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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
31 August 2014
Prophet Jeremiah (detail) - Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel

Prophet Jeremiah (detail)
by Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel

For whenever I speak, I must cry out, I must shout, "Violence and destruction!" For the word of the Lord has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. If I say, "I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name," then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.
-- Jeremiah 20: 8-9 [NIV]

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)


Catechism Information Session, Wednesday 10 September, 7pm in the church. Father Gerald invites all parents, children, teachers, and catechist volunteers to attend. Please note: in a change from recent years, we will now be offering a weekly catechism program. Registration forms are available in the Narthex, or in the Office. Please register as soon as possible.

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.
The Knitting Club will resume Monday 15 September, at 10am in the ACC Lounge. Thereafter, we will meet on the first and third Mondays of each month.
Next Rummage Sale: Friday 26 September. We are still accepting items. Jewelry is especially in demand. We also need more volunteers for set-up in the morning and for packing up in the evening.
Hospice & Palliative Care Manitoba, 23rd Annual Provincial Conference: Thursday & Friday 18 & 19 September, Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Ave, Winnipeg. Crucial Conversations in Palliative Care and at End of Life. For info, phone 204-889-8525 or download
Conference Bruchure (PDF)
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.
Saint 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)
KofC Logo Knights of Columbus news

For tickets to any events, to join the Knights, or for any questions, contact Richard Carlyle, 204-889-0238 or

  • St James K of C Annual Chicken & Rib Dinner, Sunday 21 September, 6pm in the St John XXIII Gym. Tickets in the Narthex after Mass or at the Office. Adults: $14; Children 12 and under: $7. All parishioners, friends, and family are invited to enjoy community and a great meal and kick off K of C fall programs and events.
    - JJ LeBerge, Grand Knight

For more info, see the K of C page or select the K of C Events Calendar

Inter-Deanery Celebration, Thursday 16 October at St Paul the Apostle Church: 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. The Archdiocese is requesting parishioners' participation in projects related to the Celebration:
  • Photos wanted for a retrospective photo display and a publication in book and digital formats. 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

  • Singers wanted for an Inter-Deanery Choir to lead at the October 16th Celebration. Parish choir members and other parishioners are invited to join. Rehearsals will be held from 2:30 to 4:30pm on two Sundays, 28 September & 5 October at St Paul the Apostle Church, 2400 Portage Avenue - and immediately before the Celebration. For info, contact Marlyn Martinez, 204-887-7084 or at

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 "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
11th Annual Sol Kanee Lecture on International Peace and Justice, Monday 29 September, St Paul's College. Featured Lecturer: Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, on What Do We Do About the Legacy of Indian Residential Schools? Presented by the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice.
  • Some weekday Mass intentions are still available during October. Please contact the Office.

  • 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!

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
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.


Message from Deacon Peter Nemcek: I would like to thank the parishioners of St John XXIII parish for their prayerful support, for coming to celebrate the gift of diaconate and for the gifts that I have received. You are in my prayers.

  • Remember Winnipeg Harvest's Weekly Appeal and see list of 10 Most Wanted Items

  • Rummage sales: 3rd Friday of each month, 5-7pm in the ACC gym. Note: The rummage sale schedule is suspended until September but you may bring items to the church in the meantime. We'd be grateful for your donations of items for sale. Jewelry sells especially well, but we can't use old TV sets or large items. Please bring your items to the church. We'd welcome more volunteers to set up in the morning, and especially to pack items away in the evening after the sale. Note: A new Rummage Committee was elected on 3 December 2013; for details see the December 8th Bulletin

  • Knitting/Crocheting Group's new regular meeting schedule: 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month at 10am in the ACC Lounge (2nd Monday if 1st Monday is a holiday). All women & men who can knit or crochet are invited. We create "welcome baby" layettes to support mums and babies supported by Pregnancy & Family Support Services. Meetings suspended during the summer, until September 2014.
  • 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

    • 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:

    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.


    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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