Message from Father Langan- June 27-28

June 27-28

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

One never knows how kindness and charity will be rewarded sometimes in this life, but always in the next.  God does indeed take account of what we do and someday we will behold the long-forgotten (on our part) good works we have done.  During these unsettled days, opportunities present themselves for our doing good.  Since the usual busy routines are generally disrupted, we should ask God to inspire us to live more ardently the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.  One good work maybe to check on our many homebound neighbors who would appreciate a call.  Some of them may need shopping or picking up prescriptions.  Every day God gives us a gift and with that gift comes the opportunity to do good.

This Saturday our Diocese has been blessed with three new priests.  Ordained by Bishop Bambera are Fathers Jonathan Kuhar, Kevin Miller, and Shawn Simchock.  Please keep these new fathers in your prayers as they go out to tend the Lord’s flock.  And blessings on and thanks to Father Sahd as he celebrates the 19th anniversary of his priestly ordination on June 30th.  We are truly blessed to have him with us.

On July 1st I will be having a total knee replacement and, therefore, will be in recovery for several weeks thereafter.  Monsignor Peter Madus and Father Patrick Mohr will be helping with the weekend Masses.  During the week, there will be only one daily Mass.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

With Blessings,

Father Langan

Additional Mass on June 21

This Sunday, June 21st, 11:30 AM, parishioners are invited to attend an additional Mass celebration. This will take place outdoors on the lawn on the old cemetery behind St. John the Evangelist Church on Carroll St. Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Parking will be provided on the upper parking lot. Please be reminded that all of Diocesan Liturgical norms during the pandemic remain in place. All of the safety practices must be continued until further notice from the CDC. Please respect social distancing, use of masks and proper sanitization.

Message From Father Langan – June 20-21

June 20-21

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we honor our earthly fathers today, we hear Our Lord reassure his disciples by reminding them of the tender care of His heavenly Father.  Our heavenly Father watches over us assiduously, faithfully, lovingly; every hair on our heads is accounted for.  We find great consolation in such trying times when we place ourselves into our Father’s care.  Think of the times when our own fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and father-figures – living and deceased – made us feel safe and secure.  How very much they deserve our gratitude and admiration.

At our 9:30 Mass today, we welcome Emily Jonas, fiancée of Eric Diehl who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Once again, the power of the Holy Spirit is poured out upon a young member of the Church.  Fortified by this special grace,  may Emily be a steadfast and fervent witness to the Faith especially as she will soon enter for the Sacrament of Matrimony.

As things are ‘loosening-up’ and summer is here, let us continue our ardent prayer for the end of the pandemic and continue to be prudent and cautious in observing the prescribed protocol for safe distancing.

Blessings and good health to all especially our Fathers,

Father Langan

Reservations Required

Although some of the “social distancing” regulations are loosening up in Wayne County, we are still maintaining safe distances within ALL the Churches during Mass. Reservations remain in effect until further notice and attendees must wear a face mask for the duration of the Mass.

Message from Father Langan-June 13-14

June 13-14

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“I will be with you always until the end of the ages.”  These words of Our Lord are the absolute guaranties that no matter how bleak things get we are not alone.   And the ultimate assurance of His Divine Presence we celebrate today in a special way.  It is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi – the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  Before He gave His Body and Blood on the cross for the salvation of the whole world, Jesus gave His Body and Blood to His Disciples under the appearance of bread and wine in the Upper Room on the night before He was crucified.  Our Lord empowered these disciples to continue this sacrificial meal as the way and means by which He would be with us always.

Just as the Lord provided the necessities of life for ancient Israel as they journeyed through the desert so in a more profound and intimate way, he sustains us on the journey to the Kingdom of Heaven.  In the Holy Eucharist one Lord commingles His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity with our unworthy and broken human nature.  “My Flesh is true food and my Blood, true drink,” says the Lord.  Today, as last Sunday, we ponder a mystery that is beyond human explanation, but must be embraced in faith.  May we pray for an increase in faith for ourselves and especially for those who have drifted away from the most glorious gift that God has given to His creatures.

As well you know, in order for this divine gift to come to us there needs to be priests.  One June 27, at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton, Bishop Bambera will be ordaining to the Sacred Priesthood Rev. Mr. Jonathan Kuhar, Rev. Mr. Kevin Miller, and Rev. Mr. Shawn Simchock.  This is a joyous day for our diocese and we offer our prayers for these men who will continue to supply the Bread of Life and the Chalice of Salvation along with the forgiveness of sins to God’s faithful people.  Please pray daily for an increase of vocations to the Priesthood.

As we celebrate this great Mystery of Corpus Christi, we have the joy of returning to our regular (24-7) adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in our Eucharistic Chapel.  Thanks to all who are resuming their hours.  Kindly remember ONLY two adorers (or family adorers – thus more than 2) may be in the chapel at one time.  We will begin on Saturday at 7 AM.  As you are leaving the chapel at the conclusion of your designated hour, please sanitize kneelers and chair arms before leaving.

With Blessings,

Father Langan

Summer Hours

The Masses at St. John the Evangelist will begin at 9:30 during the summer months beginning on Sunday, June 14. Reservations are required for all Masses during the weekend and daily Masses until further notice.

Message from Father Langan: June 6-7

June 6-7, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today we contemplate the very nature of God – Three in One – The Most Holy Trinity.  Try as we may our limited minds will never be able to explain or comprehend this mystery and yet, it is the simple reality of who God is and we are privileged to be drawn into the life of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  It is best for us to comprehend God as a family – a relationship of pure and infinite love.

Because of the death and resurrection of the Second Person, Jesus Christ, true God and true man, we have once again joined to the love the binds us to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  As God is, therefore, we, too, must be.

During this month of June, we have a further model and example to follow in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  These feast days, June 19 and 20 respectively, are meant to overcome the coldness and self-centeredness that has overcome human hearts.  We have forgotten that we are children of God and how much God loves us.  The suffering Heart of Christ should reduce us to humble reliance upon the mercy of God rather than the assertion of our own convoluted will.  We see first-hand how putting self-first disrupts and destroys the bonds of human love and respect and a grateful love of God.  Our hearts should burn with love and commitment for God and others not be filled with the burning rage and anger that comes from the father of lies.

We reflect on the gentle and tender heart of Mary, who through every human trial, put Her confidence in God.  Her heart burned with the desire of union with Her Son and Her Lord.  So, too, should ours.

I would like to recognize and offer congratulations and blessings to the high school graduates and college students from our parish.  In their young lives they, too, have experiences an unprecedented time of challenge and uncertainty.  Their faith in God and understanding His purpose and design for their lives will bring them comfort, guidance, and direction for fruitful and happy lives.

And our parish family wishes to extend our congratulations to Father Joshua Livingston ordained to the Holy Priesthood on this Sunday, June 7th for service in the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire.  Father Joshua is the son of Vincent and Roseanne Livingston.  Our congratulations to his parents and siblings.  May God who has begun the good work in him continue to bring it to fulfillment.

With Blessings,

Father Langan