Every Catholic is called to give himself fully to Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church. How does one become a Committed Catholic?
1.Go to Reconciliation at least once a month: While the Church teaches each catholic must go to Reconciliation at least once a year, any person who is truthful with himself/herself and Christ knows he/she needs the Sacrament of Reconciliation much more frequently. Regular and frequent Reconciliation changes people, for supernatural Grace flows to them during Absolution.
2. Pray for 15 minutes every day: Commit to get to know Christ on a personal basis by approaching His Throne and talking with Him every day for 15 minutes. It is in this personal conversation that Christ will make us will known to each one of us.
3. Discover the majestic of the Mass: The Mass is the “source and summit” of the Catholic faith. Learn the Mass to such a degree that you can explain it to others with the reverence and devotion that Christ’s Sacrifice deserves.
4. Pray the Rosary regularly and carry the Rosary with you: Praying the Rosary draws you closer to our Holy Mother and to her Son, Jesus Christ; it is the best of rituals, prayed by the greatest Saints over centuries, in quiet places and in the din of the battlefield. It is an act of loyalty and fidelity.
5. Read Holy Scripture for 15 minutes each day: Reading Holy Scripture can be done by working through books of the Bible and by reading/praying the Divine Office. You can’t know Jesus Christ without contemplating His Word.
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English and Spanish parent formation classes will begin in October. Please be on time. Look out for more details coming up.
We have created a new e-mail address specifically for bulletin announcements. If you are a ministry coordinator and would like to announce about your next event, please submit the activity information to:
Note that Friday is the cut-off for submissions.
We are grateful to start something new here at St. John’s Church. We will be combining the youth group with the first year Confirmation Program. It will be a dynamic group, centering on faith, sharing, music, paryer and worship, all in the glory of God.
We will be meeting in the Gym every other Sunday from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
As part of the parish festival, September 28th and 29th, we will again have our Hidden Treasures sale in the Community Center meeting room.
We count on your donations of jewelry, religious articles, accessories, household items, small appliances, décor, vintage items, etc. We cannot take clothes, baby items,bedding or anything large.
Clean out your drawers and closets now and bring items on Thursday, September 27, our setup day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We can make a pickup or arrange a drop off at church.
For more information call, Mary at 278-5315 or Paulette at 538-9161
"Do this in memory of me." - Jesus (Luke:
The mass is an opportunity to praise God and thank Him for all that He has done for us.
If we have a correct understanding of Mass, it will become more meaningful for us. We will want to go to Mass. We will understand why the Mass is God's precious gift to us, and we wouldn't think of refusing that gift.
Here are 3 reasons to go to Mass:
1. The Command of God. The Third of the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God is, "Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day" (Exodus 20:8).
2. The Command of Christ. Why should we keep the Sabbath holy by going to Mass? The Mass was instituted at the Last Supper by Jesus before his Crucifixion. The Last Supper was the first Mass.
When we celebrate the Mass, we repeat the Last Supper, as Jesus commanded us to do. In doing this, we remember and re-present his great act of love for us on the Cross
3. The Command of the Church. The Church teaches that we must fulfill the command of Jesus ("Do this in memory of me") by attending Sunday Mass (or the Vigil Mass the night before). The Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994, pp. 493-94) explains that Mass attendance on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation is the first of the six Commandments of the Church. These Commandments of the Church also require receiving Communion at least once a year during the Easter season, confessing any mortal sin as a preparation for Communion, and observing the prescribed days of fasting and abstinence. These Commandments spell out the minimal responsibilities of a Catholic. the Church teaches, is a serious sin.