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Fr. Bianco's Message for the Week: October 1, 2021

Dear Cathedral Parishioners,

One of the most important things we can do for our beloved deceased is to pray and offer Masses for them. I am pleased to see that many parishioners here at the Cathedral request Masses to be offered for their deceased and living loved ones. To encourage even more parishioners to participate, and to ensure we have more immediate availability for those who request a Mass to be offered for a recently deceased person, we are implementing a new Mass intention procedure for 2022.

The scheduling of Mass intentions for 2022 will begin on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 12:00 PM in the Parish Center. Cathedral will now offer two types of Mass intentions: Announced and Unannounced. Announced Masses can be scheduled up to five per quarter, with a maximum of 20 requests per year. If you are requesting additional Masses beyond 20 per year, they will be placed in our Unannounced Mass book.  Father Gough and I will offer Mass for those intentions on our days off, and at other times when not celebrating a public Mass, such as while we are on vacation.  A Mass card can be given for unannounced Masses, without a specific scheduled date and time noted.

Please bring your Mass intention(s) with the customary $10.00 per Mass offering (checks and exact cash accepted) to the Parish Center beginning Monday, October 4, 2021 at 12:00 PM.  Requests will be processed on a first come-first served basis. You will be contacted when your Mass(es) is/are scheduled. If you request Mass Cards, they may be picked up after you are notified. Thank you for your cooperation with this new procedure.

On October 5th from 8:30-11:30 AM our School of the Cathedral will host its first Open House for the academic year. If you know of any families who are looking at schools for next year, please let them know about our Open House on October 5th. This is also an excellent chance for parents of students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades to learn more about the good things happening in our middle school.

Thank you for allowing me to speak at all Masses last weekend about your crucial role in maintaining the Cathedral campus and ministries. This weekend Father Gough and I will briefly walk you through filling out the Fall Offertory commitment cards. Thank you for your generosity and support.

On Sunday, October 3rd, we will offer our yearly Blessing of the Animals to mark the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  The blessing will take place on the plaza in front of the cathedral church at 1:00 PM. Father Gough is looking forward to meeting your furry or scaled friends.

May God bless you.

Father Louis A. Bianco
Rector



In the month of October, our RCIA program will be exploring the question "What is Catholicism?" We're inviting all parishioners to attend in order to deepen their knowledge of their faith. Feel free to invite a friend! Meetings are at 7PM in the Parish Center (mask required). 

  • 10/7: What is Catholicism? A Community of Faith – Deacon Fritz Bauerschmidt 
  • 10/14: Catholic Approaches to Scripture, Faith, and Reason – Seminarian Tommy O'Donnell 
  • 10/21: Structures of the Church – Father Louis Bianco 
  • 10/28: Mary and the Saints in the Catholic Tradition – Father Justin Gough

The Next Ten:

  • 10/4 Our Daily Bread Casserole Collection
  • 10/6 Parent Sacramental Meeting – First Reconciliation and Communion – Parish Center – 6PM
  • 10/7 RCIA Meeting – Parish Center – 7PM
  • 10/9 and 10/10 – Marriage Anniversary Blessing after all Masses

Giving Report:

Last weekend, offertory was $6,321.05. Poor Box donations were $291.33. Online giving in August totaled $60,954.00. 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. 

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.