August 29, 2021: Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear Friends in Christ,

Can you believe that next weekend will be Labor Day and the official end to summer vacation?! It is always a very exciting time as things really get going. I am so excited that Cardinal Shehan school starts this Monday! I can’t wait to see all the students and parents. The wonderful faculty have been working hard this last week and the new principal and vice-principal are doing well.

We also start the “Season of Creation” theme during the month of September where we will focus on caring for our common home, the Earth, and protecting our environment for future generations. We are setting up a clean-up day at Blessed Sacrament and getting a speaker to come the last weekend of September about local efforts to reduce waste.

Please see the flier in this weekend’s bulletin about “honest conversations on racism” being held on Zoom. On Saturday, September 25th, we will have an informal welcome celebration for me right after the 5 PM Saturday Mass at Saint Matthew. Please join us. No promises, but I am working on a little spoken word piece for that Mass.

Our Pastorate Council consisting of Parishioners from both Blessed Sacrament and Saint Matthew is also hard at work. With covid and all the transitions we have been going through, it is time to rewrite and update the by-laws to reflect the new reality of our developing pastorate and how the council will effectively do its great work. After we have made these changes, we are working towards a pastorate retreat for our faith community in the Fall. We can start clarifying our vision for the future. We hope to be truly one faith community with two places to worship. We can be united under one name while keeping our unique qualities. A community where all are welcome, and everyone’s voice is heard. A community where all are invited, and we grow through evangelization and outreach to our neighbors.

Things are really starting to pick up again. Let’s keep each other in prayer and please get involved and engaged. You are awesome! Oh yeah, I almost forgot one last thing to get your excitement going. The Ravens begin their Fall season very soon! God bless 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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Collection for Haiti

During the weekends of September 4th/5th and 11th/12th, we will have a special collection for the people of Haiti.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

On Saturday, September 25th, we will have a WELCOME Mass for Fr. Matt at 5 PM followed by an outdoor reception.  Let us officially welcome Fr. Matt to our community – come meet our new pastor!
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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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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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