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Pastor's Letter

M
y Dear Brothers and Sisters,


St. Peter the Rock, turns into an obstruction to Jesus' message today. Like a rock, he was strong, but sometimes difficult for the message of Jesus to penetrate. Last week we heard of the greatness of St. Peter's confession of faith and the declaration of Jesus that he is the rock on which the Church is built. Today, in a scene that immediately follows upon last week's, St. Peter's faith wavers in the face of Jesus' prediction of his imminent suffering, death and resurrection. St. Peter the rock goes from being a sure foundation for the Church to being an obstacle, a stumbling block. His motives are good for he loves Jesus and doesn't want harm to come to him. But he has not yet learned the lesson that the events of Good Friday will teach him: the only way to gain your life is to lose it for the sake of Jesus.


Monday is Labor Day and there will be one Mass at 9:00 a.m. and no Mass at 12:00 noon. The parish office will be closed for the holiday.


Next Sunday we will have our first regular Finance Council meeting after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. I ask all members of the Council to please plan on attending the meeting.


Once again, please make your contribution to our 2014 ADA. Presently we are at 52% of our goal for 2014 which is $134,411.00. It is very important for our financial stability that we meet this goal along with our other financial obligations. There are blank forms in the back of the Basilica. In general, tithing is down for the summer and it makes it very difficult to keep our heads above water.


Our wine and cheese fundraiser for the Foundation will be held Sunday 28th September. Tickets are now on sale through me or the Foundation Board members. It is always a very nice evening, so please plan on attending.


My prayers are with all of you as we get underway to regular life once again after the summer break.


Sincerely yours in Christ,

Reverend Aquinas M. Nichols
Pastor



Liturgy at the Basilica

The Source and Summit of Christian Life

S
t. John's parish seeks to be a model of renewed liturgy and a place of prayer for all who visit.
The Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, occupy a central role in the liturgical activity of the Basilica family. Through the public worship of the Church, visitors throughout the country (and lately the world), experience the presence of God in a profound way.
The worship of God truly forms the source and summit of the Church's life and the mission of the Basilica of St. John.

Interior of Basilica Pillars

Mass Information

  • Saturday: 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM (Vigil)
  • Sunday: 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM (Festive Sung Mass)
  • Holy Days: Mass are usually 12:00 PM (Noon), and 7:00 PM. Please call the parish office for any Mass schedule changes.
  • All Saints: Mass at 12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m.
  • All Souls: Mass at 9:00 a.m.
  • Ash Wednesday: Mass at 12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m. with distribution of ashes.
  • The following Holidays and Civic observances are the exceptions:
    • January 1st, Mary the Mother of God -9:00 a.m.
    • Memorial Day 9:00 a.m.
    • Independence Day 9:00 a.m.
    • Labor Day 9:00 a.m.
    • Thanksgiving Day 9:00 a.m.
    • Christmas Eve 4:00 pm.(Childrens Mass) and Midnight Mass
    • Christmas Day 10:30 a.m.
  • Weekdays: 12:00 PM (Noon)
  • First Saturday: 9:00 AM
  • Ash Wednesday 12:00 PM (Noon) and 7:00 PM
  • Friday during Lent - Stations of the Cross 7:00 PM

Reconciliation Information

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every Saturday afternoon from 2:45 PM until 3:45 PM, or by appointment by calling the parish office at 515-244-3101.
  • Communal Penance for Lent will be Saturday, April 5th at 10:00 a.m.

  • Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament

  • As a parish we adore Our Lord in the most Blessed Sacrament with Eucharistic Adoration on:
    • Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Please come and visit our Lord and if you can commit to taking an hour for us that would be of great assistance to us . Contact Rosemary at 244-3101 ext. 204 to become one of our Adorers.
 

Holy Week Schedule 2014

Palm Sunday, April 13th, 2014

  • 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM Mass

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week 2014

  • Daily Mass at 12:00 PM (Noon)
  • No Adoration on Monday, Wednesday & Friday of Holy Week — We will resume on Wednesday, April 23rd.

Celebration of the Lord's Supper, April 17th, 2014

  • No Adoration during the day
  • Office closed at 12:00 PM (Noon)
  • Seder Meal (in Mulvihill Hall) at 6:00 PM
  • Solemn Mass at 7:30 PM
  • Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday of the Lord's Passion, April 18th, 2014

  • No Adoration during the day
  • Solemn Stations of the Cross at 3:00 PM, Chaplet of Divine Mercy-after
  • Solemn Liturgical Service (Veneration of the Cross) at 7:30 PM

Holy Saturday of the Lord's Rest, April 19th, 2014

  • 7:30 AM (RCIA meets in Hall)
  • RCIA practice in the Basilica at 8:00 AM
  • Church decorating begins at 9:00 AM
  • Altar Server practice in the Basilica at 9:00 AM
  • Instrumental Practice begins at 12:30 p.m.
  • Solemn Easter Vigil Mass 8:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 20th, 2014

  • (No Coffee and Donuts today)
  • Mass at 8:30 AM
  • Solemn Sung Mass at 10:30 AM

Easter Monday, April 21st, 2014

  • Office closed, No Adoration
  • Weekday Mass at 12:00 noon
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Music at the Basilica

Sacred Sound in Sacred Space

W
hether it is the beautiful sounds of our thirty-eight rank Casavant pipe organ, the grand piano, a guitar, a flute, or harp, the combination of musical instrument, superb acoustics and voice make the Basilica of St. John a musical experience. The Basilica OrganWith 1,998 pipes which range from a few inches to sixteen feet, the Casavant pipe-organ is considered one of the best "in-space" instruments in this region.

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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