Pastor’s Corner – 2017

From the desk of Fr. Joe Zingaro


Fr. Joe’s weekly message to his Parishioners is published in St. John’s Sunday bulletin in English and Polish.
 
Father’s most recent messages are posted below. These messages can also be found in the online weekly bulletins and on our webpage – Pastor’s Corner – All Messages.
 
Fr. Joe’s Posts for November 2017
Fr. Joe’s Posts for October 2017
Fr. Joe’s Posts for September 2017
Fr. Joe’s Posts for August 2017
Fr. Joe’s Posts for July 2017
Fr. Joe’s Posts before July 2017
 


Fr. Joe’s Posts for November 2017

 
November 12, 2017 – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
We thank everyone who supported the Christmas Bazaar this year. Your donations were phenomenal! You once again prove to me what generous parishioners you are.
 
This Wednesday, November 15th, at 7:00 P.M., we will have a special Memorial Mass for all those who have died in our parish during this past year from November 3, 2016 to the present. Invitations were mailed last week to a family member of the deceased. We invite everyone to come and remember those whom God has called to Himself. In the book of Maccabees we read that “it is good and holy to think of the dead…” Those who have played a big part in our lives – and in the life of our parish – should be remembered and prayed for during the month of November.
 
This weekend, Mr. Anthony Olenski, a seminarian from St. Charles Seminary, will speak after communion on behalf of the Seminary Appeal. Anthony has been here for the past few years. You may place your Seminary offering in the Collection Basket next Sunday or mail it directly to the Seminary in the envelope that was provided in the mailing that you received. We ask you to be generous as we support the men who have answered God’s call to serve the Church and you.
 
We have Oplatek (Polish Christmas Wafers) available in the Rectory. Though traditionally we break and share the Oplatek wafer at our Christmas meal (Wigilia), many families are doing this beautiful custom at their Thanksgiving dinners, when the whole family is present.
 
Have a good week!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “You will learn more from your friends than you ever will from books. Choose your friends wisely, and make Jesus the first.”
 
A SECOND THOUGHT FOR THIS WEEK: “Life is rough, but to make this journey and to have not loved deeply is to have missed something of life, is to have caused yourself an injustice which is incalculable.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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November 5, 2017 – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
We will be decorating the auditorium for the Christmas Bazaar on Monday through Thursday this week, beginning at 6:30 P.M. We really could use your help to hang decorations, decorate the various booths and help arrange the prizes. The Bazaar is the “BIG” Social Event of the year. Don’t forget about your Raffle Tickets. You may drop them off in the Collection Basket on Sunday or place them in the Rectory mail slot. Please do not ring the rectory doorbell when you place envelopes in the mail slot. The winner of our “Early Bird Drawing” last week was Mary Ann Smialkowski. She won $50.00.
 
Our annual Christmas Bazaar begins this Friday (November 10th). It is one of the great – and most favorite – events of the year in our parish. There will be delicious food, games, Santa, entertainment – and an opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping. The bazaar hours are: Friday, 6:00 to 9:00 P.M., Saturday, 4:00 to 9:00 P.M. with the chances being drawn beginning at 9:00. You will also have an opportunity to have a picture taken of your child with Santa Claus each evening.
 
On November 15th, at 7:00 P.M., we will have a special Memorial Mass for all those who have died in our parish during this past year from November 3, 2016 to the present. Invitations were mailed last week to a family member of the deceased. We invite everyone to come and remember those whom God has called to Himself. In the book of Maccabees we read that “it is good and holy to think of the dead…” Those who have played a big part in our lives – and in the life of our parish – should be remembered and prayed for during the month of November.
 
I hope you like the beauty that the banners hanging in the sanctuary add to the Church. If you would like to purchase a banner in memory of a loved one, you may do so by calling the Rectory and speaking to Terry. The cost of a banner is $200.00. Terry will let you know what seasonal banner is available.
 
The last Baptismal Class for the 2017 year will be held on Tuesday, December 5th in the Chapel, at 7:00 PM. Parents and Godparents who wish to have their children baptized must attend this class to prepare them for the reception of this sacrament. Expectant parents may also attend this class. Please call the Rectory tomorrow to enroll so we can make adequate arrangements.
 
Have a beautiful week!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “We are called to a powerful and personal relationship with God, but we are also called to forge powerful and personal relationships with each other.”
 
A SECOND THOUGHT FOR THIS WEEK: “When we are too busy to reflect on how we are living our lives, it is almost certain that we are not busy doing the right things.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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Fr. Joe’s Posts for October 2017

 
October 29, 2017 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
This Wednesday, we celebrate All Saints Day. It is a Holy Day of Obligation as we honor the Saints who, like us, lived on earth and gave us an example of how to love and serve God. Masses will be offered on Monday at 7:00 P.M. (Vigil in English) and at 9:00 (English), and 7:00 P.M. (Polish) on Tuesday.
 
The Rectory Office will be closed on Wednesday, November 1st.
 
On Thursday, November 2nd, All Souls Day, we pray for all our deceased. We remember all those who loved and cared for us. There is a special envelope in your mailing for you to write the names of your loved ones to be remembered throughout the month of November. These envelopes will remain on the altar for the entire month of November.
 
On November 15th, at 7:00 P.M., we will have a special Memorial Mass for all those who have died in our parish during this past year from November 3, 2016 to the present. Invitations were mailed last week to a family member of the deceased. We invite everyone to come and remember those whom God has called to Himself. In the book of Maccabees we read that “it is good and holy to think of the dead…” Those who have played a big part in our lives – and in the life of our parish – should be remembered and prayed for during the month of November.
 
We will begin decorating the auditorium for the Christmas Bazaar on Friday evening, November 3rd, at 6:00 and on Saturday, November 4th, beginning at 9:00 A.M. All are invited, young and old, men and women, to come and help. The Bazaar is the “BIG” Social Event of the year. Don’t forget about your Raffle Tickets. We really need you to return them to help increase our profit. You may drop them off in the Collection Basket on Sunday or place them in the Rectory mail slot. Please do not ring the rectory doorbell when you place envelopes in the mail slot. Our Bazaar will be held on Friday, November 10th and 11th. Plan to come and spend the evenings with us.
 
Have and wonderful week and thank you again for all you do for our parish.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “The Rosary teaches us how to just be, and that is not a small or insignificant lesson.”
 
A SECOND THOUGHT FOR THIS WEEK: “Someone can look perfectly fine, but you never know what is going on inside — and everyone has something going on inside.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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October 22, 2017 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
We thank everyone who participated in the Forty Hours Devotion this past week. I especially thank those who came and “kept watch” with Jesus. Your time was well-spent as you prayed and allowed Jesus to talk to you in the silence of your heart.
 
This Tuesday, October 24th, at 7:00 P.M., we will once again have the Living Rosary recited in our Church. You still have time to volunteer to be a “bead” as you hold a candle and form a “living rosary” around our Church. Call the Rectory tomorrow or Tuesday. Even if you make up your mind to come at the last minute, please join us for this very inspiring evening of prayer. We invite families to come and hold a candle together.
 
The Christmas Bazaar Raffle Tickets and Volunteer sheets were mailed or dropped off in your mail box this past week. If you did not receive your mailing, please call the rectory. There was an error by the printer of the chance books regarding the prizes. The prizes are correctly printed in the letter that you received. The first prize is $500.00.
 
We ask that you sell or purchase your books and drop them off in the enclosed envelope that you received. Early birds have a chance to win an extra prize. We are asking for donations of new toys for our Toy Booth for the Christmas Bazaar. There are large boxes placed at all the door entrances of the Church where you may place your donated toy. We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
As a reminder again to our expecting couples, our next Baptismal Class will be held on Tuesday, December 5th in the Chapel, at 7:00 PM. Parents and Godparents who wish to have their children baptized must attend this class to prepare them for the reception of this sacrament. Expectant parents may also attend this class. Please call the Rectory tomorrow to enroll so we can make adequate arrangements.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Love. It’s the purpose of life, and there should always be room for love wherever you are, including at work.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “We are all called to be instruments of God so that our planet might correspond with his plan for peace, beauty, and fullness.” (Pope Francis)
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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October 15, 2017 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
This weekend, we began our beautiful Forty Hours Devotion. Every year at this time, Our Lord is exposed on our altar in the Blessed Sacrament for three day, giving us the opportunity to visit Him and ask His blessing upon our parish family. We hope everyone takes the time to come and spend some time with Him – even for only 15 minutes. Come as a family. I remember as a child my parents taking us to Church during the Forty Hours. We spent a short time saying our prayers and then went home feeling good and refreshed knowing that we did something for Jesus. He blessed us and enabled us to be a good family. I hope you too take some time out of your busy day to visit our Lord.
 
The schedule of the Forty Hours Devotions is as follows:
Sunday, 7:00 P.M. –Evening Prayer, Homily, Benediction (Polish in
Chapel; English in Church)
Monday, 7:00 P.M. – Mass and homily (Polish in Chapel; English in Church)
Tuesday, 7:00 P.M. – Mass and homily Polish and English in Church) followed by Procession
 
Catherine Joanne will give the reflection in English on Sunday, and my classmate, Fr. Joseph Dragon will give the homily at Mass on Monday and Tuesday evenings in Church. Fr. Joseph Krajewski will give the homilies in Polish on Sunday and Monday in Chapel and Tuesday in Church.
 
It is so very important that we have someone “keeping watch” during the day throughout the 3 days of Forty Hours. We have placed time sheets in the back of the Church. Could you or your family take 15 minutes or a half an hour on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament? There is so much to pray for in these days: for peace in the world, in our nation and in our family; for our parish – especially our families; for our children; for ourselves. Please sign your name on the list.
 
On Tuesday, October 24th, at 7:00 P.M., we will once again have the Living Rosary recited in our Church. We ask all who would like to be a “bead” as you hold a candle and form a “living rosary” around our Church to call the Rectory this week. Even if you make up your mind to come at the last minute, please join us for this very inspiring evening of prayer. We invite families to come and hold a candle together.
 
Our next Baptismal Class will be held on Tuesday, December 5th in the Chapel, at 7:00 PM. Parents and Godparents who wish to have their children baptized must attend this class to prepare them for the reception of this sacrament. Expectant parents may also attend this class. Please call the Rectory tomorrow to enroll so we can make adequate arrangements.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “If you don’t have time to pray and read the scriptures, you are busier than God ever intended you to be.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “God gives us relationships to help us become the-best-version-of-ourselves. He gives us relationships so that we can help each other get to heaven.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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October 8, 2017 – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
I am most happy to report that the parish realized a profit of $15,605.91 from our Carnival. This money will help us continue to improve our parish property which in many areas is badly needed. Again we thank everyone who came and supported the Carnival, especially our wonderful volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without you.
 
Catherine Joanne will return this Tuesday for our Spiritual Enrichment Week. On Tuesday evening at 6:30, we will have our Covered Dish Dinner and Evening Retreat in the Cafeteria. Catherine will offer Spiritual Direction on Wednesday. Call the Rectory for an appointment. Penance Service on Thursday at 6:00 PM in the Chapel. There will be music practice and a pizza dinner on Friday evening at 7:00 in the Chapel for our young people. Bible Study will take place in the Convent on Saturday morning at 10:00. Make some time to be with us.
 
Our Forty Hours Devotion begins next Sunday after the 11:30 Mass. It is a very special time in our parish when Our Lord will be on our altar for three days in the Blessed Sacrament.
 
The schedule of the Forty Hours Devotions is as follows:
Sunday, 7:00 P.M. Evening Prayer, Homily, Benediction (Polish in Chapel; English in Church)
Monday, 7:00 P.M. Mass and homily (Polish in Chapel; English in Church)
Tuesday, 7:00 P.M. Mass and homily (Polish and English in Church) followed by Procession.
 
It is so very important that we have someone “keeping watch” during the day throughout the 3 days of Forty Hours. We are placing time sheets in the back of the Church. Could you or your family take 15 minutes or a half an hour on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament? There is so much to pray for in these days: for peace in the world, in our nation and in our family; for our parish – especially our families; for our children; for ourselves. Please sign your name on the list.
 
On Tuesday, October 24th, at 7:00 P.M., we will once again have the Living Rosary recited in our Church. We ask all who would like to be a “bead” as you hold a candle and form a “living rosary” around our Church to call the Rectory this week. Even if you make up your mind to come at the last minute, please join us for this very inspiring evening of prayer. We invite families to come and hold a candle together.
 
Our next Baptismal Class will be held on Tuesday, December 5th in the Chapel, at 7:00 PM. Parents and Godparents who wish to have their children baptized must attend this class to prepare them for the reception of this sacrament. Expectant parents may also attend this class. Please call the Rectory tomorrow to enroll so we can make adequate arrangements.
 
May you all have a beautiful week!!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “The sooner you start taking your spiritual life seriously, the happier you will be.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “There is no surer path to happiness in this life than embracing the teachings of Jesus Christ.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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October 1, 2017 – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
I thank all of you who came and supported the Parish Carnival last week. It was a huge success. God blessed us with beautiful weather. The people kept coming and coming; the food and the food court were outstanding and the rides were fun. Everyone seemed to have a great time. I particularly want to thank the Carnival Committee and all the dedicated volunteers who gave of their time and talent. To watch them work together so efficiently inspired me. They gave their all to serve the parish and the community. We will give you a financial report as soon as all the bills are paid.
 
October is Polish American Heritage Month. Our Boys and Girls Scouts, the Polish Language School and the Polish Scouts will participate in the Pulaski Day Parade that will take place today, at 12:30 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The parade can also be viewed on Channel 6, beginning at 12:30. Plan to come and watch the parade in Center City (or on television). Our parish – along with the Polish Beneficial Association will be walking.
 
We will bless your pets next Saturday, October 7th, at 9:00 A.M., in the parking lot (between the school and the rectory),. We will have a brief ceremony asking God to bless our animal friends (dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, turtles) who give us companionship and joy.
 
The next big social event in the parish will be the Christmas Bazaar on November 10th and 11th. We are asking for donations of new toys for our Toy Booth There will be large boxes placed at all the door entrances of the Church next Sunday where you may place your donated toy. We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Our Forty Hours Devotion will begin on Sunday, October 15th. More information will be given next weekend.
 
I hope you all have a beautiful week!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “We must listen to God from moment to moment.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Every human being has the free will to choose between good and evil, and the responsibility to do so.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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Fr. Joe’s Posts for September 2017

 
Sept. 24, 2017 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
On behalf of all the people who are suffering from the effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, I thank you for your outstanding generosity last week in your donations that amounted to $2,503.00. This amount was immediately sent to the archdiocese for the disbursement to Catholic Social Services. Continue to pray for these suffering people.
 
Our Spiritual Enrichment Program was indeed very successful last week. It was a new beginning for our parish that will continue throughout the coming year on a monthly basis. I thank those who attended the services that were offered and hope that many more will attend in October when Catherine Joanne returns.
 
Our Parish Carnival continues this evening after Mass and tomorrow (Sunday) at 1:00. Ride bracelets will be available on Sunday for $15.00 so the children can fun on all the rides for that one price. Join us for some fun and excitement on these last two days.
 
Have a good week!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Real accomplishment lies not in doing many things but in doing the most important things.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “We are at our best when we are grateful.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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Sept. 17, 2017 – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
We will conduct a Holy Hour of Adoration today (Sunday, September 17th) as we conclude this month’s Spirituality Enrichment Program. We will have the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the recitation of Evening Prayer, a reflection by Catherine Joanne and Benediction. It will be wonderful conclusion of our week. Please come and participate in this service.
 
The Carnival on our Church property begins on Thursday, September 21st and continues through Sunday, September 24th to benefit our parish. We hope you will take the time to come out to enjoy the food, rides and games with your family. This year, we will be offering various food on different evenings in the yard in the big parking lot. As always your support is needed and very much appreciated. Wrist bands will be sold on Thursday and on Sunday for the rides.
 
There will be a Baptismal Class on Tuesday, September 19th in the Chapel, beginning at 7:00 P.M. Parents and Godparents are expected to attend; Godparents must present a letter of eligibility from their parish in which they are registered at the class. If you plan to attend, please call the rectory and give my secretary your name and phone number.
 
May God bless you and grant you a beautiful week!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Time and time again, Jesus reminds us that he will provide for our every need.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “The good that we do spills over into the lives of others.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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Sept. 10, 2017 – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
Catherine Joanne will begin her first week of ministry here on Tuesday, September 12th with an evening Retreat of prayer, reflection and song in our cafeteria, beginning at 6:30 with a pot luck supper. If you would like the opportunity to experience spiritual direction, Catherine will offer her time on Wednesday throughout the day at one hour increments. Call the Rectory for available times. On Thursday, she will give a talk about the Mass to our PREP parents and to anyone else who would like to attend at 6:00 PM in the Chapel. Friday evening is for our young people who would like to help with the music ministry. On Saturday morning at 10:00, a Bible Study will be offered in the Convent (entrance on porch). And finally on Sunday, at 7:00 PM, we will have a Holy Hour in the Chapel. All these activities and services will take place here once a month. We hope they will benefit all the parishioners who wish to strengthen their spiritual life and relationship with God. A full schedule is listed in the handout in this bulletin.
 
Our annual Carnival will take place in our parish parking lot beginning on Thursday, September 21st and will continue to Sunday, September 24th. It’s always an exciting time in our parish and our Bridesburg Community. The Carnival is a second largest fund raiser. Pray for good weather and make plans to be with us.
 
The Archdiocese, along with the Bishop’s Conference, has asked that we take up a Second Collection for those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. We will take that collection on the weekend of September 16th and 17th. We ask you to use your Cemetery Offering Envelope for that purpose.
 
May God Bless You!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “To see ourselves merely as spectators at Mass is to miss the opportunity to take our part in the highest action done upon earth.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Now is the time. Come to Jesus, and be loved.”
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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Sept. 3, 2017 – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
As I mentioned in last week’s bulletin, Catherine Joanne, my Spiritual Director, will begin ministry here at Saint John Cantius beginning on Tuesday, September 12th. The flyer inserted in this week’s bulletin gives the information of what will take place. I sincerely hope that her presence and work here will advance the spiritual life and growth in our parish. This is something I wanted to do here for a long time and with her availability, we can begin. The services and teaching that will be provided will assist us to grow in a closer relationship with our Lord and neighbor. I invite you to come to one or more of the events that are planned. She will be here for 6 days every month for our “Mini-Retreats”.
 
The Archdiocese, along with the Bishop’s Conference, has asked that we take up a Second Collection for those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. We will take that collection on the weekend of September 16th and 17th. We ask you to use your Cemetery Offering Envelope for that purpose.
 
May God Bless You!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “In many ways, we are all called to draw ourselves closer to Jesus.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “The good that we do spills over into the lives of others.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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Fr. Joe’s Posts for August 2017

 
August 27, 2017 – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
I made a mistake in last week’s bulletin regarding the dates of the Christmas Bazaar. I was looking at October’s calendar rather than November. The dates of the Christmas Bazaar are November 10th and 11th.
 
On Tuesday of this past week I had a CAT Scan of my right kidney taken at Roxborough Memorial Hospital. As of this writing on Tuesday, I have no news as of yet. I thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers for me.
 
We will begin a new journey in September through the formation of a Spiritual Enrichment Committee. My Spiritual Director, Catherine Joanne, will join our staff part time for six days every month, beginning on September 12th and work with our youth, teach our adults about the Catholic Faith, lead a Bible Study and offer spiritual counseling. This is a great opportunity for our parish to grow more deeply in love of God and neighbor. More information will be forthcoming.
 
Our next Baptismal Class will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19th in the Chapel, at 7:00PM. Parents and Godparents who wish to have their children baptized must attend this class to prepare them for the reception of this sacrament. Expectant parents may also attend this class.
 
May you all have a beautiful week!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Prayer is to the spirit what food is to the body.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “A key truth to remember is that all is a gift.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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August 20, 2017 – 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
If you read last weekend’s Church Bulletin or if you were at one of the English Masses last weekend, I told you what happened to me while in Vermont. I went to my cardiologist on Monday and he told me I suffered from extreme dehydration and that there were no heart issues. That was terrific news. I still don’t know how the dehydration hit me. I always drink enough fluids but I guess I didn’t do so on that Sunday. While in the hospital, I had all kinds of tests taken and one of them revealed a mass on my kidney. My primary doctor on Tuesday set me up to get blood work and to get a test done as soon as possible. As of this writing, I have no more news. I ask that you keep me in my prayers.
 
We are getting close to the end of summer. I hope you were able to get some rest and relaxation during these summer days. Things never stop in the parish during the summer. We have been planning for the events of the Fall months that are quickly approaching. The Polish Food Festival will take place on September 16th and 17th. It was previously scheduled in June. The Festival will take place in the Convent Garden if weather permits.
 
Our annual Carnival will take place in our parking lot on September 21st to the 24th. The Carnival is always a great time in our community as it brings everyone together for a lot fun and togetherness.
 
The Mystery Dinner Theater is a first at Saint John Cantius and will take place on Saturday, October 14th, and of course, our Christmas Bazaar will be on November 6th and 7th. Make plans to be with us. There will be more announcements next weekend as we get close to the end of summer.
 
May God bless you always!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Do you live each day for yourself or for others?”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Over the past ten thousand years human being have built increasingly sophisticated and prosperous civilizations via cooperation, not competition.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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August 13, 2017 – 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
Well, I’m back! I gave you a little synopsis about my week in Vermont last week. I got there safely on Sunday evening but the next morning I got really sick so that they had to take me to the hospital. I fainted twice before I got to the ER of Springfield Hospital – once in the Retreat House Chapel and once in the hospital parking lot. My blood pressure was 96/46 and they told me I had pneumonia. It was later determined that I was dehydrated, even though the doctors there thought it was a heart issue. My cardiologist disputed that and didn’t want me to have a catherization done up there. I returned home on Friday and have been taking it easy all week, following doctor’s orders. I’m seeing my cardiologist on Monday and my primary doctor on Tuesday. So that’s my story this year. I’ll get my retreat sometime soon! So I will be taking it easy these next two weeks so I can get well. I’m under no restrictions and I can work.
 
I thank you for your prayers and your concern for me.
 
Tuesday, August 15th, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast is a Holy Day of Obligation, We will have Mass on Monday at 7:00 PM in English on Monday (Vigil), 9:00 AM on Tuesday in English and 7:00 PM in Polish. We hope you take the time and come to celebrate Our Lady’s Feast Day.
 
May God bless you always!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “The way you live your life will be affecting people for generations to come until the end of time. What story are you telling with your life?”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Jesus knows the depths of our hearts.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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August 6, 2017 – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
I made it safely to Vermont last Sunday. Unfortunately, the next morning I got very sick and had to be taken to the hospital. As of this writing, on Wednesday, I am still in the hospital. They are unable to discern what the problem is. Hopefully, I will be discharged this evening.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Prayer is the great friend who introduces us to ourselves. Prayer is the great mediator that introduces us to God. Prayer is the faithful friend who points out who we are and who we are capable of being.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “The best way to begin each day is by being grateful.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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Fr. Joe’s Posts for July 2017

 
July 30, 2017 – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
I don’t have too much to report from the Poconos. We’ve had some pretty bad storms up here in the evenings. I have however been able to get some much needed work done. Walking the dogs has enabled me to get some exercise and lose a few more pounds. I’ll be leaving today (Sunday) for Vermont for my annual Retreat.
 
Have you ever thought of starting your day with attending Mass? It’s perhaps the best way of beginning a day. Receiving our Lord daily in Holy Communion gives us the spiritual strength to cope with the daily problems that we encounter and enable us to live good lives in the shadow of God’s presence. Give it a try. Our weekday Masses are celebrated at 8:00 in the air-conditioned Chapel.
 
I once again extend my gratitude to Fr. McNamara and Fr. Burke for their priestly ministry to us in our parish and in helping me so I could take an extended vacation.
 
May God continue to bless you!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “God wants us to come to him with our needs in prayer, and no request is too small or trivial.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “By emptying ourselves, even if just a little bit, we make room for
God to enter our lives more fully.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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July 23, 2017 – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
I arrived safely to my house in the Poconos last Sunday evening around 6:00 PM. Since I am writing this letter on Monday afternoon, I don’t have too much to report except that there is a nice breeze and the sun is shining. I’ve taken 2 walks with my dogs and am relaxing. I thank all of you for your concern for me. Many of you asked me to be careful – and I am. I don’t want to experience any more accidents either!
 
I hope you all welcomed Fr. McNamara back to the parish. I am grateful for his coming and helping me. He has expressed to me many times how he loves coming to St. John Cantius. I also express my thanks to Fr. Burke for coming and helping. He too has expressed to me his delight in coming back to Bridesburg where he served many years at All Saints Parish.
 
May you all continue to enjoy your summer and your vacations. Don’t forget to attend Mass on Sunday and thank God that you have the opportunity to rest and get away for awhile.
 
God bless all of you!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Even when it is frustrating, the very act of trying to pray is itself a prayer, a striving toward God.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “When we go to Mass, we don’t just anticipate heaven, we get to share in it.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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July 16, 2017 – 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
Today I leave for my yearly vacation and will return on August 12th. I don’t intend to go too far this summer since I no longer have my trailer. I will spend the next two weeks in the Poconos and then go for my Retreat in Vermont. Fr. Konstanty will be here to take care of your spiritual needs and Father McNamara and Father Burke will be here to celebrate the English Masses on Sunday.
 
May you all have a wonderful summer and enjoy your vacation. Don’t forget about God and Sunday Mass. As I mentioned in previous bulletins, there is a website: www.MassTimes.org that lists every Church in the United States with a map of location, Mass times and telephone numbers.
 
May God bless all of you!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “We can’t give love unless we’ve first learned to receive it. And we can’t teach love until we’ve first learned to show it.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “If you want to see what you really value and prioritize in your life, look at how you spend your time.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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July 9, 2017 – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
As we celebrated last week the birth of our nation, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends. Holidays are special times when we can enjoy one another’s company in a relaxing setting. Whether we are home, at the beach or in the mountains, we have an opportunity to slow down. So much goes by us so quickly. When we pause, stop and look around, we see the presence of God in nature, in the people who are special to us and the gifts that were so freely given to us by the Lord who loves us. As you go on your vacations, please drive safely and remember to pray and ask God’s blessings upon your journey and vacations.
 
I am leaving for my vacation next Sunday. Fr. Donald McNamara will be here on the weekends of July 23rd and July 30th – along with Fr. Edward Burke- to celebrate the English Masses. I will most probably spend time in the Poconos since I don’t have a trailer and won’t be traveling far. I also hope to make it to Vermont the first week of August for my Retreat.
 
May God bless all of you!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “There is no greater satisfaction and fulfillment than to make a difference in another person’s life.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “The Eucharist is the best medicine for what ails us and the greatest strength we can receive.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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July 2, 2017 – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
If you were at the 8:00 or 10:00 Mass last week, you learned that I never made it to Vermont for my Retreat. I left the parish after the Procession and went up to the Poconos to get my trailer. I hooked it up and began my journey. I drove as far as a little town named Mt. Cobb on I-84 in northern Pennsylvania, when I got hit by a strong cross-wind while going downhill around a bend when my trailer started to wag and eventually tipped over. That’s as far as I got. I wasn’t hurt – and neither were my dogs. Nevertheless, I didn’t get to Vermont. I spent the week up at my house on the phone with insurance agents and other people trying to get things settled. I’m through with trailers. I just can’t take this anymore! I returned back to the parish on Saturday evening. Hopefully in the beginning of August I will have my Retreat.
 
I always tell people that these things happen for reasons beyond explanation. We may not know right away but eventually God reveals them to us. We take it as lessons learned and try to become better because of them. If I learn anything from all the accidents that I’ve experienced in my life, it’s that God loves me. I’m still here to serve him and you – and for that – I am grateful.
 
May God bless you and have a safe and enjoyable holiday week.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Your life is a gift, and the gift only has value if you give it away. Don’t keep the gift to yourself.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Becoming who you were born to
be is not only the greatest thing you can do for yourself; it’s also the greatest thing you can do for humanity.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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