April 25, 2021

Ladies of TASTE,
  • Our TASTE season is winding down and this week's talk will be the last one for this semester. The following week (May 6th), we will have our end of year gathering. However, instead of being physically together and sharing a meal, we welcome you to join us in an end-of-year wrap-up zoom session with your cup of coffee.  We will use the same zoom link as we typically do on Thursday mornings for that as well.
  • TASTE SURVEY —  For those of you who have already completed the survey, thank you so much! For those of you who have not, we really need your input to help us make plans for TASTE for the 2021-2022 year. This feedback is so critical to the future of TASTE that we are offering those who complete the survey a chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate to Our Lady’s Center!  Thank you in advance for taking the time to fill out the survey.  We appreciate your input more than you know. SURVEY
  • Last week, Fr. Christian Huebner shared with us "Thy Will Be Done."  During this talk, he unpacked St. Thomas Aquinas definition of Divine Providence, posed and answered questions surrounding it, and then shared the story of Fr. Walter Ciszek's conversion experience from his book entitled "He Leadeth Me: An Extraordinary Testament of Faith."  What a powerful witness!


  • NEW TALK —  This week is our last talk of this season! This week, Susan Brinkmann shares with us a talk entitled "The Little Way to Surrender."  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 Fr. Christian Huebner's talk entitled "Thy Will Be Done. The audio and video of his talk as well as Reflection Questions 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
    • Helen Martin, Kate Christianson, Laura Chighizola, Evelyn Dunne, and Katylee McInerney
    • Cristl Spicer (daughter of Cathy Homens) and Linda Marcus (mother of Alyssa Andrews).
    • Linda Johnson’s great nephew Dylan who had heart transplant surgery and is not doing well.
    • Donna DeLorenzo who had emergency surgery several weeks ago.
    • 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.
    • Sr. Mary Michael's sister Chris who needs a medical miracle from St. Joseph to cure stage 4 cancer in her lungs.
    • Mike Tenney's mother-in-law, Theresa Higdon, who passed away at 3pm on Divine Mercy Sunday. Please pray for the repose of her soul as well as her family, including her husband Chet Higdon who serves as St. Mary of the Mills' facility manager.
    • Our spiritual director Fr. Larry Swink as well as all of the priests in the Baltimore and Washington Archdioceses.
    • New prayer requests can be made to Joy Parker at joyparker73@gmail.com.
  • EUCHARISTIC ADORERS NEEDED — We are so excited to share that one of our own (Maryella Hierholzer) published her first article in the National Catholic Register.  Maryella highlighted Father Boric's efforts to establish a perpetual Adoration at the Basilica of the Assumption — America’s First Catholic Cathedral.  His intention is to bring God to the great city of Baltimore to overcome the issues of violence, racism, and corruption in the city and to have a place where individuals can grow closer to Christ. On May 31, 2021 (the 200th Anniversary of the dedication of the Basilica), the Pope Saint John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration Chapel will be dedicated and opened for perpetual adoration. LINK  SIGN-UP
  • PARENTING CONFERENCE — Alpha and Omega Clinic is sponsoring a 5-session webinar called "Nurtured for Greatness: Raising Resilient Children in a Complex World."  Each talk will be on Thursday evenings beginning April 29th.  LINK
  • 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 after signing up online and will continue until Dec. 8.  LINK
Donations - The "donate" option through the TASTE website is currently not working. But you can mail a check made out to "TASTE" to:
Joy Parker
12649 W Oak Drive
Mount Airy, MD  21771
Thank you so much for your generosity, especially this year!
Joy, Michele, Carolyn, and Karen
Jesus, I trust in You!