The Catholic Review caught up to our Saint John Choir as they prepare to sing for the world premier of Joseph Martin’s Appalachian Christmas at Carnegie Hall on Monday, November 27th.
As we celebrate the month of October and are reminded of the sacredness of all human life our Saint John School Choir sang “Hello, Dear Mother” which is a song composed by the Hernandez family here at Saint John.
Friday, October 27th in the South Parking Lot! Come on out for this amazing parish event! Our School and parish are one big family and this is one of the most fun events we have in the Fall! Cars will be parking from 5:30-6:30 pm. Treating begins at 7pm. Fr. Mark will be dressing as a priest . . . 🙂 CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!
The role of the pastor in the life and formation of young disciples in our Catholic schools is indispensable as the “joy of the gospel” calls even the youngest heart into a relationship with the Risen Christ. Our Catholic Schools first and foremost exist to proclaim the gospel. Fr. Mark was featured in a blog article by the Healey Education Foundation which spotlights the strong bond being forged between our parish and school for the mission of the Church as a united community of faith.Fr. Mark is a proud “ambassador” for our Catholic schools, especially Saint John School here in Westminster, Maryland. The Healey blog article can be found HERE.
WOMEN’S MORNING OF INSPIRATION
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH at 8AM – NOON
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire” ~ St. Catherine of Sienna
We welcome you to join the women of St. John’s parish for a FREE half day retreat on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30! We will begin with Mass at 8:00 am and then we’ll journey over to the portico for a light breakfast and an inspirational talk on living your God-given vocation in the modern day world by Father Patrick Mary, Vocation Director and EWTN News!
On September 17th from 1:30-4:30pm in the Portico, please join us for a family dinner at Saint John. Enjoy delicious food, spend time with your fellow parishioners and get to know your neighbors from the local community – reconnect as a family! Our Menu will include: BBQ Chicken, Fresh Corn, Cole Slaw, Desserts and Beverages. No tickets required. Good will donations will be accepted to help us continue this ministry!
Saint John will join in solidarity with Archbishop Lori and parishes across the archdiocese and nation to take up a “second collection” on weekend of September 2nd and 3rd. The sacrificial offerings will be given to Catholic Charities USA and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to help the Catholic Church respond to the needs of our brothers and sisters effected by the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. To find out more information or to make a direct donation, please visit CATHOLIC CHARITIES USA. Thank you for your generosity.
50 of our teens participated in the Steubenville Youth Conference in Steubenville, OH on July 14th-16th. Our very own, Deacon John Martinez was with them. Upon their arrival home, one teen remarked that this was “the best retreat ever and totally a life-changing experience.” Thank you to all of our parishioners for making donations and sponsoring students. It would not have been possible without you. You can certainly be sure that we were praying for you!
Every Tuesday night in the parish center, since June 20th, people have been meeting to be lead on a spiritual journey. . . the Consoling the Heart of Jesus Retreat. The retreat is already helping people come closer to Christ. Acording to Fr. Gaitley (author of the retreat) Christ’s words from the Cross: “I Thirst” speak to us. He tells us to tell Jesus, “I thirst for You, Jesus, help me to thirst for You more. Please pour Your grace onto me, I beg You, fill me with Your Grace.” EVEN if you have not attended and want to come, please come! The group will meet every Tuesday evening from 7-8pm until August 29th! CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS!