From The Pastor's Desk

29 November, 2020

I am beginning my column with an important spiritual reflection and then on to other items.

The colors in the Church have changed: the altar cloth and vestments are purple, the banners on the pillars speak a message of waiting and coming, the Advent Wreath has again appeared in a prominent way. It’s Advent!

Even though this year we are faced with challenges caused by the coronavirus and Christmas may be celebrated in a totally different way, we should not let our spirits be dampened but, rather, get into the spirit of Advent. Christmas will still come we should do all we can to celebrate in the best way we can. We should still send out Christmas cards: send out Christmas cards, listen to Christmas music, buy gifts either on-line or if possible in stores that are open, look forward to Christmas dinner with family.

But, let’s talk a little about Advent and what it should mean for us. It means you and I should be serious about using Advent wisely in our spiritual preparations for Christmas, namely, by balancing our lives, taking time for our spiritual-selves. Let’s encounter the meaning of the inspiring scripture passages we will hear and find time, through spiritual reflection and meditation, find the presence of God in our lives. It’s time to rethink our values and change our behavior because of our relationship with God and Jesus. Take the time to encounter our loving and forgiving God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

May I offer these questions to help us in this blessed time? Where do I want my Advent journey to take me? What do I need to do to feel good about myself and where I am in my life? What do I need to do/must do to make me feel I am moving forward in my relationship with the Lord and in my life? Where do I want to find myself at the end of Advent?

Reinstating the 1:05 Mass begins on Monday, November 30th

Welcome Father Joseph Lei Jin who will be in residence here at St. John’s. Father Jin is a diocesan priest and is originally from Shanghai, China. In addition to studying English, he will be involved in serving the pastoral needs of the Chinese community at Holy Redeemer.

St. John’s the victim again of vandalism. It occurred Monday evening, Nov. 16th when an individual smashed the glass in the right door leading into the lower church. The police were called. We know who the individual is who caused the damage.

We are still working on reinstating live-streaming of the 10:30 Mass and Christmas Mass.

Historical Preservation Endowment Fund


Thank you for all you do for our parish and for your commitment to ensure that

St. John’s is “Good News in the Heart of Philadelphia.” Stay safe and healthy. Peace and God’s blessings for a spiritually renewing Advent Season.

Father John