May 7 Newsletter
May 7 Weekly
Watch the Crowning of Mary, Sunday, May 9, Livestream during the 9:30 Mass.
Father Kunkel's Jubilee Anniversary Mass
May 23, 11:30 AM, Outdoor Mass with Archbishop Lori. Bring your chair and join us on this wonderful day.
Our Daily Bread.
Casserole Pans are distributed this weekend, May 8-9 after the Masses. Return the frozen casseroles to the Parish freezer by Sunday, May 16. More information in the Outreach Section below.
Get your COVID -19 Vaccination.
If you are able, please get the vaccine so that we can return to normal parish operations. All Pennsylvanians and all Marylanders age 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Check with your local pharmacies to see whether they offer the vaccine.
To make an appointment in Harford County for one of the Health Department sites, call 410-838-1500 and press option 4. No appointment is needed for the Ripkin Stadium site.
It is is still important to maintain 6 ft. of social distancing between those who are not members of the same households, both inside and outside.
Weekend Worship Aids and Online Mass
St. Mary's Weekly Bulletin
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Welcome the baptized
Lilly Elizabeth Hadfield daughter of Jeffrey & Victoria
Saturday, May 15
Outdoors, weather permitting
Around the Parish
May is the month dedicated for honoring Mary, the Blessed Mother, the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven and Earth.
We celebrate motherhood, a beautiful part of the nature of women, whether it is through parenthood or the nurturing of others. There are many ways to honor Mary and motherhood, including praying the Rosary, praying a novena to Mary, and doing something special for the women in our lives. Another way to celebrate motherhood and promote a culture of life is to give to organizations that support motherhood. Please donate to Mom’s House of Lancaster by going to www.momshouselancaster.org, or to BirthRight of Bel Air at www.birthrightharfordcounty.org, or to Maryland Right to Life at www.mdrtl.org.
Coronavirus Restrictions Changing.
This week the Archdiocese has issued several changes to the policies governing activities and liturgies in parishes. Father Kunkel, the Parish staff, and the Liturgy Committee are reviewing the guidance as it is released. Expect to see some changes to the Mass in future weeks.
It is is still important to maintain 6 ft. of social distancing between those who are not members of the same households, both inside and outside. Capacity restrictions remain the same.
With the return of good weather, the parish is planning outdoor Masses for special occasions. The following outdoor Masses are planned:
May 15 10:00 AM Confirmation
May 23 11:30 AM Golden Jubilee
June 5 10:00 AM First Eucharist
In the event of inclement weather, the Mass will move into the Parish Hall and attendance will be limited to the AOB- permitted capacity. Sign up to receive notice of changes to the Mass location.
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Golden Jubilee Celebration.
Plans for celebrating Father Kunkel's Golden Jubilee are finalized. Archbishop Lori will celebrate the 11:30 Mass on May 23 outdoors, behind the Parish Center, weather permitting. Bring your family and chairs to join us under the trees for the joyous Feast of Pentecost.
Pray for a beautiful day!
In the event of bad weather, a notice will be sent out approximately one hour before Mass and the celebration will move into the Parish Hall.
Our Daily Bread.
It's time for casseroles again!
Casserole pans will be made available for pickup after each Mass on the weekend of May 8th and 9th.
Since we need to limit our number of casseroles, please only use these pans. We will be depending on everyone who takes a pan to return the frozen casseroles to the Parish freezer by Sunday, May 16th. Just choose a recipe from the OBD list, follow the recipe as it is written, bake it in the foil pan, let it cool, double wrap it with foil, label it with type of casserole and date, and freeze it. If you choose to do a mac + cheese casserole, please be sure to follow ODB's mac + cheese recipe. Please do not include ham or any meat.
The frozen casseroles must be placed in the Parish freezer by May 16th
. We'll also collect any homemade face masks that you'd like to donate. If you have any questions, please contact Bob at email@example.com.
Our Daily Bread Recipes
The Food Pantry.
The food pantry served 12 families, 35 people in April.
The pantry will be open on Saturday, May 15, from 10 a.m. until 11:30.
We are always in need of volunteers for the Food Pantry. If you are interested, please contact Sue Pardo (firstname.lastname@example.org). It only requires a few hours several Saturdays a year. Volunteers must be Virtus trained.
Seventh Month (size: about 15 inches)
Beginning this month the baby uses all four senses. His eyelids open and close, and the eyes look around. The baby can taste, touch, cough, yawn and hiccup. He now recognizes his mother’s voice. His grip is even stronger now than it will be after his birth. The hair on his head is growing longer and the downy covering on the rest of his body is disappearing. During this time the baby will receive antibodies from his mother providing him immunity to a wide variety of diseases.
is a ministry to help post-abortive men and women. Upcoming retreats on April 24, June 26, August 28, and October 30. Contact at email@example.com or call 410-625-8491 or text 410-299-9345.
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: Ritchie Torres, Jamaal Bowman, Glenn Thompson, Mo Brooks, Bill Johnson, Andy Levin, Val Demings, Mark Amodel, Drew Ferguson, David Rouzer, Bill Foster, Karen Bass, Jacob La Turner, William Timmons, Jim Hagerdorn, Bennie Thompson, Randy Feenstra, Yvette D. Clarke and Diana Harshbarger. Add also your local and state representatives. Pray they will submit to God’s holy will.
News from the Archdiocese
The Year of the Eucharist
The Year of the Eucharist was developed by Archbishop William Lori to help us as we move along our path of life and offer us concrete ways to connect with the Lord and experience his never-ending light. We invite you to join us this year to make that space that may have developed between you and the Lord much smaller, to enliven your relationship with Him and to reconnect or connect with his grace in a way you may never have experienced before. Learn more
Summer Day Camp at O'Dwye
. The Msgr. O'Dwyer Retreat House will be starting a. outdoor, faith-filled, fun, summer day camp this year for incoming 1st through 5th graders. All CDC and Baltimore County safety precautions will be strictly followed.
There are five openings for staff, four for junior counselors, and five for volunteer counselors in training. Applications for camp and staff are located on the website.
Camp registration and application website:
If you have any questions please send us an email at:
Summer at O'Dwyer Staff
Delyza Howard, Director
Kelly McCarty, Assistant Director
Shannon Olsen, Consultant
Meghan Cosgrove Sitzler, Consultant
O'Dwyer Summer Camp 2021 flyer.pdf
Masses and Communion
: May 10 - 16
Monday 9:00 AM Josephine Leyko
Tuesday 9:00 AM Jeffrey Ayers
Wednesday 9:00 AM John R. Spielberger Sr.
Thursday 9:00 AM Communion Service
Friday 9:00 AM
Saturday 4:00 PM Camille Kiedrowski
Sunday 8:00 AM Lynn Duff
9:30 AM Carl Kiedrowski
11:30 AM Jeffrey Ayers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Ministry/Confirmation and Contemporary Music Coordinator Rachel Bittner email@example.com
Maintenance Larry Glos firstname.lastname@example.org
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