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Retreats and Other Events Around Town

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The Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier Picnic and Mass

The Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier invites parishioners from Our Lady of Grace to join them in their annual PARISH PICNIC at: The O’Dwyer Retreat House, 15523 York Road, Sparks, MD 21152

Saturday, August 24th from 4:00pm—7:30pm. (Mass at 4:00pm—Picnic from 5:00pm—7:30pm) Bring your swimsuit and invite a friend! Hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and desserts will be provided. Please bring a dish to share with others at the picnic. If you wish to attend, please RSVP online at www.ccsfx.org by Wednesday, August 21st. It is important to register for the picnic at the parish website to facilitate appropriate planning.

If you attend Mass at the O’Dwyer Retreat House, please remember to place your Offertory Contribution in an envelope marked OUR LADY OF GRACE. Your contribution will then be given to Our Lady of Grace parish.

Our thanks to the parishioners and staff at St. Francis Xavier for their kind invitation!

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An Outstanding Volunteer Opportunity

The Basilica/Cathedral of the Assumption has a rich 200+ year history in the Catholic Church in the United States. Thousands of visitors have experienced the subdued yet powerful sacredness of this Benjamin Latrobe designed cathedral, America’s First Cathedral. Since the restoration and reopening in 2006, America’s First Cathedral tour guides have selflessly contributed to sharing that amazing story with thousands of visitors. Today, our tour guides continue to be that welcoming and knowledgeable presence representing America’s First Cathedral, greeting the thousands of visitors, pilgrims and school tours. So that this important service may continue, the Basilica/Cathedral is in need of additional volunteer tour guides interested in learning and sharing this message of Catholic and American history, Catholic faith and timeless architecture. If you are interested or require additional information, contact the parish office at: (410) 727-3564, Ext. 220, or email bob.reier@archbalt.org.

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Help Our Marriage

Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue, or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. This program has helped 10’s of 1,000’s of couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information or to register for the upcoming program beginning with a weekend on August 30th – September 1st, 2019, please visit: www.HelpOurMarriage.com, call (443) 400-7017, or email: 3015@retrouvaille.org

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ROSARY CONGRESS
October 7 – 13, 2019 St. Mark’s, Fallston, MD

St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church,  Fallston, MD – Please contact Kay O’Hara at 410-371-6384 with any questions and interest in helping or in the event schedule.  This is our third year hosting and hoping to make it the best yet.  We are looking forward to planning this special week in honor of our Blessed Mother.  Thank You.

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Archdiocesan Prayer Ministry on Facebook

Visit the Archdiocesan Prayer Ministry’s new Facebook page at facebook.com/prayersarchbalt. This page provides encouragement, comfort, and resources to help you in your time of need. Check us out and “Like” us on Facebook. You can still request prayer or sign up to be part of the prayer team at archbalt.org/ministries/prayer-ministry/index.cfm.

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Talk with Your Loved Ones on End-of-Life Issues

Illness and death—whether our own or that of a loved one—are issues many of us avoid thinking and talking about until they are immediately confronting us. Too often we are unprepared for the questions that arise, and find ourselves making difficult decisions in the midst of a crisis, without the benefit of time and reflection. Maryland’s bishops have released a pastoral letter, Comfort and Consolation, on care for the sick and dying to encourage Catholics to take that time now, before facing a crisis, so that when illness and death inevitably come, we can face them with the comfort and peace of understanding our faith, and knowing our Lord is there to embrace us in our hour of need. Visit the Maryland Catholic Conference at www.mdcathcon.org/comfort for downloading a copy.

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Volunteers needed for Holy Innocents

The Offices of Cemetery Management and Respect Life are growing a ministry called Holy Innocents (www.holyinnocentsbaltimore.org). Holy Innocents is a ministry for families who have experienced a miscarriage. We offer home visits to the family, burial and memorial services, advice on what to do in the case of a miscarriage, and spiritual and emotional support. If you are interested in being a volunteer with this ministry, please feel free to contact us at holyinnocents@archbalt.org or at 410-547-3142. No special skills required. Volunteers will receive training for their role.

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Radio Mass and Local Catholic Radio Program

Listen to the Radio Mass of Baltimore on Sundays live at 9:03am and 6:03pm WCBM 680 AM. Following each airing of the Radio Mass is a locally-produced Catholic radio program, Catholic Baltimore, which features interviews and information relevant for Catholics in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

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Stella Maris – Volunteers Needed!

Does Jesus’ calling, “I was sick and you visited me” (Matthew 25:36) touch your heart? Stella Maris, a nonprofit long-term care facility in Timonium sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, is looking for volunteers for Pastoral Care. You would spend one morning or afternoon a week visiting or offering Holy Communion to patients in rehabilitation, hospice, or residents in long-term care. Hours are flexible, and you will be trained in how to best practice your ministry.

For more than 60 years, Stella Maris has offered a comprehensive range of health and residential services for the care of the elderly, including inpatient/home hospice care, long-term and dementia care, counseling and bereavement services, medical care, rehabilitation, pastoral care, and a senior day center. If you feel called to this ministry to visit, pray, offer Holy Communion, and be the “Face of Christ” bringing compassion and happiness to others, please contact Megahn Rineman, Director of Volunteer Services, (410) 252-4500 ext. 7254,mrineman@stellamaris.org, or you can apply on the Stella Maris website atstellamarisinc.org.

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Faith, Hope, and Love Are these present in your Marriage?

In 1 Corinthians 13:13, Paul tells us the greatest of these is Love. Living in a marriage that is missing love can be difficult. If you have given up hope that your marriage can and will get better, ask your spouse to consider attending a Retrouvaille program. Retrouvaille is an international Christian-based ministry that offers a three-stage program to help couples improve their marriages. For more information about the upcoming Weekends program for couples, contact us www.HelpOurMarriage.com, email: 3015@retrouvaille.org call (443) 400-7017.

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 Courage Ministry

Courage is a ministry to people with same-sex attractions who are looking for support to live chaste lives according to the teachings of the Church. For complete information, go to their website www.couragerc.net. Father Ray Harris is the Spiritual Director. He is available for confidential inquiries or conversations at 410-922-3800. Voice mail messages should include a first name and a private number to return the call.

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Encourage Support Group – Baltimore Area

In offering support to parents dealing with concerns that present themselves when a son or daughter informs them of a homosexual orientation, our Catholic Bishops state: “You need not face this painful time alone, without human assistance or God’s grace. The Church can be an instrument of both help and healing.” Those confronting these issues for the first time as well as those who may be journeying through them are welcome. Confidentiality is respected. The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. For contact information, location and directions call Pat at 410-302-4641.

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 Theology and Ministry Studies

Study theology or ministry at St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute in Baltimore, where the evening & Saturday schedule conveniently serves part-time students with full time lives as they pursue ministry (lay or ordained), professional excellence, or personal growth. Now enrolling for spring 2017. Visit: www.stmarys.edu/ei, or contact Patty Rath (prath@stmarys.edu, 410.864.4203).

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Pregnant, Need Help? Call the Gabriel Network 1-800-ANGEL-OK

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Suffering Post-Abortion Stress? Project Rachel Baltimore, call (410) 625-8491 or projectrachel@archbalt.org

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Retreats at Aisling Retreat House

4800 Hoffmanville Road, Manchester, MD  21102

Looking for Retreats, Spiritual Guidance, Workshops, Prayer! Checkout the Website for Aisling Retreat House

Aisling Retreat House in Manchester, MD has just launched a new website. We are three Sisters of Saint Francis who have opened our home and our hearts for the past 20 years to those seeking God’s guidance, healing and hope.

Click on the following link to go to the website: www.aislingretreathouse.org and contact us to participate in some spiritual nourishment for your soul! Under “Programs.” Also, under “Services,” you will see a list of ministries that we offer for individuals and groups. Since this is a new website, type the address in the address bar on your search page. Once the website is open, you can also add it to your “favorites.”

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