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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
26 July 2015

Multiplication of loaves and fishes
6thC mosaic, SantAppolinare Nuovo, Ravenna

Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to Jesus, "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?" Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, "Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost." So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.

-- John 9-13: 5 [NRSV]

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  • Sunday Mass times have changed to 9am and 11:45am.
  • Coffee & Fellowship after all Masses next weekend, August 1st & 2nd.

  • Parishioner Kathryn Newcombe passed away earlier this month; a funeral liturgy for her will be held at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home on Wednesday 5 August at 10:30am. Mass will be said for the repose of her soul on Thursday 6 August at 9:15am at our Parish. (Please note time changes) Condolences to the family.

  • Condolences to Pat and Stewart Fay, on the passing of Pat's mother, Veda Lyons.

  • Parishioner Stella James passed away earlier this month; her funeral Mass will be Monday 17 August at 11am at John XXIII. Condolences to the family.

PASTORAL ANNOUNCEMENT In a memo dated 27 May to all clergy and parishes, Archbishop Gagnon announced a number of personnel appointments, effective 1 August.

  • Fr Gerald Langevin will become Pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in Portage la Prairie.

  • Rev Robert Polz will become our next Pastor.
    • The "Memories Book" for Fr Gerald continues to be available for signing in the Office until Tuesday 28 July.

    • Thanks to all who volunteered for Fr Gerald's send-off events after all three Masses last weekend! We wish him the best at Good Shepherd Parish in Portage.

  • 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.
    Weekday Mornings:
    Rosary 9:00 a.m.
    Mass 9:15 a.m.

    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.
    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,
    (See map)
    New Time: Sundays at 9am.
    Volunteers wanted (one or two) to help with the weekly cleaning of the Chapel, Sacristy, Sanctuary and Narthex for the month of August. Please let Colette or Sharon know if you are able to help; it would be greatly appreciated.
    The 9am Mass Choir needs additional singers. If you're interested, speak to any member of the Choir.

    Catechism Registrations now accepted for 2015/16 school year. Classes start Sunday 20 September, 10:15-11:15am. Registration forms in the Narthex pamphlet holder.

    We also need more catechists, adult and youth classroom assistants, and adult hall monitors for our growing program. Call Sharon, 204-832-7206. Volunteer forms available in the Narthex pamphlet holder. Rummage Sale: The next sale is in September. Please continue to bring smaller items for sale to the church during the summer. Jewelry always sells well. Thank you for your support.
    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,
      • 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

    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
    KofC Logo Knights of Columbus news

    Thanks to all our Knights and Ladies for all the work they do for our organizations, parishes, and communities.

    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, 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

    See CWL upcoming events calendar on the
    CWL page. For info about events and membership, contact Louise Dansereau, CWL President, 204-888-1055.
    Faith Formation at St John XXIII:
    Questions? call Sharon (Pastoral Assistant), 204-832-7206.

    • Catechism Registrations now accepted for 2015/16 school year. Classes start Sunday 20 September, 10:15-11:15am. Registration forms in the Narthex pamphlet holder.

    • 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.

    • 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.



    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, 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.
    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: 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]

    • 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 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 ACC Office.

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