Family Table Dinner- September 17th

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!


Hurricane Harvey Relief Collection

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.

“Best Retreat Ever”

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!

Consoling the Heart of Jesus

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 morePlease 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!


VBS Celebrates that We are Wonderfully Made By God

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.


Saint John Catholic School Enrolling for 2017-2018

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.


Fr. Mark to Attend Convocation of Catholic Leaders

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 in Welcoming our Newest Deacons

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.

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Dcn. John Martinex

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Dcn. Phil Czajkowski

Columbarium to be Constructed in the Cemetery

Beginning this summer, plans for the construction of a new columbarium at the St. John Cemetery (behind the public library on Main St.) will be made available to any interested parishioners. A columbarium will allow for the burial of cremains. As you may know, our historic cemetery no longer has plots available for burial and through the generosity of the Shriver family we will now have space for ashes to be interred. Over these past months we have been working with McCleskey Mausoleums and we have just received approval for construction from the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Before construction can begin, we will need the funds. Funds will be placed in an escrow account once they have been raised through the selling of individual niches. Once the required amount of pre-sales have been obtained, the parish will release these funds from escrow for construction. Since more people are choosing the option of cremation, we are pleased that our historic cemetery will once again be an option for our families to lay their loved ones to rest. More information will be presented to the parish soon.

Deacons Begin Their Ministry in June

Fr. Mark is very happy to announce that two new deacons will begin their ministry here at Saint John beginning in June.

  • Deacon Phil Czajkowski was ordained at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen on May 6, 2017 by Archbishop Lori and lives in Sykesville with his wife, Camilla. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and is a Cyber-Security Engineer.
  • Rev. Mr. John Martinez is being ordained a transitional deacon this weekend at the Basilica in Baltimore and was born in Puerto Rico. He is currently studying for the priesthood at Saint Mary’s Seminary and University. John will be with us full time during the summer and will become part time when he returns to seminary in August for his last year of studies. He will remain with us until his ordination to the priesthood in June 2018.

A Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated on Sunday, June 11th at the 10:30am Mass to welcome our new deacons and to thank God for their new ministry.

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