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Monsignor Woy's Message for the Week: May 21, 2021

Dear Friends,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHURCH! On this Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the birth of the Church, when the Risen Christ poured out His Spirit upon the first disciples to begin the preaching of the gospel. Let us pray this week for a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit as our parish and country emerge from the travails of the pandemic.

Archbishop Lori announced recently “The Year of the Eucharist” beginning with the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on June 6th and concluding on the same feast in 2022. Quoting the Archbishop:

“As we emerge from this global pandemic, it is imperative that we renew our perspective on how the Mass and the Eucharist are foundational to our Faith. Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, the treasure of Church, is the source and summit of the Christian life. The Eucharist is the source of all grace and Jesus’ Real Presence in our lives is the ultimate answer to the anxiety, uncertainty, and division we see so pervasive in our present circumstances.”

Over this next year, the parish, along with the wider Archdiocesan family, will reflect upon the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives as Catholics. More details will follow in the coming weeks, but we will have a special time of Eucharistic Adoration on Saturday, June 5th to inaugurate the year here at the Cathedral. 

It is a busy time at the Cathedral. Last Saturday (15th), Archbishop Lori ordained 5 men as transitional deacons and this Saturday (22nd) will ordain 13 to the permanent diaconate. Let us pray for these new servant-ministers of the Church. May they find much fulfillment in the ordained ministry and be a blessing to the communities they are appointed to serve. 

Normally, the Cathedral hosts the graduations of many of the Catholic high schools in the Baltimore area. Given the continued guidelines for social distancing, some of the larger schools have opted for outdoor venues.  However, the Cathedral will serve as venue for a number of schools that are able to fit their graduating classes in the church. The School of the Cathedral will hold its graduation on Friday, June 4th. 

Speaking of schools, applications for the upcoming school year are being accepted at The School of the Cathedral.  It has been a challenging yet successful school year for the entire school community. We are expecting an increase in enrollment for the fall term. Of course, we are always proud of our graduates, who thus far have earned over $662k in merit scholarships.

If you are looking for a Catholic summer camp for your children, take a look at the offerings at the O’Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks. Visit their website at for information and registration.  

Finally, please keep in your prayers the repose of the soul of William Baird, Jr., whose Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated last Saturday. Bill and his wife Joanna have been long, active and faithful members of the Cathedral Parish, with Bill serving as a parish corporator for many years.  Also, be mindful of Cecilia Valle, who was buried from the Cathedral on Thursday. 

I am away this weekend in Western Maryland for the 50th wedding anniversary of friends. I look forward to seeing you next weekend. 

Have a good week!
Msgr. Woy

Fun Friday:

In the Lady Chapel, to what do the windows on the right refer?

  • The Holy Family
  • Mary's Assumption
  • Mary as Mother of Jesus

Good luck! The answer is found below Mass Registration. 


Fun Friday answer: The windows on the right side of the Lady Chapel refer to Mary's Assumption into Heaven.

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