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Lenten Journey

St. John Lenten Journey

What Are You Looking For?
-John 1:38

Forgiveness? Healing? Transformation?

Join us at St. John the Evangelist Church for our Lenten Spiritual Journey – What Are You Looking For? – Saturday March 14 – Tuesday, March 17. Father Tom Hartle, OFM, will be leading our Lenten journey each day with a reflection on topics such as:

~ How the Lord uses questions to guide us

~ Transformation that can happen when we take these questions seriously

~ A new look at Confession

~ The role Penance plays in our lives

 

What Are You Looking For? Schedule

Saturday, March 14

5:00 PM – Fr. Tom delivers the Homily at Mass

Sunday March 15

7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 12:00 PM – Fr. Tom delivers the Homily at Mass

6:00 PM – Prayers & Psalms set to Music (Vespers), Reflections by Fr. Tom followed by Reception in Parish Center

Monday, March 16

12:10 PM – Mass and Healing Service

6:30 PM -  Penance Service and Reflections led by Fr. Tom

Tuesday, March 17

8:10 AM – Mass

6:30 PM – Mass and Reflections by Fr. Tom

For more information please visit our website (www.StJohnEvang.org) or follow us on Social Media   using #StJohnLentJourney.

 

About Father Tom Hartle, OFM:

Tom Hartle, OFM, is a friar of Holy Name Province, the largest community of Franciscan friars in the United States. He is currently the Religious Assistant for the Poor Clare Nuns of Holy Name Federation. In addition to his ministry, he conducts pilgrimages to Assisi, Italy as well as retreat ministries. He resides in Butler, New Jersey.

 

Yard Sale

BIG FAT YARD SALE

On March 14, 2015, St. John School is hosting the Big Fat Yard Sale.   You may rent a lot for $25 and sell your goodies yourself OR you may donate your treasures to the school’s portion of the sale.  For additional information, to donate or to arrange pick up of your items, please contact the school office or Laura Wood at laura6401@yahoo.com.

As an extra added treat, the Youth Choir will be selling breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m.  The menu will include Chicken Biscuit (Chick-fil-A), Cheese/Egg Burrito(Empanadas) and Daylight Donuts, coffee & juice.  All proceeds will go toward the trip to Rome.

Thank you for supporting the School Yard Sale and our Youth Choir!

 

 

Thank you for your support of our school!

Celebration of Marriage

Married couples of the parish are invited to the Celebration of Marriage dinner on Saturday, February 28th following the 5:00 p.m. Mass.  During the 5:00 Mass couples will have the opportunity to renew their marriage vows and commitment to each other.

The Parish Life Committee will present a festive seated dinner in the Parish Center.  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine starting at 6:15 p.m., followed by the seated dinner at 6:45 p.m.  The menu features mixed greens salad, “Surf & Turf”( roast beef and shrimp), oven roasted potatoes, steamed vegetables, assorted rolls and dessert.  Guitar virtuoso, Nephtali Santiago, will provide the music.  The cost per couple is $25.  Make your paid reservations at the Parish Life Table on February 21/22.

Lent Begins

Wednesday, February 18 is Ash Wednesday.  Masses will be celebrated at 8:10 a.m., 12:10 and 7:00 p.m. in the Church.  Ashes will be distributed during the Masses.  Begin your Lenten journey with Mass.

We will again observe the Stations of the Cross on Friday nights of Lent in the Church at 7:30 p.m.   This Lenten observance provides a good way to deepen your prayer life.  It is also a good opportunity for a family to share this traditional Catholic practice.

Please use the Little Black Books for Lent to help enhance your Lenten journey.  You can also support Birthright by placing your loose change in the Birthright “Baby Banks”.  Both are available in the vestibule of the Church.

Lenten Penance Requirements

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

Lenten Penance Requirements – (Canons 1251 – 1252)

To sum up those requirements, Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. In addition, all Catholics 14 years old and older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent.

Fasting  means partaking of only one full meal.  Some food (not equaling another full meal) is permitted at breakfast and around midday or in the evening—depending on when a person chooses to eat the main or full meal.

Abstinence forbids the eating of meat, but not of eggs, milk  products or condiments made of animal fat.

Abstinence  does not include meat juices and liquid foods made from meat.  Thus, such foods as chicken broth, consommé, soups cooked or flavored with meat, meat gravies or sauces, as well as  seasonings or condiments made from animal fat are not forbidden.  So it is permissible to use margarine and lard.  Even bacon drippings which contain little bits of meat may be poured over lettuce as seasoning.

 

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