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!
Our children discovered that they are lovingly crafted by God. On this interactive adventure, curious kids became hands-on inventors and experienced God - the ultimate maker - in new and wildly creative ways. Our LARGEST VBS yet: 350 children, young people and adults journeyed in faith together as the fun factory made disciples and called each participant to be a joyful proclaimer of the gospel! Rotating through 5 stations, taking part in fun interactive exercises, learning new songs and celebrating their faith brought the Bible and the teachings of Jesus to life. Our next Vacation Bible School "Shipwrecked" will take place June 18-22, 2018.
After a year of Catholic excellence in education and forming our children as young disciples, Saint John Catholic School is now enrolling, for the coming 2017-2018 school year. To find out more information about tuition assistance, welcome and referral grants along with Maryland's BOOST Scholarships, please contact our Advancement Director, Dianne Wrobel at (410)848.7455 x 222. She will be able to answer your questions, schedule a tour and help you get to know our Saint John family better. Visit the NEW website HERE.
We are celebration our One Year Anniversary on Facebook. Get the latest information, interact with your fellow parishioners, get informed about your faith and become more fully a part of your parish family. When you are coming to worship at Mass, attend faith formation, pray in our adoration chapel or having fun at Vacation Bible School don't forget to check-in. It's a great way to evangelize and let others know that your faith is important to you! With over 800 Likes our FB presence continues to grow. Like, Follow and Share HERE. In addition, find out whats happening with our young disciples of Saint John School HERE.
Fr. Mark, our pastor, will serve as a delegate for the USCCB's Convocation of Catholic Leaders from July 1-4, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. He had the opportunity to sit down with Colleen Dulle from Catholic News Service to reflect upon how the Church will form missionary disciples in our own time and season. Her article with Fr. Mark can be found HERE.
Join us this Sunday, June 11th at 10:30 for a Mass of Thanksgiving as we welcome our newest deacons to our Saint John parish family. Both Deacons, John Martinez and Phil Czajkowski, will serve Mass with Fr. Mark. Everyone is invited to the Portico after Mass for a light reception and an opportunity to meet and welcome our newly ordained deacons.
In this month’s edition of the Catholic Review the Archdiocese of Baltimore has outlined the plan for pastorates, which every parish will participate in as we begin the process of missionary discipleship.