From the Pastor’s Desk

The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Feb 4, 2024

“Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.”

-Mark 1:35

 

Brothers and Sisters,

Jesus cares. He was deeply compassionate towards people who suffered and went through pain. He was always willing to help those who were affected by demonic influences and wanted to liberate them from it. However, performing miracles came at a cost, and after a period of healing, he felt exhausted. This exhaustion was not only physical but also spiritual, and Jesus needed prayer to replenish his strength. He relied on his relationship with the Father to sustain him.

Jesus’ mission and ministry did not end when he ascended to heaven. He entrusted this responsibility to his disciples so that the church could continue to care for people and show compassion for life’s difficulties, be it caused by personal sin, illness, or other suffering. As Christians, we should be proud of the great things achieved in Jesus’ name, and our church has a long history of serving not just our members but also the wider communities where we live. The Archdiocese has been running the Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries since 1992, ensuring that essential ministries receive adequate support. This year’s theme is “Faith in Action: Transforming Lives, Impacting Communities”. Let’s celebrate all the wonderful things the Lord can accomplish through us – through our prayers, acts of kindness, and mercy.

With Catholic Charities, the Institute for Evangelization, its parish renewal program, O’Dwyer Retreat House, Family and Youth Ministries, Vocations and Clergy Formation, Bereavement, Hospital Chaplaincy, and much more, countless lives are changed. We cannot accomplish the amount of good on our own strength, ability, or resources. We are reliant on the Lord and should strive to seek the Lord’s mercy and graces in prayer for our parish and our many ministries.

As a parish, I’m incredibly grateful for all of the work that our parishioners do. Together, we are committed to taking care of our neighbors and spend countless hours in prayer at home, in our church, and in our adoration chapel. Thanks to the parish rebate we receive from the Appeal, we can share 40% of it with our sister parishes, Our Lady of the Nativity in Haiti and St. Veronica in Baltimore. Our contribution helps empower them to be a light to their communities, just as we strive to do in ours. While they have passionate parishioners like we do, they can achieve so much more with the resources we provide.

Additionally, we support evangelization efforts through ChristLife and offer tuition assistance to parishioners who want to afford Our Lady of Perpetual Help School. Each receives a 10% discount, making Catholic education more accessible to everyone. Let us continue to support and encourage one another to put our faith into action. May the Lord bless all that we do with his abundant graces!

In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

Going on at OLPH:

INDIVIDUAL UNBOUND MINISTRY PRAYER – Many of us are fighting invisible battles with anxieties, negative thoughts, sins, unhealthy relationships, destructive habits, resentments, and bitter wounds that never seem to heal. You can reach out and experience God’s merciful love, healing, and freedom! Unbound Ministry Prayer releases the power of Jesus into wounded lives. On Saturday, February 24th, there will be trained teams available to provide individual prayer using the Unbound Model of prayer in Ellicott City, MD. Unbound Prayer is based on 5 scriptural keys that help you unlock those areas of your life where you want to receive greater freedom, healing, and spiritual growth. If you would like to schedule an appointment or want more information, please contact Dan or Peggy Gahagan by Monday, February 19th, at UnboundMinistryMaryland@gmail.com. We ask that you read at least the first 7 chapters of the book Unbound by Neal Lozano before your appointment to receive Unbound prayer (available at www.Amazon.com OR www.heartofthefather.com).

OUR FAITH IN ACTION – Did you know that our Catholic community is the largest provider of social services in the region outside of the government? Our Faith in Action drives our compassion and care for our neighbors. God’s love is witnessed in every act of service. Every meal served. Every prayer in His name. Every shelter provided. Every comfort extended. This is our Faith in Action. Visit ArchBalt.org to learn more about the mission and ministry of the Archdiocese of Baltimore through the good works of 500,000 faithful.