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  •        Pastors Homily

    Fifth Sunday of Easter
    May 1st and 2nd
    We are called to have an Intimate Relationship
    With Jesus Christ
     
    As we hear the discourse of the Vine and the Branches, we are called to have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

    Theologian Bernard Haring tells the moving story of his visit to a little church in Bavaria where he had been invited to preach. He says that as he went into the church for the first time, he felt something.  This happens in some churches; you can feel the Presence, the Grace.  And as the people were worshipping, this feeling came over him again. Once more, it happened when the people began talking with one another as they left the church building.  Fr. Haring started to look for the secret of this wonderful atmosphere.

    Perhaps, he thought, it was the pastor or his assistants?  But the pastor said, “No.  It is not us.  Come I will show you.”  So, he took Fr. Haring to the home of an older woman who had been crippled by arthritis for twenty five year.  She had become so disabled that she was unable even to feed herself.  But as they walked into her room, Bernard Haring said he again felt this deep sense of Divine Presence.  During their conversation, the woman said to him, “Praise God that I can offer up this small suffering toward the Redemption of the world.”  As they were leaving the little house, the pastor turned to Bernard Haring and said, “That is the secret of the vital life of our parish.  That is the secret.”

    Through prayer and sacrifice, ths elderly woman was a branch connected to the true vine that is Christ.  Her connection to this vine was so deep that the Divine Presence was experienced in her parish.

    In this discourse, Jesus identifies Himself as the true vine and we as disciples are called to be the branches that are connected to the vine. It symbolizes the kind of intimate relationship that Jesus desires to have between himself and His disciples.  Anyone who has had the experience of working in a vineyard knows immediately how accurate the symbolism is.  God is the vine grower, Jesus is the vine, and the disciples are the branches.  In order for the branches to produce grapes, the branches must be connected to the vine.

    In order for us as disciples to produce good fruit, you and I must be connected to the vine who is Christ.  This means that all of us are called to have a prayer life.  Just as a battery may have to be charged with a battery charger, we need to receive life from Christ.  Prayer fosters this fundamental connection.  Whether it is praying the Scriptures, the rosary, meditation, talking and listening to God, we need to pray every day.  If we have a deep prayer life, we will produce good fruit.

    Today think about your prayer life.  Could you be praying more?  Accept the invitation as a branch to be more deeply connected to the vine who is Christ so you can produce good fruit.

     
  • Catholic Chairities

    We are still accepting Catholic Charities Pledges.  To make a gift today visit:

    https://www.catholiccommunity.org/ways-to-give/donate/catholic-charities.  Please select our parish from the drop down menu. 

    OR YOU MAY PICK UP A PLEDGE ENVELOPE AT THE RECTORY

    Or you can text CCHOPE to 41444.


    With church attendance low due to COVID19, we hope you will respond generously. 

  • 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.

     

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  • Sick & Hospitalized

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

    Sharon Arroyo, Ryan Amato,
    Rondell Atwater, Matthew Balli,
    Joyce Bican, Chester Betliskey, Mary Ann Betliskey,
    Bonnie Donovan, Ted Branche,
    James Ciesla, Donna Czyzynski, Bobbie Deccola, Joseph Deccola,
    Carole Dlouhy, 
    Katherine Dolniar, 
    Shelley Forbes, Victor Hartness,  Kristin Hill,
    Liz Humar, Jacob Jackson,
    Mike, Jackson, 
    Millie Jasany,
    hris Jackson, Marcedia Johnson, The Jorski Family,  
    Joan Gorris, 
    Stanley  Loszak, Stefania Loszak, Grant Kaurich,
    Patti Kicielinski, Grant Kaurich

    Richard Kwiatkowski,
    Eleanor Peshek, 
    Tom Konkoly,
    Sharon Krzynowek,  Amy Latawiec,
    Richard Leonard,    Barbie Lister,
    Ann Marie Medve, Joseph Medve, Jeanette Miller,  Marguerite Miller, Nikki Milton, Keenan Montgomery, Donna Murrin, Louis Novak,
    Art Novotny, 
    Patricia Rhine,
    Joel Rivera, Karen Seneff,
    Norman Seneff, Tony Seneff,
    Earl Sheets,Eileen Skiba,
    Margaret Slechta,
    Chuck Slusarczyk,
    Nancy Slusarczyk, 
    Russ Smith,
    Peggy Snyder, Kellie Span,
    Elaine Stack, Robert Stack,
    Toni Suchy, 
    Marlene Wesley,
    Betty Wilson, 
    Jerome Wisniewski,
    Greg Wisniewski 

    and Carl Zelenskas.

         
    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 !