Bulletin for Sunday, November 27

            The symbolism of the Advent wreath is beautiful.  The wreath is made of various greens signifying continuous life.  The evergreens have a traditional meaning signifying victory over persecution and suffering, immortality and strength and healing.
The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God and the everlasting life found in Christ.  Altogether, the wreath of evergreens depicts the new, everlasting life promised to us through Christ, who entered our world becoming human man and who was victorious over sin and death through His own passion, death and resurrection.
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BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE

            The month of November has traditionally been a time to pray for the dead.  A book in which you may inscribe names of the loved ones whom you wish to be remembered in the prayers of the community can be found in the front of the church near the Blessed Mother statue during the month of November.
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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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Sister Jane’s Faith Sharing Group will meet on Tuesday, November 29th at 11am in the rectory.  All welcome!

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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.
As you can see, our beautiful “Giving Tree” is now in the front of the Church.  We would like to encourage all those who are able, to help brighten Christmas for others.  We welcome all that can participate in this venture.
Placed on the tree are a number of paper ornaments on which a specific item has been requested.  Each ornament was prepared in duplicate and tied together before being placed on the tree.  If you would like to help, we ask that before or after Mass you choose an item that you would like to donate and remove the two corresponding attached ornaments from the tree.  One paper ornament you will take with you to be placed on the outside of the package.  This will enable us to know the contents of the gifts when they are returned, wrapped, to the church and will help us in getting the gift to the correct family.  We ask that on the second ornament you print your name and address and place it in the basket next to the tree.  In this way, we will know who is responsible for each request removed from the tree.
Please bring the gift, wrapped and labeled with the ornament, back to the tree by Sunday, December 18th.
Immediately after the 10am and the 12noon Masses we will be carrying the gifts from the church to the school cafeteria.  We will need a lot of help doing this.  Anyone is welcome to stay and help us.  This is a good service project for any Confirmation I or II student.
If you would like to help separate and get the gifts ready for the families to pick up, call the religious education office at 617 846-3100.  We will begin getting the gifts ready on December 19th between 9:30am and 2:00pm.

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            We will once again offer to our parishioners the opportunity to purchase a “Holiday Food Package” to be donated to a family in need this Christmas Season.  The price of this Holiday Feast is $30.00 and includes a 4lb. ham and a turkey with all the fixings.
All donations must be turned into Shirley Guthro at the Religious Education Office in the school building by Thursday, December 8th.  Please make check out to St. John’s and label as “Holiday Food Donation”.  If you have any questions or need further information, please give Shirley a call at 617 846-3100.
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Third:  Kristin Quinn and Stephen Reed

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MIDDLE SCHOOL DROP-IN

St. John the Evangelist School

Ocean View Street Entrance

December 2nd – 7:15pm – 9:30pm

Music – Games – TV – Basketball – etc.

Commitment to Parish Life (CPL)

People sharing time, talent and treasure

Parish Support and Finances
Our Offertory this weekend, November 26th/27th, has one Intention: our regular Parish Support Collection.  The basket will be passed once.  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: $128,100.00
Our fiscal year to date totals began as of July 1st, 2011
Grand Annual: $70,948.00 – Grand Annual Goal: $90,000.00
CPL: October – $2,699.00 – CPL to date: $33,072.50
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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

Nov. 30thWed. – Bldg. & Prop. Mtg. – 7pm – rectory

Dec. 2ndMiddle School Drop-In – 7:15 – gym
Dec. 4thBreakfast With Santa – 12:30pm – cafeteria
Dec. 20thBlue Christmas – 7:00pm – chapel
Dec. 21stFinance Council Mtg. – 6:30pm – rectory
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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Sunday, December 4th-11am-12:30pm

St. John’s School Hall

Lincoln St. entrance

Raffles, entertainment and more!

    Adults $6.00 – Children $4.00           under 2 Free
     Santa will be visiting so bring your camera!!
Get your tickets soon as space is limited.
            We are in need of volunteers!  If you can help set up, sell raffles, serve or any variety of tasks, please call.  We need raffle items also.  For tickets or to volunteer to help, please call Amy Gallagher at 617 650-1901.  This is a great opportunity for confirmation or Community Service hours.
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LIFE LINE SCREENING

            The 6 for Life Health assessment measures your risk of developing 6 chronic diseases, including heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, diabetes, COPD and lung cancer.  A customized report will determine which risk factors contribute most to your disease risk and are within your control to change.  Finger-stick blood tests along with biometric measurements are included with this assessment.  St. John the Evangelist Church will be hosting a Life Line Screening preventive health event on Friday, December 9, 2011.  To schedule your appointment, call 1-888-653-6441 or visit:  www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

First Reading: Isaiah 63:16-17, 19; 64:1, 2-7
The Israelites had just returned from exile and were suffering economic hardship and persecution.  The prophet expresses their expectation that God will intervene in human history in a dramatic way to help them.  At the end of this reading, we will hear a familiar image.
Second Reading:  1 Corinthians 1:3-9
            In the letter-writing style popular in Paul’s day, writers would begin by extending greetings and then thank the gods for the blessings they themselves had received.  But Paul begins his first letter to the Corinthians by thanking God for the blessings his converts in Corinth have received.  (It may help to know that the phrase “day of the Lord” refers to Jesus coming again in glory.
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THE NEW ROMAN MISSAL

            Today is the first Sunday of Advent.  This year it is an especially unique time for the Church.  Today we will begin using the new translations of the Mass from The New Roman Missal.  These changes represent the most significant liturgical development for English-speaking Catholics since Vatican II.
Vatican II called on everyone to engage in “full active and conscious participation” in the Eucharist.  The new English versions of the prayers of the Mass will give us an opportunity to reinvigorate our participation and to pause and think about the words we are saying every time we participate in the Mass.  It is an opportunity for the entire Church in the United States to deepen its understanding of the Sacred Liturgy, of its meaning and importance in our lives and to renew our conscious participation in the Mass.
To pray the liturgy well will take work both for priests and for the faithful.  Together we will need to be patient as we adapt to the new translations of the prayers with which we are currently so familiar and comfortable.  However, change is one sign of life; so change in the language of the church from time to time is to be expected.
Let us look forward to this new and exciting time in the life of our Church.

WORSHIP AIDS

            St. John’s will have several worship aids available to help you with our new Mass responses.  First, all of the changes are in our Breaking Bread Missalettes that we use each week.  Second, there will be plastic, laminated response cards in the church that you may find helpful.  These cards are to be left in the church.  And third, there will be available at the entrance of the church white cardboard stock response cards for you to take home if you would like to do so.
Karen Flaherty
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Please remember Lucia Cirelli who was buried from St. John’s this past week.  May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Visit the Home of the Tigers!

            Pope John XXIII High School hosts its Fall Open House on Monday, December 5th from 6:00 to 8:00pm at 888 Broadway, Everett.  Please come to tour the school, meet the faculty and staff, and learn about the curriculum, sports, after-school clubs and campus ministry.
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Internet Filter Software Is No Substitute

For Parental Monitoring

            There is a lot of material on the Internet that is inappropriate for children.  Parents can use filtering software to protect children from that material, but filters do not guarantee that children will not be exposed; a filter will never be a substitute for parents’ presence.  Monitor your child’s online behavior.  Keep your family computer in a highly visible, common area, like the family room or the kitchen.  Ask your children to show you what sites they go to, and be open and willing to discuss the inappropriate material they might come across.
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Prayer for Our Troops

Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.

Protect them as they protect us.

Bless them and their families

for the selfless acts they perform for us

in our time of need and Lord, give us peace.

We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Amen.

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CHRISTMAS FLOWERS

            We invite parishioners to contribute for the purchase of the flowers used on the altars for Christmas.  You might want to donate in memory of a loved one.  If so, we ask you to print the name/names of your deceased loved ones in the space provided below and enclose it in an envelope with your contribution. You may bring/send this to the rectory.  Please make sure your check is made payable to St. John’s Parish, designating it is for flowers.
During the Christmas Season, the names of all your loved ones will be remembered and prayed for.  All donations should be made no later than the weekend of December 10th/11th.
 

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Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!'” – Mk 13:33, 37

 

Readings for the Week of November 27, 2011
Sunday: Is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7/1 Cor 1:3-9/Mk 13:33-37
Monday:            Is 2:1-5/Mt 8:5-11
Tuesday:            Is 11:1-10/Lk 10:21-24
Wednesday:        Rom 10:9-18/Mt 4:18-22
Thursday:          Is 26:1-6/Mt 7:21, 24-27
Friday:  Is 29:17-24/Mt 9:27-31
Saturday:           Is 30:19-21, 23-26/Mt 9:35–10:1, 5a, 6-8
Next Sunday:      Is 40:1-5, 9-11/2 Pt 3:8-14/Mk 1:1-8

 

 

Week of Monday, November 28th – Sunday, December 4th

Mon.     9:00      Deceased Members of the Randal and
Kiley Families
Tues.    9:00      The Benefactors of the Parish
Wed.     9:00      Joan Day – 24th Anniversary
Thur.    9:00      Michle & Carmelinda Capodanno
Antonio, Filomena and Antonia Assunta
Fri.       9:00      The People of the Parish
Sat        9:00      Maureen Albano
Frances Baccellieri – 1st Anniversary
Helen Frazier
Joseph Tassone
4:00      Dorothy Sicurella – 2nd Anniversary
Sunday  8:00      Blanche, Henry and Patty Mackin
10:00    Rose M. Esposito – 7th Anniversary
12:00    Tina & Bill Pepicelli
Benjamin Savoia
Concetta & Placido Lagana
Matthew & Frances Previte
Shirley Quigley
Sebastiana Serra
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FAMILY LITURGY

            Every Sunday, the 10:00am Mass will have a focus on the family with the children in mind.
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