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 Messages for April 2018
Fr. Joe’s Messages for March 2018
Fr. Joe’s Messages for February 2018
Fr. Joe’s Messages for January 2018
Fr. Joe’s Messages before January 2018 (Archive)
 


Fr. Joe’s Posts for April 2018

 
April 15, 2018 – 3rd Sunday of Easter
 
We thank you for your most generous offerings for the Easter Collection. The money received will continue to help us improve our property and buildings. This summer, we need to repair the second half of the school roof and replace one of the boilers in the school building. This past winter we have had many issues with the oil boiler and we have decided to purchase a gas boiler. Also, we are close to having the convent leased which will bring us more income (more information about this will be given in the coming weeks) and enable us to make some urgent repairs throughout our parish grounds. Again, I thank you for all your support and generosity.
 

We will have our Holy Hour this evening at 5:00 PM in the Chapel. We invite you to come and spend some quality time with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
 

If you have not already done so, please bring your Rice Bowl Offerings next Sunday and place them in the bowl in the vestibule of the Church. These offerings will be sent to the Propagation of the Faith and will aid the poor and suffering in our Archdiocese as well as in mission lands. We thank you for your support and sacrifices. Easter Holy Water is available at the Baptismal Font throughout the season of Easter. Please bring a container and take some home for your use.
 

I hope you all have a wonderful week!
 

OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Prayer is sitting on the runway, and God’s grace meets us there, fuels our plane, and takes us into the atmosphere.”
 

Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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April 8, 2018 – Divine Mercy Sunday
 
As I sat before the Blessed Sacrament on Easter morning, I got an enormous feeling of gratitude to our Lord for not only his goodness to me but to our parish. The blessings that he bestows on our parish community are enormous and we should be eternally grateful to him for everything we have received. I placed all of you into his hands as we prayed. I hope you all had a beautiful Easter last weekend, celebrating our Lord’s Resurrection. He has given his life to us to share and give to one another. May we all continue to live good Christian lives and be who God calls us all to be, As Matthew Kelly says: “Let us all be better-versions-of- ourselves.”
 
To those who participated in the services of Holy Week, I thank you for your presence. It was edifying to see many of you there as we celebrated the Paschal Triduum – the suffering, death and resurrection of our Savior. It is the greatest feast of the Church year and those of you who attended had to be uplifted and full of the Lord’s presence. Our Church was (and still is) beautifully decorated and full of gorgeous flowers due to your outstanding generosity and the talent of Krystyna Szymanski. I also thank Jan Goral and Matthew Burnosky for setting up the Repository altar and the tomb. The Living Stations on Good Friday was outstanding. Thank you to the children of our PREP Program, along with their teachers for their participation in the Living Way of the Cross. Everyone left the Church inspired by what they witnessed. The choir under the direction of Wojciech Hollender again led us in our liturgies and added great solemnity to our services. It was indeed a great week because it was a “Holy Week”.
 
If you have not already done so, please bring your Rice Bowl Offerings next Sunday and place them in the bowl in the vestibule of the Church. These offerings will be sent to the Propagation of the Faith and will aid the poor and suffering in our Archdiocese as well as in mission lands. We thank you for your support and sacrifices.
 
Easter Holy Water is available at the Baptismal Font. Please bring a container and take some home for your use.
 
As we conclude this eighth day of Easter (Octave), I wish all of you a HAPPY EASTER!!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Through his resurrection, he transforms our sorrows into joy.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday
 
HAPPY EASTER !! It is with great joy that we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The sadness of Good Friday is lifted by the fulfillment of His promise to us that He will come to life again. He extended His hands on the Cross, so through His Resurrection He could lift us to celebrate the joy of new life. New life is all around us today – the beautiful flowers we smell and see in Church, the young children and babies, and each and every one of us. After our days of penance and sacrifice, we should all feel renewed and alive in Him Who sacrificed His life for us on the Cross. Your attendance at daily Mass and the Stations of the Cross that we offered was edifying. It showed your love for the Lord Who shows His Love for us every day. Even though Lent is over, let us strive to maintain the promises we made that our spiritual – and physical lives – will benefit in a way that we continue to live in love and harmony with God and one another.
 
We extend our sincerest gratitude to everyone who made the liturgies of Holy Week so special and beautiful. We are grateful to Wojciech Hollender and the members of the English and Polish Choirs. We thank the Altar Servers, Lectors, Cantors Eucharistic Ministers and Ushers for their dedicated service; to Jan Goral and Matthew Burnosky for setting up the Repository and Grave; to Father Konstanty, Krystyna Szymanski and the others who helped to decorate our Church so beautifully. We thank all of you who contributed in the Second Collection for the Easter Flowers. Without your generosity, we could not make our Church as beautiful as it is today. Also, we thank in a very special way, our PREP teachers and the young adults who led us in the Living Stations on Good Friday. Together we have made this most sacred week of the year prayerful, reverent and pleasing to God in thanksgiving for His Son’s suffering, death and resurrection for our salvation.
 
We congratulate Michael Pharo, who last night at the Easter Vigil was baptized, confirmed and received his First Holy Communion. He became a member of our Catholic Community. Michael has been coming to RCIA classes for a year preparing for this great step in his life. We wish God’s blessing upon him as he begins his new life in Christ.
 
Fr. Konstanty and I thank you for your Easter Greetings and prayers. You are all very special to us and you are remembered in our prayers.
 
The Rectory Office will be closed tomorrow (Monday).
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “The happiest people I know are people who have a sense of mission. They have a joy that nobody can take away from them. The joy of their lives is linked not to the worldly scope or scale of the mission, but to the belief that they are uniquely suited to that role and the conviction that they have been called to it. They have a sense that they are in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. Are you at peace with who you are, where you are, and what you are doing?”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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Fr. Joe’s Posts for March 2018

 
March 25, 2018 – Palm Sunday
 
Today we begin Holy Week. On Holy Thursday we begin the celebration of the Paschal Mystery of our Lord. Mass will begin at 7:00 P.M. We are reminded of His Love for us in leaving us His example of service, as He washed the feet of the Apostles and proclaimed His Presence in the Holy Eucharist. On Good Friday the Living Stations will be performed by PREP children beginning at 12:00 Noon in the Church. The service of the Veneration of the Cross will be at 7:00 P.M. At the Easter Vigil on Saturday Mass will begin at 8:00 P.M. because the service must begin in darkness. The new Paschal Candle will be lighted and we will all share in the brightness that it will bring to our Church and our lives. Water will be blessed at this Mass. Bring a jar or bottle with you to take home for your private use throughout the year. We also remind you that on Easter Sunday morning, the procession will begin at 5:30 A.M. and Mass (in Polish) will follow at 6:00 A.M. Masses for Easter Day will be at 6:00 (Polish), 8:00, 10:00 (English) and 11:30 A.M. (Polish)
 
We will bless food (Swieconka) in your homes beginning at 9:00 A.M. on Holy Saturday and in Church at 8:30 A.M. and 2:30 P.M. On this day the table is covered with the finest linen and china, on which is set the traditional Easter foods to be blessed by a visiting parish priest. No food is eaten until after the blessing; some families do not partake of the blessed food until Easter morning. The food can also be placed in a basket and taken to the Church to be blessed. The “SWIECONKA” consists mostly of hard-boiled eggs (the symbol of life), sausage or kielbasa, ham, bread, babka and, of course, the lamb molded out of butter with a little red banner inserted, which is symbolic of the Lamb of God. If you would like the priest to visit your home on Holy Saturday, March 31 please use the form that is printed in this Church Bulletin and return it to the Rectory by Good Friday, March 30.
 
We ask you to bring your Rice Bowls next Sunday and place them in the large bowl in the back of the Church before Mass. Your Rice Bowl Offerings will be brought up to the altar during the Offertory Procession.
 
The Rectory Office will be closed on Thursday morning so the priests and rectory staff could attend the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. The Office will also be closed on Good Friday from 12:00 to 4:30.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “From time to time it is good for us all to learn to listen again. Listen to those you love. Listen to your body. Listen to your conscience and soul. Listen to God.”

 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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March 18, 2018 – 5th Sunday of Lent
 
This weekend, we welcome Bishop Michael Fitzgerald to our parish as he confers the Sacrament of Confirmation on our young adults of the parish at the 10:00 Mass.
 
We will have our Holy Hour Dedicated to St. Joseph this evening at 5:00 PM in the Chapel. Tomorrow, Monday, is his feast day. We invite you to come and spend some quality time with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and at the same time, reflect on the life of St. Joseph.
 
Lent will begin its final days next Sunday as we celebrate Palm Sunday and our Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Palm will be distributed by the ushers as you enter Church for the 5:00 P.M. Vigil and the 8:00 A.M. Masses. Palm will be blessed at the beginning of Mass. We ask that you assemble in the Chapel for the 10:00 A.M. and 11:30 Mass (weather permitting). Palm will be distributed and blessed there and then a solemn procession to the Church will take place to celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. If you are unable to walk, you will receive blessed palm in Church. We ask that everyone participate in the procession, as we begin the Holiest Week of the Church Year.
 
The Easter Schedule and Envelope have been mailed. Food will be blessed (Swieconka) on Holy Saturday in the homes beginning at 9:00 A.M. and in Church at 8:30 A.M. and 2:30 P.M. If you would like a priest to come to your home to bless food, please fill out the form that is printed in this Church Bulletin and return it to the Rectory by Good Friday, March 30th. We will print a schedule for Holy Week in next week’s bulletin.
 
As we draw closer to the end of Lent, may God bless you for your sacrifices and the good you do for him and those around you.
 
Our next Baptismal Class will be held on Tuesday, May 1st, 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.
 
The Knights of Columbus will meet this Tuesday, March 20th, in the Rectory.
 
Have a good week!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Become a master of your temper. When things do not go as you would like them to, pause before reacting. Breathe deeply. Remind yourself that in the grand scheme of human history, this is just one moment. And walk away from the situation to collect yourself if necessary. If you’re reading Perfectly Yourself, read pages 123-127.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER- STUDY -GENEROSITY -EVANGELIZATION
 

 
If you would like a priest to come to your home to bless your food on Holy Saturday, please fill out the form that is below and return it to the Rectory or place it in the Collection Basket by Good Friday, March 30th.
 
NAME_________________________________________________________
 
 
ADDRESS______________________________________________________
 
 
PHONE NUMBER_________________________________________________
 

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March 11, 2018 – 4th Sunday of Lent
 
Next Sunday, we will welcome Bishop Michael Fitzgerald to our parish as he confers the Sacrament of Confirmation on our young adults of the parish at the 10:00 Mass. This Mass will begin at 9:45 so we ask that you arrive earlier to take your seat. You are all invited to attend this Mass and ceremony. It is an important event in our parish. Since the bishop will have pictures taken with those who will be confirmed after the Mass, the 11:30 Polish Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel.
 
Catherine Joanne will return this Tuesday for our Spiritual Enrichment Program beginning with the mini Retreat in our cafeteria at 6:00 PM. (NOTICE THETIME CHANGE) We invite you to come for the Poor Man’s Supper and experience an uplifting night of prayer and companionship. We will attend Mass 7:15.
 
Catherine will offer the reflection in the Chapel beginning at 7. On Thursday evening at 6 in the Church, Catherine will speak to our Prep parents on the topic of “why go to confession?” All are invited to attend. Bible Study will take place on Saturday, beginning at 10:00 in the Rectory (use back entrance).
 
We are offering all of these Lenten opportunities to you to help make the season of Lent beneficial to your spiritual life. Please take advantage of them.
 
Have a great week!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Be gentle with yourself. You are a marvelous creation, but you are a work in progress.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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March 4, 2018 – 3rd Sunday of Lent
 
JUST A SHORT REFLECTION THIS WEEK: It is nice to see many of you participating in daily Mass and the Stations of the Cross we are offering during Lent. With the busy schedules that we all have, it is at times difficult to do the things we really want to do. I have always realized that when we give God the time, he gives us enough time to accomplish all we plan to do on a specific day. If you haven’t done anything for Lent yet, today is a good day to start. We are already beginning the Third Week of Lent. It’s never too late to start “to give up something”, “to do something extra for someone”, or to attend Mass, the Stations of the Cross or pray a little more.
 
May you have a good week!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Think about the people you respect the most. Why do you respect them? If you’re reading Perfectly Yourself , the book you received at Christmas, read pages 57-71.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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Fr. Joe’s Posts for February 2018

 
February 25, 2018 – 2nd Sunday of Lent
 
Who am I? What difference can I make? Where am I going? These are familiar questions that often dominate and confuse us, but are never really answered by our culture and society. The liturgies in Lent put focus back in our lives and re-affirm our value in God’s eyes. We are the Body of Christ born from the Paschal Mystery and sent forth to proclaim the Good News of Salvation to all people. This identity needs to be renewed and strengthened through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
 
For those who may not be aware…for many years now we have given parishioners the opportunity to make an offering towards the Sanctuary Lamps that burn in Church and in the Chapel, as well as the lamp that burns in front of the statue of St. John Cantius in the Church. The lamp will burn in memory of a loved one. Donations toward the hosts and wine that are used can also be donated in memory of a loved one. It is a beautiful way of remembering those who are and are special to us.
 
Sanctuary Lamp in Church for one week – $20.00
Sanctuary Lamp in Chapel for one week – $20.00
Lamp that burns in front of the Statue of St. John Cantius for one week – $20.00
Hosts and Wine for one month – $100.00
 
If you wish to make an offering, place your donation in an envelope, write the name of the person in whose memory you are making the donation and towards which lamp. Names will be printed in the Church Bulletin prior to the week (or month) that your donation will be used. You may also come to the Rectory and see what weeks are available.
 
I thank everyone who make insightful and good suggestions to me. Everything cannot happen at once and each suggestion has been – and is – prayerfully considered and discussed. Your concern and interest in the welfare and good of the parish is exemplary and appreciated very much. May God bless you always for your dedication and support of St. John Cantius.
 
Have a good week and a good Lent!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Have the courage to be different. Don’t let yourselves get swallowed up by a society of consumption and empty appearances.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “In gratitude, our hearts always dance for joy.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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February 18, 2018 – First Sunday of Lent
 
During Lent we reflect upon our mortality, our weakness, our starving for a better relationship with our God and neighbor. As we journey through Lent and keep our Lenten promises, we should see a difference in our lives – we experience life differently. I hope you take full advantage of what is offered in our parish during this Lenten Season. We will have a Holy Hour this evening (Sunday) beginning at 5:00 in the Chapel. This is a great opportunity to spend an hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and listen to a reflection by Catherine Joanne.
 
The chimney on the annex next to the Church was repaired last week at a cost of $1,200.00. This amount was donated by one of our Polish families to whom we are deeply grateful for their generosity.
 
To repeat what I wrote last week: Through our Dynamic Catholic Program, I would like to propose to you something different to do for Lent this year. It’s a free email program that will guide you on an incredible 40 day journey to become the-best-version-of-yourself, making this a truly life-changing Lent. I have personally participated in this program the past several years and it is a wonderful program and something great to do in Lent. Just go to www.dynamiccatholic.com and go to Best Lent Ever and sign up.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “We need to learn to offer correction and be corrected, but to do both with such love that both parties can’t help but be better for it.”
 
AND A SECOND 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.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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February 11, 2018 – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
We begin the Season of Lent this Wednesday with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. Ashes will be distributed at all the Masses in Chapel on this Wednesday – Ash Wednesday – only after the Gospel. Ashes cannot be given after Mass. The Mass schedule is as follows for Ash Wednesday: 8:00 A.M. (English) and 7:00 P.M. (Polish) in Chapel and 7:00 P.M. (English) in Church. Distribution of ashes will also take place at 1:00 and 4:00 P.M. during a service of the Liturgy of the Word – also in the Chapel. Ashes are a reminder to us of our mortality and eventual death – and also of our need to repent and change our lives to live in union with Jesus. When the ashes are placed on your forehead, resolve to do something positive during Lent, that is, something that will improve your spiritual life and make a lasting impression on all your actions. These Forty Days will go by quickly – let’s not waste them.
 
Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence. The Bishops of the United States prescribe, as minimal obligation, that all persons over fourteen years of age are gravely obliged to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent. All persons over eighteen years of age and up to the beginning of their sixtieth year are gravely obliged to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
 
There will be an Evening Mass during Lent celebrated at 7:00 (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in English; Wednesday and Friday in Polish) to give those who work an opportunity to attend Mass before they get home. We encourage everyone to attend Mass and to receive Holy Communion daily, to use frequently the Sacrament of Penance, to undertake spiritual reading, to attend our parish Lenten devotions (Stations of the Cross every Thursday in English and Friday in Polish at 6:30 P.M.) Gorzkie Zale will be sung on Sunday morning at 11:00 after the 10:00 Mass. We also hope that you will participate in Operation Rice Bowl that has aided countless hungry persons here in the Archdiocese, as well as throughout the world. Attached to this Bulletin is a Rice Bowl. Place your Lenten sacrifices in it during this Penitential Season and return it on Palm Sunday. Let us make it our pledge to pray for our parish during this season that God will bless all our parishioners and all our sick that we will all come to know our Lord better.
 
Through our Dynamic Catholic Program, I would like to propose to you something different to do for Lent this year. It’s a free email program that will guide you on an incredible 40 day journey to become the-best-version-ofyourself, making this a truly life-changing Lent. I have personally participated in this program the past several years and it is a wonderful program and something great to do in Lent. Just go to www.dynamiccatholic.com and go to Best Lent Ever and sign up.
 
We could also go beyond Sunday Mass and use Lent as a chance to broaden and deepen our spiritual lives by:
– Attending Mass during the week
– Read and pray with the Mass Readings that are published in this bulletin every week
– Pray the Stations of the Cross, either individually or in our parish
– Pray the Rosary
– Spend time in Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday in our Chapel
– Do some spiritual reading – suggested book – Perfectly Yourself (the book you received at Christmas)
– Participate wholeheartedly in the Rice Bowl Program
 
These are only suggestions; there is so much each of us can do. I pray that we all have a beneficial 40 days of preparation for Easter.
 
The Lenten Retreat in the Polish Language will begin this Wednesday, February 14th, and will continue on Thursday and Friday at 7:00 PM. Evening Mass and homily on Thursday will be in the Polish language. The Retreat will be in the Chapel. The Stations of the Cross in English will begin at 6:30 PM on Thursday before the Retreat begins. PLEASE NOTE: Evening Mass will be in Polish this Thursday.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “To turn our backs on a life of service is to turn our backs on our very selves.”
 
AND A SECOND THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “When we abandon our beliefs, we abandon ourselves.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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February 4, 2018 – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
Well I never made it up to the mountains last weekend, My doctor called me the Wednesday before I was to leave and told me I had the Flu and that I shouldn’t be up there by myself. So I didn’t go. I stayed in bed until last Sunday, which is why you didn’t see me last weekend. As I write this on Monday, I am well and had a rather active day.
 
On Friday, February 2nd, we celebrated the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as Candlemas Day. Candles were blessed on this day. If you would like to take a blessed candle home, they are available on the table in the front of the Chapel for a $2.00 offering.
 
Ash Wednesday is on February 14th. At the entrances of the Chapel, we have boxes for you to place your blessed palm from last year. We will burn the palm to create ashes for distribution on Ash Wednesday, just 10 days away.
 
May God bless you always! GO EAGLES!!!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “God’s dreams for you and me go so far beyond what the world has to offer’.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “God has created you to be here right now for a very specific reason.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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Fr. Joe’s Posts for January 2018

 
January 28, 2018 – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
We THANK all of you who donated most generously to the Christmas Collection. This collection is one of the most important of the entire year and your generosity has been outstanding. The amount donated thus far is $20,967.00. If you have not dropped off your Christmas Envelope, please do so next Sunday. God bless you for your love for St. John Cantius Parish.
 
Again I thank you for your generosity and love for our parish. We have so much to do this coming year to repair and upgrade our parish buildings and property. I am proud to be your pastor and extremely proud to have you as my parishioners. May we continue to work together during this year to make St. John Cantius a model parish in the Archdiocese. May God bless you always.
 
We are in that “in between time”: that time between Christmas and the beginning of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14th. In the meantime, we have an opportunity to slow down a little after the busy Christmas Season, get our lives in order and prepare for coming of Lent and the celebration of Easter. Time goes by so quickly for us as we move from one activity to another, the celebrations and the struggles we encounter daily. Let us ask God for the strength and ability to slow down a little and appreciate the little things in life.
 
Some dates this year to remember: Easter this year is April 1st. We have been informed that we will have the Sacrament of Confirmation conferred on Sunday, March 18th, at the 10:00 Mass by Bishop Michael Fitzgerald. First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday, May 6th, at the 10:00 Mass; and May Procession will take place the following Sunday, May 13th. These are all very special days in the life of our parish. Your participation in them is important and welcomed.
 
ANOTHER REMINDER: Our next Baptismal Class will be held on Tuesday, January 30th, 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.
 
At the entrances of the Church and Chapel, we have boxes for you to place your blessed palm from last year. We will burn the palm to create ashes for distribution on Ash Wednesday, which will be on February 14th, just a few weeks away.
 
May you all have a beautiful week!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “You asked, ‘What most needs to change in the world?’ The reply, “I do.’”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Find something good in each person you meet and help it to grow.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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January 21, 2018 – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
I realize that our Philadelphia Eagles have a big game on Sunday evening, so we are having our Holy Hour at 5:00 PM in the Chapel. We invite you to come and spend some quality time with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. You will return home more fulfilled and joyful and in plenty of time for the game.
 
ANOTHER REMINDER: Our next Baptismal Class will be held on Tuesday, January 30th, 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.
 
At the entrances of the Church and Chapel next week, we will have boxes for you to place your blessed palm from last year. We will burn the palm to create ashes for distribution on Ash Wednesday, which will be on February 14th, just a few weeks away. Easter Sunday will be on April 1st.
 
I will be up the Poconos from Thursday of this week until next Monday for a little rest. Many of you have asked me how I’ve been feeling because you see me wincing and favoring my legs when I walk and I appreciate your concern. My right knee has been extremely painful the last several weeks. I need a knee replacement but I can’t have any surgery done until after Easter. The doctors cannot take me off my blood thinner medication until a year has passed when my stent was inserted, so I have to wait. Hopefully if I can rest and stay off my feet for a couple of days it will help. Fr. Burke will celebrate the English Masses next weekend.
 
May God bless you and watch over you!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it..”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “If you want to stop worrying, don’t try to do it on your own. God is right beside you, and he wants to help.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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January 14, 2018 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
Our Christmas Season has concluded and I hope and pray everyone had a beautiful Christmas. As I said in last week’s homily, the Magi gave us a model as to how we can continue the spirit of Christmas throughout the year. Their giving to the Christ child gives us the example of how we should live our lives by sharing what we have with the poor and needy. We are called upon throughout the year to give of ourselves, to give of our time, talent and treasure and in doing so, imitate not only the magi, but the Lord Jesus who gave of himself to us. May God bless us all during this new year as we serve, love and praise God in our lives.
 
Catherine Joanne will return this Tuesday for our Spiritual Enrichment Program beginning with the mini Retreat in our cafeteria at 6:00 PM. We invite you to come for the covered dish dinner and experience an uplifting night of prayer and companionship. Bible study will take place on Saturday, beginning at 10:00 AM in the Convent (use porch entrance).
 
Our next Baptismal Class will be held on Tuesday, January 30th, 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.
 
May God bless you always!
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “There is no such thing as a hopeless situation. God is all-powerful and bigger than any issue we could ever face.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Find at least one good point in the other person and build from there. An understanding love—a love that sees the good in others—will be your goal.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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January 7, 2018 – Epiphany of Our Lord
 
I wish all of you a most Blessed and Happy New Year. I especially thank you for all your kindness, generosity and dedication to our parish this past year. Through all your help, we were able to accomplish some much needed repairs and upgrading this past year. New sound systems were installed in the Church, Chapel and auditorium; new lighting was installed in the Church and auditorium; a new roof was put on half of the school building; new security cameras replaced the antiquated ones to help protect our property and the automatic gates help us to control the traffic through the school yard. Because of your generosity and the monies received from the leasing of our school building, we were able to accomplish all this. There is so much more that needs to be done to upgrade our property, I hope you continue your support this coming year.
 
The visit of the Magi to the manger reminds us of the giving of self to our Lord. They traveled far and wide following the star to see the Christ Child and present Him with gifts that were symbolic of His life. May we in our lives – as we begin this new year – walk toward and with Jesus and give Him daily your love. He asks nothing extravagant – just the simple gift of yourself.
 
It is a Polish custom to bless chalk and incense on this day. The chalk is used to put the initials Kasper, Melchior and Balthazar (the traditional names of the Magi) along with the year above the entry door of the house. For example: 20+K+M+B+18. This “marking” should remind us throughout the year to welcome all guests and visitors to our home as the Magi were welcomed to the home of the Holy Family. When the incense is burned, the smoke represents our prayers rising to heaven. The incense can be burned in times of bad storms or during times of sickness. Chalk and incense are available at the Crib today. Instead of chalk and incense, it has been a custom of many people to hang a Christmas card depicting the Magi over their front door. All nationalities have similar customs – only they are done in different ways. Regardless of how we practice them, it is good to share them to help us understand and appreciate our oneness.
 
We THANK all of you who donated most generously to the Christmas Collection. This collection is one of the most important of the entire year and your generosity has been outstanding. If you have not dropped off your Christmas Envelope, please do so next Sunday. God bless you for your love for Saint John Cantius Parish, the Catholic community of Bridesburg.
 
Father Konstanty and I thank you for your Christmas cards and gifts. We wish you a Happy New Year and God’s blessings upon you and your family. May we continue to grow in wisdom, age and grace during this year of 2018 as Jesus did at Nazareth and pray for one another.
 
Tomorrow we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of our Lord. Therefore the Christmas Season comes to a conclusion. I thank everyone who helped make our celebration of Christmas a most beautiful one. The Church looked beautiful and magnificent; the liturgies were inspiring; — and your presence so wonderful.
 
May the Spirit of Christmas remain in your hearts and lives and continue throughout the coming year.
 
OUR DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “We will be the happiest people in the world if we belong to God.”
 
A SECOND DYNAMIC CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Authentically joyful persons stand out. Other people will stop and take notice.”
 
Remember the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic:
PRAYER – STUDY – GENEROSITY – EVANGELIZATION
 
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