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Parish Sunday Bulletin

              29th Sunday In Ordinary Time                October 20, 2019 

World Mission Sunday 

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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

EXTRAORDINARY MISSIONARY MONTH 2019

“Go! Make Disciples Of All The Nations.” (Mt28:19)

Today, on World Mission Sunday, we are invited to celebrate our mission’s vocation, to pray for the people
who are actively engaged in mission, and to generously contribute to our worldwide mission solidarity fund
through this collection. Your gift on this day helps:

People in remote villages, towns and cities, through witness and and work of missionaries and local priests;

Children,  the  elderly,  refugees,  the  sick,  and

orphans through the services of religious Sisters and

Brothers;

it brings the Gospel to the poorest of our

human  family:  Catechists  proclaim  the

message  of  hope  and  peace  that  only

Christ can give.

Please  Offer  Your  Prayers  For  The

Work  Of  The  Missions  Today

And Be As Generous As You Can On This

World Mission Sunday.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

              29th Sunday In Ordinary Time                October 20, 2019 

World Mission Sunday 

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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”

I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER

THE SYMBOLS OF FAITH

33. What are the symbols of faith?

The  symbols  of  faith  are  composite  formulas,  also  called
“professions  of  faith”  or  “Creeds”,  with  which  the Church
from  her  very  beginning  has  set  forth  synthetically  and
handed  on  her  own  faith  in  a  language  that  is  normative
and common to all the faithful.

34. What are the most ancient symbols (professions) of

faith?

The  most  ancient  symbols  of  faith  are  the  baptismal
creeds.  Because  Baptism  is  conferred  “in  the  name  of  the
Father,  and  of  the  Son,  and  of  the  Holy  Spirit”  (Matthew
28:19),  the  truths  of  faith  professed  at  Baptism  are
articulated  in  reference  to  the  three  Persons  of  the  Most
Holy Trinity.

35. What are the most important symbols of the faith?

They  are  the  Apostles'  Creed  which  is  the  ancient
baptismal symbol of the Church of Rome and the Nicene-
Constantinopolitan  Creed  which  stems  from  the  first  two
ecumenical  Councils,  that  of  Nicea(325AD)  and  that  of
Constantinople(381AD)and  which  even  to  this  day  are
common  to  all  the  great  Churches  of  the  East  and  the
West.

“I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER ALMIGHTY, 


CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH.”

36. Why does the Profession of Faith begin with the

words, “I believe in God”?

The  Profession  of  Faith  begins  with  these  words  because
the  affirmation  “I  believe  in  God”  is  the  most  important,
the source of all the other truths about man and about the
world, and about the entire life of everyone who believes in
God.

37. Why does one profess belief that there is only one

God?

Belief in the one God is professed because he has revealed
himself  to  the  people  of  Israel  as  the  only  One  when  he
said,  “Hear,  O  Israel,  the  Lord  our  God  is  one
Lord” (Deut6:4) and “there is no other” (Isaiah 45:22). Jesus
himself confirmed that God is “the one Lord” (Mark 12:29).
To confess that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are also God and
Lord does not introduce any division into the one God.

38. With what name does God reveal Himself?

God revealed himself to Moses as the living God, “the God
of Abraham,  the God  of  Isaac,  the God  of Jacob”  (Exodus
3:6).  God  also  revealed  to  Moses  his  mysterious  name  “I
Am  Who  I  Am  (YHWH)”.  Already  in  Old Testament  times
this ineffable name of God was replaced by the divine title
Lord.  Thus  in  the  New  Testament,  Jesus  who  was  called
Lord is seen as true God.

39. Is God the only One who “is”?

Since  creatures  have  received  everything  they  are  and
have from God, only God in himself is the fullness of being

and of every perfection. God is “He who is” without origin
and without end. Jesus also reveals that he bears the divine
name “I Am” (John 8:28).

OUR REFUGEE FAMILY

Pray

Let  us  pray  that  God  may  speed  it  up  the  paper  work
process!  Let  us  pray  urgently  for  this.  Reason  being  the
family is not in a good situation.
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  expelled  from
their homeland because of their faith in Christ.

NEXT COLLECTION—SUNDAY OCTOBER 27

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

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

f o r  o t h e r s ,  t h e

Church,  your  family,

yourself.

COME & SEE WEEKEND

St Augustine’s Seminary—November 1-3

Many Catholic men consider the possibility of becoming a

priest,but don’t go beyond thinking about it because of

the many questions they may have. This weekend offers

a live-in experience, at St. Augustine's Seminary, to

help men discerning the priesthood get answers to

questions they have, to meet seminarians, and to pray for

continued assistance in knowing God's will.

Registration

Online: www.vocationstoronto.ca/comeandsee.

Telephone: Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997

Email: vocations@archtronto.org.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

              29th Sunday In Ordinary Time                October 20, 2019 

World Mission Sunday 

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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, October 21, 7PM:

The Families of St JXXIII  Parish

Tues, October 22, 9AM:

Thanksgiving by North Family

Wed October 23, 7PM:
       

+Eduardo Damasco Perlas

Thurs, October 24, 9AM:
       

+Kara Zathmari

Fri, October 25, 7PM
       

Thanksgiving of Black Nazarene Devotees

Sat, October 26, 9AM 

+Jose Garcia

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Saturday, October 26
5:15PM: +Robert McManey
Sunday, October 27
9AM: The Parishioners
12:15PM: +Keith Gonsalvez
5:30PM: Thanksgiving of Lenore Leekam

VOCATIONS

God will answer the prayers of those who cry out.

Ask for men and women to respond to the call

to service as priests and religious. 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, October 26—Friday, Nov 1

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

PRAY FOR THE HOLY FATHER, POPE

FRANCIS’S, OCTOBER MISSION INTENTION

A Missionary "Spring" in the Church

That the breath of the Holy Spirit

create a new

missionary "spring" in the Church

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Last Sunday’s Offering—$????

To break even weekly—$3,000 needed.

Monthly Refugee Collection

September: $645.25

Donated to Refugee Fund

October 6: $100

St V d’Paul Door Cash Collection: Oct 6

$350.

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, October 25 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall.

Next Youth Ministry Night: Social

Friday, November 1 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall.

CHRISTMAS CARDS

On Sale Weekend Of October 26/27

All proceeds go to Toronto Right To Life

Each package has 10 cards.

Each package of cards costs $10.

INAUGURAL ROSARY BOWLS

With Our Lady of the Cape, Pilgrim Virgin of Canada

Sat, Oct 26

Canadian Coptic Centre—1245 Eglington Ave W,

Mississauga

Come with your family and pray for the conversion of

Canada & the human race, renewal of faith in the family

through family prayer & the restoration of the church.

Learn about the story of our National Marian Shrine: Cap
de la Madeleine, Trois Rivieres, QC, and join the powerful

age old Confraternity of the Holy Rosary & benefit from

its graces!

For further information please check out:

www.rosarybowl.com. Bring your own food and snacks –

no food being sold at venues

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

              29th Sunday In Ordinary Time                October 20, 2019 

World Mission Sunday 

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

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SMILE

A proud and confident genius makes a bet with an idiot.

The genius says, "Hey idiot, every question I ask you that

you don't know the answer, you have to give me $5. And

if you ask me a question and I can't answer yours I will

give you $5,000." The idiot says, "Okay." The genius then
asks, "How many continents are there in the world?" The
idiot doesn't know and hands over the $5. The idiot says,

"Now me ask: what animal stands with two legs but

sleeps with three?" The genius tries and searches very

hard for the answer but gives up and hands over the

$5000. The genius says, "Dang it, I lost. By the way, what

was the answer to your question?" The idiot hands over

$5.

KNOW YOUR FAITH SERIES – HOLY CROSS

Tuesday, November 5 @ 7:00 pm

Holy Cross Parish Hall

291 Cosburn Ave. (at Donlands Ave.), Toronto

Join the Kolbe "Know Your Faith" series for a four-week

salvation history study on the Gospel according to St.

Matthew — Part III. Through prayer, study and

informative DVDs, deepen your awareness of God's

merciful love in your own lives. For more information

visit: www.kolbeapostolate.com.

PHONE: 416-421-5225

LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS: DEBUNKING

BLACK (Derogatory) LEGENDS OF THE

CATHOLIC CHURCH IN HISTORY

Saturday, November 9 @ 9:30 am

St. Augustine's Seminary

2661 Kingston Rd., Scarborough

Join Fr. Séamus Hogan, Professor of Church History, as

he confronts false versions of Catholic history which

portray the church as a violent, ignorant, worldly and

bigoted institution. Fr. Séamus reveals the true facts

around historical events such as the Crusades, the

Inquisition and many others. Spend the day debunking

myths in order to discover the real truth of the church's

history. Holy Mass at St. Augustine's venerable chapel is

included with registration. Feel free to invite friends and

family to join us on this day!

COST: $50, includes lunch.

CONTACT: St. Augustine's Seminary of Toronto

PHONE: 416-261-7207

EMAIL: layspiritualformation@sastoronto.org

WEB: http://www.staugustines.on.ca/

SACRAMENT OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION &

CONFESSION

GRADE 2 & UP (Grds 3/4/5/6)

Registration

Takes Place Next Month In October. Parents/Guardians

Please Call Office For Appointment In The Month Of

October With Fr Simon

Bring To Appointment

Copy Of Baptismal Certificate Of Candidate (If Not Baptized At

St JXXIII) & $12 For Program.

Mass Attendance

Families Must Attend Mass Every Sunday

SACRAMENT OF HOLY CONFIRMATION

SESSION 2

THIS Wed, Oct 23—begins with Mass at 7PM, ends at

9PM

Sunday Mass

Confirmand must attend mass every Sunday

WOMEN’S ACTS RETREAT

November 14 @ 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/

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/

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

              29th Sunday In Ordinary Time                October 20, 2019 

World Mission Sunday 

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

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SAINTS OF THE WEEK

St JOHN PAUL II, POPE—Optional Memorial: Tues, Oct
22; “Open wide the doors to Christ,” urged John Paul II during
the  homily  at  the  Mass  where  he  was  installed  as  pope  in
1978.

Born in Wadowice, Poland, Karol Jozef Wojtyla had lost his
mother, father, and older brother before his 21st birthday.
Karol’s promising academic career at Krakow’s Jagiellonian
University  was  cut  short  by  the  outbreak  of World War  II.
While  working  in  a  quarry  and  a  chemical  factory,  he
enrolled  in  an  “underground”  seminary  in  Kraków.
Ordained in 1946, he was immediately sent to Rome where
he earned a doctorate in theology.

Back in Poland, a short assignment as assistant pastor in a
rural  parish  preceded  his  very  fruitful  chaplaincy  for
university students. Soon Fr. Wojtyla earned a doctorate in
philosophy  and  began  teaching  that  subject  at  Poland’s
University of Lublin.

Communist  officials  allowed  Wojtyla  to  be  appointed
auxiliary  bishop  of  Kraków  in  1958,  considering  him  a
relatively  harmless  intellectual. They  could  not  have  been
more wrong!

Bishop Wojtyla attended all four sessions of Vatican II and
contributed  especially  to  its  Pastoral  Constitution  on  the
Church  in  the  Modern World. Appointed  as  archbishop  of
Kraków in 1964, he was named a cardinal three years later.

Elected  pope  in  October  1978,  he  took  the  name  of  his
short-lived, immediate predecessor. Pope John Paul II was
the  first  non-Italian  pope  in  455  years.  In  time,  he  made
pastoral visits to 124 countries, including several with small
Christian populations.

John Paul II promoted ecumenical and interfaith initiatives,
especially the 1986 Day of Prayer for World Peace in Assisi.
He visited Rome’s main synagogue and the Western Wall in
Jerusalem;  he  also  established  diplomatic  relations
between  the  Holy  See  and  Israel.  He  improved  Catholic-
Muslim  relations,  and  in  2001  visited  a  mosque  in
Damascus, Syria.

The  Great  Jubilee  of  the Year  2000,  a  key  event  in  John
Paul’s  ministry,  was  marked  by  special  celebrations  in
Rome  and  elsewhere  for  Catholics  and  other  Christians.
Relations  with  the  Orthodox  Churches  improved
considerably during his papacy.

“Christ is the centre of the universe and of human history”
was  the  opening  line  of  John  Paul  II’s  1979  encyclical,
Redeemer  of  the  Human  Race.  In  1995,  he  described
himself  to  the  United  Nations  General  Assembly  as  “a
witness to hope.”

His  1979  visit  to  Poland  encouraged  the  growth  of  the
Solidarity  movement  there  and  the  collapse  of
communism  in  central  and  eastern  Europe  10  years  later.
John Paul II began World Youth Day and traveled to several

countries for those celebrations. He very much wanted to
visit China  and  the  Soviet  Union,  but  the  governments  in
those countries prevented that.

One of the most well-remembered photos of John Paul II’s
pontificate was his one-on-one conversation in 1983, with
Mehmet Ali Agca,  who  had  attempted  to  assassinate  him
two years earlier.

In  his  27  years  of  papal  ministry,  John  Paul  II  wrote  14
encyclicals  and  five  books,  canonized  482  saints  and
beatified  1,338  people.  In  the  last  years  of  his  life,  he
suffered  from  Parkinson’s  disease  and  was  forced  to  cut
back on some of his activities.

Pope Benedict XVI beatified John Paul II in 2011, and Pope
Francis canonized him in 2014.

Reflection:  Before John  Paul  II’s  funeral  Mass  in St.  Peter’s
Square,  hundreds  of  thousands  of  people  had  waited
patiently  for  a  brief  moment  to  pray  before  his  body,  which
lay  in  state  inside  St.  Peter’s  for  several  days.  The  media
coverage of his funeral was unprecedented.

Presiding  at  the  funeral  Mass,  Cardinal  Joseph  Ratzinger—
then dean of the College of Cardinals and later Pope Benedict
XVI—concluded  his  homily  by  saying:  “None  of  us  can  ever
forget  how,  in  that  last  Easter  Sunday  of  his  life,  the  Holy
Father, marked by suffering, came once more to the window
of  the  Apostolic  Palace  and  one  last  time  gave  his  blessing
urbi et orbi (‘to the city and to the world’).

“We can be sure that our beloved pope is standing today at
the  window  of  the  Father’s  house,  that  sees  us  and  blesses
us. Yes,  bless  us,  Holy  Father. We  entrust  your  dear  soul  to
the  Mother  of God,  your  Mother,  who  guided  you  each  day
and who will guide you now to the glory of her Son, our Lord
Jesus Christ. Amen.”

St  JOHN  OF  CAPISTRANO,  PRIEST—Optional
Memorial: Wed, Oct 23;

St  ANTHONY  MARY  CLARET,  BISHOP—Optional
Memorial: Thurs, Oct 24;

OUR LADY’S SATURDAY—Optional Memorial: Sat, Oct
26;

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

              29th Sunday In Ordinary Time                October 20, 2019 

World Mission Sunday 

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

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This  Sunday’s  Readings:  1st  Reading:  Exodus
17.8-13;  2nd  Reading:  2  Timothy  3.14  –  4.2;
Gospel:  Luke  18.1-8—The  Parable  of  the  Widow
and the Unjust Judge

Serving the Hidden Form of Poverty

In  1926,  Pope  Pius XI  declared  that  the  second
last Sunday in October would be World Mission
Sunday, a day in which the entire Church renews
its  missionary  commitment  and  prays  for  the
missions. When  we  think  of  the  missions  in  the
church,  we  often  think  about  those  striving  to
spread  the  Gospel  in  remote  areas  ravaged  by
poverty. However, in our secular society there is
rampant poverty all around us, for according to
St. Teresa of Calcutta, “the most terrible poverty
is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”

How  often  do  we  aspire  to  do  great  things  for
the  church  while  neglecting  the  loneliness
experienced by those in our parish communities
and  homes?  This  is  a  question  we  should
prayerfully take to heart and then seek ways to

act  as  loving  stewards  towards  our  neighbour.
One  tremendous,  albeit  often  undervalued,  act
we  can  offer  someone  in  need  is  a  genuine
smile.  St. Teresa  of  Calcutta  exhorts  us  saying,
“let us always meet each other with a smile, for
the smile is the beginning of love.”

From this initial act of love we can begin to offer
the  gift  of  our  time  to  others,  journeying  with
them in their trials and suffering. The gift of our
time  can  take  the  form  of  visiting  the  sick  in
hospitals,  the  elderly  in  nursing  homes  or  the
imprisoned.  Moreover,  it  can  also  be  practiced
by going out of our way to speak to parishioners
who could use support, whether because of the
arrival of a new child, a new job, a death in the
family  or  any  other  reason.  Let  us  begin  to
realize that missionary activity is fostered close
to  home  and  begins  with  a  smile  that  can  lead
us to generously share our time with the parish
community as true stewards of Christ.

Reflection  on  being  a  Good  Steward  of
God’s Mysteries—Archdiocese of Toronto

Jesus Told The Disciples A Parable About Their Need To

Always Pray And Not To Loose Heart.

St Luke

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

              29th Sunday In Ordinary Time                October 20, 2019 

World Mission Sunday 

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My Catholic Life! A journey of 

personal conversion!

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

Missing Mass for a “Good” Reason

Question: Is it a sin if we miss Sunday Mass if we have a valid
reason  like  dangerous  weather  conditions  or  sick  child  at
home?
Answer:
This  is  a  good  and  practical  question  that  I’m  sure
many  people  deal  with  from  time  to  time.    So  thanks  for
asking! I think the answer is very simple. And I think the best
way  to  answer  it  is  to  first  highlight  the  reason  we  are
“obliged” to attend Sunday Mass and certain holy days.

First of all, in our day and age, in the culture we live in, there
is a tendency to dislike authority and being told what to do.
We  value  our  freedom.    But  sometimes  we  value  it  to  the
point  of  forgetting  the  role  of  legitimate  authority  in  our
lives.    Parents  know  that  kids,  especially  teenagers,  dislike
being told what to do and what the rules are.   But this is an
act of love and necessary. Similarly, God gave the Church, in
the person of the pope in particular, the authority to oblige us
to certain days of worship. But we should never forget this is
a  grace  and  a  good  thing!    It’s  a  way  of  knowing,  with
certainty,  what God  wants  regarding  our  worship  of  Him  at
the  Mass.    So  in  exercising  this  authority  the  Church  has
bound  us  to  worship  at  Mass  on  Sundays  and  certain  holy
days.    Again,  this  is  a  good  thing  and  frees  us  from  the
burden of trying to figure it out all by ourselves.

With  that  said,  and  with  a  proper  understanding  of  the
obligation  to  attend  Mass  those  days  then,  yes,  it’s  a  sin  to
intentionally miss Mass through our own fault.   It’s an act of
disobedience  and  also  a  disregard  for  the  sacredness  of  the
holy Mass.   I realize this is hard to swallow for some and our
defences want to immediately go up sometimes when we are
told  what  to  do.    But  I’d  want  to  lovingly  challenge  anyone
feeling that way to realize this “obligation” really is an act of
love from God and His Church.

Now to the heart of your question. What if it’s bad weather or
you have a sick child or something similar? I don’t think there
is any black and white answer to this other than to say God is
a  very  reasonable  God  and  would  never  impose  upon  us  a
burden that is unreasonable and too burdensome.   So, to be
direct,  I  do  think  there  could  be  very  legitimate  reasons
someone would miss Mass and it would be the right decision.
The obvious example may be the elderly person who cannot
drive very well in the midst of a snow storm. Is God going to
be angry if this person is too afraid to brave the roads for fear
of getting stuck or in an accident?   I think not.   Again, God is
not unreasonable.

And the sick child could be another legitimate example.
But  be  cautioned!    Sometimes  our  tendency  is  to  take
advantage  of  the  generosity  of God.   A  good  rule  of  thumb
for  missing  Mass  for  a  reasonable  cause  would  be  that  you
would  not  go  out  for  any  reason  whatsoever!    So,  for
example,  if  you  decide  to  miss  Mass  because  of  snow  but
then  go  to  the  movies,  or  the  store  or  McDonald’s  then  we

are  the  ones  being  unreasonable  and  are  not  being  honest
with  the  situation.

 Some  also  miss  for  reasons

of inconvenience such as being on vacation.   But, again, this
is not a reasonable excuse barring impossibility.

What about my employer requiring me to work and so having
to  miss  Mass  both  on  Saturday  and  Sunday? This  is  a  good
reason  to  miss  Sunday  Mass. Yet,  it  is  not  a  good  reason  if
you choose to work on weekends when you do not have to. If
you  are  obligated  to  work  on  weekends  then  attend  a
weekday mass on your day off. Why? See the next point.

The  last  point  I’ll  make,  which  could  so  easily  be  missed,  is
that  we  should  never  forget  that  going  to  Mass  is  an
incredible  privilege!

 The  obligation  mentality  is

the  minimalist  approach.   The  truth  is  that  we  should  work
toward  fostering  a  deep  desire  to  attend  Mass  because  we
have  discovered  the  great  spiritual  benefits  of  celebrating  it
and receiving our Lord in Holy Communion! If we can achieve
this mind frame I think we will always know what to do.

FR SIMON’S UPCOMING TRANSFER

12 Wonderful Years

Many of you know that this is my final year at StJXXIII. A
pastor  is  appointed  for  a  six  year  term  renewable  for  a
further  six  years.  I  am  now  in  my  12th  year. So,  I  will  be
transferred at the end of June, 2020.

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.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

              29th Sunday In Ordinary Time                October 20, 2019 

World Mission Sunday 

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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

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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

              29th Sunday In Ordinary Time                October 20, 2019 

World Mission Sunday 

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

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