January 9, 2022

Dear Ladies and Friends of TASTE,
  • Happy New Year!  We hope you had a blessed Christmas and happy, healthy New Year.
  • Given its potential impact on our program, we have been monitoring closely the increase in COVID cases especially due to Omicron.  It appears as though all students in PG County are moving to virtual learning through January 14th.  In spite of this, Pallotti High School management is graciously allowing us to continue to use their chapel.  We recognize that our members will have different preferences. Some may want to come to participate in small group sharing and to listen to the talk in person. Others (in abundance of caution) may choose to listen to the talk virtually after the session and may even virtually attend the small group sharing.  If anyone is not feeling well, experiencing COVID or other symptoms, or has had a close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid, we ask you not attend, but take advantage of listening to the talk on our website typically available the morning after the talk.  Here's a good website that describes specific systems for COVID-19, the Delta Variant, the Omicron Variant, and the Flu. We are grateful to Pallotti High School for affording us the ability to provide the flexibility to our members.
  • This may be a good time to remind everyone of our inclement weather policy as we had our first snow already. At this time, Taste will plan to meet in person unless Pallotti is closed for weather. Please check your email in the morning before heading to class if the weather is questionable. Read the following for more details. LINK
  • Sister Mary Michael Fox gave our final talk before the Christmas break entitled "Jesus, the Prince of Peace."  She started by asking “What is Peace” and “How do we get it?” She began answering these questions by reading various scriptural passages where God speaks of Peace and also by quoting St. Augustine — “Peace is tranquility from order."  For most of the rest of the talk, she elaborated on St. Thomas’ three areas of order: 1) Order within myself, 2) Order between me and God, and 3) Order between me and my neighbor.  We have tried to capture many of the gems she mentioned HERE including her scripture passages, quotes, practical advice, book recommendations, and songs.  Given the breadth of the wisdom she imparted in this talk, this talk is clearly worth listening to again and again and sharing it with others.
  • One of our TASTE members passed along that the Institute of Catholic Culture is offering a free online Theology 101 class taught by Dr. Jared Staudt from January 20th to June 23rd at 8PM. LINK.  Note that the last day to apply is Wednesday, January 12. To see their full curriculum, view this LINK



  • PRAYER REQUESTS —  Several of our TASTE sisters need our prayers.  Please pray for:
    • All our TASTE sisters, especially Kate Christianson, Katylee McInerney, Mary Jane Myers who recently broke her femur and had surgery, Sheila Bisson who is recovering from recent surgery, Geraldine Broglio (complete healing from hand surgery), and Kay Robinson (Jennifer's D's mom).
    • Our spiritual director, Fr. Larry Swink as well as all of the priests in the Baltimore and Washington Archdioceses, especially those of whom you may have spiritually adopted.
    • Our speakers — especially: 1) Theresa Bonapartis for healing of her back, 2) Susan Conroy for her health, 3) Sr. Mary Michael Fox, first for the peace of Christ to be with her and her family as her dear sister Chris draws closer to her time of going home to be with our Lord and second that the editing process for her new book goes smoothly, and 4) Colleen Duggan and her baby, who the doctors are saying has a 90% chance of having Downs syndrome.
    • Supreme Court Justices  Please let us all pray today for wisdom, strength, and courage for our Supreme Court Justices and for Life to be victorious.  Note that we will not know a decision most likely until June). This NEW VIDEO is an insightful explanation of the abortion issue in law.
    • New prayer requests can be sent to Joy Parker at joyparker73@gmail.com.


  • USCCB & SUPREME COURT — For a reminder of prayer intentions for the USCCB and Supreme Court, please view this LINK and see UPDATE.
  • LOGISTICS — For a reminder of any information associated with zoom small group, parking, masks, public health, babysitting, or registration, please view this LINK.
  • DONATIONS — For a reminder of how to donate to TASTE or the Sisters of the Servants of the Lord, please view this LINK.
Joy, Michele, Carolyn, and Karen
Jesus, I trust in You!