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.
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
This year, the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Sept. 14) falls on the 24th Sunday of the Liturgical Calendar. This feast commemorates the discovery of the Lord’s Cross by St. Helena in 320. The Cross is the greatest sign of Redemption for Christians. Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert (Num. 21:4-9), “so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that every one who believes in Him may have eternal life” (Jn. 3:14-15).
This Sunday, as a Stewardship parish community, we are committing our TIME individually and as families to PRAYER and STUDY of our FAITH. To become a Steward (Disciple) means that we sit at the feet of Jesus on the Cross and learn from Him.
FIRST: Prayer. Our parish is offering many opportunities to grow in daily prayer life. Let us go to the Cross of Jesus in PRAYER to thank him for what he has done for us. Jesus was lifted up on the Cross to draw us to him. Hear his cry thirsting for us to draw near to him. If we really knew the love of Jesus for us on the Cross we would, as St. Paul said, consider everything else as rubbish (Phil 3:8). When we are hurt by things in our own life, and hurt by what we see happening in the world around us, and need answers and healing and reassurance, let us turn to the Cross of Jesus and find the answer there, “through his wounds we are healed” (Isa 53:5).
For 5 PM vigil and 11 AM mass goers: consider using this song as a prayer in your house and throughout the week as you contemplate how you will Know Your Faith. This song will be sung a the Eucharist throughout September and October.
To listen to "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" select here
The July 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:
- Introduction of Buihe Okenu, Jeff Newman, Ann Basile and Mary Lou Schwaner as the new Council members for the 2014-2015 term.
- Fr. Sunny shared much-welcomed news that Fr. Tom Zahuta will be a Priest-in-residence starting August 1.
- Mass schedule announced for Christmas Eve 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm Masses will remain but the final Mass of the evening will be at 10pm instead of midnight. Only one Mass will be held on Christmas Day at 10am.
Thanks to Matt Champagne for writing the minutes!
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