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November 22, 2020 – Solemnity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Gospel of Matthew 25: 31-46
During this period of a resurgence in the spread of COVID-19, our parish continues to follow the directives from the CDC and our Diocese. We all need to comply with the three recommendations of Sanitation (frequent washing of hands), Distance (social Distance is6 ft.), Occupancy (we must keep to the recommended capacity for number of people indoors at one time).
The adjustments made to our celebration of the Liturgy are to remain in place for now. They are: Holy water fonts remain dry; No Offertory procession; suspension of the distribution of the Precious Blood; a mask or face covering is required; Missals & Hymnals have been removed from our pews. You may bring your own, take a copy of The Word Among Us from the tables in the Narthex, or take the weekly Sunday Readings sheet and Order of the Mass prayer sheet available to you as you enter the church. The safest way to avoid transmission of germs is through reception of Communion in the hand. For those who choose to receive communion on the tongue, please visit the priest in the rear of the church. Continue to social distance when in the communion line, remove your mask to receive, then place it back on your face before you return to your pew. No gathering inside the Narthex is still being asked of us. Your cooperation is helping to keep one another safe.
For those who are still unable to attend Mass in person, click the link below to read this week’s homily from Fr. Lucas and Fr. Tony:
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Daily Mass: Monday – Friday, 9AM Thursday Mass, 9am at Old St. John’s Church
Monthly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – 1st Friday 10am – 7pm.
WEEKLY PRAYER DEVOTIONS
Wednesday: 8am -Flame of Love Rosary
Following our 9am Mass on Fridays the following devotions are prayed before the Blessed Sacrament:
1st Friday: Sacred Heart of Jesus 2nd Friday: St. Peregrine 3rd Friday: St. Nicholas 4th Friday: St. John the Baptist (when applicable) 5th Friday: St. Joseph
* To View a Televised Mass, click on any of the links below:
We are grateful, and we Thank you!
Your weekly Sunday contribution is our only source of income. It is your contributions that sustained us during these difficult times and continues to do so throughout the year….
Our PARISH GIVING online weekly contribution program is simple and secure!
To sign up today, click the “Parish Giving” tab at the bottom of this page and follow the online screen prompts. If you need assistance with your sign-up, our parish office is here to help. Call 610-847-5521
The Lord’s Pantry is operating under normal business hours. Pre-packaged bags of food will be distributed AT THE TABLE OUTSIDE THE ENTRY DOOR only. No in-pantry shopping is permitted. NO CLOTHING DONATIONS ACCEPTED during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet (recorded at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy) https://youtu.be/p5TGfisOKM
From the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
October 6: There are no changes to Archdiocesan Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments and Non-Liturgical Parish Ministries; Both sets of guidelines remain fully in effect.
July 29, 2020: Diocese Webinar View Clarifications to Parish Life in the Green Phase
July 29: New document: Recommendations for Non-Liturgical Parish Ministries
- February 4-7, 2021 – FOCUS Seek Conference (Virtual)
- Feb 20-21, 2021 – Rite of Election
- March 6, 2021 – Man-Up Philly Men’s Spirituality Conference
- April 9, 2021 – Making Missionary Disciples Workshop with Dr. Ted Sri, Wynnewood, PA (re-scheduled from April 2020)
- June 9-13th, 2021- 2021 GIVEN Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum, Washington D.C.
- October 23, 2021 – Catholic Women’s Conference, Doylestown
Diocesan Upcoming Events
September 2020-May 2021 – First and Third Sundays of Each Month ~ Bible Novena
The Word of God is living and speaks to each of us daily. Each day, we turn to God and ask for His guidance and strength. This is accomplished no better than by turning to the Bible – the inspired word of God. Between September 2020 and May 2021, the Vocation Office will be praying an extended Novena, reading the entire Bible over the course of these 9 months, and we invite you to join us as we proclaim and hear the word of God and listen for His voice in our lives. Video reflections from local presenters will be made available to accompany your reflection. Sponsored by: The Vocations Office for the Diocesan Priesthood More info: https://heedthecall.org/BibleNovena/
For Your Marriage
For Your Marriage helps families become places of prayer and faith and navigate the challenges that come with marriage, parenting, extended family relationships, caregiving, and more. It also provides resources for engaged and newly married couples.
The Faithful Traveler (an EWTN series) created videos for the World Meeting of Families on Phila. Shrines and Holy places.You can access on Youtube the following:
- Miraculous Medal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZDUPASXs3E
- St. John Neumann Shrine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u65s4zOW08
- St. Rita https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guY6D6fBqYs
- Old St. Augustine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1t3fwKOYV4
- Pink Sisters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yggnCG1oqE
- East Coast Shrine https://watch.formed.org/the-faithful-traveler-in-the-united-states-east-coast-shrine
We the faithful of St. John the Baptist Parish, in communion with our Pope, Archbishop and Pastor, proclaim that Jesus Christ is the Light of the world. We desire to share His love with everyone in our community through our words and actions.
Through the many gifts we have received from the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, we strive to live Gospel values every day of this life in anticipation of the life to come. Our guides for this journey are:
- Spirituality: We pledge to honor, obey and worship God in reverent celebration of liturgy, sacrament and prayer.
- Personal Development: We proclaim the Good News so that all lives may grow in faith, from the elderly who are our foundation, to the young who are our future.
- Community Service: We take up Jesus’ call to reach out to each other through the many talents we are given.
- Stewardship: Our response to God’s love requires self denial and tithing to enrich the spiritual and physical life of our community.
We pray to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, through the intercession of our patron, St. John the Baptist, that the Word of God continues to be spoken and believed in our countryside, just as it was by the small and courageous community that preceded us more than two centuries ago.
Administered by the MISSIONARIES OF THE SACRED HEART – USA visit us at: misacor-usa.org
INCLEMENT WEATHER ADVISORY
The Parish Office, The Lord’s Pantry, and PREP follow the Palisades School District guidelines for inclement weather “Closures and Delayed Opening.”
Before heading out in bad weather, call the parish office at 610-847-5521 to verify if we are open.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
WILL YOU KEEP WATCH FOR ONE HOUR WITH ME?
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament has been moved back to the First Friday of each month, 10am – 7pm.
Face covering and social distancing required.
Email Anita Colahan at email@example.com if you are available to dedicate one hour a month. Thank you.
View the video Midnight Watch