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Pope: During Holy Week, ask which Gospel character you resemble
VATICAN CITY - Preceded by young people and clergy waving tall palm branches, Pope Francis began his Holy Week liturgies by encouraging people to ask themselves which personality in the Gospel accounts of Jesus' passion, death and resurrection they resemble most.
"Where is my heart? Which of these people do I resemble most?" Pope Francis asked April 13 as he celebrated the Palm Sunday Mass of the Lord's Passion.
Joined by thousands of young people for the local celebration of World Youth Day, the pope set aside his prepared homily and instead urged people to adopt an exercise recommended by St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits: imagining themselves as one of the characters in the Gospel story.
Throughout the Holy Week liturgies - Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter vigil and Easter morning Mass - "it would do us good to ask one question: Who am I? Who am I before my Lord?" the pope said.
"Am I able to express my joy, to praise him?" the pope asked. "Or do I keep my distance? Who am I before Jesus who is suffering?"
Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. "Am I like Judas?" the pope asked. "Am I a traitor?"
"The disciples didn't understand anything and they fell asleep while the Lord suffered," he said. "Is my life one of sleeping?"
When Jesus was about to be arrested, one of the disciples cut off the ear of the high priest's servant; "am I like that disciple who wanted to resolve everything with the sword?" the pope asked. Read More
Pope Francis Defends Parents' Right to Decide 'Moral and Religious' Education for Children
In a speech that was largely reported on for its focus on asking those who had been abused by Catholic priests for forgiveness, Pope Francis also talked at length about the right of parents to decide the moral and religious education of their children, according to News.va.
"And in this regard I would like to express my rejection of any kind of educational experimentation with children. We cannot experiment with children and young people," the Holy Father reportedly said. "The horrors of the manipulation of education that we experienced in the great genocidal dictatorships of the twentieth century have not disappeared; they have retained a current relevance under various guises and proposals and, with the pretense of modernity, push children and young people to walk on the dictatorial path of 'only one form of thought."
The Holy Father also reportedly warned against the dangers "posed by contemporary culture and widespread mentality propagated by the mass media." Read More
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Pope apologizes for clerical sex abuse, promises tough sanctions
VATICAN CITY - "I feel called to take responsibility for all the evil some priests - large in number, but not in proportion to the total - have committed and to ask forgiveness for the damage they've done with the sexual abuse of children," Pope Francis said.
"The church is aware of this damage" and is committed to strengthening child protection programs and punishing offenders, he told members of the International Catholic Child Bureau during a meeting April 11 at the Vatican. Read More
MASS WITH BISHOP MALOOLY-You are invited to the Annual Diocesan "Celebrate Life Day Mass," a celebration for persons with special needs and their families/friends/caregivers. This event will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bear, DE on Sunday, May 4, 2014. The day includes a gathering at 3:30, Mass at 4:00 and a light dinner following Mass. We ask that if you are able to attend, please bring 2 or more cans of food for the parish food closet. To register, please email Linda Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her in the Office for Religious Education at (302) 573-3130. Please respond no later than April 25th.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS-NITE AT THE RACES-May 10, 2014. Door open at 6:30. FUN!!!FOOD!!!RACES!!! And much more. Tickets and horses on sale after all masses beginning April 5, 2014. For more information contact Steve Crutchley at 410-924-7128.
THE LADIES AUXILIARY OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUSwill be holding their annual Plant Sale on Saturday, April 26thbeginning at 8:00am and going to 12:00pm. There will be hanging baskets, perennial plants, annual plants, seeds, dish gardens, and a variety of small and large plants for everyone! Come and join in the sale and enjoy Spring by starting or adding to your Spring and Summer garden. If you have plants you would like to donate, contact Mary Burneston at 410-643-3865 or Charlotte Hardman at 443-742-7219.
DIOCESAN HEALING MASS TO BE HELD MAY 2ND-The
Diocese of Wilmington's quarterly Healing Mass will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, Delaware. The Diocesan Healing Mass
features a reserved seating area for the aged and infirmed and ushers are available to provide assistance if needed. St. Mary of the Assumption is handicapped accessible. Additionally, priests will go into the
congregation to bless those in the reserved seating area, and prayer teams will also visit all who cannot come forward to the altar for prayers.
Confessions will be heard after Mass. All are welcome.
ST. POLYCARP-Washington D.C. Bus Trip Wed., April 30. Bus leaves St. Polycarp at 7 AM. Cost is $23 per person. We will tour the National Shrine & the newly named St. John Paul II Shrine. 653-8279
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.
Choices Pregnancy Center has two upcoming events in which all are invited to participate. Tuesday, May 6 will be a Charity Golf Tournament at Queenstown Harbor Course. They need Sponsors, Golfers, and Volunteers. We will have info posted on the bulletin board in the hall or contact,
email@example.com In June, they will hold their Annual Banquet. More info will be posted, but I would love for St. Christopher's to fill at least two tables. It is a great opportunity to learn of the great work God is doing through them, hear an inspirational speaker and find out ways to support the center.
Did you know that our parish is an active partner in Haven Ministries, a coalition of 13 area churches that work together to show God's love to the poor in our community? Join St. Christopher's Haven Helpers and find out how you can help. Contact Mary Jourdak at 410-490-9276. More information is also available at haven-ministries.org
Lent is a time of reflection, a time of commitment, a time to renew our trust in God. "Jesus told his disciples, 'If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me" Matt 16:24."He will repay everyone for what has been done" Matt 16:27. Positive actions should be a part of a Lenten commitment.
Remember the Poor Box in the back of the Church and Outreach Food Pantry needs: Peanut Butter, Jelly, Boxed complete meals, Spaghetti sauce. (no sweets please).
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
MARRIAGE & GOING OFF TO COLLEGE-If you are interested in coordinating two separate masses; one for recognizing the value of marriage and a second for blessing our children as they venture away from home for college, please come forward to help.
MARRIAGE-Our area is looking for a married couple to provide information about Retrouvaille and Marriage Encounter for St. Christopher's. As Catholics, we support marriages that are thriving, as well as those suffering the intimacy to keep their relationship growing. If you are interested in providing information about these programs, please come forward to help.
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 comingweek..." http://dynamiccatholic.com/free-resources/the-mass-journal/
COMMUNITY CAFÉ - - Coffee, Bagels and Doughnuts - 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.
This is a reminder that this Sunday, April 20th there will be no CCD. We hope you and your family have a very Blessed & Happy Easter! Classes will resume next Sunday, April 27th!
Save the Date - SonTreasure Island VBS: Monday, June 23 rd – Friday, June 27th Pre-K through 5 th Grade 9 AM - 12 PM. Registration coming in May.
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
Please make sure that you go to Confession prior to your Confirmation. Confessions are heard every Wednesday in the Church 6:15-7PM or Saturday before & after the 5PM Mass. If you cannot make either of these weekly times, please contact the Rectory at 410-643-6220 and schedule an appointment with Fr. Jennings.
Also, please make sure to check the Dress Code for Confirmation!
Both Community Service Forms & Sponsor Forms are due! Please turn those in as soon as possible.
Upcoming Youth Events
April 20: NO YOUTH GROUP (Easter Sunday)
Please stop by and join us for Artpalooza!
Students will have their artwork displayed in the hall during this week. We will have items available as raffles throughout the week! You will also have the opportunity to place a bid on your child's class created story books! The stories are wonderful and will make a great preschool memento!
SNACK REMINDERS: Due to new regulations with the Office of Childe Care we need to amend our snack policy. When you provide snack for our classes our snacks MUST contain: A fruit and/or
vegetable, AND A grain (i.e. bagels, muffins, crackers, goldfish, etc.) AND Your child's drink should be 100% juice.
The preschool is in need of supplies. If you are able to help and donate any of these items we would greatly appreciate your generosity.
SUPPLIES NEEDED: Baby Wipes
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