This Week’s Gospel Reflection
Sunday, September 13 – Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Written by Deborah Jenkins, Administrative Assistant
Forgiveness, Lord! We all recognize that we must ask God for forgiveness for times in our lives when we have chosen an action that separates us from Him. We ask forgiveness and, as long as we truly mean it from the heart, our Savior, in all His wondrous mercy, will forgive our transgressions completely!
In Sunday’s Gospel, we hear of a man who has shown mercy to a servant indebted to him. After receiving that act of mercy, the servant then goes out seeking someone indebted to him and shows that man no mercy at all! My dear Jesus, I come before you, yet again, asking for Your forgiveness. Please show me Your mercy, not only for the times I have injured our relationship by an unkind thought, a harshly spoken word, putting other people or things above You, neglecting those I could help by sharing my time, talent and treasure, coveting something that doesn’t belong to me, not speaking up when I hear Your Name used in vain, for the times I’ve been less than forgiving to one of Your children, and for all my offenses, my merciful Savior.
Jesus, my Lord, in the Gospel for this Sunday, You tell us we must forgive those who offend us, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Please give me a spirit of forgiveness – that same spirit of forgiveness I beg of You! When I hold on to anger or hurt feelings, when I stubbornly refuse to accept an apology and continue to let bitterness hinder my acceptance of someone else’s request for forgiveness, may I be reminded that You offer unconditional love, unfathomable mercy and total forgiveness, if we are truly remorseful.
You never grow weary of my pleas for Your understanding and requests for Your mercy. May I never deny forgiveness to those who seek it from me. Through the Immaculate Heart of Your mother, Mary, and the gentleness of Your earthly father, St. Joseph, I ask that You continue to show me mercy, forgiveness and Your never-ending love.
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Sign Up for Mass September 12 & 13
We invite you to come back to Mass! The safety of our parishioners, volunteers, and staff is our top priority. As such, we have put important protocols and safety measures in place for your protection. Our worship space is sanitized after every Mass and we follow strict social distancing and safety measures. We also offer an outdoor Mass every Sunday at 11:30 AM (weather-permitting) in front of the Conference Center building. Come and receive the Holy Eucharist!
We encourage you to pre-register to save time when you check in at Mass (check-in not required for outdoor Mass), as well as to help us gauge attendance. Kindly sign up for Mass by 3:00 PM on Saturday, September 12. Here’s how:
- Click here and then click the “Sign Up” button of the Mass you’d like to attend.
- Select the number of people in your household who will be attending from the drop-down menu.
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Join us for a Virtual Parish Mission “God Gives Us Gifts…What Are Yours?”
During this mission, David Sanborn will help us to answer God’s call for us. We will explore our gifts and learn how to cultivate them. Then, we will hear how we can apply our gifts to advance the mission and vision of St. John Parish.
You are invited to participate in this live Zoom event from the comfort of your own home – no masks required! The talk will be presented via Zoom, so you’ll need a computer or other device to download Zoom (free) and access the webinar. Once you register, detailed instructions will be emailed to you. The Mission will also be recorded and will be available via our website after the Mission for later viewing.
What are your spiritual gifts? Take the survey and find out!
Learn About Our 2021 Pilgrimage Trip to Greece & Turkey!
You’re invited to an information session on October 7, 2020 at 6:30 PM in the Church Hall to learn more about the pilgrimage trip planned for October of next year to commemorate our 200th Anniversary, “Greece: In the Footsteps of Paul the Apostle,” featuring sites specifically related to St. John the Evangelist.
Come and learn about this amazing opportunity to travel to Greece and Kusadasi, Turkey, where Paul the Apostle lived for three years during his ministry, and where the Virgin Mary spent her last days.
RSVP for the information session by October 2 to Debbie Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more detailed information on the trip before the info session, click HERE.