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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
26 October 2014

Thus says the Lord: "You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. You shall not abuse any widow or orphan. If you do abuse them, when they cry out to me, I will surely heed their cry; my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children orphans. If you lend money to my people, to the poor one among you, you shall not deal with them as a creditor; you shall not exact interest from them. If you take your neighbour's cloak in pawn, you shall restore it to that person before the sun goes down; for it may be their only clothing to use as cover; in what else shall that person sleep? And if that person cries out to me, I will listen, for I am compassionate."

-- Exodus 22: 21-27 [NRSV]

Important Update on the future of ACC and Blessed John XXIII

St John XXIII House Committee Report #2 NEW

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)


History of All Saints & All Souls Days and how they differ from secular Halloween customs: a well-informed
article by Fr Wm Saunders, Grad School Dean, Christendom College, and Pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish, Sterling, VA clarifies many questions parishioners may have.

Sunday Mass times change to 9am and 11:45am, effective 19 October.

The west parking area and its Portage Avenue entrance are closed while the work to replace the church roof is ongoing.
Development & Peace Fall Campaign this weekend: 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.
Gathering & Fellowship coffee time after all masses next Saturday afternoon & Sunday, 1 & 2 November, hosted by the new Building a Welcoming Parish Working Group. We look forward to having all parishioners stay and get to know one another better!
Saint John XXIII
Roman Catholic Parish
3390 Portage Avenue

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

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

Coffee & Fellowship after Saturday 5pm and both Sunday 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.
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)
Parish Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday 15 November. Mark your calendars: more info to come. An initiative of the Building a Welcoming Parish Working Group.
Catholic Women's League news
  • St James-Assiniboia CWL meeting, Monday 27 October starts with 7pm Mass at St Paul the Apostle church. Guest speaker Sr Thérèse Jasmin, facilitator of psycho-spiritual life directions.will speak on "What is Religion and what is Spirituality?" All welcome.

  • Membership drive and renewals, 8 & 9 November at all Masses. Membership: $30.

  • CWL Christmas Party& Pot-luck, Monday 8 December, St Charles Church. Bring: your favourite dish; hats, scarves, mitts, & cereal for Brookland School children; and "gift basket" items for Dignity House. Entertainment & prizes! All members are invited. To arrange a ride, call Elsie Rosler, 204-832-5390.
See CWL upcoming events calendar on the
CWL page. For info about events and membership, contact Louise Dansereau, CWL President, 204-888-1055.
KofC Logo Knights of Columbus news

For tickets to any events, to join the Knights, or for any questions, contact Richard Carlyle, 204-889-0238 or
  • 2015 Show-&-Save Coupon Books: St. James K of C Council is selling the Show-&-Save Coupon Book at $20. It offers hundreds of coupons including 50% off and two-for-one discount offers from local restaurants and entertainment venues. All proceeds go to charitable organizations. To buy one, call Oleh Gulay, 204-888-8902
For more info, see the K of C page or select the K of C Events Calendar

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

  • Weekly Catechism K-8 Classes started Sunday 19 October, 10:15 to 11:15am (between the 9 & 11:45am Masses), but it's not too late to register.

  • RCIA Sessions Wednesdays, started 22 October, 7-9pm, but 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…

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
Holy Names House of Peace 10th Anniversary Dinner: Monday 10 November, 6pm at the Convention Centre. Speaker: Gerry Price. Tables for 8 or 10. Tickets going quickly: $50 each, from House of Peace, 204-942-5535 .
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 9684, cell 204-228-4764 or
  • 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!

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
Gathering & Fellowship coffee time after all masses Saturday afternoon & Sunday, on the weekend of the first Sunday each month, hosted by the new Building a Welcoming Community Working Group. We look forward to having all parishioners stay and get to know one another better!

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.

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.

Ray and Alice Fleury want to express their sincere thanks to Father Gerald and the parishioners for their masses, condolences and prayers offered on the passing of Ray's mother, Estelle Fleury.

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

  • 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 beginning October 25, 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.
  • Monthly Prayer Group 2nd Tuesday each month this fall, 7pm. We will praise and worship, listen to the Spirit, hear a short teaching or testimony and pray for each other. Open to everyone (no need to register).

Interfaith Peace Gathering and Silent Prayer Vigil, Friday 7 November, 7pm at the OLPH Parish Hall. All are welcome to join Archbishop Gagnon, interfaith leaders, and communities in informal dialogue. Simple reception follows. Some form of abstinence before the vigil will be valuable as a pledge of the heart to create a spiritual bouquet for peace. Sponsored by Mother of Perpetual Help Prayer Group, 204-832-1993
Marriage Encounter weekend A Weekend of Discovery... A lifetime of Love! 7-9 November, at the CanadInn on Elizabeth Road. Open to any married couple wanting to make a good marriage even better. For info contact Serge & Ira Boulet at or 204-951-8075.
Growing the Culture of Life Saturday 8 November, 9am - 4pm, presented by Life's Vision. Speakers: George Webster, Clinical Ethicist, St Boniface Hospital; Bobby Schindler, Executive Director, Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network; Lia Mills, Human Rights Activist; and more. Adults: $50; Students: $35; includes lunch. Call Life's Vision, 204-233-8047, by 4 November.
The Art of Transforming Suffering in Ourselves and Others, Thursday 13 November, 8:30am-4:30pm, Bethel Mennonite Church, 465 Stafford St. Presenter: Prof Richard Groves. Sponsor: Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. Info: 204-788-8249 or Register by 31 October; cost: $60.
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:

  • Justice in the Middle East: Canadian Bishops issue appeal: go to PDF_of_CCCB_Letter

  • Letter on the situation in Ukraine from Ukrainian Greek Catholic Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halych: go to PDF_of_Letter_of_UkrGkCath_Primate

    Upcoming Marriage Prep Sessions, Archdiocese of Wpg

    Sharing God's Gifts

    Youth & young Adult Ministry 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:

  • 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]

    • 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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