From the Pastor’s Desk | Oct. 2, 2022 | Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.”

~ Luke 17:5-10


Brothers and Sisters,

I have an indelible image of my father, taking a rare minute to relax in the TV room on his recliner, snacking on a bag of Hershey Kisses. He had an inexplainable habit of taking the foil wrapping and crunching them up into small balls and putting it back into the bag of uneaten kisses. While my siblings and I occasionally succeeded in begging for a chocolate kiss, it was a known rule that we were not allowed to help ourselves to my dad’s treats (little crumpled balls of foil and all) — though I plead the fifth as to whether I ever broke that rule.

Looking back on my childhood, my parents deserved some well-earned time to relax. They both worked hard! My father earned a living with the Maryland State Health Department and took on a second job using his CPA license to prepare personal tax returns. He somehow made time to coach soccer, sometimes for multiple youth teams, while coordinating our parish and, eventually, the Archdiocesan soccer programs. Still, my mother’s life was even busier: raising seven children, teaching VBS and Sunday school at our parish, helping at our area pregnancy center, and eventually working as a teacher’s aide at a parish school. I didn’t see their daily sacrifices as extraordinary and heroic at the time. As a child, if I needed (or more likely wanted) something, I did not first sit them down and serve them a nice meal. No, I added to their tasks and responsibilities. No wonder I recall their exhaustion so clearly.

In the Gospel, the apostles make a reasonable request of the Lord, “Increase our faith.” Jesus reminds us that we can accomplish the impossible (like raising seven children), even if we only have the slightest “mustard seed” bit of faith. But then Jesus continues the teaching by comparing the apostles to the servant, who should not expect reward and recognition for fulfilling a required duty. We should accept God’s gift of faith similarly: keep living as dutiful servants. Let’s recommit ourselves to doing what is obligated. And much like the way muscles strengthen through frequent exercise, our faith will grow stronger with each humble act of faith that we offer.

In closing, I want to offer my deep gratitude to our parishioners who have been serving in faith. I see firsthand the fruits of your efforts, visible in engagement in Mass ministry and liturgical events; our faith formation opportunities for adults, men’s and women’s ministries, youth, and children are seeing a renewed vibrancy. Please join me as we pray for even more servants to make light work of the mission Christ has entrusted to us as members of his Body.


Some considerations:

  • NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION & ROSARY PRAYER RALLY | Sunday, October 9th, 1:30 pm – The Rosary Prayer Rally will assemble at St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill starting at 1:30 pm on October 9th, followed by the National Eucharistic Procession and Benediction. The National Rosary Rally will commence at 2:45 pm with nationally renowned speakers, including Bishop Joseph Coffey, Sr. Deirdre Byrne, and Msgr. Charles Pope, Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, Fr. Richard Heilman, Doug Barry, & David Carollo. For more information, visit
  • WINE AT THE SHRINE | Saturday, October 15th, 1:30 – 6:00 pm – Wine at the Shrine is an event benefitting two wonderful organizations – Little Portion Farm and the Franciscan Center of Baltimore – working in collaboration to assist the most vulnerable in our community and to care for the earth. This outdoor celebration (weather permitting) features delicious beer and wine sampling, local food trucks, live music, hayrides, cooking demonstrations, farm tours, and kids’ activities – all on the beautiful grounds of the Shrine of St. Anthony. Purchase tickets at
  • RED & BLUE MASS | Sunday, Oct. 23, 11 am | St. Joseph’s Monastery Parish in Southwest Baltimore – The Archdiocese of Baltimore is inviting active and retired law enforcement officers, firefighters, public safety professionals, paramedics, and other first responders – as well as their families for a Mass and blessing that will honor those who were injured and died in the last year, including Officer Keona Holley and firefighters Lt. Paul Butrim, Kenneth Lacayo, Lt. Kelsey Sadler, and Capt. Anthony J. Workman. Archbishop William Lori will celebrate this Mass.
  • MARRIAGE, DIVORCE, AND ANNULMENTSFROM A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE– The Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be giving a presentation in our area concerning divorce and annulment from the Catholic perspective. This presentation will be helpful for divorced Catholics, those divorced who wish to marry Catholics, those parish leaders involved in the RCIA process, and any others who may have an interest because of family or friends. This session will be held on Monday, October 17th at 7:00 pm at St. Mark, Catonsville, in the Coakley Room. No prior registration is required. For further information, please call 410-547-5533. If you have any questions or need more information, please call the Tribunal.
  • CRAB FEAST –The Mortel Foundation is holding High Hopes for Haiti – an all-you-can-eat picnic and crab feast to raise funds and celebrate Dr. Mortel’s life and legacy. It is happening on October 22 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Oregon Ridge Park. For details and tickets, visit or all 844-466-7835.
  • MADE FOR MORE – VISIONS OF THE PROMISED LAND | Oct 26, 7-9 pm at St. Philip Neri Church. Where do we come from and where are we going? These questions are DECISIVE for understanding what it means to be human and how to orient our lives and our actions toward authentic fulfillment. Join Christopher West and Mike Mangione as they creatively weave together dynamic presentations with live music, movie clips, YouTube videos, and sacred art for an evening of beauty and reflection on the meaning of life, love, and human destiny. You will come away with a faith-filled vision of hope that will instill in you the sheer wonder and joy of being alive. For more info, contact Timothy M. Feeney – – 410-859-0571.
  • CATHEDRAL COLLOQUIUM| The Cathedral Colloquium is a new initiative to bring together parishioners and friends of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen to speak on a relevant theological topic from their respective areas of academic or professional expertise. This fall, the Colloquium kicks off this Fall with Heavenly Portals: Visions of Heaven in the Middle Ages. Speakers include: Dr. Eric Mabry (University of St. Thomas in Houston), Dr. Christie Sciacca (The Walters Art Museum), Mr. Samuel Rowe (The Baltimore Basilica), and Dr. (Deacon) Fritz Bauerschmidt (Loyola University). Over four weeks, they will raise our sights to see heaven reflected in the theology, art, music, and literature of the Middle Ages. Be part of the inaugural Cathedral Colloquium October 17, October 24, November 7, and November 14 at 7:00pm in the Cathedral Parish Center. No RSVP is required. Attend as many sessions as you would like.

In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett