Weekly Prayer & Update – Friday, May 7, 2021

This Week’s Sunday Gospel Reflection

Sunday, May 9, 2021 – Sixth Sunday of Easter


Contemplation from Lectio Divina

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

Remain in my love. 

When have I felt God’s love most strongly? What things separate me from God’s love?

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be complete.

What do I need to complete my joy? How can I share the joy that God gives me?

It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you. 

What has God chosen me to do? How can I participate more fully in the mission of the Church?

Outdoor Mass Sundays at 11:30 AM

Weather and conditions-permitting, the 11:30 AM Mass will be held outdoors. In the event of inclement weather or poor conditions, the Mass will be held in the church. This will be a no-music Mass, whether indoors or out.

Mother’s Day Flower Order Pick-Up

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 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.

St. John School Notes

Mark your calendars now to join us on Wednesday, June 16 from 5:00-8:30 PM at Dejon Vineyard for Muscle Up for Miles!

Miles Wildasin is the infant son of our Grade 6 homeroom teacher, Mr. Cory Wildasin and his wife Claire, (who is also the daughter of our Grade 8 homeroom teacher and proud grandmom, Ms. Suzanne Thomas). Miles was born three weeks early on September 21, 2020 and has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

Muscle Up for Miles! will be a fundraiser for the Wildasin family to help mitigate some of the medical expenses associated with Miles’ treatment for cystic fibrosis. Like prior SJE nights at Dejon’s Wine Up! Wednesday, there will be live music by Saving Sgt. Pepper, food for sale from Mama Juanas food truck, Kona Ice for sale from Kona’s shaved ice truck and lots of wide open space for all the kids to run and play. Our host Dejon and our two vendors (Mama Juanas and Kona) will be donating a portion of sales to Muscle Up for Miles! Additionally, we will be doing a 50/50 raffle so be sure to bring some cash!

Bring some comfy chairs or blankets.  If you prefer, bring a picnic dinner or pack some snacks.  Bring a soccer ball or frisbee. School will provide corn hole.

St. John School Race for Education Exceeds Challenge Goal!

Fr. Pete’s challenge was not only met,  it was EXCEEDED!

Break out the duct tape! Thanks to the generosity of our parish and school families, the 2021 Race for Education raised in excess of $43,000 for our school.

WOW – that’s even more than we had hoped for – you are amazing!

THANK YOU to all those who donated!

On a date to be announced later in May, both principal Chrissy Blake and Fr. Pete will be duct-taped to the school wall – stay tuned! It’s not too late to donate. Visit

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Fr-Pete-Literal if you’d like to make a contribution.

St. John School Planning Grand Reunion for April 9, 2022!

It’s official! St. John the Evangelist School, Long Green Valley will be celebrating 75 years of continuous operation during the parish’s bicentennial year. With the date set, we are in the preliminary planning stages. Our first and most important task is to track down an estimated 1,320 grads!!! (Approximately 20 alums from each class from 1948 to 2014.)

We sure could use your help!

As much or as little as you can spare!

TASK #1: The school’s digitized records from 2002 forward are pretty good but we are ISO class lists from all prior years. Would you have an old class list? Or a class photo that would help you create a class list?

TASK #2: The school has a file cabinet full of paper student records — filed alphabetically, not by graduation year, and all with addresses of parents, not students, most of which are probably former addresses! and they’re not digitized! Yikes!

We are ISO contact information (full name (plus maiden name for women), address, phone and email) for your class. Do you have sleuthing skills? Looking for a constructive hobby to keep you busy during the pandemic? A great place to start is to complete your contact info here and send the school office that same info on your brothers, sisters, cousins and friends who attended SJE.

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.


May Crowning

All are welcome for a special outdoor crowning of the Blessed Mother on Tuesday, May 11 after the 8:30 AM Mass.

“Treasures in the Hall” is Now Open!

Pat Loeffler has already opened shop for this year’s “Treasures in the Hall.” 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. Face masks and social distancing are required.

Pastoral Council Elections – Nominees

Pastoral Council Elections are coming up May 22-23. The current list of nominees is available in our bulletin for you to download and view. If you are interested in running for Pastoral Council, contact Kristen McCormick at kmccor14@jhu.edu or Ray Dietz at craytrek@comcast.net.

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.