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3rd Sunday in Advent
14 December 2014

Let the oppressed go free!
Pastor Laura Gently



The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour.... For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.


-- Isaiah 61: 1-2a, 11 [NRSV]

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)

CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sunday Mass times have changed to 9am and 11:45am.

  • Evening Mass: Sunday 21 December at 7:30pm.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of John Jeannotte of our Parish who passed away last week. A funeral mass will be said at our Parish Monday 15 December at 11am.

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Knights of Columbus news

For tickets to any events, to join the Knights, or for any questions, contact Richard Carlyle, 204-889-0238 or
rickicarlyle@gmail.com.

Keep Christ in Christmas Concert, Monday 15 December, 7-9pm at our Parish. Sponsor: St. James Knights of Columbus. All-new program featuring Violin Ambassadors from St Charles School, St John XXIII Choir, and Murray Riddle Big Band. Coffee and light snack. All welcome. Admission by donation.

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.
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.
Upcoming Immaculate Conception Dinner dates: Please mark Sunday 11 January & Sunday 29 March, 2015. Sign-up sheet and more information to follow.
Saint John XXIII
Roman Catholic Parish
3390 Portage Avenue

(at Rouge Road)
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada R3K 0Z3
204-832-7175
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ADVENT & CHRISTMAS MASS & RECONCILIATION SCHEDULES
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:
Tuesday-Friday:
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).
Confessions:
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)
Christmas Hampers: (updated 9 December) --from Alice & Marilyn (Co-ordinators)
Thank you for your generous support thus far.
  • Food: Tags on the wooden tree in the Narthex represent needed grocery items. Please choose some tags, purchase the items, bring them to the church, and return the grocery tags to the container in front of the tree. The Cheer Board asks for brands with less salt & sugar. Note: we cannot use homemade preserves or open or expired packages.

  • Gifts: There is a separate tree with tags showing the names and ages of children in the family designated by the Cheer Board. Please take a tag or two, purchase and return the gift(s), wrapped and with the tag (the one from the tree) attached. Deadline for returning the gifts to the Church is 16 December.

  • Monetary donations (tax deductible if $20+) are also welcome, to fund turkeys and fresh groceries. Use envelopes marked "Christmas Hampers" from the Narthex wall and make cheques payable to our Parish.

  • Families: If you know of a family or single person needing a hamper, please contact the church office as soon as possible.

  • Five more Drivers are needed to deliver hampers Friday 19 December between 1pm and 4pm. If you can help, please contact Bill Patterson at 204-837-5217 or whrpeg@shaw.ca

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


  • Advent Reflection Series, one remaining Thursday, December 18, 10 - 11am at our Parish. Theme: Jesus, Joseph, Mary, and Me.

  • 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 adriana@flairtravel.mb.ca
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
AVAILABLE IN THE NARTHEX or FROM THE OFFICE:
  • 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.

PERSONAL NOTES:
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.
CONDOLENCES:


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
www.stbens.ca, or to register, phone 204-338-4601 or write stbenscentre@mts.net.

  • Winter Stillness, Friday 7 pm to Sunday 1 pm, 19 to 21 December: A silent retreat with spiritual direction to prepare for the birth of Christ.

  • 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, stcharlesretreat@hotmail.com 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 www.stccs.ca 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 www.archwinnipeg.ca/blog.php

  • 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.

    PRAYERS REQUESTED:

    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.
  • STANDING ANNOUNCEMENTS


    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 pfss@mts.net [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 www.misericordia.mb.ca or email volunteer@misericordia.mb.ca [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 pmcritchie@manitobahospice.mb.ca [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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