Blue Flower

 

The sick and the shut-ins of our parish community, especially: Betty Wells, Sterling Alvin Colberth, Emmanuel T. Siemonh, Georgia Beally, Jacqueline Holland, Bridget Peterson, Isabel Morales, Rosa Maria Santos, Luigi Flaim, Mark Ballard, Tony Lembo, Regina Proctor, Teresa Sander, Sandy M. Ingram, Shirley Krucelyak, Laverne Ward-White,  Janet Madden, Fr. Pittman, Joyce Doyle, Janet Miller,  Boots Padlan, Dr. Edward Ridley, Dr. Deborah Ridley Brome, Caryne Foster, Fr. Everett Pearson, Ofelia Lozano, Carlos Reambonanza, Don Miller, Mary Catherine Page, Sister Janet Milan, Bridgett and Ralph Peterson, Angela Brown Robinson, Antonio Espinal, Joseph Gregory Benincasa and Dr. Vincent Benincasa  and all parishioners who are ill.

 PRAYERS FOR OUR BELOVED DEAD (Parishioners)

 
BELOVED DEAD SUNRISE SUNSET More info...
Louise Proctor (†)   January 6, 2017 legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?pid=183570406 
Richard O'Brien Stevenson (†) Jul 18, 1944 May 14, 2017

legacy.com/obituaries/name/richard-stevenson-obituary?pid=1000000185605409

Judith Lynn Miller (†) Jan 13, 1952 June 17, 2017

legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?pid=185844274 

Cora Green (†) 1920 June 24, 2017  
Joseph Joy (†) Aug 23, 1941 June 30, 2017
 
Albert "Al" Fenstomocher (†) Jun 22, 1939  August 10, 2017 legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?fhid=6242&n=albert-fenstomocher-al&pid=186371075
Kimberly "Kim" Harris (†) 1966  March 25, 2018  legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid = 188310009
Edmund B. Madden "Ed"  (†) Jan 12, 1932  July 14, 2018 

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Luther H. Anderson  (†) Mar 21, 1926 August 25, 2018  
Michael Warren Reamy, Sr.  (†) Aug 24, 1948 December 7, 2018 leefuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Michael-Reamy/
Anna Livesay  (†) Sep 20, 1921 Tue Jul 23, 2019 https://www.leefuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Anna-Livesay/#!/Obituary
Leslie Lorenzo Evans, Jr.  (†) Sep 17, 1924 Wed Jan 8, 2020 https://www.everhere.com/us/obituaries/md/clinton/leslie-l-evans-jr-10256891
Cynthia Updegraff  (†) Jun 4, 1957 Tue Jan 21, 2020 https://www.leefuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Cynthia-Updegraff/#!/Obituary
       
       
       
                                       


             

         

 

   

 

        

  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16       
  
              
  8:00 AM…………………………………Andrew & Helen Mihaly         
  9:45 AM…………………………………Ann Proctor           
11:30 AM…………………………………Victoriano & Lina Cruz   
  1:00 PM…………………………………Leslie Evans              
  4:00 PM…………………………………Souls in Purgatory   
  8:00 PM…………………………………Parishioners of St. John

                                                                                         

  MONDAY FEBRUARY 17           

  8:30 AM …………………………………Naughton Family 

 

  TUESDAY FEBRUARY 18     

  8:30 AM…………………………………Richard Manion 

 

  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19  

  6:30 AM…………………………………Eugenio Bautista   
  8:30 AM…………………………………Jota Carlos Vidigal  

 

  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20        

  8:30 AM…………………………………Richard Snyder    

 

  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21    

  8:30 AM…………………………………Naughton Family     



  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22

  8:30 AM…………………………………Teresita Sumander  
  5:00 PM………………………………….James & Rosemary Gleason 

 
  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23     

  8:00 AM…………………………………Ida Bernice Savoy/Kimberly Harris        
  9:45 AM…………………………………Warren Jackson         
  11:30 AM……………………………….Lourdes Concepcion King  
  1:00 PM…………………………………Dolores O'Connell        
    
  4:00 PM…………………………………Souls in Purgatory   
  8:00 PM…………………………………Parishioners of St. John 
            
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 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A - Sunday

Gospel - Matthew 5:17-37 

 

 

 

            Jesus said to his disciples:

17     “Do not think that I have come to abolish

          the law or the prophets. I have come not

          to abolish but to fulfill.

18     Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth

         pass away, not the smallest letter or

         the smallest part of a letter will pass from

        the law, until all things have taken place.

Christ is not abolishing the ten commandments, but he is demanding of his followers a more perfect, a more sincere, fulfillment of them. The whole moral value of any legal observance (the Mosaic law included), comes from the interior disposition of him who observes or keeps the law. No man serves or honors God by any exterior acts, be they

ever so arduous or continuous, unless these acts proceed from an intention and a will to honor and please God. This is the charter, the constitution, of the new law, Christianity. The old law is not abol- ished, but deepened and given a new life. (Excerpted from The Sunday Readings Cycle A, Fr. Kevin O' Sullivan, O.F.M.)

 

The mission of Jesus is to fulfill the law ("I have come to."), not to do away with it, and fulfilling the law is a question of "righteousness". The Greek term for righteousness, dikaiosune, translates both the Hebrew sedeqah meaning "right relationship" and mishpat meaning "justice". The righteousness of the official teachers of the Law, the scribes and Pharisees, their manner of relating to others and their notions of justice, are judged to be quite inadequate for those who are part of God's reign, the kingdom "of heaven" in Matthew's terminology. The righteousness of Jesus' followers is to "exceed" such minimalist interpretations and expressions of the Law.
(By Veronica Lawson, RSM)

Christ's disciples are to internalize the commandments in a way that goes beyond avoidance of mortal and grave sin. Growing in holiness requires us also to detest venial sins and to prudently avoid even the near occasions of sin. 

Challenge: Christ’s teaching indisputably contradicts the so-called wisdom of our age. Our faith and our Church is under constant pressure from those who reject one or another of the commandments. Everything must be preserved and taught faithfully and devotedly that the glory of the heavenly kingdom may not be lost.” Do not fear to defend the faith! Jesus exhorts his disciples to be teachers. He says, “whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
(Fr. Randall Meissen, LC)

 

 

 (Thank God for the countless teachers who keep the faith in our Catholic schools. Praise God for the countless volunteers and catechists who lead religious education programs, CCD, confirmation classes, and RCIA. Glory to God for parents who teach their children right from wrong and teach them to pray from the time they can walk. You who strive to live and teach Jesus' commandments are truly among the greatest in the kingdom of heaven!)

 

 

  

 

  ST. JOHN’S PARISH
ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY "Lifetouch" SIGN-UP

LIFETOUCH/ The New Church Directory

      Our current parish directory is from 2015 and many of us have changed and also had changes to our families. Lifetouch photography, the company who takes the school pictures, will be here starting on Monday, February 24th from 1:30 to 9:00 PM to begin taking pictures. Each family will receive a free 8x10. Seniors, military, and first responders will receive a 20% discount on any package they purchase.     

So that this will be successful we will need volunteers from EACH Mass to please assist with sign ups and on the picture days to assist the families.

     For your convenience, there is an on-line link to access and schedule your appointment .Your member site URL: 
https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/b6ktld9k/  - (Your families will appreciate the convenience of reviewing the schedule and signing up online).

Please contact Janet at the rectory to volunteer and with any questions. 

 

                     

 

 

 
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 2020 Annual Appeal

 

This weekend is Commitment Weekend for the 2020 Annual Appeal.  Please be generous in making your pledge.  No gift is too small and will support more than 60 ministries and programs that benefit countless women, men, children and families in the Church of Washington, including within our own parish and local community.  As in every year, 100% of your contribution to the Annual Appeal will be designated to the ministries and programs supported by the Appeal.  Thank you for your prayerful consideration and generous response.

 

                                                                         

 

 

   

 
OUR SCHOOL:       
           

       We start this week with a holiday for Presidents' Day and end the week with the last of our Student Led Conferences. We will also have our quarterly Home and School Association Meeting this Thursday in the Church Hall. Our students have also finished our mid-year Scantron standardized testing and our 3rd quarter is moving along swiftly. This month, our 1st graders are hosting our annual Pennies for Patients campaign to help those affected by various blood cancers. Last year was a record breaking year for our collection so we are hoping to have another great year! Just as a reminder, at the end of the week, our re-registration opens for all of our current families.
    
     If you are interested in enrollment or would just like to stop by and visit our students in action, please feel free. Our office hours are 7:40 am until  3:40 pm Monday through Friday. You can always visit our website for more information about school activities and events at www.saintjohnsschool.org .  Join us daily for our LiveStream broadcast of our morning and afternoon prayers daily at 8:05am and 2:50 pm.  Find the link on our website!           

 "The Mission of St. John the Evangelist Parish School is to be a respectful Catholic environment
where the invitation to become citizen disciples of Jesus Christ is manifested by its learners
and teachers.  Animated by a spirit of trust and cooperation, we are dedicated to religious formation,
academic achievement and appropriate social development. 
In all we do, we celebrate the unique
gift of God in each person and strive to capture the dream of God for all who
make up the community
of  St. John's School."

                                  
  




 

 

 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (St. John the Evangelist, Apostle; John 1:1-5).