Fr. Bianco's Message for the Week: November 25, 2022

Dear Cathedral Family,

This weekend begins the season of Advent and a new liturgical year. The word ‘advent’ comes from the Latin word adventus, which simply means ‘arrival’ or ‘coming’. Certainly, we are preparing to celebrate God’s arrival among us as a human in the Person of Jesus Christ, but Advent is a time when we also remind ourselves of other ways that the Lord comes to us, namely at the end of time, but also when God enters our lives every day through our hearts, minds, and souls. We are reminded of that ongoing contact with God in the celebration of the Sacraments, especially in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. This Advent, let us make the effort to worship God in person at Mass as we give thanks for His presence in the Eucharist.

Giving Tuesday
For the third year, the Cathedral parish will participate in #GivingTuesday. We hope you will join this movement on November 29th and support the parish you love. All funds raised will go towards our Christmas Offertory Collection, which will help sustain our parish through the winter months. You can make a gift through Faith Direct or drop off cash or a check at the Parish Center. Thank you for your generosity.

Adopt-A-Family Program
Join us in supporting Walk with the Wise ministry, a community outreach program serving the St. Cecelia and Immaculate Conception parishes and surrounding communities in downtown Baltimore. Sign-ups to adopt a family will open Monday, November 28th and will close Monday, December 12th. The delivery day is Saturday, December 17th at 10:00 AM in the upper parking lot.

Prayer Walk
Bishop Bruce Lewandowski invites everyone to join him for his next prayer walk at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church (901 Poplar Grove, Baltimore, MD 21216) on Monday, November 28, 2022. The evening will begin with a light meal at 5:30 PM and will end by 7:30 PM. There will be prayer at specific locations affected by violence, and for all those individuals who have been so terribly impacted by violence. Please consider joining the walk, as we continue to step out in faith to reclaim our city for Christ.

Seek the City to Come
If you have not had the opportunity to attend one of the Open Prayerful Discussions for Seek the City to Come (the archdiocesan initiative to plan for the Church’s future ministry in the City of Baltimore), there are 2 more scheduled:
December 1, 2022 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PMLocation: Sacred Heart of Jesus, 600 Conkling Street, Highlandtown
Open to the public; Spanish language translation available.

December 3, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMBy Telephone
The conference telephone number is 301-715-8592. 
When told, punch in the Meeting ID number 928 3031 2944 
The password is 319223.

If you have any questions, please call Geri Royale Byrd at 410-547-5318. For more information on Seek the City to Come please visit www.seekthecity.org.

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:

  • 11/25 – Parish Center Closed 
  • 11/27 – Family Faith Formation – 10:45 AM – School Cafeteria
  • 11/27 – Loaves & Fishes – 2 PM – Parish Center
  • 11/29 – Giving Tuesday 
  • 11/29 – Holiday Brass Concert (Tickets are Needed) – 7:30 PM – Main Church 
  • 12/01 – RCIA – 7 PM – Parish Center
  • 12/02 – First Friday Adoration – 7:30 AM - 5:15 PM
  • 12/03 – First Reconciliation Service – 9 AM
  • 12/04 – Family Faith Formation – 10:45 AM – School




Thank you for your generosity!

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



Sign Up for Our Advent Reflections


Advent begins this Sunday! Follow along for this year's Advent reflection series in our Flocknote group, "O Great Mystery: Advent and Christmas at the Cathedral."


Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries


We are so close to hitting our goal of $250,000 for the Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries!  All funds raised over our goal will support the many important ministries of the archdiocese such as Camp GLOW, a summer camp for adults with disabilities. To learn more please watch the video. 

Thank you for your support!


Thank you to our Homecoming 2022 Sponsors! 

Anonymous
Tom & Susan Brennan
Skip & Margie Counselman
Gail Fennessey in memory of Patrick Rossello
The Melancon Family
CRW Parts, Inc/David and Kathleen Willis


Save the Date: Giving Tuesday 

For the third year Cathedral will participate in #GivingTuesday! Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.  

We hope you will join this movement on November 29 and support the parish you love!  All funds raised will go towards our Christmas Offertory Collection which will help sustain our parish through the winter months.  
You can make a gift through Faith Direct or drop off cash or a check at the Parish Center.

We hope to create a wave of generosity that will last well beyond November 29!



Thanksgiving Collection


Join us in supporting the Immaculate Conception Parish Community in Downtown Baltimore by donating a turkey to a family in need!

The Thanksgiving Collection will run
from Tuesday, November 1st to Monday, November 21st.
Donations can be made online

OR

by bringing a check payable to Cathedral of Mary Our Queen
to the Parish Center during Office Hours
(9:00am to 5:00pm Monday - Friday)
Thank you for your generosity!


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.
    • If you have set up an account with Faith Direct, please contact the Parish Center at [email protected] or call 410-464-4000 to cancel the  giving envelopes sent to your address.
  • Mail your donation to us at 5200 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210.
  • We've created this easy guide to set up online giving.




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.