November 13, 2022

Dear Ladies and Friends of TASTE,


  • BROWN BAG LUNCH — This Thursday, we will resume our brown bag lunch as an opportunity to fellowship with one another.  Please bring your bag lunch and encourage others to join us in the Student Study Room across from the gym immediately after TASTE. We are really looking forward to having a chance to sit and catch up with everyone, especially after such a long break from our lunches!
  • This Tuesday, November 15th is the feast day for Saint Albert the Great. He knew everything, taught Aquinas, and put his complex mind at the Church’s service. There was little that Saint Albert did not know and little that he did not teach. His mastery of all the branches of knowledge of his age was so manifest that he was called “The Great” and the “Universal Doctor.” Reality and Truth were one for Albert and his era, and autonomous reason could be trusted to lead the honest, rational seeker to those eternal verities. Let us pray that our nation turn away from relativism and also recognize that Reality and Truth are one!
  • Last week, we welcomed back Joan Watson as she gave a talk entitled "The Luminous Mysteries."  Joan’s talk is a shorter version of five talks that she usually gives over a weekend retreat. She said that the Mysteries of the Rosary are basically scripture stories which she will share in a bible study format.  Her focus was on the Luminous Mysteries which are considered the Mysteries of Light.  Additionally, she shared how they might also be considered the Mysteries of the Eucharist. In 2002, Pope John Paul II wrote an apostolic letter about the Rosary. In this letter, he declared the Year of the Rosary and he announced to the world a set of 5 new mysteries of the Rosary.  Within his document, JP II said “… to bring out fully the Christological depth of the Rosary, it would be suitable to make an addition to the traditional pattern which… could broaden it to include the mysteries of Christ's public ministry between his Baptism and his Passion…..”  MORE



  • REFLECTION WITH FR. VIRGINUS — All are invited to an Advent Morning of Reflection on Saturday, November 19, 2022 beginning at 10:00 am at the Church of the Resurrection in Burtonsville, MD (3315 Greencastle Road). LINK
  • REFLECTION WITH FR. YOUNG — All are invited to a Morning of Recollection on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 8:00am to 10:30am at St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church. Father Larry Young, Presenter of “Planting Seeds”.  FLYER
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • SUPPORT OUR PRIESTS A couple of weeks ago, 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  Additionally, here is an ARTICLE about 7 ways to support your priest.
  • 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 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