Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: September 17, 2017
The readings for May 28's liturgies are found at #1095 in the Worship hymnal. The psalm for today’s liturgies is found at #1088 in the Worship Hymnal. Scheduled hymns for 5/27 and 5/28. Entrance hymn: #530, A Hymn of Glory -Let Us Sing. Preparation hymn: #938, We Remember Communion hymn: #935, Draw Near. Closing hymn: #544, Come Holy Ghost.
This ministry reaches out in a variety of ways to those who have recently faced the death of someone they love. The wonderful women and men who offer their time in this ministry—as well as our office staff—do a wonderful job in ministering to those in need. We are in need of more help as we seek to grow the Ministry of Consolation. We are in need of parishioners to come forward as:
If you’re able to help or want to find out more information, contact Fr. John at email@example.com.
Michael Clauberg + firstname.lastname@example.org, Director of Youth Ministry
Boy Scouts: Pat Hahn TroopPack800@aol.com
Cub Scouts: Michael Hayes + email@example.com
EDGE (Middle School Youth Ministry): firstname.lastname@example.org
Life Teen (High School Youth Ministry): Michael Clauberg + email@example.com
SJE Service Corps: Fr. John Sureau + firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Adult Ministry: email@example.com
Sister Ann Berendes, IHM + firstname.lastname@example.org + Director of Parish Social Ministry
Ministry of Consolation: Eve O’Brien—email@example.com
Helen Williams: firstname.lastname@example.org
Communion to the Homebound: Sister Ann Berendes, IHM
Community Meal: Fr. John Sureau—email@example.com
Homeless Outreach: Alex Finta—firstname.lastname@example.org
Respect Life Group: Maria Sikora—email@example.com
Have you ever had the feeling of “just being at home” with a certain person? No matter where you meet that person, you are immediately “at home” with him/her. Isn’t it just a great comfort? It is the feeling I get when I’m with one of my favorite people; I know that I can just lean back, kick off my shoes, and just be at home. I think that this is the feeling that Jesus has for us when he promised that he would go “to prepare a place for us.” I think it is the feeling that the early disciples had when they heard the Greek-speaking members of the community complain because their widows were not receiving their daily distribution of food. Because of this, the twelve brought together the community and selected a group to serve the people so that they, the twelve, could continue to preach the Word of God.
Thomas seemed to question more than the other Apostles. He did not quite understand Jesus when said that he was going to prepare a place for them. Jesus “presumed” that they knew he was returning to the Father, but Thomas questioned him and said that they didn’t know where he was going so how could they know the way. I can picture Jesus smiling and shaking his head as he answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know the Father.” It takes quite a bit of explaining for Thomas to realize that belief in Jesus leads us to the Father and the works of the Father.
I think that Peter was much more of a naturalist than Paul was. Peter used the objects with which people would be familiar, e.g., stone to build something sturdy and secure. He used the example of Jesus as a living stone on which the Church was built. Only a good stone could withstand turbulences; some stones can cause people to stumble. Peter explains that those who believe and obey the words of Jesus are the chosen ones. Those who cannot obey, or choose not to obey the word of God, will stumble and fall. The choice is theirs, not Jesus’ choice.
We will find in Jesus a friend who gives us comfort, who makes us feel “at home” when we talk with him, follow him, as we do anyone whom we love and trust. We can be assured that he will lead us to the Father. The Love we received from God is the mutual love between Father and Son. This love we know as the Holy Spirit—that gift that we feel, experience, can give to others but which we cannot touch except as we affect others by our good works and kind words.
Let us not forget the words that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, said, “Without the cross, there could be no resurrection.”
This is one way to honor one who has passed away. These cards allow you to express your sympathy while also benefitting the less fortunate in our local community. The memorial offering made will benefit Parish Outreach, our Homeless Initiative, Food Pantry and Thrift Shop and the many works of Parish Social Ministry at SJE. To obtain a parish social ministry memorial card, visit the Rectory Office during regular hours or Parish Outreach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Sister Ann in the Parish Social Ministry Office.
Our parish, overall, and our parish social ministry, specifically, are here to serve you in any way we can. If you are in need, please reach out to us at St. John’s. A great place to start is the Outreach Office coordinated by Sister Ann and our amazing volunteer ministers. Our Outreach Office is located in the Red Barn. Please call to make an appointment so we can connect you to our services here at SJE or link you to other services. Never be embarrassed to reach out. We may not be able to address every need. If we can’t, we’ll try to connect to someone who can assist you. Please always reach out to us here at SJE.
Office Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Monday—Friday (Please call for an appointment.)
Food Pantry: Monday evenings: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m + Thursday afternoons: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Thrift Shop: Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25:35-36.
Prison Families Anonymous welcomes anyone who now has, or ever had, a loved one involved in the juvenile or criminal justice system. At meetings, we share our experience, strength and hope. Here we offer information and assistance in navigating the criminal justice system. We encourage members to exchange phone numbers and when possible to carpool to upstate prisons.
Prison Families Anonymous (PFA)
Life becomes more difficult and stressful for family and friends when a loved one becomes incarcerated. Relationships and responsibilities
can become strained and the dynamics within the family often change dramatically. The PFA Support Group provides a safe, nonjudgmental
place where those in similar situations can connect with each other. It provides compassion, support and information to family members during their very difficult times.
The Prison Families Anonymous Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month starting at 7:30 P.M. at the Community Presbyterian Church at 1843 Deer Park Avenue in Deer Park, NY 11729. It is located at the Northeast corner of Deer Park and Lake Ave. Parking lot entrance on Lake Avenue. Please use the rear door closest to the parking lot.
We need the following donations:
Mens new socks and new underwear
Mens t-shirts in new or great condition
New men’s and women’s socks
Do you want to meet some new families in our parish? Do you want to reach out to other families who may not be so involved?
Do you like to do good things for other people? Catholic families need to come together to not only support one another but to form our young people and bring the Gospel to the world. Would you consider joining SJE’s new Family Life Ministry? This ministry will work to create activities and experiences for families of all shapes and sizes, but especially those with younger children. This is a great ministry for active moms and dads but also one that needs the wisdom of awesome grandparents too! All are welcome.
Our next meeting will take place on TUESDAY, June 6 at 7 p.m. in the Convent Meeting Room. So let the fun, faith, and family fellowship begin….hopefully with you! For more in-formation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Many of our visitors have commented on the beauty of the Church for the Easter season. How blessed are we with a wonderful Art and Environment (A & E) Ministry to make our worship space so beautiful. Now, we want to take work on some of the outside grounds of the Church. We have a local landscaper/gardener who is willing to assist us but would need dedicated people—like you! - to help maintain and manage plants and bushes, etc. So do you have a green thumb (or are willing to work with someone who does)? Then Outside A & E might be the ministry for you. Please contact Fr. John (email@example.com) so we can form the group and get going on this project for the good of our parish. This is a great project for families and friends to work on together.