Sixth Sunday of Easter

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St. John the Evangelist – Vimeo

It’s hard to believe that it’s the Sixth Sunday of Easter already.  We hope that you and your families have been able to continue praying together at home using the various resources listed on our Spiritual Resources post or others you may have found.

Fr. Gregg and Deacon Bob Esposito recorded today’s liturgy and shared it on Vimeo.  The latest masses in English and Polish are posted each week on the parish website https://www.mystjohns.org as well.  We thank all involved for bringing us together virtually from St. John the Evangelist Church.

As Fr. Gregg mentioned in his remarks today, he asks for your patience for a little longer.  The Archdiocese of Chicago has unveiled a multi-phased plan, created in conjunction with the Bishops of Illinois and the State of Illinois government and health officials, to gradually reopen churches to some activities.   There will still be the need for virtual prayers for the immediate future, but there is hope for the future reopening.   Complete details of the plan can be found in Cardinal Cupich’s letter: Reopening Plans (May 13, 2020).

The Knights, Ladies Auxiliary, and other Parish Ministries, will be working with the parish staff to implement plans outlined by the Cardinal.  Please be sure to watch for updates on the parish and Archdiocese websites as well as Sunday bulletins posted on the parish website.   This Sunday’s Bulletins:  May 17th for Website          May 17th Print Version

 

Four tips to help kids focus

during streamed Mass

For kids, focusing during Mass is harder than ever now that Sunday is streamed. These four tips can help.

1. Redefine success – attending mass in your living room isn’t the same as attending in church.  Think about how you can enter more fully into the Mass

2. Let your kids pick the Mass – there are many online masses, many of which are available on demand, so even mass time can be tuned to the family’s needs.  Maybe your children really miss seeing your parish priest, or maybe they want to hear hymns like the ones sung in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception broadcasts sponsored by the K of C.

3. Read along with the prayers – we miss out on sensory engagement at home – there’s no smelling of incense for example.  It’s easy to be distracted. An easy way of adding more sensory engagement is to print out the Mass readings.

4. Celebrate Sundays – Just because churches are closed doesn’t mean that you have to go without the post-Mass hospitality — in fact, since days seem to blend together when you’re stuck inside, Sunday treats are even more important than ever to help mark the day as special.  Special brunches are especially encouraged as are phone and video calls with other family members and friends.

Originally published in a special bi-weekly edition of Knightline, a resource for K of C leaders and members.  (click here for entire story)