Wednesday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time
According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Stephen of Hungary. His feast in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is celebrated on August 16.
Historically today is the feast of St. Agricolus, son of St. Magnus and bishop of Avignon. He built a church in Avignon to be served by the monks of Lerins and also a convent for Benedictine nuns. By his blessing he put an end to an invasion of storks.
Rev. Father Michael Phillippino
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Parish Administrative Secretary
Ms. Megan Furtado
Ms. Patty Holmes
Mr. Timothy Cavanagh
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Parish Council: Meets every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 PM in the Rectory; all parishioners are welcome to attend.
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Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:00 PM
Sunday Mass: 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM
Weekday Masses: 8:00 AM Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat
No 8AM Mass on Wed
Eucharistic Adoration begins in the chapel at 9AM after morning Mass on the 1st Friday of each month and ends at 6PM, in observance of the 6:30 Stations of the Cross, with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and a Benediction.
Monday Night: Miraculous Medal Novena in the Chapel
Thursday Night: 7PM Prayer Group in the Chapel
First Fridays: 8AM Mass and Devotions to the Sacred Heart
First Saturdays: 8AM Mass and Holy Rosary
Confession: Heard Saturdays, 3:00-3:30PM
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Pastoral Sharings: "Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time"
Speaker Susan Conroy at St. Mary Parish, Portland, Parish Hall, September 20th at 2:00 PM. Susan Conroy, world renowned author, speaker, and EWTN television host, who travels around the country giving presentations on her experience with Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She spent time serving in one of Mother Teresa’s orphanages and in the Home for the Dying. She also translated a book that St. Therese of Lisieux called “one of the greatest graces of my life.” You don’t want to miss this inspiring presentation.
Fall Flower Sale: September 12-13 The weekend of September 12-13, we will be sponsoring our annual Fall Flower sale after all Masses. Varieties include mums, asters, pansy bowls, purple fountain grass and ornamental millet. Proceeds will benefit St. John Church.
St. Vincent de Paul Sponsored Meal – September 13 Our last St. Vincent de Paul Place sponsored meal for 2015 will be on Sunday, September 13th. Please save the date! If you are willing and able to help bake, cook, serve, or cleanup, please call Sue Whitmore or the Parish Office.
St. Vincent De Paul Dinner – September 13th Our LAST sponsored dinner for St. Vincent de Paul Place for 2015 will be on Sunday, September 13, 2015. Please save the date! If you are interested in cooking, baking, serving, set-up and/or clean-up, please call the Parish Office at 860-347-5626 or Sue Whitmore at 860-632-7145.
Food for the Poor Mission: August 29-30 The weekend of August 29th and 30th, St. John Church will host a mission priest for Food for the Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the United States. With help from friends like you, Food for the Poor feeds hundreds of thousands of people every day in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. As a Christian charity, FFTP takes the responsibility of your donations very seriously and maintains one of the highest efficiency ratings of any charity of that size. Please prayerfully consider what you can give. God Bless You.
Pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes, etc.: October 6- 16th, 2015. Lead by Fr. Ray Introvigne and Mrs. Judith Hughes. $3,199 per person, please call for reservations.
Day of Recollection: St. Edmunds Retreat, Mystic CT. Wednesday, August 26th from 10 AM – 3:30 PM. “Come to the Water with Mary.” Together we can reflect on the many images of Mary, especially in her appearances at Guadalupe, Lourdes and Fatima, that teach us the value of her intercession for us with her son, Jesus. Includes two conferences, Mass, confessions, time to explore the Island and a hot served lunch. Please call 860-536-0565 to pre-register. $50 per person.
Norwich Diocese Office of Faith Events: Papal Pilgrimage, Thursday, September 24- Saturday, September 27. Only a few seats remain. Be there to see Pope Francis celebrate Mass and canonize Juniper Serra Ferrer, OFM. We will visit shrines as well as historic landmarks. For more information contact Duane Hartley, Assistant Coordinator of Faith Events, 860-848-2237 ext. 304.
Diocese of Norwich Pilgrimage to the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary, October 5-15, 2015. For information call 860-887-9294. Bishop Cote will lead an elevenday pilgrimage to many holy sites, including the statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague and St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Austria. Other attractions include a boat ride on Europe’s largest subterranean lake, the State Opera House, and the largest indoor market in Europe. Price includes motorcoach to and from JFK airport, departure lunch, all tips, daily Mass, breakfast and dinner daily, departure tax and fuel surcharge. Cost is $3,350 per person double occupancy, reservations must be made by July 20th.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES 2015 - 2016 Registration
According to the Norwich Diocesan policy, all students should receive the Sacraments in their own parish. If your child will be going into the 2nd or 8th grade and is attending a parochial school, they must register for classes at St. John Parish. Registration forms will be sent during the week, if you do not receive one, please call Sr. Ann at 860-344-8569.
RCIA/RCIC 2015-2016: If you are interested in the Catholic faith and have not been baptized as Catholic, or if you are Catholic and have not received the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation, we invite you to look deeper into the Catholic faith. St. John Parish will soon begin a set of sessions to share the truths of the Catholic faith and the fellowship of our Church family. If you are interested or would like more information about these sessions, please call Sr. Ann at 860-344-8569.
Catholic Charities Annual Golf Tournament Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Join us at Fox Hopyard Golf Club, 1 Hopyard Road, East Haddam. Registration is at 10:30 AM, Lunch at 11:30 AM, Shotgun at 1:00 PM. $175 covers green fees, cart, lunch, meal/awards. For more information call Christine Jackel at the Development Office, 860-886-1928 x12 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at www.ccfsn.org.
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Preparing for the Mass Semptember 6, 2015
The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, whose memorial the Church celebrates on September 15. September falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green.
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday Bible Reflections from Scott Hahn and the liturgy can be found here and a children's liturgy can be found here.
Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time:
Listen and Proclaim the Good News
He put his fingers into the man's ears, and he spat and touched his tongue; and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened." And the man's ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.
This was a sign of the Messiah. Isaiah had said, in our first reading, that the eyes of the blind would be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared, the lame would leap like a stag and the tongue of the mute would sing. The people realized that Jesus was performing these signs. With a joy beyond comprehension, they realized that the Messiah was among them.
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Classic
Mark 7: 31–37
Jesus leaves the district of Tyre, and by way of Sidon goes into the district of the Decapolis. People beg him to cure a deaf man with a speech impediment. Jesus puts his finger into the man’s ears, touches the man’s tongue with his spittle, looks up to heaven, groans, and heals the man, saying, “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”) The people are astonished and say, “He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and [the] mute speak.”
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—
September 6, 2015
When Jesus heals a deaf, mute man, He fulfills an old prophecy in a startling, unexpected way. How?
Gospel (Read Mk 7:31-37)
St. Mark describes for us an episode that took place while Jesus was ministering in a primarily Gentile region (the Decapolis). “People brought to Him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged Him to lay His hand on him.” We don’t know if these were Jews or Gentiles, but we do know that this was an earnest intercession for a needy person. Because so much of our own prayer lives, as well as that of the whole Church, is taken up with intercessions of exactly this sort, we would do well to pay careful attention to the outcome.