30 May, 2021

This weekend, St. John’s will participate in the Annual Mission Co Program. Sister Dorothy Fabritze of the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart will speak after the homily at all the Masses. Please click here or see column three (3) on the bulletin for a description of the MSC sisters mission.

There will be a second collection in support of the missionary work of the Propagation of the Faith.

Monday, May 31 is Memorial Day. There is only one Mass on Monday at 9:00 am in the upper church.

A great day for St. John’s. In honor of Mexico’s Bicentennial of the country’s independence from Spain in 1821, a small group of political leaders from Mexico visited St. John’s on Tuesday, May 25th. The group, led by former Mexican Congresswoman and current Mayor of the city of Cordoba (Veracruz), Leticia Lopez Landero, arrived at our church Tuesday afternoon. The group laid flowers on the tomb of the Iturbide family (vault 9) in our cemetery. The Mexican War of Independence from Spain was led by General Agustin de Iturbide, later acclaimed first Emperor of Mexico for his victories and heroic service to the new nation. Some years, the Emperor was assassinated by political enemies, and his Empress and family fled to the United States in exile. In the early 1830’s the Empress arrived in Philadelphia. She led a quiet life in exile as a parishioner of St. John’s until her death in 1861. Ana Maria Hurte de Iturbide, first Empress of Mexico, is buried here with several of her children and descendants.

Three restrictions lifted by the Archdiocese: use of hymnals is now permitted.; the bringing forth of the gifts, that is bread and wine; use of holy water. At this time it was decided that here at St. John’s we will hold off on putting holy water in the fonts.

Thank you for all you do for our parish and ensuring that St. John’s if “Good News in the Heart of Philadelphia”.


Peace and God’s blessings,

Father John