Door-to-Door Mission Outreach
St. John’s is engaged in an ongoing outreach to its neighbors, extending friendly invitations to visit our parish and participate in its activities, events and services. On Saturday mornings, May 16, May 23, and 30, a group of parishioners will go door to door to residences within our parish boundaries giving a friendly greeting to whoever answers and leaving flyers at the door. This is a wonderful opportunity for parishioners to participate in this gentle form of evangelization. You are invited to join us. Parent and children teams are especially welcome. Come after the 8:15 a.m. Mass to the parish hall for a prayer, TRAINING, general instructions and distribution of materials. Plan to spend two hours and return by 12:00 noon. For further information and to volunteer, please call Dave Scully at (703) 356-0785, or email [email protected].
The Divine Comedy Lecture Series
In honor of the 750th anniversary of Dante's birth, St. John the Beloved presents a four-part lecture & discussion series, Saturday's in the Adult Education Room.
- May 16: Introduction to Dante
- May 30: The Inferno
- June 13: The Purgatorio
- June 27: The Paradiso
Discussions will be led by Ary Historian, Nora Hamerman. Nora Hamerman has taught at the University ofVirginia and Shenandoah University. She is the author of more than 100 articles on sacred art and music published in the diocesan newspapers of Arlington, Los Angeles, Boston, Baltimore, and Fort Worth, as well as in Our Sunday Visitor and The Art Quarterly. She has lectured on the illustrations to the Divine Comedy since 1982 in eight countries and in four languages; and she will be teaching the 24-part "Dante Travelogue" nex fall in the Osher Lifelong Learning Program at Johns Hopkins University.
Please RSVP to Laura Pennefather, Religious Education Office: 703-356-5275 or [email protected].
Novena to the Holy Spirit
HOW DO WE DO DOOR-TO-DOOR EVANGELIZATION AT ST. JOHN THE BELOVED?
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE KNOCKING?
Smile! Notice their house number so you can take notes after your contact. Pray.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER KNOCKING?
Smile! Take a step back to the give them room to open the door(s) themselves. Pray the “Hail Mary” slowly. If there is noise inside the house, wait a little longer and pray another slow “Hail Mary”. Otherwise, attached a Door Knob Hanger… on… the… doorknob! See the section entitled “Conclusion”.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF THEY OPEN THE DOOR?
Smile! Offer an introduction as you hand them a flyer...
“Hi there. How are you? I’m from St. John Church over on Old Dominion. We just set our summer schedule and are handing out copies to everyone in the neighborhood.”