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.

Saint John, Westminster and Saint Bartholomew, Manchester to Become a Pastorate

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. As earlier discussed, Saint John and Saint Bartholomew have been asked to become a pastorate, which will become a reality in the years 2020-2022. As you might remember, a pastorate is “one or more parishes with a single pastor and leadership team.” At the core of this realignment is the goal of evangelization and helping to energize faith communities to proclaim the gospel with joy, no longer in isolation, but working together in solidarity as brothers and sisters in Christ. We welcome this opportunity to work with our brothers and sisters in Manchester and to equip ourselves for ministry in such a way that the gospel will be proclaimed in and through our lives in Carroll County and beyond. There truly is strength in numbers and as the flock continues to grow we will share the responsibility of living out the dignity of our baptism as two parishes united in faith shaped by a common vision and mission to call people to lifelong discipleship. Instead of giving in to our greatest fears, which sometimes happens when we are asked to meet the challenges and opportunities of our own time and season, I am resolved that together we will embrace our greatest hopes and dreams for the Church in Carroll County. I invite you to please read the updated pastoral plan, “Be Missionary Disciples,” and let us pray for Saint John and Saint Bartholomew that under the guidance of the Holy Spirit we might become, “one body, one spirit in Christ.”

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