News & Notes
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If interested in serving in this ministry, training will be provided. Interested volunteers can use the same contact information.
2018 Summer Seminarians
This summer, three Baltimore seminarians will reside at the Parish. Please welcome them over the next months!
Tyler Kline was ordained a deacon on May 26. He studies at Mount St. Mary Seminary. His home parish is St. Philip Neri. This summer, he will be working with the vocation office.
Maurice Sundae immigrated from Cameroon two years ago and studies at St. Mary Seminary.
Thomas O'Donnell studies at Mount St. Mary's and graduated from Loyola University, having grown up in the Catonsville area. This summer, he will be continuing his studies in advanced languages.
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.