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Christmas Mass Invitations


12/18/2014 by John Erdag
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During the Christmas season, so many of our family and friends who don’t regularly attend Mass are feeling the desire to spend time with God. Amidst the more commercial aspects of the season, many people are also looking to fill a spiritual void that they’re experiencing as Christmas Day gets closer. Yet they don’t quite know how ...

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Christmas Visitors


12/9/2014 by John Erdag
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During the Christmas season, we always see an increase in people attending Mass at St John Neumann. And what a blessed thing that is. So many people who are seeking God after having been away from Him for a while. They’re searching for Him here. How exciting it is for us to be the ones to help them find Him. Here are some ways to do that:

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Thanks-Giving


11/22/2014 by John Erdag
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Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday. The abundance of food, the joy of family togetherness, and the closeness we feel to God and each other. It’s the essence of God’s creation. A day set aside solely for us to reflect upon, and experience, the happiness of being in God’s kingdom. And what a beautiful word “thanksgiving”

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Catechetical Plan


11/13/2014 by John Erdag
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In 2013, a special committee was formed to develop a three year strategy focused on the direction of the discipleship growth program at St John Neumann parish. Chaired by Julianna Gerace, participants of this committee included many staff members and parishioners who devoted much time and effort in formulating this Catechetical Plan which is ...

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The Spirituality of the Offertory


11/4/2014 by John Erdag
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The next few weeks throughout the diocese, parishes will be focusing on Stewardship renewal and that has made me think about the Offertory at Mass. But the spirituality of it; the why we give. That’s important because I think that all of us at some time or another get distracted away from what the Offertory is truly about and instead ...

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Napa Valley


10/30/2014 by John Erdag
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HOME AWAY FROM HOME

It took 3 visits from civic structural engineers plus their own engineers from the diocese to verify the safety of St. Apollinarius church after the devastating earthquake that hit the Napa Valley a few months ago. A little cosmetic damage inside and out, but it was declared structurally sound and the church resumed Masses. ...

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Call To Discipleship


10/28/2014 by John Erdag
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At this time of year, we as a parish focus on how everything we have been blessed with is a gift from God – the foundation of Stewardship as a way of life.

Our theme for this year’s Stewardship Renewal is “Call to Discipleship”. Do we live our faith in such a way that Christ is truly at the center of our lives? Do we live ...

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Thank You So Much!


10/5/2014 by John Erdag
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What a blessed event we had! Over 400 riders, tons of people at the park, food, music, games…...and the Bambino Ride! How much fun was that? What a beautiful way to share our Catholic faith with the outside community. So Thank You.
 
Thank you to all of the hundreds of amazing volunteers. I’d list everyone’s names, but we&...

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Home Away from Home - Czech Republic


9/27/2014 by John Erdag
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Eduardo & Nancy Trevino also vacationed in Prague in the Czech Republic and met up with Tom and Sandy Landers where they visited the Benedictine Abbey of Emmaus. This monastery was built in 1347 and then rebuilt in the 1940’s after it was almost destroyed by an American air raid during the Second World War. Ancient legend has it that ...

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Fondo Feature - Only One Week Away


9/25/2014 by John Erdag
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Next Saturday is it! The big OC Gran Fondo day. There’s still time to register to ride and to sign-up to help out at the park. Register at the table outside the Masses or on line at: www.ocgranfondo.com. Come on out and join in the fun as we have a great day in the park with our SJN family. Here’s a schedule of important ...

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Fondo Feature - P.O.P.E


9/19/2014 by John Erdag
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Two weeks and counting until the big day. Have you registered for the OC Gran Fondo yet? Don’t forget, it’s on October 4th at Mike Ward Park. We’re hoping that all of our families and friends will join in the fun.

Do you remember the acronym P.O.P.E.?  Pray Often, Participate, Enjoy
 
Pray Often. We’re a...

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Home Away From Home - Prague, Czech Republic


9/19/2014 by John Erdag
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Tom and Sandie Landers visited the beautiful Levy Hradec church near Prague in the Czech Republic. It was built when Tom was a young boy in 865AD and Masses have been said there every day for the past 13 centuries. This is a Byzantine Church founded by Sts. Methodius and Cyril. About 10 miles away is a Roman Church that was built at just about the...

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Fondo Feature - It's all about the Bambinos


9/15/2014 by John Erdag
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Okay, so there’s only 3 weeks left until the big day. Have you registered for the OC Gran Fondo yet? October 4th is right around the corner and we’re hoping that all of our families and friends will join in the fun.
 
We’ve been receiving a lot of questions and not of lot of registrations for the 1 mile Bambino ride...

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Home Away from Home - Buffalo, New York


9/15/2014 by John Erdag
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Deacon Charlie returned to Buffalo, New York a few weeks ago to celebrate his mother’s 100th birthday. In between bites of birthday cake, he also visited St. Joseph Old Cathedral, a beautiful church that was dedicated way back in 1855. It served as the "Bishop's Church" until 1912, when St. Joseph New Cathedral was built. But ...

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Taking Care of Our Church Home


9/6/2014 by John Erdag
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Isn’t it amazing what one tree root can do? Last week we noticed a severe crack in the concrete at the entrance to the church that, as you can see, spanned several sections of the patio. This was a major safety concern and needed to be fixed fast. Thanks to your generous contributions to the Facilities Maintenance account, we had the funds ...

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