Third Sunday of Easter

Mass Schedule
Masses will take place this weekend, April 17 and April 18.

Beginning Monday April 19, all churches in the Diocese of Hamilton will be closed.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
– by appointment only. Please call the office.

April 18 to 24, 2021
Sanctuary Lamp
Burns in memory of †Giuseppo Martiniello – requested by wife Angela and family

Mass Intentions for Wednesday, April 21
† In memory of Giuseppo Martiniello – Angela and family
† In memory of Teresa and Rosario Orrico – Lina Orrico

Mass Intentions for Thursday, April 22
† In memory of Dianne Donner – Joanne Comeau
† In memory of Maria Iorno and family – Lina Orrico

Mass Intentions for Saturday, April 24
† In memory of Sharon Baillie Jessop – Bruno and Nicole Pichelli
† In memory of Angelo Pileggi – John and Maryann van der Zalm and family
† In memory of Tommy Simon Hoang – Loving family

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.

PARISH NEWS
One of our long-time parishioners, Giancarla Angelini, passed away April 14 in London Ontario, at the age of 96. A private family funeral will be held later this week. Please remember Giancarla and her family in your prayers.

From the Pastor’s Desk – April 2021
Dear Parishioners,
Happy Easter! We continue to give thanks to God for the gift of our faith. We pray that this pandemic will be over soon so that we can fully worship together and keep building St. John’s Parish. Just a gentle reminder that our One Heart One Soul Campaign is still on course and I humbly invite you to continue to participate or consider to participate so that we can achieve our goals to renovate our parish, engage youth ministry, and enhance pastoral ministry in general.
My prayers are with all of you, especially those who in various situations are struggling during these times. May the risen Lord be your comfort, strength and provider.
Peace and blessings,
Fr. Andrew

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Volunteers Required –
After being “penned up” for the last year, we hear people saying “I need to get out of the house and do something”.  Parishioners with this thought in mind, we ask you to consider volunteering at our 200 Parkdale Avenue North store. There is a range of ways you can help, including sorting, pricing, cleaning up, and greeting people. You may start immediately by calling the Store Manager at 905-549-3902. We do have a great team at the Store and you will be trained for the different tasks. We are also looking for “driver assistants” to help with lifting and moving furniture pieces during “pick-ups” as well as in the Store. PLEASE CALL 905-549-3902 to sign up.
Shoppers –
We invite you to visit our store at 200 Parkdale Avenue North to experience that “feel good shopping” atmosphere as you walk among our numerous “Next to New” items of clothing for men, women and children. We also have a wide range of furniture for any room in your home, including small appliances, books, magazines, kitchen wares and unique “one of a kind” items. Again, these are all “Next to New” and you will be amazed at the great quality to choose from. SEE YOU at the Store at 200 Parkdale Ave North, on the Parkdale bus route.

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. If you would like to join the Prayer Network, please forward your email address to the Parish office.

CATECHETICAL CORRESPONDENCE COURSES
These programs are interactive parent-child programs, designed to assist families in the Diocese whose children are enrolled in public or private schools, are home-schooled or for other reasons unable to attend Catholic schools. Programs are available for children from Kindergarten to High School, including programs designed to assist children preparing for the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. For more information visit the Diocesan website here. CCC Parent Brochure rev-Nov2020.pdf (hamiltondiocese.com)

ANNIVERSARY MASS 2021
The Anniversary Mass scheduled for June of 2021 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. We invite you to register your 25, 40, 50, 60 and 60 plus years of marriage on the Diocesan website at www.hamiltondiocese.com, simply click on the Anniversary Mass icon on the home page. We will send you the certificate you would have received from Bishop Crosby at the Mass. If you have questions contact familyministry@hamitondiocese.com

DIOCESAN NEWS
Latest Heart to Heart from Bishop Crosby, OMI – Diocese of Hamilton (hamiltondiocese.com)

REEL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL
The Reel Justice Film Festival is back for another year! A partnership between the Bishop Farrell Library & Archives and Development and Peace, the Reel Justice Film Festival shines a spotlight on issues of social, political, and economic injustice. Films are screened once a month and provide an opportunity for community discussion about ways we can all support actions for change. Details and the full schedule can be found at: reeljusticefilmfestival.wordpress.com. This year the festival is going virtual! All of the films will be available online. RSVP online or by email at library@hamiltondiocese.com.
Life On Our Planet – April 22 at 7 pm – Celebrate Earth Day with this beautiful film.
End of Immigration – May 27 at 7 pm – A shocking look at the life of temporary foreign workers.
Get In The Way: The John Lewis Story – June 24 at 7 pm – Political action and civil rights.
RSVP to secure your spot at any of the virtual screenings. No charge.

PARENTING TIP OF THE MONTH: TIP 128The amount of time spent together as a family during COVID might be considered by some to be too much, but it may also be filling a real need. Past research has shown that children consistently identify a desire to spend more time with their parents and family. Time for them means direct, active engagement. The long-term benefits to family relationships are proven: children grow up healthier in mind, body and spirit. Enjoying quality time with their family means children are more likely to turn to their family for love and support, keeping them healthy. So play with your kids, watch a movie together and discuss its message, pray together, be active together, cook together and clean together; the possibilities are endless. So remember, time with family is powerful when it is interactive, shared by all and fun!

MARRIAGE TIP OF THE MONTH: TIP 108
At the heart of every relationship there needs to be a foundation of love and respect. When couples respect each other, including their differences, they continually build each other up and enjoy time together. When we respect the other in relationship, we can accept their desire to influence us with their understanding of what is true, good and beautiful. When we are open to our spouse’s view of things, we not only grow, but we grow together. When we grow together, we cannot help but grow in love.

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
God, the source of creation and love, you invite each of us to serve you through the life which is your gift. May your grace encourage men and women to heights of holiness through service to the Church as priests, sisters, brothers and lay ministers. Make me an instrument to encourage others to give themselves and challenge me to do the same. Amen.
PrayerCalendar2020.pdf (hamiltondiocese.com)
April 19 – Rev. Christopher Tracey
April 20 – Rev. Mark Morley
April 21 – Jesuit Fathers (S.J.)
April 22 – Rev. George Nowak, C.R.
April 23 – Rev. Ireneusz Koziak, S.A.C.
April 24 – Rev. Charles Galea

VOCATIONS
What could convince someone to turn to God? The story that God became human? The story that Jesus cured the sick? The story that Jesus forgave sin? The story that Jesus rose from the dead? Or, perhaps, the story of the witness of your own life! If you have the continuing inclination that God is calling you to be a priest, religious or deacon, call  Fr. Michael King, Director of Vocations, Diocese of Hamilton, 905-528-7988 ext. 2246.
Email: vocations@hamiltondiocese.com                           Website: https://hamiltondiocese.com/vocations/

DIRECTIVES FOR OUR SAFETY
Attendance at Mass is limited to 70 people.
We ask that you continue to do a self-assessment before coming to Mass. If you feel unwell and have symptoms of Covid-19, have travelled outside the province or country within the last 14 days, or have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19, please do not attend Mass.
As you enter the Church, you will be asked the above questions and your name and contact number will be recorded.
Please do not remove your mask during Mass.
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 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.
Thank you for adhering to these safety directives.