4 July 2023

Dear Ladies and Friends of TASTE,

    • Registration now for 2023-2024 — LINK
    • We will have TASTE for Tots Child Care starting in the Fall. Please help get the word out!
    • While the Sisters of the Servants of the Lord will support our childcare, we need assistance — See below

  • OPENING — We hope everyone is enjoying the summer.  These few months always seems to fly by and before we know it, Fall will be just around the corner.
  • REGISTRATION  To help us plan for this upcoming semester, please register using this LINK. Please re-register for the Fall even if you attended last year.It's never too soon to register for next season! Please register now so you don't forget! We look forward to seeing everyone in the Fall.
  • CHILD CARE NEEDS  While the Sisters of the Servants of the Lord will support our child care, we are looking for one of our TASTE women to serve as the TASTE for Tots coordinator.  Additionally. we are seeking recommendations for a childcare person that is Virtus trained and can remain with the sisters while they are supporting our TASTE for Tots.  Please reply to this email for more information or to volunteer.
  • PROMOTE OUR CHILD CARE Given that this will allow young mothers to come to TASTE who may not have been able to in the past couple years, please help us share the word.
  • PRIESTS IN CONCERT On Jul 21st, Priests in Concert will be hosting a fundraising event at St. Mary of the Mills to enable our youth from local parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington to attend the World Youth Day in Portugal in August 2023.  Tickets at $30 each to allow our youth to meet with the Pope Francis and celebrate their faith. LINK
  • PRAYER REQUESTS Please continue to pray for our TASTE program, our speakers, and the logistics of offering childcare this coming year. 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 is now in hospice care, 4) Mayra Wilson (TASTE member) to successfully navigate the program to become a police officer and that her actions as a future police officer always bring honor to God, 5) Kate Christianson for eradication of her cancer and overall health improvement, 6) healing for Jennifer Dougherty's mother Kay's multiple fractures after a fall, 7) God's complete physical and spiritual healing for Helen Griffith's brother-in-law Rod, 8) Kara Helfenbein's daughter Ellie Carter for healing from complications of a bone marrow treatment for AML, and 9) peace and comfort to the families of each of the people mentioned above.   New prayer requests can be sent to Joy Parker at joyparker73@gmail.com.
Joy, Michele, Karen, and Helen
Jesus, I trust in You!


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

  • NEW THEME — In the spirit of continuing our theme on the Eucharist, our 2023/2024 theme will be "Abide in My Eucharistic Heart."  Additionally, each year we attach a scripture verse or Saint quote to our theme.  This year, our quote is  from St. Teresa of Calcutta: "When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now. It was selected to highlight: 1) Jesus' Real Presence in the Eucharist, 2) His unfathomable love for us, (His Bride, the Church), and 3) how it increases our unity with Him and the Body of Christ.
  • THEME INFLUENCES — In preparation for selecting our new theme and quote, the following inputs were amongst those that helped to guide us.  First, Fr. Mike Schmitz’ Corpus Christi homily was centered on that theme (VIDEO).  Second, an article entitled "Msgr. James Shea on Evangelizing in a Post-Christian Society, Belief in the Invisible World, and Utopias" addressed our theme and our role in evangelization (ARTICLE).  Third, Fr. Mattia from St. Mary of the Mills presented 4 talks on the Eucharist. TALK1  TALK2  TALK3 TALK4\
  • RETREAT— Interested in a retreat with Fr. Larry Swink and Fr. Dan Leary? Save the Date for an upcoming Women's Retreat that will be held at the Malvern Retreat House, Malvern, PA from October 6-8, 2023.  While it is not yet open for reservations, we hear that it will fill up quickly.  LINK
  • CASSEROLE COVER — One of our ladies left their 10” X 15” blue plastic Pyrex casserole dish cover at our end of year brunch. If you are the one who is missing this cover, please reply to this email.  Helen Griffith has it for safe keeping and is looking forward to returning it to its proper owner.
  • EUCHARISTIC MIRACLES -Blessed Carlo Acutis  (Additional LINK) catalogued the Eucharistic Miracles of the World.
  • RECENT EUCHARISTIC MIRACLE — The Archdiocese of Hartford (Conneticut) is investigating a possible eucharistic miracle that may have taken place during the celebration of the Mass at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Thomaston. One of their eucharistic ministers was running out of hosts and suddenly there were more hosts in the ciborium. God seemed to duplicate himself in the ciborium.  ARTICLE  VIDEO1  VIDEO2
  • 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 karen.giermek@gmail.com.
  • INVITE A FRIEND - It is 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.


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