4th Sunday in Advent|
21 December 2014
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, / my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour / for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant. / From this day all generations will call me blessed: / the Almighty has done great things for me, / and holy is his Name. / He has mercy on those who fear him / in every generation. / He has shown the strength of his arm, / he has scattered the proud in their conceit. / He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, / and has lifted up the lowly. / He has filled the hungry with good things, / and the rich he has sent empty away. / He has come to the help of his servant Israel / for he has remembered his promise of mercy, / the promise he made to our fathers, / to Abraham and his children for ever.
-- Luke 1: 46-55 [ICEL]
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
K of C page
Archdiocese of Winnipeg weekly bulletin
Prayer for the Success of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (.pdf)
Immaculate Conception Drop-In Centre Dinner, Sunday 11 January. We need twelve volunteers to cook the seven-layer casseroles (recipe, ingredients, and pans provided). There is a binder in the Narthex for sign-up. Ingredients are to be picked up Friday 9 January between 5:30 and 6:00pm. The casseroles are to be delivered hot to the Church parking lot on the day of the event, 11 January, by 12:45pm. (The following Dinner date will be Sunday 29 March.) - Cindy Allard, Coordinator
Ushers: A sign-up sheet to cover the weekday Christmas Masses has been posted on the Narthex closet door. Please sign up for the masses for which you are available.
Training session to establish a new Ministry for Addiction, Depression and Anxiety, Saturday 17 January, Good Shepherd Parish, Portage la Prairie. Offered by the National Catholic Council on Addictions from Detroit with the approval and support of Archbishop Gagnon. If interested in being an additional rep from our Parish, contact Fr Gerald. For info, go to www.archwinnipeg.ca/weekly_bulletin.php#1628
Saint John XXIII|
Roman Catholic Parish
3390 Portage Avenue
(at Rouge Road)
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
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Coffee & Fellowship after all Masses during the weekend of the first Sunday of every month.
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.
Important: please consult the most recent Bulletin for occasional variations on this schedule, especially around major feast days, such as Christmas and Easter (Triduum).
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)
Knights of Columbus news|
For tickets to any events, to join the Knights, or for any questions, contact Richard Carlyle, 204-889-0238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to everyone for supporting our Keep Christ in Christmas Concert. Without your support, the success of the concert would not be possible. We also thank: St Charles School Violin Ambassadors; Mike Cutler on organ; Danielle Defries, Choir; Murray Riddell Big Band; Tom Ploquin, MC; and all volunteers that worked behind the scenes. --Richard Carlyle, St. James K of C
For more info, see the K of C page or select the K of C Events Calendar
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,
Christmas Hampers: (updated 15 December) --from Alice & Marilyn (Co-ordinators)
Thank you for your generous support. We were able to provide 29 families with hampers. 35 children received beautiful Christmas gifts. Our talented knitting club members once again provided knitted items. Parishioners donated socks and additional knitted items. Every year the committee needs to thank so many people -- those who: sort and wrap the knitting; help carry groceries downstairs; help with packing the hampers and delivery day work. Thanks to Bill Patterson and all the drivers who deliver the hampers. Thanks, also for the monetary donations used to cover the cost of the fresh groceries. The Parish will donate any surplus money to the Christmas Cheer Board. Many hands made the work easy and fun. A special thanks to Father Gerald, Indira and José.
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 email@example.com
Justice, Development, & Peace Committee news
Development & Peace Fall Campaign: Multinational seed companies are gradually obtaining more patents on different seeds and threatening the ability of small family farmers in the Global South to affordably produce the food required for their families and communities. Please read the pamphlet (also enclosed in this week's bulletin and available in the Narthex) and consider signing the on-line petition asking the Canadian government to help protect the right of farmers to use, preserve, and exchange their seeds.
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
AVAILABLE IN THE NARTHEX or FROM THE OFFICE:
More Eucharistic Ministers needed. Please contact Colette Mozol, 204-885-6031. Candidates must be approved by Fr Gerald and formally appointed by the Archbishop. Additional Lectors also wanted; contact Colette.
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.
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.
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 & young Adult Ministry update
For details and additional events, please see