August 7 – Weekly Prayer & Update

This Week’s Gospel Reflection

Sunday, August 9 – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Written by Theresa Konitzer, Director of Religious Education
Jesus, You alone are the Lord, Most High. Be with me when I feel surrounded by fear and doubt. Come to my rescue when my boat is being tossed about by strong winds and forces that are out of my control. Give me courage to lean on You. The same courage and support You give to Peter in today’s Gospel from Matthew. And, when my doubts and fears overtake my thoughts, lift me up into Your gentle arms. Rock me in Your sweet, tender love.
Come, Lord Jesus, Savior of the World, help me, to be strong in my faith and have trust in You. Amen.

Weekly Update

Sign Up for Mass August 8 & 9

We encourage you to pre-register for Mass to save time when you check in at Mass, as well as to help us gauge attendance. Kindly sign up for Mass by 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 8.

Here’s how:

  1. Click here, 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.

Sunday Bulletin
For the current as well as past editions of our bulletin,  click here.

Worship Music Resource
Click here to view and download this Sunday’s worship music, which includes:

• Blest Are They
• Glory to God
• Psalm 85: Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness
• Gospel Acclamation
• Open My Eyes
• Holy
• Memorial Acclamation
• Amen
• Lamb of God
• Breathe
(Mass parts taken from Mass of Joy and Peace)

Electronic Worship Resources
In the absence of hymnals and other printed worship aids, there are several electronic resources available to help you follow along with the readings, prayers, and music. Click here to learn more on our website.

THANK YOU! Our Daily Bread Casserole & St. Elizabeth of Hungary Food Pantry

Our Daily Bread
Thank you to all who contributed casseroles to Our Daily Bread this past weekend. Even though it was one of the biggest vacation weeks, we collected 83 casseroles and about 6 bags of “wish list” items. Those at Our Daily Bread were very grateful.

Did you know we had a Rosary Team? It is a group of parishioners who make Rosaries for those in need. The Team donated 100 Rosaries to Our Daily Bread. These Rosaries were blessed by Father Pete. Our parishioners continue to impress us in so many ways!

We truly appreciate your unfailing dedication to helping those in need, even during this most unsettling time.

God Bless you all for your love and caring of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Our next casserole pick-up date will be Sunday, September 6 from 8:30–11:30 AM. Again, we will be located by the Bell Tower/Chapel. Wishing you all a happy and safe week.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Food Pantry
Thanks once again to all of our gracious parishioners at St. John’s. Thanks to all of your generosity – we collected about 150 bags of food to take to St. Elizabeth of Hungary’s Food Pantry! We have really been able to keep their pantry stocked this summer thanks to all of you! Our next collection will be on Sunday, September 6 from 8:30-11:30 AM. Thanks again for your continued thoughtfulness for those less fortunate. You truly make a difference!

Assumption of Mary
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is Saturday, August 15. As it falls on a Saturday this year, it is not a holy day of obligation. The 5:00 PM Mass on August 15 will celebrate the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Haiti Poor Box Coming Up August 22-23
The weekend of August 22-23, proceeds from the Poor Box will be donated to aid our sister parish in Haiti. If you won’t be attending Mass, Haiti donations may also be dropped off or mailed to the parish office.

Your continued generosity to our brothers and sisters who are so much in need is deeply appreciated.

75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
This week we marked the solemn 75th anniversary of the use of nuclear weapons on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagaski in Japan. Nuclear weapons still pose a threat to our world. We are called to pray for peace and take action in solidarity with our brothers and sisters globally. The Catholic Church in Japan observes “Ten Days of Prayer for Peace” each year at this time. Let us pray, in the words of Pope Francis, “for the triumph of a culture of life, reconciliation and fraternity.” (Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park, Nagasaki, November 24, 2019)

“Treasures in the Hall” Shop by Appointment

Come and see what treasures await at our shop-by-appointment Treasures in the Hall!

Lots of bargains are available for purchase to support our parish. You can shop by appointment only at “Treasures in the Hall.” For safety’s sake, be sure to wear a face mask and maintain six feet of social distance during your shopping appointment.

Contact Pat Loeffler at 443-417-5665 to make an appointment to shop in the church hall.

Summer Gift to the Parish
If you haven’t had a chance to return your “My Summer Gift to the Parish” envelope yet, kindly return via the collection basket at Mass, or drop off or mail to the parish office. Gifts of any amount are very much appreciated, as the combination of COVID and the slower summer months have been especially tough on our bottom line.

SJE Art Exhibits
We invite all artists, photographers, quilters, knitters, poets, musicians, floral designers, wood crafters, etc. to participate in SJE Art Exhibits to help celebrate the upcoming 200th anniversary of the parish by featuring their God-given talents via various media. Please see the attached for more information and an entry form.

SJE Art Exhibits Info

SJE Art Exhibit Entry Form

 Virtual Book Discussion Group
There’s no need to feel disconnected from your parish, your friends, and your faith during this pandemic. Popular author and parishioner, Adele Gill, will be hosting a virtual discussion group using her latest book, How to Go from Broken to Blest, beginning Tuesday, September 15, at 10:00 AM.

This six week Zoom group will follow the book’s 6-step study guide to wholeness and living the blessed life through Biblical principles and complete trust in Jesus. How to Go from Broken to Blest is an easy-to-read practical guide based on Biblical principles and sound wisdom. It addresses many life issues that we all deal with from time to time, including the emotions brought about by the pandemic.

Registration will begin in mid-August, but get the book now (Available at Amazon) so you can be ready to discuss it in September. Check out Adele’s interview with national syndicated radio to learn more about her and the book:…