September 19, 2021: Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear friends in Christ,

Thank you so much for your generosity to our special collection for Haiti. We raised over $3,500 to give to wonderful work of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur who are in Haiti helping our brothers and sisters there. We are so blessed to have the headquarters of the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers here on our campus in the old convent. We are also blessed by the presence of religious sisters who live at Saint Matthew. We have five religious sisters who live at the convent and above the offices. Two are from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and three are from the missionary order of Comboni Sisters. They are all fantastic, holy women who inspire me. If you ever want to meet them, please feel free to join our Daily Mass in the chapel at 7 AM Monday through Thursday. The Comboni Sisters are usually there as is St. Mary Alice, and we often have two religious sisters of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, Mother Mary Lange’s order, who teach at Cardinal Shehan and join us on school days. I should also mention we have a regular group of other holy women who also inspire me that regularly come to Daily Mass; it is a great little community!

Everyone loves our religious sisters, as they should. I like to imagine them not only watching over our Saint Matthew campus, but also protecting us with their daily prayers. They are living examples of loving community and outward evangelization. This is what our pastorate strives to do as well. To be a loving community of believers who care for each other and at the same time strive to reach out to our local neighborhoods and invite folks into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in the Holy Catholic Church. Thank you, dear sisters, for your presence, your prayers, and being models of community and missionary service. You help us to be beacons of hope and love to all.  God bless you!

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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Pregnancy Center North, a licensed medical clinic, encourages a reverence for human life and sexuality to empower abortion-vulnerable women and their families to make healthy, life-affirming choices. Since 1982, we have provided help to over 27,000 women to enable them to thrive and provide for a better future. Our free services include pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, peer counseling, prenatal and parenting education, fertility awareness / natural family planning resources, material assistance, and referrals for post-abortion healing, as well as other community resources. At PCN, we are a crucial resource for women experiencing crisis pregnancies, giving them the support, encouragement, and tools they need to ultimately choose life.

To learn more about our ministry, please join us in person on September 23rd at Martin’s Valley Mansion in Cockeysville or virtually at https://pcnministry.org/events.php  Registration is open at the same link.

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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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Update on our Faith Formation program

Please read the following message from Dorris, our director of Faith Formation:
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Dear families,
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In the course of the Summer, I have been offered and accepted a position as a religion teacher at Calvert Hall College High School in Towson.  This means that in the near future I will say farewell to my role as director of Faith Formation.  I will stay on as interim director to make sure the faith formation programs will continue and to support our Parishes during yet another period of transition ahead of us.
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It has been a blessing to work for and with you all.  I am very grateful for all that we have achieved together and for the opportunity to serve our communities in Baltimore city.  Our wonderful collaboration makes each of our Parishes stronger.  I look forward to see this continue as a Parishioner of Saint Matthew.
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Registration for Faith Formation and Youth Ministry is open!

As Summer is slowly moving into fall, we are also getting ready for the start of this year’s Faith Formation. We will continue our at home faith formation program. A survey at the beginning of the summer pointed out that many families enjoyed the weekly family faith activities. This year, however, our Family Faith Fridays will return and (if all goes well with covid) they will be in person. Mark your calendars for the first one on October 1, 6 – 8 PM at Saint Matthew. This first Family Faith Friday will be the kick-off this year’s program.

 

You are invited to attend one of the following information sessions, if you would like to hear more about the program:

 

Information session on Zoom on Wednesday, September 15 at 7:30 PM

To receive the zoom-link email Dorris van Gaal at dorris.vangaal@archbalt.org

 

Information session and registration opportunity on Saturday, September 18 at the faith formation center

  • Info-sessions will start at 11 AM and at 1 PM
  • In-person registration opportunity between 12 and 1 PM and between 2 and 3 PM

 

Register for the faith formation and youth ministry programs by clicking this link:  https://form.jotform.com/212384188602153

 

This link will bring you to an electronic form. You will be asked to enter general family information and information regarding church of registration and sacraments received (it would be great for us if you know, but don’t worry if you do not have all the dates at hand), and to check which bible you wish to receive (or both). Returning Families can check NONE for bible.

 

Once you filled out the form the next step will ask you to confirm the items for your invoice:

  • Family Faith Formation Registration: $75 (1 Bible included)
  • Family Faith Formation Registration: $60 (without Bible – for high school registration and returning families only)
  • Extra Bible: $25 (if selected both for children’s and breakthrough Bible)
  • High School Registration: $20 (for each student – mark number in dropdown)

 

Once you submit the form, you will receive a confirmation email and an invoice for your own files. Please pay by check. Make check payable to “necc faith formation” and put the invoice number on the subject line.

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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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