In the holy Gospel today, God sent Jesus to liberate people, to bring them to a fuller life. We see Jesus trying to free both men and women from what imprisons them, and to bring them out of the darkness and into the light of communion with God and with each other. We see how quickly God responds to David's confession and how appreciatively Jesus speaks of the woman to Simon. God is our forgiving Father who desires to lift any burden caused by sin. We pray to be given the courage to confess honestly what we have done and what we have failed to do.
The warmer weather is finally upon us. Please be mindful that modest and appropriate dress is expected in the Basilica! The air-conditioning works well and there is no reason to be "too informal" when it come to the Holy Mass!
Next weekend we will have the Peter's Pence second collection to help support Pope Frances's charitable efforts throughout the world. Please do what you can to assist our Holy Father.
Please make a pledge to support the parish in our ADA effort. We still have quite a way to go to make our goal. It is a sacrifice we can make in the name of the Lord. Pledge cards are available in the back of the church.
A happy and blessed Father's Day to all our fathers. We appreciate your witness to the faith!
May the Lord continue to bless us all as we continue our journey to His heavenly kingdom!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
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From its roots in the Old Testament temple worship, the sacred liturgy of the Church has always seen music as an integral part of our worship. This is no more evident than here at the Basilica of St. John. Whether your tastes run from traditional Gregorian Chant, to contemporary worship with our folk group, to our ethnic diversity with the beautiful music from our Vietnamese and Hispanic choirs, to the timeless classics of the bell choir and our outstanding Basilica Choir, we live to "make a joyful noise," at the Basilica of St. John. In the words of St. Augustine, "He who sings, prays twice."
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