Welcome to St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Pasadena, MD…
please join us!
Last week and this week we have had our first communions. So I was reminded of a reflection by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
In a small village in modern day Tunisia [in the year 303 A.D.], forty-nine Christians were arrested one Sunday while they were celebrating the Eucharist (which was against the law of the Roman emperor Diocletian) and taken to Carthage to be interrogated. A man named Emeritus gave to the proconsul who asked him why he had disobeyed the emperor's severe orders the following answer:
"We cannot live without joining on Sunday to celebrate the Eucharist. We would lack the strength to face our daily problems and not to succumb… Christ is truly among us in the Eucharist… It is dynamic presence that grasps us, to make us his own, to make us assimilate him. Christ draws us to him, he makes us come out of ourselves to make us all one with him… Communion with the Lord is always also communion with our brothers and sisters… This means that we can encounter him only together with others. We can only receive him in unity…"
Then Benedict himself goes on to say this. "The consequence is clear: we cannot communicate with one another… To do this we must learn the great lesson of forgiveness: we must not let the gnawings of resentment work in our soul but must open our hearts to the magnanimity of listening to others, open our hearts to understanding them, eventually to accepting their apologies, to generously offering our own."
- 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.
May 1, 2016: The BEATITUDES: A Couple's Path to Greater Joy for Couples
Husbands and wives—do something together with your spouse to strengthen your marriage! Join us for six afternoons of fun. The BEATITUDES: A Couple's Path to Greater Joy is coming to St. Jane Frances. It's a marriage enrichment program that explores the Beatitudes as the path to holiness, the source of joy in Christian marriage.
The program invites couples to reflect on their relationship and guides them to understand marriage as their vocation. The videos and the book provide the input for each of the six sessions, and the handouts provide conversation starters to help couples reflect privately on their marriage.
Save the dates & Register! Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm:
April 10, May 1, May 15, June 15, July 10, and July 31, 2016
Cost: $20 for entire 6 sessions, includes cost of book. Learn how to Run the race with grace, by joining us in the parish center. Childcare available with registration. For more information about this program, call 410-437-3048 or visit www.happy-together.net.
May 2, 2016: Knights of Columbus BINGO!
Bored with Monday night television? Join the Knights of Columbus in the Parish Hall for BINGO! It's old-fashioned fun for the whole family. Doors open at 6pm; games start at 7pm. Food and drinks available for purchase.
Bingo is held on the first Monday each month unless otherwise noted.
May 4, 2016: Discovering Christ
Tired? Come and Be Refreshed! Please join us in the St. Jane Frances parish hall at 6:30pm each Wednesday for Discovering Christ. Enjoy a FREE dinner, listen to a dynamic teaching, and join in a small group discussion about the meaning of life in Jesus Christ. Discovering Christ is a seven-week series that will begin Wednesday, April 13, and includes a retreat on Saturday, May 14.
We invite you to watch a Discovering Christ Youtube video to learn more about the course. This course is designed to revitalize your faith or to bring your family and friends who have been away from the Church and are open to exploring the meaning of life in Jesus Christ. Discovering Christ was developed by ChristLife, a Catholic ministry in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and has been endorsed by Archbishop Lori. Return this form to the St. Jane Frances office or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 11, 2016: Catholic Men For Spiritual Combat!
Step up and be the man that God meant you to be! Come out of your comfort zone and meet with other men to know and live your Catholic Faith! The St. Jane Catholic Men's Fellowship will meet most Wednesdays starting on from 7:30 - 9:00 pm 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 food and drinks. There is NO cost to you except your time. Come and join us! For more info, call Dave Horvath at 301-213-1197 or Ken Hess at 410-360-1076.
Upcoming dates are: January 13, 20, 27; February 17, 24; March 9, 16, 30; April 13, 20, 27; May 11, 18, 25.
May 21, 2016: Hawaiian Luau
The Msgr. Raymond P. Kelly Council #10966 Knights of Columbus invites you to our 1st Annual Hawaiian Luau on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the St. Jane School Hall, 8513 St. Jane Drive in Riviera Beach. Our Luau will feature a Hawaiian Dinner & Pig Roast from 7pm–8:30pm followed by a LIVE Polynesian Show!
Doors open at 6:30pm, dinner starts at 7:00pm with a Polynesian show at 8:30pm.
MENU: Kaula Pork, Hawaiian Meatballs, Fried Rice, Shrimp Stew, Waikiki Chicken, Assorted Salads, Desserts, and more! Beer and Soda served (Bring your own wine or liquor). Door Prizes and 50/50s. Tickets: $30 per person.
FOR TICKETS or more information, please contact: John Collins 410-585-5720, Rick Przybylski 443-506-9566, or e-mail: email@example.com. Proceeds to benefit the St. Jane School hall and kitchen renovations.
May 22, 2016: St. Joan of Arc Warrior Games & Family Dinner
St. Jane's Family and Faith Social Committee presents St. Joan of Arc Warrior Games & Family Dinner from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the lower church. Enjoy a simple meal of hot dogs and drinks. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share, and then, join us for some fun family challenge activities! Whether you are just one person or an entire group, enjoy some time with your St. Jane's family. RSVP by May 15, 2016 to: Erica McFarland at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-618-6981.
July 25 thru 29: Catholic Kidz Camp - “Set Sail with the Holy Trinity featuring Saint Patrick”
St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish is hosting a week-long Catholic Kidz Camp Program for children four years old (Pre-K) to 5th grade during the week of July 25 to 29 from 9:00 am–12:00 pm each day.
Ahoy Campers! Climb on Deck! Weigh Anchor for Ireland! On this voyage you will set sail with St. Patrick, the first Bishop missionary, and travel with him on his quest to spread Christianity to the dangerous land of Ireland. Your children will grow in love for the Holy Trinity and respond to the awesome POWER of PRAYER.
Don't miss out on this Spiritual Adventure of a Lifetime! Bring your children, invite friends and neighbors, and gather your relatives! This camp will include: Cool Crafts, Fun Games, Upbeat Music, Hands-On Activities, Creative Skits, Irish Snacks, and more!
Registration: Early registration fee per child is $20 thru June 13. Cost after June 13 will be $25 per child. All T-shirt, Music CD, & Storybook orders must be paid by June 30. Registration closes on July 10. Register Early—this program is limited to 50 campers. CATHOLIC KIDZ CAMP REGISTRATION FORM (PDF)
Volunteers: If you would like to volunteer for this summer or get more information, please contact Diane Zentgraf at 410-255-6584 or email@example.com.
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 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.