Ash Wednesday

Lent begins this Wednesday, February 10. Ashes will be distributed during the 6:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 12:00 Noon (Traditional Latin), 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Masses. Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation but as always you are encouraged to attend Mass. It is a Day of Mandatory Abstinence & Fast.

Year of Mercy Confessions

Year of MercyBeginning on December 2 during the first Week of Advent, the priests of St. John the Beloved will be hearing extra confessions on Wednesdays. On the hour every hour between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. a priest will be in the confessional and stay as long as there are penitents. One day we will have green lights to indicate an available confessor. In the meantime please look for the white light glowing through the window.

2015-16 Sunday Lectures at St. John the Beloved Catholic Church

We invite you to join us for the Sunday Lectures at St. John the Beloved Catholic Church, on the dates below, 4:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall

September 20, 2015
Same-Sex Marriage in these United States
Kyle Duncan, Leonard Leo & Fr. Sina

October 18, 2015
Synod of Bishops on the Family
Rev. Thomas Joseph White, O.P.

November 15, 2015
The Persecuted Church in Iraq & Syria
Sebastian & Katharine Gorka

December 13, 2015
Merciful like the Father: the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sr. Clare Hunter, F.S.E.

January 10, 2016
Gaudium et Spes (On the Church in the Modern World)
R.R. Reno

February 21, 2016
Fifty Years After the Second Vatican Council
George Weigel

March 13, 2016
Elizabeth & Felix Leseur: The Sanctifying Power of a Difficult Marriage
Robin Maas

April 17, 2016
Mercy and St. Thomas Aquinas
Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P.

May 15, 2016
Nostrae Aetate & Islam
Robert R. Reilly.

June 12, 2016
Sacrosanctum Concilium (The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy)
Rev. Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth

In Testimonium...

Pope Benedict XVI continued his reflection on the Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation in paragraph 21 of the Post- Synodal Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis with the following thoughts on indulgences:

A balanced and sound practice of gaining indulgences, whether for oneself or for the dead, can be helpful for a renewed appreciation of the relationship between the Eucharist and Reconciliation. By this means the faithful obtain “remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven.” (Paul VI, Apostolic Constitution Indulgentiarum Doctrina, 1 January 1967). The use of indulgences helps us to understand that by our efforts alone we would be incapable of making reparation for the wrong we have done, and that the sins of each individual harm the whole community. Furthermore, the practice of indulgences, which involves not only the doctrine of Christ's infinite merits, but also that of the communion of the saints, reminds us “how closely we are united to each other in Christ ... and how the supernatural life of each can help others.” (Ibid., 9) Since the conditions for gaining an indulgence include going to confession and receiving sacramental communion, this practice can effectively sustain the faithful on their journey of conversion and in rediscovering the centrality of the Eucharist in the Christian life.

Read Fr. Pollard's article

Eternal rest grant unto them...

Mary M. Gaffney
15 Sep. 1920 – 5 Sep. 2015

Col. John F. McMahon
2 Jun. 1932 – 8 Sep. 2015

Ralph E. Smith
1 Sep. 1931 – 22 Sep. 2015

Barbara Jean Halpin
5 Mar. 1960 – 17 Oct. 2015

Ilse S. Pollard
12 Jan. 1933 – 24 Oct. 2015

Elinor Ahern
19 Jun. 1918 – 15 Nov. 2015

Kathleen Scully
7 Sep. 1927 – 11 Dec. 2015