Pray for Revival

Prayer for the 2017 East of the River Revival

Almighty and loving Father, we humbly pray that You will bless our revival with the powerful assistance of your Sweet Spirit.

Grant that our parish may respond to this time of grace and mercy through “Where there is Light There is Hope”. Help us put aside all things that crowd our lives so that we can schedule these four days to come together as a praying and fasting Catholic community.We ask for the grace to learn to live the simplicity that Jesus taught in our complex world.

Bless our revival priest, Fr. Roy Lee, preacher and teacher.

Prepare his heart with the message you have for us. Fill him with your Sweet Spirit to help us to be transfigured in Christ. May Mary, Our Mother, our model and guide, obtain from her divine Son, all that we need to make this tin1e of spiritual renewal. This we ask of You, Father, Son, and Sweet Holy Spirit who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen!

Church Restoration Projects 2017

This year I would like us to proceed with some projects in our church to provide needed repairs and to further the beauty and sanctity of our sanctuary. Below are the projects that I have recently proposed to the Parish Council. God has provided donors outside of the parish to fund these projects. The Council overwhelmingly approved all of them.

One project that I was pursuing that is not listed is a new bathroom in the church. Numerous concerns arose in talking with the Council as well as the Archdiocese. Unless something happens soon to appease these concerns (and to raise the money for it), the bathroom project will be put on hold indefinitely.

You are invited to attend the next Parish Council meeting this Saturday, June 10, at 10 am in the rectory. You are welcome to listen and give input, but voting is reserved to the Council members.

While we have commitments from donors for these projects, you are very much welcome to participate through giving! As with any construction project, there will be additional costs not foreseen once we begin. Your contributions will help cover those. Additionally, we might want to pursue the purchase of new cushions in the church and a new outside door to the parish hall. We might be able to include those with the generous contributions of parishioners and donors.

If you are unable to attend the Parish Council meeting, please contact me with your questions, concerns, and comments.

In Christ,

Fr Greg

Church Restoration Projects 2017

Estimated Cost

1. Repair water damage on rear wall of sanctuary and “tuckpoint” damaged areas of chimney $ 12, 380

2. Painting of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary to cover entire rear wall of sanctuary $ 24, 910

3. Waterproofing and sealing of rear wall for mural $ 8, 710

4. Handicap ramp from alley to parish hall $ 11, 350

5. Scripture verse (Jn 6:51) on main arch of sanctuary $ 2, 412

6. Two new lights in sanctuary + four new ceiling fans $ 3, 765

7. Colorizing garments on Mary and Joseph statues $ 954

8. New frames for Stations of the Cross $ 2, 500 (est.)

Total $ 66, 981

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week 2017

Church of the Assumption

ALL EVENTS ARE IN THE CHURCH UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

Holy Thursday

NO Daily Mass

7:00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper + Procession of the Blessed Sacrament

9 pm – 12 am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Rectory chapel)

Good Friday

NO Daily Mass

12 – 3 pm Confessions

3:00 pm Stations of the Cross

3:30 pm Confessions (or after the Stations of the Cross)

7:00 pm Passion of the Lord service

Holy Saturday

NO Daily Mass

7:00 pm Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday

10:00 am Easter Mass

 

Maryland March for Life

On Monday, March 13, join pro-life Marylanders in Annapolis for the annual Maryland March for Life, a powerful public witness to our state legislators of our commitment to building a culture of life.

The special keynote speaker will be Dr. Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Youth are invited to attend a Youth Rally at 4:30 pm. Immediately following the Youth Rally, Mass, celebrated by Bishop Mario Dorsonville, and a simultaneous non-denominational service will begin at 5:15 pm at St. Mary’s Church and School (109 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis) and will be followed by the Maryland March for Life through Annapolis, a rally at Lawyer’s Mall, and a mixer (fellowship, exhibitors, and free Chick-fil-A) immediately after the March.

Please visit www.marylandmarchforlife.org for more information.

TOM McCARTHY JR. | CR STAFF
Pro-Life supporters make their way from St. Mary, Annapolis toward the Lawyers Mall in front of the Maryland State House during the Maryland March for Life in Annapolis March 10.

Lenten Fasting and Abstinence

A little cheat sheet reminder for fasting and abstinence for the faithful during the Lenten season.

Overcoming addiction

Many of God’s children carry the cross of addiction.  There are many types of addiction including alcohol, drugs, gamblings, pornography, eating and smoking addictions.  Addiction is a brain disorder characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite adverse consequences.

People who suffer from addiction have a disease — they are not weak in character and they do not want to be addicted. They have a deep longing to be well.  The guilt and shame that comes with their addiction only feed their addiction, driving them further and further away from any hope of recovery.  Addiction is in fact, a family disease.  Many families suffer quietly in pain from the destruction that addiction has caused.

The biggest barriers to seeking help for addiction can be denial on the part of the individual and a perceived stigma in seeking help.  Increased education and understanding and undoubtedly prayer from everyone in the Church can help break these barriers.

Educating yourself about addiction is a form of self-assessment and a way to find methods of healing and care.  We’ve listed some online resources below, but Fr Greg is also available to offer hope and help to anyone suffering from addiction.  There are 12 step program meetings in the area for anyone wanting to participate as they seek recovery.  If you, someone in your family or a friend is struggling because of someone they know with addictions, Al-anon meetings are a good alternative.

Online Resources

The true substance of life: a Black History Month reflection

As we celebrate Black History we would like to give greater visibility to lesser-known black pioneers who were critical in defining and shaping American culture, but don’t usually get the public recognition they so deserve.

Born in 1858 in North Carolina to her enslaved mother, Hannah Stanley Haywood, and her white slaveholder, Anna Julia Cooper spent her lifetime of over a century redefining the limitations and opportunities for women of color in a society set up for their disempowerment and subjugation. A distinguished scholar and educator, Cooper saw the status and agency of black women as central to the equality and progress of the nation. She famously wrote in her 1892 book A Voice from the South, ―only the BLACK WOMAN can say when and where I enter, in the quiet, undisputed dignity of my womanhood, without violence and without suing or special patronage, then and there the whole Negro race enters with me.‖ She fought tirelessly throughout her life to re-center and uplift the voice of black women in pursuit of a more just society for everyone.

Cooper‘s political action began at age nine in St. Augustine‘s Normal School and Collegiate Institute, where she protested the preferential treatment given to men as candidates for the ministry and petitioned to take classes traditionally administered only to boys. She continued this trend at Oberlin College, where she declined the inferior ―ladies course‖ in favor of the ―gentleman‘s course.‖ Cooper received her B.A. in 1884, and then returned to earn an M.A. in mathematics in 1887.

After attaining her degree, Cooper moved to Washington, DC and was recruited to work at Washington Colored High School, or M Street School, the only all-black school in DC.

Cooper‘s retirement from M Street School in 1930 was by no means the end of her political activism. The same year she retired, she accepted the position of president at Frelinghuysen University, a school founded to provide classes for DC residents lacking access to higher education. Cooper worked for Frelinghuysen for twenty years, first as president and then as registrar, and left the school only a decade before she passed away in 1964 at the age of 105.

While notable for her long life span, Cooper is most remarkable for the amount and significance of her accomplishments over the course of her lifetime Cooper made no concessions in her fight; believing ―a cause is not worthier than its weakest elements,‖ she decried movements advocating for women‘s rights and racial justice for ignoring black women who were victims of both oppressions. Cooper was critical of black men for hailing opportunities that were not open to black women as markers of racial progress, and openly confronted leaders of the women‘s movement for allowing the racism within it to remain unchecked. She recognized that neither movement could achieve its cause while still being divided by race or gender.

“The colored woman feels that woman’s cause is one and universal; and that not till the image of God, whether in parian or ebony, is sacred and inviolable; not till race, color, sex, and condition are seen as the accidents, and not the substance of life; not till the universal title of humanity to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is conceded to be inalienable to all; not till then is woman’s lesson taught and woman’s cause won–not the white woman’s, nor the black woman’s, nor the red woman’s, but the cause of every man and of every woman who has writhed silently under a mighty wrong. Woman’s wrongs are thus indissolubly linked with all undefended woe, and the acquirement of her “rights” will mean the final triumph of all right over might, the supremacy of the moral forces of reason, and justice, and love in the government of the nations of earth.” –Anna Julia Cooper

Keep Up the Good Work

A well-worn $1 bill and a similarly distressed $20 bill arrived at a Federal Reserve Bank to be retired. As they moved along the conveyor belt to be burned, they struck up a conversation.

The $20 bill reminisced about its travels all over the country. “I’ve had a pretty good life,” the $20 proclaimed. “Why I’ve been to Las Vegas and Atlantic City, the finest restaurants in New York, performances on Broadway, and even a cruise to the Caribbean.”

“Wow!” said the $1 bill. “You’ve really had an exciting life!”

“So tell me,” says the$20, “where have you been throughout your lifetime?”

The $1 replies, “Oh, I’ve been to the Methodist church, the Baptist church, the Catholic church ….”

The t$20 bill interrupts, “What’s a church?”

This joke obviously does not apply to Assumption! We see plenty of $20 bills and checks. Thank you again for your generosity, and PLEASE KEEP IT UP.

Mass of Christian Burial: Thomas

Assumption Church will host the Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Joseph P. Thomas. He was a DET/SGT with MPD-7D when he retired in 2013.

Friends and family are invited to the viewing on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 from 9-11 a.m. followed by the Funeral Mass on Saturday at 11 a.m.

We offer our condolences to the Thomas family as we honor the life of this retired police officer.

10 Reflections for Advent

I recently shared this in the bulletin, but these are great tips from Our Sunday Visitor.  I hope you’ll pause during this busy holiday season and consider the 2nd coming of Christ.

-Fr Greg

10 Tips for Reflection at Advent

  • Reflect on Advent as a time of waiting. The idea of waiting is not popular in our culture of instant gratification, but it creates in us a new kind of self-discipline that helps us to appreciate the present moment and look to the future with peaceful anticipation.
  • Turn your breathing into a prayer. Take a few deep breaths throughout the day and imagine that God’s love is flowing through you to every part of your body. As you exhale, let go of tension, worry and anything else that is not of God.
  • Long for the Lord. Make it a habit of silently praying, “Come, Lord Jesus.”
  • Unite with Mary. Set aside time once a day to join Our Lady in praying the Canticle of Mary (see Lk 1:46-55).
  • Do something nice for someone every day. It might be an encouraging word, a phone call, a note of appreciation or a little act of kindness.
  • Get rid of grudges. Use Advent as an opportunity to let go of any anger or resentment that you might be holding onto.
  • Pray for patience. If you find yourself becoming anxious or upset, ask the Lord for the gift of patience. Then make a conscious effort to be a more patient person.
  • Offer up something painful or difficult in your life. The best way to transform trials and tensions is to turn them into a prayer.
  • Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Attend your parish penance service and take advantage of the opportunity to cleanse your soul in preparation for the coming of Jesus.
  • Think about the special gifts and talents God has given you. How are you using these gifts?

 -Lorene Hanley Duquin