Fr. Bianco's Message for the Week: March 18, 2022
Dear Cathedral Parishioners,
Over the course of Lent, we undergo a period of intensified prayer, fasting, and almsgiving in atonement for our sins, to draw us closer to God, and to prepare ourselves for the day we meet the Lord in glory. The sacrifices we make in Lent also help us to prepare for the joy of the upcoming Easter festivities. But before we can share in God’s glory, we first have to share in His suffering, not just through our own personal prayer and penance, but also by sharing in the sufferings of the Body of Christ. We are all called to alleviate the sufferings of those around us who are made in God’s image and likeness. Pope Francis once said, “A prayer that does not lead you to practical action for your brother — the poor, the sick, those in need of help, a brother in difficulty — is a sterile and incomplete prayer.” To that end, I would like to offer a few ways in which we can share in the sufferings of others and, hopefully, alleviate their pain in some way. These opportunities are not meant for Lent only, but are available to us all year long:
Loaves and Fishes Ministry – On the fourth Sunday of the month, Cathedral parishioners prepare and serve meals to the homeless of Baltimore City around the downtown area. One can either prepare meals or help serve the meals, or both. It is a chance to interact with the poorest of our city and provide a warm meal and personal outreach to those who need it most. If you are interested in volunteering, please click here: www.bit.ly/CMOQloaves
Source of All Hope Saturday Meal Ministry – This ministry is organized by the Source of All Hope urban missionaries that are based at the Basilica of the Assumption. Similar to the Loaves and Fishes Ministry, one can either help prepare meals or spend some time having lunch with the homeless on a Saturday afternoon in downtown Baltimore. This ministry runs rain or shine every Saturday of the year. If interested, please click here: www.sourceofallhope.org/volunteer.
Grief Ministry Pantry – Volunteers purchase and deliver perishable food once every three months to the Grief Ministry Pantry that is housed in the basement of Holy Cross rectory in south Baltimore. After the food has been delivered, volunteers from the Catholic Community of South Baltimore combine the fresh food with canned goods into care packages. The Baltimore Police Department’s Homicide Survivor Advocates Unit picks up and delivers these care packages to grieving families who have recently lost a loved one to gun violence. If you are interested in volunteering as a “perishable food shopper”, please contact Nora Collins at: [email protected].
One event that we are happy to bring back this Lent is Painted Bowls. This event is a fun opportunity for the whole family to create your own design on a bowl, which will then be donated to St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore's annual Empty Bowls fundraising event. Please join us in the undercroft of the Cathedral on Friday, April 1st, from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. You may sign up for the event here: www.cathedralofmary.org/painted-bowls
St. Joseph’s feast day is Saturday, March 19th. 8:15 AM Mass will be held in the St. Joseph Chapel.
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
- 3/19 – Music Listening Sessions After All Masses
- 3/20 – Music Listening Sessions After All Masses
- 3/23 – Reconciliation Service for Families – 6:30 PM
- 3/24 – The Chosen Watch Party – 7 PM – Parish Center
- 3/25 – Stations of the Cross – 6:15 PM – Main ChurchFollowed by a Simple Lenten Meal – Undercroft
- 3/25 – Middle School Play: Matilda Jr. – School Gym – 3 PM
- 3/26 – *RESCHEDULED* First Communion Workshop – 9:30 AM – Parish Center
- 3/26 – Middle School Play: Matilda Jr. – 7 PM – School Gym
- 3/27 – First Communion Enrollment Mass – 9:30 AM MassChildren's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) – 9:30 AM Mass Only Followed by Coffee and Doughnuts – Undercroft
- 3/27 – Loaves & Fishes – 2 PM – Parish Center
- 3/27 – Middle School Play: Matilda Jr. Matinee – School Gym – 3 PM
- 3/27 – Second Year Connect Night – 7 - 8:30 PM – Parish Center
- 3/29 – A Concert for the Baltimore Community – St. Mary's Seminary & University – 7:30 - 9 PM - FREE!
- 3/31 – The Chosen Watch Party – 7 PM – Parish Center
- 4/01 – Painted Bowls – Undercroft – 6:30 - 8 PM
Giving Report: Last weekend, offertory was $7,843.55. Poor Box donations were $464.06. Online giving in February totaled $55,255.50. 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.
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. Please read the letter below for more details. 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.
This event is a fun opportunity for the whole family to create your own design on a bowl which will then be donated to St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore's annual Empty Bowls fundraising event! $16 fee.
You can register here: https://form.jotform.com/220734974834060
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