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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
20 July 2014

Mustard - woodcut

Mustard Tree

You are righteous, [Lord,] and you rule everything righteously. You have never used your power to condemn a person who does not deserve to be punished. Your strength is the source of justice. You can show mercy to everyone, because you are the Lord of all. ... By the things you have done, you have taught your people that a person who is righteous must also be kind.

-- Wisdom 13: 15-16, 19a [TEV]

Important Update on the future of ACC and Blessed John XXIII

Current Parish 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)


Summer Schedule: There will be no masses on Monday or Saturday mornings during July and August.

Please pick up your personal letter and pledge form from the Narthex if you haven't already done so, to save the Parish the cost of mailing. This package was prepared by Father Gerald to inform you about Parish needs and kick-start our fundraising campaign.
Next Rummage Sale is Friday 26 September. We will continue to accept items at the Centre during the summer.
KofC Logo
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

The Knights of Columbus provide scholarship opportunities to the families of brother Knights. Congratulations to Connor Livingston on being selected by the 4th degree Pro Deo & Pro Patria (Canada) to receive a $1,500 scholarship annually to support his studies starting this fall at the University of Manitoba Engineering Faculty (major: Electrical & Computer Engineering). For info on the St James K of C, contact Steve Csizmadia, 885-7469 or Paul Morris, 832-8484. Join the team; become a Knight. - Richard Carlyle, Past GK

For more info, see the K of C page or select the K of C Events Calendar
Blessed 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 & 1:00pm

Coffee & Fellowship after Saturday 5pm and both Sunday 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)
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.
go to JD&P page 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
Ordinations: Archbishop Gagnon announces two ordinations to the Transitional Diaconate. All are welcome to attend.
  • Christopher Dubois: Thursday 24 July, St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish, Brandon, 7:30pm.
  • Peter Nemcek: Friday 25 July, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, 7:30pm.

Parish Photos wanted for Inter-Deanery Celebrations: To honour the completion of the ten-year pastoral plan "Building a Church of Communion," a special joint celebration is being planned by the three Winnipeg deaneries for Thursday 16 October at St Paul the Apostle Church. In addition, the Archdiocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry is preparing a publication in book and digital formats. To this end, organizers are seeking photos and/or videos of events in each parish that reflect how we experienced the Building of a Church of Communion over these past ten years, particularly those that illustrate the four successive priorities of the decade: Liturgy, Faith Formation, Stewardship, and Community-Building. Digital formats such as jpg are preferred, but prints would also be welcomed. Please bring any photos of our Parish activities you can contribute to the Office as soon as possible, or email them to
  • Some weekday Mass intentions are still available during July and August. Please contact the Office.

  • Please consider filling out the blue email contact form enclosed with last Sunday's bulletin. More forms are available here or in the Narthex and the Office. When completed, they can be dropped in the collection basket or at the Office. Thanks!

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 Jan. 3 at St. Mary's Cathedral.

Read the Archbishop's Travel Blog at
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!

Additional Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers needed, especially for 5pm Saturday and 1pm Sunday Masses. Speak to Fr Gerald if you are interested.
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.

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.

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.


  • Chemin Neuf Community and St Charles Retreat Centre: 323 St. Charles Street. For info, contact Ted and Nancy Wood, or 204-885-2260.

  • 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

    • Fermata ('Pause') Retreat Thursday to Sunday 7-10 August $240 + $110 optional room. Info: phone the Retreat & Conference Centre or go to

    • Taizť 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.

  • 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:

  • Archbishop Weisgerber previously announced the appointment of Br Thomas Novak, omi, to the newly created position of Pastoral Outreach Minister. Br Tomís outreach will be directed primarily to First Nations Peoples from Northern Manitoba who for various reasons are in Winnipeg for short periods of time. In addition, Br Tom will be working on initiatives to promote healing and reconciliation between aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities. This is a half-time position; Br Tomís office will be centred at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Winnipeg. [December 2012]
    St Charles Catholic School: 331 St Charles Street, Winnipeg. For info, visit or call 204-837-1520.
    Links to Selected Archdiocesan News Items:

    Letter from CCCB to Archbishop of Moncton re recent police shootings

    Upcoming Marriage Prep Sessions, Archdiocese of Wpg

    Sharing God's Gifts

    Youth & young Adult Ministry update
    For details and additional events, please see
  • recent Blessed 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]

    • 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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