From the Pastor’s Desk

The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Mar 17, 2024

The Fifth Sunday of Lent | The Eucharistic as a Feast of Memorial
“Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be.
The Father will honor whoever serves me.”
-John 12:26

Brothers and Sisters,

Losing a loved one can leave us wondering about the best way to remember them. While we often focus on commemorating their significant accomplishments, we may find that it’s their everyday qualities that we miss the most. Their friendship, unique perspective, or even their sense of humor may have impacted our lives more than we previously realized.

Such experiences may lead us to question ourselves: “How would I like to be remembered?” This introspection is crucial as it helps us ensure that our impact reflects our true intentions or vision in light of our faith. We must acknowledge that we often fall short of our intentions and act selfishly, abandoning our desired legacy for moments of comfort or pleasure. However, despite our stumbles, we remain part of Jesus’ legacy, and it is up to us to honor it.

Still, before Jesus had a legacy, he had a clear mission here on earth. In the Gospel reading from last Sunday, near the beginning of his ministry, Jesus told Nicodemus that he was sent by the Father to give us eternal life. As Jesus prepares his disciples for his passion and death, he rephrases his purpose to Andrew and Philip. He aims to glorify the Father’s name and draw everyone to himself. He is fulfilling the covenant, the promise of God to live in union with his people. He is eliminating the obstacles of sin and death without forgoing justice.

During Mass, we are invited to remember Jesus’ legacy. However, more than just remembering someone who has died, we are brought into his presence as the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. We are taken to the Last Supper, where Jesus invited his disciples to partake in his sacrifice, which he would fulfill on the cross. We are asked to remember at every Mass just as the Body and Blood are consecrated. As the priest points to this Mystery of Faith, we respond with the Memorial in one of three ways:

  1. We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.
  2. When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.
  3. Save us, Savior of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection, you have set us free.

We remember the Lord Jesus, who fulfilled his legacy once in history and miraculously forever at every Mass we celebrate. As we enter into Passiontide, beginning on this 5th Sunday of Lent through Holy Week, take the opportunity to be mindful of these mysteries. The Lord calls us to walk with him to the cross because the cross is the source of our salvation. Please help us make these most holy days a powerful response of worship and praise to our God, who deserves that his name be honored and glorified at all times.

While not obligatory, celebrating the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 pm on Holy Thursday, March 28, and commemorating the Agony in the Garden and the celebration of the Passion of our Lord at 3 pm or 7 pm on Good Friday, March 29, is a great way to prepare in these last days for the joy of the Resurrection at the Easter Vigil (8 pm on Holy Saturday) and Easter Sunday Masses (7:30 am, 9 am, and 11 am). Won’t you join me as we remember the legacy of our Savior together?

In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

Going on at OLPH:

SCOUTING RETREAT – All scouts are invited to join the Archdiocese of Baltimore for a retreat on April 19-21, 2024 at the Walkersville Watershed. There will be camping, inspiring talks, Mass and adoration and fun activities. The cost is only $15 for the entire weekend. Use the following link to register: https://scoutingevent.com/220-scoutingretreat2024. Deadline April 5, 2024 Questions? Contact Deacon Jim Nuzzo @ jnuzzo2010@comcast.net

WINE TASTING AND FELLOWSHIP – You are invited to join the Monsignor O’Dwyer Retreat House as it celebrates its 60th Anniversary with a night of Wine Tasting and Fellowship! The tasting occurs on Friday, June 7, 2024, from 7-11:00 p.m., at the Hayfields Country Club (700 Hayfields Road, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21030). Tickets cost $100, including admission to the 60th Celebration, wine tasting, food, and music. Raffle tickets will also be available – $50 – Win $10,000 first prize; $1,500 second prize; $500 third prize. For more information, contact Robert Hott, Director of Leadership Engagement, at 410-472-2400, ext 19, or e-mail Robert.Hott@archbalt.org. Also visit www.msgrodwyer.org.

Join our Seventh Annual Walk for Life on Saturday, May 11, 2024! The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen will host this event to celebrate LIFE and raise funds to support women facing unplanned pregnancies. Consider becoming a sponsored walker and invite your friends and family for a fun-filled morning, including a short walk on the church grounds, light refreshments, kids’ activities, prizes, and more! Furry friends are welcome, too. REGISTER at pcnministry.org. – We look forward to walking with you!

Knights of Columbus Formation and Financial and Planning Opportunities” ~ By Sean Fitzpatrick – You are invited to the next meeting of the Knights of Columbus on Monday Evening, March 25, at 7:00 PM in Harrison Hall, or you are welcome to attend via Zoom (Meeting ID: 885 2921 1362, Passcode: 9638) as fellow Catholic, Sean Fitzpatrick offers a brief history of How and Why the Knights of Columbus was founded. Then, he will dive into the financial protection & planning opportunities available through the Knights of Columbus, including the newest enhancements & additions. You are welcome to bring family and friends, and light refreshments will be served.

KINGDOM BUILDERS PRAYER GROUP | St. Louis Church, Wed. 3/20, 7-8:30 PM – Ladies, our true beauty is often veiled. But when we can claim our beauty and goodness, we can open our hearts for Jesus to love us completely. The evening begins with Scriptural teaching coupled with the lives and writings of the saints. The teachings are humorous, profound, and inspiring, with real-life applications of living the faith. Then, the night continues with Adoration with contemporary praise and worship music that connects to the teaching theme. Kingdom Builders empowers women to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in setting goals for our physical health, family dynamics, holy friendships, strong marriages, and more.