August 1, 2021: Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear Friends in Christ,

As I mentioned last week, it is a joy to celebrate Mass at Saint Matthew and Blessed Sacrament.  You are truly a welcoming faith community.  I love your engagement and participation at Mass.  Mother Teresa once said that joy is the most unmistakable sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit.  Our liturgies have a real sense of joy in them.

Regarding that welcoming spirit, I wanted to let you know that the staff is hard at work in creating a new ministry with the goal of making sure everyone that comes to our parishes feels welcomed and comfortable.  This ministry will have elements of greeting, seating, helping, and safety.  It would be a commitment of time and we would do some training to build up a good team of parishioners willing to do it.  A working mission statement for this ministry would be, “to help our first-time guests, repeat visitors, and parishioners experience the sacredness and joy of our worship service and come to know and love our faith community.”  At Blessed Sacrament this ministry would also include helping people feel comfortable to find parking on the street or in our parking lot. I’m excited about it and hope you are too.

I also wanted to say a word about what is quickly becoming one of my favorite parts of the Mass (besides the consecration of course).  I think it is wonderful how we do the offertory collection. Instead of passing the basket a couple of times, which I always think is a little awkward, we have our offertory baskets set up in the front of Church.  You can place your donations there anytime, but especially during the time of the preparation of the gifts we welcome parishioners, families, and young ones to come on up and place their envelopes or donations in the baskets.  Saint Matthew has a long aisle and I feel like that walk up to support our Church should make all of us so proud.  We are taking ownership of our parish and an active part in what allows us to do so much good.  You might be wondering what if you give electronically (which is great and big help) or maybe you can’t give anything some weekends; did you know you can still come up any time and place a prayer request in the basket and we will pray for you. Thank you so much for your prayers and support!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. Matt

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Mass Times for Our Community

From the beginning of the pandemic through the transition to a new pastor, our community has been through a lot.  Our faith and our unity have been our strength.  As we start to come back together to worship, we hope our new trial Mass schedule with help us grow in faith and unity.  We wanted a Mass schedule that makes it possible for Fr. Matt and Deacon Paul to be able to celebrate with us.  We also want to emphasize that we are one Pastorate, one community, with two beautiful worship sites where all are welcome!

Our new schedule is:

  • Saturday:  Confessions at 3 PM and Mass at 5 PM (Saint Matthew)
  • Sunday:  Mass at 9 AM (Saint Matthew) and 11 AM (Blessed Sacrament)

One Sunday Mass will still be livestreamed; the 1st and very last Sundays from Blessed Sacrament and the other Sundays from Saint Matthew.

We hope to continue this schedule for a while and then evaluate again how it is working as a Pastorate community going forward.  Hope to see you at our vigil Mass or the early or late Mass at either of our beautiful Parishes – all are welcome!

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Archdiocesan mental wellbeing initiative

As part of the new Archdiocesan initiative to promote mental wellbeing and to assist our communities in coping with the emotional aftermath of the pandemic, the Archdiocese is exploring the possibility of providing the internationally acclaimed Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training (www.mhamd.org) to parish and school staff throughout the Archdiocese.  If you are interested in joining a cohort of trainers and are a certified MHFA instructor or are interested in becoming one, please send your contact information, location/Parish, and name to Mary Ellen Russell at mrussell@archbalt.org
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Financial peace returns!

Meetings are held VIRTUALLY every Tuesday at 7 PM now through September 14th.

The following link is for registration:  http://fpu.com/1138514

Contact Keyah Spann for more information or questions at 410-852-8453 or mouse153@hotmail.com

Registration is open to both Saint Matthew and Blessed Sacrament.

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  • A Catholic Response to an Epidemic Please note that some of this information was published before all Parishes were closed.
  • Magnificat online – free resources for prayer including each day’s Readings for Mass (weekdays and weekends), Liturgy of the Hours, and more.  To access the Readings for Mass, scroll down to Magnificat online edition, U.S. edition.
  • My Parish App This the Readings and prayers for the Sunday Celebration of the Mass and much more!
  • Find more resources here!

 

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Our collections are lower during the Summer due to vacations, so if you can increase your weekly giving or make a larger gift for the Summer, it would be most appreciated!  If you haven’t already made a donation to our air conditioning collection, please consider doing so every little bit helps!

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Online Rosary – Saturdays at 10 AM:

As covid-19 and other challenges to our society continue to be with us, our prayers and our actions are still needed!  Therefore, you are invited to join us for a chat, share what you are experiencing, and share what you would like to pray for as we pray the Rosary together.

For this meeting we ask you to register, just for an added layer of security. To register click this link and follow the directions:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvcumgqzIrG9NsuLmWWuw8OlW8ivNW9TM8

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the meeting.  You can register up until Saturday morning at 9:30 AM.

 

 

 

Weekly Bible Study with Deacon Paul from Blessed Sacrament – Thursdays from 8 to 9 PM:

This Bible Study is conducted by phone conference and the conversation concerns the Readings for the coming Sunday.  Anyone is welcome to call in and participate or simply listen.

The number to call is:  425-436-6356 

When asked for the code dial:  698937

 

You can also join the call by ZOOM!

Join Zoom meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86893786919

Meeting ID:  868 9378 6919
By phone with no video:  1-301-715-8592

 

The Readings for each week’s Bible Study can be found on the USCCB website at the following link:

https://bible.usccb.org/readings/calendar

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You can watch one weekend Mass LIVE on Facebook and on YouTube every Sunday!  See the schedule above for Mass online.  Visit our Facebook page or YouTube channel to watch recorded Masses from previous weeks.

PLEASE call or check our website for ALL schedule changes.

The Parish office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM.  Please continue to send in your Offertory envelopes and consider signing up for GiveCentral online giving!

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