From the Pastor’s Desk

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nov 5, 2023

“…in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received not a human word but, as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe.”

-1 Thessalonians 2:13

Brothers and Sisters,

During November, as we celebrate All Saints, let’s remember those hundreds (or more) saints, not formally canonized or named by the Church but who, while remaining in union with the Lord in heaven, continue to work for us! Though unnamed, these Saints contribute to the salvation won by Jesus and encourage us to trust in the love and mercy he provides. As St. Thérèse promised, she would continue to draw people to Love, who is God, even in heaven. Let us give thanks and praise to God, who involves the saints in his work of salvation.

Still, St. Paul’s message to the Thessalonians reminds us that the tremendous gift – the Word of God – is alive in us, inspiring us to share the life of Christ with the world through our prayers, good works, and acts of charity. We are meant to be witnesses to the world that God is always victorious. And that union with God is made even more profound when we receive the gift of the Eucharist, the life of Christ that mysteriously consumes us. Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist is the life of the Church.

 Join us next Sunday, November 12, as The Most Reverend Andrew Cozzens, the Bishop of Crookston in Minnesota and the leader of our current National Eucharistic Revival, celebrates the 9 am Mass with our parish community. Afterward, Bishop Cozzens will share his personal story of his encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist around 10:30 am in the Parish Center Gym. Please invite family, friends, and neighbors to join us!

To further draw the whole parish into a more profound love for the Eucharist, we will conclude our Sunday masses through the Christmas season with Come Reign in Us: Eucharistic Prayer for the Family by the Sisters of Life. I have included it below, and it’s available on our website ( Moreover, we ask all of you to offer this prayer in your homes throughout the week. And in doing so, I pray that the Lord increases our desire to receive him and, in receiving him, share him with the world!

In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

Come Reign in Us: Eucharistic Prayer for the family by the Sisters of Life

O Jesus, King of the World,
You entered our lives
hidden and humble
in a Bethlehem cave.
Now, hidden in the Host,
You come.

O Jesus in the Eucharist,
let the rays of Your love and
mercy radiate out and flood
my soul, and the soul of
every person in my family.

With Your saving power,
Jesus, cast out all anxiety,
unforgiveness, addiction, pride,
impurity, confusion, hatred,
resentment, fear, and despair.
Pierce the darkness with
Your light and fill us with
Your presence.

O Jesus in the Eucharist,
King filled with compassion,
Come, reign in me
and in my family.

O Jesus in the Eucharist,
King of infinite mercy,
Come, reign in me
and in my family.

O Jesus in the Eucharist,
King Who is all truth and beauty,
Come, reign in me
and in my family.

Mary, Mother of God,
St. Joseph, protector
of the Holy Family,
Help us to love Jesus
and to entrust ourselves
completely to Him.

O Jesus in the Eucharist,
Prince of Peace,
Come reign in us!


Other Considerations in and around our Community:

  • PROJECT RACHEL MINISTRY BALTIMOREneeds your prayer support (Adoration, Rosary, Mass intentions, etc.) leading up to and during the entire weekend of November 10-12. If you or someone you know is suffering after an abortion, there is confidential, non-judgmental help for all people (women, men, grandparents, siblings, family, friends) hurting emotionally or spiritually after abortion involvement. Don’t hesitate to contact us at or call 410.625-8491 or text 410.299.9345.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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:

ANGELS SPORTS – BASKETBALL REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. OLPH Angels Basketball participation is open to children in Grades 2 through 8 who attend OLPH School or are members of OLPH Parish. Email Eric Kuczynski at to learn more and register your child.

OLPH CHILDREN‘S CHOIR – The OLPH Children’s Choir is open to children/students in grades 1-12. Come praise the Lord in song! Rehearsals take place Every Thursday 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM in the church. The choir sings on the second Sunday of every month at the 9:00 AM Mass. Email:

ANGEL FRIENDSThe Gabriel Network is a church-based ministry that helps expectant mothers in the area and empowers women to choose life. Angel Friend women volunteers to pair up alongside them to support them. If interested, please reach out to Benjamin Hung at 315-921-2543 or