Sent:                               Friday, February 12, 2021 11:06 AM

To:                                   Cathy Berger

Subject:                          Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - February 14th 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, Earlier in the week I got a call...







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,


Earlier in the week I got a call from a priest friend of mine and he left me a voice mail message telling me he needed my opinion. I immediately thought he needed advice on an issue in the parish. It turns out that was not what he was looking to get. He needed advice on getting away for a couple of days. He found an air ticket to Florida for a really low price. So, I asked how long was this get away?   He told me 48 hours!










 At first, I thought that it was a wild idea. But given the conditions we are all living with, I told him to go for it. Even for such a short amount of time, I thought the trip was worth it. The price was right and he was able to do something fun. Was there a risk? Yes, but it seemed worth it.


In a strange way, I’d like to use that experience to speak about the Gospel for this week. Now you may rightfully ask, how is there a connection? This week’s gospel for Sunday is about the healing of a leper. Where’s the connection? The answer is in the realm of risk.


Really? Yes, really. We usually focus on the drama of the man and Jesus healing him. This is important. But if we are not paying attention, we can miss one quick and important detail in the story, a detail that involved a great deal of risk. So, what’s the risky detail? Jesus touched the man.


Before the pandemic, we might easily pay no attention to this kind of detail. Now, with our hyper sense of sanitization, we are more prone to pay attention to this kind of a risky detail. We get the notion that touching someone with a serious disease might infect us as well.


Among people in the ancient world, not just Jews, a person with a leprosy type of disease was often forced to live apart from family and their community. The Jews were extreme about it. They had all kinds of conditions for a person to return to a normal life, if the disease was some how cured.


So, when Jesus cured this man there was a great deal of risk in touching him. For one, Jesus risked getting the disease. He also risked becoming ritually unclean himself.  What this teaches us is a truth about the nature of God’s healing love. It is always able to overcome human limitations. It is always willing to overcome peril.


As disciples we are often confronted with having to make decisions in love for the sake of others. It may not be touching a leper, but it may be difficult and possibly a hazard to us. We should always seek in these circumstances to make a decision rooted and grounded in God’s divine love. To do that, we need to be clear about the difficulties we face in the choice, but also open to allowing God to guide us to overcome our fears and make a decision rooted in love.


The last thing I want to mention deals with Lent. As you know, Ash Wednesday is this week. I want to invite you to participate as much as you are able in the life of our community during this season.


Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Joseph B. Pierce









Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 77

1st Reading: Lv 13:1-2, 44-46 

Psalm:  Ps 32:1-2, 5, 11 

2nd Reading  1 Cor 10:31—11:1 

Gospel  Mk 1:40-45 










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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 off to a fantastic start! We have already received commitments from generous families throughout our parish community! 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 in-person. 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 the below form:

          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











Ash Wednesday


will be  at 

8 am & 7 pm














  • 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!   
  • 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).


















February is Black History Month.   There will be a Racial Justice Reflection on “Slavery in America and Education Inequality Today,” featuring Charles Smallwood discussing his experiences as student and teacher in Calvert County, with videos and group discussions.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 20th, at 4:00 pm for a 90-minute presentation via Zoom.















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Cumberland, MD JUNE 13-19




Rising 9th Graders and older may attend










“Virtual” Men’s Retreat


Calvert Deanery  - VIRTUAL Men’s Retreat

Calling all Men – the Calvert Deanery (OLSS, SJV, JDW, 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  













covid vaccination from a catholic perspective 











Knights of Columbus 

51st Annual Car Raffle


Please see the below

 PDF for details and information!













Sent by Cathy Berger









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