2nd Sunday of Advent|
8 December 2013
[John the Baptist cried out to the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism:]
"Bear fruit worthy of repentance... Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. I baptize you with water for repentance, but ... [Jesus] will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
-- Matthew 3: 7-12 [NRSV]
Important Update on the future of ACC and Blessed John XXIII|
Announcement of new Archbishop
K of C page
Archdiocese of Winnipeg weekly bulletin
Prayer for the Success of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (.pdf)
CURRENT HIGHLIGHTSArchbishop Weisgerber Farewell Celebration, Wednesday 11 December, St Mary's Cathedral. Mass at 7:30pm followed by reception. All are invited.
CHRISTMAS HAMPER INFORMATION
Hampers will be delivered Friday 20 December. For that day, we urgently need:
Thank you for your very generous response so far. A few tags remain. Deadline for food and gifts to arrive at the church is Sunday 15 December.
Monetary donations are also welcome to defray the cost of turkeys, milk, etc. Important: Make cheques payable to Blessed John XXIII Parish - write on the bottom of the cheque: "Christmas Hampers". donations $20 or more will receive income tax receipts from the Parish.
Blessed John XXIII|
Roman Catholic Parish
3390 Portage Avenue
(at Rouge Road)
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
Roman Catholic Mass Times
Saturday: 9:15 am & 5:00 pm
Tuesday morning Scripture Study Group: Fr Gerald invites all those interested to join us each Tuesday, following 9:15am Mass. Reflection on Scriptures for the coming Sunday, using the Celebration Teaching Resource.
Important: please consult the most recent Bulletin for occasional variations on this schedule, especially around major feast days, such as Christmas and Easter (Triduum).
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)
D&P Disaster Relief -- Matching deadline extended: Thanks to all who donated to help relieve the multiple disasters in the Philippines and for Syrian refugees. Our parishioners have donated $6,720 for the Philippines and $1,997 for Syria so far. If you have not already donated, itís not too late. Please find the earmarking envelopes at the back of the church, be sure to indicate how much you are allocating to each cause, and make your cheque payable to the Parish. Contributions for the Philippines typhoon will be matched by the Government of Canada if we receive them by December 17th to meet the government's newly extended deadline.
Sharing God's Gifts -- Reminder: We are still short of our diocesan assessment by about $15,000. Please help us reach this target by year-end. If we over-shoot the target, the Parish gets the excess returned with a little extra. Make cheques payable to "Sharing God's Gifts" and place in the collection basket or hand in at the Parish office.
ACC Library is taking inventory and reorganizing. Please return any books you've borrowed to the Library in Room 4, and delay borrowing new ones until further notice.
Catholic Women's League news
See CWL upcoming events calendar on the CWL page.
Knights of Columbus news
For tickets to any events, to join the Knights, or for any questions, contact Grand Knight Richard Carlyle, 204-889-0238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info, see the K of C Main Page or select the K of C Events Calendar
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 "Blessed 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:
Additional Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers needed, especially for 5pm Saturday and 1pm Sunday Masses. Speak to Fr Gerald if you are interested.
We also still need more Ushers/Greeters for each of the weekend Masses. This job offers great satisfaction for a small investment of time. If you are interested, please speak to the ushers at the Mass you attend.
Current snippets from recent Parish bulletins.
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.
Functions at and for Nearby Parishes and Schools:
For details and additional events, please see