Established in 1853, the Catholic Parish of St. John in Westminster exists to proclaim the loving presence of God to all in the community. This challenge and opportunity is based upon the foundations of sacramental living, witnessing to faith by service and striving for unity by:
- Celebrating the Sacred Liturgy with such joy that all members are motivated to share Jesus with others
- Emphasizing the importance of family life
- Encouraging and providing learning opportunities for renewal in the Catholic faith
- Enabling each individual to use his/her gifts and talents in service to all
- Recognizing that we need the help of the Holy Spirit in achieving the unity we seek as we acknowledge diversity
WORSHIP WITH US
Saturday: 4:30 p.m. (Confessions available starting at 3:30pm)
Sunday: 7:15 a.m., (Confessions available starting 6:45am) 8:45 a.m. , 10:30 a.m. , 12:00 p.m. (Spanish) (Confessions in Española starting at 11:30am) 6:00 p.m. (Confessions available starting at 5:15pm)
- Children’s Liturgy: 10:30 a.m. Mass on first Sunday/month
- Children’s Liturgy of the Word: 10:30 a.m. Mass (2 Sundays a month) during school year
- Mass for Hearing Impaired: Upon request. Call the parish office at least one week in advance to arrange.
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. & 9:30 a.m. (When School is in session)
Saturday: 8:00 a.m.
Please check the weekly bulletin for time scheduled, or call 410-848-4744 x420.
Holydays of Obligation in the United States include:
All Sundays –Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (January 1)
Easter (Date varies) –Feast of the Ascension (observed appr. 40 days after Easter)
Feast of the Assumption (August 15)
All Saints Day (November 1)
Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8)
Christmas (December 25)
* The Holyday obligation is suspended in the USA when the solemnity falls on Saturday or Monday.
Often people attend Mass at a parish for months or sometimes years, but never officially register. Registering at St. John is the foremost expression of your commitment to being part of our parish family. Being a registered parishioner also makes the process much simpler when it’s time for receiving sacraments, registering for Religious Education or Faith Formation, sponsoring a sacrament recipient and even planning funerals. A registered parishioner also receives all parish mailings.
Church law no longer limits parish registration within particular boundaries. We welcome any individual or family who wants to be part of our parish community. Once registered, we hope you will consider the many opportunities to “get involved” in parish life.
Our parish uses ParishSoft online software to manage our parish registration process. You can access the software by clicking the Register Here button below and creating a new account.
For helpful instructions about registering, including a short video, click here.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Come on in! Our greeters will meet you at the door and Ushers can guide you to a seat. If you need anything throughout the day, feel free to ask an Usher or grab a bulletin at the doors of the church. At the 6:00 pm Mass on Sundays, we use song sheets. They are also filled with announcements for our teen programs.
We love kids and want them to hear about God on their own level. To check out the programs that we offer for youth.
We are a Catholic church, so if you have ever been to Mass before you’ll recognize the liturgy and prayers. We have several different masses and each may have a slightly different style of music. If you are looking for a particular style, this may help:
4:30 pm Mass – Led by cantor and organ
7:15 am Mass – is solemn with no music
8:45 am Mass – Led by a cantor, guitar, and keyboard featuring music in the Gather hymnal as well as some occasional contemporary songs.
10:30 am Mass – Our “high” Mass with organ and full choir.
12:00 pm Mass – Spanish choir and band
6:00 pm- Led by a Contemporary band
Everyone is welcome! Everyone who comes on our campus is an honored guest. We’re here for you and we want you to join us in worship, and become missionary disciples!