Fr. Bianco's Message for the Week: July 22, 2022

Dear Cathedral Parishioners,

This Sunday’s readings, particularly the first reading from Genesis and the Gospel reading from St. Luke, speak to us about the importance of prayer and how God wants us to be persistent in our prayer. Abraham, over and over again, asks God if he will destroy the city of Sodom even if there are a certain number of innocent people there. He barters with God and gets Him to agree to save the city if there are 50 innocent people in it, then 45, then 40, then 30, then 20, and finally 10. Personally, I would have grown impatient with Abraham after a little while. Thankfully, God is nothing like I am!

In the Gospel, Jesus tells the story of a person who goes to a friend at night asking for bread for a newly-arrived guest. The person asking is persistent, desperate even, knowing that he can count on his friend to give him what he needs because of his desperate persistence.

God wants us to be persistent with Him in our prayer. We cannot tire God; He wants to hear from us as much as possible. He wants us to be like Abraham and the late-night visitor, asking Him over and over again for what we need. When His disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray, Jesus gave them the Our Father and the story of the persistent friend. God is our father and our friend who knows exactly what is best for us.

I hope you find inspiration in our beautiful Cathedral of Mary Our Queen to spend time with God in prayer. Perhaps you are driving by and want to stop in for just a few quiet minutes to thank God for a gift or grace received or to make a request for yourself or a loved one. If you have the time to make a bigger commitment to prayer, we offer Eucharistic adoration every Monday-Friday from 4:30-5:30 PM in the beautiful Lady Chapel. Or perhaps one of the many stained glass windows or stone carvings inspires you to remain in prayer a little longer after Mass. Please use this church as your inspiration and resource for prayer. While so many churches are closed for most of the day, we make it a point to remain open all day for the spiritual needs of our parishioners and for the greater community. Please take advantage of this sacred space.

Faith Direct
As many of our parishioners travel during the summer months, we are grateful for those who use Faith Direct, our online giving platform, ensuring that their giving remains consistent so as to benefit the many ministries we offer and to meet the needs of the parish. If you have not signed up for Faith Direct, please consider doing so. It is easy and secure.

Children’s Faith Formation
Many families will be traveling the next few weeks for summer vacation. Before the busyness of preparations and travel kicks in, please sign your children up for the Family Faith Formation (FFF) program. Those whose children are not attending Catholic school should register for FFF. In addition, the second graders who will be preparing for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion need to register for the FFF and First Holy Communion and First Penance programs separately. 

You may do so by clicking the following links: 
Family Faith Formation registration
First Communion Registration

May God bless you.

Father Louis A. Bianco
Rector


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:

  • 7/22 –  Parish Center Closed –  Summer Hours 
  • 7/23 –  Catholic 301: Spirit of the Liturgy –  9-10:30 AM –  Parish Center
  • 7/24 –  Loaves & Fishes –  2 PM –  Parish Center 
  • 7/27 – Eucharistic Adoration – 4:30 PM & 6 PM
  • 7/29 – Parish Center Closed – Summer Hours 
  • 7/30 – Catholic 301: Spirit of the Liturgy – 9-10:30 AM – Parish Center


Giving Report:

Giving Report: Last weekend, offertory totaled $5,666.03. Poor Box donations were $276.99 Online giving in June totaled $50,772.75.

Find out more information in how to enroll in Online Giving below.  


Giving Resources:

  • 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. 

Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries


So far we have raised $230,725, which is 92% 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!


Family Faith Formation

We are excited to announce that our Family Faith Formation (FFF) is returning this fall. FFF is offered for children in Kindergarten-8th grade not enrolled in a Catholic school. ALL FFF families need to register for the next year of formation. 

In addition, the second graders who will be preparing for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion need to register for the FFF and First Holy Communion and First Penance programs separately.

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION


Resources:

  • Mass webcast here - all Masses are livestreamed
    • Mass is broadcast Sunday at 11am on Ch.24 (MyTV Baltimore): Comcast (24), Verizon (509), DirecTV/DISH (41).
  • myParish app: Download by texting "app" to 88202 or visiting the App store.
  • Rosary: Watch on our YouTube channel playlist here.
  • Reflections: Sign up here for our weekly email Reflection series.

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Questions? Email Lisa Kantz.