August 21 – Weekly Prayer & Update

This Week’s Gospel Reflection

Sunday, August 23 – Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Written by Theresa Konitzer, Director of Religious Education

Jesus, in today’s Gospel from Matthew, You ask Your disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” What follows are many varying responses. Jesus then asks His disciples as He asks and challenges us today, “But who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:13-15)

Jesus, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. You are the Anointed One. You alone are the Savior of the World, who by Your suffering, death and resurrection, You gave us the gift of eternal life with You. You were sent by the Father, to show us how much God loves His children and calls each of us into a relationship with not only Him, but also with one another. A relationship that makes us responsible for the care of our brothers and sisters.

Jesus is asking not only His disciples, but us as well. Do you know Me? Do you understand all that I have taught you? Do you understand the mission that I am sending you on? Will you take up My cross and follow in My footsteps?

Jesus, the Christ, in my busy world, open my heart to prayer and my mind to learn more about You so that I can aid in bringing about the Kingdom of God to all.  Amen.

Weekly Update

Cloth Face Masks Available

The parish has received a supply of white cotton washable face masks, which are available FREE to parishioners who need them. The masks will be available August 22-23 in the narthex of the church, or call the parish office to arrange a time to pick them up.

Creative Volunteers Needed for Livestream

Our Livestream Ministry is seeking creative individuals to produce weekly Powerpoint presentations to be broadcast before and after the Mass livestreams on Facebook.

Skills needed include:

  • Own computer/laptop and have skills with Powerpoint, and hopefully Photoshop (or other editing program)
  • Experience and knowledge of Video and Livestream platforms (i.e., YouTube, Premiere, Slingstudio, etc.) would be great!
  • Collaborative team-player
  • Creative
  • Teachable (we can provide some training/assistance)

This is a non-paid, volunteer position requiring several hours per week, depending on the complexity of the slides. Those interested should contact Doug Byerly at as soon as possible.

“Come Back to Me With All Your Heart” First Friday Mass and Holy Hour

On Friday, September 4, 2020, St. John the Evangelist Church begins the First Friday Mass and Holy Hour Devotion to pray together, as parishioners of St. John, for our families, communities, and our church.

The theme of our First Friday prayer and devotion is “Come Back to Me With All Your Heart,”  inspired by two scriptural passages taken from the Book of Prophet Joel, where God declares to all: “Return to me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping and mourning,” and the Book of Prophet Hosea: “Return, Israel, to the LORD, your God; you have stumbled because of your iniquity. Take with you, words, and return to the LORD; Say to him, “Forgive all iniquity, and take what is good. Let us offer the fruit of our lips.”

Before benediction, Fr. Pete will give a short spiritual talk each month. For September, the talk is entitled, “Love Incarnate is Waiting for You.”   God’s mission calls us to pray unceasingly, fast with love, and make sacrifices for spiritual victory over what is ruining our family, church, community, and our world, and for the remedy over COVID-19.

For more information, click here.

 Sign Up for Mass August 22 & 23

We encourage you to pre-register for Mass to save time when you check in at Mass, as well as to help us gauge attendance. Kindly sign up for Mass by 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 22. Here’s how:
  1. Click here and then click the “Sign Up” button of the Mass you’d like to attend.
  2. Select the number of people in your household who will be attending from the drop-down menu.
  3. If you’re already in the Flocknotes database, the system will recognize you when you click the sign-up button.  If not, enter a contact name and email or phone number if prompted.
  4. Click Submit and close the sign-up window/tab.
  5. You’ll receive an email confirmation after your sign up is complete. The confirmation email includes options to cancel or modify your registration after you’ve signed up.

Sunday Bulletin 

For the current as well as past editions of our bulletin,  click here.

Worship Music Resource 

Click here to view and download this Sunday’s worship music, which includes:
  • Our God is Here
  • Glory to God
  • Psalm 138: Lord, Your Love is Eternal
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Defender (solo)
  • Holy
  • Memorial Acclamation
  • Amen
  • Lamb of God
  • Communion

Electronic Worship Resources

In the absence of hymnals and other printed worship aids, there are several electronic resources available to help you follow along with the readings, prayers, and music. Click here to learn more.

“Treasures in the Hall” Shop by Appointment

Come and see what treasures await at our shop-by-appointment Treasures in the Hall!

Lots of bargains are available for purchase to support our parish.  You can shop by appointment only at “Treasures in the Hall.” For safety’s sake, be sure to wear a face mask and maintain six feet of social distance during your shopping appointment.

Contact Pat Loeffler at 443-417-5665 to make an appointment to shop in the church hall.

Virtual Book Discussion Group – Registration is Now Open!

How to Go from Broken to Blest Virtual Discussion Group – Registration is now open!

Don’t delay or you will miss out on this wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow parishioners. You may order it from Amazon (in paperback or for Kindle) using this link:

There will be six Zoom sessions, corresponding to the six study guides found in the book. The book addresses several life issues we all encounter from time to time. Learn effective, Bible-based strategies to help you cope. Sessions will be held on Tuesday mornings, beginning September 15, from 10:00–11:30 AM.

Registration for the group, facilitated by the book’s author and SJE parishioner, Adele Gill, is now open. Space is limited to about 10 participants, so be sure to register early. Please call or email the parish office to register: or 410-592-6206.