March 25, 2024

Dear Ladies and Friends of TASTE,

    • TASTE is on Easter break. We will resume on Thursday, April 11 with a talk by Fr. Ebuka Mbanude on Sr. Josephine Bakhita.
    • The video, reflection questions, and other material from Deacon Jim's final talk in his Lenten series can be found HERE.
    • Holy Week is the most solemn and glorious week in Christianity, the pinnacle of the liturgical year. It is more sacred than Christmas! This is because Holy Week commemorates the final week of Our Lord's life, the very purpose for which Christmas happened. Holy Week began yesterday with Palm Sunday (when Jesus made his final entrance into Jerusalem) and culminates with Easter Sunday (when Jesus is resurrected). As Holy Week progresses to its final days, the solemnity heightens. This three-day period is referred to as the Easter Triduum, also known as the Sacred Triduum, or Paschal Triduum all coming from the same Latin word, which comes from tris (“three”) + dies (“day”). Basically, the Sacred Triduum is one great festival recounting the last three days of Jesus' life on earth, the events of his Passion and Resurrection, when the Lamb of God laid down his life in atonement for our sins.  "Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery" (USCCB).  As we continue to prepare for EASTER, the words from Fulton Sheen that Karen read last week are worth reflecting on during our Easter Break. They can be found HERE directly and have also been posted to Deacon Jim's last talk web page for future reference.
    • LAST WEEK  Last week, we welcomed back Deacon Jim Munno for the final time as he concluded our Lenten series entitled "Perfected In Grace: The Source and Summit of Christian Life." As in prior weeks, we will make good use of the excellent slides Deacon Jim provided, which can be found on the talk web page HERE or linked DIRECTLY. Deacon Jim reminded us that everything he has been talking about these last weeks has pointed to the one theme that God is working in us, with our cooperation to divinize us, to make us like Him. The transformation that happens in us is so much more than forgiveness of sins. He then told us briefly what the talk was not about because he is talking to an audience that has taken in that the Eucharist is truly the body and blood, soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ.  MORE
    • Starting 3/12 — NOVENA FOR UNITY — Cardinal Raymond Burke has put out a call to every Catholic in America to UNITE with him in a very important Nine Month Novena seeking Our Lady’s intercession to combat Satan who has caused great division in our families and communities.  This novena goes from March 12 to December 12, which is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  MORE
    • 4/12 — HEALING MASS — Fr. Dan Leary and Fr. Collin Poston celebrate a Healing Mass on April 12th at 7:00 pm. MORE
    • 4/13 — SHROUD OF TURIN — Shroud Talks presents "Is this the Face of Jesus" on April 13, 2024 at 10:00 am at St. Mary of the Mills in the Basement Breen Room.  See the full size shroud replica, hear the history and science, and experience the passion of Jesus in a new way.  MORE
    • 4/13 — WOMEN'S RETREAT — The National Shrine Grotto welcomes Susan Brinkmann, OCDS to lead a Women’s Day of Retreat! April 13, 2024 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  The Registration Fee is $40 or $50 with boxed lunch.  Click LINK for more information and to register.
    • 4/14 — DOUBLE FEATURE EVENT — Karen recently mentioned Jason Evert, who has an excellent video called "Gender and Theology of the Body" and a book that he wrote called "Male, Female, Other?"  In addition to both of these resources being linked to Mike Tenney's recent talk PAGE, we learned that Jason is having an event at OLPH on April 14th featuring two talks – “Purified” and “Gender and the Theology of Your Body” – as well as Mass, dinner, adoration, confession, and free resources to bring home!  See LINK  for details and to see a promotional video.
    • 4/20 — BBQ & MUSIC — On the beautiful grounds of the Shrine of St. Anthony is the Little Portion Farm which grows food for the poor in Baltimore.  As a fund raiser, they are celebrating with a BBQ and Music from 12:30 - 3:30 in honor of the farm's patron (almost) saint, Blessed Giles of Assisi's Feast Day.  Come see own Helen Griffith who is performing in their band at this event!  SIGN-UP
    • 4/24 — PENTECOST TALK — Sr. Mary Michael Fox presents a talk at OLPH called "What does Pentecost have to do with the Eucharist" on April 24th at 7:00 pm at OLPH MORE
    • 5/2024 & 9/2024 — GUADALUPE PILGRIMAGE — There are two upcoming pilgrimages to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico — May 24-27, 2024 and Sept 27-30, 2024.   MORE
    • 6/2024 — MARIAN PILGRIMAGE — One of our speakers (Joan Watson) is hosting a Marian Pilgrimage between 20-30 June 2024.  Given her passion for our Church, this pilgrimage will no doubt be a wonderful experience.  MORE
    • 5/2025 — ITALY PILGRIMAGE — Fr. Mattia and Sr. Isabela are hosting a pilgrimage to Italy from May 25 - June 4, 2025.   MORE and SIGN-UP
    • 7/14-26 — POLAND PILGRIMAGE — Follow the footsteps of the Mercy Saints (Saint John Paul II and Saint Faustina) on a pilgrimage and spiritual retreat with Fr. Bonaventure Chapman, OP and the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy (Sr. Inga Kvassayova and Sr. Faustina Szaboova).  Sr. Inga has been a TASTE speaker and we LOVED her talk!   FLYER  DETAILS
  • 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) the repose of Donna DeLorenzo and Pat Sheppard's souls and comfort for their families, 2) Mike Frentz (our founder Marian Frentz's husband) who will undergo a difficult bone marrow transplant from March through May,  3) Fr. Larry Swink for healing, 4) Susan Conroy as she continues to have medical issues,  5) Kate Christianson for eradication of her cancer and overall health improvement, 6) Andrew, Larissa Cymerman's brother-in-law, as he begins chemo for treatment of blood cancer, 7) God's complete physical and spiritual healing for Helen Griffith's brother-in-law Rod, 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
  • Blessings,
    Joy, Michele, Karen, and Helen
    Jesus, I trust in You!


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

    • UNIVERSALIS APP Are you looking for an awesome Catholic App that includes: 1) Mass readings and associated commentaries, 2) Information about each day's Saint or Feast Day, 3) Liturgy of the Hours, 4) Prayers for throughout the day, 5) A Scriptural Rosary, and more. All of this is currently available for one-time fee of only $11.99 and no monthly subscriptions.  Not only does the Universalis App provide all of that, but it also includes a couple of books that John-Mark mentioned in his recent talk  "A Retreat for Lay People" and "The Catholic Church and Conversion" — both for free!
    • CLASS ON PSALMS Fr. Larry Young is offering an in-depth class: "Journey Through the Psalms."   Did you know the Psalms are the most referenced book in the New Testament being quoted over 100 times?  Starting 11/25, Fr. Larry will be posting a video on one of the Psalms each Saturday morning until he gets through all 150 of them.  Fr. Larry wanted to offer this opportunity to our women since this book has nourished the faith of so many Saints to include our own Blessed Mother. Here is a 2 minute VIDEO promotion and LINK to his talks.
    • JOAN WATSON PODCAST  One of our speakers, Joan Watson, started a new podcast that is connected to Verso.  Interestingly, some of it was inspired by a TASTE talk she did several years ago about life being a pilgrimage.  So if you are planning a trip or just on the pilgrimage of daily living, listen to In Via, her new podcast that explores the daily pilgrimage of life!  Find it HERE or wherever you listen to podcasts. Connections to the other places you may listen (e.g., Apple and Spotify and Google Play) are also on that link.
    • CATHOLIC YOUTH SUMMER CAMP 2024 — CYSC 2024 is designed for youth who will be ENTERING grades 6-12 in the Fall 2024 (in other words, young people CURRENTLY in grades 5-11). Camp will be July 28 to August 2024 at Damascus' Main Campus in Centerburg, Ohio. Registration opened 11/6/23 so sign up soon if interested. See HERE for details.
    • 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
    • FACEBOOK — We just re-launched our FACEBOOK presence and intend to keep it up-to-date with useful information about our TASTE Program as well as other interesting Catholic information and events.   Follow us on FACEBOOK.  
    • SPEAKER LINE-UP As usual, our speaker line-up looks amazing with quite a diverse set of priests, deacons, religious sisters, educators, and authors.  If you would like to read about our upcoming speakers, click HERE.  If you would like to learn about the titles of our upcoming talks, click HERE.
    • 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.
    • REGISTRATION Many of you have registered already, so thank you.  If you have not yet, please help us plan for this upcoming semester by registering using this LINK. Even if you attended last year, please register for this upcoming 2023-2024 year.  If you can't remember whether you have registered or if you need to edit any of your responses, see your email receipt with subject line: TASTE REGISTRATION -- 2023-2024.  If you have deleted or lost your email receipt, simply respond to this email and Joy can help you.
    • PARKING — For the 2023-2024 season, parking will be available at the St Mary of the Mills School/Church parking lot, Keesler Center parking lot, Phelps Center parking lot, and street parking.


When you look at ...