Posted By admin on August 30, 2014
Saint Paul writes in his Letter to the Romans: “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2) In this succinct statement Paul describes the struggle within every human being. Making a choice for God and His way over our own ways or the path that our society says is “the way to go.”
We all have a longing in our hearts to be as God wants us to be. It is natural since we have been created by Him and for Him. He longs for us to experience the fullness of life He offers us. This is the mission of Jesus “I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) The longing in our hearts, whether articulated or not, is real. It is a desire for joy and peace and contentment. It is a desire for authentic love. Yet we struggle. We get distracted. We make choices that do not lead to life but to self-satisfaction. The “world” presents “goods” to us that it says we should want and desire but these “goods” don’t really lead us to life. Wealth, power, prestige, and advancement might be enticing but they are not fulfilling. In fact instead of leading to life they drain life of its meaning and joy. Jesus gives the antidote to this world view when He says: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)
Best wishes to all our youth who are starting the new school year especially those beginning their studies in new schools. You are in our prayers for a great year.
Looking ahead to the quickly approaching Fall we will be beginning the 50th year of Saint John the Evangelist Parish. Archbishop Chaput will lead us in prayer to mark the anniversary of the parish’s founding on June 14, 2015 at the 11:30 a.m. Mass (mark your calendars). A lot of times when anniversaries are celebrated we look back and celebrate all the great accomplishments of the past for a local community. While this is good and we will do some of this during the year; it is important to look to the present and the future. We are a people of hope.
The anniversary of the parish provides us with a time for renewal of our faith and a recommitment to living it out. A time to be renewed in Christ’s love for us and our desire to serve Him – to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength; and to love our neighbor as ourselves. During the year ahead we will be introducing some new programs and activities to help us on this journey. A new parish mission statement will be published shortly – the fruit of the Parish Pastoral Council’s work this past year. A new selection of offerings will be presented for adult faith formation. A new parish retreat program called “Christ Renews His Parish” will be introduced by Sister Mary Ellen. The weekend retreats will be offered – one for men and one for women. We will also begin, as part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, some programs for families in preparation for the World Meeting of Families (and hopefully the visit of Pope Francis) in September 2015. Furthermore, a new parish photo directory will be forthcoming and the parish will also have a new “look” to our printed and web materials with a new logo and web-site in the works. All these and more will be coming this year as part of our renewal.
At the heart of the renewal of the parish, however, is our commitment as individual members to seek the Lord’s will in our lives and to act on it. During the almost two thousand year history of the Church there have been many times when the Church or smaller sections of the Church (dioceses, parishes, schools, hospitals, religious communities, even families) have sought renewal. The times where it has been most effective and transformative for those communities is when the individual members sought renewal in their daily lives. As we begin this new year, we commit ourselves to being renewed in His love and to live our lives according to that love.
• OFFICE CLOSING The Parish Administrative Office will be closed on Monday, September 1st in observance of Labor Day. The office will re-open on Tuesday, September 2nd at 9 AM.
• MARY: A BIBLICAL WALK WITH THE BLESSED MOTHER Filmed on location in the Holy Land, this 8-part study will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of Mary’s earthly life, taking you through her joys … and her sorrows. You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her Divine Son. Seeing Mary in this way will change you forever. In Mary you will: Visit the grotto of Mary’s home, the cave where Christ was born, and other rarely seen places in the Holy Land. See the significance of Mary as you explore the Biblical roots of our beliefs about her. Deepen your devotion to Mary as you discover our Blessed Mother in a uniquely personal way. Monday mornings 10-11:30 AM. September 8th thru October 7th. Deacon James Hartman Meeting Room. Materials fee: $35.00 For more information or to register online visit the St. John the Evangelist Adult Faith Formation website. You may also register on the sign-up sheets in the vestibule.
• MATTHEW: THE KING AND HIS KINGDOM is an exciting 24-week study that explores the life and mission of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel. Matthew demonstrates how the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament are fulfilled in Christ, who establishes a New Law and inaugurates the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. You will see Jesus as the awaited Messiah who relives the life and struggles of Israel to become the faithful and victorious King. Set in the rich context of Jesus’ Jewish culture, this study will help you understand who Jesus is and what his life and teachings mean for us today. Tuesday evenings, 7-9 PM. Begins September 9th. Convent Meeting Room. Materials Fee: $30.00. For more information or to register online visit the St. John the Evangelist Adult Faith Formation website. You may also register on the sign-up sheets in the vestibule.
• COMING IN OCTOBER! FIRST TUESDAY returns with Epic: The Early Church, a program that presents in exciting and dramatic detail the first 500 years of the Church through the lives and events of the saints, philosophers, theologians, martyrs, and ruthless emperors. Gain a greater understanding of the teachings and dogmas of the Catholic Faith—and meet those who gave their lives to define and defend them. Join us on the First Tuesday of every month, October 7th to July 1st, 7-9 PM in the Convent Meeting Room. For more information the St. John the Evangelist Adult Faith Formation website.
• NEW BEGINNINGS SEPARATED AND DIVORCED SUPPORT GROUP Saint John the Evangelist Parish is happy to announce the formation of a new group to support separated and divorced men and women. This program will provide a comprehensive explanation of the stages and emotions which one experiences during the separated and divorced period to help attendees renew their hearts and minds with hope for the future. Subject material topics consist of; getting your bearings, finding strength and help, working through your anger, finding peace, knowing forgiveness, dealing with your family, handling money wisely, and finding perfect power. If you are interested, or know a person going through a separation or divorce, please contact them and let them know that this program is an opportunity to move forward with their lives. For those who are interested please come and join us each Tuesday for 12 weeks starting September 9, 2014, from 7:00 PM until 8: 30 PM in the Deacon James Hartmann Meeting Room. To register please call Maureen at 732-996-6473 or email email@example.com. The Parish is also looking for any annulled parishioner to assist with this ministry. If interested please contact Maureen.
• PREP NEWS I welcome all the teachers, staff, students and volunteers to the PREP program for the 2014- 2015 school year. We are blessed to have over 45 people working with this ministry and welcome anyone else who wishes to volunteer as an office aide or classroom aide. This year there were two new teachers added to the roster. They are Ann Damron and Ami Taddei. I am blessed to have all the teachers on the staff and I am so grateful to each one of them for making such a huge commitment. Any one can give whatever time you can spare in these hectic times and there will be a productive position made to order. Simply give the PREP office a call at 215-295-9239.Thanks to everyone! Barbara Ann Nuzzolo, Director of Religious Education
• ADULT SERVERS NEEDED FOR FUNERAL MASSES One of the seven Corporal Works of Mercy is to bury the dead. We are fortunate here at Saint John the Evangelist to have a group of dedicated men and women who help assist with funeral liturgies. We would like to add additional persons to our list of servers. If you are able to contribute an hour and a half of your time to assist at the celebration of a funeral Mass at St. John’s, please let us know. Funeral Masses are scheduled, as needed, any morning of the week, except Sundays. Once a mass is scheduled we call to see which servers are available to assist. The service you give is a great comfort and support to the families of the deceased. We are grateful to those already serving and are hopeful that we can include additional servers to this tremendous work.
• YOUTH ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED St. John’s is looking for all youth entering grades 6-12 to prayerfully consider joining our Altar Server Crew! We will have training for all current and interested servers on Tuesday, September 23rd from 6-7:30 PM in the church. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to register today. Thank you!
• YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS Junior High and High School Youth Group 2014-2015 We will begin our regular weekly youth group meetings soon. Jr. High Youth will meet on Fridays from 7-9 PM beginning September 12th, and High School Youth will meet on Sundays from 6-8 PM beginning on September 14th. Go to www.stjohnpa.org/youth-ministry to download your permission and registration forms today. We look forward to seeing you this year! Junior High Retreat Team – The Jr. High Retreat will be held on Saturday, November 22nd, from 10 AM-7 PM here at St. John’s for ALL youth in grades 6, 7, and 8 from any school or parish. The Retreat Team is made up of any 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who would like to join us to lead the retreat for the Jr. High youth. If you are interested in joining us on this team this year for the 2014 retreat, please join us on Sunday, September 14th from 1-3 PM for our first team meeting in the Parish Office Building. Email email@example.com if you are going to be joining us or have any questions! For more Youth Ministry News, including an update on World Youth Day 2016, visit our Youth Ministry website.
• KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS GOLF OUTING The Knights of Columbus will be holding their annual golf outing on Monday, September 29, at the Northampton Valley Country Club in Richboro, PA. This is an event jointly held with the Father McCafferty Knights of Columbus Council of St. Ignatius Parish. Golfer registration and donation forms are located on the table at the entrance of the church. Please consider donating to this event this year as our very generous major sponsor has again agreed to match your donation. Sponsors are also requested to consider supporting this event. This is a major event used to fund the many charitable activities supported by the Knights of Columbus. Volunteers are also welcome at the golf outing to assist with this event.
• SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE The students and teachers of the Willard School send their thank you for all donations towards our Blessings in a Backpack collection. Many children benefited from your generosity. Please continue to donate religious items (black plastic rosary beads, holy cards, calendars, or small prayer books) for our Women’s Prison Ministry. Your donation may help someone heal. All year we will be collecting gently used books, toys, games and children’s clothing for poor children. Please place all donations in the marked basket in the St. Gianna room (cry room) Thanks for any help you can give. Cell Phones for Soldiers are still needed. These old phones and batteries are exchanged for phone cards. This allows soldiers precious time with their family and friends, while they are serving so far away. “For through the law I died to the law, that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live no longer I, but Christ lives in me.”
• PASTORAL CARE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES A WALK OR WHEEL FOR LIFE will be held on Sunday, September 28 beginning at 3:30 PM in Love Park in Philadelphia. A Holy Hour followed by a 6:30 Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Charles Chaput in The Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter & Paul. Come join us! Volunteer teens with autism are needed for a research study. Those ages 13 to 17 with a diagnosis of Asberger’s Syndrome or high language functioning (complete sentences) are welcome. Participants will meet once a week with other study participants and learn photography. If interested please contact Krina Duriea, 717-531-0003, Ext.286286 or firstname.lastname@example.org [subject: adolescent participant.] The Tourette Syndrome Support Group meets monthly. Contact Jeanine for more information 267-799-8911. Bucks County Challenger Flag Football for those with disabilities and their buddies will start September 21st at Neshaminy High School Stadium from 11:00-12:30. Sign up is on the first day. Cheerleaders are also welcome. “I command you: be firm and steadfast! Do not fear or be dismayed, for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
• WOMEN OF THE WORD PRAYER GROUP The next meeting for the Women of the Word Prayer Group is on Saturday, September 20th at 9:00 AM in the Convent Building. We pray Morning Prayer and view an episode of the video series on “Catholicism.” We meet the third Saturday of each month. All are welcome! For more information, please call Sister Mary Ellen Diehl at 215-295-4102.
• SETON SOCIETY A grief support group for everyone will be meeting on Tuesday, September 16th at 7 PM in the Convent Meeting Room. For more information for individual or group support, please call Tom Brunner, 973-462-4383. (All discussions are confidential) We meet every First and Third Tuesday of each month starting at 7 PM at the Parish Office building (formerly the Convent). “Grief, no matter where it comes from, can only be resolved by connecting to other people.” – Thomas Horn
• GOING FORWARD PRAYER GROUP The Widows Prayer Group continues to welcome any who would like to participate. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month, in Our Lady’s Chapel at 11:30 AM. A Rosary is said for deceased spouses followed by lunch at the Yardley Country Club (separate checks).
• THE MASS IN FOCUS Monsignor Prior presents a weekly commentary about each Sunday’s Mass on Catholicphilly.com, the new-media replacement for the Catholic Standard and Times.
• YOUR PRAYERS ARE NEEDED! The Parish Prayer Network consists of a group of parishioners that pray for the Special Prayer Intentions that are placed in the Prayer Box in the vestibule of the Church. Intentions are emailed weekly to those in the Network. If you would like to become a part of this blessed endeavor, or if you wish to have someone added to the prayer list, please contact coordinator, Lisa Petrino 215.295.6468 or email@example.com.
• PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK Baby Claudia, Baby Rachel, Baby Regan, Baby Ryan, Mary C, Nancy Baradziej, Mary Beck, John Camerlengo, Linda Carl, Una “Winnie” Carney, Joseph Celinski, Cyril Chelliah, James Comfort, Brenda Council, John Daly, Russell DeGrassa, Peter DellaVecchia, Diana, Mary Divine, Eileen, Orestes Fundora, John Fuoco, Frank Giunta, Abby Haggerty, Frank Hoenisch, B. K., M. K., Dana K., Mrs. Kennedy, Walter Kenny, Billy Kozak, Baby Kellan Krajcar, Kevin Lamanna, Esther Lange, Ian Lange, Dorthea Lavana, Ann M., Gloria M., Annette Macecevic, Cathy Mannino, Donald Masselle, Joseph McCann, David McCarron, Pete McCue, Babies Riley and Cassidy McVan, Julian Monteiro, Erin Nowack, Elaine O., Arty Peake, Alexander Peters, Jennifer Prazeres, David Provost, Laraine Richmond, Radames Rivera, Maureen Rudolph, Louise Gotti-Russell, Baby Declan Sargent, Martina Scully, Anna Skoutelas, John Sinzer, June Slattery, Randy Stradling, Evelyn Taylor, Dorothy Theseira, First Lieutenant Ryan Timoney, Melanie Tooher, Sue Torelli, Karl Wichman, and all residents of Manor Care and Arden Court
• WE VISIT THE SICK If a family member is sick, in the hospital, at home or in a Nursing Home, and would like a short visit by one of our members, please call the Parish Office at 215-295-4102.
• PRAYER REQUEST Please pray for Ron Baker who is in need of a kidney transplant. The family is hoping and praying that someone with Type “O” blood will come forward as a donor. If anyone is able to help, please contact Ron’s wife, Patti Baker, 215-369-9477. Thank you for your prayers.