"Thank you for the outstanding service to our Military. Three of my sons have served in the Army and one is currently serving as the Chief of Family Medicine at Tripler Army Hospital in HI. I am well aware of the need for more Military Chaplains so offering these rosaries is a great spiritual benefit to our men and women serving our country. I can assure you of our prayers and continued support."Sent from a rosary making Sodality to Our Blessed Lady in Ocean City, MD.They are making Ranger Rosaries for their Advent and Lenten projects. Faith came singing into my room and other guests took flight. Grief and Anxiety, Fear and Gloom sped out into the night. I wondered that such peace could be but Faith said gently "Don't you see that they can never live with me?" Join the rosary making family Weds 9am-12pm at SJN! firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rangerrosary.org
Habitat for Humanity
St. Mary’s is needed on Saturday December 14th. No experience necessary. Must be 16 years or older. Meet at SJN at 7:30AM to carpool and return by 4:00PM. Great project for high school community service requirements. Contact Art Sanchez at email@example.com for info/sign up. Culinary volunteers are also needed to provide lunch at our Habitat site on that day – for info/sign up, contact Shelly Hupp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the way home from a conference, Don Piper's car was hit by a semi that crossed into his lane. Medical personnel said he died instantly. While his body lay lifeless inside the ruins of his car, Piper experienced the glories of Heaven, awed by its beauty and music. After ninety minutes, Piper miraculously returned to life. "Ninety Minutes in Heaven" offers a glimpse into a very real dimension of God's reality. Available in the Biography section of the SJN Parish Library.
Celebrate Christmas with friends! Wednesday, December 18 at Seelos Hall, St. John Neumann, 11:30 am, all ladies of the parish are invited and encouraged to bring a guest. Enjoy luncheon catered by Chef Zach, followed by a Merry Christmas sing-a-long led by our very own St. Mary's organist and soloist, Harry Thompson! It's bound to be rollicking fun. And, ladies, if you can, please bring along an unwrapped gift for a small child, infant to age five. Reserve by sending a check for $15 payable to St. Mary's Church to: Lynn Channing, 2703 Judson Place, Annapolis, MD 21401 by December 16. Questions, call 410-224-2054 or 410-849-3318
Angel Toy Drive
The Angel Toy Drive has begun for this year! St. Mary's Church and St. John Neumann both have Christmas trees up and are full of angel children that need assistance this year. This program helps local children in the Annapolis area so you will be giving back to the community in which you live. All gifts are to be returned to the churches on December 15th - preferably no earlier and no later. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com. In addition, if you wish to help deliver holiday meals and toys on the 22nd of December, email the above address. Merry Christmas!
Save the Date
The 2014 Women's Retreat at the Dominican House in McLean will be March 21 -23. It's a wonderful time to get away from the busy-ness of life and listen to God whisper to you. It could also be a wonderful Christmas present to give a daughter or a friend or even yourself. For more information, contact Chris Cable at 410-267-6621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a Note
If and when you donate food items to the Church, please check the expiration date to make certain the food will be able to be used. Recently, food with expiration dates in 2007 and 2011 was donated. Unfortunately, the food was thrown away.
Discernment Retreat for Men
Come for a few days during the Christmas season to listen to Christ. Spend time in prayer and discussion with other men from the Archdiocese as you seek to discern God’s will for your life. January 10th -12th at the Trinitarian Retreat House - cost is $50.00. For more information or to register, contact Julia Vidmar at 410-547-5426.
The Bywater Chapter Boys and Girls Club, here in Annapolis, need sponsors this holiday season. Names and needs list are ready. Please contact Angela Nassar for more information and details at email@example.com.
HONORABLE MEN & WOMEN
St. Mary’s Usher Ministry Needs You
Jesus picked 12 to carry his word forward to the world. In St. Mary’s parish of 5,500 families we have less than 50 ushers. We have lost a few who moved out of state and two left us for their heavenly home. You are needed on a regular basis, once-a-month or just to be available AS NEEDED. The level of commitment is up to you. We are seeking men and women from age 12 to 112. Contact Larry Thrasher at 443-510-6610 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saint Vincent de Paul Service Hours
Attention Parents: We need student volunteers to bag food for the poor at 7PM, December 18th at the Youth Ministry Room, and to unload food for delivery on December 21st at 7:45AM in the Church parking lot. Students can earn up to 8 hours of community service by volunteering. Contact John Van de Kamp at email@example.com or 410-263-0428 or 443-924-1549 to sign up.
New Year’s Eve Interfaith Celebration
December 31, 2013, Musical offerings at 6:30pm, Program at 7 pm
Eastport United Methodist Church, 926 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis
A unique way to end the old year and celebrate the new! Prayers and readings led by members of participating faith groups, local agencies and area organizations. Refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the program. Stay and catch up with your friends and neighbors and make new friends for the New Year!
Sponsored by the Greater Annapolis Interfaith Network (G.A.I.N.)
An Invitation to Explore the Catholic Faith
Have you had a yearning to find out more about the Lord and what He might want for you? Do you long for a closer relationship with God? Is your spouse or fiancé Catholic; and, would you like to know more about his/her faith?
We invite you to join our R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) classes, under the direction of Deacon Leroy Moore, to have your questions answered and to help you along in your own personal journey of faith.
If you are interested in joining the Catholic faith, or if you just want to gain a deeper understanding of the Church’s teachings, we encourage you to participate in this unique process.
Classes are held on Wednesday evenings, beginning September 11th, from 7 to 9 PM, in Seelos Hall, St. John Neumann Church.
Please call the rectory office at 410-263-2396 for more information or to sign up for the R.C.I.A. program. We welcome your inquiries and look forward to speaking with you.
Facilities Request Forms
All Ministries and Organizations wishing to use the Parish facilities, either at St. Mary’s or St. John Neumann, must complete a facilities request form. If your group needs a meeting space, recurring or one time only, for the 2013-2014 year, please pick up the request form at either parish office. Please submit the completed form to Joann Crouse in the St. Mary’s Parish Office as soon as possible. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Be on Time for Christ
Our Usher Ministry is happy to help you find seats in Church before the Mass begins. Once the Liturgy has started, however, if you arrive late for Mass, we would ask that you observe the following protocol:
Please wait for an appropriate time to look for a seat, and be as quiet and discreet as possible. A good rule of thumb in finding a seat is during any time the congregation is standing (with the exception of during the Gospel reading.)
And just as we strive to be on time, please stay until the celebrant has left the altar. Spending those last few minutes after Communion in communion with the Body and Blood of Christ can be most powerful.
Jesus asks Peter “Could you not stay with me for one hour?” Let our answer to Him be “Yes” and be present for the entire Mass.
Redemptorist Pilgrimage to U.S. Marian Shrines,
Join Redemptorist Frs. James Wallace and Philip Dabney for a six-day pilgrimage to Marian Shrines, May 1-6, 2014. Pilgrimage stops include the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, and the two Redemptorist basilicas dedicated to Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Brooklyn and Boston. Arrangements by Peter’s Way Tours. For a brochure, visit redemptorists.net/pilgrimage or call the Redemptorist Office for Mission Advancement toll-free at 877-876-7662 or Peter’s Way Tours at 800-225-7662.
70th Anniversary Normandy Trip
details are available by computer: www.bestconnectiontravel.com, click on menu item "Join the Group" and then scroll down to photo of Battle of Normandy. Info includes detailed itinerary, features of trip, and reservation form. Travel dates: May 23 -May 31. Call Dave Aland 410-267-0511.
Calling Eucharistic Ministers to answer a need to bring the gospel and communion to the inmates at the Jennifer Road Detention Center. This entails one Saturday a month for an hour and a half; also requires a background check. If interested please call Frank Piazza at 410-703-8104 or Claudia Noel at 443-994-4882.
Visit the Imprisoned
Volunteers needed to join other volunteer instructors in providing GED preparation to inmates at the Jennifer Road Detention Center. Prior teaching experience helpful but not required. Please contact Shirley Theimer at 410-573-0833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Join the Knights of Columbus?
Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference.
Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a knight is more than camaraderie, it is being involved with your community, it is supporting your local Catholic Church while enhancing your own faith, and it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.
Our Council provides countless opportunities for you to make new friends and serve our Church community by giving as little or much time as you can afford. Come see just what we are all about.
Visit our website at www.knightsannapolis.com to learn more about Annapolis Council #1384. New to the community? Don’t be a stranger. Become a Knight! Ask us how. Mike Betsch (email@example.com) , John Gallis (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tom Hurd (email@example.com).
Stewards of the Environment
But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being."
From the St. Mary's Environmental Stewardship Committee