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I have been walking regularly at a local gym, mainly while my wife does a zumba class. But it gives me time to reflect and to pray. While I briskly walk around the track, I will do evening prayer and then a rosary on my phone. I often contemplate the immeasurable influence that Mary has had on our world and especially on Catholicism. I am reminded how, while visiting prisoners, they would often ask if we Catholics thought that Mary was God and worshipped her. It was always important to indicate that she was a mere human being, but what a human being! It is her humanity that contributed to the fully human person of Christ. It was her "yes" that opened the door to God's incarnation on earth. It was her gentleness that became a part of Christ's gentle nature. It was her trust and openness that allowed her to give her will for God's good purpose. It was her honesty that caused her to wonder about the greeting of the Angel. Imagine the depth and breadth of her heart to include all those things she experienced and felt, from the Angel's visit to the pain at the foot of the cross. The beauty of the Pieta by Michelangelo is partly because you forget that it is carved from stone. But also because the depiction of Christ after the crucifixion is with his tender and distraught mother.
Then as we move forward, Mary's apparitions given to Juan Diego (Guadalupe), at Fatima, Lourdes and others remind us of the preeminent place this woman, this sweet, caring open and blessed woman has in our relationship with God. It is here that her impact is most strongly felt. Mary is our model, our ideal, our view of how one is to respond to God's calling. She said "yes," and that yes echoes still today in every person who opens up their Bible to read a verse, in every person who prays, in every person who receives the Eucharist during Mass. That yes is present in all that we do when we desire God. Mary's yes lives within us as we try to find God in our difficult lives. When we think about what to say to our children that will enlarge their faith, Mary's is present. When we visit our sick relative and say a quick prayer for healing, we are invoking the Yes that Mary felt. When we face fear of loss or anxiety about what may happen, our resolution to have faith in God and to trust in his presence invokes Mary's trust and knowledge of God's good presence in her life. She is the first who experienced the new covenant of God in Christ. She was present at that moment when God touched humanity with his incarnation. Her life and love surrounded the Christ child, and we are the beneficiaries of that protection and nurturance. Let us seek to be better disciples of Christ in all that we do. Let us turn to Mary for support as we struggle with how to best live out our faith. The questions that she faced, the circumstances that she experienced, the pain she endured, the joy she felt, all these are what we ourselves go through from time to time. Let Mary be our guide and reassure us that saying yes is the manner in which to live our faith. Yes to God is the mantra that can lead us to greater faith and greater witness to God.
During times of inclement weather, floors may become wet and slippery. Please wear appropriate footwear and use caution when entering and leaving our church and other parish buildings.
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 download a Registration Form HERE. Thank youand 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.
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Catholic schools offer academic excellence and faith-filled education for students nationwide. While some Catholic schools are challenged by declining enrollments and school closures, the good news is that there is a strong demand and enthusiasm for Catholic schools. Please give generously to the second collection at all weekend Masses Jan 28 & 29, 2017. SJF students will be taking up the collection. Thank you for your support!
Jan. 30, 2017: 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 Monday, January 30th.
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!
February 5, 2017: Youth Group $5 Hoagie Sale
Our High School Youth are working hard to get to a Work Camp this summer, and they have come up with a tasty way to ask for help! Consider ordering homemade, overstuffed subs for your Super Bowl party! We will make them fresh on Super Bowl Sunday morning (Feb. 5) and have them waiting for you after the Mass of your choice.
Subs are $5 each and orders MUST BE PLACED BY FEB. 1, 2017. Choose Turkey Club, Italian Cold Cut, or Roast Beef subs. See the order form in the January 15th bulletin. Pick your subs and your times… we will do the rest!
Feb. 6, 2017:
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 watching a video on a Catholic Faith topic and discussing. 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: Feb 6, 13, 20; Mar 6, 13, 20, 27; Apr 17, 24; May 8, 15, 22.
Mar. 3, 2017: Lenten Friday Fish Frys
Join us Fridays throughout Lent for our Fish Frys sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council No. 10966! KOC members will be offering Lenten fish frys Fridays March 3, 10, 24, 31, and April 7 from 4 pm to 7 pm in the St. Jane Frances Hall.
Each dinner purchased includes:
Your choice of delicious seafood:
one 9 oz. battered cod filet, OR
four coddies (shown), OR
one 4 oz. battered cod filet & two coddies
ten butterfly shrimp, OR
ten breaded scallops
Includes choice of two:
parsley potatoes (shown)
green beans or
Roll and condiments
Coffee or iced tea
Children 12 and under: $7.00
DINNERS MAY BE PURCHASED FOR SIT-DOWN OR CARRY OUT
Also available for purchase! Coddies by the dozen (cooked or frozen), fish sandwiches, sodas, clam chowder, macaroni & cheese, pizza, and desserts.
For more information, contact Don Sparklin at 410-255-5080. Proceeds fund the Council’s activities that benefit the Church and community. *No fish fry on March 17 (St. Patrick's Day Bazaar) or April 14 (Good Friday)
March 17, 2017: 67th Annual
St. Patrick’s Day Bazaar
Join us on Friday, March 17 from 4pm to 10pm for our 67th Annual St. Patrick's Day Bazaar! This popular event draws families from all over the Riviera Beach and Pasadena area for food, games, and fun! Activities include:
Money and liquor wheels
Basket of Cheer raffle
Country Cupboard shop
Face painting and sand art
Food and drinks
Beer, wine, and Irish coffee!
Volunteers Needed: Our 66th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Bazaar is fast approaching, and we are in need of donations to make this years’ bazaar a success.Our Silent Auction needs gift cards from a variety of locations, gift baskets, and large items to bid on. And our Cake table will need lots of HOME-MADE goodies! We are also in need of volunteers to work a game/wheel both day and evening hours. If you can volunteer or can donate any of these items, please contact Terri McAllister at 410-255-4750 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Project Rachel: Post-Abortion Healing
Project Rachel Baltimore is the church's ministry which operates as a network of professional
clergy, licensed counselors, and volunteers all trained to provide
one-on-one spiritual and psychological support for those who
are suffering from the trauma of abortion. Project Rachel
Baltimore offers special Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreats and Come to the Waters day retreats several times a year. Rachel's
Vineyard is the world's largest ministry for healing after
abortion. For more information about Rachel's Vineyard, go
to www.HopeAfterAbortion.org, email@example.com or call 410-625-8491.
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.
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.
St. Jane Frances de Chantal School voted a Finalist for “BEST LOWER PRIVATE SCHOOL” and “BEST DAYCARE CENTER” in Maryland Gazette Reader's Choice 2015 and 2016 surveys
(Sept. 24, 2016) 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 AND 2016 surveys by the Maryland Gazette!
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!