"When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities – to offer just a few examples – it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected. Once the human being declares independence from reality and behaves with absolute dominion, the very foundations of our life begin to crumble....”
Pope Francis
Laudato Si', #117
SERVICE: Taking Care of His Suffering Body

Cherishing the gift of the
human person

The dignity and beauty of the human person comes from the fact of the incarnation of God in the person of Christ. With the whole Church, St. John’s parishioners have the privilege to recognize his image and likeness within the face of every person—from the moment of his or her conception until natural death.

St. John’s has a variety of ministries to support the weak and vulnerable persons in our midst:

St. Joseph’s House: Parishioners Dan, Joe, Mary Frances and Johnny LaHood family welcome children and young adults with multiple disabilities into their family home, St. Joseph’s House. As a parish, we are blessed to have such a work of grace in our midst. See photos from the annual Benefit for St. Joseph's House by going to the Parish Photo Galleries.

St. John's House: In Summer 2012, our parish welcomed a household of adults with special needs: the newly established "St. John's House" on Harmon Road. Developed by Rosaria Communities, a non-profit work of the Archdiocese, the house is staffed by Jubilee Association of Maryland. Our new friends often attend the 10:15AM Sunday Mass and appreciate our companionship and neighborly care. If you would like to become more involved in the ministry at St. John's House, contact Margie Cuff, margiecuff [at] gmail.com.  

To see pictures from Welcoming Mass and Celebration that took place on October 14, 2012, please click here.

Samaritan Hotline: This ministry assists parishioners and members of our community in times of difficulty by providing meals, transportation, and other assistance. The SJE Samaritan Hotline (301-593-1888) is monitored daily by parishioners. We provide food assistance, help coordinate transportation to things such as Mass and doctor's appointments, and have helped parishioners find the resources to pay for rent and utilities. This ministry also helps those with other needs find the appropriate local community resources. The Samaritan Hotline is coordinated by Kathleen and Drew Ortner (301-592-8898). Volunteers are needed to monitor the hotline and assist with requests, and any amount of time you can give is greatly appreciated.

Birthright and Gabriel Project: We collect baby clothes, lightly used maternity clothes, and money to assist expectant mothers who need help during difficult pregnancies.  We hold virtual baby showers and collect money in baby bottles to assist these ministries.  These ministries are led by Ailene Morin (301-649-5817) and Sue Wiant (301-593-8689).

Kris Kringle: SJE's Kris Kringle will be held after the 12:00 Mass on December 7th in the Kennedy Room.  There are two options for donating gifts this year.  Option 1 is to bring a gift (unwrapped, or wrapped with a label) to the main church on December 7th. Option 2 is to shop for a specific local family or child by selecting a gift-tag from the Kris Kringle Tree on the Choir-side of the main church on Nov. 17th or 24th.  Purchase a gift described on the tag, and bring the gift (with tag attached) on December 7th.  See the Kris Kringle tree for more details.  Please email sjeservicelead@gmail.com with questions.

Bereavement Mass: Each year around Mother's Day, a Mass is held in memory of those babies who have died either during or after pregnancy. For more information, contact Dan LaHood (301-681-5784).

Health and Welfare:  Later in 2013, The Health and Welfare Ministry will resume providing blood-pressure screening, flu-shots, and health education services during Community Sunday (3rd Sunday of every month).  We need medical personnel to continue this ministry. The time-commitment is about 20 minutes after Mass.  Please contact Andrew Ortner at 301-655-5376 or andrewortner@yahoo.com if you are interested in volunteering.

Blood Drive: Wouldn't you feel better knowing that blood or blood products are available in the event a member of your family or a close friend is in need of a transfusion or plasma? Just an hour, twice a year, to donate your blood is all that it takes to prevent the unthinkable from happening. There is a real shortage of blood in our area and supplies need to be replenished. To help raise awareness of this crisis, to sign up donors, or to help make reminder telephone calls, please contact the rectory.

Our parish blood drive will be held on Tuesday, May 10th in the Kennedy Room.  Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code:  “Saint John SS” to schedule your life-saving donation!  PS - At every blood drive, the main reason donors are rejected is low iron.  Some of the foods high in iron are liver, oysters, legumes (peas and beans), fish, poultry, eggs, potatoes, rice and spinach.


Thursday Night Dinner at St. John's House

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Oración de un evangelista

Señor Jesús, que quiere que nos convirtamos en una fuerza viva para toda la humanidad, las luces brillando en el mundo. Quiere que seamos luces radiantes como estamos a tu lado, la gran luz, bañado en tu gloria, oh Luz del Cielo. Vamos a disfrutar más y más la luz pura y deslumbrante de la Santísima Trinidad, como ahora que hemos recibido, aunque no en su plenitud, un rayo de su esplendor, que procede del único y verdadero Dios, en Cristo Jesús, nuestro Señor, a quien sea la gloria y el poder por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

-St. Gregorio Naciancino (330-390)


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Prayer of wonder

My sweet Lord...your Son went down from the heights of his divinity to the depths of our humanity. Can anyone's heart remain closed and hardened after this? We image your divinity, but you image our humanity in that union of the two which you have worked in a man. You have veiled the Godhead in a cloud, in the clay of our humanity. Only your love could so dignify the flesh of Adam. And so by reason of this immeasurable Love I beg, with all my strength, that you freely extend your mercy to all your lowly creatures. Amen.

-St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)

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