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!

Fr. Carl CummingsDear Parishioners,

What a great week it was to be a Catholic! Pope Francis was magnificent as the love of Jesus seemed to radiate from his very being. While I did not get to see the pope personally, I remember being in the presence of Pope St. John Paul II several times. Whether you were up close or far away in the crowd, you could feel something in the air that you never felt anywhere else. God was there in a very special way in the person of his vicar, the pope.

Each of the last three popes with whom the Church has been blessed has brought something unique to the papacy. St. John Paul II brought energy, charisma, and a dynamic yet prayerful personality. He was a great philosopher. Benedict XVI, a great theologian, brought a continuity of his predecessor's missions along with a more reserved and shy manner. Pope Francis brings a wonderfully gentle humility along with a real concern for the poor around the globe. He speaks the truth with love on the important issues of the times: religious freedom, the sanctity of life, the environment, immigration, and the family. While he voices his concerns over these issues, he does so with encouragement, humility, gentleness, and confidence that people of good will can work together for solutions.

Let us pray for an end to the strident debates going on in our country, that different viewpoints will be aired with civility, and that solutions to our problems can be reached through negotiations and compromise that truly benefits our nation.

- 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

Oct. 11, 2015: SIX DATES for Catholic Couples

Caring for your marriage begins with making time for each other and having fun together. Treat yourselves to six special evenings of "together time!" The third of SIX DATES for Catholic Couples will be held at St. Jane Frances de Chantal on Sunday October 11, 2015, from 1pm to 2pm 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 Sunday afternoon dates: 1pm-2pm.
Sunday additional dates will be: Nov. 8 and Jan 2016 (tba)
Babysitting available with RSVP.

St. Jane Frances SchoolOct. 13, 2015: Bus Trip to Atlantic City RESORTS Casino

The Department of Faith Formation will host a bus trip to Resorts Casino in Atlantic City on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

We will be going to RESORTS and will receive $25 in free slot play. The bus will leave from the front of St. Jane Frances Church on Virginia Avenue at 9 a.m. and will return at 9 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. Danish and juice will be provided on the trip to Atlantic City, and snack bags will be provided on the trip home.

For information, please call Ning Wist 410-255-7729 or Ellen Lesniewski at 410-255-4646 or 443-691-4156.

Please return the slip in the 8/30 bulletin to the Parish Office. Make checks payable to: St. Jane Frances Church. Reservation and payment due by Thursday, October 8, 2015.

St. Monica MinistryOct. 15, 2015:
St. Monica Ministry

St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church, Pasadena, will be hosting two sessions of St. Monica Ministry on Thursday, October 15th, 7:00-8:30, in the Muth room of the lower Church. You may come to either or both sessions. This ministry is to assist those who are practicing their Catholic faith and are concerned about someone who has been away from the Church. This may be the help that you need to approach someone about returning to the practice of their Catholic faith. If you would like to talk with someone before the sessions or to obtain your booklet, a few days prior, please call John Ena (410-437-6522) or Deacon Robert (443-817-2260).

Oct. 30, 2015: Our Daily Bread Casseroles:
“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.”

Our Daily Bread CasserolesSt. 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 Friday, October 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!

CHERISH Retreat for Husbands and Wives

Nov. 7, 2015: CHERISH Retreat for Husbands and Wives

CHERISH Retreat for Married CouplesHusbands 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 6th CHERISH Retreat Evening here at St. Jane Frances de Chantal will include:

  • Vigil Mass at 5:00 pm
  • "Love is A Decision" presented by Deacon R. Wm. Montalto, better known as "Deacon Monti," recently retired from the Archdiocese of Baltimore
  • Dinner (Antipasto, Spaghetti Casserole, Salad, Italian Bread)
  • Variety of Desserts
  • Special options upon request
  • FREE, but donations gratefully accepted.

RSVP before Nov. 4th by calling call Ken or Rosie Katafiasz at 410-437-3048.

ChoirDo you like to sing? Come join us!

We are looking for some new choir members to come
and join us! There is a children's Choir (Grades 2-8),
Adult Choir and Funeral Choir. For more information
contact our music director, Marianne Gregory at

BabysittingBabysitting at 10:00am Mass?

We are looking into the possibility of offering babysitting for kids ages 1–5 during the 10:00am Mass. If you would be interested in using this service and volunteering to help, please contact Alicia Dumsha 443-694-8121 or

St. Jane Catholic Men's Fellowship 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 again most Wednesdays starting on September 9 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.


Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic 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.


Men's Bagels and Bible StudyMen's Bagels & Bible Study

Come be part of a Men's application-oriented Bible &
Catechism study group. Our sessions are on Saturdays from 7:00am-8:25am in the Muth Room. We will meet about twice a month through the end of May. (Schedule available) Our mornings will begin with coffee and bagels and will end in time for you to attend morning Mass at 8:30am if you wish. We also plan on having a Holy Hour, a couple of guest speakers, attending the Catholic Men's Conference, and a fun outing during the year! To participate, you just need a Catholic Bible and a copy of the Catechism. So, Men, please consider this great opportunity and sign up. As soon as you do, we can get you the info for the first lesson. For more info or to sign up, contact Ken Hess at 410-360-1076 ( or Dave Horvath at 301-213-1197 (

Pope Francis' Speech in Philadelphia 9/2015

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

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 (quiet mass), 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!


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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