Pope Francis


 한국의 친구들이여, 고맙습니다. 하느님의 뜻에 따라 저는 곧 아시아에 다시 올 것입니다. #Philippines #SriLanka
Thank you, my friends in Korea. God willing, I will be back in Asia very soon. #Philippines #SriLanka
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Rev. Leonard Villa



 FROM THE CHURCH SUFFERING
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Note From Our Pastor

The Assumption or Dormition of the Mother of the Lord: What Does It Mean?

 By Deacon Keith A Fournier, 8/15/2014, Catholic Online  
This event is a part of the naturally supernatural  progression in the life of the Blessed Virgin of Nazareth. Her Yes, her Fiat of surrendered love, brought heaven to earth. This exercise of her human freedom, responding to the invitation of God, as sent through an angel, to be the Mother of the Lord, forever changed human history. It opened her up to the glory of heaven. That glory not only came to dwell within her, but later received her, body and soul, into heaven. Mary is thus the sign and promise of the Church\'s future. She also provides the pattern of the Christian life and vocation. All who say Yes to her beloved Son - and live their lives in that kind of surrendered love - can bear Jesus Christ for the world. They are joined with Mary now and will join with her in the fullness of that communion of love which she now enjoys in eternity.
Mary is thus the sign and promise of the Church's future. She also provides the pattern of the Christian life and vocation. All who say Yes to her beloved Son - and live their lives in that kind of surrendered love - can bear Jesus Christ for the world. They are joined with Mary now and will join with her in the fullness of that communion of love which she now enjoys in eternity.
"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." In those few words, all of human history was changed. As we make those words our own, our own histories begin to change as well. The Angel proclaimed that Mary was full of grace, filled with the very life and presence of God. She walked in a deep, abiding and intimate relationship with God. He was with her before she even responded to His invitation. God chose Mary, even before Mary chose God. This order is vitally important.
Mary's Prayer, her Fiat (Latin, let it be done) was a response to the visitation from the messenger of heaven, the angel. It also provides a pattern of prayer for every Christian. It unfolds into a life of praise, her 'Magnificat.' This canticle begins with the words in Latin 'Magnificat anima mea Dominum' ('My soul magnifies the Lord') and is the Gospel text for the Liturgy during the day on this Feast. (Luke 1:46-55).
The Fiat is more than a prayer and the Magnificat more than a hymn of praise. Together they constitute a lesson book, a guide, for our own lives. This lesson book is desperately needed by contemporary Christians, indeed all people of faith and good will, in an age characterized by pride and arrogance, deluded by self worship and imprisoned by the idolatry it produces.


That same Redeemer, Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word, now resides within - and lives His Risen Life through - all those who respond to the invitation of Love, as Mary did. Mary's choice, her response to the invitation of a God who always respects human freedom, is a singularly extraordinary event in all of human history because it changed history forever. However, it is more.
It is an invitation to each one of us to explore our own personal histories and to write them anew in Jesus Christ. Mary is a mirror, a reflection, of Some-One, Jesus Christ, her Beloved Son,the Eternal Word from the Father who became the Incarnate Word within her. The Savior whom she was privileged to bear for the sake of the world filled her with His grace.
Each one of us, now baptized into Him, is also called to become full of grace. We are invited to empty ourselves and be filled with the very life of God. The Lord desires to come and take up residence within us and be borne into a world that hungers for His love. Mary shows us the way. She heard the promise, believed, was filled with grace, and conceived the Lord who is Love incarnate.
We can do likewise if we learn to pray, to listen, to hear, and to respond with our own Yes, living our lives in surrendered love. I wrote a small book of reflections to help other Christians, not in full communion with the Catholic Church, to discover this  meaning and gift of Mary for us all.  It is entitled The Prayer of Mary, Living the Surrendered Life.
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RCIA If you know someone who has to make one of their sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Communion, Confirmation) or someone who is not Catholic that wishes to become Catholic please have them call the office so that they can enroll. The number is 845.294.5328 God Bless You

Personal Encounter

 Jesus is not simply initiating an open discussion about his identity; he is leading the disciples to personal understanding and profession of who he is.  Peter arrives there when he acclaims, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  Each of us must come to this same personal profession about who Jesus is.  The church is that community of individuals who have come personally to know who Jesus is and have chosen personally to make Jesus known to the world.  Jesus himself will lead us there through our personal encounters with him.-Living Liturgy™, Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time 2014

Twenty-Frist Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 24, 2014

Turn your ear, O Lord, and answer me; save the servant who trusts in you, my God. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long.

O God, who cause the minds of the faithful to unite in a single purpose, grant your people to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, amid the uncertainties of this world, our hearts may be fixed on that place where true gladness is found. 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     

Scripture of the Day

    Indeed, the word of God is living and effective,
sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit,
joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.-Hebrews 4:12
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This is my desire

 “Worthy
are you, Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created
all things; because of your will they came to be and were created.”-Revelation 4:11, usccb.org

 Hallelujah!
Praise God in his holy sanctuary; give praise in the mighty dome of
heaven.  Give praise for his mighty
deeds, praise him for his great majesty. 
Give praise with blasts upon the horn, praise him with harp and lyre. Give
praise with tambourines and dance, praise him with strings and pipes. Give
praise with crashing cymbals, praise him with sounding cymbals.  Let everything that has breath give praise to the LORD! Hallelujah!-Psalms 150:1-6,usccb.org

Save The Date

  September 1, 2014



SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR ANNUAL PICNIC ST. JOHN’S ANNUAL
PICNIC WILL TAKE PLACE ON SEPT. 1ST FROM 11AM TO 4 PM
AT CRAIGVILLE PARK. JOIN THE FUN & GOOD FOOD;
TICKETS ARE $5.00 PER PERSON.

Prayer to God the Father

 Bishop Pates Asks Bishops, Parishes to Offer Special Prayer
  for Peace in Iraq:
Lord,
The plight of our country
is deep and the suffering of Christians
is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord
to spare our lives, and to grant us patience,
and courage to continue our witness of Christian values
with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us
to live with each other without fear and anxiety,
and with dignity and joy.
 Glory be to you forever.
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2014 Labor Day Statement Focuses on Unemployment Among Young People

“At the dawn of creation, God made man the steward of his handiwork and charged him to cultivate and protect it. Human labor is part of that creation and continues God’s creative work. This truth leads us to consider work as both a gift and a duty. Indeed, labor is not a mere commodity but has its own inherent dignity and worth.” (5/28/14)-Pope Frances
“Our challenge this Labor Day is to rise to the challenge of solidarity posed by Jesus when he commanded, "[L]ove one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another" (Jn 13:34). The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, "Socio-economic problems can be resolved only with the help of all the forms of solidarity: solidarity of the poor among themselves, between rich and poor, of workers among themselves, between employers and employees in a business, solidarity among nations and peoples" (No. 1941). Since each of us is made in the image of God and bound by His love, possessing a profound human dignity, we have an obligation to love and honor that dignity in one another, and especially in our work.”-usccb.org
“What would our communities, parishes, and country look like if we all recommitted to each other and the common good? If, instead of lamenting the dwindling hopes of our young people, we create institutions, relationships, and an economy that nurture human flourishing? If, instead of bickering about ideologies, people acknowledged the human dignity of others and worked together?”-usccb.org
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EVANGELII GAUDIUM

 The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.”
“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”’.-Pope Francis/APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION/The joy of the gospel/w2vatican.va
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APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
EVANGELII GAUDIUM
OF THE HOLY FATHER
FRANCIS
TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY,
CONSECRATED PERSONS
AND THE LAY FAITHFUL
ON THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL
IN TODAY’S WORLD
Mother Of God Novena now can be viewed on Our Daily Bread Page

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God’s Call

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 

THERE WILL BE NO 5 PM MASS ON SUNDAYS
DURING JULY & AUGUST
STARTING
JULY 6TH.

Mass Schedule

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.

Parish Membership
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
Saturday Baptisms:

English - 4th Saturday of each month at 12 noon
Spanish - 3rd Saturday of each month at 12 noon
 Sunday Baptisms:
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. 

Eucharistic Adoration
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.

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