LENT & EASTER 2021

Holy Week & Easter Services, and Prayer Resources

Palm Sunday thru Easter Sunday Schedule

† Denotes Livestream

Saturday, March 27 — Palm Sunday Vigil

  • 5:15p.m. Mass (Church)

Sunday, March 28 — Palm Sunday

  • 7:30a.m. Mass (Church)
  • 9a.m. Mass (Auditorium)
  • 9a.m. Mass (Church)
  • 11a.m. Mass (Church)
  • 12:30p.m. Mass (Outdoor)
  • 5:15p.m. Mass (Church)

Monday, March 29 — Monday of Holy Week

  • 8:30a.m. Daily Mass (Church)

Tuesday, March 30 — Tuesday of Holy Week

  • 8:30a.m. Daily Mass (Church)

Wednesday, March 31 — Wednesday of Holy Week

  • 8:30a.m. Daily Mass (Church)
  • 6—7p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation

Thursday, April 1 — Holy Thursday

  • 8:30a.m. Lauds; Liturgy of the Hours (Church)
  • 7p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Church)—Tickets are required for this Mass

Friday, April 2 — Good Friday

  • 8:30a.m. Lauds; Liturgy of the Hours (Church)
  • 12p.m. Stations of the Cross (Church)
  • 3p.m. The Lord’s Passion (Church)—Tickets are required for this service
  • 7p.m. Stations of the Cross (Church)

Saturday, April 3 — Holy Saturday

  • 8:30a.m. Lauds; Liturgy of the Hours (Church)
  • 1:30p.m. Blessing of Easter Foods (Plaza)
  • 8p.m. Easter Vigil Mass (Church)—Tickets are required for this Mass

Sunday, April 4 — Easter Sunday

  • 6:30a.m. Mass (Outdoor)
  • 8:30a.m. Mass (Auditorium)
  • 8:30a.m. Mass (Church)
  • 10:30a.m. Mass (Auditorium)
  • 10:30a.m. Mass (Church)
  • 12:30p.m. (Outdoor)

 

Special Events in Lent

Stations of the Cross—Fridays, 12p.m. and 7p.m. in the Church.

Eucharistic Adoration—Friday at 9a.m. through Saturday at 8a.m. Sign up at
stjohnsp/adore or in front of the Oratory.

Time for God book and prayer discussion and Q&A with Fr. Erik. Thursday evenings during Lent. 7p.m. in the church and online.

As we focus on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving this Lent, you are invited to join us for an opportunity to grow deeper in your life of prayer.

Read Fr. Jacques Philippe’s contemporary classic on prayer entitled Time For God. 

Alongside Fr. Jacques’ book, we will be offering a simple Prayer Companion to help you put what you read into practice in your own daily prayer.

Discussion and Q&A with Fr. Erik. Thursdays at 7p.m. starting Feb. 18. In church and via livestream.

Lenten Fish Fry—March 26
Join us for homemade crab soup, hand-breaded cod, macaroni & cheese, and coleslaw! Carry out only, 5—7p.m. Proceeds will benefit evangelization efforts. Stay tuned for more information.

Time for God, Prayer Companion, by Fr. Erik Arnold

Daily Mass

“In the Eucharist is all the power that created the universe and all the love that redeemed it,” William Cardinal O’Connell. Join us for daily Mass and receive the Lord’s power and love in your life to help you meet the challenges and trials of each day. The Mass readings are specially chosen to help draw us more deeply into Lent. Please join us!

Eucharistic Adoration

At Mass the bread and wine truly become the Body and Blood of Jesus. We feed on this gift at Mass, but we also adore his Real Presence in Eucharistic Adoration. Adoration takes place at St. John every Friday morning after Mass and continues throughout the day and night until Saturday morning Mass. Come and spend some quiet time in the presence of the Lord – it is a great time of peace, healing and spiritual refreshment.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

We all fall short in loving God and neighbor. Rather than getting used to it, or suffering through the shame or guilt, what if there was a way to start over? What if there was a way to be strengthened so that you could break out of your patterns of sin and live differently? God offers us his mercy to give us that new start.

We celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lent on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Remember, no matter how long it has been the priest is ready to help you! Come and meet Christ in the Sacrament of his mercy!

Stations of the Cross

Early in the life of the Church it became common for pilgrims to walk in the footsteps of Jesus in Jerusalem, remembering his Passion and Death. Later, Stations of the Cross were added to local churches as an alternative. The Stations commemorate Jesus’ journey to Calvary where he died. Originally prayed outdoors, the Stations of the Cross gradually moved inside churches where they became a familiar feature. Join us for this beautiful Lenten devotion.

Fasting is the voluntary giving up of food, drink, and other material things that expresses our desire to bring a healthy balance back to our relationship with God, ourselves and others. Poor choices in daily life can lead us to become slaves (addicted) to certain material things such as food, drink, television, etc. In fasting, we admit that we are not as free as we would like to be. In fasting, we exercise the gift of our free will (aided by God’s grace) to say ‘no’ to certain things (which are not necessarily bad in themselves) in order to allow us to say ‘yes’ to the Lord and to others.

The Benefits of Fasting

  • Fasting awakens the heart to the intimate presence of God in one’s soul.
  • Fasting encourages more serious reflection about the priorities in our lives.
  • Fasting strengthens our sense of dependence upon God.
  • Fasting sharpens our sensitivity to the spiritual dimension of life.
  • Fasting strengthens our ability to say ‘yes’ to God and ‘no’ to sin.
  • Fasting develops greater appreciation for the gifts of God, especially food and drink.
  • Fasting purifies us, spiritually as well as physically.

Ways to Fast

The season of Lent already comes with some “built-in” fasting: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence, while each Friday of Lent we abstain from eating meat. Remember, though, that meatless Fridays don’t mean we choose lobster instead. Meatless meals on the Fridays of Lent should be simple, sacrificial, and lead us to reach out in generosity to those who are less fortunate through some act of charity.

The classic form of fasting involves giving up of food or drink. As children we may have given up candy during Lent – this classic approach can be as valuable for adults as for children. Any time we exercise our free will in a deliberate way over and above our cravings and desires we gain control over our lives – the same control that is needed to say “yes” to God and “no” to sin.

We can also fast from an entire meal (lunch on the Fridays of Lent for example). The money normally spent on that meal could be placed in the Poor Box at church.

Lenten Norms for Fasting and Abstinence Fasting: Catholics aged 18—59 are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting on these days means we can have only one full, meatless meal. Some food can be taken at the other regular meal times if necessary but combined they should be less than a full meal. Liquids are allowed at any time, but no solid food should be consumed between meals. Individuals who are pregnant, nursing, or ill are excused from these norms.

Abstinence from Meat:
Catholics aged 14 and older are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays during the season of Lent.

We can also fast from television, music, or our devices. While not always bad in themselves, these forms of entertainment can so occupy our lives that we have trouble hearing God. In place of television or the phone, we can spend time with those we love or in quiet prayer with God (reading from Scripture, looking at the Sunday Mass readings, etc.) or in service to others.

Remembering that fasting is a form of penance and self-denial, there are many other ways that we can show God our sorrow for our sins: being generous with others, visiting the sick and lonely, feeding the poor, studying Scripture, praying the Stations of the Cross or the Rosary, practicing self-control, and many others.

Almsgiving is not only an offering of money to those in need but an attitude of generosity and a willingness to share in the burdens of others. Almsgiving is closely tied to fasting; whatever we save (money or time) should be offered to the needy.

Here are some ways you can give alms this Lent:

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry

Each month, the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry (located in the Parish Center) distributes between 250 – 350 bags of groceries to our neighbors in need. Volunteers sort donations, pack bags, and assist with monthly food deliveries from the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. Check the weekly bulletin for a list of our most needed items. If you are interested in volunteering 1 – 2 hours per month, please contact Kathy Wallace at rjwkkw@comcast.net.

Lenten Poor Box Collections

Help support those in need by contributing to our Poor Box during Lent. As the parish receives requests for assistance our St. Vincent de Paul Society is ready to help. Thank you for helping meet the needs of our brothers and sisters!

Casseroles for Our Daily Bread

Catholic Charities’ Our Daily Bread is Maryland’s largest hot meal program, serving more than 250,000 meals to the hungry of Baltimore City each year. Casserole pans and recipes can be picked up in the Gathering Space and are due back to St. John on the last Sunday of the month between 7:15-11:15a.m. Please contact Mike Walsh at 410-703-3132 for more information.

CRS Rice Bowls

Our Faith Formation students have participated in this Lenten tradition for many years. Sponsored by Catholic Relief Services, Operation Rice Bowl is a daily reminder of the struggles and needs of God’s people around the globe. Throughout Lent, families make sacrifices by contributing a portion of allowances, dessert or treat money, etc., into the rice bowl.

This Lent we are not able to give out the Rice Bowl collection boxes, nor collect cash donations due to COVID. Please go directly to the Catholic Relief Services website or use Pushpay and make notation for “Catholic Relief Services.” Through our sacrifices, we have the power to make the world a better place for everyone.