Bulletin for Sunday, October 16

First Reconciliation Parent Meeting
If your child will be making his/her first Reconciliation this year, there will be a REQUIRED parent meeting.  There are 3 scheduled meetings – you must choose one to attend.  You will receive your child’s workbook and information on the date for their first Reconciliation at this meeting.  The meetings are:
Monday, October 17th at 2:40pm
Thursday, October 20th at 7:00pm
Sunday, October 23rd at 11:00am
All meetings are in the school cafeteria.  If you are ill or an emergency arises and you are unable to attend one of our 3 meetings, please call 617 846-3100.
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Confirmation – Presentation of Candidates – 10:00am Mass Sunday, October 16th. – All confirmation candidates and their families are expected to attend.  Sponsors are also invited to attend.
The Candidates for Confirmation will be presented to the parish at the 10:00am Mass today, Sunday, October 16th.  The names of the candidates have been placed in a basket at the entrance to the church.  Please take the name of a candidate and pray for him or her as they begin their final year of preparation for Confirmation.

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                On Wednesday evening, October 19th, we will be hosting a speaker for our Confirmation I students, Ms. Linda Thayer.  Ms. Thayer recently retired after 34 years of teaching science in the Boston Public Schools.  For the past 28 years she has also presented over 2000 programs on respect for life and respect for sexuality (abstinence) in the greater Boston area.  She has also been a member of the Family Life and Pro-Life Sub-Committee of the Mass. Catholic Conference.  Ms. Thayer is associated with the Pro-Life Office of the Archdiocese of Boston.  She has also been speaking to St. John’s Confirmation students for the past twenty years.
We look forward to seeing Linda on October 19th.  As always, parents are most welcome and encouraged to attend all of our guest speaker presentations.
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CYO basketball sign-ups for boys and girls grades 5-6-7-8 will be held at St. John’s Gym on October 20th from 5:30-7:00pm.  Any questions, email Stephen Mahoney at smahoney17@hotmail.com.
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IMPORTANT:  We are attempting to compile a list of parishioners who are attending Catholic elementary and Catholic high schools.  If anyone from your household is attending a Catholic school, please call the rectory at 617 846-7400.
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PRAY FOR WORLD PEACE – PRAY THE ROSARY

THE NEW ROMAN MISSAL

            The words we say at Mass have undergone a revised translation.  However, the flow of the Mass will not change.  It will still take place in four parts:  Introductory Rites, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist and Concluding Rites.  In each part some, but not all, of the words will change.  Over the next few weeks we will talk about each part of the Mass and some of the more significant changes.  Today we start with the Introductory Rites.
The Introductory Rites begin when we stand for the opening song and end when we sit together for the first Scripture reading.  The Introductory Rites of the Eucharistic liturgy draws us into the Mass.  The Sign of the Cross, marked on our bodies, identifies us as disciples who were baptized into the Triune God:  “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”  One of the most noticeable changes in this part of the Mass is our response to the priest’s greeting, “The Lord be with you”.  In the new translation we will reply, “And with your Spirit”.  This more adequately reflects the Latin text of the Mass and the biblical language of St. Paul (Galatians 6:18; Philippians 4:23; 2 Timothy 4:22) it also more fully expresses an important theological point.  When we said “And also with you”, we implied that our response was an exchange of personal greetings with the priest.  But there is much more to the response.  By responding “And with your Spirit”, we acknowledge the Spirit’s activity through the priest during the sacred liturgy.  It is Jesus who is the head of the community gathered for Mass and it is His Spirit who is primary in the liturgy, no matter who the celebrant of the Mass may be.
Next week we will continue with the Introductory Rites and take a look at the Confiteor (I confess to almighty God…”).                                              Karen Flaherty
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Middle school and high school students are invited for an all day adventure to Fright Fest at Six Flags New England on Saturday, October 22nd.  Six Flags is converted into an entire “Haunted” theme park with spooky attractions.  We will meet at St. John’s parking lot at 11:30am and leave Six Flags at 8pm.  Please register with Erin Flaherty by bringing your permission slips and payment of $55. to the rectory by October 19th.  If you have any questions, please contact Erin at 616 605-7396 or eflaherty83@gmail.com   Space is limited so register today!
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MIDDLE SCHOOL DROP-IN

St. John the Evangelist School

Ocean View Street Entrance

October 21st – 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, October 15th/16th, has one intention, our regular Parish Support Collection.  Next weekend our 2nd collection will be for World Mission Sunday.  We thank you for your generosity.
Prior Week Offertory:  $5,328.00 – Budgeted Goal: $6,100.00
Weekly collection funds the day to day operations of the Parish.
FYTD Off.: $81,066.00 – Budgeted Offertory: $91,500.00
Our fiscal year to date totals began as of July 1st, 2011
Grand Annual:  $58,233.00 – Grand Annual Goal:  $90,000.00
CPL: Sept.: $5,677.00 – CPL to date: $24,905..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

Oct. 19thWed. Finance Council Mtg. – 6:30pm rectory
Oct. 21st  – Middle School Drop-In – 7:15 – gym
Oct. 22ndTrip to Six Flags
Nov. 17thWed. Communication & Tech. Mtg. – 7:30pm – rectory
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TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

First Reading:  Isaiah 45:1, 4-6
            When today’s passage from the book of Isaiah was written, the Jewish people had been held in exile by Babylon for more than 40 years.  Cyrus, the king of neighboring Persia, was preparing to invade Babylon.  The prophet sees Cyrus, a pagan king, as an instrument of God.  Through this military victory, God will free his people and allow them to return home.
Second Reading: l Thessalonians 1:1-5
            Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians is the earliest of all New Testament writings, coming only about 20 years after the Resurrection of Jesus.  Today’s reading gives us the letter’s opening words.  In just five verses, we hear reference to God the Father, the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and also to faith, hope and love.  It indicates how quickly these essentials of our faith became part of our Christian tradition.

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Question of the Week – Social responsibility

Adult:  How much responsibility do you feel the government should take for meeting the needs of the less fortunate in our society?  How willing are you to contribute?
Child:  Who needs help in your neighborhood or community?  What could you and your family do to help?
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Sister Jane is available to anyone who is interested in seeking spiritual direction.  For more information or for any question, please call her at 617 846-7400.
In your charity, please pray for the souls of Concetta P. Cravotta and John Frasso who were buried from St. John’s this past week.  May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
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This weekend, October 15th/16th, flowers have been placed on our altar in memory of Joseph Barry by his loving family.
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BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY

                For those who have experienced a recent death of a loved one, you are invited to participate in a six week bereavement group.  We will explore the grieving process, have an opportunity to share common feelings and pray together.  Meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings until November 15th from 7:00-8:30pm in the rectory.  For more information or to register, please call Sr. Jane at 618 846-7400.

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                Classes for Adult Confirmation begin this month.  Any adult who has not been confirmed and would like to be, please contact Sister Jane at the rectory at 617 846-7400 or j_iannaccone320@hotmail.com

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Sister Jane’s Faith Sharing Group will meet on Tuesday, October 18th at 11:00am in the rectory.  All are 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.

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            If you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic minister or lector, please contact Sister Jane at:  j_iannaccone320@hotmail.com  or at 617 846-7400.  Training classes will be beginning soon.

 

OCTOBER

RESPECT LIFE MONTH

            Mass. Citizens for Life is hosting a baby shower for the whole month of October.  A playpen has been placed in front of the Blessed Mother statue for all new baby items which will be donated to “A Woman’s Concern”.  Please do not wrap the items.  There is always a need for baby diapers.  Thank you for all you do.
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We are looking for additional children, grades 1-5, to join the Children’s Choir.  Please see Stephen Lee before or after Mass.
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MASS FOR DECEASED MEMBERS OF ST. JOHN’S

            On Sunday, November 13th, at the 12 Noon Mass, we will remember all those who have been buried from St. John’s Church during this past year.  Hopefully, families of the deceased have already received an invitation. If your mail has not reached you, we want you to know that your loved one will be remembered at this Mass.
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LIFT Worship Night

            LIFT is an exciting monthly worship event which includes vibrant praise and worship music, dynamic and challenging Catholic speakers and Eucharistic Adoration.  Events are free to attend and open to all ages.  Be there on Tuesday, October 18th and welcome Fr. Norm Fischer from the Diocese of Lexington, KY as guest speaker.  The evening runs from 7 to 9pm at Fontbonne Academy, 930 Brook Road, Milton, MA.  Directions and downloadable flyer, along with more information about LIFT, can be found on the website at www.liftedhigher.com.  Come join in worship with hundreds of Catholics from around the Boston area.
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St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, grades 6-12 will host an Open House for prospective students and their families on Sunday, October 30, 2011 from 12:00 – 2:00pm.  Registration for the High School Placement Test for students entering Grade 9 is ongoing.  Contact Carole Frederick at 781 586-2009 or for more information, email at

cfrederick@smhlynn.org. or www.smhlynn.org

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SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT dePAUL

            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 those of you who are not aware of the receptacles in the church to please remember us as a way to help those in need.  We will not be having a fall clothing collection this year.

 

“Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” Knowing their malice, Jesus said, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? … Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” – Mt 22:17b-18, 21c

 

Readings for the Week of October 16, 2011
Sunday: Is 45:1, 4-6/1 Thes 1:1-5b/Mt 22:15-21
Monday:               Rom 4:20-25/Lk 12:13-21
Tuesday:               2 Tm 4:10-17b/Lk 10:1-9
Wednesday:         Rom 6:12-18/Lk 12:39-48
Thursday:             Rom 6:19-23/Lk 12:49-53
Friday:   Rom 7:18-25a/Lk 12:54-59
Saturday:              Rom 8:1-11/Lk 13:1-9
Next Sunday:       Ex 22:20-26/1 Thes 1:5c-10/Mt 22:34-40

 

 

Week of Monday, October 17th – Sunday, October 23rd

Mon.      9:00        Arthur J. Greene – 52nd Anniversary
and Arthur J. Greene, Jr. – 10th Anniversary
Tues.      9:00        The Benefactors of the Parish
Wed.       9:00        Joseph Edwards
Thur.      9:00
Fri.          9:00        The People of the Parish
Sat          9:00        Kenneth John Kennedy
4:00        Estelle Copeman – 11th Anniversary
Sunday  8:00        Phyllis Powers – 1st Anniversary
10:00     Rita DiSilvio

  •         12:00     Louise Morana

Eugene Mahoney
Mary Finamore – 5th Anniversary
James & Jesse Plunkett
John Charles Soares
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Memorial Gift Donations have been received

in memory of:

                Richard D. Cox, Jr.      Albert J. Marley
Sebastiana Leo             Mary Rice
Giacomo Mannone      Aileen Robblee
Paul Robblee

 
 

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