Fr. Mike’s Communication for Oct 24, 2021

 October 24, 2021 

Graphic for Father Mike's letter October 24, 2021

On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, [Bartimaeus] began to cry out and say,
“Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”
~ Mark 10:47

Brothers and Sisters,

What’s the difference between pity and piety? An e, — obviously.

The Letter to the Hebrews describes Jesus as the high priest with four characteristics denoting such a title provided:

  1. One of us, “taken from among men.”
  2. Appointed by God.
  3. Our representative before God.
  4. One who offers gifts and sacrifice.

However, unlike the Levitical priesthood, exclusively the ancestors of Aaron, Jesus hails from the House of Judah. Sharing in the royal lineage of King David, Jesus serves as priest and king, just as Melchizedek, the mysterious king who offered bread and wine before blessing Abraham.

Our high priest is truly patient with us, as he, fully human, was challenged in all the human ways except sin. As he shows the blind man, Bartimaeus, in the Gospel, Jesus bestows pity or mercy. But the Lord calls us to contribute to his work of redemption, and we should emulate the compassion of Christ by caring for those we love and struggle to love.

In this Year of the Eucharist, the Archdiocese has emphasized the presence of Christ in the Eucharist in four specific ways: in the sacrament of his Body and Blood, in the proclamation of the Word, in the person of the celebrant, and the assembly formed as the Body of Christ. Central to our faith, the Eucharist illuminates the vertical aspect of our relationship with our God, “above,” along with the essential horizontal element — humanity formed as the Body of Christ joining our brothers and sisters.

This coming Monday’s celebration of All Saints, the central teaching is the presence of Christ in the assembly. Our relationship with God, while personal, cannot be reduced to just a private connection, as we are called in communion — united with one another, following the guidance of the Holy Spirit. When we think of piety or a pious person, we naturally think of reverence – our proper disposition toward the Lord. We owe respect and honor to the Lord. Intricately connected, though, is our disposition to our brothers and sisters, the mercy or pity we ought to show them. Our compassionate, high priest is present when we gather in prayer, whether in our homes, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, or parish Church. Jesus gathers us and sends us forth to deepen our reliance upon the Lord and our love and care for one another.

On Friday, October 29th, we will host our next Festival of Praise, another excellent opportunity to gather together as the Body of Christ, worshiping the Lord. Our gathering will include our confirmation candidates (to be confirmed on November 5th) and their families in a special way. Please ask the Holy Spirit to pour forth his gifts upon them. May these young men and women recognize their infinite value in the Body of Christ and recognize the Holy Spirit active in their lives.

Some considerations:

  • The Solemnity of All Saints celebrates the Church triumphant, those worshipping and adoring the Lord in heaven and interceding on our behalf. The Church celebrates this day both to recognize the unity of the saints, who have been formed as the Body of Christ, and the brilliant diversity of those called to holiness in many times and places, cultures, and nations. In fact, the saints are not just those we name constantly like Mary, Joseph, Peter, Paul, and Elizabeth Ann Seton but also those we do not know, and those of our beloved that we hope are already counted among the heavenly throng of witnesses. While this year is not a day of obligation, OLPH will observe the solemnity with Mass at 8:15 am and at 7 pm on Monday, November 1.
  • On Tuesday, November 2, the Church commemorates all the faithful departed. Annually we remember in a special way our loved ones and fellow parishioners who have died – and we continue this intentional prayer for the deceased throughout the month of November as our Church year concludes. OLPH will offer Mass at 8:15 am and at 5 pm on Tuesday, November 2. May the Lord welcome our beloved dead into the joys of heaven, and aid us here on earth, as we prepare our hearts and minds to receive the gift of salvation in the Lord.
  • Edgar Allan Poe America’s Romantic PoetThe poetry of Edgar Allan Poe and a festival of texts and hymn tunes inspired by his poetry Sunday, October 31, Halloween, 3:00 pm at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary 8501 Loch Raven Blvd. Towson, MD 21286 Dr. Lynn Trapp, Organist Michael Silhavy, Narrator and David Keltz, appearing as Mr. Poe All are welcome. A free-will offering will be received. Visit,, or call 410-668-7935 for more info.
  • The Synod – This month, the Church throughout the world will initiate a synodal process. Words such as “synod” or “synodal process” or “synodality” might sound unfamiliar, so let me begin with a brief explanation of what they mean and why they are important.
    To find out more about the process visit,
  • Holy Innocents Miscarriage Ministry will be holding a Vespers Service for families who have lost children to miscarriage on Sunday, November 7th at 4 pm at Sacred Heart of Jesus / Sagrado Corazón de Jesús 600 S Conkling St, Baltimore, MD 21224. Service will be bilingual and concelebrated by Bishop Bruce Lewandowski and Father Patrick Carrion. All are welcome, please contact for more information.
  • Project Rachel Ministry will be having one-day retreats on Saturday, October 23rd, and Saturday, December 11th in a confidential Baltimore location. Retreats are open to both women and men who are suffering following their involvement in abortion. Please contact or call 410.625.8491 or text 410.299.9345 for more information. There is hope after abortion.
  • Angel’s Sports Basketball is back! Calling all OLPH parishioners and parish school students from grades 3 through 8, registration is open now through October 24th, with practices to begin this month. Upon registration, coaches will reach out to their respective teams with more details. For any additional questions, please contact

St. Joseph, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.

Rev. Michael S. Triplett