Fr. Mike’s Communication for Aug 21 2022

From the Pastor’s Desk | Aug 21, 2022, | Twentieth-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Endure your trials as ‘discipline’;
God treats you as sons.”

– Hebrews 12:7


Brothers and Sisters,

Despite what life here on earth throws at you, resolve to be courageous and place your trust in the Lord! Even though the path to heaven is narrow, remember, our merits won’t gain us entry. Jesus literally holds the key. Following our Lord will unlock the type of living that will open the doors to heaven for us. As we just celebrated the Assumption and the Queenship of Mary this week, let’s also look to Mary for inspiration. Let’s try our best to model her by cooperating with the Lord, regardless of how uncertain our circumstances might “feel.” This type of trust-filled living requires discipline and affirming the rhythm and routine the Lord wants for us. Our acceptance will foster holy and healthy lives and ultimately lead us to heaven. Let’s turn to Mary as our intercessor and co-mediatrix for God’s graces, asking that we can clearly contemplate God’s will for our lives and bravely commit to following through.

As our children and youth return to school, from those leaving home for college to those beginning their very first days as official students, let’s entrust them all to the care of our Blessed Mother. Please also pray for all our school teachers, staff, and administrators. May this academic year be one of great learning and growth in virtue.

Fr. Anthony asked that I convey his sincere gratitude and thanks for supporting him as he marked his 25th Anniversary. Thanks to all who helped with the liturgy, prepared the Church, served, greeted, and offered music for our worship. Gratitude for those who prepared food and those who celebrated Fr. Anthony (by eating some of that food!), and thanks for your prayers to the Lord in thanksgiving for the priestly ministry of Fr. Anthony.

Lastly, I’m excited to announce the hiring of Eli Roberts as our incoming Director of Music Ministry. Eli’s wife, Christie (Smith), grew up in our parish, and we are blessed to welcome her back. In the following weeks, we are excited for parishioners to get to know Eli and his family. I also encourage you to offer Eli the ultimate welcome gift by joining our OLPH Music Ministry and lifting your voices in song!

Some considerations:

  • Back by popular demand! With an Evening Schedule! Understanding Anxiety & Stress in a Post-Pandemic World
    Workshop Series: Starts September 8, 2022
    Learn how to feel stronger and healthier in a post-pandemic world by attending this upcoming series of workshops presenting talks and time to practice learning a new technique experientially. Presented by Dr. Kathleen Musslewhite, Executive Director of the Alpha Omega Clinic, the series will run monthly on Thursday evenings: September 8, October 13, November 10, January 12, February 9, and March 2; each session duration: 7:00-8:30 pm. Each session costs $60 per person, or sign up for the entire series for $300 per person. Come to all or some. This program is a collaboration between Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center and the Alpha Omega Clinic, located at 7007 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20817. Find more information and links to register:
  • DID YOU KNOW? Our parish book rack was just restocked with lots of great reading to inspire you and help you learn more about your faith! There’s something waiting here for you. Check it out in the Narthex Hallway the next time you are in Church.
  • Check out our new Parish Office Restroom and Foyer Flooring! Thank you, OLPH Parishioner Matt Shanley, from JBL Construction, for donating your services to renovate our Parish Office Guest Restroom and replace the foyer flooring, which had not been updated since 1978! We are so thankful for this clean, updated space ready for use by OLPH Staff, Guests, and our Grasshopper community! 

In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett