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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Fr. Carl, PastorDear Parishioners,

The Catholic English historian and politician said many years ago that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. As we look at the world around us, that often seems to be true. Except that's not true about God who is absolutely powerful, just, and merciful. He's also—thank goodness—absolutely patient and forgiving.

In the Gospel (Matthew 13:24-43), we see God planting good seed, and the devil planting bad seed. An impatient god would try and remove the weeds as soon as he noticed them. Quite possibly, some of the wheat would be among those weeds. But at harvest time, there would be no doubt and the weeds, and nothing but the weeds, could be removed, gathered up and burned. The Church is like that wheat field. Some members are good (wheat); others are weeds (bad). Unlike wheat and weeds, people can change. The good can go bad and the bad can turn good. What they will become will emerge at the end of their lives. Most of us are a mixture of wheat and weed. Let us turn to Jesus and ask for grace to weed out the bad from our lives and help us grow into strong, healthy sheaves of wheat.

- Fr. Carl


pastorstjane.blogspot.comSee Fr. Carl's blog “A Word From Our Pastor” at

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:

Catholic Kidz CampJuly 28 thru Aug. 1: 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 for 2014 Vacation Bible Camp is now closed. If you would like to volunteer for next summer, contact Diane Zentgraf, 410-255-6584 or e-mail

Vacation Bible Camp Supplies needed! There is a giving tree at the main entrance to the church. Each tag has a list of needed supplies. Please help support the camp by providing supplies for the children. Donated supplies can be left in the basket or dropped off at the rectory. Thank you.

CHERISH Retreat for Married Couples with Fr. Brian NolanAug. 9, 2014: 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."

CHERISH Retreat for Married Couples with Fr. Brian NolanThe 4th CHERISH Retreat Evening here at St. Jane Frances de Chantal will include:

  • Vigil Mass at 5:00 pm
  • "Love One Another" presented by Fr. Brian Nolan, Chaplain of Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg MD and former Associate Pastor at St. Jane Frances
  • Dinner (Florentine Meatballs, Fettuccine Alfredo, Ratatouille, salad)
  • Dessert (including Pizzelles/Italian Wafer Cookies, Fruit Bowl, and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake)
  • Special options upon request
  • Other surprises and guest speakers
  • FREE, but donations gratefully accepted.

RSVP by August 6th by calling call Ken or Rosie Katafiasz at 410-437-3048.


Sept. 6, 2014: DATE NIGHTS for Catholic Couples

Caring for your marriage begins with making time for each other and having fun together. Six DATE NIGHTS for Catholic Couples will be held at St. Jane Frances de Chantal on Saturdays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 in our Parish Center on the following dates: May 10; June 28; Sept.6; Oct. 4; Nov. 1; and Dec, 6, 2014. The program consists of a short video, share, and then you 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.

Healing a Broken MarriageSept. 19-21, 2014: Healing a Broken Marriage

THINKING ABOUT SEPARATION OR DIVORCE? Is your marriage or that of a relative or friend heading for divorce? Retrouvaille (French for "Rediscovery" and pronounced Re-tro-vi) is a program designed to help couples rediscover or reawaken the love, trust, and commitment that originally brought them together. The program is highly successful in saving hurting marriages, even bringing reconciliation to couples that have already separated or divorced.

Our next weekend is September 19-21, 2014. All calls and inquiries are confidential. To register or obtain more information, visit our website at, call 443-400-7017, or email

St. Jane Frances SchoolNov. 8, 2014: Bus Trip to New York City 9/11 Museum

"Knights of Columbus FOURTH DEGREE Patriotic degree of the Order" is sponsoring a BUS TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY to see the 9/11 MUSEUM.

Cost: $125.00 per person
($65.00 non-refundable deposit due at time of reservation.)
Balance due by October 1st

Make check payable to: Master, Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree

Price includes bus trip, admission to the museum, and snacks on the bus. There will be time for some shopping and sightseeing. We will be departing the Park and Ride on Hammonds Ferry Rd., Linthicum at 7 a.m. (Exit 8 off the 695 beltway across from Snyder's Restaurant) arriving back home around 11 pm.

For further information/reservations call:
Mike Ragolio at 443-520-3517 or Mike Little at 443-883-5137

Pancake BreakfastDec. 14, 2014: 43rd Annual Pancake Breakfast and Christmas Bazaar

Come and enjoy breakfast with family and friends from 8:30am-1:00pm at St. Jane Frances de Chantal’s 43rd Annual Pancake Breakfast and Christmas Bazaar! Enjoy Pancakes, Sausage, Coffee/Tea/Juice/Milk.

Food! Fellowship! Fun for all ages!
Raffles & Wheels • Face painting
• Pictures with Santa • Children’s Games & Crafts

Advance Ticket Prices (available at the Rectory or Sunday Religious Ed Classes):
$20 family/$7 adults/$5 seniors
$5 children Ages 6-12 (Under 5 free)

Tickets at the door:
$22 family/ $8 adults/ $6 seniors
$6 children Ages 6-12 (Under 5 still free!)

For more information, contact Katie Torrey in our Faith Formation office at 410-255-4646 or

Pancake Breakfast Volunteers Needed!
As always, we count on the generosity of you, our volunteers, to make this exciting event happen. Will you please help us this year? We're looking to assemble a steering committee of folks who will work together to make this year's fundraiser a success. Please see the Aug. 3, 2014 bulleting for more details, and thank you for your support!

Archdiocese of Baltimore mobile appCatholic 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:

Vacation Bible CampSummer 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.

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.

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

Heart of MercyHeart 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 or call 443-833-4332 for further information.

Mary's CenterVolunteer 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 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

Mass Times

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

Today's Readings (USCCB)


Saturday 3:30-4:30pm
or by appointment

Liturgical Schedule


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St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church voted Best of Pasadena in 2014 Reader's SurveySt. Jane Frances de Chantal Church voted one of the “BEST CHURCHES” in Pasadena in 2014 Best of Pasadena reader survey

(April 17, 2014) Congratulations to Fr. Brian Rafferty and Fr. Carl Cummings as Our Lady of the Chesapeake and St. Jane Frances de Chantal won 1st and 2nd for "Best Church" in the 2014 Best of Pasadena reader survey by the Pasadena Voice!


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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