From The Pastor's Desk

28 March, 2021

I have done many times in the past, I am beginning my column this week with a spiritual reflection; this is a significant week in the church year, a spiritual reflection is appropriate and important.

Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of the holiest week of the Church year. It is a reminder of the day when Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem to fulfill His mission on our behalf, namely, be put to death and rise from the dead.

Everything Jesus said and did while on earth was leading up to this glorious week: to the moment of the cross, the climax of God’s great plan for humanity. What better way to spend this week than walking with Jesus through those graced-filled days which led to His passion and death?

As this week unfolds, take time to thank and praise the Lord for the cross, the instrument of our salvation. Let’s offer our lives in gratitude. Let’s take time every day to solidify our faith in what Jesus had done for us. Take time every day by setting some time aside and meditating on what each day celebrates, especially the day of the Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and then Easter Sunday, the day of the Lord’s Resurrection.

For those who prefer not to attend the Triduum in church, I suggest you go to our website: www.stjohnsphilly.org where you will find these days live streamed.

For your information, palms will be distributed at all the Masses today and will be available in the lower church and parish office during the week.

Holy Water is now available. We were able to get the container repaired. Feel free to take HW home, nothing in the fonts yet, per Archdiocesan regulations.

Historical Preservation Endowment Fund

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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.” May this holiest week of the Church year be a time of special blessing for you.

Father John