From the Pastor’s Desk

3rd Sunday of Easter

April 14, 2024

“Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them.”
~ Luke 24:41-43

 

 

Brothers and Sisters,

Did you catch a glimpse? Last Monday, we had the chance to see the rare Solar Eclipse. If you took a nap instead, you will have to wait until 2045 in this area for another opportunity.

After Jesus’ Resurrection, the disciples were not instantly transformed into perfect beings. They were the same human beings who had once praised Jesus as he entered Jerusalem but later called for his crucifixion. The same apostles had denied, betrayed, or abandoned Jesus. Only after they seized the opportunity to continue their conversion, a process of ongoing spiritual growth and transformation, they became witnesses to the risen Lord and spread the faith. Peter, whom we see preaching in the Acts of the Apostles, and John, who wrote letters to the faithful, had to embrace this invitation to ongoing conversion to become who they were in the early Church.

We all tend to delay our spiritual conversion, thinking that we will get to it tomorrow. However, let us encourage each other to accept Jesus’ invitation and resist the temptation to delay any longer. In other words, we should know God’s will and do it without any excuses. Is this possible? Absolutely. Regardless of our addictions or bad habits that may be holding us back, Jesus is there to set us free. Through prayer, we should sincerely ask the Lord to help us break free from ourselves and our tendency to procrastinate. We must not wait until we feel worthy to accept Jesus’ grace but rather, in all humility, acknowledge our need for him.

I encourage you not to miss the chance to connect with the Lord! To do just that, you can create a simple life plan. This may involve setting aside specific times for prayer and reflection, committing to regular Mass attendance, and finding ways to serve your community. We must heed the Lord’s call to spread the faith through the witness of our lives by accompanying each other on the path of faith and serving our neighbors. May the Lord grant us the same powerful witness we see in the early disciples and restore the holiness that is only possible by his grace.

In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

Ways to serve and receive at OLPH:

INDIVIDUAL UNBOUND MINISTRY PRAYER – Experience freedom from your invisible battles! Join us on April 27th in Ellicott City, MD, for individual Unbound Ministry Prayer. Trained teams will guide you through the Unbound Model of Prayer, unlocking areas of your life for healing and spiritual growth. Prior to your appointment, read the first 7 chapters of “Unbound” by Neal Lozano. Contact Dan or Peggy Gahagan at UnboundMinistryMaryland@gmail.com to schedule your appointment or for more information by April 22nd, 2024.

MOUNT DE SALES ACADEMY’S 24th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held on Monday, May 6, 2024, at the Woodlands AND Diamond Ridge, Windsor Mills, MD. Golf, food, and fun! Businesses and individuals are also invited to become sponsors. All proceeds will benefit Mount de Sales Academy. For more information, please visit mountdesales.org.

Our Parish School is Hiring for a Principal and other Teaching Positions

Since 1879, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) has nurtured faith-filled leaders and confident learners in Howard County. As a proud recipient of the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award, OLPH is a cornerstone of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Our school, serving pre-kindergarten through grade 8, offers a Christ-centered education that excels academically and empowers students to thrive in every aspect of their lives – spiritually, intellectually, physically, socially, and morally. Join us in shaping the leaders of tomorrow!

If you have felt the calling to be a part of the OLPH School Team, please know that we have begun the search for the OLPH School Principal Position and four teaching positions. If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please contact Fr Mike Triplett at mtriplett@archbalt.org.

Click here To apply for the Principal Position