Weekly Prayer & Update – Friday, November 20, 2020

This Week’s Gospel Reflection

Sunday, November 22 – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe


Contemplation from Lectio Divina


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

“Come, you who are blessed by my Father.”

How has God blessed me this week? How can I share that blessing with others?

“Lord, when did we see you?”

When have I seen the Lord acting in my life? How can I make the Lord more visible to those I meet?

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

What acts of kindness and mercy have I performed this week? What opportunities for kindness and mercy have I let slip away?

Sign Up for Mass November 21 & 22

We encourage you to pre-register to save time when you check in at Mass, as well as to help us gauge attendance. Pre-registering is not required, however. Kindly sign up for Mass by 3:00 PM on Saturday, November 21. Here’s how:
  1. Click here and then click the “Sign Up” button of the Mass you’d like to attend.
  2. Select the number of people in your household who will be attending from the drop-down menu.
  3. 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.
  4. Click Submit and close the sign-up window/tab.
  5. You’ll receive an email confirmation after your sign up is complete. The confirmation email gives you the ability to modify or cancel your registration after you’ve signed up.

Haiti Blessings & Homily Video

The donations received so far from our Haiti Weekend collections total $18,214.75 – truly a special blessing in this time of pandemic and uncertainty! It gets us off to a good start as we prepare to move forward with our 2021 initiatives. Our annual goal is $70,000, so we still have a ways to go. But with the grace of Our Lord and your continued support, we hope to meet the needs of our sister parishioners as we have been able to do every year for the past 20 years. Please continue to pray for these wonderful people and for the success of our efforts.

~ Peace and God Bless, your Haiti Committee

Click here to view the video (with captions) of Fr. Dessalines’ homily from Haiti Weekend.

Thanksgiving Day Mass

Thanksgiving Day Mass will be on Thursday, November 26 at 9:00 AM in the church (also livestreamed). There will be no collection of non-perishable food at the Mass this year.

Parish Office Thanksgiving Closure

Please note that the parish office will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Christmas Mass Schedule & Seating by Pre-Registration Only

Due to capacity and social distancing restrictions caused by the pandemic, all seating for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses will be via PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY. The Christmas Mass Schedule is:

Christmas Eve (Thurs., Dec. 24)        Christmas Day (Fri., Dec. 25)

1:00 PM                                                                    9:00 AM
4:00 PM                                                                 11:30 AM
7:00 PM
10:00 PM

All Masses will be held in the church, as well as livestreamed on Facebook. Once registration capacity is reached in the church, you may register for a Virtual Venue in the Hall. We will not have additional priests celebrating separate Masses in the Hall; rather, Hall attendees will be able to view the livestream and receive Communion.

Online registration is currently open for Christmas Mass VOLUNTEERS ONLY until December 1. If you would like to help serve as a greeter or usher at one of the Christmas Masses, please call the parish office.

General pre-registration will be open from December 1-20. Those without sufficient computer or internet access may call the parish office during office hours of Monday-Friday, 8 AM-12 PM to register during the registration period. 

After December 20, we will be creating seating charts and making seat assignments, thus we will not be able to accommodate last-minute requests or walk-ins. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to accommodate as many people as possible during this challenging time.

Click on the video link here to get the latest update on the Christmas Cash Raffle from chairperson Todd Depew.

Christmas Wreath Sale

Decorated Wreaths: $40
Floral Arrangements: $25-30
Pre-order here or by calling Martha Schumacher at 410-617-2114. Orders must be placed by December 1 to ensure availability, and wreaths and arrangements will be available for pickup in the church hall on Saturday, December 5 from 4-6 PM and
Sunday, December 6 from 8-11 AM. Contact Martha Schumacher at 410-617-2114 with any questions.

Advent Giving Tree News

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, as well as the loss of the family coordinator at the charity where we usually donate, we will not be able to organize the Advent Giving Tree program this year. If you’d like to help a family in need this holiday season, here are a few organizations to consider:  Catholic CharitiesToys for TotsSalvation Army. Thank you to all the “angels” who have faithfully helped families through our Advent Giving Tree outreach in years past.

White House Christmas Ornaments

The Knights Ladies will be taking orders for the 2020 White House Ornaments in honor of our 35th President, John F. Kennedy. The cost will be $25 each. To place an order, call Janie Zaegel @ 410-941-5386 or email mjzaegel@comcast.net by November 28.

First Friday Mass & Holy Hour

Friday, December 4 at 8:30 AM
Join us in the church on the first Friday of every month for 8:30 AM Mass followed by Holy Hour. Each month, Fr. Pete will give a brief talk before Benediction. For December, the topic is “Eternal Life Comes About by Eating and Obedience.”

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.