November 6, 2022
Dear Ladies and Friends of TASTE,
- This week, we celebrate the Dedication of Saint John Lateran Basilica on November 9th. Most Catholics think of St. Peter’s as the pope’s main church, but it is not. St. John Lateran is the pope’s church, the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome where the Bishop of Rome presides. Beneath its high altar rest the remains of the small wooden table on which tradition holds Saint Peter himself celebrated Mass. Unlike the commemorations of other Roman churches, this anniversary is a Feast Day. To learn more about its history and architecture, see this LINK.
- Last week, we welcomed one of our own, Lisa Peacock who gave a talk entitled "Six Black American Catholics on the Road to Sainthood." Lisa generously stepped in as a "pinch hitter" when our originally scheduled speaker was unable to attend. As it turned out, Lisa's talk was very timely, as this month is Black Catholic History Month. Lisa spoke to us about six extraordinary African American Catholics, many of whom were born into slavery, all of whom experienced the sin of racism, prejudice and discrimination during their lives, all of whom "survived the time of great distress." [Rev 7:14] All of them are speaking to us across time and space, to "be like Jesus," be virtuous, be courageous. In spite of the discrimination they all experienced, they persevered, and they show us the way forward. Lisa then proceeded to give us a short summary of each of these six. MORE
THIS WEEK AT TASTE:
- NEW TALK — This week, we welcome back Joan Watson as she gives a talk entitled "The Luminous Mysteries."
- THIS WEEK'S DISCUSSION — We will discuss Lisa Peacock's talk entitled "Six Black American Catholics on the Road to Sainthood." A video of her talk, reflection questions, and other information can be found HERE.
- VOTE — The USCCB have personally called out individuals for their radical stance on abortion. Fr. Chris makes no bones about it…while he doesn’t endorse a political party or any specific candidates, he makes it very clear that abortion is not a political issue. It’s a moral issue that we must take into the most serious consideration when casting our vote. LINK
- FR. SCALIA — On Thursday, Nov 10th at 7:00 PM, Fr. Paul Scalia (Son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, R.I.P.) will be presenting a talk "Presence, Sacrifice, and Communion: The Eucharist as the Cure for the Cult of Unreality" at St. Louis Main Church in Clarksville, MD.
- ADVENT TEA — Mary Lenaburg, who recently spoke at TASTE, will be the guest speaker at Sacred Heart in Bowie for their Advent afternoon tea and a delicious catered luncheon on Saturday, December 3, from 1:00-3:00 pm in Carroll Hall. Details can be found on this LINK
- SUPPORT OUR PRIESTS — Last week, we had our Spiritually Adopt a Priest/Seminarian ceremony. Thanks to all who are participating in this program since one of our three missions is to encourage priests in their ministry. If you missed the opportunity to sign up and would like to participate, please email Jennifer.A.Dougherty@protonmail.com. Additionally, here is an ARTICLE about 7 ways to support your priest.
- PRAYER REQUESTS — Please continue to pray for our TASTE program, our speakers, and our ability to offer child care if needed. This week, please pray for: 1) clarity in Fr. Swink's diagnosis and subsequent healing, 2) restoration of Mike Frentz's eye sight, 3) Katylee McInerney and her husband Joe's healing, 4) eradication of Kate Christianson's of cancer, 5) God's complete physical and spiritual healing for Helen Griffith's brother-in-law Rod, 6) improvement of physical health and spiritual well-being for Rita Todaro, 7) healing for Maryanna Rice after a recent fall, and 8) peace and comfort to the families of each of the people mentioned above. New prayer requests can be sent to Joy Parker at email@example.com.
- 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.
- FR. SWINK — We have heard that a number of women wanted Fr. Swink's address to send Get Well cards. Here it is. Fr. Larry Swink, St. Cecelia Catholic Church, 47950 Mattapany Road, P.O. Box 429, St. Mary's City, Maryland 20686
- ROSARIES — Gabriella Oh has very graciously offered to repair, during TASTE, any broken rosaries you may have. She would also like to collect any unused or broken rosaries that she can repair and send to a mission. Gabriella is our TASTE member who generously made all the red and black rosary bracelets that were given out the first week or two of class. In addition, we will have for sale beautiful one and two decade rosary bracelets that she has made with all proceeds going to TASTE! Also, if anyone is interested, she is willing to teach rosary making.
BILL'S WEBSITE — Bill Keimig mentioned that content to their website is for free. If you are in the Arch of Baltimore, follow this LINK. There is a drop down menu of all the parishes and schools that are registered with them. You can use their membership to create an account. Unfortunately, the Arch of Washington only have the following 2 memberships through this LINK (Holy Cross Church and St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Rockville).
- PILGRIMAGE — Fr. Larry Swink and Fr. Tim Daniel will be the Spiritual Directors for a pilgrimage to France May 21-30, 2023. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, see this LINK
- PARKING — We want to remind everyone various areas for parking: 1) St Mary of the Mills Church and School parking lot, 2) The Keesler Center parking lot, 3) The Phelps Center where the Laurel Boys and Girls Club meet, 4) Street parking., 5) No parking in Rectory Lot as it is for 10 to 15 minute visitor parking to the rectory only
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.