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We are the
St. John The Baptist / Holy Trinity Parish
of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse
"We the Roman Catholic Christian Community of the Diocese of Syracuse, in response to our baptismal call and nourished by the Eucharist, seek to continue the mission of Jesus Christ by welcoming, supporting and guiding God's family through prayer, sacramental celebration, service and education."
(Diocesan Mission Statement)
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse
Reverend Daniel Caruso, Pastor of Our Lady of Pompei/St. Peter’s Church in Syracuse has been appointed the additional responsibility of Temporary Administrator of St. John the Baptist/Holy Trinity Church in Syracuse. This assignment is effective December 19, 2014.
Please welcome Rev. Caruso to our Parish when you see him.
Third Sunday In Ordinary Time
"Repent, and believe in the gospel." What would happen if Jesus spoke these commanding words today? Would his listeners accuse him of shoving his religion down their throats? Would they give him a lecture on tolerance or insist that repentance is an outdated idea from a bygone era obsessed with guilt? How many of us would actually listen to him, take him at his word, and do what he said?
Our modern sensitivities have been programmed to respond with skepticism, if not anger, to any suggestion that there is a "right" way of doing things or a "true" religion. Much of our culture subtly preaches that right and wrong is all relative and that religions are all generally the same. But when Jesus tells us to repent, he implies that some of the choices we are making are wrong, that we need to change; to eliminate our sins, to turn toward God, and to become more loving, more generous, and more forgiving. And when he tells us to believe in the Gospel, he's not just making a recommendation or offering some sage advice. He is giving us directions for what we need to do to enter into "the kingdom of God."
The challenge we face in our day and age is to silence the societal messages that color our thoughts and instead listen to Jesus with an open mind. Are we willing to let his words affect us? Are we ready to examine our lives and repent of our sins? Are we prepared to believe the good news he preached of salvation and forgiveness? His message is more than a command. It's an invitation. He wants us to share in the glory of his heavenly kingdom, now and for all eternity. The question is only how we will respond to this divine invitation.
Thank You Mary Russell
This is Mary’s last weekend as our “fill-in” Cantor. Thank You very much for helping SJB/HT during our Masses and funerals. We wish you a very happy and healthy new addition to your family and the very best to all.
The Parishioners and Staff of SJB/HT
Eucharistic Ministers Needed
SJB/HT is in need of Eucharistic Ministers especially for the Saturday 4:00PM and Sunday 11:00AM Masses. If you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister please contact Lori Weir at 766-7886 or Lisa Jones at 530-0924.
Servers To Help With Funerals
We have reached out before with this request and we find that we need to reach out again. SJB/HT is in need of ladies and gentlemen of the parish who are able to help on the altar when a funeral is scheduled as an Altar Server. This does happen at a moments notice so calling upon you will be at a moments notice. Generally I am notified by the funeral director and have at least 2-4 days to prepare. Funerals at this time are during the days, Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. We begin at 9:00AM no later than 10:30AM. Training will be provided. We ask that you dress business casual. This is a volunteer position. Please inquire with the office at 478-0916 for further information. Thank You for your consideration
REGULAR MASS SCHEDULE
Mon., Tues. & Fri.—12:00 Noon
Saturday Vigil—4:00 pm
Sunday—9:00 am & 11:00 am
Reconciliation: Fri. 11:30am. Or by appointment.
A Note From Fr. Pius
Dear Christians, St. John/Holy Trinity,
I am wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015. Thank you very much for your kind support for all that I received from you in 2014. May God reward you all abundantly. When ever an opportunity to come again to the US comes my way I shall not hesitate to visit your parish where I received a lot of care, support and love. Hopefully you have got a new Pastor by now.
Best regards from Fr. Pius M. Okumu
The Pantry is looking for volunteers to help on Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays between 11:00AM-3:00PM. Any amount of time you can offer. Help with stocking shelves, aiding clients as they “shop”, check-in of clients are the basic tasks to be filled. Call the SJB/HT rectory if you have any time to offer. I will help you contact the pantry coordinator.