May 28 Newsletter
May 28 Weekly
Memorial Day Mass - Monday, May 31,10 AM
, in the church.
Year of the Eucharist.
The Archdiocesan Year of the Eucharist begins next weekend, June 5-6, The Feast of Corpus Christi.
Our parish First Communion Mass is next Saturday, June 5 at 10:00 AM. Think back to your own First Communion and consider sharing your memories with family and friends. Click on the button below to read the reflection of a writer for
The Catholic Review
Think Back to Your First Communion
Sunday 9:30 and 11:30 AM Masses in the Church
Saturday 4:00 PM and Sunday 8:00 AM Masses in the Parish Hall.
Use every other pew in the church.
Masks not required indoors for those who are fully vaccinated. Masks not required outdoors. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended but please join us in person. We miss you!.
Weekend Worship Aids and Online Mass
St. Mary's Weekly Bulletin
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Pray for our Beloved Dead
Thomas Henry, nephew of
Fr. Paul Henry
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
Congratulations - 51 Years in Priesthood.
Fr. Henry Kunkel marked his 51st year as a Parish Priest in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop William Lori. Parishioners and staff members joined in wishing him a wonderful day and many more to come. We have been so blessed to have had him with us for the past 29 years of service to St. Mary’s Parish.
Thanks to the entire team who made the celebration beautiful!
Photos courtesy of Joanne McConnell.
Archbishop Lori's Homily
Please consider recurring on-line giving.
Our parish often sees significant fluctuations in offertory contributions throughout the year, particularly during the summer. This past year we saw a decline as COVID required the parish to take precautionary steps to limit attendance based on state guidelines.
These fluctuations pose a challenge. You can help overcome some of these challenges by setting up recurring gifts online that occur even when you are not able to attend Mass. Yes, we have the offertory envelopes, but, if a majority of our parishioners give online, the budget becomes more stable and there is less guesswork in meeting our fiscal responsibilities!
Online giving may not be the appropriate choice for everyone, Please prayerfully consider registering for online giving so that your generosity and assistance may be acknowledged year round. Click this giving link to get started today! .
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I want to share with you my spiritual reasons for getting the COVID vaccine. I received the vaccine (two doses) as soon as I had the opportunity. Yes, I did pay attention to the reports about it and did talk with my brother who is a medical doctor with a specialty and practice in infectious disease for over forty years. Nevertheless, aside from the science, there were three spiritual reasons motivating me to get vaccinated.
First, I believe that God usually acts through ordinary means.
God can do the extraordinary, like the miracles we hear about in the gospels. But most of the time, God acts through the ordinary. I believe that God’s healing action was at work in our scientists who were able to develop this vaccine. God usually acts through the human, through other persons, and I believe God has done so here. The vaccine has saved and will save countless lives.
Second, part of the stewardship that God expects of us is to take care of our bodies.
This can mean lots of things – like exercise and good diet. In this instance, being a good steward of my body led me to get vaccinated. The Church teaches that we do not have to resort to extraordinary means to preserve or care for life, but we do need to use ordinary means for this. I see the vaccine as an ordinary means to care for my health – to be a good steward of my body.
And third, I believe in our Catholic or Christian moral principle of the common good.
According to this principle, we are to act in accord for the common good of society. This means that our actions should be geared not just to what I want or prefer, but to what is for the overall good of everyone. In this instance, being vaccinated is, for me, acting on behalf of the common good of our society and of our world. My doing this helps to break the cycle or transmission of this dangerous disease and, in that way, promotes the overall good of all God’s daughters and sons on this earth.
I am happy to share these personal reflections with you.
Father Michael Schleupner
Our Daily Bread.
Thanks to everyone who took pans and returned the frozen casseroles to the Parish freezer.
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 (email@example.com). 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:
Kevin Hern, Judy Chu, Jim McGovern, David G. Valadao, Don Young, Jeffrey Fortenberry, Ed Case, Dan Meuser, Chris Pappas, Rick Crawford, Jason Crow, Lauren Underwood, Steve Stivers, Sharice Davids, Patrick T. McHenry, Ted Lieu, Frank Lucas, Sara Jacobs, Cindy Axne, Anthony Gonzalez, Christopher Jacobs and Steny Hoyer.
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 proclaimed by Archbishop William Lori helps us move along our path of life and offers us concrete ways to connect with the Lord. Join us this year to make any space that may have developed between you and the Lord much smaller, to enliven your relationship with Him, and to connect with his grace in a way you may never have experienced before. Learn more
, 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
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/.
QUO VADIS 2021
The Archdiocese of Baltimore Vocations Office invites all high – school young men to this year’s regional Quo Vadis Camp. July 12 – 15, 2021.
Register online at: https://archbalt.regfox.com/quovadis-summer-camp-2021 C
Masses and Communion
Mass Intentions: May 31 TO June 6, 2021
Monday 10:00 a.m. Honor of All Military
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. Edward & Josephine Petr Wednesday 9:00 a.m. Barbara Rudell
Thursday 9:00 a.m. Communion Service
Friday 9:00 a.m. Communion Service
Saturday 4:00 p.m. Honor of the Blessed Mother Sunday 8:00 a.m Anthony Felter
9:30 a.m Stewart Family
11:30 a.m. Christopher Mank
4:00 PM. Parish Hall
Sunday 8:00 AM Parish Hall
9:30 AM Church and Livestream
11:30 AM Church
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.
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, prayer and ministry meetings, and religious 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).
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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