Called Forth in Holy Week

April 5, 2023
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. John’s,
Whom are you looking for? Jesus directs this question at the soldiers who come to arrest Him in the Gospel we read on Friday. We are invited to reflect on our own answer to that as well. As we enter into this most Sacred Time of the Year, I invite you to join us for these powerful and moving liturgies. As we reflect on the Last Supper, Death on the Cross, and Resurrection from the dead, we recognize that Jesus Christ is the one who loves us more than anyone. We are looking for someone to accept us and love us, and Jesus does just that. He forgives us and offers the sacrifice that takes away our sins. As we enter into the Triduum, I invite you to join us for these beautiful liturgies and find the Savior of the World. 

This year as part of the Eucharistic Revival, we are inviting parishioners to participate in the Seven Church Visitation on Holy Thursday after Mass. It is an ancient Lenten tradition where Catholics visit seven churches after the Holy Thursday Mass each of which represents the final seven places Jesus journeyed, from His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane on Holy Thursday to His crucifixion and death on Good Friday. Click here for the link or grab the sheet on the way out of Mass Thursday evening. There are also copies available at the Harvest Table.

Additionally, today, April 5, marks the 3-year anniversary of when we began live-streaming our liturgies from the church. Special thanks to volunteers Pat Rother, Jim Treat, Jerry Elfert, and Mike Gfrerer who have played key roles in our live-streaming capability. If you are unable to attend in person or you want to go back and relive a moment from the liturgy, you can do so virtually on our parish Facebook and Youtube pages. We look forward to celebrating the upcoming liturgies with you at SJB!

As the Father loves me, so I also love you,
Father Paul Shovelain