May 15 Newsletter
May 15 Weekly News
Mass Online at St. Mary's.
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 17 at 10:00 AM. Online ONLY
Print or download the Worship Aid (Sunday Readings and Music)
Gradual Re-opening of Church.
Plans for gradual reopening at St. Mary's are underway, but the church remains closed for the moment.
Harford County has entered Phase 1 of re-opening and
has lifted some restrictions on religious services. York County PA is subject to a Stay Home Order and Baltimore County has not lifted restrictions on religious services. We have parishioners living in all three jurisdictions. Archbishop Lori continues to restrict public Masses during Maryland's Phase 1 Re-opening. Read more in the Opening St. Mary's section below.
Online Retreat - Glimpsing God in Our Dark Nights.
First session is tomorrow!
Father Mike Schleupner is leading three sessions on Saturdays, May 16, 23, and 30. Register online for each session. Details below.
To be sure your connection works, check in for the webinar 10 minutes before it begins.
we sent 1930 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to Our Daily Bread. This week we are collecting casseroles
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.
Sunday Mass 10 AM and Worship Aid
St. Mary's Weekly Bulletin
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Photo by Joanne McConnell
Pray for our beloved deceased:
Opening Up St. Mary's Parish
Stay tuned for future announcements.
It is so exciting to begin planning for the gradual re-opening of St.Mary's! It turns out that opening up takes much more preparation than an abrupt shutdown does. As you might imagine, many things are changing to keep us all safe. Top of the list is providing for additional cleaning and sanitation after every event.
The Parish Council and Ministry Leaders are meeting virtually to plan for the resumption of Sunday Mass in-person and for numerous other parish activities.
Archbishop Lori has extended his dispensation of the faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. St. Mary's will continue to make Sunday Masses available to the faithful online.
Photo by Joanne McConnell
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. 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 approximately 1930 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, 67 homemade face masks, 200 individually wrapped toothbrushes, and 200 Rosary packets were collected and delivered to ODB. 62 families participated.
For next week, we're going to do the casseroles again. The link to ODB's instructions and recipes is
Just choose a recipe (or more), follow the recipe as it's written, bake in a 13x9 foil pan, let it cool, double wrap it with foil,
with type of casserole and date, and freeze it.
We'll be collecting the frozen casseroles on next Tuesday morning (5/19) between 10:00-11:00 am behind the Church. Please bring your frozen casserole(s) in plastic grocery bags. 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 email@example.com
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.
Photo by Rachel Bittner
Golden Jubilee Celebration
Celebration Dinner: October 2, 2020 Mass with Archbishop: October 4, 2020
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.
How to Celebrate Sunday at Home
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.
Funeral Masses and 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 still closed to the public. All public events and most parish activities are canceled or postponed during the Governor's Phase 1 of Re-opening Maryland.
Confirmations and First Communions will be rescheduled at a later date.
The Sacrament of the Sick for in-patients is available through the hospital chaplains only.
Fr. Kunkel is not administering the Sacrament of the Sick 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 410 452-5166 ext.22).
St. Mary's Website
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Please share this newsletter with parishioners who do not have email or access to the internet.
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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