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Archdiocesan Grief Ministry

If you are troubled by the tragic loss of life in Baltimore City, and wondering how you can help, please consider volunteering for a ministry the Archdiocese has created to offer support and healing to families in Baltimore City who have lost a loved one to violence. In conjunction with other agencies and nonprofits, the Archdiocesan Grief Ministry offers a way for parish communities / parishioners to provide assistance, such as prayers, sympathy notes, food, baby items and other support as needed to families. Volunteer training will be provided. To learn more or to sign up, go to www.archbalt.org/grief-ministry, or contact Mary Ellen Russell at mrussell@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. For confidential information or to register for the upcoming programs visit: www.HelpOurMarriage.com, call (443) 400-7017, or email: 3015@retrouvaille.org

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Spiritual Direction—Don’t go the Journey Alone!

Do you wish there was someone with whom you could share your “wonderings” about God and life, your doubts, your desire for more meaningful prayer? That is the role of a spiritual director – to listen WITH you to the stirrings of God’s Spirit and the questions of your own heart. Spiritual direction is not just for “holy” people, but for anyone who wants a spiritual companion on the wondrous, mystical, heart-breaking journey of life and faith. Call (410) 239-7138 or email us marywhite28@verizon.net for more information or to set up an appointment to explore spiritual direction, Aisling Retreat House, 4800 Hoffmanville Road, Manchester, MD 21102.

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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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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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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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