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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: During Advent, the parish adopts families from within our parish and also some families referred to us through Catholic Charities and the Samaritan team. Each adopted families provides a “wish list” of items which are then distributed to the school. School and religious education classes adopt families, as do the IHM Sisters and others who call to volunteer their help. In December 2012, Christmas gifts were provided to eight local families, and about two dozen large bags of gifts were sent to Catholic Charities, Sister Emilene's Anacostia Clinic, and Birthright.
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 email@example.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.
Next blood drive is on Tuesday, May 21st, 3p - 8p in the Kennedy Room. If you wish to donate, Monday, March 25th, was the last day on which you could donate elsewhere to allow the required 56 days between donations. At blood drives, the main reason donors are rejected is low iron. Some of the foods high in iron are liver, oysters, legumes (peas/beans), fish, poultry, eggs, potatoes, riceand spinach. Mark your calendars, and plan to donate blood. Click here to download Blood Drive Flyer.