Advent – Preparing the Way

By Fr. Paul Shovelain

“I want more of you God.” Our human desires are really never fulfilled here on Earth. It is truly only God who can fill them and he is coming to meet you at Christmas. He is also here already in the Mass and Adoration to love you and empower you to love like he does.  We have a couple of opportunities for you to be filled more with the Lord today. I will be giving two presentations and leading a time of prayer at 1:30pm today on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. The first presentation will be on the theme of “United in Hope in the Holy Spirit.” The second presentation will be “Waiting with Hope and Expectation.” We will conclude with the Litany in Time of Need and Benediction.

Join us tonight for one of our prayer times in our North Parking Lot for a time of adoration. Join at 5pm to pray the Rosary and Benediction, at 6pm for Evening Prayer and Benediction, or 7pm for Praise and Worship Music and Benediction. Due to limited parking, we ask that you come to only one service. Tune in to 91.7 on your radio to hear the sound broadcast. We will also have prayer guides on the website for you to follow along with on your phone. Please follow the directions or the volunteers directing you to park. We are planning to live-stream it on our Facebook page so that you can watch it from home as well.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation with us as we try to help you encounter Jesus through this experience! We want more of God and he wants to come to us!

Thank you to all those who have responded to the Core Commitment. I have been very inspired by you as I read how you are committing to rely on prayer, grow in holiness, and live out of a generous spirit. United in living these core values out, the Holy Spirit will burn as a bright light through us here in NEW BRIGHTon and beyond!


Statement from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis regarding Monsignor Paul Koscielniak
You may recall that back in February, we notified parishioners about an allegation that Monsignor Paul Koscielniak abused a minor between 1969-1975 here at St. John the Baptist. I immediately called Tim O’Malley, the Director of Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and referred the case to him. His investigation is now concluded. Please see the statement from the Archdiocese by clicking here. While I am relieved to hear the allegation against Monsignor Paul was not substantiated, I am saddened about the abuse that did occur. Please pray for the healing of all those who have been abused and for their families.