Sunday March 24, 2019
Third Sunday in Lent
Refrain for the Responsorial Psalm:
“The Lord is merciful and gracious.”
Wednesday, March 27
7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
7:30 p.m. Mass
+Antonieta Plaza Llanos – Rosalinda Forten
+Christina Mallard – Pat and Miriam Lockhart
+Antonina Radassao – Former staff of St. James School
Thursday, March 28
8:30a. m. Mass
+For all the deceased of St. John Parish
Saturday, March 30
5:15 p.m. Mass
+Al Frisina – Antonetta and family
+Deceased Members of the Elliott Family – Molly Fine
Intentions of Ryan Stevens – Anna Gustin
Sunday, March 31
9:30 a.m. Mass – For Our Parishioners
Sanctuary Lamp burns for Don and John Gibbons.
SACRAMENTAL LIFE OF THE COMMUNITY
Baptisms will take place on the second Sunday of each month at the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Please contact the office at least one month in advance.
OUR MASS HOURS
Saturday, Evening Mass: 5:15 p.m.
Sunday Mass: 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday evening Mass: 7:00 p.m.
Thursday morning Mass: 8:30 a.m.
(Weekday Masses are held in the chapel. Please enter through Edgemont St. doors.)
Reconciliation: Saturdays from 4:30 -5:00 p.m.
If you would like a Mass celebrated for a special intention or in memory of a deceased loved one, please contact the office. The cost is $10.
If you would like to have the Sanctuary Lamp burn in memory of a deceased loved one, or for a special intention, please contact the office. The cost is $10, and the Lamp will burn for the entire week.
Located at the King St. entrance. Candles can be lit in memory of a loved one or for a special intention. The suggested payment is $2.
Parishioners who have prayer intentions are invited to contact either the Parish Office or Ginette Howatt (prayer network co-ordinator) at 905-549-4808 or 905-746-9976.
COOKIES, COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
will be held on the 1ST Sunday of the month, after the 9:30 a.m. Mass.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY – SPREAD THE WORD
The Children’s Liturgy takes place every week at the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Invite friends and family. All children welcome.
Please encourage your children to participate.
We welcome the St. John the Baptist Confirmandi students who will be participating in the Mass.
SPECIAL EVENTS HAPPENING
During Lent we will be having Stations of the Cross on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
Also, there is a new time for Wednesday’s daily Mass, 7:00 p.m., to allow workers to share in a weekday Mass.
There will also be Eucharistic Adoration on the first Wednesday of every month after the Mass.
St. Vincent de Paul Parish Dinner will take place April 13. Please contact the office if you wish to attend.
Celebration of Confirmation and First Communion coming soon.
FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
Hello Dear Friends,
All is good.
Yours in Christ,Fr. Andrew
IMPORTANT – ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED – BOYS & GIRLS
If you are in Grade 3 or above and are interested, please contact the Rectory at 905-544-2100.
EXTRA ORDINARY MINISTERS
A new revised schedule for Easter has been e-mailed out, but there are copies at the back of the Church at the King Street entrance.
SPRING IS HERE!
The Annual Plant & Yard Sale will be May 10 & 11. We need lightly used items for yard sale. Please call the Rectory or John van der Zalm at 905-920-2117.
DIOCESAN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS
Please see the poster at the King Street doors for registration.
Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. This is for couples celebrating their 25th, 40th, 50th, or 60th year (or more) of marriage in the year 2019.
ONE HEART, ONE SOUL + DID YOU KNOW
IT’S KICKOFF TIME!
The preparation phase of the One Heart, One Soul Campaign for the Diocese of Hamilton is moving into the active phase! A campaign kickoff Mass will be held at noon on Monday, March 25, Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI. The Pilot Wave Parishes will be holding kickoffs for their own efforts in April. Three additional waves over the next two years will allow every Parish in the Diocese to participate. Most of the funds from the three-year campaign will go to Parish projects, with a special emphasis on the Parishes most in need. A number of diocesan ministries will benefit as well. A series of Frequently Asked Questions about the campaign can be found on the campaign web-site – www.oneheartonesoul.ca
FULLNESS OF PURPOSE
Could there be more to our faith experience than what we have come to know?
Dynamic speaker and author Ken Yasinski will be leading a 2 day parish mission, at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Stoney Creek, Sunday, April 7th and Monday, April 8th .
Why have I been created? Where is Joy found?
Does my Catholic faith matter?
This mission is Catholicism in everyday simple language that will make relevant the timeless truths of our faith. Come be inspired to live your full potential in life. Come hear Ken speak of his own personal challenges in life and with his faith, be transformed through his musical adoration with the blessed sacrament. To learn more and hear Ken speak, here is a short video 3 Ways God Answers Prayers.
SEPARATION & DIVORCE
This can be a painful and confusing time for those living the experience. Learning how to cope and being supported by those who have lived through it as well is important to ensure future health. The Family Ministry Office offers Level Programs for you if you are in this situation, or refer anyone else you may know that is in need. Check out the web-site at hamiltondiocese.com or call the parish office and we can give them your number. Begins this Tuesday.
PRAYERS FOR VOCATIONS
Parishioners are kindly asked to pray for these Priests on the appointed day.
Monday March 25 – Rev. Chris Buda
Tuesday March 26 – Rev. Frederick Scinto
Wednesday March 27 – Chancery Staff
Thursday March 28 – Rev. Aleksander Mazur
Friday Mar. 29 – Rev. Pat Aiello
Saturday Mar. 30 – Rev. Sutherland MacDonald
Each Lent should bring us closer to our God. There is no failure, except that of no longer trying. You can still follow Jesus more closely. The Lord is kind and merciful and calls us to proclaim His Name. Consider service in the Priesthood or consecrated life.
If you think God is calling you contact Fr. Michael King, Diocese of Hamilton 905-528-7988 ext. 2246. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Regular Collection: $2,059.00
Loose: $ 122.10
Pre-authorized Offering: $ 442.46
Total: $ 2,623.56
“He said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none.'” Luke 13:7
We can all be like the barren fig tree at times. Do you cling to what you have or do you generously share with others? How will you respond when God asks you what you have done with all the gifts, He has given you? Remember, not only are we called to be generous, we are called to develop and nurture our gifts and return with increase.
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ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH
Pastor: Reverend Fr. Andrew Quarshie
Secretaries: Rina Sheehan and Lisa White
Mailing Address: 128 Edgemont St. South, Hamilton ON L8K 2H8
Face book: St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Parish
Office hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9 am-12 pm and 1-4 pm
St. John the Baptist Pastoral Council Highlights March 2019
Members: Fr. Andrew Quarshie (President), Eric Geenen (Co-chair), Ginette Howatt (Co-chair), Mary Anne Creechan (Secretary), Peter Ozemoyah (Vice Chairperson), Jude Shawera, Mary Ann Slowka, John van der Zalm
Follow-up on Previous Events/Initiatives:
1. Priest Portraits: We have framed portraits for Fr. Peter, Fr. Laszlo, and Fr. Andrew, and are looking to hang them in a place where everyone can easily see them.
2. Sacred Heart Shrine: We will be hanging a prayer to the Sacred Heart above the votive candles and are experimenting with a kneeler in front of the candles. Please stop by the shrine, light a candle, say a prayer, and let us know what you think of the arrangement.
3. Parish Library: We would like to start a small parish library. If anyone has any books of a religious or spiritual nature (including children’s books), please leave them under the bookshelf at the King St. entrance. Also, if anyone has a small bookshelf we could use, please let the office know.
4. Introduction to Mass: To continue to foster a sense of community in the parish we will be experimenting with a welcoming introduction to the Mass read by the lectors. Let us know what you think!
5. Altar Server Training Day: All current Altar Servers and anyone who would like to become one are invited to our training day and pizza lunch in the church, on Saturday April 13th, from 9:30 AM-12:00 Noon. Please RSVP with the office.
6. Parish Picnic: We are planning to celebrate our parish feast day by hosting a parish picnic on Sunday, June 23 after Mass. A committee will be organized to further plan this event, and a sign-up sheet will be at the doors of the church in early April. Please consider how you can support this initiative.