July 9 Newsletter
July 9 Weekly
Grief Support Meeting, Tuesday, July 13, 2PM
in the Youth room. Anyone is welcome. We do not have a professional grief therapist, just a gathering of a few people who can talk about their loss and their feelings and experiences, giving them some relief in their sorrow and some helpful advice in dealing with their grief.
Our Daily Bread, Casserole Pan Distribution, July 10-11, after Masses,
while supplies last.
Return the frozen casserole to the parish freezer by Sunday. July 18.
Please understand the importance of returning the frozen casseroles on time so that we can help ODB to serve their clients. Thank you for your generosity. More information in the Outreach section below.
St. Mary’s Parish Picnic, Saturday, July 24
, Noon - 4:00, 4:00 PM Mass under the trees
. Games for all ages. Bring chairs.
The Parish will provide hamburgers and hot dogs and possibly pit beef. We are asking
Parishioners whose last name ends in the letters A-M to bring side dishes to share
Parishioners whose last name ends in N-Z to bring a dessert to share
Everyone should bring chairs since we only have a limited supply of picnic tables and Mass is outside.
Please RSVP either by filling out the sign-up sheet in the vestibule after Mass, signing up using the button below, or sending an e-mail to
. Tell the number of adults and the number of children who will attend, and if you will bring a side-dish or dessert.
This will be a fun but also low-key event to allow all of us to have time to reconnect and spend time with fellow parishioners and celebrate the reopening of community life in the wake of the pandemic.
St. Mary's Parish Picnic
July 24, Noon - 4 PM, 4:00 Outside Mass
Last Name A-M Adults Side Dish
Last Name A-M Children
Last Name N-Z Adults Dessert
Last Name N-Z Children
Sunday Online Mass
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Pray for Our Beloved Dead
Fr. Ed Szymanski
Fr. Ed is joining St. Mary's to assist with Masses from July through September while Fr. Kunkel deals with his ongoing treatments. Fr, Ed retired as priest for the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2014. At that time he served as the hospital chaplain in Howard County. He enjoys traveling and reading in his retirement. He has visited 49 of the 50 states and numerous countries abroad, especially those in Europe.
If you are interested in teaching or acting as a substitute for the Children's Faith Formation program, please call the parish Office or email Karen Dietz. Thank you and God bless your families!
Around the Parish
Poor Box: “St. Edwards”:
This weekend the donations to the poor box will be given to our sister parish “St. Edwards” to assist them anywhere their need is most important.
BirthRight Baby Shower. July 17-18.
The bassinet will be inside the sanctuary to accept material and financial donations for BirthRight in Bel Air. Material donations needed include diapers, wipes, baby blankets, crib sheets, baby clothes, pacifiers, baby bottles, diaper bags, and more. Cash and checks made payable to BirthRight are accepted.
Belles First Fundraiser for 2021, Tuesday, July 20, 5-9 PM, Jarrettsville Creamery & Deli.
Dine in, Carry out or Curbside pick-up. for more Information, call Rene Bolesta 443-326-8310.
Blood Drive, Thursday, August 19, 2021,
in the Parish Center, hosted by the American Red Cross and the North Harford Interfaith Community. There is a critical need for blood of all types, especially Type O, for patients who are currently undergoing treatment for an illness or experience a medical emergency. The blood supply continues to remain low due to the pandemic, but is especially low during the summer months.
Appointments are now available from 1 to 6 p.m. Anyone who wishes to donate must have an appointment. To schedule a time, you may login on to the
Red Cross website
and sign up or call Darlene at 410-404-8583 and leave a message.
Thank you in advance for giving and donating blood. Remember, your one unit of blood can give life to up to 3 people.
Offertory Collection Counters Needed!
The parish is in need of two (2) counters for the Sunday collection. There are five teams, three counters to a team, counting every fifth week. The counting is done on Monday mornings at 9:00 AM. Must be at least 21 years old, a registered parishioner and Virtus “With” Trained; no other requirements. Please contact Barbara, Ext. 22 –
, if you are interested or for more information.
Now that summer is officially here, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy and safe summer. Our parish is dependent on your contributions, especially during vacation season. We, as you, must still pay the utilities, salaries, etc.
If you use parish offertory envelopes and you are away for the weekend, I ask you to please make up your contribution the following weekend.
You can also consider joining WeShare. Your contributions will always be here even if you are away having fun in the sun. The forms can be picked up in the vestibule of the church or call the parish office, Ext. 22.
I wish to extend my sincere thanks for your continued generosity.
CONFIRMATION UPDATE FOR CLASS OF 2022.
For those incoming 10th Graders who will be eligible to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation Summer of 2022, the first contact letters are mailed. Registration forms will be sent to those eligible to receive later in August. If you are an incoming 10th Gr. Catholic Home School or Catholic Private School student and would like to register to prepare for Confirmation please contact: Mrs. Rachel Bittner
Registration Meeting for Confirmation Student and Parents. Thursday Sept. 2, 2021, 7 PM
in the Youth Room.
9TH GRADE HIGH SCHOOL FAITH FORMATION, Registration due August 20 for discounted rate.
Registration forms were mailed out on July 6, 2021. Students are encouraged to be enrolled in a Faith Formation class 1 year prior to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. The forms and finance information have also been uploaded to the Parish website:
Discounted Rate Requirements
Return completed forms to the Parish Office c/o: Rachel Bittner before August 20, 2021
Be a registered regular contributing Parishioner.
CHILDREN'S FAITH FORMATION PRE-K-8TH GRADE REGISTRATION, DUE AUGUST 15
Registration forms for the 2021-2022 CFF program were emailed to families. There are also printed registration forms in the back of the church, and links to the information on the parish website. Please complete and return your forms before August 15th.
We are in need of catechists! If you are interested in teaching or acting as a substitute for our program, please call or email:
Youth Ministry News
Guppy Gulch Water Park, August 11, 10 AM – 3:30 PM,
95 Guppy Valley Road Delta PA 17314
. Reserve your spot by August 4.
For teens 14 and older, bring a friend. Cost is $22 pp. You will have to fill out the online waiver for Guppy Gulch in addition to our Permission form. Pack a lunch and enjoy the day at our local waterpark. Parents drop off and pick up.
If you are interested, contact
Mrs. Rachel Bittner
Parents if you are Virtus trained with substantial contact we could use some chaperones in and out of the water. $10 if you are a non swimmer, $22 in you get in the water. Let me know if you can help!
A Word from Mrs. Rachel.
Teens and Families we have had another quiet summer but I am being hopeful as things continue to calm down. Hopefully, we will begin publishing our YM Quarterly Newsletters starting in September!! Looking forward to getting back to some kind of normal.
Children's Faith Formation (CFF)
High School Faith Faith Formation (HSFF) and Youth Ministry
Our Daily Bread.
It's time for casseroles again! Casserole pans will be made available for pickup after each Mass (while supplies last) on the weekend of
. Since we need to limit our number of casseroles, please only use these pans. Please understand the importance of returning the frozen casseroles so that we can help ODB to serve their clients.
We will be depending on everyone who takes a pan to return the frozen casseroles to the Parish freezer by
Sunday, July 18th
Just choose a recipe, follow the recipe as it is written, double wrap the casserole with foil,
it with the type of casserole and the 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
We'll also collect any homemade face masks that you'd like to donate.
If you have any questions, please contact Bob at
ODB Recipes 2017.doc
The Food Pantry.
The food pantry served 8 families in June, 21 people.
The pantry will be open on Saturday, July 17, from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
We are always in need of volunteers for the Food Pantry. If you are interested, please contact Sue Pardo (
). It only requires a few hours several Saturdays a year. Volunteers must be Virtus trained.
Emotional Healing, July 13, 6-8 PM.
Restoring families of addiction, Promoted by the Mason-Dixon Ministerium, Zoom meeting
BirthRight Baby Shower.
Next weekend: July 17-18 we are collecting material and financial donations. Bring diapers, wipes, baby outfits, baby blankets, baby bottles, and other items to put in the bassinet on the altar. Financial donations may be given by cash or checks made payable to BirthRight. Thank you for your generosity.
Eighth and Ninth Months
(size: about 18 inches) Don’t let up on your prayers for your personal “Little One.” He/she is still in danger of abortion during these last weeks of his/her pre-born life!
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:
Gregory Murphy, Ruben Gallego, Abigail Sparberger, Neal Dunn, D. Adam Smith, Colin Allred, Raul Grijalva, Steve Cohen, Emanuel Cleaver, Bryan Steil, Austin Scott, Garret Graves, John Garamendi, Debbie Lesko, Tom O’Halleran, Troy Balderson, Rashida Tlaib, Katherine Clark, Pat Fallon and Steve Chabot.
Add also your local and state representatives. Pray they will submit to God’s holy will.
The slippery slope has become a waterfall.
A Kickstarter account has raised over $23,000 for a children’s book described as follows: “‘What’s an Abortion, Anyway?’ is a book for kids about abortion care that is gender inclusive, medically accurate, and age appropriate.”
Lifenews.com reports that the Administration has disbanded the NIH Human Fetal Tissue Advisory Board established to stop taxpayer funding of government purchases of “research projects that use aborted baby body parts.”
The House has not allowed a vote on any bill to provide medical care for babies miraculously born alive from abortion.
What would happen if everyone wrote to their elected representatives to tell them they want God-given rights restored to unborn people? Take action now and call, email and/or write to your Senators and Representatives to respectfully express your opposition to abortion and support for the right to life for our unborn citizens.
News from the Archdiocese of Baltimore
Archdiocesan Mental Wellbeing Initiative.
As part of the new archdiocesan initiative to promote mental wellbeing and to assist our communities in coping with the emotional aftermath of the pandemic, the Archdiocese is exploring the possibility of providing the internationally acclaimed Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training (www.mhamd.org) to parish and school staff throughout the Archdiocese. If you are interested in joining a cohort of trainers and are a certified MHFA instructor or are interested in becoming one, please send your name, parish, location, and contact information to Mary Ellen Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archbishop Lori's Mental Health Initiative Letter
Do You Have a Special Story About the Eucharist?
Year of the Eucharist
, tell us how the Eucharist has touched your life. Send up to 150 words describing a time when you felt especially touched by the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. For more information, please see:
Quo Vadis Camp, July 12-15. The Archdiocese of Baltimore Vocations Office invites all high–school young men to this year’s regional Quo Vadis Camp. at the following locations:
St. John’s Westminister
Sacred Heart, Glyndon
Sacred Heart, Highlandtown
Our Lady of the Chesapeake
St. Joseph’s Fullerton
Register online at:
Masses and Communion
: July 5 - 11
Monday 9:00 AM Lil Caplins (95th Birthday)
Tuesday 9:00 AM Deacon Henry Davis
Wednesday 9:00 AM Florence Duffy
Thursday 9:00 AM Bernadette Trujillo
Friday 9:00 AM Melvin Fifer
Saturday 4:00 PM Margaret Duffy
Sunday 8:00 AM Donald Hanky Sr.
9:30 AM Nancy Novicki
11:30 AM Jeffrey Ayers
4:00 PM Church
Sunday 8:00 AM Church
9:30 AM Church and Livestream
11:30 AM Church
Daily Mass or Communion Service
in the Church, Adoration and Rosary at 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday Sunrise Communion Service
in the Church.
Get Mass Updates
St. Mary's makes 9:30 AM Sunday Mass available
St. Mary's Website
he Prayer Chain
is a group of parishioners available to pray for your needs. Send intentions to Mary Washburn : 410-937-5766 or email
Prayer, Sacraments, Events and Contact Inf
Weddings and Funerals
Masses for weddings and funerals are arranged through the parish office. Contact the parish staff for further guidance.
Public Events and Activities
The parish buildings are beginning to re-open to the public. Religious services, faith formation and parish ministries are meeting in our buildings. A schedule of public events and parish activities is being developed.
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.
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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