Weekly Prayer & Update – Friday, January 15, 2021

This Week’s Sunday Gospel Reflection

Readings available at www.usccb.org/readings

Sunday, January 17

Contemplation from Lectio Divina

What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of me?

The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. 

How have I heard the voice of the Lord? How can I follow Jesus more closely?

What are you looking for? 

What am I looking for? Am I looking for things that truly matter?

Come, and you will see. 

How can I respond more wholeheartedly to the Lord’s invitation? How can I extend that invitation to others?

Sign Up for Mass January 16 & 17

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, January 16. Here’s how:

  1. Click here and then click the “Sign Up” button of the Mass you’d like to attend.
  2. Select the number of people in your household who will be attending from the drop-down menu.
  3. 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.
  4. Click Submit and close the sign-up window/tab.
  5. 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.

Food Donation Thank You!

New Schedule for Casserole & Food Pantry Donations – Every Other Month

Due to some changes at Our Daily Bread, we will be altering our collection schedule for both Our Daily Bread casseroles as well as St. Elizabeth of Hungary Food Pantry items to every other month, beginning with the January 31 collection. We will maintain the same food donation drop-off schedule for both efforts. 2021 dates, with drop-off from 8:30-11:30 AM, are: January 31, April 4, June 6, August 1, October 3, December 5.
Here’s a note of explanation from Phil & Maria Miller, St. John’s Our Daily Bread coordinators:

“We have just received some changes to the casserole program at Our Daily Bread (ODB).  Because of COVID, the need for daily casseroles at ODB has declined since many of the homeless have moved into rooms in local hotels where they are receiving City-sponsored meals. Consequently St. John will be supplying casseroles every “other” month rather than monthly. Our assigned day is the first Monday of the month (again, every other month) and our monthly allocation is 95 casseroles. 

Our next casserole date is Monday, February 1 which means that our collection date at St. John will be Sunday, January 31. We will proceed on an every-other-month basis (April, June, August, October, and December). Note that the April collection date will be Sunday, April 4 which, coincidentally, is Easter Sunday.  

A special thanks to all our many ‘casserole-angels’ whose dedication makes this program happen.”  

Again, both Our Daily Bread AND St. Elizabeth of Hungary donation days will continue to be on the same schedule, now every other month.

Casserole pans and recipes are available in the bin in front of the parish office. The recipe may also be downloaded from our website here. We appreciate your donations to help feed those in need!

Q & A Session: “Annulment: Fact & Fiction”

Pilgrimage to Greece & Turkey – Info Meeting on February 8, 6 PM

Live Lent!

Make This Lent About What You Do, Not What You Don’t Do!

During the coming Lenten season, instead of depriving yourself of some type of food or form of entertainment, join a small group for six weeks and participate in Live Lent, an opportunity to read Scripture and share your faith with some of your fellow parishioners. Small groups will meet for 90 minutes once a week via Zoom.

The faith-sharing also provides meditations for you to use on the other days of Lent. It’s a great way to make Lent a more meaningful season as you prepare to celebrate the Resurrection. Watch the bulletin and upcoming Flocknotes for more information or contact Colleen Sisolak sisolakmc@sjehydes.org with questions.

What’s New at SJE? Find Out in the Weekly Bulletin and Our Website! 

Be sure to check out the full Sunday bulletin to stay in the loop. Our website, www.sjehydes.org, is another great resource to stay connected.