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Catholic News

'Bludgeoned' by all sides, family needs church for help, pope says (Excerpt)


In response to a question about how to help families, Pope Francis said he believed "the Christian family, the family, marriage have never been attacked as much as they are right now."

The family is "beaten and the family is bastardized" and debased, since almost anything is being called a family, he said.

The family faces a crisis "because it is being bludgeoned by all sides, leaving it very wounded," he said. There is no other choice than to go to the family's aid and give them personal help, he said.

"We can give a nice speech, declare principles. Of course we need to do this, with clear ideas" and statements saying that unions that do not reflect God's plan of a permanent union between a man and a woman are forms of "an association, not a marriage."

However, people must also be accompanied "and this also means wasting time. The greatest master of wasting time is Jesus. He wasted time accompanying, to help consciences mature, to heal the wounds, to teach," the pope said.

He said the sacrament of matrimony is becoming just a ceremony or social event for some people, who do not see its sacramental nature as a union with God. Part of the problem is a lack of formation for engaged couples and "this is a sin of omission on our part," he said Complete Article


Parish & Community News



 ALL SOULS NOVENA:  Envelopes are available in the literature rack at the entrance to the gathering space. All names submitted will be remembered in a special novena of masses to begin on All Souls Day, November 2.

ALL SAINTS DAY MASSES will be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 31 at 7:00pm and on Sat., Nov. 1 at 8:30am

VETERANS DAY- St. Christopher's will celebrate Veterans Day again this year in a very special way. The weekend of Nov. 8-9, we encourage all members of our armed forces-active, reserves, or retired-to wear your uniform and/or medals to Mass. We hope that veterans and their families will bring pictures, uniforms, and other memorabilia to proudly display in front of the altar all weekend, beginning with the 5 PM Mass on Saturday and to be picked up after the Sunday 5 PM mass. When dropping off your memorabilia, please include a note telling what the connection is to a parishioner. This makes it more meaningful.


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.


NEW PARISHIONER RECEPTION - There will be a new parishioner reception on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 12:00 p.m., immediately following the 11:00 a.m. mass, in the Hall.  This event is by invitation only.  If you have registered as a new parishioner with the church since January 2014 and have not yet received your invitation, please contact the Rectory so that you can be added to the list.  If you have any 
questions, please contact Vicki Morter at



ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED!Altar server training will be on November 13 at 7:00pm in the church. If you are in 4th grade or above and would like to help your church by becoming an Altar Servers, please let your CCD teacher know. This is a great "in church" service project for 2016 confirmation students!




"My faith and understanding of Scripture has grown dramatically this year"-Participant at St. Christopher's"

Monday Night November 3rd 7pm: Lesson #6 -"Balance Through Relationships"

Thursday Morning November 6th 9:30am: Lesson #6 - "Balance Through Relationships" (Free Childcare available)


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



Our Parish now has four excellent candidates running for Parish Council!  We would like to thank Regis Peternel, Bernie Marczyk, JeanetteMeinhardt, and Barry Donadio for their willingness to serve our parish. Please take the time to read about our candidates. Their information is also posted in the foyer of the parish hall. 


Elections will be held after masses the weekend of November 1& 2. Your participation is vital in selecting Parish Council members who will help guide our Pastor in the important decisions of the parish. You will be selecting two candidates on your ballot.


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




Navy Football Game:  November 15, 2014, Game starts at 3:30pm Knights of Columbus offering all Alter Servers and their parents free tickets to this game Information to follow in Bulletin, Oct. 11th and 12th,  Contact Larry Houck 410-643-3789.


-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.

FAMILY LIFE-Fall Festival - A "HUGE" round of applause for the Confirmandee that helped at the Fall Festival last weekend.  They were extremely helpful and positive.  They were always looking for something to do with a smile.  We thank each and every one of them for being so helpful.Thank you to everyone who came out to the Fall Festival!

Congratulations to James Hickman for winning the Chili Cook-off with his 3 Meat Chili, and congratulations to Beth Hickman for winning the Apple Dessert Cook-off with her Apple Pie! The recipes will be posted on the Parish Website soon.

"Participation Matters" Series - Mother Teresa, "There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work.  This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible." (  Participation promotes change in minds of those who get involved, those watching and those that they are helped.  In your quiet zone, take your own "participation test" and notice what people see you doing.

SAVE THE DATE - Saturday December 6th - MOVIE NIGHT with PARENTS NIGHT OUT in St. Christopher's Parish Center.


Parish Life Contact Info-

September 24 began another 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil at the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Annapolis. The vigil will be from 7am to 7pm daily. Abortions are scheduled every Tuesday and Saturday and many show up to pray on those days.  I have found it is so important to have a prayerful presence on the other days, as women are having the

appointments that counsel them to choose abortion.  For more info or to sign up for devotionals/updates and prayer schedule visit: Annapolis - 40 Days For Life


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. 




PILGRIMAGE to Greece and Turkey with Fr. Gallagher, October 19-31, 2015--walk in the footsteps of St. Paul, sail the Aegean Sea with a stop at the island of Patmos where the Book of Revelation was written and visit the area where Mary spent her final days. For  the full itinerary, go to or call Caroline at 1-800-334-5425.



Queen Anne's County Christian Assistance (QACCA) (Formerly Our Haven Ministires)


Queen Anne's County Assistance Homeless Shelter Opens December 1, 2014 at KIUMC: Sign up sheets for the upcoming shelter season are posted on the Haven Helpers Bulletin board outside the Pre-School Office  in the Hall. Volunteers are needed for shifts, meal preparation, food donations and laundry duty. 

Upcoming dates:  
--Volunteer Meeting on Tuesday, November 11, at 6 pm at Kent Island United Methodist Church. 

--The Youth Group and Haven Helpers will sponsor a Holiday Bazaar on November 22. 


Contact Mary Jourdak at 410.643.5766 with any questions or to volunteer.

OUTREACH-Our Food Bank is in need of canned Tuna and Chicken and boxed rice/potatoes. We also can use small items (not sweets no chips please) that can go into children's lunch buckets. We are sponsoring 5 children from
Matapeake Elementary School as part of the "Backpack" program



SAINTS PETER & PAUL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL-OPEN HOUSE Nov.6, 2014 & Jan. 29, 2015-9 to11AM 900 High St. Easton, MD 21601. For more information contact 410-822-2251 or check out our website:


FOR SALE-A Spinet piano free to good home. Needs tuning and minor work. Contact: 410-310-6837 or


Religious Education


Confirmation:ReminderThis weekend, Sunday, November 2ndall 8thgrade students will be going to Mass together as a class. If your child attends the 8AM session their class will be attending the 9AM Mass. If your child attends the 9:30AM session their class will be attending the 11AM Mass. Students will be dismissed at the end of Mass. 


Community Service Opportunities
: There are several Community Service projects currently available for students including; the Knights of  Columbus Spaghetti Dinner, the Parish Trunk-or- Treat Fall Festival, and local community Food Pantry. Please see the bulletin board in the hall for more information and to sign up!


First Holy Communion & Reconciliation Sign-ups now available! This past Friday an email was sent with information about signing up for both Reconciliation and First Holy Communion this year. The link to sign-up is also available on the Parish Website. First Reconciliation will be held on THREE different Tuesdays, February 3rd, 10th, and 24th. First Holy Communions are scheduled for May 2nd & 16th. Slots will be given on a first come basis.  If you have any questions please
contact Katie.  Sign up on our Religious Ed Page

Upcoming Youth Events

November 2- Youth Group 6-8 pm
November 9- Youth Group 6-8 pm
November 16- Youth Group 6-8 pm 
November 18- Youth Night at Feed A Family 5-8 pm in Old Outlets 
November 19 & 20-Feed A Family Food Collection 6-8 pm in Old Outlets
November 22- Feed A Family Food Distribution Holiday Bazaar
November 23- Youth Group 6-8 pm -GAME NIGHT!

November is another busy month for the Youth Group! If you can help out with the Feed-A-Family dates, please let me know. We also need volunteers for the Bazaar on the 22nd.



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