April 2 Newsletter
April 2 - Easter Triduum
Holy Week Schedule - 2021.
All Masses and services in the Hall unless otherwise noted.
NOTE: Good Friday Stations of the Cross are moved to the Hall.
Good Friday, April 2
Stations of the Cross 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 (Livestream from Hall), and 11:30 AM
The Parish Office is closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
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.
The Divine Mercy Novena
begins on Good Friday, April 2. Sign up to receive the daily prayers using this link.
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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 in the church. The celebration will include 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.
Weekend Worship Aids and Online Mass
Worship Aid for Good Friday
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.
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Easter Vigil Rehearsal, Saturday at 10 AM
in the Hall. All lay minsters for the Saturday evening Vigil Mass are encouraged to attend.
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.
Around the Parish
Faith Formation Class Schedule
April 18: GIFT class, 10:30 -11:30
April 13: TUES class, 6-7 PM
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.
Our Daily Bread.
Thanks to everyone who took pans and returned the frozen casseroles to the Parish freezer.
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
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.
Respect Life Ministry was unable to install the Field of the Innocents this year.
Each cross above represents one unborn person. There are 110 crosses representing 110 unborn persons killed every hour of every day of the year in the United States. According to the Guttmacher Institute (Guttmacher.org), there were over 862,000 abortions in 2017 (most recent report). As we celebrate our Risen Lord and contemplate Jesus’ sacrifice for us,
remember all these little ones so precious to him and pray that God’s plan for creation is once again respected and followed.
“Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.”
Sixth Month (size: about 14 inches)
The baby can now roll over inside the womb. Her oil and sweat glands are functioning. A white filmy layer called
vernix covers the baby and protects her delicate skin from the surrounding amniotic fluid. This waxy substance will be quickly absorbed into her skin soon
after she is born. She can now respond to sound. Her lungs are fairly well developed and she would stand a good chance of survival if born at this time. Continue to pray for your personal Little One!
Each week, we pray for a group of elected officials without including titles, states or party affiliation so we remember they are our brothers and sisters, children of God, sinners like us. This week, add these names to your prayers: Troy Nehls, Dean Phillips, Tom Rice, Billy Long, Aston Donald McEachin, Mark Takano, Ed Perlmutter, Marcia Fudge, Lori Trahan, Donald Payne Jr., Jaime Herrera Beutler, Jared Golden, Thomas Massie, Peter Meijer, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Tom Emmer, Ted Budd and Deborah Ross. Add also your local and state representatives.
Pray they will submit to God’s holy will.
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.
News from the Archdiocese
To watch the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Easter Special and a LIVE broadcast of Mass from the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen with Archbishop Lori, tune into Ch.24 (MyTV Baltimore), Comcast (24), Verizon (509), DirecTV/DISH (41) at
a.m. on Easter
morning April 4. The Easter special and the livestream of the Mass may also be viewed online at
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!
FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program
- On March 24, FEMA released the interim policy guidance on the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program. It will be a reimbursement program for eligible funeral expenses for deaths related to COVID-19 that occurred after January 20, 2020. More information:
"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.
Masses and Communion
: April 5-11
Monday 9:00 AM Tom Hall Sr.
Tuesday 9:00 AM Communion Service
Wednesday 9:00 AM
Thursday 9:00 AM
Friday 7:00 PM Christopher Mank
Saturday 4:00 PM Camille Kiedrowski
Sunday 8:00 AM Thomas Cooper
9:30 AM Stewart Family
11:30 AM Barbara Rudell
4:00 PM. Parish Hall
Sunday 8:00 AM Parish Hall
9:30 AM Church 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.
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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