Weekly Prayer & Update – Friday, May 14, 2021

This Week’s Sunday Gospel Reflection

Sunday, May 16, 2021 – The Ascension of Our Lord

Contemplation from Lectio Divina

What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of me?

Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. 

When was the last time I shared my faith with someone? What opportunities for sharing my faith have I missed?

These signs will accompany those who believe. 

How can people tell that I am a person of faith? How does my faith shape my daily life?

But they went forth and preached everywhere. 

Where is God calling me to go? What holds me back from following Jesus more closely?

COVID-19 Protocol Update

Face Masks

The requirement to wear face masks at all times remains in effect.

Social Distancing Reduced from 6 feet to 3 feet

In light of Governor Larry Hogan’s recent executive order lifting capacity restrictions, the Archdiocese of Baltimore is taking an incremental approach to increasing church capacity. As such, beginning this weekend, we will move forward with reducing the social distancing requirement from 6 feet to 3 feet between congregants from different households.


When you arrive for Mass this weekend, you will notice that the ribbons blocking off every other pew have been removed. You may sit anywhere in the church, so long as you maintain 3 feet of social distance in all directions. As you choose your seat, please be mindful to sit in a “checkerboard pattern” so that you are not sitting directly in front of or behind members from other households.

Congregational Singing

In addition, congregational singing is now permitted. While we are not yet able to return hymnals to the pews, you may access the songs via the Worship Music Resource available on our website here.

Offertory Baskets

The offertory collection will also resume via long-handled baskets that ushers/volunteers will pass in and out of the pews.

These lowered restrictions will be available as long as the Maryland community transmission rates remain low and the percentage of vaccinated individuals continues to rise. We encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Updated guidance will be shared as it becomes available.

Principal & Pastor Duct-Taping

On Monday, May 17, from 2:15-3:15 PM, our pastor, Fr. Pete, will be duct-taped to a tree by the flagpole in front of the school, along with principal Chrissy Blake.

By class, students will add their own strip of colorful duct-tape to suspend the principal and pastor, who will remain suspended through dismissal so that families can wave as they leave for the day. We encourage you to watch the live-stream of the event on Facebook (if you must see in-person, you may drive past at school dismissal).

Thank you to everyone who helped the school raise more than $43,000 for their Race for Education!

Pastoral Council Electronic Election 2021 – Nominees

Pastoral Council Elections are coming up via electronic ballot, which will be open May 21-May 27. The current list of nominees is in the bulletin for you to view. The election link will be shared in next week’s weekly update and will also be in the bulletin.

COVID-19 Mass of Remembrance & Healing

May 30, 2021 at 9:00 AM – Trinity Sunday

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us. Join us for a special Mass to pray for the victims of COVID-19 and the front-line medical professionals who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic.

We invite you to come, fill out a card, and place the names of those who have died or are currently battling COVID-19 at the altar for remembrance and healing. Special prayers and music will be offered during this Mass.

We will also celebrate those who have survived COVID-19 and honor the remarkable work of the front-line medical professionals who continue to battle this deadly virus.

“Treasures in the Hall” is Now Open!

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. or to make a shopping appointment. Face masks and social distancing are required.

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.