August 14 – Weekly Prayer and Update

This Week’s Gospel Reflection

Sunday, August 16 – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Written by Sr. Carol Czyzewski, Pastoral Minister

With the inclusive words of Psalm 67, You, O God, inform our cultural eyes and ears to understand that You have gifted everyone with faith:

May God have pity on us and bless us; so may your way be known upon earth; 

among all nations, your salvation…you rule the peoples in equity; the nations on earth you guide.  

In today’s Gospel, Jesus Himself “sees” and “hears” the faith of a foreigner asking for her daughter’s healing. Faith saves; faith heals. Jesus recognizes her great faith.

Inspire us in our troubled times to remain firm as believers who support persons of diverse races and religions.

Let us see the gift of faith that immigrants and asylees bring into our culture. May our compassionate understanding of others invite them to join us as members of the Catholic Faith. Amen.

Weekly Update

Sign Up for Mass August 15 & 16

We encourage you to pre-register for Mass to save time when you check in at Mass, as well as to help us gauge attendance. Kindly sign up for Mass by 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 15. Here’s how:
  1. Click here and then click the “Sign Up” button of the Mass you’d like to attend.
  2. Select the number of people in your household who will be attending from the drop-down menu.
  3. If you’re already in the Flocknotes database, the system will recognize you when you click the sign-up button.  If not, enter a contact name and email or phone number if prompted.
  4. Click Submit and close the sign-up window/tab.
  5. You’ll receive an email confirmation after your sign up is complete.

Sunday Bulletin 

For the current as well as past editions of our bulletin,  click here.

Worship Music Resource 

Click here to view and download this Sunday’s worship music, which includes:
  • Here I Am to Worship
  • Glory to God
  • Psalm 67: May God Bless Us in His Mercy
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord (solo)
  • Holy
  • Memorial Acclamation
  • Amen
  • Lamb of God
  • New Wine (solo)

Electronic Worship Resources

In the absence of hymnals and other printed worship aids, there are several electronic resources available to help you follow along with the readings, prayers, and music. Click here to learn more.

“Treasures in the Hall” Shop by Appointment

Come and see what treasures await at our shop-by-appointment Treasures in the Hall!
Lots of bargains are available for purchase to support our parish.  You can shop by appointment only at “Treasures in the Hall.” For safety’s sake, be sure to wear a face mask and maintain six feet of social distance during your shopping appointment.
Contact Pat Loeffler at 443-417-5665 to make an appointment to shop in the church hall.

Virtual Book Discussion Group – Registration is Now Open!

How to Go from Broken to Blest Virtual Discussion Group – Registration is now open!
Don’t delay or you will miss out on this wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow parishioners. You may order it from Amazon (in paperback or for Kindle) using this link:
There will be six Zoom sessions, corresponding to the six study guides found in the book. The book addresses several life issues we all encounter from time to time. Learn effective, Bible-based strategies to help you cope. Sessions will be held on Tuesday mornings, beginning September 15, from 10:00–11:30 AM.
Registration for the group, facilitated by the book’s author and SJE parishioner, Adele Gill, is now open. Space is limited to about 10 participants, so be sure to register early. Please call or email the parish office to register: or 410-592-6206.

Summer Service Week Round 2

Nearly two dozen young people participated in our second Summer Service Week this past week, and they did a great job! They painted bowls for the Empty Bowls fundraiser which benefits local soup kitchens, painted canvases and wrote encouraging notes for our college students, shopped for St. Elizabeth of Hungry Food Pantry wish list items, ODB casserole ingredients, cookie ingredients for Welcome One Emergency Shelter and Harford Homeless Lunches, and finally prepped and baked the cookies and casseroles. Below are a few photos from the week.