"Only those who have been caressed by the tenderness of mercy truly know the Lord. The special place of the encounter is the caress of the mercy of Jesus Christ on my sin. And for this reason you have sometimes heard me say that the privileged place of the encounter with Jesus Christ is my sin. This embrace of mercy is what gives me the desire to respond and to change, and can pour forth a changed life.
Pope Francis
March 7, 2015
WORSHIP: The Intimate Encounter with Christ

Liturgies

The Mass is the primary place of intimate encounter with the Risen Jesus here at St. John’s. Why does the Church ask those who make up the Body of Christ to gather at least once a week to receive his living Presence in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? Because “without me, you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5). This is the humble recognition of those who seek to love the Father by “keeping Holy the Sabbath” every Sunday.


Sunday Mass Times
8:00 AM, 10:15 AM, 12:00 PM (Main Church)

Saturday Evening Mass Time
5:30 PM (Historic Church) Fulfills Sunday Obligation

Lenten Services
Monday through Friday: 7:00 & 9:30 A.M. Saturday: 9:00 A.M.
All Masses during Lent will be in the Main Church, with the exception of the 5:30 P.M. Vigil Mass on Saturday (held in the Historic Church).
Our Lady of Fatima Devotions first Saturday of the month following the 9AM Mass (Main Church)
Miraculous Medal Novena 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Saturdays following 9:00AM Mass (Main Church)

Fasting and Abstinence
All Fridays of Lent are days of total 
abstinence from meat, a law which binds all Catholics over the age of 14. The law of fasting binds all Catholics from their 18th year until and including their 59th birthday. NOTE: When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. 

Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will take place on 
Friday evenings during Lent at 7:00 P.M. in the Main Church. Also, there will be Stations of the Cross for the school children and parishioners on Fridays at 2:15 P.M. with the exception of February 27th, March 6th, and March 20th. 

Confessions
Saturday:  Main Church 9:30 - 10:15 A.M. |  Historic Church 4:30 - 5:15 P.M.
Important notice: Saturday evening Confessions are now in the Historic Church (as of January 24, 2015.) The time has changed from 4:00 to 4:30 P.M.- 5:15 P.M.

The Light is on for You
Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. “The Light is On For You” Program is an initiative of the Archdiocese of Washington, in partnership with the Diocese of Arlington, to allow all Catholics to avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confession is a wonderful opportunity to set aside our sinful ways and draw closer to our Lord. Confessions will be held every Wednesday during Lent from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. in every Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Arlington. Learn more at www.the-light-is-on.org.

Lenten Rice & 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 (Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18 & 25). 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 Fr. Francis faningamoah@gmail.com or Peg Daly pegdaly4@gmail.comPlease download the flyer and share with those who might be interested.

Directions to the Main Church
Directions to the Historic Church


Altar Servers - March Altar Server Schedule
You may volunteer to be an altar server if you are in fifth grade or above.  Training for altar servers is held on an as-needed basis, usually once a year, and consists of four sessions lasting 1.5 hours each. Once trained, servers commit to assisting at one mass per month, at a minimum.  

Reminders:

  • All servers are to be at Mass 15 minutes before the scheduled start. 

  • New servers are asked to introduce themselves to the priest and the other servers.

  • Please have servers dress appropriately (no flip flops)

  • If your child cannot serve as scheduled, it is your responsibility to find a replacement prior to Mass.  If you are replacing an experienced server, please find another experienced server so that the new servers can get "on the job" training and guidance from the older servers.


Ushers
The Ushers at St. John's welcome parishioners and visitors to Mass with  a warm smile and a greeting. Ushers are also responsible for collecting the  offering, distributing the parish bulletin, and ensuring that the pews are  tidied up after Masses.

We need help at all Masses, so if you would like to share your time and  talent by participating in this ministry at St. John's, please contact us at  sjeushers@gmail.com.


Lectors

Lectors at St. John's read at the Sunday Vigil and Sunday masses.  The schedule for lectors is developed twice a year.  Once the schedule is developed, if you cannot act as lector at your assigned mass, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.  If you wish to serve as a lector, please contact Peg Daly at pegdaly4@gmail.com

The current Lector schedule, in effect from March 2015 through August 2015 is available here.  Notes on lector procedures and other information for lectors is available here.

 

 

Children's Liturgy of the Word 2014 - 2015

We are excited to offer another year of Children's Liturgy of the Word at the 10:15 mass.  During the 10:15 mass, after the Gloria, the celebrant will say the Collect (a prayer), which finishes the Introductory Rites.  At this point, the celebrant will invite all children in preschool (ages 3 and 4) or in Kindergarten and First Grade (ages 5 and 6) to come towards the altar.  Preschoolers gather under the banner on the right side of the altar and the older children gather under the banner at the left side of the altar.  After the celebrant dismisses them, the groups proceed to either the main church sacristy (preschoolers) or the Kennedy Room (older children).  In their groups, children sing songs, say prayers, and hear the week's word of God at a level which they can understand.  An activity which reinforces the lesson is usually completed.  Finally, children pray for one another and their families by offering their own intentions and say the Children's Creed.  They return to the main church quietly and respectfully.


We have linked to a document outlining all the procedures for Children's Liturgy of the Word and a copy of the Children's Creed.  

We are always looking for new volunteer teachers and youth volunteers. If you would like to sign up to teach or volunteer please visit our Sign Up page:

If you have any questions, please contact us at sjechildrensliturgy@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for serving our youngest parishioners at St. John's.


Lesson Plans - Spring 2015

Children's Liturgy Class Outline

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time                       February 15, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)

1st Sunday of Lent                                      February 22, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources

2nd Sunday of Lent                                      March 1, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources

3rd Sunday of Lent                                      March 8, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources

4th Sunday of Lent                                      March 15, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources

5th Sunday of Lent                                     March 22, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources

Palm Sunday                                              March 29, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources

Easter Sunday - No Children's Liturgy         April 5, 2015

2nd Sunday of Easter                                  April 12, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources

3rd Sunday of Easter                                  April 19, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources

4th Sunday of Easter                                  April 26, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources

5th Sunday of Easter                                  May 3, 2015
Primary Lesson Plan (Downstairs)                Preschool Lesson Plan (Upstairs)
Resources                                                   Resources


 

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Soul of Christ sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me; Blood of Christ, inebriate me; Water from the side of Christ, wash me; Passion of Christ, strengthen me; O Good Jesus, hear me; Within your wounds, hide me; Never permit me to be separated from you; From the wicked enemy, defend me; In the hour of my death, call me; And bid me to come to your side, that with your saints I may praise you, for ever and ever. Amen

-Blessed Bernadine of Feltran


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