Bulletin for Sunday, December 18

BLUE CHRISTMAS

            Blue Christmas is a prayer service for those who have experienced a loss.  The content of the service has been chosen to emphasize the peace and hope of the season for everyone, especially for those for whom the usual celebrations and seasonal memories may be a cause of anguish and pain.  The service will be held on Tuesday, December 20th, at 7:00pm in the chapel.

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A word about RCIA:  RCIA is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a process by which adults “after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God…..By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and…..will receive the sacraments fruitfully”.  The RCIA program includes: people who were never baptized; those baptized in another faith; and those who were baptized Catholic but have never received the sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation.
If you are interested in the Catholic Faith, or have a friend or relative who may be interested in making this journey of faith, please invite the person to contact Sister Jane at the rectory.

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            Sister Jane’s next Faith Sharing Group will meet on Tuesday January 3rd, 2012 at 11am in the rectory.  All are welcome!

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            Sister Jane is available to anyone who is interested in spiritual direction.  For more information or if you have questions, please contact her at 617 846-7400.

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ADULT CONFIRMATION

            Any adult who has been baptized Catholic and has received First Communion but has not been confirmed and would like to be, please contact Sister Jane at the rectory, 617 847-7400 or j_iannaccone320@hotmail.com
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Winthrop Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to bring the donated food to the Pantry on Bowdoin Street after the 12noon Mass on the second Sunday of the month.  This will be only 4 times a year as they will have other teams alternating each month.  If you can spare an hour or two every fourth month, please call Beverly Phipps at 617-846-0818.  Thank you.
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Come and spend some time with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament at Adoration on Monday evening, December 19th.  Deacon Jim Leo will present a short reflection at 6:40; Divine Mercy Chaplet at 7:00; Benediction at 7:50.  All are welcome!
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PRAY FOR WORLD PEACE – PRAY THE ROSARY

            All gifts being donated to the Giving Tree are due back this weekend, December 17th/18th in order to give us a few days to organize and distribute them to our families.  After the 10am and 12noon Masses today, we will be carrying the gifts from the church to the school cafeteria.  We need a lot of help doing this.  Anyone is welcome to stay and help.  Thank you for your support and cooperation.
We wish each and every one of you a Blessed and Joyous Christmas.
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Second:  Alyssa Ofilos and Kevin Sweeney

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Through the waters of Baptism, we welcome into St. John’s Parish, Evelyn Maria Trafton.  Please keep little Evelyn, her parents and godparents in your prayers as she begins her faith journey.
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The CatholicTV Network

Christmas Programming

            It’s that time of year again!  CatholicTV will intersperse Advent and Christmas programming with their regular schedule throughout December and especially from Monday, December 19th until New Year’s Eve.  Then, all day Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and December 26th, CatholicTV will become ChristmasTV for 72 hours of non-stop specials.
Comcast Ch. 268         Verizon Ch. 296

Or watch LIVE online at www.CatholicTV.com

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MIDDLE SCHOOL DROP-IN

St. John the Evangelist School

Ocean View Street Entrance

January 6th – 7:15 pm – 9:30pm

Music – Games – TV – Basketball – etc.

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IS THERE ANYONE SICK AMONG YOU?

            This question found in the New Testament letter to James, gives the response that the sick should call for the priests of the church who are to pray over and anoint the sick with oil in the name of the Lord.  Never hesitate to ask for prayer and the Sacrament of the Sick prior to surgery or when diagnosed with a serious illness.  The Sacrament is not looked on as “The Last Rites” but as a powerful instrument of God’s healing presence.
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“Joy is a net of love by which we catch souls.”

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

 

 

Commitment to Parish Life (CPL)

People sharing time, talent and treasure

Parish Support and Finances
Our Offertory this weekend, December 17th/18th, has one intention, our regular Parish Support Collection.  We thank you for your generosity.
Prior Week Offertory:  $6,188.00 – Budgeted Goal: $6,100.00
Weekly collection funds the day to day operations of the Parish.
FYTD Off. :$135,557.00 – Budgeted Offertory: $146,400.00
Our fiscal year to date totals began as of July 1st, 2011
Grand Annual: $78,698.00 – Grand Annual Goal: $90,000.00
CPL: November – $5,333.00 – CPL to date: $38,405.50
Immaculate Conception Collection: – $1,279.00
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Christmas Collection:  Clergy Benefit Trust

            Next weekend, December 24th/25th at all our Christmas Masses, our only collection will be to support the retirement, medical and financial needs of priests of the Archdiocese of Boston.  On behalf of all of our priests, thank you in advance for your generosity.  For more information, please visit:
www.CafeForSeniorPriests.org.
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Every Sunday – Family Liturgy – 10am Mass
Every Second Sunday of Month – Food Pantry
First & Fourth Sunday of Month – Swahili Mass – 5pm – chapel

Every Monday thru Saturday – Rosary after 9am. Mass – all are welcome

Every Monday Evening – Eucharistic Adoration 6:30-8pm with Divine Mercy Chaplet – 7-7:15pm – chapel – all are welcome

Every Wednesday Evening – Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7pm-upper

Church

Dec. 20thTues. – Blue Christmas – 7:00pm – chapel
Dec. 21stWed. – The Light is On For You – 6:30pm – chapel
Dec. 21stWed. – Finance Council Mtg. – 6:30pm – rectory
Jan. 4thWed. – Bldg. & Prop. Mtg. – 7pm – rectory
Jan. 6th – Middle School Drop-In – 7:15 – gym
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Cardinal O’Malley and Priests Begin

Consultation Process on Pastoral Planning

            On December 5, Cardinal Sean O’Malley and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning Commission (APPC) met with priests of the Archdiocese of Boston and with those serving in archdiocesan parishes to begin the consultation process regarding the next phase of Pastoral Planning in the archdiocese.  As part of their scope, the APPC has developed some principles and preliminary recommendations for strengthening the archdiocese’s parish-based ministries, evangelization efforts and parish staffing.  Further rounds of consultations with archdiocesan and parish leadership will be conducted over the next several months.  After receiving input from the consultations, the APPC will then prepare a final recommendation to Cardinal Sean for his decision.  We ask your prayers for this important process and invite you to review the planning materials at www.2012Planning.org.

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

First Reading:  2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16
            Today’s passage refers to the “Ark of God” which was a wooden chest overlaid by gold, where the stone tablets of the 10 Commandments were kept.  King David, rich and comfortable in his palace, felt the ark deserved to be housed in similar splendor.  God will tell David that a physical building is not as important as the “house” (that is, the dynasty) of David.  Christians have seen this prophecy fulfilled in Christ, who was born of the House of David.
Second Reading:  Romans 16:25-27
            Our second Scripture reading is the conclusion of Paul’s long letter to the Romans.  It is one sentence, and it is very much like a toast offered to God.  In effect, Paul is saying that it all comes down to this:  We should give thanks to God that salvation is available to all people through faith in Jesus Christ.
Gospel:  Luke 1:26-38 (The Annunciation of the Lord)
Question of the Week:
Adult:  How do you open your heart to what God wants for you?  How do you follow the pathway that leads to happiness?
Child:  Is there something hard you need to do this week?  What might make it easier?
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Cathedral of the Holy Cross Ireland Pilgrimage

June 13-23, 2012

            Join Father Kevin O’Leary and others from the Archdiocese of Boston on a pilgrimage to Ireland and the celebration of the 50th International Eucharist Congress where Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate the closing Mass.  Pilgrimage continues with tour of the sacred sites of Ireland including Knock, Galway, Limerick City, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Cork and more.  Complete package cost $3,295.00 (twin occupancy).  For further details and information, please contact Sofia Syversen at 800 653-0017 or email her at: Canterbury.tours@live.com
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On Wednesday, December 21st, from 6:30 to 8:00pm, Fr. Chris O’Connor will be offering confessions here at St. John’s, together with all the Catholic parishes and chapels in the Archdiocese of Boston.  This outreach is called “The Light is On For You”, and is an effort on the part of our Archdiocese to highlight the importance of the sacrament of confession in the life of Catholics and to make it as easy as possible for every Catholic to come or to return to this great source of God’s mercy and healing love.  You are welcome to come here or to go to any other Catholic parish or chapel.  The Archdiocese has set up a website
www.TheLightIsOnForYou.org.
with materials and videos to help you prepare.  Please make plans to come yourself and please invite others to take advantage of this great opportunity to be reconciled and begin anew your journey in faith this Advent.

 

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE

Vigil of Christmas – Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24th       4:00pm – 6:00pm

Nativity of the Lord – Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25th   8:00am – 10:00am – 12noon

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FAMILY LITURGY

Every Sunday, the 10am Mass will have a focus on the family with the children in mind.
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Eucharistic Ministers:  Please pick up your new schedules in the sacristy after Mass.
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Parish Book Club Begins

            Have medical professionals told you a loved one appears near death?  Need support?  Attend the parish’s Book Club on Thursday nights for six weeks for fellowship and support beginning January 5th, 2012 in Room 7 of the School from 7-8pm.  No registration is required to join us for some or all sessions as we read from and comment on the paperback “Final Gifts”, based on the experiences of two hospice nurses.  Books are available to borrow.  Call Parish Book Club Moderator, Marguerite Paul, at 617 894-7650 should you have a question.
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WHY YOU NEED A WILL

            If you do not have a will, your life savings and assets will be distributed by the State.  If you do have a will, YOU decide.  In that way, your Last Will and Testament can help protect the future of your loved ones in just the way you want.  Also, you can support the charitable organization of your choice.  Your present assets can work for you into the future.  Please remember St. John the Evangelist Parish when writing or updating your will.
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The Society of St. Vincent DePaul is extremely grateful to all parishioners who faithfully remember the poor as they leave church after Mass.   We would ask that those of you who are not aware of the receptacles in the church, to please remember us as a way of helping those in need.
At this beautiful time of the year, we wish you and all your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a Joyful and Happy New Year with many blessings!
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Corporal Works of Mercy     Spiritual Works of Mercy
To feed the hungry                  To admonish the sinner
To give drink to the thirsty       To instruct the ignorant
To clothe the naked                 To counsel the doubtful
To visit the imprisoned                        To comfort the sorrowful
To shelter the homeless                       To bear wrongs patiently
To visit the sick                                   To forgive all injuries
To bury the dead         To pray for the living and the dead
 

 

 

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father.” – Lk 1:30-32

 

Readings for the Week of December 18, 2011
Sunday: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16/Rom 16:25-27/Lk 1:26-38
Monday:               Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a/Lk 1:5-25
Tuesday:               Is 7:10-14/Lk 1:26-38
Wednesday:         Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18a/Lk 1:39-45
Thursday:             1 Sm 1:24-28/Lk 1:46-56
Friday:   Mal 3:1-4, 23-24/Lk 1:57-66
Saturday:              Morning: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16/Lk 1:67-79
Next Sunday:       Vigil: Is 62:1-5/Acts 13:16-17, 22-25/Mt 1:1-25 or 1:18-25
Midnight: Is 9:1-6/Ti 2:11-14/Lk 2:1-14
Dawn: Is 62:11-12/Ti 3:4-7/Lk 2:15-20
Day: Is 52:7-10/Heb 1:1-6/Jn 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14

 

 

Week of Monday, December 19th – Sunday, December 25th

Mon.      9:00        Aldo & Gloria Cirone

Tues.      9:00        The Benefactors of the Parish
Wed.       9:00        Mass in honor of St. Lucy
Thur.      9:00        William, Andrew and Jane Hartery
Fri.          9:00        The People of the Parish
Sat          9:00        Elizabeth Gillespie
Paul Gillespie, Sr.
Paul Gillespie II
William McIntosh
 
Vigil of Christmas
4:00        …
6:00        …
The Nativity of the Lord
Sunday  8:00        …
10:00     …
12:00     …
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