Parish Updates and Info
The whirlwind of news as the impact of the Coronavirus rapidly sweeps across our communities, country and world can be overwhelming and stressful to say the least. Our prayers go out to all those personally affected by the coronavirus and Covid-19, as well as for all of the healthcare providers, social workers, government officials who are caring for others and managing this situation. In a special way, we hold up our Pope, Bishops and Priests who are earnestly and prayerfully trying to navigate these difficult times for the good of their people.
We’re going into uncharted territory together with the Covid-19 pandemic, and so we've dedicated this page to share with you what we are doing as a parish to keep our parishioners and visitors safe, healthy and spiritually fed during this time. Updates will be posted here as well as the Parish's Facebook page: @saintjohnparish.
Update, 3/27, 9:00am
Suspension of Masses and regular activity expected to extend through Easter.
For Bishop McClory's letter: English/Spanish
Update, 3/17, 1:30pm
Masses, confessions and regularly scheduled parish activity will be cancelled for the next few weeks.
You can join us ONLINE for Mass on Sundays at 9:30am by visiting sjeplus.org.
Given our Bishop's directives to suspend public Masses at this time, we are not able to open this Mass to the public, but by airing Father Maletta's private Mass, we hope that it brings comfort and spritual communion to all those who participate. Lets continue to keep Sunday holy!
What We Know
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as things develop. This situation is very unique and we won’t minimize that. We might not know right now how this situation will continue to unfold but here are three things we do know:
This too shall pass.
God is still in control.
This situation presents an opportunity for us to shine as Jesus’s disciples. Yes, be safe, but also be mindful to love on and care for others. Check in on each other, especially the elderly and vulnerable. Take any extra time you have to invest in prayer, crack open the Scriptures, and continue to draw closer to Christ this Lent. If you see or hear of a need: someone needs communion brought to them, people can't get to the grocery store or pharmacy, etc. please notify us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Prayer by Pope Francis
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Updated 3/14/20, 7:30pm