30 August 2015
Then Jesus called the crowd again and said to them, "Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile them, but the things that come out of a person are what defile them. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person."
-- Mark 7: 21-23 [NRSV]
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St John XXIII House Committee Report #2
Parish Current Events Calendar
Current Parish Org Chart
K of C page
Archdiocese of Winnipeg weekly bulletin
Prayer for the Success of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (.pdf)
CURRENT HIGHLIGHTSThe Parish Office is closed Mondays during the summer.
The 9am Mass Choir needs additional singers. If you're interested, speak to any member of the Choir.
Catechism Registrations now accepted for 2015/16 school year. Classes start Sunday
Prep forms for First Communion or Confirmation are also available; a copy of the baptismal certificate must be attached to the prep form for all children not baptized at St John XXIII.
We also need more catechists, adult and youth classroom assistants, and adult hall monitors for our growing program. Call Sharon, 204-832-7206. Volunteer forms available in the Narthex pamphlet holder.
Rummage Sale: The next sale is in September. Please continue to bring smaller items for sale to the church during the summer. Jewelry always sells well. Thank you for your support.
Celebrating Aboriginal Faith & Family: Weekend of 28-30 August at St Kateri Tekakwitha Aboriginal Parish, 794 Ellice Ave. Info: go to www.archwinnipeg.ca/weekly_bulletin.php#1734
Knitting Group re-starts Monday 14 September, 10am - 12 Noon, in the downstairs Lounge -- and meets Monday mornings thereafter throughout the year unless otherwise noted. For further information, contact Beverly Hewitt.
Interfaith Peace Gathering, Thursday 17 September, 7pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Hall. Prayers, Documentary DVD Among the Righteous, a true story of Muslims and Jews, living in love and harmony after World War II. All Interfaith leaders, communities and you are welcome. For info call 204-888-8687.
Saint John XXIII
Roman Catholic Parish
3390 Portage Avenue
(at Rouge Road)
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
Coffee & Fellowship after all Masses during the weekend of the first Sunday of every month.
We can accommodate those with gluten intolerance or Celiac disease with low-gluten hosts at our liturgies. Identify yourself to the sacristan before Mass.
Important: please consult the most recent Bulletin for occasional variations on this schedule, especially around major feast days, such as Christmas and Easter (Triduum).
Rev Robert Polz
To contact Fr Robert, please see Office page.
For all other Sacraments, please contact the Pastor on a timely basis.
Fridays at 3pm
First Fridays 9:45am
Our Parish supports St Charles Catholic School: 331 St Charles Street, Winnipeg. For current news click here, visit www.stccs.ca or call
Low Mass in Latin at St Ann's Church, 271 Hampton Street,
New Time: Sundays at 9am.
Knights of Columbus news|
Chicken & Rib BBQ, Sunday 20 September in the St John XXIII gym.
Tickets (adults: $15; children under 12: $7) available from Knights.
For tickets to any events, for info about the Council and its good works, or to join, speak to a Knight or contact Steve Csizmadia, 995-5634 or Richard Carlyle,
For more info, see the K of C page or select the K of C Events Calendar
2015 Federal Election Guide now available, issued by the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. This is a three-page summary with examples of the application of Catholic moral and social teaching, inviting Catholics to vote with discernment in the upcoming federal election. Download PDF here or for background, go to www.cccb.ca/site/eng/media-room/4243-guide-for-2015-federal-election
Men Astutely Trained: Series of talks on Jesuit history and contributions: five Mondays 21 September through 19 October, 7:00-8:30pm, St Ignatius Ed Centre, 925 Jessie Ave. Sponsored by Winnipeg Archdiocese and St Paul's College. $10 offering requested for the series. Call 204-453-9243 to register.
Vocations Discernment Retreat, Friday 2 October 6:30pm through Sunday 4 October 1pm,at St Benedict's Retreat Centre, Fee: $100 per participant (or whatever you can afford -- don't let this stop you from attending!) covers all presentation materials, snacks, meals, accommodations. For info, contact Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, 204-452-2227, email@example.com
St Charles Catholic School Anniversary Dinner, Wednesday 7 October, at the school. 6pm cocktails; 6:30pm dinner; 7:15pm commemorative video. Tickets $10 from Eunice Newman, 204-837-1520 X223 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Serra Club Dinner, Thursday 15 October, Caboto Centre, 1050 Wilkes Ave. 6pm: Reception, silent auction; 7pm: Dinner. Proceeds to the Seminarian Fund for the education and training of priests. Guest speaker: Rev Leonard Altilia, S.J., President, St. Paul’s High School. We hope to get enough parishioners from St John XXIII to support this event so we fill at least one or two tables! Tickets $85 through our Parish office or from Joan McCallum at 204-889-6546.
Justice, Development, & Peace Committee news
Our Parish Justice, Development & Peace Committee would welcome you as a volunteer. Interested? Please contact Indira in the Office.
Cultivating and Caring for Creation: 12 videos with study guides on Catholic thought and action leading up to Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment. Free on-line at www.greenspirittv.com from the Canadian Bishops (CCCB).
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, resilience, and reconstruction.
Make out your cheque to "Saint John XXIII Parish," label it with the region for which you intend it (e.g., "Nepal"), 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
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,
WYD 2016: The Archdioceses of Winnipeg and St. Boniface are organizing a joint pilgrimage for young adults, ages 18 to 35, to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland. Join us! For info, contact the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, email@example.com or call 204-452-2227 ext 273.
After the successful Centennial Celebration...
AVAILABLE IN THE NARTHEX or FROM THE OFFICE:
Current snippets from recent Parish bulletins.
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.
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 www.stbens.ca, or to register, phone 204-338-4601 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chemin Neuf Community and St Charles Retreat Centre: 323 St. Charles Street. For info, contact Ted and Nancy Wood, email@example.com 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 www.stccs.ca or call 204-837-1520.
Links to Selected Archdiocesan News Items:
Upcoming Marriage Prep Sessions, Archdiocese of Wpg
Sharing God's Gifts
Youth events update
For details and additional events, please see