Where did the summer go? It’s Labor Day weekend and the unofficial end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. We welcome in a special way this weekend our school children, who hopefully will bring their backpacks to Mass where we will ask God’s blessing on both the backpacks and those who carry or drag them! Let us all pray for a successful and safe school year for our children and their teachers.
I’m glad to be back after my own summer break. I did some travel (cruise to Iceland and Ireland with my personal photographer - Fr. Paul) and spent time with good friends and family in Virginia and Western Maryland. Now it is time to get down to work in earnest as our parish programs and ministries pick up activity.
I am grateful for the members of the parish staff who took time to write this weekly message in my absence. I thought it a good opportunity for you to hear from them about their plans and hopes for this new work year. I am excited by what they wrote and look forward to being part of their efforts in the pastoral and spiritual care of parishioners.
Upcoming events that might interest you:
September 1st (Thursday) – First Family Nite for Families in Faith Formation @6pm
September 11th (Sunday) – Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) @9:30am followed by DONUT SUNDAY
September 11th (Sunday) – @1pm Ravens begin their quest for Super Bowl LVII
September 18th (Sunday) – 46th Annual Parish Picnic @ 1pm
If you are interested in exploring the Catholic Faith or know someone who is, please invite them to the upcoming Inquiring Sessions on Thursday (September 15, 22, 29 & October 6). These sessions and met to answer questions, concerns or issues for those who might be interested in the Catholic faith. There is absolutely no obligation for those who participate beyond the inquiry stage. I hear we have a great RCIA Team – this is a great time to meet them.
Finally, next week we will welcome to our parish a learning team from St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore. They will be with us over this academic year as part of their pastoral formation for the priesthood. Stay tuned for more information.
Have a Good Week!
PS: 17 new households registered with the parish during the month of August!
Sunday Worship Aid
5:30 Sunday Worship Aid
- Don't forget to have your child bring their backpack to mass this weekend for the Blessing of the Backpacks!
- Children’s Choir rehearsals for the 9.30 Mass are on Mondays at 4.30pm, and for the Adults on Wednesdays at 7.00pm. The Praise an Worship Team meets on Tuesdays at 7.00pm.
- We are in need of people for our sacristan and linen cleaning teams. This is a vital behind the scenes ministry that is not too taxing. Please contact Liam Benton firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
- Applications for Altar Servers are now available on our website and at the Hospitality Table. Please consider having your child sign up for this important ministry Here.
We are looking for a new Coordinator of Digital Evangelization, please call the parish office if you or someone you know might be interested in this position.
A reminder....although masking is now optional, we encourage all parishioners to use your best judgement about wearing a mask especially if you are not vaccinated or immunocompromised. Please use the hand sanitizers in the Narthex and when you enter the church at the Food Pantry entrance. As always, if you are not feeling well, have a fever or persistent cough, please stay home and watch our live-streamed Mass online.