Sacraments of Initiation Rescheduled
I am pleased to announce that we have been able to reschedule two of the sacraments of Initiation. Confirmation has been scheduled for Thursday evening, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. The Confirmation Mass will be presided over by Auxiliary Bishop Jeffrey Haines.
We also received an exemption to hold First Holy Communion at our usual Saturday morning time. While a few of our children received Holy Communion in May, they are invited and encouraged to take part in the group First Holy Communion on Saturday, September 12, 2020.
Also on August 15 at the 4:30 p.m. Mass, our four catechumens will be formally brought into the Catholic Church. Two from different Christian denominations will make their Profession of Faith as Catholics. And two adults who were baptized Catholic as babies will be confirmed. I encourage us all to pray for those who will be receiving these important sacraments over the next few weeks.
Begging For Festival Money
To date, we have received almost $45,000 to replace the $70,000 we lost when we had to cancel the festival. Please prayerfully consider making a donation to the festival to help us meet all of our financial responsibilities in the coming year.
New Ministry Opportunity
I am pleased to hear people talk about how much they enjoy watching St. John’s Mass on the live stream. They say watching St. John’s Mass on the TV helps them feel more connected to the parish when they aren’t able to be here physically. We still have a need to train a few people to help oversee the computer when Mass is being live-streamed. If you are relatively comfortable around computers, and especially if you attend daily Mass or on the weekends, please consider joining our “Stream Team” of volunteers. If you are interested, or would just like more information, please contact Denise Kasulke in the parish office at (414)321-1965 or email email@example.com and let her know you might be interested in being trained in this new ministry.
Please be aware of telephone calls, texts, and emails that appear to be from myself, or other Parish staff or Parish leaders. There has again been a recent increase in this kind of activity. The sender’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Do not reply to this email address. It is not my legitimate email address. I will not ask you for a favor, or ask you to buy gift cards for myself, for staff or for other Parish leaders. Please be on alert for these and similar scams. Ignore, and/or delete, any such messages.
24-Hour Perpetual Adoration
“The Rosary, especially prayed in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, is a powerful means of spiritual grace.” The Most Reverend Thomas V. Daily, Bishop of Brooklyn, tells us that Perpetual Adoration is a direct pipeline to the Blessed Mother. “In all of our efforts to promote the sanctity of human life, prayer is our first and strongest resource. May we rely upon the power of our Lord’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament and the intercession of His Blessed Mother to guide and help us in fostering a greater respect for human life and an end to abortion in our society.”
St. John’s is fortunate to have 24-hour Perpetual Adoration. Please take advantage of this beautiful opportunity to stay close to God in these difficult times. Hand sanitizer is available in the Adoration entrance (south side of Church), and we ask that you practice social distancing and stay at least six feet from others while in Church.
There is currently one open hour for Adoration
on Monday from 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Please call Kay Shomperlen to volunteer (414) 763-1250. Come join us!