May 8 Newsletter
May 8 Weekly News
May Crowning of Mary and
Mass at St. Mary's.
Watch Mass and the Crowning of Mary on-line for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, Mother's Day, May 10 at 10:00 AM. The Worship Aid containing the Sunday Readings and Music is available on the parish website.You can print the Worship Aid out before Mass starts.
Plan a May crowning of Mary in your home.
Ideas for the ceremony can be found in Building Up the Domestic Church below,
Gradual Re-opening of Churches.
What happens with Church when the Governor begins lifting restrictions? Archbishop Lori has previewed the activities he hopes to permit during the first phase. He expects to allow private prayer and Adoration in small groups with social distancing. He also envisions allowing Confession, baptisms, weddings, and funerals with limits on attendance and social distancing. Read the full letter
Online Retreat - Glimpsing God in Our Dark Nights.
Has the death of a loved one, sickness, unemployment, addiction, or the threat of the pandemic left you looking for God?
Father Mike Schleupner is leading an Online Retreat in Three Parts that may help. He is leading the sessions on Saturdays, May 16, 23, and 30. Register online for each session. Details below.
Can you believe we sent
to Our Daily Bread last Tuesday? This week we are collecting peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
and face masks. Details in the Helping Others section.
Father Kunkel's Golden Jubilee.
Have you sent a card with photos to Father Kunkel? Are you joining the Car Parade?
More details are below in the Golden Jubilee Celebration section.
Car Parade for Fr. Kunkel
Line up starts at 11:30 AM, St. Mary's Parking Lot
Are you going?
might be going.
Photos by Joanne McConnell
Sunday Mass 10 AM and Worship Aid
St. Mary's Weekly Bulletin
Our bills still need to be paid.
Please mail your weekly offering. Sign up for electronic giving using this link.
Give to St. Mary's
Pray for our beloved deceased:
Otto Weber, Jr.
Building Up the Domestic Church
During this time of stay-at-home orders we are learning what it means to be the Domestic Church; a Church from our homes. During May observe the tradition of the May crowning of our Lady in your home.
If you have a statue of Mary either indoors or outside, make a crown of flowers (real or artificial) to fit your statue of Mary. Have one person carry the crown in procession and give everyone else a flower to be placed in a vase in front of the Blessed Virgin. Remind each other that the flower is a symbol of love for our heavenly Mother. You can sing a Marian hymn as you process. After the crowning, pray the rosary together.
If you do not have a statue of Mary at home, pray the Rosary together. Teach and remind each other that our Lady was her son’s first Apostle. Her "yes" changed the world.
Continue devotion to Mary in your home and ask our Lady for healing in our world and an end to this crisis. Here are some additional scripture passages to share about Mary:
Luke 1: 26-38 (the Annunciation)
Luke 1: 39-45 (The Visitation)
Luke 2: 6-12 (The Nativity)
Luke 2: 41-50 (the boy Jesus in the Temple)
John 2: 1-12 ( The Wedding Feast at Cana)
Luke 23: 27-29 (Mary meets Jesus carrying his cross)
John 19: 25-30 (Mary at the foot of the cross)
Glimpsing God in Our Dark Nights
An Online Retreat in Three Parts
: Saturdays May 16, 23 and 30
: 10:00-11:00 am
: Fr. Michael Schleupner
: Mason Dixon Council, Knights of Columbus
& Saint Mary Parish, Pylesville
All of us have experiences of darkness at one time or another. In these times of pandemic, we may feel especially challenged.
There are times when we feel confused and not in control.
Sometimes we may feel lost, without purpose, even depressed.
We may even wonder where God is.
The sessions of this Retreat will try to address these experiences:
Session 1: Darkness in our Lives
Session 2: Moving through the Darkness
Session 3: Glimpsing God in Darkness
Please attend as many of the sessions as you can. Register for each session separately by clicking on the buttons. It is necessary to register in advance and to register for each session. There is no charge.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Be sure to use the link in the email to check that your computer is ready to participate.
If you have questions, contact:
Bob McConnell at 443-807-3815 or
A flyer with information is attached here. Please share with others who may be interested.
Pylesville 2020-Ad-A one page.pdf
Register for May 16: Darkness in our Lives
Register for May 23: Moving through the Darkness
Register for May 30: Glimpsing God in Darkness
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Ways to Help
Our Daily Bread (ODB)
This week 84 casseroles, 24 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, 65 homemade face masks, and 1 financial donation were collected and delivered to ODB. 45 families participated.
For next week, we're going to do peanut butter and jelly sandwiches again. The instructions are to put the sandwiches into individual sealable bags and to label them
We have added the following suggestion to the instructions -
Please re-use your bread bags, shake out crumbs, place all your sealed, labeled sandwiches back in the bread bag, twist tie shut. Hopefully, this will help us to be more space efficient in packing the sandwiches into our vehicles!
If you'd like to join in this effort, please bring your sandwiches up to St. Mary's on
. Just pull around behind the church. We'll be waiting near the carry-out area. You won't even need to get out of your vehicle.
We'll also collect any homemade face masks that you'd like to donate.
Thanks for helping the ODB workers and their clients. If you have any questions, contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Mary's Food Pantry
The Food Pantry is open on May 16 at 10 AM. Monetary donations may be mailed to the Parish Office and labeled for the Food Pantry.
Catholic Charities has expanded its SNAP services to a statewide, English and Spanish-speaking SNAP hotline. Our Daily Bread Employment Center i
s approved to help process applications by phone
. St. Mary's parishioners who have been unsuccessful accessing support through the State website can seek assistance through the hotline (667-600-2291). A link to a brief story about this is
Photos by Rachel and Hannah Bittner.
Submit your ideas for ways to help: email@example.com
Golden Jubilee Celebration
Celebration Dinner: October 2, 2020 Mass with Archbishop: October 4, 2020
Send Father Kunkel a card or note
to congratulate him and thank him for his generous service to St. Mary's and to the people of God. Use the Parish Office address:
1021 St. Mary's Road, Pylesville, MD 21132.
Submit no more that three photos
of memorable occasions you have shared with Father Kunkel. Send photos in your card or directly to the parish office so they can be included in a keepsake album. We may include a few of the photos in the 50th Anniversary slide show presented at the Celebration Dinner on October 2 and the Parish Reception on October 4. MARK any photo that you DO NOT want included in the slide show with an X on the back. Be sure to list the names of those pictured with the occasion and date on the back of the photo.The photos you send will not be returned.
Join us for a Drive-by Car Parade on Sunday May 17
to wave at Father.
Please arrive at the church between 11:30 and Noon. Attach a sign with your family name and any message to the exterior of the passenger-side door. Follow the directions to drive around the church and greet Father from afar. Observe social-distancing norms and remain in cars at all times. Let's give Father a bit of joy without risking that he or anyone else might catch or spread the virus inadvertently.
The Planning Committee sent a letter to those who made reservations for the Celebration Dinner. If you made a reservation and have not received a letter, please contact Barbara Sadler at the Parish Office
(firstname.lastname@example.org or 410 452-5166 ext.22)
How to Celebrate Sunday at Home
Give Us This Day
You are invited to
join online for daily Mass
from Bishop Barron's chapel, celebrated by either Bishop Barron, or by Father Steve Grunow.
Breaking Bread Missal with Readings
You can buy a personal copy of the missalette used at St. Mary's and follow along with the Mass, readings, and music at home. OCP, the publisher, is offering a 50 percent discount on purchases for individual use (1-4 copies). Use the coupon code 50off.
Bishop Barron's Daily Mass
Purchase Breaking Bread
Mass On-line: Sunday 10 AM
Mass is live-streamed on Facebook and available during and after the event on the St Mary website. Use the button on the right to connect to the parish website. You will find the link to on-line Mass prominently displayed. There is also a link to Archbishop Lori's Masses from the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen at 11 AM on Sunday.
Only graveside services are permitted with attendance limited to a total of ten people, including clergy. Please check with the parish office for further guidance.
Coronavirus Memorials Website
The Archdiocese of Baltimore and Catholic Review are launching a coronavirus memorial page on the archdiocesan website. Click h
for a link to the article that explains it and the link to the submission form.
Canceled Events and Activities
The church building is closed to the public until further notice and all public events and parish activities are canceled or postponed during the Maryland Stay-at-Home Order.
Confessions are canceled until further notice.
Weddings and baptisms cannot be scheduled for May this year. Contact the parish office to make arrangements for a future date.
All Confirmations and First Communions will be rescheduled at a later date.
The Sacrament of the Sick is available through the hospital chaplains for in-patients only.
Pastors and other priests are not permitted to administer the Sacrament of the Sick or the Sacrament of Baptism except in the case of imminent death.
If you have questions about options for a refund of moneys already paid for events that are canceled or postponed, contact Barbara Sadler (email@example.com or 410 452-5166 ext.22).
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The Parish office is closed.Please call or email for assistance.
The staff email list is available on the website.
Parish Office: 410 879-4015
1021 St. Mary's Road
Pylesville, MD 21132
Is your small faith group meeting virtually? Do you have pictures of ways your family and friends are helping others?
Do have an idea for how St. Mary's can help our community? Please let us know and send pictures.
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