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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                       1st Sunday of Lent                          March 1, 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: DEVOTIONS

Stations of the Cross

Every Friday of Lent after 7PM Mass

Holy Hour

Every Sunday of Lent: 4—5PM

Consider “doing” one or both of these devotions for Lent—they

are much more fruitful than “giving up” chocolate.

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CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 

THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

“The Creed”

The Church: people of God,

body of Christ, temple of the Spirit

153. Why is the Church the ‘people of God’?

The Church is the ‘people of God’ because it pleased God to
sanctify and save men not in isolation but by making them
into  one  people  gathered  together  by  the  unity  of  the
Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

154. What are the characteristics of the people of God?

One  becomes  a  member  of  this  people  through  faith  in
Christ  and  Baptism. This  people  has  for  its  origin God  the
Father; for its head Jesus Christ; for its hallmark the dignity
and  freedom  of  the  sons  of  God;  for  its  law  the  new
commandment of love; for its mission to be the salt of the
earth  and  the  light  of  the  world;  and  for  its  destiny  the
Kingdom of God, already begun on earth.

155. In what way does the people of God share in the

three functions of Christ as Priest, Prophet and King?

The  people  of  God  participate  in  Christ's  priestly  office
insofar  as  the  baptized  are  consecrated  by  the  Holy Spirit
to offer spiritual sacrifices. They share in Christ’s prophetic
office when with a supernatural sense of faith they adhere
unfailingly  to  that  faith  and  deepen  their  understanding
and  witness  to  it.  The  people  of  God  share  in  his  kingly
office  by  means  of  service,  imitating  Jesus  Christ  who  as
King  of  the  universe  made  himself  the  servant  of  all,
especially the poor and the suffering.

156. In what way is the Church the body of Christ?

The  risen Christ  unites  his  faithful  people  to  himself  in  an
intimate way by means of the Holy Spirit. In this way, those
who believe in Christ, in as much as they are close to him
especially in the Eucharist, are united among themselves in
charity.  They  form  one  body,  the  Church,  whose  unity  is
experienced  in  the  diversity  of  its  members  and  its
functions.

157. Who is the Head of this body?

Christ  “is  the  Head  of  the  body,  the  Church”  (Colossians
1:18). The Church lives from him, in him and for him. Christ
and  the  Church  make  up  the  “whole  Christ”  (Saint
Augustine); “Head and members form, as it were, one and
the same mystical person” (Saint Thomas Aquinas).

158. Why is the Church called the “Bride of Christ”?

She is called the “Bride of Christ” because the Lord himself
called  himself  her  “Spouse”  (Mark  2:19).  The  Lord  has
loved  the  Church  and  has  joined  her  to  himself  in  an
everlasting  covenant.  He  has  given  himself  up  for  her  in
order  to  purify  her  with  his  blood  and  “sanctify
her” (Ephesians 5:26), making her the fruitful mother of all
the  children  of God. While  the  term  “body”  expresses  the

unity  of  the  “head”  with  the  members,  the  term  “bride”
emphasizes  the  distinction  of  the  two  in  their  personal
relationship.

159. Why is the Church called the temple of the Holy

Spirit?

She is so called because the Holy Spirit resides in the body
which  is  the Church,  in  her  Head  and  in  her  members.  He
also builds up the Church in charity by the Word of God, the
sacraments, the virtues, and charisms.

“What  the  soul  is  to  the  human
body,  the  Holy  Spirit  is  to  the
members of Christ, that is, the body
of Christ, which is the Church.” (Saint
Augustine)

160. What are charisms?

Charisms  are  special  gifts  of  the  Holy  Spirit  which  are
bestowed on individuals for the good of others, the needs
of  the  world,  and  in  particular  for  the  building  up  of  the
Church. The  discernment  of  charisms  is  the  responsibility
of the Magisterium.

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”

Dear Parishioners,
I am not with you this first Sunday of Lent as I
have taken the weekend off due to the sudden
death  of  my  brother  Paul  deGale.  He  died
peacefully at his home in Brampton from heart
and  lung  issues.  His  funeral  was  yesterday,
Saturday.  My  brother  suffered  from  severe
schizophrenia, and his was not an enviable life.
Pray for him to be in the peace of the Lord.

Fr Simon

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CHALICE CHILDREN’S COLLECTION

Next Collection Sunday, March 22

February Collection: $266.50

MASS INTENTIONS

Mon, March 2, 7PM:

+Victorina Vallejo

Tues, March 3, 9AM:

+Mervyn & +Alexis Steinwall

Wed, March 4: 7 PM:

Thanksgiving of Crescentia Anandappa

Thurs, March 5, 9AM:
       

Thanksgiving of Violeta

Fri, March 6, 7PM
       

Healing of Deling Ferolino

Sat, March 7, 9AM 

+Maribeth Empensando

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Saturday, March 7
5:15PM: The Parishioners
Sunday, March 8
9AM: Thanksgiving of Fe Tolentino
12:15PM: +Palmerino Mario Cerio
5:30PM: +Antonio Hernandez

VOCATIONS

Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert for forty

days of prayer and fasting.

Are you open to being

led by the Holy Spirit into the life-commitment God has

prepared for you? If God is calling you to serve him

as 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, March 7—Friday, March 13

Sanctuary Tabernacle:

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—$2767.95

To break even weekly—$3,000 needed.

UPCOMING PARISH YOUTH GROUPS EVENTS

All Are Welcome

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, March 1

As we begin this great season of Lent it is

important to take some time to reflect on

how we plan to best spend this time to

grow as stewards of Christ. It is important
that if we are going to give something up,

we should strive to replace it with

something good as well. Let us strive to

fast from anything that prevents us from

being good stewards and feast on those

practices that strengthens us.

SACRAMENT OF HOLY CONFIRMATION

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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PRAY FOR THE HOLY FATHER, POPE

FRANCIS’, MARCH MISSION INTENTION

Catholics in China

We pray that the Church in China may persevere in its

faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.

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 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

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.

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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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.

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.

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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This Sunday’s Readings: First Reading: Genesis 2:7-9;
3:1-7—Eve  and  Adam  eat  from  the  tree  that  was
forbidden to them by God; Responsorial Psalm: Psalm
51:3-4,5-6,12-13,17—A  prayer  for  mercy;  Second
Reading:  Romans  5:12-19—Through  the  obedience  of
Jesus,  many  will  be  made  righteous.  (shorter  form:
Romans  5:12,17-19); Gospel  Reading:  Matthew  4:1-11
—Jesus fasts for 40 days in the desert and is tempted
by the devil.

Background on the Gospel Reading
In  each  of  the  three  Synoptic  Gospels  (Mark,
Matthew,  and  Luke),  after  Jesus’  baptism  by  John,
Jesus  is  reported  to  have  gone  to  the  desert  to  fast
and  pray  for  40  days.  In  each  case,  while  in  the
desert, Jesus is tempted by the devil.

Matthew and Luke give more detail than Mark does,
but each one tells how the devil tempts Jesus in the
desert.  In  Matthew,  as  in  Luke,  the  devil  presents
three temptations to Jesus. The devil tempts Jesus to
use  his  power  to  appease  his  hunger;  he  tempts
Jesus to put God’s promise of protection to the test;
and he offers Jesus all of the kingdoms of the world if

Jesus  will  worship  the  devil.  In  each  case,  Jesus
resists the temptation, rebuking the devil with words
from Scripture.

The  account  of  Jesus’  temptation  in  the  desert  is
filled  with  allusions  and  parallels  to  the  Old
Testament,  including  the  story  of  the  people  of
Israel. The Israelites spent 40 years wandering in the
desert  in  Exodus,  for  example,  and  Jesus  spends  40
days  in  the  desert.  As  the  Israelites  were  tempted
during the Exodus, so too is Jesus tempted.

Each temptation offers insight into both God and the
human condition. Jesus’ rejection of the temptations
shows that he will not put God to the test. Grounding
himself on the word and authority of Scripture, Jesus
rebukes  the  devil,  confident  in God’s  protection  and
faithfulness.
As  we  start  our  journey  through  Lent,  our  Sunday
readings  call  us  to  adopt  the  same  confidence  that
Jesus  had  in  the  face  of  temptation:  God’s  word
alone will suffice; God’s promise of protection can be
trusted; God alone is God.

“Away With You, Satan! For It Is Written, Worship The Lord

Your God, And Serve Only Him”

Jesus

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                       1st Sunday of Lent                          March 1, 2020 

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

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SUNDAYS IN LENT

QUESTION:  Why  is  it  that  on  Sundays  you  can  do
whatever you gave up for lent?
ANSWER:  Ah,  yes,  this  is  one  of  those  things  that  many
people do not realize. I think the answer could be given in
two different ways. There is no clear teaching on this since
giving something up in Lent is more of a personal sacrifice,
even  though  it  is  encouraged  as  a Church  discipline.    Let
me share the two approaches you could take.

First  of  all,  there  are  those  who  prefer  to  give  something
up all of Lent.   That means from Ash Wednesday through
Holy Saturday and every day in between. This is certainly a
good  practice  and  one  that  will  bring  with  it  much  merit.
The  rational  would  be  that  Jesus  fasted  in  the  desert  for
forty  days  and  did  not  have  any  breaks  or  moments  of
feasting.    Additionally,  as  a  Church  we  do  have  a
penitential  attitude  even  toward  Sundays  in  Lent,  in  that
we keep the Church decorated in a very simple way, wear
purple  as  a  sign  of  penance,  and  refrain  from  singing  the
Gloria  and  the Alleluia.     These  are  all  ways  we  keep  the
attitude of penance even on Sundays.

However,  with  that  said,  it’s  also  important  to  point  out
that  Sundays  are  Solemnities  within  the  Church.    A
Solemnity  is  a  day  of  the  greatest  celebration  and
especially  focuses  upon  the  entire  action  of  Christ’s  life,
death AND resurrection. So Sundays are not technically to
be days of fast; rather, they are to be days of feasting!
As  a  child  I  remember  approaching  Lent  in  this  way  and
have always continued this practice. For me, it has always
been a welcome moment of rest from the penance of Lent
and has helped me remember that the joy of Easter is the
final goal of any fasting and penance. Psychologically and
spiritually  it  seems  good  to  celebrate  these  mini-
celebrations  of  Easter  every Sunday,  and  it  seems  to  help
make  the  days  of  fasting  more  meaningful.    It  adds  a
certain  rhythm  to  the  week,  focusing  on  both  celebration
and penance at the appropriate times.

Additionally,  there  are  two  other  solemnities  within  Lent
that some will choose to treat as a Sunday. The Solemnity
of  St.  Joseph  is  on  March  19,  and  the  Solemnity  of  the
Annunciation  is  on  March  25  (nine  months  before
Christmas  marking  the  Incarnation).    These  days,  being
Solemnities  within  our  Church,  are  celebrated  with  the
same  joy  as  Sunday.

 Therefore,  it  would  be

understandable  if  you  decided  to  give  up  your  Lenten
sacrifice on those days also.

The  bottom  line  is  that  sacrifice  and  penance  is  for  a
purpose.    It’s  a  means  to  an  end,  not  an  end  in  itself.    In
other words, our ultimate goal is not sacrifice and penance;
rather, our ultimate goal is the resurrection. Penance helps
us on that journey but penance should never be seen as the
final end.

So my recommendation is to celebrate and to celebrate all
Solemnities  within  our  Church  well.    This  will  only  help
make the days of penance more fruitful.

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)

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION OPPORTUNITY

At St John XXIII

Do you want someone to talk with about your faith?

Are you seeking to deepen your relationship with God?

St. John XXIII Parish is offering a series of 10 - 12 spiritual

direction sessions between February and May. You will

meet individually every week for 45 minutes with a Jesuit

trained Spiritual Director who is continuing her practicum

training in the ministry of spiritual direction. These

sessions will give you the opportunity to express and

better appreciate what is happening in your prayer and in

your life with God.

There is no cost, though a free will offering may be made

to St. John XXIII parish to support our ministries.

To apply, contact the Secretary at St. John XXIII Parish.

See contact information on front page.

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION OPPORTUNITY

In Guelph

Do you want someone to talk with about your faith?
Are  you  seeking  to  deepen  your  relationship  with  God?
Loyola  House  (the  Jesuit  retreat  house  in  Guelph)  is
offering  a  series  of  10  -  12  spiritual  direction  sessions
between  February  and  May.  You  will  meet  individually
every week for 45 minutes with a Jesuit scholastic who is
learning the ministry of spiritual direction. These sessions
will  give  you  the  opportunity  to  express  and  better
appreciate  what  is  happening  in  your  prayer  and  in  your
life with God.

There is no cost, though a free will offering may be made
to Loyola House to continue our ministry.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                       1st Sunday of Lent                          March 1, 2020 

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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

                       1st Sunday of Lent                          March 1, 2020 

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

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