October 31, 2021: Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear friends,

Here is the Zoom link for our town hall meeting this Sunday:

Join Zoom meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85449781722?pwd=d2x2N2FIS0hEQWdCMDhNcUl1cTRUQT09

Meeting ID:  854 4978 1722  Passcode:  844525

As the worldwide Church continues to journey towards synodality, it strikes me that things like town hall meetings seem to jive well with what the Holy Spirit is calling us to embrace. It involves a deep listening and striving to understand each other. We are all in this together and have equality that needs to be respected. Of course, we will not always agree, the Gospel will always be a challenge, and we must respect and love each other in our diversity. This is the challenge for us. Our world seems to want to shout down or cancel any opinions or ideas that are different than our own; it cannot be like that with us. Our Scripture Readings this week implore us to listen and hear. We know there are clear teachings of the Church from Scripture and our Sacred Tradition. These cannot be set aside, and we must not only listen to each other, but first and foremost must listen to God. God calls us to love and honor each other. This is how we can bring God’s kingdom into the world and help heal our culture marred by so much division and rancor. At the end of November, we will gather again for our Synod listening sessions.  Let us continue to pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us and help us to embrace each other as brothers and sisters in the Lord.

This weekend is also a special weekend to remember our faithful departed. We continue to pray for them and because we believe in the intercession of the Saints and life everlasting; we also ask for their prayers. Monday is All Saints Day, and we have Mass at 9 AM and 5:30 PM in the church. Heaven is another great image of what journeying together in a synod looks like. Those in Heaven are still very much connected to us and this great company of witnesses spurs us on to keep striving for holiness and unity. God Bless you all!

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Matt

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All Saint’s Day Mass schedule!

Monday, November 1st is All Saint’s Day.  Masses will be at 9 AM and 5:30 PM at Saint Matthew both held in the church.

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All Saint’s Day Mass with Bishop Bruce Lewandowski

Monday, November 1st, at 7 PM.

Saint Ann Catholic Church:  528 East 22nd Street; Baltimore, MD 21218

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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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Retired.  Now what?

Join the Ignatian Volunteer Corps of Baltimore!  Men and women, 55 years of age or better, consider a year-long commitment to service and spirituality with IVC.  There is no shortage of need in the Baltimore metro region and all skills, lovingly offered, can be matched to the great work of one of IVC’s over 30 non-profit partner agencies.  Attend a virtual (Zoom) info. session on Thursday, November 11th, at 10 AM.  Register at:  www.ivcusa.org/baltimore/  or send an email to:  baltimore@ivcusa.org

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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.

Date for a Parish Synod listening session to be determined.  More 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!

Here is the Zoom link for our town hall meeting this Sunday:

Join Zoom meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85449781722?pwd=d2x2N2FIS0hEQWdCMDhNcUl1cTRUQT09

Meeting ID:  854 4978 1722  Passcode:  844525

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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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