The Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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.
October 18 to 24, 2020
Burns for the intentions of those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mass Intentions for Saturday, October 17
For the intentions of John and Mary Fioravanti on their 60th Wedding Anniversary – Mary Jean
† In Memory of Dianna Capobianco – Pierina Pascucci and family
Mass Intentions for Thursday, October 22
† In Memory of Alex Steinbach – Steinbach family
Mass Intentions for Saturday, October 24
† In Memory of deceased members of the Frisina family – Antonia Frisina
† In Memory of Helen Holowaty – Stephen Matysik
† In Memory of Pasqua DiCenzo – Rita Padoin
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,
Today we welcome Clara Filipe into the Sacrament of Baptism.
It has been a challenging time this year, anyhow, we thank God we can still count some blessings in our lives and in our Churches too. We look forward with faith and hope, trusting that all this shall pass leaving us a better life than before. We hold dear in our hearts and prayers those who cannot physically join us for Mass. We are grateful to those donating to support the parish, especially those who are not able to attend but are still supporting. Lastly, we entrust into God’s hands the sick, that God heals them; also, the dead, that they find eternal life with God.
CLIMAX OF THE MONTH OF ROSARY: As you may know, October is designated the month of the Rosary, where we have the opportunity to honour Mary, seek her intercession, reflect on the Mysteries of Christ, and grow in our faith. To climax the month of the Rosary, we shall have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Rosary prayers on Friday 30th October, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. We shall follow due precaution pertaining to the pandemic.
NEW CATHOLICS: We have one of our parishioners receiving the Sacraments of Initiation at St. Eugene on Tuesday 27th October at 7:00 p.m. She completed her RCIA and was part of those who missed the “Easter Sacraments” due to the Pandemic. We pray for God’s graces upon her and look forward to her involvement in our parish.
On Saturday October 10 we celebrated Mass for those who died during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Council delivered 86 dinners to their clients. Thank you to Endzone restaurant, volunteers, and parishioners who supported this endeavour.
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.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL THANKSGIVING DINNER
On October 10, the St. Vincent de Paul Council at St. John Parish provided Thanksgiving Dinner to people in need in our community. We were not able to have a sit down meal like we did at Easter 2019, so we had End Zone Restaurant cook and package meals which were then delivered by volunteers. Those receiving meals were very appreciative, with one even saying it was the best meal he has had in 16 years! The St. Vincent de Paul Council at St. John Parish serves those in need in our community – from Gage Ave to Cochrane Rd, from Main St. to the escarpment. Thank you all for helping our neighbours!
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.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY – Sunday October 18, 2020
Every Catholic community and parish throughout the world are involved in World Mission Sunday. It is a day to show that all Catholics are missionary disciples who have a role to play in the missionary activities of the Church. It is a global effort to bring spiritual and material assistance to those who long for the love of Christ. Your kind support will help new churches to become strong and vital faith communities. Please continue to pray for all those who serve in mission countries and please be generous in your support of their work.
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 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.