Weekly Prayer & Update – Friday, December 4, 2020

This Week’s Sunday Gospel Reflection

Readings available at www.usccb.org/readings

Sunday, December 6

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

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

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:

  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 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. 

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.

St. John Watercolor Series – Great Christmas Gift Idea!

As the parish prepares to celebrate its 200th Anniversary in 2022, parishioner Jean Wimmer has created a series of lovely paintings depicting the 1855 Chapel, the current St. John Church, the Bell Tower, and St. John School. The paintings make great Christmas gifts as well as good evangelization tools to help loved ones remember their heritage of faith and community. Samples of these paintings are displayed in the narthex. Order forms are available HERE. Order now, as we have limited copies. Pick up and pay for orders between December 21-23, 8 AM-12 PM in the parish office.

Immaculate Conception Masses

Masses for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be on Tuesday, December 8 at 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM. You may pre-register to save time here.

Casserole & Food Pantry Drop-Off This Sunday

December 6, 8:30-11:30 AM

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 jenkinsdm@sjehydes.org 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 jenkinsdm@sjehydes.org or 410-592-6206, ext. 100.

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.