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St. John's COVID-19 Update
Congratulations to all of our Fall 2020 Raffle Winners!!!
- Deborah Brown, Pastoral Administrator
- Rev. Msgr. Vincent Becker, Priest Moderator
- Rev. James Walter, Sacramental Minister
- Rev. Richard DiGuilio, Weekend Assistant
- Deacon Marc Leaderstorf, Permanent Deacon
- Deacon Peter Donnelly, Permanent Deacon
- Jonna Johnson, St. John's School Principal
- Jennifer Golinski, Family Faith Formation Director
- Katherine (Kate) Wypij, Business Manager
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Reading 1 EZ 34:11-12, 15-17
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Readings for the Memorial of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary
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Sunday - 8:00am, 9:30am & 11:00am
Weekdays - 8:30am
Vigil Mass - 7:00pm
Holy Day - 8:30am & 12:10pm
Eucharistic Adoration - 9am to 7pm
Saturday - 3:15pm to 3:45pm
We can arrange a special time and place if needed; simply call the rectory to make arrangements.
Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm
Debbie Brown Liturgical Corner
Today is the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time but this year this Liturgical day takes a back seat, as it were, to the Solemnity of All Saints which is always celebrated on November 1. There is a hierarchy of Liturgical Days to give us guidelines as to what is important. Our most important Liturgical day is, of course Easter with Christmas and Pentecost next in the order of importance. Those feasts and seasons, including their preparatory ones (Advent in Lent) are at the top of the hierarchy. On any Sunday in these Liturgical Days take precedent. The next level of importance is Solemnities. These celebrate the mysteries of Christ’s life and include honor for Mary, his mother and our mother. There are several of these that include All Saints this week. Next are the Sundays in Ordinary Time, which are split into two sections: a small section between Epiphany and Lent and a long portion beginning after Pentecost until the Solemnity of Christ the King on the 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time (coming in 3 weeks). Then there are feasts and commemorations for martyrs and saints, ( include All Souls) which fill the Sanctoral cycle. Martyrs and saints provide role models of how we live our Catholic faith.
Our readings today are focused not on the earthly lives and goodness of the saints, but on the consequences of their good choices: Eternal Life in heaven with the whole communion of saints gathered before the throne of God.
The first reading from Revelation (Rev 7:2-4,9-14) gives us a powerful image of this. One of the elders spoke up and asked who are those dressed in white robes in front of the throne? The answer: “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
The Responsorial Psalm (Ps 24:1-6) says: “Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face .”
The second reading (1 John 3:1-3): “We do know that when it is revealed, we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is.” The final verse of the reading adds this important note: “Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure as he is pure.” If we truly have faith in Christ, we will live a pure life so we can be with him in heaven.
The Gospel (Matt 5:1-12a) describes the perfect “attitudes” to achieve our goal of heaven. This is how we achieve the purity that St. John talks about in the second reading
The readings as a whole are meant to give hope, particularly in difficult times, of what our ultimate destination really is – Heaven. The readings affirm that it will not be easy, that there will be times of “distress” and “persecution.” The only way to survive, and even thrive despite all the challenges and difficulties., is to keep our eyes focused on Jesus Christ and the Eternal glory he won for us.
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Prayer for a New Bishop
Merciful Father, you gave us shepherds as successors of the apostles to guide and govern your church.
We implore your Holy Spirit to guide the selection process as a new bishop is chosen to lead our diocese.
May he be a pastor filled with holiness and compassion who will foster healing and a greater love of your name.
Allow our hearts to be open to the candidate of your choosing so that, together as disciples of Jesus, we may continue to build your kingdom. Amen.
"Let us ask God to help us set out on a path of true conversion. Let us leave behind our selfishness and self-absorption, and turn to Jesus’ Pasch. Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and material goods with them. In this way, by concretely welcoming Christ’s victory over sin and death into our lives, we will also radiate its transforming power to all of creation." Pope Francis, October 4, 2018
Message from Debbie
How difficult is your life right now? There is so much strain on everyone in so many ways. We are fearful of the virus, fearful of our economic future, struggling with our relationships and, all the while, wondering when life will get back to normal. Father Jim Walter suggested an reflection, entitled “Fever” by Ronald Rolheiser, written May 4, 2020 because it gives some good emotional and spiritual insights that we can use right now. Here is an excerpt that I hope you find helpful. At the end is the link to the whole article.
"I recall, too, as a graduate student sitting in on a series of lectures by the renowned Polish psychiatrist, Kasmir Dabrowski, who had written a number of books around a concept he termed, “positive disintegration”. His essential thesis was that it is only by falling apart that we ever grow to higher levels of maturity and wisdom. Once, during a lecture, he was asked: Why do we grow through the disintegrating experiences such as falling ill, falling apart, or being humiliated? Would it not be more logical to grow through the positive experiences of being loved, being affirmed, being successful, being healthy, and being admired? Shouldn’t that fire gratitude inside us and, acting out of that gratitude, we should become more generous and wise?"
He gave this response: "Ideally, maturity and wisdom should grow out of experiences of strength and success; and maybe in some instances they do. However, as a psychiatrist, all I can say is that in forty years of clinical practice I have never seen it. I have only seen people transformed to higher levels of maturity through the experience of breaking down."
Jesus, it would seem, agrees. Take, for example, the incident in the Gospels, where James and John come and ask whether they might be given the seats at his right hand and left hand when he comes into his glory. It is significant that he takes their question seriously. He does not (in this instance) chide them for seeking their own glory; what he does instead is redefine glory and the route to it. He asks them: “Can you drink the cup?” They, naïve as to what is being asked of them, responded: “Yes, we can!” Jesus then tells them something to which they are even more naïve. He assures them that they will drink the cup, since eventually everyone will, but tells them that they still might not receive the glory because being seated in glory is still contingent upon something else.
What? What is “the cup”? How is drinking it the route to glory? And why might we not receive the glory even if we do drink the cup? The cup, as is revealed later, is the cup of suffering and humiliation, the one Jesus has to drink during his passion and dying, the cup he asks his Father to spare him from when in Gethsemane he prays in agony: “Let this cup pass from me!”
In essence, what Jesus is telling James and John is this: There is no route to Easter Sunday except through Good Friday. There is no route to depth and wisdom except through suffering and humiliation. The connection is intrinsic, like the pain and groans of a woman are necessary to her when giving birth to a child. Further still, Jesus is also saying that deep suffering will not automatically bring wisdom. Why not? Because, while there is an intrinsic connection between deep suffering and greater depth in our lives, the catch is that bitter suffering can make us deep in bitterness, anger, envy, and hatred just as easily as it can make us deep in compassion, forgiveness, empathy, and wisdom. We can have the pain, and not get the wisdom.
Read the full article here.
You are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through these difficult times. May you know the love and care and guidance of Christ as you go. May you grow in the way of Christ not the way of bitterness.
In my deepest faith, hope, and love for all,
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