“I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer. If, at times, the flame of charity seems to die in our own hearts, know that this is never the case in the heart of God! He constantly gives us a chance to begin loving anew.”
Pope Francis
Message for Lent 2018
WORSHIP: The Intimate Encounter with Christ

On Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018, Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass in the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome. The Holy Father invited congregants and all Christians to "Pause” in order to look and contemplate, to “See” the real face of Jesus and to “Return” without fear, to experience the healing and reconciling tenderness of God. The Pope said the season of Lent is a time “to remedy the dissonant chords of our Christian life". (Vatican News, February 14, 2018).

St. John the Evangelist offers many opportunities during the Season of Lent for us to Pause, See, and Return to the Lord.  Please see below for all the wonderful ways in which we can celebrate Lent together in 2018.

2018 Lenten Parish Mission:  This year's Lenten Parish mission will take place on March 11, 12, 13, and 14 and will be presented by Fr. Patrick Mary, MFVA. 

On Sunday, March 11 at 7 p.m. in the Main Church, a Mission Talk will be given.  The topic will beThe Four Last Things 
On Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Main Church, a Mission Talk will be given.  The topic will be Why Pray? 
On Tuesday, March 13 after the 9:30 a.m mass, a Mission Talk will be given.  The topic will be Growing in Faith and Prayer.  Later that day, at 7 p.m. another Mission Talk will be given.  The topic will be Growing In Faith
On Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m., we will hold a Penance Service.  Confessions will be available during the Penance Service.  The topic of homily during the service will be The Healing Power of God's Mercy in Confession.  

Fr. Patrick Mary, MFVA, is originally from Central Florida.  He entered the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word in 2002 and professed his final vows in 2008.  He studied at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was ordained to the priesthood in 2012.  Fr. Patrick currently serves as Vocation Director, Director of Priestly Formation, and Chaplain for EWTN employees working in Washington, D.C.  He is also pursuing a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.   

The Light is On every Wednesday during the Season of Lent in the Main Church at 7:00 p.m.  Resources for the Sacrament of Reconciliation are available to help penitents experience the fullness of God's mercy and forgiveness.  

Stations of the Cross are offered every Friday in the Main Church at 7:00 p.m.  EWTN has a beautiful series about the Stations of the Cross with meditations written by Mother Angelica.  

The Vocation Tree is located in the Main Church.  On the tree, there are cards for each seminarian in the Archdiocese of Washington.  Choose a card (or more than one) and pray for that seminarian every day during Lent.  These young men are our future priests and will bring Christ to us in the Sacraments.  They need and deserve our prayers. 

Lenten Food Drive:  The Archdiocese of Washington, Catholic Charities, the Capital Area Food Bank, and local food pantries are working together to coordinate the Lenten Food Drive, which will be held on the weekend of March 10-11.  Last year’s Lenten Food Drive was a huge success and the generosity of our community across the Archdiocese provided much needed relief to many people in need.

Lenten 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. This small suffering should not be met with misery but with great joy, as we better understand the incredible sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us. 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 during Lent from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the School Auditorium (February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21). 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 pegdaly4@gmail.com.

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. As of Ash Wednesday, you will find the Giving Tree located on the side alcove of the Main Church. 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.

St. John's Young Adults will host a Lenten Series on the topic of the Sacrament of Confession led by Fr. Cusick. To prepare for our sessions we will have short readings assigned from the book Pardon and Peace: A Sinners Guide to Confession by Fr. Francis Randolph. The book is available for purchase on amazon.com. The dates for the sessions are March 5, March 19, and March 26, from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the Resource Room in the School. The sessions are open to young adults from St. John's parish and we invite young adults from other parishes to join as well.


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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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