Weekly Prayer & Update – Friday, April 16, 2021

This Week’s Sunday Gospel Reflection

Sunday, April 18, 2021 – Third Sunday of Easter
Contemplation from Lectio Divina
What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of me?

Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of bread. 

How can I make the Eucharistic liturgy more central in my life? Where do I see Jesus acting in my life?

And why do questions arise in your hearts? 

What issues or circumstances raise questions or doubts in my heart? What resources are available to me to respond to these questions or doubts?

You are witnesses of these things. 

Whose witness has strengthened my faith? To whom have I given witness of my faith?

Bicentennial Kick-Off Weekend!

This weekend, we launch our year-long Bicentennial celebration!
The Mass schedule for this weekend is:
  • Saturday, April 17 – 5 PM
  • Sunday, April 18 – 7 AM Quiet (no music) Mass
  • Sunday, April 18 – 9 AM Bicentennial Heritage Mass

A number of invited special guests and clergy will be attending the 9 AM Heritage Mass this weekend with reserved seats, so we anticipate that the church will reach capacity quickly for the 9 AM Mass. Seating is first-come, first-served, with overflow seating in the Hall to view the livestream and receive Communion.

The 9 AM Heritage Mass will be livestreamed on Facebook AND the chapel blessing as well as the blessing and ribbon-cutting of the new Parish History Exhibit will also be livestreamed immediately following Mass.

For more bicentennial news and events, be sure to visit our website.


As you attend events during the upcoming Bicentennial year, be sure to tag your photos with “#SJE200” when you post on social media to help generate some excitement around our celebration!

Mother’s Day Flower Sale – Orders due by This Tuesday, April 20

Order your spring flowers by April 20 and have them in time for Mother’s Day!

Due to COVID restrictions, this sale is preorder only.  There will be no flowers sold on site. Flower information and the order form are available on our website here: https://www.sjehydes.org/bicentennial/mothers-day-flowers/.

Since we are restricted from selling flowers on site, it will be a challenge to make the flower sale as profitable for St. John’s as it has been in the past. Please help us to reach out to more people. Consider passing along an order form to a friend or repost our Mother’s Day Preorder Flower Sale posts on your social media. Anything that you can do to assist the church in generating more sales will be greatly appreciated!

Pre-order beautiful flowers between now and April 20, then pick up in front of the church on Friday, May 7 from 1-5 PM.


  • Cash –  Provide cash with order form in envelope marked Mother’s Day Flowers.  Place envelope in Sunday offertory or drop off at parish office.
  • Checks –  Make checks payable to St. John the Evangelist with order form and check in envelope marked Mother’s Day Flowers.  Mail or drop off envelope to parish office or place envelope in Sunday offertory.
  • Online –  Email order form to tdepew1@gmail.com requesting a digital invoice.  An email will be provided with an invoice for electronic payment. For any questions regarding online payment, please reach out to Todd Depew @ 443-465-3653.

RETURN by Tuesday, April 20, 2021

PICKUP flower orders in front of church Friday, May 7 from 1-5 PM.

QUESTIONS Christine Dalton, 410-733-5747 or Stephanie Froberg, 410-804-8047

Outdoor Mass Sundays at 11:30 AM Begins April 25

Beginning Sunday, April 25, the 11:30 AM Mass will be held outdoors, weather-permitting. In the event of inclement weather, the Mass will be held in the church. This will be a “quiet” (no music) Mass, whether indoors or out.

St. John School Race for Education

Race for Education is our school’s biggest fundraiser and we need your help!  Your tax-deductible donation directly benefits the students and faculty at SJE.

Race Day this year is live, in-person and on-campus on April 30. Students, faculty and staff will be running (or maybe walking!) a lap course on our parking lot (a.k.a. playground!) Your support is so important to the success of this event. We have no doubt that we will reach our $35,000 goal because our Eagles soar!

See this weekend’s bulletin for a sponsor form.  Thank you for your kindness and be sure to cheer us on in prayer for a beautiful, fun and safe race day. Thank you very much!

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.

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.

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.

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.