Weekly Prayer & Update – Friday, April 30, 2021

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

Weather and conditions-permitting, the 11:30 AM Mass will be held outdoors. In the event of inclement weather or poor conditions, the Mass will be held in the church. This will be a no-music Mass, whether indoors or out.

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.

Bicentennial Spirit Merchandise

Celebrate our 200th Anniversary and showcase your SJE Spirit with some amazing items, including shirts, a tote bag, glasses, mugs and more! Special value bundle packages available. Click here for more information. Questions, contact Martha Schumacher at schumacherml@sjehydes.org.

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.


SJE in the News

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

Registration is now open for our Bicentennial Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, October 2 from 9 AM to noon at DeJon Vineyards. For more information and to register, visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/MD/Hydes/StJohntheEvangelistLongGreenValley5K.

First Friday Mass & Holy Hour May 7

Join us for Mass followed by Holy Hour on Friday, May 7 at 8:30 AM in the church. Fr. Pete will give a brief talk on “Breaking Bread Together” before Benediction. All are invited for this period of prayer, fasting and penance in the Holy Presence of Jesus.

Mother’s Day Novena

A novena of Masses will be said for all mothers beginning Sunday, May 9. An envelope for the novena is included in the monthly packet. Extra envelopes are available in the narthex and parish office. Kindly return your intentions to the parish office by Friday, May 7.

St. John’s 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.

May Crowning

All are welcome for a special outdoor crowning of the Blessed Mother on Tuesday, May 11 after the 8:30 AM Mass.

“Treasures in the Hall” is Back!

Now Open!

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

Pastoral Council Elections are coming up May 22-23. The current list of nominees is available in our bulletin for you to download and view. If you are interested in running for Pastoral Council, contact Kristen McCormick at kmccor14@jhu.edu or Ray Dietz at craytrek@comcast.net.

What’s New at SJE? Find Out in the Weekly Bulletin and Our Website! 

Be sure to check out the full Sunday bulletin to stay in the loop. Our website, www.sjehydes.org, is another great resource to stay connected.