Weekly Prayer & Update – Friday, December 18, 2020

This Week’s Sunday Gospel Reflection

Readings available at www.usccb.org/readings

Sunday, December 20

~ Prayer & Gratitude ~

By Adele M. Gill

“I will sing of your mercy forever, LORD proclaim your faithfulness through all ages.” [New American Bible]

Feeling overwhelmed and stressed?  Prayer and gratitude to God are the remedies for the weary. We need to pray daily to God, asking Him to heal our unbelief and fears. When we pray and choose to put aside our negative feelings–and it is a choice–we are far better able to rejoice in Jesus’ love, and appreciate His divine mercy, grace, peace and presence in our lives. Heartfelt prayers of petition and gratitude are the key to finding peace in Christ. As you embrace Jesus’ holy love and care for you, you are far better able to trust that He is in control, acting on your behalf, regardless of the adversities that you face.

Through prayers of thanksgiving to God, we can actually watch our angst dissipate and melt away, healing us, and helping us, to press on unencumbered in any situation. Trust that Jesus will help you, and you will not be disappointed!

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act…” – Psalm 37:5 [New American Bible]

Advent Reflections for the Week

The Daily Advent Reflections are available for the full season of advent on our website here.

Sign Up for Mass December 19 & 20

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 19. 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.

Christmas Mass Schedule & Seating

Registration Closes This Sunday, December 20

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 open 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. 

Please understand that due to the unique seating assignment policy this year, we will be unable to accommodate last-minute requests or walk-ins.

A few important points of clarification to keep in mind:
  • 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 sisolakmc@sjehydes.org so that she may make those adjustments for you.

If you have any questions about your registration status, contact Colleen at sisolakmc@sjehydes.org. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to safely accommodate as many people as possible.

Year-End Charitable Gift

The Internal Revenue Service has reminded taxpayers of a special new provision that will allow more people to easily deduct up to $300 in donations to qualifying charities this year.

Following special tax law changes made earlier this year, cash donations of up to $300 made before December 31, 2020, are now deductible when people file their taxes in 2021.

“Our nation’s charities are struggling to help those suffering from COVID-19, and many deserving organizations can use all the help they can get,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “The IRS reminds people there’s a new provision that allows for up to $300 in cash donations to qualifying organizations to be deducted from income. We encourage people to explore this option to help deserving tax-exempt organizations – and the people and causes they serve.”

Please consider giving to St. John the Evangelist Church as your year-end donation for the mission of SJE.

Under this new change, individual taxpayers can claim an “above-the-line” deduction of up to $300 for cash donations made to the charity during 2020. This means the deduction lowers both adjusted gross income and taxable income – translating into tax savings for those making donations to qualifying tax-exempt organizations.

In addition, the CARES Act includes other temporary provisions designed to help charities. These include higher charitable contribution limits for corporations, individuals who itemize their deductions and businesses that give food inventory to food banks and other eligible charities.

For more information about these and other Coronavirus-related tax relief provisions, visit IRS.gov/coronavirus.

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.