26 October 2014
Thus says the Lord: "You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. You shall not abuse any widow or orphan. If you do abuse them, when they cry out to me, I will surely heed their cry; my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children orphans. If you lend money to my people, to the poor one among you, you shall not deal with them as a creditor; you shall not exact interest from them. If you take your neighbour's cloak in pawn, you shall restore it to that person before the sun goes down; for it may be their only clothing to use as cover; in what else shall that person sleep? And if that person cries out to me, I will listen, for I am compassionate."
-- Exodus 22: 21-27 [NRSV]
Important Update on the future of ACC and Blessed John XXIII|
St John XXIII House Committee Report #2 NEW
Current Parish Events Calendar
Current Parish Org Chart
K of C page
Archdiocese of Winnipeg weekly bulletin
Prayer for the Success of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (.pdf)
CURRENT HIGHLIGHTSHistory of All Saints & All Souls Days and how they differ from secular Halloween customs: a well-informed article by Fr Wm Saunders, Grad School Dean, Christendom College, and Pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish, Sterling, VA clarifies many questions parishioners may have.
The west parking area and its Portage Avenue entrance are closed while the work to replace the church roof is ongoing.
Development & Peace Fall Campaign this weekend: 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.
Gathering & Fellowship coffee time after all masses next Saturday afternoon & Sunday, 1 & 2 November, hosted by the new Building a Welcoming Parish Working Group. We look forward to having all parishioners stay and get to know one another better!
Saint John XXIII|
Roman Catholic Parish
3390 Portage Avenue
(at Rouge Road)
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
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Coffee & Fellowship after Saturday 5pm and both Sunday Masses during the weekend of the first Sunday of every month.
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).
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)
Parish Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday 15 November. Mark your calendars: more info to come.
An initiative of the Building a Welcoming Parish Working Group.
Catholic Women's League news
Knights of Columbus news
For tickets to any events, to join the Knights, or for any questions, contact Richard Carlyle, 204-889-0238 or email@example.com.
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 "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
Holy Names House of Peace 10th Anniversary Dinner: Monday 10 November, 6pm at the Convention Centre. Speaker: Gerry Price. Tables for 8 or 10. Tickets going quickly: $50 each, from House of Peace, 204-942-5535 .
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 9684, cell 204-228-4764 or firstname.lastname@example.org
AVAILABLE IN THE NARTHEX or FROM THE OFFICE:
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Chemin Neuf Community and St Charles Retreat Centre: 323 St. Charles Street. For info, contact Ted and Nancy Wood, firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-885-2260.
Interfaith Peace Gathering and Silent Prayer Vigil, Friday 7 November, 7pm at the OLPH Parish Hall. All are welcome to join Archbishop Gagnon, interfaith leaders, and communities in informal dialogue. Simple reception follows. Some form of abstinence before the vigil will be valuable as a pledge of the heart to create a spiritual bouquet for peace. Sponsored by Mother of Perpetual Help Prayer Group, 204-832-1993
Marriage Encounter weekend A Weekend of Discovery... A lifetime of Love! 7-9 November, at the CanadInn on Elizabeth Road. Open to any married couple wanting to make a good marriage even better. For info contact Serge & Ira Boulet at WWME.WPG@gmail.com or 204-951-8075.
Growing the Culture of Life Saturday 8 November, 9am - 4pm, presented by Life's Vision. Speakers: George Webster, Clinical Ethicist, St Boniface Hospital; Bobby Schindler, Executive Director, Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network; Lia Mills, Human Rights Activist; and more. Adults: $50; Students: $35; includes lunch. Call Life's Vision, 204-233-8047, by 4 November.
The Art of Transforming Suffering in Ourselves and Others, Thursday 13 November, 8:30am-4:30pm, Bethel Mennonite Church, 465 Stafford St. Presenter: Prof Richard Groves. Sponsor: Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. Info: 204-788-8249 or email@example.com Register by 31 October; cost: $60.
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:
Upcoming Marriage Prep Sessions, Archdiocese of Wpg
Sharing God's Gifts
Youth & young Adult Ministry update
For details and additional events, please see