Welcome to St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Pasadena, MD… please join us!
My old boss in the Navy used to say, "The best surprise is no surprise." Usually that's true, especially if the surprise isn't good news. Last Sunday at the 10 o'clock Mass, I was surprised by our Knights of Columbus. I knew they were going to make a donation to the kitchen/hall renovation project, but the check was much more than I expected. It was for $30,000.00! Knights thank you ever so much for your generosity.
In this week's gospel (Luke 16:19-31), the rich man experienced a very different surprise after he died. Back in those times, wealth was thought to be a sign of God's favor and that the person had a good relationship with the Lord. The rich man did not, and upon his death, he found himself in Hell because of his greed and insensitivity to poor Lazarus. Had he shown some generosity and concern for Lazarus, he too would have been welcomed by Abraham.
May we be grateful for God's blessings and share what we can with the poor. As St. Paul tells us, "God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Cor 9:7)
- Fr. Carl
Welcome New Parishioners!
If you are new to our parish, please call the parish office at (410) 255-4646, pick up a Parish Registration Form from the back of the church, or go to the “Join Our Parish” tab for a Registration Form. Thank you and Welcome!
Our mission is to be a family of Christian faith in the Roman Catholic Tradition, through faithful witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Word and Worship, and through a commitment to evangelize and energize the faith through unconditional love of, and service to the members of our Parish community, and the world in which we live.
Sept. 30, 2016: Our Daily Bread Casseroles:
“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.”
St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish provides casseroles to Our Daily Bread on the fifth (5th) Friday and the fifth (5th) Monday of the months when they occur. Our next delivery will be Friday, Sept. 30, 2016.
Making a casserole for Our Daily Bread is easy and inexpensive. It can also be fun and a teaching experience in the Corporal Works of Mercy when you involve your children. Each casserole will serve approximately 6–8 hungry people.
FROZEN casseroles can be brought to the Rectory during business hours from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. If you are able to make a casserole but unable to bring it in, please call the Rectory Office at (410) 255-4646 and leave your name, address and a telephone number where you can be reached and a volunteer will come to your home and pick it up.
Please take home a casserole pan today. Everything you need to know is in the instructions in each pan. Our goal is 200 casseroles. Thank you for your generous support!
2017 Mustang Car Raffle Tickets for Sale
The Knights of Columbus is selling car raffle tickets through the final drawing on Oct. 8, 2016. The price for the tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The
top prize is a 2017 Mustang, or you have a cash option of
18,000.00! 2nd prize is an iPad Air 2, and 3rd prize is a
$200.00 gift card. The drawing will be held on October 8,
2016 at the Columbus Day Ball. Winner does not need to
be present. If you would like to purchase tickets, please ask your local Knight or call John Collins 410-585-5720.
Oct. 1, 2016: Men’s Bagels & Bible Study
This Fall we are covering the Gospel of Matthew. We are using the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible - The Gospel of Matthew 2nd Edition. The cost is $10 which covers the cost of the study guide. That and a Bible is all you need to join in the discussion. We will meet on Saturday mornings following the 8:30 am Mass (approx. 9:00 am - 10:30 am) in the Parish Center starting on September 24 and finishing on November 26. Bagels (maybe some donuts too!) and coffee will be provided!
To order a book, please contact Ken Hess at 410-360-1076 firstname.lastname@example.org or Dave Horvath at 301-213-1197 email@example.com.
Oct. 2, 2016: Annual Blessing of Animals [UPDATE]
Sunday, October 2nd at 1:15 pm, we will gather around the statue of St. Francis on the lawn between the church and rectory for our annual Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis' Feast Day (which is Oct. 4).
In the event of rain, the "Blessing Ceremony" will be cancelled. Please make sure your pets are properly restrained.
Oct. 10, 2016:
Catholic Men's Fellowship
The St. Jane Catholic Men's Fellowship meets on Monday nights! Meet with other Catholic men to know and live your Catholic Faith. We meet most Mondays from 7:30–9:00pm in the Parish Center. The evening consists of viewing an episode of Crossing The Goal (from EWTN) and going over discussion questions. We also have time for fellowship with some refreshments and snacks. There is NO cost to you except your time!
Come and join us! For more info, contact Dave Horvath at 301-213-1197 or Ken Hess at 410-360-1076.
Dates: Sep 12, 19, 26; Oct 10, 17, 24; Nov 7, 14, 21, 28; Dec 12, 19; Jan 9, 16, 23; Feb 6, 13, 20; Mar 6, 13, 20, 27; Apr 17, 24; May 8, 15, 22.
October 11, 2016: Bus Trip to Atlantic City RESORTS Casino
The Department of Faith Formation will host a bus trip to Resorts Casino in Atlantic City on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.
We will be going to RESORTS and will receive $25 in free slot play. The bus will leave from the front of St. Jane Frances Church on Virginia Avenue at 9 a.m. and will return at 9 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. Danish and juice will be provided on the trip to Atlantic City, and snack bags will be provided on the trip home.
For more information or to make a reservation please contact: Ellen Lesniewski 443-691-4156; or Ning Wist 410-255-7729 or 410-227-7936. Reservation and payment due by Thursday, October 6, 2016. Please return your payment to the Parish Office. Make checks payable to: St. Jane Frances Church.
Oct. 22, 2016:
Annual Crab Feast
The Knights of Columbus Msgr. Raymond P. Kelly Council #10966 is pleased to announce our Annual CRAB FEAST! This event will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm (dinner served until 10pm).
MENU will include: steamed crabs, pit beef, smoked ham and turkey, salads, crab soup, corn on the cob, desserts, beer and sodas. (Bring your own wine/liquor) Also Music, Dancing, Door Prizes, and 50/50s!
St. Jane Frances Hall,
8513 St. Jane Drive,
Pasadena, MD 21122
Tickets: $45 (Order early. Seating is limited and this event sells out every year!)
For tickets, please call:
Rick Przybylski 443-506-9566
Jack Fowler 410-437-1812
Jack Schuster 410-255-6751
November 5, 2016: CHERISH Retreat for
Husbands and Wives
Husbands and Wives! Come Celebrate and Nourish Your Marriage! C.H.E.R.I.S.H. stands for "Catholic Hearts Espoused Rejoice In Sacramental Hope."
The 8th CHERISH Retreat Evening at St. Jane Frances de Chantal will include:
Vigil Mass at 5:00 pm (or start with dinner after)
"Doing God's Will in your Marriage" presented by Fr. James Boric of
St. John the Evangelist, Severna Park
Dinner will include Chicken Paprikash, Noodles, Green Bean
Casserole, French bread, and variety of Desserts.
Special dietary needs will be provided upon request at RSVP.
Other surprises and guest couple speakers
The evening closes with a prayer & blessing
The evening is FREE, but donations gratefully accepted.
RSVP by Nov. 3, 2016 by calling call Ken or Rosie Katafiasz at 410-437-3048.
Holy Door Pilgrims: Get ready for an outpouring!
Pope Francis reminds us that Jubilee years bring with them special graces. "In this Jubilee Year, let us allow God to surprise us. He never tires of casting open the doors of his heart and of repeating that he loves us and wants to share his love with us." (MV 25) A particular grace that is available during this Jubilee of Mercy is an indulgence. Click here to learn more about the Jubilee Year of Mercy opportunities.
Passing On Your Faith to Your Children
The below video addresses one of the biggest challenges facing Catholic parents, families, and parish families alike: passing on the Faith to our children.(credit: Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY)
Catholic Mobile Apps
Did you know that you can use your mobile device to help enrich and practice your Catholic faith? We've compiled a comprehensive list of some of the best Catholic apps for mobile formats including apps for Prayers, the Mass, the Rosary, Liturgy of the Hours, Confession, Catechism, the Bible, and more!. Check them out at: http://www.stjane.org/links.html#apps
Youth Ministry Happenings
At St. Jane's, we offer the Sacrament of Confirmation to youth in High School. We are enrolling right now for the 2015-2016 year. If you are interested in learning more, we ask you to set up an Inquiry Meeting with Mrs. Claire, our Confirmation Coordinator.
Middle School Youth
We had a terrific Summer Missions Program last year. This year our Summer Missions will be June 20–24, 2016. In September, we begin Lunch Bunch, our middle school program. We meet on Sunday afternoons twice a month.
High School Youth
DROP INS– most Sunday evenings from 6:00pm–8:00pm in the Parish Center UNLESS we use that Sunday for an outing day.
Check the Parish Calendar.
Knights of Columbus: Looking for a few good men
If you're interested in helping those in need, serving our parish, growing in your faith, bonding with men who share your faith, or having exclusive access to top-rated insurance protection for your family, then the Knights of Columbus is the organization for you!
The Msgr. Raymond Kelly Council Knights of Columbus at St. Jane Frances de Chantal parish is for practicing Catholic men, 18 and over, who wish to make a difference in our parish and our community as well as within themselves. Join the almost 2 million strong force that St. Pope John Paul II called the "strong arm of the Catholic Church" and see how much of a difference you can make for the better! (see: Why Join the Knights? pamphlet)
Help for Women and Moms
Meals for New Moms
Are you willing to periodically prepare and deliver a meal to a family with a new baby? New moms in our parish need your help! To find out more, contact Susannah Kipke via
Heart of Mercy: Healing Ministry for Women
A confidential and safe place to seek healing for coping with life's difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, post-abortion healing, relationship issues, grief and loss, anger, etc. One-on-one counseling with a licensed clinical counselor and licensed clinical social worker and spiritual support offered by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd for people of all faiths. An experience of welcome and compassion awaits you. Contact www.heartofmercygs.org or call 443-833-4332 for further information.
Volunteer Opportunity at Mary’s Center
Mary’s Center, a Catholic Pregnancy Center serving Glen Burnie and surrounding areas is in need of English and Spanish speaking volunteers to assist needy women and women and teens in crisis pregnancies. Training begins the last week of March at the Center in Glen Burnie. Please call Mary’s Center at 410-761-8082 if you are able to help with this important ministry.
Pregnant? Need help?
Call the Gabriel Network at 1-800-ANGEL-OK.
Suffering post-abortion stress? Call Project Rachel 1-800-286-4224 or 410-
625-8491; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“…remain still in God’s presence, full of faith that He is more in us than we are in ourselves.”
St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church wins “BEST CHURCH” and “BEST PASTOR/CHURCH LEADER” in 2016 Best of Pasadena reader survey
(April 20, 2016) Congratulations to Rev. Msgr. Carl Cummings and the staff at Saint Jane Frances Church for winning "Best Church" and "Best Pastor/Church Leader" in the 2016 Best of Pasadena reader survey by the Pasadena Voice!
St. Jane Frances de Chantal School a 2015 Finalist for “BEST LOWER PRIVATE SCHOOL” and “BEST DAYCARE CENTER” in Maryland Gazette Reader's Choice 2015 survey
(Sept. 26, 2015) Congratulations to Principal Elena Simmons and the staff at Saint Jane Frances School for being voted a Finalist in the categories of "Best Lower Private School" and "Best Daycare" in the Maryland Gazette Reader's Choice 2015 survey by the Maryland Gazette!
St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church voted one of the “BEST CHURCHES” in Pasadena in 2014 Best of Pasadena reader survey
Saint Jane Frances School designated as one of seven STEM schools in the Archdiocese
(Jan. 28, 2011) The Archdiocese of Baltimore announced Jan. 28, 2011 that it will offer Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs in seven of its elementary schools, including Saint Jane Frances School. The Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Department of Catholic Schools developed a criteria and a process for designating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) schools, and Pasadena’s St. Jane Frances de Chantal School was one of the first to meet the criteria. Read more about it in the Catholic Review.