The word vocation comes from “call” in Latin. While all are called by God to know, love and serve Him, a vocation in the Catholic Church is a call to the priestly or consecrated life. Many others are called to marriage, living out the call to love that God asks of each of us.

Priestly Vocations

The priesthood is a gift for the Church that comes from Christ himself. As Catholics, we are all called to holiness, but some are called to serve the Church as priests. Ask if God might be calling you to manifest your love for Christ by a commitment to him as a priest of his Church.

Do you feel called to become a priest? Learn more here.


Permanent Deacons

Permanent deacons, who are ordained clergy in the Church, are called to a ministry of service. In particular, they are called to serve those in need, such as persons who are hungry, homeless, sick, in prison or immigrants.

Learn more about the process of becoming a deacon in the Archdiocese of Washington.


Consecrated Life

Consecrated men and women take public religious vows to the evangelical counsels (poverty, chastity and obedience), dedicating themselves to God for service to the Church and for the salvation of the world. Consecrated life can be lived in many forms, but the most well-known is religious life, lived in a community sharing a common apostolate.

Click here to learn more about men’s and women’s religious communities in the Archdiocese of Washington.


Your prayers will nurture the growth of vocations in the archdiocese.  The prayer below asks that more men and women shall answer the call to the priesthood and to consecrated life. The Mother Teresa Vocation Society is a prayer apostolate that asks for your commitment to pray daily for vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life – learn more here.



Prayer for Vocations


Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of the priesthood and consecrated life. We beseech your Holy Spirit to inspire men and women in the Archdiocese of Washington to answer the call to the priesthood and consecrated life.  Give them the courage to embrace their vocation, the faith and zeal to follow You with joy, and the perseverance to remain loyal friends of your Son.  Please protect and strengthen our seminarians, priests, deacons, brothers and religious sisters.  Help all Christians to become better disciples of Jesus, and when our earthly pilgrimage is complete, bring us to the joy of your Kingdom. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. 









Parish and/or Programs to Support 

Thank you for your hopeful witness of the Gospel as you bring, in word and action, God’s invitation to help people in need, build the Church and strengthen the faith! Below are some of the many worthy charitable programs of the Church that rely on your support.

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Programs to Support




Notice to all ministries and groups. 

If you have an event scheduled on the calendar and decide to cancel or reschedule that event , you must notify the rectory staff. This will then free up that day and time for another group. Please remember we have over 20 ministries and groups requesting space in all of our facilities. Hopefully, this will elevate much of the stress and issues with the calendar and all the events.






Hunger is an ever-present reality in our community. Local food pantries are experiencing a great demand for food. Sponsored Food Drives help replenish supplies, for e.g.,  Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of Washington sponsoredFood Drive.  Our collection will stay here at St. John's to replenish our pantry located in the rectory basement. We provide food for a number of families. Many grandparents are caring for their grandchildren and do not have sufficient resources. In Maryland 2020 data shows that 10.1% of the population is food-insecure and in the District of Columbia 11.4% of the population is food insecure. Please keep in mind we cannot accept expired or opened items.  








Contribute: Support Us -  (Online Giving)   

The Gospels calls us to be good stewards of our time, talent and treasures. As good stewards of our treasures, parishioners are encouraged to contribute to the general operations of the parish and the many services it provides to the parish and the larger community. There are two forms in which these contributions can be made: the
regular and special offerings.


We thank you for your continued support during this trying times. Though the coronavirus may separate us physically, may we be mindful that we are still united spiritually and the parish thanks you for your continued financial support. 

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Thank you for your generosity. 



 Support our Religious Education Program by purchasing the following items.


Canvas Tote bag

$15.00-$20.00 (prices varies in sizes)

Sweatshirt $30.00 (Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL add $2.00)
Backpack $20.00 each
Cap $15.00
Mug $10.00 (Dishwasher Safe)


For orders, please contact the office 301-868-3026Check the flyers, if available, on the bulletin boards for pictures of the items 

Thank you for your generosity in supporting our program. 

To God be the Glory!  



In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning - John 1:1-2 NIV