Posted By admin on April 19, 2014
The Lord is Risen! Alleluia!
Today we celebrate Easter and the Lord’s triumph over sin and death. The Lord has been raised from the dead. He lives. In His life is our life and we celebrate the great love and mercy which has been poured out on us by God. The life we live now is a share in the Divine life of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We are freed from the yoke of sin and the power of death. As we renew our baptismal promises today we profess our faith in Christ Jesus and the life that He won for us; and with renewed fervor we pledge to live lives worthy of His love. On behalf of the entire Parish Staff I offer our prayers to you and your families for a blessed Easter.
I would also like to express, on behalf of the entire parish, our gratitude to everyone who helped with the liturgies of Holy Week including the outdoor Stations of the Cross. Much effort went into the preparations for these liturgies which helped highlight the significance and meaning of what we celebrate in them. Thank you to everyone who assisted in any way.
• PARISH OFFICE OPENING The Parish Administrative Offices will re-open tomorrow, April 21st at 9 AM.
• SAINT IGNATIUS SCHOOL REGISTRATION Registration for 2014-2015 is now taking place. Information can be found online or by calling Helene at 215-493-3867. Educational programs are offered for students in Pre-K 3 through 8th grade.
• YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS There are no youth group events or meetings this weekend. Have a Blessed Easter with your families and friends! Please continue to pray for our group of 25 youth and 5 adults who will be attending the Steubenville 2014 Conference this summer in Steubenville, Ohio. This conference is a unique retreat experience centered on the Eucharist where 3,000 youth gather to grow in their relationships with the Lord and with one another. We are grateful for your prayers and support and look forward to sharing in this experience with you! St. John’s Youth Ministry will be having a HUGE Mother’s Day plant sale the weekend of May 10th and 11th to support our trips to Steubenville 2014 and World Youth Day 2016. Please purchase your flowers with us this year! We will be in the parking lot here at St. John’s selling plants from 7 AM-7 PM on Saturday, May 10th and then again from 6 AM-1 PM on Sunday, May 11th. Thank you for your generosity in supporting our ministry! For more Youth Ministry News please visit our new website.
• PREP NEWS For 11 years, Mr. Joseph Fabrizio, has brought his knowledge and love of the Catholic Faith to all the fifth graders that he teaches each Monday evening in the PREP program. His wife and son support this endeavor as Mr.Fabrizio spends hours using technology to make the textbook material come alive for the 21 students who attend his class. Mr. Fabrizio’s witness of his own faith, his active participation in the parish as an usher and his educational background as a teacher enable him to convey the many tenants of the faith to his students. One of the traditional projects centers around the apparitions of Mary. The students put much effort into this and when completed present the finished project to their classmates. Parents and friends are invited to hear, from the student, the meaning and details of the apparitions. The sacraments are taught so that each student realizes the impact it has on their own personal faith journey. It is when the students learn about the miracles that they understand that this is proof “that our Catholic faith is real.” Mr. Fabrizio brings a professionalism to his class and the students realize fully that the PREP class is yet another extension of their school day. The concentration on the subject matter and the need to learn are driving forces that make Mr. Fabrizio’s class so rewarding. His main goal is to have the students and parents understand that “Catholicism is the one true religion founded by Jesus and prophesized to billions via the apostles for 2000 years.” With verbal profession and unrelenting witness, Mr. Fabrizio’s love and understanding for the Catholic faith cannot be denied. And with Easter here today, he brings to the forefront the true meaning of “resurrection” and “hope.” All learn more about why our Catholic faith should be the primary focus in our lives when speaking to him or learning from him. And for this I and all who come in to contact with Mr. Fabrizio are truly blessed! Barbara Ann Nuzzolo, Director of Religious Education
• MOTHERS OF YOUNG CHILDREN GROUP 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 (April 15th & May 20th) for crafts, 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 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).
• 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).
• A NEW WEBSITE CAN HELP YOU GO TO CONFESSION! CatholicsComeHome.org, a non-profit media apostolate, has launched a new website, GoodConfession.com, to encourage more frequent participation in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Whether you frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation or you have been away from Confession for years, GoodConfession.com offers easy-to-read and easy-to-use resources to help you learn about the sacrament, understand how to go to Confession, and, most importantly, learn how practically to live out the priest’s words in the confessional to “go and sin no more.” “God wants us all to grow in holiness so we can be saints,” says the website. “But how do we actually do that? GoodConfession is here to help you figure that out.”
• SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE Our Parish Apartment Family has “graduated” to transitional housing. They are extremely grateful for all of the donations and gifts. Please continue to keep them in your prayers! We now have a new family, Mom, a ten-year-old girl, and a five-year-old boy. They are becoming acclimated to their new home, job training, and school. Appropriate bedding for children twin size beds and Mom’s full size bed, towels, and any kitchen supplies are welcome. Please leave any donated items in the Saint Gianna Room in the basket. Thank you for any donations. 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. 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. “God is rich in mercy; because of His great love for us He brought us to life with Christ.” Ephesians2:4-5
• PASTORAL CARE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Pope Francis said, “Spread a culture of encounter, solidarity and hospitality towards persons with disabilities, not just asking for the proper social services but also encouraging their active participation in society.” Please let us know how we, as a parish, can assist families with children or adults with disabilities. We’d like to welcome all to participate fully in the Sunday Liturgy and the Sacraments. Mothers of Children with Disabilities are invited to a Retreat day at Malvern Retreat House, Tuesday, May 6th, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM. Any questions please call Sister Schipani, 215-587-3530. Registration sheets may be found on Monsignor’s bulletin board. “As the Father has sent me , so I send you.” John 20:21
• VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Save the date for Vacation Bible School (VBS) at St. John the Evangelist from July 28th-August 1st from 9 AM-12 PM for all youth in Kindergarten through 6th grade (the grade they will be entering in the fall). The week of VBS will cost $45 per child and early morning care will be available for an additional cost. Please look here or the Sunday Bulletin in the next few weeks for more information and where to register. Contact Maria Parker, Youth Minister, with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. All youth are welcome, parishioners and non-parishioners alike!
• 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, Linda Carl, Una “Winnie” Carney, Joseph Celinski, James Comfort, Mike Conrad, Brenda Council, John Daly, Russell DeGrassa,Peter DellaVecchia, Mary Divine, Eileen, Orestes Fundora, John Fuoco, Thomas G., Gregory, Frank Giunta, Abby Haggerty, Frank Hoenisch, B. K., M. K., Dana K., Mrs. Kennedy, Billy Kozak, Baby Kellan Krajcar, Rose Kupiec, Kevin Lamanna, Esther Lange, Mads Arthur Lange, Dorthea Lavana, Ann M., Gloria M., Julian Monteiro, Joseph McCann, David McCarron, Pete McCue, John McDonnell, 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, Maureen Rudolph, Louise Gotti-Russell, Baby Declan Sargent, Martina Scully, Anna Skoutelas, John Sinzer, 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.