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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Welcome to St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Pasadena, MD… please join us!

Rev. Msgr. Carl F. Cummings, PastorDear Parishioners,

At the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis was asked who he was. His response was short and sweet, “I am a sinner.” Interestingly enough, St. Peter says the same thing in today's gospel (Luke 5:1-11). Jesus had used Peter's boat as a pulpit to teach the crowd and then had Peter row out into the deep for an amazing catch of fish. As his boat was so overloaded with fish and in danger of sinking, Peter cried out, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” Jesus then invited Peter to be one of his disciples.

Isaiah, too, owns up to his unworthiness, “Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips…” (Is 6:1-2a, 3-8)

By virtue of our baptism, we have all been called to be disciples of Jesus. But first we, like Peter and Isaiah, must humbly admit that we are sinners in need of a savior. In these days of self-love and self-actualization, that's not always easy to do. The modern mantra “It's all about me” gets in the way.

When we start like Isaiah and Peter, God can rise to make a difference in those around us. May God give us the grace of true humility.

- Fr. Carl


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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 Mass and ServicesFeb. 10, 2016: Ash Wednesday Masses
and Distribution of Ashes

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. The distribution of ashes reminds us of our own sinfulness and mortality, and calls us to repentance. The Church emphasizes the penitential nature of Ash Wednesday by calling us to fast and abstain from meat (beef, pork, chicken, lamb, etc.). Catholics in good health who are over the age of 18 and under the age of 60 are required to fast, which means that they can eat only one complete meal and two smaller ones during the day, with no food in between. Catholics who are over the age of 14 are required to refrain from eating any meat, or any food made with meat, on Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday Masses will be held at St. Jane Frances church on Feb. 10 at 8:30am, 12:00pm, and 7:00pm. Please join us!

Feb. 12: Lenten Friday Fish Frys

Lenten Fish FrysJoin 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 February 12, 19 & 26, and March 4 & 18 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:
    • potato salad
    • cole slaw
    • parsley potatoes (shown)
    • green beans or
    • french fries
  • Roll and condiments
  • Coffee or iced tea

Adults: $11.00
Children 12 and under: $7.00


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 11 (St. Patrick's Day Bazaar) or March 25 (Good Friday)

Men's Bagels and Bible StudyFeb. 13, 2016: Men’s Bagels & Bible Study

This Lent we will be using a Catholic Scripture Study based on the Sunday readings during Lent, featuring video lectures by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ. 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 five Saturday mornings following the 8:30 am Mass (approx. 9:00 am - 10:30 am) in the Parish Center starting on Feb. 13 and finishing on Mar. 19 (Feb 13, 20, 27, Mar 12, 19). Bagels (maybe some donuts too!) and coffee will be provided!

To order a book, please contact Ken Hess at 410-360-1076 ( or Dave Horvath at 301-213-1197 (

Knights of Columbus BingoFeb. 15, 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.

Feb. 17, 2016: Catholic Men For Spiritual Combat!

St. Jane Catholic Men's FellowshipStep 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.

Feb. 21, 2016: St. Jane Frances Community Blood Drive

Blood DriveThe need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.™

Our next blood drive will be on Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the School Hall. Donors will receive a FREE breakfast from 8:00am-12:00pm (donated by St. Jane Frances Church & the Holy Name Society) OR lunch from 12:00pm–2:00pm (sponsored by Beefalo Bob’s). Please mark your calendar and plan to participate in this life-saving event.

Please contact Rod Devilbiss at 410-437-2175 to schedule your life-saving donation, or visit and enter Sponsor Code: SJFRCC.

Fr. Blaise Czaja, C.P.Feb. 28–March 2: Parish Mission
with Fr. Blaise Czaja

Please join us with Fr. Blaise Czaja as he offers a parish mission at St. Jane Frances Feb. 28 thru March 2, 2016 from 7:00pm–8:00pm each evening in the upper church.

Fr. Blaise will be leading us each evening in prayer and reflection. The purpose of a parish mission is to grow in knowledge of a spiritual topic and apply it to our lives. Fr. Blaise's theme is: "On The Way to Jesus Christ."

Admission is FREE, and free child care will be provided each evening.

March 5, 2016: Catholic Men’s Fellowship Annual Conference

Catholic Men's Fellowship Annual Conference Theme: "Trust and Mercy"
Register now for the Catholic Men's Fellowship ANNUAL CONFERENCE, Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8:00 AM to 4 PM at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Linthicum. Speakers are Fr. Larry Richards, Deacon Larry Oney, and Coach John Harbaugh. Closing mass with Archbishop William Lori, Celebrant. For more details or to register, go to, or call Ken Hess 410-360-1076. If you would like a ride to the conference from St. Jane, please call Ken. Space is limited, register now at the website. Onsite registration starts at St. Philip Neri at 7 AM.

March 11, 2016: Cakes Needed for St. Patrick’s Day Bazaar

CakeWe need cakes for the St. Jane Frances St. Patrick's Day Bazaar Cake Wheel. Make them extra yummy and extra fancy! We need an assortment of HOME-MADE tummy pleasers. Some suggestions are: Black Forest, Chocolate, Yellow, Coconut, Carrot, Strawberry and Apple Cakes; as well as Banana, Crumb and Cupcakes. Can’t bake? Then try to win one at the bazaar!

Please bring cakes to the Parish Hall on Friday, March 11, 9:30am to 12:00 pm.
*** Please be sure to attach the name of the cake and type of frosting to your creation. Please also include a notation if your cake has any nuts, nut products or any other allergy sensitive ingredients. ***

Happy St. Patrick's DayMarch 11, 2016: 66th Annual
St. Patrick’s Day Bazaar

Join us on Friday, March 11 for our 66th 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:

  • Prize wheels
  • Money and liquor wheels
  • Basket of Cheer raffle
  • Silent Auction
  • Country Cupboard shop
  • Face painting and sand art
  • Food and drinks
  • Beer, wine, and Irish coffee!

Join us on Friday, March 11 from 9am to 2pm and from 5pm to 10pm.

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 Donna Hall at 410-255-4750 or e-mail

CHERISH Retreat for Married Couples with Fr. Brian NolanMarch 12, 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 7th CHERISH Retreat Evening at St. Jane Frances de Chantal will include:

  • CHERISH Retreat for Married Couples with Fr. Jerry Francik Vigil Mass at 5:00 pm (or start with dinner after)
  • "Surprise, You Married a Sinner! Bring Mercy into your Marriage in the year of Mercy!" presented by Fr. Michael DeAscanis, Pastor of St. Philip Neri in Linthicum
  • Dinner will include Chicken, Broccoli and Ziti Casserole, Salad and Fresh Bread.
  • Special dietary needs will be provided upon request at RSVP.
  • A variety of desserts
  • Other surprises and guest couple speakers
  • The evening closes with a prayer & blessing
  • The evening is FREE, but donations gratefully accepted.

RSVP by March 9, 2016 by calling call Ken or Rosie Katafiasz at 410-437-3048.

Bernadette C. Fisher ScholarshipApril 15, 2016: $1,000 Scholarship for
St. Jane Frances 7th or 8th Grade Student/Parishioner

The Bernadette C. Fischer Scholarship Fund annually awards a $1,000 financial scholarship to one student that is enrolled at Saint Jane Frances de Chantal School and is a registered member of Saint Jane Frances de Chantal parish in Pasadena, Maryland, in honor of the Fund's namesake, Bernadette C. (Desverreaux) Fischer, a former teacher at the school for over thirty one years. The Fund awards the scholarship based on the student's academic achievement and excellence, commitment to community service, integrity, initiative and self-direction, Christian character, and financial need. For the school year 2015-2016, the Fund will only be accepting applications from students entering the 7th or 8th grades at Saint Jane Frances de Chantal School.

If interested, please pick up an application from the school office or apply online at Applications are accepted between February 1st and April 15th and must be postmarked no later than April 15 to be eligible.

Jubilee of MercyHoly 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 YearofMercy opportunities.

Eucharistic AdorationEucharistic Adoration

Every Monday and every First Friday, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, the Blessed Sacrament is waiting for visitors (you, me, us) in the Chapel. A Helpful Meditation sheet is available for your visit. More information from the USCCB.


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)

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:

Youth Ministry Happenings

St. Jane Frances SchoolConfirmation

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 this year. For those of you who like to plan, next 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 6:00-8:00pm in the Parish Center UNLESS we use that Sunday for an outing day. Check the Parish Calendar.

Altar Servers

  • Our first Altar Server Retreat is Saturday, Sept. 19th. The day will begin at 10:00am and culminate at the 5:00pm mass that evening. We will have a very special ceremony where all of our servers rededicate themselves to serving on the altar. Interested in serving? Contact Mrs. Claire at 410-255-4646 ext. 1418.

Help for Women and Moms

BabysittingMeals 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 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

2016 Lent and
Holy Week Schedules
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Mass Times

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

Today's Readings (USCCB)


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

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Maryland Gazette Reader's Choice 2015 FinalistSt. 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 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!


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. Read more about it in the Catholic Review.

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