Posted By admin on December 7, 2013
John the Baptist announces the coming of the Lord: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” The call is repeated as we celebrate Advent. The time is now for us to prepare for the Lord’s coming. At this point in the season we are focused on Jesus’ second coming. With longing hearts we await His return. The desire we have to be with the Lord and to see Him face to face finds a likeness to the times when a loved one is away. Just over a week ago we celebrated Thanksgiving, the busiest travel time in the calendar year. Many people travel to be with family for the holiday. Families, with great hope and joy, await the return of their loved ones for the celebration. During Advent we “await” the return of the Lord with the same kind of desire. The difference is that we do not know the day or the hour when the Lord will come so the call of the Baptist rings in our ears encouraging us to be prepared. The Lord’s return will usher in the end-time when the world will be transformed into the new and heavenly Jerusalem. Our imaginations try to envisage the Day but ultimately fall short because the joy, peace and life that He will bring is so far above our longing that we only have glimpses of it in the here and now. Yet that longing for the Day fills us with hope. The confidence we have in His return is based on the love we have and continue to experience of His presence with us now. During the Season of Advent we focus on our present relationship with the Lord and rekindle our desire to be one with Him in love. What flows from this desire is the conversion of heart to which He continually calls us; this conversion of heart is an invitation to love – to love God and our neighbor – with renewed vigor and strength.
Thank you to everyone who helped clean the Church last Saturday and prepare it for Advent. Your efforts help make the Church more welcoming and helps us all to enter into the Season, the season of Hope.
Thank you to Walter Burek and everyone who helped with the video we watched last weekend after Communion. Our relationship with the Lord is an active and dynamic relationship always open to growth. The adult faith formation activities coupled with the opportunities for prayerful reflection and meditation help our relationship grow. Please consider participating in one of these opportunities during the upcoming year.
Thank you also to our Youth Group retreat team who offered the annual retreat to the Junior CYO. The months of planning and organizing the day paid off greatly. On behalf of the entire parish, thank you for all you do! Thanks also to the adults who helped – Diane Gormley, Vince Bodnar, Jim Ferris and Maria Parker.
During the Season of Advent and Christmas we will have additional time available for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday’s following the 11:30 Mass until 5:00 p.m. at which time we will celebrate Vespers (Evening Prayer) and Benediction. All are welcome to attend.
Next Sunday at 6:00 p.m. we will welcome Tajci back to Saint John the Evangelist for a Christmas Concert. Tickets are available. This is a great way to step aside from the busy-ness of this time of the year to refocus on our spiritual preparation for Christmas. Tajci’s concerts have been well received here in the past so please join us for this musical event.
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception has been transferred for this year to Monday, December 9, since the 8th is a Sunday. While the obligation has been lifted for this year, Mass is still available for those who would like to join in the celebration. The vigil will be celebrated tonight at 5:30 p.m. Masses tomorrow will be at 8:00 AM., Noon, and 7:00 PM.
• ”THE THRILL OF HOPE” CANCELLED Monsignor Prior’s Advent presentation scheduled for this evening has been cancelled. Monsignor Prior informs: “While the parking lot was plowed earlier this afternoon and looks fine, the crew has not returned to do the sidewalks and entryways into the buildings so for safety reasons I think it best to cancel tonights program.”
• ADVENT: WAIT AND WATCH! Our parish celebration of the Season of Advent will include Exposition of of the Blessed Sacrament after each 11:30 Mass and Evening Prayer (Vespers) followed by Benediction at 5:00 PM each Sunday. All are welcome to pause and reflect with us during this season of excitement of shopping, gift wrapping, parties and avalanche of decorations.
• THE MEANING BEHIND THE MYSTERY: THE PARTS OF THE MASS In the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee, you can join us without leaving home for a free 10-minute Bible study every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for three weeks. The Parts of the Mass, with Jeff Cavins, is now online at The Faith Explorer, SJE’s online Adult Faith Formation magazine. The study also appears on our Facebook page. (Hint: if you subscribe (free) to The Faith Explorer, we’ll send you an e-mail to remind you about each installment.) Start a new faith habit this Advent, and grow closer to Christ through His Word. Join Jeff Cavins and learn more about the significance of every gesture in the Mass. You’ll find yourself entering more deeply into the liturgy and having a renewed love for the Mass. To view an information video about this series, click here.
• GRAMMY’S KITCHEN ANNUAL HOLIDAY COOKIE SALE Plan to enjoy holiday treats with home baked cookies from St. John’s best bakers. Find us in the front of the church before and after all Masses on the weekend of December 14th and 15th. If you would like to bake cookies for the event, please contact Ann Damron at 215-736-3527.
• JESSE TREE 2013 Please consider fulfilling one or more of the Christmas gift wishes hung on the Jesse Trees in the church vestibule. Each tag represents the gift wish of a child from St. John the Evangelist Knights of Columbus, our sister parish St. Joan of Arc in Philadelphia, St. Ignatius of Loyola in Philadelphia, the Interfaith Housing Development Corporation in Bristol, and the Bucks County Housing Group in Penndel. Simply remove the tag(s) from the tree, purchase the gift wish on the tag, and return your wrapped gift (with the angel tag attached) to the church vestibule by 1 PM on Sunday, December 15th. If a gift card is not part of another gift, please seal the envelope, attach the angel tag, and place it inside the box in the vestibule marked Jesse Tree. If you are unable to shop for a gift but would still like to participate, you can make a cash or gift card donation to the program. Please put your contribution in a sealed envelope labeled “Jesse Tree General Use” and place it inside the box in the vestibule marked Jesse Tree. Thank you for helping to bring the wonder and magic of Christmas into the life of a local child in need. You may be only one person in this world, but at the moment that child opens your gift, you are the world! Contact Pamela Webb at 215-295-1171 for more information.
• ST. JOHN YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS The Jr. High Youth Ministry will be selling Poinsettia plants after all the Masses for $10 each. Please support our youth ministry program by buying your plants with us for this holiday season! Jr. High Youth Group will meet tonight from 6:00-7:15 in the Convent Meeting Room. High School Youth Group will meet from 7:15-9:00 at St. Ignatius. We look forward to seeing you! Attention all Junior High age youth! On Sunday, December 15th, we will be having the Jesse Tree Sort after the 11:30 am Mass. It will last until about 3PM. Then, at 3PM and lasting until 4PM, we will have our Jr. High Youth Group Christmas Party. For this party, we will have good food and play games to celebrate Jesus’ birthday! We are asking our Jr. High Youth to bring “Gifts for Jesus” to donate to the Bucks County Community Women’s Center in Bristol. Please give a donation of diapers of all sizes, wipes, and baby bath products to help these women and infants in need. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up to help with the sort and attend the party! Click here for more Youth Ministry News.
• MONTHLY FOOD DRIVE The food drive this month will be on the weekend of December 14th and 15th to help those in our lower Bucks area who are struggling, especially at this time of year. If this month’s drive is as bountiful or as close to it as the November collection, that would be wonderful, especially this near to Christmas. Mary’s Cupboard, whose shelves were maybe half filled, benefited from your donations totaling 626 pounds of food. May Jesus bless you on His birthday…indeed every day.
• MEN’S COAT AND BLANKET DRIVE St. John’s Parish will be collecting warm coats, hats, gloves, sweaters, hoodies, blankets (New or Used), and white socks in good usable condition for homeless men on the streets of Philadelphia at all of the Masses on the weekend December 14th and 15th. Boxes will be placed in the vestibule of the church and items should be placed in the appropriate box according to size. St. John’s Knights of Columbus will coordinate this project. Your generosity in offering up good wearable clothing for the men will be most appreciated by those who are homeless on the streets of Philadelphia. All items will be taken to Philadelphia during the 11:30 Mass so we ask you to bring your items by the beginning of the 11:30 Mass. Call Chuck Meyrick at 215-321-3346 if you have any questions.
• NEW LECTIO DIVINA SERIES The Lectio Divina Prayer Group has begun a series of readings, meditations on and prayers about Gospels pertaining to the Mysteries of the Rosary. Appropriately for the season, the series began with the Annunciation and will continue through Advent and the Christmas season with the remaining Joyful Mysteries. The group meets immediately after the 8:00 AM Mass every Thursday. All are welcome.
• SETON SOCIETY “HOLIDAY SUPPORT” The Seton Society will sponsor “Holiday Support” Bereavement sessions on the following dates beginning at 7:00 pm in the Convent Meeting Room: December 19; January 9, 23, 30; and February 6, 20. Please call Sister Mary Ellen Diehl at 215-295-4102 if you are interested in attending these special sessions.
• IF YOU’RE A CATHOLIC, YOU SHOULD KNOW… Jeff Cavins explains the meaning behind the parts of the Mass on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in a 9-part video study. Log on to SJE’s Faith Formation Magazine, The Faith Explorer.
• PREP NEWS Thanks for all you do to support the PREP program. This week we are spotlighting the Kindergarten program that is held on Sunday morning from 9:45 to 11:00 AM. The teacher of these 12 children is Miss Victoria Young, who recently graduated from College as a teacher and brings her love and enthusiasm to the students each week. She has been with us as an aide for three years and now she takes the little ones under her wing. The classroom is filled with many projects that include the making of advent wreaths, saint puppets and a variety of holiday displays. The experience that Miss Young wishes each child to have is “love for discovering the teachings and ministry of Jesus” in a manner that best fits the age level. Her goal for this year is to take the teachings of Jesus and enable the students to share them in a positive manner with their family and friends.” How could the little ones not love Jesus more at the end of this PREP year? Barbara Ann Nuzzolo, Director of Religious Education
• MOTHERS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN! Are you a mother with young children at home looking for fellowship? Or looking to teach your child about your Catholic faith? Then please join the Mothers of Young Children on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, December 17 for crafts, singing, stories, and fellowship. All activities are geared towards children age 5 and under, but older children are welcome to join in as well. Meetings will take place at 10 am in the Deacon James Hartmann Meeting Room. Please contact Lucy Fronheiser for more information: email@example.com or 267-573-9499 or join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mothersatstjohns/.We look forward to meeting you and your child(ren).
• TAJCI IN CONCERT On December 15, 2013 internationally acclaimed recording artist Tajci will perform “Emmanuel” at St. John the Evangelist Parish. Tajci has shared her emotional programs in almost 1,000 concerts across the United States in the past 13 years. The performance begins at 6:00 PM in the church. Light refreshments will be served after the concert. Visit www.idobelieve.com to find out more about Tajci and to listen to some of her songs. It will be a concert you do not want to miss!
• GOING FORWARD PRAYER GROUP The Widows’ Going Forward 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).
• CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR FATHER is a collection of prayers written by the Lectio Divina Prayer Group at St. John’s (with an Imprimatur by Archbishop Chaput). The book is available in bookstores and Amazon.com for $6.95. Parishioners can buy the book on the new parish e-st0re at the discounted price of $3.95 plus $3.99 shipping by entering discount code VMBC2VVE at checkout. This is a great Christmas gift for your Catholic friends and a thoughtful “stocking stuffer” for the family. Quantity discounts (10+)are available by email from firstname.lastname@example.org. All book sale proceeds go to the parish.
• PLEASE LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Upcoming events like First Tuesdays, a synopsis of our Parish Priests’ homilies, links to various sites — including Your Daily Prayer, Marriage Tips, Faith in Action, CatholicPhilly.com, The Word Among Us, and more are all just a click away.
• 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.
• SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE Our next meeting will be our apartment wrapping party on Thursday, December 12, 7:00 PM at the Ross home, 704 Wynnewood Drive. We will be wrapping boy’s clothing, size 3T, size 9 shoes for the twin boys and baby girl clothing, size 9-12 months. Size 3 diapers are needed, along with musical toys, action figures, cars, balls or any age appropriate toys. Any item you are able to contribute is always greatly appreciated! We are hosting the next sewing/knitting meeting on Sunday, January 20, 2014 , Martin Luther King Day in the Convent. We are sewing dresses and tops for girls in El Salvador. Knitters are making Baptismal stoles, trauma teddy bears, and caps for babies in neonatal care. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Non-sewers can cut material or hand sew the trim. Please come join us. 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. “Many of those who heard the word came to believe…” Acts 4:4
• PASTORAL CARE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Saint John the Evangelist parish is striving to strengthen our community of faith and worship where everyone’s presence is welcome and wanted, where pain is received and relieved, strengths sustained, gifts called forth and used, and vulnerabilities are seen not as a sign of weakness, but as a reminder of the gift of grace that can work through all of God’s people…all of us. Please continue to welcome and celebrate all members of our parish. “Without cost you have received, without cost you are to give.” Matthew 10:8
• DESIGNER HANDBAG BINGO To benefit the St. Ignatius 8th Grade GraduationFriday, January 10th 2014 Doors Open at 6:30 PM Bingo start at 7:30 PM St. Ignatius Church Auditorium, 999 Reading Avenue Yardley, Pa 19067. $25 per person pre-sale. Ticket price includes 13 game sheets, 2 raffle tickets and 1 door prize ticket (Additional game sheets, raffle tickets, 50/50 and dabbers available for sale.) Bring your own party! (BYO food and drink) Pa State Law: Minimum age of 18 yrs. to play To order tickets, please download the form and send into Ngoc Choo, c/o Cianna 8th gr., St. Ignatius Church, 999 Reading Avenue Yardley, Pa 19067, or e-mail email@example.com
• ST. JOHN’S IS ON THE PHONE FOR YOU The parish mobile site is available for all smartphone and tablet operating systems, i.e., iOS (including the new iOS7), Android, Windows8, Google and Blackberry. Now you have quick access to parish info you need most often — announcements, the parish calendar, Youth Ministry news, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Altar Server and Eucharistic Minister schedules and more. We’ve also added one-click phone and email access to the Rectory Office and one-click phone access to the PREP office. To install on your phone or tablet, point your browser to m.stjohnpa.org or scan the code found near the bottom right of this page. Follow directions to make it an app on your iPhone or iPad or a bookmark on other systems.
• PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK Baby Claudia, Baby Rachel, Baby Regan, Baby Ryan, Mary C, Nancy Baradziej, Una “Winnie” Carney, Joseph Celinski, James Comfort, Russell DeGrassa, Peter DellaVecchia, John DiGiovanna, Mary Divine, Eileen, Walter Eliason, Orestes Fundora, John Fuoco, Thomas G., Frank Giunta,Frank Hoenisch, B. K., M. K., Dana K., Martin C. Kenneally, III, Mrs. Kennedy, Billy Kozak, Baby Kellan Krajcar, Rose Kupiec, Kevin Lamanna, Esther Lange, Dorthea Lavana, Ann M., Gloria M. Rose McCain, Joseph McCann, David McCarron, Pete McCue, John McDonnell, Loretta McDonell, Babies Riley and Cassidy McVan, Cathy Mannino, Annette Macecevic, Joseph Macecevic, Jr., Mary Carmella Neumann, Erin Nowack, Elaine O., Arty Peake, Alexander Peters, Jennifer Prazeres, David Provost, Laraine Richmond, Radames Rivera, Louise Gotti-Russell, Baby Declan Sargent, Martina Scully, Anna Skoutelas, Jacqueline Stafford, John Sinzer, Michelle Mercer Sutherland, First Lieutenant Ryan Timoney, Lois Wagner, John Weber, 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.