Weekly Prayer & Update – Friday, April 23, 2021

This Week’s Sunday Gospel Reflection

Sunday, April 25, 2021 – Fourth Sunday of Easter
Contemplation from Lectio Divina

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

A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

Who has sacrificed for my good? How am I being called to lay down my life for others?

I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me. 

How do people know that I belong to God? How can I lead those I meet to God?

The Father knows me and I know the Father. 

How am I growing in my knowledge of the faith? How can I come to know the Father’s will for me?


Bicentennial Opening Thank You!

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the kick-off to our 200th year such a special day! The weather was picture-perfect, and we appreciate the kindness and hospitality of our parishioners in welcoming Archbishop Lori, former pastors and other special invited guests to the celebration.

We also especially thank those who responded to the emergency situation that occurred in front of the church before Mass – your quick action, selfless care and compassion are truly awe-inspiring. By the grace of God and the angels among us, no serious injuries were sustained. Thank you for your continued prayers.

For more information on our year-long Bicentennial Celebration, visit www.sjehydes.org/bicentennial.


Beware of Impersonation Emails and Text Messages

If you receive an email or text message from Fr. Pete or another staff member asking for a favor, money, gift cards or sensitive information, please know that these are not legitimate messages from a valid “@sjehydes.org” address or staff phone number. If you receive a suspicious message, please delete it.

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 no-music Mass, whether indoors or out.

Mother’s Day Flower Orders

Thank you to everyone who placed orders for spring flowers through our Mother’s Day Flower Sale! Orders may be picked up in front of the church on Friday, May 7 from 1-5 PM.  Note: all sales were by pre-order only; there will NOT be flowers for sale on-site.


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.

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!

Click here 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 History Exhibit Tours

St. John History Exhibit Tours in the Koontz House / Ministry Center can be requested for dates starting May 1. Call the Parish Office at 410-592-6206 for your tour appointment.

The Exhibit is displayed in five rooms, each a different era, using automated slideshows, photographs, guide interpretation and artifacts. Our history starts with the settlement of the Maryland Colony, progressing to our first church on the Ridge, our Chapel, the Modern Church and finishes in the present.

Maximum of four people or one family on a tour. Masks and social distancing will be practiced.


SJE Bicentennial Prayer

Son of God, we are so grateful for you.
You have sent your Spirit upon this community of
St. John the Evangelist to accompany one another in
encountering your love and peace for 200 years.

Jesus, we turn to you and look for your guidance so that we may work together, as a community, to support the mission of St. John the Evangelist Long Green Valley to “Love God, love others, proclaim the good news and make disciples,” for at least 200 more years.

Ever-faithful are your works, O Lord.
We are truly blessed and encouraged to continue
to serve you and your people.

Amen!


SJE in the News

Our Bicentennial Celebration is making headlines!

WBAL NewsRadio 1090 AM will feature our Bicentennial, as well as our local outreach efforts (focusing on our work with the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Food Pantry), in their Project CommUNITY segment on Monday, April 26 at 5:17 AM and 6:20 PM. It will also be posted on their website.

The Villager newspaper featured our parish in the April 2021 “Remember When…” column. To view the article on our website, visit https://www.sjehydes.org/bicentennial/in-the-news/.

WBAL-TV News came out and did a brief story about Sunday’s Bicentennial Opening on April 18 – click here to view.


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.

First Friday Mass & Holy Hour May 7

Join us for Mass followed by Holy Hour on Friday, May 7 at 8:30 AM in the church. Fr. Pete will give a brief talk on “Breaking Bread Together” before Benediction. All are invited for this period of prayer, fasting and penance in the Holy Presence of Jesus.

Mother’s Day Novena

A novena of Masses will be said for all mothers beginning Sunday, May 9. An envelope for the novena is included in the monthly packet. Extra envelopes are available in the narthex and parish office. Kindly return your intentions to the parish office by Friday, May 7.

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.