Thank you for a wonderful Advent Adventures!

Thank you for a wonderful Advent Adventures!

Thank you to everyone who came and shared in the Advent Adventures that was held at St. John Nepomucene on November 20th! It was a great way for families to start preparing for Advent. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible as well! It was such a great day with a lot of fun, smiles and celebration!

Women Celebrate registration begins on November 5th!

Women Celebrate registration begins on November 5th!

We are just weeks away from registration for Women Celebrate 2023! Registration will go live on our website at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 5th. The registration page is on our website (www.womencelebrate.org) or you can click here to go to the registration page directly. 

This year we are thrilled to announce two keynote speakers Beth Davis and Katie Prejean McGrady. 

Beth Davis is the Director of Ministry Advancement for Blessed is She. She writes curriculum and directs retreats, provides support to parishes and small groups, and develops community from the ground up. She is passionate about teaching women how to develop an intimate relationship with Jesus and speaking hope to weary hearts.

Katie Prejean McGrady is a wife, mom, award-winning author, international speaker, podcaster & daily radio show host. After working in youth ministry and high school education for a number of years, Katie began speaking full time in 2017. She speaks at events for young people, parishes, parent groups, fundraisers, retreats, and more. She hosts the Ave Explores podcast, a long-form interview style podcast that explores relevant topics each season. Katie regularly writes for Blessed is She, Catholic News Service, Aleteia, and the Grotto Network. In 2021, Katie began hosting The Katie McGrady Show, a daily radio program on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM 129 that talks about pop culture, current events, Catholic news, how to live a life of abundant joy.

Please prayerfully consider joining us for Women Celebrate 2023 as we COUNT IT ALL JOY.!

So much energy last weekend at St. John Nepomucene!

So much energy last weekend at St. John Nepomucene!

What a blast it was to have the Holy Grounds Coffee Bar reopened and for the return of our Fellowship Sunday that the Knights of Columbus puts on! Not only did we get to celebrate Father Ron and Deacon Bruce’s birthdays as a parish family, but Children’s Liturgy returned to our 10 am Mass and we had 75 children attend! You could feel the energy!

Our Confirmation students and sponsors attended our 10 am Mass as well and St. John’s Little Flowers’ Girls Club were amazing greeters last weekend too! Thank you to everyone who was able to be there and help celebrate with us and those that joined us via livestream!

Join us this weekend again for Mass and then coffee, cookies and juice at the Coffee Bar. Children’s Liturgy will be at the 10 am Mass again!

Explanation Station from St. John Adult Faith Formation – Prepare with purple. Celebrate with white.

Explanation Station from St. John Adult Faith Formation – Prepare with purple. Celebrate with white.

Our first season of the new church year is Advent. Advent is NOT Christmas, even though it feels like it in the stores. Advent is a season of preparation for Christmas and it means Coming. Christmas is coming, so we prepare our hearts, our minds and our homes. The liturgical color of Advent, purple, is highly visible in clergy vestments and decorations because it is the color of fasting and penance. With candles, more lit every week, we recognize that Christ is the light shining forth in the darkness. The readings for the Advent Season prepare us for the holy birth of our blessed Savior.

The next liturgical season is the Christmas Season. Christmas begins, not ends, on December 25th and lasts through Epiphany which is on January 6th. This season is a joyful season, a season of celebration! We take down the purple decorations and vestments and clergy will wear white, the color of celebration.

So let’s plan this year to keep that tree up until January 6th and continue celebrating Christmas as it should be! A blessed Advent Season to all as you continue to prepare.