February 6, 2011 ST. PATRICK’S COOP NURSERY: Do you have a Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time child not ready to begin participating in Mass but you want them close by playing and learning in a MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK safe environment with other parish children? The Monday 6:30 Billy Eddins St. Patrick’s nursery offers exactly that to parents 9:10 Frank Caruso of children under 5 each Sunday at the 9:30 Mass. Tuesday 6:30 Souls in Purgatory Children have an opportunity to learn about the 9:10 Eve Klinger liturgical seasons via coloring pages and stories. Wednesday 6:30 Michael McKain We also play games and read books. Feel free to 9:10 Clara Hobbs try and see if it is right for your family. We are Thursday 6:30 Joseph Serignese always looking for more families to join. Contact 9:10 Catherine Aydinian Tricia Young at firstname.lastname@example.org for more Friday 6:30 Kathy Longworth (L) information. 9:10 Marta Dastin Saturday 9:10 Mary C. Crivella RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: 5:30 Bruce Perry (L) Sunday 7:00 Bernie Sekely JOIN US for our monthly 8:00 Russo Family Children’s Mass next Sunday, 9:30 Betty Rogers February 13. Plan to attend the 11:00 Maria DeLeyva doughnut sale in the Parish 12:30 Rosalind Sellerbaum (L) Center following the Children’s Mass. PLEASE REMEMBER ALL THOSE WHO ARE Calling adult volunteers – Camp SICK OR IN NEED OF SPECIAL PRAYERS: Shamrock 2011 needs your help. Set Lawrence Alessi, Joe Amato, Donna Bartley, Amy aside the week of July 11-15 for Calderone, Lisa Carroll, Jessica & Robert Caruso, this fun-filled camp of children Roger Chelberg, Honorato Vega Claros, James entering Kindergarten through 5th grade. Adult Cook, Wyatt Cooper, Donna d’Almeida, Irene volunteers must be in place before we can open D’Ambrosio, Margaret D’Ambrosio, Carol Dirolf, registration for campers. Adults are needed to Anna Domingues, Anna Emond, Brad Fellows, teach, co-teach, prepare snacks, and assist in Karen Fisher, Cecile Gragan, David Grubner, Frank the nursery. There will be a nursery available for Irons, Sonya Kearney, Joann Langston, Sherry camp staff whose children are younger than Leung, Dennis Lewis, Maryann Libricz, Chris Kindergarten age. If you are interested in Littleton, Tim Marriott, Antonia Menjivar, Bernadette sharing your Catholic faith with the young Minor, Aloysius Mlot, Marlene Oravec, Joan Parr, members of our parish, please call Sara Blauvelt Gerald Parshall, Patsy Pierce, Mikey Pinera-Davis, at the Religious Education Office, 301-929-9314. Pam Redmond, Allison Richards, Onda and Registration for campers will not take place until Michael Selmer, Dorothy Seleski, Bruno S’Farra, we have enough volunteers to staff the camp. Dorsey Shouse, Kate Stanton, Diane Stolle, Luca We will accept teen volunteers at a later date. Thomas, Eloise Werlin and John Wilson. Consider volunteering in this joyful parish ministry. POOR BOX: Our Poor Box donations next week will benefit Upper Montgomery Assistance Network (UMAN). UMAN provides emergency PROTECT MARRIAGE IN MARYLAND – financial assistance to families at risk of CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATOR homelessness or utility disconnection. The IMMEDIATELY: A Senate hearing will be held this organization serves families and individuals living in TUESDAY, February 8 in the Maryland General Germantown, Gaithersburg and Derwood. They Assembly on a bill (SB 116) that would drastically also provide referral services for food, clothing, alter the definition of marriage in Maryland. Contact prescriptions, furniture and medical/dental care. your senator immediately urging opposition to SB 116. Visit the Maryland Catholic Conference LEGION OF MARY will meet on Saturday, website (www.mdcathcon.org) for a quick and easy February 12 at 10:00 a.m. in the rectory. All are way to email your state senator. welcome. ST. PAT’S LOOKING TO DEVELOP A NEW of working parts to making this program happen. I WOMEN’S GROUP: E.N.D.O.W. (Educating on the can assure you, though, as I have witnessed it first Nature and Dignity of Women) – ENDOW educates hand, this program has been hugely successful in and inspires women through small study groups those parishes that have implemented it, because it and engages the intellect of the ―woman in the is designed to help men gain confidence as pew.‖ By providing knowledge and fellowship in an Christian leaders and as men, while facilitating intimate group setting, ENDOW also fosters a friendships with other men in the parish, and sense of belonging and gives women an inspiring men to parish community service and/or opportunity to deeply understand and personalize holy orders. Please call the Parish Office or email the faith that draws us together and the fellowship Adult Faith Formation Coordinator Matt Halbach, if that keeps us together. Both faith and fellowship you would be interested in learning more about this are integral to our formation as women. ENDOW program (email@example.com). I would attracts women from all walks of life and helps like to hold an informal meeting in late February women realize that, no matter what they ―do‖ in life, with those who would be interested in helping to co- they all share a common desire for love and facilitate this program. There are many ways to be respect. Although society places a high priority on a involved. More info to come. person’s skill, appearance and usefulness, ENDOW teaches women that their dignity ADULT FAITH FORMATION is hosting a Father- originates from their personhood. The Adult Faith Daughter Fun Night (ages 8-11) here in the Parish Formation office would like to host an information Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 6. session in early March to gauge interest, familiarize The evening will include games, a lasagna dinner women with this program, and to identify any and dessert, refreshments and a talk given by women interested in becoming facilitators. The goal Father Rogers on the religious significance of this is to have our first formal meeting in later March. In relationship. The attire will be business casual. The the meantime, if you are interested in ENDOW and fee is $35 for each pair. Fathers, come spend an would like to know more about it, please contact evening with your daughters here at St. Patrick’s. It Matthew Halbach in the AFF office and visit will be a fun, filling and informative evening. To https://www.endowonline.com/about-us. RSVP please email Matt Halbach, firstname.lastname@example.org by March 3. ST. PAT’S MEN’S GROUP ON A WHOLE OTHER LEVEL: Men of St. Patrick: Due to the recent ADULT FAITH FORMATION is hosting another success of our Men’s Conference there has been a men’s prayer breakfast on Fat Tuesday, March 8 at consensus that a follow-up event is needed, and/or 6:00 a.m.! Yes, that time is correct. Father Joe will the creation of a men’s group that meets regularly. be present, offering Mass at 6:00 a.m. that morning The good news is that both of these initiatives are with breakfast and a reflection (by Father Joe) in possible and can be achieved simultaneously in: the Parish Center. Why so early? This would be an ―That Man is You: Becoming a Man After God’s excellent opportunity to get our minds and bodies in Own Heart.‖ This program (championed by many of the ―Lenten mode‖ by sacrificing our time and our bishops) combines the solidarity and getting up early for Mass, fellowship, and food. We companionship of a men’s group with a simple, will need some men to help cook breakfast and a organized, and inspirational format for each group few others to help serve. This format, by the way, is meeting, one that centers on becoming Catholic the format that we will use for our ―That Man is leaders in the home, work, neighborhood, and You‖ men’s group which we hope to get underway parish. This program is designed so that men meet in early spring. Please email Matt Halbach if you once-a-week (usually early in the morning before are interested in: 1) attending the men’s prayer work), eat breakfast together, which is provided by breakfast; 2) helping to cook and/or serve the other group members, and participate in a topical breakfast; 3) more information about the men’s discussion, which is prepared and facilitated by group at email@example.com. members of the group. So, you can see, there is both a fellowship and an educational component, ALTAR SERVER TRAINING will be held on May 5 not to mention the call to various leadership at 3:15 p.m. and May 10 at 7:00 p.m. Candidates, opportunities that is present. The good news is, this who must be currently in the 4th grade or above, program would provide structure and content to our can attend either session. Mark your calendars now meetings, so one should never feel like a meeting and watch for more information in bulletins in April. was a waste of time, or that this group is purely social in nature. As you can guess, there are a lot KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: Please mark your feature a variety of workshops as well as a Mass calendars. On Saturday, February 26, the Father celebrated by Cardinal Wuerl (Sign-language Peter Paul Maher Council of the KOC along with interpreted, wheelchair accessible). For more the Lions Club of Olney will again sponsor their information, contact Peg Kolm at the Archdiocesan Annual Pancake and Sausage Day. This will be the Office of Ministry for Persons with Disabilities, 301- 35th year for this event, showing how good it really 835-4560 or firstname.lastname@example.org. is. The usual ―all you can eat‖ breakfast will be at St. John Episcopal Church Hall in Olney and will TWO OUT OF TEN pages were covered run from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Bring your at our last discussion of KAIROS, appetite and come and join us for another great PALESTINE, a document written by meal while helping to support our College Palestinian Christians for the world. So, Scholarship Program. Any fellow Knights willing to we’ll be gathering again! Check it out at volunteer should contact Don Hemke, 301-774- www.kairospalestine.ps: “The suffering continues 7511 or email email@example.com. Business while the international community silently looks or Patron Ads are also available for purchase via on…Our world is a cry of hope, with love, prayer Me. Hemke. and faith in God. We address it first of all to ourselves and then to all the churches and THE LEGION OF MARY is sponsoring a Parish Christians in the world.” ALL parishioners are Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary. Father welcome together in prayer and fellowship for this Rogers will give an introductory talk on Tuesday, 2nd reflection on Wednesday, February 16 at 7:15 February 15 at 7:15 p.m. in the Rectory basement. p.m. in the faculty room of our school. For more Please consider making this complete and perfect information and a copy of the document, please consecration to Our Lady. contact our office of Parish Social Ministry. BEREAVEMENT GROUP: Losing a loved one can FAIR TRADE CHOLOCATE FOR be one of the hardest things that we experience in YOUR VALENTINE: When you buy Fair our lives, and each person grieves differently. To Trade chocolate for your Valentines, help support each other during these difficult times, they will enjoy delicious chocolate, a bereavement support group has begun at St. and you’ll enjoy knowing that you’re Patrick’s. A support group is a safe haven where helping fight poverty overseas. By purchasing we can pray, talk, cry, share our anger, guilt, and Fair Trade chocolate through Catholic Relief fears with those that understand and care. Grief is Services’ partners, you know that farmers are like a wound; it takes time to heal. A support group guaranteed a fair price for their cocoa and that no is to the grieving like a healing salve is to a wound; exploitative child labor is involved. Visit it soothes and comforts us while we heal. The next www.crsfairtrade.org/chocolate. meeting will take place on Saturday, February 26, (please note the date change) in the Parish Center LOBBY NIGHT: St. Patrick’s will join 10:00 a.m., after the 9:10 Mass and will last with Maryland’s bishops and hundreds of approximately one hour. For more information, fellow Catholics on President’s Day, please call the rectory, 301-924-2284 Monday, February 21 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. for the 27th Annual Catholic Lobby ST. PATRICK’S DISABILITY MINISTRY Night in Annapolis to make our voice UPCOMING EVENTS: February 11 and heard and tell our legislators that we all have a duty 13 – St. Patrick’s invites individuals with to serve the poor and vulnerable, build up the disabilities, their families, friends, loved common good, and respect human life and dignity. ones, and anyone interested in learning Lobby Night is an advocacy event that gives more about including individuals with disabilities in Catholic voters the opportunity to speak in person parish life to attend one of two metings: Friday, with their elected officials about issues including February 11 at 7:30 p.m. OR Sunday, February 13 abortion clinic regulations, support for pregnant after the 9:30 Mass. For more information contact women, poverty, immigration, Catholic schools, the Teresa Perez, firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard death penalty and marriage. For more information DeBona, 301-924-2284, ext. 26. March 19 – The and to sign up to attend, please contact Don Archdiocese of Washington’s Third Annual Erickson, 301-962-5229, Conference on Faith, Deafness, and Disabilities will email@example.com Richard DeBona, be held at the Shrine of the Most Blessed 301-924-2284, ext. 26; firstname.lastname@example.org. Sacrament, Washington, DC. The conference will POPE’S PRAYER INTENTION for February is that the family is respected by all in its identity and that its irreplaceable contribution to all of society be recognized. Interested in this issue? YOUTH MINISTRY Please join us for LOBBY NIGHT! EDGE: Ski Trip – Monday, February 21: All middle schoolers are invited for a day of skiing LENT IS A MONTH AWAY! Interested and snowboarding at WhiteTail slopes. RSVP by in a Lenten course on nonviolence? February 14 to save a spot. Pricing differs on Parishioners will be co-leading a course certain packages. Contact Mike for more details. of study using such authors as Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Gandhi, Martin YG: l+l+l=1 – Monday, February 14: All high Luther King. Jr., and Tolstoy. If you are interested school teens are invited for our regular Monday in attending or co-leading, please contact our Office night Youth Group focusing on the Trinitarian of Parish Social Ministry. nature of God, and encountering God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Teens will encounter the WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR YOUR different persons of the Trinity and learn more MARRIAGE TODAY? The U.S. Conference of about each of the unique natures of each Catholic Bishops has developed a website to assist person, while learning more of the unity between married couples and those considering marriage. all 3. Dinner provided and all newcomers Visit www.foryourmarriage.org to strengthen your welcome. 7-9 p.m. in the Parish Center. marriage today throughout daily marriage tips, Both And – Monday, February 28: All high recourses: ―Grade your Marriage,‖ ―Bumps in the school teens are invited for a Youth Group Road,‖ recommended books, Church teaching on focusing on the hypostatic union and how Christ marriage and much more. was both fully human and fully divine. Dinner provided and all newcomers are welcome. 7-9 MEN’S VOCATION RETREAT: If you feel Jesus p.m. in the Parish Center. may be calling you, why not give Him a weekend? Spring Retreat – April 8-10: Set aside the date Cardinal Wuerl is sponsoring a retreat for men in for our high school spring retreat, April 8-10. their 20’s-40’s at Theological College (401 Michigan Ave., NE) who are considering a call to YG/EDGE: Adopt-A-Grandparent – Sunday, the priesthood beginning Friday evening, February February 6: All high school and middle school 4 and ending on Sunday, February 6 at noon. The teens, come join us for an afternoon of visiting retreat will allow men time away from the daily grind with the elderly at Friends Nursing Home in and provide an opportunity for prayer and reflection Sandy Spring. We meet at 2:00 p.m. at the to examine God’s call. It will cost you nothing more Parish and return around 4:00 p.m. Service than your time. Please contact Msgr. Rob Panke, hours offered. Contact Mike McHugh for more Director of Priest Vocations, 301-853-4580 or information and a permission slip. email@example.com for more information or to register. Any parents who would like to be added to the Youth Ministry Email Listserve for updates on PRINCIPAL OPPORTUNITY AT ST. JUDE Youth Group and EDGE, please email Mike at REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL: St. Jude firstname.lastname@example.org. Regional Catholic School is seeking a Principal to provide visionary leadership to advance its Catholic Identity, academic excellence, and bright view of REV. KENNETH BRIGHENTI, Director of Pastoral the future. For more information, visit the Field Education at Mount Saint Mary Seminary, employment page at www.adw.org or the Principal Emmitsburg, co-author of Catholicism for Dummies and co-host of Crash Course in Catholicism on Search page at www.stjuderockville.org. EWTN will be sponsoring a trip to Adriatic, Italy, May 16-17. If you are interested in this trip, please ST. MARY’S, ROCKVILLE, PRE-SCHOOL, is now contact him for a brochure, 301-447-5209, write accepting applications for the 2011-2012 2½ hour him at 16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd., Emmitsburg, sessions for Three and Four Year Olds; 3 hour MD 21727 or email him at sessions for Pre-K. For more information, call 301- Brightnei@msmary.edu. 726-4170. COLLECTION FOR THE CHURCH IN THE assistance with bathing, dressing and grooming; no DEVELOPING WORLD: longer cooks or drives; and/or needs oversight of their medications. A customized service is Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, developed for each resident based on needs, On the weekend of February 12-13, 2011, preferences and abilities. Each residence is unique Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington are with custom architecture, design and programs to invited to contribute to a second collection for meet the needs and preferences of the community The Church in the Developing World. it serves. Currently, three assisted living This is a combined collection for what were communities are in the process of expanding the formerly separate collections for the Church in number of residents by adding more suites. These Latin America, the Church in Central and locations include: Bartholomew House, Bethesda, Eastern Europe, and the Church in Africa. We 301-320-6151; Byron House, Potomac, 301-469- are combining these collections in the 9400; and Grace House, Silver Spring, 301-924- Archdiocese of Washington in order to help 4424. Please call to schedule a tour or learn more reduce the number of second collections each by visiting www.victoryhousing.org. year. The new collection for The Church in the CONSIGNORS WANTED: St. Jude’s in Rockville is Developing World is directed to three having a Children’s Consignment Sale on Saturday, geographic areas where the Church is March 12. We will be selling gently used Spring and experiencing considerable challenges through Summer children’s clothing, shoes, toys, baby growth, rebuilding, and general need. Bishops equipment, games, bikes and more. Do you have and faithful in all three areas express their children’s clothing? Toys? You can be a consignor gratefulness for the help they receive to support for our sale! You tag and price your items and bring basic ministries and services in catechetics, them to the sale. If you volunteer at the sale, you education, liturgy, and in providing physical get 70% of the sale price of your items (if not, structures for their churches. 50%). You will be supporting our school fundraiser, Your contribution makes a difference to these ―going green‖ by recycling children’s stuff and struggling Catholic faith communities. The earning money for yourself. It’s so easy! See collection for The Church in the Developing www.stjudetotsale.com for more details or call the World enables all of us to reach out beyond Sale Coordinator, Liz Welton, 301-879-7563 or ourselves to support others in great need, email@example.com. particularly with parish activities we often can take for granted in our archdiocese. This one DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE? way that Catholics in the archdiocese can stand Since 1989, Hospice Caring, Inc. has been in solidarity with those in need in many parts of providing practical and emotional support to adults the world. and children facing life-limiting illness and grief at Especially at this time when we have not yet no charge. Hospice Caring, Inc. has opportunities recovered from the economic downturn, please for those who would like to facilitate adult or join me in supporting our brothers and sisters in children’s grief groups, or become a caregiver and these far-flung areas of the world that face great share in someone’s end-of-life journey. Our challenges even in the best of times. Together volunteers are committed to providing care that we can be a source of help and hope for these promotes quality of life. They help their patients to churches around the world. live each day more fully by providing: May God bless you and your family. Companionship in their time of greatest need; Sincerely in Christ, Home assistance and transportation; and Support Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout and advocacy. Join either our Spring or Summer Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia Volunteer Training on March 15, 16 and 17, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and June 7, 8 and 9, 8:30 a.m. to ASSISTED LIVING BY VICTORY HOUSING: 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 301-869-4673. Victory Housing is a private non-profit formed in 1979 to serve as the housing development arm of Make sure your life does not contradict your words. the Archdiocese of Washington. Victory Housing Sing with your voices, your hearts, your lips and operates seven assisted living communities in your lives..If you desire to praise Him, then live Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. A what you express. Live good lives and you typical senior residing at a Victory Housing assisted yourselves will be his praise. living residence is 62 years of age or better; needs St. Augustine PASTOR’S CORNER Light is no less essential to life. Without light, plants will soon whither and die. People deprived of light of the sun would quickly lose all heat and warmth that makes growing and eating Salt and Light food possible. People who live in constant darkness would, over time, lose their ability to see. Dr. David Livingstone spent 30 of the 60 Light helps us to orient ourselves, and to determine years of his life as a missionary and philanthropist where we are going. It makes possible our awe in Africa. His discovery of what we now call Victoria and wonder at the universe God has created for us. Falls and his astronomical observations made No light, no life; no salt no zest. headlines throughout the world. When he had not been heard from in over ten years, and was What does this mean, in concrete terms, to presumed dead, Henry M. Stanley, a reporter for be salt and light? This passage from the Gospel the New York Herald and avowed atheist, set out in comes immediately after Jesus’ enumeration of the search of him. The famous phrase, ‖Dr. Beatitudes that we heard in last Sunday’s Gospel. Livingstone, I presume,‖ was Stanley’s greeting To recognize our dependence on God, to be when he found him in Tanzania in 1871. merciful, to be forgiving, to be compassionate, to hunger and thirst for justice and to be willing to He was not the frumpy, bible-toting suffer for others are only some of the ways in which preacher that Stanley had expected, but a man with we, salt and light, give life to and transform a zest for life. As Stanley reported after spending ourselves and our world. several months with him, ―Little by little, his sympathy for and help of others became Today’s reading from Isaiah lists some contagious…seeing his piety, his gentleness, his others: sharing food with the hungry, clothing the zeal, his earnestness, I was converted by him, naked, removing oppression, refraining from false although he had not tried to do it.‖ By his example accusation and malicious speech, and satisfying and dedication, Livinstone served as the salt and the afflicted. Then, as Isaiah proclaims, ―Light shall light that transformed Stanley. rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday.‖ In today’s Gospel, Jesus challenges us to be the salt and light that will transform ourselves, At this time of the year, Cardinal Wuerl and through us, the world. To be salt and light is gives us another opportunity to be salt and light by the basis for hope in ourselves, in one another, and making a generous pledge to the annual Cardinal’s in the troubled, tired, and terrorized world we live in. Appeal which provides direct services to the poor Jesus uses these images to summarize our and needy, financial aid for Catholic school responsibilities for one another and for the needy of children, including our own here at St. Patrick’s, this world. and the education of our 68 seminarians. Our human bodies are 60 to 70 percent The images of salt and light challenge us to water and our body fluids such as blood and saliva bring healing in our relationships, preserving the consist of 9 percent salt. The word ―saliva‖ is values of family life, cauterizing the pains our sins derived from the Latin word for salt—sal. Salt was cause others, using some of our salary for the poor the primary means of preserving food such as meat and needy, for we are the salt of the earth. We are and fish in a time of no refrigeration. It gives taste to become a person and a parish that radiates the and zest to food, bringing out its hidden flavors. It light of Christ, who displays the warmth of was rubbed on newborn babies to strengthen and compassion to those struggling with anxiety and cleanse them. It was used to cauterize and help to depression, and who witness to the Gospel of heal wounds and infections. Salt was so precious Jesus that helps ourselves and others to see and that Roman soldiers were given it as a portion of experience what life is really all about. their pay, which explains why the money you earn is called a salary. Every gallon of seawater, the source from which life on our planet began, contains four ounces of salt. Salt is an image of life and all that makes life enjoyable. It is, literally, the spice of life.