Posted By admin on August 16, 2014
“O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done as you wish.” The gospel bears witness of the great faith of the Canaanite woman who comes to Jesus looking for a cure for her daughter. The daughter is tormented by a demon. You may recall last Sunday’s gospel when Jesus, walking on the water, called Peter out of the boat to walk to Him. Peter did so but as soon as his focus moved from Jesus to the wind he began to sink. After reaching out to grab Peter’s hand, Jesus said to him: “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” In today’s passage we see a witness of strong faith. The Canaanite woman approaches Jesus. The fact that she is a Canaanite is important in the story. As a gentile she was not part of the covenant between God and His people Israel. As a gentile she did not worship the true God but false gods, and many of them. Yet she is drawn to Jesus in faith. She sees in Him someone who can help her. She sees Him as coming from God (she calls Jesus “Lord” and “Son of David!”) She sees in Him one who looks with compassion on all peoples as she cries out “Have pity on me Lord.” Her faith also evidenced by her persistence is praised by Jesus as He says: “O woman, great is your faith!”
The Canaanite woman provides us with an example of great faith. She bows before the Lord in humble supplication placing all her hope in Him. As Jesus acknowledges her faith her daughter is cured: “Let it be done as you wish.”
The encounter also has a broader message regarding salvation history that being universal salvation. God’s plan was that all humanity would come to share in true worship of Him, that they would be united in praise of Him who loves them and that they would live in harmony and peace with one another. The covenant with Israel helped prepare for the coming of the Messiah who established the new covenant. All peoples, Jew and Gentile alike, would be invited to share in this covenant. This is the message of the first reading from Isaiah “…for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all people” and the responsorial psalm “May the nations be glad and exult because you rule the peoples in equity; the nations on the earth you guide.” Jesus’ interaction with the woman might seem harsh in the beginning. Saint Matthew presents Jesus’ encounter with the Canaanite woman in this way to emphasize two important aspects regarding salvation history: first, Israel has a special place in salvation history in that they are a people of the covenant; these are the ones best prepared to receive Christ and understand His revelation; second, all peoples will be invited through faith to share in the new covenant. The Canaanite woman foreshadows the invitation to share in the salvation which will be accomplished on Calvary. From that point on all peoples will be invited to faith and to share in the salvation won for them by Christ.
As we contemplate the Scriptures for this Sunday we are called to deepen our faith in Christ Jesus: to go to Him with our concerns in life, our hopes, our fears, our desires, our joys, our pains. He is satisfaction of all our needs. He is the one in whom we find life. In Him lies our salvation.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com with questions or to register today. Thank you!
• THANK YOU! The Legacy of Life Foundation and The St. John the Evangelist Knights of Columbus Council 7515 would like to express our deep appreciation for the tremendous response to the Baby Bottle drive this year. Through your generosity, we raised over $6,900, eclipsing what you gave last year. Your commitment to protecting the sanctity of life is evident by your continued giving to this worthy cause. Please take a moment to watch a very brief video to receive thanks from the women we serve. If you would like to volunteer or to make an additional gift by check or online please visit the Legacy of Life website or call Legacy of Life Foundation at 215-788-4051.
• YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS Weekly Youth Group Meetings Our weekly youth group meetings will begin again once the school year starts! Jr. High Youth Group will be every Friday night from 7-9 PM. All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from any parish or school are invited to join us. High School Youth Group will be every Sunday night from 6-8 PM. All 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders from any parish or school are invited to join us! Jr. High will begin on Friday, September 12th and High School will begin on Sunday, September 14th. We look forward to seeing you! For more Youth Ministry News, including an update on World Youth Day 2016, visit our Youth Ministry website.
• NEW! CYO FOOTBALL Introducing Bucks Catholic football for grades 5-6 (JV) and grades 7-8 (Varsity), unlimited weight. Bucks Catholic will play in the very competitive and traditional CYO Football League (CYOfootball.com) with playoffs and a championship game. Parishes invited to join are St. John, St. Ignatius, Holy Family, Holy Trinity, Our Lady of Grace, St. Charles, St. Ephrem, St. Mark and St. Mike’s. For more information contact: Buckscatholic@gmail.com or 215-499-4212.
• 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, August 16th 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, August 19th 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).
• 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, 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, 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.