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OF OUR HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
He became poor,
so that by his poverty you might become rich
(cf. 2 Cor 8:9)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As Lent draws near, I would like to offer some helpful thoughts on our path of conversion as individuals and as a community. These insights are inspired by the words of Saint Paul: "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich" (2 Cor8:9). The Apostle was writing to the Christians of Corinth to encourage them to be generous in helping the faithful in Jerusalem who were in need. What do these words of Saint Paul mean for us Christians today? What does this invitation to poverty, a life of evangelical poverty, mean for us today?
Ash Wednesday is on March 5th.
MASS SCHEDULE: 7:15am, 8:30am and 7:00pm
THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS are holding a Strove Tuesday Pancake Dinner, starting at 5pm, at the St. Christopher's Hall on March 4, 2014. The event is free and donations are welcome. (We thank the Knights for this wonderful tradition each year)
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Will be every Friday during Lent at 7:00pm. All are invited to attend.
LENTEN FASTING AND ABSTINENCE:Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59, who are in good health and not pregnant or nursing, are obliged to fast and abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday (March 5) and Good Friday (April 18). Fasting means eating only one full meal; two smaller meals (not equaling another full meal) are permitted. In addition, all Catholics 14 years and older abstain from meat on all the Fridays of Lent (the period between ash Wednesday and Easter). The eating of eggs, fish and milk products is allowed.
SOUP AND STATIONS-Believe it or not, the season of Lent is fast approaching! Our Lenten Soup and Stations of the Cross will begin soon. This gives you the opportunity to share your faith with fellow parishioners - Set up a "dinner date" with them. A Lenten dinner will be provided before Stations of the Cross in the Parish Center Hall on the following dates: March 7, March 14,March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11.
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LENTEN ADULT FAITH FORMATION:During the Lenten season, we follow the tradition of the Church in preparing our hearts for the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We invite you to attend a new Lenten Program at our parish, beginningSunday, March 9th at 6PM called "Seven Deadly Sins & Seven Lively Virtues." Presented by Father Robert Barron on DVD, the program focuses on the Seven Deadly Sins and how these gravely sinful habits manifest themselves into our lives. Then Fr. Barron discuses Seven Lively Virtues, which correspond to each deadly sin and give us a practical means to avoid sin and grow in holiness. Fr. Jennings will also be available to answer questions and discuss these vices and virtues in more detail. For more information on this Lenten Program please see the parish website, or stop by the Religious Education Office!
Catholic Questions and Answers-Father Jennings will host a monthly question and answer covered dish dinner starting Feb 25that
5:00 pm. Have you ever wondered why Catholic do something or maybe your question is "Are angels real?" This and many other questions will be answered. If you have questions for Father you can e-mail the rectory office at email@example.com or drop them off in the box outside the Religious Ed office. Each month we will gather for a covered dish dinner in the hall and then move to the
conference room for Questions and Answers. Even if you do not have a question this is a great way to meet others and talk about your faith. This is a family event but there will no babysitting available. Feel free to join us for Dinner and/or Questions and Answers.
ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST SCHOOL IN SEVERNA PARK has begun processing applications for the 2014-15 school year. If you are interested in providing your child with a Christ-filled, academically challenging education for Grades
Kindergarten through 8, you should consider St. John. For more information or to schedule a school tour, please contact Kathy Hamlett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-647-2283, ext. 2137.
Online Giving Now Available at St. Christopher's Church - Want a convenient and safe way to make a one-time or recurring donation? Do you Bank online? Why not Give online. You still receive envelopes to place in the basket if you wish. You can give using Visa, MasterCard or bank account debit and best of all, you control how much and how often. You can cancel a gift right up to the day it's scheduled. Click any Online Giving logo on this page for more information about the program and how to get started.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS-If you did not receive a copy of the March/April 2014 schedule, extra copies are available at the Lector Station, which is located at the entrance to the Little People's Church (Cry Room).
If you have not done so already, please contact Norman Vitrano regarding the meeting of Eucharistic Ministers at St.
Christopher's on Saturday March 22. We will be starting with 8:30am mass. Training, certification and recertification from 9:00am-12noon. For those interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister contact Norman Vitrano 443-463-0330.
SHELTER UPDATE: The next week for us to staff the shelter is March 9-15. Shift volunteers are needed on March 10-11-12. Laundry and breakfast and lunch volunteers are also needed. Sign up sheets are in the entrance to the hall on the bulletin board in the corner. Contact: Mary Jourdak 410-643-5766 e-mail: email@example.com
Our food pantry is in need of canned meats and tuna as well as boxed potatoes and rice. Cereal would be nice as well. "let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works". MATT 5:16
Walking With Purpose Women's
Bible Study - Women are Welcome! Please come and check us out! We offer classes Monday evenings & Thursday mornings. Our Webpage
MASS JOURNAL-"...When you walk into Mass next Sunday, simply ask God in the quiet of your heart, God show me one way in this Mass that I can become a-better-version-of-myself this week! Then listen. Listen to what God is saying to you in the music, through the readings, in the homily. Listen to prayers of the Mass, and listen to the quiet of your heart. The one thing will strike you. Once it is revealed to you, spend the rest of Mass praying about how you can live that one thing in the coming week..." http://dynamiccatholic.com/free-resources/the-mass-journal/
MATTER SERIES -"Tradition" Why Don't we Sing "Alleluia" during Lent? The "Alleluia" and "Gloria" are joyful chants, with Alleluia being the primary chant of the Easter Season. Lent is a penitential period when we express sorrow for the sin that put Jesus on the Cross. Instead of the joyful Alleluia, we sing an alternative hymn which still recognizes Jesus as Lord. During Lent, we prepare our hearts for resuming the Alleluia on Easter Sunday.http://www.hsccatl.com/WhyDoThat.aspx
COMMUNITY CAFÉ - - Coffee, Bagels and Doughnuts - Yeah! They're Back! Celebrate community each Sunday in the ParishCenter for Coffee, Tea, Bagels and Doughnuts following Sunday mass.
Traveling this weekend? Check MassTimes.org to find when Mass is offered at your destination.
Can't find something your looking for? Information posted here comes from ministry leaders. If you don't see the information you're looking for, contact them directly. See Community Life page for a list or call the Rectory.
Soup & Stations of the Cross: On Fridays throughout Lent we invite all the Religious Ed families to come to Soup & Stations of the Cross. This is a great family opportunity to share a meal and your faith with fellow parishioners. OnFriday, March 21st the Religious Education Program will be hosting & preparing the dinner. Anyone interested in helping on that Friday should contact Katie Lewis
First Holy Communion Assignments: The final assignments for First Holy Communion have been emailed out and posted outside of classroom. If you have any questions please contact Katie Lewis. 410-643-8489
Sponsor Forms are due this Sunday. Please make sure that these forms are signed and sealed before turning in. Also, please make sure to check the Dress Code for Confirmation!
There are community service opportunities posted in church hall. There are many opportunities during Lent.
Upcoming Youth Events
We will be assisting again at the food pantry on March 15th. March is a busy month for us doing community service. We have THREE community service events. March 14 -15.
Join us for a fun filled week of Seussilogical nonsense! We are celebrating Read Across America by celebrating Dr. Seuss and dressing in Seussical fashion.
Tax Time Information-It is just about that time to prepare you taxes. Remember preschool tuition costs are considered a Child Care Cost-check for details with your tax preparer. St. Christopher's Federal Tax ID# is 52-1108017.
A Message regarding Safety-In an effort to ensure the safety of all children' please make sure that children are not left unattended in the parking lot. We ask that you escort your child(ren) to your vehicles. Please remember we provide a drop off and pickup service. If this would be helpful please stop by or contact the preschool office for details.
Registration 2014-2015-SCP is accepting registrations for the 2014/2015 school year. Please remember classes are filled on a first come first serve basis and there is a $50 non-refundable registration fee due at the time of registration. We still have spaces open in our Pre-K class for interested families.
If you have any questions or wish to register, please contact the SCP office 410-643-7186. Or, visit our website and download the registration form.
SCHOOL OPENING DELAYS-If QAC schools have a delayed opening due to inclement weather-ALL SCP classes will begin at 10:45am and end at 12:15pm.
Please remember our Illness Policy: Children are not happy at school when they are not feeling well! Please remember that
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