August 15, 2021: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Dear Friends in Christ,

Right about now you might be asking, “When are we going to get a little break from reading the Bread of Life Discourse in John Chapter 6?” Well, have no fear. This Sunday, we pause to celebrate the glorious Assumption of Mary! Today’s Solemn Feast Day commemorates the Assumption of Mary, body and soul, into Heaven. At the end of her life, Mary, who is the perfect example and model of what it is to be a Christian, is taken into Heaven. She continues to intercede for us with Her Son so that we will follow Her in sanctity in life and share in salvation for eternity with Her, the angels, saints, and our beloved faithful departed.

You might also be asking, “When are we going to get a little break from hearing Fr. Matt preach all the time?” Well, have no fear. The last weekend of this month, right after we go back to reading from Mark’s Gospel, the great Deacon Paul will be preaching. We are working out some type of regular preaching rotation together. We also hope to eventually put together a homily series or two for the Parish where he and I will preach about a certain theme or topic from the Readings for a few weekends.

Finally, you might also be asking, “When are we going to get a little break from all these covid restrictions?” Well, have no fear. We will get through this someday. The answer to when we will get a break and make real and lasting progress in putting covid behind us is going to depend on how well we follow the guidance of the experts. Right now, we all must wear masks indoors while in the city, so please follow this guidance. We are also all encouraged to get vaccinated.

We will eventually get to the end of John’s sixth chapter, we will eventually hear a different preacher than me, and we will eventually get through this pandemic. Please hang in there, do not become too frustrated or fearful. On this wonderful day celebrating the Blessed Virgin Mary’s entrance into Heaven, let us be filled with hope! God loves you!

Sincerely 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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Are you someone or do you know someone who…

  • Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?
  • Was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not become a full member of the Church through the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?
  • Baptized into another religion but never received any formal religious education.

At Saint Matthew, we offer an opportunity to come together and learn more about our faith journey.  The sessions focus on the teachings and experience of Church, personal prayer, and deepening our personal relationship with the Lord.

This process is called The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A).  We look forward to hearing from you soon.  Don’t delay!  Call Sr. Andre at 850-207-4679.  The sessions will begin in September!

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New ministry!

As you read in Fr. Matt’s letter in the bulletin a couple weeks ago, we are creating a new ministry in our pastorate that is one of liturgical support, safety, and welcome for our Masses. These ministers are the first people that visitors or regular attendees meet when they come to the church, setting the spiritual climate of the Mass by presenting a joyful attitude as they make others feel welcome and comfortable. They will also facilitate a general sense of order and safety so that everyone is free to worship without interruption.

There are a variety of aspects to this ministry which will call for personal dedication and full participation on the part of volunteers. Training will be required for those who wish to volunteer for this important role.

If you want to know more about this opportunity to serve, please contact the church office no later than Monday, August 23rd, and leave your name and email address or phone number so we can contact you.

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Parish workday on Saturday, August 28th, from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM – volunteers needed!

Spruce up our church grounds by edging, pruning, sweeping, and weeding.

Meet at the office – bring work gloves, edgers/leaf blowers (battery or gas powered), and weeding tools.

Any amount of time you can give is appreciated.

Let’s make our campus beautiful!

Contact Patty at pattydelisle@outlook.com or Barbara at bjmetz51@gmail.com

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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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