From the Pastor’s Desk

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

World Day of Prayer for Grandparents & the Elderly

July 23, 2023

“Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”

-John 6:57

Brothers and Sisters,

Both my grandfathers had careers with the Social Security Administration (SSA). For my maternal grandfather, starting a job with SSA meant better opportunities and a move. He, my grandmother, and my mom – then five- would have to leave the Midwest and make a new home in the Baltimore-Washington area. My paternal grandfather lived in the Hamilton neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore. There he shared a house with his parents – his mom and dad on the main floor, while my grandparents, father, and siblings lived in the rooms above them, which included a kitchen and the attic, where my father slept (I cannot imagine how hot it must have been in the summer!). Both men worked in different parts of Baltimore and in different lines of work while at SSA, one landing in the legal department and sometimes traveling internationally, and the other in security (I guess a bit wordy to put as his job title Social Security Security Guard). Despite or maybe because of those slight differences, it’s neat to think if not for their friendship formed at SSA, my mom, and dad probably would have never met.

I share these origin stories because they perfectly illustrate why my grandparents’ generation is called “the Greatest Generation.” They were among a group of Americans born between 1900 and 1925, and as s a result, they knew the challenges of the Great Depression and World War II. These seminal experiences helped form a group willing to sacrifice for others, their families, and the greater community—folks like my grandparents who aimed to improve the world by being willing to do without or more. While I realize society certainly wasn’t without issues back when my grandfathers each worked for SSA. Still, neighborhoods and communities seemed far more connected with neighbors willing to lend a hand.

Today the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly. Hopefully, you have fond memories of your grandparents like I do, or your parents if you are a bit older. Please take the opportunity to remember their positive impact. Ask yourself if you could have handled the restrictions and challenges that were theirs while they were growing up. Then, let’s look to them for their wisdom and guidance to help us make the world we share better. May the Lord bless their lives, and for those who have passed, may he receive them into the joys of the eternal kingdom.


In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

Other Considerations in and around our Community:

  • HONORING PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS – The Archdiocese of Baltimore is working to foster a community for Catholic first responders and their families. Public safety professionals and their loved ones are invited to join this Facebook group, “First Responders of the Archdiocese of Baltimore,” which comprises faith-filled public servants, including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and veterans. The group is designed to provide fellowship and all-important spiritual support and create a space for first responders to connect as Catholics united in Christ’s love. Search for “First Responders of the Archdiocese of Baltimore” on Facebook and request to join the group, or type the following address into your web browser: ***Please also mark your calendars: Archbishop William E. Lori will celebrate a special Blue Mass to invoke God’s blessing on our first responders on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Monastery in southwest Baltimore.
  • SAVE THE DATE: Maryland Catholic Women’s Conference – “Holy Women, Holy Lives” Saturday, Nov 11, 2023, St. John the Evangelist, Severna Park, MD. This day-long conference is an opportunity for up to 600 women from around the state to come together and deepen their faith by engaging in opportunities for confession, adoration, and Mass, as well as listening to dynamic Catholic speakers and enjoying fellowship. The conference is designed for women desiring to learn about their faith at any age or stage of life. This year, we are excited to offer talks in Spanish and limited childcare services to make the conference accessible to even more women.
  • FREE BISHOP BARRON’S THE MASS– For a limited time, walk through the Liturgy with Bishop Barron and be transformed through insights on this most privileged and intimate encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ. See how the Mass brings us out of the fallen world and into the heavenly realm, how it resonates with a call from God and a response from his people, the Church, and, most importantly, how we are intimately joined with the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus through the Holy Eucharist. Visit
  • GUN BUY BACK AND RESOURCE FAIR to be held on Aug. 5 from 10 am – 4 pm in the Edmonson Village Shopping Center. This event is planned with St. Joseph’s Monastery Parish and its pastor, Father Mike Murphy, and joins the Archdiocese of Baltimore with the Catholic Church in New York, Chicago, and elsewhere directly responding to Pope Francis’ call to get guns out of circulation. Donations will also support the families of homicide victims. For further information, please contact Yvonne Wenger at