30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
KINGSHIP OF OUR LORD
Solemnity of All Saints
The Last Judgement
Diptych, Right panel
(Petrus Christus, 1452)
I am pleased to present the FY 2023 Annual Report for Saint John the Beloved.
Please remember that the many gifts that the Almighty God has bestowed on us are to be used in the service of others. I ask that we all prayerfully evaluate how we share our gifts of time, talent, and treasure within our parish.
Time. I ask that each of us intensify and deepen our time in prayer: asking Our Lord “what do you desire of me?”. If you are not already doing it, spend time praying as a family. Read and reflect upon the Holy Scriptures – come to know Him in His Word. If you can, spend time before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. We have Adoration every day of the week but Saturday. Wednesday evenings we pray the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. and have Benediction at 7:30 p.m.
Talent. I ask that you consider volunteering some of your talent in service through our Parish Apostolates. Some of you that have very beautiful singing voices, please consider joining the choir. For those that have beautiful speaking voices, consider becoming a Lector. We also have need for ushers at Sunday Mass, volunteers in the Women’s Council, and eager souls to help start our St. Vincent de Paul Society for the service of the poor. If there is a new group you want to start, let me know. Please talk to the Lord and find out what He is asking of you so as to spread the Good News. Please see our website or bulletin to get more information on our activities.
Treasure. I know that you are aware of the rising costs of maintaining a household. Our parish is no different. The expense of running our various ministries and maintaining the physical plant are going up. So I am asking for your help. We rely on your weekly offertory contributions to support these programs and facilities, and we need to increase our offertory. Please discern your financial commitment to our parish, and determine if you are in a position to increase your offertory. You may do so by updating your Faith Direct account (or creating a new Faith Direct account) or by using your offertory envelopes.
I thank you for your on-going support and commitment to this beautiful parish! My prayer is that each of us will reflect on these three gifts of ourselves and discern what God is asking of us. And by His grace, may we all become better stewards of our time, talent, and treasure. With every best wish, I remain,
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Rev. Christopher J. Pollard
Watch From Home
Video Archives of Holy Mass, Evenings of Prayer & Catechesis, Funerals and other events at St. John the Beloved can be found at https://livestream.com/StJohnMcLean. Occasionally weddings and funerals are simulcast at https://www.youtube.com/c/StJohntheBelovedVideoLab or https://www.facebook.com/FrCJJP/.
Sacraments in Unusual Places
Holy Communion can be received in the vestibule after any and every Mass. Outdoor speakers permit you to listen to Mass without coming inside. Our priests can bring you Holy Communion at home as well.If you desire Confession somewhere other than the regular confessionals, please feel free to call the rectory emergency line 703-835-2808 to request a confessor to meet you in church cry room or in the parking lot.
Neighbors in Need
Many parishioners have volunteered to help deliver groceries or otherwise render assistance to neighbors who are not able to leave their homes. Please call the parish office either to alert St. John the Beloved about someone who needs help or to volunteer.
Eternal rest grant unto them...
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