We, the faithful of SJN, commit ourselves to celebrating & giving witness to the presence of God in our midst by living the Gospel to its fullest.
A late Happy Mother's Day to all our wonderful mothers at SJN! This past weekend some of our parishioners and staff hosted the annual Mother's Day Tea for the residents at Hunters Woods Fellowship House. A fun time was had by all!
catholicherald.com After months of preparation, diocesan Catholics ramp up efforts to help those suffering from opioid abuse and other addictions.
Help our Middle Schoolers reach their goal of providing meals to 40,000 people this year. You can donate directly at http://www.saintjn.org/rooted-in-service/. Every $1 feeds four people.
Great reflection on our patron!
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(January 5, 2018: John Neumann, Bishop)
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“Let us love not in word or speech but in deed and in truth...”
“This ‘American’ saint was born in Bohemia in 1811. He was looking forward to being ordained in 1835 when the bishop decided there would be no more ordinations: Bohemia was overstocked with priests. John wrote to bishops all over Europe but the story was the same everywhere: no one needed any more priests. But John didn’t give up. He had learned English by working in a factory with English-speaking workers so he wrote to the bishops in America. Finally, Bishop John Dubois of New York agreed to ordain him but John would have to leave his home forever and travel across the ocean to a new and rugged land. He was ordained the following year.”
“In New York, John was one of 36 priests for 200,000 Catholics. John’s parish in western New York stretched from Lake Ontario to Pennsylvania. His church had no steeple or floor but that didn’t matter insofar as John spent most days traveling from village to village anyway, climbing mountains to visit the sick, staying in garrets and taverns to teach, and celebrating the Mass at kitchen tables. Because of the work and the isolation associated with his remote outpost, John longed for community. In 1840, with the permission of Dubois, he applied to join the Redemptorist Fathers, was accepted, and entered their novitiate at St. Philomena's in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was their first candidate in the New World. He took his vows as a member of the Congregation in Baltimore, Maryland, in January 1842. After six years of difficult but fruitful work, he was appointed as the Provincial Superior for the United States. Neumann became naturalized citizen on 10 February 1848. John was appointed bishop of Philadelphia in 1852. As bishop, he was the first to organize a diocesan Catholic school system: he increased the number of Catholic schools in his diocese from two to one hundred.”
“Neumann actively invited religious institutes to establish new houses within the diocese. In 1855, he supported the foundation of a congregation of religious sisters in the city, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. He brought the School Sisters of Notre Dame from Germany to assist in religious instruction and staffing an orphanage. He also intervened to save the Oblate Sisters of Providence, a congregation for African-American women, from dissolution. Neumann's efforts to expand the Catholic Church were not without opposition. The Know Nothings, an anti-Catholic political party representing descendants of earlier immigrants to North America, was at the height of its activities. They set fire to convents and schools. Discouraged, Neumann wrote to Rome asking to be replaced as bishop, but Pope Pius IX insisted that he continue.”
“John never lost his love and concern for the people—something that may have bothered the elite of Philadelphia. On one visit to a rural parish, the parish priest picked him up in a manure wagon. Seated on a plank stretched over the wagon’s contents, John joked, ‘Have you ever seen such an entourage for a bishop!’ The ability to learn languages that had brought John to America enabled him to learn enough Spanish, French, Italian, and Dutch to hear confessions in, at least, six languages. When the a wave of Irish immigration reached American shores, John learned Gaelic so well that one Irish woman remarked, ‘Isn’t it grand that we have an Irish bishop!’”
“John Neumann died of a stroke on January 5, 1860 at the age of 48.” (http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=70)
Notwithstanding his proficiency with languages, John Neumann is remembered less for the way he loved in words and more for the way he loved in deeds.
Could the same be said of us.
Happy "Giving Tuesday"!!! The Rooted program (SJN's Middle School Faith Formation) is trying to raise enough to provide meals for 40,000 people this year. You can donate money directly or you can purchase Christmas gifts from our special link and we will receive 50% of the money you spend. At our retreat in March, the middle school kids will build the meals and package them for families in need. THANKS and GOD BLESS! http://www.saintjn.org/rooted-in-service/
With eyes that cannot see...
Beyond the Blindness:
My Story of Losing Sight and Living Life
Join us, Sunday July 29 — Refreshments will be served at 6:15pm and Ted Hinson will begin speaking at 6:45pm. All are welcome.
The notion of “perseverance” is often associated with athletes, scholars and particularly goal-directed individuals that share the virtues of patience, self-discipline and determination. Moving towards a goal, (be it a World Cup championship or a PhD), brings a personal sense of satisfaction of having “slayed the dragon” of self-doubt and powered through obstacles. Quite often with this kind of success the credit stops with the achiever. “I did this” shares little of the glory, (although I would hope that most would concede that they could never have triumphed without some help and luck.)
But there is another kind of perseverance that is born from the unyielding determination that views limitations as challenges. This category of achievers appreciates that their success is not self-made but is largely a gift, a gift of pure grace. Much like the tragedy that may have brought them to where they are, this grace is not earned or deserved, but as Jesus would say, “sufficient.” This is also where the virtue of humility gives one the eyes to see God’s many gifts that accompany adversity.
Ted Hinson, author of “Beyond the Blindness: My Story of Losing Sight and Living Life,” is a man born sighted and then struck blind in his 30’s. Ted is one of those inspiring examples of perseverance. His tremendous faith, determination and gracious acceptance of his condition allowed him to be the loving father of five children, hold a successful career, be a community activist and even coach basketball. Ted doesn’t know the meaning of the words “you can’t.” And he knows that this is not due to his own strength, but a gift from the grace of God. There is so much for me and for all of us to learn from this witness. Please join us Sunday July 29 at 6:00pm to share a light repast and to be inspired by the incredible journey of Ted Hinson. With “eyes that cannot see,” Ted will help each of us ponder how we can dig deeper into our own selves to find perseverance in our times of struggle and adversity.
The Lyons Club will provide a drop box for glasses that you may wish to donate. Please stop by the Health Ministry Bulletin Board to learn more about the critical importance of eye health. This program is co-sponsored by the SJN Outreach and Health Ministries.
Don't forget registration for Faith Formation prek-8th grade starts Monday, May 14! Go to www.saintjn.org to register!
SJN Middle Schoolers having a blast at BASH along with close to 1000 other young people from around the diocese today.
Pajama Program - Virginia Chapter
Thank you students at St. John Neumann Catholic Church! The preschool through 5th grade students collected 297 new pajamas and 259 new books for their Lenten Faith in Action project. The children were asked to donate a pair of pajamas in their size and a book they would enjoy. They celebrated with a pajama parade on Pajama Day!
This past weekend, we gathered for Easter by celebrating and re-telling the story of Christ’s resurrection: a 2,000 year-old story that many of us grew up hearing and know by heart. We know all the twists and turns, we know how it ends.
But what is easy to forget is that the sacred story of life, death and resurrection isn’t just Christ’s story -- it’s ours as well.
Each of us, in the midst of everyday and ordinary life, experience many kinds of deaths and resurrections. In brokenness and healing, in addiction and recovery, in dying to ourselves and rising to new beginnings.
Our sacred stories -- whether you’ve been away from the church for a very long time, whether you’re here for the first time, whether you’ve been Catholic all your life -- are sources of hope for others in the same way that Christ’s is for all of us.
This Fall, St. John Neumann is launching the ARISE program to share our stories in the context of faith-based small groups, to help each other recognize Christ always and already at work in our lives, a chance for us to accept Christ’s invitation to “come and see.”
All are welcome.
Hoy celebramos y volvemos a contar la historia de Pascua sobre la resurrección de Cristo: una historia de 2.000 años de antigüedad que muchos de nosotros crecimos escuchando y aprendiendo de memoria. Conocemos todos los giros y vueltas, sabemos cómo termina.
Pero lo que es fácil de olvidar es que la historia sagrada de la vida, la muerte y la resurrección no es solo la historia de Cristo, sino también la nuestra.
Cada uno de nosotros, en medio de la vida cotidiana y ordinaria, experimenta muchos tipos de muertes y resurrecciones. En la fragilidad y la curación, en la adicción y la recuperación, en morir para nosotros mismos y elevarse a nuevos comienzos.
Nuestras historias sagradas, ya sea que hayas estado alejado de la iglesia por mucho tiempo, ya sea que estés aquí por primera vez, si has sido católico en todo momento, son fuentes de esperanza para los demás de la misma manera que Cristo es para todos nosotros.
Este otoño, St. John Neumann está lanzando el programa LEVÁNTATE para compartir nuestras historias en el contexto de grupos pequeños basados en la fe, para ayudarnos unos a otros a reconocer siempre a Cristo quien está trabajando en nuestras vidas, una oportunidad para que aceptemos la invitación de Cristo a “ven y mira”.
Todos estan bienvenidos.
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[03/02/18] Lenten Stations and Soup Supper is CANCELLED this evening, 3/2🌫️🌬️
St. John Neumann Preschool registration is OPEN for the 2018-2019 school year! Please see the parish website for more information! www.saintjn.org
Happy Feast of the Presentation of the Lord! "Lord, now you let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled: my own eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of every people: a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel." Luke 2:29-32
Please pray for those attending the March for Life today and for those who are faced with the challenges in difficult pregnancies.
St. John Neumann Preschool registration for the 2018-2019 school year will open later this month! The Preschool is for children ages 2 1/2 through Pre-K. Information sessions will be held the fourth week of January. Dates, times, and the registration form are on the parish website! You may email [email protected] with questions.
Blessed Christmas Octave!
Bishop Burbidge invites us to "wake up" this #Advent season, and offers a special invitation to families.
"Be vigilant. Stay awake. This is a call of love." —Bishop Michael Francis Burbidge
Saturday, November 18 was Faith and Action morning of our Faith Formation Family Program. The families walked 2 miles with a gallon of water to help them understand what it would be like to walk to the river to get water, which nearly one billion people worldwide must do daily in order for their families to have water. The families ended at our parish baptismal pool, the water that gives us Life.
On Tuesday at SJN, 35 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from our Branching Out program (middle school youth ministry) worked together to make posters and cookies for Kairos (a ministry serving prisoners). We had a lot of fun and made a total of 43 posters and 44 dozen cookies to be used at upcoming Kairos retreats.
Watch our video of us living the Gospel! (Matthew 25:34-40)
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: How We Can Help
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As you have seen in media reports, while residents in Texas are only beginning their recovery effort from Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma has caused considerable damage throughout Florida. Once again, I ask all in the Diocese of Arlington to join me in prayer for those struggling with the effects of this destructive weather. Pray that victims of these storms will feel the presence of Christ’s peace in the midst of turmoil and unrest.
For those who are able, I ask that you consider making a donation to Catholic Charities USA, which is leading the disaster relief effort on behalf of the Catholic Church in the United States. There are many people who need help receiving basic necessities, and they will also need help rebuilding so much that has been lost.
I am also grateful to all who will support the relief's efforts through contributions being made in parish second collections.
May Our Lord bring relief and peace to those who struggle, now and forever.
Sincerely in Christ,
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Houston . . . .
Next weekend there will be a Special Collection for our brothers and sisters in Sierra Leone. Please pray for all affected by the mudslide there. Should you contribute with a check make it payable to St. John Neumann and write "Sierra Leone" in the memo line. We will gather all donations and send them on to Catholic Relief Services. If you decide to give directly here is the link to donate: https://secure.crs.org/site/Donation2?df_id=9840&9840.donation=form1&utm_source=crs.org&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=freetown-landslide&s_src=freetown-landslide&utm_content=hero&_ga=2.137339443.2042175212.1502993859-1833321880.1502993859
secure.crs.org More than three hundred people were killed and property was destroyed when a major mudslide in Sierra Leone covered 100 homes in Freetown, on August 14.
"Do something gentle and loving today, something beautiful for God, as your prayerful response to racism and evil.
Do something gentle and loving today, something beautiful for God, as your prayerful response to racism and evil.
Tomorrow (Aug 15) is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, commemorating the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven. Join us for Mass tomorrow (Aug 15) at 6:30am, 9:00am, 12:10pm, or 7:00pm. (Or tonight, Aug 14, at 7:00pm in Spanish.)
Rooted is the new Middle School Faith Formation program at St. John Neumann parish. Rooted is taking a new approach to Faith Formation and consists of a series of ten sessions which will follow a retreat model (two six hour sessions and eight two and half hour sessions). Through these sessions, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders will participate in learning, fellowship, service, prayer, and fun; with a focus on becoming more rooted in their Catholic faith.
Volunteers Still Needed - We are still looking for volunteers to be Small Group Facilitators for this new program. Please contact Angela Davis ([email protected]) for more information.
Parent Information Session - If you have questions or would like more detail, please come to an Information Session on August 23rd at 7:00pm in room A3.
JUSTFAITH 2017-18 INFORMATIONAL SESSION
Longing for a safe place to talk about social issues through the lens of your Catholic faith? JustFaith is an inspiring and energizing program that engages participants in Jesus's life and witness and His call to love and serve others. You’ll share with others a spiritual journey of faith and compassion that is life-giving. JustFaith graduates will be available at a brief Informational Session (10-15 minutes) after all Masses this weekend, May 6-7. To see a video of past participants about their experience with JustFaith, click here --> https://youtu.be/VkoZJ-B--KA
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