Weekly Prayer & Update – October 16

This Week’s Gospel Reflection

Sunday, October 18 – Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Written by Theresa Konitzer, Director of Religious Education

Good and Gracious God, thank You for the gift of this beautiful country that is blessed with so many natural resources. From its majestic mountains to its tiniest of streams, You have gifted us. Our soil is rich and from it produces wheat, corn, and other fruits and vegetables in such abundance that we have enough not only for the people living in this country, but for the poor of the world. Our water is clean for drinking, bathing, and cooking. Technology is helping us find solutions to air pollution. We are so blessed because of Your goodness. Our job is to make sure it stays that way. Taxes, though a burden, help us to maintain God’s creation.

In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees are trying to trick Jesus so they can turn Him over to the Roman government. They ask Him, “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” Jesus asks for a coin and says to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” They reply, “Caesar’s.”  Jesus says, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”

While we may gripe about paying taxes, there is so much good that the money does. The second part of that response is to make sure that we are giving to God what belongs to God.

Lord, You are my everything, and to You I give my all. Heavenly Father, I pray to You for the guidance to make sure that the words I speak, and my actions reflect Your goodness.


Sign Up for Mass October 17 & 18

We encourage you to pre-register to save time when you check in at Mass (check-in not required for outdoor Mass), as well as to help us gauge attendance. Pre-registering is not required, however. Kindly sign up for Mass by 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 17. Here’s how:
  1. Click here and then click the “Sign Up” button of the Mass you’d like to attend.
  2. Select the number of people in your household who will be attending from the drop-down menu.
  3. If you’re already in the Flocknotes database, the system will recognize you when you click the sign-up button. If not, enter a contact name and email or phone number if prompted.
  4. Click Submit and close the sign-up window/tab.
  5. You’ll receive an email confirmation after your sign up is complete. The confirmation email gives you the ability to modify or cancel your registration after you’ve signed up.

Confirmation Blessings

We thank Bishop Parker and all those who made the Confirmation Mass so special last Sunday. Here are a few snapshots:

All Souls Novena

A novena of Masses for All Souls will be celebrated from November 2–10. An envelope for this purpose is included in your October packet, and it contains spaces for listing the names of the deceased that you would like remembered.

These envelopes will be placed in the sanctuary for the duration of the novena, along with a perpetual candle that will stay lit for the month of November. Extra envelopes will be available in the parish office for those who donate online or no longer receive envelopes in the mail. Please return them to the parish office or via the collection baskets by October 30.

Tune-In to Tuesday Morning Mass

Live-streamed on Facebook When School is in Session
On most Tuesday mornings, the 8:30 AM Mass will be live-streamed on the parish Facebook page so that St. John School students may participate in Mass on a weekly basis when school is in session. All are welcome to join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/st.john.hydes.

Final Weeks of Treasures in the Hall

Just a few weeks left to shop for bargains at “Treasures in the Hall.” This indoor flea market has items ranging from electronics to furniture, dishes, artwork, and much more! Be sure to wear your face mask and maintain six feet of social distance during your shopping appointment. Contact Pat Loeffler at 443-417-5665 to make an appointment. All proceeds benefit St. John Church.

Greece/Turkey Pilgrimage Trip

Thanks to everyone who attended the Greece Pilgrimage travel presentation last week. If you are interested in going, be sure to sign up due to limited seating available. If you have any questions or need the link to view the registration form, call Debbie Carroll at 410-746-7892 or email her at deb@terrapintravel.co.

Visit the Virtual Art Exhibit!

Check out the Virtual Art Exhibit on our website at http://www.sjehydes.org/virtual-art-exhibit/. Be sure to visit and check back often, as new artwork will be added every few weeks. If you’d like to submit your creative handiwork, more information is available here and the entry form is here. Questions? Contact Sr. Carol at carolfssj@archbalt.org

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.