October 23, 2020 - "The Search"
Why are we here? What’s life all about?
The Search leads viewers to the deepest questions of the human heart, exploring the meaning and purpose of life with a visually stunning and intellectually stimulating approach. The combination of beautiful music, cinematography, and compelling testimony inspire thought- provoking and lively discussion.
Join us as we journey through a crescendo of seven episodes examining life and death, sorrow and happiness, and science and faith. Astrophysicists, psychologists, astronauts, neuroscientists, professors, athletes, artists, and the beauty of the cosmos all point to one big conclusion: Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.
Each episode is approximately 30 minutes in length, and we will present the third on Friday, 23 October, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the parish hall.
Episode 3: WHY A GOD?
Today we seem to think we’ve moved beyond the idea of God, but this secular view of life is a relatively new and unusual idea to humanity. All through human history man has looked to something outside himself for the answers to life. Why have we given up on God? Do we think science has disproven him? Do we think society is better off without him? We talk with astrophysicists, chemists, Harvard professors, and more to make the case that it’s not only reasonable to believe in God—it’s essential if you want to have a truly amazing life. Our souls seek their creator, and we’ll never be truly happy unless we seek him out. As St. Augustine famously said, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
“This breathed fresh air into my faith. Beautifully done.”
“Beautifully conveyed! How can anyone look around this world and not know the existence of God?”
“God bless you! What a program. My twelve-year-old says this is the best program about our religion ever made.”
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 & Facebook.)
Saturday: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 9:00am
or by appointment.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel is currently closed due to COVID 19.
However, we will offer the Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and the Rosary.
Monday - Friday, 3 - 4PM.
Greetings from St. John’s!
The precarity of these difficult and challenging days of paralyzing isolation and social-distancing coupled with wrenching loneliness have redefined our everyday lives in ways we could only have imagined – from simply spending time with friends and loved ones to the ways in which we gather and worship as a faith community. As Scripture tells us, there is but one who remains unchanged, Jesus Christ – yesterday, today, and forever. While that should offer consolation during this time of uncertainty, our Church continues to recognize the need for gathering in prayer. Beginning in mid-May, we reopened the doors of our church to worship together again as a parish family. Though not all are able and/or comfortable with returning in-person to celebrate the Mass, know that each and every one of you remain in our prayers during celebration of the Eucharist. May the good Lord comfort you during these challenging times, and may your faith in His Divine Plan never diminish!
Let me briefly discuss several activities through which you can see the spiritual growth pulsing through our parish life:
Outreach: As a result of your unwavering generosity to help those in need, our Outreach Ministry was able to distribute nonperishable food items to nearly 400 families during two drive-through food distribution events, and we continue to supply food and other necessities to those who come to us for assistance on a daily basis. Moving forward, we will now be collecting “clothes for the homeless brothers and sisters” as part of our Clothing Drive in support of Daily Bread.
The Celebration of the Sacraments: Despite many challenges, we have continued to celebrate the Eucharist, baptisms, weddings, and funerals according to Diocesan and CDC safety guidelines. Thank you for your patience and cooperation!
Religious Education Program: Dawn Hurley, DRE for the parish, and our team of dedicated catechists have devised a reasonable proposal for continuing faith formation under the current circumstances. This year, we are excited to introduce a new curriculum for grades K – 6, Pflaum Gospel Weeklies, a faith formation program that flows from the words of Jesus Christ in the Sunday Gospels. The 2020-2021 faith formation year at St. John the Evangelist began in stages, offering a combination of in-person and at-home/family-based instruction this fall. Elementary faith formation began the week of Sunday, 13 September with a “Drive-Thru Faith and Fun at SJE” carpool distribution of resources to our families, followed by the sharing of easy to implement instructions which allows families to engage children of multiple grade-levels simultaneously. By so doing, we hope to have all of our children on the same page, curriculum-wise, when we are eventually able to invite them back to campus and reconvene classes. Edge, our middle school program for grades 7 and 8, began on 2 September in the parish hall, and Life Teen for our high school students kicked off on Sunday, 30 August in the parish hall. We intend to follow guidelines from the CDC, the local government, and our Bishop John Noonan as the youth of our parish and their families return to parish life at St. John the Evangelist.
New Staff: We have been blessed to welcome Gavin Keith (IT Coordinator) and Molly Smith (Coordinator of Youth Ministry) to our staff. We pray that their gifts and talents will inspire our parishioners to fall deeper in love with Christ.
Ministries: I am thrilled to report that most of our ministries continue to minister to our community in modified ways. Barring a very few ministries who, by their nature function only if they can meet in person, most others found unique ways to stay connected. Of course, all are passionate to gather again in person, and we will begin to do so in the hall and in the classrooms in stages, adhering to the Diocesan and CDC guidelines of proper sanitization, safe social-distancing, wearing of masks, etc. Initially, we will begin with groups not to exceed 10-12. We hope and pray that this will bring much-needed life back into our varied and faith-filled ministries as we continue to care for the people of God, from conception to end-of-life.
Your generosity is astounding! You have been so faithful as a parish community in continuing to remember us each week with your donations. There are no words to adequately convey my gratitude for the blessing of your continued support; please know that I am extremely grateful to each of you. For those who have been less faithful, please consider remembering us somewhere in-between your groceries and electric bills. You can always mail in your envelopes or drop them off at the office; in addition, we offer an online-giving option on our website at stjohnviera.org.
In closing, on behalf of Fr. John Patrick and myself, we want to assure you that you remain in our prayers daily during the celebration of the Holy Mass. May the Lord continue to watch over and protect us all!
St. John the Evangelist, Pray for us!
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If you are interested in hearing more about the Doctrine of Faith, a meeting will be held on Thursday, 5 November at 6:00p.m. in the parish hall.
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.
It is Election Time and before the election it would benefit us to read what the Bishops say about our political responsibility as Catholics. Please visit:
Reopening the Church
Thanks to your continued support of our Social Outreach Ministry which is very much active during this Covid-19 season reaching out to the poor. We kindly request you to bring clothes that can be worn by the homeless brothers and sisters distributed through Our Daily Bread ministry. We also request you to drop off non-perishable food items which are being distributed at our parish center on a daily basis to those in need. Thank you for your support.