Announcements

Notices

5:00 Mass on Sunday, November 18:
The St. Mary's High School Athletes and their families will attend the 5:00 Mass this Sunday.  The church may be more crowded than usual.

Thanksgiving Day Mass:
Fr. Tizio will celebrate a special Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9:30 AM at St. John Neumann.  You are welcome to bring bread & wine to the altar to be blessed.

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.

Redemptorist Convocation in West End NJ

The Moorings Publication for Parishoners

Crisis Action Update

On Tuesday, November 27th, Auxiliary Bishop Adam Parker and Director of Clergy Personnel, Monsignor Jim Hannon, will present a “Crisis Action Update” at St. John Neumann from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  Bishop Parker will provide an update on the response of the Archdiocese of Baltimore to the current crisis facing our Church. Those unable to attend are reminded that the Archdiocese is hosting virtual listening sessions. You can sign up through Flocknote or download the MyParish App by visiting aobmoreconnected.org.

Letter from Fr. Tizio Responding to the Abuse Crisis

Dear Parishioners,
 
First, let me apologize for my bulletin letters these past few weekends. I have been out of town on vacation, and I had to write them all before I left. The news of the PA Grand Jury of the abuse in the Church broke while I was away. Therefore, I did not have a chance to address it here in the bulletin letter. I do not want you to think I was ignoring it in any way. I did want to make sure that you had the opportunity to read the letter by Archbishop Lori as well as a the response of Pope Francis.

Each and every week, I sit and try to write a letter for the bulletin. Sometimes it is easy and the thoughts and words come quickly. Other times I am not sure what to write. This is one of those letters. This is perhaps the most difficult letter I have ever had to write as a pastor. In all honesty, I am not sure what words I can possibly write, but I will do my best and speak from my heart and not my mind.

The other week, the PA Grand Jury disclosed their findings about the long and ongoing abuse of children and vulnerable adults in the church over the years by priests in dioceses throughout PA. I sat and listened to it with tears in my eyes. I was hurting for the many victims who suffered through it and lived with those terrible memories and experiences for so many years. I was hurting for their families and friends who perhaps never knew or who knew and could not do anything about it. I sat and listened with anger. Anger at those priests who could do such horrible things to littles ones so trusting and innocent. Anger at those who covered it up for so long. I was left with so many questions without any answers. Where do we go from here? How strong is my /our faith to weather such a colossal storm of so great a magnitude? What can be said or done to rebuild faith and trust in the church that has been shaken to its core? How many will leave the Church or never come into the Church because of this?

I have always loved and been proud of being a priest. But after this news, it leaves me at times embarrassed and ashamed to admit to others that I am a priest. That pains me more than you know. I am not speaking selfishly, this isn’t about me, it’s about victims and those priests who harmed them and those who covered it up. But of course, this also leads many to paint ALL priests the same way. I want to cry out, “that isn’t fair, please don’t do that.” But I understand it. I feel badly for all the priests and bishops through more than 2000 years of the Church who have been so faithful to their vocation, who have done such good work and prayed so hard, now to be tainted and stained with the sins of other priests and bishops who were not faithful to their calling and vocation and responsibilities. From the bottom of my heart, I sincerely offer you my apologies on behalf of those priests and bishops who did what they did to innocent children.

Sadly, I don’t have any answers. I know it will take time and much prayer for healing and wholeness to happen. In light of the evil and horrors that have happened, change has happened and steps have been taken for the better to help prevent such atrocities from happening again. I know both the Redemptorists, as well as well as almost every diocese in the United States, now requires fingerprinting and background checks as well as training for the protection of children and vulnerable adults for every priest, deacon or religious. I know that any report of possible abuse, the Diocese and the police are immediately contacted and the case investigated. Although that change has happened for the better, it had to happen because of those who were harmed, and because of those who had harmed them and those who in turned either turned a blind eye or covered it up.

You know, whenever September 11th comes around each year, it is a day I dread. For me it recalls not only the countless loss of life that day, but for me it also recalls somethings else. To me it was the day life in the United States and the world changed. I am not sure if Aug. 14th, the day the PA report was released, is such a day in the life of the Church or not. I know for me, it sure feels that way. Perhaps that is a good thing.

So I close only asking and begging for your prayers. Prayers for those victims who need healing. Healing for those who have been harmed physically, emotionally and also spiritually. I thank those of you who have written words of support to us priests here at St. Mary’s and elsewhere. That means more than you can imagine in this difficult time. I can assure you that I as pastor and we as Redemptorists will continue to work and serve you faithfully as good priests. Please be sure of our prayers for you our parishioners. Please hold on to your faith and let us support and pray for one another. I close with a quote from the Gospel of Matthew: "If anyone causes one of these little ones--those who believe in me--to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
 
Fr. Tizio
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.