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Long Live Christ the King. Now and Forever
Viva Cristo Rey. Que Viva.
to read a note from our Pastor
By Deacon Keith A Fournier, 11/20/2014, Catholic Online
The family is the foundation of
co-existence and a guarantee against social fragmentation.
Children have a right to
grow up in a family with
a father and a mother - Pope Francis
Pope Francis embraces the unchangeable truth about marriage as solely between one man and one woman, intended for life, open to life and formative of family as the sole Meme - using the word properly. That is why you will not read much about the crystal clear teaching which was recently given by Pope Francis at the opening address of a conference on the complementarity of man and woman. The conference was sponsored by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and other curial groups.
Here is Pope Francis on Marriage, Family and the Right of children to a mother and father:
"In our day, marriage and the family are in crisis. We now live in a culture of the temporary, in which more and more people are simply giving up on marriage as a public commitment. This revolution in manners and morals has often flown the flag of freedom, but in fact it has brought spiritual and material devastation to countless human beings, especially the poorest and most vulnerable.
"Evidence is mounting that the decline of the marriage culture is associated with increased poverty and a host of other social ills, disproportionately affecting women, children and the elderly. It is always they who suffer the most in this crisis.
"The crisis in the family has produced crisis of human ecology, for social environments, like natural environments, need protection.
"And although the human race has come to understand the need to address
conditions that menace our natural environments, we have been slower to recognize that our fragile social environments are under threat as well, slower in our culture, and also in our Catholic Church. It is therefore essential that we foster a new human ecology and advance it.
"It is necessary first to promote the fundamental pillars that govern a nation: its non-material goods. The family is the foundation of co-existence and a guarantee against social fragmentation. Children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child's development and emotional maturity."
"That is why I stressed in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium that the contribution of marriage to society is "indispensable"; that it "transcends the feelings and momentary needs of the couple" (n. 66). And that is why I am grateful
to you for your Colloquium's emphasis on the benefits that marriage can provide to children, the spouses themselves, and to society.
"In these days, as you embark on a reflection on the beauty of complementarity between man and woman in marriage, I urge you to lift up yet another truth about marriage:
that permanent commitment to solidarity, fidelity, and fruitful love responds to the deepest longings of the human heart. Let us bear in mind especially the young people, who represent our future.
"It is important that they do not give themselves over to the poisonous mentality of the temporary, but rather be revolutionaries with the courage to seek true and lasting love, going against the common pattern: this must be done.
"With regard to this I want to say one thing: Let us not fall into the trap of being qualified by ideological concepts.
"Family is an anthropological fact - a socially and culturally related fact. We cannot qualify it with concepts of an ideological nature, that are relevant only in a single moment of history, and then pass by. We can't speak today of a conservative notion of family or a progressive notion of family: Family is family! It can't be qualified by ideological notions. Family has a strength of its own [per se]."
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Four times in this gospel Christ commands us, “Be watchful!” or “Watch!” Being watchful and alert for the Second Coming is not enough; we must consciously seek to identify Christ already present now. If we are proactively watching for everyday encounters with Christ, he will surely not find us “sleeping,” neither now nor when he returns. The Second Coming becomes real for us in our encounters with Christ in the here and now.-Living Liturgy™, First Sunday of Advent 2014
To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame.
Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.-Living Liturgy™, 2014
And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.-Luke 21:27-28,usccb.org
But God proves his love for us in that while we were
still sinners Christ died for us.-Romans 5:8,usccb.org
I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in
a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to
preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one
faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.-Ephesians 4:1-6,usccb.org
be imitators of God, as
beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and
handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant
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Advent "The word Advent is from the Latin adventus for "coming" and is associated with the four weeks of preparation for Christmas. Advent always contains four Sundays, beginning on the Sunday nearest the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, (November 30) and continuing until December 24. It blends together a penitential spirit, very similar to Lent, a liturgical theme of preparation for the Second and Final Coming of the Lord, called the Parousia, and a joyful theme of getting ready for the Bethlehem event."-ewtn
"Preparation for Christmas is an important theme for Advent, but more is involved. Advent gives us a vision of our lives as Christians and shows us the possibilities of life.
The vision of life that Advent gives us is twofold; it looks back to the first coming of Christ at Bethlehem, and it looks to the future when Christ will come again. In the interval between these two events we find meaning for our life as a Christian.
First we celebrate Christ-become-human. We view his life and experience his presence as a human being in our history. Christ came to show us what life can and should be. He gave us true and valid principles by which we can live true and valid lives. But Jesus knew that the human heart could not live in isolation. He formed the Church around the concept of a people held together by love. In that community we discover unlimited possibilities and meaning. Alone we can do nothing. Together we find real meaning.
When Christ left this earth, he did not abandon us. He remains with us in his Spirit, the Church, the sacraments, the Scriptures and each other. He lives in community with us and keeps his vision of life before us.
When Christ comes again, his presence will no longer be hidden behind the signs and symbols of the liturgy or the words of the Scriptures. His presence among us will be revealed in all its fullness, a presence that will never end, a presence that will perfect and complete our community.
This is the "greater significance" of Advent. In these few short weeks we take in the sweeping panorama of time - from Christ's birth to his Second Coming. The season of Advent brings us the magnificent vision of life and hope for the future given to us by Christ.
Advent is our time to become more involved, more caught up in the meaning and the possibilities of life as a Christian community. Thus we are preparing not only for Christmas but also for Christ's Second Coming. This means that when he comes again, we will be awake and watchful. He will not find us asleep."-© Liguori Publications Excerpt from Advent - A Quality Storecupboard The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer/catholic.org
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Fr. Robert Barron on The Spirituality of Advent, Fr. Robert Barron on The Advent Revolution, Daily Advent Reflections from Fr. Robert Barron, Defining Thankfulness
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It’s easy! Pray that young men & woman in Our Archdiocese will hear and answer God’s call.
Prayer to Discern a Vocation
Lord, there are so many things in my life that I do not understand, so many questions about the future that I need to ask. What is Your plan for me? What is the work You want me to do?
All I really know is that You love me. Show me the road You want me to walk – to fulfillment, to happiness, to holiness.
And if You are calling me to priesthood or to the religious life, give me the strength to say “yes” and the grace to begin even now to prepare myself for the challenge of a life spent in Your service and in the care of Your people.
I ask You this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.-usccb.org
RCIA If you know someone who has to make one of their sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Communion, Confirmation) or someone who is not Catholic that wishes to become Catholic please have them call the office so that they can enroll. The number is 845.294.5328 God Bless You
Monday through Friday: In the Chapel at 6:30 am and 5:15 pm
Saturday: 8 am
Saturday Vigil: 5 pm
Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am (Children's Mass), 10:30 am, 12:00 noon, 1:30 pm (Spanish Mass, multiple Mass intentions are taken for this Mass), 5:00 pm
Last Friday of Every Month: Spanish Language Healing Mass at 7:30 pm in the Church.
Once a month on a Sunday: 3 pm Tagalog Mass. Please call 845.294.5328 for a list of dates in which this Mass will be held.
Every family in the parish should be properly registered. If you move to another parish, or change your address, please notify the rectory and give the old as well as the new address. If you are not registered, we cannot serve you by issuing testimonial letters in connection with sponsorship for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Matrimony. We also cannot give recommendations for positions, schools, or character references if we do not know you.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Thursday before every First Friday 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. or anytime by appointment
Sacrament of Baptism
English - 4th Saturday of each month at 12 noon
Spanish - 3rd Saturday of each month at 12 noon
English - 1st & 2nd, Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Spanish - 4th Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Requirements for Baptisms at St. John's
Please visit the calendar page for a list of dates for classes and baptisms.
You must complete all the paperwork before registering for a date for an actual baptism.
**THE ABOVE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.
Sacrament of the Sick
Please call the rectory if you or your loved one is in Orange Regional Medical Center so a priest may come and visit.
Sacrament of Marriage
Couples intending to be married must come to the rectory to make arrangements at least SIX MONTHS before the date of the wedding. At that time, they should present recent copies of their Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation certificates.
Every first Friday in the chapel from after the 6:30 am Mass until Saturday before the 8:00 am Mass. Also every Monday through Friday in the chapel from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.