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Mother and son: Pope Francis shares personal, intimate devotion to Mary

 

VATICAN CITY - From Easter to Pentecost - and especially during the Marian month of May - Catholics recite the "Regina Coeli" prayer "with the emotion of children who are happy because their mother is happy" that Jesus has risen from the dead, Pope Francis said.

 

Although his devotion to the Mother of God is profound, it is simple in many ways: Mary is a mother to every believer; Jesus would not leave his followers orphans.


While his connection to Mary clearly is a matter of heart and mind, it is also physical. Whenever Pope Francis passes a statue or icon of Mary, he kisses it or allows his hand to rest tenderly upon it.


Honoring the Mother of God, of course, is a solid part of Catholic tradition and a mainstay in the devotion and teaching of the popes. St. John Paul II's motto, "Totus Tuus" ("All yours"), and the large M on his coat of arms were just the most graphic elements of a devotion that led to a whole body of teaching about Mary, her role in Catholics' faith life and the importance of praying the rosary.

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Mass with Bishop Malooly: You are invited to the Annual Diocesan "Celebrate Life Day Mass," a celebration for persons with special needs and their families/friends/caregivers.  This event will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bear, DE on Saturday, May 30, 2015.  The day includes a gathering at 11:30 am, Mass at 12:00 noon, and a light lunch following Mass.  We ask that if you are able to attend, please bring 2 or more cans of food for the parish food closet.  To register, please email Linda Jackson at ljackson@cdow.org or call her in the Office for Religious Education at (302) 573-3130. Please
respond no later than May 16th.


Diocese of Wilmington Blue Mass
 celebrated by Bishop W. Francis Malooly, D.D. in thanksgiving for the dedication and sacrifice of the men and women in public safety and The US Armed forces. May 1, 2015 at St. John the Beloved Church in Wilmington, DE. Mass will start at 11:00am and complimentary lunch will be proved after the Mass in the hall. For more info contact Therese M. Rubini at 302-573-3100. 


Diocesan workshop on the New Evangelization
-There will be diocesan workshop on the New Evangelization on Saturday, June 6, 9:00AM -3:00PM at St. John the Apostle, Milford. 


The Diocese of Wilmington 
has codes of conduct adults must follow to create safe environments and protect children. Reading and following the code in all situations creates a culture of protection and keeps our children safer (www.cdow.org scroll to For the Sake of God's Children link; scroll to Section One) Questions call: Coordinator for Safe Environments 302-295-0668.

Parish & Community News

2015 Annual Catholic Appeal- "He Reveals Himself in the Breaking of the Bread" As St. Luke recalls for us in today's Gospel, only after the Apostles had absorbed the wonderment of seeing Jesus alive when they thought Him dead did the importance of His words take on meaning. Jesus chose the Apostles as witnesses to His mission and true identity. If anyone among them thought that Jesus had some other way of telling the world about Himself, these thoughts were dismissed when they realized that they were the means; they would be God's instruments. As followers of Christ, we too become God's instruments. We are challenged to live as Jesus did with an outpouring of love and compassion for others.

The Annual Catholic Appeal, with its theme, "He Reveals Himself in the Breaking of the Bread" invites each of us to help bring Christ into the lives of those who seek His presence. It is an opportunity for each of us to unite as a Catholic community and to reach out to serve others - the hungry, the homeless, the unemployed, the distressed, the unchurched, our children, and the elderly. This weekend you are invited to participate in the 2015 Annual
Catholic Appeal. Please respond by pledging a sacrificial gift to this year's campaign.
 

To learn more about the Annual Catholic Appeal, visitwww.cdow.org and click "Giving" then "Annual Catholic Appeal".

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ANNUAL PLANTS 'N GARDEN ITEMS SALE - SATURDAY, APRIL 25th - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.This annual event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. Perennials, herbs, flowers, small shrubs, lilies and special handmade luminaries (just in time for Mother's Day) will be on sale.  Don't miss the opportunity to add unique plants to your garden or patio.  Special raffle item will be perfect for your own "Secret Garden". For more info contact Mary Denny at 410-643-5960.

 

DONATION OF PLANTSfor the Knight 'n' Gals annual plant sale will be graciously accepted.  If you have any plants that you are dividing or wish to thin out, please contact Mary Denny at 410-643-5960 or Mary Burneston at 410-643-3865.

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Charismatic Day of Easter Praise

Apr. 25 at St. Polycarp Church in Smyrna. Fr. Tom Flowers will speak, Fr. Joe Amalfitano will lay hands for healing and Spiritfire will lift up our hearts with music & song that glorify the Lord. The day begins at 9 am and closes with Mass at 5 pm.  Recommended donation is $20 which includes a Chick-Fil-A lunch.  Come and revive the holy spirit  in you! 

"Do you love your Catholic faith?  Does the thought of sharing your faith and the treasury of culture and history of the Western civilization excite you?  Please consider tutoring at St. Thomas Aquinas Tutorial (STAT), a two-day-per-week program that serves homeschooled students in a classroom setting in grades two through eight.  For more information please visit our website at www.statonline.org and complete the "contact page."

Spring Open House for Grades K to 5 at St. John the Evangelist School in Severna Park - April 30th from 9 to 11:30 am.  All parents interested in our school are invited.  You will receive our Parent Information Packet, tour the school, observe in the classrooms, and meet our school administrators, parents and students.  For more information, please contact Kathy Hamlett at 410-647-2283, ext. 2137 or khamlett@stjohnsp.org.

 

PLEASE JOIN US! Amy Cawley from the Maryland Food Bank will be here April 19th at 6 pm to talk about the Farm to Food Bank Program. Come hear about you can help the less fortunate by picking produce from local farms. The whole family is welcome to attend. See Flyer for details

 


 

2015 Retrouvaille Weekend Dates:  Apr.24-26/Nov 6-8 for information: call 302-220-9833 or go to: wwme-delmar.org.  See Flyer for details.             


 

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LECTORS- please provide dates that you are not available to serve during the months of May & June to Mark Schilling by Monday, April 13. You can email him @
birds_whales@mac.com or call evenings @ 410-643-0021.


EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS-Please provide the dates you are not available for the May/June 2015 EM schedule to Joe Kline no later than Friday, April 17th. Joe can be reached at (410)643-2972 or at jmkline@atlanticbb.net.


 


ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ST. CHRISTOPHER'S MINISTRIES Parish Family Life is coordinating a Ministry Fair for June 6th-simultaneous with the Summer Bazaar, 8 am - Noon.  Flyer We hope that each ministry will be on hand to provide information.  RSVP to Catherine  caroach@atlanticbb.net to let us know that your ministry is interested in participating by April 26, 2015.  Thank you.



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 SCP Preschool Fundraiser-Wine & Canvas-Thursday May 7t$35 at time of online registration:  www.wineandcanvas.com (click on private events & May 7). Doors open at 6pm. Our artist will give you step by step instructions! Bring your beverage of choice and an appetizer to share.

  

 

Respect Life-Choices for Life is a pregnancy center in Easton.  They service5 surrounding counties with many services that support clients in crisis.  Their latest report with services, statistics and needs is on the Family Life Bulletin Board.  May 5 is the Annual Charity Golf Tournament for Choices at Prospect Bay Country Club.They are looking for golfers, sponsors and volunteers.  Come join the fun! 

 


 THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON APRIL 16TH.

The group meets the first and third Thursday each month.  We begin in the chapel at 6:30 for rosary followed by study and discussion from 7:00-8:30. Please come out and join us - all are welcome. Please contact Matthew Moucha atmbmouch@yahoo.com or 410-913-4212. 

April 19: Youth Group resumes. Amy Cawley will be  talking to us about the Farm to Food Bank Program

April 26: GAME NIGHT

June 19: 7pm Painting Fundraiser-We will be painting glasses! 

Go to  drinkablearts.com, click on Calendar, then Baltimore/Annapolis, then go to the month of June to register. There will be an extremely limited number of seats available to purchase the evening of the event. For more information, contact Bridgitte at 410-604-1450 or bridgittebailey@mac.com

WALKING WITH PURPOSE-WALKING WITH PURPOSE

 

"But God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us."  Romans 5:8

       

       

Monday Night-April 20th 7pm       

 Lesson #19:" Balance Between Mediocrity
        and Perfectionism"

       

Thursday Morning-April 23rd 9:30

 Lesson #19: "Balance Between Mediocrity
and Perfectionism" 

 

 

  For more information please contact Melissa Coligan:  melissaebert@msn.com; 301-343-8408  or go to  walkingwithpurpose.com.

 

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FAMILY LIFE-May 12   - Parish and Family Life Meeting, 7 pm in Parish Center - Conference Room OR in a classroom.  This is the final meeting for the school year.  Meetings will resume in September 2015. Meeting is open to all parishioners, NO RSVP necessary.  *** W2 ISH ***  Witness, Welcome, Invite andSHare. (Family Life Motto)

June 6th - Summer Bazaar. Do you want to clean out your closets or promote your home-based business?  If yes, reserve a table for $1.  The event will be held from 8 am to Noon in the Parish Center Hall.  Contact Carol Phillips at caroljo48@yahoo.com for information. Table reservations begin on April 26th after Sunday masses and will end when all tables are reserved.  We are accepting foods donations for Outreach. 

St. Christopher's Ministry Fair.   Please come by and meet our church Ministries.  The Fair will be located in the Parish Center Foyer. 

June 19 - 7pm Painting Fundraiser-We will be painting glasses! Go to www.drinkablearts.com, click on Calendar, then Baltimore/Annapolis, then go to the month of June to register. There will be an extremely limited number of seats available to purchase the evening of the event. For more information, contact Bridgitte at 410-604-1450 or bridgittebailey@mac.com
 

April 14  - Family Life Meeting, 7 pm in Parish Center - Conference Room OR in a classroom.Meeting is open to all parishioners, NO RSVP necessary.*** W2ISH *** Witness,Welcome, Invite and SHare.

(Family Life Motto)


OUTREACH- Your St. Christopher's Food Bank is in need of canned Tuna and Chicken as well as Macaroni and Cheese. Christians have always given....

 

"Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast what is good;  love one another with mutual affection;...serve the Lord...extend hospitality to strangers...live in harmony with one another.." Romans 12: 9-16 (excerpts)

 

Read the Outreach Program Report

 

Donuts After each Sunday Morning mass. In the Parish Hall


 

 

Religious Education

 

Registration for the 2015-2016 Religious

Education School year will be available online in the next couple of weeks. Please make sure to Register before next year!!

 

 

Catechist Volunteers Needed: Imitate Christ- Serve Christ as a Catechist (teacher), aide, helper, or substitute, etc. in our parish Religious Education program for the 2015-2016 school year. Various positions K-8th grades and times available for practicing Catholics willing to share our faith with the next generation both Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. No experience necessary. If you are new to the parish- we welcome you to join our team of Catechists. If you just graduated Religious Ed (HS student, area college student, etc.) bring us your insights. If you have helped before and taken a break- it's time to get back in! Call the Religious Ed office at 410-643-8489 or drop by and introduce yourselves, we'd love to hear from you.

 

Calling all 2nd Grade students in the First Communion Classes! If anyone would like to participate in this year's Parish May

Crowning please contact Katie Sukley. The May Crowning will be held this year on Sunday, May 10th at the 11AM Mass.

First Holy Communion Assignments:  The final assignments for First Holy Communion have been emailed out and posted outside of classroom. If you have any questions please contact Katie Sukley.

 

Parent Volunteers:We are currently looking for parents/guardians to help with the various parish social activities throughout the school year ( upcoming First Communion Receptions May 2nd & May 16th, Vacation Bible School, Assistant Teachers for next year, etc.). If you are interested in volunteering for any 

of these events please contact Katie Sukley for more information at 410-643-8489.

Angel's Closet: If anyone is looking for a First Communion dress or suit, stop by the Religious Ed office and check out the Angel's Closet, there are a variety of dresses and suits for First Communion.

Peace & Blessings,

Katie Sukley

 

Vacation Bible School -Save the Date:VBS is open to all parishioners ages 4 & up. It will be held this year June 22-26 from 9AM-12PM. Sign-ups will be available free online in a couple of weeks! Anyone interested in volunteering please contact Katie Sukley at 410-643-8489.

 

Preschool News


 

UPCOMING DATES

 

May 4 thru May 8-Artpalooza

 

 

St. Christopher's Preschool has openings for the Fall 2015

 

       Tadpoles 2 year old class on Tuesdays and Thursdays

       Polliwogs 3 year old class on Tuesdays and Thursdays
 
Please call Preschool Office 410-643-7186 Sissy Romanek

  

SCP Preschool Fundraiser-Wine & Canvas-Thursday May 7th

$35 at time of online registration: www.wineandcanvas.com
(click on private events & May 7). Doors open at 6pm. Our
artist will give you step by step instructions! Bring your
beverage of choice and an appetizer to share.