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By Deacon Keith A Fournier,7/22/2014, Catholic Online
CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - "Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit."
St. Paul wrote those words to the early Christians in Greece. (1 Th. 5:16-19) They did not live lives of ease, in any sense of the word. They had families, occupations, bills - difficulties and struggles beyond what many of us could imagine. They also suffered greatly for their faith. Yet, he instructed them to "Pray without ceasing". Did he really mean it? I believe that he did.
Prayer is an ongoing dialogue of intimate communion with God. It is a dialogue which need not be interrupted. It is meant to become a normative experience for every Christian, no matter what their state in life or vocation.
Our relationship with God was broken, separated and wounded through the first sin, the sin of origins - original sin. That sin, like all sin since, is at its root, a misuse and abuse of freedom. Our first parents were seduced, and infected by pride and self sufficiency. They made a wrong choice and the separation began - and continues.
The Good News is that through Jesus Christ, the way has now been opened for an even fuller communion with God, one that is restored through His Incarnation, Saving life, Death and Resurrection. The Cross of Jesus Christ is the splint which heals our fractured freedom.
The Lord wants us to freely choose to respond to His continual invitations to love. We will only find our fulfillment as human persons by entering into that kind of an ongoing relationship. This is the meaning and purpose of life. As we grow in faith through our participation in the life of grace, lived out in the Church, our capacity to respond to His loving invitation grows as well.
Prayer is about falling in love with God and entering into an ongoing communion, a dialogue, with Him.
"When the Spirit dwells in a person, from the moment in which that person has become prayer, he never leaves him. For the Spirit himself never ceases to pray in him. Whether the person is asleep or awake, prayer never from then on departs from his soul. Whether he is eating or drinking or sleeping or whatever else he is doing, even in deepest sleep, the fragrance of prayer rises without effort in hid heart. Prayer never again deserts him. At every moment of his life, even when it appears to stop, it is secretly at work in him continuously, one of the Fathers, the bearers of Christ, says that prayer is the silence of the pure. For their thoughts are divine motions. The movements of the heart and the intellect that have been purified are the voices full of sweetness with which such people never cease to sing in secret to the hidden God.""- Isaac of Ninevah
Through prayer, heavenly wisdom is planted in the field of our hearts and we experience a deepening communion with the Trinitarian God. We become, in the words of the Apostle Peter "partakers of the divine nature." (2 Peter 1:4) That participation will only be fully complete when we are with Him in the fullness of His embrace, in Resurrected Bodies in a New Heaven and a New earth, but it begins now, in the grace of this present moment.
We will live the way we love and we will love the way we pray.
"Jesus, in whom the fullness of God dwells, has become our home by making his home in us he allows us to make our home in him. By entering into the intimacy of our innermost self he offers us the opportunity to enter into his own intimacy with God. By choosing us as his preferred dwelling place, he invites us to choose him as our preferred dwelling place.”
"This is the mystery of the incarnation. Here we come to see what discipline in the spiritual life means. It means a gradual process of coming home to where we belong and listening there to the voice which desires our attention. Home is the place where that first love dwells and speaks gently to us. Prayer is the most concrete way to make our home in God."- Henri Nouwen
Let the Holy Spirit begin to teach you how to become prayer. Let God make His home within you. Learn to make your home in Him.
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“The Kingdom of heaven is like…” What motivates the actions of the person, merchant, and fishermen is that they have already come upon the extreme good which they seek: the treasure in the field, the pearl of great price, the catch of fish. They have encountered the treasure they desire; now they do what they must to have it. So it is with us. We have already come upon the extreme good which we spend our lives seeking: the kingdom of heaven. The challenge is to give our all to attain it.-Living Liturgy™, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2014
God is in his holy place, God who unites those who dwell in his house; he himself gives might and strength to his people.
O God, protector of those who hope in you, without whom nothing has firm foundation, nothing is holy,
bestow in abundance your mercy upon us and grant that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may use the good things that pass in such a way as to hold fast
even now to those that ever endure. 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
Therefore, put away all filth and evil excess
and humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save
your souls. Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.-James1:21-22,usccb.org
We welcome Fr. Joseph Harrison to St. John’s for the summer months to assist Fr. Villa and Msgr. Valenzuela.
My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.-2 Corinthians 12:9-10,usccb.org
I looked again and heard the voices of many angels who surrounded the throne and the living creatures and the elders. They were countless in number, and they cried out in a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing.” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, everything in the universe, cry out: “To the one who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor, glory and might, forever and ever.” The four living creatures answered, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.-Revelation 5:11-14,usccb.org
FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTIONS AND EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT This coming Friday, Aug. 1st is First Friday. Confessions for First Friday will be on Thurs. July 31st from 4-4:30 pm. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin after the 6:30 am Mass and continue until Saturday morning at 8 am. There is a sign- up sheet where you can list the time you wish to spend with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Remember the exposed Blessed Sacrament should never be left unattended.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT EVERY NIGHT AFTER THE 5:15 PM MASS THERE IS ADORATION UNTIL 9 PM.
THERE WILL BE NO 5 PM MASS ON SUNDAYS
DURING JULY & AUGUST
STARTING JULY 6TH.
Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator.
It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the "King of Glory," respectful silence in the presence of the "ever greater" God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2628/usccb.org
The importance of Eucharistic Adoration is shown in the fact that the Church has a ritual that regulates it: the Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. This is an extension of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which occurs in every Mass: "Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb." Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church. The Rite concludes with the ordained minister blessing the faithful with the Blessed Sacrament.-usccb.org-Click Here for More Information on Adoration and Holy Hours
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NOVENA TO THE MOTHER OF GOD FOR THE NATION
This Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation will remind us of some of the central truths of the faith,
in particular, the Incarnation, passion, death, resurrection of the Lord and Mary’s unique role in our salvation. It will be, in a way, a catechism lesson that challenges us to a deeper conversion to Christ and a more generous life of charity.-ewtn/religiousliberties.org
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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
Act of Adoration
I adore Thee, O my God, present in the holy Eucharist, as my Creator, my Preserver, and my Redeemer. I offer Thee all that I have, all that I am, all that depends on me; I offer Thee my mind to think of Thee, my heart to love Thee; my will to serve Thee; my body to labor and suffer for Thy love. I am Thine, I give myself; I consecrate myself to Thee, I abandon myself to Thee, I wish to live and die for love of Thee.catholic.org
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. 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.