We must never give into our fears, but aspire to our greatest hopes through the power and light of Christ's resurrection. Here is a challenging but necessary homily on the 3rd Sunday of Easter as we seek to live in Christian charity with one another. May the Joy of the Gospel be our guide as we set sail from the safety of the harbor for deeper waters.

Posted by Mark Bialek on Sunday, April 15, 2018
April 15, 2018

Fr. Mark’s Challenging Homily

Fr. Mark's challenging homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter as he calls us not to give into our fears and react from them, but to live in the light and joy of the resurrection as God brings about renewal.

In the early hours of Friday morning John, Terri, Jonathan, Hannah and Nicolas Pierce lost their home to a devastating fire. As part of our Saint John parish and school family we have established the “Pierce Family Fund” to help provide for their needs over the coming months as they begin to rebuild. We will be taking a collection at Saint John next weekend, March 17-18th, at all Masses. You can also donate directly here: http://www.givecentral.org/location/508/event/15349Thank you in advance for your generosity and please keep the Pierce’s in your prayers.

Posted by Mark Bialek on Saturday, March 10, 2018
March 10, 2018

Pierce Family Fund Established

In the early hours of Friday morning John, Terri, Jonathan, Hannah and Nicolas Pierce lost their home to a devastating fire. As part of our Saint John parish and school family we have established the “Pierce Family Fund” to help provide for their needs over the coming months as they begin to rebuild. We will be taking a collection at Saint John next weekend, March 17-18th, at all Masses. You can also donate directly here: http://www.givecentral.org/location/508/event/15349 Thank you in advance for your generosity and please keep the Pierce’s in your prayers.

My homily for Ash Wednesday as I called our Saint John parish family to a time of renewal. It's time to have a "burning in our soul!" Ashes are a byproduct of purification and becoming "the best version of ourselves."

Posted by Mark Bialek on Wednesday, February 14, 2018
February 15, 2018

Fr. Mark Calls for Renewal During Ash Wednesday Homily

Fr. Mark called our parish family to renewal during his Ash Wednesday homily. Ashes are a byproduct of purification and we are called to experience a "burning in our soul" as we journey on the path of continuous conversion. Instead settling, its time to become the "best version of ourselves"...NOW! To watch the entire Ash Wednesday liturgy, please click HERE.
February 15, 2018

Archbishop Lori Issues NEW Pastoral Letter

Archbishop William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, released his 2nd pastoral letter, in which, he reflects on the enduring principals of Dr. Martin Luther King. We are called to reconcile with our brother and sister, open our hearts to conversion and find nonviolent solutions to the injustices of our time with racism primary among them. The archbishop sits down with Beverley Burke to discuss his pastoral letter in the video. His pastoral letter along with numerous resources can be found here: https://www.archbalt.org/kingpastoral.
February 1, 2018

Confirmation at St. John: A True Treasure

Over 200 people attended our annual Confirmation Retreat at Summit Lake Camp on January 26th-28th. We were blessed to have with us Fr. Patrick Mary, M.F.V.A., and over 12 additional priests and seminarians! Fr. Mark made his way out to the mountains of Emmitsburg, as well as Fr. Robert from St. Andrew's in Waynesboro, PA. For over 15 years, the little parish has joined us for our retreat after their Confirmation Coordinator, Judy Clement, fervently sought a good retreat for her students. Here is a look into the amazing experience students had this weekend!  
November 23, 2017

A Thanksgiving Day Message From Fr. Mark

Fr. Mark shares with us a few words as we celebrate Thanksgiving and cultivating an "attitude of gratitude" and counting our blessings at all times.
November 6, 2017

Dr. Ximena DeBroeck Welcomed as Consultor

OFFICIAL: Fr. Mark is very happy to announce that St. John has entered into a strategic partnership with Dr. Ximena DeBroeck. Dr. DeBroeck will be a consultant to our faith formation team and those who minister in sacramental preparation. Find our more HERE.