19 July 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

This weekend we welcome Fr. Marty Moran to preside at all weekend Masses while I am away.  Fr. Moran is a priest of the diocese of Harrisburg PA, and is currently the University Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg (a position I left 24 years ago this summer!)  He has previously served in campus ministry at Wilson College and Bucknell University and served as the executive director of the Campus Ministry Association and a member of the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education.  Earlier he ministered in several parishes and high schools in his home diocese.  Even though it is more challenging with all the COVID-19 restrictions, please extend our usual SKD warm welcome to him.      

Each month we have a second collection for Catholic School Education, which supports the Frederick County Parish Tuition Assistance Fund.  You’ll see a report in this bulletin detailing that this year $175,000 was awarded to 114 student applicants in grade school and high school (based on financial need), and that over $900,000 has been awarded since fund distributions began a few years ago.  Thanks to all those who support this second collection each month.

We’ve been doing ‘Coffee and Zoom” for a while, but now a number of new adult faith formation opportunities are starting using the Zoom technology.  You can find links in the Saturday Katharine Konnection to reach “Centering Prayer” on Sundays @ 4:30 PM, a book discussion on “Reaching Out” (Henri Nouwen) on Wednesdays @ 7:00 PM, and a scripture study on Thursdays @ 7:00 PM.  Also, don’t miss the zoom discussion on the documentary film “13th” regarding racial inequality on Tuesday 21 July @ 7:00 PM.

Fr. Keith

P.S.  Please take a moment to review other information concerning our parish and it’s gradual re-opening by clicking here for the weekly bulletin.

UPCOMING Zoom sessions:

Coffee and Zoom

This is a time to simply chat with other parishioners, just like we used to do after Mass.  Available every Sunday on Zoom at 12:00. Contact Brian McCrohan for a link to join.

Centering Prayer – now on Zoom!

We will be resuming our weekly Centering Prayer group beginning on Sunday July 12th at 4:30 on zoom.  This opportunity for prayer focus on the practice of Christian silent centering prayer, to deepen our relationship with God and one another.  In a time when our lives have been disrupted in a number of ways and anxiety is high, this is a great opportunity to experience some peace and benefit from some stillness.  For more information contact Amy Kulesa at askulesa@gmail.com.

Scripture Study

Beginning Thursday July 23rd at 7:00PM we will begin offering a weekly scripture study through zoom focusing on the readings for the upcoming weekend.  This type of scripture study gives us the chance to unpack and reflect upon the readings before we arrive at Mass, thus allowing us to benefit even more from our experience of hearing God’s Word.  For more information contact Deacon Kevin Kulesa at kkulesa68@gmail.com.

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