“...the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect!”
Pope Francis
Message to Catholics in Ireland and Britian on the Day of Life 2013
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 Cubby and Dan LaHood and their 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: Thanks to everyone in the SJE community that helped with Kris Kringle this year!  The gifts provided by our parish family will help brighten the season for many of our friends and neighbors who need assistance this Christmas.  Special thanks also go to everyone that helped on December 8th with carrying gifts downstairs, sorting and wrapping.

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 Cubby 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.

Download blood drive flyer here.

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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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