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Fr. Bianco's Message for the Week: November 27, 2021

Dear Cathedral Parishioners,

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.

Please consider participating in our second annual Giving Tuesday on November 30th. Our goal is $5,000 and will support our Christmas Collection. For every new recurring Faith Direct account created with a donation made by December 31, Faith Direct will match dollar for dollar up to $1,000. You can donate on our website at cathedralofmary.org/give or directly in Faith Direct at membership.faithdirect.net/givenow/500/0.

You may find the annual Cathedral Parish and School Financial Summary for fiscal year 2021 here: www.cathedralofmary.org/give/financial-summary. Because of the generosity of all of our parishioners and school families, we ended FY21 in a very good financial position. Thank you for all you do for our Cathedral community.

Next week on Wednesday, December 1st, the second Evening of Praise during Adoration will be offered at 7 PM with a young adult social in the rectory afterwards. We had a great turn out last month and will continue this event every 1st Wednesday of the month.

Next weekend on Saturday, December 4, join us for our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony after the 5 PM Mass with Christmas carols and pizza. Fr. Justin Gough and I are excited to attend this event for this first time. We hope to see you there to carry out this wonderful Cathedral tradition.

May God bless you.

Father Louis A. Bianco
Rector


The Next Ten:

  • 11/27 – Coffee & Conversation: Vatican II – 9:15 AM – Atwater's in Belvedere Sq.
  • 11/28 – RCIA Meeting – 10:30 AM-Noon
  • 11/28 – Loaves & Fishes – 2 PM – Parish Center
  • 11/30 – Holiday Brass Concert – 7:30-9:30 PM
  • 12/01 – Evening of Praise Holy Hour – 7 PM
  • 12/02 – Who is Jesus? – 7 PM – Parish Center
  • 12/03 – First Friday Adoration
  • 12/03 – Men of Mary Our Queen Mass & Fellowship Afterwards – 5:30 PM
  • 12/04 – Coffee & Conversation: Vatican II – 9:15 AM – Atwater's in Belvedere's Square
  • 12/04 – Tree Lighting Ceremony with Pizza & Carols – 6 PM
  • 12/05 – RCIA – 10:30 AM
  • 12/05 – Advent Reconciliation for Grades 7 & 8 – 10:45-11:45 AM
  • 12/05 – First Year Connect Night Session #4 – 7-8:30 PM
  • 12/07 – Choral Arts Concert – 7:30-9 PM

Giving Report:

Giving Report: Last weekend, offertory was $7,962. Poor Box donations were $203.45.
Online giving in October totaled $54,689.50. 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.
  • 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. 

 Save The Date: #GivingTuesday 

#CMOQGivingTuesday will be on November 30, 2021! Save the date in your calendars and follow along on our socials @cathedralofmary on Facebook or Instagram!


Thank You to our Homecoming Sponsors

Thank you to all our sponsors of Homecoming two weekends ago! Homecoming would not have been as successful without your support!


Coffee and Conversation: Vatican II

WE'RE BACK! The conversations were so good that Coffee & Conversation on Vatican II has been extended. 

Grab some coffee at Belvedere Square Atwater's with our Seminarian, Tommy O'Donnell, and take three Saturday mornings to read and discuss the 1965 text of the Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium  (“On the Church”). We’ll discuss questions such as: What is the Church? What does it mean to be a Christian? What is our final destiny? What role does Mary play for us as Christians? 

No theological training required. All backgrounds welcome! Join for all or part!

Meet at the Belvedere Square Atwater's for THREE CONVERSATIONS on Saturdays at 9:15 AM.

DATES
November 27th: nos. 1-29
Dec 4th: nos. 30-47
Dec 11th: nos. 48-69

Click the image below for more details or visit our website at:

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Adopt A Family

“Whatever you did for these least brothers of mine, you did it for me” 
(Mt 25: 40).

The Cathedral community has sponsored the Adopt-A-Family program for more than 30 years, to benefit our Sister Parish, Immaculate Conception and St. Cecilia’s, in West Baltimore City.  Our gifts and donations benefit families in need and bring Christmas joy and hope to this struggling community!

In 2020, we adopted 125 families (over 700 individuals).  Thousands of dollars and gift cards were also donated to provide assistance through Immaculate Conception and St. Cecilia’s community outreach.  This program presents a wonderful opportunity for all of us, especially our children, to practice the true meaning of Christmas.  
 
Please sign up here to adopt a family. by December 10th.  You will receive a family profile with the names and ages of the family members.  Please note that many families have young adults and are often multi-generational.  


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.

Pass this along to a friend! Encourage someone you know to sign up for one or more of these options:

Questions? Email Lisa Kantz.