Pastor’s Corner – 2018

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 2018

 
November 11, 2018 – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
We thank everyone who came and supported the Christmas Bazaar this year. The donations of toys, cakes and other beautiful items were outstanding. Our auditorium was once again beautifully decorated and the food prepared and made by our Polish cooks was delicious. We thank too all our volunteers and especially the Christmas Bazaar Committee. We couldn’t have done it without all of you, working together.
 
This weekend, Mr. Steve Javie, a candidate for the permanent diaconate, from St. Charles Seminary, will speak after communion about the seminary and his vocation to be a deacon. I have been a long time friend of Steve and his family and am very happy that he will be here with us this weekend. We ask you to be generous as we support the men who have answered God’s call to serve the Church and you. You may mail your offering directly to the Seminary in the envelope that was provided or you may place it in the collection basket on Sunday.
 
Today, November 11th, is Veteran’s Day – a time when we pause to reflect and pray for all the dedicated men and women who served our country – especially those who have died. During this time of continued unrest in our world, we think of those who have left family to protect the freedom we have. Remember with gratitude in your prayers today all the living veterans – and during this month of November, all the deceased veterans – who have given so much to us.
 
On November 20th, 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, 2017 to the present. Invitations were mailed 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 remind our young parents who are expecting babies or who have already given birth that they must attend a baptismal class (Pre-Jordan) before a baptism can be scheduled. It is important that they practice their faith by attending Mass on Sunday. The next Baptismal Class will be held on Tuesday, November 27th, in the Chapel, at 7:00 PM.
 
Christmas Wafers (Oplatek) are available in the Church Sacristy and at the Rectory during office hours.
 
Have a good week!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Offer the actions of your life to God as a prayer, whether you are washing the dishes, repairing a car, or studying for an exam, and by your inner intention, you will transform ordinary daily activities into the noblest tasks.”
 
HOW ABOUT A SECOND THOUGHT?: “The adventure of salvation begins when we stop asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’ and turn humbly to God in our hearts and ask, ‘How may I serve?’”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “A daily routine of prayer is the ultimate game-changer. As you begin to pray consistently, you will notice other parts of your life opening up in healthy ways you never anticipated”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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November 4, 2018 – 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 the Coppola Kids. They won $50.00.
 
Our annual Christmas Bazaar begins this Friday (November 9th). 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.
 
SOMETHING NEW AT THE CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: We will have a S’mores Making area outside in the Convent Yard during the Bazaar, offering your children the opportunity to make campground s’mores over a fire pit while enjoying hot apple cider, hot chocolate and other beverages.
 
Next weekend, Mr. Steve Javie, a candidate for the Permanent Diaconate, from St. Charles Seminary, will speak after communion on behalf of the Seminary Appeal. Steve is a nephew to Monsignor Anthony Jaworowski, who was pastor of St. Adalbert Parish for many 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! See you at the Bazaar!!!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Without prayer, you and I are merely operating on our own strength and vision. With it we are operating on the power of God.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “A daily routine of prayer is the ultimate game-changer. As you begin to pray consistently, you will notice other parts of your life opening up in healthy ways you never anticipated”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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Fr. Joe’s Posts for October 2018

 
October 28, 2018 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
This Thursday, 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
Wednesday at 7:00 P.M. (Vigil in English) and at 9:00 (English), and 7:00 P.M. (Polish) in Church and at
7:00 in Chapel in English on Thursday.
 
The Rectory Office will be closed on Thursday, November 1st.
 
On Friday, 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 20th, 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, 2017 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 2nd, at 6:00 and on Saturday, November 3rd, 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 9th and 10th. Plan to come and spend the evenings with us.
 
The Mass Book for Masses from January 1st, 2019 to June 30th, 2019 will be opened on November 9th.
 
May God bless you always!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Every family needs a prayer champion. What would happen if your family’s champion was you?”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Will you be like Peter, hedging your bets and looking at the storm-tossed waves? Or will you choose to see only the outstretched hand of Jesus. A hand that will never let your down.”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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October 21, 2018 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
This weekend, we begin our beautiful Forty Hours Devotion. Every year at this time, Our Lord is exposed on our altar in the Blessed Sacrament for three days, 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 30 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 to the Mary Garden (Weather permitting)
 
Catherine Joanne will give the reflection in English on Sunday. I will give the homily at Mass on Monday and Fr. Gregory Semaniuk will give the homily in English and Polish on Tuesday evening in Church. Fr. Konstanty will give the homilies in Polish on Sunday and Monday in Chapel.
 
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.
 
The 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. 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.
 
Our next Baptismal Class will be held on Tuesday, November 27th 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 Jesus in the Holy Eucharist protect us and be present to us throughout our 40 Hours Devotion and the week.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “It’s time to reignite your curiosity about who you, what you are here for, what matters most, and what matters least.”
 
HOW ABOUT A SECOND THOUGHT?: “Transforming people one at a time is at the heart of God’s plan for the world.”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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October 14, 2018 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
I am most happy to announce that a profit of $24,792.33 was made at this year’s Carnival. We had a gross of $49,755.85 – the largest we have ever had – due to the great support of our parishioners and the community of Bridesburg. Our Wish List Donations amounted to $3,046.00 which helped us to purchase food for our kitchen and bar. The weather was exceptional also. God was good to us that weekend. So all in all – the event was successful. I want to express my thanks once again to the Carnival Committee and all the great volunteers who worked so hard to make the weekend enjoyable, fun and welcoming to everyone who came.
 
This afternoon, members of our parish will participate in the Pulaski Parade in Center City on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Parade can be viewed on 6ABC beginning at 12:30.
 
This week on Tuesday, Catherine Joanne returns to our parish for the monthly Spiritual Enrichment Program. We invite you to attend one – or all – of the following. Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the cafeteria (Mini-Retreat with Pot Luck Supper); Friday evening at 7:00 in the Rectory dining room (Spiritual Date Night). Bring a date or your spouse. Light dinner provided; Saturday morning at 10:00 in the Rectory dining room (Bible Study of the Gospel of St. Luke); Sunday evening at 7:00 (Holy Hour in Church). All these spiritual events are uplifting and will help better your relationship with God and one another.
 
Next weekend, we begin our annual 40 Hours Devotion after the 11:30 Mass when Our Lord will be on our altar in the Holy Eucharist. This is and always has been a very special time in our parish. 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.
 
This Wednesday, October 17th, 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, November 27th 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 to enroll so we can make adequate arrangements.
 
Next weekend, members of our Pulaski Parade committee will be selling Raffle Tickets to help support the costs of the Parade. Please support their efforts.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Praying the Rosary is like stepping back from the crazy, noisy, busy world and into a calm, quiet, and peaceful heaven.”
 
HOW ABOUT A SECOND THOUGHT?: “Instead of talking about how beautiful the faith is, lets show the world its beauty. Instead of insisting how good the Church is, let’s be good. Instead of lecturing about truth, let’s live a life transformed by it.”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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October 7, 2018 – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
I thank all of you who came and supported the Parish Carnival last week. It was a tremendous success. Even though Thursday was rainy, the people still came out and enjoyed the evening. God blessed us with beautiful weather on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 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 Girls Scouts, the Polish Language School and the Polish Scouts will participate in the Pulaski Day Parade that will take place next Sunday, at 12:00 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. The next big social event in the parish will be the Christmas Bazaar on November 9th and 10th. 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 21st. More information will be given next weekend. On Wednesday, October 17th, at 7:00 P.M., we will once again have the Living Rosary recited in our Church. We invite you to come be a “bead” as you hold a candle and form a “living rosary” around our Church. Please use the sign in sheet in the back of Church or call the Rectory if you would like to participate. 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.
 
In my busyness last week, I completely forgot about the blessing of the pets in honor of St. Francis of Assisi last week. His feast day was on October 4th. We will bless your pets in the parking lot behind the Church this Saturday, October 13th, at 9:00 AM.
 
May the Lord bless you and may you enjoy this Autumn weather.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “The presence of Jesus in her life allowed Mary to constantly see things in the context of love and humility. If we ask her to accompany us in our journey, she will share this perspective with us, and we will discover the true value of things.”
 
HOW ABOUT A SECOND THOUGHT?: “Prayer doesn’t change God; prayer changes us. It’s not about convincing him of our will; it’s about surrendering to his will.”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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Fr. Joe’s Posts for September 2018

 
September 30, 2018 – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
Our parish carnival continues this evening (Saturday) until 9:00 and Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00. On Sunday, unlimited ride tickets are available for $15.00. Come enjoy an evening or afternoon with friends and parishioners. The food is “out of this world”. Seating and tables are available outside in the garden for your dining pleasure.
 
Our weekend Masses will be celebrated in the Church beginning next Sunday.
 
TO REPEAT AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM LAST WEEK: St. John Cantius Parish is proud to introduce our new Online Giving Program, “Enhanced Stewardship through Electronic FundsTransfer”. We have partnered with Parish Giving to offer this program online to all our parishioners. Parish Giving is a simple, secure and convenient website that is used by several parishes in the Archdiocese. It offers tax benefits as well as parish benefits. No more searching for the check book or last-minute Sunday morning stops at the ATM machine. No need to worry about dropping off your envelopes at the Rectory if you are going away some weekends or during the summer months. You can pick the day of the month for the recurring contributions to be processed. Everything is accessible to you online. We hope this tool will help you with your Sunday contribution needs, and will aid in sustaining our Parish’s various programs, services, and the property. To register for Online Parish Giving, please visit www.stjohncantiusparish.org/parish-giving.
 
Our 40 Hours Devotion will begin on Sunday, October 21st when Our Lord will be on our altar in the Holy Eucharist. This is and always has been a very special time in our parish. 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 a half of an hour or more 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.
 
May God bless you with a joyful and happy week!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Everyone of us is made for a relationship with Jesus. It is through communion with him that we find meaning, purpose, and fulfillment in our lives.”
 
HOW ABOUT A SECOND THOUGHT?: “This world should be different because you were here. We have a human obligation to leave the world better than we found it.”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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September 23, 2018 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
We will be having our annual Carnival on our Church and School property this week beginning on Thursday and continuing until next Sunday afternoon to benefit our parish. We hope you will take the time to come out to enjoy the delicious food, the exciting rides and fun games with your family. The Carnival has been a huge success in the past years and we hope we have good weather and a supportive crowd this year as well. As always your support is needed and very much appreciated. There will be minimum parking available next weekend in the lot between the Rectory and the School.
 
Every Sunday we sell tickets in the back of Church or Chapel whose winners are determined by the 3 digit Pennsylvania evening lottery drawing. The tickets are $5.00 and are good for an entire month. The prizes are $50.00 per night and on Sunday nights and one other night, the winner will receive $100.00. This fundraiser is important to the parish. If all the tickets (1,000) are sold, we can raise $2,500 per month – an outstanding amount – which over the year would give us $34,400.00. In June we sold 284 tickets and brought in $1,420.00, paid out $650.00 for a profit of $770.00. In July, we sold 336 tickets and brought in $1,680.00, and paid out $800.00 for a profit of $880.00. As you can see, we need to sell more tickets. We are looking for sellers and also for buyers of these tickets so we can raise more money for the parish. If you can sell tickets, please call David at the Rectory.
 
This past summer we did an extraordinary amount of work in the parish, some of which you may have noticed. A new roof was installed on the second half of the school building at a cost of $25,000.00; repairs to the convent for our new occupants from St. Joseph University at a cost of $25,000.00; the painting of the big schoolyard garage. The Church walls need to be repointed as moisture is entering the Church. After seeking 3 estimates, the work will cost us close to $500,000.00. We are also installing a much needed gas boiler in the school building. One of our oil boilers is not functioning and needs to be removed. The cost of this project is $20,000.00. All the above projects are necessary and be addressed. So every dollar above our Sunday collections is needed. Yes, we receive money from the School District, St. Joseph’s University and from the Day Care in the amount of $33,000.00 per month. You can see how quickly this money can be spent. At the same time, we are trying to put some money away for a rainy day.
 
I don’t speak or write about finances often but I thought it necessary to make you aware of what is being done to keep our parish campus in “good shape”. Our buildings are old and that through the years we have tried to stay on top of things. Through the years you have been generous and I hope that through your support of the lottery, carnival, bazaar and other parish fundraisers, we can continue be the parish we can all be proud of.
 
St. John Cantius Parish is proud to introduce our new Online Giving Program, “Enhanced Stewardship through Electronic Funds Transfer”. We have partnered with Parish Giving to offer this program online to all our parishioners. Parish Giving is a simple, secure and convenient website that is used by several parishes in the Archdiocese. It offers tax benefits as well as parish benefits. No more searching for the check book or last-minute Sunday morning stops at the ATM machine. No need to worry about dropping off your envelopes at the Rectory if you are going away some weekends or during the summer months. You can pick the day of the month for the recurring contributions to be processed. Everything is accessible to you online. We hope this tool will help you with your Sunday contribution needs, and will aid in sustaining our Parish’s various programs, services, and the property.
 
To register for Online Parish Giving, please visit www.stjohncantiusparish.org/parish-giving.
 
May God continue to bless you and your families. See you at the Carnival.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they can’t be done.”
 
HOW ABOUT A SECOND THOUGHT?: “First do what is necessary, then do what is possible, and before long you will find yourself doing the impossible.”(St. Francis of Assisi)
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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September 16, 2018 – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
It has always been my dream to have a large choir here at St. John Cantius Church. In the past we have had some beautiful singers in our choir who added reverence and solemnity to our liturgies but unfortunately, age and sickness forced many of them to retire. On Thursday, September 20th, in the Church, we will have our first rehearsal of the new choir. David Zagorski is our new music director and Wojtek Hollender will continue as our organist. If you don’t know how to sing or are unfamiliar with the melodies of the hymns, we will teach you. David has 20 + years in Music Education, directing and conducting high school and community instrumental and vocal ensembles. Wojtek is in his 28th year as organist of St. John Cantius, and holds his degree in Music Education sharing his talents by performing, accompanying, and conducting for local community choirs and concerts. Our young people in the parish are especially invited to come and share their vocal talents. Practices will take place every two weeks on Thursday evenings. Our Forty Hours Devotion will take place on October 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. I would love to have a choir sing, especially at the closing on the 23rd. Please consider joining us this Thursday. We will conclude our week of Spiritual Enrichment this evening, September 16th, with an hour of prayer at 5:00 in Our Lady’s Chapel.
 

We thank all those who have volunteered to help at our Carnival and made donations to help pay expenses. The response thus far has been great. The Carnival begins on September 27th.

 
May God bless you in all your efforts this week.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “My obligation is to do the right thing. The rest is in God’s hands.”
 
HOW ABOUT A SECOND THOUGHT?: “What lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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September 9, 2018 – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
This week we are continuing our Spiritual Enrichment Program in our parish. Catherine Joanne will return and conduct a Mini-Retreat in our cafeteria on Tuesday evening at 6:00 PM in our cafeteria. Dinner will be provided as a “Pot-Luck” or “Covered Dish” meal so everyone is invited to bring their specialty and share it with those who come. Spiritual Direction by Catherine will be given on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday by appointment only so call the rectory to arrange a time. A Spiritual Date Night is something new added this year whereby couples can deepen your relationship with a loved one – and with God – in a relaxed setting. This Friday night session will be held in the Rectory dining room on Friday at 7:00 PM. Bible Study continues on Saturday morning at 10:00 in the Rectory. The focus this year is the Gospel of St. Luke. On Sunday evening, we will conclude the week with an hour of prayer at 5:00 in Our Lady’s Chapel.
 
We hope that you participate in some or all of these special services to help better your relationship with God. Everyone is welcome. And when you come, bring a friend.
 
Next Sunday is Catechetical Sunday. At the 10 o’clock Mass our children in the PREP program will serve in all the lay aspects of the Mass – the greetings, the Scripture readings, the presentation of the gifts, collections, and helping to distribute the Church Bulletin. If possible try to attend this Mass in support of our teachers and children who are studying our Catholic faith and preparing for their sacraments.
 
The Carnival is coming to our parish and community beginning on September 27th and we could use your help. Volunteer forms are at the entrance of Our Lady’s Chapel in case you didn’t get one last week. Also, in this bulletin is inserted a donation form of the things we need to purchase for the carnival. All donations will help make our profit greater.
 
May God bless you as you strive to become better versions of yourself this week.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Before the Church or nations change, people must change. If we want the Church to get better, we must get better. If we want to change the world, we must first change our own life.”
 
HOW ABOUT A SECOND THOUGHT?: “If you seek God, you will find him, even if he is found in ways that are difficult to understand or very different than you anticipated.”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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September 2, 2018 – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
Here we are, already at the end of summer. We welcome back all who have been away these past months and hope you had an enjoyable time wherever you were. Now it’s back to school and the daily routine we live in most of the year. With us here in the parish, September means getting ready for some big events that I hope bring more life into our parish and community. Our annual Carnival will begin on September 27th. It begins 4 days of fun for the neighborhood, especially our children. The excitement begins for them when they see the rides getting set up in the parking lot. We have already had meetings to prepare for the Carnival. Your help as a volunteer to work serving food or selling chances, etc. is always appreciated. See the enclosed form and fill out the slip to let us know if you can help and what days you can be here.
 
The next baptismal class (Pre-Jordan) will be held this Tuesday, September 4th, at 7:00 PM in the Chapel. Parents and Godparents are expected to attend. Godparents must bring a letter of eligibility from their parish stating that they are practicing Catholics.
 
The following is expected for Godparents and has been printed here several times:
 
The information printed below is the policy of the Church and the parish with regard to issuing Letters of Eligibility to those who have been asked to be a Godparent for Baptism or a Sponsor for Confirmation. If you are considering asking a particular individual to be a Godparent or Sponsor for your child, please make sure that the requirements listed below are being lived out. The Church mandates these requirements. I ask that you inform family members who may not be attending Mass and practicing their Catholic faith about these requirements. If you need a letter of eligibility, please contact the Rectory for an appointment with Father Konstanty or me.
 
When a person is asked to be a Godparent for Baptism or a Sponsor for Confirmation, a letter of eligibility must be obtained from his/her parish. The responsibility of being a Godparent or Sponsor is a great one. You will be asked to help the parents with the spiritual upbringing of the child. To do this responsibility, the practice of one’s Catholic faith is imperative. In order to receive a letter of eligibility, the following are required:
– That you be a registered member of a parish;
– That you practice your Catholic faith by attending Mass on Sundays and receiving the Sacraments frequently;
– That you have received the Sacrament of Confirmation;
– That, if married, you were married in the Catholic Church;
– That you be 16 years of age or older.
 
May God bless you always!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “We tend to overestimate what we can do in a day, and underestimate what we can do in a week.”
 
HOW ABOUT A SECOND THOUGHT?: “If we want to get to know Jesus, there is no better place to do so than in the Gospels.”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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Fr. Joe’s Posts for August 2018

 
August 26, 2018 – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
We are heading into the last week of summer and are approaching the Labor Day weekend. Many of our children are beginning school this week and our young adults have already begun their college studies. We pray for them all as they begin the new school year and ready themselves for their future.
 
I remind our young parents who are expecting babies or who have already given birth that they must attend a baptismal class (Pre-Jordan) before a baptism can be scheduled. It is important that parents practice their faith by attending Mass on Sunday. The next Baptismal Class will be held on Tuesday, September 4th, 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. Please call the Rectory to enroll so we can make adequate arrangements.
 
We are making plans for our annual Carnival that will take place in our parking lot on September 27th to the 30th. The Carnival is always a great time in our community as it brings everyone together for a lot fun and togetherness; and of course, our Christmas Bazaar will be on November 9th and 10th. Make plans to be with us.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “God will give you exactly what you need, even if it is not what you desire or expect.”
 
HOW ABOUT A SECOND THOUGHT?: “If you seek God, you will find him, even if he is found in ways that are difficult to understand or very different than you anticipated.”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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August 19, 2018 – 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
Here we are – already past the midway part of August. Our children and grandchildren will begin school next Monday. Some of our older children are beginning college this week. How time flies! How quickly this summer is passing! It makes us think about our lives and where we are going and what we are doing. Perhaps this week we can pause and reflect what we are doing in our lives and how much we are giving back to God. There is perhaps something we can offer to a person in need, our parish, our neighborhood that could make a difference in someone’s life – and our own.
 
The next Baptismal Class will be held on Tuesday, September 4th, 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 to enroll so we can make adequate arrangements.
 
In case you missed it the last time we printed this: We are printing the information below once again to make everyone aware of the privilege and responsibility it is to be a Godparent or Sponsor for the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. Those who are asked by the parents to take on this responsibility should be practicing Catholics, meaning that they attend Mass and receive the sacraments regularly so that they can give a good example to the child whom they are sponsoring.
 
The information printed below is the policy of the Church and the parish with regard to issuing Letters of Eligibility to those who have been asked to be a Godparent for Baptism or a Sponsor for Confirmation. If you are considering asking a particular individual to be a Godparent or Sponsor for your child, please make sure that the requirements listed below are being lived out. The Church mandates these requirements. I ask that you inform family members who may not be attending Mass and practicing their Catholic faith about these requirements. If you need a letter of eligibility, please contact the Rectory for an appointment with Father Konstanty or me.
 
When a person is asked to be a Godparent for Baptism or a Sponsor for Confirmation, a letter of eligibility must be obtained from his/her parish. The responsibility of being a Godparent or Sponsor is a great one. You will be asked to help the parents with the spiritual upbringing of the child. To do this responsibility, the practice of one’s Catholic faith is imperative.
 
In order to receive a letter of eligibility, the following are required:
– That you be a registered member of a parish;
– That you practice your Catholic faith by attending Mass on Sundays and receiving the Sacraments frequently;
– That you have received the Sacrament of Confirmation;
– That, if married, you were married in the Catholic Church;
– That you be 16 years of age or older.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Some days you will feel like praying and many days you will not, but if you keep showing up you will develop a phenomenal friendship with God.”
 
HOW ABOUT A SECOND THOUGHT?: “Jesus wants to turn your life upside down, and then it will be right side up.”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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August 12, 2018 – 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
I write this to you on Monday evening, August 6th, from the Poconos. The weather, like yours down in Philly, has been hot and humid. I’m relaxing and at the same time, am cleaning out my basement from the 8” of water that entered the house after the big rainstorm two weeks previously. I’m just happy I’m up here to do the clean-up. I work for an hour and rest for a half hour. That’s all I’m capable of doing any more. Vacation is over and now it’s back to work.
 
On Monday evening, August 13th, we will honor Our Lady of Fatima with a Holy Hour and Procession in Our Lady’s Chapel, at 7:00 P.M. We invite everyone to come and pray to our Lady and participate in this beautiful prayer service.
 
Wednesday, 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 Tuesday at 7:00 PM in English, 9:00 AM on Wednesday in English and 7:00 PM in Polish. We hope you take the time and come to celebrate Our Lady’s Feast Day. There will also be a Mass celebrated at 8:00 AM for the Roman Catholic High School Soccer Team that you wish to attend.
 
I hope you are all enjoying your summer.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Parents are the first teachers of their children in the ways of the faith. Parents are called to pass on to their children the best of what they’ve been given, and yes, to help them learn from their mistakes.”
 
HOW ABOUT A SECOND THOUGHT?: “The things of this world, no matter how flashy, will all pass away. What matters is where we spend eternity.”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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August 5, 2018 – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
I am writing this to you on Tuesday evening, July 31, from the Poconos. I arrived here safely this afternoon and unloaded my motorhome. My travels to Wellsboro, Erie and Altoona were relaxing and enjoyable. The weather for the most part was beautiful, with some really bad rain storms. I was, however, able to do some sightseeing and learned more about our beautiful state and its history. I finally saw Lake Erie and the infamous Horseshoe Curve in Altoona. When I returned home up here, I learned of the terrible rainstorm that occurred that filled my basement with over 8 inches of water. So I have some clean-up to do during the remainder of my vacation. You will see my motorhome in back of the rectory. I brought it down on Wednesday so I could get my car. I will return on Saturday, August 11th.
 
All the parishes received the following from Archbishop Chaput. We were asked to share it with you:
 
In his most recent column Archbishop Chaput writes, “Predictably, as soon as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement earlier this summer, pro-abortion groups began lobbying the U.S. Senate hard to reject any nominee who might question or oppose Roe v. Wade. The irony here is exquisite. In past elections, abortion advocates have piously lectured Catholics to avoid making the abortion issue a “litmus test” in rejecting candidates for office. Now – no surprise — many of the same abortion advocates are doing exactly what they warned us not to do: making abortion a litmus test in rejecting Supreme Court nominees. The double standard is obvious. We need to contact our Commonwealth’s two U.S. Senators (Robert Casey, Jr., and Patrick Toomey) and urge them to resist such lobbying. And just as importantly, we need to pray.
 
Each Friday, from August 3 to September 28, 2018, the Church asks American Catholics to join in a nine-week effort of prayer, fasting and education that a change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life. As part of a U.S. bishops’ national ‘Call to Prayer,’ participants can receive weekly prayer reminders by text message or email. In addition to fasting on Fridays, participants will be encouraged to pray one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for this intention and will receive important facts about how Roe is not health care, is bad law, and fails women.”
 
Instead of Fridays, we at St. John Cantius will pray during Wednesdays when we will have adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from noon to 7:00PM. We ask that you pray as Archbishop Chaput asks at home or in Our Lady’s Chapel.
 
On Monday evening, August 13th, we will honor Our Lady of Fatima with a Holy Hour and Procession in Our Lady’s Chapel, at 7:00 P.M. We invite everyone to come and pray to our Lady and participate in this beautiful prayer service.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Let’s get real. It isn’t easy to put God first. But when we do, our hearts are centered, and everything else falls into place.”
 
HOW ABOUT A SECOND THOUGHT?: “Everyone has a free will to make his own decisions, but you can influence people for the better through your own actions.”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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Fr. Joe’s Posts for July 2018

 
July 29, 2018 – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
Hello everyone! After spending 3 beautiful days in Wellsboro, I arrived in Erie, PA on Sunday. I am writing this to you on Wednesday morning. I understand that the weather is not its best there in Philly. There was a lot of rain overnight in Wellsboro, about 3-4 inches. It’s been raining here off and on but nevertheless, I am enjoying myself. Presque Isle is a beautiful park here and when you look out on Lake Erie, you would think you were at the Jersey Shore, minus the waves. I am relaxing and am being very careful driving. I’ll be leaving here on Friday and will be headed to see the 911 Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. and then head to Altoona to see the railroads and to Johnstown to see the Flood Museum.
 
On Monday evening, August 13th, we will honor Our Lady of Fatima with a Holy Hour and Procession in Our Lady’s Chapel, at 7:00 P.M. We invite everyone to come and pray to our Lady and participate in this beautiful prayer service. I hope you are enjoying your summer in spite of all the rain and that Fr. Burke and Fr. McNamara are taking good care of you on Sunday.
 
God bless all of you!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Regardless of where you have been or what you have done, be at peace. The same God who forgave Moses the murderer, Rahab the prostitute, David the adulterer, and Peter the denier will forgive you also.”
 
HOW ABOUT A SECOND THOUGHT?: “Just hold on one more moment. God is in control, even if it feels like he isn’t. He is in control, and he loves you. There are better things ahead.”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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July 22, 2018 – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
We are printing the information below once again to make everyone aware of the privilege and responsibility it is to be a Godparent or Sponsor for the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. Those who are asked by the parents to take on this responsibility should be practicing Catholics, meaning that they attend Mass and receive the sacraments regularly so that they can give a good example to the child whom they are sponsoring.
 
The information printed below is the policy of the Church and the parish with regard to issuing Letters of Eligibility to those who have been asked to be a Godparent for Baptism or a Sponsor for Confirmation. If you are considering asking a particular individual to be a Godparent or Sponsor for your child, please make sure that the requirements listed below are being lived out. The Church mandates these requirements. I ask that you inform family members who may not be attending Mass and practicing their Catholic faith about these requirements. If you need a letter of eligibility, please contact the Rectory for an appointment with Father Konstanty or me.
 
When a person is asked to be a Godparent for Baptism or a Sponsor for Confirmation, a letter of eligibility must be obtained from his/her parish. The responsibility of being a Godparent or Sponsor is a great one. You will be asked to help the parents with the spiritual upbringing of the child. To do this responsibility, the practice of one’s Catholic faith is imperative.
 
In order to receive a letter of eligibility, the following are required:
– That you be a registered member of a parish;
– That you practice your Catholic faith by attending Mass on Sundays and receiving the Sacraments frequently;
– That you have received the Sacrament of Confirmation;
– That, if married, you were married in the Catholic Church;
– That you be 16 years of age or older.
 
May God bless you always!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Whether you are sixteen or 116 years old, it doesn’t matter. Make yourself 100 percent available to God and he will find a way to work powerfully through you.”
 
HOW ABOUT A SECOND THOUGHT?: “Even in our imperfection, our own brokenness, we can help others heal.”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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July 15, 2018 – 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
I will be leaving for my vacation on Thursday, July 19th and will return on Saturday, August 11th. I will be traveling around the state of Pennsylvania beginning in Wellsboro and then heading to Erie. From there I will visit the Altoona-Johnstown area and return to the Poconos to finish my vacation. I pray that my travels will be safe, restful and enjoyable. May your vacations also be the same. Wherever you go, whatever you do in these coming weeks, be sure to take God with you. With him as our companion, we can be assured of his loving presence and guidance in our journey.
 
Fr. Donald McNamara will be here once again to celebrate Mass as well as Fr. Edward Burke. They both enjoy being here with you and coming to Saint John Cantius to be with you Again 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 you always!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “It isn’t that God has stopped speaking, but rather that we have stopped listening. If we can drag ourselves away from the crazy, noisy, busy world and step into the classroom of silence, God will speak to us in this place and this time.”
 
HOW ABOUT A SECOND THOUGHT?: “The goal is to see yourself with the eyes of God, which means to love yourself as God loves you.”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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July 8, 2018 – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
I hope you all are enjoying your summer. I know that some days the temperatures have been very high and that the humidity makes it unbearable to do things outside. Please be careful.
 
There is never enough to write about during the summer months. The parish doesn’t close down – there is just less happening. There are, however, many repairs that need to be addressed over the summer as I spoke of several weeks ago. Even though there aren’t many events going on, we are still busy planning for September and the months following. Our annual carnival will take place from September 27th through 30th. That week is always an exciting and fun-filled week for our parish and the Bridesburg community.
 
I am leaving for my vacation on Thursday, July 19th. Fr. Donald McNamara will be here on the weekends of July 21st, July 28th and August 4th – along with Fr. Edward Burke- to celebrate the English Masses. I will be traveling to Wellsboro, Pa., Erie and Altoona and spending some time in the Poconos. I will return on Saturday, August 11th.
 
May God bless all of you!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “In a world that can seem so dark at times, God gives you a candle and a match and says ‘You are the light of the world’.”
 
A SECOND THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Truth is beautiful, and the truth about you is beautiful. You and I are not perfect, but we are beautifully imperfect.”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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July 1, 2018 – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
On behalf of our parish community, I thank Nikolas Korn and members of Boy Scout Troop 120, for painting the fence that surrounds our parish property. Nick and his dad approached me early this year and told me they would like to do something for the parish so Nick could earn his Eagle Scout badge. They suggested the painting of the fence. All the materials and labor were provided for by Nick and the Scouts. We thank them for their hard work in helping to beautify our parish campus.
 
As we celebrate this week the birth of our nation, I hope everyone has 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. Pause. Stop. Look around. See the presence of God in nature, in the people who are special to you and the gifts that were so freely given to us by the Lord who loves us. Please drive safely and remember to pray and ask God’s blessings upon your journey and vacations. May God bless you always.
 
The Rectory Office will be closed on Wednesday in celebration of Independence Day.
 
There will be no Eucharistic Adoration in Our Lady’s Chapel this Wednesday July 4th because of the Independence Holiday.
 
May God grant you a happy and safe holiday!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Truth is beautiful, and the truth about you is beautiful. You and I are not perfect, but we are beautifully imperfect.”
 
HOW ABOUT A SECOND THOUGHT?: “If we attend to the things that are most important to God, he’ll come into the mess of our lives and begin to create beauty and order.”
 
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
Are YOU a dynamic Catholic?
 
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