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Passio Christi Conforta Me - Passion of Christ Strengthen Me 

St. John Neumann was the fourth bishop of Philadelphia, and held that position from 1852 to 1860. He was the first male canonized saint from the United States. St. John lived from 1811 to 1860. The St. John Neumann feast day is January fifth.

Known for a lifetime of pastoral work, especially among poor German immigrants, Bishop John Neumann was the first American man to be named saint.

John Nepomucene Neumann was born on March 28, 1811 in Bohemia, the Czech portion of the present Czechoslovakia. He graduated from a nearby college in Bohemia and then applied to the seminary. John distinguished himself not only in his theological studies, but also in the natural sciences. Besides mastering Latin, Greek and Hebrew, he learned to speak fluently at least eight modern languages, including various Slavic dialects.

During his seminary days, John had read with great interest the quarterly reports of the Missionary Society of St. Leopold containing accounts of the pioneering work being done in the United States. On the morning of February 8, 1836, he left his native home and made the trip across Europe on foot. Several months later, he set sail for New York aboard a 210-foot, three-masted ship loaded to capacity with emigrants. Six weeks later, the ship entered the harbor of New York.

A few days after arriving in New York, John Neumann sought out and met the bishop, John Dubois. Bishop Dubois had only 36 priests to care for 200,000 Catholics living in all of New York State and half of lower New Jersey. In June of 1836, the bishop ordained John Neumann as a sub-deacon, a deacon, and as a priest, all within on week’s time.

Father John Neumann devoted himself to the pastoral care of all the outlying places in the parish of Buffalo for four years. From his headquarters near Buffalo, he made frequent journeys on foot in all kinds of weather to points ten or twenty miles distant, visiting the settlers on their scattered farms.

Father Neumann could not long keep up the strenuous work he was doing. He began to suffer from fevers that lasted as long as three months. At Easter time, 1840, he had a complete breakdown; and after recovering to some extent, he made up his mind to join the Redemptorists. After being accepted into the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, John was directed to go to Pittsburgh.

Father Neumann was the first novice of the Redemptorists in the United States and, in 1847, he became the head of the American Redemptorists. He also wrote several German Language Catechisms and a German Bible history.

In 1852, he was nominated for the position of Bishop of Philadelphia and he accepted the appointment only because Pope Pius IX commanded him to do so. The Diocese of Philadelphia was at this time the largest in the country, comprising eastern Pennsylvania, western New Jersey, and all of Delaware.

Bishop Neumann was the first in the United States to introduce the Forty Hours Devotion in his diocese. From the beginning, he promoted the establishment of parochial schools. There were only two such schools in 1852, but by 1860 they numbered nearly 100. Through his work with the schools, he helped the Notre Dame Sisters of Munich to become firmly established in the United States.

Though Bishop Neumann had suffered from frequent illnesses, his sudden death, at the age of 48, was wholly unexpected. On January 8, 1860, he went out in the afternoon to attend to some business matters and was walking back when he suffered an apoplectic stroke.

The cause of his beautification was begun in 1886. Ten years later, he received the title of "Venerable." In February, 1963, Pope John XXIII issued the proclamation for his beautification, but the ceremony was delayed by the death of Pope John and Pope Paul VI beautified him on October 13th. His canonization followed in June of 1977. His feast day is January 5th.

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Holy Hour-Adoration of Blessed Sacrament
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Charismatic Prayer Group
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3 Bible Study (Natalizia)
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Library
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Youth Drop-In
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SJN Charismatic Prayer Group
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Life Teen Band Practice
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Legion of Mary Praesidium
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6 Library
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Rite of Welcome for Baptism (during Mass)
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7 VBS
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10 Bible Study (Natalizia)
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Library
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VBS
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Youth Drop-In
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Life Teen Band Practice
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11 Bible Study (Chronley)
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VBS
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12 Legion of Mary Junior Praesidium
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13 Journey ~ Donuts
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Library
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Baptisms
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Church History Class
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14 ESL Summer School
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Morning Meditation
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Youth Drop-in
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15 ESL Summer School
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Library
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Women's Bible Study (Greco)
Location: Hall Conf Room & Youth Center
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Holy Hour-Adoration of Blessed Sacrament
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Charismatic Prayer Group
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16 ESL Summer School
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Library
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Bible Basics
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17 Bible Study (Natalizia)
Location: Library
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Library
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Youth Drop-In
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SJN Charismatic Prayer Group
Location: FFC Rm 4&5
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Life Teen Band Practice
Location: Youth Center
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Bible Study (Gomez)
Location: FFC Rooms 1, 2 & 3
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Legion of Mary Praesidium
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Bible Study (O'Dea)
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Filipino Bible Study
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19 Legion of Mary Junior Praesidium
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K of C: A Knight Under the Stars
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20 Filipino Breakfast
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Library
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Time: 8:00am -1:45pm

Blessing for Expectant Parents
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Time: 10:30am

Legion of Mary Teaching Series
Location: Front Hall
Time: 11:00am

Bible Study (O'Toole)
Location: School Room 4
Time: 11:30am -1:00pm

Rite of Welcome for Baptism (during Mass)
Location: Church
Time: 12:30pm -1:30pm

Church History Class
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Life Night
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21 ESL Summer School
Location: FFC Rooms 2 & 3
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Morning Meditation
Location: Youth Center
Time: 9:30am

Bible Study ESL
Location: FFC Room 3 & 5
Time: 11:00am

Youth Drop-in
Location: Youth Center
Time: 3:00pm

Baptismal Preparation
Location: Hall Conf Room
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Bible Study (Natalizia)
Location: Library
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Evening Meditation
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22 ESL Summer School
Location: FFC Rooms 2 & 3
Time: 9:00am

Library
Location: Library
Time: 9:00am -12:00pm

Women's Bible Study (Greco)
Location: Hall Conf Room & Youth Center
Time: 9:15am -11:00am

ESL Bible Study (Amato)
Location: FFC 5
Time: 9:30am

Bible Study (Erdag)
Location: Library
Time: 5:30pm

Bible Study (White)
Location: Conference Room
Time: 5:30pm

Holy Hour-Adoration of Blessed Sacrament
Location: Church
Time: 7:00pm -8:00pm

Charismatic Prayer Group
Location: Chapel
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

Journey Rosary & Discussion
Location: Hall Loft
Time: 8:00pm

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23 ESL Summer School
Location: FFC Rooms 2 & 3
Time: 9:00am

Library
Location: Library
Time: 9:00am -12:00pm

Youth Drop-In
Location: Youth Center
Time: 3:00pm

Bible Basics
Location: Circle of Faith Courtyard
Time: 6:00pm

Life Teen Core Team
Location: Youth Center
Time: 7:00pm

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24 Bible Study (Natalizia)
Location: Library
Time: 7:00am

Library
Location: Library
Time: 9:00am -12:00pm

Youth Drop-In
Location: Youth Center
Time: 3:00pm

SJN Charismatic Prayer Group
Location: FFC Rm 4&5
Time: 6:00pm

Life Teen Band Practice
Location: Youth Center
Time: 6:30pm

Bible Study (Gomez)
Location: FFC Rooms 1, 2 & 3
Time: 6:45pm

Legion of Mary Praesidium
Location: Hall Loft
Time: 7:00pm

Bible Study (Irion)
Location: Hall Conference Room
Time: 7:30pm

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25 Bible Study (Chronley)
Location: Library
Time: 7:00am -8:00am

Bible Study (O'Dea)
Location: Church Loft
Time: 9:15am -11:00am

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26 Parish Prayer Meeting
Location: Church Loft
Time: 9:05am -10:05am

Legion of Mary Junior Praesidium
Location: Hall Conf Room
Time: 10:00am

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27 Donuts ~ Corazon
Location: Courtyard
Time: 7:00am

SVDP Monthly Food Drive
Location: Courtyard
Time: 7:00am

Library
Location: Library
Time: 8:00am -1:45pm

RCIA
Location: Church Loft
Time: 9:00am

FFC Classes
Location: FFC rooms 1,2,3,4,5, A & B
Time: 9:45am

Bible Study (O'Toole)
Location: School Room 4
Time: 11:30am -1:00pm

Baptisms
Location: Church
Time: 1:30pm

Church History Class
Location: Hall Conference Room
Time: 1:45pm

Life Night
Location: Full Hall & Youth Center
Time: 3:30pm

Lifeteen Band Practice
Location: Full Hall & Youth Center
Time: 3:30pm

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28 ESL Summer School
Location: FFC Rooms 2 & 3
Time: 9:00am -11:00am

Morning Meditation
Location: Youth Center
Time: 9:30am

Bible Study ESL
Location: FFC Room 3 & 5
Time: 11:00am

Youth Drop-in
Location: Youth Center
Time: 3:00pm

SVDP Food Packing
Location: Back half Hall
Time: 3:30pm

Bible Study (Natalizia)
Location: Library
Time: 7:00pm

Evening Meditation
Location: Chapel
Time: 7:00pm

Finance Council
Location: Church Loft
Time: 7:00pm

Middle School Ministry
Location: Youth Center
Time: 7:00pm

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29 ESL Summer School
Location: FFC Rooms 2 & 3
Time: 9:00am

Library
Location: Library
Time: 9:00am -12:00pm

Women's Bible Study (Greco)
Location: Hall Conf Room & Youth Center
Time: 9:15am -11:00am

ESL Bible Study (Amato)
Location: FFC 5
Time: 9:30am

Bible Study (Erdag)
Location: Library
Time: 5:30pm

Bible Study (White)
Location: Conference Room
Time: 5:30pm

Holy Hour-Adoration of Blessed Sacrament
Location: Church
Time: 7:00pm -8:00pm

Charismatic Prayer Group
Location: Chapel
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

Journey Rosary & Discussion
Location: Hall Loft
Time: 8:00pm

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30 Library
Location: Library
Time: 9:00am -12:00pm

Youth Drop-In
Location: Youth Center
Time: 3:00pm

Bible Basics
Location: Circle of Faith Courtyard
Time: 6:00pm

Life Teen Core Team
Location: Youth Center
Time: 7:00pm

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31 Bible Study (Natalizia)
Location: Library
Time: 7:00am

Library
Location: Library
Time: 9:00am -12:00pm

Youth Drop-In
Location: Youth Center
Time: 3:00pm

SJN Charismatic Prayer Group
Location: FFC Rm 4&5
Time: 6:00pm

Life Teen Band Practice
Location: Youth Center
Time: 6:30pm

Bible Study (Gomez)
Location: FFC Rooms 1, 2 & 3
Time: 6:45pm

Legion of Mary Praesidium
Location: Hall Loft
Time: 7:00pm

Bible Study (Irion)
Location: Hall Conference Room
Time: 7:30pm

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