This Week’s Gospel Reflection
Sunday, August 30 – Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Written by Colleen Sisolak, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Heavenly Father, we are so very grateful for Your ultimate sacrifice, giving of Your only Son, so that we may again return to Your heavenly kingdom and be in perfect union with You. You suffered the ultimate sacrifice for us, and we are grateful.
As humans, we only know our lived and shared experiences. We are often unable to see the larger picture and share in Your wisdom and understanding. At times, this causes us to reject Your will for us or our loved ones. How often do we hear a parent, desiring for their child what they know and love, instead of encouraging their children into a life of service, consecrated life, or priestly ministry? Fearful of the unknown, fearful of the future, lacking the faith to know, trust and love the will You have for each of us, we, like Peter in this weekend’s Gospel, sometimes say, “God Forbid it. No such thing should ever happen to you.”
In a world that too often desires money, fame, and success, we are grateful for the reminder “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” “What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?”
Help us, Lord Jesus, to deny ourselves so that we can better see with Your eyes, understand with Your heart, and serve with Your hands so as to do Your will for us, and not our will for ourselves or others.
You’re Invited to First Friday Mass & Holy Hour
Sign Up for Mass August 29 & 30
We invite you to come back to Mass! The safety of our parishioners, volunteers, and staff is our top priority. As such, we have put important protocols and safety measures in place for your protection. Our worship space is sanitized after every Mass and we follow strict social distancing and safety measures. We also offer an outdoor Mass every Sunday at 11:30 AM (weather-permitting) in front of the Conference Center building. Come and receive the Holy Eucharist!
We encourage you to pre-register to save time when you check in at Mass (check-in not required for outdoor Mass), as well as to help us gauge attendance. Kindly sign up for Mass by 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 29. Here’s how:
- Click here and then click the “Sign Up” button of the Mass you’d like to attend.
- Select the number of people in your household who will be attending from the drop-down menu.
- 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.
- Click Submit and close the sign-up window/tab.
- 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.
Worship Music Resource
- Christ in Me Arise
- Glory to God
- Psalm 63: My Soul Is Thirsting
- Gospel Acclamation
- My Heart, Your Home (solo)
- Memorial Acclamation
- Lamb of God
- New Wine (solo)
Electronic Worship Resources
Haiti Poor Box Thank You!
Cloth Face Masks Available
New School Year Blessings
Volunteers Needed to Create Powerpoint Slides for Weekly Livestream
- 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
- Teachable (we can provide some training/assistance)
Our Daily Bread Casserole & St. Elizabeth of Hungary Food Pantry Collection – Next Sunday, September 6
We will be collecting frozen casseroles for Our Daily Bread as well as non-perishable food items for the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Food Pantry next Sunday, September 6 from 8:30-11:30 AM in the parking lot next to the chapel/bell tower.
Volunteers for both efforts will have their cars parked there for the drop-off, and they will remove your donated items from your vehicle. For safety’s sake, please wear a facial mask when dropping off. Please do not bring any items into the narthex or the church hall.
Disposable casserole pans and recipes are available in the plastic bin in front of the parish office. The recipe may also be downloaded here.
We appreciate your donations to help feed those in need!
“Treasures in the Hall” Parish Fundraiser – 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.
All proceeds benefit St. John Parish.
SJE Art Exhibits
Don’t delay or you will miss out on this wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow parishioners. In the six sessions, the group will address life issues we all encounter. You will learn effective, Bible-based strategies to help you cope. The group will be facilitated by the book’s author and SJE parishioner, Adele Gill.
Please call or email the parish office to register: firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-592-6206.
Order the book from Amazon (in paperback or for Kindle) using this link: https://www.amazon.com/How-Broken-Blest-Adele-Gill/dp/B088VYSPRL/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=how+to+go+from+broken+to+blest&qid=1597063086&s=books&sr=1-2.
Sunday 9 AM Live-stream on Facebook
- You can watch the live-stream without joining Facebook
- You may also access Facebook by clicking the Facebook “f” icon in the upper right corner of our website’s home page (www.sjehydes.org)