Advent 2017: WonderFUL Wandering

Join us as we prepare for the celebration of our Savior's birth! Fr. Jim and Fr. Michael are developing a Preaching Series called "WonderFUL Wandering." The act of wandering has a connotation which pictures one moving about in a rather casual, leisurely, aimless manner. Yet the Advent journey is one that engages our wandering with a purpose: to encounter the One who was called "Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace."  During these four weeks, the calm of the Advent season (yet the busyness of the holidays!) will ready us to welcome, receive, and adore Jesus this Christmas!

Advent Fair

Sunday December 3 from 8 AM - 1 PM

School Auditorium

  • Make a Live Advent Wreath with Fresh Greens
  • Get Ideas for Celebrating Advent at Home
  • Buy a New Set of Candles for Your Wreath
  • Get Prayer and Activity Resources for all Ages
  • Join our Mural Coloring activity
  • Enjoy Coffee and Donuts

Advent Service Opportunities

Advent Giving Tree & Winter Relief

Our two major outreach efforts this holiday season to the needy of our community are our annual Advent Giving Tree program as well as supporting Winter Relief sponsored by Arundel House of Hope, which provides temporary shelter to homeless individuals in Anne Arundel County. Also, we will be distributing Christmas baskets to needy families. Please bring your non-perishable food items to church and place them in the containers. 

Advent Giving TreeClick on the link to go to the St. VIncent de Paul Society's page and make a direct monetary gift to this year's Advent Giving Tree project OR after Masses the weekends of December 2 & 3 and 9 & 10 take a tag from the Giving Trees in the Gathering Space and go to the table to purchase the specified gift cards. The cards will be given to needy families in Anne Arundel County impacting approximately 90 households with around 200 children. Gifts must be made by Dec. 12 as we have to deliver the cards to the families so they have time to shop for Christmas. 

Winter Relief:  St. John's will be hosting approximately 40 homeless individuals the week of Dec. 26- Jan. 2, providing a warm place to sleep, a couple of hot meals each day, as well as companionship and entertainment. You may click on the link to learn more about how you can volunteer through donations, preparing and serving meals, providing entertainment, or to make a monetary gift. Poor Box donations will go to Winter Relief the weekend of Dec. 2 & 3 as well. 

Advent Friday Eucharistic Adoration

Confessions also offered each Friday

Join us for Prayer Before the Blessed Sacrament each Friday for Eucharistic Adoration. This is a wonderful way to focus our prayer and prepare for the celebration of Christmas. Each Friday's schedule will be as follows:

8:30 AM      Mass

9 AM           Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 7 PM (transferred to the Oratory at the conclusion of confessions) - Sign up at                            www.stjohnsp.org/adoration.

9 AM  & 7 PM        Confessions (except for Dec. 8)

*Notes:  Friday, Dec. 1, a Family Holy Hour will be held in church from 6-7 PM in church, followed by confessions.

Friday, Dec. 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation. Eucharistic Adoration will take place in the Oratory after 8:30 AM Mass until 6:45 PM and there will be no confessions.


Special Times for Confession

All are welcome at all times!

How to Go to Confession

St. John's will be offering several additional opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent in addition to each Saturday from 4-5 PM.

Family Reconciliation Services, with individual confessions, will be offered:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 5   - 7:15 PM
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6 - 5 PM

Reconciliation with our School Children:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 10:30 AM & 1 PM

Confessions will be heard on Fridays:

  • Dec. 1, 15, 22 at 9 AM & 7 PM (No Confessions on Dec. 8, Feast of the Immaculate Conception)

Confessions will also be heard:

  • Sunday, Dec. 17 from 4 - 5 PM.
  • Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 21-23 at 9 AM.
  • Thursday & Friday, Dec. 21 & 22 at 7 PM.


Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, Dec. 9 - School Auditorium

8:30 AM & 10 AM Seatings

Come out and bring the children to prepare for the holidays with breakfast with old St. Nick! Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, fruit cup, and beverage. $6.00 per person (aged 2 and over). Advanced Ticket Purchase is necessary as we are limited to 150 at each seating! Click the image to register and pay for your tickets. Deadline is December 6. 

Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. John.