St. John’s 2022 Advent Mission
To Joseph and Jesus through Matthew
God with Us at Advent
Presenter: Karl A. Schultz
November 28-30 (Mon, Tues, Wed) - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
FOOD PACKING EVENT!
Saturday, December 10, 8am-Noon, Parish Hall
2 Shifts 9:00 – 10:00 and 10:30 – 11:30
All volunteers will need to sign up, for more information
Saturday, December 10thFood Packing:
ALL ARE INVITED AND NEEDED TO HELP US PACK 5,000 FOOD PACKAGES!
VOLUNTEERS ALSO NEEDED ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9TH FROM 9:00-Noon to break down the parish hall
chairs and tables, setup for the food packing and prepare the food lines
Catechism In a Year
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am
Celebration of Sunday Eucharist
Saturday: 9:00am (1st Sat of Month) & 4:30pm (Vigil)
Sunday: 7:15am, 9:00am, 11:00am, and 4:30pm.
(11:00am is Live Streamed on our website & YouTube Channel.)
Saturday: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 9:00am
or by appointment.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel is open:
Monday-Friday: 8:30am to 4:00pm
Saturday: 2pm to 4:00pm
Sunday: 12:30pm to 4:00pm
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Fr. John's November Update
We have been through some tough times with many people suffering the onslaught of Hurricane Ian. We pray that everyone be spared during the last few weeks of the hurricane season. The Month of November is here. During November, we are called in a special way to remember “our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection”(Eucharistic Prayer II). A book will we placed in the narthex in which you could write the names of your beloved dead and they will be remembered during the Masses and prayers in the month of November. This is also a month in which you could visit the cemetery to pray for them. Most especially, please pray in charity for those souls in purgatory and the souls that will have no one to pray for.
Let me now fill you in with the many things that will happen during this month. As always, I am very grateful to you all for your commitment and dedication to our parish community.
1st November 2022is the Solemnity of All Saints, a Day of Obligationin the USA. In order to make it convenient for you to attend Masses we will have 3 Masses: 8 a.m., 12:05 p.m., and 7 p.m.Happy Feast to all of you!
2nd November 2022is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day.) It is the day to remember to pray for the dead. In order to make it feasible for you to attend the Mass we will be offering 3 Masses: 8 a.m., 12:05 p.m., & 6 p.m. It is also a traditional time for visiting the graves of loved ones.
God’s Heart our Dream 2.0:By the grace and blessings of God, and with your generosity we have completed the phase 1 of this project. Bishop John Noonan will preside at the Mass on Sunday, 6th November at 11 a.m. after which he will officially bless the works we have completed. The phase 2 of our project will begin on All Saints Day, 1st November and Bishop John Noonan will do the official groundbreaking on Sunday, 6th November. There might a slight inconvenience in the parking lot near the construction site during the time of this construction. Thank you for your understanding.
Thank you to those who have pledged and are keeping with the pledge toward our campaign God’s Heart our Dream 2.0. I have sent a thank you letter to all those who have pledged. This campaign runs for 3 years. We have not even completed one year of our campaign and we have been tremendously blessed by your generosity. Although we have not received the money yet for the amount spent on phase 1, we continue on solely relying on your continued commitment and dedication. I take this opportunity to request those who have not contributed yet, to please consider it and become part of this beautify work of enhancing our spiritual space.
National Vocations Awareness Weekwill be held from November 6-12 this year.is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. Please pray for our own young men and women that they may be open to God’s call to serve him in this particular way.
It is general election time. Our General Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Debates are heating up. You might have already set your minds on your candidate. While it is not my place to endorse a party or a candidate, I sincerely request you to know the candidates and prayerfully consider who to vote for before you exercise your right. US Bishops say: “As Catholics, we bring the richness of our faith to the public square. We draw from both faith and reason as we seek to affirm the dignity of the human person and the common good of all.”
Bishop Noonan points out that, “Faithful citizenship calls upon each person to research the candidates and prayerfully discern which candidate will follow the teachings of Christ while he/she is in office. This discernment is not easy because we do not know how a person elected to an office will follow the teachings of Christ, even if he/she professes to be a person of faith. Each person must individually make the best decision on how to vote based upon his/her research and prayer. We ask God to guide us.”
For resources to guide you, please refer these documents:
To know your local candidates, please log onto: VOTEBREVARD.GOV
We will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament the whole day of Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. We pray fervently that our prayerful discernment will help choose candidates that will be morally responsible to serve this nation.
20th November: With the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe which will be the 34th Sunday in Ordinary time we will be coming to an end of the Liturgical Year and the Ordinary Time in the Liturgical Calendar.
21st November: St. John’s will be hosting the United in Thanksgiving 2022 this year. This is an interfaith celebration of gratitude. There will be a prayer session at 7 p.m. followed by an international reception. Thanks to Deacon Mike McElwee and team for coordinating this event. We will be needing some volunteers to help with this event.
Thanksgiving Day:Thursday 24th November will be observed as Thanksgiving Day in our country. What a gift it is for us to gather as family to give thanks to God for all the blessings we have received. In order to give thanks to God as a community of St. John’s we have scheduled two Masses. The Vigil Mass will take place on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and the Mass on the Day of Thanksgiving will be held on Thursday 24th November at 10 a.m. Please join us in thanking God as a community of believers who have been incredibly blessed. Happy Thanksgiving!
Christmas Giving Treewill be placed a week before Thanksgiving in the narthex with different tags indicating the varied groups of people we share the joy of Christmas with.
Advent 2022: Beginning from 27th November we will enter the Advent Season which is also the beginning of the Year of Grace, 2023. With this Advent we will follow Year A: Sunday Cycle; Cycle I for the Weekday cycle in Ordinary Time. As you know during the very short season of Advent we will have the Advent Mission, Advent Reconciliation etc.
As you can see we are busy all year round and it becomes busier around this time of the year.
Know that you are in my prayers this month.
May the Lord bless you and yours abundantly!
Thank you for your continued support of our Parish. Without your help we wouldn't be up and running. If you have not made your weekly donation you have the following options:
1. Online at stjohnviera.weshareonline.org
2. Offertory can be sent by mail.
3. Offertory can be dropped off at the Parish.
Thank you to those who have already made their donation. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.