May 15 Daily Prayer, Reopening Status & Update

Today’s Prayer – May 15

by Theresa Konitzer, Director of Religious Education

Lord, Jesus Christ, from Your cross and in Your suffering, You taught me just how much it means to love one another. Even then, You cried out to Your Father asking Him to forgive those who persecuted You. Help me to have that same loving heart to forgive those who hurt me.

In today’s Gospel from John, Jesus tells His disciples to “Love one another as I love you.” Teach me, good and compassionate Father, how to love others in a culture that at times fails to model Your love. During this time of pandemic, there are examples of everyday people modeling Your love. Help me Jesus, to follow the examples of those who have given of themselves to make sure we have the freedoms we enjoy as a nation. To have the courage of the brave men and women who willingly care for the sick with infectious diseases. For all the first responders who dash into burning buildings, are the first to protect us from ourselves, and those who continue to make sure we have food for our tables and the medicines we need. Most of all, Jesus, thank You for the people who have brightened my day with a smile, opened the door for me, or said “Good Morning.”

Heavenly Father, when You created me, You placed within me a loving heart. Your command to love one another is very simple. Enlighten me, Lord, to remember that You are a loving God who has given me the free will to love others or to show hatred. Let me be a person to show only kindness to all I encounter.


Daily readings can be found on the USCCB website here.

Reopening Status

Mass Will Continue to Be Held Via Live-Stream on Facebook on Sunday at 9:00 AM –  While the Archdiocese (AOB) recently announced that parishes in permitted jurisdictions could resume public indoor Masses with up to 1/3 capacity beginning May 30-31, Baltimore County has not yet fully entered Phase 1 of the state’s reopening planAs stated on the Baltimore County website:

In-Person Religious Institutions Remain Closed

Until further notice, religious institutions may not begin holding worship services and ceremonies indoors. The restriction on gatherings of more than 10 people remains in place—and those restrictions will continue to apply to religious gatherings.

This means that until further notice, St. John’s Mass will be live-streamed on Facebook on Sunday at 9:00 AM, with no presence of the public. 

Even when Baltimore County lifts restrictions, before St. John can resume in-person Masses, there are many other factors that need to be considered, including supply availability, preparation of church facilities, adequate personnel to assist with sanitizing, directing people, ensuring proper distancing and hygiene protocols, etc.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

The Archdiocesan Phase 1 Guidelines are available here for your review.

What’s New

  • Sunday Bulletin – The bulletin for this weekend may be found, along with archived editions, here.   A special high-five and Congratulations!” to our featured grads in this week’s bulletin:
    • Emma B. – The Catholic University of America, Early Childhood Education & Religion & Theology Studies Minor, May 16, 2020
    • Eric C. – Washington College, Computer Science, May 17, 2020
    • Alex R. – Bryant University, Bachelor of Science Business Administration & Political Science, May 16, 2020
    • Anton S. – Virginia Military Institute, Bachelor’s Degree International Studies & Political Science, May 16, 2020
  • Worship Music for Sunday, May 17– Click here to view and download this Sunday’s worship music, which includes:
    • Sing a New Song
    • MSMM Glory to God
    • Psalm 66 Let All the Earth
    • MSMM Gospel Acclamation
    • MSMM Holy
    • MSMM We Proclaim Your Death
    • MSMM Amen
    • MSMM Lamb of God
    • Oceans
    • Hallelujah Is Our Song
(MSMM = Mass of St. Mary Magdalene)
  • Laudato Si’ Week – May 16-24  – Pope Francis has invited Catholics to participate in Laudato Si’ Week, a nine-day global campaign taking place May 16-24 to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home. Click here for resources to help you celebrate.
  • Proactively Seeking Volunteers – In preparation for the time when we will be able to gather again for Mass, we’re thinking ahead and already know it will take lots of extra help.  We will need volunteers to help sanitize surfaces before and between Masses, to guide people upon arrival and departure, to seat people and enforce gathering restrictions and hygiene protocols, etc.  If you’d like to help, please email the parish office at