Announcements

Notices

Flu Season & Mass:
Until further notice, we are suspending the exchange of the Sign of Peace and receiving the precious blood due to flu season.

Incelment Weather & Mass: 
Please note that if St. Mary’s School is canceled for weather related issues the 8 am & 12:10 pm Mass will be moved to St. Mary’s.  If St. Mary’s School is delayed, Mass  will remain at St. John Neumann. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe Advocacy Ministry
St. Theresa of the Little Flower said, "At every moment, do what Love requires."  There is a great need to help our immigrant brothers and sisters of the Parish.  No matter what your talents are, there are many ways to serve. If you have a heart for helping others in these troubled times, please join us!  Call (410) 757-0635 (English) or (410) 703-0407 (Spanish).
 
Greeter Ministry
Have you noticed our smiling Greeters at weekend Masses? Would you like to be part of our very rewarding ministry? There is a need for Greeters at the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday’s and the 7:00 am and 12:30 pm masses on Sunday’s at St. Mary’s. If you would like to learn more about the Greeter Ministry, please contact Jean Somers at jeansomers@comcast.net or 410-267- 0634.
 
Library Committee
Until further notice the Library Committee is unable to receive any further donations of books at St. Mary's or  St. John Neumann Church. 
 
myParishApp:
We have launched the St. Mary's Parish-Annapolis app for iPhone and Android smart phones. This will allow us to better communicate with you throughout the week and keep you updated with relevant parish news or updates. The app is very well designed and very intuitive. It will be a great resource for parishioners by providing daily Mass readings, Catholic news and prayers, convenient prayer and Confession reminders, our bulletins and more.  Download our app today at myparishapp.com or search your phone's app store for myparish.

Parking Permits:
Unauthorized parking is an issue at St. Mary’s Church. While there is no foolproof system to prevent unauthorized parking; St. Mary’s is undertaking or has already undertaken the steps below. 
1.   A guard has been hired to check cars as they enter the lot.  The times the guard is on duty varies.
2.  Local hotels have been called requesting that they inform staff and guests not to park at St. Mary’s to avoid the risk of being towed.
3.  New no parking/towing signs are on order.  Once the signs arrive and are installed, an active towing campaign will begin.
4. Parishioner parking passes are available for REGISTERED PARISHIONERS ONLY.
Currently, we are limiting the pass to two (2) per registered household. Parishioners who attend St. John Neumann will not require a parking pass.  Please do not abuse the use of the pass, keeping in mind the reason we need to issue permits. If you have any questions regarding your parking pass, please contact Maggie Cowdrey at (410) 990-4129.
 
Anne Arundel Medical Center Policy Change:
If you are at Anne Arundel Medical Center, there is a change in hospital policy requiring patients to proactively ask for a priest or Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. St. Mary's has people there every day to bring Communion and a priest is available for anointing or confession, but you must now state, “I would like to be on a list to be visited by someone of my religious preference.” If you are not asked, please ask your nurse to put you on the Catholic visitation list. The hospital visitation team is happy to bring Communion every day.

Divorce and Remarriage:
While recognizing that with the exchange of marital vows God takes two persons and makes them one – one in heart, mind and love – the Church knows that there are times when an element necessary for a valid marriage is missing.  If a person claims that something was missing from a marriage to make it invalid, that person has the right to seek the assistance of a tribunal.  Most often, the person asking for an annulment will be a Catholic or a person who is now seeking to marry a Catholic.  Information on the annulment process is available on the Archdiocese of Baltimore website – click on About Us, then click on Marriage Tribunal (https://www.archbalt.org/marriage-tribunal/contact-the-tribunal-office/) – or alternatively, by calling the Marriage Tribunal office at 410-547-5533.

The Moorings Publication for Parishoners

Lenten Observances











Soup Suppers
- Wednesdays from 4:45-6:45 p.m. beginning February 21st in Seelos Hall

Sacrament of Reconciliation - Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 pm at St. John Neumann

12:10 Mass - Monday through Friday at St. John Neumann beginning Febraury 15th

Stations of the Cross - Fridays at 7:30 p.m. beginning February 16th at St. Mary's 
  
Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics, 14 years and older, on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays in Lent, and Good Friday.  
 
Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age through 59.  Those who are bound by this may take only one full meal.  Two smaller meals are permitted, if necessary, to maintain strength according to one's needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.  Catholics should not lightly excuse themselves from these prescribed minimal penitential practices

Message from Archbishop Lori

 
Dear Friends in Christ,
Fifty years after the death of one of the greatest civil rights leaders of any time, the teachings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continue to resonate in a society plagued by violence and racial discord. 
 
Dialogue surrounding issues of race and the quest for a more just society continue to take place here in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and in other communities across our country. 
 
The Catholic Bishops of the United States have established a Committee Against Racism and are preparing a national pastoral letter on racism. In view of these and other important conversations now underway, I thought it appropriate to reflect on Dr. King’s teaching on nonviolent direct action and to propose questions aimed at furthering introspection, dialogue and constructive change.
 
In that spirit I ask you to receive my pastoral reflection, “The Enduring Power of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Principles of Nonviolence,” with a prayer that it will help us all focus anew on Dr. King’s prophetic teaching and bring about true and lasting social change for the common good.
 
I have asked our clergy to address in their preaching the evil of racism. I also invite you to enter into dialogue at the parish and archdiocesan levels. A forum for such discussion is part of the pastoral letter webpage. 
 
Please join me in praying that open and honest discussions will lead to greater understanding and civility as together we rid our society of racism, intolerance, injustice and violence.
 
With gratitude and prayers,
Archbishop William E. Lori
St. Mary’s Parish, a Catholic congregation served by the Redemptorist Order, includes St. Mary’s Church and St. John Neumann Mission Church. St. Mary's Elementary and High School located in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, serve students in grades Kindergarten through 12. Anchored in faith, rooted in tradition, and committed to excellence, our programs build lifelong learners who are servant leaders.