Weekly Prayer & Update – Friday, May 21, 2021

This Week’s Sunday Gospel Reflection

Sunday, May 23, 2021 – Pentecost Sunday

Contemplation from Lectio Divina

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

You also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

How has God been present in my life? How can I testify to his presence?

The Spirit of truth … will guide you to all truth. 

How can I discern what is true? What resources do I have to lead me to the truth?

Everything that the Father has is mine. 

What has the Father given me? How can I respond to the Father in gratitude and generosity?

Pastoral Council Electronic Election – Voting is Now Open!

Pastoral Council Elections have begun via electronic ballot, which will be open May 21-May 27 to registered parishioners 18 and older. The current list of nominees is in the bulletin for you to view. The ballot link is: https://forms.gle/DgpT7upqCt2fuQ8L8.

For validation purposes, you will be asked to provide your email address on the ballot. If you prefer to cast your vote by phone, please call Kristen McCormick at 443-275-3535 by 4 PM on Thursday, May 27, 2021.

Principal & Pastor Duct-Taping

On Monday, May 17, our pastor, Fr. Pete, was duct-taped to a tree along with principal Chrissy Blake. Click here to view some photos on our Facebook page.

Thank you to everyone who helped the school raise more than $43,000 for their Race for Education!

Confirmation 2021-2022 Info Session

Letters of invitation have been sent to those entering High School in the Fall.  If you have a young person who will be in 9th-11th grade this upcoming school year, who is interested in Confirmation Prep, please join us on Zoom May 23 at 10:30 AM for more information.  ZOOM link:


Bicentennial History Exhibit Open House – Sunday After 9 AM Mass

There will be an Open House for the St. John History Exhibit Tours in the Koontz House on Sunday after the 9AM Mass. Bring your family to meet the guides who can help acquaint you with the historical items or just explore for yourselves.

COVID-19 Mass of Remembrance & Healing

May 30, 2021 at 9:00 AM – Trinity Sunday

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us. Join us for a special Mass to pray for the victims of COVID-19 and the front-line medical professionals who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic.

We invite you to come, fill out a card, and place the names of those who have died or are currently battling COVID-19 at the altar for remembrance and healing. Special prayers and music will be offered during this Mass.

We will also celebrate those who have survived COVID-19 and honor the remarkable work of the front-line medical professionals who continue to battle this deadly virus.

Parish Office Closed on May 31

Please note that the parish office will be closed on Monday, May 31 for the Memorial Day holiday.

Next Food Pantry & Casserole Collection is Sunday, June 6

We will be collecting frozen casseroles for Our Daily Bread as well as non-perishable food items for the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Food Pantry on Sunday, June 6 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. 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 from our website www.sjehydes.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/our-daily-bread.pdf. We appreciate your donations to help feed those in need!

Family Fun Fest

Volunteers Needed for Family Fun Fest

The Family Fun Fest is shaping up to be a lot of fun! We’re excited to come together as a community on June 19, and we could use more volunteers to make the event a success. Please sign up to help here.

COVID-19 Protocols

Face Masks

The wearing of masks is no longer mandated on parish campuses in the Archdiocese of Baltimore; however, it is still strongly encouraged for those who are not vaccinated.

Social Distancing Reduced from 6 feet to 3 feet

We have reduced the social distancing requirement from 6 feet to 3 feet between congregants from different households.


Kindly maintain 3 feet of social distance in all directions. As you choose your seat, please be mindful to sit in a “checkerboard pattern” so that you are not sitting directly in front of or behind members from other households.

Congregational Singing

Congregational singing is now permitted with face masks. While we are not yet able to return hymnals to the pews, you may access the songs via the Worship Music Resource available on our website here.

Offertory Baskets

The offertory collection has resumed during Mass via long-handled baskets that ushers/volunteers pass in and out of the pews.

“Treasures in the Hall” is Now Open!

As we’re not able to have the Spring Fling this year, come out and shop for treasures as you support our parish during this Bicentennial year. All proceeds benefit St. John Church.

Shop for a wide variety of items in the church hall on Saturday from 4-6:30 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 1 PM or by appointment. Call Pat at 443-417-5665 for more info. or to make a shopping appointment. Face masks and social distancing are required.

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.