July 30 Newsletter
July 30 Weekly
Guppy Gulch Water Park, August 11, 10 AM – 3:30 PM,
95 Guppy Valley Road Delta PA 17314
. Contact Rachel Bittner
by August 4
to reserve a spot .
For teens 14 and older, bring a friend. Cost is $22 pp. More information below.
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!
Sacristans and Altar Servers
. We are putting together our teams of Sacristans and Altar Servers. If you are interested in serving as an Altar Server or Sacristan, please reach out to Mike Dodson.
Any confirmed Catholic is invited to be trained as a Sacristan
. In addition to Sunday Masses, adult volunteers are trained to assist at funerals and to lead Communion Services. Contact Mike Dodson via phone 443-280- 7435 or email.
arish Picnic Thanks!.
Thanks to everyone who planned, executed, and participated in the parish picnic last Saturday. The food was amazing and plentiful. The pit beef was delicious! Gaga ball was demonstrated and there was a water balloon toss. Photos from the event throughout this newsletter are courtesy of Joanne McConnell.
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Welcome the Baptized
Michael Kenneth Solloway, son of Steven & Amy
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.
St. Mary's Choir Rehearsal Resumes, Thursday, August 26.
We will be starting to rehearse August 26, starting at 7 PM in the choir loft. If you are interested in joining or returning to our choir, or serving as a cantor, please contact Nicholas Zurowski at
. No prior experience or ability to read music. The choir serves on Sunday during 9:30 AM Mass, along with Feast Days.
Children's Faith Formation (CFF), 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.
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:
High School Discounted Rate Requirements
Return completed forms to the Parish Office c/o: Rachel Bittner before August 20, 2021
Be a registered regular contributing Parishioner.
Confirmation 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-grade Catholic home school or private school student and would like to register to prepare for Confirmation, contact: Mrs. Rachel Bittner
Registration Meeting for 2022 Confirmation Students and Parents. Thursday Sept. 2, 2021, 7 PM
in the Youth Room.
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!
Teen Volunteers Ages 14 – 17.
As we begin to move forward as things open up we would love to invite our teens to get back into the swing of things and get excited to serve in our Parish. We need you! We need your enthusiasm, your joy, and your talents.
Worthy of the Call Training is for any of our teens who are 14 – 17 years of age and would like to volunteer for a ministry ie: (Altar serving, Sacristan, Lector, Usher, Music Ministry, Faith Formation Classroom Helper, VBS, Boy Scouts, Parish Events and Fundraisers, Outreach and Service Ministries). Teens must complete this training as we would love to have you volunteer in Parish Events and ministries.
Please email Mrs. Rachel: firstname.lastname@example.org). She will send you the paperwork and set up a training time.
Children's Faith Formation (CFF)
High School Faith Faith Formation (HSFF) and Youth Ministry
Our Daily Bread.
Our next distribution of casserole pans will be held on September 11-12.
If you have any questions, please contact Bob at
The Food Pantry served 10 families in July, 29 people.
The food pantry will be open on Saturday, August 21, from 10 am until 11:30.
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.
After 12 Years of Suffering, Healing Begins:
“Nothing in this world could ever make me feel like I made the right decision. But attending a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat helped me to realize so many things: I am not alone; God forgives me because I have contrition; and most importantly, my child forgives me. My little boy is waiting for the moment when I can hold him in my arms and tell him about all of his siblings, and how much we love him, and how I have missed him.
Rachel’s Vineyard has given me so much more than healing. It has given me an ability that I never had before, to be able to vocalize exactly why I am adamantly pro-life and why I will raise my kids to be the same. I would never wish this experience on anyone, and I want the world to understand that there is no such thing as an unwanted child.” (excerpt from testimonial at rachelsvineyard.org)
There is help for anyone suffering post-abortion whether it is from having an abortion or from participating in a decision for abortion or working at an abortion clinic. For information about retreats and much more, go to
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:
Derek Kilmer, Yvette Herrell, Tom Suozzi, Alan Lowenthal, Joe Wilson, Rosa L. DeLauro, David Trone, Vicky Hartzler, Dan Kildee, Mary Miller, Ann Kirkpatrick, Scott DesJarlais, Bob Latta, Jimmy Gomez, Kat Cammack, Doug Lamborn, Vern Buchanan, Mark Green, Kelly Armstrong, Bill Keating and Ami Bera.
Add also your local and state representatives. Pray they will submit to God’s holy will.
BirthRight Baby Shower Thank You
Because of your generosity, BirthRight received over 9 dozen diapers, 3 packs of wipes, crib sheets, crib mattress pads, bottles, books, burp cloths, 16 clothing items, 12 baby toys, baby blankets and beautiful, hand-knit blankets, hats, bibs and booties. BirthRight also received $545 to help the babies and their moms. Thank you for your continued support of this lifesaving organization.
Save the Date: The LifeChain returns to Jarrettsville on Sunday, October 3.
News from the Archdiocese of Baltimore
Archdiocesan Mental Wellness Initiative.
In response to the growing need to provide support to parishioners and parish and school staff who are suffering from the emotional impact of the pandemic, the Archdiocese has launched a mental wellness initiative to encourage those in our community to reach out for help if they or a loved one are struggling. Among the efforts included in the initiative, a workgroup of mental health professionals and archdiocesan staff have compiled general resources and a variety of provider listings to assist individuals, couples and families in finding the help they may need at
Saint Joseph Summit
- a virtual 72-hour conference featuring presentations themed to St. Joseph by bishops, priests and prominent lay Catholic evangelists September 30 – October 3, 2021. Presenters include Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop Joseph Naumann and Auxiliary Bishops Tim Freyer and Thomas Nguyen. For more information visit:
Saint Joseph Summit - Homepage (spiritfilledevents.com)
Masses and Communion
: August 2 - 8
Monday 9:00 a.m. Jeffrey Ayers
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. Barbara Rudell
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. Frank Hiser Jr.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. Edgar Vitek
Friday 9:00 a.m. Stewart Family
Saturday 4:00 p.m. Christopher Mank
Sunday 8:00 a.m. Bette Chachich
9:30 a.m. Rev. A. Henry Kunkel (Health)
11:30 a.m. Otto Weber Jr.
4:00 PM Church
Sunday 8:00 AM Church
9:30 AM Church and Livestream
11:30 AM Church
Daily Mass or Communion Service
Adoration and Rosary 8:30 AM
Wednesday Sunrise Communion Service
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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