Parish Community of Saint John the Evangelist 35 William St. Pittston, PA

Church Societies

Altar and Rosary Society
The functions of our
Altar & Rosary Society

1.) Provide hospitality at Parish Community social gatherings when requested by our pastor. Such
as the Ethnic Dinner, Road to Resurrection, and Soup & Sharing.

2.) Assist our pastor to replenish and maintain altar linens, priest and altar server vestments and any other items used for liturgy.

3.) We conduct fund-raising activities such as our annual card party. We also join with the men of the Holy Name Society in parish fund-raising
activities such as the Night at the Races and any where else we may be needed.

4.) We are part of the church cleaning crew.

5.) Spiritually we faithfully observe Sunday and all holy days of obligation. We pray the rosary daily
for all living and deceased members. We provide a continuous individual presence during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

6.) For the Community service, we sell carnations for Mother's day, daffodils in April and ring Salvation Army Bells during the holiday season.   
The 15 Promises of Mary
to Christians Who Recite the Rosary
1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary, shall receive signal graces.
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary.
3. The rosary shall be a powerful armour against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the rosary, shall not perish.
6. Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary.
10. The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven.
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.
12. All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who recite the rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only son Jesus Christ.
15. Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination

How to pray the Rosary

Our Lady's Favorite Prayer
In recent times the Mother of God has appeared in various parts of the world and asked for the recitation of the Rosary, the prayer she gave to the world centuries ago. It is her favorite prayer for it is essentially a meditation on the life of her Divine Son. The Rosary is a combination of vocal prayer (the Our Fathers & Hail Marys) and of mental prayer, namely, reflection on important events in the life of Christ and His Mother.
When one refers to the Rosary, it is usually understood to mean five decades, or one fourth of the entire Rosary. While many Catholics pray five decades of the Rosary each day, there is a considerable number who pray the twenty decades daily.
Those who pray the Rosary regularly would do well to be enrolled in the Confraternity to gain extra spiritual benefits for each Rosary they pray.
"Pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace in the world . . . for she alone can save it."
(Our Lady, July 13, 1917)
Holy Name Society
Society of the Holy Name
(Confraternity of the Most Holy Name of God and Jesus).

An indulgenced confraternity in the Catholic Church. The primary object of the society is to beget due love and reverence for the Holy Name of God and Jesus Christ. The secondary object is to suppress blasphemy, perjury, oaths of any character that are forbidden, profanity, unlawful swearing improper language, and, as far as the members can, to prevent those vices in others (Pius IV, 13 April 1564). It had its origin in the Council of Lyons, 1274, which prescribed that
the faithful should have a special devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, that reparation might be made for insults offered to it by Albigenses and other blasphemers. The Friars Preachers were preaching everywhere with the Zeal of St. Dominic; it was natural, then, that Gregory X selected the Dominicans to preach the devotion, which he did by a letter to Blessed John of Vercelli, master general of the order, 20 September 1274 (Constit. "Nuper in"). The master general immediately wrote to all the provincials of the order, expressing the pope's wish,
and enjoining upon all the duty of labouring for its fulfilment (Litterae Encyclicae Mag. Gen Ord. Praed., Reichert, 1900). The brethren gave their best energies in executing the command, preaching everywhere the power and glory of the Holy Name of Jesus; and to give permanency to the devotion excited in the hearts of the people, it was ordained that in every Dominican church an altar of the Holy Name should be erected, and that societies or confraternities under the title and invocation of the Holy Name of Jesus should be established. St. Peter, Martyr (d. 1252); John of Vercelli, a contemporary of St. Dominic; Blessed Ambrose of Siena (d. 1286) are said to have been great propagators of the devotion. In the fourteenth century Blessed Henry Suso (d. 1365) is the most notable apostle of devotion to the Holy Name.   
                                                            Holy Name Pledge

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
I believe O Jesus, that Thou art the Christ, .....The Son of the Living God.
I proclaim my love for the Vicar of Christ on Earth.
I believe all the sacred truths which the .....Holy Catholic Church believes and teaches.
I promise to give good the regular practice of my faith.
In honor of His Divine Name, I pledge myself .....against perjury, blasphemy, profanity, .....and obscene speech.
I pledge my loyalty to the flag of my country,And to the God given principles of .....freedom, justice, and happiness .....for which it stands.
I pledge my support to all lawful
authority, .....both civil and religious.
I dedicate my manhood to the honor of the ......Sacred Name of Jesus Christ, .....and beg that He will keep me faithful. these pledges until death.