From the Pastor’s Desk

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Nov 19, 2023

“Come, share your master’s joy.”
-Matthew 25:21

Brothers and Sisters,

The “Parable of the Talents” in Matthew 25:14–30 tells of a master embarking on travel, which, before leaving, authorized his servants to take care of his property. The parable stresses the importance of working for the Lord and fulfilling the petition of the Lord’s Prayer, “thy will be done.” Yet, many of us can most likely relate to the third servant, who accomplishes nothing when gripped by fear and anxiety. Reflecting on the Gospel passage, I wonder why Jesus included the two servants’ success in multiplying the wealth entrusted to them and what Jesus’ response would have been to a servant who made an effort but failed to increase the wealth. As Christ’s servants here on earth, we are promised what those faithful and prudent servants are in today’s Gospel —a share in the Lord’s joy. Still, let’s not confuse joy with happiness. Yes, happiness is a fantastic emotion, but it is often influenced by circumstances outside our control, making it fleeting. Happiness is temporary. Joy is a gift of the Holy Spirit, and as Pope Francis puts it, “Receiving the joy of the Spirit is a grace.”

To that end, The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength will be this year’s theme to help guide the tone for youth faith formation at our school and parish. Based on Nehemiah 8:10, the passage reminds us of the importance of building God’s kingdom as Nehemiah, the Governor of Judah, did when he rallied his people to rebuild Jerluseam’s fortifications. Nehemiah accomplished far more than expected in a short time, and the outcome of his efforts renewed his people’s faith. While Nehemiah was successful, many of the prophets were not. Jeremiah’s words infamously went unheeded, and his people treated him brutally. Jesus’ words are in alignment with this challenging reality. Contemporary minds hear “talents” and think the phrase refers to personal positive attributes or tasks that we are proficient in, though technically, the term refers to an actual weight of monetary value. Remember, an important lesson to remind ourselves is that Jesus does not tie his reward to personal success but to the commitment and diligence we demonstrate to growing in faith. Our sincere effort matters more than whether or not the value of our work increases.

Thanksgiving reminds us that giving thanks is an excellent opportunity to cultivate joy. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s wholeheartedly thank the Lord for his love and goodness. And at each Mass, let us truly celebrate the Eucharist, reminding ourselves of the reasons for our gratitude. Among my list is my appreciation for all the good our parishioners are accomplishing as you engage in the work of the Lord! Thank you.

In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

Other Considerations in and around our Community:

  • MINISTRY TO FAMILIES WHO HAVE MISCARRIED: HOLY INNOCENTS is a ministry of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, created to ensure that every child who is miscarried (dying before birth) has a sacred place to be buried. If you or someone you know is miscarrying or has miscarried and needs a sacred place to bury the child, please call 410-547-3142. There is no cost to the family for this ministry. Please keep this ministry in mind when, in the future, someone you know has a miscarriage and wishes to bury the child. Pastoral visitors will arrange to take custody of the child and secure the child until burial. Burials occur twice yearly at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Anne Arundel County.
  • THE BURIAL OF ASHES: The Archdiocese of Baltimore provides a final resting place for those who are cremated but not buried. The Ministry of the 14th Station of the Cross buries the deceased on sacred ground at Holy Cross Cemetery in Anne Arundel County. Please contact the Office of Cemetery Management Patrick Carrion, 410-547-5375, for more information.
  • TASTE for TOTS TO TWEENS – Moms, feed your souls on Thursday mornings at the TASTE Program, where you can grow in your Catholic Faith and your relationship with Jesus. Enjoy fellowship with other Catholic women of all ages and backgrounds who share a deep love of our Lord. Your children can attend our free TASTE for Tots to Tweens program, provided by the Sisters of the Servants of the Lord (free-will offerings gratefully accepted.) For more information on TASTE and TASTE for Tots to Tweens, please visit our website at
  • ST. LIDWINA CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT GROUP – Do you or someone you love suffer from chronic pain? Father Larry Swink is starting an online apostolate aimed at those who suffer from chronic pain–a cause he, too, endures. The forum is a place to share struggles and for Father to give Catholic advice on how to carry this cross, as well as a venue to share online Healing Masses and prayers. Visit to learn more.

Going on at OLPH:

COLUMBIA PREGNANCY CENTERA big Thank you to OLPH Parishioners for donating $3300 to the mission of the Columbia Pregnancy Center through our Baby Bottle Campaign! You have succeeded in enabling parishioners to contribute to an important mission: providing free pregnancy-related services and life-affirming pregnancy choices to Howard County families. This is only possible with your dedicated time and hard work. Thank you and the members of OLPH Parish for your generous support of Life.

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION – Listening with the Heart – Companionship on the Path to Holiness – On Nov. 27th at 7 pm in Harrison Hall, The Knights of Columbus welcome fellow parishioner Greg Douglas to reflect on his journey in Spiritual Direction and the art of spiritual accompaniment, emphasizing listening as taught at the Cenacle School.

OLPH PARISHIONER DEDICATES SPRING BREAK TO MISSION WORK Freshman Sydney McGee of the Franciscan University of Steubenville will join a team of missionaries to Quito, Ecuador, during Spring Break 2024. The team will work with priests and medical providers to bring the Gospel to the people of Ecuador through the Sacraments, prayer, talks, and medical ministry. The parish is proud to support Sydney in this effort. If you, too, would like to contribute to the expense of her trip, visit into your browser to donate through Franciscan University’s website. Enter “Sydney McGee” under “Enter Student’s Name.” So that you know, donations are not tax deductible since it is going to a person.

MOUNT DE SALES ACADEMY’S CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AND SPAGHETTI DINNER Sunday, December 3, from 11 AM – 5 PM. Dinner, plus holiday shopping, Raffles, Santa’s Secret Shop for children, and a special visit with Santa! To learn more, visit: Santa’s Secret Shop for children, and a special visit with Santa! To learn more: