Fifth Sunday of Easter

From the Pastor’s Desk

May 7, 2023

“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”

~John 14:8

Brothers and Sisters,

May is a month of celebration because its 31 days are historically full of events, people, and accomplishments worth commemorating, like the many graduates who will walk their school’s stages for the last time. Or if you’re a public school high school student in Howard County, the Merriwether Post Pavillion’s stage for the first as they all participate in commencement ceremonies this month. (Be sure to look for our parish schools at the beginning of June).

I welcome all Grade 8 and above graduates to receive an official blessing marking their accomplishments offered at the end of each Mass on the weekend of May 20 and 21. 

Additionally, in the Catholic tradition, May celebrates our spiritual mother, Mary. And, we’ll rightfully take time on May 14 to celebrate our earthly mothers on Mother’s Day (though these ladies deserve to be honored every day of the year!). Then in Easter Season, May also hosts First Holy Communion celebrations, most of which are this weekend.

Moreover, OLPH will celebrate several marriage ceremonies this month (and there’s a little break until late fall). On Saturday, May 20, Archbishop Lori will ordain six seminarians as deacons, nine to the priesthood this June, and many men to the diaconate this fall, including OLPH parishioner Mike King! All of these events (and celebrations) encourage us to see the presence of God in our relationships and life journeys!

In our first reading, a fledgling Christian community chose “seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom,” to aid in caring for all members. The seven selected are often viewed as our Church’s first “deacons,” as they tend to the neglected widows and orphans among their Greek-speaking cohort. And yet, what started as a work of charity, leads to the proclamation of faith and how Jesus has changed everything! Some thousands of years later, this Christian community, OLPH, understands that we must take the privilege of selecting Christian men and women to serve in the parish’s ministry seriously. And in doing so, we should affirm the vocations our Lord calls them to while accompanying those who serve and parishioners alike on their faith journeys—always celebrating their uniqueness and differing life experiences that God ordained. As a parish community, let us recommit to centering our lives on the Lord, to grow faith leaders while growing in our faith through worship and adoration of our God, who chooses to be with us each day. What a blessing!

In the Risen Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

Other Considerations in and around our Community:

  • FREE PRESENTATION from former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican Ken Hackett will discuss his book “The Vatican Code” in Baltimore at the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s central branch (400 Cathedral Street) on Wednesday, June 21, from 7 to 8 p.m. The event is free. Hackett was the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican from 2013 to 2017. His talk will discuss the “inner workings of American diplomacy, the day-to-day duties of the position, and the relationship between the U.S. Embassy and the Vatican. Prior to his ambassadorship, he was president of Catholic Relief Services. Register here:
  • WHAT’S WRONG WITH MY SPOUSE? – Art and Laraine Bennett are co-authors of The Temperament God Gave You, The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse, and The Temperament God Gave Your Kids. Laraine also created the game Know Thyself! The Game of Temperaments. Art is the co-founder and former Director of the Alpha Omega Clinics in northern VA and MD. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 30+ years of clinical experience, currently practicing at Bennett Consulting and Therapy, LLC. Art and Laraine have four adult children and nine grandchildren. The presentation takes place on May 11 in the main church at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit: St. Louis Parish (