Weekly Prayer & Update – Friday, April 2, 2021

This Week’s Sunday Gospel Reflection

Readings available at www.usccb.org/readings

Sunday, April 4, 2021 – Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord


Contemplation from Lectio Divina


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

 Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark. 

When have I experienced darkness in my faith and hope? How can I share the light of Christ with others?

He saw and believed. 

What people, events, or books have helped me to believe more fervently? How do my words and actions help others to believe?

For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. 

How often do I read Scripture and pray with it? What resources will help me grow in my understanding of the faith?

Mass Sign-Ups Have Been Discontinued

As we have been able to effectively notify the parish community of the few cases of COVID-19 that have occurred at St. John’s, signing up for Mass for contact tracing purposes has been discontinued, other than for funerals. We thank all of you for your patience and flexibility during this time.

Year of St. Joseph

Angelus of St. Joseph

V. The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.
R. “Joseph, Son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary, your wife, into your home.”

V. “For that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.”
R. “And she shall bring forth a son.”

V. “And you shall call his name Jesus.”
R. “Because He is the one who is to save His people from their sins.”

V. Pray for us, O virgin father of Jesus.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
Pour forth we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ Your Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His passion and cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

Our Daily Bread & St. Elizabeth of Hungary Food Pantry Collection – This Sunday

Frozen casseroles for Our Daily Bread and non-perishable food items for the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Food Pantry will be collected on Easter Sunday, April 4 from 8:30-11:30 AM in the parking lot in front of the parish office.

Volunteers for both efforts will have their cars parked there for the drop-off, and they will remove your donated items from your vehicle. For safety’s sake, please wear a facial mask when dropping off.

Please do not bring any items into the narthex or the church hall. Casserole pans and recipes are available in the bin in front of the parish office. The recipe may also be downloaded at: http://www.sjehydes.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/our-daily-bread.pdf. We appreciate your donations to help feed those in need!

Parish Office Closed on Monday, April 5

The parish office will be CLOSED on Monday, April 5.

Bicentennial Heritage Mass & Reception on April 18

To kick-off our year-long Bicentennial Celebration, Archbishop Lori will preside at the opening Heritage Mass on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 9:00 AM. Following the Mass, we will process to the chapel for a special blessing, then the Koontz House/ Conference Center, where Archbishop Lori will bless and cut the ribbon of the Parish History Exhibit.

Afterwards, there will be a kick-off reception outside under a tent in front of the Koontz House. To ensure we have enough food, kindly RSVP with the number in your party if you plan to attend the reception. You may call the parish office to RSVP or sign-up at: https://sjehydes.flocknote.com/signup/48227

Seating for the Heritage Mass is first-come, first served, with overflow in the church hall to watch the livestreamed Mass.

Please also note that there will be no 11:30 AM Mass on April 18. A “quiet” Mass with no music will be available at 7:00 AM on April 18 as another Mass option that day.

Mother’s Day Flower Sale

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


Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter

We invite you and your family to join us!

Please note that all church seating is first-come, first-served, with overflow downstairs in the church hall to watch the livestream.


April 2 Good Friday

  • 8:30 a.m.   Morning Prayer in the church
  • 7:00 p.m.   Liturgy with the Passion of Christ Live Drama in the church – also live-streamed on Facebook

April 3 Holy Saturday

  • 8:30 a.m.   Morning Prayer in the church
  • 1:00 p.m.   Blessing of Easter Food in the church
  • 8:00 p.m.   Easter Vigil in the church – also live-streamed on Facebook

April 4 Easter Sunday Masses

  • 9:00 a.m. in the church (first-come, first-served seating with overflow in the church hall) – also live-streamed on Facebook
  • 11:30 a.m. outside in front of the Koontz House Conference Center/ playground. Mass will be held under a large tent, rain or shine. Be sure to bring your own chairs or blanket for seating


Pre-Order St. John’s History Book


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.