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By Deacon Keith A Fournier, 7/29/2014, Catholic Online
The theme of the visit was pardon and reconciliation. That was evident in the humility of Pope Francis when he apologized for the complicity of some Catholics in the persecution of protestant Pentecostals during the fascist regime in Italy. He told the pastor and the two hundred people in attendance:
"Among those who persecuted and denounced the Pentecostals, almost as if they were crazies who would ruin the race, there were some Catholics. As the pastor of the Catholics, I ask forgiveness for those Catholic brothers and sisters who did not understand and were tempted by the devil."
His friend, a protestant pentecostal pastor, demonstrated the same Christian virtue of humility when he thanked the Pope for this visit which was "unthinkable until recently." He assured Francis that "even among evangelicals there is great affection for you. Many of us pray for you, every day. Many of us, in fact, believe your election as bishop of Rome was the work of the Holy Spirit."
Pope Francis, in a bold, deliberate, prophetic and loving manner, is now showing us the way to walk the talk. Let us take our lead from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. These paragraphs are found in the section entitled "Wounds to Unity". I share them because I do not believe that many Catholics even know they are in the Catechism: "817 In fact, "in this one and only Church of God from its very beginnings there arose certain rifts, which the Apostle strongly censures as damnable. But in subsequent centuries much more serious dissensions appeared and large communities became separated from full communion with the Catholic Church - for which, often enough, men of both sides were to blame." The ruptures that wound the unity of Christ's Body - here we must distinguish heresy, apostasy, and schism - do not occur without human sin: Where there are sins, there are also divisions, schisms, heresies, and disputes. Where there is virtue, however, there also are harmony and unity, from which arise the one heart and one soul of all believers. 818 "However, one cannot charge with the sin of the separation those who at present are born into these communities [that resulted from such separation] and in them are brought up in the faith of Christ, and the Catholic Church accepts them with respect and affection as brothers . . . . All who have been justified by faith in Baptism are incorporated into Christ; they therefore have a right to be called Christians, and with good reason are accepted as brothers in the Lord by the children of the Catholic Church." 819 "Furthermore, many elements of sanctification and of truth" are found outside the visible confines of the Catholic Church: "the written Word of God; the life of grace; faith, hope, and charity, with the other interior gifts of the Holy Spirit, as well as visible elements." Christ's Spirit uses these Churches and ecclesial communities as means of salvation, whose power derives from the fullness of grace and truth that Christ has entrusted to the Catholic Church. All these blessings come from Christ and lead to him, and are in themselves calls to "Catholic unity."
The papal trip to Caserta was consistent with the mission of spiritual ecumenism in which Pope Francis is enthusiastically engaged. It challenges us to live our lives differently. The trip certainly had its detractors, both Protestant and Catholic. However, now that it has happened, the emphasis should be on the work which is to be done. This good Christian, Pope Francis, went to pray with another good Christian, Pastor Giovanni Traettino.
It is really not all that complicated.
This kind of brotherly affection in the Lord, and shared prayer between Christians, is what the Catechism refers to as spiritual ecumenism. In addressing the topic the Catechism commends "prayer in common, because "change of heart and holiness of life, along with public and private prayer for the unity of Christians, should be regarded as the soul of the whole ecumenical movement, and merits the name 'spiritual ecumenism (#861)
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Jesus tells the disciples to “give them food yourselves.” But the disciples cannot satisfy the crowds’ hunger until they give Jesus all they have—a meager five loaves and two fish. Jesus blesses these gifts and returns them to the disciples who then have enough to feed the crowds, even with “fragments left over.” It is not the meager resources we have which count, but what Jesus can do with these resources when we give all we have to him. With Jesus’ power and blessing, the disciples (and we) can do what they cannot do on their own.-Living Liturgy™, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2014
O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me! You are my rescuer, my help; O Lord, do not delay.
Draw near to your servants, O Lord, and answer their prayers with unceasing kindness, that for those who glory in you as their Creator and guide, you may restore what you have created and keep safe what you have restored. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.-Living Liturgy™, 2014
Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the
light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have
the light of life.”-John 8:12,usccb.org
We welcome Fr. Joseph Harrison to St. John’s for the summer months to assist Fr. Villa and Msgr. Valenzuela.
My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.-2 Corinthians 12:9-10,usccb.org
I looked again and heard the voices of many angels who surrounded the throne and the living creatures and the elders. They were countless in number, and they cried out in a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing.” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, everything in the universe, cry out: “To the one who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor, glory and might, forever and ever.” The four living creatures answered, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.-Revelation 5:11-14,usccb.org
FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTIONS AND EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT This coming Friday, Aug. 1st is First Friday. Confessions for First Friday will be on Thurs. July 31st from 4-4:30 pm. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin after the 6:30 am Mass and continue until Saturday morning at 8 am. There is a sign- up sheet where you can list the time you wish to spend with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Remember the exposed Blessed Sacrament should never be left unattended.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT EVERY NIGHT AFTER THE 5:15 PM MASS THERE IS ADORATION UNTIL 9 PM.
THERE WILL BE NO 5 PM MASS ON SUNDAYS
DURING JULY & AUGUST
STARTING JULY 6TH.
Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator.
It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the "King of Glory," respectful silence in the presence of the "ever greater" God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2628/usccb.org
The importance of Eucharistic Adoration is shown in the fact that the Church has a ritual that regulates it: the Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. This is an extension of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which occurs in every Mass: "Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb." Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church. The Rite concludes with the ordained minister blessing the faithful with the Blessed Sacrament.-usccb.org-Click Here for More Information on Adoration and Holy Hours
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NOVENA TO THE MOTHER OF GOD FOR THE NATION
This Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation will remind us of some of the central truths of the faith,
in particular, the Incarnation, passion, death, resurrection of the Lord and Mary’s unique role in our salvation. It will be, in a way, a catechism lesson that challenges us to a deeper conversion to Christ and a more generous life of charity.-ewtn/religiousliberties.org
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It’s easy! Pray that young men & woman in Our Archdiocese will hear and answer God’s call.
Prayer to Discern a Vocation
Lord, there are so many things in my life that I do not understand, so many questions about the future that I need to ask. What is Your plan for me? What is the work You want me to do?
All I really know is that You love me. Show me the road You want me to walk – to fulfillment, to happiness, to holiness.
And if You are calling me to priesthood or to the religious life, give me the strength to say “yes” and the grace to begin even now to prepare myself for the challenge of a life spent in Your service and in the care of Your people.
I ask You this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.-usccb.org
Act of Adoration
I adore Thee, O my God, present in the holy Eucharist, as my Creator, my Preserver, and my Redeemer. I offer Thee all that I have, all that I am, all that depends on me; I offer Thee my mind to think of Thee, my heart to love Thee; my will to serve Thee; my body to labor and suffer for Thy love. I am Thine, I give myself; I consecrate myself to Thee, I abandon myself to Thee, I wish to live and die for love of Thee.catholic.org
Monday through Friday: In the Chapel at 6:30 am and 5:15 pm
Saturday: 8 am
Saturday Vigil: 5 pm
Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am (Children's Mass), 10:30 am, 12:00 noon, 1:30 pm (Spanish Mass, multiple Mass intentions are taken for this Mass), 5:00 pm
Last Friday of Every Month: Spanish Language Healing Mass at 7:30 pm in the Church.
Once a month on a Sunday: 3 pm Tagalog Mass. Please call 845.294.5328 for a list of dates in which this Mass will be held.
Every family in the parish should be properly registered. If you move to another parish, or change your address, please notify the rectory and give the old as well as the new address. If you are not registered, we cannot serve you by issuing testimonial letters in connection with sponsorship for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Matrimony. We also cannot give recommendations for positions, schools, or character references if we do not know you.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Thursday before every First Friday 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. or anytime by appointment
Sacrament of Baptism
English - 4th Saturday of each month at 12 noon
Spanish - 3rd Saturday of each month at 12 noon
English - 1st & 2nd, Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Spanish - 4th Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Requirements for Baptisms at St. John's
Please visit the calendar page for a list of dates for classes and baptisms.
You must complete all the paperwork before registering for a date for an actual baptism.
**THE ABOVE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.
Sacrament of the Sick
Please call the rectory if you or your loved one is in Orange Regional Medical Center so a priest may come and visit.
Sacrament of Marriage
Couples intending to be married must come to the rectory to make arrangements at least SIX MONTHS before the date of the wedding. At that time, they should present recent copies of their Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation certificates. A Marriage Preparation Program is required. Please call Jody and Mary Kopec at 845.294.1375.
You can also register for classes in other places in the Archdiocese of New York online at http://flrl.org/Registration.asp
Every first Friday in the chapel from after the 6:30 am Mass until Saturday before the 8:00 am Mass. Also every Monday through Friday in the chapel from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.