From the Pastor’s Desk

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Oct 29, 2023

“For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything.”
– Thessalonians 1:8

Brothers and Sisters,

Today, I pray that the words of St. Paul act to boost your confidence just as much as they must have when the Thessalonians first heard them. It must have felt wonderful to hear Saint Paul acknowledge their faith community’s positive impact in spreading the faith and leading others to Christ.

Much like Saint Paul, I, too, want to share that when I reflect on a current snapshot of our parish community, I see the fruits of our parishioners vibrantly living out their faith, and it’s inspiring! Your enthusiasm to serve has brought new energy and momentum to our Mass Ministry and celebration of Masses, improved weekly commitments to adoration in our Chapel, been the catalyst for adults to form new friendships and deepened others while living out their Catholic faith, and has made great strides to engage the whole family while developing the faith of OLPH’s children and youth through our school and parish ministries.

It is fantastic to witness all the ways our faith community is living out many of the “best practices” for a healthy parish, made visible in your commitment to alleviating the suffering of those living on the financial and societal margins through our St Vincent and Salt Ministries as well as your deep commitment to growing in faith here at OLPH and in your homes through your participation in our many special events, prayer opportunities, book studies, and ministries. Your participation demonstrates your confidence regarding the administration and finances of the parish, and I’m grateful. As you know, we had a significant deficit between our offertory income and operating expenses last year. As a result, we recommitted to acting as faithful and transparent stewards while prudently cutting spending at the same time as increasing ministry opportunities — no easy feat!

As you will see when reviewing our financial statements for the 2022-2023 fiscal year, the financial health of our parish has improved. Still, I encourage you to evaluate what the Lord calls you to give to the parish and other valuable charities and ministries and ask yourself if you can increase your level of support. Do this while understanding that sharing your resources with deep gratitude to God and openness to hear the Lord’s call to generosity is the ideal. As you invest in us through your participation, engagement, and offertory generosity, I am confident the Lord will continue to bless our parish.

Regarding parish facilities and maintenance, the status of the gym floor offers us a good indicator of where we are. Many parishioners (and some visitors) have already commented to me how impressed they are with our Parish Gym and Bathrooms, which were recently renovated the past summer. Yet, many do not realize that due to supply constraints, a temporary floor was placed (most noticeably in the center). This flooring project is incomplete, and additional work is expected shortly. Your financial gifts to the offertory and building fund allow us to stay on top of campus improvements like these. I hope your confidence is boosted in our OLPH parish community when you witness all the progress your support has accomplished —thank you!

Pope Francis committed a letter to the faithful on Sunday, October 15, to the life and wisdom of St. Thérèse, the Little Flower; let us place our confidence in the love of the Lord made alive in our wonderful parishioners. Let us live out of that confidence, which challenges us to love the Lord and one another

Finally, please join us this week as we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints, a holy day of obligation, with Masses on Tuesday, Oct 31st, at 5 PM and Wednesday, November 1st, at 8:15 am and 7:00 PM. Then, on Thursday, November 2nd, we will commemorate All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) with Masses held at 8:15 AM and 5:00 PM.

In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

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.
  • MOUNT de SALES ACADEMYOpen House Sunday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mass will be offered in our campus chapel at 9 a.m. With a student guide, you will tour our historic campus, meet our faculty and coaches, and learn about all aspects of Sailor life! If you would like more information, you can contact
  • 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.
  • VOCATIONS FAIR Our Lady of Victory Church and The Office of Vocations are hosting a Vocation Fair on November 4 at Our Lady of Victory Church. Everyone is welcome to attend to celebrate the gift of every vocation and to reenkindle zeal for our own vocations. And, of course, it is a great place for those discerning their vocation to meet various Religious and priests and to witness first-hand the joy and peace that is possible in every vocation. Numerous priests, seminarians, and religious and 3rd-order groups will be available. There will be live music by seminarians from St. Mary’s Seminary, vocation talks/testimonies, activities for kids, and Adoration.

Going on at OLPH:

The Knights of Columbus October Social Meeting on Monday, October 23 at 7:00 pm in Harrison Hall is open to men, women, and youth as Ryan Maurer will speak about and show slides from his trip to Iceland, where he photographed the eruption of Iceland’s newest volcano, Litli-Hrútur, or “Little Ram,” which was born via a fissure that fractured the ground on July 10 and has been spewing rivers of lava. Ryan captured the world’s newest volcano and will share his experience with us!

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

OLPH FOOD PANTRYthe OLPH Food Pantry serves 158 disadvantaged families yearly with food and household items. In addition to food, each family will also receive a gift card provided through your Poor Box donations. At this time, our pantry supplies are very low. Please consider the following items as you shop and drop them off at the church narthex: pasta and pasta sauce, beef stew canned, instant potatoes, coffee, tea and hot chocolate, granola, breakfast bars, crackers, mac and cheese, soaps, juice. THANK YOU!