Bulletin for Sunday, January 1

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            The Parish Staff would like to thank you for your cards, greetings, gifts and baked goods over the past several weeks.  We would also like to thank all those who assisted in making our celebration of Christmas special. 

            Thank you to those who donated flowers and those who arranged the flowers to make our church more beautiful for our celebration of Christmas.  We thank Stephen Lee, our Music Director, Tina Talvi, our Cantor and the Choirs for the beauty of music and song which helps us to join the angel throng and sing our Glory to God in the Highest.
We thank each and every member of our parish community, friends and visitors who celebrated with us, for what we celebrate during the season is God with us.

Fr.Bourke, Fr. Graziano, Sr. Jane and Deacon Jim

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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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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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PRAY FOR WORLD PEACE – PRAY THE ROSARY

WINTHROP FOOD PANTRY

Next Weekend – January 7th/8th

            The Winthrop Food Pantry serves those in need in our community. They rely on your help and you have never failed them.  At the present time they are in need of pasta, however, whatever non-perishable food you may bring will be greatly appreciated.  We thank you for your thoughtfulness.
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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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Beginning January 15th, you will have the opportunity to have flowers placed on our altar in memory of loved ones.  The flower piece will be one basket placed in front of the main altar.  The parish makes arrangements for the flowers.  The names of your loved ones and the donor will be placed in the bulletin for that weekend.  The donation is $50.  The Sundays of Advent and Lent are excluded as flowers are not permitted during these Liturgical seasons.  Please call the rectory if you are interested in donating flowers for a particular weekend.  617 846-7400.
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OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS

MARY MOTHER OF GOD

First Reading:  Numbers 6:22-27
            The fourth book of the Bible is called the Book of Numbers simply because in describing the wanderings of the people in the Sinai Desert, it gives two census reports.  In this section, we hear how God instructed the priestly leaders to bless the people.
Second Reading:  Galatians 4:4-7
Galatia was a Roman province in what is now central Turkey.  Paul had visited there and founded a Christian community.  In this section of his letter to them, he explains that all people, not just a select few, are called to be sons and daughters of God.
Gospel:  Luke 2:16-21 (the shepherds’ visit)
Question of the Week
Adult:  Which of God’s blessings are you most thankful for right now?
Child:  What does it mean to you to be a child of God?
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FAMILY LITURGY

            Every Sunday, the 10am Mass has a focus on the family with the children in mind.

 

Commitment to Parish Life (CPL)

People sharing time, talent and treasure

Parish Support and Finances
Our Offertory this weekend, Dec. 31st/Jan. 1st, has one intention, our Regular Parish Support Collection.  We thank you for your generosity.
Prior Week Offertory:  N/A – Budgeted Goal: $6,100.00
Weekly collection funds the day to day operations of the Parish.
FYTD Off.:  N/A – Budgeted Offertory: $158,600.00
Our fiscal year to date totals began as of July 1st, 2011
Grand Annual: $79,598.00 – Grand Annual Goal: $90,000.00
CPL: November – $5,333.00 – CPL to date: $38,405.50

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            Because of the high cost of fuel oil, a Second Collection next weekend, Jan.7th/8th, will be for the Parish Winter Energy Collection.
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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

Jan. 4thWed. – Bldg. & Prop. Mtg. – 7pm – rectory
Jan. 6thMiddle School Drop-In – 7:15 – gym
Jan. 18thWed. – Finance Council Mtg. – 6:30pm – rectory
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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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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 Quist Paul, at 617 894-7650 should you have a question.
 
 
A Big Thank You to all who donated money toward the purchase of the turkey/ham packages for those in need.  Also, thank you to everybody who purchased a gift for the “Giving Tree”.  You were all so generous and helped Santa fulfill the wishes of so many children.  This year we were able to help 98 families; 191 children.

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            Many thanks to all who participated in the Christmas Pageant on Christmas Day.  What a wonderful way to start Christmas with the reenactment of Jesus’ birth.
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St. Anthony’s Shrine

A Prayer for Peace in this Time of War

Almighty and gentle God

we beg you to lead us to peace in this time of war.

Open the hearts and minds of our world leaders

to a peaceful solution to the conflicts facing our planet.

Your Spirit changes our lives.

Let our war technology be turned toward medicine

and our war money be used for the poor.

Turn our minds away from violence to peace.

May our energy be focused on bringing

Your Holy Presence even more into our world

And into the hearts of all people.

Lead us to peace in our hearts.

Lead us to peace in our world.  Amen.

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Remember O Most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known, that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided.  Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins my Mother.  To thee do I come, before thee I kneel sinful and sorrowful.  O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petition, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.  Amen.
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Word of Life

            “It is from God that men and women receive their essential dignity and their capacity to seek truth and goodness.  When humanity’s spiritual dimension is brought to light, individuals’ hearts and minds are drawn to God and to the marvels of human life:  being itself, truth, beauty, moral values and other persons.”           Pope Benedict XVI
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In your charity please pray for the soul of John O’Connell who was buried from St. John’s this past week.  May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

 

            If you are a new parishioner, please introduce yourself to our priests after Mass, or drop into the rectory to complete a census card.
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ALTAR SERVERS

            Please pick up your new schedules in the sacristy after Mass.
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AUDIO ASSISTANCE FOR THE

HEARING IMPAIRED

            Assistance for the hearing impaired is available.  We have a number of portable wireless “earbud” headphones which will enhance the ability of the hearing impaired to fully participate in the celebration of the Liturgy.  These headphones are available in the sacristy before Mass.
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Children are the springtime of the family and society.  Children are the hope that continually blossoms, a project that starts ever anew, the future that opens without ceasing.  They represent the flowering of married love, which is found and strengthened in them.  At their birth they bring a message of life.                                      Blessed John Paul II
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WILLS AND BEQUESTS

            By exercising your right to draft a Will, you demonstrate faithful and responsible stewardship by providing for your loved ones and their needs, and remembering those charities which have always had such special meaning to you.  In a valid Will, you name the executor of your estate and the guardian for your minor children.  You determine how and when your estate will be distributed.  With a valid Will you are able to thank the Lord for all that He had bestowed upon you during your lifetime.
To ensure that you have a valid Will, we strongly urge you to consult an attorney who specializes in drafting Wills, trusts and estate plans.  Such an attorney may advise you regarding the best way in which you draft your Will and estate plan to carry out your wishes.
Wills and Bequests have been very helpful to St. John’s Parish over the years and we hope they will continue to assist the parish in its good work in the present and in the future.
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“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ should come before all else.  You are not to act in anger or nurse a grudge.  Rid your heart of all deceit.  Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.”
Rule of St. Benedict
 
 

The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. – Lk 2:16-17

 

Readings for the Week of January 1, 2012
Sunday: Nm 6:22-27/Gal 4:4-7/Lk 2:16-21
Monday:            1 Jn 2:22-28/Jn 1:19-28
Tuesday:            1 Jn 2:29–3:6/Jn 1:29-34
Wednesday:        1 Jn 3:7-10/Jn 1:35-42
Thursday:          1 Jn 3:11-21/Jn 1:43-51
Friday:  1 Jn 5:5-13/Mk 1:7-11 or Lk 3:23-38 or 3:23, 31-34, 36, 38
Saturday:           1 Jn 5:14-21/Jn 2:1-11
Next Sunday:      Is 60:1-6/Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6/Mt 2:1-12

 

 

Week of Monday, January 2nd – Sunday, January 8th

Mon.     9:00      Mary Pizzi
Tues.    9:00      The Benefactors of the Parish
Wed.     9:00      Dr. Anthony & Rosina Cardullo
Thur.    9:00      …
Fri.       9:00      The People of the Parish
Sat        9:00      Mary T. Flynn
4:00      Charlotte & Stanley Oliver
and Marie Hellender
Sunday  8:00      Angelo & Frances Russo
10:00    Mary Feeley – 6th Anniversary
12:00    John W. Hames, Jr. – 11th Anniversary
Richard Pote
The Odierno Family
The Bezubka Family
Helen Bolan
Joseph Piziura
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Please pray every day for God’s protection of everyone in our country from the dangers of war and terrorism and especially for all of our Service Men and Women.

 
 

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