PALM (PASSION) SUNDAY
Recalling Christ’s triumphant entry into
Jerusalem, we begin our celebration of Holy
Week 2012 with the traditional procession of
palm branches and hymns along Calvert Street
entering the church in a spirit of praise and joy.
After five weeks of prayer, fasting, and
almsgiving to the poor, our journey culminates
in the celebration of our High Holy Days of the
Paschal Triduum from sundown on Holy
Thursday until sundown on Easter Sunday.
During this three-day celebration we keep one
great festival: the Passover of the Lord.
Because these days are the most sacred of the
liturgical year, we gather in a spirit of
communal prayer to contemplate the central
mystery of Christ’s Passion, Death and
Resurrection unfolding now in us. These are
days of grace for all of us who are intent on
being together with Jesus in the cenacle room
for the washing of the feet and the breaking of
the bread, on Golgotha at the foot of the cross
as he surrenders his life to God, and in the
empty tomb recognizing that he is now risen.
So privileged are these unique days when we
celebrate our Christian Passover that it is
important for us to invite one or two others to
join us each day from Thursday to Sunday.
Come, participate, and bring a family member
or a friend to experience the blessings of our
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available
in the church this Wednesday evening from 6:30
to 7:30 p.m. There will also be confessions on
Holy Thursday, April 5 from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m.
in the Chapel of Grace. On Good Friday, a priest
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam et Bonum Animarum
[Pastor’s Word, continued]
will be available for confession in the church reconciliation room from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.
At the Easter Vigil this Saturday evening we will welcome Kimberly Brandt, Erin Drenning, John
Morton and Michael Preston into the Catholic Church. We invite all to pray for them during these final days
of their journey into the Church.
We offer our condolences and prayers to the Messick Family members at the death of the
Matriarch of the family Norita Messick, who died this past Sunday. She was 99. A Memorial Mass was
celebrated in our church yesterday at 10:30. Requiescat in pace.
We congratulate Rafael Baino, a junior at Loyola Blakefield and son of Juancho and Leonor and
grandson of Juan and Jovina Baino, who was elected vice president for service at Loyola Blakefield. Rafael
also teaches in our Sunday school after the Family Mass.
It is important to note that our Easter Masses are as follows: Saturday Evening Vigil 7:30 p.m.;
Sunrise Mass 8:00 a.m.; Family Mass 9:00 a.m. (full choir); Radio Mass in Chapel of Grace 9:30 a.m.;
Choir Mass at 10:30 a.m.; and Evening Mass 6:00 p.m. in Chapel of Grace. Invite family members and
friends to join you at one of these Masses. After the 9:00 a.m. Family Mass there will be a reception in
Ignatian Hall as well as an Easter egg hunt for the children (10 years old and younger) in Gonzaga Hall. All
are invited to bring foods for our receptions after the Vigil Mass on Saturday evening and after the 9:00,
9:30 and 10:30 Masses.
We are all aware that for the past several months an ever deeper polarization has been emerging
within our country and within our church. Father Thomas Massaro, S.J., Professor of Social Ethics at
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry addresses this very issue in his column in America
Bill Watters, S.J.
TIME TO COOL DOWN
Olympia Snowe, explaining her decision last month to retire from the Senate, cited political
“polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies” as prominent reasons for her departure. After 33
years in Washington, Snowe, a Republican from Maine, found herself one of the few moderates left in
Congress. Her laudable pragmatic streak had been frustrated far too often by the hyper-partisanship that
glows white hot these days, from the halls of Congress to church life.
Something inside me envies Senator Snowe. Her retirement affords her an honorable exit strategy
to escape an overheated situation. The Catholic community in the United States enjoys no such luxury.
The controversy stemming from new regulations that mandate contraception coverage for employees even
of religiously affiliated institutions appears bottomless. You need not have scrolled through blogs, trolled
Websites and digested media coverage as much as I have in recent weeks to know the bitter landscape.
Tempers have flared and angry words have been exchanged, targeted at those with variant opinions,
questioning their good will, their prudence, even their intelligence.
I have no novel opinion or particular expertise to share on the divisive topic of whether Catholic
institutions should accept the Obama administration’s compromise on conscience clause provisions. I wish
simply to relate my fear that we as a religious community are choosing to walk the wrong path. I am
addressing not the outcome of the policy debate, but the regrettable style of our recent engagement of
One option would be to keep ratcheting up the inflammatory rhetoric. Portray those with divergent
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[Pastor’s Word, continued]
opinions as insolent enemies who must be defeated in a pitched battle. Take no prisoners; make no
concessions. We were on this path already before Rush Limbaugh used his broadcast on Feb. 29 to attack
Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student and vocal supporter of broader contraception
coverage, in the most scurrilous of ways. By then, the echo chamber of vituperation was in full operation.
Bloviating media pundits are the most obvious offenders, but my unscientific sampling of Web posts
reveals lamentable excess coming from all points of the political compass and all segments of the Catholic
A superior option would be to trade the culture warrior agenda for one of diplomacy. Turn away
from invectives, jeremiads, hyperbole and hurtful name-calling. De-escalate the overblown rhetoric that
paints opponents with the brush of idiocy, poor judgment or willful deception. Exercise the kind of
magnanimity that refuses to demonize anyone. Invite others into civil conversations that emphasize
mutual respect and a willingness to listen, even when that proves uncomfortable.
Why is the path of civility and fair-minded patience better? Why is it imperative that we tone down
the harsh rhetoric? Because members of our religious community who might seem like fierce opponents
today are going to be with us long after the flame of today’s controversy eventually settles down.
Whatever policy outcomes unfold this year or next or further down the line, those of us lucky enough to
be given a longer span of life by our Creator will find ourselves sharing the Eucharist (and much else) with
thousands of those with whom we are not currently seeing eye to eye. Should our future sharing of the
bread of salvation be compromised by our current failure to share a modicum of civility? Let us not give
such power to present disagreements that it will be impossible to forge a decent modus vivendi afterward.
This advice may strike some as indulging in an overly milquetoast approach to important issues
that resist compromise. There are many matters of conscience for which a hard struggle is justified. But to
advocate civility in discourse is not to urge capitulation.
Regrettably, election years like this one have usually shed more heat than light on complex church-
state issues. The 2012 campaign trail is proving once again to be a crucible of inflammatory rhetoric and
repeated appeals to our fears about religion in public life, not of nuanced analysis. When religion becomes
a wedge issue, we have all lost. Maybe Senator Snow was wise to look for the nearest exit. I hope that
Catholics still have a chance to cool down the rhetoric.
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Our parish has been a supporting member of Bread for the World whose motto is “Have Faith; End
Hunger.” Our Poor Box this weekend is for this remarkable organization. Thank you for your
HOLY WEEK and EASTER
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Masses at 7:25 a.m. & 12:10 p.m.
Wednesday. Confessions, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Holy Thursday. Confessions, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:30 p.m.
Compline, 10:55 p.m.
Good Friday. Stations of the Cross, 12:00 noon.
Confessions, 12-2 p.m.
Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 7:30 p.m.
Holy Saturday. Solemn Celebration of the Easter Vigil, 7:30 p.m. (followed by a reception)
Easter Sunday. Masses at 8:00, 9:00 (Family Mass with full choir, followed by reception and
children’s Easter Egg hunt), 9:30 a.m. (Radio Mass, followed by reception), 10:30 a.m. (Choir Mass,
followed by reception) and 6:00 p.m.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam et Bonum Animarum
ONLY A FEW SPACES REMAINING--Send registration forms soon! Spring Weekend Retreat
for St. Ignatius Parishioners, Friday April 27 thru Sunday April 29, at Loyola on the Potomac, Faulkner,
MD. The theme is “IN THE SPIRIT THERE IS ALWAYS A NEW BEGINNING – The power of
Divine Love to create and re-create our lives & all that is.” Registration forms, which can be
mailed directly to Faulkner, are on the table in the Reeves Gallery. Total price is $225, which includes
a $110 deposit to be submitted with the registration form. Registration can also be done at the Loyola
Retreat House Website: www.loyolaonthepotomac.com. For information, contact Frank Fox at
email@example.com or 410.256.2622.
OPERATION RICE BOWL. If you took an Operation Rice Bowl box to make a Lenten offering, please
return it during Holy Week. There will be baskets for this purpose in the narthex and gallery. Thank
you for your generosity and for your gift to Catholic Relief Services.
ROSARY AFTER 6 PM MASS. We would like to begin a communal recitation of the rosary after the
6:00 p.m. Mass every Sunday beginning after Easter. If you would like to lead the rosary one Sunday,
please contact Terry Chaklos at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to put your name in the rotation.
HISTORIC TRUST FUND COLLECTION TODAY. Since this is the first Sunday of the month, there will
be a second collection for the Historic Trust Fund, which enables us to maintain and preserve our
beautiful church. Thank you for your generosity.
TODAY: FAIR TRADE. Since the second Sunday of April is Easter Sunday, Fair Trade coffee, tea, olive
oil and other items will be sold today after the 9:00, 9:30, 10:30, and 6:00 Masses.
TODAY: 6PM MASS RECEPTION. Join us after the 6:00 Mass today for our monthly Hospitality Hour.
IN THE REEVES GALLERY. See the exhibit of photographs by Pavla Teie, sister-in-law of our choir
director Paul Teie. Pavla, who is from Prague, originally did abstract painting, but switched to
photography three years ago. Her highly original photographic style has earned her recognition that is
seldom granted to one so new to an art form.
PARKING. If you are expecting guests, be sure to let them know that they can park behind the State
Highway Administration building (entrance on the north side of Monument between Calvert & Guilford)
and that they can take the elevator instead of the stairs to go into the church.
"THE LIGHT IS ON FOR US" - CONFESSIONS. A priest will be available for the sacrament of
reconciliation in the sanctuary of the church on Wednesday evening, April 4 from 6:30 until 7:30.
Confessions will also be heard on Holy Thursday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and on Good Friday 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
PRIMARY ELECTION DAY - TUESDAY, APRIL 3 –“In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship
is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” (USCCB Document Faithful
Citizenship) Everyone is encouraged to vote for their candidates of choice next Tuesday.
GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION is to support Christians in the Holy Land and the work of the
Franciscans there housing and feeding the poor, providing formation and education, maintaining
shrines and parishes, and conducting pastoral ministry.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
Please remember in your prayers our parishioners who are sick, patients at Maryland General Hospital,
persons who are incarcerated, those who serve our country in the military, and all the intentions of our
parishioners and friends. Pray especially for: Mary Jo Rogers, Martha Lohmeyer, Margaret Mahoney, Judith
Wilcox, John Coleman, Al Perna, Jr., Susan Reidy, Gary Gately, Fr. Frank O’Connor S.J, Emma Ifkovits, Anna
Stoisits, Maggie Brilhart, Carol Hillery, Mary Cashour, Fran Bjork, Mary Joe Kluga, Morgan Porter (age 3),
Martha Oare, Maria DeMeo, Kathy Jaworski, Marjorie Cangiano, Peggy Bent, Brady Cronin, Ned McNeal,
Frances Ashby, Franz Groll, William Sullivan, Dionisio Hernandez, Margit Lucskay, Jesse Hartle, Jean Gartlan,
Sylva Frisancho, Mary Skaggs, Marie Higgins, Sharon Britton, Ted Winter, Pat Maguire, Tim Hammond, Kathy
Alpiar, Anebi Adoga, Sr., Leroy Henderson, Steven Denton, Maris Stella Mueller, Tom Murtaugh, Bill Fean,
Janet Fanuele, Matt Zaczek, Lynda Oldhe, Zenobia Casey, Captain Gregory Galeazzi, Robert Camp, Gianni
Bongiovanni, Richard Belinic, Dorothy Burnham. Names are included on this prayer list for approximately
three months. Please let us know if you believe a name should be removed sooner or continued longer.
Saint Ignatius Church ~ Celebrating 155 Years April 1, 2012
EASTER RECEPTIONS. Please consider making
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
(or buying) a tasty treat to share with all our
guests at the receptions after the Easter Vigil Apr 4 6:30 p.m. Confessions
liturgy and the 9:00, 9:30 and 10:30 Masses on Apr 5 HOLY THURSDAY
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Confessions
Easter Sunday morning.
7:30 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper
EASTER FLOWERS. There are envelopes in the Apr 6 GOOD FRIDAY
narthex and gallery for donations towards the 12 noon Stations of the Cross
12-2 p.m. Confessions
beautiful flowers that decorate our sanctuary at
7:30 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy
Easter. If we receive the names by Tuesday, Apr 7 HOLY SATURDAY
April 3, they can be included in the list of donors 7:30 p.m. Easter Vigil
and persons in whose memory or honor the gift is 9:00 p.m. Reception
given that will be in the Easter bulletin. Apr 8 EASTER SUNDAY – Masses at 8, 9,
9:30, 10:30, 6
MOVIE NIGHT – THE WAY. Join us on Friday, Reception after 9, 9:30, 10:30
April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Ignatian Hall to see Masses
“The Way”, a powerful and inspirational story Apr 10 6:30 p.m. Iñigo Book Group
Apr 11 7:30 p.m. Pastoral Council
about family, friends, and the challenges we face
Apr 12 7:00 p.m. Justice & Peace Committee
while navigating this ever-changing and compli- Apr 13 7:30 p.m. Movie Night: The Way
cated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an irascible Apr 15 10:30 a.m. Baptisms at Mass
American doctor who comes to France to collect Apr 16 4:00 p.m. Finance Committee
the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Apr 17 6:30 p.m. Women of the New Testament
Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while Apr 21 2:00 p.m. Wedding: Elizabeth Skalski and
walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as
Apr 21 5:00 p.m. Wedding: Allison Yau and
The Way of Saint James. Rather than return Patrick Cosgrove
home, Tom decides to embark on the historical Apr 22 9:00 a.m. Baptisms at Mass
pilgrimage to honor his son’s desire to finish the 1:00 p.m. Baptism
journey. What Tom doesn’t plan on is the pro- Apr 23 7:30 p.m. Xavier House Lecture – Tim
found impact the journey will have on him and his Brown, S.J. – Church Social
life. Inexperienced as a trekker, Tom soon Apr 27-29 Parish Retreat at Faulkner
discovers that he will not be alone on this journey. Apr 30 7:30 p.m. Woodstock Lecture – Tom Reese,
SAVE THE DATE for Saturday, July 14, for our S.J. – Election 2012; Values
Behind the Issues
Fourth Annual Family Picnic at the Jesuit Retreat
Center at Blue Ridge Summit, PA, not very far
from Emmitsburg, MD. It is always a fun day for young and old, singles, couples, and families. More
information will be available later.
A TIME OF REFLECTION. The First & Franklin Street Presbyterian Church will be hosting three sections
of the AIDS Memorial Quilt – the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than
90,000 individuals lost to AIDS. They will be exhibited in Reid Memorial Chapel from April 15 to 22. More
information is on the bulletin board, or call Diane at 410-728-5545.
APOSTLESHIP OF PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL. General: Vocations. That many young people
may hear the call of Christ and follow him in the priesthood and religious life. Mission: Christ, Hope for
Africans. That the risen Christ may be a sign of certain hope for the men and women of the African
CRISTO REY Jesuit High School College Care Package Drive is going on now through the end of May. You
can contribute to the care packages being organized for the students who are graduating this year and
going off to college. Details are on our bulletin board.
UNITED WORKERS 7th Annual Human Rights Dinner will be held at 5:00 p.m. on April 22 at the
Presbytery of Baltimore, 5400 Loch Raven Blvd. For information see www.unitedworkers.org.
MOTHER SETON ACADEMY. Annual Cardinal Cup will take place at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen on
Saturday, April 28. For information see www.mothersetonacademy.org.
MEDICAL LECTURE. The Baltimore Guild of the Catholic Medical Society Spring Lecture on the topic
Medical Ethics will be given on April 14 by Dr. Edmund Pelligrino at St. William of York Church, 600 Cooks
Lane at 9:00 a.m., following Mass at 8:00 a.m. All are invited.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam et Bonum Animarum
REFLECTIONS ON THE SCRIPTURE READINGS
PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION (CYCLE B)
Mark 11: 1-10. The Palm Sunday liturgy begins with the Marcan account of the entrance of Jesus into
Jerusalem. Jesus comes not in great power but as humble and peaceful king.
Isaiah 50: 4-7. This reading is taken from the Third Song of the Suffering Servant. Is this servant
a collective person, Israel, a king of the past, or the future Messiah? The Christian community applied these
words very early to Jesus, and they are used throughout this week as a commentary on the passion
narratives. The immediate context of this selection is Israel in exile. The people are constantly rejecting the
message of the prophet that Israel would be delivered, but he keeps preaching despite their opposition. He
must deliver this message at the cost of much personal suffering and he is sure that God will prove him right.
In the same way Jesus’ passion is the outcome of the preaching of Jesus despite his rejection by the people.
He is convinced that God will prove him right. His obedience to God’s will brings about his death but his death
is vindicated in the resurrection.
Philippians 2: 6-11. This is a pre-Pauline hymn, which describes the pre-existence of Jesus as God’s Son
from all eternity, then his humiliation by becoming human, his humiliation by dying on the cross, and finally
his exaltation in glory by his resurrection. During Holy Week we keep in mind both sides of the Christ event. It
is suffering & death which constitute a passage to exaltation. Good Friday & Easter belong together in our lives.
The Passion: Mark 14:1, 15:47. Paul states: “For our sakes God made Jesus who did not know sin to be sin
so that in him we might become the very holiness of God.” Jesus identified himself entirely with sinful
humanity whom he freed from sin and death. Mark’s passion account is very realistic and he shares with
Matthew the cry from the cross: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” This cry expresses the
meaning of the cross very clearly. It brings out the scandal of the cross. Jesus identifies himself with sinners
during his ministry by eating with the “riff-raff”. Now he shares in the consequences of sin. Only by this
identification does Jesus liberate us from sin.
MUSIC AT THE 10:30 MASS
CALL TO WORSHIP: Palm Branches – Jean Baptiste Faure
OPENING HYMN: All Glory, Laud and Honor (#428)
OFFERTORY: Benedictus (fr. Mass in G) - Schubert
COMMUNION: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
POST COMMUNION: Greater Love Hath No Man - Ireland
CLOSING HYMN: O Sacred Head Surrounded (#437)
ORGAN POSTLUDE: "Toccata and Fugue in A Minor" - Johann Philipp Krieger
MASSES AND INTENTIONS THIS WEEK
Saturday, March 31 4:30 PM John Belinic (+)
Sunday, April 1 8:00 AM Scott & Francesca Muhlbaier
PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION 9:00 AM Radio Mass Benefactors
10:30 AM For the People of the Parish
6:00 PM Philip Barela (+)
Monday, April 2 7:25 AM Intentions of Mary Lambert
Monday of Holy Week 12:10 PM Benefactors of the Society of Jesus
Tuesday, April 3 7:25 AM Academy Benefactors
Tuesday of Holy Week 12:10 PM Judy Pasquantonio (+)
Wednesday, April 4 7:25 AM William Talbott (+)
Wednesday of Holy Week 12:10 PM Manuel A. Silva (+)
Thursday, April 5 7:30 PM Church Benefactors
Friday, April 6
Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion No Mass -Good Friday Liturgy at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 7 7:30 PM For the People of the Parish
The Easter Vigil
Saint Ignatius Church ~ Celebrating 155 Years April 1, 2012
ST. IGNATIUS CHURCH
Parish Offices MASS SCHEDULE
805 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Vigil Mass 4:30 PM (Saturday),
8:00 AM, 9:00 AM (Family Mass),
9:30 AM (Radio Mass)
E-mail: email@example.com [live broadcast: doors are closed at 9:25]
Website: www.st-ignatius.net 10:30 AM (Choir Mass), 6:00 PM
Office hours: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Pastor Monday - Friday: 7:25 AM & 12:10 PM
William J. Watters, S.J. Saturday: 12:10 PM
Edward M. Ifkovits, S.J. Sacrament of Reconciliation: Generally available ten
minutes before Mass or by appointment.
John Henry, S.J. Sacrament of Anointing: First Saturday of each month
Deacon at the 12:10 Mass. Parishioners who are sick may request
Paul A. Weber a home visit by contacting the parish office.
Office Staff Baptism: Contact Fr. Ed Ifkovits, S.J.: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tracie Allen Marriage: Registered parishioners, contributing to and
Carolynn Kendall active in the parish for at least nine months before the
Patricia Messick wedding, should contact email@example.com.
Eugene Caruso, Chair RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults welcomes
Candra Healy, Vice Chair adults interested in learning more about the Catholic
Anne Haddad, Secretary faith and those desiring to become Catholic. Contact:
Hewlett Baldwin Dan D’Orazio Mary Jo and Ted Wiese: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Marianne Githens Amanda Malone Klink maryjowiese@gmail. com.
Rodrigo Martinez Monedero
Alfred Nkere PREP: The children’s Parish Religious Education Program
which meets on Sunday mornings is coordinated by
Finance Committee Duarte Aguiar: email@example.com.
Michael Barrett John Cameron
Frank Gallagher Amanda Malone Klink New Parishioners are welcome to meet members of the
Paul Weber parish and staff at the hospitality hour after the 9:00,
Parish Corporators 9:30 or 10:30 Mass each Sunday or the 6pm Mass on the
Edward A. Wiese 2nd Sunday of the month and fill out a registration form
James S. Schaefer which can be found in the narthex and gallery.
Handicapped Access: There is a handicapped accessible
Paul Teie, Director
elevator adjacent to the Church. Ring the bell at the door
Kyle Engler Jim Li Rebecca Rosselló
marked with the Handicapped Accessible logo.
Tim Murphy Julie Kurzava Parking: Behind the State Highway Administration Build-
St. Francis Xavier House ing opposite the Church, there are 80 available parking places
weekends and evenings. Entrance is on Monument Street.
Robert E. Hamm, S.J., Director
108 East Madison Street
410.727.2539 FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
Radio Mass of Baltimore Attendance and Offertory Comparison
9:30 a.m. Sunday ~ WBAL 1090 AM 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Carolyn Dunne, Administrator
410.539.7812 Attendance 670 658 565 717 662
Website: www.radiomass.org Offertory $9754 $8722 $8514 $7790 $7990
Poor Box - $303 $575 $2012 $519