St. John The Baptist Catholic Community
12319 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20904
August 7, 2011 Ordinary Time: Nineteenth Sunday
1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33
We hear a lot about Peter in the summer gospels of Year A. Today’s
passage tells how he walked on water. In two weeks we’ll hear
him proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah and being called the rock and
keeper of the keys. On August 31 the gospel tells of Peter being sharply
rebuked for resisting Jesus’ prediction of his coming suffering
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Who was this man? His birth name was Simon (”reed”); then Jesus re-named him Peter
(“rock”) in the famous scene at Caesarea Philippi. This man, whom Jesus described as the
rock on which the church would be built, was a paradoxical figure who continued to exhibit
both strength and weakness throughout his life as recorded in the New Testament.
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In today’s gospel story, he doubts that Jesus will sustain him as he walks on water. That’s
understandable. Who among us would not have the same inclination? But there’s that
incident on Good Friday when Peter denies that he knows Jesus – not once, but three times!
Now that’s a pretty serious weakness. Yet Jesus did not give up on Peter, he was forgiven,
he continued to be the “rock.”
Simon Peter is a window into the mind of Christ and the meaning of the Gospel, an
inspiration to us all. And if Peter is a primary witness to Jesus and a model for the kind of
leadership Jesus wanted for his followers, there’s surely hope for us.
Next week’s readings: Ordinary Time - 20th Sunday
Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Romans 11:13-1, 29-32 Matthew 15:21-28
Schedule of Masses (August 13/14)
Saturday - 5:00 - Father Ozoagu 10:30 - Father Brault
Sunday - 7:30 - Father Ochu 12:00 - Fr. Brault/Dcn. Gorman
9:00 - Fr. Ochu/Dcn. Cermak 6:00 - Father Ozoagu
Daily Mass: Monday-Friday - 7:30 & 8:30 a.m.
Saturday - 8:30 a.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturdays 4-4:45 p.m.
and after Daily Masses.
Baptism: Parishioners are asked to call the Parish Office
for the times of the monthly liturgical celebrations
and to arrange for classes.
Marriage: Parishioners requesting a marriage date must
have been registered in the parish for six months. Please
call the pastor or associate pastor at least six months in
advance to make arrangements for a wedding.
Week-at-a-Glance Mass Intentions (August 8 – August 14)
Sunday, August 7 Monday 7:30 - Catherine Gorman (J. & J. Cradock)
9:00 a.m. - Why Do We Need Confession? – Parish Cntr. 8:30 - Serge Monosiet -L- (C. Louis-Charles)
9:30 a.m. - Catechumenate – Parish Center Tuesday 7:30 - Pauline Bethell (B. & J. Fitzpatrick)
10:00 a.m. - Living Faith – School Library 8:30 - Mary Kaiser (Kaiser Family)
10:30 a.m. - Children’s Liturgy of the Word – Chapel
Wednesday 7:30 - Josephina Flores & Norie Cerafica
11:30 a.m. - Baptism Prep. – Parish Center (Family)
1:15 p.m. - Baptism Rehearsal – Church 8:30 - Gloria Wellington -L- (Family)
Tuesday, August 9
Thursday 7:30 - Special Intentions (Ponticelli Family)
7:30 p.m. - Centering Prayer – Parish Center 8:30 - Gerald Ryan -L- (Tassara Family)
Wednesday, August 10
Friday 7:30 - No Special Intentions
6:30 p.m. - Community Fund – Parish Center
8:30 - Nathan Crow (T. Sonnino)
7:30 p.m. - Inquiry “Seeking Christ” – Parish Center
8:30 p.m. - ACOA – School Saturday 8:30 - Ken Wiedel (K. & D. Oberle)
Thursday, August 11 Sunday 5:00 - Robert Georgine (Canfield Family)
7:30 p.m. - Knights of Columbus Mtg. – Lyon Center 7:30 - Simeon Q. Escuela (K. Cross)
9:00 - Jane Gridley (Family)
10:30 - All Souls Lost in Japan Disaster
Next Week’s Altar Servers (Tran Family)
12:00 - Helen Wadden
5:00 p.m. - Catherine Smith & Jack Murphy
6:00 - Parishioners
7:30 a.m. - Jack Thomas & Michael Flynn
9:00 a.m. - Caitlin Buckley & Emmanuel Cadet
10:30 a.m. - Timothy Sullivan
Rev. Y. David Brault Pastor
12:00 p.m. - Cheyenne Curley & Gina Gomes
Rev. Cosmas Ozoagu Associate Pastor
6:00 p.m. - Simon & Emily Stutzman
Rev. Glen Willis Weekend Associate
Rev. Austin Charles Ochu Weekend Associate
Early Bulletin Deadline: Friday, 9 a.m. Rev. Eliott Nitz Weekend Associate
Deacon John Cermak Permanent Deacon
Deacon James Gorman Permanent Deacon
Marianne Moore Parochial School Principal
Caring for Creation Corner Virginia Cohen Director of Elem. Rel. Ed.
Louis J. Milone Director of Adult Faith Form.
We honor God’s creation when we conserve earth’s Susan DeCamp Director of Liturgy & Music
resources. Recycling is one way to do that. Every- Cynthia Norris Director of Social Concerns
thing that is recycled reduces pollution and greenhouse Phillip Smith Director of Youth Ministry
gasses, as well as landfill use. In Montgomery County we Daniel Schmucker Facilities Management
recycle only 43.6% of our solid waste. More would be better.
Check Montgomery County’s website on what can be Parish E-Mail Directory
effectively recycled, and how to recycle or donate various Father Brault firstname.lastname@example.org
materials: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/recycling. Father Ozoagu email@example.com
Consider taking your family for a tour of the recy- Parish Office firstname.lastname@example.org
cling center. It’s an eye-opening experience. You can visit email@example.com
without an appointment Monday through Thursday, Finance Office firstname.lastname@example.org
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call the center with questions at Adult Faith Formation email@example.com
301-417-1433. This might be a final summer excursion. Social Concerns firstname.lastname@example.org
Parochial School email@example.com
Elem. Rel. Education firstname.lastname@example.org
Road Clean-Up with Eco Ministry Youth Ministry email@example.com
Are you looking for one, time-limited and Pastoral Council firstname.lastname@example.org
concrete way to help the environment? Join Parish website www.sjbsilverspring.org
other parishioners in cleaning up a one-mile Sister Parish website www.Baradères.org
stretch of New Hampshire Avenue near the Athletic Ministry www.sjbsilverspring.org/athletic
Parish. Join the Eco Ministry Saturday, August 27
at 9:15 a.m. in front of the Church. Call
Parish Offices & Rectory: 301-622-1122
Charlotte Cook, 301-512-9428 with questions. Fax: 301-625-9266 School: 301-622-3076
Remember in Prayer †J†M†J†
Those who have died, From the Pastor’s Desk
Jeanne Gallipoli, former parishioner, A Little News
Robert Gomes, husband of Clara,
The confessional, which will afford a
Carol Troen, wife of David, and
penitent anonymity, is now functional.
Kenneth Wiedel, husband of Lucille.
The name of the confessor will be on the door.
The sacrament will be available after both daily Masses
Update on Father Nitz and on Saturdays at 4 p.m. until the beginning of Mass.
According to Father Glen Willis Father Nitz “came Please make a note that as of August 15, the Feast of
through the operation wonderfully.” Father Glen thanks the Assumption, the Parish Office hours will be from
us all for our prayers for Father Nitz, and promises to 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. There are two primary reasons for this
keep us updated. change: ensuring adequate coverage of the front desks
and general security of the office.
Did You Receive a Mailing from the Parish?
The purpose of the letter is self-explanatory, yet I wish to
Join St. John the Baptist Sodality on October 15, as we encourage you to not set it aside to do later. This update of
tour two shrines: Miraculous Medal in Philadelphia your parish information will help us in a number of ways.
(for enrollment in Miraculous Medal) and St. Katharine Our parish is one of ten that are piloting the new I.T. pro-
Drexel in Bensalem, PA. All inclusive price $64. Call gram that will become standard throughout the Archdio-
Ellen, 301-879-0232, or Richard, 512-934-4800. cese. Our updated records will assist the Catholic School
Office, the Office of Religious Education and in the assess-
CYO News ment for The Catholic Standard. They will also eliminate
redundancy associated with submitting corrected informa-
Soccer tion for the Cardinal’s Appeal. However, more than any-
It is time to register for CYO Soccer. There will be a thing else, it will help us as a parish staff to better serve you.
coed team for grade one, and boys’ and girls’ teams for
grades 1 through 8. We are also in need of volunteer
coaches. For more information go to http:// Blue Crabs and Blues Music
www.sjbsilverspring.org and click on The Knights of Columbus, Father Rosensteel Council,
“Youth Ministry/Athletic Ministry.” For 9707 Rosensteel Avenue, will be hosting an All You Can
further information, contact Tom Gardner Eat Crab Feast on Saturday, August 20. Enjoy steamed
301-604-4925 or email@example.com. crabs, fried chicken, corn on the cob, crab soup while lis-
Cross Country tening to the “lil Bit O’Blues Band.” Adults $35, Children
The Archdiocese’s Catholic Youth Organization started $15. Call Rob Seubert 240-286-1905 for more information.
Cross Country as a pilot sport last year and it was
successful, so SJB would like to join area schools in the SJB Young Adult Bible Study
exciting new adventure. If you can volunteer
Young Adults in the Parish (ages
as a coach, assistant or volunteer at
21-40) are invited to a bi-weekly
practices/meets, please contact
Bible study in the Parish Center. The
Tom Cygnarowicz at 301-879-0232.
next meeting will be held on
Monday, August 15, at 7:30 p.m. We
Pantry: Pluck and Luck, Care and Prayer will be discussing the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 8.
Despite its recent relocation and this summer’s extraordi-
nary heat, St. John’s Pantry for the Hungry is functioning
well thanks to the perseverance of its volunteers, delivery Pray for Those in Harm’s Way
ASAP, TLC in handling and packing, and some invoca-
Father David has invited those who have a relative serv-
tion for support from Our Lady of the Pantry.
ing in the Armed Forces of our country in harm’s way
Thanks go especially to SJB’s donors for maintaining
to consider having the Parish pray for them. All we need
their contributions of nonperishable food during this
is name, rank and the branch of service. The names that
“summer of our discontent” with legislation, the econ-
have been submitted will be listed in the Bulletin each
omy, and the climate. Keep your cool and keep giving!
week. Please keep the following person in your prayers:
Lt. Commander Justin Shu, U.S. Navy
Cynthia Norris, Director, 301-622-1122, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please and Thank You!
Please—Donate School Supplies for Haiti Thank You—For Donating to the
SJB Community Fund
t's that time of year again...back to school! Please
remember the over 2,000 students in our Sister Parish he Community Fund is a medium by which
in Baradères and the 13 outlying chapels, who greatly parishioners share their resources with members
appreciate every pen, pencil, backpack, and notebook we of our community who are faced with financial
send. This is not just an opportunity to donate some- emergencies. Once requests from individuals have been
thing; it's a chance to further our relationship with our verified and assistance given, remaining funds are allo-
brothers and sisters in Baradères. Many of the students cated to community organizations which provide food,
walk very far to school, often over mountains and housing assistance, medicine, counseling, and other aid
through streams or rivers. As they walk, they carry their to those in need.
supplies on their heads, shoulders, or backs to ensure Organizations that receive funds from the Community
they are not damaged in transit. Fund are listed in the financial report published quarterly
There is a change in the collection in the Bulletin. These organizations are staffed, to a large
date this year. The collection will be extent, by volunteers, many of whom are members of our
taken up during all Masses on Parish. Catholic Social Teaching reminds us that "human
September 24 and 25 during dignity can be protected and a healthy community
Fr. Gattereau's visit. You can be achieved only if human rights are protected and
can also drop them by the responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a
Parish Center at any time fundamental right to life and a right to those things
before that date if you will not required for human decency. Corresponding to these
be here that weekend. rights are duties and responsibilities—to one another,
Please be generous in your to our families, and to the larger society." (Publication no.
donations of the following 5-315, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)
essential school supplies: As a direct result of your generosity, last quarter we
were able to donate more to all of the agencies and
■ Sturdy Backpacks
individuals in need. In April, we donated $1,000 to C4 to
■ Composition books black cover only assist in providing local students backpacks and school
■ French dictionaries (for the teachers) supplies and an additional $500 to Shepherd's Table,
■ French-Creole/Kreyol dictionaries Spanish Catholic Center Clinic, and Mid-county United
■ English-French dictionaries Ministries (MUM). In June, we doubled all agencies
grants and funded a one time grant to Ministries United
■ French books for the School Library Silver Spring Takoma Park (MUSST) for $2,000 for
■ Scissors prescription assistance. In May and June, we purchased
■ Tape with dispensers gift cards/vouchers from Aldi's, Shoppers, and Safeway
■ Ballpoint pens—blue or black ink to provide to those who come to St. John's for food.
For 38 years, you, the people of St. John the Baptist
Catholic Community, have provided an extraordinary
■ Manual pencil sharpeners benefit to our society, in the form of assistance to needy
■ Pencil erasers individuals in our community,
■ Blackboard chalk and erasers either directly or through
a network of community
■ Pencil/supply boxes
■ Rulers (with both inches and centimeters) provide service to the
■ Word-find books and puzzles needy. To all of you, a
■ Multi-vitamins sincere thank you!
For a breakdown of
■ Spiral Notebooks 3 or 5 subject only
how the Community Fund
is allocated, please see page five.
Community Fund Report: April, May, June, 2011
April May June Totals
Utility Assistance $ 316.88 $ 762.78 $ 382.90 $ 1,462.56
Rental Assistance $ 50.00 $ 1,250.00 $ 280.36 $ 1,580.36
Food Gift Cards $ 1,497.00 $ 500.00 $ 1,997.00
Safeway Food Vouchers $ 75.00 $ 75.00 $ 150.00
Food Pantry $ 87.08 $ 60.00 $ 147.08
Total Individual Grants $ 441.88 $ 3,671.86 $ 1,223.26 $ 5,337.00
Colesville Clothes Closet $ 1,200.00 $ 200.00 $ 400.00 $ 1,800.00
Colesville Meals on Wheels $ 100.00 $ 100.00 $ 200.00 $ 400.00
Crossway Community $ 200.00 $ 200.00 $ 400.00 $ 800.00
EMEAN $ 500.00 $ 500.00 $ 1,000.00 $ 2,000.00
Gabriel Network $ 200.00 $ 200.00 $ 400.00 $ 800.00
MUM $ 650.00 $ 150.00 $ 300.00 $ 1,100.00
MUSST $ 300.00 $ 300.00 $ 2,600.00 $ 3,200.00
Shepherd’s Table $ 650.00 $ 150.00 $ 300.00 $ 1,100.00
Silver Spring Interfaith Housing $ 150.00 $ 150.00 $ 300.00 $ 600.00
Spanish Catholic Center Clinic $ 650.00 $ 150.00 $ 300.00 $ 1,100.00
St. Camillus $ 400.00 $ 400.00 $ 400.00 $ 1,200.00
Total Agency Grants $ 4,500.00 $ 2,500.00 $ 7,000.00 $ 14,000.00
Totals $ 4,941.88 $ 6,171.86 $ 8,223.26 $ 19,337.00
Phillip Smith, Director, 301-622-1122, email@example.com
Youth Ministry Update Center, Curren Room. Please bring your instrument.
This will be an important meeting because the music for
For the month of July, we had two middle school events,
the first Youth Mass to be held on September 18 will be
the Mini-golf and Day of Service. For the Mini-golf, we
had 13 kids and had fun with lots of holes-in-one. We got
out of there just in time to miss the rain. For the Day of
Service, we had 16 kids who learned about Catholic Social Donations for Youth Ministry
Teaching and especially, Caring for Creation. We sang We could use a few items to make our program more
some songs, played a game and went out to clean the exciting/comfortable/fun. If you have any of the follow-
grounds. We had fun and made a difference. ing items that you no longer want and are still in good
condition, clean and in working order, please consider
donating them to our Youth Program:
Youth Band News
■ couches or other ■ digital camera
The SJB Youth Band is re-forming. We
plush sitting furniture ■ throw pillows
had our first meeting in July, but it is not
■ bean bag chairs ■ anything else you think
too late to join. If you are in middle or
■ board/card games might be useful to our
high school and would like to share
Christian CD/DVDs (no program
your musical talent (instrument or voice), please join us
home-made copies, please.)
on Thursday, August 25, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Lyon
If you have a donation, please contact Phillip Smith.
***Adult Faith Formation***
L.J. Milone, Director, 301-622-1122, firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Adult Faith Programs
Women in the Old Testament Why Do We Need Confession?
Bible study this year will focus on Women in the Bible: A small information session concerning
During the fall we will focus on the Old Testament; in the the Sacrament of Reconciliation:
spring, the New Testament. Why do we go? What do we do?
Beginning September 22, join other adults discovering What is the benefit? There will be a
the influence of matriarchs in a patriarchal society and short presentation with L.J. Milone
how they contributed to the creation and survival of a followed by questions and answers.
nation. Sometimes they use trickery; other times they Coffee and tea will be available. All sessions will meet
simply respond to an announcement from God. Women in the Parish Center Conference Room. To learn more,
in Exodus protect the leader who works through God’s contact L.J. Milone.
saving deeds to rescue the People of God. Learn about
tribal traditions and Israel’s monarchy as well as more Today, August 7 9 – 10 a.m.
women who show courage, strength, leadership and faith. Sunday, August 14 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Classes will be on Thursdays, either 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday, August 21 9 – 10 a.m.
or 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Parish Center
Conference Room. For further
information or to register, Questions About the Catholic Church?
contact Alicia Urban at Now you can find out for yourself! St. John the Baptist
301-879-4368 or Catholic Community can help you find out about the
email@example.com or Catholic faith apart from all the prejudices, stereotypes,
L.J. Milone. innuendo, and outright misstatements about Catholics
that often circulate around the media.
The Catholic Church sustains the faith of millions of
believers. Maybe it can be a resource in YOUR life! Come to
The Basics of Catholic a session this Wednesday, August 10, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Spirituality and Theology in the Parish Center Conference Room for a program called
This is weekly “Sunday School” for adult Catholics. It is “Seeking Christ.” For more information, contact L.J. Milone.
an opportunity to deepen your spirituality by connecting
the essentials of our Catholic faith to your daily life. Centering Prayer
We meet on Sunday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. in Plunge into the Silent Love of God
the School Library.
A group dedicated to the ancient practice of
Summer Schedule contemplation has formed here at St. John’s.
We practice Centering Prayer. It is a way of
Today, August 7 How Catholics Read and Pray the Bible. prayer in which we let go of thoughts and
Sunday, August 21 Living the Great Commandment: rest in God through pure faith. We meet every
Loving God and Neighbor. Tuesday night in the Parish Center Conference Room
from 7:30 to 9 p.m. If you would like to learn this method
of prayer and join the group, contact L.J. Milone.
Women’s Program Offered
The TASTE Program (Taste And See Take…Eat), a The first class begins September 15, and continues every
Catholic Women’s Program dedicated to bringing women Thursday morning 9 to 11:30 a.m. through May 10.
closer to Jesus and the Church, is beginning its fifth year at Babysitting is available. For more information on speak-
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 114 St. Mary’s Place, Laurel. ers, topics and to register go to: www.tasteprogram.com