Messages from Fr. Jim and Mass / Prayer Updates
Until we can celebrate Mass together, please join us at home. Click below for Mass celebrated by Fr. Jim. We will update weekly on Saturday night.
In light of the March 30 Executive Order by Governor Hogan the Church will be closed for any private prayer. Also, the hearing of Confessions has also been cancelled until further notice.
All other activities, Masses and events have been cancelled until further notice.
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A Letter from Fr. Jim (March 27, 2020)
Our Lady of Grace
From Fr. Jim
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Greetings to all as we look to the Fifth Sunday of Lent this weekend. We here at Our Lady of Grace are trying to learn some new technology so that we can be visually present to you for weekend Mass. This weekend we hope to accomplish something new! Our hope is to “live stream” the Mass at 5 pm on Saturday. You can view the Mass live on Facebook or at a later time on YouTube. You will find the Mass available at:
We will be closing the Church at 4 PM to prepare for mass. Please come for personal prayer prior to 4!
The gospel for this weekend is the story of Jesus raising his friend Lazarus to life. Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus, sent word to Jesus that their brother and his friend, Lazarus, was ill. Before Jesus reached Lazarus, Lazarus died and was buried. Jesus used the occasion of Lazarus’ death to show forth God’s power and to call people to belief.
Jesus proclaimed to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.”
As we approach Holy Week, (just next week!), and the great Paschal celebration of the Triduum and Easter, we understand that this story is one that prepares us. It is also an invitation to us to believe in Christ as the source of our life! St. Paul writes: “If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit dwelling in you.”
As he did to Lazarus, Jesus invite us to come out of our graves! Whatever is robbing us of life and is bringing death to us can be conquered by the power of the one who gives us life. May we be untied from bondage to death and rise with Christ to newness of life.
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A Letter from Fr. Jim (March 20, 2020)
Dear Friends and Parishioners of Our Lady of Grace,
In his letter to the Romans, St. Paul writes, “What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord.” (Romans 8)
All these years later, these words can be a source of comfort to us. We are living in unprecedented times. More than ever, we can see that the world is ONE in its determination to face the present COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. And with that determination comes some sacrifice that we are asked to endure. One big sacrifice is not being able to attend Mass or other gatherings in person for the time being. BUT- we are a people who have an active faith that assures us of our connection with each other beyond what is physical. We are ONE in Christ, and that unity cannot be endangered by the present situation we find ourselves in, as long as we hold fast to our faith and trust in God.
The staff at Our Lady of Grace (both parish and Preschool), has been working this week to be present to the parish in a variety of ways. I am grateful to them for the work they have done to reach out to parishioners to stay in touch. Our Faith Formation team, made up of Michelle Stead, Meg Knarr and Debbie Webber has kept in touch with parents, trying to provide helpful information for them to continue to teach and form their children. Our Youth Minister, Scott Becker, has reached out to our youth via various online platforms. My thanks to Scott as well for his technological knowledge. Scott will coordinate the video taping of the weekend Masses which will be available to you going forward.
Our Lady of Grace Preschool staff, led by Sally Lake, has been in touch with the parents of the Preschool children via email and internet offerings to help them to navigate this time. Our thanks to Sally Lake, Ashley Harman, Brooke Carhart and Mary Rolfes for their dedication to the preschool children and their families during this time.
Debbie Kaminski has made great efforts to keep the parish website up to date. There you will find information and links that will help you to stay engaged in the life of the Church. (http://www.ourladygrace.org) The parish bulletin can be accessed from the website, but I will also make note of some daily prayer resources that you may find particularly helpful during these days of Lent.
Lentreflections.com Bishop Robert Barron offers a daily gospel reflection. You can sign up on the website and the reflections will come to your email daily.
DynamicCatholic.com Matthew Kelly and the Dynamic Catholic team provide daily inspirational videos. Sign up on the website and the reflections come to you in your email.
http://Pray-as-you-go.org This site offers daily prayers, music, scripture and reflection. You can log onto the website and download the app.
Formed.org This excellent site offers many resources for Lent and the year round. Our Lady of Grace has a subscription to this site for your use. Log onto the website and sign up under your email address and enter our parish information: olg.formed.org
My own goal going forward will be to communicate with you weekly to offer words of encouragement and give you updated information. A video of Mass celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Chapel will be available every weekend – hopefully by Saturday evening at 6 pm.
Our parish offices continue to be open during the week. If you have a need or question, please feel free to call us at (410) 329-6826. You can also contact me via my email at Jhannon@ourladygrace.org.
Let us be one with each other in prayerful support, for our parish and for our larger Archdiocesan community. Archbishop Lori’s Novena Prayer for the Archdiocese of Baltimore is a good way for me to end this, my first Flocknote communication with you.
O Mary, you brighten our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the Cross took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in faith. O loving Mother, you know what we need and we are confident that you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee. Intercede for us with your Son, Jesus, the Divine Physician, for those who have fallen ill, for those who are vulnerable, and for those who have died. Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure. Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who took upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows, so as to lead us, through the Cross to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.
In this unique time, may we embrace the faith that St. Paul himself proclaimed and trust that nothing separates us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
In Christ Always,
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Masses Cancelled in Archdiocese of Baltimore and at Our Lady of Grace
After receiving an update from State officials late March 14th, 2020 on the current impact of the COVID-19 virus and acting on the advice of medical professionals, Archbishop William E Lori has determined that to safeguard the well-being the faithful of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and to prevent further community spread of the virus, all public Masses are canceled until further notice.
Baltimore’s site for detailed information:
The Archdiocese of Baltimore is continually monitoring advice from public health officials and local, state and federal governments for the best ways of responding to the coronavirus (COVID19). We offer the following resources and policies to help Catholics of the Archdiocese in an ever-changing climate. You will also find a link to online Masses and a newsfeed with local, national and international coverage of the pandemic. www.archbalt.org
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If Masses are still cancelled because of the Coronavirus, there will be NO Holy Week or Easter Celebrations – however, the church will still be open for private prayer (Monday thru Friday, 8am to 3pm and Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 5pm)
Holy Week and Easter Triduum
(Evening of Thursday, April 9th to Easter Sunday, April 12th)
Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:00pm
Exposition of the Holy Eucharist in the Chapel until 10pm and Night Prayer
Good Friday: Morning Prayer at 8:30am / Youth Living Stations at 3:00pm / Passion of our Lord 7:00pm
Holy Saturday: Morning Prayer at 8:30am / Easter Vigil at 8:00pm / Followed by Easter Vigil Reception
Easter Sunday Mass Times: 7:00am / 8:30am / 10:30am / Noon
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Regular Weekend Mass and Penance Times
Reconciliation: Saturday 4:00-4:45pm
Regular Mass Times:
Saturday: 5:00pm / Sunday: 8:30am and 11:00am
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Daily Mass Times
Monday to Thursday: 8:30am
Friday: 8:30am (Communion Service)
(During the summer months there will be no Friday morning services.)
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Our Lady of Grace often celebrates a Vigil Mass, Morning Mass at 8:30am, and an Evening Mass for Holy Days of Obligation. The vigil or the evening mass will be at 5pm or 7pm (which is scheduled based on the needs of the parish).