From the Pastor’s Desk

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 30, 2023

 The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again,

and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 

-John 6:57

Brothers and Sisters,

Hasten to the Blessed Sacrament.” This guidance from the venerable Mother Mary Lange to her fledgling community, the Oblate Sisters of Providence, our Church’s first African-American religious congregation, remains pertinent to all Catholics everywhere. Like so many saints, Mother Mary Lange was a trailblazer. She not only recognized God in the lives of the neglected and forgotten by the Church and society, she decided to do something about it, offering essential education and faith formation to young girls of color right here in Baltimore City —what an inspiration!

Yet, even this trailblazer, Mother Lange, understood that the foundation of her ministry was in Jesus’ abiding presence in the Eucharist, which provides the strength to transform our world. Adoration is a yearning for our greatest treasure—Jesus! Whether saught in our Good Shepherd Chapel, at one of our monthly Festival of Praise events, or during an outdoor holy hour, we should use these spaces and opportunities to enter into prayer with Jesus present in the Eucharist, spending more time listening than talking, seeking the Lord rather than solving the world’s problems and taking a leap of faith when our Lord’s calls us to build his Kingdom.

In our first reading, Solomon succeeded his father, David, as King. Even in his youth, Solomon knew to seek wisdom over power, riches, and fame. In the past few weeks alone, I’ve been fortunate to meet many young Catholics with similar mindsets while helping at the 45th High School Leadership Institute at O’Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks, Maryland. Despite the limited life experience of these teens, their stories demonstrated profound spiritual maturity illustrated by their appreciation for the priceless treasure that is the Eucharist and their willingness to cultivate the discipline necessary to live lives filled with prayer and service. They inspired me with their eagerness to follow Christ’s ways over their own, opening themselves to share their lives and love with others. I’ve also seen the blessings from our Parish teens’ initial meetings with Mary, our new youth minister, alongside intern Anna, assisting. Last week, they recognized John Paul, affectionately called JP by his friends. As an OLPH parishioner, JP uses his gifts to serve, whether through opportunities at Mount Saint Joseph High School, where he will soon be a Senior, by helping out at OLPH with our Middle School Impact and Confirmation formation programs, or by leading praise music at OLPH and neighboring parishes while playing in his Christian band King’s Credence. Still, here’s the fantastic news, JP is one of many young people – including those who recently made great efforts supporting OLPH’s Vacation Bible School program along with the several Middle and High School parishioners who are off to the Catholic Youth Summer Camp in Damascus in Ohio (check out what campers are up to at I’m infinitely grateful to all these young folks as they answer the call and use their lives as vessels for Christ, sharing his good news with the world!

Before I close, I have an invitation to all parishioners to learn more about the beautiful community present at OLPH’s sister parish St. Veronica in Cherry Hill (806 Cherry Hill Road, 21225), by joining them along with Bishop Lewandowski on Tuesday, August 1, for a prayer walk through their neighborhood. The event begins with a light dinner at 5:15 pm with a short walk to follow. Trust me; you’ll feel blessed in sharing their witness of faith with the community.

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.
  • INDIVIDUAL UNBOUND MINISTRY PRAYER– Many of us fight invisible battles with anxieties, negative thoughts, sins, unhealthy relationships, destructive habits, resentments, and bitter wounds that never seem to heal. You can experience God’s merciful love, healing, and freedom! Unbound Ministry Prayer releases the power of Jesus into wounded lives. On Saturday, August 12, trained teams will be available to provide individual prayer using the Unbound Model of prayer in Ellicott City. Unbound Prayer is based on five scriptural keys that help you unlock those areas of your life where you want to receive greater freedom, healing & spiritual growth. For more information, contact Dan or Peggy Gahagan at
  • WELCOME ROSE NAPOLITANOOLPH Parish Family – we are blessed to share that fellow parishioner Rose Napolitano has joined the OLPH Parish Team as our new Parish Office Administrative Assistant. Rose has been a parishioner with us for almost 25 years. You may have already come to know Rose through the many ways she offers her time to the Lord in ministry. While you will have the chance to meet Rose the next time you visit the office 0r call, you can get to know her now. Visit our Parish Staff Team page by clicking here