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Entry into Jerusalem

Jesus' Entry into Jerusalem

6th Sunday of Lent
(Palm/Passion Sunday)

13 April 2014

[The servant of the Lord said:] The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame."

-- Isaiah 50: 7 NRSV]

Important Update on the future of ACC and Blessed John XXIII

Current Parish 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)


Catholic Women's League news
  • Annual membership renewals are now due. $30 can be paid to Elsie Rosler, 204-832-5390 or left with Indira at our Parish Office.

See CWL upcoming events calendar on the
CWL page. For info about events and membership, contact Louise Dansereau, CWL President, 204-888-1055.
Caritas Award Annual Dinner, Wednesday 30 April at the Convention Centre: Tickets: $95. For info, go to
KofC Logo Knights of Columbus news

  • Dinner & Draw to benefit St Charles Catholic School, Wednesday 23 April, 6pm social hour; 7pm dinner; 8:30pm draw at B John XXIII Parish - ACC gym, sponsored by Capt Miles MacDonell Assembly #370 4th Degree KofC. Tickets $60 ($25 tax-deductible) available at our Parish Office or at 837-6465. "Draw-only" tickets for $30 (also $25 deductible) available, and direct donations welcome.

    For tickets to any events, to join the Knights, or for any questions, contact Grand Knight Richard Carlyle, 204-889-0238 or

    For more info, see the K of C page or select the K of C Events Calendar
    Young Adults' (18-40) Gathering, Thursday 1 May, 7pm in the ACC lounge. Please join in the fun for trivia night. Bring your favorite snack to share. For more info, or to have babysitting made available, contact or Hope to see you there!
  • Blessed John XXIII
    Roman Catholic Parish
    3390 Portage Avenue

    (at Rouge Road)
    Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada R3K 0Z3
    Lenten Reconciliation Schedule

    Triduum 2014 Schedule

    WAY OF THE CROSS every Friday during Lent at 7pm at Blessed John XXIII.

    Roman Catholic Mass Times

    Saturday: 9:15 am & 5:00 pm
    9:00 a.m.,
    1:00 p.m.
    Weekday Mornings: Monday-Saturday:
    Rosary 9:00 a.m.
    Mass 9:15 a.m.

    Tuesday morning Scripture Study Group: Fr Gerald invites all those interested to join us each Tuesday, following 9:15am Mass. Reflection on Scriptures for the coming Sunday, using the Celebration Teaching Resource.

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

    It's not too late to make a ShareLent contribution.

    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 "Blessed 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
    • Your box of 2014 Parish Offertory envelopes. (Parishioners on pre-authorized debit plan have boxes with Special Collection envelopes only).

    2013 Income Tax Receipts have been mailed. Look for yours in the post.

    Some weekday Mass intentions are still available during April and May. Please contact the Office.
    Please consider filling out the blue email contact form enclosed with last Sunday's bulletin. More forms are available here or in the Narthex and the Office. When completed, they can be dropped in the collection basket or at the Office. Thanks!
    Canonization of Pope St John XXIII, 27 April 2014
    • Canonization Day Archiepiscopal Mass, Sunday 27 April, 11:30am, St Mary's Cathedral, followed by a reception in Cathedral Parish Hall. All welcome.

    • Eucharistic Celebration to honour Pope St John XXIII, Friday 30 May, 7:30pm with the Archbishop at St John XXIII Parish. Reception to follow. All welcome.

    • Canonization Celebration, Archbishop's Visit, & Confirmations: Sunday 19 October.

    A group of over 30, made up of our parishioners and others, is embarking on a 10-day Pilgrimage to Rome and to the birthplace of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (Pope John XXIII). Some will take the option to extend their trip up to 7 more days to other parts of Italy. This group is now full.

  • See invitation & note from Fr Gerald.
  • See the itinerary.

    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.
    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 Jan. 3 at St. Mary's Cathedral. Additional Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers needed, especially for 5pm Saturday and 1pm Sunday Masses. Speak to Fr Gerald if you are interested.
    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.

    We also still need more Ushers/Greeters for each of the weekend Masses. This job offers great satisfaction for a small investment of time. If you are interested, please speak to the ushers at the Mass you attend.

    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.

    • A special Mass for the repose of the soul of Bob James will be celebrated Monday 7 April, at 7pm, at the request of the Knights of Columbus.

  • Chemin Neuf Community and St Charles Retreat Centre: 323 St. Charles Street. For info, contact Ted and Nancy Wood, or 204-885-2260.

  • St Benedict's 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

    • Taizť 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.

  • Preparation days for the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. Five weeks beginning Wednesday 7 May. St Ignatius Adult Ed Centre. Details here .

  • 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:

  • Archbishop Weisgerber previously announced the appointment of Br Thomas Novak, omi, to the newly created position of Pastoral Outreach Minister. Br Tomís outreach will be directed primarily to First Nations Peoples from Northern Manitoba who for various reasons are in Winnipeg for short periods of time. In addition, Br Tom will be working on initiatives to promote healing and reconciliation between aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities. This is a half-time position; Br Tomís office will be centred at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Winnipeg. [December 2012]
    St Charles Catholic School: 331 St Charles Street, Winnipeg. For info, visit or call 204-837-1520.

    Dinner & Draw to benefit St Charles Catholic School, Wednesday 23 April, 6pm social hour; 7pm dinner; 8:30pm draw at B John XXIII Parish - ACC gym, sponsored by Capt Miles MacDonell Assembly #370 4th Degree KofC. Tickets $60 ($25 tax-deductible) available at our Parish Office or at 837-6465. "Draw-only" tickets for $30 (also $25 deductible) available, and direct donations welcome.
    Links to Selected Archdiocesan News Items:

    Upcoming Marriage Prep Sessions, Archdiocese of Wpg

    Sharing God's Gifts

    For details and additional events, please see
  • recent Blessed 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:

  • Msgr Norman Chartrand, former pastor and major actor in the foundation of the Assiniboia Christian Centre, who passed away 2013-11-02 and was buried from his home Parish, Good Shepherd Parish, Portage la Prairie on 11-08.

    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]

    • 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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