April 12, 2020

Dear Ladies of TASTE, 

We hope that you are enjoying your Easter week and staying safe and healthy. We miss you all very much but know that you are in our prayers!

We know it's unusual to receive two TASTE emails in one week, but we believe the following message to be SO VERY IMPORTANT that we must share it with you and we urge you to share it with everyone you know, because it's GOOD NEWS! This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday, and as Fr. Chris Alar, MIC explains in this video clip, all the graces are still available to us, despite our Churches being closed. Yes, you can still receive the total remission of sin and its punishment, making your souls as spotless as the day you were baptized!  Preview YouTube video What To Do on Divine Mercy Sunday (April 19)?  HERE

In addition, the following links provide information related to its live-streaming:

  • Livestream Vigil or Sunday Mass from the National Shrine of Divine Mercy  HERE
  • Livestream Vigil or Sunday Mass from the Archdiocese of Baltimore  HERE

Special Prayer Request:

  • RECENT REQUESTS -- We have several prayer requests for which your prayers would be very much appreciated.
    • Gini Linsenmeyer - was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday due to a severe deterioration in her cognitive as well as physical abilities for unknown reasons. Her sister-in-law Terry Marks, who is also a TASTE member, reports that Gini is in very grave condition. Gini has been a long time member of TASTE.
    • Lori Putman’s brother-in-law Rick who has just tested positive for the coronavirus. He is at Carroll Lutheran Village, a nursing facility in Westminster that had a corona outbreak.
    • Toni Wohleber’s mother-in-law, Nancy Wohleber who passed away in the hospital from COVID 19.
  • NEW REQUESTS -- Please contact Carolyn Horton - cghorton@verizon.net if you are in need of prayer for a significant health concern and would like to be on the prayer list.
Jesus, I trust You!
God bless you and your families,
Joy, Carolyn, Karen, and Michele

Dearest Ladies of TASTE, 

Easter greetings to you and your loved ones!

This morning I (Carolyn) awoke not with my typical feelings of Easter excitement and joy, but with feelings of isolation and sorrow.  In His tender mercy, the Lord brought to my mind words from Scripture.  “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God,” (Ps 42:5).  I cling to what I know by faith, “in all things God works for the good of those who love him,” (Romans 8:28).

Fr. Mike Triplett, pastor of OLPH, brought our current circumstances to today’s gospel:  “Jesus then appears to Mary Magdalene, though she does not at first recognize him. Be patient with yourselves if you are having difficulty recognizing the risen Jesus in your midst. If you are mourning, He is weeping beside you. If you are frightened, He's encouraging you to look to Him as the source of safety. If you are exhausted and burdened with many worries, allow Him to be your strength,” Fr. Mike advised.

Fr. Erik Arnold, pastor of St. John the Evangelist, invited his people to come to the Easter celebration “with a faith that is willing to let go of the way we thought things should have been and leave lots of room for the Lord to be at work.”

In His passion and resurrection, Jesus is declaring the depth of His love – the depth of the Father’s love -- for each of us.  Let us choose to respond with gratitude and faith.

May Easter blessings be abundant for you and your family!

Christ is Risen
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Jesus, I trust in You!