March 26 Newsletter
March 26 - Holy Week
All Masses for Palm Sunday are held in the Hall of the Parish Center. If needed, Communion Services are held in the church.
Stations of the Cross, Friday, March 26 at 7 PM
n the church and livestream on St. Mary of the Assumption Pylesville Facebook page.
Holy Week Schedule - 2021.
All Masses and services in the Hall unless otherwise noted.
March 27- 28 IN THE HALL
Saturday 4:00 PM
Sunday 8:00, 9:30 (livestream), & 11:30 AM
Parish Penance Service, Monday March 29
in the Parish Center 7:00 PM
Holy Thursday April 1
No morning Mass or Communion Service
Mass of the Lord's Supper 7:00 PM
Good Friday, April 2
Stations of the Cross (Church) 3:00 PM
Passion of the Lord 7:00 PM
Holy Saturday April 3
Blessing of Easter Food 1:00 PM
Easter Vigil 8:00 PM
NO 4 PM Mass on Holy Saturday
Easter Sunday, April 4 Mass
Church and Parish Center Hall 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM (Live stream), and 11:30 AM
The Parish Office is closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Worship Aids for Palm Sunday and Good Friday
On these days the Gospel of the Passion is read in multiple voices with specific parts for the congregation. Plan to follow along using the worship aid on the parish website. You can use your smartphone or print a copy and bring it with you.
We must consider all the gifts God has bestowed upon us and remember that we are merely stewards of these gifts. Easter presents us a very special spiritual opportunity to make a return to God for His many blessings. After prayerful thought, give your gift based on faith and the blessings you have received through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Weekend Worship Aids and Online Mass
St. Mary's Weekly Bulletin
Give to St. Mary's
Pray for Our Beloved Dead
Donald Hanky Sr., father of Don
Loretta Capezio, Gerard J. Zulauf, grandfather of Brandon
No change to AOB Capacity Restrictions.
The Archdiocese has not made any changes to capacity and social distancing limitations.
Easter Food Project
Thanks to everyone who donated groceries and money for Easter. And we were able to help restock our Parish Pantry.
The Food Pantry.
In March, the food pantry served 11 families, 34 people.
Around the Parish
Blessing of the Easter Food, Holy Saturday, April 3 at 1:00 PM.
A traditional Easter Food basket contains:
BUTTER – This favorite dairy product is often shaped into a lamb or a cross. This reminds us of the goodness of Christ that we should have toward all things. EASTER BREAD – A round loaf topped with a cross or a fish, symbolic of Jesus, who is our true Bread of Life.
HORSERADISH – Symbolic of the Passion of Christ still in our minds but sweetened with some sugar because of the Resurrection.
EGGS –(decorated with the symbols of Easter, of life, of prosperity) – Indicate new life and Christ’s Resurrection from the tomb.
SAUSAGE – A spicy pork sausage, indicative of God’s favor and generosity.
HAM –Symbolic of great joy and abundance. Some prefer lamb or veal. The lamb also reminds Catholics that the Risen Christ is the “Lamb of God”.
SMOKED BACON – A symbol of the overabundance of God’s mercy and generosity. SALT – A necessary element in our physical life, that Jesus used its symbolism: “You are the salt of the earth.”
CHEESE –Shaped into a ball, it is the symbol of the moderation Christians should have at all times.
CANDLE – A candle is inserted into the basket to represent Christ, the Light of the World.
A colorful ribbon and sometimes sprigs of greenery are attached. A linen cover is drawn over the top and it is ready for the priest’s visit or the trek to church where it is joined with the baskets of others to await the blessing that will render it fit for consumption on Easter Sunday
Divine Mercy Sunday, April 11, 202
Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will be held on Sunday, April 11, 2021 after the 11:30 Mass, at 12:30 PM. Liturgy will include Mass, Eucharistic Exposition, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Talk, and Benediction.
Remember: If you go to confession during the Lenten or Easter Season you fulfill the obligation for confession for Mercy Sunday.
Adoration of the Blessed Eucharist, Tuesday, April 6 from 6-8 pm in the Church.
he Knights of Columbus invite you to spend some time with Jesus.
Faith Formation Class Schedule
April 18: GIFT class, 10:30 -11:30
April 13: TUES class, 6-7 PM
Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries 2021. W
e have met our goal for 2021! Additional pledges are welcome
Thank you to all who have participated in St. Mary’s 2021
Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries, Joyful in Hope
. To date we have received pledges of $48,045.
When you give to the Annual Appeal, you now, you provide additional, much needed, support to St. Edwards, our sister parish, while also strengthening ministries that serve our neighbors throughout our entire Archdiocese.
If you have yet to make a pledge or gift, please do so by completing and mailing your envelope to the Archdiocese of Baltimore, or give online at
/. Thank you for your prayers and support.
Father Kunkel's 50th (51st) Anniversary Update.
May 23, 11:30 AM, Mass with Archbishop Lori.
celebration dinner is canceled. If you have paid for the dinner, please contact Barbara Sadler (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request a refund or to convert your payment to a donation to the parish. Donations will be credited to your 2021 donations for tax purposes.
Cemetery Guidelines during Mowing Season
During mowing season flowers can only be in vases on the side next to the stone; on the head stone or over the head stone.
There cannot be any planting of flowers or shrubs in the cemetery. Also, no glass containers or ornaments on the ground; only on the head stone and attached securely. We will have no choice but to remove the above items if the guidelines are not followed. Thank you.
Lenten Reconciliation (Penance) Schedules
St. Mary’s, Pylesville: Saturdays 3:15 and Monday, March 29th at 7:00 pm
St. Francis de Sales
: Every Sunday 7:30 am—8 am and 12 pm
: every Saturday, 2:00-3:00 pm; Wednesday, March 24th, 7:00 pm
St. Joan of Arc:
Saturdays, 4:15 pm
: Saturdays 3:00-3:45 pm
Mondays, 6:00-7:00 pm; Fridays-after the stations at 7:00 pm
, Havre de Grace: Wednesdays & Fridays 5:30—6:15 pm in the Ministry Building
Prince of Peace
: Every Saturday 3:00 pm—4 pm
Devotion to the Divine Mercy.
On February 22, 1931, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ appeared to this simple nun bringing with Him a wonderful message of Mercy for all humanity.
The Divine Mercy Novena
begins on Good Friday, April 2. Sign up to receive the daily prayers using this link.
Join Monthly Novena
Our Daily Bread.
Thanks to everyone who took pans and returned the frozen casseroles to the Parish freezer. On March 15th, we delivered half of the casseroles, 25 homemade masks, and 103 single serve cereal boxes to ODB. The rest of the casseroles will be delivered to ODB on April 5th.
If you took a pan and haven't returned the frozen casserole, please do so by March 31st.
Our next distribution of casserole pans will be held on May 8 and 9 at the Masses.
If you have any questions, please contact Bob at
Easter Food Project.
Thanks to everyone who donated groceries and money for Easter. The groceries for our families have been moved over to the Mason-Dixon Community Services office in Delta. And we were able to help restock our Parish Pantry.
The Food Pantry
Thanks to the generosity of the parish, in March, the food pantry served 11 families, 34 people.
The food pantry will be open on Saturday, April 17, from 10:00 until 11:30.
We are always in need of volunteers for the Food Pantry. If you are interested, please contact Sue Pardo (email@example.com). It only requires a few hours several Saturdays a year. Volunteers must be Virtus trained.
Fifth Month (size: about 12 inches)
This month marks the half-way point to birth, and the baby is very active. Sleep habits develop and his mother can feel him mov
e and stretch, particularly when she is resting. He is big and strong enough to kick hard against the outside uterine wall and dent it. Up to now, although he swam with ease in his watery world, he was too small for her to detect because the outside wall of the uterus has no feeling. Babies born at this age have survived. Continue to pray for your “adopted” Little One!
40 Days for Life February 17 - March 28
Participants pray at the Belair Beltway Plaza at 7600 Belair Road, 7am-7pm. Whole Woman’s Health, the abortion center in the back corner of the plaza boasts “Abortion pill (at home).” Join in prayer, in person or at home, to close this and all abortion centers.
PRAY the Rosary and ACT to end abortion for the good of all people.
Take Action on State Legislation:
Go to www.mdrtl.org and sign up for ACTION ALERTS. Contact your legislators and politely express your opposition to abortion. www.mgaleg.maryland.gov click on MEMBERS and Find My Representative.
Go to www.paprolife.org/join-one, scroll down and sign up. Contact your legislators and politely express your opposition to abortion. Pennsylvania: www.legis.state.pa.us On the General Assembly page, go to Find My Legislator.
is a post-abortion ministry. If you seek healing from the wounds of an abortion, contact www.rachelsvineyard.org or 877-467-3463.
News from the Archdiocese
Pontifical Good Friday Collection.
Pope Francis has asked our parish to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land. Your support helps the church minister in parishes, provide Catholic Schools and offer religious education. The Pontifical Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines. The wars, unrest and instability have been especially hard on Christians. In these times of crisis, the Pontifical Good Friday Collection provides humanitarian aid to refugees. When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you become an instrument of peace and join the Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church and the Holy Land. For more information about Christians in the Holy Land, visit www.myfranciscan.org/good-friday.
PLEASE BE GENEROUS!
"I believe that morally everyone must take the vaccine."
Perpetual Adoration at the Basilica
(409 Cathedral Street) Beginning May 31, 2021 the Basilica of the Assumption will launch Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. This will be the first time Baltimore City has ever had perpetual adoration! Please sign-up for an hour and pray for our City, our Country and our Church. The Basilica will have security around the clock. At night, a security guard will walk you to your car. Everything is well lit and secure. Only scheduled adorers will get a code to access the adoration chapel. Everything you need to know about adoration at the Basilica can be found here: www.americasfirstcathedral.org/adoration/ To sign up for an hour of adoration, go to www.adorationpro.org/baltimorebasilica and select “Weekly Commitment.” For more information, contact Ana Farias at firstname.lastname@example.org or (410) 547-3149.
ear of St. Joseph
World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, July 25.
Pope Francis has instituted a Church-wide celebration in honor of the elderly. Starting this year, it will be held on the fourth Sunday of July, close to the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, grandparents of Jesus.
Plenary Indulgence Pilgrimage
Archbishop Lori encourages Catholics to make a pilgrimage to one or more of the nine churches in our archdiocese named in honor of St. Joseph. An indulgence for the Year of St. Joseph will be offered for visits to the churches named for the saint.
YSJ Pilgrimage Sites.pdf
One special feature of this decree is an invitation to participate in a spiritual retreat that includes meditation on St Joseph and contemplation of the Lord's Prayer. Parishes in the Archdiocese of Baltimore that are dedicated to St Joseph are opening their doors to pilgrims throughout this Year of St. Joseph.
Masses and Communion
: March 29-April 4
Monday 9:00 AM Josephine Leyko
Tuesday 9:00 AM. Communion Service
Wednesday 9:00 AM
Thursday 7:00 PM. All Parishioners
Friday 7:00 PM Passion of the Lord
Saturday 8:00 PM.
Sunday 8:00 AM
4:00 PM. Parish Hall
Sunday 8:00 AM Parish Hall
9:30 AM Parish Hall and Livestream
When the Mass attendance exceeds the facility capacity, parishioners are offered the opportunity to attend a Communion Service in the alternate location. The Communion Service begins approximately five minutes after the scheduled Mass time.
Daily Mass or Communion Service
in the Church, Rosary at 8:30 a.m., except Holy Thursday, Good Friday and holy Saturday
Wednesday Sunrise Communion Service
in the Church.
in the Parish Center. Line up in the hallway outside the classroom door.
Get Mass Updates
Catholics in Maryland and Pennsylvania are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
St. Mary's makes Sunday Mass at 9:30 AM available on Facebook.
Everyone over the age of two must wear a mask while anywhere, inside or outside, at St. Mary's. Masks in sizes for adults and children are available in the lobby of the parish center and at the back of the church.
Cancellation Notices on St. Mary's website.
are located on the parish website. Consult it when weather or other conditions might affect parish activities.
Prayer, Sacraments, Events and Contact Information
The 2021 Our Prayer Book
usually displayed near the altar
is not readily accessible for many parishioners to enter their own prayer intentions. St. Mary's Care Ministry is adding names and dates as you would like them to appear. Please send names and dates to
he Prayer Chain
is a group of parishioners available to pray for your needs. Send intentions to Mary Washburn (410-937-5766 or email
Weddings and Funerals
Masses for weddings and funerals are permitted outside, or inside with limited attendance. Please check with the parish office for further guidance.
Canceled Events and Activities
The parish buildings are still closed to the public except for religious services and education. All public events and most parish activities are canceled or postponed.
Contact the Parish Office to arrange for Baptisms and the Sacrament of the Sick (Anointing).
The Sacrament of the Sick for in-patients is available through the hospital chaplains.
Volunteering for the Parish
Volunteers are the backbone of the parish and we welcome new volunteers with open arms. However, in the world today we must do everything we can to protect all people of all ages, the church and also yourself.
If you are ready and willing to give of your time and talent to be a part of one or more of our many ministries, please contact Barbara Sadler, Extension 22 or
for the information and guidance of the required Virtus training. The training will provide insight for the protection of all age groups and the responsibilities. DON’T WORRY!! It is an easy procedure.
St. Mary's Website
Parish Office: 410 879-4015
1021 St. Mary's Road
Pylesville, MD 21132
Email Addresses for Parish Staff
Pastor, Fr. Henry Kunkel
Administrative Assistant, Diana Weidner
Business Manager, Barbara Sadler
Coordinator of Religious Education, Karen Dietz email@example.com
Youth Ministry/Confirmation and Contemporary Music Coordinator Rachel Bittner firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintenance Larry Glos email@example.com
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