St. Jane Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Parish, Riviera Beach, MD 8499 Virginia Avenue
Riviera Beach, MD 21122-3097
Parish office: 410-255-4646
Parish fax: 410-437-5191
Religious Ed: 410-255-4646
School: 410-255-4750

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Deacon RobertDear Parishioners,

Out of the fifty-two weeks each year, we call this week "holy." Without what happened during this week (Matthew 26:14-27:66), Christianity might have become just another branch of Judaism, and we might be still waiting for the Messiah. This week becomes holy for us in ways we do not expect. We may not want this, and it may be painful, but it is always important.

We cannot come to Palm Sunday and Holy Week as spectators. The point is not to observe history but to discover the many ways this story is about us. We, too, have lauded Jesus one day as the king of our lives and then proceed to live in ways that deny him and betray him. We are not to stand in judgment on the characters in this drama, but to see ourselves in them.

Let us stay in this week. Don't deny your presence here or your part in what happened. Stay until the end. Then come close, and hear Jesus say the strange, improbable words, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." Maybe Jesus prayed these words because he knew that what we thought we had done to him, we had actually done to ourselves.

Even this, however, is not the end of the drama of Holy Week. Do you like surprise endings? Then stay in the story.

- Deacon Robert


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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!

Mission Statement

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.

Calendar of Events

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News & Upcoming Events:

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinance for those ages 14 to 60 in good health. For more information, please see the Archidocesan web site's Fasting & Abstinence page.

May 4, 2014: Annual Sodality Communion Breakfast

Community Blood DriveJoin us in the Parish Hall to honor Our Blessed Mother in her Month of May on Sunday, May 4th after the 8:00 a.m. mass. Our Communion Breakfast will be catered by the Knights of Columbus.

Adults/Children: $6.00
Children under 6 years old: FREE

For tickets and further information, please call Dee Witt at 410-255-6201.


May 10, 2014: DATE NIGHTS for Catholic Couples

Caring for your marriage begins with making time for each other and having fun together. The first of 6 DATE NIGHTS for Catholic Couples will be held at St. Jane Frances de Chantal on Saturday May 10, 2014, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Parish Center. View a short video, share, and then go out on your own date to relax and enjoy your time together. Have coffee & desert, go bowling, or just pick a place where you can share and talk. It is your date!

Just $20 for cost of materials and the book, "Happy Together" by John Bosio, to be discussed at these date nights. For more information, to register and reserve a book, call Rosie or Ken Katafiasz at 410-437-3048.

Future 5 dates: also Saturdays, 6:30 pm to 7:30 in our Parish Center: June 28; Sept.6; Oct. 4; Nov. 1; and Dec, 6, 2014.

Healing a Broken MarriageMay 16-18, 2014: Healing a Broken Marriage

IS YOUR MARRIAGE IN TROUBLE? If your relationship has grown cold and distant, if you are separated or thinking about separation or divorce, we believe that Retrouvaille (French for Rediscovery and pronounced Re-tro-vi) can help. Retrouvaille is a Catholic program designed to help hurting couples mand and heal their brokenness. Our next weekend is May 16-18, 2014. All calls and inquires are confidential. To register or obtain more information, visit our website at, call (443) 400-7017, or email

Catholic Kidz CampJuly 28, 2014: Catholic Kidz Camp
“Assorted Saints and the Virtues of Faith, Hope & Love”

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 28 to Aug. 1 from 9:00 am–12:30 pm.

Up! UP! And AWAY! Fun is just through the clouds in the Assorted Saints Hot Air Balloon! Children will discover the key to Heaven in this NEW and EXCITING Catholic Kidz Camp. Program is limited to 50 campers, so please register early!

Registration Fee and Form:

For more information, please contact Diane Zentgraf at 410-255-6584 or

Catholic Men's Fellowship ConferenceSummer Vacation Bible Camp Volunteers Needed!

We need youth volunteers entering grade 6 & up to help as Youth Assistants at the Catholic Kidz Camp at St. Jane Frances. There is no charge for volunteer participation, and he/she will receive a certificate for Service Hours. Youth volunteers age 14 & older must receive Worthy of the Call certification. Meeting for Youth Volunteers will be July 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. For more information contact Diane Zentgraf at 410-255-6584 or by e-mail at Download Volunteer Permission Form PDF.


Subscribe to the St. Jane Frances de Chantal BulletinNEW! Subscribe to our Weekly Bulletin

Our new bulletin publisher (LPI) now offers the ability for parishioners to subscribe to our bulletin to be delivered via email! Just go to our parish's page on the website and click "Subscribe to Publications via email."

As usual, you can also still browse current and past editions of our bulletin on the same page or on our own Bulletins page.

ChoirMusic Ministry Announcement

Join the Parish Choir for the new choir season! The rehearsals are on Wednesdays, starting on September 11th. The children’s choir starts at 6 PM, and the adults choir starts at 7 PM. There’s more info in the bulletin. You can also talk to the music director Mia Coyne after Mass or contact her at .

St. Jane Catholic Men's FellowshipWanted: Catholic Men!

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 meets most Wednesdays 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.

Online GivingNEW! Online Giving at
St. Jane Frances

Online Giving allows you to make contributions to our parish without writing checks or worrying about cash donations. You can set up automatic contributions and change the timing or the amount of your gift at any time. You may make pledges and manage your contributions to the pledge amount, and you may make one-time donations to special causes. To register for an Online Giving account, just go to the secure Online Giving web site, click on "SIgn Up for Your New Account" and complete your account registration. Online giving will also help our parish to save money in the cost of weekly envelopes and administrative costs. As always, thank you for your support of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish!

Youth Ministry Happenings

St. Jane Frances SchoolConfirmation

  • Are you in High School this year?
  • Are you interested in learning what it means to be Confirmed in the Church?
  • Can you commit to spending time learning God’s plan for you?

Middle School Youth

  • Young Catholic Leaders meet from 2:45-4:30 in the Parish Center– and begin with a snack! ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH are welcome to join us– just come when you can… Schedules can be found in the Vestibule of the Church

High School Youth

  • DROP INS– most Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm in the Parish Center
    Check Parish Calendar

Mary's CenterVolunteer Opportunity at Mary’s Center

Mary’s Center, a Catholic Pregnancy Center, 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 1-800-ANGEL-OK.
Suffering post-abortion stress? Call Project Rachel 1-800-286-4224.


“…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

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Mass Times

Monday thru Saturday - 8:30am
Saturday - 5:00pm
Sunday - 8:00am, 10:00am, and 11:30am

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Saturday 3:30-4:30pm
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The Faith Of Our Fathers by James Cardinal Gibbons: FREE Kindle EditionFREE eBook! The Faith Of Our Fathers

Ever wanted to know more about Catholicism or had difficulty explaining your Catholic faith to family and friends? The Faith of Our Fathers: A Plain Exposition and Vindication of the Church Founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ is a book first published in 1876 by James Cardinal Gibbons, former Archbishop of Baltimore. With over 118 printings, it is perhaps the most successful book for explaining the basic tenets of the Catholic faith and why we hold them. It delves into the historical background of virtually everything people find hard to understand about Catholicism, such as priestly celibacy, sacred images, the Church and the Bible, the primacy of Peter, Communion under one kind, invocation of the saints, etc. Written for mixed Protestant and Catholic congregations in North Carolina and Virginia, it is accommodating to people of all faiths. The Faith of Our Fathers will confirm one's faith in the truth of the Catholic Church like no other and will educate the reader to answer the questions so often posed by skeptics and unbelievers. The best thing is, it is readliy available for FREE via the internet. Download your free copy at one of the sources below!

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Roman Missal, Third EditionRoman Missal 3rd Edition

(Nov. 2011) Over forty years have passed since 1969 when the first translation of the Mass into English was first issued. Since that time, our ability to understand, articulate, and translate the words we use during Mass has improved, and a few minor, but noticeable, changes to the prayers used during Mass have recently been implemented. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Life Teen have prepared a variety of videos which we have organized on our web site to help you to easily find them and watch at your convenience. Click here to view the page of videos.

St. Jane Frances School wins Ideal Classroom Grant from the State!

(May 11, 2011) We are proud to announce that our elementary and middle school has been awarded a $53,000 grant by the state of Maryland as part of the Maryland STEM Portfolio Project (MSPP) Ideal Classroom initiative to develop the "ideal classroom." Read more about it at

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.

STEM schools will have continuous professional development for teachers, integrated use of computer technology and technology teaching tools, a successful advanced math track, data-driven decision-making, the presence of a science lab, and partnerships with businesses and/or universities focused on one or more STEM disciplines. St. Jane Frances de Chantal and St. Joan of Arc recently received federal grants to fund STEM-related professional development. Congratulations to all of the teachers, students, and administrators who've worked so hard to make sure that our school offers the best education available. Read more about it in the Catholic Review.

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