"The Church’s first truth is the love of Christ. The Church makes herself a servant of this love and mediates it to all people: a love that forgives and expresses itself in the gift of one’s self. Consequently, wherever the Church is present, the mercy of the Father must be evident. In our parishes, communities, associations and movements, in a word, wherever there are Christians, everyone should find an oasis of mercy.
Pope Francis
Misericordiae Vultus, 12
WORSHIP: The Intimate Encounter with Christ

Liturgies

The Mass is the primary place of intimate encounter with the Risen Jesus here at St. John’s. Why does the Church ask those who make up the Body of Christ to gather at least once a week to receive his living Presence in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? Because “without me, you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5). This is the humble recognition of those who seek to love the Father by “keeping Holy the Sabbath” every Sunday.


Sunday Mass Times
8:00 AM, 10:15 AM, 12:00 PM (Main Church)

Saturday Evening Mass Time
5:30 PM (Historic Church) Fulfills Sunday Obligation

Weekday Services

7:00 & 9:30 A.M. Monday through Friday (Our Lady's Chapel)
7:00 & 9:30 A.M. 1st Friday Masses (Main Church)
9:00 A.M. Saturday (Main Church)
Our Lady of Fatima Devotions first Saturday of the month following the 9AM Mass (Main Church)
Miraculous Medal Novena 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Saturdays following 9:00AM Mass (Main Church)

Confessions
Saturday:  Main Church 9:30 - 10:15 A.M. |  Historic Church 4:30 - 5:15 P.M.
Important notice: Saturday evening Confessions are now in the Historic Church (as of January 24, 2015.) The time has changed from 4:00 to 4:30 P.M.- 5:15 P.M.

Directions to the Main Church
Directions to the Historic Church


Altar Servers - March Altar Server Schedule
You may volunteer to be an altar server if you are in fifth grade or above.  Training for altar servers is held on an as-needed basis, usually once a year, and consists of four sessions lasting 1.5 hours each. Once trained, servers commit to assisting at one mass per month, at a minimum.  

Reminders:

  • All servers are to be at Mass 15 minutes before the scheduled start. 

  • New servers are asked to introduce themselves to the priest and the other servers.

  • Please have servers dress appropriately (no flip flops)

  • If your child cannot serve as scheduled, it is your responsibility to find a replacement prior to Mass.  If you are replacing an experienced server, please find another experienced server so that the new servers can get "on the job" training and guidance from the older servers.


Ushers
The Ushers at St. John's welcome parishioners and visitors to Mass with  a warm smile and a greeting. Ushers are also responsible for collecting the  offering, distributing the parish bulletin, and ensuring that the pews are  tidied up after Masses.

We need help at all Masses, so if you would like to share your time and  talent by participating in this ministry at St. John's, please contact us at  sjeushers@gmail.com.


Lectors

Lectors at St. John's read at the Sunday Vigil and Sunday masses.  The schedule for lectors is developed twice a year.  Once the schedule is developed, if you cannot act as lector at your assigned mass, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.  If you wish to serve as a lector, please contact Peg Daly at pegdaly4@gmail.com

The current Lector schedule, in effect from March 2015 through August 2015 is available here.  Notes on lector procedures and other information for lectors is available here.

 

 

Children's Liturgy of the Word 2014 - 2015

We are excited to offer another year of Children's Liturgy of the Word at the 10:15 mass.  During the 10:15 mass, after the Gloria, the celebrant will say the Collect (a prayer), which finishes the Introductory Rites.  At this point, the celebrant will invite all children in preschool (ages 3 and 4) or in Kindergarten and First Grade (ages 5 and 6) to come towards the altar.  Preschoolers gather under the banner on the right side of the altar and the older children gather under the banner at the left side of the altar.  After the celebrant dismisses them, the groups proceed to either the main church sacristy (preschoolers) or the Kennedy Room (older children).  In their groups, children sing songs, say prayers, and hear the week's word of God at a level which they can understand.  An activity which reinforces the lesson is usually completed.  Finally, children pray for one another and their families by offering their own intentions and say the Children's Creed.  They return to the main church quietly and respectfully.


We have linked to a document outlining all the procedures for Children's Liturgy of the Word and a copy of the Children's Creed.  

We are always looking for new volunteer teachers and youth volunteers. If you would like to sign up to teach or volunteer please visit our Sign Up page:

If you have any questions, please contact us at sjechildrensliturgy@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for serving our youngest parishioners at St. John's.


Lesson Plans - Spring 2015

Children's Liturgy Class Outline

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time                       February 15, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)

1st Sunday of Lent                                      February 22, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources

2nd Sunday of Lent                                      March 1, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources

3rd Sunday of Lent                                      March 8, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources

4th Sunday of Lent                                      March 15, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources

5th Sunday of Lent                                     March 22, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources

Palm Sunday                                              March 29, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources

Easter Sunday - No Children's Liturgy         April 5, 2015

2nd Sunday of Easter                                  April 12, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources

3rd Sunday of Easter                                  April 19, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources

4th Sunday of Easter                                  April 26, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources

5th Sunday of Easter                                  May 3, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources


 

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Anima Christi

Soul of Christ sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me; Blood of Christ, inebriate me; Water from the side of Christ, wash me; Passion of Christ, strengthen me; O Good Jesus, hear me; Within your wounds, hide me; Never permit me to be separated from you; From the wicked enemy, defend me; In the hour of my death, call me; And bid me to come to your side, that with your saints I may praise you, for ever and ever. Amen

-Blessed Bernadine of Feltran


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