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By Michael Seagriff 11/9/2013 Harvesting the Fruits of Contemplation/catholic.org
Belief in the Real Presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is a gift from God. No one but He can give it to you.
God is calling each of us to a personal and intimate encounter and relationship with Him. But how can we experience such a relationship if we do not get to know Him, or spend time with Him, or talk to Him, or lay our burdens before Him, or listen to Him, or trust Him? He desires to fill you with His peace, comfort and love. He wants you to come and lay your burdens down before Him. He wishes to strengthen you in your daily duties, trials and challenges. He longs to make you like Him and to equip and sustain you as you become more Christ-like to others.
But God will not force Himself on anyone. Each of us must freely respond to His invitation.
So let me ask you: Where does God rate in your life? How much do you love Him and how important is He to you in your daily and weekly lives?
How much time each week do you think of Him and devote to Him in contrast to the time you spend caring for yourself and family, working, eating, watching television, using the computer, gambling, sleeping, engaging in sports, socializing with friends and families, participating in community programs?
Belief in the Real Presence of our Lord in the BlessedSacrament is a gift from God. No one but He can give it to you. He will do just that if you trust Him enough to spend time with Him. He awaits you with open and loving arms. If you come to Him with an open heart, He will give you His!
That's His promise!
What are you waiting for? Consider this a personal invitation from the King of
Kings and Lord of Lords! He will transform you, your family and the communities
in which you worship, live and work.
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The gospel begins with John questioning who Jesus is, and concludes with Jesus extolling who John is. What makes John great is that he recognizes in “the works of the Christ” the person and presence of the Messiah—“the one who is to come.” This is exactly our Advent challenge: to see in the goodness around us the works of Jesus and the Presence of “the Christ.” Advent calls us to look deeper and then to trust what we see. Whom we discover depends upon what we see.-Living Liturgy™, Third Sunday of Advent 2013
in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.
O God, who see how your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity, enable us, we pray, to attain the joys of so great a salvation and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing. 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™, 2013
Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a wonder at the wisdom and power of Your Father and ours. Receive my prayer as part of my service of the Lord who enlists me in God's own work for justice. Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a hunger for peace: peace in the world, peace in my home, peace in myself. Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a joy responsive to the Father's joy. I seek His will so I can serve with gladness, singing and love.
Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me the joy and love and peace it is right to bring to the manger of my Lord. Raise in me, too, sober reverence for the God who acted there, hearty gratitude for the life begun there, and spirited resolution to serve the Father and Son. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, whose advent I hail. Amen.-catholic.org
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest
and on earth
peace to those on whom his favor rests.”- Luke 2: 10-14,usccb.org
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Tickets for March for Life Available Now Saint John's Life will be hosting the annual bus to the March for Life this year but they need your help! The March for Life will be on January 22, 2014. The bus departure is at 5:00 am from Saint John's. Tickets are $40 per person but they actually cost $50 per person. Your ticket purchase includes a seat on the bus to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. which will take you to and from the March for Life. If you are able please consider paying the full $50. Please consider making a Christmas gift to Saint John's Life so they can continue to offer this annual bus. God Bless You.
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It’s easy! Pray that young men & woman in Our Archdiocese will hear and answer God’s call.
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 Fr. Adaly
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, 1:15 pm (Spanish Mass, multiple Mass intentions are taken for this Mass), 5:00 pm
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. A Marriage Preparation Program is required. Please call Jody and Mary Kopec at 845.294.1375.
You can also register for classes in other places in the Archdiocese of New York online at http://flrl.org/Registration.asp
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.