Established in 1853, the Catholic Parish of St. John in Westminster exists to proclaim the loving presence of God to all in the community. We do this by:
- Celebrating the Holy Mass 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
4:30 p.m. (Confessions available starting at 3:30pm)
1:00 p.m. (Spanish)
6:00 p.m. (Outdoors)
We also offer: (may differ due to COVID-19)
- 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 a.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. & 9:30 a.m. (When School is in session)
Saturday: 8 a.m.
Please check the weekly bulletin for time scheduled, or call 410-848-4744 x420.
Holydays of Obligation in the United States include:
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.
We are so happy that you are interested in officially joining our parish family!
Often people attend Mass at a parish for months or sometimes years, but never officially register. Registering at St. John helps us account for how many people are part of our community. It also makes it much easier when it’s time for receiving sacraments, registering for Religious Education or Faith Formation, sponsoring a sacrament recipient (such as becoming a Godparent) and even planning funerals. A registered parishioner also receives all parish mailings.
We welcome any individual or family who wants to be part of our parish community. Church law no longer limits parish registration within particular boundaries, so no matter where you live, you are welcome!
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. If you are more comfortable completing the process in person, you can visit our Parish Center or call us at 410-848-4744.
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 p.m. Mass on Sundays, we use song sheets. They are also filled with announcements for our teen programs.
*Due to COVID-19, we are currently unable to distribute physical bulletins or song sheets. You can find our virtual bulletin by clicking here.
We love kids! They are always welcome at our Masses. We also want them to hear about God on their own level. To check out the programs that we offer for youth, click on the button below. For questions about faith formation, contact Jordan at email@example.com. For questions about youth ministry, contact Kenn at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a Catholic church, so if you have ever been to a Mass before, you’ll recognize the liturgy and prayers. If not, join us! Each Mass is approximately one hour long, and includes readings from Scripture, prayer, a homily from one of our priests, and Holy Communion.
We have several different Masses and each has a slightly different style of music. If you are looking for a particular style, this may help:
4:30 p.m. Mass – Led by cantor and organ
7 a.m. Mass – Solemn with no music
9 a.m. Mass – Led by a cantor, guitar, and keyboard featuring music in the Gather hymnal as well as some occasional contemporary songs
11 a.m. Mass – Our “high” Mass with organ and full choir
1 p.m. Mass – Spanish choir and band
6 p.m. – 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!