Christmas is the most unlikely of events. That is probably why it has captured our hearts and imaginations for centuries – that God would break into our world not as a warrior king but as a small, vulnerable baby born into the poverty of a stable, laid in a feeding trough surrounded by straw. You and I would not have planned it this way. We would have found the Blessed Virgin a five-star hotel or a technologically sophisticated birthing unit. But God’s plans are not like ours
From everyone at St. John the Evangelist Parish, best wishes for a holy and joyful celebration of the Nativity of the Lord. Merry Christmas! A parte de la parroquia de S. Juan Evangelista, les esperamos santas y felices pascuas de la Natividad del Señor. ¡Feliz Navidad!
Something incredible is about to happen! On this fourth and final Sunday of Advent, this year just the day before Christmas Eve, we are filled with expectation and longing for the coming of the Messiah. We listen as the prophet Micah foretells that Bethlehem of Judea, the lowliest of towns, will be the place from which will come forth a Savior, and we are reminded of Mary and Joseph’s journey there, about to culminate tomorrow night. We hear of Mary going in haste to visit he
Come celebrate Christmas at St. John the Evangelist Parish! Our holiday Mass schedule is as follows: (All Masses for the 4th Sunday of Advent (Dec. 22/23) will be celebrated according to the regular schedule.) December 24: 4:00 p.m. Mass in English (Organ and Christmas carols) 6:00 p.m. Misa en Español 8:00 p.m. Misa en Español 10:00 p.m. Choral Prelude 10:30 p.m. Mass in the Night (Organ, Christmas carols, and choir) December 25: 9:30 a.m. Mass in English (Organ, Christmas c
“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” Vince Lombardi. Mrs. Willerton shows a great example of the hard work and effort it takes to be a principal and help others. She wanted to be a principal because her principal, Sr. Pat, talked to her about becoming a principal. Her principal gave her a brochure to go to the University of Notre Dame ACE Leadership Program to p
Last Sunday we began using a new Mass setting for the season of Advent. We will hear it again in Lent as well. The Second Vatican Council’s document on the liturgy asked that pastors of souls see that the faithful know the sacred chants that pertain to them (which would consist principally in the ordinary, the parts of the Mass that are the same each time – the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei). In the Church’s tradition, there are particular chant set aside for each sea
Congratulations, Miss Acosta! Miss Acosta was chosen as this year's Light of Learning recipient. Each year a teacher is chosen based on the following criteria: models of example of Christ, is knowledgeable in the subject area and best practices, motivates students to learn, participates in extracurricular activities, and relates well to students. Nominated by parents, Miss Acosta exemplifies the above criteria in many ways. Miss Acosta has been a teacher at St. John for fo
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.” Have you ever had the experience of being tired and not understanding why? I remember when I was in college I would come home for Christmas break and not do anything all day, and then practically be ready for bed once supper was over. I didn’t do anything all day, and yet I was tired! Maybe something like that happened