November has a special place in church tradition as a time to remember our deceased loved ones. Our Litany of Remembrance at all Masses this weekend recalls in prayer our family members and friends who have died in the past year. You may also list others in the Book of the Dead (located near the baptismal font), or as intentions on the All Souls envelope (received in your envelope packet) which will be honored on the chapel altar for weekday Masses during November. All are welcome at our annual Memorial Mass this Thursday at 7:00 PM in church.
Each fall, after the end of the fiscal year, we publish an Annual Report in order to provide a public accounting of our financial situation and a reflection on the state of our parish. All registered parishioners will receive a copy in the mail at home, and I want to thank our parish corporators Mary Beth Clark and Steve Heine, as well as our Director of Parish Operations Pat O’Connor for their diligence and dedication in issuing this report each year.
Each year at Christmastime we reach out to assist low income families in the area around Saint Gregory the Great Church in inner city Baltimore. We are hoping to assist 150 families with gift cards for dinner and gifts. Our sign-up process is beginning, and I invite you to connect with another family in this way during the holiday season, living out our mission statement of “giving selflessly.” Thanks to the family of Peg O’Hara (project founder) who is lovingly coordinating this parish program in her memory.
Throughout my high school years, I played the organ at my parish church. I remember a conversation after Mass with the sacristan there (an “older” woman named Joan) where I insisted that priests would be married in my lifetime—and Joan said, “over my dead body!” Joan and I were both possibly correct, if Pope Francis now accepts the recommendation of the recent Amazon synod of bishops to ordain married men…