From The Pastor's Desk

26 February, 2021 17:38

I’m beginning my column with another Lenten reflection and then on to other items.

Lent is a time to consider the invitation of the Lord to “come back to me with all your heart”.
Have you made any Lenten resolutions? I have a few questions for all of us to consider/reflect upon as we journey through this sacred time of the year.

The Gospel for the Second Sunday of Lent is always about the Transfiguration: Jesus taking Peter, James and John to the top of Mt. Tabor where His glory is revealed. The disciples came down from the mountain transformed/changed forever.
Speaking about transformation and change, are there areas in my life that should be changed? How do I go about cultivating the goodness already within me? What should I be doing to help myself become more Christ-like? This season of Lent can be, if we want it to be, a time of real transformation, a time to respond to the Lord’s invitation to “come back to me with all your heart”.

Despite the pandemic and the cold weather, St. John’s welcomed approximately 1,000 individuals who came on Ash Wednesday to receive their ashes. It was inspiring to see so many take the time to express their faith and show a desire to enter wholeheartedly into this sacred season of preparation for Easter. I want to thank the volunteers who made themselves available to make this day meaningful. The collection for Ash Wednesday amounted to $3,100.00.

Congratulations to Ayodele “Joy” Oke, Eamon Conway and Mario Fonseca individuals in our RCIA program who participated in the Rite of Election last Sunday. The Rite of Election is a sign of commitment on the part of those seeking to become Catholics to further their instruction in the Catholic Faith. It is also an affirmation on the part of the community to accept them in this process. Avodele and Eamon are catechumens, individuals who were never baptized. Mario is a baptized Catholic but not confirmed. Avodele and Eamon will be baptized at the Easter Vigil; Mario, Avodele and Eamon will be confirmed at that time.

Historical Preservation Endowment Fund
$433,322.21

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.

Father John