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Subject:                          Fourth Sunday in Lent - March 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, Just a reminder -- Day light...







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,


Just a reminder -- Day light savings time begins this weekend! Especially for the folks who go to the 8:00 a.m. Mass, you’ll be losing an hour of sleep. Now, I want to talk a bit about the readings for this Sunday, especially the Gospel. 










We’ve all seen signs that simply say “John 3:16.” You see them at sports events, on signposts, and even occasionally on front lawns. Did you ever wonder why a good number of people believe it to be an important verse from the Bible?


Well, I can’t speak for everyone but for me this verse from John’s Gospel is significant for two reasons. First, this text is like a miniature version of the Creed. In its poetic and poignant way, it encapsules the heart of the mystery of salvation. The eternal God of the universe sends his son, the image of the Father

to redeem us, and show us in turn the way to the Father.


But it is also more than simply a Creedal formulation. It is also an invitation. As it was for Nicodemus, it invites us to enter into the Light of God's providential love. We are invited to say no to sin and yes to God's grace. Yet, like all invitations this one is no different. We can respond either in the negative or in the affirmative


However, as disciples of the Lord, one thing is for sure, we cannot ignore this invitation.  We may want to debate it, wonder about it, or even reject it.  But, we certainly cannot ignore it. This invitation is about fundamental choices.  Do we choose God and his way of light? Or, do we choose to disregard the invitation and choose the way of Darkness.


For John there is no room on a fence post to sit. Either we choose the light and reject the darkness or we choose to live in the darkness and reject the light. The author of this Gospel is not cutting us any slack.


The world has never wanted to deal with this kind of radical decision. Our world especially thrives on diversity and multiple choices.  From the food we buy at a grocery store, to the places we live, to the options that life provides, abundance of choices dominates our world. Thus, the limitation of choosing the ways of God over the ways of the world can seem almost like a threat rather than a gift. The “either or choice” given us appears out of step with the abundant choices of modernity.


Our human tendency is to compromise and convince ourselves that we can have things both ways.  We choose those aspects of the light that suit our disposition and those that don't suit us we feel we can disregard.


The trouble though is that in doing this we also leave ourselves open to the idolatry of the self.  We can easily adopt the attitude of I know what's best for me.  Who is anyone else to tell me differently? The moment we do this, we cease to be open to God and his light.  We allow ourselves to be captured in our own selfishness. We cease to see the meaning of the creative love of God. We set ourselves up as the sole judge of what constitutes the light.  We've shut God out and love only means what we say it is rather than what God shows it to be.


This is in part the point that the Book of Chronicles is trying to make in the first reading. The fundamental choice that was present to the ancient Israelites was basic. Choose God and live was ignored.  Rather they followed the ways of the nations.  They gave themselves over to idols of their own making.  


We’re not just talking about statues. We’re talking about choices that put them at odds with their faithfulness to God. Becoming like the nations, they left themselves open to a great fall and that is exactly what did happen. Yet, they also saw in their ability to repent a new found freedom. They turned back to fidelity to the God of their fathers. They were released from bondage.


Also, as we see in Paul's Letter to the Ephesians, he proclaims that God's Love is so generous that he gave up his only son.  Does Paul say it was to give us an example or an option to maybe agree with as the world would prefer? No, it is because of sin and man's turning away from God that Jesus died to redeem us and by the grace of salvation to heal us. Yes, heal us of our sins not just come up with some feel good sentiment.  No, the love of God poured out in Christ is a transforming grace that as Paul says makes us God's work of art.


This is why the Love of God is an invitation. He doesn't force it upon us.   No more than he forced the ancient Hebrews into obedience, he simply tells us the truth and we have to decide. The love of God is offered as an invitation freely accepted. The invitation must be accepted by us unconditionally. We must enter into the light not with our agenda but willing to accept God's agenda poured out by his grace.


The world thinks us mad for such a choice but the world is also condemned to the slavery of sin. In Christ we are offered a way out.  Again, not of our making but of God's. It is an invitation for us to enter into deepest meaning of Love himself.  Let us accept the light of love without reservation and in so doing not receive condemnation but eternal life.


Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Joseph B. Pierce









Fourth Sunday of Lent
Year B 

Lectionary: 32

Reading I: 2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23

Responsorial Psalm: 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6

Reading II:  Eph 2:4-10 

Gospel:  Jn 3:14-21  


Scrutiny Year A Readings

(RCIA-Will be celebrated @ 11:00 am)

Lectionary: 31

Responsorial Psalm:23: 1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6

Reading II: Eph 5:8-14 

Gospel:  Jn 9:1-41 










Even though capacity limits have been lifted in the State of Maryland.   The ADW and The State of Maryland require 6’ social distancing, wearing face coverings and sanitizing of hands and facility.  Unfortunately, because of the setup of our church and need to social distancing of family households we will not see any changes in how we gather for Mass celebrations.     


A big thank you to the Ushers who help us provide a safe environment to worship and the many volunteers who dedicate time each weekend to clean and sanitize the church following Mass.









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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.





















40 Day Lenten Challenge The 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: (click here)









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. In remembrance of our dearly departed will will pray Psalm 130 following Morning Prayer in our Festival Room.












Reconciliation - Wednesdays at 6:00-7:30 pm during Lent.  1st Fridays and Every Saturday after the 8 am Mass.  For times at other Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of Washington, go to for a complete listing.










Stations of the Cross - 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


Below is a PDF version of the Powerpoint for The Way of the Cross (with text from Scriptures) should you wish to follow along on your phone.  A print version has also attached for your use.  These documents can also be found under documents on our the Resources for Lent page on our website.









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).














Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 28th Palm Sunday

 Mass will be celebrated at 8:00 and 11:00 am 


Holy Thursday - Feast of the Lords Supper

Thursday, April 1st - The Feast of the Lord's supper will be at 7:00 pm 
(please note that there will be no daily mass this day). 


Good Friday

Friday, April 2nd Good Friday:

Stations of the Cross will begin at 12:00 noon

12:30 Meditations on the Last Words of Christ

3:00 The Liturgy of the Lords Passion

(please note that there will be no daily mass this day)


Holy Saturday - Easter Basket Blessing

Saturday April 3rd :

Deacon Ed will be celebrating the Polish / Slovak Tradition of the ending of the Lenten Fast. Please join us!  Deacon Ed will be blessing via a drive-thru Easter Baskets in front of our Parish Center beginning 1:00 pm! See more details regarding the blessing on our events calendar! (Click Here)


In addition, our Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring an Easter drive by event from 1-3 which includes Easter Bunny and treats.  Additional information on this event can be found on our Knights  of Columbus Page on the Parish website!!

(Click here for details)  











Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil

Saturday, April 3rd Easter Vigil Service.

Mass will be celebrated at 8:00 pm.


 Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 4th Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord.

Masses will be celebrated at 8:00 am and 11:00 pm.










Join the Diocese of Arlington Peace & Justice Committee’s conference, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love” with keynote speaker Cardinal Wilton Gregory.


Cardinal Gregory will be the principal celebrant and homilist, and Bishop Michael Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, will concelebrate alongside priests from the Diocese of Arlington.  Mass will also be live-streamed.  Keynote will begin at 7:00 PM. Following the keynote, Cardinal Gregory, Bishop Burbidge and diocesan parishioners will participate in a panel discussion and Q&A. 


Click here to watch the Mass livestream at 5:00 PM.


Click here to watch the keynote livestream at 7:00 PM.










Catholic Relief Services


This weekend we will take up a Second Collection for Catholic Relief Services.   Please prayerfully consider supporting this collection at Mass! 















Upcoming Racial Justice Reflections

            SAVE THESE DATES!

3/20/2021 4:00 pm – Law Enforcement

4/17/2021 4:00 pm – Role of the Church

5/15/2021 4:00 pm –Discuss a plan of 

action to combat the sin of Racism.  Join us for 90-minute presentations

Meeting ID: 870 7499 6020   

 Passcode: 084074











The Fabulous Hubcaps Performance

At this time last year we were preparing for the Fabulous Hubcaps. Unfortunately, because of the Pandemic we had to cancel. I have been in contact with the Hubcaps concerning a new date. Until the restrictions have been lifted we cannot set a new date.

Yes, the Fabulous Hubcaps will perform at the FLC – but, we do not have a definite date.

I will keep everyone posted as soon as I know more.

Thank you for your patience.  

Joann - Family Life Center








Sent by Cathy Berger













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