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PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

“I am the Bread of Life which came down from heaven.” John 6:41

If you would like to sign up for a weekly hour, or need further information, please call the church office at 966-4540.  Substitutes provide a valuable support for our Chapel.  If you are unable to make a weekly hour, but would like to occasionally fill in for someone regularly scheduled, please call the church office.

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TIMES TO BE FILLED

REGULAR ADORERS NEEDED

Please see the bulletin for times needed to be filled.

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Pray, meditate, read Scripture, or simply sit in the Presence of Christ

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is the adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. Christ’s great love for us was shown when he was crucified on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and give us eternal life. He loves us without limit, and offers Himself to us in the Holy sacrament of the Eucharist. Can we not give Jesus a few minutes of love and adoration in return?

Perpetual Adoration is YOUR personal time with Jesus Christ. It integrates the entire faith community of St. John Neumann into one perpetual prayer, uniting us in our intentions and concerns, increasing our prayer time and devotion. Many miracles and blessings have been associated with perpetual adoration.

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SJN Adult Faith Formation Schedule 2015-2016

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Parish Religious Education Classes

Parish Religious Education Classes (RE) are offered for students in grades Kindergarten – grade 10 who do not receive Catholic religious education during their normal school day. Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9:40-10:20 a.m. for grades Kindergarten – grade 7, and on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:15 p.m. for grades 8-10. First Reconciliation and First Communion consists of a two-year preparation requirement. Attendance in our first grade parish religious education classes or enrollment at St. John Neumann School is a necessary component to the preparation and reception of the two sacraments in the second grade. Please plan to register your first grade child in our religious education classes (if they do not attend St. John Neumann School) if you intend for them to receive their First Reconciliation and First Communion in the second grade.

Confirmation is celebrated in grade 11 or 12. Consistent attendance in yearly religious education classes through enrollment in the parish religious education program or Knoxville Catholic High School is a necessary component to the reception of the sacrament. It is expected that students will have completed 10th grade religion classes before beginning preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation.

Please plan to register your children for RE if they do not receive Catholic religious education during their normal school day. Classes will begin after Labor Day. Contact Marilyn Derbyshire at 777-4312 or mderbyshire@sjnknox.org if you have questions.

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June 21, 2015 – Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ransomed, Healed, Restored, Forgiven!

By Dennis S. Hankins

Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.

My title comes from the first verse of one of my favorite hymns: Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven… “To his feet thy tribute bring; Ransomed, healed, restored forgiven, Who like thee His praise should sing?”

Grace is not cheap. The violence Christ endured reminds us that grace is not cheap, that no one is excluded from his outstretched arms, that we all stand on level ground at the foot of the cross. Even for Dylan Roof, who massacred nine persons this past Wednesday night at Emmanuel African Methodist Church, in Charleston, South Carolina, there is room at the cross. Here’s the bottom line. At the foot of the cross, none of us get to point fingers of contempt and accusation at one another and our common prayer is, “Deliver us from evil.” For we were all dead in trespasses and sins, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that continues to work in the sons and daughters of disobedience, among whom we once lived. (Ephesians 2:2-3)

At the Easter Vigil we hear the Good News:

“O happy fault,
O necessary sin of Adam
which gained for us
so great a Redeemer!”

If any one is in Christ, he is a new creature, a new creation, a new Adam, a new Eve. Ransomed! Healed! Restored! Forgiven! That’s the Good News! Why? Because through the first human family sin entered the world. And because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve we all enter this world as sinners. The theological term for this is original sin. Even little Johnny and Susie born this afternoon entered the human race in need of a Savior which means that original sin is a state and not an act. In union with the whole human race Johnny and Susie and Juan and Maria need to know that while we were yet sinners, born and unborn, Christ died for us! And that’s the Great and Good News and the reason we bring our children to Jesus in Christian baptism.

In Christ our past no longer defines us. The old is passed away and the new has come. We still wrestle with temptations and the allure of the past, and the glamour of sin, but no longer in our weakness, but in the strength of Christ’s love for us. This is why St. Paul can explain to the Church at Corinth that no matter your past, “You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) Christ filled the raging waves and blowing winds with his peace. He fills us with his love and peace and breaks the tormenting and debilitating power of sin in us so that we can shout: “Ransomed! Healed! Restored! Forgiven!” Because everyone who is in Christ is a new person!

Amen.

Readings for this Sunday

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June 14, 2015 – Year B – Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Kingdom Seed

By Dennis S. Hankins

And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground, and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how. The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

What is seed? A seed, a single seed, is an embryonic plant enclosed in a protective outer covering called the seed coat, usually with some food. Properly planted and watered a seed will reproduce after its kind. Watermelon seeds reproduce watermelons. Corn on the cob comes from seed corn. Those bright, juicy tomatoes started from a seed. The green beans you preserve to eat like fresh picked green beans at Thanksgiving started with a…well, you get the point!

So seeds are important. They are vital for the sustaining of life and the provision of healthy life giving food. We get important nutrients from fresh vegetables and fruits all of which come from seeds containing the likeness and nutrition of the mother plant. Therefore we can say with great confidence that the mission of every seed sown is to reproduce after its kind.

Jesus compares the growth and reproduction of the kingdom of God with seed that is sown by a farmer that will reproduce after its kind. The DNA of the kingdom of God is in every baptized follower of Jesus Christ. We carry the seed of the kingdom of God. Our mission is to plant the seed of the kingdom of God in our families, our neighborhoods, at work, or wherever we may be.

St. Paul described the effort of planting the Kingship of God as a cooperative effort. Together, in a parish, we collaborate to make the kingdom of God known and understood and felt. Sometimes we are planting kingdom seed, sometimes we are watering it, and God gives the increase. In a family a husband and wife work together to make God’s Kingship palpable to their kids. They do all they can to extend God’s kingship in their family by praying together, worshipping together, laughing and crying together as together they grow in faith and in the knowledge of the saving work of Christ.

Kingdom seed doesn’t grow unless it is planted. All of its good news and power to forgive sins remains anonymous until it’s shared. The great mercy that each seed of the kingdom carries within itself remains unfelt unless we fulfill our mission to sow kingdom seed entrusted to us. Just imagine how much God is waiting to burst out with new life and light and love for all who are languishing in the kingdom of darkness. God gives us opportunities and moments when he wants us to plant some seeds of the kingdom. He wants the great mystery of his life to be sown so that his kingdom will grow.

Like a farmer we have to be patient and persistent. We have to trust the process and believe that what is sown in faith will grow and make new servants of God’s benevolent work and kingdom. Our mission is to live and to share the good news of God’s love and forgiveness and mercy by faith. We aren’t ruled by what we see, we give witness and live out our mission by faith. And we do so with the understanding that we must one day give an account of our faithfulness to the mission of sowing kingdom seed. Amen.

Readings for this Sunday

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St. Gerard Prayer Ministry

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KOC Collecting Aluminum Cans

We are still collecting aluminum cans. Please place them in one of the two large containers outside the church office.

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May 31, 2015 – Year B The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

The Living God

By Dennis S. Hankins

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. (Romans 8:14-15)

Today we ponder anew the God who gives life to all things and to us, his most reluctant of creatures, the breath of life. I say reluctant because from the beginning we regrettably are prone to wander from the God of love. You will recall the great work of God in forming man from the dust of of the earth. “Let us make man in our image,” said God, revealing a conversation within himself because there was no one else with whom to converse. But it was not a conversation like we have on occasion of talking to oneself. This was a conversation involving God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. When God said let us make man in our image, that conversation concluded with Adam formed from the dust of the earth with God bending over him and breathing into him the breath of life and thus Adam became a living soul. That, my friend, is worthy of our deepest reflection.

The apostle Paul ministered in Athens, a city full of idols including an altar with the inscription, ‘to an unknown god.’ Paul’s response to this spiritual confusion is clear and confident:

What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything. And he made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their habitation, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’(Acts 17:23-28)

Paul’s evangelical witness is as relevant today as it was in his own day. We must begin a new and clear conversation with the children of this age about the Living God who gives to all the sons and daughters of Adam life and breath, and that He is not far from each one of us. Our generation needs to hear about the God who shows his mercy in appointing the sun to shine on the just and the unjust, and how his watchful eye is on the sparrow, and that like a shepherd he watches over us. These truths help us understand the worth and destiny of every soul as seen in the light of the indiscriminate love of the Author of life.

The beginning of faith and rebirth for each of us is Christian baptism. It is the turning around point for every repentant follower of Christ. At the Trinitarian invocation of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we become new sons and daughters of the Father through the Son of his love, and the infusion of the Spirit, the Breath of the Living God.

In this intimate reunion we cry, “Abba! Father!” Amen.

Readings for this Sunday

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