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Parish Sunday Bulletin

            33rd Sunday In Ordinary Time              November 17, 2019 

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

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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

As members of our Catholic community, we regularly benefit

from the service of our priests.

Called by God and ordained to care for His people, our priests
serve  our  families,  in  churches,  schools,  hospitals,  nursing
homes,  missions  and  on  the  streets.  The  Shepherds’  Trust
ensures  our  priests  can  live  their  retirement  years  with
dignity.

The Shepherds’ Trust collection will take place in all parishes

in the Archdiocese THIS weekend of Nov 16/17.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

            33rd Sunday In Ordinary Time              November 17, 2019 

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

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CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 

THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

“The Creed”

MAN

66. In what sense do we understand man and woman as

created “in the image of God”?

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

67. For what purpose did God create man and woman?

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

68. Why does the human race form a unity?

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

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

being?

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

70. Where does the soul come from?

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

71. What relationship has God established between man

and woman?

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

72. What was the original condition of the human person

according to the plan of God?

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

OUR REFUGEE FAMILY

GOOD NEWS

All  documents  have  been  forwarded  to  the  Canadian
Embassy  in Ankara, Turkey. This  means  the  case  has  been
accepted by Immigration Canada. NOW let’s ask Our Lady
to  obtain  from  her  Son,  Jesus,  a  quick  settlement  of  their
case  so  that  they  may  come  soonest  and  find  peace  and
security in Canada. Amen.

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 emergencies: breakdown of equipment, etc.
In this way, we will all have the opportunity to contribute to
towards helping this family suffering and exiled from their
homeland because of their faith in Christ.

NEXT COLLECTION—SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24

ADORATION OF OUR LORD IN THE

BLESSED SACRAMENT

Takes place in the Adoration Chapel

Every  Friday:  9AM  to  6PM,  concludes  with  evening
prayer  and  Benediction  at  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

            33rd Sunday In Ordinary Time              November 17, 2019 

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

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CHALICE CHILDREN’S COLLECTION

SUSPENDED FOR REFUGEE COLLECTION

MASS INTENTIONS

Mon, November 18, 7PM:

+The Souls in Purgatory

Tues, November 19, 9AM:

Thanksgiving of Belle

Wed November 20, 7PM:
       

+Olivia Dizon

Thurs, November 21, 9AM:
       

Thanksgiving of the Laguatan Family 

Fri, November 22, 7PM
       

+Rodolfo Orcino

Sat, November 23, 9AM 

+Narciso Gabriel

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Saturday, November 23
5:15PM: +Alyre Martin
Sunday, November 24
9AM: +Pablo, +Felix, & Ricarda
12:15PM: +Jocelyn Abarri
5:30PM: The Parishioners

VOCATIONS

“By your endurance you will gain your souls.”

Be patient with yourself and with God as you await the

sign of your call. If you think God is calling you to be a

priest, religious or deacon, contact Fr. Chris Lemieux,

Vocation Director, Archdiocese of Toronto

416-968-0997

vocations@archtoronto.org www.vocationstoronto.ca

VIGIL CANDLES

Saturday, Nov 23—Friday, Nov 29

Sanctuary Tabernacle:

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—$2471.40

To break even weekly—$3,000 needed.

Monthly Refugee Collection

October: $699

Refugee Collection Total To Date:

$1,444.

All Souls Donations

$1664.95

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.

UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS

Next Youth Ministry Night: Service

Friday, Nov 15 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall.

Next Youth Ministry Night: Social

Friday, Nov 22 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall.

SACRAMENTS OF

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION & CONFESSION

First Test

THIS Month of November

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

HOLY HOUR

First Sunday of Advent—December 1

4-5PM

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.

CAN YOU VOLUNTEER?

Birthright, a pro-life crisis pregnancy service,

needs your help.

Volunteers, men and women, are needed to assist those
facing  an  unplanned  pregnancy,  to  provide  support  and
comfort  as  well  as  practical  solutions.  Training  is
provided. Please help us to “love them both…mother and
child.  For  more  information:  416-469-1111  or
toronto@birthright.org.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

            33rd Sunday In Ordinary Time              November 17, 2019 

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

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SMILE

Bumper Stickers

I Love Animals – They Taste Great.

No Baby On Board!

Danger! On Board: Ninjas & Pirates & Stuff.

Skinny People Freeze To Death Faster!

Think! It’s Not Illegal Yet.

Buy A Hybrid. I Need The Gas For My Suv.

Doubt Your Doubt Before You Doubt Your Faith.

PRAY FOR THE HOLY FATHER, POPE

FRANCIS’S, NOVEMBER MISSION

INTENTION

Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Near East

That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation

emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious

communities share their lives together.

2020 DONATION ENVELOPES

WILL BE AVAILABLE IN DECEMBER

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!

MEN’S ACTS RETREAT

November 21 @ 7:00 pm

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre

1617 Blythe Rd., Mississauga

The ACTS retreat is a three-day retreat led by those who
have  attended  prior  ACTS  retreats.  Men  present  the
men's retreats; women present the women's retreats.
The  retreat  focuses  on  adoration,  community,  theology
and  service.  Scripture  and  the  teachings  of  the Catholic
Church  are  the  guidelines.  The  goals  are  to  renew
yourself spiritually, to strengthen your faith and to apply
it  in  your  daily  life  and  to  create  lasting  and  supporting
friendships.

CONTACT: Willy Klaudusz PHONE 647-281-5990

WEB: https://actscanada.org/

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE

Annual Christmas Fundraising Dinner-Dance

Tickets on sale after each weekend Mass

Date - November 23, 2019

Place - Leaside Gardens

1073 Millwood Road, Toronto, ON

Time - 6:30 PM to 12:30 AM

Cost of Ticket - $35.00/adult $15.00/child 3-12years old

CHRIST THE KING RALLY 2019

Sat, Nov 30 @ 8:30 am—6PM

The Toronto Pavilion, 190 Railside Rd., Toronto

“I will be with you always, until the end of the ages. (Matt
23:20)."  Presented  by  the  Catholic  Charismatic  Renewal
Council  (CCRC)  of  the  Archdiocese  of  Toronto.  Join  the
celebration  at  the  annual  Christ  the  King  Rally  with
unique  programs  for  adults,  youth  and  children.  $20
adults;  $5  youth  and  children  free.  Praise  &  worship,
rosary,  healing  procession,  confessions,  Adoration  and
Holy  Mass  presided  by  His  Eminence  Cardinal  Thomas
Collins, Archdiocese of Toronto. Speakers: Fr. David Avila,
Sr  Hazel  D’Souza;  Music  Ministry:  IV24.  Tickets/Info:
Adults: 416-466-0776; Youth: 416-577-5851.

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.

CHRISTMAS PARTY

Children’s Gift Sign-Up In Foyer

Our Parish Christmas Party will be on Saturday,

December 14 beginning with a Nativity Play immediately

following the 5:15PM Mass. Following this we go

downstairs to the hall for our meal and entertainment.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

            33rd Sunday In Ordinary Time              November 17, 2019 

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

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SAINTS OF THE WEEK

DEDICATION  OF  THE  BASILICAS  OF  SAINTS  PETER
AND  PAUL
—Optional  Memorial:  Mon,  Nov  18:  St.  Peter’s  is
probably  the  most  famous  church  in Christendom.  Massive  in
scale and a veritable museum of art and architecture, it began
on  a  much  humbler  scale. Vatican  Hill  was  a  simple  cemetery
where believers gathered at Saint Peter’s tomb to pray. In 319,
Constantine built a basilica on the site that stood for more than
a  thousand  years  until,  despite  numerous  restorations,  it
threatened  to  collapse.  In  1506,  Pope Julius  II  ordered  it  razed
and reconstructed, but the new basilica was not completed and
dedicated for more than two centuries.

St.  Paul’s Outside-the-Walls  stands  near  the Abaazia  delle Tre
Fontane, where Saint Paul is believed to have been beheaded.
The  largest  church  in  Rome  until  St.  Peter’s  was  rebuilt,  the
basilica  also  rises  over  the  traditional  site  of  its  namesake’s
grave. The  most  recent  edifice  was  constructed  after  a  fire  in
1823. The first basilica was also Constantine’s doing.

Reflection:  Peter,  the  rough  fisherman  whom  Jesus  named  the
rock  on  which  the  Church  is  built,  and  the  educated  Paul,
reformed persecutor of Christians, Roman citizen, and missionary
to the gentiles, are the original odd couple. The major similarity in
their  faith-journeys  is  the  journey’s  end:  both,  according  to
tradition,  died  a  martyr’s  death  in  Rome—Peter  on  a  cross  and
Paul  beneath  the  sword. Their  combined  gifts  shaped  the  early
Church and believers have prayed at their tombs from the earliest
days.

THE PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
—Memorial: Thurs, Nov 21: Mary’s presentation was celebrated
in  Jerusalem  in  the  sixth  century.  A  church  was  built  there  in
honour  of  this  mystery.  The  Eastern  Church  was  more
interested  in  the  feast,  but  it  does  appear  in  the  West  in  the
11th century. Although the feast at times disappeared from the
calendar, in the 16th century it became a feast of the universal
Church.

…Though  it  cannot  be  proven  historically,  Mary’s  presentation
has  an  important  theological  purpose.  It  continues  the  impact
of the feasts of the Immaculate Conception and of the birth of
Mary. It emphasizes that the holiness conferred on Mary from
the beginning of her life on earth continued through her early
childhood and beyond.

Reflection:  It  is  sometimes  difficult  for  modern  Westerners  to
appreciate  a  feast  like  this. The  Eastern  Church,  however,  was
quite  open  to  this  feast  and  even  somewhat  insistent  about
celebrating  it.  Even  though  the  feast  has  no  basis  in  history,  it
stresses  an  important  truth  about  Mary:  From  the  beginning  of

her life, she was dedicated to God. She herself became a greater
temple  than  any  made  by  hands. God  came  to  dwell  in  her  in  a
marvellous manner and sanctified her for her unique role in God’s
saving  work.  At  the  same  time,  the  magnificence  of  Mary
enriches  her  children.  They—we—too  are  temples  of  God  and
sanctified in order that we might enjoy and share in God’s saving
work.

St CECILIA, VIRGIN, MARTYR—Memorial: Fri, Nov 22:
St CLEMENT  I,  POPE,  MARTYR—Optional Memorial: Sat,
Nov 23
:
St  COLUMBAN,  ABBOT—Optional  Memorial:  Sat,  Nov  23:
Columban  was  the  greatest  of  the  Irish  missionaries  who
worked  on  the  European  continent. As  a  young  man  who  was
greatly  tormented  by  temptations  of  the  flesh,  he  sought  the
advice  of  a  religious  woman  who  had  lived  a  hermit’s  life  for
years. He saw in her answer a call to leave the world. He went
first  to  a  monk  on  an  island  in  Lough  Erne,  then  to  the  great
monastic seat of learning at Bangor.

After  many  years  of  seclusion  and  prayer,  he  traveled  to Gaul
with 12 companion missionaries. They won wide respect for the
rigor of their discipline, their preaching, and their commitment
to  charity  and  religious  life  in  a  time  characterized  by  clerical
laxity  and  civil  strife.  Columban  established  several
monasteries  in  Europe  which  became  centres  of  religion  and
culture.

Like all saints, he met opposition. Ultimately he had to appeal
to  the  pope  against  complaints  of  Frankish  bishops,  for
vindication of his orthodoxy and approval of Irish customs. He
reproved the king for his licentious life, insisting that he marry.
Since  this  threatened  the  power  of  the  queen  mother,
Columban was deported back to Ireland. His ship ran aground
in  a  storm,  and  he  continued  his  work  in  Europe,  ultimately
arriving  in  Italy,  where  he  found  favour  with  the  king  of  the
Lombards.  In  his  last  years  he  established  the  famous
monastery  of  Bobbio,  where  he  died.  His  writings  include  a
treatise  on  penance  and  against  Arianism,  sermons,  poetry,
and his monastic rule. The Liturgical Feast of Saint Columban is
November 23.

Reflection:  Now  that  public  sexual  license  is  becoming  extreme,
we  need  the  Church’s  memory  of  a  young  man  as  concerned
about chastity as Columban. And now that the comfort-captured
Western  world  stands  in  tragic  contrast  to  starving  millions,  we
need the challenge to austerity and discipline of a group of Irish
monks. They were too strict, we say; they went too far. How far
shall we go?

OUR LADY’S SATURDAY—Optional Memorial: Sat, Nov 23:

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

            33rd Sunday In Ordinary Time              November 17, 2019 

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

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This  Sunday’s  Readings:  1st  Reading:  Malachi
4.1-2;  2nd  Reading:  2  Thessalonians  3.7-12;
Gospel:  Luke  21.5-19  -  The  Destruction  of  the
Temple and Signs of the End Times

Contemplating Life and Death
Benjamin  Franklin  has  been  quoted  to  say  that
there  are  only  two  things  certain  in  life:  death
and  taxes.  While  much  can  be  said  about  the
latter, let us focus on the former, namely, death.
Cardinal  Collins  in  his  Pastoral  Letter  on
Stewardship asserts that “the thought of death
is  spiritually  fruitful,  as  it  forces  each  of  us  to
consider our priorities.”

As  we  approach  the  end  of  the  liturgical  year,
the Mass readings point toward Christ’s Second
Coming and the end of our earthly life. Through
the contemplation of our limited time on earth,
we  can  ask  ourselves  if  we  are  appropriately
using  our  gifts  to  serve  Christ  in  the  poor  and

our  neighbour.  One  great  gift  we  can  share  is
that of our time. Cardinal Collins says that, “we
can use our time in this life to be selfish, or to be
generous to others. The blessed used their time
here to care for those in need.”

Two  practical  ways  we  can  effectively  and
generously  use  our  time  is  in  prayer  and  active
presence  with  our  neighbour.  It  is  primarily
important  to  spend  time  in  prayer,  in  order  to
begin to know, love and worship God and come
to  understand  His  love  and  mercy  for  us.
Consequently,  with  the  fire  of  God’s  love
fostered  through  our  time  in  prayer,  our  time
spent with others will be more fruitful, as it will
now  be  God’s  love  within  us  reaching  out  to
others.  So  as  we  journey  with  our  eyes  fixed
heavenward,  let  us  generously  give  our  time  to
God and our parish community.

Stewardship, Archdiocese of Toronto

“By Your Endurance You Will Gain Your Souls”

Jesus

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

            33rd Sunday In Ordinary Time              November 17, 2019 

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My Catholic Life! A journey of 

personal conversion!

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

KNOWING GOD’S WILL

Question: A friend of mine was just diagnosed with cancer.
I want to pray for her so she gets better. But how do I know
that’s really God’s will?
Answer: Your question is a wonderful question to ask! And
the fact that you ask it reveals that you already understand
a lot about the “mystery” of human illness and suffering.

When we are confronted by a serious illness, whether it is
our  own  or  a  loved  one,  we  experience  many  emotions,
feelings,  thoughts  and  questions. We  may  find  ourselves,
at  first,  in  denial,  especially  if  the  illness  is  serious  like
cancer.  We  may  may  experience  confusion,  despair,
sadness, anxiety and anger. We may immediately look for a
way  to  be  cured  and  turn  to  God  for  our  healing.  All  of
these  experiences,  thoughts  and  feelings  are  very  normal
and  fully  understandable.  But,  in  the  end,  I  think  your
question gets at something very important: “What should
we pray for?”

The best advice I can give you is what the Catechism of the
Catholic Church teaches. One area we find answers is in the
teaching  on  the  Sacrament  of  the  Anointing  of  the  Sick.
First,  regarding  serious  illness,  the  Catechism  states:
“Illness and suffering have always been among the gravest
problems  confronted  in  human  life.  In  illness,  man
experiences  his  powerlessness,  his  limitations,  and  his
finitude  (CCC1500).  It  goes  on  to  say,  “Illness  can  lead  to
anguish,  self-absorption,  sometimes  even  despair  and
revolt against God. It can also make a person more mature,
helping him discern in his life what is not essential so that
he  can  turn  toward  that  which  is.  Very  often  illness
provokes a search for God and a return to him” (CCC1501).

So  the  first  thing  to  point  out  is  that  a  serious  illness,  like
cancer,  will  have  a  dramatic  impact  on  a  person  and  that
person’s loved ones. But what we must realize is that even
though serious illness can be very hard to experience, there
are many good things that can come from it. It is, in fact, a
very  good  thing  for  us  to  realize  that  we  are  ultimately
powerless in some areas. This is a realization that can help
us  turn  to  God  and  rediscover  what  is  truly  important  in
life. This is a good thing!

When it comes to seeking a cure I’d say that it is essential
that  we  seek  the  best  medical  attention  we  can  get. God
gave  us  science  and  medicine  for  our  good  and  the  more
we  can  use  it  responsibly  the  better.  So  seeking  an
appropriate medical cure for illness is always a good thing.
But,  in  the  end,  we  need  to  realize  that  our  lives  are
ultimately in God’s hands. So as far as praying for a cure we
can turn to the purpose of the Sacrament of the Anointing
of the Sick. The Catechism states that one of the purposes
of  that  Sacrament  is  “the  restoration  of  health,  if  it  is
conducive to the salvation of his soul” (CCC1532). This is a very

important  statement  because  it  shows  us  that  the  most
important  thing  to  pray  for  is  not  only  a  physical  cure.
What’s more important is to say something like, “Lord, if a
physical  healing  is  what  is  best  for  my  friends  soul  then
please heal him/her.” God is the only one Who knows what
is best for us and this kind of prayer respects that fact. This
is important because, in the end, the most important thing
is that we let an illness simply draw us closer to God. And if
that  illness  is  to  end  in  physical  death,  what’s  most
important  is  that  the  person  grow  closer  to  God  through
their illness so that they are ready to be with God forever!

This  is  hard  to  deal  with  in  life  but  in  my  experience  as  a
priest  God  gives  those  who  are  seriously  ill  a  lot  of  extra
grace to begin seeing things this way.

Perhaps  the  best  prayer  of  all  is  simply  to  surrender  your
friend to God and tell God that you trust Him and that you
want  what’s  best.  God  can  sort  out  the  details  and
conclusions if we only trust Him!

FR SIMON’S UPCOMING TRANSFER

12 Wonderful Years

Who will replace me has not yet been decided—this will
be  known  sometime  in  May  of  next  year,  2020.  Let  us
begin  praying  for  your  ‘new  pastor  to  be’.  If  we  do  this
together, he will become a blessing to you, and bring you
Jesus  in  a  new  and  beautiful  manner.  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 Asking for grace.

Be amazed and Thankful for all His gifts.

Marvel in Adoration of His holy light.

(Don’t be surprised if your prayer

does not follow the above order)

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

            33rd Sunday In Ordinary Time              November 17, 2019 

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

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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

            33rd Sunday In Ordinary Time              November 17, 2019 

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

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