Welcome to St. John Neumann Parish!
Saint John Neumann is located in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County, Maryland. We have 1,750 registered families. We are a friendly, compassionate community with a great reverence and respect for our Catholic faith and traditions. We are blessed to have a cultural diversity of Hispanic, Asian and African parishioners who enrich our community.
It's time for our Annual Parish Family Picnic. Sunday May 22nd from 2:30 to 5:30 P. M. There is something for everyone - games, piñatas, puppet show, music and of course good food. Volunteers are needed to he help at the picnic. Many hands make light work. Please sign up online anytime or at the lobby May 7/8 or May 14/15. Thank you!
Year of Mercy Pilgrimage
July 2, 2016
Departing from St. John Neumann at 8:00 A. M
Returning to St. John Neumann at 3:30 P. M
Pilgrimage: Spiritual Background and Meaning
Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
— Jeremiah 6:16
A pilgrimage is a journey to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion. A pilgrim is more than a tourist and a pilgrimage is more than a journey. A pilgrim travels with a spiritual purpose, a goal to be closer to God. The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim travelling along the road, making one’s way to the desired destination. Similarly, to reach a designated Holy Door, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage. This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice. Pilgrimage will be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us. Pilgrimage causes change in the pilgrim – a transformation takes place that shows the journey was one of spiritual formation.
According to Church tradition those making a pilgrimage are asked to turn away from any attraction to sin, to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, to attend Holy Mass and receive the Eucharist, and to pray for the Holy Father’s intentions in order to receive the full mercy of God’s indulgence.
MEN! DO YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF SOMETHING BIG?
Take on a challenge in fraternity and fellowship? Go on journey that has meaning and purpose? Then go Forward in Faith…and Into the Breach!
Tuesday’s May 17–June 28, 2016 from 7:30-9:00pm at St. John Neumann Catholic church in Gaithersburg, MD.
Join men from around the Archdiocese of Washington for a 7-week summer leadership seminar based on Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s very popular Apostolic Exhortation entitled, Into the Breach.
Go to www.ForwardIntoTheBreach.com to register and for more information, or contact Tony Castellano (301) 300-0806.
Pope Francis has called for a Jubilee Year of Mercy “dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us” (Misericordiae Vultus, 25). The Year of Mercy starts on December 8th. This Holy Year will be a special time for all of us to reflect on God’s love for us and how we encounter mercy: where we need mercy in our lives, how we can seek out and receive mercy, and ways we can share mercy with others. Learn more about how you can encounter God’s mercy this year at mercy.adw.org.