This Week’s Sunday Gospel Reflection
Readings available at www.usccb.org/readings
Reflection by Theresa Konitzer
The Gospel of St. Mark 1 – 8 – The Second Week of Advent and the Feast of St. Nicholas
If one lines up the three synoptic Gospels of Mathew, Mark, and Luke side by side, the first notable difference is that Mark goes directly to setting the stage for the coming of Christ the Messiah in the very beginning of his gospel. This is significant.
The other two gospels provide us with information about Jesus’ birth or his genealogy. On the other hand, Mark gets right to the point that the Messiah is coming. He refers to the Book of Isaiah where it is written that a messenger will be sent to prepare the way of the Lord. That messenger is John the Baptist who preaches a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin. John further announces that there was to come one after him, who he is not worthy to untie his sandals. This person is Jesus.
I like the directness of Mark. He is telling us that our Lord and Savior is coming, and we need to prepare. How do we prepare for Jesus breaking through the darkness and shining His light for all? As a community of believers, St. John offers many opportunities to be the light of Christ for all to see. Our families of faith are models where prayer, love, kindness, and forgiveness are lived. At Mass, we unite in prayer, receive forgiveness, and share our resources with the less fortunate.
As we move deeper into the season of Advent, may we be blessed with the Spirit of the Christ to come.
Advent Reflections for the Week
Sign Up for Mass December 5 & 6
We encourage you to pre-register to save time when you check in at Mass, as well as to help us gauge attendance. Pre-registering is not required, however. Kindly sign up for Mass by 3:00 PM on Saturday, December 5. 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.
- If you’re already in the Flocknotes database, the system will recognize you when you click the sign-up button. If not, enter a contact name and email or phone number if prompted.
- Click Submit and close the sign-up window/tab.
- You’ll receive an email confirmation after your sign up is complete. The confirmation email gives you the ability to modify or cancel your registration after you’ve signed up.
Christmas Mass Schedule & Seating – Registration is Now OPEN!
Sign up for Christmas Masses HERE
Due to capacity and social distancing restrictions caused by the pandemic, all seating for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses will be via PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY. The Christmas Mass Schedule is:
Christmas Eve (Thurs., Dec. 24)
- 1:00 PM
- 4:00 PM
- 7:00 PM
- 10:00 PM
Christmas Day (Fri., Dec. 25)
- 9:00 AM
- 11:30 AM
All Masses will be held in the church, as well as livestreamed on Facebook. Once registration capacity is reached in the church for a given Mass, registration for a Virtual Venue in the Hall to view the livestream and receive Communion at that Mass time will be available.
Online registration will be live from December 1-20. Those without a computer or internet access may call the parish office during office hours to register during the registration period.
- When signing up, select the total number of people in your household who live under the same roof who will be attending Mass. Space is at a premium, and it will be difficult to seat larger groups.
- You may only sign up once. Attempting to register additional people with a second sign-up will void and replace the first registration
- Family members who live outside your home should register separately via Flocknotes or with the following URL: https://sjehydes.flocknote.com/signup/25173
- If changes need to be made to your registration, kindly contact Colleen at email@example.com so that she may make those adjustments for you.
If you have any questions about your registration status, contact Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to safely accommodate as many people as possible.
St. John Watercolor Series – Great Christmas Gift Idea!
Immaculate Conception Masses
Christmas Cash Raffle
1 Ticket = 3 Chances to Win!
The holiday season is right around the corner, and who couldn’t use some extra cash at Christmas?
The St. John Christmas Cash Raffle is a great way to support the parish while giving yourself and your loved ones three chances to win with every ticket. Tickets are $25 each, and they make great Christmas gifts! For every 10 tickets purchased, you’ll receive the 11th ticket FREE!
Grand Prize = $3,000
Casserole & Food Pantry Drop-Off This Sunday
We will be collecting frozen casseroles for Our Daily Bread as well as non-perishable food items for the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Food Pantry on Sunday, December 6 from 8:30-11:30 AM in the parking lot next to the chapel/bell tower.
Volunteers for both efforts will have their cars parked there for the drop-off, and they will remove your donated items from your vehicle. For safety’s sake, please wear a facial mask when dropping off. Please do not bring any items into the narthex or the church hall.
Casserole pans and recipes are available in the bin in front of the parish office. The recipe may also be downloaded here.
We appreciate your donations to help feed those in need!
Submit Well-Wishes for Sr. Carol’s Retirement
In honor of Sr. Carol Czyzewski’s retirement at the end of this month, we are putting together a book of well-wishes, stories, anecdotes, memories, pictures, etc. from parishioners and staff. We would love to fill the book!
If you’d like, you may submit a card, hand-written note, typed message, or anything special to be included in the book to Debbie Jenkins at email@example.com by December 15 at the latest.
In addition, anyone who’d like to make a contribution may do so by making a check payable to St. John Church and notate that it’s for Sr. Carol’s retirement. The contributions will be submitted in one lump sum to the Mother House where Sister will eventually be residing.
Questions? Contact Debbie Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-592-6206, ext. 100.