News & Notes


ARCHDIOCESE VIRTUAL LISTENING SESSIONS

The Archdiocese is hosting virtual listening sessions and Q&As. Anyone may participate in the ‘virtual town hall’ via FLOCKNOTES. Receive email/text messages by texting TOWNHALL at 84576 or join via the website https://app.flocknote.com/ archbalt/LoriTownHall. Topics discussed: Transparency, Accountability, Lay Involvement, Formation of Priests, Fairness to Victims, Sexual Abuse in the Church. For more information and resources about the archdiocesan response to the abuse crisis, including child protective information, video/audio interviews, news articles and more, visit https://www.archbalt.org/accountability/.

Child Protection Victims Assistance Line (Toll Free) 1-866-417-7469


The release of findings by the Grand Jury regarding sexual abuse by clergy in Pennsylvania and recent revelations about alleged abusive behavior by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick of Washington “are rightly a cause for anger, disillusion and pain among many in our Church,” Archbishop William E. Lori said. For a private appointment to discuss this, please contact Father Carrion at pcarrion@archbalt.org or call 410-752-8498 x1140.
Learn more:

PENNSYLVANIA GRAND JURY REPORT  (scroll down where report begins)
Letter of the Holy Father Francis to the People of God
Archbishop Lori’s statement | Archdiocese of Baltimore, Office of Child and Youth Protection: 866-417-7469


Welcome Seminarians & Parish Intern

Deacon Joseph Illes
In his final year anticipating Priesthood in the Spring of 2019, Joe is from the Diocese of Metuchen, NJ and is a Univ. of Richmond graduate majoring in French medieval history.

Matthew Houle
A third year theologian from the Diocese of Albany, NY, Matt taught social studies and theology in Catholic High schools before entering the seminary.

Sampson Onuwere
A first year theologian studying for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Sampson is from Nigeria where he attended high school seminary followed by receiving an MA at St. Leo University in Florida.

Vicente Garcia
Vicente (vee-sen-tay) graduated from Mt. St. Mary in 2017 and is discerning applying to the Vocations Office. This academic year, he will be residing and working at the parish.


Mass cards are available in the back of each church and are an appropriate way to express sympathy for a death or to ask for a mass of healing for someone who is ill.

Sacrament of the Sick is available each Sunday for anyone anticipating a hospital visit, surgery or the like. Contact the church office the week beforehand or ask the priest celebrant as you arrive at mass to be anointed.


Archbishop's Pastorals & Reflections

The last few months, Archbishop Lori has written on very timely moral and serious issues that are part of lives as parishioners and citizens. 

Racism & Non-Violence
The Enduring Power of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Principles of Non-Violence
On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's assassination

Dignity of Human Life
The 50th Anniversary of Pope Paul VI's landmark encyclical, "Humanae Vitae" ("Of Human Life"), is an occasion "to celebrate and revisit our human dignity and our human nature."
Note: The Thursday morning men's group is reading the encyclical and the Archbishop's reflections at 6:45am at Holy Cross Hall.


Holy Innocents

Holy Innocents is a ministry of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, facilitated by the Offices of Cemetery Management and Respect Life. Its primary mission is to assure every child who is miscarried (dying before they are born) has a sacred place to be buried. If you are someone you know is miscarrying or has miscarried and is in need of a sacred place to bury the child, please call 410-547-3142. The Archdiocese will make arrangements to take custody of the child and secure the child until burial. Pastoral visitors will come to a family's home or to the hospital wherever the miscarriage occurred to take custody. It is planned that the children will be buried in a shared grave (though separated within the casket). If interested in more information, please call the helpline or email the office at holyinnocents@archbalt.org. If interested in serving in this ministry, training will be provided. Interested volunteers can use the same contact information. 


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ARCHBISHOP'S ANNUAL APPEAL

Envelopes were distributed in support of the 2018 Annual Bishop's Appeal, Together in Mission. The appeal helps bring the Gospels to life through evangelization and through assisting the members of our community who are in need both physically and spiritually. The 2018 appeal goals are set at 9% of each parish's offertory giving for the fiscal year ending June 30. Parishes are awarded one-quarter of all funds collected up to goal, then one-half of all funds collected after their goal has been reached. Your tax-deductible contribution to the Appeal is applied to your parish's goal. Each parish is able to use rebated funds to support specific ministries and objectives of their choosing. You may make a pledge and pay in monthly installments (envelope), you may give a one-time gift (envelope) or you can make an online pledge or gift at www.archbalt.org/appeal/give. Learn more here.  The CCSB parish goals are:

Holy Cross   $12,600    Our Lady of Good Counsel   $10,000    St. Mary, Star of the Sea   $16,100

 

Every year the Archbishop's annual appeal works to improve parish life, reach out to support the community and strengthen families.  With your help, the Archdiocese is able to reach more people in more areas of need as a result of your collective generosity in the Catholic Community.  The Catholic Community of South Baltimore also benefits directly from 25% of the contributions coming back to the parish for its outreach community programs.


Talking about End-of-Life

Talking about end-of-life issues are often avoided until immediately confronting us. Often we are unprepared for the questions that arise, and find ourselves making difficult decisions in the midst of a crisis, without the benefit of time and reflection. Review the pastoral letter, Comfort and Consolation on care for the sick and dying, so that when illness and death inevitably come, we can face them with the comfort and peace of understanding our faith. Visit the Maryland Catholic Conference to download or order copies.