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Parish Sunday Bulletin

            Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion           April 5, 2020 

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

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SAINT JOHN XXIII PARISH—CLOSED FOR NOW 

Pastor: (Rev) Simon deGale; Secretary: Ms Hayde Ayala
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—CANCELLED FOR NOW

Baptism—EMERGENCY: see front page of website: http://saintjohnxxiiiparish.ca/

Reconciliation (confession)—AT THIS TIME BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: 416-429-4000

Anointing of the Sick—EMERGENCIES CALL 416-429-4000 OR 416-737-0760

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

MIRACULOUS HELP

The first known miracle worked by Our Lady was at the wedding feast of Cana when she obtained from her

Son the conversion of water into wine. So, too, she can obtain a miraculous intercession with her Son for

our poor Creation.

Prayer for Protection in Time of Pandemic…

O  Mary,  you  always  brighten  our  path  as  a  sign  of  salvation  and  of  hope. We  entrust  ourselves  to  you,

Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in faith. O loving

Mother,  you  know  what  we  need,  and  we  are  confident  you  will  provide  for  us  as  at  Cana  in  Galilee.

Intercede for us with your Son Jesus, the Divine Physician, for those who have fallen ill, for those who are

vulnerable, and for those who have died. Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and

safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure. Help us, O Mother of Divine

Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who took upon himself our

sufferings  and  carried  our  sorrows,  so  as  to  lead  us,  through  the Cross,  to  the  glory  of  the  Resurrection.

Amen.  Under  your  protection  we  seek  refuge,  O  Holy  Mother  of  God.  In  our  needs,  despise  not  our

petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

            Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion           April 5, 2020 

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

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HERE ARE 5 WAYS TO KEEP SUNDAY HOLY

IN COVID 19 TIMES

1. Watch a live-stream of the Mass
The  Archbishop,  Cardinal  Collins,  will  be  live-streaming
daily  Mass  from  St.  Michael's  Cathedral  Basilica  at
7:30 a.m. Monday through to Sunday.

While  digital  participation  can  never  replace  actual
p r e s e n c e  a t  M a s s ,  l i v e - s t r e a m  M a s s  h t t p s : / /
www.archtoronto.org  is  a  great  way  of  keeping  our
connection  with  the  Mass  when  it  is  not  possible  to  be
there in person. We can make an offering in our heart to be
united spiritually to this offering, which is more spiritually
efficacious  than  any  other  prayer.  We  should  silence  our
phones,  eliminate  (as  best  we  can!)  distractions  in  our
home,  and  try  to  give  all  of  our  attention  to  what  is
happening  at  the  Mass  so  we  can  fully  participate  in  this
remote way.

2. Make a spiritual communion
An ancient practice of the Church for those who cannot be
present at Mass is to make a spiritual communion. We have
a simple prayer you can pray with longing in your heart to
be united to Jesus.

My  Jesus,  I  believe  that  you  are  present  in  the  most
Blessed  Sacrament.  I  love You  above  all  things  and  I
desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now
receive  You  sacramentally,  come  at  least  spiritually
into  my  heart.  I  embrace You  as  if You  were  already
there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me
to be separated from You. Amen. St. Alphonsus Liguori

3. Read the Sunday readings as a family
These can easily be found at usccb.org/bible. by clicking on
“Today’s Readings.” Magnificat (a daily prayer book) is also
offering  free  digital  resources  during  this  time,  including
the Sunday readings and a reflection.

Reading  Scripture  individually  or  together  with  others—
especially in our families—is an excellent spiritual practice.
Catholics  “commit  to  forming  your  family  in  the  love  and
power of sacred Scripture by placing it at the centre of your
family life. Study and reflect on Scripture, especially on the
Sunday readings.” Archbishop Vigneron

4. Check in on those around you
Because  those  who  are  older  are  most  susceptible  to
complications  from  COVID-19,  health  official  are
encouraging  them  to  minimize  their  time  away  from
home.  It  is  a  great  act  of  charity  to  reach  out  to  these
brothers and sisters in our faith communities to check in on
them.  Do  they  need  groceries  or  help  with  something  in
their homes? Caring for each other — especially those who
are most vulnerable during this time — is a demand of the
Gospel. It is the enactment of our life as joyful missionary
disciples.

5. Pray a family Rosary
Reclaim  the  Rosary  as  a  way  to  be  united  to  Mary,  the
Mother of Jesus and the Mother of the Church. She is the
perfect model of a disciple and our great intercessor. If you
don’t know how to pray this prayer, check out the youtube
video  from  the  Franciscan  Friars  of  the  Renewal  and  pray
along with them.

RECONCILIATION WITH THE LORD IN THE

ABSENCE OF THE SACRAMENT OF

CONFESSION

Act of Contrition (traditional)

O  my God,  I  am  heartily  sorry  for  having  offended Thee,
and  I  detest  all  my  sins  because  of  thy  just  punishments,
but  most  of  all  because  they  offend Thee,  my  God,  who
art  all  good  and  deserving  of  all  my  love.  I  firmly  resolve
with the help of Thy grace to sin no more and to avoid the
near occasion of sin. Amen.

Act of Contrition (alternate form)

My  God,  I  am  sorry  for  my  sins  with  all  my  heart.  In
choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned
against  you  whom  I  should  love  above  all  things.  I  firmly
intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and
to  avoid  whatever  leads  me  to  sin.  Our  SavioUr  Jesus
Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have
mercy.

Acts of Contrition inspired by the Gospels

Father of mercy, like the prodigal son I return to you and
say: "I have sinned against you and am no longer worthy
to be called your child.”

Christ  Jesus,  Saviour  of  the  world,  I  pray  with  the
repentant  thief  to  whom  you  promised  Paradise:  "Lord,
remember me in your kingdom.”

Holy  Spirit,  fountain  of  love,  I  call  on  you  with  trust:
"Purify my heart, and help me to walk as a child of light."

Lord Jesus,  you  opened  the  eyes  of  the  blind,  healed  the
sick,  forgave  the  sinful  woman,  and  after  Peter's  denial
confirmed  him  in  your  love.  Listen  to  my  prayer:  forgive
all my sins, renew your love in my heart, help me to live in
perfect  unity  with  my  fellow  Christians  that  I  may
proclaim your saving power to all the world.

An Act of Contrition to Our Lord Jesus

Lord Jesus, you chose to be called the friend of sinners. By
your saving death and resurrection free me from my sins.
May  your  peace  take  root  in  my  heart  and  bring  forth  a
harvest of love, holiness, and truth.

An Act of Contrition inspired by Psalm 51

Lord  God,  in  your  goodness  have  mercy  on  me:  do  not
look on my sins, but take away all my guilt. Create in me a
clean heart and renew within me an upright spirit.

The Jesus Prayer

Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

            Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion           April 5, 2020 

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

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CHALICE CHILDREN’S COLLECTION

Next Collection Sunday, February Collection:

MASS INTENTIONS

Mon, April, 6: 7:30AM

+Regina Sabastiampilai

Tues, April 7: 7:30AM

Thanksgiving  of Sally: B-day

Wed, April 8: 7:30AM

+Rosada Marcella Dias

Thurs, April 9: 7PM
       Mass of the Last Supper—For the Parish
Fri, April 10: 3PM
       

Liturgy of the Passion of The Lord

Sat, April 11: 7PM 

The Easter Vigil

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Sunday, April 12
10AM: 
The Parishioners
+Paul deGale

VIGIL CANDLES

Saturday, April 11—Friday, April 17

INTERCESSORY PRAYER GROUP

Need Prayer Help?

Call Beth: 416-467-6492. Intention will be emailed out

to this prayer community. Only first name & intention

will be shared.

COMMUNION FOR THE SICK & SHUT-

INS CALL PARISH OFFICE AND LET US KNOW—

416-429-4000. SUSPENDED FOR NOW

THE WISDOM 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”

SACRAMENTS OF FIRST HOLY

COMMUNION

Mass of First Communion

SACRAMENT OF HOLY CONFIRMATION

Mass—Sat, May 2 @ 5:15PM—May be Cancelled.

POPE FRANCIS’
Litany of Supplication

WE ADORE YOU, O LORD
True God and true man, truly present
in this Holy Sacrament,

We adore you, O Lord.
Our Savior, God-with-us, faithful and
rich in mercy,

We adore you, O Lord.
King and Lord of creation and history,

We adore you, O Lord.
Conqueror of sin and death,

We adore you, O Lord.
Friend of humankind, risen and living
at the right hand of the Father,

We adore you, O Lord.

WE BELIEVE IN YOU, O LORD
Only begotten Son of the Father,
Who descended from Heaven for our
salvation,

We believe in you, O Lord.
Heavenly doctor, who inclines over
our misery,

We believe in you, O Lord.
Sacrificed Lamb, who offers Himself
to save us from evil,

We believe in you, O Lord.
Good Shepherd, who gives his life for
the flock he loves,

We believe in you, O Lord.
Living bread and medicine of
immortality, who gives us Life
eternal,

We believe in you, O Lord.

FREE US, O LORD
From the power of Satan and the
seductions of the world,

Free us, O Lord.
From pride and from the
presumption that we can do without
you,

Free us, O Lord.
From the deceptions of fear and
anguish,

Free us, O Lord.
From unbelief and despair,

Free us, O Lord.
From hardness of heart and the
incapacity to love,

Free us, O Lord.

SAVE US, O LORD
From all the evils that afflict
humanity,

Save us, O Lord.

From hunger, famine and egoism,

Save us, O Lord.
From disease, epidemics and fear of
our brothers and sisters,

Save us, O Lord.
From devastating folly, from
merciless interests and from
violence,

Save us, O Lord.
From deception, misinformation and
manipulation of consciences,

Save us, O Lord.

CONSOLE US, O LORD
Look upon your Church, which is
crossing the desert,

Console us, O Lord.
Look upon humanity, terrified by fear
and anguish,

Console us, O Lord.
Look upon the sick and dying,
oppressed by loneliness,

Console us, O Lord.
Look upon doctors and health care
workers, overwhelmed by fatigue,

Console us, O Lord.
Look upon politicians and
administrators, who bear the weight
of decisions,

Console us, O Lord.

GIVE US YOUR SPIRIT, O LORD
In the hour of trial and confusion,

Give us your Spirit, O Lord.
In temptation and in weakness,

Give us your Spirit, O Lord.
In the battle against evil and sin,

Give us your Spirit, O Lord.
In the search for true good and true
joy,

Give us your Spirit, O Lord.
In the decision to remain in You and in
Your friendship,

Give us your Spirit, O Lord.

OPEN US TO HOPE, O LORD
If sin oppresses us,

Open us to hope, O Lord.
If hate closes our hearts,

Open us to hope, O Lord.
If suffering visits us,

Open us to hope, O Lord.
If indifference distresses us,

Open us to hope, O Lord.
If death annihilates us,

Open us to hope, O Lord.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

            Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion           April 5, 2020 

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

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PRAY FOR THE HOLY FATHER, POPE

FRANCIS’, APRIL MISSION INTENTION

Freedom from Addiction

We pray that those suffering from addiction may be

helped and accompanied.

OUR REFUGEE FAMILY

DELAYED

Our Family have been told they cannot travel to Canada

until COVID 19 is over.

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

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.

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)

Celebrate Your Marriage with a Worldwide

Marriage Encounter Weekend!

Cancelled

SMILE

CANCELLED

LENT: DEVOTIONS

Stations of the Cross & Holy Hour

CORONA VIRUS PRAYER

Jesus  Christ,  you  traveled  through  towns  and
villages  “curing  every  disease  and  illness.” At  your
command,  the  sick  were  made  well.  Come  to  our
aid  now,  in  the  midst  of  the  global  spread  of  the
coronavirus,  that  we  may  experience  your  healing
love.  Heal  those  who  are  sick  with  the  virus.  May
they  regain  their  strength  and  health  through
quality  medical  care.  Heal  us  from  our  fear,  which
prevents  nations  from  working  together  and
neighbours from helping one another. Heal us from
our  pride,  which  can  make  us  claim  invulnerability
to a disease that knows no borders.

Jesus  Christ,  you  traveled  through  towns  and
villages “curing every disease and illness.” Come to
our  aid  now,  that  we  may  experience  your  healing
love.   Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in
this time of uncertainty and sorrow. Be with those
who have died from the virus. May they be at rest
with you in your eternal peace. Be with the families
of  those  who  are  sick  or  have  died. As  they  worry
and  grieve,  defend  them  from  illness  and  despair.
May  they  know  your  peace.  Be  with  the  doctors,
nurses,  researchers,  medical  professionals,  and
support  workers  who  seek  to  heal  and  help  those
affected  and  who  put  themselves  at  risk  in  the
process. May they know your protection and peace.

Be  with  the  leaders  of  all  nations.  Give  them  the
foresight  to  act  with  charity  and  true  concern  for
the  well-being  of  the  people  they  are  meant  to
serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term
solutions  that  will  help  prepare  for  or  prevent
future  outbreaks.  May  they  know  your  peace,  as
they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether  we  are  home  or  abroad,  surrounded  by
many  people  suffering  from  this  illness  or  only  a
few,  Jesus  Christ,  stay  with  us  as  we  endure  and
mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety,
give us your peace.
Jesus Christ, heal us.

-AMERICA MAGAZINE

BUNDLE UP SUNDAY

CANCELLED

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

            Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion           April 5, 2020 

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

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PALM SUNDAY

SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2020

At the Cathedral Basilica of St. Michael:

The liturgy of Palm Sunday will begin at 10:00 am, and will be
livestreamed  so  that  the  faithful  may  prayerfully  unite
themselves in their homes to the celebration of the liturgy.

The  liturgy  will  commence  with  the  blessing  of  palms,  the
proclamation  of  the  Gospel  and  the  Solemn  Entrance,  but
without  the  procession  of  palms.  Blessed  palms  will  be
distributed at a later date.

Present at the liturgy will be the priests of the Cathedral parish.
The liturgy will proceed in the usual way.

At Parish Churches:

At 7:30AM Fr Simon will begin the liturgy of Palm Sunday with
the  blessing  of  palms,  the  proclamation  of  the  Gospel  and
Solemn  Entrance,  but  without  the  procession  of  palms.  The
liturgy will then proceed in the usual way. Blessed palms will be
distributed at a later date.

THE MASS OF CHRISM

TUESDAY, APRIL 7 ,2020

At the Cathedral Basilica of St. Michael

The  Mass  of  Chrism  will  begin  at  10:00  am,  and  will  be
livestreamed so that the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the
archdiocese  will  have  an  opportunity  to  prayerfully  unite
themselves in their homes to the celebration of the liturgy.

Present at the liturgy will be the priests of the Cathedral parish.
The liturgy will include the blessing of Holy Oils, which will be
distributed at a later date.

THE MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER THURSDAY,

APRIL 9, 2020

HOLY THURSDAY

At the Cathedral Basilica of St. Michael:

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will begin at 7:00 pm, and will be
livestreamed  so  that  the  faithful  may  prayerfully  unite
themselves in their homes to the celebration of the liturgy.

Present at the liturgy will be the priests of the Cathedral parish.
The  washing  of  feet  will  be  omitted.  At  the  end  of  the  Holy
Mass, the Blessed Sacrament will be reposed in the tabernacle.
There will not be a procession to a special place of reposition.

At Parish Churches:

At 7PM, Fr Simon will begin the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

The  washing  of  feet  will  be  omitted.  At  the  end  of  the  Holy
Mass, the Blessed Sacrament will be reposed in the tabernacle.
There will not be a procession to a special place of reposition.

GOOD FRIDAY - APRIL 10, 2020:

At the Cathedral Basilica of St. Michael:

The Good Friday Passion of the Lord will begin at 3:00 pm, and
will  be  livestreamed  so  that  the  faithful  may  prayerfully  unite
themselves in their homes to the celebration of the liturgy.

Present  at  the  service  will  be  the  priests  of  the  Cathedral
parish.  Following  the  special  decree  of  March  19  from  the
Congregation  for  Divine  Worship  and  the  Discipline  of  the
Sacraments, special prayers will be said “for the sick, the dead,
for those who feel lost or dismayed.”

At Parish Churches:

At  the  usual  time  of  3PM,  Fr  Simon  will  begin  the  liturgy  for
Good  Friday.  Special  prayers  are  to  be  said  “for  the  sick,  the
dead, for those who feel lost or dismayed.”

THE EASTER VIGIL

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2020:

At the Cathedral Basilica of St. Michael:

The Easter Vigil will begin at 7:00 pm, and will be livestreamed
so  that  the  faithful  may  prayerfully  unite  themselves  in  their
homes to the celebration of the liturgy.

Present  at  the  liturgy  of  the  Vigil  will  be  the  priests  of  the
Cathedral  parish.  At  the  Solemn  Beginning  of  the  Vigil,  the
lighting of the fire is omitted. The Paschal Candle is to be lit in
the  sanctuary.  The  procession  with  the  Paschal  Candle  is
omitted. The  Exsultet  then  follows  immediately,  and  the Vigil
proceeds in the usual way. The renewal of baptismal promises
is to replace the baptismal liturgy. The rite of baptism and the
reception  of  baptized  Christians  is  to  be  deferred  to  a  later
time.

At Parish Churches:

At  7PM,  Fr Simon  will  begin  the  liturgy  of  the  Easter Vigil. At
the  Solemn  Beginning  of  the  Vigil,  the  lighting  of  the  fire  is
omitted. The  Paschal Candle  is  to  be  lit  in  the  sanctuary. The
procession  with  the  Paschal  Candle  is  omitted.  The  Exsultet
then  follows  immediately,  and  the Vigil  proceeds  in  the  usual
way.  The  renewal  of  baptismal  promises  is  to  replace  the
baptismal  liturgy.  The  rite  of  baptism  and  the  reception  of
baptized Christians is to be deferred to a later time.

EASTER SUNDAY - APRIL 12, 2020:

At the Cathedral Basilica of St. Michael:

The Mass for Easter Sunday will begin at 10:00 am, and will be
livestreamed  so  that  the  faithful  may  prayerfully  unite
themselves in their homes to the celebration of the liturgy.

Present at the Mass will be the priests of the Cathedral parish.
Special  prayers  will  be  said  for  those  affected  by  the  current
pandemic,  for  our  religious  and  government  leaders,  and  for
the dead.

At Parish Churches:

At  10AM  Fr  Simon  will  celebrate  the  Mass  of  Easter  Sunday.
Special prayers are to be said for those affected by the current
pandemic,  for  our  religious  and  government  leaders,  and  for
the dead.

HOLY WEEK & EASTER SUNDAY

LITURGIES

(During Lockdown)

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            Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion           April 5, 2020 

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This  Sunday’s  Readings:  Gospel  at  the  Procession  with
Palms:  Matthew  21:1-11—Jesus  enters  Jerusalem  as  the
crowd  waves  palm  branches  and  shouts,  “Hosanna!”;  First
Reading:  Isaiah  50:4-7: The  Lord’s  Servant  will  stand  firm,
even  when  persecuted;  Responsorial  Psalm:  Psalm
22:8-9,17-20,23-24—A cry for help to the Lord in the face of
evildoers;  Second  Reading:  Philippians  2:6-11—Christ  was
obedient  even  to  death,  and  God  has  exalted  him;  Gospel
Reading:  Matthew  26:14—27:66—Jesus  is  crucified,  and  his
body is placed in the tomb. (shorter form: Matthew 27:11-54)

Background on the Gospel Reading
Today  we  begin  Holy  Week,  the  days  during  which  we
journey  with Jesus  on  his  way  of  the  cross  and  anticipate
his Resurrection on Easter.

The  events  of  Jesus’  Passion  are  proclaimed  in  their
entirety  in  today’s  Liturgy  of  the Word. Those  events  will
be proclaimed again when we celebrate the liturgies of the
Triduum—Holy Thursday’s  Mass  of  the  Lord’s Supper,  the
Good  Friday  of  the  Lord’s  Passion,  and  the  Easter  Vigil.
These days are indeed profound and holy.

Today, we read the Passion of Jesus as found in the Gospel
of  Matthew.  The  story  of  Jesus’  Passion  and  death  in
Matthew’s Gospel focuses particularly on the obedience of
Jesus to the will of his Father. As Jesus sends his disciples
to  prepare  for  Passover,  he  indicates  that  the  events  to
come  are  the  will  of  the  Father.  In  Jesus’  prayer  in  the
garden,  he  prays  three  times  to  the  Father  to  take  away
the  cup  of  suffering,  but  each  time,  Jesus  concludes  by
affirming  his  obedience  to  the  Father’s  will.  Even
Matthew’s  description  of  Jesus’  death  shows  Jesus’
obedience to the Father.

Another  theme  of  Matthew’s  Gospel  is  to  show  Jesus  as
the  fulfillment  of  Scripture.  Throughout  the  Passion
narrative,  Matthew  cites  and  alludes  to Scripture  to  show
that  the  events  of  Jesus’  Passion  and  death  are  in
accordance  with  all  that  was  foretold.  And  if  the  events
were foretold, then God is in control. In addition, Matthew
is particularly concerned that the reader does not miss the
fact  that  Jesus  is  the  Suffering  Servant  of  the  Old
Testament.

Jesus acts in obedience to the Father even in death, so that
sins  may  be  forgiven.  Matthew  makes  this  clear  in  the
story of the Lord’s Supper. As Jesus blesses the chalice, he
says: “. . . for this is my blood of the covenant, which will
be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.”

While  the  Gospels  of  Matthew  and  Mark  have  many
parallels  in  their  narrative  of  the  Passion,  there  are  a  few
details  worth  noting  that  are  unique  to  Matthew.  Only
Matthew  indicates  the  price  paid  to  Judas  for  betraying
Jesus.  The  story  of  Judas’s  death  is  also  found  only  in
Matthew,  as  is  the  detail  that  Pilate’s  wife  received  a
warning  in  a  dream  and  that  Pilate  washed  his  hands  of
Jesus’ death. Finally, Matthew’s Gospel alone mentions the
earthquakes  and  other  phenomena  that  happened  after
Jesus’ death.

Matthew  places  the  responsibility  for  Jesus’  death  on  the
Sanhedrin,  the  chief  priests  and  elders  who  were
responsible  for  the  Temple.  However,  the  animosity  that
those  Jewish  leaders  and  the  Jewish  people  demonstrate
toward  Jesus  is  not  to  be  interpreted  in  ways  that  blame
the Jewish people for Jesus’ death. Throughout Matthew’s
Gospel,  the  narrative  reflects  the  tension  that  probably
existed  between  the  early Christian  community  and  their
Jewish contemporaries. At the Second Vatican Council, the
Council  Fathers  made  clear  that  all  sinners  share
responsibility for the suffering and death of Jesus and that
it is wrong to place blame for Jesus’ Passion on the Jewish
contemporaries of Jesus or on Jewish people today.

There  are  many  vantage  points  from  which  to  engage  in
Jesus’  Passion.  In  the  characters  of  Matthew’s Gospel,  we
find  reflections  of  ourselves  and  the  many  ways  in  which
we  sometimes  respond  to  Jesus.  Sometimes  we  are  like
Judas,  who  betrays  Jesus  and  comes  to  regret  it. We  are
sometimes like Peter, who denies him, or like the disciples,
who  fell  asleep  during  Jesus’  darkest  hour  but  then  act
rashly  and  violently  at  his  arrest.  Sometimes  we  are  like
Simon,  who  is  pressed  into  service  to  help Jesus  carry  his
cross. Sometimes we are like the leaders who fear Jesus or
like  Pontius  Pilate,  who  washed  his  hands  of  the  whole
affair. Jesus dies so that our sins will be forgiven.

The  events  of Jesus’  Passion,  death,  and  Resurrection  are
called  the  Paschal  Mystery.  No  amount  of  study  will
exhaust or explain the depth of love that Jesus showed in
offering  this  sacrifice  for  us. After  we  have  examined  and
studied  the  stories  we  have  received  about  these  events,
we  are  left  with  one  final  task—to  meditate  on  these
events  and  on  the  forgiveness  that  Jesus’  obedience  won
for us.

“My God, My God Why Have You Forsaken Me”

Jesus

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Last Sunday’s Offering—$1080.

Thanks to CWL for Donation of $500.

To break even weekly—$3,000 needed.

Please continue your weekly donations if your income is

not affected by the current situation.

You can donate online:

https://community.archtoronto.org/page.aspx?pid=415

Or you can continue to donate in your usual way by

dropping off your envelope at the parish office during

office hours (see above);

Or you can mail your donation—St John XXIII Church, 150

Gateway Blvd, Toronto, M3C 1B1.

FR SIMON’S TRANSFER DELAYED

Dear Parishioners,
Due  to  the  current  situation  of  uncertainty  and
anxiety,  the  Archbishop,  Cardinal  Collins,  wants
priests  to  remain  with  their  communities  until
things  settle  down. Therefore,  my  transfer  to  the
North West Territories  will  not  take  place  in  June
as previously planned. The plan at the moment is
for  the  transfer  to  take  place  in  August.  But,  as
with  all  things,  it  will  happen  in  Jesus’  time.
Meanwhile,  let  us  continue  to  pray  for  one
another and the world. Peace, Fr Simon

NEW PASTOR

Hopefully in August, 2020

Who  the  new  pastor  will  be  has  not  yet  been
decided. Let us pray for him. If we do this together,
he will become a blessing to JXXIII.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by helping seniors

maintain

their independence

Marie dreads the day when she can no longer

care for her husband, who is experiencing

memory loss. She worries they will have to

move to a nursing home, where they

might not be able to live together.

Marie learned Les Centres d’Accueil Héritage

(CAH), a ShareLife-funded agency, offers

services for francophone seniors in their

situation.

Marie feels so relieved that, with CAH’s

support, they can continue living together in

their own home.

May 3 is ShareLife Sunday.

Please give generously.

-Fr Simon

LENTEN REGULATIONS

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?

Lent is 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  increasing  the  disciplines  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  required  fast  on  Ash Wed  and  Good  Friday  involves
eating  only  one  full  meal  on  those  days.  One  or  two
smaller  meals  may  be  taken  on  those  days,  but  may  not
total  one  full  meal.    The  required  fast  does  not  allow
eating anything between meals.

Abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday

Abstinence on these days from meat does not intend the
omission of eggs or dairy products.

Age Requirements

"All  Catholics  who  have  completed  their  14th  year  are
bound  by  the  law  of  abstinence;  all  adults  are  bound  by
the law of fast up to the beginning of their 60th year.

Fridays of the Year

It is a requirement of our Faith that we abstain from meat
on  all  the  Fridays  of  the  year  (except  on  Solemnities)  in
commemoration of our Saviour’s death.

VOCATIONS

Palm Sunday - April 5

“Blessed is the one who comes in the Name of

the Lord!” Are you being called to proclaim

Jesus as a priest,

deacon, brother or sister? If God is calling you,

contact Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocation Director,

Archdiocese of Toronto at 416-968-0997.

416-968-0997.vocations@archtoronto.org

www.vocationstoronto.ca

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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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