Visit someone in your neighborhood this week.
At the last pastoral council meeting we decided to no longer purchase flowers each week for the altar. Since our meeting, an anonymous donor has offered to purchase flowers each week on behalf of the parish. We are grateful for their generosity.
We are getting closer to opening our thrift store on Main Street in Brownsville. Barbara Fitzhugh has been appointed as store manager. The board of directors will consist of all the volunteers who are members of St. John's Parish. At this time we plan to be open Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 9am to 3pm. If you would like to volunteer to work, even for a few hours, please let Barbara know.
82% of people who don't attend church say they would attend IF invited by a friend. Will YOU be that friend to someone THIS week?
Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 at Mass, Fr. Tony will draw out the names of two men to serve on St. John's pastoral council. One will serve for two years and one will serve for three years. If you want to nominate yourself or any men of the parish, please drop their names in the box at the back of the church. Nominations will be accepted until October 26th, 2014.
One day a groom suddenly decided to call off his wedding. Because of this the bride decided to go ahead with the wedding banquet. Instead of inviting friends and relatives, she invited some homeless people. These unlikely guests had a wonderful time. And the bride who didn't become a wife had the joy of sharing her banquet with them. This story is very similar to the parable Jesus tells about the feast hosted by God. The invited guests do not show up, so other guests are gathered from the streets and invited to share the table and the joy. May we always respond to God's invitation in our lives.
October has been observed by the Church as Respect Life Month for the past several years beginning with Respect Life Sunady on the first Sunday of October. The Church calls us to pray for and to defend the right to life in all its stages.
October is also traditionally called the month of the holy rosary. One reason for this is becasue October 7th is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The rosary has been a source of spiritual strengh for many Catholics for hundreds of years. Consider praying the rosary daily.