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4th Sunday in Advent
21 December 2014
Annunciation - Contemp Neo-Coptic ikon

The Annunciation
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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

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.

  • Evening Mass: 3rd Sunday of each month at 7:30pm.

You are invited to come and experience the special serenity of Evening Mass, this Sunday, 21 December, 7:30pm at our Parish.

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
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 &
(3rd Sunday each month): 7:30pm

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.
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)
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

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

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.
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.

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

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

  • RCIA Sessions Wednesdays, 7-9pm. 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…

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
go to JD&P page 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
  • 2015 offertory envelopes are on the table in the Narthex. Reduced decks of envelopes for special collections only, are also set out for PAD contributors. Please pick up your personalized box of envelopes as soon as possible.

  • 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 new Building a Welcoming Community Working Group. We look forward to having all parishioners stay and get to know one another better!

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.

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

  • Year-End Retreat, Wednesday 31 December, 10am-4pm. A day dedicated to prayer for peace, with Sr Mary Coswin. Storytelling, quiet reflection, shared meals and ritual. $60 lunch included.

  • 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).

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

  • 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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