Sunday School Classes & Youth Group programs: CCD classes from 8-45- 9-45, Youth program from 11- 12 am.
Special thanks to Ladies Sodality for organizing and serving the St. Patrick’s Day Supper on March 22nd Saturday after the Vigil Mass and to all our parishioners who participated in the meals by bringing covered dishes and by their presence.
Shut-in Mass: There will be a Televised Mass for the Shut-ins and Home-bound people in our church on Monday the 24th at 5:00 p.m. Those who are free in the evening are requested to participate in the Mass.
All Ministers of the Mass, Altar Servers, EMHC, Lectors & Ushers, are asked to sign up for service during Holy Week. A sign-up sheet is on the table in the church hall.
Ministers of the Mass Schedules for April, May and June are on the glass table and ready for pick-up.
The Second Collection next Sunday will be for “Catholic Relief Services”.
Holy Week Parish Mission will begin at 7:00pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week. Father Cecil Spotswood, Chaplin for both the Carmelite and Visitation Monasteries, will be our Retreat Preacher. The retreat will end with confession at 7:45 on Wednesday, April 16. There will be four priests here to hear confessions.
“The Light is on for you” is a time for reconciliation during lent. Our church will be open for sacramental confession every Wednesday of Lent from 6-8 pm with Fr. Tony in the confessional. Lent is the ideal time to get reconciled with God by receiving the sacrament of reconciliation.
Way of the Cross & K&C Fish Fries:We will have the way of the cross devotion on Fridays of the Lent at 5. 30 pm. Please come and participate. Knight of Columbus is serving Fried fish dinner from 5-7 pm for $ 8 per plate.
St. Vincent de Paul Church has a 12:10 pm Mass every Wednesday during Lent, starting on Ash Wednesday.
A new “Parish Pictorial Directory” The photos were taken and we are in the process of putting the “Photo Directory” together. Those who could not have their pictures taken are requested to give one family photo to the parish office. We hope to have everything organized and the directory put together and returned to us in 30 to 60 days. We want to give a “very special thanks” to everyone on the photo directory team, Tiffany Teofilo(Director), Heather Grubbs, Brandy Ramsay, Carol Voss, Adele Logan and Paullette Cauley, that has worked and will continue to work so hard to make this happen.
T here will be a second Blood Drive by the Red Cross for the 5 year old Tiffany Fontenot who is in need of brain surgery. This second drive will be held on Monday, March 24th, at the Senior Community Center on Hwy 90 in Grand Bay from 12-30 pm to 5 pm.
“One Faith, one Family Conference” – Archbishop Rodi is inviting you to come and see what the Holy Spirit is doing in the Archdiocese and how you can be a part. Ever wonder what priorities the Archbishop has for the faithful of the Archdiocese? Ever wonder what an event with air bounces and an Archbishop would look like? Join us for the first ever Archdiocesan Conference April 5 at the Mobile Convention Center with a special kickoff event on April 4. Speakers include Chris Stefanick, Todd Sylvester and special address by Archbishop Rodi with music by Ike Ndolo. Great music, speakers, and great fun for the whole family! Tickets are $25 on line or $ 20 in the parish office. High school and under are free with a parent. Childcare is provided. For more information visit: www.familylifemobile.org/one
Grand Bay St. John’s homilies in Vatican Radio: The official website of the Vatican Radio has started uploading a 3-page summary version of Fr. Tony’s Sunday homilies and broadcasting its 9 minutes summary version throughout the English speaking world. It is a great and unique honor given to our parish. Our special thanks to Pope Francis and the Vatican radio officials. Click on the link: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/03/10/2nd_sunday_of_lent_-_16_march,_2014/in2-780068 RCIA& Faith Formation Lesson and Sunday homilies are uploaded in our parish website http://stjohngrandbay.org/
RCIA classes (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) are being held on Thursdays’ at 7:00 p.m. in the church hall since September 7th. The participants are 1) Ruth Riddick, 2) Mr. Lance & 3) Mrs. Jessica Wendling, 4) Lynn Goodwin, 5) Brandon Richardson. The sponsor is Anna Isabel Rel.
Birthdays of this Week: Mar 22nd; Darrel Wright: 24th; Johnnie Tate, Paul Delmas: 25th; Dee Irwin, David Schmierer, Maribeth Thompson: 26th; Michael Elliott: NoKnown Anniversaries
Mass Intentions of this week: March 22ndh thru March 28th.
Sat. the 22nd: -----------For the eternal repose of the souls of our deceased parishioners.
Sun. the 23rd: ---------- For the Parish Community
Mar 24th: --------- ------For the eternal repose of the souls of deceased relatives/friends of Carol & Terry Roberts
Mar 25th: ---------------- For the eternal repose of the souls of deceased relatives/friends of Lynda & Louis Jones
Mar 26th, 27th, 28th: -----For the eternal repose of the souls of deceased relatives & friends of Betty Pierce
The Intercessors for Priests in the Heart of St. Joseph is a new Confraternity that seeks to support all priests by praying for them through the powerful intercession of St. Joseph, the spiritual father of all priests. For more information, visit: www.intercessorsforpriests.com <http://www.intercessorsforpriests.com/> , or write for more information: Intercessors for Priests, 1621 Boykin Blvd., Mobile, Alabama, 36605.
3rd Annual Maranatha 5K Race and 1-mile Fun Run: Date: March 15, 2014 at 8:00am. Venue: University of South Alabama Intramural Fields, Mobile. Last year's event was a huge success with 300 registered participants! Please help us make it even bigger this year! The MARANATHA 5K is held by the University of South Alabama's Catholic Student Association (CSA), in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Mobile's Vocation Office. All proceeds will benefit the Education of the Seminarians of the Archdiocese of Mobile. We are depending on your help! This day will: i) connect the Archdiocesan Community. ii) raise Awareness for Priestly Vocations. iii) raise Financial Support for the Education of our 21 Seminarians. iv) actively Unite for the Greater Glory of God!
It’s back and better than ever!The 2014 Mobile Catholic Men’s Conference is taking place on Saturday, April 12th at Corpus Christi Church in Mobile, AL. This year’s line-up features evangelist Richard Lane, Deacon Ralph Poyo and John Martignoni. For more information and to purchase tickets go to: MobileCatholicMen.com. Early bird specials now through March 7th!
Lenten sharing of food: Our Food Bank is really running low on food. The Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a year round food drive to help feed those in need. Catholic Charities requests your generous food contributions. Besides, Fr Tony always has request from people in need for food. We request everyone to bring in food items that can be turned into a meal for up to 4 people. If you prefer to give money you can just leave it in an envelope in the collection basket with “K of C” written on it and we will know that it is to stock the food bank. We have the holidays coming up and we need to build up the stock so that we can help those in need.
The “Grass Cutting” Schedule
for the coming Spring months will be available soon. You may take a copy off the glass table in the church hall so that you will know when it is your time to help.
Items for Soldier’s Needs: Please don’t forget to bring items for soldiers’ needs: Shaving cream, disposable razors, solid deodorant, bars of soap/body wash, anti-bacteria cleaner, shampoo, tooth paste, dental floss, personal handy-wipes, personal hygiene items for women, foot powder, insect repellent, flea collars (they put them around their ankles), chopstick, athlete’s foot powder/spray, sun block lotion, sun shades, protective safety dust masks, socks, sweat headbands, batteries (AAA, AA, C), DVD movies, cards, writing tablets, paper, pens, envelopes, reading materials, snacks: cookies, gum, crest, life-savers, mints, pudding, crackers, sardines, chicken, tuna, salmon, jerky, peppermints, kool-aid, gatorade, tea/coffee. Put items in the designated box in the Parish Hall.
Help us keep flowers at the altar
The slotted wooden box on the glass table in the Parish Hall will receive donations for flowers. If you wish to give flowers for a specific remembrance or thanksgiving there is a sign-up flower chart on the wall to the left of the front doors.
There are new CDs in the CD stack. Each CD costs $ 3. You can have 9 CDs for $ 25. CD on the revised Mass is now available.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
February 4th to 13th, 2014. Sites to visit are Bethlehem, Galilee, Jerusalem and more. There will be daily Mass at the Holy Sites. For a flyer and more information call Cathie or Mike Milano at 1-800-773-2660.
St. Paul Pilgrimage: Father Savoie (St. Pius X Church, Mobile) will be sponsoring a pilgrimage tracing the "Footsteps of Saint Paul" during June of 2014, including visits to Athens, Thessaloniki, Patmos, Philippi, Corinth, and more, plus an evening in Vienna Austria. For an online brochure, please visit www.pilgrimages.com/frsavoie or call 471-2449.
James Graham Kathy Sema Sam Clark David & Tracy Parillo
Sunday –March 30, 10 a.m.
Caitlyn & Christina Kirchoff Carole Roberts Jack Forbes Ron Cauley, John Vancleave
Lyman Ramsay Terry Roberts John McBride Andrew & Matthew Vancleave
If you are scheduled to serve at Mass and find that you cannot serve, it is NECESSARY that you arrange for a substitute.Please take your responsibility seriously. If you are interested in serving as an Altar Server, Eucharistic Minister, Lector or as an Usher, please let Fr. Tony or the Office know of your willingness to serve. We especially need Usher/Greeters for the Saturday Mass.
Remember the sick in your Prayers
Jack Forbes, Clarence Thompson, Evelyn Robison, James Cauley, Betty Cauley, Deacon Rich Howell, Maura Young Weiss, Evelyn Robison, Tiffany Fontenot, Rudy Rel, Fr. Joseph Bolling (St. Mathews parish), Fr. Joe Bolling (S.H. Residence), Ronnie Cauley, Jacobs, Tammy Asch, Deacon Doug McEnery, Deacon John, Cody Driskell, Kenny Kirchoff, Jim Kimble, Mary Rambo, Voncille Hulcher, Addie Thompson, Alice Bedwell, Joel Rivera, Terry Roberts, Susan Taylor, Wayne Seumur, Francis Norris, , Bernie Nelson, Miss Pink Pridgen, Kim Pridgen, Clyde Shores, Glen Haab, Isabel Rel, Haley Holder, Lakeshia Johnson, Gary Sherman, Reverend Manuel Williams, Elizabeth Schmidt, John Atchison, Robert Headley, Ida Clark, Johnny Hill, Frank Church, Jared Hoken, Diana Abrams, Jimmy Murphy, Joe Ecker, Katie, Haley, Msgr. Joseph Jennings, Bea Muth, Hinleigh Hall, Ryan Keith Malone, Father Frank Sofie, Linda Graham, Dave Matern, Virginia Gable, Joseph Gable, Andrew Taylor, Doris Wilson, Glenda Poiroux, Ronald Norris, Diane Watts, Joyce Myrick, Daniel Dorriety, Tiffany Fontenot, Paula Weatherly, Varetta Tulos, James Cauley, Harrand Broussard, Father Francis Cusack, Lin Le Cho, Ginse, Maria, Phansico, Isave, Lincy, Katie Nielsen, Richard Arnold, Louis Poiroux, Homer Campbell, Jimmy Marchand, Daniel Lee Pridgen, Arlene Wissman, Becky Thompson, Sally Thompson, Peggie Huber, Dale Thompson, Jane Thompson, Andy Thompson, Callie Massey, Angela Heardon, Rita George, Edgar Broussard, Lillian Broussard, Robert Broussard, Jerry Blair, Michael Stairs, Amanda Illingsworth, Ray Bribsey, Dorothy Barnes, , Ellisworth Alford, O. T. Ellet, Jared Horn and for all those serving in the Armed Forces.
Pray for the Deceased dear ones of the Parish: Barbera Werneath, Lynn Poriere, Philip Marchand, Dolores Miller, Sue Kirchoff, Mary Sanders, Margaret Jackson, Darlene Alexander, Lewis Wright Carroll, Catherine Schnadelback, Mary Marchand, Steve Sema, Rick Marchand and Ciss Marchand. & Rev. Msgr. Cusack former Vicar for priests and Rev. Msgr. Robert Fulton.
Pray for the special intentions of other sick and deceased relatives and friends.
Pray for those serving in the Armed Forces Travis Wilson, SPC Jackson Triston, Jr., and Captain Will Hurd.
Sunday Homilies: Feed Your Soul
Video homily by Fr. Bill Grimm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mRFW4KVaMuc
LENT III SUNDAY [A] (March 23): Ex 17:3-7; Rom 5: 1-2, 5-8; Jn 4: 5-42
See the Vatican radio version: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/03/17/3rd_sunday_of_lent_-_23_march,_2014/in2-782286
Synopsis of Lent III Sunday (March 23) Homily on John 4: 5-42
Introduction: Today’s readings are centered on Baptism and new life. Living water represents God’s Spirit which comes to us in Baptism, penetrating every aspect of our lives and quenching our spiritual thirst. The Holy Spirit of God, the Word of God and the Sacraments of God in the Church are the primary sources of the living water of Divine Grace. We are assembled here in the church to drink this water of eternal life and salvation. Washed in it at Baptism, renewed by its abundance at each Eucharist, invited to it in every proclamation of the Word, and daily empowered by the Spirit, we are challenged by today’s Gospel to remain thirsty for the living water which only God can give.
Scripture lessons:The first reading describes how God provided water to the ungrateful complainers of Israel, thus placing Jesus’ promise within the context of the Exodus account of water coming from the rock at Horeb. The responsorial, Psalm 95, refers both to the Rock of our salvation and also to our hardened hearts. It reminds us that our hard hearts need to be softened by God through our grace-prompted and -assisted prayer, fasting and works of mercy which enable us to receive the living water of the Holy Spirit, salvation and eternal life from the Rock of our salvation. In the second reading, Saint Paul asserts that, as the Savior of mankind, Jesus poured the living water of the gift of his Holy Spirit into our hearts. In the Gospel, an unclean Samaritan woman is given an opportunity to receive the living water. Jesus awakened in the woman at the well a thirst for the wholeness and integrity which she had lost, a thirst which He had come to satisfy. This Gospel passage also gives us Jesus' revelation about Himself as the Source of Living Water and teaches us that we need the grace of Jesus Christ for eternal life, because He is that life-giving water.
Life messages: 1) We need to allow Jesus free entry into our personal lives. Jesus wishes to come into our “private” life, not to embarrass us, not to judge or to condemn us, but to free us, to change us and to offer us what we really need: the living water of the Holy Spirit. Let us find this living water in the Sacraments, in prayer and in the Holy Bible, especially during this Lenten season. 2) We need to be witnesses to Jesus like the Samaritan woman. Let us have the courage to "be" Jesus for others, especially in those "unexpected" places for unwanted people. Let us also have the courage of our Christian convictions to stand for truth and justice in our day-to-day life. 3) We need to leave the “husbands” behind during Lent as the Samaritan woman did. Today’s Gospel message challenges us to get rid of our unholy attachments and the evil habits that keep us enslaved and idolatrous. Lent is our time to learn from our mistakes of over-indulgence in food, drink, drugs, gambling, promiscuity, or any other addiction that distances us from the living water.
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What are the Catholic observances during Lent?1) Holy Mass: Making more frequent participation in the Holy Mass during the week is an excellent Lenten observance because the Eucharistic celebration is the most sublime of Christian prayers. 2)Lectio Divina: It is the practice of slow, prayerful, meditative reading of the selected passages of the Sacred Scripture. 3) Fast and abstinence: Fasting is taking only one major meal per day and abstinence is avoiding meat. Lent is traditionally a time of fast and abstinence. Evidently, the obligations surrounding this have been much relaxed in the West in the past few decades, but the relaxing of the obligation does not mean there is not value in still opting to pursue these practices. Indeed, there is nothing (outside of health and age) to prevent one from taking up the practice of devotional fasts and abstinence.4) Decide onLenten sacrifices appropriate to the age of each child in the family, reminding them that our souls need this spiritual exercise to gain strength for living as Christians, just as our bodies need exercise to remain healthy. Our sacrifices are like a gift offered to God, and all real gifts "cost" the giver something. 5) Sacrament of reconciliation: Lent is a time for the Sacrament of Reconciliation so that we may put things right with God and others. 6) Acts of charity: Find out some one in need of our prayer, help, support or encouragement in our neighborhood and do with utmost sincerity what we can. 7) Participation in the “Way of the cross” devotion in the parish church to meditate on the suffering and death of Jesus for us sinners and to cultivate a holy fear of sin and its seriousness.
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We come together as a parish family to draw our life from the Eucharist and other sacraments.
As believers we participate fully, consciously and actively in the liturgy of the Church and seek to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and action.
We commit ourselves to worship, education, stewardship and service as we extend our hand to others in need and to those who wish to join the church.
By the grace of God, after the example of Jesus Christ, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we dedicate ourselves to accomplish our mission within and beyond our community.
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