Posted By admin on July 19, 2014
Jesus uses the mustard seed and the yeast to speak about the Kingdom of God. In this section of the Gospel that theme is prominent, not just in these two parables. Even in today’s long-form passage the parable of the wheat and weeds refers to the Kingdom. Jesus comes to proclaim the Kingdom of God. Perhaps best understood as His revelation of the Father’s plan for the world and for humanity; in other words, Jesus teaches us how to live according to the Father’s will. He comes from the Father and in revealing the Father, He reveals His Kingdom. At this point in the public ministry, Jesus has not had much success from a worldly perspective. The Pharisees and scribes are growing in antagonism against Him. He has a small group of disciples comprised by many who were known as sinners or outcasts. The persons who are mighty and strong in the society (represented by the Pharisees and scribes) reject Jesus while those who are powerless and weak accept Jesus. This small group found new life through the love and mercy they experienced in Jesus; and this encounter is transformative.
Jesus describes the Kingdom of God as something small even miniscule that is transformed into something very large. The seed grows into a bush. The yeast give rise to bread. Through these parables He invites us to live in His Kingdom and to share in the hope it provides. His Kingdom though seemingly weak, small and powerless brings a great transformation as it grows; especially for those who live in it. He invites sinners but makes them saints, citizens of His Kingdom, heirs to His blessing and children of His heavenly Father.
Thank you again to everyone who assisted with the painting and clean-up in the Chapel and Sacristy. It’s great to be back in the Chapel for daily Mass and adoration.
It’s good to be back from vacation. I had a wonderful bicycling trip in northern Sardinia and southern Corsica. The weather was great for cycling along the beautiful coasts with soaring cliffs. We stopped in Rome for a day on the way home and I remembered you all at the tomb of Saint Peter and Saint John Paul.
• MORAL THEOLOGY DISCUSSION WITH DEACON JOE ZALESKI Deacon Joe continues his Moral Theology Discussion Series this Tuesday evening, July 23rd. This week’s topic is what the Church teaches about 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 email@example.com with questions about registering or volunteering. We look forward to seeing you this summer!
• SETON SOCIETY A grief support group for everyone will meet on Tuesday, July 22snd 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
• 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 23, July 30 and Wednesday, August 6, 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, July 19th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
• PREP NEWS Saint John the Evangelist’s Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) is made up of Catholic catechists, teachers and parents who pass on to our parish youth our Catholic faith. Through this caring staff and a supportive parish, we assist our youth on their spiritual journey and social growth to inspire them to become lifelong learners capable of providing ethical leadership to society as fully practicing Catholics. The PREP School year begins on Sunday and Monday, September 7th and 8th, and continues through May. All youth attending non-Catholic schools who are entering grades Kindergarten through 8th are welcome and encouraged to participate in this program. Registration is currently open. New registration forms can be found in our Parish Office (formerly the Convent) or downloaded here. Please call the Parish Office at 215-295-4102 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Barbara Ann Nuzzolo, Director of Religious Education
• SETON SOCIETY A grief support group for everyone will meeting on Tuesday, July 15th 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 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. Please pray for the success of another mission trip. Parishioners are heading off to the Bahamas on July 19th to help with the poor. Thank You to all for your donations toward our parish-sponsored family. They are truly grateful! Please keep them in your prayers. Our sewing and knitting group is busy. Patterns for knitting are available in the convent from 9:00 to 5:00. Some needed materials are: flannel or cotton in 2 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. 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. “They gave from their surplus wealth, but she gave from her want, all that she had to live on.” Mark 12:44
• PASTORAL CARE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES If you, a family member, or friend are in need of a free wheelchair, walker, or personal items, please contact Maureen or Daryl Puzan at 215-321-9693. “I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for all nations.” Isaiah 42:6
• 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, 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, John McDonnell, 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.