October 9, 2022

Dear Ladies and Friends of TASTE,


  • This past Friday was the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  The purpose of this feast was to thank God for the victory of Christians over the Turks at Lepanto — a victory attributed to the praying of the rosary. Sadly, when nations choose not to repent or respond to warnings, disaster seems to ultimately ensue.  This was the case in Rwanda.  Between 1981 and 1989, our Blessed Mother appeared to 3 young visionaries in Kibeho, Rwanda warning them that unless the people of Rwanda repented, that horror would soon be upon them.  She requested they pray the Seven Sorrows of Mary Rosary and teach others to do so as well.  Last week, Colleen mentioned that 45,000 of Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga's parishioners perished in this event. To put this into broader perspective, over 800,000 lives were claimed in the 1994 Rwandan genocide!  Please consider praying the rosary daily or as often as you can to help bring about peace in our world, country, and our own families.
  • Last week, we welcomed back Colleen Duggan who gave a talk entitled "Healing Through Forgiveness." Colleen brought along baby Caleb, who we had all been praying for since February - he spent the first two months of his life in the NICU. Caleb helped introduce our speaker! Colleen gave a deeply personal account of her journey with forgiveness. She described our "human condition" as a constant need for the grace to forgive. She talked about how unforgiveness gets lodged in our hearts, and can cause us to get emotionally stuck in spite of all kinds of interventions. Do we find ourselves going to confession with the same sins over and over? Perhaps there is healing through forgiveness that needs to happen.  To see the rest of the talk summary, click HERE.



  • 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 woman 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 November 3rd.
  • PRAYER & FASTING FOR WORLD PEACE — “Nothing is lost with peace. Everything may be lost with war. In 1939, Pius XII addressed this cry to everyone on the eve of the outbreak of World War II. Now, his words are dramatically relevant again. Therefore, we are asked to join with the Franciscan Family in observing a special day of fasting and prayer on October 11, 2022.  LINK
  • PRAYER REQUESTS Please continue to pray for our TASTE program, our speakers, and our ability to offer child care if needed. During Fr. Swink's talk, we learned that he may need surgery on November 3rd to get relief for the pain in his back. Given that we  received word since then that his suffering and pain is increasing, please combine some sort of fast with your prayers for him if you can.  So, this week, we pray for: 1) Fr. Swink as mentioned, 2) restoration of Mike Frentz's eye sight asking Ven. Fulton Sheen’s intercession for him through this novena, 3) continued healing for Teresa Jeschke (TJ) and Katylee McInerney, 4) complete irradiation of all Kate Christianson's cancer and restoration of health, 5) God's complete physical and spiritual healing for Helen Griffith's brother-in-law Rod, and 6) peace and comfort to the families of each of the people mentioned above.   New prayer requests can be sent to Joy Parker at
  • EUCHARIST  Christine Divver shared this VIDEO as a perfect example of what Fr. Swink talked about in our kick-off talk.  Manuel Fodera was an Italian boy who offered his pain for the conversion of souls before succumbing to cancer in 2010. He loved the Eucharist so much that at age 6 he got special permission from the diocesan bishop to receive his first Holy Communion. Manuel's story in part teaches us about how precious the Eucharist is. His cause for beatification is underway.
  • 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!
  • We look forward to seeing each and every one of you soon again!
Joy, Michele, Karen, Teresa, and Helen
Jesus, I trust in You!



CARRY-OVERS - The below information is carried over from the last email.

  • THE EUCHARIST - This year's TASTE theme "ABIDE IN ME" aligns with our Church's 3-year Eucharistic Revival (Additional LINK).  As mentioned earlier, Blessed Carlo Acutis  (Additional LINK) catalogued the Eucharistic Miracles of the World.
  • CHILD CARE - If you are in need of child care to attend TASTE, please contact Joy Parker directly. Likewise, if you know of any young mothers who you think would like to come to TASTE, but would need babysitting to do so, please contact Joy about this as well.
  • REGISTRATION - We want to say thank you to all of the women who have already registered as it helps us significantly with our planning.  If you haven't registered yet or if you know someone who is interested in attending, please sign up and/or encourage them to do the same. REGISTRATION LINK.
  • INVITE A FRIEND - We encourage you to invite a friend regardless of where they are on their faith journey.  If they are interested, please also encourage them to register.  Attached is a POSTCARD that you can text, email, or print as an invitation to others.



Postcard -- Abide in Me Swink