Browsing the 2023 archive of Fr John's Weekly Message

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, December 31, 2023

Posted by SJE Admin on 12/31/23

Dear Friends,

Gratitude is the word that tumbles out of my mouth on the last day of the month of December and the last day of YEAR 2023!

One of my dear friends wrote me this note: “As I prepared during this Advent I counted my blessings and you ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 24, 2023

Posted by SJE Admin on 12/24/23

Dear Friends,

It has been a busy month indeed! I am so very grateful to you, my dear SJE family, for always being there for our parish. Your generosity is astounding, and it enables us to do so much more than one individual can possibly doon his/her own. The ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Advent, December 17, 2023

Posted by SJE Admin on 12/17/23

Dear Friends,

I am so grateful to all of you for your wishes and prayers for my 60th birthday. I thank God and my parents for their gifts to me that allow me to serve you as I do. I thank each and every one of you for your ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Advent, December 10, 2023

Posted by SJE Admin on 12/11/23

Dear Friends,

Advent this year is going to be very short. We will be unable to celebrate the whole of the 4th week of Advent because Christmas Eve falls on the same day as the 4th Sundayof Advent. Therefore, wemaywant togo aboutour spiritual preparations a bitmore intensely.

The Second ... Read More »

First Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2023

Posted by SJE Admin on 12/05/23

Dear Friends,

Can you believe it is already the First Sunday of Advent? Everyone looks forward to Advent for so many reasons.   For us, the main reason is we want to ready our hearts and make way for the joy of our Savior’s birth at Christmas.

Let us make ... Read More »

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, November 26, 2023

Posted by SJE Admin on 11/24/23

Dear Friends,

We   have arrived at the last Sunday of Ordinary Time with a bang. After all that we heard and celebrated this past week, we now come to the end of Year A, the year during which we focus on the gospel of St. Matthew. Wow. And we ... Read More »

Thirty-2 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 19, 2023

Posted by SJE Admin on 11/19/23

Dear Friends,

I heartily welcome Fr. Jim Sichko to our St. John the Evangelist Community. He is here to lift up our spirits by offering an Advent Mission that will help us prepare for our Lord’s coming. What a blessing it is to have him with us. Fr. Jim ... Read More »

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 12, 2023

Posted by SJE Admin on 11/14/23

Dear Friends,

The church celebrates this weekend the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A. In Chapter 25 of the Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus tells the parable of the ten virgins. At the end of the parable, Jesus tells us to be like the wise virgins. But if ... Read More »

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 5, 2023

Posted by SJE Admin on 11/04/23

Dear Friends,

We enter the month of November with gratitude for those who have gone before us and who have been part of our lives. Please take a moment to pray for the repose of their souls. 

As we celebrate the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Church invites ... Read More »

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 29, 2023

Posted by SJE Admin on 10/29/23

Dear Friends,

Thank you for praying for those of us who were on the “In the Footsteps of St. Paul” pilgrimage. What a great experience!  We visited the home of Mother Mary and St. John in Ephesus, where they had to live a hidden life. We also visited the ... Read More »