Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Dear brothers and sisters, On behalf of our entire parish staff I wish you and your families a blessed and holy Christmas! As we celebrate the Christmas season – including today, the Feast of the Holy Family, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on January 1, the Feast of the Epiphany next weekend, and finally the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on January 13, we mediate on the beginnings of our Lord’s earthy life and calling. As Jesus was nurtured in his mother’s womb, raised in humble beginnings, and called to a great destiny – so we are called and chosen to something great. Unlike the Son of God, we are sinners, but we have been given a great dignity by the “divine exchange” – as God

“Blessed are you who believed”

Dear brothers and sisters, The Advent and Christmas series Expect Miracles has been very powerful for so many people. I thank those of you who have shared with me some incredible miracles that have happened in your lives. Through these last few weeks, we have looked at some of the elements needed for a miracle. A few weeks ago, we looked at the fact that to experience a miracle, we often find ourselves first in a difficult situation that requires a miracle. “Storms” or problems in our lives are breeding grounds for miracles. Two weeks ago, we discovered that to experience a miracle we need to prepare for a miracle. We prepare by repentance: preparing the way in our thoughts and behavio

Week 3 of Expect Miracles: Prayer

This week, we are going to talk about the necessity of prayer when expecting a miracle. Most of us were taught how to pray when we were young, by our parents or teachers. We were taught to memorize basic prayers, but most likely we weren’t taught much else. Right now, how is your prayer life? Read aloud Philippians 4:4-7: (4) Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! (5) Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. (6) Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. (7) Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. What words o

Expecting Miracles: The Importance of Preparation

Dear brothers and sisters, As we continue our series, this week we are talking about preparing for miracles. What are you doing this week to get ready and prepare for Christmas? I’m sure there are many things: wrapping presents, shopping, going to various holiday events with your children and grandchildren. Why is preparation important for any endeavor we take? What happens when we don’t prepare? This week’s Gospel reading is Luke 3:1-6, the appearance of John the Baptist, who came on the scene to prepare the way of the Lord. You are invited this week to continue to pray for the miracle you expect this Christmas. Questions for small groups: What words or phrases pop out as you heard t

Expect Miracles: Introduction. Trials and Tribulations.

Dear brothers and sisters, This weekend, as we begin the Advent season and the new liturgical year, we are starting a new series called “Expect Miracles,” which will take us right up to Christmas. The Incarnation was a miracle. God became flesh through Mary’s ascent to become the Mother of God. Through the Christmas story, the people who expect miracles – and are on the lookout for God – experience miracles and experience the joy of the Incarnation. The people who are not looking for God’s activity miss out on it. In this series we will encourage people of our parish to expect miracles in their lives this Christmas season. As we begin this series, we will invite you to dive into the sto

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Church of St. John

570-223-9144 Ext. #2

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5171 Milford Rd.

E. Stroudsburg, PA 18302

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