Posted By admin on July 26, 2014
For the past few weeks we have been hearing Jesus speak to us in parables. The parables are used to invite us deeper into thought and meditation on the Kingdom of God. Today the parables of the hidden treasure, the pearl of great price and the fishing net are used to “get us thinking” about the Kingdom of God.
The first two parables propose that the Kingdom is of great worth, it is valuable. The point for pondering relates to our attitudes and actions related to the Kingdom. Previously we have seen that the Kingdom is real. It has been established in and through Christ who is its King. Citizenship in the Kingdom comes through faith and the sacraments. The parables today invite us to consider life in the Kingdom. How do I value my “citizenship” in the Kingdom of God? Is being a member of the Kingdom, a member of the Body of Christ, utmost in my mind when I make decisions on how to act? Are my attitudes and dispositions those of the King? Does my life bear witness to the King and His Kingdom? Jesus invites us to consider the Kingdom as a great gift which reorients our way of thinking and our way of life. The person who finds the hidden treasure or the pearl of great price sells all that they have so that they may have it. Nothing else compares to its great value. Life in the Kingdom entails a continual renewal whereby we come to an ever greater awareness of this valuable gift. As our eyes are opened we are invited to participate more deeply in the life of the Kingdom; a life of joy and solace.
The third parable uses the image of the fishing net. When a large fishing net is cast from a boat it gathers many things not just fish. Once on shore the fishermen have to separate the fish out from other materials. Jesus casts the net and many come to follow Him. They seek the Kingdom of God. Some do so eagerly others might just get caught up in the wave. The parable invites us to see the opportunity for life that comes through the Kingdom of God; not only life everlasting but an experience of the goodness of life that God offers us now. Living in the Kingdom is living as God wants us to live. Jesus invites us to reflect on our lives in the Kingdom of God not as some distant expectation but as we experience it now. He invites us to life.
This week we will begin Vacation Bible School. Thanks to everyone who is working with our youth to make this a great experience!
• MORAL THEOLOGY DISCUSSION WITH DEACON JOE ZALESKI Deacon Joe continues his Moral Theology Discussion Series this Tuesday evening, July 29th. This last discussion in the series will cover Abortion and Euthanasia. Please prayerfully consider participating. The session begins in the St. Francis Room of the Convent at 7:00 PM.
• VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL St. John the Evangelist will be holding Vacation Bible School here at St. John’s from July 28th-August 1st, 2014. All youth who will be entering Kindergarten through 6th grade in the fall of 2014 are welcome to attend! Both parishioners and non-parishioners alike are invited to join us here for a week of getting to know more about our Lord through his parables. The Bible School will run from 9 AM-12 PM Monday thru Friday. Children can be dropped off at 8:45. The cost per child to attend is $60 for the week if you sign-up from July 1st-July 15th. the fee. If you would like to bring your child for morning care beginning at 8AM each day, the cost to register for the week from July 1st-July 15th is $90 per child. Registration will close July 15th at midnight. You may register online and pay by credit card by going to the St. John’s Youth Ministry website. If you prefer, you can download the registration form and mail it in with your payment by check. Please contact Maria Parker, our Youth Minister, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about registering or volunteering. We look forward to seeing you this summer!
• PREP NEWS There are still a number of families who have missed the April deadline and have not registered for PREP for the upcoming year. To secure a spot in the class and session of your choice, it is necessary that you register as soon as possible. Go to this link, fill in the form and bring it to the Parish Office anytime from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM or mail it to the Parish Office. Thanks for taking care of this matter. Barbara Ann Nuzzolo, Director of Religious Education
• YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS All youth from any school and parish are invited to join us this summer at our Open Gym Nights for Jr. High (6:00 – 7:30 PM) and High School (7:30 - 9:00 PM) youth on the following dates: Wednesday, July 30 and Wednesday, August 6 and August 13. For more Youth Ministry News, including an update on World Youth Day 2016, visit our Youth Ministry website.
• WOMEN OF THE WORD PRAYER GROUP The next meeting for the Women of the Word Prayer Group is on Saturday, August 16th 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.
• SUMMER ART CLASSES AT ST. JOHN’S Mrs. Mitchell, former art teacher at Saint John the Evangelist School and current art teacher at Saint Mark’s and Our Lady of Good Counsel, will be teaching three children’s style drawing courses in the school art room this summer. For more information on time, dates, and registration contact the Young Rembrandt office at 215.675.8878 or visit the Young Rembrandt website.
• CYO ATHLETICS NEWS Soccer Registration is open. The season starts August 1st. Please log onto www.wagdogs.com to register. We are in need of soccer coaches this year, if you are interested, please contact Steve Mullaghy at email@example.com or the Mcgills at 215.337.8282 with any questions. Cross Country Registration is now open. Please log onto www.wagdogs.com to register. Any questions please contact Bill Gould at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• NEW! CYO FOOTBALL Introducing Bucks Catholic football for grades 5-6 (JV) and grades 7-8 (Varsity),unlimited weight. Bucks Catholic will play in the very competitive and traditional CYO Football League (CYOfootball.com) with playoffs and a championship game. Parishes invited to join are St. John, St. Ignatius, Holy Family, Holy Trinity, Our Lady of Grace, St. Charles, St. Ephrem, St. Mark and St. Mike’s. For more information contact: Buckscatholic@gmail.com or 215.499.4212.
• HONORS ANNOUNCEMENT Congratulations to the following Saint John the Evangelist parishioners who received Honors at the following high schools. LaSalle College High School: Grade 9 —Daniel Madden (Grade 9) – First Honors. Nazareth Academy High School: Distinguished Honors – Grade 12 – Rachel Carl, Tara D’Antonio, Maura Devaney, Kathryn Higgins, Jacqueline Mursch; Grade 11 –Jacqueline Rinkus; Grade 10 – Diana Carl; Grade 9 – Olivia Pfender.
• SETON SOCIETY A grief support group for everyone will meeting on Tuesday, August 5th at 7:00 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’ 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).
• SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE Our next committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 27, at 7:00 pm in the Parish Office Building (convent). We will review plans for the upcoming year. Again we will be collecting school supplies for a poor school in Philadelphia. Donations of backpacks, crayons, pencils, pens, markers, pocket folders, notebooks, scissors, glue, binders, loose leaf paper, and white socks will be greatly appreciated. Stay tuned for more information in August. The next sewing and knitting group meeting will be held on Thursday, August 21st, at 7:00 PM. Some donations of colorful 45-inch shoelaces would be greatly appreciated. Patterns for knitting are available in the convent from 9:00 to 5:00. Some needed materials are: flannel or cotton in 1 yard pieces, (holiday prints appreciated), fleece, 4 ply yarn, baby yarn, or cotton yarn. All are welcome. 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 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. “Work at your tasks in due season, and in His own time God will give you your reward.” Sirach 51: 30
• PASTORAL CARE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Pot luck picnic for families, their children and caretakers will be held at Tyler State Park, Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940, on Tuesday, August 26th. Hot Dogs, hamburgers, and drinks will be offered. Just bring yourself, your kids, a towel, and a dish to share. Meet at the picnic pavilion down by the boat docks. Please RSVP to Lorna Robinson, 215.660.0386 or email@example.com. New family friends are always welcome. Come and join the fun! “Anyone committed to the truth hears my voice.” John 18: 37
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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, James Comfort, Mike Conrad, 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, Rose Kupiec, Kevin Lamanna, Esther Lange, Dorthea Lavana, Ann M., Gloria M., Julian Monteiro, Joseph McCann, David McCarron, Pete McCue, Babies Riley and Cassidy McVan, Cathy Mannino, Annette Macecevic, Joseph Macecevic, Jr., 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, First Lieutenant Ryan Timoney, Melanie Tooher, Sue Torelli, 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.