Posted By admin on March 1, 2014
Dear Friends, Lent begins on Wednesday with the distribution of ashes. The Season of Lent affords us the opportunity to grow in our relationship with Christ in the communion of the Church. We journey through Lent together seeking God’s grace in the transformation of our lives to be more Christ-like. It is a journey of purification leading to the celebration of the life we have been given in Christ Jesus at Easter.
The three-fold discipline of prayer, fasting and almsgiving gives us the spiritual framework for observing Lent. A commitment from our heart is necessary to have the practices bear fruit in charity, mercy and conversion of heart. Moving beyond the particular practices, the Lenten journey to Easter provides us an opportunity to enter more deeply into the mystery of our salvation in Christ.
The journey provides us hope that despite our weaknesses, sometime failures, God’s love is preeminent and His mercy never fails. Lent provides an opportunity not only to be renewed in His love and mercy but to be transformed by them.
Saint John the Evangelist Parish offers many opportunities for spiritual growth – some of these are listed here for you to consider as you make your plans for Lent: Daily Mass: 8:00 AM in the Church Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Tuesdays following the 8:00 AM Mass until 6:50 PM when Benediction is available; Sundays following the 11:30 AM. Sunday Mass until 5:00 PM when Vespers (Evening Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours) will be celebrated with Benediction. Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament for a period of time in silent reflection meditating on the Scriptures is a powerful aid to the conversion of heart. Lectio Divina: Thursdays at 8:35 AM The meditations for Lectio will be based on the Sorrowful Mysteries. Prayer Network: Sign up for our email distribution list of those who are asking for prayers. Each week you will receive, via email, a list of prayer intentions. The prayer you make can be as simple as reading the list and saying a short prayer for those intentions (Our Father or Hail Mary or Glory be), remembering the intentions as you prepare for Mass, or any other type of prayer you prefer. This is a simple yet powerful way to remember our brothers and sisters who are asking for divine assistance. Email Lisa Petrino to be included on the distribution list: email@example.com. Stations of the Cross: Fridays of Lent at 7:00 PM in the Church Confession: Saturdays from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM; Wednesdays during Lent (excluding Ash Wednesday) up to but not including Holy Week from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Penance Services of Holy Week: each at 7:30 PM o Saint John the Evangelist – Monday, April 14
o Saint Ignatius – Tuesday, April 15
o Our Lady of Grace – Wednesday, April 16
Lenten Lectures: Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the Convent
o March 2 – The Kingdom of God is at hand o March 9 – A Heart on Fire o March 16 – Can you drink the cup? Parish Afternoon of Recollection in preparation for Holy Week and the Triduum: The theme will be the Eucharist: Sacrament of Divine Love, Saturday, April 12 [Day before Palm Sunday] 12:00 noon. The Triduum: o Holy Thursday • Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by opportunities of prayer before the repository in the Chapel, Compline (Night Prayer for the Liturgy of the Hours) at 11:00 PM
o Good Friday • Lauds (Morning Prayer) 9:00 AM. – Chapel
• Daytime Prayer – 12:00 Noon – Chapel • Service of the Lord’s Passion – 3:00 PM – Church • Outdoor Candlelight Stations of the Cross – 7:00 PM – Soccer Field o Holy Saturday • Morning Prayer – 9:00 AM – Chapel • Blessing of Easter Food – 12:00 Noon – Convent • Solemn Vigil of Easter – 8:00 PM – Mass begins with the blessing of the Easter Fire in front of Church
• SEVEN DEADLY SINS; SEVEN LIVELY VIRTUES Join Father Robert Barron for an engaging Lenten presentation concerning the Seven Deadly Sins, those great spiritual blocks that inhibit our flourishing in relationship with God and one another. Based on Dante’s writings, the seven deadly sins correspond to the seven stories of Dante’s Mt. Purgatory. Pride, envy, anger, sloth, gluttony, avarice and lust are all presented as patterns of dysfunction within us that lead to unhappiness. But that’s not all! Father Barron shows us how to counteract these seven sinful patterns through a conscious process of opposition, which are the Seven Lively Virtues. The Seven Lively Virtues offer antidotes to each sin and help set us on the right path to healing and happiness. Four (4) Mondays in Lent – March 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st from 10:00 to 11:45 AM. Register online or on one of the forms in the vestibule no later than tomorrow, Monday, March 3rd, so that workbooks can be ordered.
• MONSIGNOR PRIOR’S LENTEN LECTURES The first in the series of three lectures by Monsignor Prior is The Kingdom of God is at Hand - Tuesday, March 2, 7:00 PM in the Convent. Jesus opens His public ministry with the proclamation “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Throughout His ministry he teaches about the Kingdom and its establishment. The lecture will explore answers to the questions: “What is the Kingdom of God?” “How is it established?” and “What is its impact on my life?” The series will continue on March 9th and 16th.
• FAST AND ABSTINENCE AND OTHER ACTS OF PENANCE FOR LENT 2014 The Bishops of the United States prescribe, as minimal obligation, that all persons who are fourteen years of age and older are bound to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014, on all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday. Further, all persons eighteen years of age and older, up to and including their fifty-ninth birthday, are bound to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday, while the other two meals on those days are to be light. All the faithful are encouraged, when possible, to participate at Mass and to receive the Holy Eucharist daily, to celebrate frequently the Sacrament of Penance, to undertake spiritual reading, especially the study of the Sacred Scriptures, and to participate in parish Lenten devotions as well as Lenten education programs. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is especially recommended. All are encouraged to participate in Operation Rice Bowl which has aided countless hungry persons here in the Archdiocese as well as throughout our nation and our world.
• LECTIO DIVINA IN LENT The Lectio Divina group continues a Lenten series of mediation and prayer on the Sorrowful Mysteries this Thursday, March 13th with the Second Sorrowful Mystery, Jesus is Crowned with Thorns. All are welcome to join us in Our Lady’s Chapel at 8:35 AM.
• DAILY INSPIRATION FOR YOUR LENTEN JOURNEY Download this Lenten Calendar with words from Pope Francis. Published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
• LADIES’ TEA Saturday, March 22, 2014 The “Tea” is Sponsored by Saint John the Evangelist Parish Women of the Word Prayer Group. Tea and tea sandwiches will be served beginning at 11:00 AM. Our Speaker is: Peg Greene. All women and teenagers are welcome! Enrich your faith, and have good conversation with a cup of tea! Donation: $5.00. Tickets will be sold on the weekends of March 9th and 16th after the Sunday Masses or at the Parish Office Building (Convent). (There are a limited number of tickets.).
• DURING LENT ON ST. JOHN’S FACEBOOK PAGE Would you like a deeper, more powerful Lent this year? To start each day by drawing closer to Christ? Every day, from Ash Wednesday (March 5) until Easter Sunday (April 20), Father Robert Barron will offer you a short Lenten reflection. This and much more are all just a click away on your parish Facebook page.
• IF YOU’RE A CATHOLIC, YOU SHOULD KNOW… Archbishop Chaput offers Ten Ways to Deepen Our Relationship with God in this week’s St. John’s online magazine, The Faith Explorer. Also in this issue, Matthew McConaughey and American Manliness; Catholic Enemies Make Strange Bedfellows, and Cardinal Picks Embody Principles of ‘Pope of the Poor’.
• PREP NEWS Confirmation sixth grade classes at PREP are packed full of faith experiences that prepare the students to receive this sacrament. This year Confirmation is on March 6, 2014 at 4 PM. The students are anxiously awaiting to receive the Holy Spirit. Over the next few weeks the sixth grade PREP teachers will be spotlighted. Today, Diane and Charles (Chaz) Gormley bring to the class their expertise. Mrs. Gormley has taught PREP for 17 years and her husband 4 years. They are married and have three children: Alysse, Michael and Charlie. The projects that assist the students to better understand the tenants of their Catholic faith include: a Saint Project, Smart Board Jeopardy, Jesus time line and Service Projects. The teachers want the students to learn the basic catechism of the Catholic Church and how the Holy Spirit fits into their lives. The presence of the Holy Spirit will help them to witness Jesus Christ in their lives by words and actions. Mr. & Mrs. Gormley work as a team to provide each other with an enriching experience for all as the students study for Confirmation. The goals that were set allow the students to be aware of the Holy Spirit’s presence in their lives as they ready themselves for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Their hope is that every student in their PREP class continues to be life-long faith learners. Mr. & Mrs. Gormley are also very active in Youth Ministry and handle some of the retreat experiences provided to our teenagers.I am honored to work with such dedicated people and count Mr. & Mrs. Gormley and the other Confirmation team members as the angels in my life. As the weeks go by, I will introduce you to the other three members of the Confirmation PREP team. Barbara Ann Nuzzolo, Director of Religious Education
• 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).
• OUR DROP BOX HAS MOVED The drop box has been moved from the Rectory to the Parish Office (formerly the Convent). It is now located to the left of the door on the front porch. All keys, mail, envelopes, etc. can now be placed there. Thank you for your cooperation!
• CHOIR NOTES Thank you so much for supporting the Parish Choirs by donating your old ink cartridges. Please fill our plastic container located in the Choir area (chancel) with your empty cartridges. Also remember Confirmation and Holy Week are approaching fast and we always appreciate any help.
• SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE Please plan to join us on Friday, March 14, for our Rice Bowl speaker, immediately following Stations of the Cross (7:00 PM) and the Rosary. Jars of soup and home-made goods from El Salvador will be on sale.The Sewing/Knitting group will meet in the Office Building (convent), from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 9th. All are welcome. Code Blue continues to answer a real need here in Bucks County. This is a volunteer service to help our homeless. Donations of warm clothing, sweats, socks, small toiletries, breakfast food or plastic utensils are helpful. Pillows and blankets would also be welcome. To volunteer, you may find information on Monsignor’s bulletin board. Please place all donations in the St. Gianna Room,(former cry room) in the basket. Thanks! Your donation will help warm someone in need. 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. “If a thought, if a desire takes you along the road of humility and abasement, of service to others, it is from Jesus.” Pope Francis
• PASTORAL CARE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Personal care items are available to those in need. If you could use a walker, a lightweight wheelchair, an elevated toilet seat or an adjustable shower seat please contact Darryl or Maureen Puzan at 215-321-9693. Other personal items are also available. Save the date! Saturday, April 12, 10:30 AM — the Eucharistic Liturgy and Reception honoring the gifts of Persons with Disabilities will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. 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. “May God, the source of all patience and encouragement, enable you to live in perfect harmony with one another according to the Spirit of Christ Jesus.” Romans 15:5
• 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.
• 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 Parish Adminstrative 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, Brenda Council, John Daly, Russell DeGrassa, Peter DellaVecchia, John DiGiovanna, Mary Divine, Eileen, Orestes Fundora, John Fuoco, Thomas G., Gregory, 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, Mads Arthur Lange, Dorthea Lavana, Ann M., Gloria M., 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, First Lieutenant Ryan Timoney, Melanie Tooher, Sue Torelli, 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.