Posted By admin on August 23, 2014
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” Peter replies to Jesus’ question on His identity. Jesus recognizes the Father’s movement in Peter’s answer and declares: “…you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” Peter is given a special role, distinct from the other apostles, distinct from the other disciples. He is the rock or the foundation. The office that Peter has been given is an important one. Yet the holder of that office is a human being. From the other accounts in the Gospels and other writings in the New Testament we are all aware of Peter’s qualities. He is a good student of the Lord, he is a friend, he is eager, he leads, he helps, he brings others to Christ, he is compassionate, he serves, he endures imprisonment and great sufferings for the Lord. He also denied the Lord, speaks sometimes too quickly, some might say impulsively. He can be intimidated at times such as he was at the incident in Antioch. In other words, he is human, just like you and me. So it is that the Lord chooses Peter as the foundation of His Church. Although we are not called to the same office or role as Peter; we are all members of the same Church. In some ways we are the building blocks that the Lord uses in building His Church. Like Peter each one of us has his or her strengths and weaknesses, yet we all have a role in the Church. One central role that we all share is that of evangelization. We are all called and commissioned (through baptism) to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to invite others to share in the divine life that has been won for us.
As the new academic year begins many of our youth and young adults are going back to school. Best wishes for the young men and women beginning their college studies and for those returning. We pray that their learning, in all fields of study, may bring not just knowledge but wisdom and an experience of the Truth who is Christ Jesus.
Welcome back and Welcome! We are starting to see familiar faces at Church as parishioners return from the shore or mountains and from different vacations and family visits. Welcome home! It’s good to have you back. I also want to take this opportunity to welcome all the new parishioners who are joining us at Saint John the Evangelist. During the past year and most recently this summer we are seeing a lot of new faces at Mass on Sunday, Welcome! We will be having a “Welcome New Parishioner Social” after the 11:30 a.m. Mass on six Sundays throughout the year (the first one being September 21) which will provide an opportunity for the pastoral staff and myself to meet you and personally welcome you to the parish. Parishioners may recall we started these socials last year on Wednesday evenings – this year we will continue the gatherings but on Sundays – and as with last year we will be asking for some parishioners to attend to help with the welcome (signups will be at the Discipleship Fair).
Speaking of which – the Discipleship Fair will take place on the weekend of September 13-14 after all the Masses. Sister Mary Ellen has been hard at work all summer organizing the annual event. This is a good way to get involved at SJE and to see and learn about the many opportunities available for learning, service, support and fellowship at Saint John the Evangelist Parish.
• MARY: A BIBLICAL WALK WITH THE BLESSED MOTHER Filmed on location in the Holy Land, this 8-part study will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of Mary’s earthly life, taking you through her joys … and her sorrows. You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her Divine Son. Seeing Mary in this way will change you forever. In Mary you will: Visit the grotto of Mary’s home, the cave where Christ was born, and other rarely seen places in the Holy Land. See the significance of Mary as you explore the Biblical roots of our beliefs about her. Deepen your devotion to Mary as you discover our Blessed Mother in a uniquely personal way. Monday mornings 10-11:30 AM. September 8th thru October 7th. Deacon James Hartman Meeting Room. Materials fee: $35.00 For more information or to register online visit the St. John the Evangelist Adult Faith Formation website. You may also register on the sign-up sheets in the vestibule.
• MATTHEW: THE KING AND HIS KINGDOM is an exciting 24-week study that explores the life and mission of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel. Matthew demonstrates how the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament are fulfilled in Christ, who establishes a New Law and inaugurates the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. You will see Jesus as the awaited Messiah who relives the life and struggles of Israel to become the faithful and victorious King. Set in the rich context of Jesus’ Jewish culture, this study will help you understand who Jesus is and what his life and teachings mean for us today. Tuesday evenings, 7-9 PM. Begins September 9th. Convent Meeting Room. Materials Fee: $30.00. For more information or to register online visit the St. John the Evangelist Adult Faith Formation website. You may also register on the sign-up sheets in the vestibule.
• JOIN THE SJE PARISH CHOIR Choir Rehearsals start again on October 2, on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. We will start rehearsing for Christmas on that evening and every Thursday in October through the 30th. Call the Parish Office at 215-295-4102 if you are interested in joining us.
• NEW BEGINNINGS SEPARATED AND DIVORCED SUPPORT GROUP Saint John the Evangelist Parish is happy to announce the formation of a new group to support separated and divorced men and women. This program will provide a comprehensive explanation of the stages and emotions which one experiences during the separated and divorced period to help attendees renew their hearts and minds with hope for the future. Subject material topics consist of; getting your bearings, finding strength and help, working through your anger, finding peace, knowing forgiveness, dealing with your family, handling money wisely, and finding perfect power. If you are interested, or know a person going through a separation or divorce, please contact them and let them know that this program is an opportunity to move forward with their lives. For those who are interested please come and join us each Tuesday for 12 weeks starting September 9, 2014, from 7:00 PM until 8: 30 PM in the Deacon James Hartmann Meeting Room. To register please call Maureen at 732-996-6473 or email email@example.com. The Parish is also looking for any annulled parishioner to assist with this ministry. If interested please contact Maureen.
• PREP NEWS PREP classes begin on either September 7th or 8th only for those who are registered. Non-registered students will not attend class on either of these two dates. There will be white boards in the cafeteria guiding the students to their proper grade location. Anyone who wishes to help the first few weeks of PREP as “greeters” are asked to call the PREP office and leave your name and phone number. We would greatly appreciate your help! Barbara Ann Nuzzolo, Director of Religious Education
• ADULT SERVERS NEEDED FOR FUNERAL MASSES One of the seven Corporal Works of Mercy is to bury the dead. We are fortunate here at Saint John the Evangelist to have a group of dedicated men and women who help assist with funeral liturgies. We would like to add additional persons to our list of servers. If you are able to contribute an hour and a half of your time to assist at the celebration of a funeral Mass at St. John’s, please let us know. Funeral Masses are scheduled, as needed, any morning of the week, except Sundays. Once a mass is scheduled we call to see which servers are available to assist. The service you give is a great comfort and support to the families of the deceased. We are grateful to those already serving and are hopeful that we can include additional servers to this tremendous work.
• YOUTH ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED St. John’s is looking for all youth entering grades 6-12 to prayerfully consider joining our Altar Server Crew! We will have training for all current and interested servers on Tuesday, September 23rd from 6-7:30 PM in the church. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to register today. Thank you!
• YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS Thank you for your support in helping us raise $390 with this first pretzel sale of the school year to save towards our retreats! We have begun our fundraising for Mount 2000, Steubenville 2015, and WYD 2016 and we are so grateful for your support! Junior High Retreat Team – The Jr. High Retreat will be held on Saturday, November 22nd, from 10 AM-7 PM here at St. John’s for ALL youth in grades 6, 7, and 8 from any school or parish. The Retreat Team is made up of any 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who would like to join us to lead the retreat for the Jr. High youth. If you are interested in joining us on this team this year for the 2014 retreat, please join us on Sunday, September 14th from 1-3 PM for our first team meeting in the Parish Office Building. Email email@example.com if you are going to be joining us or have any questions! For more Youth Ministry News, including an update on World Youth Day 2016, visit our Youth Ministry website.
• KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS GOLF OUTING The Knights of Columbus will be holding their annual golf outing on Monday, September 29, at the Northampton Valley Country Club in Richboro, PA. This is an event jointly held with the Father McCafferty Knights of Columbus Council of St. Ignatius Parish. Golfer registration and donation forms are located on the table at the entrance of the church. Please consider donating to this event this year as our very generous major sponsor has again agreed to match your donation. Sponsors are also requested to consider supporting this event. This is a major event used to fund the many charitable activities supported by the Knights of Columbus. Volunteers are also welcome at the golf outing to assist with this event.
• SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE Blessings in a Backpack will be collected the weekends of August 16th & 17th and August 23rd & 24th. These school supplies will go to 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. Please see enclosed flyer. 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, games 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. “If your whole body is full of light, and no part of it is in darkness, then it will be as full of light as a lamp illuminating you with its brightness.” Luke 11:36
• PASTORAL CARE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES A Walk or Wheel for Life will be held on Sunday, September 28th beginning at 3:30 PM at Love Park in Philadelphia. A Holy Hour followed by a 6:30 Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Charles Chaput in The Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter & Paul. Come join us! Special Education Advocacy Training is available for parents, teachers and lawyers. NSEAI provides courses and board certification leading to a board certified education advocacy title. The courses may be taken on-line or in class. If interested please visit NSEAI.org. Driver Education is available for those with special education needs. In an all inclusive classroom setting, students will learn driver safety, rules of the road, and learn what is needed to pass the Pennsylvania written exam for a driver’s permit. Contact SchooltoWork@comcast.net or 215-817-4444. Classes begin September 13th. “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us? “Here I am, I said, “send me!” Isaiah 6:8
• WOMEN OF THE WORD PRAYER GROUP The next meeting for the Women of the Word Prayer Group is on Saturday, September 20th 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.
• SETON SOCIETY A grief support group for everyone will be meeting on Tuesday, September 16th at 7 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 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).
• 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, Cyril Chelliah, James Comfort, 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, Ian Lange, Dorthea Lavana, Ann M., Gloria M., Annette Macecevic, Cathy Mannino, Donald Masselle, Joseph McCann, David McCarron, Pete McCue, Babies Riley and Cassidy McVan, Julian Monteiro, 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, Karl Wichman, 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.