Our mission is Christ’s mission. Our goal is to form disciples who form disciples. Jesus does the work, we provide the hands and feet.

We accomplish this mission by:

1. Offering engaging Catholic faith formation for children and families, staffed by caring and trained volunteers.

2. Preparing children and adults to become missionary disciples.

3. Creating opportunities for enriching faith formation for people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of understanding.

Religious Education Classes

Information on 2021-22 Faith Formation will be coming soon!

Please contact the Parish Center at 410-848-4744 or info@sjwest.org for more information.


Youth Faith Formation


The parish nursery is available during the 8:45 am and the 10:30 am Masses for children under 6 years old. The nursery is located in the St. Mark room of the school. The room is right across from the religious education office. Parishioners should enter the school through the entrance that is directly across from the portico. When religious education is in session, parents will have to sign in and then make their way to the nursery. Children are watched by a trained professional, given a beeper and age-appropriate activities and toys are available. Parents of young children are asked to bring a diaper bag.

Children’s Liturgy

Takes place at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on the first Sunday of the month. Students who are in 4th grade or older can participate as lectors. All children are invited into the sanctuary for the homily. This group also puts on the 4:30 pm Christmas Pageant at the Christmas Eve mass in the Church every year.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

All children, ages 4-8 years old, are invited to participate in this monthly offering at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The celebrant invites the children to briefly move to a designated location for a special Liturgy of the Word, adapted for them, with a homily and Prayer of the Faithful. Afterward, as the Offertory gifts are brought to the altar, the children rejoin their families for the remainder of the Liturgy.

Boy Scouts

St. John parish sponsors a Boy Scout Troop. Boy Scout Troop #420 – For boys aged 10/12 to 18 years of age. The Troop meets at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in the cafeteria of St. John School. For more information contact Chris Joneckis 410-795-0069 / joneckis@comcast.net

Cub Scouts

St. John sponsors a Cub Scout Pack #420 – For boys in grades 1-5. Pack meetings are held on the 4th Monday of the month, from September through May at 6:30 p.m. Den meetings are held each Monday at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Mike Myers.

CYO Basketball

CYO Boys & Girls Travel Basketball

Parish-sponsored league for players in grades 4 through 8 interested in representing the St. John School Eagles throughout the Baltimore Archdiocese. Tryouts are held in the St. John School gymnasium in September. Adult volunteers, please call the CYO League coordinator. Contact?……………

Intramural Girls and Boys Basketball

Boys’ Intramural

St. John sponsors the program in conjunction with the Carroll County Dept. of Recreation and Parks. Over 500 boys play on 45 teams. Teams are composed of students in K-2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th-6th grades, and 7th-9th grades. Practices begin in mid-October, with games scheduled from December through March. The program is staffed by volunteers. An annual benefit is held to augment the registration fee.

Girls Intramural

A parish sponsored league for girls in K through 9th grades. Practices begin in mid-February, with games scheduled from March through May. The program is staffed by volunteers. Registration cost is $42. Contact Tim Norwood.