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  •        Pastors Homily

     
    17th Sunday
    One Small Act of Generosity - Can Multiply Other Act of Generosity
    I was asked to make this announcement in regard to the pandemic.  We hope that everyone can be safe and responsible.  According to the diocesan policy:  those who are already vaccinated are not required to wear face masks.  Those who have not received the COVID19 vaccine or who are otherwise vulnerable are strongly suggested to wear a face mask out of concern for others to prevent the possible spread of the virus.

    The following is a true story that occurred in Florence, Alabama in 1998.  The pastor and parish leaders were engaged in a building campaign to provide space for youth ministry.  Though the brochure went out and the preaching and education was done, this initiative was not going well.  People were reluctant to make pledges.

    Then on Sunday morning a ten year old boy came to the pastor at the conclusion of the worship service.  He handed the pastor a worn baseball, and whispered, “Pastor, I don’t know if God can use my baseball, but it is all I have, and it means more to me than anything for else.  But when I thought about what our church is trying to do for kids, I just wanted to give something.   I know it is not much, but it is all I have.”  The pastor wasstunned and overwhelmed by the simple generosity of the boy.  And in a spontaneous act, the pastor quieted the church as they were beginning to leave, and asked the congregation to return to their pews.

    Then the pastor told the church about the boy’s sacrificial gift, and held aloft the tattered baseball for all to see.  “Such giving is a miracle,” the pastor said.  But then the miracle continued in a most unexpected way.  Suddenly a man stood and said, “Pastor, I would like to buy that baseball from the church.  I would give $10,000.00 for that baseball.”  Then another, and another, another person after person stood up in the church.  It was a holy auction.

    When the “bidding” had subsided, the woman who had offered the highest pledge for the baseball addressed the congregation and said, “Now I would like to ask all of you to join me and give whatever amount you offered for that ball.  For none of us really need that young boy’s baseball, we just need whatever he had that allowed him to give it in the first place.”  And with that word, the people opened their checkbooks and wallets, and when the baskets were passed, there was more than enough money to build the entire building!

    Similarly in our first reading a man brings 20 barely loaves and fresh grain in the ear.  Before that simple act of generosity, Elisha is able to feed 100 people.  In the Gospel, a boy steps up with 5 loaves and two fishes, and the food is multiplied and a large group of people are fed.  It is quite possible in both stories that people were inspired to share the food that they had brought with them for the journey.

    In the Gospel, when people saw the small boy take out 5 loaves and to fishes, they could have been inspired to share as well the food that they had brought with them.  Looking at the true story of the little boy sharing the baseball, the man sharing 20 barley loaves and grain, and the little boy sharing 5 loaves and two fishes, we could say that a simple act of generosity from one person can inspire multiple stories of generosity from others.  A simple act of sharing from one person can result in the miracle of sharing by many people.

    May each of us be inspired to take simple acts of generosity that could possibly inspire others to be generous as well.  The true miracle is that of sharing.  Christ shares all He is and has with us so we can share all we have and are with others.  Let us take that simple step of stepping forward to be generous.


     
  • Memo From Fr. Jasany

    Dear Parishioners;

    We have been informed that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass has been reinstated by the Bishops of Ohio.  The Sunday Mass Obligation is in effect beginning June 5th and 6th, 2021.  It is the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Our Lord.  It would be wonderful to see a large Mass attendance at our weekend liturgies.

    Mass Schedule:  For the time being and at least through the summer months, we will maintain the present Mass schedule.  Masses will continue to be Saturday evening at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.  We will reevaluate the schedule at the end of the summer months.  We will continue to livestream our 10:00 a.m. Mass for those who are shut-ins, ill, or who have serious, legitimate reasons for not coming to Mass.

    Our church seats 315 people.  Right now, we only have 40 – 50 people coming to any one Mass.

    The following are some guidelines which we received from Bishop Malesic that we will implement on the weekend of June 5th and June 6th
     

    1. Face Masks are no longer required, but are strongly suggested for those who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine or who are otherwise vulnerable.  The Bishop states that “we should presume good will for everyone in this regard.”  Please do not inquire if someone has or has not received the vaccine.  There may be reasons why someone might still choose to wear a mask, even if they are vaccinated.  We are a community, and must respect everyone’s individual decision in this matter.
     
    1. Social Distancing is no longer required.  The use of all pews/seating areas is permitted.
     
    1. Holy Water in the Holy Water Fonts is now permitted.
     
    1. Liturgical Processions at the beginning and conclusion of the liturgy as well as offertory processions are permitted.
     
    1. The Offertory Collection by ushers passing the collection basket is now permitted at Mass.  Therefore ushers can now take up the collection as they did before, during the Mass.  The collection baskets on the steps will no longer be used.
     
    1. The Sign of Peace among the faithful is permitted.  It should be exchanged without physical contact between persons who are not of the same household or family.
     
    1. Liturgical Ministers (Altar servers, lectors, ushers, musicians, cantors, choirs, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion) are permitted.  We hope to begin scheduling servers, ushers and one Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion for our weekend liturgies.
     
    1. Holy Communion The distribution of the Precious Blood remains suspended until further notice.  This explains why we will only schedule one Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to assist the priest with the distribution of the hosts for Holy Communion.  That Minister will also go up to the choir loft (when applicable) to distribute the hosts to our choir.
     
    1. Greeting of the Faithful Clergy can now greet people after Mass.
     
    1. Hymnals and Other Books may now be returned to the pews.  For us this would include Today’s Missal, the Music Issue, and the Glory and Praise books.
     
    1. Cleaning of the Church A general cleaning of the church should take place on a regular basis.  The rigorous sanitization protocols are no longer in effect.  We thank Tony DiGeronimo for supplying us with the Chem Safe and the sprayer throughout the pandemic.  We thank Anthony Laboy, Jim Armbruster and George Weiss who sanitized our church after every Mass.  We are indeed grateful to all of them.
     
    1. Hand Sanitizers will still be available at our church exits.


    On another matter, you will see scaffolding go up in our church during the final days of May.  Last year, West Side Roofing repaired leaks in the church roof due to issues with flashing.  We filed an insurance claim with Diocesan Insurance.  Diocesan Insurance will pay to repair and to repaint the interior damage to the plaster and the paint in the various areas of the church.  Paul Davis Restoration will do the work.  It is my understanding that the total cost of this job is $50,942.11.  We will pay our $1000.00 deductible.  Diocesan Insurance will pay $49,942.11.

    As we see the interior restoration on our church building go into effect, possibly we can have the thought that all of us are called to build church together.  We do this through prayer, fellowship and sharing our time, treasure, and talent.  Please consider coming to our weekend liturgies and I thank you in advance for your continued financial support.  You can drop your envelopes in the collection basket at Mass, mail them to the rectory, or drop them off at the rectory.  If no one is available, please drop them off in the outside mailbox.  For those who wish, you can give online.  Visit our parish website for information on this option.  Our parish website is www.st-john-nepomucene.org.

    I am grateful to God for all of you.  Let us build church together.

    Sincerely,


    Father Jasany



     

  • 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, Ryan Amato,
    Rondell Atwater, Matthew Balli,
    Joyce Bican, Chester Betliskey, Mary Ann Betliskey, Ted Branche,
    James Ciesla, Donna Czyzynski, Bobbie Deccola, Joseph Deccola,
    Carole Dlouhy, Katherine Dolniar, 
    Betty Domorasky,
    Terry Donovan, 
    Bonnie Donovan, 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 !

  • IMPORTANT !!!! PLEASE READ

    If anyone receives an email or a TEXT from Fr. Jasany or any of our staff requesting money or saying I need a favor, please delete we will never request money in this manner.  If you have any questions please call the rectory.