Adult education or formation is at the very core of who we are as a Church. To further the work of the Church, which is evangelization, on going formation in Christian teaching and the Word of God is essential. It must become the axis around which all other forms of education and catechesis take place.
The primary form of adult education at St. John's is the Sunday Liturgy. In addition, we have the Parents' Baptismal Preparation, Adult Inquiry, Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, Scripture Study, the Ministry of Mothers Sharing (M.O.M.S) and various periodic opportunities for spiritual development. We are always looking for new ideas to help us implement this crucial area of formation. To help in this area, please contact Fr. Gould.Top of page
The altar servers are a volunteer group of boys in the fifth through twelfth grades who serve Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and often during the week. An altar boy can be expected to serve one to two times a month. Once scheduled, each boy is fully responsible to see that he or a qualified substitute is present at this time.
There are also opportunities to serve the parish by assisting at weddings, funerals and special functions. Extra training and availability is required for these rituals. Funerals are limited to the boys who attend St. John's School or who are home-schooled, since they ordinarily take place during school time. If you are interested in becoming an altar server, please contact the Parish Office.Top of page
Buildings and Grounds
Major annual activity includes spring cleanup, mulching, installation of seasonal plants and bulbs, and regular irrigation and cultivation. Project activity, budget permitting, includes new landscaping, scout community service endeavors, woodworking and building renovations, drainage work and turf restoration/maintenance.
The Buildings and Grounds committee meets once a month, March through November. Auxiliary members are exempt from meetings, but volunteer as their schedules permit. For information, contact Michelle, Martha or Christie.Top of page
Retire the Debt
The Capital Campaign is the building fund to expand the church, facilities and parking here at St. John's. The green envelope in your monthly envelope packet is designated for your contribution to the campaign. A pledge is a promise of an amount of money that you can pay as a one-time payment or over a period of time. Many options are available. If you'd like to make a pledge to the campaign and/or discuss payment options, please contact the Parish Office.Top of page
The Columbian Squires is the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus for young Catholic men 12–18 years of age. It is a dynamic, international leadership development program that provides fun, friendship, service opportunities and spiritual development.
The Squires meet on the second Tuesday of every month from 7–8pm in the Knights meeting room on the lower level of Mercy Hall. For more information about the Valentine C. Paluck Circle 4642 of the Columbian Squires please contact either our Chief Counselor: Ken Garlem
Chief Counselor: Mrs. Tracy Matthys
Chief Rose: Rebecca M.
The Columbian Squire Roses is a group of Catholic girls ages 10-17, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus which helps young women build character and develop leadership. The program was developed to enhance a young woman’s opportunities in life such as a chance to receive the Leadership Training and Moral Guidance needed to succeed and to Serve others.
Some activities the girls will participate in are Crafts, Games, visiting Nursing Homes, Bowling, Gardening at the Church, and supporting the Knights of Columbus events.
St. Veronica is the Patron Saint of our Squire Roses Circle 0007.
We meet every 3rd Wednesday of each month @ 6-7 pm for Adoration in the Church and meeting/social activities are from 7-8 pm in the Knights’ Social Hall.
Interested in joining our fun, exciting group of awesome girls? Please email Ms. Mary Guinn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her @: 540-364-2672
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The Divine Mercy Group meets every Friday from 3:00 to 4:00 to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Rosary, Stations of the Cross and other devotional prayers. We also pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet daily after the 8:30Mass. We celebrate the Divine Mercy Feast Day the Sunday after Easter as declared by Pope John Paul II.
We encourage others to attend any of these prayer groups and pray for God’s mercy.
course of Jesus' revelations to Saint Faustina on the Divine Mercy, He told
that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete
forgiveness of sins and punishment.”
Or to schedule for a specific time slot, please contact:
Bill & Gloria Griffin (540-598-6468)
Gabriella Toske (540-272-1118)
St. John's offers Eucharistic Adoration with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at these hours:
Wednesday 9:00 AM- 8:00 PM
We need volunteers to commit to spending at least an hour or two each week so we can continue this most important devotion. Please consider the benefits of giving some of your time each week to honor our Eucharistic Lord. For information or to volunteer for the Eucharistic Honor Guard call the Parish Office. For additional information about Eucharistic Adoration click here.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION GUIDANCE
THERE ARE TWO SEPARATE BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR ADORATION:
If you cannot attend adoration at your scheduled time, please call one of your prayer partners (another person committed to the same hour as you) and ensure that person will attend. Also, you should get a substitute thereby not diminishing the number of Eucharistic Adorers in attendance. We have an extensive substitute list now with devoted Eucharistic Adorers willing to help whenever needed. Please use their kind offer to sit with Our Lord when you are not able. Try not to always call the same person or the first person on the list…mix it up a little.
REMEMBER THAT OUR LORD SHOULD NEVER BE LEFT ALONE.
There will be a list of all adorers (times, phone numbers and email addresses) in the Sign-in Book for review. Please do not remove. It is there for assistance in contacting the next person in the rotation if necessary.
Eucharistic Adoration Helpful Hints
What is adoration….spending time with Our Lord.
This is your private time with Jesus. Find a place in church where you can be alone with your thoughts and with Jesus.
What do we do in adoration…
Jesus’ words to Peter, James and John in the Garden of Gethsemane:
“Could you not watch just one hour with Me?”
O Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ The Lord !
Extraordinary Ministers (EMs) of Holy Communion assist the parish clergy with distribution of Holy Communion at all regularly scheduled and Holy Day Masses. They may also visit nursing homes, hospitals, retirement residences, and the sick or elderly who are confined to their homes. EMs generally serve for a period of five years and may be re-appointed for one term. Training is provided annually by the diocese at several locations, usually in May of each year. There is always a great need for those wanting to serve your parish and assist our priests in this humbling ministry. This ministry provides the opportunity for significant spiritual growth and increased love of our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. Please prayerfully consider volunteering and watch the church bulletin for the training announcement prior to May. Contact the parish office if you would like to volunteer for this ministry of great love.
St. John's Home Educators (SJHE) provides support for home schooling families who provide their children's primary education at home. We offer an array of spiritual, academic and social activities for children of all ages. SJHE offers a base for these families to network and unite following the teachings of the Catholic Church.
The group usually meets three to four times a month. The get-togethers consist of various club and craft activities, feast day celebrations and field trips. The purpose of these activities is to encourage fun and learning in a faith-filled environment. All members lend a hand with the activities and field trips.
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“whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
HOOPS's mission is to practice the Corporal Works of Mercy by giving comfort, assistance and prayers to our parishioners in need.
This ministry aims to help our parish “care givers” &“shut ins”, people who live alone, taking care of a loved one, people with disabilities, anyone in need of help. What can we do? How do we help? It’s the little things that mean a lot; maybe just lend them an ear or take them a lunch. They need someone to be there, and they need our support and encouragement. Please call and find out about our next support meeting and how you can help these fellow brothers and sisters.
There by the grace of God, go I. We are all busy. Someday we may need HOOPS Ministry.
"Kindness is the
language the blind can see and the deaf can hear."
“You came into Prison and visited me.” (Matthew 25:36) Not everyone can physically go visit the imprisoned, but you can support those that do in other ways. Susan Tullington is a member of a Kairos retreat team that will be visiting Jesus at the Goochland women's prison from Nov 1 - 4. You can support me by 1) Being a prayer partner 2) Making homemade cookies (see the prison rules / requirements included on the parish website) 3) Being a sponsor. You can sign up online or at the cafe. Questions? Susan at email@example.com or 540-349-4285. For more info click HERE.
Grand Knight: JR GearhartThe Knights of Columbus is an order of Catholic men and their families dedicated to promoting the concepts of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. If you are a practicing Catholic man at least 18 years old, the Knights of Columbus offers you the opportunity for fellowship with people who share the same beliefs and who recognize the same duty to God, family and country. If you are looking for an organization that can enrich your family's life in every way, Father Veger Council at St. John's Parish invites you to join with them in helping our church and community.
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Father Veger Council Knights of Columbus meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm. Membership is open to the wife, mother, widow, sister or daughter, 18 years of age or older, (Catholic or non-Catholic) of a Knight. The Ladies Auxiliary has a two-fold purposes, that being, promoting growth and Christian fellowship among all members and providing support to the Father Veger Council. Our annual dues are $10, payable each July. Fundraisers include: Fall & Spring Bake Sale, Yard Sale. Local Outreach: Donations to County High School After Prom Parties, Providing Lunch for Habitat for Humanity Builders, Cash gifts and support of Columbian Squires and Squire Roses, International Outreach of parish in Banica and Medical Missionaries serving in the Dominican Republic and Haiti,support of vocations by prayer and monetary gifts to parish seminarians.
Ladies Auxiliary Officers 2016-2017:
President: Kathy Gearhart (703) 966-3915
Vice President: Bonita Pezzi
Treasurer: Diane McFarland
Secretary: Tammy Anzenberger
Historians: Mary Berzins and Barbara Rash
Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serve the Church and their neighbour on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries. The first meeting of the Legion of Mary took place in Myra House, Francis Street, Dublin, Ireland, on 7 September, 1921. This meeting was to have very beneficial consequences for the mission of the Catholic Church and, in a special way, for millions of members of Christ’s lay faithful who would serve in the Legion and for those who would be served by the legionary apostolate. Many persons outside the Catholic Church would also benefit from that apostolate. With the approval and support of the Popes and a great many Bishops, Priests and Religious, as well as the prayers and efforts of legionaries, the Legion, by the grace of God, has grown into a worldwide organisation with several million members.
The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work. The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. Persons who wish to join the Legion must apply for membership in a Praesidium. The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish. Every legionary is required to carry out a 2 hour weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary.
Drawing its inspiration from the True Devotion to Mary, as taught by St. Louis Marie de Montfort, and which had a profound influence on the Founder of the Legion, the Servant of God, Frank Duff, the Legion is at the disposal of the Bishops and Priests for use in the mission of the Church. While essentially a lay association, legionaries look for spiritual and apostolic formation from priests and religious, who, as Legion Spiritual Directors, hold an honoured place in the Legion system. The Legion aims to bring Mary to the world as the infallible means of winning the world to Jesus. Legionary service is based on the doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ so that in their fellow members and in those they serve, legionaries seek to have the Person of our Lord once again seen and served by Mary, his Mother.
St. John's has 3 praesidia that meet weekly. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Praesidium meets on Monday mornings from 9:45-11:15 AM in Mercy Hall. Ark of the Covenant Praesidium meets on Monday evening in the Parish Center from 7:00-8:30 PM and Our Lady, Queen of Angels Junior Praesidium (for youth ages 7-18) meets on Friday afternoons from 4:45-6 PM.
The Legion sponsors an adult education group, the Society of the Patricians, which meets the second Saturday of each month in the Library of St. John's School from 10 AM-12 Noon. Topics are posted each month in the bulletin. All are welcome to attend.
For further information on the Legion, please contact Mary Bowes at (540)439-0340.
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Arlington Diocese Office of Family Life at
parishioners in the Diocese of Arlington must initiate marriage preparation
with their parish priest at least SIX MONTHS prior to the intended wedding
date. Engaged couples are required to attend one of these Pre-Cana
Marriage Encounter is designed for good healthy marriages, to give married
couples the opportunity to spend a weekend together, a time to share their
feelings, their hopes, disappointments, joys and frustrations, and to do so
openly and honestly in a face-to-face, heart-to-heart encounter with the one
person they have chosen to live with for the rest of their lives. For
additional information, you may pick up a Marriage Encounter brochure in the
Parish Office or contact the Arlington Diocese Office of Family Life at
Please feel free to join our Facebook Group
Click here to visit St. John's Music and Liturgy Page.
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Parent Teacher Organization (P.T.O.)
Parents of elementary school children, and all parishioners are invited to participate. We meet one evening per month in the school. We exist to coordinate fundraising efforts, promote the school via the PTO newsletter and dispense school information/accomplishments to local papers, coordinate parent volunteer participation, establish an operating budget and work closely with the pastor and principal to develop extra curricular programs for the school.Top of page
Parish Development / Stewardship
Stewardship is discipleship in action. It is giving back to God by serving others. Jesus calls each of us to share our time, talent and treasure with others. He calls us to be good Stewards of the gifts he has given to us.
Stewardship places a proactive focus on our response to Jesus' call, intentional, planned and proportionate. The stewardship committee at St. John's will aid you in becoming a good steward, through education and opportunity. The stewardship committee hosts the annual ministry fair and other events as appropriate. You are a participant in God's divine plan. As a good steward, you must apply your time and talent to serve others. Your faith journey in Christ is vitally important. Stewardship can help you chart your course…planned, intentional, and proportionate.
"As generous distributors of God's manifold grace, put your gifts at the service of one another each in the measure he has received", (1 Peter 4).Top of page
St. John's pro-life activities include, but are not limited to joining the annual March for Life, praying the rosary regularly for the unborn and others in danger of an untimely death (and when possible, joining and encouraging others to pray the rosary outside abortion facilities), providing necessary items to struggling new mothers, and keeping our elected officials aware of our position regarding the sanctity and respect due all human life.
Gabriel Project is a recent undertaking of our pro-life ministry in which we endeavor to meet the needs of pregnant mothers whether they be spiritual, emotional or material. Gabriel Project is sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Family life, which provides resources and training for the ministry.
Our Telephone Tree spreads the word when events are scheduled at which our participation is needed, when life issues are at stake in which our input could be influential, and when our prayers are more urgently needed than usual. To join our 'Phone Tree' or to learn about how you can help to protect, preserve and promote respect for all life, call Katie McClure.Top of page
Religious Education 540-347-2922 x209
Mrs. Sherin Murphy, DRE: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Donna May, RE Assistant: email@example.com
Mrs. Tami Burns, RE Assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arlington Diocese Arlington has a program for those considering separation or divorce, or who are already separated, but want to try again. For information, call the Retrouvaille answer line 703-351-7211 or visit the web site: http://retrouvailleofnorthernvirginia.blogspot.com/Top of page
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Q & A
RCIA is the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. For those interested in becoming Catholic or in learning more about their Catholic Faith, RCIA classes are offered on Wednesday evenings during the school year and Tuesdays during the summer, at 7pm in the St. John School.
Christian initiation is a ministry by the whole parish community to assist those who are being called to conversion and to becoming Catholic.
If you are interested in helping or in learning more about the Catholic Faith, please contact the parish office at 540-347-2922.Top of page
Sacred Heart Library of St. John's is now open!
Our Library & Gift Shop is located on the 2nd floor of the Parish Office Center. All books and videos are organized in alphabetical order by category. Various prayer cards, Rosaries, medals and statues are available for sale or may be ordered. Volunteers are always needed to help staff the Library. Please call the Parish Office if would like to help. Thank you!
Current hours are:
Secular Franciscan Order/Sacred Heart of Jesus Fraternity
The Sacred Heart of Jesus Fraternity meets in the Knights of Columbus meeting room on the 1st Sunday (with a few exceptions) of the month at 12:30pm for formation and our fraternity meeting begins at 1:30pm. To learn more about this exciting opportunity to come closer to Christ through the unique Franciscan lifestyle, call Toya Finzel.Top of page
St. John the Evangelist School (Pre-K through 8th grade)
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The Society is an international Catholic organization of lay persons, founded in 1833 and placed under the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul. It seeks, in a spirit of justice and charity and by person-to-person involvement of its members, to help those who are suffering.
For those wishing to donate to help with this great need by way of financial donations and donations of items such as Baby Diapers & Dry Goods (i.e. cereal, boxed items and canned goods), the need is always there. Again, please call the number above if you would also like to volunteer. Thank you for your generosity!Top of page
An adventure is beginning in Warrenton and the surrounding area. The Parish of St. John’s is taking its outdoor formation activity and moving forward with the Trail Life USA, a newly founded national organization with the mission “to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.” This is a mission very much in line with morals of the Church and many other Christian communities. We must instill these morals in our boys as they grow to be young men serving the Lord and in turn our society.
Concerning membership, it is unequivocally so, that “all boys are welcome irrespective of religion, race, national origin or socio-economic status.” It will be open to boys K – 12. For more information please plan on attending the upcoming Trail Life USA organizational meetings. Check upcoming bulletins for details.
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Ushers / Greeters
The Ushers/Greeters of St. John the Evangelist serve at the 5pm Vigil Mass on Saturdays and the 7:30am, 9am, 10:45 AM, 12:30 PM and 5:30 PM Masses on Sundays as well as special Masses throughout the year.
The Ushers/Greeters welcome parishioners as they enter church, assist with seating, take up collections, direct Communion lines and, after Mass, hand out bulletins and offer any other assistance requested by the pastor. Anyone interested in serving as an usher/greeter may contact John Baffa or call the Parish Office.Top of page
Various projects and prayer services take place throughout the year, including a weekly Holy Hour with Eucharistic Adoration and recitation of the Rosary. Additional information is published in the Bulletin as appropriate.Top of page
Women In Prayer
WOMEN IN PRAYERDuring the Miraculous Medal Novena, a parish-wide devotion, Wednesdays 7-8pm, all women of the parish are invited to join in and lift their voices as one for our personal intentions, for reclaiming our country for the Lord, and for reclaiming our womanhood as God intended it to be. Please join us – there is no obligation, no strings attached, just women coming together to pray as one. Top of page
Women of St. John's
The Women of St. John meet on the third Friday of each month at 9am in Mercy Hall. Our purpose is to help the parish in any way we can. We make baptismal bibs, run a Lenten soup supper, collect sundries, make and collect mittens and hats for school children, make palm roses for homebound parishioners, sewing kits for the mission in Banica (see http://www.banicamission.com/). We have an annual day of recollection and go on an outing each spring. All women of the parish are welcome and encouraged to join us!Top of page
St. John's Catholic Young Adults group is a community of Catholic young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 who desire to enter more deeply into a relationship with Christ and their Catholic faith through spiritual, catechetical/educational, and social activities. For more information or to join, please join us at Chill at the Grill at the Deacon Bernie Pavilion each Sunday evening after the 5:30pm Mass.
Young at Heart
YOUNG @ HEART is open to all over 55. No dues, No fund raisers. We have Prayer, Fun, & Fellowship. Young at Heart has just started its 4th year and keeps growing in members!
This Senior group meets each 1st Friday after the 8:30 mass at Mercy Hall for coffee & doughnuts. We have guest speakers; we have groups of woodworking; we play chess, bridge, other card games and board games (bring your own game) and enjoy good company. Trips taken and planned include: cruises, Europe, Canada, and trips up and down the East coast!
We have a sign in sheet for suggestions & ideas. What are you interested in? Perhaps some day trips? List your hobbies: Golf, hikes, picnics, relax at the beach, museums, out to lunch, cook outs, crafts, woodworking, dancing, cards, wineries, and the list goes on. Hope to see you there!
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The American dollar is worth $43 Dominican
pesos and goes a long way here! Financial support makes possible so many
blessings for so many poor people in the Bánica Mission. Monthly pledges of
support are particularly appreciated. Donations are always welcome at
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