"When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities – to offer just a few examples – it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected. Once the human being declares independence from reality and behaves with absolute dominion, the very foundations of our life begin to crumble....”
Pope Francis
Laudato Si', #117
SERVICE: Taking Care of His Suffering Body

Cherishing the gift of the
human person

The dignity and beauty of the human person comes from the fact of the incarnation of God in the person of Christ. With the whole Church, St. John’s parishioners have the privilege to recognize his image and likeness within the face of every person—from the moment of his or her conception until natural death.

St. John’s has a variety of ministries to support the weak and vulnerable persons in our midst:

St. Joseph’s House: Parishioners Dan, Joe, Natalie, Mary Frances and Johnny LaHood welcome young people with multiple disabilities into their family home, St. Joseph’s House. As a parish, we are blessed to have such a work of grace in our midst. See photos from the annual Benefit for St. Joseph's House by going to the Parish Photo Galleries.

St. John's House: In Summer 2012, our parish welcomed a household of adults with special needs: the newly established "St. John's House" on Harmon Road. Developed by Rosaria Communities, a non-profit work of the Archdiocese, the house is staffed by Jubilee Association of Maryland. Our new friends often attend the 10:15AM Sunday Mass and appreciate our companionship and neighborly care. If you would like to become more involved in the ministry at St. John's House, contact Margie Cuff, margiecuff [at] gmail.com.  

To see pictures from Welcoming Mass and Celebration that took place on October 14, 2012, please click here.

Samaritan Hotline: This ministry assists parishioners and members of our community in times of difficulty by providing meals and other assistance. The SJE Samaritan Hotline (301-593-1888) is monitored daily by parishioners. We provide food assistance through our food pantry and help those with other needs find the appropriate local community resources. The Samaritan Hotline is coordinated by Kathleen and Drew Ortner (301-592-8898). Volunteers are needed to monitor the hotline and assist with requests, and any amount of time you can give is greatly appreciated.

Birthright and Gabriel Project: We collect baby clothes, lightly used maternity clothes, and money to assist expectant mothers who need help during difficult pregnancies.  We hold virtual baby showers and collect money in baby bottles to assist these ministries.  These ministries are led by Ailene Morin (301-649-5817) and Sue Wiant (301-593-8689).

Kris Kringle: SJE's Kris Kringle provides gifts for families in need at Christmas. During Advent, watch the bulletin for more details. 

Bereavement Mass: Each year a Memorial Mass is held in memory of those who have died during the past year from November-November. For more information, contact the parish office.

Health and Welfare:  The Health and Welfare Ministry provides blood-pressure screening, flu-shots, and health education services during Community Sunday (3rd Sunday of every month).  We need medical personnel to continue this ministry. The time-commitment is about 20 minutes after Mass.  Please contact the parish office if you are interested in volunteering.

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Prayer of wonder

My sweet Lord...your Son went down from the heights of his divinity to the depths of our humanity. Can anyone's heart remain closed and hardened after this? We image your divinity, but you image our humanity in that union of the two which you have worked in a man. You have veiled the Godhead in a cloud, in the clay of our humanity. Only your love could so dignify the flesh of Adam. And so by reason of this immeasurable Love I beg, with all my strength, that you freely extend your mercy to all your lowly creatures. Amen.

-St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)


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