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.
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!
If you would like to not only hear Fr. Mark's homily but also experience the entire celebration of Solemn Midnight Mass here at Saint John, please click HERE.
Saint John Welcomes Archbishop Lori and Hosts the Archdiocesan Celebration in Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our parish family was filled with joy as we welcomed Archbishop William Lori to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe here at Saint John. To read more from The Catholic Review about this celebration of faith, please click HERE.
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.
The Catholic Review caught up to our Saint John Choir as they prepare to sing for the world premier of Joseph Martin's Appalachian Christmas at Carnegie Hall on Monday, November 27th.
As we celebrate the month of October and are reminded of the sacredness of all human life our Saint John School Choir sang "Hello, Dear Mother" which is a song composed by the Hernandez family here at Saint John.
Friday, October 27th in the South Parking Lot! Come on out for this amazing parish event! Our School and parish are one big family and this is one of the most fun events we have in the Fall! Cars will be parking from 5:30-6:30 pm. Treating begins at 7pm. Fr. Mark will be dressing as a priest . . . :-) CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!
The role of the pastor in the life and formation of young disciples in our Catholic schools is indispensable as the "joy of the gospel" calls even the youngest heart into a relationship with the Risen Christ. Our Catholic Schools first and foremost exist to proclaim the gospel. Fr. Mark was featured in a blog article by the Healey Education Foundation which spotlights the strong bond being forged between our parish and school for the mission of the Church as a united community of faith.Fr. Mark is a proud "ambassador" for our Catholic schools, especially Saint John School here in Westminster, Maryland. The Healey blog article can be found HERE.