Fr. Bianco's Message for the Week: April 1, 2022
Dear Cathedral Parishioners,
For the past eight months, our Cathedral community has benefitted from seminarian Tommy O’Donnell’s many gifts. Tommy has made a positive impact at Masses and liturgies, on our staff, in our school, and on many people’s spiritual lives through his weekly Monday morning reflections at Mass and his efforts to gather people together for various devotions and reading groups. I am sorry to say that his time with us is coming to a close. The Office of Vocations has decided that, because the Cathedral parish is such a unique assignment, it will be beneficial for Tommy to have an additional experience in a more typical parish for the remainder of his pastoral year. Tommy will remain at Cathedral through Easter Sunday and then he will be transferred to Saint Louis parish in Clarksville. I am grateful to Tommy for all he has done here at the Cathedral and have every confidence he will succeed in his next assignment just as much as he has here. Please be sure to wish Tommy well the next time you see him.
We would like to begin regular visits to the sick and homebound members of our community who cannot regularly attend Sunday Mass. We are able to provide this pastoral care to: (1) all those who are registered members of our Cathedral parish or (2) who live within the parish boundaries. If this applies to you or to someone you know, please contact the parish office at (410) 464-4000 to coordinate a visit to the person’s home or assisted living facility. If someone would benefit from a visit but is not a Cathedral parishioner and does not live with the parish boundaries, we will work with another parish to provide appropriate care. We foresee the visits being shared between the Cathedral clergy and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
Please consider tuning into Baltimore's Catholic Radio as a companion in your faith. This mostly online radio station offers contemplative music, prayers and reflections on the saints, and catechetical teachings of popes, bishops, and priests. It includes Baltimore's own Catholic Review Radio interviews multiple times weekly. You may stream online, download the app, enable Alexa, or listen at 92.7 FM in Baltimore City. Whether at home, in traffic, or at work, “Listen, Be Transformed, Find Peace”.
The Cathedral Easter card should be delivered to your homes prior to Holy Week. In it you will find the liturgical schedule for Holy Week and Easter. If you have never attended the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil), please consider doing so. They are the most significant and moving liturgies of the liturgical year.
Also, please consider attending the Chrism Mass on Monday, April 11th at 7:30 PM. The Chrism Mass is particular to a cathedral. At that Mass, Archbishop Lori will bless and consecrate the three oils that we use for certain sacraments. The oils are then distributed to every parish throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Catholics from every corner of the Archdiocese always comment on how much they look forward to this Mass every year.We hope to see many of our Cathedral parishioners there.
May God bless you.
Father Louis A. Bianco
Welcome to The Next Ten! Every weekend, we'll include a list with what's happening in the next ten days at Cathedral. For more details, call the Parish Center (410-464-4000) or visit our website (www.cathedralofmary.org).
The Next Ten:
NEW FOR LENT: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions Monday-Friday from 4:30-5:15 PM
- 4/01 – Painted Bowls – Undercroft – 6:30 - 8 PM
- 4/07 – The Chosen Watch Party – Parish Center – 7 PM
- 4/08 – Stations of the Cross – Main Church – 6:15 PM
- Followed by a Simple Lenten Meal
- 4/09 – (School) Cathedral Ball– White Hall Mill – 6-10 PM
- 4/10 – Palm Sunday
- Marriage Vow Renewals after all Masses
- Mass at 8 AM, 9:30 AM, and 11 AM (Celebrant, Archbishop Lori)
- 4/10 – Confirmation/Connect Night – Parish Center – 7 PM
- 4/11 – Monday of Holy Week – NO Confessions, NO 5:30 PM Mass
- Chrism Mass – 7:30 PM – Open Seating Available. No reserved seating.
- 4/13 – Evening of Praise Holy Hour – 7 PM
Giving Report: Last weekend, offertory was $5,762.94. Poor Box donations were $277.91. Online giving in March totaled $50,521.37. Thank you for your generosity!
Find out more information in how to enroll in Online Giving below.
- Make a one-time gift on FaithDirect at the Archdiocesan giving page (select Cathedral), or by texting the word “Give” to 410-390-0999.
- Set up recurring online giving with Faith Direct (Cathedral’s code is MD500) or by texting the word "Enroll" to 410-390-0999.
- Drop off donations at the rectory - there is a secure box at the front door to leave envelopes/letters.
- Mail your donation to us at 5200 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210.
- We've created this easy guide to set up online giving.
So far we have raised up to $198,095 which is 79% of our goal.
This year instead of our parish only receiving a portion of funds raised for the Appeal for Catholic Ministries, Cathedral will keep 100% of all donations up to $250,000. Any funds raised over our goal will support the many important ministries of the appeal.
The funds will go towards several projects that will benefit the entire Cathedral campus. For more details please visit our website. Thank you for your generous support!
Stations of the Cross & Simple Lenten Meal
Please consider volunteering to provide a meatless soup and/or bread to share for our simple Lenten meals after the Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 6:15 PM.
You can sign up on our website at www.cathedralofmary/news/simple-lenten-meals
This Lent, enter into the desert with reflections by parishioners, communal prayer, and multiple opportunities to live out Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.
How can you participate?
If you haven't already, join our Reflection Flocknote group that will carry on our Lenten reflection or activities throughout the season.
You can also visit our Lenten Schedule for the special Sacrament schedule during Lent, Weekly Events, Donation Schedule, and other Lenten Activities.
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