Sent:                               Thursday, January 28, 2021 12:59 PM

To:                                   Cathy Berger

Subject:                          Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - January 31st 2021


St. John Vianney 105 Vianney Lane Prince Frederick MD 20678 410-535-0223 (Office) 410-535-4395 (Rel Ed) 410-414-9099 (FLC) 410-286-1944 (Food Pantry) Dear Brothers and Sisters, 3…2…1…GO! Get ready Lent is...







St. John Vianney

105 Vianney Lane

Prince Frederick MD 20678


410-535-0223 (Office)

410-535-4395 (Rel Ed)

410-414-9099 (FLC)

410-286-1944 (Food Pantry)










Dear Brothers and Sisters,


3…2…1…GO! Get ready Lent is coming fast. January is done on Sunday and we have a whole bunch of things coming our way in the next three weeks. The most important is the Annual Appeal for our Archdiocese. This Sunday and next you’ll be getting the information that most of us are used to hearing about the needs of our local church of Washington.










I try to make it my personal habit to not create a big deal about the appeal. When you ask people for money, my personal feeling is to keep things simple and uncomplicated.   Personally, when I’m asked to give to a worthy cause, I resist as soon as I start to get the feeling the person asking is getting even a little bit too pushy. For myself, I call it the “Used Car Sales Alert.” If you’ve ever been to a used car lot you know what I’m talking about.


My game plan for this week is to give you the basics as part of my homily and the following week lead you through the process which will be a little different in this pandemic universe. I promise, I’ll try to keep it as painless as possible. After that, we’ll have one more weekend before Lent begins. We’ll use that to wrap up with an announcement about anyone who has not yet had the opportunity to engage in the appeal.


Now, I want to spend a little time on the Gospel for this week. It deals with an early event in our Lord’s public ministry that establishes Jesus as not just another teacher of the Torah or the Law of Moses. It deals with the idea of authority. Specifically, why did people accept the teachings of Jesus? We are told that they were “astonished” at his teaching. We are told that he spoke with authority. 


Authority plays an interesting role in human affairs. In many cases we can easily see the truth of it.  We deal with authority in what’s usually called a black and white fashion. For example, an encounter with a police officer on the road. When he or she asks for your driver’s license, you give it. When your employer requests something, you comply. Parents dealing with children, hopefully kids recognize the authority of parents.  These tend to be circumstances where authority is easily seen.


Where the whole business of authority gets a bit gray and less black and white is in those areas of life where we need more to convince us of the truth of authority either in a person or what they say. For example, when a young person says something with authority to an elder.  Inevitably the elder may want or should want more than the word of the young person. 


In education, this comes about in a formalized way when young people begin to exercise their intellect and start writing essays and term papers. The teacher needs to know that what the student says in writing is truly authentic and not just some form of idle speculation. Students have to show that their authority to speak on matters is not from themselves alone.  This is why we invented footnotes.


As with education, so too with religious issues and the spiritual life. In Jesus’ time the normal way that someone gained credibility as an authority was to learn from others on how to interpret the law and the prophets. This model and the commentaries that came out of this tradition still are the normative way that the Jewish Tradition seeks to relate their tradition to leading a good life in the covenant. In turn this same model led to the development of our theology and our morality in the Christian Tradition.


In the case of Jesus though, we have something unique. We are told in the gospel today that he did not speak with authority in the same way that the scribes and pharisees did. They tended to comment on the law and the prophets from what they had learned from others. In the case of Jesus, we are confronted with something different. 


What makes this whole scene even more fascinating, is the way that the authority of Jesus is validated. Read Mark 1:21-28 to see who confirms that Jesus truly has authority.


Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Joseph B. Pierce









Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 71

1st Reading: Dt 18:15-20 

Psalm:  Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9 

2nd Reading  1 Cor 7:32-35 

Gospel  Mt 4:16 










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God bless you today and always! 

Below is a copy of our bulletin for this weekend.   On Saturday evening, it will be uploaded to our Parish website. (click here)    You may also find a history of our parish bulletins using that link.















You can now watch St. John Vianney Masses via livestream from our Parish website (link is on our home page) or from our Facebook page!  Our last Sunday Mass of often recorded and uploaded to youtube!














The 2021 Annual Appeal is here! Support more than 70 ministries and charitable works of the Church of Washington with your commitment. Visit for more information and to make your gift online. #adwappeal 















Rosary & Glorious Mysteries

We will be asking St. Valentine to pray for you and to pray for all of our St. John Vianney family members this Valentine’s Day.    

We begin our Lenten Season early, on Valentine’s Day, Sunday February 14th by praying the Rosary and reciting the Glorious mysteries.  You are more than welcome to join us. You can also join us from home or wherever you are!  We will be live streaming the event from our website home page and on our facebook page!   


The event will take place On  Valentines Day, Sunday, February 14th- immediately following the 11:00 am Mass (approximately 12:00 noon) in the Main Church. 









Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the 17th of February! Mass Times 8:00 am and 7:00 pm

If you have any Palms to contribute, please bring them to the Parish!.  











During Lent, our Reconciliation Schedule will Saturday mornings & 1st Friday Mornings following daily Mass. Wednesday evenings: 6:00 - 7:30 pm and by appointment with the Priest.










During Lent, following morning daily mass on Weekdays (Mon-Fri) there will be an opportunity to stay and participate in Exposition and Morning Prayer.










Stations of the Cross

Beginning Friday, February 19th and on every Friday through March 26, Stations of the Cross will be at 6:00 pm in the church with the exception of  Good Friday.   


On Good Friday,  April 2nd, Stations of the cross will be at 12:00 noon. 









Lenten Food Drive


Bags for our Lenten Food Drive will be distributed following all Masses on  the weekend of February 27th and 28th!  On the following weekend, March 6th and 7th, the Food Pantry Truck will be in our Church parking lot before and after Masses to receive donations.













During Lent we ask you to pray for Vocations and for the Seminarians of our Archdiocese.  The Prayer and photograghs of our Seminarians can be found on our Prayer for Vocations page on our parish website. (linked here).






















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“Virtual” Men’s Retreat


Calling all Men – the Calvert Deanery (Our Lady Star of Sea, St. John Vianney, Jesus the Divine Word, and St. Anthony’s) is having a “Virtual” Men’s Retreat hosted by St. John Vianney called “Men of Pure Heart”.  Dates are March 19 - 21, 2021.  Pre-sign-up has started.  Registration cost will be $30 per person.  Those who are interested in signing up can email Bob Gorman and Nick Graziano at mensretreat@sjvchurch.... for more information.  We will have registration starting next week through a link for FaithDirect.










Knights of Columbus 

51st Annual Car Raffle


Please see the below PDF for details and information!












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