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The Christ of Maryknoll, by Robert Lentz

The Christ of Maryknoll
modern ikon written by Robert Lentz

1st Sunday of Advent
29 November 2015

Jesus spoke to his disciples: "There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in a cloud' with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

-- Luke 21: 25-28 [NRSV]

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Climate March, Sunday 29 November, starts 1pm from St Boniface Cathedral ruins, proceeding over Esplanade Riel bridge to Oodena Circle at the Forks. Following Pope Francis' call to mobilize in defense of Mother Earth, D&P and the Global Catholic Climate Movement invite you to participate, on the eve of the Paris Climate Summit, and in concert with events in 3,000 cities world-wide, to show the powers that be that we need action against climate change. Bring drums, voices, banners & signs; wear blue or green. For info, contact Janelle Delorme at 204-231-2848 or

Please check the
Bulletin and/or insert for more events and additional details.
Leaders of Many Faiths Support Christian Leaders' Stand Against Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide and for Palliative Care -- to see the new declaration by Canadian Catholic Bishops and others, download PDF file or go to To see the wide range of faith leaders who've signed it, go to Please also read the Pastoral Letter on the subject from Archbishop Gagnon here.
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, or call 204-452-2227 ext 273.
Christmas Hampers: for 10 families within our Parish community and 20 designated by the Christmas Cheer Board. Tags on the wooden Christmas tree in the Narthex indicate grocery items required; please choose some tags, purchase the items indicated, and bring both groceries and tags back to the church. Socks and mitts, along with monetary donations for the purchase of fresh items are also needed.
Rummage Sale Group AGM, Tuesday 1 December, 7pm in Room 12. All volunteers and parishioners welcome!

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.

We can accommodate those with gluten intolerance or Celiac disease with low-gluten hosts at our liturgies. Identify yourself to the sacristan before Mass.
Weekday Mornings:
Rosary 9:00 a.m.
Mass 9:15 a.m.

Important: please consult the most recent
Bulletin for occasional variations on this schedule, especially around major feast days, such as Christmas and Easter (Triduum).
Fr Robert polz Pastor:
Rev Robert Polz

To contact Fr Robert, please see Office page.
Saturday 4:15 pm
and by appointment.

For all other Sacraments, please contact the Pastor on a timely basis.
  • Chaplet of Divine Mercy:
    Fridays at 3pm
  • Eucharistic Adoration:
    First Fridays 9:45am
    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.
    Low Mass in Latin at St Ann's Church, 271 Hampton Street,
    (See map)
    New Time: Sundays at 9am.
  • KofC Logo Knights of Columbus news
    • Annual KofC Advent/Christmas Concert, Monday 14 December, 7-9pm in our Parish gym. Performers: St Charles Catholic School Violin Ambassadors, the all-new Knights' Choir, and Murray Riddell Big Band. All are invited: proceeds to SCCS Music Dept.

    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, 204-889-0238. Come join our team.

    For more info, see the
    K of C page or select the K of C Events Calendar
    CWL Logo Catholic Women's League news

    • Christmas Party, Tuesday 8 December, 5:30pm, CanadInns Polo Park. Turkey buffet. Seniors: $17; Adults: $19; plus tax & tip. Bring knitted items and cash donations for the Brooklands School Breakfast Program. Transport: call Elsie Rosler.

    • Membership Drive started the weekend of 14 & 15 November. Contact Elsie Rosler, Parish Rep, 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.
    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.

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

    • Catechism Registrations now accepted for 2015/16 school year. Classes started Sunday 20 September, 10:15-11:15am. Registration forms in the Narthex pamphlet holder, along with Prep Forms for both First Communion and Confirmation.

    • 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.

    • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process for adults wanting to become full members of the Catholic Church. Contact the Pastor or Pastoral Assistant for information.

    After the successful Centennial Celebration...
    • Watch a full replay of the May 3rd Centennial Mass at the MTS Centre,
    • Contact, or call 204-452-2227 ext. 248, for:
      • Copies of the event program

    • Contact Sisters of Charity (204-582-2773) for:
      • Archdiocese Centennial T-Shirts, like those at the Centennial Mass, $20.

    • Order form for prints (along with a picture and detailed description) of the Centenary Icon of the Holy Family (unveiled at the Mass, and now touring selected parishes of the Archdiocese) can be found at

    • 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!

    Current snippets from recent Parish bulletins.


    • to the family of Fr Raphael Glofcheski, who passed away 22 September 2015
    • to Claude Precourt and family, on the passing of his mother, Agnes Precourt.
    • to the family of Parishioner Kathryn Newcombe
    • to Pat and Stewart Fay, on the passing of Pat's mother, Veda Lyons.

    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

    • 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 on prayer meetings and other events, 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:

  • 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: Fr Raphael Glofcheski; Charlie Olinyk; Al Turner; Yvette Trumbla

    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 Tara, 783-9281 or email [2015-07-22]

    • 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 [2015-07-22]

    • Grace Hospital needs friendly visiting volunteers to work one morning, afternoon, or evening per week. Training provided. For more information, call Jennifer Cawson, 837-0368. [2015-07-22]

    • Palliative Manitoba (formerly Hospice & Palliative Care Manitoba) needs end-of-life visitors 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 Kelly Kluger, Volunteer Manager at 889-8525 X229 or email her at [2015-07-23]

    • 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 or put them in the bag in the Narthex. 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 Parish Office.
    Fr Gerald Langevin, our Pastor from 2009 through 31 July 2015, has now taken up a new post as Pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, Portage la Prairie, MB. We wish him success in his new assignment.

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