St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
June 28, 2020
Parish Mission Statement: St. John the Evangelist Parish is a
welcoming and responsive
faith community, nourished by the Word of God and the
Eucharistic Table. We are open and trusting in the love of
Jesus Christ to advance the power of the Holy Spirit, within the
parish and beyond, by living the Gospel.
Schedule of Masses Sunday Mass:
SATURDAY VIGIL: 5 pm (Trad. Mass) SUNDAY: 8 am (Trad. Mass);
11 am (Family Mass); 5 pm (Teen/Contemporary Mass)
6:30 am & 8:30 am (MON-FRI) 8:30 am (SATURDAY)
Holy Days: 6:30 am & 8:30 am; 7:00 pm
5751 Locust Avenue Carmichael CA 95608-1320
Parish Office: (916) 483-8454
Email: [email protected]
Parish Office Hours Monday-Friday 9 am to 4 pm
Contact Us by Phone or Email
St. John the Evangelist School
5701 Locust Avenue Carmichael, CA 95608 Phone: (916)
Fax: (916) 481-1319 Email: [email protected] Principal:
Parish Clergy and Staff Pastor Pastor Emeritus Mercy Hospital
Chaplain Deacon Deacon Deacon Emeritus SJE Business Manager
Religious Education Coordinator Director of Music & Liturgy
Youth Minister SJE Pastoral Council Chairperson SJE Finance Council
Fr. Bernardin Mugabo Fr. Thomas Bland Fr. Alban Uba Keith
Johnson Jack Wilson Larry Niekamp Linda Gospodnetich Sr. Hannah
Mary O’Donoghue Cara O’Shea Cara O’Shea Tom Ennis Mary Ellen
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SUNDAY MASS LIVE-STREAMED THROUGH FACEBOOK @ 11 AM
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL (916) 483-2161 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (916)
PURIFICATION: In fire, gold and silver are tested, and worthy
people in the crucible of humilia-
tion. (Sirach 2: 5). Did you know that the ancient method of
refining precious metals is still practiced
today? Craftsmen still subject gold or silver to intense heat in
a metal container called a crucible until
it melts. Then the hot, molten metal is carefully stirred, and
the impurities that rise to the top are
skimmed off. The process was, and still is, dangerous, time
consuming, and painstaking. But what
emerges is beautiful, lustrous and of great worth.
In times of adversity, sickness, pandemic diseases or isolation,
we may feel as if we are trapped in a
fiery hot crucible far more often than when life is going
smoothly. The heat of our trials can cause
sinful thoughts, attitudes, and actions to bubble up to the
Fortunately for us, Jesus is a skilled craftsman who knows how
to refine us. He is sitting patiently by
the cauldron with a watchful eye and a skilled hand, carefully
and meticulously removing every little
impurity that floats to the surface.
Sometimes it is painful to see these impurities bubbling up in
us. We may even want to ignore or hide
some of them because we are embarrassed or afraid of God’s
reaction to them. He sees all of them,
of course, so our best response to His work of refining us is to
cooperate with Him. Let those impuri-
ties see the light of day so that the Master Refiner can skim
Let’s say you’re feeling exhausted or stressed, and you end up
reacting harshly to a family member
who needs your help. Don’t hide in shame! Don’t make excuses for
yourself! Just bring that over-
the-top reaction to the Lord. Ask Him, and the person you have
hurt, to forgive you. It may be un-
comfortable, but that’s what refining is all about. Keep the end
result in mind, and that will make it
God doesn’t cause our difficult circumstances, but He can bring
good out of them--and He often does.
So when you find yourself in a fiery furnace, try to cooperate
with Him, let those impurities come out
so that He can skim them away. Over time, your life will
shine--not with fake gold of Christ; but with
the real gold of Christ.
“Lord, give me patience whenever I find myself in a “crucible of
faith”. Help me to stay close to You
so that You can continue to purify me.” From The Word Among Us
of February 2019, page 26.
Dear Parishioners, let us see this pandemic disease as a way of
God to help us see clearly that our life
here on earth is very fragile; thus we can rely only on God's
Kingdom. Losing a job as an opportuni-
ty to rely on God, who provides even for the birds of the sky.
Getting sick to realize that I need others
to help me, most of all, God Himself, who can solve all the
puzzles that life brings. Losing a loved
one or a friend only to know that life is precious and is very
limited here on earth.
God bless, Father Bernardin MUGABO
Important SJE Parish Reminders
Holy Communion Procedure (COVID-19): Holy Communion is
distributed with Congregants RE-MAINING in their Seats. For those
wishing to receive in their hand, please STAND in place and we will
come to you. After those have received and are seat-ed, those
wishing to receive in the mouth will be asked to STAND and Father
will come to you.
Offertory Procedure (COVID-19): Per the 5/20/2020 Diocesan
Guidelines, ”a box must be placed at a convenient and secure
location (new wood “Offertory” Boxes are on both sides of our main
Nave entrance) where Parishioners are to place their Offertory as
they come in for or leave Mass”. Mail-in or on-line Giving is also
Fr. Bernardin’s Homily (June 28, 2020)
13th Sunday In Ordinary Time “A”: HOSPITALITY.
Dear Parishioners, we want to be welcomed, but we must know that
we need to welcome others as well. I heard many people telling me
that they go to this Church because they felt welcomed. Our parish
needs to be a welcoming parish otherwise our faith stands for
nothing. Thank you if you do, if you don’t, this is the time.
The Ten Commandments are summarized in loving God and neighbor.
The “Golden Rule” reminds us to treat others as we would like to be
treated. If these were followed to a letter by everybody on the
planet, we would all get along and the world would be a better
place. The readings of this Sunday are teaching us to be hospitable
to one another.
The book from the 2nd book of Kings tells us be beautiful story
of the couple of Shunem who welcomed Elisha the prophet. They went
to even remodel their house to give the prophet a suitable place.
Since their dream was to have a child, the prophet of God promised
them that next year the woman will be fondling a baby son. God has
always a wonderful way to reward people who fulfill the commandment
of love one another as He has loved us.
The second reading Saint Paul reminds us about our baptismal
promises. We became Christians to act just as Christ did. We must
be dead to sin that brings division and hatred among us. If we
really love one another, we will live with Jesus forever in
In the Gospel, Jesus gives us the priority of all priorities. To
love God more than ourselves even more than our parents is highly
appreciated for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. After all, all
relationships ends with death but the love of God is eternal.
Remember you cannot love God whom you do not see and hate your
brother or sister whom you see. Jesus raised the antenna of
hospitality way too high by saying to His Apos-tles, “Whoever
receives you, receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives the One
who sent Me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet
will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous
man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s
reward. And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these
little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple- Amen, I
say to you, he will surely not lose his reward. ” Wow, this blew me
away. Can you imagine receiving Jesus and God the Father and of
course God the Holy Spirit too since they are inseparable, in your
own house? God is willing to reward us so much just for the little
action of hospitality toward His disciples. By the way, a cup of
cold water doesn’t cost too much, not even a penny. It is not the
amount that counts but the generosity that counts, the disposi-tion
of heart willing to do good to somebody in need. Dear Parishioners
here present and all of you following us on livestream, God is
willing to reward us if we show good actions of hospitality.
Do you know that the last judgment on the last day will depend
on how we showed hospitality to our fellow brothers and sisters?
(Matthew 25: 31 -46)
Loretto Chapel in New Mexico: The Miraculous Staircase. In 1852
the sisters of Loretto responded to Bishop Lamy’s pleas by sending
seven sisters who agreed to make this arduous journey to Santa Fe.
They left a safe, secure and very civilized Kentucky and arrived in
Santa Fe to be surrounded by mud huts and dirty streets. They built
a chapel but the architect died before he could design the
staircase to the choir loft 22 ft. high and theyran out of money to
build it. They prayed the Novena to St. Joseph the Carpenter asking
God for help and this went on for a while. One evening came an
unknown traveler with a donkey and a couple tools who need-ed a
place to stay. He was an old man with a grey beard. The nuns were
very kind and gave him a shelter. After the staircase was
completed, that next morning, the man was gone and there was a
beautiful spiral staircase. This staircase is built such that no
modern craftsman can do it. The wood used doesn’t belong to that
area and there are no nails to hold it. God answered their prayers
by sending a miraculous man to build it. The church believes that
this person may be Saint Joseph the Carpenter.
The chapel remains a historical museum and is supported by the
guests and visitors who come daily. Next time you go to New Mexico,
be sure to visit this miraculous staircase. “Do not neglect
hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained
angels.” (Hebrews 13:2)
Readings for the Week
Masses for the Week of June 29-July 6, 2020
Monday: Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles 6:30 am Mary Jo Kwett +
8:30 am Steve Robinson + Tuesday: The First Martyrs of the Holy
Roman Church 6:30 am Jay & Linda Barry (I) 8:30 am Michael
Wednesday: St. Junipero Serra, Priest 6:30 am Herminia Cruz +
8:30 am John DePiazza & Family (I) Thursday: 6:30 am Karolina
Schartl + 8:30 am Joe & Rose Cannariato + Friday: St. Thomas,
Apostle 6:30 am Jack Bland + 8:30 am Jackie Huesing & Family
(I) Saturday: 8:30 am John DePiazza & Family (I)
Liturgy (Intercessory Prayers) for June 28, 2020
Monday: Acts 12:1-11; Ps 34:2-2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18; Mt 16:13-19
Tuesday: Am 3:1-8; 4:11-12; Ps 5:4b-8; Mt 8:23-27
Wednesday: Am 5:14-15, 21-24; Ps 50:7-13, 16bc-17; Mt
Thursday: Am 7:10-17; Ps 19:8-11; Mt 9:1-8
Friday: Eph 2:19-22; Ps 117:1bc, 2; Jn 20:24-29
Saturday: Am 9:11-15; Ps 85:9ab, 10-14; Mt 9:14-17 or, for
Independence Day, any readings from the Mass “For the Country,”
nos. 882-886, or “For Peace and Justice,” nos. 887-891
Sunday: Zec 9:9-10; Ps 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14; Rom 8:9, 11-13; Mt
God of life, death and resurrection, we bring our own words of
prayer before you today:
For the Church: that we who have died with Christ in baptism,
may recognize our dignity in being children of God, and sisters and
brothers to one another
Lord hear our prayer
For governmental and civic leaders: that God will give them
wisdom to address the unrest, insight into righting the injustices,
and words that will unite society
Lord hear our prayer
For a reordering of our pursuits: that God will free us from
idolatrous struggles for power, fame, social status, and
possessions and help us find fulfillment in loving service and
Lord hear our prayer
For our RCIA members who were received fully into the Church
this weekend, may they continue to be attentive to God’s call and
al-low the Spirit to guide their life.
Lord hear our prayer
For all those hospitalized, recovering from surgery and those
who suffer chronic illness especially our parishioners Rick Di
Regolo, Ollie Claussen, and Barbara Young.
Lord hear our prayer
For all who have died, for our loved ones who have died, that
God will welcome them into the fullness of His vision that we begin
to know through the Eucharist.
Lord hear our prayer
For these intentions, the intentions shared by the community
throughout the week that we bring to the altar, and all those
intentions written in the silence of our hearts.
Lord hear our prayer
With grateful hearts we dedicate these prayers to your care,
confident in your power to make life and make it new.
In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.
June 27/28, 2020
RELIGIOUS-EDUCATION/CCD/CFF Phone: 916-483-4628
Email: [email protected]
13th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Communion Antiphon today: “O Father, I pray for them that they
may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You have sent Me,
says the Lord.”
A Prayer for Racial Healing in Our Land: “Wake me up Lord, so
that the evil of racism finds no home within me. Keep watch over my
heart, Lord, & remove from me any barri-ers to your grace, that
may oppress and offend my sisters and brothers. Fill my spirit,
Lord, so that I may give services of justice and peace. Clear my
mind, Lord, and use it for your glory. Finally, remind us, Lord,
that you said, “ Blessed are the peace-makers for they shall be
called the children of God ” Amen. (By the United States Conference
of Catholic Bishops: USCCB)
Pope Francis’ July intention: “We pray that today’s fami-lies
may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance”
Mass from SJE each Sunday at 11:00 am on Facebook:
Opportunities to grow in the spiritual life: Websites: Parish:
Diocese: www.scd.org U.S. Bishops: www.usccb.org
General Catholic: www.americancatholic.org www.catholic.org
Daily three minute retreat: www.LoyolaPress.org
We recommend that you also listen to Catholic/Relevant Radio on
1620AM and send inquiries to:
[email protected] Also check out EWTN T.V.
Contact www.christthekingretreatcenter.org or call 916-725-4720
for daily reflections. (Give them your email address)
We will soon be in touch with you regarding plans for the
recep-tion of sacraments: First Reconciliation, First
Holy-Communion & Confirmation. We will also hope to have some
plans for the return to classes for all…
Personal Note: As of June 30, 2020 – I will be retiring as
Director/Coordinator of Religious-Education. Pastors & Bishops
retire at 75. I was 76 on my last birthday! (Some of you will say
“no way!” I’m sure!) But it is the truth! Who will take my place?
Talk with Fr. Bernardin about that. I will be around to help with
the sacra-mental liturgies & I plan to return to SJE Parish
& volunteer. Thank you for the many blessings that have been
part of my ministry at SJE.
God bless & guide your/our week.
Religious Education Parish Information
St. John’s Blessed Sacrament Chapel is OPEN from 9am to 5pm
through Friday for private prayer--6 ft. Social Distancing
CONFESSIONS: SATURDAYS from 3:45 to 4:45 pm in the
Sacristy (6 feet Social Distancing) with no more than 10 persons
total in the Narthex at one time.
BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL Fr. Bernardin invites you to spend an
hour/some time with Jesus on Wednesdays & Fridays from 9 am
to 5 pm
6 ft SOCIAL DISTANCING RE-QUIRED & Less than 18 Persons in
the Chapel at one
Please pray for the soul of SJE Parishioner, Mary Trudeau, who
passed away last week. May God grant her eternal rest and
strengthen and comfort her family.
COMING BACK TOGETHER!!
St. John’s has resumed PUBLIC MASS!
Attendance is limited and new Guide-lines in Place.
Please visit our Website -sjecarmichael.org or FlockNotes for
next Weekend Mass Time Regis-
PER DIOCESE REGULATIONS,
FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO BE WORN AT ALL MASSES.
Sje Prayer List
Please Pray for our sick and their caregivers: Andrea Armstrong,
Bob Bodem, Robert Burns, Geoff Carter, Alicia Cor-tez, Russ Davis,
John DePiazza, Melissa Duran, Kate Ellis, Karen Emmons, Debbie
Erichs, Teri Erickson, Velia Escalante, Juanita Estrellas, Martin
Fiorino, Anthony Gabriele, Lillian Geoffrey, Ella Gomes, Jimi
Grant, Steve Guerrero, Donna Harris, Tom Harvey, George Heffner,
Sr. Marion Hicks, Dick Hill, Mary Jeffries, Eduardo Jimenez, Yelena
Kanavalchuk, Michelle Keyawa, Sayed Kian, Pat Lobrovich, Kim
Louder, Karen Lydon, Angelica & Cheryl Martin of Tennessee
(COVID-19 positive), Jennifer Martin, Arielle McLeskey, Pat
Minnard, Manuel Molina, Michael Niekamp, Tony Nolasco, Gilles
Ouellet, Lynn Parry, Mike Peterson, Alex Quiroz, Max Rankin, Jeff
Reynolds, Ruth Salazar, Rena Scherman, Robert Scholtes, Christopher
Scott, Paul Scurti, Lili Simic, Joan Smith, Hank Thompson, Kim Van
Blaricom, Bob Walker, Katie Walker, Theresa West (Cheryl Martin’s
daughter) and all those with COVID-19.
St. Vincent de Paul
Our St. Vincent de Paul Society thanks you for your continued
support, which allows us to help the poor and needy in our
Welcome! St. John’s is reopened and ready for Mass!
BUT no hugging, we have to hold off on that for a while. Virtual
hugs are permitted though.
SVdeP’s food closet is open on Wednesdays from 8 am to 10 am if
you find yourself in need of food. Everyone is welcome! Also if you
can, SVdeP could use some egg cartons,
top ramen and dried beans (i.e. pinto).
The Giving Wing is accessible again and items can be left
YOU make a difference! God bless you! Stay safe!
SVdP Hawaii Raffle - July 25th. Sheraton Maui Resort for 6 days
and 5 nights, Airfare, Car
Rental and a $500 gift card. Tickets are $10.00 each or a book
of 10 for $100.00.
To purchase tickets, please mail your check payable to St.
Vincent de Paul to 4216 Tyrone Way, Carmichael 95608 &
your tickets will be mailed to you! Aloha.
Dear SJE Parishioners:
St. John the Evangelist Catholic School is EXCITED to get back
campus learning when our school year begins again in August!
If you would like to help us as we make some changes to our
better accommodate our students' health needs, we could use
tions to help purchase sanitation supplies.
Any level of support would be greatly appreciated; please
contact Principal Christie
Horton at (916) 481-8845 or email [email protected] Thank
SJE School News
ADORATION HELP NEEDED!! Because of health issues or other
commitments, some of our long-time faithful members of our Parish
who have been keeping an hour of Adoration for years are unable to
do it any longer. Therefore, there are a number of hours that have
just one person committed (need two).
If, for some reason, you are unable to keep your hour, you can
call your partner to make sure the hour is covered. There is a list
of Parishioners who are willing to substitute when needed.
If you visit the Chapel during Adoration and you are not on the
schedule, please check the schedule in the back of the Chapel to
see if one or more times works for you.
For those who aren’t in the habit of of visiting the Chapel, do
you feel Jesus encouraging YOU to come and spend an hour in His
presence on Wednesday or Friday each week? Please consider it--pray
about it--try it for three months. You will be happy you did!
The schedule will be in the back of the Chapel for you to see
the hours that need to be covered. Please sign your name, phone
number, time you will cover and whether Wednesday or Friday.
More than two people can sign for the same time!
If you have any questions, please call Jackie Sanders at (916)
A Little Humor...
Our Eucharist Ministry is shrinking in size due to various
reasons. We are a small group of volun-teers who need your help to
serve at our week-end Masses.
I will happily train you to become a part of this vital
ministry. It is easy and quick. Requirements are that you are
Catholic, 18 years or older, in good standing with the Church, and
willing to serve.
Padre Pio said, "You don’t have to be perfect. You just have to
be willing”. (paraphrase)
Please contact Bernadette Hicks
[email protected]; 916-296-9047
Parish Notes--Eucharistic Ministry
CFS - Rice Bowls
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES
Remember the Catholic Relief Service Rice Bowls we took home
during Lent? It is time to collect them now that we can have public
Mass. Please bring your Rice Bowls to Mass this weekend and deposit
them in the box at the reg-istration table in the Narthex. Thanks
in advance for supporting the work of the Catholic Relief Services.
Deacon Jack Wilson
This weekend, we will celebrate the Rites of Initiation -
Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation for our RCIA class
at the Saturday
5:00 pm Mass
Please give them a big welcome to our Parish community.
In a convent in Ireland, the 98-year-old Mother Superior lay
dying. The nuns gathered around her bed try-ing to make her last
journey comfortable. They tried giving her warm milk to drink but
she refused it. One of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen.
Then, remembering a bottle of Irish Whiskey that had been received
as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened it and poured a
generous amount into the warm milk. Back at Mother Superior's bed,
they held the glass to her lips. The frail nun drank a little, then
a little more and before they knew it, she had finished the whole
glass down to the last drop. As her eyes brightened, the nuns
thought it would be a good opportunity to have one last talk with
their spiritual leader. "Mother," the nuns asked earnestly, "Please
give us some of your wisdom before you leave us." She raised
herself up in bed on one elbow, looked at them and said: “DON’T
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