Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We are excited for our First Holy Communions for the students of our Spanish religious education program this Saturday! It is especially great that more people will be able to come this year. We will still have livestreams available for those who aren’t able to make it in person. Please pray for these beloved children of God today, that the grace of Holy Communion will help them to grow in love for God each day, and that each Communion wil
“Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.” Hands and feet are not normally how we would identify an unknown person. But Christ is not just talking about His fingerprints. His hands and feet bear the unmistakable marks of the Crucifixion, the living proof that He is the One who has risen from the dead. We saw last week too how Christ showed the Apostles the scars left by His Passion, and how Thomas demanded to see them as a sign of proof. We are probably used to seei
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we announced last Sunday, today you will notice some changes in our social distancing procedures. Just to remind you: · Entrance is still through the north doors only for the next few weeks so that the ushers can help everyone get used to the new arrangement. · You will now choose your own seats. · The pews at the front of the church are designated as six-foot distance zones. If social distancing is not as important to you, please allow
Dear Parishioner, This weekend, at Masses you will notice: •Entrance is still through the north doors only for the next few weeks so that the ushers can help everyone get used to the new arrangement.
•You will now choose your own seats.
•The pews at the front of the church are designated as six-foot distance zones. If social distancing is not as important to you, please allow those who want to be distanced to have the first pick of these pews.
•When seated in the three-foot z
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Our celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection continues as we celebrate the Octave Day of Easter. This is the Sunday of many names. Probably the most ancient name associated with this day is Dominica in Albis Deponendis – the Sunday of putting aside the white garments, which refers to how the neophytes baptized at the Easter Vigil would wear their white baptismal garments to Mass every day through the Octave until this Sunday. Each day the Po
“Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous: The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.” With these words, the beautiful sequence of Easter Sunday announces the greatness of Christ’s Resurrection. For three days since His agony and death on the Cross, Christ has not merely been at rest. He has gone down to the underworld to vanquish the ancient foe of mankind. A literal translation of these ancient lines would read: “The leader of life, dead, reigns alive.” E
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Whether you are visiting St. John’s for the first time or are a life-long parishioner, we are glad to have you celebrating Easter with us today! On this great feast, we rejoice in the glory of Christ’s Resurrection, an event that not only changed human history but transformed the very nature of our universe. Death is no longer in oppression over us, but life has won the victory. The crucifixion of Christ was not the end of the story, which