NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

COME HOLY SPIRIT, FILL THE HEARTS OF THY FAITHFUL AND ENKINDLE IN THEM THE FIRE OF THY LOVE.

V/SEND FORTH THY SPIRIT AND THEY SHALL BE CREATED;

R/AND THOU SHALT RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH.

LET US PRAY; O HOLY SPIRIT, OUR LORD AND OUR GOD/WE ADORE AND HUMBLY ACKNOWLEDGE HERE IN THY SACRED PRESENCE THAT WE ARE NOTHING, WITHOUT THY OPERATION WITHIN US./COME GREAT PARACLETE OF THE BLEST/FULFILL THE PROMISE OF OUR SAVIOR/WHO WOULD NOT LEAVE US ORPHANS/AND ENTER OUR MINDS AND HEARTS AS THOU DIDST DESCEND ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST UPON THE HOLY MOTHER OF JESUS AND UPON HIS FIRST DISCIPLES./GRANT THAT WE MAY HAVE A PART IN THOSE GIFTS WHICH THOU DIDST SO GENEROUSLY BESTOW UPON THEM.

TAKE FROM OUR HEARTS ALL THAT IS NOT PLEASING TO THEE/AND MAKE OF THEM A WORTHY DWELLING PLACE FOR JESUS OUR LORD.  ILLUMINE OUR MINDS/THAT WE MAY SEE AND UNDERSTAND THE THINGS THAT ARE FOR OUR ETERNAL WELFARE.  INFLAME OUR HEARTS WITH PURE LOVE OF THE FATHER, THAT, CLEANSED FROM ATTACHMENT TO ALL UNWORTHY OBJECTS/OUR WHOLE LIFE MAY BE HIDDEN WITH JESUS IN GOD.  STRENTHEN OUR WILL/THAT IT MAY BE COMFORTABLE TO THE WILL OF OUR CREATOR/AND GUIDED BY THY HOLY INSPIRATIONS.  AID US TO PRACTICE THE HEAVENLY VIRTUES OF HUMILITY/POVERTY/AND OBEDIENCE WHICH ARE TAUGHT US IN THE EARTHLY LIFE OF JESUS.  DESCENT UPON US/O MIGHTY SPIRIT/THAT/INSPIRED AND ENCOURAGED BY THEE/WE MAY FAITHFULLY FULFILL THE DUTIES OF OUR STATE IN LIFE/CARRY OUR DAILY CROSS WITH PATIENCE AND COURAGE/AND ACCOMPLISH THE FATHER’S WILL FOR US MORE PERFECTLY/MAKE US/DAY BY DAY/MORE HOLY/AND GIVE TO US THAT HEAVENLY PEACE WHICH THE WORLD CANNOT GIVE.  O HOLY SPIRIT/THOU GIVER OF EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT  GIFT/GRANT TO US THE INTENTIONS OF THIS NOVENA OF PRAYER (HERE ADD YOUR INTENTIONS).  MAY THE FATHER’S WILL BE DONE IN US AND THROUGH US. AND MAY  THOU/O HOLY SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOOD/BE PRAISED AND GLORIFIED FOREVER AND EVER.  AMEN.

FIRST DAY:  COME, O HOLY SPIRIT/THE LORD AND LIFEGIVER/TAKE UP THY DWELLING WITHIN MY SOUL/AND MAKE OF IT THY SACRED TEMPLE./  MAKE ME LIVE BY GRACE AS AN ADOPTED CHILD OF GOD./PERVADE ALL THE ENERGIES OF MY SOUL/AND CREATE IN ME A FOUNDATION OF LIVING WATER SPRINGING UP INTO LIFE EVERLASTING.  (CLOSING PRAYER)

SECOND DAY:  COME, O SPIRIT OF WISDOM/AND REVEAL TO MY SOUL THE MYSTERIES OF HEAVENLY THINGS/THEIR EXCEEDING GREATNESS AND POWER AND BEAUTY./TEACH ME TO LOVE THEM BEYOUND ALL PASSING JOYS AND SATISFACTIONS OF EARTH./SHOW ME THE WAY BY WHICH I MAY POSSESS THEE/AND HOLD THEM HEREAFTER/MY OWN FOREVER.  (CLOSING PRAYER)

THIRD DAY:  COME, O SPIRIT OF UNDERSTANDING/AND ENLIGHTEN MY MIND/THAT I MAY KNOW AND BELIEVE ALL THE MYSTERIES OF SALVATION/AND MAY MERIT AT LAST TO SEE THE ETERNAL LIGHT IN THY LIGHT/AND IN THE LIGHT OF THY GLORY TO HAVE THE CLEAR VISION OF THEE AND THE FATHER AND THE SON.  (CLOSING PRAYER)

FOURTH DAY:  COME, O SPIRIT OF COUNSEL/HELP AND GUIDE ME IN ALL MY WAYS/THAT I MAY ALWAYS DO THY HOLY WILL./INCLINE MY HEART TO THAT WHICH IS GOOD/TURN IT AWAY FROM ALL THAT IS EVIL/AND DIRECT ME BY THEY PATH OF THY COMMANDMENTS TO THE GOAL OF ETERNAL LIFE.  (CLOSING PRAYER)

FIFTH DAY:  COME, O SPIRIT OF FORTITUDE/AND GIVE COURAGE TO MY SOUL./MAKE MY HEART STRONG IN ALL TRIALS AND IN ALL DISTRESS/POURING FORTH ABUNDANTLY INTO IT THE GIFTS OF STRENGTH/THAT I MAY BE ABLE TO RESIST THE ATTACKS OF THE DEVIL. (CLOSING PRAYER)

SIXTH DAY:  COME O SPIRIT OF KNOWLEDGE/AND MAKE ME UNDERSTAND AND DESPISE THE EMPTINESS AND NOTHINGNESS OF THE ENTICEMENTS OF THIS WORLD./ GIVE ME GRACE TO USE THE WORLD ONLY FOR THY GLORY AND THE SALVATION OF THE CREATURES./MAY I ALWAYS BE VERY FAITHFUL IN PUTTING THY REWARDS BEFORE EVERY EARTHLY GIFT.  (CLOSING PRAYER)

SEVENTH DAY:  COME, O SPIRIT OF PIETY/POSSESS MY HEART/INCLINE IT TO A TRUE FAITH IN THEE/TO A HOLY LOVE OF THEE/MY GOD/THAT WITH MY WHOLE SOUL I MAY SEEK THEE/AND FIND THEE MY BEST/MY TRUEST JOY (CLOSING PRAYER)

EIGHTH DAY:  COME, A SPIRIT OF HOLY FEAR/PENETRATE MY INMOST HEART/THAT I MAY SET THEE/MY LORD AND GOD/BEFORE MY FACE FOREVER/AND SHUN ALL THINGS THAT CAN OFFEND THEE SO THAT I MAY BE MADE WORTHY TO APPEAR BEFORE THE PURE EYES OF THY DIVINE MAJESTY IN THE HEAVENS OF HEAVENS/WHERE THOUGH LIVEST AND REIGNEST IN THE UNITY OF THE EVER-BLESSED TRINITY/WORLD WITHOUT END.  (CLOSING PRAYER)

NINTH DAY:  COME, O HOLY COMFORTER/AND GRANT ME A RELISH FOR HEAVENLY THINGS./PRODUCE IN MY SOUL AND FRUITS OF VIRTURE/SO THAT/BEING FILLED WITH ALL SWEETNESS AND JOY IN THE PURSUIT OF GOOD/I MAY ATTAIN UNTO ETERNAL BLESSEDNESS.  (CLOSING PRAYER)

CLOSING PRAYER: 

LET US PRAY:  O GOD, WHO DIDST INSTRUCT THE HEARTS OF THY FAITHFUL BY SENDING THE LIGHT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT/GRANT US BY THE SAME SPIRIT TO BE TRULY WISE AND EVER TO REJOICE IN HIS HOLY CONSOLATION/THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD.  AMEN.

Message from Father Langan-May 23 and 24

May 23-24

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

On Monday, June 1st, the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, we shall, on a limited basis start re-opening our Churches in Wayne County for public worship.  At this time, our daily Mass schedule will be as such:

Monday-Friday, 7:25 AM and 12:05 PM Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Confessions will be heard 20 minutes before the Masses and on Saturday morning,  8:00 A.M. (being First Saturday).  On First Friday, Holy Hour will follow the noon Mass.

The Lord’s Day Masses:  Vigils at 4 PM at St. Bernard’s; 5:30 PM at St. Mary Magdalen (Broadcast)

Sundays:  7:30 at St. Mary Magdalen; 9:00 at St. Joseph’s; 10:30 at St. John the Evangelist (Broadcast)

Confessions will be heard prior to Masses.  Social distancing will be strictly followed.  Please wear a mask when making your confession.

ONLY 20 parishioners will be permitted to attend each of the five Masses and daily Mass.  YOU MUST call the Parish Office between 10:00 A.M. and 4 P.M. to make a reservation on a first come, first serve basis. We will begin taking reservations on Wednesday, May 27 for the Masses.   Your name will be put on a roster and checked off when you arrive at the church.  You will be escorted to your pew.  Kindly remain in place until the conclusion of Mass and then exit the church without socializing.  Prior to Mass, directions will be made regarding the reception of Holy Communion.  Upon entering the church, a bulletin will be presented to you, which will contain the hymns (all missalettes and prayer cards have been removed from the pews so as not to spread contamination).  Please take the bulletin with you and do not leave in the pews.  Both before and after Masses, the pews will be sanitized.  We are tremendously grateful to Dave, Sharon and Mike Flederbach for their most generous donation of sanitizers and gloves, which will be used in all churches.

Each weekend, we expect to accommodate 125 of our parishioners at Mass.  After the first 20 reservations are taken, you will be put on the list for the next week and after several weeks, you may call to reserve again; thus, we will rotate our congregation.  Remember that those in a vulnerable situation should not feel obliged to participate physically at Mass.

We shall do our best to accommodate as many as possible.  Please continue your kind and understanding patience as we work through this.

With Blessings,

Father Langan

USCCB – (U.S. CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOP)-RESPONDS TO CORONAVIRUS

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following regarding Coronavirus (COVID -19):

With the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, we are confronted once more with the fragility of our lives, and again we are reminded of our common humanity; that the peoples of this world are our brothers and sisters, that are all one family under God.

God does not abandon us, he goes with us even now in this time of trail and testing.  In this moment it is important for us to anchor our hearts in the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.  Now is the time to intensify our prayers and sacrifices for the love of God and the love of our neighbor.  Let us draw closer to one another in our love for him, and rediscover the things that truly matter in our lives.

United with our Holy Father Pope Francis, let us pray in solidarity for our brothers and sisters here and around the world who are sick.  Let us pray for those who have lost loved ones to this virus.  May God console them and grant them peace.

We pray also for doctors, nurses, and caregivers, for public health officials and all civic leaders.  May God grant them courage and prudence as they seek to respond to this emergency with compassion and in service to the common good.

In this time of need, I invite all the faithful to seek together the maternal intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and I share this prayer with you:

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.

We fly to you today as your beloved children.

We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,

And gain for our nation and world,

And for all our families and loved ones,

The protection of your holy angels,

That we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,

We ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.

Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,

Wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,

Teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.

Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,

Knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,

Health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,

Keep us in the embrace of your arms,

Help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus.  Amen.

Mass Schedule

The Holy Mass will continue to be broadcast on the weekends (Saturday evenings at St. Mary Magdalen – at time to be announced) and St. John the Evangelist, Sundays at 10:30 AM on our Facebook page until further notice.  This coming Sunday, April 19th is Divine Mercy Sunday and we shall also broadcast the Divine Mercy Service at 3:00 PM.

NOVENA OF SURRENDER TO THE WILL OF GOD

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Day 1

NOVENA OF SURRENDER TO THE WILL OF GOD

Revealed by Jesus Christ to Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo

Why do you confuse yourselves by worrying? Leave the care of your affairs to me, and everything will be peaceful. I say to you in truth that every act of true, blind, complete surrender to me produces the effect that you desire and resolves all difficult situations. O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (say this refrain 10 times)

Day 2

Surrender to me does not mean to fret, to be upset, or to lose hope, nor does it mean offering to me a worried prayer asking me to follow you and change your worry into prayer. It is against this surrender, deeply against it, to worry, to be nervous and to desire to think about the consequences of anything. It is like the confusion that

children feel when they ask their mother to see to their needs, and then try to take care of those needs for themselves so that their childlike efforts get in their mother’s way.Surrender means to placidly close the eyes of the soul, to turn away from thoughts of tribulation and to put yourself in my care, so that only I act, saying You take care of it. O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times)

Day 3

How many things I do when the soul, in so much spiritual and material need turns to me, looks at me and says to me; “You take care of it,” then close its eyes and rests. In pain you pray for me to act, but that I act in the way you want. You do not turn to me, instead, you want me to adapt to your ideas. You are not sick people who ask the doctor to cure you, but rather sick people who tell the doctor how to. So do not act this way, but pray as I taught you in the Our Father: “Hallowed be thy Name”, that is, be glorified in my need. “Thy kingdom come”, that is, let all that is in us and in the world be in accord with your kingdom. “Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven”, that is, in our need, decide as you see fit for our temporal and eternal life. If you say to me truly: “Thy will be done” which is the same as saying: “You take care of it,” I will intervene with all my omnipotence, and I will resolve the most difficult situations.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times)

Day 4

You see evil growing instead of weakening? Do not worry, Close your eyes and say to me with faith: “Thy will be done, You take care of it.” I say to you that I will take care of it, and that I will intervene as does a doctor and I will accomplish miracles when they are needed. Do you see that the sick person is getting worse? Do not be upset, but close your eyes and say, “You take care of it.” I say to you that I will take care of it, and that there is no medicine more powerful than my loving intervention. By my love, I promise this to you.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times)

Day 5

And when I must lead you on a path different from the one you see, I will prepare you; I will carry you in my arms; I will let you find yourself, like children who have fallen asleep in their mother’s arms, on the other bank of the river. What troubles you

and hurts you immensely are your reason, your thoughts and worry, and your desire at all costs to deal with what afflicts you.
O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times)

Day 6

You are sleepless; you want to judge everything, direct everything and see to everything and you surrender to human strength, or worse – to men themselves, trusting in their intervention, – this is what hinders my words and my views. Oh how much I wish from you this surrender, to help you and how I suffer when I see you so agitated! Satan tries to do exactly this: to agitate you, and to remove you from my protection and to throw you into the jaws of human initiative. So, trust only in me, rest in me, surrender to me in everything.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times)

Day 7

I perform miracles in proportion to your full surrender to me and to your not thinking of yourselves. I sow treasure troves of graces when you are in the deepest poverty. No person of reason, no thinker, has ever performed miracles, not even among the saints. He does divine works whosoever surrenders to God. So don’t think about it anymore, because your mind is acute and for you it is very hard to see evil and to trust in me and to not think of yourself. Do this for all your needs, do this all of you and you will see great continual silent miracles. I will take care of things, I promise this to you.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times)

Day 8

Close your eyes and let yourself be carried away on the flowing current of my grace; close your eyes and do not think of the present, turning your thoughts away from the future just as you would from temptation. Repose in me, believing in my goodness, and I promise you by my love that if you say, “You take care of it,” I will take care of it all; I will console you, liberate you and guide you.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times)

Day 9

Pray always in readiness to surrender, and you will receive from it great peace and great rewards, even when I confer on you the grace of immolation, of repentance and of love. Then what does suffering matter? It seems impossible to you? Close your eyes and say with all your soul, “Jesus, you take care of it.” Do not be afraid, I will take care of things and you will bless my name by humbling yourself. A thousand prayers cannot equal one single act of surrender, remember this well. There is no novena more effective than this:

O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times) To Mary, the Mother of God

Mother, I am yours now and forever. Through you and with you
I always want to belong completely to Jesus. Amen.

Fr. Dolindo (1882-1970) was an Italian priest from Naples who received the stigmata (the wounds of Jesus in his own body). Jesus gave this novena to him in prayer. Use this novena each day in order to make an offering of your own problems and concerns to Jesus, Who has promised, Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.” John 16:23-24

Faith Formation Parents

Please check your emails for information from your child(ren)’s teacher(s) concerning upcoming assignments and online sessions. Online meetings are being held by Anastasia Legg for parents at 6:30pm April 2, 3, & 4th. If you did not receive an invite, please email rel.ed.stjohnshonesdale@verizon.net.

Offertory Collection

A mail slot has been installed in the door of the Parish Office for the convenience of the parishioners of St. John the Evangelist. Offertory envelopes may be placed through the slot at any time.

Directive from the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See to be Used in the Diocese of Scranton

PERFECT CONTRITION

With the increasing difficulty for individuals to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation due to the current health crisis, the faithful of the Diocese of Scranton are reminded that by having perfect contrition one can receive the forgiveness of sins, apart from going to confession.  

Perfect contrition requires the following three things: 

  • A love of God above all else
  • A sincere desire for the forgiveness from sin
  • The resolution to go to confession as soon as possible when this health crisis subsides

PLENARY INDULGENCE

His Holiness, Pope Francis, has also granted a plenary indulgence under specific conditions.

The faithful who qualify for a plenary indulgence during the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Those suffering from the coronavirus illness
  • Health care workers, family members, and others caring for those with the coronavirus (exposing themselves to the virus)

The faithful must do at least one of the following:

  • Unite yourself spiritually through the media in the celebration of the Holy Mass
  • Recite the Rosary
  • Pious practice of the Way of the Cross (or other forms of devotion)
  • Recite the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and a Hail Mary

The faithful must be willing to perform all of the following as soon as possible: (considered the three usual conditions for a plenary indulgence)

  • Going to Confession
  • Receiving Holy Communion
  • Praying for the intentions of Pope Francis

Parish Office Availability

Effective immediately, the parish office of St John the Evangelist will be accepting offertory collections and census forms Monday to Friday from 10 AM to noon. Please ring the door bell. For all other inquiries, please call the Parish Office.