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Cardinal Dolan Clarifies Synod's Purpose:


Catholicism is a big yes to " everything good and noble and beautiful and dignified and genuine and liberating in the human person." 
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, shared his thoughts on the report with "CBS This Morning," which provided the following transcript of the interview.

This morning a meeting of Roman Catholic leaders faces an open revolt. Conservative bishops say a landmark Vatican document on non-traditional families is unacceptable. The preliminary report outlines positive aspects of civil unions and cohabitation. It offers ideas for caring for families "wounded by divorce." There's also a discussion on welcoming homosexual persons. The Vatican's chief spokesman on Tuesday called the document a "working draft" that will be revised. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, is attending the Bishops meeting in Vatican City. Cardinal, good morning.

CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN: Charlie, Norah, Jane, good to be with you. How are you?

ROSE: We're pleased to have you.

DOLAN: It's afternoon here, let's hurry up, my pasta's getting cold.

We have some restaurant suggestions for you. But first, this is an important time in the church, and the question is, is this an example of Pope Francis trying to take the church in new directions, open it up, without changing or salting doctrines?
Yeah that's a good way to put it, Charlie. I'd say you're onto something. Pope Francis has the challenge that any successor to Saint Peter, any pope would have, namely how to be true to the timeless, unchanging teaching of the church, but yet trying to find creative, fresh, invigorating ways to present it. Pope Francis has captured the imagination of the world in trying to do that, and this would be a good example. Yeah, I think you're onto something.

ROSE: So how deep is the division over what he's trying to do?

 I note a remarkable unanimity and enthusiastic backing of the Holy Father's attempt to present the teaching of the church in a fresh, exciting, enchanting new way. There's unanimity there, Charlie. There might be some good, deep discussion, you bet there is, on the way that's being expressed. This was a draft document, a first stage, of what's going to be the result of our two good weeks here in Rome. All of this is almost like antipasto to help the Holy Father arrive in afresh new way to teach the timeless teachings of the church on marriage and family.
Parish & Community News



WORLD MISSION SUNDAY-Your prayers and generous support offered to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith on World Mission Sunday directly benefits the mission Church. Extra offering envelopes can be found in the
literature rack located in the Gathering space.






 ALL SOULS NOVENA:  Envelopes are available in the literature rack at the entrance to the gathering space. All names submitted will be remembered in a special novena of masses to begin on All Souls Day, November 2.


VETERANS DAY- St. Christopher's will celebrate Veterans Day again this year in a very special way. The weekend of Nov. 8-9, we encourage all members of our armed forces-active, reserves, or retired-to wear your uniform and/or medals to Mass. We hope that veterans and their families will bring pictures, uniforms, and other memorabilia to proudly display in front of the altar all weekend, beginning with the 5 PM Mass on Saturday and to be picked up after the Sunday 5 PM mass. When dropping off your memorabilia, please include a note telling what the connection is to a parishioner. This makes it more meaningful.


MEMORIAL MASS FOR THE DECEASED-On Tuesday, November 25 at 7PM, St. Christopher's will hold their annual Mass for all of the deceased of the parish, but especially for those who have died in the past year. If you have a loved one who has passed away in the past year and have not received an invitation, please call the rectory office at 410-643-6220 to have their named added to the list. Following the Mass, light refreshments will be served. RSVP to the parish office by November 18.




MY FAVORITE SAINT POSTER CONTEST...rules and drawing paper will be distributed during CCD classes...grades 1-8....completed posters due date is October 26. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, contact person: Greg Denny 410-643-5960



NEW PARISHIONER RECEPTION - There will be a new parishioner reception on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 12:00 p.m., immediately following the 11:00 a.m. mass, in the Hall.  This event is by invitation only.  If you have registered as a new parishioner with the church since January 2014 and have not yet received your invitation, please contact the Rectory so that you can be added to the list.  If you have any 
questions, please contact Vicki Morter at



ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED!Altar server training will be on November 13 at 7:00pm in the church. If you are in 4th grade or above and would like to help your church by becoming an Altar Servers, please let your CCD teacher know. This is a great "in church" service project for 2016 confirmation students!



EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS-Please provide the dates you are not available for the November/ December 2014 EM schedule to Joe Kline no later than Friday, October 17th. Joe can be reached at (410)643-2972 or

 "The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be still."  Exodus 14:14  

Monday Night October 20th, 7pm: Lesson 4
"Balancing Expectations"

            Thursday Morning October 23rd, 9:30am: Lesson 4
              "Balancing Expectations" (free Childcare available.)


We are still registering for our new course!  To register for  Keeping in Balance: Creating Order Within  go to (we are on the Community Life Page)  For more information please contact Melissa Coligan:; 301-343-8408  or go to

Parish Council Selection-St. Christopher's parish council elections are this month.  If you would like to serve on parish council, we are currently accepting applications until October 20th. To be eligible, candidates must be participating members of the parish and Catholics in good standing with the norms of the Catholic Church.    You do not need to be nominated to complete the form.   Parish council meets once a month to help the pastor identify and meet the needs of the parish.  Please consider serving.

There are three ways to complete the nomination form: 1) Online Form, 2) download/print the form (PDF) from the website, 3) pick-up the paper form located in the church foyer and rectory. Online submissions and the downloadable form are available at Only paper forms are submitted to the rectory.  

DIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST-The Diocesan High School Placement Test for eighth grade students will be administered at the diocesan high schools (Padua Academy, Saint Elizabeth High School, Saint Mark's High School, Saint Thomas More Academy, Saints Peter & Paul High School) on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday December 7. For more information and registration, contact the Catholic Schools Office (302-573-3133), diocesan website (, or a diocesan high school.

ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST SCHOOL, SEVERNA PARK:  All parents looking for an academically challenging, faith-filled education for their child are invited to our Fall Open House to be held on October 16th between 9 am and Noon.  You will receive our Parent Info Packet, tour the school, observe in the classrooms, and meet students, parents and administrators.  If you are interested in our Kindergarten program, an informal information session will be held that evening in the classrooms at 7 pm.  The teachers will be available to answer any questions orconcerns.  For more information, please contact Kathy Hamlett at or 410-647-2283, ext. 2137.





FOG DELAYS: If QAC schools have a delayed
opening due to inclement weather-all SCP Morning classes will begin at 10:45am and end at 12:15am.


You will find import up to date information regarding all the happenings at St. Christopher's Pre-School webpage

A total of 29 boys and girls participated. Each winner is eligible to compete at the state level championship to be held in November. This activity is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #7941.

Italian Dinner w/ Entertainment:  October 18, 2014, 6:30 pm to 9pm-Spaghetti Dinner with Meatballs. Music by a local D-Jay. Friends. Family's Welcome, FREE, Donations Appreciated

Sportsman Opportunity:  October 25, 2014, 12noon to 4pm

The Point at Pintail in Queenstown, Maryland. Knights of Columbus invites everybody to enjoy this Sporting Course. Look for more info Oct. 11th and 12th bulletin.

Navy Football Game:  November 15, 2014, Game starts at 3:30pm Knights of Columbus offering all Alter Servers and their parents free tickets to this game Information to follow in Bulletin, Oct. 11th and 12th,  Contact Larry Houck 410-643-3789.


MUSIC MINISTRY-Choir practice every Thursday Children's Choir 6:00 - 6:45. Adult Choir 7:00 - 8:30. Teen Choir practices the 2nd and 4rh Sunday of every month before Mass. Guitar Group practice is 8:00am the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month before 9:00 am Mass.


FAMILY LIFE-October 26th, Fall Festival - Tickets are on sale after Sunday Masses. 
Tickets are $1/person and $5/family max.  There will be moon bounce, pumpkin decorating, cake walk, chili and apple dessert cook-offs, and Trunk R Treating.  For more information or for tickets, please contact Bridgitte at 410-604-1450 or

CHILI AND APPLE DESSERT CONTEST - "BRING IT" - There is a CHILI Cook - Off and APPLE DESSERT Bake - Off at our Fall Festival.  The winners will be selected from different age brackets from those under 18 to Seasoned Adults.  We encourage all ages to participate in this fun and delicious event.  We have been told by parishioners that this event has been missed in recent years.   

 Parish Life Contact Info-

September 24 began another 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil at the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Annapolis. The vigil will be from 7am to 7pm daily. Abortions are scheduled every Tuesday and Saturday and many show up to pray on those days.  I have found it is so important to have a prayerful presence on the other days, as women are having the

appointments that counsel them to choose abortion.  For more info or to sign up for devotionals/updates and prayer schedule visit: Annapolis - 40 Days For Life