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HOLY LAND CHRISTIANS- On November 22-23, 2014 after all masses we will be hosting at the Church Hall a nice display of handmade olive wood religious figures from Bethlehem and Jerusalem available for purchase. These carvings are handmade by Catholic families in Bethlehem who rely on sales for their daily bread. For more than ten years Bethlehem Christians have been enduring many hardships as tourism in Bethlehem has plummeted and access to other sources of income has been sharply restricted due to the ongoing conflict. The Christian population of the Holy Land went down from 30% in the last century to 1.8% today. Please help support our Catholic brothers and sisters in Bethlehem by purchasing their carvings. George Ghanem, an indigenous Christian from Bethlehem will be standing by the carvings after all masses. Let us keep Bethlehem a Christian town forever. The website showing the crafts 



KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS poster contest...rules and drawing paper will be distributed during CCD classes...grades 1-8....completed posters due date is November 23. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus,
contact person: Greg Denny 410-643-5960




YOUTH GROUP FRUIT SALE-The Youth Group will be sponsoring a bulk fruit sale beginning Nov. 8 with pick up at St. Christopher's on Dec. 13 from 8:30-11:00. Fruit makes wonderful Christmas gifts! Order forms available in church hall Nov. 8-Dec. 1. The Youth Group benefits from every box you order! You may download an order form here.   For more info contact Mary Schmidt 410-604-1707 or Thank you for supporting the your of our parish! 

MEMORIAL MASS FOR THE DECEASED-On Tuesday, November 25 at 7PM, St. Christopher's will hold their annual Mass for all of the deceased of the parish, but especially for those who have died in the past year. If you have a loved one who has passed away in the past year and have not received an invitation, please call the rectory office at 410-643-6220 to have their named added to the list. Following the Mass, light refreshments will be served. RSVP to the parish office by November 18.

-Feed A Family is celebrating 10 years of service within our local community. Thanks to you and other turkey tag takers, we served 330 families last Thanksgiving. There are many ways to participate, but choosing a tag representing a family is a great first step! You can find our Turkey Tree display in the foyer of the Parish Center. Sign out a tag or two and follow directions on the back of the tag. 






"Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him, and bless His name!" Psalm 100:4       

Monday Night November 24th, Off (Thanksgiving):

        "Happy Thanksgiving"


Thursday Morning November 27th,(Thanksgiving):

       "Happy Thanksgiving

We are still registering for our new course!  To register for  Keeping in Balance: Creating Order Within  go to (we are on the Community Life Page)  For more information please contact Melissa Coligan:; 301-343-8408  or go to


Join us for a morning of fun and yummy treats




· Lots of fun and activities planned!

· Santa will be available for photos!

· Please bring your camera!

Please bring an unwrapped toy which
will be donated to a local charity

Saturday, December 6th; 10:00-12:00

Tickets are $5.00 for adults & children over 2 Children under 2 are free


-The Ladies Auxiliary will be holding their annual Advent Wreath, Candles, Christmas Card and Ornament Sale beginning after all masses, including Saturday evenings, starting Saturday, November 8th and ending Sunday, December 14th.



HAT AND SCARF PROJECTNovember 2-December 14th  -The Ladies Auxiliary will be meeting in the church hall on Sundays, from November 2nd until December 14th between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to knit or crochet scarves and hats for the homeless shelter. Parishioners are welcomed to come and help with this project. Crochet hooks and yarn will be available for those who wish to participate. If anyone has unused or unwanted yarn they wish to donate to this project, please drop it off to the ladies during this time.



If you would like to have your Thanksgiving food blessed, please bring it to the 7:15 or 8:30 AM Mass on Thanksgiving day November  27.


CONGRATULATIONS to Joe Zimmerman for being awarded the Bishop's Medal of Merit on October 26, 2014.  Mr. Zimmerman is a CPA and a long-time member of our parish finance council.  He also assists the parish in preparing our annual report and budget, federal and state tax submissions, and other accounting related tasks.


3RD ANNUAL BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICEat St. Polycarp, 3 pm on Dec. 7.  Service will include hymns, Scriptures and a short reflection by Fr. Tom Flowers, and intercessions.  Worshippers will light memorial candles as the names of deceased loved ones are read aloud.  The service is especially helpful to those who will spend their first Christmas without a loved one. 

Children age 5 and up can join us for a Pajama party with pizza to watch "The Polar Express" movie.  We invite the parents to stay or to Take Some Time to go Christmas shopping, wrap gifts, or simply enjoy a relaxing evening.  Adult supervision will be present throughout. Cost is $5 per child.  You must pre-register for this event.  To register, click the movie picture above or please contact; Celinda Carr (240) 882-4694 or


"PARTICIPATION MATTERS" SERIESLove, As members of a Catholic faith community, we recognize God's unconditional love to be our source of love.  In Jesus' vision of the reign of God, he saw divine love embracing all humanity and honoring the basic equality of each person - this is inclusive love.  Christ's sacrifice - His passion, death and resurrection - inspire us to self-sacrifice in our acts of love for others.  Faith and hope promise us a better future and encourage us to do acts of love for others. (John 13:34-35)


MARRIAGE AND VALUES - "Twenty Years Late, Dan Quayle and Barbara Dafoe Whitehead are Both More Right than Ever".  Simply put, what Ms. Whitehead said about Vice President was right when commenting on family breakdown and importance of children growing up with their mother and father. The 1993 article (known as "Murphy Brown" speech) is also linked in the article referenced here
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COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING FOOD PROGRAM-Feed A Family is celebrating 10 years of service within our local community. Thanks to you and other turkey tag takers, we served 330 families last Thanksgiving. There are many ways to participate, but choosing a tag representing a family is a great first step! You can find our Turkey Tree display in the foyer of the Parish Center. Sign out a tag or two and follow directions on the back of the tag. 



OUTREACHOur Food Bank is in need of canned fruit, hearty soups, Jelly (we have the peanut butter), and those little boxes of cereal that come in multi-packs (for the backpack kids). 

"(Jesus spoke) You are the light of the world......let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." (Matt 5: 14 and 16)


Religious Education


A BIG THANKS to all students who participated in this year's various Thanksgiving service projects! Happy Thanksgiving! Just a reminder there will be NO CCD next Wednesday, November 26th or Sunday, November 30th. Classes will resume Wednesday, December 3rdand Sunday, December 7th 


Sign-ups for the Christmas Pageant are now available in all the classrooms. Click here for  Online Registration. The Christmas Pageant is scheduled for Sunday, December 14th at 6:30PM. Pre-K through 8thgrade is welcome to participate! If your child would like to participate in the Pageant this year please sign-up in the classroom. For more information check out the parish website or call Katie Sukley at 410-643-8489.

Attending Mass together, praying as a family, and coming to Religious Education classes each week are vital examples to set for your children as they grow and learn about our Catholic faith. Your example as parents is part of your responsibility as the first teachers of your children.


Upcoming Youth Events

November 30: No Youth Group

December 7: GAME NIGHT

December 13: FRUIT PICK UP

December 14: No Youth Group (Christmas Pageant)
     December 21 & 28: No Youth Group


Thanks to everyone that helped with Feed A Family!

The Teen Choir will be singing at 5 pm Mass tonight, then at 6 pm, it will be GAME NIGHT at Youth Group.

The Youth Group's annual Fruit Sale is happening NOW! Orders are due December 1, and pickup will be December 13. We thank you for your support!

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