September 26, 2021: Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear friends in Christ,

As we gathered in the rectory to watch the Raven’s game last Sunday, I noticed some old sausages that looked good, and I scarfed them all down. After the glorious victory over the Chiefs (finally!) I went to bed feeling a little queasy. That turned out not to be a good night. I woke up with chills and aches all over and other things going on not to be mentioned. On Monday I took a covid test to make sure it wasn’t that and was diagnosed with food poisoning. What a bummer. I kept thinking that Tuesday was the Feast of Saint Matthew, and I was determined to celebrate our Daily Mass on this my first Saint Matthew’s Feast Day as the pastor. Luckily, food poisoning doesn’t last too long, and while I was not at 100%, I was able to come in for Mass and say hi to some of our preschoolers (always good to lift the spirits).

In a strange way this bout of illness had me reflecting on how grateful I am to be your pastor of Blessed Sacrament and Saint Matthew. There are so many joys of being here: The welcoming spirit extended to all people, including those who don’t always feel so welcome in the Catholic Church and in society. The welcome and kindness everyone has shown to me even amid the pain and sadness of Fr. Joe’s retirement. The emphasis on Catholic Social Teaching that pervades the preaching, practice, and many ministries of the parish. The dedicated and good staff and the great Cardinal Shehan school. The religious sisters who live here. The many amazing and heroic parishioners I have met, who inspire me with their faithfulness and make me want to be the best priest I can for them. Joyful liturgies that lead to a triple “Thanks Be to God!” at the end of every Mass.

At the same time, there are things that keep me up at night:  the struggles of two city parishes and our need to evangelize our neighborhoods to continue to grow. The financial difficulties that so many parishes experience, especially in the face of facility and staffing issues. The serious problems so many of our parishioners and families are facing regarding health issues, relationships, worries, doubts, and financial strains. The ongoing pandemic. To be truly honest, the good stretching and wrestling going on in my soul as I encounter folks who disagree with some of the Church’s teachings and strive to listen, understand, and pastorally respond in love.

Amidst the joys and struggles, I am filled with gratitude on this day because like our beloved Ravens I know that the Lord will bring us through with a glorious victory!  God bless you all!

Sincerely yours in the Risen Lord,

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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NEW PARISH MAILBOX!

We now have a mailbox that you can use to drop off envelopes, letters, etc. whenever you want!  It is always locked so it is very secure.  The mailbox is located on the wall as you approach the office door next to the ramp.  Please spread the word!

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Youth and young adults announcements!

Programming – If you like planning activities and events for young people, including service projects, activities, mission trips, etc. If you like planning events, service, and fun then this team is for you!

Hospitality, Outreach, and Accompaniment – Focuses on engagement and accompaniment: establishing and maintaining relationships with young people, connecting our larger faith community to youth inside and outside of the parish communities. If you like to help with communications, mentorship, hospitality, or just to learn what it means to accompany, please think about joining!

If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact Rudy Dehaney at rudy.dehaney@archbalt.org

Our See, Judge, Act high school meetings and Confirmation will soon start again in the Fall. To register, please use the link in the bulletin for faith formation and youth ministry. The first meeting for high school students starts October 3 at 3 PM on Zoom.

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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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