SJB Fall Festival with Sports Lounge

Come join the annual fun at the Saint John the Baptist Fall Festival!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

  • A Marketplace to buy plants and all kinds of goodies.

  • Funland for the Kids

  • Bingo

  • Pull Tabs & 50/50 Drawing

  • Meat, Wine, and Liquor Raffles

  • Quilt Auction & Raffle (3:30PM)

  • Silent Auction Items

  • Chicken & Ham Dinner

  • Burgers and more food stand

This year, we will be debuting a new feature - the SJB SPORTS LOUNGE! Come enjoy some Microbrew Roets beer and watch the MINNESOTA VIKINGS VERSUS THE GREEN BAY PACKERS starting at 12:00pm noon, and the TWINS battle the CLEVELAND INDIANS.

VOLUNTEER

Click here to sign-up to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/13574DD07A0C3EEC71-stjohns
(there are multiple tabs across the top with the different categories of sign-up)

Back to School Night!

BACK TO SCHOOL

Come to celebrate the beginning of the new school year! Students will have their school pictures taken (no uniform required), meet their teachers, and can bring in school supplies to avoid stuffing backpacks full on the first day. This is also a chance to connect with other SJB families, and take care of any last minute paperwork or payments. Please join us! Prospective families are welcome as well!


Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 3:30 PM – 6 PM

Father Neil BakkerSchool
Funeral Notice: John N. Ries

Requiem Mass

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 11:00am

It is a Spiritual Act of Mercy to pray for the deceased,

so please stop and say 3 Hail Mary's for the blessed repose of the soul of John N. Ries.

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John Ries, 63 of Jordan passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 20 from 9:30-11:00 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jordan with the Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00 am.

John's life story will be added at a later date: https://www.ballardsunderfuneral.com/john-n-ries/

UPDATED DATE/TIME - Funeral Notice: Lorraine Wermerskirchen

UPDATE: Funeral Services moved to FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019 - Visitation from 9:30am-11am, with Requiem Mass at 11am.

Lorraine Wermerskirchen, 95 of Jordan passed away on August 7, 2019 at Friendship Manor in Shakopee.

Lorraine’s visitation will be on FRIDAY AUGUST 16, 2019, 9:30-11:00 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jordan with the Mass of Christian Burial following at 11:00 am.

Join the SJB Book Club!

JOIN THE SJB BOOK CLUB!

Hello all Book Club Readers!

Here are the books that we will be reading in the next upcoming months! For those of you who are so busy, please remember this is not a monthly commitment. You do not have to attend regularly, just when YOU want! So, pick a book that you like, put the date on your calendar, and have a good read. If you don’t finish the book, join us anyway to see how it ends. If you don’t even read the book, but still want to join us for a meal – that sounds great too! We’d love you to join us!

A few additional things to keep in mind:

  • Not all the books we read are “Catholic or even Christian” related. This book club was started under the Fellowship Committee, so it was originally intended to be a social/fellowship event to bring people together.

  • We GENERALLY meet the 4th Mondays of each month.

  • Car-pooling is available from the St. John’s Church parking lot, leaving at 6:00 pm.

  • We rotate turns in choosing the monthly books and restaurant choices.

  • An RSVP e-mail will be sent to you before the discussion date. This determines how many will be car-pooling and how many to make restaurant reservations for.

On an additional note regarding our DECEMBER book club discussion:

The votes were very mixed. Some wanted to meet – others didn’t. So, we decided to do a “shorter Christmas themed” book. As always, this will be completely optional whether you want to participate this month or not. Jackie Wolf has most graciously offered to choose a book for us. No date has been scheduled yet. Let’s plan on discussing further at an upcoming discussion. I’ll keep you updated as to the name of book, and the discussion date and location.


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Date: Monday, August 26, 2019

Location: TBD

Chosen by: Jackie Dymit

#1 New York Times Bestseller

A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

"I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!"--Reese Witherspoon

"Painfully beautiful."--The New York Times Book Review

"Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver."--Bustle

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life--until the unthinkable happens.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.


And finally, listed are the books (and their summaries) that we will be reading from September - November 2019. So do not delete this e-mail. As you will notice, the tentative dates are already posted. Where we will meet is stated or is TBD.


Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Date: Monday, September 23, 2019

Location: TBD

Chosen by: Mary Oldenburg

THIS IS PART OF A BOOK CLUB KIT. I WILL BE BRINGING 10 COPIES ALONG TO THE AUGUST DISCUSSION. IF YOU DO NOT ATTEND THE AUGUST DISCUSSION BUT WOULD LIKE A COPY OF THE BOOK, PLEASE CHECK WITH THE LIBRARY ON/AFTER WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28TH.

AFTER YOU FINISH YOUR COPY, PLEASE RETURN THE BOOK TO THE LIBRARY, SO IT BECOMES AVAILABLE FOR ANOTHER PERSON. THANK YOU!

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: LibraryReads • BookBrowse • Goodreads

“You’ll love this engrossing novel.” —People

The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.


The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz

Date: Monday, October 28, 2019

Location: TBD

Chosen by: Judy Dean

A TONIGHT SHOW SUMMER READS FINALIST

An electrifying first novel from "a riveting new voice in American fiction" (George Saunders): A young woman returns to her childhood home in the American South and uncovers secrets about her father's life and death

Billie James' inheritance isn't much: a little money and a shack in the Mississippi Delta. The house once belonged to her father, a renowned black poet who died unexpectedly when Billie was four years old. Though Billie was there when the accident happened, she has no memory of that day—and she hasn't been back to the South since.

Thirty years later, Billie returns but her father's home is unnervingly secluded: her only neighbors are the McGees, the family whose history has been entangled with hers since the days of slavery. As Billie encounters the locals, she hears a strange rumor: that she herself went missing on the day her father died. As the mystery intensifies, she finds out that this forgotten piece of her past could put her in danger.

Inventive, gritty, and openhearted, The Gone Dead is an astonishing debut novel about race, justice, and memory that lays bare the long-concealed wounds of a family and a country.


The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Date: Monday, November 25, 2019

Location: TBD

Chosen by: Deb Atneosen

"Phaedra Patrick understands the soul. Eccentric, charming, and wise…The Curious Charms is not just for those who are mourning over love or the past. This book will illuminate your heart." — Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop

Don’t miss this curiously charming debut! In this hauntingly beautiful story of love, loneliness and self-discovery, an endearing widower embarks on a life-changing adventure.

Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden.

But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam’s possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he’s never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife’s secret life before they met—a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.

Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a joyous celebration of life’s infinite possibilities.

More Praise:

"Tender, insightful, and surprising… [Arthur Pepper] will instantly capture the hearts of readers who loved Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop, and Antoine Laurain’s The Red Notebook." — Library Journal, starred review

Look for Phaedra Patrick’s latest perfectly charming read, Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone, out now!

We hope some of them sound very enticing to you! If you haven’t been to a discussion before, we encourage you to just give it a try. Happy Reading and we hopefully will see you at one or more of our upcoming discussions!

Blessing to you all!

Mary Pekarna at 492-2753 or marypekarna@gmail.com


PS: If you know of any additional friends who would like to be added to this e-mail or if anyone wants to be deleted, please let me know! Thanks!

Father Neil Bakker
Assumption Novena Begins Wednesday, August 7

The Assumption of our Blessed Mother Novena begins Wednesday, August 7th.

The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary is celebrated every year on August 15th. This feast commemorates the death of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her assumption, body and soul, into Heaven. It is the most important Marian feast, and it is also a Holy Day of Obligation.

The Assumption is an important feast in the Church. It instructs us on one of the important Marian Dogmas and it is an important feast to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. Here are the prayers for the Assumption Novena.

Assumption Novena Prayers

Assumption Novena -Day 1

Lord Jesus Christ, You have destroyed the power of death and given the hope of eternal life in body and soul. You granted your Mother a special place in your glory, and did not allow decay to touch her body. As we rejoice in the Assumption of Mary, give to us a renewed confidence in the victory of life over death. You live and reign forever and ever. Amen. Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, we believe in your triumphant assumption into heaven where the angels and saints acclaim you as Queen of Heaven and earth. We join them in praising you and bless the Lord who raised you above all creatures. With them we honor you. We are confident that you watch over our daily lives and we ask that you intercede for us now. (mention your request) We are comforted by our faith in the coming Resurrection and we look to you for prayers and comfort. After this earthly life, show us Jesus, the blest fruit of your womb, O kind, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary. O Queen Assumed into Heaven, pray for us. Amen.

Assumption Novena - Day 2

Lord Jesus Christ, You have destroyed the power of death and given the hope of eternal life in body and soul. You granted your Mother a special place in your glory, and did not allow decay to touch her body. As we rejoice in the Assumption of Mary, give to us a renewed confidence in the victory of life over death. You live and reign forever and ever. Amen. Mary, Assumed into Heaven, we venerate you as the Queen of Heaven and earth. As you tasted the bitterness of pain and sorrow with your Son on earth, you now enjoy eternal bliss with Him in Heaven. Loving Queen, intercede for us in our needs. (mention your request) We praise Jesus for giving us such a loving mother. O Queen Assumed into Heaven, pray for us. Amen.

Assumption Novena - Day 3

Lord Jesus Christ, You have destroyed the power of death and given the hope of eternal life in body and soul. You granted your Mother a special place in your glory, and did not allow decay to touch her body. As we rejoice in the Assumption of Mary, give to us a renewed confidence in the victory of life over death. You live and reign forever and ever. Amen. O Mother, Assumed into Heaven, because you shared in all the mysteries of our Redemption here below, Jesus has crowned you with glory. With your most glorious and powerful intercession, help us O loving Mother and present to Jesus our request. (mention your request) O Queen assumed into Heaven, pray for us. Amen.

Assumption Novena - Day 4

Lord Jesus Christ, You have destroyed the power of death and given the hope of eternal life in body and soul. You granted your Mother a special place in your glory, and did not allow decay to touch her body. As we rejoice in the Assumption of Mary, give to us a renewed confidence in the victory of life over death. You live and reign forever and ever. Amen. O Dearest Mother Mary, Assumed into Heaven, God placed you at His right hand that you may intercede for his little ones as the Mother of God. In the midst of all the Saints you stand as their Queen and ours — dearer to the Heart of God than any creation. You pray for your children and give to us every grace won by our loving Savior on the Cross. Please intercede for us in our needs and ask Jesus to grant our request if it be for the good of our souls. (mention your request) O Queen Assumed into Heaven, pray for us. Amen.

Assumption Novena - Day 5

Lord Jesus Christ, You have destroyed the power of death and given the hope of eternal life in body and soul. You granted your Mother a special place in your glory, and did not allow decay to touch her body. As we rejoice in the Assumption of Mary, give to us a renewed confidence in the victory of life over death. You live and reign forever and ever. Amen. O merciful and loving Mother, may your glorious beauty fill our hearts with a distaste for earthly things and an ardent longing for the joys of Heaven. May your merciful eyes glance down upon our struggles and our weakness in this vale of tears. Hear then loving Mother, our request and plead to Jesus for us. (mention your request) Crown us with the pure robe of innocence and grace here, and with immortality and glory in Heaven. O Queen Assumed into Heaven, pray for us. Amen.

Assumption Novena - Day 6

Lord Jesus Christ, You have destroyed the power of death and given the hope of eternal life in body and soul. You granted your Mother a special place in your glory, and did not allow decay to touch her body. As we rejoice in the Assumption of Mary, give to us a renewed confidence in the victory of life over death. You live and reign forever and ever. Amen. Mary, our dear Mother and mighty Queen, take and receive our poor hearts with all their freedom and desires, all the love and all the virtues and graces with which they may be adorned. All we are and all we might be, all we have and hold in the order of nature as well as of grace, we have received from God through your loving intercession. Help us dear Mother to surrender to God all that we have including our petitions. (mention your request) Our Lady and Queen, into your gentle hands, we entrust all, that it may be returned to its noble origin. O Queen Assumed into Heaven, pray for us. Amen.

Assumption Novena - Day 7

Lord Jesus Christ, You have destroyed the power of death and given the hope of eternal life in body and soul. You granted your Mother a special place in your glory, and did not allow decay to touch her body. As we rejoice in the Assumption of Mary, give to us a renewed confidence in the victory of life over death. You live and reign forever and ever. Amen. Mary, Queen of every heart, accept all that we are and bind us to Jesus with the bonds of love, that we may be yours forever and may be able to say in all truth: “I belong to Jesus through Mary”. Our Mother, Assumed into Heaven and Queen of the Universe, ever-Virgin Mother of God, obtain for us what we ask for if it be for the glory of God and the good of our souls. (mention your request) Our Mother, assumed into Heaven, we love you. Give us a greater love for Jesus and for you. O Queen Assumed into Heaven, pray for us. Amen.

Assumption Novena - Day 8

Lord Jesus Christ, You have destroyed the power of death and given the hope of eternal life in body and soul. You granted your Mother a special place in your glory, and did not allow decay to touch her body. As we rejoice in the Assumption of Mary, give to us a renewed confidence in the victory of life over death. You live and reign forever and ever. Amen. Mary, Queen Assumed into Heaven, we rejoice that you are the Queen of Heaven and Earth. You have given your holy fiat to God and became the Mother of our Savior. Obtain peace and salvation for us through your prayers, for you have given birth to Christ our Lord, the Savior of all mankind. Intercede for us and bring our petitions before the Throne of God. (mention your request) Through your prayers, may our souls be filled with an intense desire to be like you, a humble vessel of the Holy Spirit and a servant of the Almighty God. Pray for us O Queen Assumed into Heaven, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

Assumption Novena - Day 9

Lord Jesus Christ, You have destroyed the power of death and given the hope of eternal life in body and soul. You granted your Mother a special place in your glory, and did not allow decay to touch her body. As we rejoice in the Assumption of Mary, give to us a renewed confidence in the victory of life over death. You live and reign forever and ever. Amen. O Blessed Mother Assumed into Heaven, after years of heroic martyrdom on earth, we rejoice that you have at last been taken to the throne prepared for you in Heaven by the Holy Trinity. Lift our hearts with you in the glory of your Assumption above the dreadful touch of sin and impurity. Teach us how small earth becomes when viewed from heaven. Make us realize that death is the triumphant gate through which we shall pass to your Son and that someday our bodies shall rejoin our souls in the unending bliss of heaven. From this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, we look to you for help. In honor of your Assumption into Heaven we ask for this favor. (mention your request) When our hour of death has come, lead us safely to the presence of Jesus to enjoy the vision of God for all eternity together with you. Pray for us O Queen Assumed into Heaven, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

Read more at: https://www.praymorenovenas.com/assumption-novena

Father Neil Bakker
Turning Toward God: Celebrating the Mass Ad Orientem

Dearest Saint John’s Parishioners,

Many people have asked me to give some explanation of the way in which we have been celebrating our Daily Masses these days.  I’ve been trying to find the right words, and I don’t think I could do any better than Bishop James S. Wall recently did in a pastoral letter he sent out to his flock in Gallup, New Mexico.  This letter, of course, is meant for his diocese, however I think it expresses some universal truths of our Church.  I hope this will help answer some questions and might even provoke some other questions.  My door is always open, and I’d love to discuss it more with anyone who’d like too.

God Bless you!

Father Neil

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A PASTORAL LETTER FROM THE MOST REVEREND JAMES S. WALL
Bishop of Gallup, New Mexico

Celebrating Mass Ad Orientem, Ad Deum, and Versus Populum

 

My dear friends in Christ:

Recently Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI released a powerful letter, in which he touched on a number of topics, including especially the sexual abuse crisis that has impacted the Church and even society as a whole.  In his letter, he also addressed the Eucharist.  He acknowledged, and rightfully so, that we have become too lax in our approach to the Eucharist.  There were a number of reasons for this, even extreme cases when Holy Communion has been distributed to non-Catholics at weddings and other large events for the sake of “inclusion.” We know, however, that such “inclusivity” is actually quite dangerous, for it can put someone’s soul at risk in the name of not hurting feelings. Remember St. Paul: “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself” (1 Cor. 11:27-29). We would do well to remember, then, that the Eucharist is not simply a nice “sign” or “symbol” of communion with God, but rather truly is communion with God. (In fact, it is so far from being a mere symbol in the modern sense of that term, that Flannery O’Connor once famously said that “if it is just a symbol, to hell with it!) For the Eucharist is nothing less than the very Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, and the “source and summit of the Christian life” (Lumen gentium, 11).

Pope Benedict’s letter thus provides an opportunity for us to reflect on how better to respect the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. There are of course many ways to do this: arriving early to prepare for Mass in prayer; staying after to offer an Act of Thanksgiving; dressing appropriately at Mass and in Church (“Sunday best” is still a thing!); keeping the one-hour Eucharistic fast; making regular (even monthly) sacramental confession; and reverently, not hurriedly, receiving Holy Communion readily come to mind (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1385-1389). There is, however, one particular practice that I would like to highlight here. It is about exercising the option to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass facing “toward the East” (ad orientem) or “toward God” (ad Deum) as distinct from “toward the people” (versus populum).

Let me say at the outset: I know this can be a contentious topic. To make changes to the way we pray can be difficult, especially when it comes to liturgical prayer. By explaining and advocating for this, I am in no way trying to disrupt the way the people of this Diocese pray. Rather, I am trying to open the treasury of the Church’s patrimony, so that, together, we can all experience one of the most ancient ways that the Church has always prayed, starting with Jesus and reaching even to our own day, and thereby learn from the “ever ancient, ever new” wisdom of the Church.

With that in mind, let me start with just a brief historical note. Essentially, we can say that celebrating Mass ad orientem is one of the most ancient and most consistent practices in the life of the Church—it is part of how the Church has always understood the proper worship of God. Uwe Michael Lang has published a book showing just this, entitled Turning Towards the Lord: Orientation in Liturgical Prayer and published by Ignatius Press. His extensive and thorough research shows this very fact: that, in the words of Cardinal Ratzinger, “Despite all the variations in practice that have taken place far into the second millennium, one thing has remained clear for the whole of Christendom: praying toward the east is a tradition that goes back to the beginning” (The Spirit of the Liturgy, p. 75). This means that celebration of Mass ad orientem is not a form of antiquarianism, i.e. choosing to do something because it is old, but rather choosing to do something that has always been. This also means, in turn, thatversus populum worship is extremely new in the life of the Church, and, while a valid liturgical option today, it still must be considered novel when it comes to the celebration of Mass.

Allow me now to give a brief explanation of ad orientem or ad Deum worshipPrayer and worship “toward the East” (ad orientem, oriented prayer) “is, first and foremost, a simple expression of looking to Christ as the meeting place between God and man. It expresses the basic christological form of our prayer. […] Praying toward the east means going to meet the coming Christ. The liturgy, turned toward the East, effects entry, so to speak, into the procession of history toward the future, the New Heaven and the New Earth, which we encounter in Christ” (Joseph Ratzinger, The Spirit of the Liturgy, p. 69-70). By facing Christ together at Mass, we can see how “[o]ur prayer is thus inserted into the procession of the nations to God” (ibid., p. 76).

Ad orientem worship is thus a very powerful reminder of what we are about at Mass: meeting Christ Who comes to meet us. Practically speaking, this means that things will look a bit different, for at such Masses the Priest faces the same direction as the Assembly when he is at the altar.  More specifically, when addressing God, such as during the orations and Eucharistic Prayer, he faces the same direction as the people, that is, toward God (ad Deum). He does so literally, to use a phrase dear to St. Augustine, by “turning toward the Lord” present in the Blessed Sacrament. In contrast, when addressing the people, he turns to face them (versus populum).   

Some of you may be familiar with this, and perhaps have even been at Masses celebrated this way. The common way of describing such Masses is usually to say, by way of objection, that “the priest has his back to the people.” Now, while this is technically true, it largely misses the main point, which is one much grander and more beautiful: ad orientem worship shows, even in its literal orientation, that the priest and the people are united together as one in worshipping God, even physically with their bodies, “in a common act of trinitarian worship…. Where priest and people together face the same way, what we have is a cosmic orientation and also an interpretation of the Eucharist in terms of resurrection and trinitarian theology. Hence it is also an interpretation in terms of Parousia [end of the world], a theology of hope, in which every Mass is an approach to the return of Christ” (Joseph Ratzinger, Feast of Faith, p. 140). Celebrating Mass ad orientem, then, is meant to remind us of all these important factors of our faith, and, ultimately, that the Mass is not first and foremost about us, but rather about God and His glory—about worshipping Him as He desires and not as we think best. It is His work after all, not ours, and we are simply entering into it by His gracious will. In 2007, Pope Benedict spoke of just this fact in his address to the monks of Heiligenkreuz Abbey in Vienna:

“In all our efforts on behalf of the liturgy, the determining factor must always be our looking to God. We stand before God—he speaks to us and we speak to him. Whenever in our thinking we are only concerned about making the liturgy attractive, interesting and beautiful, the battle is already lost. Either it is Opus Dei [the work of God], with God as its specific subject, or it is not. In the light of this, I ask you to celebrate the sacred liturgy with your gaze fixed on God within the communion of saints, the living Church of every time and place, so that it will truly be an expression of the sublime beauty of the God who has called men and women to be his friends!”

Notice the emphasis on looking toward God together!

Another common objection or at least misunderstanding is that this particular way of celebrating Mass was disallowed at or after the Second Vatican Council. This is not accurate, as none of the conciliar documents even mention this (form of worship). Additionally, a close reading of the rubrics of the Roman Missal will still show today that ad orientem is assumed to be the normal posture at Mass: they often describe the priest “turning to face the people,” which implies he is facing the altar before and after doing so.

Finally, let me say a few words on the matter of preference. There is an old saying that holds de gustibus non est disputandum: when it comes to taste, there is no room for dispute. To a point, that is true. Nobody can fault anybody for liking chocolate chip ice cream more than mint, or Chevrolet more than Ford. When it comes to the ways in which we worship God, however, nothing is simply a matter of taste. Msgr. Charles Pope explains this well: “Preferences should be rooted in solid liturgical principles. […] People matter, and they should be nourished and intelligently engaged in the Sacred Liturgy—but not in a way that forgets that the ultimate work of the Liturgy is not merely to please or enrich us but to be focused on and worship the Lord” (National Catholic Register, “5 Things to Remember in the ‘Ad Orientem’ Discussion,” 8 August 2016).

With St. Augustine, allow me to conclude with this heartfelt prayer: in our worship, hearts, and lives, “let us turn towards the Lord God and Father Almighty, and with a pure heart let us give Him sincere thanks as well as our littleness will allow…. May He increase our faith, rule our mind, give us spiritual thoughts, and at last lead us to His blessedness, through Jesus Christ His Son. Amen.”

May God bless you!

The Most Reverend James S. Wall
Bishop of Gallup

Given in Gallup, at the Chancery/Cathedral, this 22nd day of July, in the Year of our Lord MMXIX, the tenth of Our Episcopate, on the liturgical memorial of St. Mary Magdalene.

https://dioceseofgallup.org/celebrating-the-mass-ad-orientem/

Father Neil BakkerMass
Funeral Notice: Jesse F. Coghill

Jesse F. Coghill age 92 of Jordan passed away on Monday July 29, 2019 at the Belle Plaine Lutheran Home.

There will be a Time of Gathering Thursday, August 8th, 10-11 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Jordan, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, August 8th, 11 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Jordan.

Funeral arrangements by Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation, Jordan MN.

Daily Mass Time Changes

MESSAGE FROM PARISH LEADERSHIP

Over the past few months we have been contemplating a change in Daily Mass time.
Effective the week of August 4th, the following Daily Mass times will begin:

Tuesday - 6:15pm with confessions at 5:45pm (unchanged)
Wednesday - 9:30am
Thursday - 9:30am
Friday - 9:30am with confessions at 9:00am
First Saturday - 9:30am with confessions at 9:00am

SUNDAY MASSES AND THE SATURDAY VIGIL MASS WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

Our hope is that this change will benefit both the school and parish.

Father Neil BakkerMass
Funeral Notice: Ruth M. Marxen
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Ruth M. Marxen, a longtime resident of Jordan, entered eternal life on Thursday, July 11, 2019. She passed peacefully after receiving an anointment for the sick.

A visitation will be held from 9-11AM with Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11AM on Thursday, July 18, 2019 all at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Jordan. Ruth will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery. Father Neil Bakker will preside and Ruth’s grandchildren will act as urnbearers.

On July 7, 1926 in Jordan, MN, Ruth was born to parents, Frank and Susan (Gregory) Sunder. The household primarily spoke German and it wasn’t until Ruth attended school that she learned English. She was raised on the family farm until her father passed away. Along with her mother and six siblings, the family moved into town.

Following her graduation from Jordan High School, Ruth began working at Woolworth’s in Minneapolis and later at the Edina Southdale location. Later in life, she waitressed at Wampach’s in Shakopee, Hazeltine Golf Course in Chaska, and the Riviera & the Dinner Theater in Chanhassen.

Ruth was married to Henry Marxen at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jordan. This union was blessed with five children. Ruth was a loving and devoted mother. She was especially proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In her free time, Ruth enjoyed being with her family. She also spent time volunteering at the Minnesota Arboretum, gardening, and making macramé hangings. Ruth’s interest in watching and playing golf was spurred by her time at Hazeltine. She met many famous golfers, even receiving a kiss from Lee Trevino.

A kind and caring woman, Ruth is loved and missed by her children, Sandy (Dennis) Gronfor, Frank (Sue) Marxen, Sue Dodds; Mick (Jennifer) Marxen; son-in-law, Darryl Petsche; grandchildren, Kristoffer (Carol) Gronfor, Andrew Gronfor, Mikel (Jennifer) Gronfor, Jason (Cassie) Dodds, Sarah Mossberg; great-grandchildren, Amelia Gronfor, Mika Gronfor, Grace Mossberg, Christian Mossberg, Graham Dodds, Finley Dodds; sisters, Irene Bearson, Edith Sonsteby, Jane Nelson, Ellie Hentges; brother-in-law, Glenn Kerkow; other family and friends.

Ruth is greeted in Heaven by her daughter, Cindy Petsche; parents, Frank and Susan; sister, Mary Kerkow; brother, John (Jean) Sunder, brothers-in-law, Roy Bearson, Jim Sonsteby, Leo Nelson and Mel Hentges.

Arrangements with Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home & Cremation, Jordan.

Pilgrimage Tour to Italy with Father Neil

PILGRIMAGE TOUR TO ITALY

Join Father Neil on a Faith & Food Pilgrimage Tour to Italy in October!
October 14 - 24, 2019

Locations to be visited: Rome (Papal Audience with Holy Father) · Orvieto · Assisi (St. Francis) · Bevagna · Trevi · Montefalco · Siena · San Gimignano · Montalcino · Orcia Valley · Pienza · Montepulciano · Florence · Chianti Region · Tuscan Countryside · Greve · Castellina

3 Lunches with local wines
Wine & Food tastings
Cooking Class in Florence

A Pilgrimage with 206 Tours provides you with all you would expect of a pilgrimage and more! Visit Christian Rome and the home of St. Francis of Assisi. Enjoy seeing those small towns and villas that are the heart of Tuscany, Umbria, and Florence. Visit wineries, open air markets, taste local cheeses, olives pressed into oil ,and pastas made locally. Of course, you will be accompanied by one of our priests who will celebrate Mass daily, and accompany you on this interesting journey of Faith and Food!

Click HERE for more details.

Father Neil Bakker
Oh Shoot - It's the Catholic Watchmen!

Oh Shoot - It's the Catholic Watchmen!

The Watchmen invite all men 18 and over to a trap shoot following the first Saturday Mass on July 6th. We will have a smoked meat brunch, trap shoot, pistol target shoot and bonfire at the Driemeyer farm - 24815 Delmar Ave, New Prague, MN. Please bring your own guns and ammo, beverage of choice, lawn chair, cigars. Food, water, clays and targets will be provided. This is a unique way to evangelize so bring a friend!

Mass Time Changes Due to Totus Tuus

July 7th – 12th we will be hosting Totus Tuus. Masses will be celebrated at 11:15 am Tuesday through Friday.

Monday, July 8th – No Mass

Tuesday, July 9th – No 6:15 pm Mass (Moved to 11:15 am) No Confessions

Wednesday, July 10th – No 8:15 am Mass (Moved to 11:15 am)

Thursday, July 11th – No 8:15 am Mass (Moved to 11:15 am)

Friday, July 12th – No 8:15 am Mass (Moved to 11:15 am), No 8:45 am Confessions (Moved to 11:45 am)

All Mass intentions schedule will move to the new Mass times.

Father Neil Bakker