ADMINISTRATION: Stewards of His Love

April 2020

COVID-19: Important Notice!

Archbishop Gregory has indicated Masses open to the public, in ALL archdiocesan parishes, missions, and campus ministries will NOT be celebrated starting this Saturday, March 14th until further notice. Weddings and funerals may proceed but attendance should be limited to immediate family. Archbishop Gregory has also issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during this time to all parishioners of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Please stay home and consider watching the TV Masses that are offered, making a Spiritual Communion with Our Lord. For more information and updates, kindly visit the Archdiocese of Washington website. Let us pray for each other! St. John the Evangelist, pray for us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us....

COVID-19: Confessions Saturday

Weather permitting, Fr. Calis and Fr. Pietryga will be hearing confessions at the main parking lot every Saturday during the COVID-19 shutdown between 10:30 am to 12 pm. Please remain in your car and provide the recommended 6 feet of space between you and the priest.  Should it rain, the priest will hear confessions from his car (please maintain 6 feet between your and the priest’s cars).

COVID-19: Spiritual Resources

Dear Friends in Christ,

As we face this difficult time in our lives, please be assured that you and your families are always in my prayers and your intentions will be offered up at each of my daily Masses.

Through prayer we become one with Christ and that is how receive our strength and consolation. Ask the Holy Family to watch over you every day as they watched over Christ.

-Fr. Calis

Please see below some pastoral guidance and resources from the Archdiocese for our use:

-Daily Mass and prayer services are being live-streamed throughout the archdiocese. Click HERE

-Bishop Barron's Word on Fire Ministry is also offering Daily Mass and many other resources. Click HERE

-Online Adoration is available by clicking HERE.

-Daily Rosary and other Resources from Ascension Press, authors of our No Greater Love Lenten study series: Click HERE
-The publisher of Magnificat Magazine (a daily prayer missal) has made its App available free of charge - Visit HERE - click on the Download on the App Store.

COVID-19: Online Giving

During this challenging time, we depend on your donations to continue our Ministry. You may mail your offertory collection envelope and donations to the office (St. John the Evangelist, 10103 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902). You may also choose to do an online donation through our website/Faith Direct ( – right click and press open hyperlink to access.  If you are attending Adoration on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm, you can also leave your offertory collection envelope and donation in the baskets provided and overseen by our ushers.

FaithDirect, register HERE Our parish code is MD97.

May 2020

COVID-19: Come and Adore Jesus!

Come and adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament on Sundays from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Church Parking Lot adjacent to the Convent.

For Security & Safety Reasons, please remain in your car at all times. Please park one car apart.

IF THE PARKING LOT IS OVERCROWDED, please stay only for a few minutes....

Thank you for not smoking. SORRY No RESTROOMS will be available on the premises

As St. John’s Parish adjusts to the closures due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, our efforts to hold outside Adoration was highlighted in the Catholic Standard. Please click here to read the article.

COVID-19: Food for the Hungry

Food for the Hungry will be collected during Adoration on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm.  The barrels will be available at the entrance and exit of the parking lots. Should someone be leaving their donation ahead of you, please allow 6 feet between you and that person.

Nonperishable food item wish list:
§     Peanut butter
§     Low-sodium soup
§     Canned fruit
§     Canned vegetables
§     Meals in a can, such as chili, beef stew, spaghetti
§     Brown rice
§     Regular and whole wheat pastas and pasta sauce
§     Low sugar cereal and oatmeal
§     Healthy snacks
§     Nuts
§     Oils and vinegars
§     Canned chicken, salmon, and tuna

Thanks to everyone who is donating on these Adoration Sundays! We've been able to restock the Parish Pantry, and offer extra food to SOME and Shepherd's Table.

COVIID-19: Letter from the Pastor

My fellow Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I know we are living amid confusion and fear, but we must remember that with God and our Blessed Mother guiding us, we will be okay.

Anxiety, sadness and fear can either draw us toward or away from God.  More than ever before, we must choose to keep our hearts, minds, and prayers focused on God. We must trust in our medical experts, who are healers like Jesus was to the lepers, to help us as we navigate through these times.

At a time like this, we can turn to Scriptures for encouragement and comfort.  

Joshua proclaims, “I command you: be strong and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD, your God, is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9).

Moses encourages us with, “Be strong and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the LORD, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

David confirms his constant source of strength, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).

Peter consoles us by writing, “Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7).

The faith of these great figures in the Bible was tested, tried, and proved to be well-founded. God is always with us!

Remember God’s spirit “stirs up courage and strength, consolations, inspirations and tranquility.” So trust in the calm and hope you feel. That is the voice to listen to. “Do not be afraid!”, as Jesus said many times.

As we pray for the health and well-being of our loved ones, we must continue to pray for all those who are on the front lines keeping us safe, healthy, fed, and helping to keep life moving forward as much as possible. Fr. Pietryga, Fr. McKay, Msgr. English, Deacon Jeeves, Deacon Salgado, our IHM Sisters, and I continue to pray for each and every one of you, your families, our staff, teachers, students, the first responders, healthcare workers, those working behind thescenes to stock the shelves at our stores and every person who cannot quarantine due to their responsibility to keep our lives as normal as possible.

As we continue through our Lenten Season, we pray that God continues to keep all of us safe and healthy. We will continue to pray in our hearts, from our homes, and during our Sunday Adoration times in our Parish parking lot until we can once again sing praise to God Almighty from the pews at our Church!  Until then, please know that I continue to pray for each of you and your intentions in my daily private Masses. I humbly ask that you continue to heed the calls from our government to stay home when possible.  We will get through this together and with God's loving mercy. Remember to move with care and compassion in your hearts.

Your Brother in Christ,
Fr. Joseph Calis

Holy Week with Archbishop Gregory

As the Archdiocese of Washington continues to adhere to the guidelines to practice social distancing in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, public Masses during Holy Week are suspended. However, please join your brothers and sisters in Christ as we come together to celebrate this Holy Season by viewing live-stream services celebrated by Archbishop Gregory on the Archdiocese of Washington’s Facebook page.

§   Palm Sunday, April 5, at 9:45 am—Archbishop Gregory will celebrate the Palm Sunday Mass
§   Holy Thursday, April 9, at 5:30 pm—Archbishop Gregory will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper
§   Good Friday, April 10, at 1 pm—Archbishop Gregory will celebrate the Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord
§   Holy Saturday, April 11, at 8 pm—Archbishop Gregory will preside over the Easter Vigil Mass
§   EASTER Sunday, April 12, at 10 am—Archbishop Gregory will celebrate from the Cathedral

Let us continue to hold each other in prayer during these challenging days.


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