From the Pastor’s Desk

Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sept 10, 2023

“Again, amen, I say to you,
if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray,
it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.”
–Matthew 18:19

Brothers and Sisters,

Brothers and Sisters,

Have you ever wondered what is the true purpose of a parish? At first glance, the question seems simple enough, but if you take some time and consider all of the charisms a parish might embrace or the tone it might maintain, the question is complex. An excellent first step to come up with a good answer is to reflect on the teachings of Jesus and his disciples —specifically Saint Paul; his biblical letters to emerging faith communities aimed to encourage and strengthen the foundations of the Church by forming disciples who know and love the Lord as they learn to live in a supportive community.

We can look to Jesus to help us understand the challenges a faith community might encounter. Such as in today’s Gospel, which highlights how divergent interests can encumber unity and the ability to decide what the Lord is calling us to do together. To truly become a functioning entity in the body of Christ, we must push back against a stubbornness for personal preference or the inclination to settle for the status quo. To do this, we must embrace Christ as our leader, allowing him to guide us. This point of view requires humility and a willingness to put aside the time needed to discern how Jesus is asking us to contribute to the betterment of the whole.

With that mandate in mind, please join me, our staff, our pastoral council, our many ministries and groups, and our parishioners in prayerful discernment of how God is calling us to serve in your neighborhood, home, and parish. Our parish has a strong foundation and framework in our discipleship pathway —Four ( Laying a priority on our encounter with Christ and building a supportive community, this pathway leads us to Belong, Believe, Become, and Beyond and offers a way to discern our priorities for our limited time, talents, and treasure. Still, like any tool, we must become more adept at using them. Let us call upon the Holy Spirit to aid us and help us all embrace the mission handed on to us.

I am deeply grateful to the many parishioners (and the wider community) serving in our parish faith formation, from working alongside the youngest parishioners to those leading adults in small faith groups. Thanks to those volunteering as catechists and teachers in our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Family Faith Formation with Elementary and Middle School Impact, High School Encounter and Confirmation formation, OLPH School, our neighboring Catholic and Christian schools, as well as our men’s and women’s ministries, evangelization efforts, and small faith communities. Your commitment to teaching and serving is a blessing to our parish! Next Sunday, on Catechetical Sunday, we’ll recognize these many catechists and teachers with a special blessing at all our Masses.

In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

Other Considerations in and around our Community:

  • HONORING PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS – The Archdiocese of Baltimore is working to foster a community for Catholic first responders and their families. Public safety professionals and their loved ones are invited to join this Facebook group, “First Responders of the Archdiocese of Baltimore,” which comprises faith-filled public servants, including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and veterans. The group is designed to provide fellowship and all-important spiritual support and create a space for first responders to connect as Catholics united in Christ’s love. Search for “First Responders of the Archdiocese of Baltimore” on Facebook and request to join the group, or type the following address into your web browser: Please also mark your calendars: Archbishop William E. Lori will celebrate a special Blue Mass to invoke God’s blessing on our first responders on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Monastery in southwest Baltimore.
  • HIGH HOPES FOR HAITI CRAB FEAST-Saturday, September 23, 1 – 4 pm. Gather friends and family for this all-you-can-eat picnic at Ridge Pavilion of Oregon Ridge Park. Only 20 minutes north of Baltimore and about an hour from Hershey, PA, right off of Rt. 83 for easy access! The spread will include Maryland steamed crabs and a buffet of other seasonal food, beer, and wine. The event will feature basket raffles and special activities for kids! Visit for more information and order your tickets.
  • MAKING OF MUSIC FILM SCREENING- Do you have a heart for musical excellence in the Church? To preview and support the Vigil Project’s newest initiative, come to a screening of the “Meaning of Music,” an original documentary film series exploring the gift of music in the life of faith. Saturday, September 23, 2023, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Mount de Sales Academy Auditorium.
  • TASTE – Catholic Women’s Program — Are you looking for a way to draw closer to Jesus and learn more about your Faith? Between now and February 2nd, you can attend from home as the TASTE Program offers virtual Zoom sessions with speakers on fire for the Faith on Thursdays at 10:30 am. Additionally, from February 9th through the end of April, these sessions will be held in person, along with small group sharing. For further information and details or to register, please visit
  • COLUMBIA PREGNANCY CENTER FALL GALA – with Former NFL Baltimore Raven, Matt Birk: Join us for our Fall Gala on Friday, October 6th, 7;00-9:00 p.m. at the Marriott Owings Mills. Hear from Matt Birk and learn more about the mission and ministry of the Center for Pregnancy Concerns and our crisis pregnancy center, Options@328, serving the women of Baltimore City and beyond. To find out more about CPC and this event, visit
  • BIRDIES FOR BRIDGES GOLF TOURNAMENT – September 22nd at Timbers at Troy, 6100 Marshalee Dr., Elkridge. Check-in begins at 7:30 am with a Shotgun Start at 9:00 am. The event will end at approximately 5:00 pm. The day will feature a light breakfast, box lunch, a 19th hole cookout, raffles, and several on-course contests. Participants can register as individuals or as a foursome. All proceeds will benefit Bridges to Housing Stability and the work to end homelessness. How to Participate: Register online at