March 12, 2023

Dear Ladies and Friends of TASTE,

    • This week, we will have our brown bag lunch. Please bring your lunch so that we can socialize together after our meeting.
    • Also this week and in the spirit of Laetare Sunday, Deacon Jim suggested that we all wear pink/rose. Let’s surprise him by having so many of our women do just that.
    • This week, TASTE continues to meet at the Pallotti Chapel. Our speaker is once again Deacon Jim Munno as he continues our Lenten Series "Draw Close to God and He Will Draw Close to You (James 4:8); Talk entitled "Rejoice."
    • Small group discussions will be in person on Thursday based on Reflection Questions and other material found HERE. The Zoom small group continues to meet on Tuesday mornings (ZOOM).

  • OPENING — This week, we will be celebrating both St. Patrick (March 17) and St. Joseph (March 19).  Given that we talked about both in last year’s email, we thought we’d address another topic.  Two days after Deacon Jim Munno’s talk on ”Detesting Your Sins," EWTN’s HOMILY seemed to reinforce so many of his same points using the parable of the prodigal son. HOMILY HIGHLIGHTS.
  • LAST WEEK  — We welcomed back Deacon Jim Munno as he continued our Lenten series "Draw Close to God and He Will Draw Close to You" (James 4:8), with a talk entitled "Detest Your Sins." Deacon Jim gave an impassioned talk - he knows how much is at stake in this talk because sin just wants to drag us away from the love of God. After spending the first weeks learning how we can turn to God through repentance and conversion, we learned how we turn away from God through sin. All sin, including venial sin, is an affront to God. Our venial sins always have as their root some mortal sin. All sin is opposed to one or more Theological and/or Cardinal Virtue. And so, we learn to detest our sins, all of them.  MORE
  • NEW TALK  This week, we welcome back Deacon Jim Munno as he continues our Lenten series with a talk entitled "Rejoice."
  • THIS WEEK'S DISCUSSION We will discuss Deacon Jim Munno's talk entitled "Detest Your Sins." The audio, video, reflection questions, and other related material can be found HERE. The Tuesday Zoom Small Group will continue to meet as well via ZOOM.
  • MARCH 18: PREPARING FOR THE LAST THINGS — St Mary of the Mills is offering a 3-part seminar called "Leaving a Legacy of Peace - Preparing for the Last Things" on 3 consecutive Saturday mornings.  The final session will be this coming Saturday. Adults of all ages are welcome. LINK
  • MARCH 18: LENTEN TALK — At Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City from 6-9pm “Christ our Bridegroom: Loving Jesus Through Holy Week” by Sr. Albertine Cevallos, O. P.   Sister will teach us how to best respond to the tremendous gift of our Bridegroom’s suffering, death and resurrection, and the eternal memorial of the Eucharist. Light refreshments will be served. Register at
  • POPE BENEDICT XVI's ADVICE FOR BEING A LITTLE HOLIER EVERY DAY —  The following link is to a beautiful article with nine concrete habits that are quite accessible and easy to put in place, in order to become a friend of God: LINK.
  • MARCH 25: SPRING GALA — St. Vincent Pallotti High School is having their SPRING GALA on March 25th and will feature a sit-down dinner, an open bar, live entertainment, games, raffles and a live and silent auction.  This event is their largest fundraiser of the year.  We appreciate all of their support and want to offer support to them as well.  TICKETS are on sale now!
  • FR. SWINK We have learned that Fr. Swink had a setback in his recovery from spinal surgery.  He is on medical leave while doctors assess the next steps.
  • 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) Fr. Swink for resolution of his back problems, 2) Susan Conroy as she continues to have medical issues, 3) Katylee McInerney as she continues treatment for cancer, 4) eradication of Kate Christianson's cancer, 5) healing for Jennifer Dougherty's mother Kay for the pain in both of her hips, 6) Karen’s Aunt Joan who has stage 4 kidney cancer, 7) God's complete physical and spiritual healing for Helen Griffith's brother-in-law Rod, 8) Mike Frentz who is suffering from partial loss of eyesight, that it will not worsen, 9) Kara Helfenbein's daughter Ellie Carter for healing from complications of a bone marrow treatment for AML,  and 10) peace and comfort to the families of each of the people mentioned above.   New prayer requests can be sent to Joy Parker at
Joy, Michele, Karen, and Helen
Jesus, I trust in You!

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

  • SPECIAL ACCESS — Exciting News! Bill Keimig has provided the TASTE Program with our very own membership to the Catechetical Institute's "Franciscan At Home" completely free of charge to you! With this membership, we have workshops available to us on our computer given by excellent instructors such as Dr. Scott Hahn, Dr. Bob Rice, and our very dear friend, Dr. Bill Keimig! You can go as deep as you like in your study or just explore various topics involving catechizing all age groups, parenting, holy families, the Eucharist, discipleship, and many more. The link to set up your account under TASTE's membership is HERE.  Questions? Feel free to email Karen Giermek at
  • SUPPORT OUR PRIESTS A few 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.
  • 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
  • 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