Salt and Light

September 26, 2021

Dear Ladies and Friends of TASTE,
  • This past week, we met in Pallotti Chapel in person for the first time in over a year! Praise God for a joyful reunion and a great opening talk by Msgr. Charles Pope on our theme of the year Called to be Light in the Darkness. He shared that as our world has become darker, we (Christians collectively) have lost our courage and become silent.  We need to get our footing back and become the light of the world.  We must love others enough to speak the truth in love and sometimes that even means a rebuke.  He reminded us that there will be a cost for doing this.  The world will ridicule us, marginalize us, and may eventually criminalize us.  As Msgr. Pope said, Jesus did not say take up your "PILLOW" and follow me, He said take up your "CROSS" and follow me.  Given that 21 of the 38 parables were warnings about hell, we too must have a sense of urgency.   During this talk, he gave us a long list of practical examples of choices we must make in our Christian walk.  Given that this was our kick-off talk, we are providing a short summary of the nuggets he shared.  After having been fortified through this talk, let us have the courage to truly be the light of the world and as such, let Jesus shine through us!


  • NEW TALK — This week, Fr. Shaun Foggo will give a talk entitled The Power of Confession.  Fr. Foggo comes recommended to us by Kevin Wells, author of “The Priests We Need to Save the Church."  Kevin says he’s a holy priest -- much like Fr. Swink.  Reminder:  While we will not be live-streaming this year, we will be posting all talks to our website after the session for those who are unable to attend in person.


  • THIS WEEK'S DISCUSSION — We will reflect on Msgr. Charles Pope's talk entitled Called to be Light in the Darkness."  The audio and video of his talk, Reflection Questions, and additional information are all included HERE.  
  • GENERAL INFORMATION   We will have our in-person small groups this week at TASTE. Additionally, we will have a virtual small group for women who cannot attend in person. This is open to all women of TASTE as your regular group or on a drop- in basis. If you have not yet participated virtually, but would like to, please make sure you have the Zoom app installed on your phone, tablet or computer.  LINK  See attached NOTES.   This year's virtual small group will be Tuesdays from 10:30-11:00 facilitated by Mary Geisey and Maria Montgomery. Access the meeting via this LINK with the password: TASTE2021   The Zoom meeting invitation is attached for further options and complete instructionsTo access reflection questions and materials to prepare for small group each week, please visit LINK to download and print your copy. Completing the Reflection Questions prior to your small group meeting will greatly enhance the quality of small group discussion!


  • PARKING — As mentioned last week, no parking is allowed in the St. Mary's Elementary School parking lot at this time.  Recommendations have been updated and they include:
    • Street parking
    • Keesler Center parking lot before 9:30 since the lot will become quite crowded from that point on with those who come for the weekly food pantry pick up
    • Parking lot at the corner of Montgomery St and St. Mary’s place IS open to TASTE.  (The president of the Boys and Girls Club has authorized parking for TASTE in their parking lot.  This includes spaces marked “handicap” (w/ handicapped placard) or "Reserved for Senior Center or Phelps Center”
    • For those with limited mobility- Pallotti HS has a few spaces parallel to the curb of their drop off lane.
    • As a last resort, there is the public parking lot for the swimming pool just behind the Keesler Center and to the right
  • FACE MASKS –- Must be worn at St. Mary's Church and St. Vincent Pallotti High School.  Please bring your own.
  • PUBLIC HEALTH  If you are not feeling well the morning of TASTE, with a fever or chills, cough, respiratory issue, or other COVID symptoms, please do not attend in person. Please do the same if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID or is awaiting a test result. We will be making the talks available on our website each week.
  • BABYSITTING — Just a reminder that we are unable to offer TASTE for Tots babysitting this year because of logistics associated with COVID.  Since we know how challenging it can be to find alternative care, we hope some of our moms may be able to participate by listening to the talks on the web and perhaps even take advantage of virtual small group sharing. See above for more details.
  • PRAY FOR PRIESTS — One of our three TASTE missions is to encourage priests in their ministry. Our "Pray for Priests Program" enables this by assigning a specific priest to each women to spiritually adopt and pray for during the year.  To sign-up to pray for a priest, click on this LINK.  Our formal ceremony where we take a picture of all women holding their prayer card will be on October 7th.
  • PRAYER REQUESTS —  Several of our TASTE sisters need our prayers.  Please pray for: All our TASTE sisters, Kate Christianson and Patty Aghdam, Kay Robinson (Jennifer's D's mom), Susan Conroy, Julie Reynold - prayer of thanksgiving for healing of burns, 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
  • TASTE DONATIONS  There are 3 ways you can donate to TASTE to help defray our costs: 1) in-person, 2) electronically on our web site, or 3) by physical mail.  Checks should be made out to "TASTE" and can be mailed to: Joy Parker, 12649 W Oak Drive, Mount Airy, MD  21771.  As usual, thank you so much for your generosity!
  • OTHER DONATIONS In past years, we routinely collected donations for the Sisters of the Servants of the Lord.  We would like to begin that again.  While they would gladly accept any donation, their community is particularly happy to receive: Mozzarella cheese, Peanut Butter, Gluten Free Flour, Coffee, Sugar, Toilet  Paper, Tissues, and any other non-perishable food.
  • PREP FOR FUTURE TALK — On October 7th, Father John Barry will be talking about St. Joseph.  If you have time during this next month, perhaps you would like to hear more about St. Joseph by Dr. Brant Pitre prior to Father Barry's talk to prime the pump! LINK
  • INFO / REGISTRATION To see the most current information, details are included HERE.  If you haven't already registered, please do so while you are on that page since we refresh our mailing list every year. Also, don't forget to invite a friend!
Joy, Michele, Carolyn, and Karen
Jesus, I trust in You!