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Subject:                          Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - February 7th 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, In the Gospel, so too in life, we...







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,


In the Gospel, so too in life, we can often go from high drama to no drama. Last week we saw the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry in Mark’s account. The events at the synagogue in Capernaum were to say the least dramatic. The people were astonished, first with the teaching of Jesus, and then with the deliverance of the possessed man. This was truly high drama.










This week we still see the work of the Kingdom progressing. However, there is no drama. There is though great care for those in need of God’s healing. We see Peter’s mother-in-law cured of her fever. Then Jesus spends the evening and into the night with many of the local people bringing the mercy of the Lord to those who come seeking help. What this tells us about our Lord’s public ministry is that it is quite similar to the ordinary ministry of the Church.


Occasionally in our parishes or beyond them in the wider world of the Church, there are moments of high drama. Most of the time though we go about the work of the Kingdom without a great deal of fuss. Jesus experienced this and so too did the disciples. The Gospel traditions do highlight many of the most memorable and dramatic events in Our Lord’s public ministry. Today’s gospel though shows us an equally important part of the proclamation of the Kingdom, it shows that it can happen with elegant simplicity.


This passage from the Gospel ends with a beautiful statement about the direction that Jesus will be taking.   Others need to hear about the reign of God and receive healing.  Peter comes to Jesus and says that everyone is looking for him.  Jesus responds by inviting Peter and the other early disciples to come with him to other places. He does this we can only presume because of his time in prayer.


This too is an important piece in the story of this Gospel passage. Jesus could have remained in Capernaum. Yet, his mission was not to the few but to the many. He understood this because of prayer.


Jesus didn't have the depth of commitment to his Father's  will outside of his commitment of love with the Father. That relationship was seen by the world in the care that Christ gave to the needs of those whom he healed and preached his message of the kingdom. That same ability to be vessel of God's grace is offered to us.  As followers of Jesus, we are baptized into the role of adopted sons and daughters. In our ability to remain faithful to our baptism through God's life-giving grace, we mature and grow in Christ.


That maturity of spirit is not gained as if by magic.  Like all good relationships it is a matter of both effort and desire. None of this comes without a relationship grounded in prayer.  God's abundant love for us is like a torrent waiting to transform us.  It's a river of endless blessing. The question for us is, how do we treat it? We can see it like a leaky tap in the dead of night by either trying to ignore it or working hard to shut it off. Or, we can look at prayer like children longing for a plunge into the ocean on a hot summer’s day, itching for a dip.


As disciples of Jesus, we need prayer in our life.  It’s how we seek that need though that makes the difference. It is a need but we also must truly want it. That want is present in us for the asking. It too is part of the work of God’s grace.  It’s up to us to respond to what God is offering. If our response is rooted in a thirsting desire, all we need to do is dive in. 


Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Joseph B. Pierce









Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 74

1st Reading: Jb 7:1-4, 6-7 

2nd Reading  1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23 

Gospel  Mk 1:29-39 










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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! This year’s theme is Seeking Christ to remind us in this time of hardship and need that Christ is the source of the healing, unity, and love that we all seek. Through our collective support of the Annual Appeal, we strengthen the Body of Christ that is our local Church, and we sustain her many charitable works that serve the spiritual and other needs of all those within and beyond our parish boundaries. Please consider a commitment to the 2021 Annual Appeal this weekend at home or inperson. Your gift will be credited toward our parish goal. Learn more about the Annual Appeal at









Multiple ways to Give

  • Give Online (link here) 
  • Envelopes in the entrance way of our Church
  • Download & Mail Completed donor form to:  

 Archdiocese of Washington
Office of the Annual Appeal

P.O. Box 29260

 Washington, DC 20017-0260.  

  • Text “Give” to (301) 231-1816. A link to a form will be sent back so you may make your gift right from your phone!
  • Scan the QR code















  • 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. Sunday February 14th by praying the Rosary and reciting the Glorious mysteries immediately following the 11 am Mass.  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!   
  • Ash Wednesday February 17th! Mass Times 8:00 am & 7:00 pm
  • 40 Day Lenten Challenge - The Spiritual Growth Group will be once again offering a Lenten 40 day Contemplative Challenge as an opportunity to deepen our relationship with our Lord in the Trinity.  Details and a simple sign up form can be found here:
  • Reconciliation - 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.
  • Exposition - 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 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 (donation items needed can be found here:  (Link here)
  • Prayer for Vocations During Lent we ask you to pray for Vocations and for the Seminarians of our Archdiocese.  The Prayer and photographs 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


Calvert Deanery  - 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.  Registration cost will be $30 per person.    You can register from our SJV Website (link here). or in person Registration @ St. John Vianney is also possible. Those who would like more information can email Jerry Cleveland or Nick Graziano at  












Knights of Columbus 

51st Annual Car Raffle

Please see the below PDF for details and information!












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