“Once we discover the full light of Christ's love, we realize that each of the loves in our own lives had always contained a ray of that light, and we understand its ultimate destination. That fact that our human loves contain that ray of light also helps us to see how all love is meant to share in the complete self-gift of the Son of God for our sake.”
Pope Francis
Lumen Fidei, 22
COMMUNITY: Living His Communion Together

Parish Activities

Every activity and work of parish life offers an opportunity to grow in friendship with those Christ calls together here in love. All St. John's parishioners and their friends are encouraged to participate in these upcoming parish events:

Fall Gala & Auction, "Come Fly with Me"

Date:  Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time:  Early bird “Rat Pack” entry:  6:30 pm, Regular entry: 7:00 pm
Location: The Ballroom at Wheaton Glen in the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad
2400 Arcola Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20902

This biennial parish event is always an exciting night to remember for parishioners old and new! The Fall Gala & Auction includes unique live and silent auction items, delicious food and drink, and of course, the sparkling conversation and company of our very own St. John’s community. This year’s theme celebrates all things mid-century American cool. We’re going back to 1950 to commemorate when St. John’s was first established!

The Fall Gala & Auction provides important financial support to the parish as one of the biggest fundraisers. It’s also great way to meet your fellow parishioners and build some community spirit. Parishioners are urged to solicit donations and ads from local businesses they regularly patronize for the auction. But most importantly – grab your best gal or pal and ATTEND!

Create a Celebration Ad & Send Personal Greetings and click here to find out how to create one in Word.

Click here to download the Sponsor Letter and Form.

Rat Pack -- Early Admission
This exclusive swingin’ club is for those who want an opportunity for early entry at the event to peruse the silent auction offerings  before the doors open at 7 pm for regular admission. Pay a little extra for this advantage and enjoy a lot of other fun extras that come along with being a Rat Pack member, especially the smooth stylings of SJE’s very own Frank Raines.

Click here to download more details about the Rat Pack Admission.

Tuscany Culinary Escape for Two
Buy a chance at $100 for this vacation for two which includes 5 nights in Tuscany and 2 nights in Rome, cost of airfare, hotel and rental car included.  Enjoy a private cooking lesson, olive oil and wine tours and tastings and more. Only 200 tickets to be sold so no matter how you do the math, your odds look pretty good!

Click here to buy your raffle tickets (scroll down to the bottom when you get to the registration page).

Online Registration
We are pleased to once again offer online registration for this event at: https://jes.ejoinme.org/ComeFlywithMe. Parishioners can purchase individual tickets (including Rat Pack), buy their Tuscany Trip raffle tickets , choose to be a sponsor, donor or advertiser. There are many price points to accommodate various economic levels, so we urge you to choose the level of support you can give to this important parish fundraising event.

Buy your Gala tickets today!

We encourage you to come dressed to impress. Guys, put on a tux if you own one, or a suit with a skinny tie and your granddad’s fedora. For the ladies, it’s time to raid the dress up trunk. Don  some long gloves and cat glasses, a poofy skirt or wiggle dress with your best heels. Let’s have fun with the theme and conjure up the mood of the late 50s/early 60s.

For more information, contact your Come Fly with Me! Gala & Auction Committee at: sjeauction@gmail.com.

Your Auction Team: Annemarie Bruckwick, Kate Comello, Denise Culkin, Kate Droege, Maureen Hathway, Beth Klein, and Maggie O'Neill

Please visit Parish Photo Galleries to see more pictures from "An Evening in Paris".
All photos taken by Mary O'Neill-Wood.

Healthy Lifestyle Challenge

FUN, FITNESS, FRIENDS & FAMILY Join us on Saturday, May 10th for the St. John’s Healthy Lifestyle Challenge 5K and 2K fun run.  It will be a great morning! Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/MD/SilverSpring/SJE5K20132

We still need volunteers!  To volunteer, send an email to SJE5K13@gmail.com

14th Annual Ann Watson Nalls Memorial Golf Tournament

Each spring, parish members and others participate in this fun event which celebrates the life of a wonderful friend, neighbor, and St. John’s parishioner while supporting the St. John the Evangelist community and its CYO program. 

2014 Vacation Bible School:  July 21-25, 2014 for children going into grades preK-4th grade next year. 

Don't miss this fabulous, faith-filled week of fun!  Sign you children up soon to save your spaces! 
Download the Partcipant Registration form here.

Adult volunteers and youth volunteers needed for VBS 2013.  If you are interested in volunteering this summer, please contact Beth Klein bethanyklein76@gmail.com

Download VBS 2014 Flyer here.

Spaghetti Dinner

Sunday, October 21, 2012
Thank you to all our supporters for making the 2012 dinner a great success.  We especially want to thank all the workers behind the scenes for stepping up to cook the spaghetti and tomato sauce, the meatball crew for rolling over 1000 meatballs and the 8th grade class for serving everyone in attendance.  A fun time was had by all. Congratulations to Lilly C. for winning the 50/50 rafflle!  Thanks to Nancy Leonard for providing our musical entertainment.  

Please visit Parish Photo Galleries to see more pictures from this year's CYO Spaghetti Dinner.

St. John the Evangelist Annual Christmas Bazaar

Every November, make time to connect with old friends, make some new ones and enjoy the festive Christmas shopping and fun events for the children! Like the bazaars of old, our Christmas Bazaar is a marketplace with gift items, art and crafts from our quality vendors and traditional SJE booths.

Please visit Parish Photo Galleries to see pictures from SJE Annual Christmas Bazaar.

Breakfast with Santa

Every December, the St. John the Evangelist community kicks off the Christmas season in earnest with a special visit from Santa Claus himself. Breakfast with Santa is a long-standing tradition in our parish which allows parents and children alike to share the wonder and joy of the season. The original Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, was a 4th century bishop of Myra in present-day Turkey who was famous for his generosity to those in need. Over time, he was transformed into Santa Claus, a jolly figure who brings gifts to good little boys and girls and reminds us all of our joy at the birth of the Baby Jesus. Instead of traipsing to a crowded shopping mall and standing in a line of harassed parents and children rehearsing their lists of Christmas wishes, Breakfast with Santa allows families to break bread together (actually, to pass plates of eggs, pancakes, and sausage) before magically summoning our visitor from the North Pole with chants of "Santa, Santa, Santa". Those chants rise to shrieks of delight as Santa makes an entrance that would be envied by the biggest rock star. Families line up, admire one another’s children, and exchange greetings as they wait for their turn to place their little ones on the great man's lap.  Photographs are available and everyone basks in the excitement of the children and warm community spirit. We hope you join us this year and for years to come!

Please visit Parish Photo Galleries to see more pictures from Breakfast with Santa 2013.

Senior Tea

Every winter, SJE’s Girl Scout Brownies invite the seniors of the parish to enjoy an afternoon of tea, homemade treats, and good cheer in the Kennedy Room. The girls build teamwork and leadership skills as they create decorations, serve food, perform songs, and even participate in “oral history” by interviewing guests about their lives. Grandparents and senior parishioners have the chance to socialize with friends and to make connections across generations in a relaxed and festive atmosphere.  This year, Troop 4775 will host the Senior Tea on Friday, February 8, 2013 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Room.

Irish Pub Night
The Irish say, “Céad mile fáilte!”  A hundred thousand welcomes!  Such is the spirit that welcomes all the revelers to St. John’s annual Pub Night and Ceili.  Each year, as St. Patrick’s Day season approaches, magic happens… our school gym is transformed into the “Seven Sister’s Pub” for one night of revelry!  Live music, delicious food, cold drink and great craic (fun) is the order of the day.  By the end of the night many in the crowd are dancing “The Siege of Ennis” and other traditional ceili dances, and all are sporting the big smiles of a grand time. 

Heritage Potluck

Summer has arrived and it is time to PARTY, SJE's style!  Come and join us in this SJE Community Potluck.  There will be eating, dancing and good wholesome family fun for all ages.
WHEN?  Saturday, August 10, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

WHERE?  SJE Auditorium

Come with a dish to share and your dancing shoes!  This will be a night to remember!

Family Bingo

Once or twice each school year, the parish holds a fun family bingo evening to benefit St. John the Evangelist School.  This year, as a cure for our winter blues, we are holding a family bingo night on February 1, 2013.  Come join the fun as children (and some adults) ecstatically yell “BINGO”, munch on dinner (pizza and beverages), win games and prizes galore.  


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Prayer for the community

O Blessed Lord, you have commanded us to love one another; give us the grace that, as we have received your unmerited favors, we may love all persons in you and for you. We implore your clemency for all people, but particularly for our friends whom you have given us. Love them, source of Love, and instill in them a thorough love for yourself, that they may seek, utter and do nothing save what is pleasing to you. Amen.

-St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

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