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
Let's read about the Ascension from all four Gospels together:
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age."
50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven.