October 24, 2021: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear friends,

I don’t want the month of October to pass us by without writing a little bit about the Rosary. October is the month of the Rosary. I think this month is dedicated to the Rosary because October 7th is the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary. It is a great month to honor the rosary, it is already one of my favorite months because the weather gradually changes to comfortable fall and football weather. The month has the full 31 days, and it ends on All Hallows Eve, better known as Halloween – a religious celebration preparing us for All Saints Day and All Souls Day in the beginning of November.

There is of course no Saint greater than Mary the Mother of God. She is the greatest model for us of what it means to follow and love Jesus. The Scriptures give us many clues as to what made her so wonderful. One thing that is mentioned a couple of times is how Mary would, “treasure these things in her heart” (Luke 2:19). These things that Mary treasured and pondered deeply in her heart were the words and actions of Jesus. Mary had lots to ponder. She was the only one to be with Jesus from His conception to His death.

If you are not familiar with the Rosary, it is really a meditation on the life of Jesus. We use the Hail Mary prayer like a mantra to get lost in thinking about the life of Jesus Christ. There are the Joyful, Sorrowful, Luminous, and Glorious Mysteries. I sometimes think the best rosaries I have ever prayed are the ones where I lose track of the beads and find myself reflecting on the life of Jesus and what that means for me. Mary, I think would love that too. She is always pointing to her Son and the Rosary is really about Jesus. It is a way for us to treasure and ponder the words and actions of Jesus in our heart. Doing a daily Rosary usually takes about 15-20 minutes, but it is the best way to really get to know Jesus. Who He is? What has He done and what does He continues to do for us? These are the questions we ponder while praying the Rosary. I really and truly believe praying the Rosary every day is one of the greatest things we can do to follow and love Christ. If you have not prayed a Rosary in a while, make sure to not let October go by without giving it a try! God bless!

Sincerely yours in Christ through Mary,

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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All Parishioners are encouraged to use GiveCentral online giving (preferred)It is easy, free, and safe to use!  You can find more details on the flyer on our website.  To register, please visit www.stmatthewbaltimore.org/onlinegiving/  Contact our office if you need any assistance!

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Only if you have not yet completed the survey, please do so ASAP!

In preparing the current schedule, there were several points considered:  3 – Masses – 2 locations – 1 priest

1)  A vigil Mass would return.

2)  Each church in the Pastorate would have one Sunday Mass.

3)  The times of the Sunday Masses will be two hours apart to allow one priest to be able to travel and celebrate both Sunday Masses.

Complete the survey by clicking here!  It is optional to write your name at the end.  Please be sure to fill out the survey only once!

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Candle lighting remembrance for All Souls Day during Masses the weekend of October 30th and 31st!

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Have you heard about Synod 2021 – 2023?

Pope Francis has called the People of God to participate in the life and mission of the Universal Church.

Save the date:  Synod listening session on Sunday, November 21stMore details to come!

Click here for a presentation given to the Pastoral Council about the Synod!

Click here for an FAQ sheet on the Synod!

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Parish town hall meeting on Sunday, October 31st, at 1 PM discussing the results of the Mass times survey!

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Dear friends in Christ,

This weekend we are giving the annual Pastorate financial report.  I know that sometimes these things look like just a bunch of numbers, but they are important.  Every one of those numbers represent our faith in God and the trust you put in our faith community and parish family.  Every donation you give is a precious gift that carries with it a great responsibility to be used well to keep our Churches going strong and bring forth the kingdom of God.  So let me begin by thanking you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support.  Everything we do – from the upkeep of our buildings and campuses to the Sacraments we celebrate from the beginning of our lives to our final goodbye and every moment in between are made possible by your sacrificial giving.  Our Faith Formation and the many ministries and services to all parishioners and our neighbors would not be possible without your contributions, thank you!

The financial report in our bulletins this weekend is from last Fiscal Year, which began in June 2020 and ended in July 2021.  One thing to point out is that our offertory collections at both parishes was over budget and that is a good thing.  However, what you can’t see is the trends from previous years in regard to our offertory which has been steadily decreasing, as it is in many Churches along with attendance.  This speaks into our need to evangelize and be missionary disciples by inviting our neighbors, friends, family, and everyone into a relationship with Jesus Christ in our Churches.  We can and will talk about stewardship and what we can give, but nothing is more important than the effort we all share in helping our Churches to grow.

Both of our Churches, St. Matthew and Blessed Sacrament, finished the year with a net income in the black, that is a good thing as well.  However, as you can see without the PPP loan and its forgiveness St. Matthew’s in particular would have had an exceedingly difficult year.  Blessed Sacrament was in the black for both its net operating income and its net income.

The final thing I want to point out, and it cannot be emphasized enough, is some looming large expenses at both Churches that are going to need to be addressed somehow.  At St. Matthew’s our 50+ year old Heating and Air Conditioning units are reaching the end of their usable lives.  We have some expert parishioners who are working with the excellent company we use that keeps them working and they are developing a plan about what needs to be done and when.  It is a huge job and an especially important and expensive one. At Blessed Sacrament we have long overdue work on repairing and repainting the windows on one side of the Church and the rose window and steeple windows.  It is our hope during this 110th anniversary year we can use funds already collected and raise new funds to complete that project.

Thank you again for all you do to keep our pastorate strong and vibrant.  We have challenges ahead, but we are full of hope and joy!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. Matt

Click here to view the Parish’s financial summary for the fiscal year July 2020 – June 2021!

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Missionary, Missioner, Messenger, Message

This World Mission Day which is celebrated every year in October, we remember all those men and women who heard the call to leave home, family to bring the Gospel to people in other lands. Here are some quotes from Pope Francis that remind us of our call to be missionaries, messengers.

These missionaries are a small fraction of God’s people,” instead we are ALL called to be missionaries, messengers. The theme this year for World Mission Sunday is: “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts4:20) This is a summons to each of us to “OWN” and to bring to others what we bear in our hearts.”

“The pandemic has brought to the fore and amplified the pain, the solitude, the poverty and the injustices experienced by so many. It has unmasked our false sense of security and revealed the brokenness and polarization quietly growing in our midst. We have experienced discouragement, disillusionment and fatigue; nor have we been immune from growing negativity that stifles hope.”

“Like the Apostles and the first Christians, we too can say with complete conviction: “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). Everything we have received from the Lord is meant to be put to good use and freely share with others. Just as the Apostles saw, heard, and touched the saving power of Jesus (1 Jn 1:1-4), we too can daily touch the sorrowful and glorious flesh of Christ.  There we can find the courage to share with everyone we meet a destiny of hope, the sure knowledge that the Lord is ever at our side. As Christians, we cannot keep the Lord to ourselves: The Church’s evangelizing mission finds outward fulfilment in the transformation our world and in the care of creation.”

“We know that the call to mission is not a thing of the past, or a romantic leftover from earlier times. Today too Jesus needs hearts capable of experiencing vocation as a true love story that urges them to go forth to the peripheries of our world as messengers and agents of compassion.”

Jesus addresses this call to everyone, and in different ways. “There are peripheries all around us, in the heart of our cities of our own families. Universal openness to love has a dimension that is not geographical but existential. It is important to widen our circle to reach to others. To be on mission is to be willing to think as Christ does, to believe with him that those around us are also my sisters and brothers. May this compassionate love touch our hearts and make us all true missionary disciples.”

“May Mary, the first missionary disciple, increase in all the baptized the desire to be salt and light in our lands.”

Pope Francis

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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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