From The Pastor's Desk

2 April, 2021 12:45

HAPPY EASTER!

Easter is a celebration of Hope: the Lord’s Resurrection is the reassurance life continues after our death.

On behalf of the parishioners of St. John’s, I want to extend a warm welcome to all who are joining us for the Celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection.

This year we celebrate Easter with joy and happiness. Last year the churches were closed, we were not able to gather to celebrate our faith in person due to the pandemic. But, in the here and now, we have hope. The vaccine has brought encouragement as we are beginning to see light at the end of tunnel with COVID 19 getting under control. We are gaining our freedom back and there is a sense that life is beginning to become somewhat normal again.

The Church is alive through us! Last Sunday (Palm Sunday) approximately 300+ persons came to church to celebrate the beginning of the holiest week of the church year.

With all of this encouraging and good news, it is important that we remember we are not totally out of the tunnel yet; we must continue to be careful and cautious. We still need to follow the restrictions and guidelines that are in place to keep us safe and healthy and overcome this health crisis.

I encourage all of us to continue to pray for an end of the pandemic, to pray for those who are suffering from the virus, to pray for those who have died because of it and their families. I encourage us to continue to pray for all those in the medical personnel and those working in research. It is important that we continue to pray for police officers, firefighters, first responders, paramedics and all others service who are on the front lines working to keep us safe.

Congratulations to Ayodele “Joy” Oke and Eamon Conway who were baptized, confirmed and received the Eucharist for the first time at the Easter Vigil last night. Congratulations to Mario Fonseca, a baptized Catholic who was also confirmed at the Vigil. Joy, Eamon and Mario, be assured of our prayers in your new life of faith!

Holy Water is now available in the container near the piano in the lower church for you to take home. No holy water in the fonts yet, per Archdiocesan regulations.

Historical Preservation Endowment Fund

$434,056.27

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.”

Peace and God’s blessings for a joyful celebration of Easter!

Father John