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Abraham & Isaac, by Israel Tsvaygenbaum (Russian) 2001

Abraham & Isaac
by Israel Tsvaygenbaum (Russian) 2001

2nd Sunday of Lent
1 March 2015

The Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, "By myself I have sworn, says the Lord: Because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of their enemies, and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you ahve obeyed my voice."

-- Genesis 22: 16-18 [NRSV]

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  • Sunday Mass times have changed to 9am and 11:45am.
  • Remember: next Sunday, 8 March, clocks move ahead one hour for Daylight Time.
    • Stations of the Cross for the Lenten season Fridays at 7:00 pm (except 5:30pm on 27 March -- see below.).

    • Archdiocese-wide Evening Prayer & examination of conscience, Sunday 1 March, 7pm, here at our Parish. See detailed announcement below.

    • No coffee & Fellowship after Masses on the weekend of 28 February/1 March.

    • Date for 1st Communion changed to Saturday 2 May at 5:00 pm Mass here at our Parish.

    • Date for Confirmation changed to Sunday 3 May at the MTS Centre.

    World Day of Prayer, Friday 6 March, 7pm at Westwood Community Church, 401 Westwood Dr. All are invited to observe a common day of prayer with this worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions.
    ACC Knitting Club meets Monday 2 March, 10am in the ACC Lounge. All knitters and crocheters welcome on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 10am to knit baby layettes for the K of C Baby shower. We also need yarn and wool. Information: call Bev, 204-885-1202.
  • Saint John XXIII
    Roman Catholic Parish
    3390 Portage Avenue

    (at Rouge Road)
    Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada R3K 0Z3
    Roman Catholic Mass Times

    Saturday: 5:00pm
    Sunday: 9:00am & 11:45am

    Coffee & Fellowship after all Masses during the weekend of the first Sunday of every month.
    Weekday Mornings:
    Rosary 9:00 a.m.
    Mass 9:15 a.m.

    Scripture Study each Tuesday following 9:15am Mass. Reflection on Scriptures for the coming Sunday, using the Celebration Teaching Resource, led by Fr Gerald. All welcome.
    Weekly Catechism K-8,
    10:15 to 11:15am (between 9 & 11:45am Masses). Call Sharon (Pastoral Assistant), 204-832-7206.

    Our Parish supports St Charles Catholic School: 331 St Charles Street, Winnipeg. For current news
    click here, visit or call 204-837-1520.
    Important: please consult the most recent Bulletin for occasional variations on this schedule, especially around major feast days, such as Christmas and Easter (Triduum).

    Saturday 4:15 pm
    and upon request.

    For all other Sacraments, please contact the Pastor.
    We can accommodate those with gluten intolerance or Celiac disease with low-gluten hosts at our liturgies. Identify yourself to the sacristan before Mass.

    Pastor: Rev Gerald R Langevin,
    For office hours, please see Office page.

    Low Mass in Latin at St Ann's Church, 271 Hampton Street, Sundays at 10am. (See map)
    Call for Tri-Diocesan choir for Mass honouring the women religious of Manitoba (Sunday 8 March, International Women's Day, 10am at St Boniface Cathedral); Rehearsal at St Boniface Cathedral on Tuesday 3 March at 6:30pm for musicians and 7pm for singers. Please confirm participation by 28 February with Shawn Coughlin, 204-230-3116 or For more info go to
    9th Annual Justice, Development & Peace Way of the Cross and Lenten Meal, Friday 27 March, 5:30pm. Justice-oriented Stations followed by Holy Land Meal in the Narthex (no charge).
    Evening Prayer & Examination of Conscience, Sunday 1 March, 7pm, at St John XXIII. All parishioners are invited to attend as part of our celebrations for the Archdiocesan Centennial Year. As a sign of unity, all parishes throughout the Archdiocese will be gathering at the same time to acknowledge our sins of the past as a Church with the resolve to better "Proclaim Christ Always." (A reception will follow our celebration. Due to this event, there will be no Coffee & Fellowship after Masses the weekend of 28 February/1 March).
    Immaculate Conception Drop-in Centre Dinner, Sunday 29 March. Please see sign-up sheet in the Narthex seeking 12 volunteers to cook the 7-layer casseroles (recipe, ingredients and pans provided). Ingredients to be picked up at the church on Friday 27 March between 5:30 and 6:00pm. Casseroles to be delivered hot to the church parking lot on the day of the event, Sunday 29 March by 12:45pm. Questions? Call Cindy Allard, Co-ordinator, 204-283-2721.
    Parish Fundraising Concert, Sunday 19 April, 7pm. Mark your calendars and watch for further details.
    KofC Logo
    Knights of Columbus news
    • Pancake Breakfast, Sunday 1 March, 9:30am till 12 Noon, St John XXIII Gym. Tickets from K of C members or the Office: Adults: $5; Children under 10: $3. Please join us.

    • 39th Annual Captain Miles MacDonell Dinner & Draw Wednesday 29 April in the ACC gym. Proceeds support St Ignatius Catholic School. $60 Ticket includes dinner & draw and triggers a $25 tax receipt.

    • It's not too late to join the St James Knights of Columbus. For info about the Council and its good works speak to a Knight or contact Steve Csizmadia, 995-5634 or Richard Carlyle, 889-0238. Come join our team.
    For tickets to any events, to join the Knights, or for any questions, contact Richard Carlyle, 204-889-0238 or

    For more info, see the K of C page or select the K of C Events Calendar

    Latin Church Catholics are to observe fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday under terms of the 1983 Code of Canon Law.

    • FASTING: Catholics aged 18-59 are expected to fast (one full meal and two "snacks" that don't add up to a full meal) on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Non-alcoholic drinks such as water or juice don't count as food, but liquids used as food - such as soups or smoothies - do.

    • ABSTINENCE: Catholics aged 14+ are expected to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent. Eggs & fish don't count as meat.

    When you have a medical condition or are pregnant, travelling, or under unusual stress, these requirements may be relaxed.

    In addition to fasting and abstinence, giving alms or doing charitable work is expected.

    go to JD&P page Justice, Development, & Peace Committee news

    Contributions to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development & Peace (D&P) for regions struck with disasters are always welcome. D&P is the international development agency of choice for Catholics.Though it is often among the first on the scene -- and often has had a presence in the country long before the disaster struck -- D&P stays with the people in need longer, with its primary focus on long-term community-based development and reconstruction. Make out your cheque to "Saint John XXIII Parish," label it with the region for which you intend it, and place it in one of the special D&P earmarking envelopes available in the Office, filling in your name (and if applicable, your Parish envelope number). The Parish will issue your tax receipt, thereby saving administrative costs for Development & Peace.

    For more info, see the
    JD&P page
    CWL Logo Catholic Women's League news

    See CWL upcoming events calendar on the
    CWL page. For info about events and membership, contact Louise Dansereau, CWL President, 204-888-1055.
    Faith Formation at St John XXIII:
    Questions? call Sharon (Pastoral Assistant), 204-832-7206.

    • Weekly Catechism K-8 Classes, 10:15 to 11:15am (between the 9 & 11:45am Masses). It's not too late to register. Classes resumed last week.

    • Religious Ed Family Mass, Sunday 18 January at 11:45am.

    • RCIA Sessions Wednesdays, 7-9pm. It's not too late to register. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process for those who are considering becoming full members of the Catholic Church…

      2014 Income Tax Receipts not picked up in person have now been mailed out. Please watch for yours in the mail and when it comes, store it in a safe place.

    • A few 2015 offertory envelopes are still on the table in the Narthex. Reduced decks of envelopes for special collections only, are also set out for PAD contributors. Please pick up your personalized box of envelopes as soon as possible.

    • Please consider filling out the blue email contact form available here or in the Narthex and the Office. When completed, they can be dropped in the collection basket or at the Office. Thanks!

    Gathering & Fellowship coffee time after all masses Saturday afternoon & Sunday, on the weekend of the first Sunday each month, hosted by the Building a Welcoming Community Working Group. We look forward to having all parishioners stay and get to know one another better! (NB: Exceptionally, there will be no Fellowship/Coffee time after masses the weekend of February 28/March 1).

    S.O.S. - SERVING OUR SENIORS. A dedicated team of St. John XXIII Parish volunteers known as the S.O.S. - Serving our Seniors Working Group, is available for a home visit, share a prayer, or to bring Holy Communion to our seniors or any of our parishioners, on request. Due to the Privacy Act, requests for this service must be made to Fr. Gerald. Another initiative of Serving Our Seniors team is offering an afternoon get-together in our parish lounge every other month, open to all our parishioners (50 and up) who would enjoy a fun activity followed by refreshments and fellowship. Look for the date and time in the bulletin, together with the name and phone number of whom to contact if you need a ride.
    Volunteers are still needed to help clean sacristy, narthex, and worship area. You'd work in a team of two and would be scheduled a few times per year in rotation. Training provided. If you can help, please call the Office, 832-7175.

    Ushers needed. A sign-up sheet is in the Narthex. For more info, speak to an usher at Mass or contact Richard Carlyle, 204-889-0238.
    Visit the Marian shrines of Europe with Fr Gerald, September 16 - 28, 2015: Lisbon, Fatima, Santiago de Compostela, Burgos, Lourdes, Saragossa, and Madrid. For info, contact Adriana at Flair Travel Grant Park, 320-1120 Grant Ave, 204-284 9682, cell 204-228-4764 or
    FIRE & EMERGENCY SAFETY PLAN Volunteer still needed. Assiniboia Christian Centre needs one person to be responsible for ensuring all the Fire and Safety Plans are known by those leading activities here. For details please see: Safety Plan Insert.

    Current snippets from recent Parish bulletins.


    • Please pray for the repose of the soul of Betty Fox who passed away in Edmonton and whose funeral was held on Thursday 26 February at our Parish. Betty passed away last week in Edmonton. Condolences to the family.

    • Please pray for the repose of the soul of Charlie Olinyk, whose funeral Mass was held at our Parish on Thursday 22 January. Condolences to Lois and to the Family.

    • Please pray for the repose of the soul of Alan Turner of our Parish who passed away on Tuesday 6 January. The Funeral Mass was held at our Parish on Friday 9 January. Condolences to Nina and family.

    Remember Winnipeg Harvest's Weekly Appeal and see list of 10 Most Wanted Items

    Monthly Prayer Day, 1st Sunday of each month, for awareness of the evil of human trafficking and for its victims. Pray Psalms, Rosary, or your preferred prayer, between 1:30 and 2:00pm on the First Sunday.
    Worldwide Marriage Encounter: A Weekend of Discovery, a Lifetime of Love, Friday through Sunday 6-8 March. Open to any married couple wanting to make a good marriage even better. Contact Serge & Ira Boulet, or 204-951- 8075, or go to
    Lenten Day of Silence and Prayer, Saturday 14 March, 10am-4pm. Brief teaching and guided prayer times. Offered by Chemin Neuf Community at St Charles Retreat Centre, 323 St. Charles St. A simple lunch will be provided. Registration: contact 204-885-2260 or write
    St Benedict's Monastery, Retreat & Conference Centre, 225 Masters Ave, off Main Street 3 km north of the Perimeter Highway. For info on retreats and other sessions visit, or to register, phone 204-338-4601 or write

    • Centring: Introductory Workshop Saturday 7 March & Retreat Friday-Sunday 13-15 March: Learn Christ-centred silent prayer, led by Jacquie Reimer & Lynn Langdon. Intro workshop ($50) is a pre-requisite for the retreat ($150 shared/$170 single); Both parts: $200/$180.

    • Discernment retreat for women called to the consecrated life, Thursday-Sunday 19-22 March.

    • Centring Prayer Support Circle, Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm. Drop in; no charge.

    • Gift of Life Workshop for those who practise Centering Prayer, monthly on Saturdays, 10am-4pm. Led by Sister Sandra Stewart, RNDM. Offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that counter the culture that views death as a tragedy.

    • Taizé Prayer for peace, every First Friday from 7-8pm. All welcome

    • St Benedict's Place: Seniors' Independent Living suites now available for rent, including board. Quiet, beautiful, safe, & hospitable. For a tour, call Frances Evers, 338-4601.

    Chemin Neuf Community and St Charles Retreat Centre: 323 St. Charles Street. For info, contact Ted and Nancy Wood, or 204-885-2260.
    Alzheimer Society Caregiver Education & Support Meetings, every 4th Wednesday 1-3pm, St Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 202 Harcourt St. For those caring for Alzheimer or other dementia patients. For info, contact Cheryl Demasi, 943-6622, X229.
    Recent Job Postings and Appointments:

    St Charles Catholic School: 331 St Charles Street, Winnipeg. For info, visit or call 204-837-1520.
    Links to Selected Archdiocesan News Items:

  • Meet Your New Archbishop: Watch the installation of the Most Reverend Richard J. Gagnon as the Seventh Archbishop of Winnipeg on Salt and Light, recorded 2014-01-03 at St. Mary's Cathedral.

  • Read the Archbishop's Travel Blog at

    Upcoming Marriage Prep Sessions, Archdiocese of Wpg

    Sharing God's Gifts

    Youth events update
    For details and additional events, please see
  • recent Saint John XXIII Parish bulletins or
  • the Archdiocese of Winnipeg weekly bulletin.


    See the Parish prayer list in the current bulletin: those in need of healing and comfort . Note: We retain names on this list as long as they remain in need of prayer; however, to help us keep the list updated, please inform Indira (832-7175) if you know of anyone who no longer needs to be listed there.

    Please pray for the repose of the souls of: Charlie Olinyk; Al Turner


    Outside Volunteer Opportunities

    CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY, from Romanesque icon of the Last Judgement, 2nd half of 12th Century, Oratory of St Gregory Nazianzen near Santia Maria in Campo Marzio. Vatican Museum.
    • Assist people living in personal care homes in our area: Volunteers respond to varied needs, including assisting residents to come to Mass when it is held in their residence. Please call the Parish Office at 832-7175. [2009-09-18]

    • Retirees wanted to volunteer to visit St Boniface Hospital patients. Choose once or twice weekly or even monthly. Offer spiritual solace and bring Communion. Contact Claire David at Spiritual Care, 204-235-3287. [2014-10-12]

    • Pregnancy and Family Support Services, Inc.: Volunteers wanted as clerks, sorters, and pricers in our Spence Street Thrift Shop -- serving the disadvantaged at the same time. Also needed: people to do odd jobs around the store and to collect donated items. We accommodate any amount of time a person has to give: from a few hours to a full day, one or more times per month. To offer your services, please call Christine, 783-9281 or email [2009-09-15]

    • Misericordia Health Centre invites you to join our caring volunteer team, who assist residents wishing to attend chapel services or other activities. Call 788-8132, apply online at or email [2009-09-15]

    • Grace Hospital needs friendly visiting volunteers to work one morning, afternoon, or evening per week. Training provided. For more information, call Jennifer Sheppard, 837-0368. [2009-09-15]

    • Hospice & Palliative Care Manitoba needs end-of-life Companions and Bereavement Support Volunteers to provide emotional support and practical assistance to individuals and families living with a chronic or life-limiting illness. Volunteers visit in the home 3-4 hours/week, and are especially needed during the day. Volunteers are required to participate in an education program provided by the Hospice for a nominal charge. For information, please call Peggy McRitchie, Volunteer Development Coordinator at 889-8525 X228 or email her at [2009-09-15]

    • St Charles Academy: Labels for Education: Please save all your Campbell Labels to help obtain computers, sports equipment, musical instruments, and more, for our Catholic school. Turn in all your labels to the school at year's end. stamps

    • Used Postage Stamps wanted: Special commemoratives, foreign stamps, (excluding regular single-rate Canadian). Support Development & Peace initiatives in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Please cut the stamps from your envelopes without damaging perforations. There is a deposit box on the counter in the ACC Office.

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