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Holy Spirit Descending

Pentecost Sunday
24 May 2015

...The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

-- Galatians 5: 22-25 [NRSV]

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Important Update on the future of ACC and Blessed John XXIII

St John XXIII House Committee Report #2

Parish Current Events Calendar

Current Parish Org Chart

Standing Announcements

CWL page
JD&P page
K of C page

Archdiocese of Winnipeg weekly bulletin

Prayer for the Success of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (.pdf)


  • Sunday Mass times have changed to 9am and 11:45am.

  • Thanksgiving Mass for those recently confirmed, Pentecost Sunday 24 May, 11:45am

Condolences to the Hiatt family for the passing of George, whose funeral Mass was held at our Parish this week.
CAMPAIGN for NEPAL: This month, Development & Peace (D&P), the international development agency of choice for Catholics, is urging you to donate generously to the effort to bring relief to Nepal in the wake of the two massive earthquakes there. D&P stays with the people in need longer, with its primary focus on long-term community-based development and reconstruction. The federal government will match (double) your contribution through D&P until March 25th.
  • Make out your cheque to "St John XXIII Parish," place it in one of the special D&P earmarking envelopes, mark "NEPAL" on the envelope and the cheque, and drop it in the collection basket or leave it in the Office. The Parish will issue your tax receipt, thereby saving administrative costs for Development & Peace.

Next Rummage Sale Friday 29 May, 5-7pm.
  • Help is needed in the morning with set-up, in the evening during the sale, and afterwards for packing away unsold items.

  • Items for sale are urgently needed (jewellery is always a big seller). Please bring them to the church during office hours.

  • Notice of Rummage Sale Group Meeting Friday 29 May, 10:30am, during morning set-up coffee-break. Purpose: to make a small change in constitution. All St John XXIII parishioners are entitled to be members.

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,
(See map)
New Time: Sundays at 9am.
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.
House of Peace Annual Raffle, draw date: 10 June. First prize: $3,500 travel gift certificate or $3,000 cash. Please help by buying tickets or selling books of tickets (can be picked up or mailed to you). Call Barb Macdonell, 204-888-8384. Proceeds to go for renovations of kitchen and storage rooms used by groups throughout the city seven days per week.
Honouring the Arts In Education: A celebration of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary's 140th Anniversary in Manitoba, Sunday 24 May, 1:30 p.m., Alumnae Hall, St. Mary's Academy, 550 Wellington Cres. Visual arts display, culinary arts sampling, performances. All welcome, admission free.
Made for More presents the Why Be Catholic? Series: Tuesdays 7pm.
  • 26 May: Contraception - Why Not? by Dexter Suban at St John Brebeuf hall.

KofC Logo Knights of Columbus news
  • Congratulations for the following awards at the Manitoba State 2015 Convention:
    • St James Council #4557: 2nd Runner-Up Certificate for Youth Activities.

    • Doug & Elsie Rosler: Family of the Year Award for their work within the St James Knights, St. James-Assiniboia CWL, St John XXIII Parish, and in the community.

    Thanks to all our Knights and Ladies for all the work they do for our organizations, parishes, and communities.

  • 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.

  • A special thank-you to Knight Steve Csizmadia for repairs to the church kneelers.
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

After the successful Centennial Celebration...

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

Our Parish Justice, Development & Peace Committee would welcome you as a volunteer. Interested? Please contact Indira in the Office.

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
Faith Formation at St John XXIII:
Questions? call Sharon (Pastoral Assistant), 204-832-7206.

  • Catechism Registrations now accepted for 2015/16 school year. Classes start Sunday 20 September, 10:15-11:15am. Registration forms in the Narthex pamphlet holder.

  • We also need more catechists, adult and youth classroom assistants, and adult hall monitors for our growing program. Safe-Environment Workshop required; also abuse registry and criminal record checks. Call Sharon, 204-832-7206. Volunteer forms available in the Narthex pamphlet holder.

  • Weekly Catechism K-8 Classes, 10:15 to 11:15am (between the 9 & 11:45am Masses).

  • 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!

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, 16-28 September: 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.


  • Condolences to the Trumbla family on the passing away of Yvette, whose funeral mass was held at our Parish in May.

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.
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

  • YouthLeader, June 29 to July 3: a US & Canada-wide Christian leadership training program for high schoolers, sponsored by our Archdiocese Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry (OYYAM). For details go to

  • 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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