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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