Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On Palm Sunday, the Church celebrates Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem, to accomplish his Paschal Mystery. With this celebration, we begin the solemn period of Holy Week, which culminates with the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord. Jesus is the Suffering Servant as described by the prophet Isaiah in the 1st Reading. What happens to Jesus during Holy Week has been best summarized by St. Paul in today’s 2nd Reading (Phil 2:6-11). Out of love for us, Jesus humbled himself and died on the Cross. And God the Father exalted him by raising him from death.
In the Gospel, we notice the same people who shouted on Palm Sunday “Hosanna to the Son of David!” shouting aloud on Good Friday “Crucify him!” When we look at the Crucifix and see Jesus hanging there, many questions would arise in our minds: “How did Jesus, the Son of God get there?” and “Who did this to him?” Clearly, the sins of humanity have done this to him. Even today Jesus is still being crucified because of the evil, jealousy, hatred, and selfishness of the people in the world. Our sins, yours and mine, we are the crucifiers.
PALM SUNDAY, April 13th,
regular Mass schedule
Triduum ("Three Days"):
Holy Thursday, April 17th
No morning Masses
No Eucharistic Adoration
7:00 pm Liturgy of the Lord's Supper
*Adoration at the Altar of Repose until midnight
Good Friday, April 18th
No morning Masses
Tre Ore Service ("Three Hours"):
12:00 pm - "Seven Last Words of Christ" Reflection
1:30 pm - Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
2:00 pm Living Stations of the Cross - Life Teen
3:00 pm Divine Mercy Chaplet (Novena begins)
7:00 pm Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord
Holy Saturday, April 19
No morning or afternoon confessions
No morning Mass
3:00 pm Divine Mercy Chaplet (Novena)
8:40 pm Easter Vigil Mass
*Reception following Mass.
Easter Sunday, April 20
The Resurrection of the Lord
7:00 am Mass
9:00 am Mass
11:00 am Mass
1:00 pm Mass in Spanish
*No evening Mass
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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.
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!