Weekly Prayer & Update – October 23

This Week’s Gospel Reflection

Sunday, October 25- Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Written by Sr. Carol Czyzewski, Pastoral Minister

What an important message from Psalm 18: 

I love you, Lord, my strength. My God, my rock of refuge,
my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!
Praised be the LORD, I exclaim, and I am safe my enemies. 

My enemies can be identified by my sins and by any modern idols that distract me away from love of God and others.  Examples of such distractions abound on all forms of media and can either help me to yearn for truth, justice, and the common good or tempt me to believe lies, bigotry, and worldly powers.

Jesus offers the supreme remedy to the pitfalls that lead to self-centeredness, hatred, and cheap grace—IT IS LOVE!  Jesus gives the greatest law:

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” 

May my life, my home, and my country turn to love always and everywhere!

Sign Up for Mass October 24 & 25

We encourage you to pre-register to save time when you check in at Mass (check-in not required for outdoor Mass), as well as to help us gauge attendance. Pre-registering is not required, however. Kindly sign up for Mass by 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 24. 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. The confirmation email gives you the ability to modify or cancel your registration after you’ve signed up.

All Souls’ Novena

A novena of Masses for All Souls’ will be celebrated from November 2–10. An envelope for this purpose is included in your October packet, and it contains spaces for listing the names of the deceased that you would like remembered.

These envelopes will be placed in the sanctuary for the duration of the novena, along with a perpetual candle that will stay lit for the month of November. Extra envelopes will be available in the parish office for those who donate online or no longer receive envelopes in the mail. Please return them to the parish office or via the collection baskets by October 30.

Casserole & Food Pantry Drop-Off November 1, 8:30-11:30 AM

We will be collecting frozen casseroles for Our Daily Bread as well as non-perishable food items for the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Food Pantry on Sunday, November 1 from 8:30-11:30 AM in the parking lot next to the chapel/bell tower.

Volunteers for both efforts will have their cars parked there for the drop-off, and they will remove your donated items from your vehicle. For safety’s sake, please wear a facial mask when dropping off. Please do not bring any items into the narthex or the church hall.

Casserole pans and recipes are available in the bin in front of the parish office. The recipe may also be downloaded here.

We appreciate your donations to help feed those in need!

Veterans Appreciation Mass

Sunday, November 15 at 9:00 AM
We will have a special Mass honoring veterans, those currently serving in the military, and their families on Sunday, November 15 at 9:00 AM. Veterans and active military are encouraged to wear their uniforms. We will have special blessings, prayers and music at the Mass.

First Friday Mass & Holy Hour

Friday, November 6 at 8:30 AM
Join us in the church on the first Friday of every month for 8:30 AM Mass followed by Hour Hour. Each month, Fr. Pete will give a brief talk before Benediction. This month, the topic is “Holy Eucharist: Source and Summit of Christian Life.”

Volunteers Needed to Drop-Off Leftover Treasures in the Hall

Many thanks to all those who shopped for Treasures in the Hall. A few furniture pieces are still available for purchase at marked-down prices. Volunteers are needed to help deliver the remaining items to Goodwill. Contact Pat Loeffler at 443-417-5665 if you are able to help.
A BIG THANK YOU to Pat Loeffler, a true “treasure” herself, for organizing and giving so much of her time to the sale! Her dedication and effort have yielded $5,000 for the parish.

Visit the Virtual Art Exhibit!

Check out the Virtual Art Exhibit on our website at http://www.sjehydes.org/virtual-art-exhibit/. Be sure to visit and check back often, as new artwork will be added every few weeks. If you’d like to submit your creative handiwork, more information is available here and the entry form is here. Questions? Contact Sr. Carol at carolfssj@archbalt.org

What’s New at SJE? 

Find Out in the Weekly Bulletin and Our Website! 

Be sure to check out the full Sunday bulletin to stay in the loop. Our website, www.sjehydes.org, is another great resource to stay connected.