Lent is the 40 day period prior to Easter. It is a time of prayer, repentance, and almsgiving as we prepare spiritually for the joyful celebration of Christ's salvific work by his Cross, Death, and Resurrection. This video provides a very good overview of Lenten practices:
Lent at SJE is a time of prayerful preparation and spiritual growth in each of the three pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. Please see below for more information about all the activities and opportunities for growth at St. John the Evangelist during Lent 2017.
All liturgies during the Sacred Paschal Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter will be held in the Main Church.
- Holy Thursday, April 13: Mass of Anticipation at 10 a.m.; Liturgy of the Lord's Supper at 7:00 p.m.
- Good Friday, April 14: Friday of the Passion of the Lord. Stations of the Cross at 12 noon. Passion of the Lord at 7:00 p.m.
- Holy Saturday, April 15: Easter Vigil in the Holy Night. Blessing of the Easter Food Baskets at 12 noon. Vigil Mass at 8:00 p.m.
- Easter Sunday, April 16: The Resurrection of the Lord. Masses at 8:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 12 noon.
Adoration: Adoration in Our Lady's Chapel is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Easter Memorial Plants: During the Easter season, an annual tradition at St. John the Evangelist parish is the decoration of the altars of the Main Church and Historic Church with spring plants donated by parishioners in remembrance of loved ones (living or deceased). If you would like to donate a plant in memory or in honor of someone, please fill out the donation form and include it with your donation in an envelope. Place your donation in the offertory basket at any mass before April 14, 2017 or drop off at the rectory. Plants will remain on the altar throughout the Easter Season (Easter Sunday through Pentecost Sunday). A special memorial mass for all those named in the donations will be offered on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the 10:15 a.m. mass.
Lenten Healing Mass: Please join Padre Martin Scott, formerly Fr. Richard Scott of the Archdiocese of Washington, founder of the Servants of Divine Mercy (“Siervos de la Divina Misericordia”), Lima, Peru on Wednesday, March 22. Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. followed by confessions. All are invited! Please see the double-sided flyers on tables of the entrances of the Church and the bulletin boards.
Stations of the Cross and Faith Reflections: Stations of the Cross will be held in the Main Church at 7:00 p.m. on Fridays during Lent. On March 3rd, 10th, and 17th, Neil Sloan, a Ph.D. candidate in Theology at Catholic University of America and SJE parishioner, will give a series of Faith Reflections at 7:30 after the Stations of the Cross, also in the Main Church.
- March 3: Finding Person Peace -- Who am I? Where am I from? Where am I going? What am I to do/ Our Lenten practices call us to rise above the daily grind, with all its stress and frantic activity, to assess our lives. We will reflect on God's perspective for our lives, as laid out in creation and in His plan of salvation. Together, we will seek the peace that only Christ can give.
- March 10: Findng Family Peace -- What is my vocation? Why get married/ How can we bring about peace in our homes? The family has been called a "vital cell of society" and a "little church." We will reflect on the role of marriage and family life in God's relationship with humanity. The Holy Family stands as a saintly model of peace for our own families.
- March 17: Finding World Peace -- Why is the world so full of turmoil? What are we to do? What is our role as individuals, families, and a parish community? St. Paul tells us of God's plan "to sum up all things in Christ." We will reflect on our own calling to share in the mission of Jesus, the "King of Peace," in order to serve the world and to help bring about the Kingdom of Heaven.
Daily Mass: Daily Mass takes place in Our Lady's Chapel at 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. On Fridays, 9:30 a.m. mass takes place in the Main Church so SJE School students may attend.
Benediction and Exposition: On the First Friday of every month, join us in the Main Church for Benediction and Eucharistic Adoration after the 9:30 morning mass.
The Light is On For You: Every Wednesday during Lent, all parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington, including SJE, will offer an opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confessions will be heard in the Main Church between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on each Wednesday between March 9 and April 13th.
Sunday Mass: The Sunday mass is our opportunity to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist, the source and summit of Christian life. Masses are held on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the Historic Church and Sunday masses are celebrated at 8:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 12:00 p.m. For other area masses, go to Masstimes.org.
Fasting and Abstinence
Fasting is obligatory for Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting means that one full meal may be eaten each day, along with two smaller meals that together do not equal the full meal. Abstinence means that no meat may be eaten on Fridays during Lent; all Catholics over the age of 14 are obliged to observe abstinence from meat during Lent. If possible, Catholics should continue the Good Friday fast through until the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus Christ and to prepare for Easter joy. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a Reflection on Lenten Fasting worth reading.
Rice and Tea Dinners: By fasting we not only share in the suffering of our Lord, Jesus, Christ, but we are reminded of our hunger for God. Through this hunger and sacrifice, we are reminded of our baptismal commitments. Together, let us bring Christ's love into our daily lives. All are invited to gather for our weekly Rice & Tea Dinners (Reflection Too), on Wednesdays from 6-7pm in the School Auditorium (March 8 through April 5). If you are interested in helping with any of the efforts involved in the preparations and/or hosting one of the meals - you are more than welcome! Please contact Peg Daly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more informaton
Lenten Giving Tree: During the Lenten season, we are asked to examine our hearts and find ways to draw closer to Christ. This Lent, instead of "giving up" something, consider "doing something" for others here in our St. John's community. The Giving Tree located on the side alcove of the Main Church during Lent. Please take an envelope from the table and prayerfully consider what you might be able to give to someone in our Parish who is struggling with paying their bills or feeding their children. Then return the envelope with your contribution to the collection basket or the box near the tree. These funds are used by our Parish Social Concerns Ministry in reaching out to those in need here in our midst.
Lenten Food Drive: Bags for the Lenten Food Drive were given out in the school and to Religious Education Classes and are available in the Church. Bags with nonperishable items are due by the weekend of March 25th-26th. To ensure that area pantries receive what is really needed, please fill the bag according to the first letter of your last name as detailed below.
|If your last name begins with||Please donate food from the following category:|
|A-C||Canned Fruits -- in their own juice or light syrup|
|D-F||Cooking Oils (Vegetable Oil, Olive Oil, etc.)|
|G-I||Pastas and Sauces|
|J-L||Canned Vegetables -- Low Sodium|
|M-N||Soups, Chilis, and Stews|
|O-Q||Whole Grain Cereal|
|R-S||Dried Legumes and Grains|
|T-V||Healthy Snacks (raisins, dried fruits, nuts, whole grain crackers|
|W-Z||Canned Proteins (tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter)|
Cardinal's Lenten Appeal: The Cardinal's Lenten Appeal is underway. Donations to this fund support important ministries throughout the Archdiocese of Washington. Please consider donating to the Appeal.
Poor Boxes: Poor boxes are located at all the doors of the Main Church and the front door of the Historic Church. Remember the widow's mite and be generous to those who come to our door seeking help.
Weekly Collection: SJE depends on your contributions to function. The weekly collection typically totals about $1,000 LESS than the amount budgeted for the week. Please prayerfully consider increasing your weekly collection amount as a special sacrifice during Lent.
Harvest for the Hungry: Canned and packaged food is collected monthly, on the first Sunday of the month. Donations are distributed to those who call the parish Samaritan Line (301-593-1888) for assistance. Extra food is shared with other organizations that help feed the hungry, such as Catholic Charities or Montgomery County United Ministries.
S.O.M.E.: Once a month, donations of food are served to the needy in the community through S.O.M.E. kitchens. Generally, hot food donations are collected in the winter on the second Tuesday of each month from 9:00 - 9:40 a.m. in the Church parking lot. Cold food donations are collected in the summer on the second Tuesday of each month from 9:00 to 9:40 a.m. in the Church parking lot. If you cannot deliver your donations to the Church parking lot at these times, please see the bulletin for details on making other arrangements. S.O.M.E. donations are organized by Jane Welsh (301-754-2141) and Sue Wiant (301-593-8689).
Share-A-Meal: On Community Sunday each month (the 3rd Sunday of the month), the Share a Meal Ministry collects individually wrapped sandwiches and fruit for the homeless between 8AM-1PM in the Kennedy Room, and then delivers the food to Martha's Table in Washington, D.C. Martha's Table goes through 2,300 sandwiches a day! Two loaves of bread and couple of packages of cheese and lunchmeat costs each of us only a few dollars and 10 minutes to prepare. Martha’s Table Share-A-Meal is organized by Marge Gillis (301-681-7413).