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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   3rd Sunday of Advent                     December 15, 2019 

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SAINT JOHN XXIII PARISH 

Pastor: (Rev) Simon deGale; Secretary: Ms 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/

ShareLife: https://www.sharelife.org/Public/Home.aspx

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 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.

Catholic Cemeteries:

Head Office: 416-733-8544

ADVENT CONFESSIONS

This Wednesday, December 18

@ 7:30PM

12 Priests will be available to hear your confessions; 3

Priests speak Tagalog.

Come and Prepare the Way of Lord, Make Straight His

Paths into Your Heart.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   3rd Sunday of Advent                     December 15, 2019 

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CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 

THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

“The Creed”

I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD

Why did the Son of God become man?

For us men and for our salvation, the Son of God became
incarnate in the womb of the Virgin Mary by the power of
the Holy Spirit. He did so to reconcile us sinners with God,
to  have  us  learn  of God’s  infinite  love,  to  be  our  model  of
holiness and to make us “partakers of the divine nature” (2
Peter 1:4).

86. What does the word “Incarnation” mean?

The Church calls the mystery of the wonderful union of the
divine  and  human  natures  in  the  one  divine  Person  of  the
Word  the  “Incarnation”.  To  bring  about  our  salvation  the
Son of God was made “flesh” (John 1:14) and became truly
man.  Faith  in  the  Incarnation  is  a  distinctive  sign  of  the
Christian faith.

87. In what way is Jesus Christ true God and true man?

Jesus is inseparably true God and true man in the unity of
his divine Person. As the Son of God, who is “begotten, not
made,  consubstantial  with  the  Father,”  he  was  made  true
man, our brother, without ceasing to be God, our Lord.

88. What does the Council of Chalcedon (in the year 451)

teach in this regard?

The Council  of Chalcedon  teaches  us  to  confess  “one  and
the  same  Son,  our  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  perfect  in  his
humanity,  true  God  and  true  man,  composed  of  rational
soul  and  body,  consubstantial  with  the  Father  by  his
divinity,  and  consubstantial  with  us  by  his  humanity,  ‘like
us in all things but sin’ (Hebrews 4:15), begotten from the
Father  before  all  ages  as  to  his  divinity,  and  in  these  last
days, for us and for our salvation, born of Mary, the Virgin
and Mother of God, as to his humanity.”

89. How does the Church set forth the Mystery of the

Incarnation?

The Church confesses that Jesus Christ is true God and true
man,  with  two  natures,  a  divine  nature  and  a  human
nature,  not  confused  with  each  other  but  united  in  the
Person of the Word. Therefore, in the humanity of Jesus all
things - his miracles, his suffering, and his death - must be
attributed to his divine Person which acts by means of his
assumed human nature.

“O Only-begotten Son and Word of God you who
are immortal, you who deigned for our salvation
to  become  incarnate  of  the  holy  Mother  of  God
and ever Virgin Mary (...) You who are one of the
Holy  Trinity,  glorified  with  the  Father  and  the
Holy  Spirit,  save  us!”  (Byzantine  Liturgy  of  Saint  John
Chrysostom)

OUR REFUGEE FAMILY

More Good News UPDATE

Hello father Simon
Good  news.  Fortunately,  We  accepted  by  the  Canada
embassy. They  sent  all  of  us  for    medical.  Everything  goes
great , thanks for everything. You are such a great blessing for
all of us. May our lord jesus,bless you all

Sincerely, Somayeh Ghafarian

Donations

GTA Iraqi Community: $5,000/Anonymous: $5,000;
Parishioners & Parish Fundraisers: $12,026.15; Parish
Bequests: $23,773.85; Parish Funds: $500 (processing fees)
Total: $46,300.00

THE REFUGEE COLLECTION

Monthly Second Collection

The purpose of this collection is to repay our parish savings
so  that  we  may  have  a

reserve  to  fall  back

on if we encounter any

e m e r g e n c i e s :

b r e a k d o w n

o f

equipment,  etc.  In

this  way,  we  will  all

have the opportunity

t o  c o n t r i b u t e  t o

towards  helping  this

family  suffering  and

exiled  from  their

homeland because of their faith in Christ.

NEXT COLLECTION—SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23

EVENT

DATE

TIME

Advent

Confessions

With 10 Priests

Available

Wednesday,

December 18

7:30PM-9PM

Advent Holy

Hour

Sunday,

December 22

3:30PM-5PM

Christmas

Carols,

Children’s Choir

Tuesday,

December 24

11:15PM-11:50PM

Christmas

Midnight Mass

Tuesday,

December 24

11:59PM

Christmas Day

Masses

Wednesday,

December 25

9AM & 12:15PM

St Steven’s Mass

Thursday,

December 26

10AM

Mary, Mother of

God, Holy Hour

Vigil

Tuesday,

December 31

5:45PM-6:45PM

Mary, Mother of

God, Vigil Mass

(Day of Obligation for Catholics)

Tuesday,

December 31

7PM

Mary, Mother of

God, Masses (Day

of Obligation for Catholics)

Wednesday,

January 1

9AM & 12:15PM

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   3rd Sunday of Advent                     December 15, 2019 

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CHALICE CHILDREN’S COLLECTION

SUSPENDED FOR REFUGEE COLLECTION

MASS INTENTIONS

Mon, December 16, 7PM:

Thanksgiving of Annie Levesque

Tues, December 17, 9AM:

Thanksgiving of Annie Levesque

Wed December 18, 7PM:
       

Thanksgiving of Annie Levesque

Thurs, December 19, 9AM:
       

Thanksgiving of Nelia A.

Fri, December 20, 7PM
       

Thanksgiving of Philomela & Family

Sat, December 21, 9AM 

Thanksgiving of Estela Gabriel

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Saturday, December 21
5:15PM:Thnksgv: Lisa McNeilly, Leslie Simmonds
Sunday, December 22
9AM: The Parishioners
12:15PM: Thanksgiving of Annie Levesque
5:30PM: +Moises Aglipay

VOCATIONS

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who

will prepare your way before you.”

Are you one to be sent? If God is calling you to be a

priest, deacon, brother or sister, contact Fr. Chris

Lemieux, Vocation Director, Archdiocese of Toronto at

416-968-0997.


vocations@archtoronto.org www.vocationstoronto.ca

VIGIL CANDLES

Saturday, Dec 21—Friday, Dec 27

Sanctuary Tabernacle: Thanksgiving B-day of Christine

Ngui chun Taite

Chapel Tabernacle:

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.

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—$2518.

To break even weekly—$3,000 needed.

Monthly Refugee Collection

October: $699

Refugee Collection Total To Date:

$1479.

St Vincent de Paul Collection

$1230.85

DVD LENDING LIBRARY

Please Return DVDs

Do you have a DVD at home which you have forgotten to

return? Lent it out? Please get them back! Many of the

DVDs have been missing for too long.

SACRAMENTS OF

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION & CONFESSION

Second Test

Month of February/March

Call office for appointment with Fr Simon when child

knows the material.

Sunday Mass

Confirmandi attendance at Mass every Sunday is a sign

that you are ready to receive God, the Holy Spirit, in a new

and deeper way.

SACRAMENT OF HOLY CONFIRMATION

ADVENT CONFESSIONS

Wednesday, December 19 @ 7:30PM

SUNDAY MASS

Confirmandi attendance at Mass every Sunday is a sign

that you are ready to receive God, the Holy Spirit, in a new

and deeper way.

Session 4

Wed Feb 19, 2020

7PM Mass & 7:30PM—9PM Session 4

RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND

Help for Troubled Marriages

Friday, January 24, 6PM to Sunday, January 26, 2PM,

Niagara Falls, Ontario

If you are thinking of separation or divorce — or you are

already separated but want to try again — then

Retrouvaille can help. This program will give you the tools

to help get your marriage back on track. It will also give

you the opportunity to rediscover one another and

examine your lives together in a new and positive way.

416-281-6007 / info@torontoretrouvaille.com

www.torontoretrouvaille.com

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                   3rd Sunday of Advent                     December 15, 2019 

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SMILE

Advent

Man's just been jailed for stealing an advent Calendar

He got 24 days

____

Some kids were out playing in the parish yard, they saw Jesus

coming.

They ran into the church office and excitedly told the

secretary.

She looked out the window and then ran to the director of

religious education.

The staff member hurried into the administrator's office and

pointed out the window.

The administrator then burst into the pastor's office with the

crowd trailing her and said,

"Jesus is on the playground and he's headed for the office!

What shall we do?"

Seeing everybody in high fluster, the startled pastor dropped

his agenda and turned his chair to look out the window.

Suddenly he stood up, grabbed his hat and stole and car keys,

and shouted, "Look busy!"

PRAY FOR THE HOLY FATHER, POPE FRANCIS’,

DECEMBER MISSION INTENTION

The Future of the Very Young

That every country take the measures necessary to prioritize

the future of the very young, especially those who are

suffering.

PLEASE PICKUP YOUR 2020 DONATION

ENVELOPES

Please call the office 416-429-4000

or email saintjohnxx_iiiparish@outlook.com

1. If you want to use pre-numbered donation envelopes;

2. If there are changes in your name, address or contact

information;

3. If you have not registered yet in the parish and want to

use envelopes.

Note

If you have not used your 2019 envelopes, your number

will be assigned to someone else.

Benefit To You

Using pre-numbered envelopes means at the end of the
year you will receive an income tax receipt by which you

can reclaim the tax you paid on your donations.

Benefit To Your Parish

Using envelopes reminds you to give each week. Your

Church depends on your generosity.

Thank You!

HOLY HOUR

The Holy Hour On The 4 Sundays of Advent.

Exposition & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

3:30PM to 5PM.

The word Advent means “coming” and/or “waiting”. Advent

celebrates and prepares us for the 3 comings of Christ: His

coming now into our hearts; His first coming which we

celebrate at Christmas in His Nativity; and His final coming in

glory to judge the living and the dead.

Come, Watch, Prepare For His Coming During These Holy Hours.

DO YOU OR DOES A LOVED ONE

EXPERIENCE SAME-SEX ATTRACTION?

Courage and EnCourage provide spiritual support and

pastoral guidance in full accordance with authentic

Catholic teaching on homosexuality and chastity. For

more information on our meetings and events, see

contact info below:

EnCourage: Spiritual support for family and friends of
those who experience same-sex attraction; faithful to

Church teaching on chastity.

Chaplain: Fr Eric Rodrigues

tel: 416-928-5094

email: encouragetoronto@yahoo.com

Courage: Spiritual support for adults who experience

same-sex attraction and wh desire to develop a life of

interior chastity n uno with Christ.

Chaplain: Fr Kevin Belgrave

tel: 416928-5094

email: coragetoronto@yahoo.ca

All inquiries are confidential.

UPCOMING LENTEN MISSION

St John XXIII Parish

Preacher: Fr Francis Ching, Companions of the Cross

“Growing in Partnership with Christ.”

“We will focus on living a responsible discipleship, fighting

vices and growing in virtues”

March 29 to April 1, 2020

Fr Francis is returning to lead us in this parish mission and

the above is his theme for this mission.

PILGRIMAGE TO GUADALUPE, MEXICO

February 10 / 9AM Departure

Pilgrimage is being organized by Fr. Paul Hancko. The

cost is $2,390 for double occupancy. Single and triple

occupancy available. Contact Deacon Milan at

647-968-1141.

BLACK NAZARENE 2020 NOVENA SCHEDULE

Dec 31st- Day1 - Tuesday, 5:30 pm / Jan 1st – Day 2 -

Wednesday, 1:15 pm -Chapel / Jan 2nd –Day 3 - Thursday,

8:45 am / Jan 3rd – Day 4 - Friday, 6:45 pm / Jan 4th – Day 5 -
Saturday, 8:45 am / Jan 5th – Day 6- Sunday, 1:15 pm -Chapel

Jan 6th – Day 7- Monday, 6:45 pm / Jan 7th – Day 8- Tuesday

8:45 am / Jan 8th – Day 9 - Wednesday, 6:45 pm / Jan. 9th

Thursday Feast Day

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SAINTS FEASTS OF THE WEEK

St  PETER  CANISIUS,  PRIEST,  DOCTOR—Optional  Memorial:
Saturday,  December  21
:  The  energetic  life  of  Peter  Canisius
should  demolish  any  stereotypes  we  may  have  of  the  life  of  a
saint as dull or routine. Peter lived his 76 years at a pace which
must be considered heroic, even in our time of rapid change. A
man blessed with many talents, Peter is an excellent example of
the scriptural man who develops his talents for the sake of the
Lord’s work.

Peter  was  one  of  the  most  important  figures  in  the  Catholic
Reformation in Germany. He played such a key role that he has
often been called the “second apostle of Germany,” in that his
life parallels the earlier work of Boniface.

Although Peter once accused himself of idleness in his youth, he
could  not  have  been  idle  too  long,  for  at  the  age  of  19  he
received a master’s degree from the university at Cologne. Soon
afterwards  he  met  Peter  Faber,  the  first  disciple  of  Ignatius  of
Loyola,  who  influenced  Peter  so  much  that  he  joined  the
recently formed Society of Jesus.

At  this  early  age  Peter  had  already  taken  up  a  practice  he
continued  throughout  his  life—a  process  of  study,  reflection,
prayer,  and  writing.  After  his  ordination  in  1546,  he  became
widely  known  for  his  editions  of  the  writings  of  Saint  Cyril  of
Alexandria and St. Leo the Great. Besides this reflective literary
bent,  Peter  had  a  zeal  for  the  apostolate.  He  could  often  be
found  visiting  the  sick  or  imprisoned,  even  when  his  assigned
duties  in  other  areas  were  more  than  enough  to  keep  most
people fully occupied.

In 1547, Peter attended several sessions of the Council of Trent,
whose decrees he was later assigned to implement. After a brief
teaching assignment at the Jesuit college at Messina, Peter was
entrusted with the mission to Germany—from that point on his
life’s  work.  He  taught  in  several  universities  and  was
instrumental  in  establishing  many  colleges  and  seminaries.  He
wrote  a  catechism  that  explained  the  Catholic  faith  in  a  way
that  common  people  could  understand—a  great  need  of  that
age.

Renowned  as  a  popular  preacher,  Peter  packed  churches  with
those eager to hear his eloquent proclamation of the gospel. He
had  great  diplomatic  ability,  often  serving  as  a  reconciler
between disputing factions. In his letters—filling eight volumes
—one finds words of wisdom and counsel to people in all walks
of  life. At  times  he  wrote  unprecedented  letters  of  criticism  to
leaders  of  the  Church—yet  always  in  the  context  of  a  loving,
sympathetic concern.

At  70,  Peter  suffered  a  paralytic  seizure,  but  he  continued  to
preach  and  write  with  the  aid  of  a  secretary,  until  his  death  in

his  hometown  of  Nijmegen,  Netherlands,  on  December  21,
1597.

Reflection:  Peter’s  untiring  efforts  are  an  apt  example  for  those
involved  in  the  renewal  of  the  Church  or  the  growth  of  moral
consciousness in business or government. He is regarded as one of
the  creators  of  the Catholic  press,  and  can  easily  be  a  model  for
the  Christian  author  or  journalist. Teachers  can  see  in  his  life  a
passion  for  the  transmission  of  truth. Whether  we  have  much  to
give,  as  Peter  Canisius  did,  or  whether  we  have  only  a  little  to
give, as did the poor widow in the Gospel of Luke (see Luke 21:1–
4), the important thing is to give our all. It is in this way that Peter
is so exemplary for Christians in an age of rapid change when we
are called to be in the world but not of the world
.

Saint Peter Canisius is the Patron Saint of: Germany

O ANTIPHONS OF ADVENT

The  Roman Church  has  been  singing  the  "O" Antiphons  since
at  least  the  eighth  century.  They  are  the  antiphons  that
accompany  the  Magnificat  canticle  of  Evening  Prayer  from
December  17-23.  They  are  a  magnificent  theology  that  uses
ancient  biblical  imagery  drawn  from  the  messianic  hopes  of
the  Old  Testament  to  proclaim  the  coming  Christ  as  the
fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but present ones
as  well.  Their  repeated  use  of  the  imperative  "Come!"
embodies the longing of all for the Divine Messiah.

The  “O”  Antiphons  are  also  used  as  the  Gospel  Acclamation
verse  for  the  day  from  Dec  17-23.  The  hymn  “O  Come,
Emmanuel” is based on the Antiphons and is fittingly used at
the Eucharist.

December 17

O Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with

power and love: come to teach us the path of knowledge!

December 18

O Leader of the House of Israel, giver of the Law to Moses on

Sinai: come to rescue us with your mighty power!

December 19

O Root of Jesse’s stem, sign of God’s love for all his people:

come to save us without delay!

December 20

O Key of David, opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:

come and free the prisoners of darkness!

December 21

O Radiant Dawn, splendour of eternal light, sun of justice:

come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the

shadow of death.

December 22

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: come and

save man, whom you formed from the dust!

December 23

O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law: come to save us,

Lord our God!

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This  Sunday’s  Readings:  1st  Reading:  Isaiah
35.1-6a,  10;  2nd  Reading:  James  5.7-10;  Gospel:
Matthew 11.2-11 - Jesus Praises John the Baptist

Rejoicing amidst the Darkness
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.
Indeed,  the  Lord  is  near.” These  are  the  words
proclaimed in the entrance antiphon of Mass for
Gaudete  Sunday  this  week.  It  urges  us  to
constantly  rejoice  in  the  Lord,  and  as  good
stewards  of  Christ,  we  should  always  strive  to
live lives inundated with the joy that flows from
the Lord.

In  order  to  do  this,  we  must  understand  the
difference  between  joy  and  happiness,  for  the
Lord  never  promised  us  happiness.  Instead  He
says, “I have said these things to you so that my
joy  may  be  in  you,  and  that  your  joy  may  be
complete” (John 15:11). Happiness is a result of
our good circumstances, because we feel good,

or we had something positive happen to us, etc.
Joy on the other hand goes much deeper. Henri
Nouwen  describes  it  as  “the  experience  of
knowing that you are unconditionally loved and
that  nothing  --  sickness,  failure,  emotional
distress,  oppression,  war,  or  even  death  --  can
take that love away.”

So joy is the ability to remain happy due to our
awareness of being beloved sons and daughters
of  God  even  amidst  the  trials  of  our  life.  Henri
Nouwen  further  describes  joy  as  a  choice  we
must make every day. How often in our difficult
lives  do  we  take  solace  and  rejoice  in  our
identities of being beloved children of God? This
Gaudete  Sunday  let  us  strive  to  be  more
intentionally  joyful,  and  to  pray  to  Christ  for
strength, for He says, “Ask and you will receive,
so that your joy may be complete” (John 16:24).

Stewardship, Archdiocese of Toronto

“Truly I Tell You, Among Those Born Of Women No One Has

Arisen Greater Than John The Baptist”

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   3rd Sunday of Advent                     December 15, 2019 

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My Catholic Life! A journey of personal 

conversion!

https://mycatholic.life/catholic-question-and-answer/

DIVORCE, REMARRIAGE AND COMMUNION

Question: I’m divorced after 30 years following a church wedding.
I’ve since remarried thru the Justice of the Peace. I DID NOT have
my  marriage  annulled.  Does  that  mean  I’ve  been  living  in  sin  all
these 9 years? I still take Communion. Please advice. Thank you.
Answer: Your question is not only one that affects many Catholics,
it  is  also  something  that  has  been  seriously  discussed  at  length
recently by our Church.

It is important to point out that our faith professes what we call the
“indissolubility  of  marriage.”    Simply  put,  we  believe  that  a  valid
marriage  cannot  be  broken  because  it  establishes  a  permanent
spiritual  bond.    Therefore,  if  someone  is  validly  married,  gets
divorced,  and  then  is  remarried  civilly,  our Church  still  recognizes
the first marriage as the actual marriage.

Or  course  this  presents  certain  challenges  for  those  who  have
divorced and remarried outside of the Church such as through the
Justice  of  the  Peace  or  in  another Christian  church.   This  is  raises
important  questions  for  many,  especially  once  the  new  civil
marriage  has  been  faithfully  lived  for  several  years  (nine  in  your
case).    However,  it’s  important  to  note  that  the  Church  cannot
ignore what we believe God established as indissoluble. So what is
one to do?

First, I strongly encourage you to look into the annulment process.
An  annulment  is  a  way  of  presenting  your  first  marriage  to  the
Church  so  as  to  examine  its  validity.    It’s  not  a  Catholic  divorce,
rather,  it’s  a  way  of  honestly  examining  the  marriage  from  the
beginning  to  discern  whether  something  so  essential  to  the
marriage  bond  was  missing  that  the  marriage  was  never  entered
into validly from the beginning.   Very often, when a divorce takes
place,  it  becomes  apparent  that  something  was  indeed  missing
from  the  beginning.   So  please  do  look  into  this  process  carefully
with your parish priest. Even if an annulment is not right for you, it
is important to look into it.

Regarding  Holy  Communion,  the  best  thing  to  do  is  to  make  an
appointment with your parish priest or another priest you trust and
sit down to discuss your entire situation with him. It’s important to
talk about what happened with your first marriage as well as your
current civil marriage.   Hopefully the priest will be compassionate
and  help  you  sort  out  what  God  wants  of  you.  Again,  the
annulment  process  is  something  very  important  to  consider.
However, even without an annulment process the Synod did make
reference to “internal forum” solutions.   Though it is unclear what
this  means,  it  leaves  the  door  open  for  the  priest  to  prayerfully
work with you to discern God’s will taking into consideration all the
many  complex  factors  that  surround  your  current  civil  marriage
and past divorce.     In the end, the goal must be to seek God’s will
and that must be done in collaboration with your parish priest.

Now to your last question: “Does that mean I have been living in sin
all these 9 years?” Personal guilt in sin is complex and is ultimately
judged only by God.   Therefore, the better question to ask is this:
“How do I live God’s will for my life right now and in the future?”   I
suggest there are two things you need to do.
First,  look  at  what  happened  in  the  past.    Examine  carefully  the
reasons your first marriage failed.   Be honest and open.   Discuss it

with  your  priest.    Consider  the  annulment  process  since  that
process is often very healing and helps sort things out.   And if you
see any way in which you sinned, do not be afraid to admit to that.
This depth of honesty is essential to a path of healing.

Second, you need to ask God what He wants for you in your current
civil  marriage.    Be  open  to  all  possibilities  and  seek  only  His  will.
Again, the Synod of the Family recognized that “one size does not
fit  all.”    In  other  words,  every  situation  is  unique  and  requires
special consideration and discernment. The best thing to tell you is
to seek out the will of God honestly and continue to listen to Him.
In the end, you will be held accountable before God based on the
convictions  of  your  conscience.    So  inform  your  conscience
according to our Church teachings and faith, prayerfully enter into
discernment, discuss it with your priest, and then make a decision
as to how God wants you to live now and in the future. From there,
know  that  the  Lord  is  with  you,  has  not  abandoned  you,  and  will
continue to direct you to a life of holiness.

UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS

Next Youth Ministry Night: Lesson

Friday, December 20 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall.

Next Youth Ministry Night: Social

Friday, December 27, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall.

NEW PASTOR

June 24, 2020

Who  the  new  pastor  will  be  has  not  yet  been  decided—this
will be known sometime in May of 2020. Let us begin praying
for  him
.  If  we  do  this  together,  he  will  become  a  blessing  to
JXXIII. Date of transfer is June 24, 2020.

THE WORDS OF

Pope, Saint John XXIII

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.

Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled

potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed

in, but with what it is still possible for you to do”

PRAYER

Mercy. Ask. Thanksgiving. Adoration.

(M. A. T. A.)

Begin with seeking Mercy. / Continue by Asking for grace. /

Move on to be amazed and Thankful for all His gifts. / Finally,

Marvel in Adoration of His holy light.

(Don’t be surprised if your prayer does not follow the above order)

TOTUS TUUS RETURNS

Dear Parents Please Call Office & Register

Your Child for Totus Tuus 2020.

Dates: August 9—14, 2020 / Cost: $10/for the week/per child

payable week prior to Aug 9. / Day Program: children

entering grades 1-6 in the Fall. / Evening Program: youth

entering grades 7-12 in the Fall.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   3rd Sunday of Advent                     December 15, 2019 

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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  prayer  and

B e n e d i c t i o n  a t

5:40PM.  Come  for  a

few  minutes  or  an

hour  and  keep  watch

with the Lord. Pray for

others,  the  Church,

your family, yourself.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   3rd Sunday of Advent                     December 15, 2019 

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

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