Weekly Parish Bulletin
Aug. 8-15
SJC Takes Steps against Racism
Fr. Ed Hallinan joined other faith leaders Aug. 1 at a Black Lives Matter rally in Ridley Township, then spoke about the event after all Masses last weekend. See the story in CatholicPhilly.

Meanwhile, SJC has launched a Joint Ministry on Racial Justice with St. Martin de Porres Parish. The initiative -- the first of its kind in the Archdiocese -- grew from the two parishes' Town Hall on Racial Healing in June. Composed of five parishioners from each parish, the group held its first meeting July 29. Members will explore opportunities to promote racial healing and fight racism in our communities.
CYO Suspends Fall Sports
Archdiocesan CYO officials announced this week that inter-parish fall sports would be suspended until further notice. Athletic activities within a parish may be considered at the pastor's discretion.
At SJC, the CYO leadership will be exploring the feasibility of offering limited practices, scrimmages, skills clinics, and games for parish youth this fall. Health and safety considerations will be paramount in making any decisions. Updates will be provided as available.
Soccer ball on empty field
PREP Registration Reminders
Registration is underway for our 2020-21 Parish Religious Education Program (PREP). All registration is online. This year's new program combines home instruction with monthly classroom meetings.

Parents, please note:

  • Registration is required each year for all PREP students, even those previously enrolled, beginning in first grade.

  • Children may not skip PREP grades. Students who take an extended absence from PREP will resume the program where they left it. For any special needs, please contact the PREP Office before Sept. 1.

  • Registration and payment for all families is due Sept. 1. This is a firm deadline. Due to COVID safety requirements, placement cannot be guaranteed after this date.

Wednesday: Youth Support Homebound
St. John's Youth Group is planning its first service project of the year: making care baskets for our homebound parishioners. We will gather (masked and distanced) from 6 to 7:30 pm Wednesday, Aug. 12, outside the Stevenson Center to reconnect, have a snack and assemble our baskets.

Regular Youth Group meetings will resume from 5:30 to 7 pm every other Thursday starting Aug. 20.

Youth Group welcomes all youth in grades 6-12. Please email Youth Minister Caroline Tamaccio if your child is interested in participating this year, so that we can share our new health and safety guidelines.
Youth Group makes me smile
Aug. 18: Please Give Blood
We still need a few more donors for our second summer blood drive, scheduled for 10 am to 7 pm Tuesday, Aug. 18, in the Lower Church Hall. We are holding this additional drive at the request of the American Red Cross, due to the extreme need for blood in our community.

Appointments are required; use sponsor code st john or ZIP code 19086. Donors must wear masks.

Blood Drive
School Supplies Head for CityTeam
The fruits of our annual parish School Supply Drive packed the car of CityTeam's Nancy Craskey. Thanks to all of our generous parishioners for helping to equip hundreds of students for the fall. God bless you!

Nancy Craskey - CityTeam School Supplies
Support Available for Caregivers
Caregivers in need of support now have both in-person and virtual options. Nourish for Caregivers support group has resumed in-person meetings at Nativity BVM Church in Media, facilitated by Aimee Gustitis, JD, RN. The group meets at 11 am Saturday, Aug. 15, and every third Saturday of the month. St. John Chrysostom has suspended Nourish meetings.

Nourish also hosts "House Calls," a live phone-in support group, at 11 am every Tuesday and Thursday. Click to register or learn more.
Aimee Gustitis
Missals, Mass Aids Available
Copies of our Breaking Bread missal and Mass Prayer & Response cards are available in church to take home free of charge. Feel free to take copies to loved ones and neighbors. Please put your name on the missal, and please take it home if you bring it to Mass. Missals left in church must be discarded under our COVID protocols.
Breaking Bread & Mass Prayers
MPRCS Seeks Advancement Director
Mother of Providence Regional Catholic School is seeking a full-time Advancement Director. The Advancement Director reports to the principal and is responsible for the overall planning, management, coordination and evaluation of the enrollment management, development, communications and constituent/public relations programs of the school -- activities that create a supportive climate for enrollment and fundraising.

MPRCS logo
Join Us for Mass, Wherever You Are
We invite you to join us for Mass live online at 8 am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel, and you'll be notified when Mass begins. Masses are posted and emailed after streaming. Of course, we also welcome you to Mass in church as you are comfortable.

Our Mass schedule:

8 am Tues-Friday * 4 pm Saturday (Vigil) * 8 & 10 am Sunday
American Sign Language: 10 am 1st & 3rd Sundays

Girl watches SJC TV Mass
Our Parish Giving
Aug. 1-2, 2020: $17,763.00
2019: $15,617.00

Thank you for your generous support!

Still writing checks? Consider switching to online giving! It's secure, flexible, simple and helps the parish with budgeting. There are several options:

  • Set up donations through your bank's Bill Pay service;
  • Enroll in Parish Giving, our online giving service; or
  • Donate through Venmo @SJC-Church. (Look for our parish logo to confirm the account.)

Weekly envelopes may be mailed to 617 S. Providence Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086. Please do not leave envelopes in the U.S. mailbox along the driveway. Thank you!

Around & Beyond SJC

Aug. 10 and every Monday. Centering Prayer Group on Zoom. Offered by the St. Raphaela Center.

Aug. 17-21. Interfaith Youth Summer Program. Online. Offered by Interfaith Philadelphia.

Aug. 22. Livestream Guided Retreat. "The Four-Fold Way: A Woman's Path to Wisdom - Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus." Offered by the Franciscan Spiritual Center.
Intentions this Week
Aug. 8-15
Sanctuary Candle
Deceased members of the Forentino family

Bread & Wine
 People of St. John Chrysostom Parish

Mass Intentions
There are no weekday Mass intentions this week.
While Fr. Ed is on vacation, Deacon John Bowie
will lead a Communion service at 8 am Tuesday through Friday. Fr. Brian Zumbrum will celebrate weekend Masses.

Aug. 8: Linda O'Neill

Aug. 9: Michael Raimo (8 am)
People of St. John Chrysostom Parish (10 am)


Help Our Community Stay Healthy
Help us keep the St. John's parish community safe! SJC continues to:

  • Require masks and distancing between families in church at all times, including funerals and baptisms;

  • Limit seating capacity at Masses, funerals and baptisms as needed;

  • Sanitize the church per CDC guidelines after each Mass and baptism; and

  • Live stream Masses on our YouTube Channel at 8 am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. These Masses are posted to YouTube and emailed after the liturgy.
Healthy Church
Please note: The obligation to attend Mass in person remains suspended across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Anyone considered at high risk of illness is advised to worship remotely or to consider attending Mass on weekdays, when attendance is light.