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 Wednesday, June 7th @ 7:00 pm —  For the Confirmandi

 Friday, June 9th  @ 8:30 am –  Marian Winkie

Sunday, June 11th @ 8:30 am –  Sister Jean Thuerauf

 

 

Readings for the Week of June 4, 2017

Sunday: Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 or Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ez 37:1-14 or Jl 3:1-5/Ps 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-30/Rom 8:22-27/Jn 7:37-39
Extended Vigil:

Gn 11:1-9/Ps 33:10-15/Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b/Dn 3:52-56 or Ps 19:8-11/Ez 37:1-14/Ps 107:2-9/Jl 3:1-5/Ps 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-30/Rom 8:22-27/Jn 7:37-39

Daily:

Acts 2:1-11/Ps 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34/1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13/Jn 20:19-23
Monday: Tb 1:3; 2:1b-8/Ps 112:1b-2, 3b-6/Mk 12:1-12
Tuesday: Tb 2:9-14/Ps 112:1-2, 7-9/Mk 12:13-17
Wednesday: Tb 3:1-11a, 16-17a/Ps 25:2-5ab, 6, 7bc-9/Mk 12:18-27
Thursday: Tb 6:10-11; 7:1bcde, 9-17; 8:4-9a/Ps 128:1-5/Mk 12:28-34
Friday: Tb 11:5-17/Ps 146:1b-2, 6c-10/Mk 12:35-37
Saturday: Tb 12:1, 5-15, 20/Tb 13:2, 6efgh-8/Mk 12:38-44

Next Sunday:

Ex 34:4b-6, 8-9/Dn 3:52-56/2 Cor 13:11-13/Jn 3:16-18

Confirmation Mass and Reception

The Most Rev. Michaels O. Jackels will be confirming 36 youth from St. John’s, St. Isidore, St. John XXIII, and St. Patrick’s, Cedar Rapids this coming Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 pm.  You are encourage to attend to be witnesses for these young people.  Reception will follow.

We welcome John and Juanita Andersen to our parish family.  John and Juanita come to us from Holy Family Parish, New Hampton, IA.

Travelling this Summer?

No matter where you go, you can easily find a weekend liturgy go attend.  Simply go to www.masstimes.org to get the information on when churches where you will be (or are) hold Mass.  With the app for smart phones you can also get driving directions!

If you haven’t already signed up for ACH (electronic giving) for your regular contributions to St. John’s It’s a good time to do so.  You will not have to remember to bring in your envelopes when you get back, and don’t have to write so many checks.  This also benefits the parish, by keeping our income flow steady over the summer months.

You can find the ACH form on our web site http://www.stjohnmv.org  You may drop the form off in the security box hanging on the wall in the hallway of the main offices between Sue Schettler and Loraine Kula.  You may also mail it to the parish office.

Everyday Stewardship

There are some things I miss now that my children are older. Fewer snuggles, fewer moments of awe and wonder, and fewer crazy questions that make me laugh. However, if I’m honest, there are some things I do not miss, especially the birthday party. I loved the aspect of celebrating my child’s birth, but most years the party cost too much, involved too much stress, and resulted in a lot of presents that ended up in my garage. Today, nice dinners with family and friends sharing time together have taken the place of the “birthday party” and that is fine with me.

Centuries ago, God moved in such a profound way and sent his Holy Spirit upon us, imparting to the Church gifts that remain with us today. That first Pentecost was a first birthday party of sorts, with people gathered to celebrate their common faith in Jesus Christ. Of course, that party had none of the trappings of a child’s event at Chuck E. Cheese’s, but instead presented us all with generous gifts that could be used for the glory of God instead of the stuff children discard after a few weeks.

Every year I think it is important to really celebrate what God has given to us, the Church, on the feast of Pentecost. The generosity of God knows no limits and the Holy Spirit is alive. It’s just that the gifts from this celebration need to be used or the celebration will be hollow. The gifts are free to us even though they are priceless. It would be poor stewardship to toss them in the garage with all those toys that time forgot.

Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS
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