1 March 2015
The Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, "By myself I have sworn, says the Lord: Because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of their enemies, and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you ahve obeyed my voice."
-- Genesis 22: 16-18 [NRSV]
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Important Update on the future of ACC and Blessed John XXIII
St John XXIII House Committee Report #2
Parish Current 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)
World Day of Prayer, Friday 6 March, 7pm at Westwood Community Church, 401 Westwood Dr. All are invited to observe a common day of prayer with this worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions.
ACC Knitting Club meets Monday 2 March, 10am in the ACC Lounge. All knitters and crocheters welcome on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 10am to knit baby layettes for the K of C Baby shower. We also need yarn and wool. Information: call Bev, 204-885-1202.
Saint John XXIII|
Roman Catholic Parish
3390 Portage Avenue
(at Rouge Road)
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
Coffee & Fellowship after all 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.
Our Parish supports St Charles Catholic School: 331 St Charles Street, Winnipeg. For current news click here, visit www.stccs.ca 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).
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)
Call for Tri-Diocesan choir for Mass honouring the women religious of Manitoba (Sunday 8 March, International Women's Day, 10am at St Boniface Cathedral); Rehearsal at St Boniface Cathedral on Tuesday 3 March at 6:30pm for musicians and 7pm for singers. Please confirm participation by 28 February with Shawn Coughlin, 204-230-3116 or email@example.com For more info go to |
9th Annual Justice, Development & Peace Way of the Cross and Lenten Meal, Friday 27 March, 5:30pm. Justice-oriented Stations followed by Holy Land Meal in the Narthex (no charge).
Evening Prayer & Examination of Conscience, Sunday 1 March, 7pm, at St John XXIII. All parishioners are invited to attend as part of our celebrations for the Archdiocesan Centennial Year. As a sign of unity, all parishes throughout the Archdiocese will be gathering at the same time to acknowledge our sins of the past as a Church with the resolve to better "Proclaim Christ Always." (A reception will follow our celebration. Due to this event, there will be no Coffee & Fellowship after Masses the weekend of 28 February/1 March).
Immaculate Conception Drop-in Centre Dinner, Sunday 29 March. Please see sign-up sheet in the Narthex seeking 12 volunteers to cook the 7-layer casseroles (recipe, ingredients and pans provided). Ingredients to be picked up at the church on Friday 27 March between 5:30 and 6:00pm. Casseroles to be delivered hot to the church parking lot on the day of the event, Sunday 29 March by 12:45pm. Questions? Call Cindy Allard, Co-ordinator, 204-283-2721.
Parish Fundraising Concert, Sunday 19 April, 7pm. Mark your calendars and watch for further details.
Knights of Columbus news
For more info, see the K of C 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 "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
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,
AVAILABLE IN THE NARTHEX or FROM THE OFFICE:
S.O.S. - SERVING OUR SENIORS. A dedicated team of St. John XXIII Parish volunteers known as the S.O.S. - Serving our Seniors Working Group, is available for a home visit, share a prayer, or to bring Holy Communion to our seniors or any of our parishioners, on request. Due to the Privacy Act, requests for this service must be made to Fr. Gerald. Another initiative of Serving Our Seniors team is offering an afternoon get-together in our parish lounge every other month, open to all our parishioners (50 and up) who would enjoy a fun activity followed by refreshments and fellowship. Look for the date and time in the bulletin, together with the name and phone number of whom to contact if you need a ride.
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.
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 9682, cell 204-228-4764 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter: A Weekend of Discovery, a Lifetime of Love, Friday through Sunday 6-8 March. Open to any married couple wanting to make a good marriage even better. Contact Serge & Ira Boulet, email@example.com or 204-951- 8075, or go to www.archwinnipeg.ca/wcm-docs/docs/worldwide_marriage_encounter_article_feb._2015.pdf
Lenten Day of Silence and Prayer, Saturday 14 March, 10am-4pm. Brief teaching and guided prayer times. Offered by Chemin Neuf Community at St Charles Retreat Centre, 323 St. Charles St. A simple lunch will be provided. Registration: contact 204-885-2260 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 events update
For details and additional events, please see