Fr. Bianco's Message for the Week: May 27, 2022

Dear Cathedral Parishioners,

All of us are deeply saddened by the horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 children and two teachers. We pray for those families immediately impacted by that act of evil and we pray for that community as they face grief, confusion, and uncertainty. May the Lord bless them, strengthen them, and give them the peace that only He can give. Let us also pray that we will get at the root of the cause of violence that plagues our world, nation, and city of Baltimore.

Graduation season is upon us and, as you know, several Catholic schools hold their Baccalaureate Masses or graduation ceremonies at the Cathedral. We welcome them and are pleased that the Cathedral provides a beautiful, sacred space in which to celebrate these wonderful achievements and milestones in their academic lives. So often I hear from visitors that they remember vividly their graduations from the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. There will be a lot of activity on campus over the next few weeks with nine schools using our facilities. Thank you for your patience.

Our own 8th graders at The School of the Cathedral will graduate next Friday, June 3rd. We congratulate them on their many achievements this year, including every one of them being accepted to his/her 1st choice of high school and collectively scoring highest on the High School Placement Tests in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Let us pray for them as they celebrate this milestone and prepare to enter high school in the fall.

The pandemic has negatively affected our lives in so many ways. Depression, anxiety, suicide, and substance abuse are all on the rise. The Archdiocese of Baltimore is providing free training in Mental Health First Aid to any adults in our archdiocesan community. The training takes about eight hours to complete. Those who participate walk away with knowledge, skills, and a 3-year certification. The training addresses signs of mental illness, self-harm, alcoholism, and drug addiction in young people.

St. Thomas Aquinas in Hampden is offering in-person training on Saturday, June 25th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. In addition to the 8 hours of in-person training, two hours of pre-work is required to be completed online. Lunch will be provided and you must RSVP by June 10th. Additionally, if you cannot attend the session at St. Thomas Aquinas, there are additional training sessions at various locations. You may find them here: bit.ly/ArchBaltMHFA.

To sign up, please contact Yvonne Wenger, the archdiocesan Director of Community Affairs, at [email protected] or at (410) 547-3158.

Please note that the Parish Center will be closing at 1:00 PM on Friday, May 27th and will remain closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th. On Memorial Day, there will be one Mass offered at 8:15 AM. There will be no Confessions at 4:30 PM, 7:00 AM Mass, or 5:30 PM Mass that day. The Cathedral library will also be closed this Saturday, May 28th.

I wish you and your families a happy, safe, and relaxing Memorial Day. Let us remember the many men and women who gave completely of themselves for our nation and for the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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:

  • 5/27 – Parish Center Closes at 1 PM 
  • 5/28 – Cathedral Library Closed
  • 5/28 – Men of Mary Our Queen Bike Ride – NCR Trail –  7-9 AM
  • 5/30 – Memorial Day –  Parish Center Closed
    • 8:15 AM Mass Only
    • No Confessions & No 5:30 PM Mass
  • 6/02 – The Chosen Watch Party: Season 2 – Parish Center – 6:30 PM
  • 6/03 – First Friday Adoration – 7:30 AM-5:15 PM
  • 6/03 – 8th Grade SCMOQ Graduation – 3:30 PM
  • 6/04 – Saturday Devotions
  • 6/05 – Pentecost Sunday: Adult Confirmations – Main Church – 3 PM
  • 6/08 – Evening of Praise Holy Hour – 7 PM




Giving Report:

Giving Report: Last weekend, offertory totaled $5,123.00. Poor Box donations were $372. Online giving in April totaled $55,226.86. Thank you for your generosity!

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 $224,280, which is 90% 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!


Catholic 301: The Spirit of the Liturgy


What’s really happening when we celebrate the liturgy? 

Discover the spiritual wealth and transcendent grandeur of the Church’s liturgical prayer with Joseph Ratzinger’s book, The Spirit of the Liturgy. Over four weeks, Fr. Justin Gough will lead a study of this modern theological classic and explain how it is still relevant to issues surrounding the liturgy today. 

Classes will be held Saturday mornings in July from 9:00-10:30am in the Parish Center of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen starting July 9. Parishioners of any parish are welcome. Please register in advance.



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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