Pastor's Message: Mental Health and the Pandemic

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Instead of my usual news and updates, I would like to use my message this week to share with you some information from a report by the Centers for Disease Control on the state of some critical aspects of mental health in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic. This report was released on August 14th and covers data collected June 24-30. The results are shocking: Increasing prevalence of adverse mental or behavioral health conditions 40.9% of the general population reported at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition. Prevalence of depression and anxiety 30.9% of the general population reported symptoms of anxiety disorder or depressive disorde

Pastor's Message: August 23, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today we welcome Fr. Tony Pizzo, O.S.A. and Fr. Jim Halstead, O.S.A. from the Midwest Augustinians. Fr. Tony and Fr. Jim will share with us about the Augustinians’ missions in Peru. I hope that everyone will respond generously to their mission appeal. This is a great opportunity to assist those in need and support the work of the universal Church. I am away this weekend celebrating my mother’s, sister’s, and sister-in-law’s birthdays. Mom has a big birthday this year, but I think she would prefer I not say which. Last Sunday we added an additional 3 p.m. Mass in Spanish. We will continue evaluating Mass attendance and adjust accordingly. Some people have

Pastor's Message: August 16, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today we welcome back our children for religious education. We have been working hard to prepare and I am so grateful to our religious education coordinators, catechists, and parents for their dedication and flexibility. Formation for the sacraments continues to be our first priority following the celebration of the sacraments themselves as we safely and carefully adapt parish life to the new circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a great joy to have our St. John’s School children back this past week! I am also grateful to our school administration, faculty, and staff for their dedication and perseverance, especially amidst a lot of confusion

Pastor's Column: August 9, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, You may recall that Bishop Rhoades’s general dispensation of all the faithful from the obligation to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation originally extended until August 15th. Bishop Rhoades has announced that this dispensation will now be extended until November 1st – unless further developments determine otherwise. It is good for us to consider why the Bishop has extended this dispensation even though we are able to celebrate Mass with social distancing and other precautions in place. First, we know that many churches – including at times here at St. John’s – we cannot accommodate all of the people we are used to expecting at Holy Ma

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