's an affirmation of the

Christian faith.

And that's why both Western and Eastern forms

of  Christianity  celebrate  Ascension  Day.  It’s

considered  to  be  one  of  the  oldest  Christian

celebrations  (it's  been  traced  back  to  the  year

68  A.D.),  and  it's  as  significant  as  Easter  or

Christmas.

And while Easter has a bunny and Christmas has

a jol y man in a red suit, Ascension Day doesn't

have  a  kicky  mascot.  By  comparison,  it's  a

pretty  low-key  (albeit  meaningful)  celebration.

Depending  on  the  church,  a  special  Thursday

Mass  may  be  held  for  Ascension  Day,  or  the

weekly Sunday Mass wil  address the events of

the  ascension.  According  to  the  Catholic

Encyclopedia, it used to be customary to raise a

cross or figure of Jesus above the church altar or

even  through  the  roof  of  the  church  to

represent Jesus ascending to heaven.

You probably won't see a display like that at any

church  near  you.  But,  to  observant  Christians,

that image of Jesus rising up and leaving Earth

behind  remains  a  powerful  symbol  and  wil 

serve as a point of reflection this Thursday.

“Go Into All The World And Proclaim The Good News

To The Whole Creation”

Jesus

Scott Hahn

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CATHOLIC ANSWERS

www.catholic.com

MAY I PARTICIPATE IN JIU JITSU?

Question
As  a  practicing Catholic,  am  I  al owed  to  participate  in  jiu
jitsu?
Answer
Yes,  there  is  no  objection  to  Catholics  practicing  this
martial  art.  Hundreds  of  thousands  of  Brazilian  Catholics
have practiced it for many years. It is practical y a national
sport  in  Brazil,  and  has  no  religious  connotations  that
would  prevent  participation.  The  important  thing  from  a
moral  point  of  view  is  to  have  a  life  with  a  balance  of
prayer, work, bodily exercise, and social recreation.

WHEN ARE THE SOULS IN PURGATORY

RELEASED?

Question
When  are  the  souls  in  purgatory  released?  St.  Gertrude's
prayer suggests 1,000 per day? At Final Judgment?
Answer
The souls of the departed who are awaiting their entry into
ful   happiness  in  heaven  are  freed  from  their  detention
whenever they are ready, so pretty much al  the time, given
how many of them there are. The offering of St. Gertrude
would certainly be a very powerful one to make for the holy
souls, since it depends so much on deep faith in the power
of Christ's Blood.

As for the thousand souls it is supposed to free, wel , there
is  no  way  to  know  such  a  number.  Perhaps  our  faith  and
confidence in Our Lord wil  suggest to us the idea that even
more may be freed and enter heaven than a thousand! The
Precious  Blood  of  Jesus  is  infinitely  powerful  to  save  an
infinite number of sinners!

WHERE DID JOHN TAKE MARY?

Question
When  Jesus  told  John  "Behold  your  mother,"  where  did
John take her? In other words, where did he live?
Answer
Our  Lady  lived  wherever  he  did. So,  at  first  in Jerusalem,
probably  on  Mount  Sion,  and  then  perhaps  later  in  Asia
Minor where he ministered and where he died. The ancient
Western  and  Eastern  tradition  favour  the  former,  and  the
more recent Western tradition has also the latter opinion.

There is a popular shrine of the house of Our Lady and St.
John  in  Ephesus  in  modern-day  Turkey  that  is  based  on
revelations given to Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich, but the
Fathers and the ancient liturgies show Our Lady ending her
earthly  life  in  Jerusalem,  where  there  are  shrines,  both
Catholic and Orthodox to her Dormition (fal ing asleep). Of
course, they could have been in Ephesus and then moved
back.

YOUTH MINISTRY

Next God Squad Night: Easter Bible Study Series  

Friday, May 18 from 6-8PM in the Parish hal .

Next God Squad Night: Game Night Social  

Friday, May 25 from 6-8PM in the Parish hal .

Join us, as we celebrate May birthdays and

fel owship together. Friends and siblings are

welcome to join.

YOUNG ADULT MISSION TRIP TO

YELLOWKNIFE AND FORT

PROVIDENCE

July 16—23, 2018, Cost: $1,300:

Includes transportation, meals and

accommodation.

Information night: Monday, April 23rd, 2018, @

7PM

Office of Catholic Youth, 54 Hoskin Ave, Toronto

M4T 1W2

Registration Ends & Deposit is due (50% of the

cost): Friday, May 25, 2018

Young Adults (19-39) are invited to join us. Travel

to Yel owknife and Fort Providence to serve the

community. Learn about our missions in Canada

and Indigenous culture.

To enter ful y into the missionary experience,

simple accommodations wil  be arranged, which

may include a few nights of roughing it.

www.ocytoronto.org/mission

THE AWAKENING OF A GIANT

Movie Life of Saint Veronica Giuliani

TODAY:

Sunday, May 13, 2018 @ 2:30, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

York Cinema—115 York Blvd, Richmond Hil 

St.  Veronica's  body  remains  incorruptible.  She
was considered by Pope Leo XIII to be most ful 
of  grace  after  Our  Lady.  Our  Lady  herself
referred  to  St. Veronica  as  "heart  of  my  heart"
and "my favourite daughter." Tickets bought on-
site. sainteveronica@sawtelrab.org

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B a m b o o   T r a v e l   &   T o u r s  

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Violins, Keyboards, and guitars

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For free aptitude test call 

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Managing Director

416-423-1000

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DENTAL CARE CLINIC 

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A COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTAL CENTRE 

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416-383-1889        

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Free Chairside Teeth Whitening for every new patient exam 

& cleaning. Please call for details…

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 evening
p r a y e r  a n d

Benediction  at

5:40PM.  Come

f o r  a  f e w

minutes  or  an

hour  and  keep

watch  with  the

Lord.  Pray  for

o t h e r s ,  t h e

C h u r c h ,  y o u r

family, yourself.

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FERTILITYCARE TORONTO

Catholic Women’s Fertility Health

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 fol ow 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.

Contact/Info 416-465-2868 www.fertilitycare.ca /

LENT IS HERE!!!

When Is Ash Wednesday?—February 14

What is Ash Wednesday?

This day marks the beginning of Lent. We

attend Mass on this day and receive the

Ashes on the forehead as a sign of sorrow

for sin and as sign of our intention to

become more faithful.

What is Lent?

The penitential season of the Church’s

year. It is 40 days of preparation to renew

our Baptismal vows on Easter Sunday.

During this time we seek closer union with

the Lord through an increase of fasting,

prayer, and giving of alms (charitable

giving).

Lenten Fast & Abstinence

Catholics are obligated to Fast & Abstain

from meat on Ash Wednesday & Good

Friday.

The Fast on Ash Wednesday and Good

Friday.

The fast on Ash Wed and Good Friday

involves eating only one ful  meal. One or
two smal er meals may be taken on those
days, but may not total one full meal.  No

eating between meals.

Abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good

Friday

Abstinence on these days from meat can

include eggs or dairy products.

Age Requirements

"Al  Catholics at 15 are bound by the law of
abstinence; al  adults are bound by the law

of fast up to the beginning of their 60

year.

Fridays of the Year

It is a requirement of our Faith that we

abstain from meat on al  the Fridays of the
year (except Feasts) in commemoration of

our Saviour’s death.

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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  al   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.

Catholic Cemeteries

Head Office:  416-733-8544

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_i iparish@outlook.com. Website: http://saintjohnxxi iparish.ca/

Living the Gospel by caring for

the elderly

Ever since Erika had a stroke,

her diminished mobility kept

her from enjoying many

activities. When LA Centre for

Active Living planned a trip to

the Garlic Festival, Erika worried

her disabilities would get in the

way. To Erika’s delight, the

ShareLife-funded agency

ensured the trip was ful y

accessible for her. Having the

most fun she's had in years, she

felt like her disabilities

disappeared. Last year,

ShareLife-supported agencies

provided care to over 6,300

seniors.

May 27 is ShareLife Sunday.

Please be generous.

MEMORIAL MASS FOR

+Rev. Msgr. Terence F. D'Souza+

SUNDAY, MAY 27 @ 12:15PM

Former Pastor of St John XXIII Parish: 1982—1987

Msgr D’Souza died on Sat, April 28, 2018.

Monsignor D’Souza was 85 years old and in his 58th

year of the priesthood.  He was ordained to the

priesthood on January 17, 1960.

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CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 

Part One—The Profession of Faith

“I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH”

The Church in the Plan of God

THE CHURCH IS ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC, AND

APOSTOLIC

161. Why is the Church one?

The Church is one because she has as her source and
exemplar  the  unity  of  the Trinity  of  Persons  in  one
God.  As  her  Founder  and  Head,  Jesus  Christ  re-
established  the  unity  of  all  people  in  one  body. As
her  soul,  the  Holy  Spirit  unites  al   the  faithful  in
communion  with  Christ.  The  Church  has  but  one
faith, one sacramental life, one apostolic succession,
one common hope, and one and the same charity.

162. Where does the one Church of Christ subsist?

The  one  Church  of  Christ,  as  a  society  constituted
and organized in the world, subsists in (subsistit in)
the  Catholic  Church,  governed  by  the  Successor  of
Peter and the bishops in communion with him. Only
through  this  Church  can  one  obtain  the  ful ness  of
the means of salvation since the Lord has entrusted
all  the  blessings  of  the  New  Covenant  to  the
apostolic college alone whose head is Peter.

163. How are non-Catholic Christians to be

considered?

In the churches and ecclesial communities which are
separated  from  ful   communion  with  the  Catholic
Church,  many  elements  of  sanctification  and  truth
can be found. Al  of these blessings come from Christ
and  lead  to  Catholic  unity.  Members  of  these
churches  and  communities  are  incorporated  into
Christ by Baptism and we so we recognize them as
brothers.

164. How does one commit oneself to work for the

unity of Christians?

The  desire  to  restore  the  unity  of  al  Christians  is  a
gift  from Christ  and  a  cal   of  the  Spirit. This  desire
involves  the  entire  Church  and  it  is  pursued  by
conversion  of  heart,  prayer,  fraternal  knowledge  of
each other and theological dialogue.

165. In what way is the Church holy?

The Church  is  holy  insofar  as  the  Most  Holy God  is
her  author.  Christ  has  given  himself  for  her  to

sanctify her and make her a source of sanctification.
The  Holy  Spirit  gives  her  life  with  charity.  In  the
Church  one  finds  the  ful ness  of  the  means  of
salvation.  Holiness  is  the  vocation  of  each  of  her
members  and  the  purpose  of  al   her  activities. The
Church counts among her members the Virgin Mary
and  numerous  Saints  who  are  her  models  and
intercessors.  The  holiness  of  the  Church  is  the
fountain  of  sanctification  for  her  children  who  here
on  earth  recognize  themselves  as  sinners  ever  in
need of conversion and purification.

 

 

 

 

    Are you thirsting for an ever deeper relationship with God? 

   Are you longing to be more alive in your faith? 

     The Living for Christ Prayer Community 

    invites you to a 

      Catholic Life in the Spirit Seminar 

      SATURDAY MAY 26, 2018 – 8:30AM to 5PM 

 

     Program concludes with anticipated mass 

   St. Peter’s Church (Basement) 

    830 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON 

   (Bathurst & Bloor) 

 
 

               

 

                                              

    Speaker 

                   Brother Don Quilao 

                  Head Servant of the FCCCPC 

                 (Filipino Canadian Catholic Charismatic Prayer Communities) 

FOR MORE INFO, CONTACT OUR YOUTHS

Kate Guillermo – (647) 984-2787    Cammille Pamintuan-  (647)463-7877

 

Mark Sia - (416) 575-9334      Anthony “AJ” – (647) 669-3100

 

 

Or visit our website: www.livingforchristpc.com

FREE BREAKFAST, SNACKS & LUNCH 

SILENT RETREAT FOR MEN &

WOMEN AT MANRESA PICKERING
June 1 @ 7:00 pm: Manresa Jesuit Spiritual

Renewal Centre, 2325 Liverpool Rd., Pickering
A  silent  retreat  in  the  Jesuit  tradition.  Fr.
Michael  Knox, SJ,  Director,  Martyrs’ Shrine  in
Midland,  wil   facilitate  the  retreat,  “Praying
with St. John de Brebeuf: A model of Christian
Virtue  for  the  Catholic  in  Canada.”  Cost:
o ff e r i n g  o f  $ 1 8 5  p e r  p e r s o n .
Includes accommodation, meals, program and
spiritual  direction.  PHONE:  905-839-2864
EMAIL:  pickmanresa@rogers.com  WEB:
www.manresa-canada.ca

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CHALICE CHILDREN’S COLLECTION

Total for 2017/18 achieved! $2157.95

2018, May payment $2220

MASS INTENTIONS

Mon, May 14, 7PM:

+Corazon San Luis

Tues May 15, 9AM:
    

+Lourdina Figueiredo

Wed May 16, 7PM:
       

+Alfonso Tibet Perlas

Thurs May 17, 9AM
       

B-dayThnksgv by Imerenciana 

Quiambao

Fri May 18, 7PM
       

+Remegio Cosue

Sat May 19, 9AM 
             +Esperanza Gabriel

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Saturday, May 19
5:15PM: +Carmela Scarano
Sunday, May 20
9AM: +Clarita Damasco Perlas
12:15PM: +Eugenia & Domitilo Abordo
5:30PM: +Felipa Abarri

VOCATIONS

Before the Ascension, Jesus tells His Apostles not to

leave Jerusalem - to wait - to pray for the Holy Spirit to

show them God’s will for their future.

Where is the Holy Spirit leading you? If you feel that you

are being led to be a priest, religious, or permanent

deacon, cal  Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocation Director,

Archdiocese of Toronto 416-968-0997

vocations@archtoronto.org

www.vocationstoronto.ca

VIGIL CANDLES

Sat, May 19—Friday, May 25

Sanctuary Tabernacle: +Teresa& Domingo Ayala

Chapel Tabernacle:

COFFEE SUNDAY: Last Sun of the Month

9AM Mass & 12:15PM Mass: Thank you

Volunteers for your generosity.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER GROUP

Need Prayer Help?

Cal  Beth at 416-467-6492. Your intention wil  be emailed

out to this prayer community. Only first name and

intention wil  be shared.

COMMUNION FOR THE SICK

& SHUT-INS

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

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Last Sunday’s Offering—$3285

To break even weekly—$3,000 needed.

SENIOR’S GROUP

Meets after 9AM Mass

On the 2nd & 4th Thurs of Month

NEW HYMN BOOKS

Cost: $21

Total Cost: $6,000. To date—$3415 for 160 books—

THANKS.

To Donate: Please call Hayde at the office: 416-429-4000.

DEVOTIONS FOR EASTER

Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Sundays Of Easter: 4—5Pm

YOU CAN DONATE

Ambries

Cost was $3744. To date—Donations:

$1597 from 11

persons.

Thanks to the Knights of Columbus for donating $500.

CHILDREN’S CHOIR: GRD 1--GRD 8.

Sing 1st & 4th Sun @ 5:30PM Mass

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SMILE
Heaven

Three highly decorated police officers die in a

wild shoot out with narcotics dealers and go to

heaven.

God greets them and asks, "When you are laid

out in your casket, and your fel ow officers and

family are mourning you, what would you like

to hear them say about you?

The first cop says, "I would like to hear them
say, that I was the bravest cop on the force."

The second police officer says, "I would like to

hear that I was a terrific cop who died in the line

of duty."

The last cop replies, "I would like to hear them

say ... Look, He's Moving!”

____

Two old men, Abe and Sol, sit on a park bench

feeding pigeons and talking about baseball.

Abe turns to Sol and asks, "Do you think there's

baseball in Heaven?"

Sol, "I dunno. But let's make a deal, if I die first,

I'l  come back and tel  you if there's basebal  in
Heaven, and if you die first, you do the same."

They shake on it and sadly, a few months later,
poor Abe passes on. Soon afterward, Sol sits in

the park feeding the pigeons by himself and

hears a voice whisper, "Sol... Sol... .” Sol

responds, "Abe! Is that you?"

"Yes it is, Sol," whispers Abe's ghost. Sol, stil 

amazed, asks, "So, is there basebal  in Heaven?”

"Well," says Abe, "I've got good news and bad

news.” "Gimme the good news first," says Sol.

Abe says, "Wel , there is basebal  in Heaven.”

Sol says, "That's great! What news could be bad

enough to ruin that?” Abe sighs and whispers,

"You're pitching on Friday."

FORMED

The Catholic Faith On Demand—Free To You
Movies,  documentaries, apologetics, youth,

faith formation, Bible studies, current topics,

youth; talks, audio dramas, audio books.

Spanish too. Go to “formed.org”; input our

parish access code: MRFX27; fil  out your profile

and password.

Watch St Joan of Arc below on formed.org.

Free to you through your parish subscription

(see above on how to access)

PRAY FOR THE MAY MISSION

INTENTION


Mary, Guide of Missionaries

That Mary, Queen of the World and Star of

Evangelization, may accompany all

missionaries in proclaiming her Son Jesus.

FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH

OVERNIGHT VIGIL—ADORATION

CHAPEL

Next First Friday: JUNE 1

Vigil Begins Fri 7:30PM and ends Sat 7:30AM

Contact: Elaine Shaver—647-713-1198

CALL FOR CONSCIENCE 2018 – AN

INVITATION FROM CARDINAL

COLLINS

Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of

Toronto, recently issued a call to action in

advance of the June 7 provincial election to

promote palliative care, conscience rights and

the protection of faith-based facilities.

His Eminence has asked Catholics to visit

canadiansforconscience.ca/ontario to send a
letter directly to al  candidates in their riding
for the June 7 election. A pre-written letter is

provided which people can amend as they

choose. If you did not receive Cardinal Col ins’

emailed letter and you would like to receive

them in the future, please visit bit.ly/

archtosignup Thank you for advocating on

these important issues!

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SAINT OF THE WEEK

FEAST:  St  MATTHIAS,  APSOTLE—Monday,  May  14:
According  to  Acts  1:15-26,  during  the  days  after  the
Ascension  Peter  stood  up  in  the  midst  of  the  brothers—
about 120 of Jesus’ fol owers. Now that Judas had betrayed
his  ministry,  it  was  necessary,  Peter  said,  to  fulfil   the
s c r i p t u r a l

recommendation

t h a t  a n o t h e r

should  take  his

office.  “Therefore,

it  is  necessary  that

one  of  the  men

who  accompanied

us  the  whole  time

the  Lord  Jesus

came  and  went

a m o n g

u s ,

beginning  from

the  baptism  of

John  until  the  day

on  which  he  was

taken  up  from  us,

become  with  us  a

w i t n e s s  t o  h i s

resurrection”  (Acts

1:21-22).

They nominated two men: Joseph Barsabbas and Matthias.
They prayed and drew lots. The choice fel  upon Matthias,
who was added to the Eleven. Matthias is not mentioned
by name anywhere else in the New Testament.

Reflection: What was the holiness of Matthias? Obviously,
he  was  suited  for  apostleship  by  the  experience  of  being
with Jesus from his baptism to his ascension. He must also
have  been  suited  personal y,  or  he  would  not  have  been
nominated  for  so  great  a  responsibility.  Must  we  not
remind  ourselves  that  the  fundamental  holiness  of
Matthias was his receiving gladly the relationship with the
Father  offered  him  by  Jesus  and  completed  by  the  Holy
Spirit?  If  the  apostles  are  the  foundations  of  our  faith  by
their  witness,  they  must  also  be  reminders,  if  only
implicitly, that holiness is entirely a matter of God’s giving,
and it is offered to al , in the everyday circumstances of life.
We  receive,  and  even  for  this  God  supplies  the  power  of
freedom.

OPTIONAL  MEMORIAL:  St  JOHN  I,  POPE,  MARTYR
Friday,  May  18
:  Pope  John  I  inherited  the  Arian  heresy,
which  denied  the

divinity of Christ. Italy

had  been  ruled

for  30  years  by  an

e m p e r o r  w h o

espoused  the  heresy,

t h o u g h

h e

treated  the  empire’s

Catholics  with

toleration.  His  policy

changed at about

the  time  the  young

John  was  elected

pope.

When  the  eastern  emperor  began  imposing  severe
measures  on  the Arians  of  his  area,  the  western  emperor
forced John to head a delegation to the East to soften the
measures  against  the  heretics.  Little  is  known  of  the
manner  or  outcome  of  the  negotiations—designed  to
secure continued toleration of Catholics in the West.

On  his  way  home,  John  was  imprisoned  at  Ravenna
because  the  emperor  had  begun  to  suspect  that  John’s

friendship with his eastern rival might lead to a conspiracy
against  his  throne.  Shortly  after  his  imprisonment,  John
died, apparently from the treatment he received in prison.

John’s body was transported to Rome and he was buried in
the Basilica of St. Peter.
Reflection: We cannot choose the issues for which we have
to  suffer  and  perhaps  die.  John  I  suffered  because  of  a
power-conscious  emperor.  Jesus  suffered  because  of  the
suspicions of those who were threatened by his freedom,
openness,  and  powerlessness.  “If  you  find  that  the  world
hates you, know it has hated me before

you” (John 15:18).

TOTUS TUUS

Dear Parents: We Have Four (4) Young

Missionaries Coming To Our Parish This Summer

For One Week: Sun July 8-Sat July 14.

(Registration Fee: $10 per Student)

The Day program commences on Mon to Sat of

this week from 8:45AM to 2:30PM daily

During  the  week,  the  children  entering  grades  1
through  6  in  the  upcoming  fal   school  year
participate  in  4  classes  each  day,  attend  daily
Mass,  learn  the  Mass  parts  and  liturgical  songs,
participate  in  games,  icebreakers,  skits,  songs,
recess,  and  prayer.  The  grade  school
curriculum  helps  children  to  learn  and  be
reinforced  in  important  principles  of  their
Catholic faith.

The evening program commences at 6:45PM to

9PM daily: Sunday to Friday of this week.Totus

Tuus offers evening instruction for junior and

senior high school youth (grades 7-12) during the
week in the evenings: 7pm—9pm. We have found

that energetic, faithful, col ege-aged teachers

can effectively impact junior and senior high

school youth. The team teaches in such a way as

to continual y offer a dialogue by which

participants feel respected in their most basic

dignity. Sign-Up Sheet in Foyer

PENTECOST NOVENA TO THE HOLY

SPIRIT

In preparation for the celebration of the gift of

the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday, the

birthday of the Church, and the gift of Baptism.

Begins Fri May 11, 10 mins before the Mass and

10 mins before al  weekday Masses; Sun prayer
wil  be at 4:20PM during the holy hour. Novena

ends Sat, May 19 at 8:50AM.

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This Sunday’s Readings: Acts 10:25–26, 34–35,

44–48; Ps 98:1–4; 1 Jn 4:7–10; Jn 15:9–17
For some, Easter may be a dim memory by now.

But,  those  who  celebrate Ascension  Day  know

exactly how long it's been since then. The Feast

of the Ascension, as it's also known, takes place

39 days after Easter Sunday (this year, that wil 

be Thursday,  May  25)  and  is  believed  to  mark

the day that Jesus ascended to Heaven.

Although Ascension Day commemorates Jesus'

departure from Earth, it's not at al  a cause for

sadness.  In  fact,  it's  a  pretty  joyful  day  in  the

Christian  calendar.  His  ascension  is  often  cited

as  the  final  sign  of  his  divinity,  or  his  godly

power.  Much  like  Jesus'  resurrection,  which  is

what Easter celebrates, it's an affirmation of the

Christian faith.

And that's why both Western and Eastern forms

of  Christianity  celebrate  Ascension  Day.  It’s

considered  to  be  one  of  the  oldest  Christian

celebrations  (it's  been  traced  back  to  the  year

68  A.D.),  and  it's  as  significant  as  Easter  or

Christmas.

And while Easter has a bunny and Christmas has

a jol y man in a red suit, Ascension Day doesn't

have  a  kicky  mascot.  By  comparison,  it's  a

pretty  low-key  (albeit  meaningful)  celebration.

Depending  on  the  church,  a  special  Thursday

Mass  may  be  held  for  Ascension  Day,  or  the

weekly Sunday Mass wil  address the events of

the  ascension.  According  to  the  Catholic

Encyclopedia, it used to be customary to raise a

cross or figure of Jesus above the church altar or

even  through  the  roof  of  the  church  to

represent Jesus ascending to heaven.

You probably won't see a display like that at any

church  near  you.  But,  to  observant  Christians,

that image of Jesus rising up and leaving Earth

behind  remains  a  powerful  symbol  and  wil 

serve as a point of reflection this Thursday.

“Go Into All The World And Proclaim The Good News

To The Whole Creation”

Jesus

Scott Hahn

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CATHOLIC ANSWERS

www.catholic.com

MAY I PARTICIPATE IN JIU JITSU?

Question
As  a  practicing Catholic,  am  I  al owed  to  participate  in  jiu
jitsu?
Answer
Yes,  there  is  no  objection  to  Catholics  practicing  this
martial  art.  Hundreds  of  thousands  of  Brazilian  Catholics
have practiced it for many years. It is practical y a national
sport  in  Brazil,  and  has  no  religious  connotations  that
would  prevent  participation.  The  important  thing  from  a
moral  point  of  view  is  to  have  a  life  with  a  balance  of
prayer, work, bodily exercise, and social recreation.

WHEN ARE THE SOULS IN PURGATORY

RELEASED?

Question
When  are  the  souls  in  purgatory  released?  St.  Gertrude's
prayer suggests 1,000 per day? At Final Judgment?
Answer
The souls of the departed who are awaiting their entry into
ful   happiness  in  heaven  are  freed  from  their  detention
whenever they are ready, so pretty much al  the time, given
how many of them there are. The offering of St. Gertrude
would certainly be a very powerful one to make for the holy
souls, since it depends so much on deep faith in the power
of Christ's Blood.

As for the thousand souls it is supposed to free, wel , there
is  no  way  to  know  such  a  number.  Perhaps  our  faith  and
confidence in Our Lord wil  suggest to us the idea that even
more may be freed and enter heaven than a thousand! The
Precious  Blood  of  Jesus  is  infinitely  powerful  to  save  an
infinite number of sinners!

WHERE DID JOHN TAKE MARY?

Question
When  Jesus  told  John  "Behold  your  mother,"  where  did
John take her? In other words, where did he live?
Answer
Our  Lady  lived  wherever  he  did. So,  at  first  in Jerusalem,
probably  on  Mount  Sion,  and  then  perhaps  later  in  Asia
Minor where he ministered and where he died. The ancient
Western  and  Eastern  tradition  favour  the  former,  and  the
more recent Western tradition has also the latter opinion.

There is a popular shrine of the house of Our Lady and St.
John  in  Ephesus  in  modern-day  Turkey  that  is  based  on
revelations given to Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich, but the
Fathers and the ancient liturgies show Our Lady ending her
earthly  life  in  Jerusalem,  where  there  are  shrines,  both
Catholic and Orthodox to her Dormition (fal ing asleep). Of
course, they could have been in Ephesus and then moved
back.

YOUTH MINISTRY

Next God Squad Night: Easter Bible Study Series  

Friday, May 18 from 6-8PM in the Parish hal .

Next God Squad Night: Game Night Social  

Friday, May 25 from 6-8PM in the Parish hal .

Join us, as we celebrate May birthdays and

fel owship together. Friends and siblings are

welcome to join.

YOUNG ADULT MISSION TRIP TO

YELLOWKNIFE AND FORT

PROVIDENCE

July 16—23, 2018, Cost: $1,300:

Includes transportation, meals and

accommodation.

Information night: Monday, April 23rd, 2018, @

7PM

Office of Catholic Youth, 54 Hoskin Ave, Toronto

M4T 1W2

Registration Ends & Deposit is due (50% of the

cost): Friday, May 25, 2018

Young Adults (19-39) are invited to join us. Travel

to Yel owknife and Fort Providence to serve the

community. Learn about our missions in Canada

and Indigenous culture.

To enter ful y into the missionary experience,

simple accommodations wil  be arranged, which

may include a few nights of roughing it.

www.ocytoronto.org/mission

THE AWAKENING OF A GIANT

Movie Life of Saint Veronica Giuliani

TODAY:

Sunday, May 13, 2018 @ 2:30, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

York Cinema—115 York Blvd, Richmond Hil 

St.  Veronica's  body  remains  incorruptible.  She
was considered by Pope Leo XIII to be most ful 
of  grace  after  Our  Lady.  Our  Lady  herself
referred  to  St. Veronica  as  "heart  of  my  heart"
and "my favourite daughter." Tickets bought on-
site. sainteveronica@sawtelrab.org

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ADORATION OF OUR LORD IN THE

BLESSED SACRAMENT

Takes place in the Adoration Chapel

Every Friday: 9AM to 6PM, concludes with evening
p r a y e r  a n d

Benediction  at

5:40PM.  Come

f o r  a  f e w

minutes  or  an

hour  and  keep

watch  with  the

Lord.  Pray  for

o t h e r s ,  t h e

C h u r c h ,  y o u r

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about your body and gynecologic health?

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LENT IS HERE!!!

When Is Ash Wednesday?—February 14

What is Ash Wednesday?

This day marks the beginning of Lent. We

attend Mass on this day and receive the

Ashes on the forehead as a sign of sorrow

for sin and as sign of our intention to

become more faithful.

What is Lent?

The penitential season of the Church’s

year. It is 40 days of preparation to renew

our Baptismal vows on Easter Sunday.

During this time we seek closer union with

the Lord through an increase of fasting,

prayer, and giving of alms (charitable

giving).

Lenten Fast & Abstinence

Catholics are obligated to Fast & Abstain

from meat on Ash Wednesday & Good

Friday.

The Fast on Ash Wednesday and Good

Friday.

The fast on Ash Wed and Good Friday

involves eating only one ful  meal. One or
two smal er meals may be taken on those
days, but may not total one full meal.  No

eating between meals.

Abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good

Friday

Abstinence on these days from meat can

include eggs or dairy products.

Age Requirements

"Al  Catholics at 15 are bound by the law of
abstinence; al  adults are bound by the law

of fast up to the beginning of their 60

year.

Fridays of the Year

It is a requirement of our Faith that we

abstain from meat on al  the Fridays of the
year (except Feasts) in commemoration of

our Saviour’s death.

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