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April 15, 2024

Dear Ladies and Friends of TASTE,

  • ESSENTIAL INFORMATION 
    • TASTE continues this week with a talk by Joan Watson. Invite a friend!
    • The video, reflection questions, and other material from last week's talk can be found HERE.
  • OPENING PARAGRAPH
    • Can you believe that we only have 4 gatherings left in this year?  We have 3 more talks and then on May 9th, we will have our End of Year Wrap-up Session and Pot Luck Luncheon.  To ensure that we have all of the bases covered, we have an on-line sign-up sheet.  Thanks in advance for signing up and if you have any trouble, just let us know.  LINK
  • TASTE EVENTS
    • LAST SESSION  Last week we welcomed back Fr. Ebuka Mbanude as he gave his fourth talk entitled "St. Josephine Bakhita: To Forgive and to be Free."  Saints impact our lives as Christians because we relate to them in different ways. Fr. Ebuka relates to St. Josephine Bakhita both as a mother because of her age and as a sister because she is a native of Africa as is he.  Pope Benedict XVI helped Fr. Ebuka encounter her through his encyclical Spe Salve (The Hope of Salvation) where he mentioned this saint.  Since then, Fr. Ebuka looked deeply into who she is and fell in love with her. MORE
  • THIS WEEK'S DISCUSSION We will discuss Fr. Ebuka Mbanude's talk entitled "St. Josephine Bakhita: To Forgive and to be Free." The video, reflection questions and other related material can be found HERE. The Zoom meeting will resume on April 16. Details on how to join the Zoom meeting can be found in a link at the bottom of this message.
  • OTHER EVENTS
    • 4/20 — COOKOUT & 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 our own Helen Griffith who is performing in their band (Lost 'N' Found) at this event!  Please sign-up by this Wednesday if possible to help with food quantity planning.  SIGN-UP
    • 4/23 — WOMEN'S NIGHT — Saint Andrew Apostle Catholic Church in Silver Spring is having a Women’s Night Reflection: True Devotion to Mary on April 23 from 6:30-8:30 pm with Monsignor Pope. MORE
  • 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
  • PILGRIMAGES
    • 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
    • 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) Mike Frentz (our founder Marian Frentz's husband) whose bone marrow transplant donor fell though and a new donor would be found soon,  2) Fr. Larry Swink for healing, 3) Susan Conroy as she continues to have medical issues,  4) Kate Christianson for eradication of her cancer and overall health improvement, 5) Andrew, Larissa Cymerman's brother-in-law for healing from blood cancer, 6) God's complete physical and spiritual healing for Helen Griffith's brother-in-law Rod, and 7) 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.
  • Blessings,
    Joy, Michele, Karen, and Helen
    Jesus, I trust in You!

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

    • 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
    • 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!
    • 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.
    • 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.  
    • 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.

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