This Week’s Sunday Gospel Reflection
Sunday, May 2, 2021 – Fifth Sunday of Easter
Contemplation from Lectio Divina
What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of me?
Every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
What parts of my life need to be pruned away? What fruit has God brought to bear in my life?
Without me you can do nothing.
When have I most relied on God? What is God calling me to do?
By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. How does my life glorify God? How can I follow the path of discipleship more closely?
Outdoor Mass Sundays at 11:30 AM
Mother’s Day Flower Orders
Thank you to everyone who placed orders for spring flowers through our Mother’s Day Flower Sale! Orders may be picked up in front of the church on Friday, May 7 from 1-5 PM. Note: all sales were by pre-order only; there will NOT be flowers for sale on-site.
The Year of St. Joseph
May 1 is the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker
Pope Pius XII established the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1 as a counter-celebration to the Communists’ May Day.
Bicentennial Spirit Merchandise
Fr. Pete Accepts the St. John School Race for Education Challenge!
We all know Fr. Pete loves a good party!
So when he heard our school principal, Mrs. Chrissy Blake, was going to be duct-taped to the front of the school building sometime in May if her students reached the $35,000 fundraising goal for their Race for Education, he countered with a further challenge and invites the entire parish to participate…
If the total dollars raised in the St. John School Race for Education reach $38,000 by midnight Monday, May 3, then Fr. Pete will join Mrs. Blake on the wall…duct tape and all!
Don’t let Fr. Pete be disappointed. Donate now by visiting: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Fr-Pete-Literal
Bicentennial History Exhibit Tours
St. John History Exhibit Tours in the Koontz House / Ministry Center can be requested for dates starting May 1. Call the Parish Office at 410-592-6206 for your tour appointment.
The Exhibit is displayed in five rooms, each a different era, using automated slideshows, photographs, guide interpretation and artifacts. Our history starts with the settlement of the Maryland Colony, progressing to our first church on the Ridge, our Chapel, the Modern Church and finishes in the present.
Maximum of four people or one family on a tour. Masks and social distancing will be practiced.
SJE Bicentennial Prayer
Son of God, we are so grateful for you.
You have sent your Spirit upon this community of
St. John the Evangelist to accompany one another in
encountering your love and peace for 200 years.
Jesus, we turn to you and look for your guidance so that we may work together, as a community, to support the mission of St. John the Evangelist Long Green Valley to “Love God, love others, proclaim the good news and make disciples,” for at least 200 more years.
Ever-faithful are your works, O Lord.
We are truly blessed and encouraged to continue
to serve you and your people.
WBAL NewsRadio 1090 AM featured our Bicentennial, as well as our local outreach efforts (focusing on our work with the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Food Pantry), in their Project CommUNITY segment on Monday, April 26.
If you missed the broadcast, you can read the web story and listen to the interview here: https://www.wbal.com/article/510624/3/parishioners-of-oldest-catholic-church-in-baltimore-county-work-to-bridge-the-gap
For more “SJE in the News” visit our website at: https://www.sjehydes.org/bicentennial/in-the-news/.
Bicentennial Fun Run/Walk
First Friday Mass & Holy Hour May 7
Mother’s Day Novena
St. John’s History Book
Order your bicentennial copy, plus gift copies, of an amazing, unique account:
200 years of parish families, pastors, photos, maps, and charts—details recounted via early Catholicism in Maryland and in local counties. “Two Centuries of Faith at Saint John the Evangelist” is a true page turner!
- The Catholic experience in colonial Maryland
- Our first church building and the relationship to the Carroll family
- Our second church building and the relationship to the Jenkins family
- Why the bell in our bell tower is marked “1892” and not “1862”
- The priests who served the parish over the last 200 years
- St. John the Evangelist School
- Our mission churches
- Local history of the area
- Other churches in the area
- The Knights of Columbus
- Local thespians – Long Green Valley Playhouse
- And much more…
Reserve your copy on our website at: http://www.sjehydes.org/bicentennial/history-book/
Please note: While the printed books were received as noted in last weekend’s bulletin, we subsequently discovered that the binding is faulty. We are working with the publisher to correct the issue and will notify you when the books are ready for pick-up. If you’ve already received one of the books, we will replace it when the new books are delivered. We apologize for any inconvenience.
“Treasures in the Hall” is Back!
Pat Loeffler has already opened shop for this year’s “Treasures in the Hall.” As we’re not able to have the Spring Fling this year, come out and shop for treasures as you support our parish during this Bicentennial year. All proceeds benefit St. John Church.
Shop for a wide variety of items in the church hall on Saturday from 4-6:30 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 1 PM or by appointment. Call Pat at 443-417-5665 for more info. Face masks and social distancing are required.
Pastoral Council Elections – Nominees
What’s New at SJE? Find Out in the Weekly Bulletin and Our Website!