Prayer

prayer

Prayer and the sacraments dispose a soul to receive God's abundant graces, which are necessary to grow in holiness. It is through prayer that we nurture our personal relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Prayer is essential to the spiritual life of the individual, the family, the parish and the Universal Church.

 "Prayer is as necessary to our souls as food is to our bodies." Characteristics of a Christian Steward 

Prayer increases our yearning to receive the source and summit of our Catholic faith, the Eucharist. As a parish family, we gather together to worship adn praise God in the Mass. Nourished by the Word of God and the Eucharist, we are strengthened as a parish family to go and to serve the Lord. All we are and seek to become is strengthened and becomes more perfect through the Eucharist. It is in the Eucharist where we again recognize our total dependence upon God for everything. In both our personal and communal prayer, we turn toward God to discern properly our talents and gifts.

 

Overnight Funeral

 

Vigil

 

When a parishioner here at St. John the Evangelist passes away we keep vigil in prayer from the time of the rosary to the time of the funeral. Parishioners sign up for an hour of prayer in the church throughout the night.

 

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40 Hours of

 

Adoration

 

Each week from Monday at 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Wednesday there is Eucharistic Adoration in our church.  These 40 hours are a time of prayer available to all. It is necessary that each hour have a parishioner assigned to pray so that the Blessed Sacrament is never left alone.

 

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Patriotic Rosary

 

On the second Saturday of every month our parish gathers together to pray this Patriotic Rosary, a powerful prayer for divine protection and mercy for our Nation and its rebirth. This happens at 9:00 a.m. in the church.

 

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Vocations Prayer

 

Apostolate

 

This prayer ministry seeks to respond to our Lord's invitation to "Pray to the Master of the harvest to send more laborers." Join in offering up an hour of prayer for all of our diocesan seminarians and the priests and religious that have called St. John the Evangelist their home.

 

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Sacristan

 

Sacristans see to the consistent and proper handling of certain aspects of parish liturgy. They carefully arrange the liturgical books, the vestments, and other things necessary in the celebration of the Mass.

 

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Altar Server

 

Altar Servers at St. John the Evangelist serve at Sunday Masses to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy. They serve as acolytes and cross bearer and are active participants in the liturgy. All young men in 3rd - 12th grades are encouraged to become altar servers. 

 

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Lector

 

Lectors are instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture during mass. The goal of a good Lector is to make it such that the attention of the people is not upon the Lector but upon the Word of God that the Lector proclaims.

 

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Ushers

 

The ministry of usher is an act of hospitality, welcome and service to the those gathering on the Day of the Lord to worship our God. Ushers welcome and serve the needs of parishioners while at Mass and limit distractions to allow parishioners to be attentive to the Sacrifice that takes place at Mass.

 

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Present Offertory

 

Gifts

 

Those that present the offertory gifts during Mass represent the entire parish as we return to God a small part of the many blessings He has given us. The unleavened bread and wine that are carried up will consecrated to become the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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Rosary Leader

 

Before Mass

 

Before each weekend Mass our parish prays the rosary together as a parish family. The scheduled rosary leader starts and leads the the parishioners through the prayers of the rosary.

 

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Music Ministry

 

The purpose of sacred music is the glory of God and the sactification of the faithful. The music ministry is designed to assist in the celebration of the liturgy. This requires the time and talent of many people including instrumentalists, cantors, and choir members. 

 

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