June: the Month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

06-01-2021Monthly Devotions

June is the Month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. During this month we will again have the Sacred Heart of Jesus Altar up front with votive candles. These candles with the $10.00 offering can be lit asking the Sacred Heart of Jesus to protect you and loved ones. The votive candle represents our special intentions we bring to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

During this month gather your family around the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in your home and renew your Family Consecration to the Sacred Heart. The following Consecration Prayer can be used:

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Spiritual Adoption

03-17-2021Pastor's LetterFr. Bruce Fogle

To help stop the anti-life push around the world, the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen encouraged the spiritual adoption of an unborn child. This is done by praying that the one particular but unknown child’s life be spared abortion and be allowed to continue to live.

We encourage you to be part of this 9-month family prayer program to pray for an unborn child in danger of an abortion.

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Lenten Devotions

03-01-2021Pastor's Letter

Stations of the Cross and Holy Communion at Church on Fridays

Will be prayed in church on Friday evenings at 6:00 pm.

Stations of the Cross on Parish Website: For those who are still not comfortable coming to church during the pandemic a video version of our stations at St. John’s has be produced with the meditations coming from the Stations of the Cross through the eyes of the Blessed Mother and St. John the Evangelist. You can pray these at home any day of the week during Lent.

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Happy New Year 2021

12-27-2020Pastor's LetterRev. Bruce Fogle

Many thanks for the generosity shown to me at Christmas through your prayers, cards and gifts. May the joy of Christ’s birth endure in our hearts throughout the coming New Year. I wish each of you and your families a blessed 2021.

This has been a very difficult year for each of us. As you are aware due to the circumstances of the current epidemic, we have had no choice but to change how we have had to conduct our singing, decorating and sitting arrangements for the safety of all.

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O Antiphons

12-17-2020Pastor's Letter

One of the best-loved Advent hymns we sing is "O Come, O Come Emmanuel". The verses of that stirring song are comprised of what the Church calls the Advent "O antiphons".

The O antiphons were composed in the 7th or 8th century by an anonymous monk. These seven, short poetic verses, in today's liturgy, are intoned or recited as the Alleluia verse before the Gospel at Mass, and as the antiphon for the Magnificat at vespers. Each Advent, the Church begins singing the O antiphons on December 17—seven days before Christmas.

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December: A Beautiful Advent/Christmas Devotion

12-17-2020Monthly DevotionsArchbishop Fulton Sheen and Pope St. Paul VI Mysterium Fidei

“The Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life’” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324). Our worship of our Eucharistic Lord, Jesus — fully and completely present under the consecrated species of bread and wine — con- tinues outside of the celebration of Mass when the Sacred Hosts are reserved in the tabernacle for adoration.

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Why Rose Vestments?

12-13-2020Pastor's Letter

The use of rose vestments during the sacred liturgy of the third Sunday of Advent has been a part of the Church’s tradition for many centuries and is a tradition we must hold onto. Rose gives us joy and a promise of hope; our world is in need of both. The Rose color, which is only used twice in the whole liturgical year, is traditionally associated with a sense of joy amidst a season of penance. On both Sundays (Gaudete in Advent and Laetare in Lent), rose is worn to remind us that the season of preparation is coming to a close and the great feast is swiftly approaching.

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The Season of Advent

12-03-2020Pastor's Letter

Advent is not the the same as Christmas. Advent is a time to praise God for his great gift of his Son, Jesus. It is a time to think about how ready we are to receive Jesus whenever he comes to us: in our daily life; in those who are in need; in the Eucharist at Mass; and at the end of time when Jesus comes in glory. Advent is a time to prepare our hearts and souls to celebrate the birthday of the Messiah.

November: Month dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory

11-01-2020Monthly Devotions

Christian Charity moves us to pray and offer sacrifices for our family members, friends and benefactors who may still be in Purgatory before they enter the Beatific Vision of God in heaven.

A plenary indulgence may be gained for the Holy Souls by

  1. Every day in the month of November, if one makes a visit to a church and recites the Our Father and the Apostles Creed and fulfill the ordinary requirements of Confessions, Communion, prayer for the pope’s intention, and give up all attachment to sin, even the slightest venial sins. (See requirements below)
  2. Everyday in the month of November, a plenary indulgence may be granted for the dead, if the Christian faithful devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, if only mentally, for the dead. And also fulfill the ordinary requirements for a plenary indulgence. (See requirements below)
  3. The Vatican also said that, because of the health emergency, the elderly, the sick, and others who cannot leave the house for serious reasons can participate in the indulgence from home by reciting prayers for the deceased before an image of Jesus or the Virgin Mary. (These people must have the intention of fulfilling the ordinary conditions as soon as possible. See requirements below)
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October: the month of the Holy Rosary

10-01-2020Monthly Devotions

The rosary is an invitation to experience the grace of Mary’s spiritual motherhood as she leads us to her Son, Jesus. For this reason, it has been an invaluable source of countless spiritual graces for the saints. Remember, every time you pray the rosary you are given the privilege and honor of pronouncing the holy name of Jesus more than 50 times.

The wealth of spiritual graces offered through the rosary comes not from the multiplication of prayers (see Matthew 6:7) but from the imitation of Christ through obedience to the Father’s will, according to the example of the Blessed Mother.

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