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  Holy Week Poster  


Palm Sunday & Holy Week

Posted By on April 16, 2014

pastors_corner1Dear Friends,

Today is Palm Sunday. At the Vigil Mass we celebrated the Solemn Entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem along with the proclamation of the Passion. Remembering and celebrating these events recalls the depth of Jesus’ love for us and the power of His mercy. He willingly accepts the cross and death, rejection and pain, to set us free from the power of sin and death. In His self-offering we are made free, free to love and to serve as He has shown us. As we begin Holy Week and prepare for the Triduum and the celebration of Easter we pray in thanksgiving for so great a love.

At the Vigil Mass this weekend we also received Bill Yost into the Catholic Church and Saint John the Evangelist Parish. At this liturgy he along with Anthony Ruocchio also received First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation. On behalf of the parish I congratulate Bill and Anthony offering our continual prayers as their faith continues to develop and grow. Congratulations also to Carly Oleyar who received the Sacrament of Confirmation at Saint Andrew’s last Saturday.

Thank you to everyone who assisted with the Church cleaning last Saturday in preparation for Holy Week. Your time and work are greatly appreciated!

Thank you to Walter Burek, Marie Schwartz and everyone who helped in organizing and planning the Day of Recollection which was held yesterday in the Convent. The reflection on the Eucharist was a wonderful way to prepare for the liturgies of Holy Week. Thanks also to everyone who participated in the afternoon of prayer.

I encourage everyone to participate in the liturgies of the Triduum beginning with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday evening (Holy Thursday) at 8:00 PM and concluding with the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening (Holy Saturday) at 8:00 PM. [There will be no 5:30 p.m. Vigil this Saturday.] In the liturgies of these three days we enter anew into the mystery of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection celebrating the great love that He has for us and the life that flows from that love. This year we are adding several opportunities for the communal celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours during the Triduum. We are also adding an outdoor candlelight Stations of the Cross which will be celebrated around the Soccer Field on Good Friday at 7:00 PM. The gathering spot for the Stations will be between the Parish Center (gym) and the School

God bless,
Monsignor Prior




• PARISH OFFICE CLOSING The Parish Administrative Offices will be closed on Holy Thursday, April 17th and Good Friday, April 18th. The Offices will re-open on Monday April 21st at 9 AM.

• EASTER LAMB CAKES The Hospitality Committee will be taking orders for their delicious Easter lamb cakes and for the first time, homemade chocolate treats, this weekend and the weekend of April 12-13 in the vestibule of the Church. Stop by our table and help support Saint John the Evangelist Parish!

• 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.

• YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS Thank you so much to everyone for your support of our pretzel sale for Steubenville 2014 last weekend. We were able to raise $486 towards our trip. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Please continue to pray for our group of 25 students and 5 adults who will be embarking on this retreat from June 20-23. We are so excited to share this with you! Please join us for youth group this Sunday evening here at St. John’s to hear Monsignor Prior share with us about the sacrament of confession as we prepare for Easter during Holy Week. Jr. High Youth Group will be meeting from 6-7:30 and High School Youth Group will be meeting from 7:30-9:00 in the former Convent meeting room. All youth are welcome! We are asking everyone to prayerfully join us on Good Friday for the walking Stations of the Cross here at St. John’s out on the soccer fields behind the Parish Center. The Stations will begin at 7 PM, so please arrive early. All high school students are encouraged to take an active role in this evening. We especially could use your help beforehand on Wednesday evening to set-up the crosses beginning at 4 PM. Please email if you are able to help! St. John’s Youth Ministry is almost finished with the Mom Mom’s Lenten fundraiser. Please support our efforts to attend Steubenville 2014 and World Youth Day 2016 by purchasing your pizza and stromboli with us this last week! Orders are due back by Monday evening to Maria Parker, Youth Minister. Forms can be found in the back of church, at the parish offices, and on-line. Thank you! For more Youth Ministry News please visit our new website.

• IF YOU’RE A CATHOLIC, YOU SHOULD KNOW… Despite our ignorance of the true nature of heaven…we have the ability to experience a small foretaste of its joys here on earth. St. Maximilian Kolbe, explains how we can have this experience. Read St. Maximilian Kolbe on How to Have Heaven on Earth in this week’s St. John’s online magazine, The Faith Explorer. Also in this issue, Communion for the Divorced-and-Remarried?Hallelujah – A Singing Priest Stuns Wedding Guests! and; NY Court Evicts God From Public School Property.

• PREP NEWS We are now accepting registrations for PREP. If you have a child in grades Kindergarten through Grade 8 and are interested in PREP, please call the office at 215-295-9239. You can also review the registration form here

• 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, or 267-573-9499 or join our Facebook group at 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!, a non-profit media apostolate, has launched a new website,, 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, 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.”

• ADOPT-A-FAMILY FOR EASTER UPDATE  As a reminder, if you adopted a family for Easter please bring your food to the SCHOOL before and after the Masses this weekend,  April 12 – 13. Thanks for supporting this worthy activity. Please contact Tom Rossi, 215.295.1654 if you have any questions or if you know of any families that may need some assistance this year.

• SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE  The sewing/knitting group will meet in the Office Building (Convent) from 1:00 to 3:00 PM today, Sunday, April 13th. Donations of pillowcases, elastic, yarn, scissors and thread are always helpful. 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. 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 from Him and through Him and for Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36

• 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. “The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep his commandments.” John 2:3

• 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 All youth are welcome, parishioners and non-parishioners alike!

• CONGRATULATIONS! Congratulations to the following Saint Ignatius of Antioch School Math League Contest Winners from Saint John the Evangelist parish for a job well done: 7th Grade Team (placed 3rd in the County): Brandon McCoy; Meghan Alexander. Grade 8Joseph Connor placed 1st among 8th grade students in Bucks County. 8th Grade Team (placed 1st among schools in the County): Joseph Connor; Kevin McGowan; Dawson DeIuliis; Ally Wojton.

• THE MASS IN FOCUS Monsignor Prior presents a weekly commentary about each Sunday’s Mass on, 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

• PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK  Baby Claudia, Baby Rachel, Baby Regan, Baby Ryan, Mary C, Nancy Baradziej, 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., 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., 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, 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.