Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - December 8th

Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America and a holy day of obligation

Friday December 7th
7:00 pm (Vigil Mass in Spanish) 

Saturday, December 8th 
9:30 am & 11:30 am Masses (English)

 

Holiday Penny Social

Mark your calendars and plan on attending the Holiday Penny Social to be held on Saturday December 8th from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Godwin Terrace School (3030 Kingsbridge Avenue). Cost is $5.00 which includes admission, 50 tickets, coffee, tea, and light refreshments.

 

Christmas Charity Drive for Hour Children

With another Christmas season approaching, our parish will begin accepting donations of new toys, gift cards, and new clothing for families assisted by Hour Children, an outreach mission to assist mothers and children who have successfully transitioned from prison to their new life.

The age range is from newborn to teenagers along with mothers. New clothing for teenagers will gratefully be appreciated along with new, unwrapped toys for young children, both boys and girls. Flyers with suggested items are available in the church and as well as posted on the church bulletin boards.

Donations may be dropped off by Tuesday December 18th in the specially marked collection boxes at the church during the weekend Masses and during the week at the parish pastoral center.

 


Did You Know?

 

The four and half foot-tall image of Our Lady of Guadalupe
imprinted in 1531 on St. Juan Diego’s tilma, a thin cloth made of cactus fibers, depicts a young pregnant woman encircled by rays of sunlight. It is unique in that the Blessed Virgin Mary is being shown as an expectant mother indicated by the black chord worn around her waist. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness for the unborn.
 
Our Lady of Guadalupe Wednesday Evening Mass
This coming Wednesday December 12th, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a 7:00 pm evening Mass will be celebrated in Spanish. This annual Marian celebration recalls the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the native convert, St Juan Diego at the hill in Tepeyac from December 9-12, 1531.
 
Like the rhythms of the four seasons, the Catholic Church has a liturgical calendar that consists of a cycle of six seasons (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Sacred Paschal Triduum, Easter, and Ordinary Time.) The current liturgical year ends this week with celebration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe; the new liturgical year begins next weekend with the Season of Advent. 
 
The cycle of liturgical seasons offers ways to reflect upon the saving mysteries of our faith by using different Scripture readings in the Church’s Lectionary for each of the three liturgical years. We are concluding Year B in which the Sunday Gospel readings are taken primarily from the Gospels of St. Mark and St. John; Year C begins next week with the Sunday Gospel readings taken from the Gospel of St. Luke. 
 

 


Message from Cardinal Dolan on the Sexual Abuse Crisis

 

 


Devotional Store

 
After a summer hiatus, our parish devotional religious goods store will be open following the Sunday parish Masses. Located in the former baptistry at the entrance of the church, a variety of Bibles, prayer cards, rosaries, crucifixes, and other assorted devotional items are available for purchase. At other times, these items may be obtained at the Parish Pastoral Center. If you have not already done so, stop by after Mass to see what assortment of items are available.
 

Summer Bible Program

Summer with the Saints - Mass on July 13, 2018

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Fr. Michael Kerrigan, Fr. Charles Huse, George Chiffriller, Nancy Diaz-Rodriguez
with the St. John-Visitation Youth Group

George Chiffriller, Fr. Charles Huse, Fr. Michael Kerrigan

George Chiffriller, Fr. Charles Huse, Fr. Michael Kerrigan

 

8th grade class of St. John School 2018


 
St. John-Visitation Nativity Blessing 2017 - Rev. Michael Kerrigan, Deacon Miguel Granda, George F. Chiffriller 
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Fr. Franklin's School Project in Ghana

 

 

 


 

The parish and religious education offices have relocated to the


St. John-Visitation Parish Pastoral Center

La parroquia y las oficinas de educacion religiosa se han trasladado
El Centro Pastoral de la Parroquia San Juan-Visitacion

 

St. John-Visitation Parish Pastoral Center

El Centro Pastoral de la Parroquia San Juan-Visitacion

275 West 230th Street

 

Monday/Lunes 9:00 am-12:00 noon; 1:00-4:00 pm
   
Tuesday/Martes 9:00 am-12:00 noon; 1:00-4:00pm; 6:00-9:00pm
   
Wednesday/Miercoles 9:00 am-12:00 noon; 1:00-4:00 pm; 6:00-9:00pm
   
Thursday/Jueves 9:00 am-12:00 noon; 1:00-7:00 pm; 6:00-9:00pm
   
Friday/Viernes 9:00 am-12:00 noon; 1:00-4:00pm; 6:00-9:00pm
   
Saturday/Sabado 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
   
Sunday/Domingo 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
 

          

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With thanks to Greg Shemitz, our photographer.


 

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