May 21 Newsletter
May 21 Weekly
Golden Jubilee Celebration, May 23, 11:30 AM Mass Outdoors.
Archbishop Lori will celebrate the 11:30 Mass on May 23 outdoors, behind the Parish Center, weather permitting. Bring your family, singing voice, 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.
On Mary 23 only, Mass will be live-streamed at 11:30
Live-stream Mass will return to 9:30 AM the following Sunday, May 30.
Knights of Columbus Living Rosary
Dedicated to the Blessed Mother,
Saturday, May 22, after the 4:00 pm Mass
Confirmation Class 2021
Congratulations to the class confirmed by Father Kunkel on May 15.
Jenna Amrhein, Luke Dawson, Michael Dlugokenski, Samantha Dlugokenski, Julia Eakes, Tia Gay, Kaitlin Grimm, Ryan Mahns, John McCarty IV, Sofia Pobletts, Austin Schmidt, and Brandon Zulauf.
Coronavirus Restrictions Changing.
9:30 and 11:30 Masses in the Church (except this Sunday, 11:30 Mass outside, weather-permitting). Use every other pew in the church.
Masks not required indoors for those who are fully vaccinated. Singing is allowed both indoors and outdoors. Masks not required outdoors.
The Archdiocese continues to issue 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 more changes to the Mass in future weeks.
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St. Mary Confirmation Mass
May 15, 2021
Photos by Jackie Seneschal
Around the Parish
RCIA and Adult Faith Formation.
There will be an informational gathering on June 21 at 7:00PM for anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, completing the sacrament of Confirmation (adults 18+), or becoming a sponsor. Click here for more information:
RCIA Information and RSVP link
Get your COVID -19 Vaccination.
you are able, please get the vaccine so that we can return to normal parish operations. All Pennsylvanians and all Marylanders age 12 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.
With the return of good weather, the parish is planning outdoor Masses for special occasions. The following outdoor Masses are planned:
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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Our Daily Bread.
Thanks to everyone who took pans and returned the frozen casseroles to the Parish freezer. On May 17th, we delivered 10 casseroles, 32 homemade masks, and 26 single serve cereal boxes to ODB. The rest of the casseroles will be delivered to ODB on June 8th.
If you took a pan and haven't returned the frozen casserole, please do so by May 30th.
Our next distribution of casserole pans will be held on July 10th-11th. If you have any questions, please contact Bob at
ODB Recipes 2017.doc
The Food Pantry.
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.
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: Steven Palazzo, David Price, Joseph Morelle, Warren Davidson, Kweisi Mfume, Trent Kelly, Tom Malinowski, Pramila Jayapal, Adam Schiff, David Joyce, Jack Bergman, Markwayne Mullin, Lisa McClain, Brian Mast, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Cheri Bustos, Dwight Evans, Bob Gibbs, Matt Rosendale and Juan Vargas. Add also your local and state representatives. Pray they will submit to God’s holy will.
News from the Archdiocese
he 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
- Life-Giving Wounds, a Catholic apostolate dedicated to the spiritual healing of men and women with divorced or separated parents, will host a 2-day in-person retreat June 5-6 at the Bon Secours retreat center outside of Baltimore. The retreat includes:
presentations from experienced peer leaders about healing from the effects of your family’s breakdown
guided small group discussions
opportunity for confession
Eucharistic adoration with music
ample time for personal prayer and more
The cost is $145 or $65 for college students, and includes 5 meals, a Retreat Guide, and journal. Lodging available at additional cost, or participants can commute.
All info and registration at
Wisdom from our Mothers, May 27,
Free Zoom webinar featuring stories by Catholic mothers on faith and inclusion. Register
For more information email
Pentecost Vigil Mass, Saturday, May 15, 4:30 PM, St. Joseph Fullerton.
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Archdiocese has invited Archbishop Lori to offer the Pentecost Vigil Mass.
There will be a renewal of the sacrament of confirmation.
The celebration will be held in-person and available remotely at
For more information, please call 410-308-8962.
In addition, Pope Francis will stream a Pentecost Vigil service from Rome at 3:00 p.m. EST
Basilica of the Assumption 200 Years
- On May 31 the Basilica of the Assumption, America’s First Catholic Cathedral, will celebrate its 200th Anniversary. The Mass begins at 2 :00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on www.archbalt.org. Archbishop William Lori is celebrating and after Mass the new Pope Saint John Paul II Perpetual Adoration Chapel will be blessed and adoration will begin. This is the first time in the known history of the city where adoration is available to the public on a 24-hour basis. For more information and sign up for adoration times, please visit: Adoration – Basilica of the Assumption (americasfirstcathedral.org).
Please see the recent article on Aleteia: aleteia.org/2021/05/17/americas-firstcathedral-celebrates-200-years/.
Archdiocesan Grief Ministry.
If you are troubled by the tragic loss of life in Baltimore City, and wondering how you can help, please consider volunteering for a ministry the Archdiocese has created to offer support and healing to families in Baltimore City who have lost a loved one to violence. In conjunction with other agencies and nonprofits, the Archdiocesan Grief Ministry offers a way for parish communities to provide assistance, such as prayers, sympathy notes, food, baby items and other support as needed to families. Volunteers are particularly needed to help support our new food pantry for surviving family members at Holy Cross Church in Federal Hill. To learn more or to sign up, go to www.archbalt.org/grief-ministry, or contact Mary Ellen Russell at email@example.com
Masses and Communion
: May 24-
Monday 9:00 AM Barbara Rudell
Tuesday 9:00 AM Jeffrey Ayers
Wednesday 9:00 AM Camille Kiedrowski
Thursday 9:00 AM Communion Service
Friday 9:00 AM Communion Service
4:00 PM Joseph Popson (Health)
Sunday 8:00 AM Elizabeth Chaney
9:30 AM Carl Kiedrowski
11:30 AM Jack & Anne Poole (Anniversary)
4:00 PM. Parish Hall
Sunday 8:00 AM Parish Hall
9:30 AM Church and Livestream
11:30 AM Outside -May 23 only
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.
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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.
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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