We, the members of St. John Neumann Parish, are a welcoming community of diverse Christians who are called to:
Proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and deed,
Seek a continual renewal of mind and heart as disciples of the Lord Jesus,
Proactively address the needs of our Parish and extra-Parish communities, particularly through the Corporal Works of Mercy,
Share our time, talents, and treasure, as good stewards of the gifts given, and
Celebrate our faith through liturgical prayer and the sacraments of our Roman Catholic Church.
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
When Jesus taught the parable of the sower, he did not intend to give them lessons in horticulture. Those people were closer to nature than we are and they didn’t need to be taught about sowing and harvesting. This parable like other parables of Jesus is aimed at the hearts of his listeners. The one sowing the seed is God or Jesus, and the seed is the Word of God. The field is the heart of humans. God is generous, so he sows the seed on all kinds of fields, upon the path, the rocky ground, the thorny field and upon the rich soil.
The sowing is being done whenever we read or listen to Holy Scripture and listen to the preaching in the church. The seed is also sown by parents when they try their best for their family and teach their children by love, good example and encouragement. The seed is sown by teachers and catechists when they encourage children and teach them wholesome values for life. The four types of fields where the seed fell stand for different people or different stages in a person’s life. God sows good seed everywhere but it is up to people to respond. Jesus knocks on the door of peoples’ hearts but he never breaks down the door. It is up to the person on the inside to turn the handle and allow the Word to germinate and grow and yield a good harvest.
As one Stewardship community of SJN parish, we are all committed to knowing our faith, living our faith and sharing our faith through a deeper understanding, love and practice of the Word of God in our daily lives. There may be some of each of these four types of fields in the hearts of all of us. We could be all four of these persons at once, or predominantly one of these types of person for a certain time of life. Let us do some cardiac surgery on our spiritual hearts so that misunderstanding and prejudice, or disappointment and the cross, or worldly anxiety and the lure of riches or temptations will not render our hearts unfertile soil for Jesus’ words.
The May 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:
- Womack Center building modification plans have been submitted to Gwinnett County for approval. No response received yet from the county.
- Pastoral Council looking to enhance translation service in hopes of merging our two Parish communities, both the Hispanic/Spanish-speaking community, and the non-Spanish-speaking/Hispanic community.
- S.M.I.L.E. 5K Race presents awards to two clerical winners. To Fr. Sunny, who finished FIRST (!!!) amongst all priests entered. Fr. Sunny, deflected praise by saying that, yes, he had finished first amongst the priests … mainly because he was the only priest entered. Deacon Mike Hayward was also a winner!
Thanks to Tom Neumann for writing the minutes!
This fall "A Journey through Church History", is our Adult Evening Bible Study program topic. Our Catholic Church History is a drama filled with adventure, triumph, tragedy, saints, and sinners. If you are interested in obtaining additional information regarding this program or interested in enrolling, please visit the "Adult" catagory of our parish website. Enrollment form can be downloaded from this selection.
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With the summer in full bloom and beaches, barbeques and outdoor activity becoming our weekend escape, we understand if you cannot make it to your home parish every Sunday. Remember, the church is open year round, 7 days a week, offering the sacraments, the Mass, the same valuable spiritual service, programs and guidance in the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Therefore, we need your support year-round. Please consider on-line giving! It’s safe and secure. Click/Select Here and sign up today! Thank you!
The Fall Festival will be on Saturday, September 27th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We need one or two adult volunteers to be a cocoordinators for the Kids Zone.