March 14, 2021

Ladies of TASTE,
  • This week, we celebrate both St. Patrick (Mar 17) and St. Joseph (Mar 19). When we consider the state of Ireland when St. Patrick began his mission work, the vast extent of his labors, and how the seeds he planted continued to grow and flourish, we can only admire the kind of man he must have been. Likewise, it is awesome to consider how St. Joseph was completely open to all that God wanted to do for him.  He was simply, joyfully, wholeheartedly obedient to God — in marrying Mary, in naming Jesus, in shepherding the precious pair to Egypt, in bringing them to Nazareth, in the undetermined number of years of quiet faith and courage. In this year of St. Joseph, let us celebrate these saints by following their examples of obedience to follow God's will, growth in holiness, and bearing good fruit.
  • This past week, we were blessed to have Mike Tenney back to share his 4th talk of a six-part Lenten series.  In his talk entitled Be Not Afraid - In Speaking the Truth, Mike shared effective ways to speak the truth through examples from Nathan in the Old Testament, Philosophy, and Jesus Himself.  Through Nathan, we learned the value of asking questions, telling a story, and having a relationship. Through Philosophy, we now understand that effective rhetoric stems from gentle pathos, noble ethos, and fierce logos. Through Jesus, we were reminded the value of expressing human dignity, internalizing the truth through prayer, and acknowledging areas of agreement. In short, Mike gave us a set of tools to "go forth" to speak the truth and preach the gospel.
  • Today at 5:30 pm and tomorrow at 5 pm, Kevin Wells, one of our past speakers, will be talking on EWTN about his new book, Venerable Al Schwartz: A Happy Roar for the Dead Man.


  • NEW TALK — This week, Mike Tenney returns for the 5th of his 6-Part Lenten Series.  This week's talk is entitled Be Not Afraid - In Action. This talk will be live streamed and can be watched in the comfort of your home Thursday morning at 10:30 or anytime after it has been uploaded to our website.  Access this zoom session via this LINK with the password: TASTE2020    PLEASE NOTE: Opening Prayer will begin promptly at 10:20 if you would like to join us for that. The Zoom meeting invitation is attached for further options and complete instructions.  Remember, we are not meeting at St. Mary's until further notice.


  • THIS WEEK'S DISCUSSION — We will reflect on Mike Tenney's talk entitled Be Not Afraid - In Speaking the Truth. The audio and video of his talk, Reflection Questions, and references that he mentioned are included HERE.  
    • For those planning to attend small group, you can use this LINK to always access materials to prepare for small group each week.
    • If you have not yet participated, but would like to, please make sure you have the Zoom app installed on your phone, tablet or computer.  LINK  See attached notes.
  • Please feel free to drop in to any of the virtual small groups (Zoom) that best meet your schedule.  Zoom small groups will last for 30 minutes:
    • MONDAYs from 10:00 - 10:30 facilitated by Maria Montgomery and Karen Schembari
    • TUESDAYs from 3:00 - 3:30 facilitated by Jennifer Dougherty and Debbie Schmidt
    • WEDNESDAYs from 11:00 - 11:30 facilitated by Mary Giesey and Lori Putman
  • Access the meeting via this LINK with the password: TASTE2020   The Zoom meeting invitation is attached for further options and complete instructions.


  • PRAYER REQUESTS —  Several of our TASTE sisters need our prayers.  Please pray for:
    • All our TASTE sisters and all priests, especially our spiritual director Fr. Larry Swink as well as all of the priests in the Baltimore and Washington Archdioceses.
    • Linda Johnson’s great nephew Dylan who just had heart transplant surgery on Sunday.  He is in the ICU now and will remain heavily sedated until his chest is closed up and they will start to try to wake him up in the next 3 - 5 days.
    • Terri Bueno, her husband Ramon, and Laura Chighizola's family members  recovering from Covid-19
    • Sarah Strauser, 17 year old daughter of a friend of Theresa Williamson, who is suffering greatly from scoliosis and is unable to tolerate pain medications.
    • Helen Martin, Kate Christianson, Laura Chighizola, Evelyn Dunne, Katylee McInerney, Cristl Spicer (daughter of Cathy Homens), and Linda Marcus (mother of Alyssa Andrews).
    • The repose of the souls of Betty Albanesi and Gini Linsenmeyer and for God's healing and comfort for their families.
    • Sr. Mary Michael's sister Chris who needs a medical miracle from St. Joseph to cure stage 4 cancer in her lungs.
    • New prayer requests can be made to Joy Parker at
  • LENTEN JOURNEY  Fr. Dan Leary and Kevin Wells are offering a free/virtual Lenten series at One 2 One podcasts. Talks will be posted weekly on Fridays during Lent. Through the process, they will teach you about a selfless person, Venerable Fr. Al Schwartz. This future saint was instrumental in bringing Christ to the poor and transforming their communities.  LINK 
  • WOMEN'S HALF-DAY LENTEN RETREAT Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) in Ellicott City is sponsoring a Women's Retreat Saturday, March 20th. Registration is required. See additional information on that retreat as well as other upcoming events. LINK
  • LENTEN REFLECTION BOOK & WEEKLY DEVOTIONS —  To help you draw closer to God during this Lenten season, EWTN is offering a free eBook, 2021 Lenten Reflections.  Fr. Joseph will share a weekly devotional along with Sunday’s Mass readings to help us prepare for a glorious celebration of Easter.  As we take up our cross and follow Christ, our journey becomes one of love, healing, and forgiveness.  Here is a LINK to get your free copy of the 2021 Lenten Reflections eBook.  After you download it, you’ll also receive the weekly devotionals via email each Sunday of Lent.
  • ST. JOSEPH GEMS — As we celebrate this special Year of St. Joseph, transform your routine with a daily meditation from Fr. Donald Calloway's book St. Joseph Gems: Daily Wisdom on our Spiritual Father.  Meditations will begin arriving in your email on Feb. 1 and end on Dec. 8.  LINK
Joy, Michele, Carolyn, and Karen
Jesus, I trust in You!