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If Christ Has Not Been Raised Our Preaching and Our Faith is Empty

  By Deacon Keith A Fournier, 9/19/2014, Catholic Online
If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most pitiable people of all. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep It was on the first day of the week that Jesus was raised from the dead. On that day He began the new creation. This fact infused their language. For example, the early Christians called it the Eighth Day, because it was the day outside of time. It was the "first day of the week", the Lord's Day - and not the Sabbath.  In 1998, now St John Paul II issued a beautiful reflection on the Lords Day which summarizes the ancient Christian understanding of the Lords Day and re-presents it for you and me. It is called On Keeping the Lords Day Holy. I strongly recommend it to all my readers. It can be read online  but I strongly suggest it be ordered in the paperback edition - so it can sit next to you every day that place where you spend time in prayer and reflection. You will want to return to it often. You can order it here. John Paul begins with these words:  "The Lord's Day - as Sunday was called from Apostolic times - has always been accorded special attention in the history of the Church because of its close connection with the very core of the Christian mystery. In fact, in the weekly reckoning of time Sunday recalls the day of Christ's Resurrection. It is Easter which returns week by week, celebrating Christ's victory over sin and death, the fulfillment in him of the first creation and the dawn of "the new creation" (cf. 2 Cor 5:17). It is the day which recalls in grateful adoration the world's first day and looks forward in active hope to "the last day", when Christ will come in glory (cf. Acts 1:11; 1 Th 4:13-17) and all things will be made new (cf. Rev 21:5)."
All of this is meant to underscore that the Resurrection is about more than one day, it is about a NEW WAY of living our lives RIGHT NOW in the Risen Savior - by living in His Body, the Church. We are members of His Body and He continues His redemptive mission until His glorious return.
Life is meant to be different now because He has been raised! That tomb was - and is empty. Death could not contain Crucified, poured out Love. The debt has been paid, the last enemy death has been defeated and heavens gates have been opened wide. Because He lives we shall live forever in Him.
There is a glorified Resurrected Savior seated at the right hand of the Father and He holds a place for you and for me! We will also be raised and live in a New Heaven and a New Earth. We will not float around as some disembodied spirit. Redemption is meant for the whole person, body, soul and spirit. It will only be complete in the coming Resurrection from the dead of every believer. However, its effects begin even now for those with living faith who learn to cooperate with grace. Nothing but God can satisfy that hunger in the human heart, that aching for meaning and purpose. No- thing can fill that hole - but Some-One can.  Pascal wrote of this hole in the soul as a "God shaped vacuum". St. Augustine of Hippo expressed this universally experienced sentiment, "Our hearts are restless God until they rest in Thee." We were created for purpose. We were created for meaning. We were created for Love. We were created for relationship. We were created for God.

When we learn to embrace the implications of that empty tomb, and allow grace to work within us, we are made ready for eternity - by living differently every day. The Resurrection provides a framework, a hermeneutic, a lens of meaning, for everything that happens now in the stuff of our daily life. Even suffering,  now takes on value - redemptive, life transforming value - because He has been raised and we can join it to His suffering.
We speak of the Paschal mystery when referring to the Saving Incarnation, Life, Death, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ. To the ancients, the word mystery referred to that which is beyond our frail capacity to be fully grasped- because of our finite limitations and the limitations of language. It spoke to eternity. The mystery of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is that kind of mystery. It changes us, if we embrace it in faith - and live it in fact - every day. The empty tomb makes us new. The empty tomb makes the whole world new!
The Resurrection has implications for each one of us - beginning right now and stretching into life eternal. The Apostle Paul said with clarity: "If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most pitiable people of all. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep."
We too,you and me, will be raised from the dead. Only then will our redemption be complete. We are works in progress. However, that new life can begin even now for those with eyes of living faith, hearts filled with His presence, and minds renewed by the Light of the Truth which Jesus has fully revealed and imparts to those who love and follow Him. Click Here to read in its entirety

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Who Is First

This gospel raises the question of who is first and who is last in the kingdom of heaven.  Those laborers are last who shift their focus from doing the work of the landowner to grumbling about the amount of wages others are receiving.  Those are first who do not labor in the vineyard because of the amount of wages, but simply because they are privileged to share in the work of the landowner.  Indeed, simply being called to the privilege of sharing in Jesus’ work of salvation is its own recompense.-
Living Liturgy™, Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2014

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 21, 2014

 I am the salvation
of the people, says the Lord. 
Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them,
and I will be their
Lord for ever.

O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our neighbor,
grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life. 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 

Scripture of the Day

 But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they
are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and
good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.-Luke 8:15,usccb.org

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These shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for
joy in the majesty of the LORD, they shall shout from the western sea:  “Therefore, in the east give glory to the
LORD!  In the coastlands of the sea, to
the name of the LORD, the God of Israel!”-Isaiah 24:14-15,usccb.org 

Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. 
Sing to the LORD, bless his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.  Tell his glory among the nations among all
peoples, his marvelous deeds. For great is the LORD and highly to be praised, to be feared above
all gods. For the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and power go before
him; power and grandeur are in his holy place. Give to the LORD, you families of nations, give to the LORD glory and might; give to the LORD the glory due his name! Bring gifts and enter
his courts; bow down to the LORD, splendid in holiness.  Tremble
before him, all the earth; declare among the nations: The LORD is king. 
The world will surely stand fast, never to be shaken.  He rules the peoples with fairness.-Psalms 96:1-10,usccb.org

There will be no Filipino Mass Sunday, September 21st
at 3 pm, while Msgr. Valenzuela is away.

Prayer to God the Father

  "O God, Creator of the universe, who extends your paternal concern over every creature and guides the events of history to the goal of salvation, we acknowledge your fatherly love when you break the resistance of mankind and, in a world torn by strife and discord, you make us ready for reconciliation. Renew for us the wonders of your mercy; send forth your Spirit that he may work in the intimacy of hearts, that enemies may begin to dialogue, that adversaries may shake hands and peoples may encounter one another in harmony. May all commit themselves to the sincere search for true peace which will extinguish all arguments, for charity which overcomes hatred, for pardon which disarms revenge."-Pope John Paul II/usccb.org

The Mass

"So rich is the mystery of the Eucharist that we have a number of terms to illumine its saving grace: the Breaking of the Bread; the Lord's Supper; the Eucharistic Assembly; the Memorial of Christ's Passion, Death, and Resurrection; the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Holy and Divine Liturgy; the Eucharistic Liturgy; Holy Communion; and Holy Mass (cf. CCC, nos. 1328-1332).
The use of bread and wine in worship is already found in the early history of God's people. In the Old Testament, bread and wine are seen as gifts from God, to whom praise and thanks are given in return for these blessings and for other manifestations of his care and grace. The story of the priest Melchizedek's offering a sacrifice of bread and wine for Abraham's victory is an example of this (cf. Gn 14:18). The harvest of new lambs was also a time for the sacrifice of a lamb to show gratitude to God for the new flock and its contribution to the well-being of the family and tribe.
These ancient rituals were given historical meaning at the Exodus of God's people. They were united into the Passover Meal as a sign of God's delivering the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, a pledge of his fidelity to his promises and eventually a sign of the coming of the Messiah and messianic times. Each family shared the lamb that had been sacrificed and the bread over which a blessing had been proclaimed. They also drank from a cup of wine over which a similar blessing had been proclaimed."-usccb.org
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Prayer of Pope Francis for the Synod on the Family

On October 8, 2013, Pope Francis announced that in October 2014 there would be an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on topics related to the family and evangelization. Pope Francis provided this prayer for the Synod of Bishops on the Family.
A worldwide day of Prayer for the Synod of Bishops is planned for Sunday,  October 5th
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate  
the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth,   grant that our families too  
may be places of communion and prayer,  
authentic schools of the Gospel  
and small domestic Churches.
  Holy Family of Nazareth,   may families never again  
experience violence, rejection and division:  
may all who have been hurt or scandalized  
find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,  
may the approaching Synod of Bishops  
make us once more mindful  
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,  
and its beauty in God's plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,  graciously hear our prayer.-usccb.org
Learn more about the 2014-2015 Synods of Bishops on the Family.


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God’s Call

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

Mass Schedule

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.

Parish Membership
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
Saturday Baptisms:

English - 4th Saturday of each month at 12 noon
Spanish - 3rd Saturday of each month at 12 noon
 Sunday Baptisms:
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.

 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. 

Eucharistic Adoration
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.

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