The Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass Schedule
Saturday at 5:15 p.m.
Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. (Please enter through the Edgemont St. doors.)
Thursday at 8:30 a.m. (Please enter through the Edgemont St. doors.)
Sacrament of Reconciliation
– by appointment only. Please call the office.

Sanctuary Lamp
October 4 to 10, 2020

Burns in memory of the deceased members of the Boenisch and Ransley families – requested by Marise Boenisch

Mass Intentions for Saturday, October 3
† In Memory of Larry Campbell – Anne Linger
† In Memory of Tony DiCosmo – Laura and Gus Milazzo and Losanna and Carmen Mauro
† In Memory of Mary Gibbons – St. John CWL
† In Memory of John Stankus – Daughters Loretta and Vida
† In Memory of Danny Baliat – Fely

Mass Intentions for Wednesday, October 7
† In Memory of Bob Erdman – Leanne Thompson
† In Memory of Antonio Iorna and family – Lina

Mass Intentions for Thursday, October 8
† In Memory of Mary England – Tina Steinbach
Special Intentions of Martinita Sunga – Esper Lafleur

Mass Intentions for Saturday, October 10
† In Memory of Patricia Trevisani – Mary Kiczula
† In Memory of Nello Viola – Pierina Pascucci
† In Memory of Mary Gibbons and son John – Don and Anne Marie Gibbons
† In Memory of Margaret Glynn – Elizabeth and Jim Di Decca

Please contact the Parish Office if you wish to have a Mass said, or have the Sanctuary Lamp burn, in memory of a loved one or for a special intention.

From the Pastor’s Desk
Dear parishioners, brothers and sisters in Christ,
Celebration of the Sacraments: Those who did not receive First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation in the spring of 2020 will be receiving these Sacraments in October and early November. Let us pray for them.

Gratitude: Once again, thank you to all who are donating to our parish during these times. May God bless and replenish their sacrifices abundantly.
Remember to be proud of your faith and your church. Remember to smile, to love everyone, to care and share – this is the best way of life.
Fr. Andrew

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL THANKSGIVING DINNER
On October 10, the St. Vincent de Paul Council at St. John Parish will provide Thanksgiving Dinner to people in need in our community. We are not able to have a sit down meal like we did at Easter 2019, so this time we will be contracting End Zone Restaurant to cook meals and we will deliver them. 

As before, financial support over our monthly support would be greatly appreciated. Please consider helping. Special envelopes will be available at the doors of the Church. 

HARVEST FOR HUNGER FOOD DRIVE
Please join the effort to replenish the shelves at the Good Shepherd Venture Centre. We will accept donations at both Church entrances until Sunday, October 25. Items such as canned and dry food, coffee, tea, juice, powdered milk, baby food and formula, diapers and hygiene products are all in demand. Thank you in advance!

PARISH PRAYER NETWORK
If you have loved ones on the Prayer Network, please call Ginette at 905-746-9976 or the office at 905-544-2100 during the last week of the month to update your prayer request if you would like it to continue. Call anytime for new prayer requests.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC HEALTH CARE WEEK
October 4 – 10, 2020
This week recognizes the inspiring work of Catholic health care organizations in our Province and across Canada. At the heart of Catholic health care is a deep respect for the intrinsic value and dignity of every human being and an unwavering commitment to serving all people, from all backgrounds and faiths – especially society’s most vulnerable. The COVID-19 pandemic has called us to reflect on the importance of human connection, quality of life, and the meaning of well-being – body, mind and spirit. We give thanks for the courageous gift of Catholic health care during these challenging times – in hospitals, community health centres, and senior care centres. For more information visit the website of the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada.

MASS FOR THOSE WHO DIED DURING THE SHUTDOWN
Bishop Crosby has requested that a Mass be celebrated on Saturday, October 10 at 11 am in all parishes for all who died throughout the Diocese of Hamilton during the shutdown –whether from the Covid-19 virus or any other cause. This is to offer prayerful support for families and for their beloved dead. If you lost a relative during the shutdown please call our parish office to provide us with names for the Mass.

SPECIAL COLLECTION IN OCTOBER
The Diocese of Hamilton will hold one special collection on the weekend of October 17-18 to support the many good works whose special collections were missed during the pandemic shutdown or would have been held this autumn. The funds collected will be distributed to the organizations according to the percentage of the special collections from 2019. Envelopes will be made available to parishioners at all Masses on Thanksgiving weekend. The charities that will be supported are: Development and Peace (Share Lent); Holy Land (Good Friday); Papal Charities; Needs of the Canadian Church; World Mission Collection; Cura Pastorum (care of retired Priests). Please be especially generous.

DIRECTIVES FOR OUR SAFETY
We ask that you continue to do a self-assessment before coming to Mass. If you feel unwell or have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19, please do not attend Mass.
Please do not remove your mask during Mass. Those with certain medical conditions are not required to wear a mask. If you need to cough or sneeze, please do so into your elbow.
For Communion, an usher will be present and will usher one row at a time to the front. For those on the King St. side, please receive Communion from the Priest or Minister on the same side as where you were sitting. Do not cross to the other side. Communion must be received in the hand, then remove your mask, consume the Host and replace your mask before walking to your seat.
Offertory envelopes will be collected as you exit the Church at the end of Mass.
Parishioners sitting nearest to the doors should exit first, and please remember to physically distance inside and outside the Church.
We are not able to gather in the foyers or body of the church before or after Mass, so please leave the building as soon as Mass is over as it needs to be cleaned and sanitized after each use.
We are always in need of volunteers, as it takes many people in order for all of us to share in the celebration of Mass. Please call the parish office if you are willing to help at one of our Masses.
Thank you for adhering to these safety directives.