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Parish Sunday Bulletin

              7th Sunday In Ordinary Time              February 23, 2020 

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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

LENT BEGINS THIS WEEK

Ash Wednesday Is This Wednesday

Obligatory Day Of Fast & Abstinence For Catholics

(See Inside Bulletin For Regulations)

Mass with distribution of Ashes:

School Mass: 10:35AM

Parish Mass: 7PM

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

              7th Sunday In Ordinary Time              February 23, 2020 

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

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OUR REFUGEE FAMILY

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 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”

TOTUS TUUS RETURNS

Dear Parents Please Call Office & Register

Your Child for Totus Tuus 2020.

Dates: Aug 9-14 / Cost: $10/for the week/per child payable
week prior to Aug 9. / Day Prgrm: kids entering grades 1-6

in the Fall. / Eveng Prgrm: youth entering grades 7-12 in the

Fall.

CELEBRATE YOUR MARRIAGE WITH A

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER

WEEKEND!

Celebrate your love and take a fresh look at your

marriage!

April 24-26, 2020

Spend a very special weekend together. A Weekend of

discovery…a lifetime of love! Worldwide Marriage

Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps married

couples rediscover themselves as individuals and as a

couple. The Weekend format helps couples communicate

openly and honestly without group sharing, therapy or

marriage counselling.

Upcoming Weekend: April 24-26, 2020 - Four Points

Sheraton (Argentia Road), Mississauga, ON

For more information and application, please go to

www.wwme.org or contact:

Gerard & Marge McCauley at gerard.marge@rogers.com

or (905) 792-1925.

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 

THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

“The Creed”

“I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH”

THE CHURCH IN THE PLAN OF GOD

147. What does the word Church mean?

The word Church refers to the people whom God calls and
gathers together from every part of the earth. They form
the  assembly  of  those  who  through  faith  and  Baptism
have  become  children  of  God,  members  of  Christ,  and
temples of the Holy Spirit.

148. Are there other names and images with which the

Bible speaks about the Church?

In Sacred Scripture we find many images which bring out
various  complementary  aspects  of  the  mystery  of  the
Church. The Old Testament  favors  those  images  that  are
bound  to  the  people  of  God. The  New Testament  offers
images that are linked to Christ as the Head of this people
which is his Body. Other images are drawn from pastoral
life (sheepfold, flock, sheep), from agriculture (field, olive
grove,  vineyard),  from  construction  (dwelling  place,
stone,  temple),  and  from  family  life  (spouse,  mother,
family).

149. What is the origin and the fulfillment of the

Church?

The Church  finds  her  origin  and  fulfillment  in  the  eternal
plan  of  God.  She  was  prepared  for  in  the  Old  Covenant
with the election of Israel, the sign of the future gathering
of  all  the  nations.  Founded  by  the  words  and  actions  of
Jesus  Christ,  fulfilled  by  his  redeeming  death  and
Resurrection,  the  Church  has  been  manifested  as  the
mystery of salvation by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit
at Pentecost. She will be perfected in the glory of heaven
as the assembly of all the redeemed of the earth.

150. What is the mission of the Church?

The mission of the Church is to proclaim and establish the
Kingdom of God begun by Jesus Christ among all peoples.
The Church  constitutes  on  earth  the  seed  and  beginning
of this salvific Kingdom.

151. In what way is the Church a mystery?

The Church is a mystery in as much as in her visible reality
there is present and active a divine spiritual reality which
can only be seen with the eyes of faith.

152. What does it mean to say that the Church is the

universal sacrament of salvation?

This means that she is the sign and instrument both of the
reconciliation  and  communion  of  all  of  humanity  with
God and of the unity of the entire human race.

The Church: People Of God,

Body Of Christ, Temple Of The Spirit

LENT: DEVOTIONS

Stations of the Cross

Every Friday of Lent

Begins this Friday immediately after the 7PM Mass

Holy Hour

Every Sunday of Lent

4—5PM

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

              7th Sunday In Ordinary Time              February 23, 2020 

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CHALICE CHILDREN’S COLLECTION

Next Collection Sunday, Feb 23

MASS INTENTIONS

Mon, February 24, 7PM:

+Francis Attar

Tues, February 25, 9AM:

+Jimmy Emmanuel

Wed, Feb 26: 7 PM: ASH WEDNESDAY

Thanksgiving of Irene Worobec

Thurs, February 27, 9AM:
       

+Felisa Tolentino

Fri, February 28, 7PM
       

Thanksgiving: Marilyn & Nonito Baldemor

Sat, February 29, 9AM 

+Oscar Gendrano

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Saturday, February 29
5:15PM: +Louis Comeau
Sunday, March 1
9AM: Intention of Irina Zolotov
12:15PM: The Parishioners
5:30PM: +Joseph Attar

VOCATIONS

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is

perfect.”

Do you feel called to help people get closer to

God? If you think 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, Feb 29—Friday, March 6

Sanctuary Tabernacle: Souls in Purgatory

Chapel Tabernacle:

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

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Last Sunday’s Offering—$2466.

To break even weekly—$3,000 needed.

UPCOMING PARISH YOUTH GROUPS EVENTS

All Are Welcome

Fri, Feb 28, from 6 - 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall. (Lesson)
Fri, March 6: 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall. (Social)
Fri, March 13: 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall. (Service)
Fri March 20: 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall. (Lesson)
Fri, March 27: 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall. (Social)

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.

BEING A GOOD STEWARD OF

GOD’S GIFTS

Sunday, February 23

God says to all of us “be holy, for I the

Lord your God am holy.” The Second

Vatican Council teaches us that we can

reach holiness by gratefully

acknowledging the gifts God has given us

and cooperating with God in giving these

gifts back for the service of the Church.

Therefore, let us take some time to reflect
on how we can become better stewards in

our parish community so that we may

move closer, through God’s grace,

towards holiness.

SPECIAL THANKS

Donation

To Denise Carlos for the gift of $5,000. to StJXXIII.

SACRAMENT OF HOLY CONFIRMATION

Mass & Stations of the Cross

This Friday, Feb 28 at 7PM

Parents & Sponsors Meeting with Fr Simon

Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30PM

Session 5

Wednesday, March 18: 7PM Mass & 7:30—9PM Session

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

              7th Sunday In Ordinary Time              February 23, 2020 

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PRAY FOR THE HOLY FATHER, POPE

FRANCIS’, FEBRUARY MISSION INTENTION

Human Trafficking

For a generous welcome of the victims of human

trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.

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.

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.

2020 LIFT JESUS HIGHER RALLY

9AM, Saturday March 9

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

255 Front St. W., Toronto

The theme of this year's rally is "JESUS, LIGHT OF THE

WORLD." Featuring inspired talks by: Ralph Martin;

Christy Dupuis; Monsignor Gregory N. Smith; and

keynote speaker Fr. James Mallon. An adult High Mass

(with Sunday readings) will be celebrated by His

Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins; a youth Mass (with

Sunday readings); a separate youth event with great

music, dynamic talks and inspirational skits (ages 13-18).

COST: $25 for adults, $15 for youth; CONTACT: Catholic

Renewal Ministries; PHONE: (647) 243-9441

EMAIL: contact@ljhr.ca; WEBSITE: www.ljhr.ca

COME AND SEE WEEKEND

Friday, March 13 (begins at 7:00 p.m.) to Sunday, March

15 (ends at 1:30 p.m.), at St. Augustine’s Seminary.

Inviting single Catholic men 17 years and older, to

cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus

Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for

their lives. Time for prayer, reflection and information on

the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a

Catholic priest. Register online at

www.vocationstoronto.ca. Registrants 17 years old

require parental consent.

For more information, please contact (the Parish Priest)

or the Office of Vocations at: 416 968 0997; email:

vocations@archtoronto.org

SMILE

30TH ANNUAL ORDINANDI DINNER

Tuesday, March 3 at 6:15PM

Pearson Convention Centre

2638 Steeles Ave. E., Brampton

Tickets are selling faster than ever this year! Be sure to

order soon. Meet and honour the Ordinandi of St.

Augustine's Seminary and Redemptoris Mater Missionary

Seminary who with God's grace will be ordained to the

priesthood this coming spring.

CONTACT: Mario Biscardi PHONE: 416-300-4154

EMAIL: mariobiscardi@sympatico.ca

ORDER FORM: http://bit.ly/OrdinandiDinner2020

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

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SUGGESTIONS FOR LENT

Don’t Try To Do All—Pick What Is Achievable

—Attend the Lenten Mission at StJXXIII: March 30—April 1
—Make  a  commitment  to  read  the  Sunday  scriptures  before
you go to Mass.
—Try a new spiritual practice. Sign up for an hour of Eucharistic
Adoration.  Sign  up  for  a  silent  retreat  or  spend  at  least  one
hour in silent meditation each weekend.
—Pick  one  type  of  expenditure  that  you’ll  “fast”  from  during
Lent,  and  then  give  the  money  you  would  usually  spend  to  a
local charity.
—Take something on: 40 days of letter writing (Lent is 40 days
long), or 40 acts of kindness, or 40 phone calls to the important
people in your life.
—When you first sit down in front of your computer at work, or
at the very end of your workday, try a 10-minute guided prayer
from  Sacred  Space  based  on  the  spiritual  exercises  of  St.
Ignatius.
—-Go  to  a  weekday  Mass  one  day  during  the  week.  Many
parishes  offer  them  early  in  the  morning,  at  noon,  or  after
work.
—If you don’t have a crucifix in your apartment or house, buy a
simple one and put it in your bedroom.
—Read the entire Gospel of Mark in one sitting. As the shortest
Gospel, it is the most concise story of Jesus’ life, and the cross,
a  central  Lenten  symbol,  plays  an  even  more  prominent  role
than in the other Gospels.
—Attend the Stations of the Cross somewhere. Many parishes
offer  these  during  Lent  and  often  on  Fridays.  Or  check  out
Busted Halo’s Virtual Stations of the Cross.
—Unplug from your Smart Phone or turn off your car radio on
your commute. The silence may be jarring at first, but you may
find  that  you  are  able  to  concentrate  better  and  will  be  more
observant of your surroundings.
—Use a book of daily reflections and keep it by your bed. Local
parishes often offer these during Lent.
—Think about a habit that has kept you from being whom God
is calling you to be. Consciously give up that habit for Lent.
—Spend at least one weekend or evening volunteering during
Lent. Serve a meal at your local soup kitchen. Visit the elderly.
Stock shelves at a food pantry.
—Make  a  commitment  to  fast  from  insensitive,  cruel
comments  about  others.  So,  no  gossiping  or  going  down  the
Twitter rabbit hole.
—As  a  part  of  your  Lenten  almsgiving,  make  a  point  to  learn
more  about  a  particular  social  issue  (immigration,  human
trafficking,  racism,  the  environment,  public  education,  child
poverty).  Give  money  to  an  organization  related  to  your
chosen issue that supports the dignity of the human person.
—Pray for somebody. As you’re walking the streets, driving the
highways, or sitting in your cubicle at work, pick out a person
who appears to be in need and pray for that person. Be mindful
of  these  words,  “Be  kind,  for  everyone  you  meet  is  fighting  a
great battle.”
—Get  to  know  your  neighbours.  Introduce  yourself,  plan  a
dinner, or bring food to an older person on your block.

—Read the Works of Mercy as Jesus describes them in Matthew
25:31-46. Then  put  this  teaching  into  practice  and  choose  an
act of service you can perform throughout Lent.
—Celebrate  the Sacrament  of  Reconciliation. Can’t  remember
how? Here’s a simple guide: tell the priest it’s been a while, and
ask him to guide you through it.

RE-GEN MISSION

The  re-gen  mission  of  the  Archdiocese  of  Toronto  is
currently  hiring  young  adults  to  become  chastity  or
campus missionaries for 15 months starting in June 2020
until August 2021. If you or someone you know would be
interested  in  this  great  opportunity,  please  contact
Genicia  Dabu  at  regen@ocytoronto.org. You  can  count
our prayers as you discern joining our team!

You can also find this employment opportunity online at
w w w. a r c h t o r o n t o . o r g / c o n t a c t- u s / e m p l o y m e n t-
opportunities.
To  learn  more  about  re:gen,  visit  their  website  at
www.ocytoronto.org/regen.

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.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

              7th Sunday In Ordinary Time              February 23, 2020 

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This  Sunday’s  Readings:  First  Reading:  Leviticus
19:1–2,  17–18—Be  holy,  for  I,  the  Lord,  your God,  am
holy;  Responsorial  Psalm:  Psalm  103:  1–4,8,10,  12–13
—Merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow to anger and
abounding in kindness; Second Reading: 1 Corinthians
3:16–23—Are you not aware that you are the temple of
God,  and  that  the Spirit  of God  dwells  in  you; Gospel
Reading:  Matthew  5:38–48—My  command  to  you  is:
love your enemies, pray for your persecutors.

Background on the Gospel
The  last  two  opposite  statements  offered  in  the
Sermon on the Mount deal with love of enemies. We
should  not  look  at  “an  eye  for  an  eye”  as  an
inordinately strict punishment. It is actually meant to
limit acts of revenge by making sure the punishment
is  not  excessive  but  fits  the  crime.  However,  Jesus
asks  his  followers  to  take  a  different  approach  by
resisting  retaliation  altogether.  The  response  to  a
stronger person who slaps us on the cheek, takes us
to  court,  or  demands  a  service  of  us  is  not  to  resist.
Similarly,  for  a  weaker  person,  such  as  a  beggar  or
borrower,  we  are  to  give  him  or  her  what  he  or  she
asks  for.  Those  who  are  called  to  the  Kingdom  of
Heaven  are  to  go  beyond  the  way  the  world  usually
works and serve God’s kingdom here on earth.

The other difficult demand of those who are called to
the  kingdom  is  to  embrace  the  enemy. There  is  no
command in the Old Testament to hate individuals in
a  personal  or  vindictive  way.  But  there  is  a  religious
stance  that  calls  one  to  hate  evil  and  to  distance
oneself  from  those  who  participate  in  evil.  In
contrast, Matthew emphasizes that love of God and
love of neighbor are the fundamental commands on
which  all  else  depend.  Because  God’s  love  is
unconditional,  we  are  to  strive  to  love  as God  does,
though,  of  course,  it  is  challenging.  Is  it  even
possible?

The key is in the final verse. We are to be perfect as
our  heavenly  father  is  perfect.  Matthew  uses  the
Greek word telos, which is probably better translated
here  as  “complete.”  We  are  not  to  be  perfect  as  in
doing  everything  correctly,  that  is,  as  in  being
absolutely morally correct. We are to be perfect as in
striving to reach the completeness we are called to in
the  Kingdom  of  Heaven.  Attempting  to  love  our
enemies is part of striving for that completeness.

Only by God’s grace is this possible, so pray: “Eternal
Father  only  you  can  make  me  perfect;  give  me  your
holy  light,  your  wonderful  grace  to  become  what  you
want me to be.”

“Be Perfect, Therefore, As Your Heavenly Father Is Perfect”

Jesus

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GIVING UP WHAT FOR LENT?

Question: I heard the pope asked people to give up cell
phones  and  computer  games  for  Lent.  I  guess  I  can
understand  the  games,  but  cell  phones  seem  important
for  communicating  with  other  people.  Why  would  he
want us to sacrifice that?

Answer: Give up a cell phone for Lent? Actually I kind of
like  that  idea!  I  remember  when  I  first  got  a  cell  phone
about 12 years ago. I had it for about a month and then
got  rid  of  it  because  I  didn’t  like  being  constantly
available. But I did quickly realize that there were many
pastoral  benefits  to  this  also.  So  after  a  few  months  I
reactivated it and have had one ever since.

I would guess that even though most people would never
leave  home  these  days  without  their  phone,  many  may
find it somewhat freeing if they accidentally forgot it for
a  d a y.  S o m e t i m e s ,  i n  t h e  a g e  o f  c o n s t a n t
communication, we need a little break!

But  to  your  question.  I  think  you  may  be  referring  to
some  of  the  news  articles  that  came  out  one  year  ago
when  the  Holy  Father  gave  an  address  for  the  “43rd
World Communication Day.” In that message he said, “If
the desire for virtual connectedness becomes obsessive,
it  may  in  fact  function  to  isolate  individuals  from  real
social  interaction  while  also  disrupting  the  patterns  of
rest, silence and reflection that are necessary for healthy
human development.”

Then, according to various news reports, in March, 2009,
there were a number of bishops in Italy who encouraged
people to give up texting, computers, social networking

and the like for Lent so as to help people to “detox from
the virtual world and get themselves back in touch with
themselves.” This  created  a  flurry  of  news  reports  with
titles  like,  “Thou  Shalt  not Text  Until  Easter”  and  “Stop
Texting for Lent.”

So what did the pope really say? His comments are very
helpful  to  read  in  their  entirety.  He  was  speaking  about
the  deep  desire  for  friendship  and  communication  that
we  all  have.  He  also  said  in  that  message,  “It  is  in  and
through  our  friendships  that  we  grow  and  develop  as
humans. For this reason, true friendship has always been
seen as one of the greatest goods any human person can
experience.  We  should  be  careful,  therefore,  never  to
trivialize  the  concept  or  the  experience  of  friendship.  It
would be sad if our desire to sustain and develop on-line
friendships  were  to  be  at  the  cost  of  our  availability  to
engage  with  our  families,  our  neighbours  and  those  we
meet in the daily reality of our places of work, education
and recreation.”

I think that this is a very important message for all of us
as  we  continue  in  this  technological  age  of  social
networking  and  communication.  It’s  true  that  most
people  these  days  rely  upon  their  cell  phone  for
important communication so giving them up may not be
possible or helpful. And I don’t think this is what the pope
was trying to say. Instead, he points out the great benefit
of  this  new  age  of  technology  in  that  address.  He
acknowledges  that  the  new  forms  of  communication
reveal our deep desire to be connected with one another.
But  he  also  points  out  the  dangers  of  becoming  too
obsessed  with  these  new  technologies.  Especially  when
they  lead  to  the  loss  of  face  to  face  communication
which can never be replaced with electronics.

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.

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)

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

              7th Sunday In Ordinary Time              February 23, 2020 

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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

              7th Sunday In Ordinary Time              February 23, 2020 

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