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SAINT JOHN CATHOLIC CHURCH MC LEAN, VIRGINIA

MARCH 23, 2003

Year of the Rosary

October 2002 - October 2003

Mass Intentions

Monday, March 24, Lenten Weekday 6:30 Thom as Kilcline + 9:00 Mary M. Campbell + 7:00 Louise Hilliard + Tuesd ay, M arch 25, An nuncia tion of the Lord 6:30 Carmella Holstedd + 9:00 Thom as F. Protz + Wednesday, March 26, Lenten Weekday 6:30 Joanne Marie Arnold + 9:00 Anne M cCabe + 7:00 Tho mas H anley + Thursday, March 27, Lenten Weekday 6:30 Geraldine Stier + 9:00 Martin Enghauser + Friday, March 28, Lenten Weekday 6:30 Thom as Kilcline + 9:00 Roberta Hack 7:00 Robert Adams + Saturday, March 29, Lenten Weekday 8:15 Robert M. Crone + 5:00 Henry Richard + Sunday, March 30, Fourth Sunday of Lent 7:30 Ca therine Freyvo gel + 9:00 Carlos Manu el Vieria + 10:45 People of the Parish 12:30 Geraldine Stier + READ INGS FOR THE W EEK

Mo nday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 2 Kings 5:15ab; Luke 4:24-30 Isaiah 7:10-14; Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38 Deuteronom y 4:1, 5-9; Matthew 5:17-19 Jeremiah 7:23-28; Luke 11:14-23 Ho sea 14:2-10; Mark 12:28-34 Ho sea 6:1-6; Luke 18:9-14 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 3:14-21

"Pray for the Family - Pray for Peace"

From the Pastor

The Word Was M ade Flesh

The Solem nity of the Annunciation of the Lord is this Tuesday, March 25. Like the feast of Saint Joseph, it is a solemnity with a Gloria and the Creed. During the Creed on this solem nity, the faithful genuflect at the wo rds "and became m an." The Annunciation celebrates the m ystery of the Incarnation and also the vo catio n of O ur Lady. It was her faithful response to the angel's message, her fiat, that began the wo rk of Red emp tion. For nine mo nths Our L ord grew and was nurtured in H is Mo ther's womb until His birth, which is celebrated on Decem ber 25. We are remi nd e d of the sanctity of all unborn human life. The essential eleme nts of this solemnity are captured in the Angelus prayer which the Church enco urage s us to recite everyday at Noo n.

The Angelus

V. The angel of the Lord declared unto M ary; R. And she co nceive d by the H oly S pirit. H ail Ma ry... V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord. R. Be it done unto me according to your word. H ail Ma ry... V. And the Word wa s made flesh. R. And d welt amo ng us. H ail Ma ry... V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. R. Tha t we m ay be m ad e wo rthy o f the pro m ises o f Christ. Let us pray. Pour forth , we beseech yo u, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we to whom the incarnation of Christ, your Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by his passion and cross be bro ught to the glo ry of his resurre ctio n, th ro ug h th e sa m e Ch rist our L ord . Am en.

"Year of the Rosary" Annual Parish Pilgrimage

A pilgrim is one who travels to a holy place to obtain som e spiritual bene fit; the purpose of a pilgrimage may be to venerate a sacred object or religious relic, to be in the pre sence of a h oly pe rson , to make reparation for sin, to seek a grace or a favor or to offer thanksgiving in return for graces received. Our third annual parish pilgrimage, June 14 - June 22, 2003, will be focusing on Our Lady during this Year of the Rosary; Shrine of the Miraculous Medal (Lourde s, Rue de Bac), (Cathedrals of N otre Dam e and C hartes), St. Michael the Archangel (Mont St. Michel), St. Therese "the L ittle Flower", a Doctor of the Church (Lisieux ) and Sa cre-Coeur Basilica at (Mo ntm artre.) Bro chures with full detail including price may be obtained from the pa rish office. Space is limited so please sign up early if yo u wish to jo in us.

lease pray for the ill of our par ish family, especially, Judith Barracks, Ronald Bashion, Arthur Bertapelle, G enie Borne, Herm an Bregg, Brian Boespflug, Virginia Bowker, Mercia Boyd, Josephine Celenza, Esperanza C handler, H arry Clarke, Ed ith Costello, Clarence Coster, Ru th D eal, L ucille Dion, De nis D ow ney, Jr., Barbara Espisito, Edward R. Ettne r, Sr., Pa ul Frazier, Mario n G riffin, Peg Hartmann, Blanche Kane, Leonard Jerabek, Mary Johnson, Elena Kimberly, Geo rge Knovick, Jerry Kornieck, Jay L aM onica, Katherin e Malcolm, G erry McKeon, Geo rge Tracy Mehan, Eric Michaels, Mike & Regina M ichaels, John Mott, Ernest Od do no, Lo is Riscile, Joseph Riotto, Robert Sheehan, Anita Soto, Helen Spewak, Marge Stanfield, John Stapleton, Hannah S tellings, Ka itlin Tracy, The resa V artanian, C onstance Vetter a nd Ma rie W aterm aier.

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THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

Religious Education

ST. JOHN LENTEN LECTURE SERIES "SPIRITUALITY IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH" continues this Wednesday, March 26, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This week's featured speaker is Fr. Jack Riley discussing "Carmelite Spirituality." Watch the bulletin each week for details. For more information call 703-356-5275. RCIA CLASSES (Rite of Christian Initiation) continue this Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Adult Education Room. The topic will be "Introduction to Spiritual Reading" with Mr. Craig Richardson. ADULT BIBLE STUDY Our spring Bible Study on the Epistles to the Hebrews continues tomorrow, Monday, March 24 at 9:50 a.m. in the Adult Education Room. The Navarre Bible which we are using in the classes is available in The Word Book Store. Please join us for this very informative series. DEAL HUDSON LECTURE SERIES begins tomorrow, Monday, March 24 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. when the topic of discussion will be the book The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene. (Books for this series are available in The Word parish book and gift shop located in the church vestibule.) Subsequent dates will be April 24 and May 19. Please watch the bulletin for further details. All lectures will take place in the Adult Education Room. SAINT FAUSTINA - MESSENGER OF MERCY A one-woman dramatic and musical program to be held on Thursday, April 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall (immediately following the Lenten Soup Kitchen) on the life and message of St. Faustina. Performance artist Nancy Scimone, who is the recipient of a Unity Award for Catholic Music, will portray St. Faustina. No admission fee. Program lasts about 1 hour. For more information please call 703-356-7916 or 703-9137559.

News from

"The Word"

(St. John Parish Book & Gift Shop) First Communion time will be here before you know it! The Word has an outstanding selection of veils, ties, missals, gifts, statues, rosaries and more. Whatever you need for your first communicant, The Word has it. We're open after every Mass on Sundays, Wednesday evenings, Friday mornings and by appointment. Our number is 703-356-0839.

SENIOR'S NEWS! We will attend the matinee performance of the musical "1776" at the Ford's Theatre on Saturday, May 10, at 2:00 p.m. Please read the details on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the church vestibule. We need a minimum of 25 PAID participants before Thursday, April 3, in order to confirm bus transportation and group rates at the theatre. Please sign up as soon as possible. THE SANCTUARY COMMITTEE is in need of volunteers to assist with very light housekeeping in the church. Flexible time, ONLY every 7 weeks, rewarding and fun! A WONDERFUL opportunity to serve the Lord! Please call the parish office. DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO HEAR MASS IN THEIR LANGUAGE but can't find a priest who celebrates Mass in his or her language or can't conveniently travel to whatever parish offers it? Instead of a priest offering Mass in various languages, we will explore the desirability and technological possibility of providing simultaneous interpretation of Mass here at St. John into several languages. Please contact Jim Thunder at 703-442-0668 or [email protected] if: (1) you know of any parish anywhere in the world that offers this service; (2) you know of anyone who would benefit from having Mass simultaneously interpreted (a relative, a fellow worker, a neighbor, a friend?) (3) if you know, or if you know someone who knows, about simultaneous interpretation technology, or (4) if you know of anyone who might like to provide simultaneous interpretation. GREAT NEWS ABOUT SCOUTING AT ST. JOHN PARISH The Cub Scouts are coming back to St. John Catholic Church! More than a few years ago St. John Parish had a very active Scouting program. Since that time many of the boys from St. John Parish joined the Cub Scouting program at their elementary schools. It is felt that now is the time to offer scouting at St. John Parish again. Mr. Chuck Miro has committed to being the Pack Cubmaster and Andrea Del Vecchio will be the Pack Committee Chair. The St. John's charter is being reactivated and the organizational work is beginning. A "Welcome to Scouting" meeting will be planned in early April. A boy is first eligible to join Cub Scouting in the first grade where he will be a Tiger Cub. An older boy (grades 2-5) can join at any time and quickly gain the appropriate rank.

Parish News

PRAY A SORROWFUL MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY FOLLOWING THE 10:45 A.M. SUNDAY MASSES DURING LENT Throughout this holy season of Lent, in the "Year of the Rosary," a Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary will be prayed following the 10:45 a.m. Mass each Sunday. Let us come together, as the parish family of St. John to offer this most powerful weapon of prayer to the Queen of Peace for her loving intercession in our world and in our families! Please be considerate of those praying and leave the church QUIETLY. Contact Maria Soledad Ibar at 703-356-0888 if you would like to volunteer to lead the Rosary. BABY SHOWER sponsored by the St. John Women's Council to benefit A Woman's Choice (a pro-life pregnancy counseling center) and Project Gabriel (a diocesan project to assist women in crisis pregnancies) will be held today, Sunday, March 23 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Please bring an unwrapped gift (newborn to 2T) or donation. This an excellent way to celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation and enjoy a fun afternoon with the ladies! Any questions, contact Mary Sue Himpler at 703-821-2426. OVER 50 CLUB Join us on Easter Monday, April 21 for our first Spring meeting. Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. with lunch following at 12:00 Noon. More to come.

SAINT JOHN CATHOLIC CHURCH MC LEAN, VIRGINIA

MARCH 23, 2003 PILGRIMAGE TO EMMITSBURG Mark your calendars! Plan now to participate in the parish pilgrimage to Emmitsburg, Maryland, Saturday, April 26. This will be an excellent way to celebrate the Easter season as a parish family. Watch the bulletin for more details.

Bravo Zulu to our SYG actors and actresses for their tremendous performance of "Just Desserts" last weekend in the diocesan one-act competition. Although they did not bring home the prize money awarded to the best play, they wowed the judges and certainly entertained the many parishioners who turned out to see them perform on Thursday and Sunday evenings. A huge THANK YOU to Bill and Beth Doyle for selecting, directing, and surviving a great production with a high energy cast. We're already looking forward to next year's B&B production..... Next week's meeting will be another road trip to hear a special speaker. We will be joining other Youth Groups in the diocese on Sunday, March 30 at Our Lady of Sorrows in Fairfax to hear Fr. Stan Fortuna speak...and perform. Anyone who has been to one of his presentations has said this is a "must see"so we're not going to miss the chance. Sign up at tonight's meeting or phone Marty if you plan to go so we can work out transportation and decide if we want to have dinner together beforehand. Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Lenten 30-hour famine and Lock-In starting on Friday, April 11. Details on the SYG website: www.sjsyg.org. High school juniors and seniors are invited to attend Christendom College's High School Summer Program. Spend two weeks enjoying the pastoral tranquility of the Christendom campus while participating in a program of outdoor recreation, cultural sightseeing, and liberal arts education in Theology, Philosophy, Political Science, and Literature. Two sessions available: June 22July 4 and July 13-25. Contact Marty for more information. See you tonight at 7:30 p.m. for our regular meeting in the St. John School building!

CONGRATULATIONS! to Patrick Knise, St. John School 8th grader who is the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship to Gonzaga High School. Patrick also won third place in the diocesan spelling bee and won a prize from the Catholic War Veterans for being one of the top five winners at the bee. Congratulations to Joseph Guillen, also in 8th grade, who has qualified to participate at the state level of the National Geographic Bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Joseph will be going to Norfolk on April 4 to compete. Please keep him in your prayers. PLEASE WELCOME TO OUR FAMILY OF FAITH THE FOLLOWING CHILDREN WHO WERE BAPTIZED DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY Catherine Alice Kondracki, Richard Ray Pollick III, Randall Evan Shephard and Spencer Declan Lunde.

In Our Diocese / Area

FR. PAVONE, JUDIE BROWN AND FR. EUTENEUER TO SPEAK AT THE NATIONAL BASILICA ON THE FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION On the Feast on the Annunciation, Tuesday, March 25 at the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., Priests for Life and Human Life International will conduct an afternoon of prayer for the unborn. Both Fr. Frank Pavone (PFL) and Fr. Tom Euteneuer (HLI) will celebrate Masses, and Mrs. Judie Brown of the American Life League will also address the attendees. The day of prayer is open to the public. The afternoon will commence at 12:00 Noon with Mass by Fr. Euteneuer in the upper basilica and conclude with Mass at 7:30 p.m. by Fr. Pavone in the lower basilica. In between there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions, a series of talks and recitation of all 20 decades of the Rosary spaced out between the talks. There will be a break at 5:00 p.m. for the participants to get dinner on their own. For further information call Wendy at Human Life International at 540-622-5272. WANTED: HAPPILY MARRIED COUPLES. CONTACT GOD Find the happiness God wants for you on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend! Marriage Encounter is 44 hours where married couples can get away from jobs, kids, chores and phones - and focus only on each other. The next Catholic Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend in the Arlington Diocese in June 27-29. For more information, and to register, contact John and Loretta Scali at 703-6315289 or [email protected]

TAI CHI PRACTICE CONTINUES For those interested, Tai Chi practice continues at 7:00 a.m. after the 6:30 a.m. Mass each Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the school gymnasium. Many who practice Tai Chi find that it offers a variety of "quality of life" benefits such as better circulation, more energy, improved posture, better balance and coordination, less stress and an increased sense of well-being. Come, join us. Beginners are welc ome. Questions? Contact [email protected] or 703-821-8286. NEXT SUNDAY'S SECOND COLLECTION WILL BE FOR THE AMERICAN BISHOP'S OVERSEAS APPEAL. SUNDAY

23 Co ffee & Don uts after th e 9 :0 0 & 1 0:4 5 a .m . Masses CC D C lasses for PreK &K indergarten Nu rsery during 10:45 a.m. Mass B ap tism s Senior Youth Group 7:30 p.m. School Building

MONDAY

24 Sew & So Forths 9:45 a .m . D R R m. Adult Bible Study 9:50 a .m . A d . E d . R m . CC D C lass - 1 st Grade 4 :3 0 p .m . Co nfessions 6 :3 0 p .m . Mass 7 :0 0 p .m . De al Hu sdo n L ectu re Series 7:00 p.m. Ad. Ed. Rm.

TUESDAY

25 Special Liturgy Choir 9 :4 5 a .m . CC D C lasses grades 1-10 7:00 p .m . RC IA Class 7:00 p .m . A d . E d . R m .

WEDNESDAY

26 Ros ary & Co nfessions 6:30 p .m . Mass & Novena Prayers 7 :0 0 p .m . Len ten L ectu re Series 7 :3 0 p .m . Parish Hall Family Ch oir 7:30 p .m .

THURSDAY

27 Leg ion o f Ma ry 7:30 p.m. DR Rm. St. J ohn Choir 7 :3 0 p .m .

FRIDAY

28 Confessions 6 :3 0 p .m . Mass 7 :0 0 p .m . Stations of the Cross 7 :3 0 p .m .

SATURDAY

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