On Easter Sunday we celebrate the Risen Savior who conquered Satan, sin, and death. We celebrate new life in Him. We celebrate the hope of heaven with readings from Holy Scriptures, preaching, singing, baptisms, confirmations and Eucharist—all because Jesus Lives and Saves! “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31) Jesus is worth celebrating!
We rejoice today because, our faith in Christ has been vindicated, Truth and justice have triumphed and tragedy has been turned into joy! Even when we go through trials, persecutions, sufferings, betrayals and discriminations, let us rejoice and be glad, for we shall overcome all, in Christ the Risen Savior. Imagine the joy that the women disciples and the apostles felt when they first met the Risen Lord! Do we experience the same joy in our hearts today after all our Lenten disciplines and sacrifices as a parish community?
Familiarity with the Easter story can result in taking the resurrection for granted, thus missing the overwhelming promise it holds. Easter Joy is meant for every one. For individuals who have undergone a personal renewal by beating their addictions, for those teens who have succeeded to come out of their feelings of despair and depression, for couples who have reconciled their troubled marriages, or family members who have resolved a long-standing feud, this Easter certainly brings so much joy in their lives. For those individuals and families who still experience difficulties, the Joy of Easter is a promise Jesus makes to them and the Peace he offers.
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GLIMPES OF DIVINE MERCY
(As we prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday – April 27th) The Novena beginning on Good Friday
Jesus told St. Faustina: “I desire that during these nine days, you bring souls to the fount of my Mercy… for whatever graces they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death. Each day you will bring to my Heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of my Mercy.” (from The Diary of St. Faustina)
REGISTRATION for Next Year’s PSR, EDGE, and LIFE TEEN
Registration will be held after all Masses on April 26th and April 27th in the lobby of the lower level of the Church.
Parents should have received the registration forms earlier from their children, but more forms will be available at Registration. Parents, please come prepared to register your children and make payment for next year.
We are all anticipating another faith-filled year for the children and young people of St. John Neumann.
Register for the next SJN Health Mininstry Workshop.
Chronic Disease Self-Managment Program (CDSMP):
Improving Lives in Georgia (6-week course on Mondays, beginning May 5th at 6:30 pm)
Our SJN Health Ministry has invited the Atlanta Commission on Aging to provide The Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), which helps participants learn self-management skills needed to help deal with the symptoms of their chronic condition and with the life role changes and emotions experienced when living with a chronic condition. The emphasis of the workshop’s curriculum is to help people: manage common problems such as fatigue; communicate with friends, family, and providers; deal with anger and depression; and design and maintain a healthy eating and exercise plan. In addition, participants learn disease related decision-making and problem solving skills. The most important outcome of the CDSMP is that, through this practice and group feedback, people become more confident and are able to combine more active lives with self-management of their chronic health condition.
- Participant Consent Form (Click Here)
- Participant Information Form (Click Here)
- Participant Post-Workshop Form (Click Here)
Schedule Saint Mary's Independent Living Extension (SMILE)
SJN-SMILE 4th Annual 5K Race and One Mile Walk
Lilburn Park and Greenway >>>(Flat and level course)<<< Saturday, May 17, 2014
- $25 for 5K
- $15 for One Mile
- $60 for family by May 11th
(Additional $5 after May 11th.) Register at Masses during April or online at: http://www.active.com/
If you did not pick up a copy of the bulletin at mass (and please do!) then you can always get an electronic copy here on our website. You can view on-line or download the current and past bulletins in PDF format.
Click here to go to our weekly bulletin.
Saturday, April 26th at 6:00 pm in Reynolds Hall.
Please join us for this festive day of sharing, during the Easter week!
Here's what to bring: (according to last name initial)
- A-H, bring side dish(es) or salad(s)
- I-P, bring bring main dish(es)/casserole(s)
- Q-U, bring beverages: water jugs/bottled, tea, juice, sodas
- V - Z, please bring desserts.
Please come and bring the whole family!
The February Pastoral Council minutes are posted on the Pastoral Council Ministry page. Find these and all past editions under Ministries : Pastoral Council or click here.
Highlights from these minutes include:
- Fr. Sunny is looking for volunteers to head up both a prison ministry and a Habitat for Humanity project.
- “Restructured Commissions and Ministries “simplifies and makes it more useful.”
- Fr. Sunny affirms that “there will be statues in the Chapel.”
Thanks to Tom Neumann for writing the minutes!