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  •        Pastors Homily

    Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord
    January 9th/10th 2021
          
         We again extend a warm welcome to everyone as we gather to celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord and our own baptisms as well.

           A preliminary announcement:  Many people did not receive their contribution envelope in the mail.  May I suggest that you send in your weekly offering in a plain envelope.  Please include your name and the donation amount on the front of the envelope.  These can be placed in the collection basket at our Masses, mailed into the rectory or dropped off in the rectory mailbox.  Thank you for your consideration of this request.
           We possibly have received new gifts.  We are called to look again at the new gift which we received in Baptism.  The Baptism of Our Lord signified a new beginning as well.  He would officially accept his mission as the Suffering Servant.  Baptism for Our Lord would signify how he would die and rise for us.  Going under the waters would be a sign of his death; rising from the waters would be a sign of His Resurrection.  By going into the waters of the Jordan he would sanctify the waters of the River Jordan and all water that would eventually be used in the Sacrament of Baptism so we too could experience a new beginning as newly adopted sons and daughters of God.  This would also be the new beginning of His public Ministry.
           When Jesus is baptized, He goes into prayer; the heavens open; the Spirit descends in the shape of a dove, and a voice is heard:  You are my Beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.
           On this the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord… may you too go into prayer… and as you recall your own baptisms… May you hear Our Heavenly Father speak to you:  You are my Beloved Son; you are my Beloved Daughter… You are special… you really are… Perhaps, we embark on a new path as we experience how deeply we are loved… we travel by another way like the wise men: rejecting evil; embracing this Savior; and embracing the New Way of Life He calls us to…
           It is never too late to start over… to embrace a new beginning… Perhaps, we can hear the words of the Baptist, give in for now… give in… to doing things differently… The Season of Christmas ends, but the power of Our Savior’s birth is always there to heal and transform us; and to heal and transform our world.
           God became small so that we could become great… Greatness comes by being like him through small acts of kindness towards others… If a real baby was born into your family; this would result in changes for everyone… Hopefully, this child will be reborn in each of us and changes for the better may occur…
           Like Christ, each of us is called to mission and to service.  You can always look at the invitations that come to us in our parish bulletin.
           We are in need of volunteers to assist us in passing out food and clothing at the Ozanam Center on the grounds of Holy Name Parish.  We are called to service approximately one Saturday a month: in the morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Our next scheduled time is Saturday, January 23rd.  If you are interested in helping out please call the rectory for further information.
           I would like to conclude with this poem on the Work of Christmas:

                When the song of the angels               is stilled,
              When the star is gone,
              When the Kings and princes               are home,
              When the shepherds are                     back with their flock,
              The work of Christmas begins:
              To find the lost,
              To heal the broken,
              To feed the hungry,
              To release the prisoner,
              To rebuild the nations,
              To bring peace among                          brothers and sisters,
              To make music in the heart.


                The Season of Christmas officially ends today, but the work of Christmas begins today in you and me.  May we open our hearts to the God who was born for us in the manger so that one day he could be born again in the manger of every human heart.
     
     
  • January 22 Mass for life
    see link below

     
    The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland will observe the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on Jan. 22, the 48th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. The landmark decision established that a woman’s right to choose an abortion throughout her pregnancy is protected by privacy rights guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.
     
    Focal point of the observance will be the annual diocesan Mass for Life, which will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. Jan. 22 from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland.
  • Diocese Mass for life

  • On-Line Giving

    We are grateful for your support of our church. Online Giving allows you to make contributions to our church without writing checks or worrying about cash donations. This site lets you set up automatic contributions and change the timing or the amount of your gift at any time. You may make pledges and manage your contributions to the pledge amount, and you may make one-time donations to special causes. Please click on "Sign Up for Your New Account" and complete your initial account registration. Thank you!

    Click the link below to get started!


    Online Giving

  • ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT SAFETY ?

    With so much uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 virus and increasing recommendations to avoid crowds and take proper safety precautions, we wanted to remind you that we have options in place now that you can use today. This option is an ideal way to support the parish and our mission should you elect to stay home and worship.

    Online Giving is available for you to make contributions to the church. This option makes use of current technology and security standards and allows you to easily setup recurring contributions. It also enables our church to take advantage of new tools to become more efficient.

    Online Giving Parishioner Benefits
    Secure and confidential. No need to share payment information with the church office.
    Efficient. Set up direct withdrawals from your checking, savings account or a credit card.
    Simple. Start, stop and change your contributions at any time.
    Convenient. No need to write a check or have cash available.
    Remote flexibility. You can give from virtually anywhere anytime.

    Online Giving is intended to be a convenient tool for you to use, and we strongly support both Online Giving and Offering Envelopes for contributions to the parish. Online Giving is the electronic way to participate in weekly offertory.

     

  • Sick & Hospitalized

    Please remember in your  prayers those who are sick.  May they and their caregivers receive comfort and strength, remembering especially :

    Sharon, Arroyo, Rondell Atwater,  Edie Bailey, Joyce Bican,
    Mary Ann Betliskey,

    Ted Branch, Frank Briganti,             Sue Boone,  James Ciesla,
    Donna Czyzynski, Joseph Deccola, Carole Dlouhy, Katherine Dolniar, Victor Hartness,  Kristin Hill,            Liz Humar, Jacob Jackson, Millie Jasany, Chris Jackson, Marcedia Johnson, Caroline Jorski, Jesse Kakan,  Tom Konkoly,  Amy Latawiec,
    Richard Leonard, Barbie Lister,
    Kelly Lister, Debbie Mack, 

    Joe Marturano, 
    Deborah Malinowski, 
    Ann Marie Medve, Jeanette Miller, Marguerite Miller, Nikki Milton, 
    Keenan Montgomery,

    Donna Murrin, Louis Novak,
    Art Novotny, John Pocius, Pucciani Family,  Patricia Rhine, Joel Rivera, Jill Rugan,  Karen Seneff,        Norman Seneff, Tony Seneff,         Earl Sheets, Margaret Slechta,  Chuck  Slusarczyk,  Peggy  Snyder, Kellie Span,
    Elaine Stack, Robert Stack,
    Toni Suchy,
      Robert Wagner, Marlene Wesley, Betty Wilson, and Carl Zelenskas.


    Also, Please Pray for

    Fr. Joe Mecir,
    Fr. Dennis O'Grady,
    Fr. Doug Koesel
    Fr. Louis Thomas
    Deacon Ken DeLuca,
    Deacon Dennis Smith
    Deacon Dale Youngblood,
    Deacon Richard Wood

       Please Pray for Deacoon Dennis L. Smith, who passed away January 8, 2021.

       Please pray for the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish and their families.  Especially, Steven Lanzola who has recently deployed. 
          
             For All Our Loved Ones who have died may they rest in eternal peace in heaven.

           

  • We Need Your Help

    If your address and phone number have changed, please let us know.  We would like to keep our records up to date.  Also if you would like to share your email address, please contact Sandy Yody  at  
    sjnsyody@st-john-nepomucene.org
    Thank you !

  • Message from Bishop on the Life of
    Dr. Martin Luther King 

    A message from Bishop Malesic on the celebration of the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (dioceseofcleveland.org)

     

    As our nation celebrates the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 18, we have the opportunity to reflect on the legacy of his life and to recommit ourselves to the Gospel message he preached -- that the sin of racism can be defeated by active love and the light of faith. Following a year of heightened racial tension, we need to pause and reflect on Dr. King’s legacy of peace and non-violence, racial equality and justice for all. This is important for us and for our future generations.

    The Catholic bishops of the United States, in their pastoral letter against racism titled, “Open Wide Our Hearts,” remind us that, “Through his cross and Resurrection, Christ united the one human race to the Father. However, even though Christ’s victory over sin and death is complete, we still live in a world affected by them. Racism occurs because a person ignores the fundamental truth that, because all humans share a common origin, they are all brothers and sisters, all equally made in the image of God.”

    On this commemoration of the life of Dr. King, let us use this opportunity to pray for a genuine conversion of heart, a conversion that will compel change, and the reform of our institutions and society. The bishops also provided this key insight, “Moving our nation to a full realization of the promise of liberty, equality and justice for all is even more challenging. However, in Christ we can find the strength and the grace necessary to make that journey.”

    May we lift our hearts to Christ and through him pray to God our Father, in whose image we have all been made, and work for that justice which brings lasting peace. And let us share Dr. King’s dream that one day we will realize a founding principle of our nation, that all persons are created equal.