Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time: November 19, 2017
There are some new things brewing! A new bereavement group will starting in September. Anyone who knows that s/he would benefit from this group is asked to call Sister Ann at 631.874.3617 ASAP so that books can be ordered. We had a very good group last Spring and I look forward to facilitating a group this Fall. There seems to be a group of people in this and many parishes that could benefit from the wisdom in one another, that is, our "senior" members. You are the people who have survived or weathered the storms of life and would be delighted to engage in some new incites. Sister Ann has declared that she is in this auspicious group and would be delighted to facilitate such a group. Please contact her at 631.874.3617.
Beginning on August 26, the SJE Parish Social Ministry will host 'Social Ministry Saturdays'. EVERY 4TH SATUDAY, The SJE THRIFT SHOP, FOOD PANTRY and OUTREACH OFFICE will be open to better serve those in need in our local community. We might even throw in a community meal here too! Want to help out and get involved? Email Sister Ann or Alex Finta or call 631.874.3617
For those facing serious Illness: A retreat especially designed for persons who live with a serious illness is planned September 22, 23 and 24 at the Montfort Spirituality Center in Bay Shore, NY. This retreat offers a respite, quiet time, an oasis, to enable one to coontinue the journey. The retreat focuses on God’s love, His forgiveness, and His faithfulness. To register or receive more information about this weekend, please call: Colette Fanelli 631.665.7052.
In the second reading today, Peter recounts the eyewitness that he, James and John had experienced on the mountain. He wrote, “We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven while we were with him on the holy mountain. Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable. You would do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and the morning star rises in your heart.” When I read those words, it brought back the memory of my dear friend whom I had found dead that very morning 20 years ago. We were to meet for Mass after her meeting with her new pastor and have lunch together. As she hadn’t been feeling all that great the night before, I called her in the morning just to see if she feeling better. When there was no answer, I waited about half-hour and called again. Still no answer.
I decided to drive to her home, about 15 minutes away. When I arrived at the house and knocked on the door, there was no response. Since I had a key, I went to the front door and let myself in. The blinds were still closed, her little bird was still covered and her bedroom door was closed. I opened the door but there was no movement. I ran to her side, felt for a pulse, but there was none. She had obviously gone to the Lord.
After calling 911, her congregation (she was a Sister of Mercy), went downstairs to tell her 81 year old aunt, and I called her relatives in Baltimore. Soon her little apartment was filled with police, friends, Sisters from her Community as well as mine.
Why recount all this about someone you didn’t know. Why? Because of the words that were spoken by God to the three Apostles and to us: “This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased!” I do believe that when God sees us trying so hard to do the right thing—to be kind and helpful, to be generous and patient, not only with ourselves but with everyone with whom I come into contact, that the Father looks on us and says the same words. We, too, are God’s beloved, just as my dear friend was. She was truly transformed by the love that God had for her as he called her home in the quiet of the night. Her work was over here on earth. Her Breviary was on the top of her dresser by her bed where she obviously left it after praying her night prayer. What a comforting realization—her last words were to the Lord who was soon to call her to himself.
NEEDS FOR THE OUTREACH
Besides the request for more volunteers on Monday and/or Wednesday mornings, we will be giving out our school supplies. There is only one problem: WE HAVE ONLY ONE SMALL BAGS OF TABLES AND LOOSELEAF AND A FEW BACK PACKS. Please help us again this year as you have in the past. You are always SO generous and now with our new ministry you have outdone yourselves in generosity. Yes, I’m rather asking you to “squeeze the stone” to see if you can do without one bottle of wine this week and donate that money to help some poor child have what he/she needs to start school. God bless you for your generosity and sacrifice!
IDEAS FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES: marble notebooks in all colors, loose leaf, binders, subject separators, pens, pencils (preferably sharpened), sharpeners with shaving holders, colored pencils, crayons, markers, highlighters, plastic two-pocket folders (the paper ones tear too easily), pink erasers and pencil toppers, rulers with both metric and inches, pencil cases, backpacks, sticky notes, index cards, white board erasers, while board markers.
Our parish, overall, and our parish social ministry, specifically, are here to serve you in any way we can. If you are in need, please reach out to us at St. John’s. A great place to start is the Outreach Office coordinated by Sister Ann and our amazing volunteer ministers. Our Outreach Office is located in the Red Barn. Please call to make an appointment so we can connect you to our services here at SJE or link you to other services. Never be embarrassed to reach out. We may not be able to address every need. If we can’t, we’ll try to connect to someone who can assist you. Please always reach out to us here at SJE!
Office Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Monday to Friday (Please call for an appointment.)
Food Pantry Hours: Monday evenings: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m + Thursday afternoons: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Thrift Shop Hours: Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
We are in need of pasta sauce, canned tomatoes and canned vegetables. Donations to the Food Pantry can be left at the doors of auditorium in the wicker baskets.
Thank you for your continued generosity. Cut out this list and bring it with you when you go shopping!
This is one way to honor one who has passed away. These cards allow you to express your sympathy while also benefitting the less fortunate in our local community. Each month we will celebrate Mass for all those remembered via the Memorial Cards. The names of those remembered will be periodically included in the bulletin. The memorial offering made will benefit Parish Outreach, our Homeless Initiative, Food Pantry and Thrift Shop and the many works of Parish Social Ministry at SJE. To obtain a parish social ministry memorial card, visit the Rectory Office during regular hours or Parish Outreach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Sister Ann in the Parish Social Ministry Office.