Mission Matters: July 5, 2016

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”:  Prison Ministry Volunteer Appreciation Day; Natural Family Planning Awareness Week; Music competition for original settings; Transitions – New coordinator for the Office of Respect Life; plus this Thursday’s blog post.

Watch for this Thursday’s Post: Parish Survey Series #12

Why They Leave. Why They Come Back by Dr. John Romanowsky, Executive Director of the Department of Evangelization

Prison Ministry Volunteer Appreciation Day:  The Office of Prison Ministry will hold an special celebration for its volunteers this Saturday, July 9 at Saint Lawrence Church in Jessup, MD.  The day begins with Mass at 8:45  a.m. followed by light breakfast and fellowship.  At 10 a.m., Mark Bevington will present on the Kairos movement and ministry. There will also be a group who will speak about their  experience at a  Kairos weekend in a correctional setting. For more information, please contact Chris Mahaley at 410-547-5406 or cmahaley@archbalt.org.  Cost: $10.

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week:  National NFP Awareness Week will be held in the U.S.  from July 24  to July 30. The Archdiocese of Baltimore has specially created a new brochure for your parishioners to describe natural family planning and provide local resources.  Please contact the Office of Marriage and Family Life to order copies for your parish. Also, consider looking over these excellent resources in the USCCB website.


Liturgical Music Contest: The Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians (CRCCM) announces a competition for newly composed settings of the proper texts of the Entrance and Communion Antiphons with psalm verses from the Roman Missal for the Ordination of Priests.  The texts are to be scored for congregation, choir, organ and optional instruments. Submission deadline is October 30, 2016. A single prize of $2,000 will be awarded for the winning settings!


Stacy Golden web

The Department of Evangelization is pleased to welcome Stacy Golden to the Office of Respect Life. Stacy brings her dynamic and engaging personality to the office in her new position as Coordinator of Pastoral Care, Project Rachel, and Chastity Formation.   She is also working part-time at her home parish of St. John the Evangelist -Severna Park as Coordinator of Community Life and serving  in the Parish Council. Additionally, Stacy is a volunteer for VBS, EDGE facilitator, Youth Faith Formation Committee, and coordinator of Walking with Purpose. Please contact her at Stacy.Golden@archbalt.org or 410-458-9791 for more info on Project Rachel healing retreats or to schedule a Good News about Life talk to your 8th grade classes.

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