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. CarlDear Parishioners,

“Eat, drink, and be merry.”

That's an old saying I heard many years ago. It's the philosophy of those seeking pleasure and an escape from the sometimes harsh reality of living a meaningful, productive life. As Catholics, we believe in the goodness of creation and the things of life. However, we believe in moderation as the Old Latin phrase wisely reminds us, "Omnia in moderatio"—all things in moderation. The created world is not the end, but rather a means to the end—namely God. Today's second reading (1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20) points this out when St. Paul tells us, “The body is not for immorality; it is for the Lord.” St. Paul goes on to warn the Corinthians, who were known to have rather low morals with regard to sex, that sins against chastity are particularly offensive to Christ. The Holy Spirit inhabits our bodies as a Temple. Therefore, we should not desecrate our bodies through sexual sins, nor by immoderation of food, drink, and drugs. The Lord wants what is best for our souls, of course, but he also wants what is best for our bodily health as well.

- 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

Healing a Broken MarriageJanuary 23-25, 2015: 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 January 23-25, 2015. All calls and inquiries are confidential. To register or obtain more information, visit our website at, call 443-400-7017, or email

Men's Bagels and Bible StudyJan. 24, 2015: Men's Bagels & Bible Study

Come be part of a Men's application-oriented Bible &
Catechism study group. Our second session will be Saturday, January 24th 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 (

January 28, 2015: Super Bowl Sunday Hoagies

Hoagie Sale for Super Bowl SundayOur High School Youth are working hard to get to a Work Camp this summer, and they have come up with a tasty way to ask for help! Consider ordering homemade, overstuffed subs for your Super Bowl party! We will make them fresh on Super Bowl Sunday morning (Feb. 1) and have them waiting for you after the Mass of your choice.

Subs are $5 each and orders MUST BE PLACED BY JAN. 28, 2015. Choose Turkey Club, Italian Cold Cut, or Roast Beef subs. See the order form in the January 18th bulletin. Pick your subs and your times… we will do the rest!

January 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, January 30, 2015.

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 or dropped off at the school cafeteria door weekdays from 7:30 to 8AM. 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!

Feb. 22, 2015: St. Jane Frances Community Blood Drive

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

Our next blood drive will be on Sunday, February 22, 2015 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.

CHERISH Retreat for Husbands and Wives

CHERISH Retreat for Married Couples with Fr. Jerry FrancikMarch 7, 2015: CHERISH Retreat for
Husbands and Wives (NEW DATE)

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 5th CHERISH Retreat Evening here at St. Jane Frances de Chantal has been rescheduled to March 7 and will include:

  • Vigil Mass at 5:00 pm
  • Fr. Gerry Francik, pastor of St. Mark in Falston, MD will be speaking on "Living Your Marriage in the Light of Faith"
  • Dinner (Salad, Ham & Scalloped Potatoes, Vegetable)
  • Vegan option
  • Variety of Desserts
  • Special options upon request
  • FREE, but donations gratefully accepted.

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

FREE Voice Lessons for St. Jane ParishionersJoin Our Parish Choir

If you like singing and the sacred liturgy, the music ministry needs you! Singing in a choir is a beautiful way to worship God and serve the parish. Choir members also enjoy fellowship with each other and acquire better singing skills. Adult choir sings for the 10 AM Mass on Sundays and other major Feast days. (Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 7 PM) Children's choir sings once a month for the 11:30 Mass and on Christmas Eve. (The children's choir is open to boys and girls ages 10 and up. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 6 PM.)

Also please visit our Music Ministry web page. If you are interested, contact Mia Coyne, Director of Sacred Music, at .


The Clare & Robert Moore Scholarship Fund

April 15, 2015: The Clare & Robert Moore Scholarship for Women attending the Woman's College at Notre Dame

The Clare and Robert Moore Scholarship Fund offers a yearly $1,000 scholarship to a student who is majoring in English and attending the Notre Dame of Maryland University. The scholarship is open to both current full-time students and incoming first-year students at the Woman's College at Notre Dame. Applicants must currently be English majors or be planning to major in English. Notre Dame's English program boasts a strong writing curriculum, with the option for students to design a program emphasizing writing or literature. The program also offers concentrations in creative nonfiction writing and drama.

For more information about the scholarship, requirements, how to apply, and past recipients, please download a brochure or visit


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)

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 10, 2014 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! Our first topic series will be "Spiritual Combat." For more info, call Dave Horvath at 301-213-1197 or Ken Hess at 410-360-1076.

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

  • 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.

“Let us follow the star of inspiration and divine attraction which calls us to the crib, and let us go there to adore and love the Child Jesus and offer ourselves to him.”

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!

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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