“It is our duty to live in history, side by side with our peers, sharing their worries and hopes, because the Christian is and must be fully a man of his time. He cannot escape into another dimension, ignoring the tragedies of his era, closing his eyes and heart to the anguish that pervades life. On the contrary, it is he who, although not 'of' this world, is immersed 'in' this world every day, ready to hasten to wherever there is a brother in need of help, a tear to be dried, a request for help to be answered. On this will we be judged!"
Saint John Paul II
World Youth Day 1996
COMMUNITY: Living His Communion Together

Local Community

United with the presence of Jesus, St. John’s parishioners can bring a new way of living human life to the local community. As witnesses to this life, we can show what is possible through our shared companionship. 


Wheaton Community Mourns the Loss of Parishioner Tom Brown

The Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad (WVRS) and the surrounding community mourns the loss of WVRS President, Tom Brown, a life-long parishioner of St. John the Evangelist, member of the Teen Club and graduate of the parish school. The squad's tribute to Tom can be read here.

The St. John's community extends prayerful condolences to Tom's wife, Betty McDonald Brown, and children, Kelly, Chris and Catie.


Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad breaks ground on new location
(From our Archives)

Tom Brown, Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad (WVRS) President, and one of St. John the Evangelist’s own parishioners, has shepherded the relocation of the squad’s station to a new home.  

This relocation has been a dream for a very long time – in the mid-1980's, WVRS purchased land on Arcola Avenue for that purpose. In 2004, the dream took a step closer to reality when, with the support of the community, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, and Centex Homes, the squad acquired additional adjacent property. The new station will be located at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Arcola Avenue, across from the Wheaton Regional Library and beside Centex Homes’ Leesborough development. The station will replace the current location on Grandview Avenue. Scheduled for completion in 2013, the new 29,000 square foot station is carefully integrated into the surrounding community while ensuring that operational needs are respected. The new facility has been long awaited by public safety personnel and the community.

Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad has a long and proud history of serving the residents of Montgomery County; this new station will allow the dedicated fire and rescue personnel of Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service to better serve the community for years to come. 

Congratulations, Tom, for a job well done!


Wheaton is currently being considered for some new development, which will affect our local community. If you would like to attend community meetings on behalf of our parish, kindly contact Pastor's Advisory Council Chair Tim Comello, thecomellos [at] aol.com

 

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Prayer of an evangelist

Lord Jesus, you want us to become a living force for all mankind, lights shining in the world. You want us to become radiant lights as we stand beside You, the great light, bathed in your glory, O Light of Heaven. Let us enjoy more and more the pure and dazzling light of the Holy Trinity, as now we have received, though not in its fullness, a ray of its splendor, proceeding from the one true God, in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.

-St. Gregory Nazianzen (330-390)


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