April 23 Newsletter
April 23 Weekly
Father Kunkel's Jubilee 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.
Altar Flower Donations.
We have dates open for Altar Flower Donation on July 17 & 18 – July 31st & Aug 1st - and Aug. 14 & 15. Call Mary Washburn.
to request flowers for your special occasion or memorial.
Weekend Worship Aids and Online Mass
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Around the Parish
About 9:30 Mass in the church.
For several weeks, attendance at the 9:30 Mass has exceeded the capacity of the church. On these occasions, a Communion Service is offered in the hall, typically led by one of our deacons. Father has inquired with the Regional Vicar and there is no movement to reduce social-distancing requirements by the Archdiocese. Please keep these realities in mind, when planning your weekend Mass attendance.
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.
The Food Pantry.
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.
Our Daily Bread.
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
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:
Brendan Boyle, Adriano Espaillat, Lucy McBath, Joe Neguse, Stephanie Murphy, Van Taylor, Jim Himes, Ken Calvert, Jeff Duncan, Gary Palmer, Al Green, Byron Donakis, Mark Pocan, Blake Moore, Bill Posey, John Sarbanes and Katie Porter.
Add also your local and state representatives. Pray they will submit to God’s holy will.
ake Action on State Legislation:
Go to www.paprolife.org/join-one, scroll down and sign up. Contact your legislators and politely express your opposition to abortion. On the General Assembly page,
, go to Find My Legislator.
The 2021 Session of the Maryland General Assembly is ended.
is a ministry to help post-abortive men and women. Upcoming retreats on April 24, June 26, August 28, and October 30. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-625-8491 or text 410-299-9345.
News from the Archdiocese
Archbishop William E. Lori Responds to the Verdict of the Derek Chauvin Trial
BALTIMORE, MD, April 20, 2021 – The just verdict reached in the Derek Chauvin trial should lead to more than a sigh of relief. On the contrary, it should spur us on in the peaceful but persistent struggle for racial justice, for genuine police reform, and towards the creation of peaceful cities and neighborhoods. As citizens, we must insist on the elimination of all forms of racism in our societal structures. Let us take personal responsibility in overcoming racism, prejudice, and other injustices. Let us also unite in praying for George Floyd, his family and all victims of racial violence and in praying for peace and calm in our communities.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
It is most appropriate that Child Abuse Prevention Month is held during the Easter season. There is no better time than Easter to celebrate the protection of our most valuable gift from God—our children. For information about measures to maintain a culture of child protection in the Archdiocese of Baltimore please visit: www.archbalt.org.
TEN TIPS FOR PROTECTING CHILDREN AND OFFERING OUTREACH TO VICTIMS/SURVIVORS
1 Sexual abuse is about the victim.
Many people are affected by abuse but the individual most impacted is the victim who has suffered a violation of trust that can affect his or her entire life.
2 The residual effects of having been abused can last a lifetime.
The sense of violation goes deep into a person’s psyche and feelings of anger, shame, hurt and betrayal can build long after the abuse has taken place. Those who have been abused can heal, but it often takes time, therapy, and the support of loved ones.
3 No one has the right to have access to children.
No one, no matter who they are, has an automatic right to be around children or young people who are in the care of the Church without proper screening and without following the rules.
4 Common sense is not all that common.
Dioceses, schools, parishes, and especially families, must educate themselves and others on how to protect children.
5 Child sexual abuse can be prevented.
It is critical to build safety barriers around children and young people to keep them from harm—such as protective guardians, codes of conduct, background evaluations, policies and procedures, and safety training programs.
6 Feeling heard leads toward healing.
Relief from hurt and anger often comes
when one feels heard, when one’s pain and concerns are taken seriously, and a victim/survivor’s suffering, pain, and anger are acknowledged.
7 You cannot always predict who will be an abuser.
Experience shows that most abuse is committed by someone who has gained the trust of a victim/survivor and his/ her family.
8 There are behavioral warning signs of child abusers.
Some abusers isolate a potential victim by giving him or her undue attention or lavish gifts, others allow young people to participate in activities which their parents or guardians would not approve, such as watching pornography, drinking alcohol, using drugs, and excessive touching, such as wrestling and tickling.
9 People can be taught to identify grooming behavior.
Grooming behaviors are the actions which abusers take to project the image that they are kind, generous, caring people, while their intent is to lure a minor into an inappropriate relationship. Offenders can be patient and may groom their victim, his or her family, or community for years.
10 Background checks are important.
Background checks in churches, schools and other organizations keep predators away from children both because they scare off some predators and because they uncover past actions which should ban an adult from working or volunteering with children.
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Masses and Communion
: April 26-May 2
Monday 9:00 AM Carl Kiedrowski
Tuesday 9:00 AM Norm Yost (Birthday)
Wednesday 9:00 AM Jeffrey Ayers
Thursday 9:00 AM Communion Service
Friday 9:00 AM
Saturday 4:00 PM Honor of the Blessed Mother
Sunday 8:00 AM Josephine Glackin
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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