Fr. Mike’s Communication for Sept 19, 2021

 September 19, 2021 | Catechetical Sunday

Taking a child, he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me,
receives not me but the One who sent me.”

– Mark 9:36-37

Brothers & Sisters,

You will not likely see any store advertisements to generate awareness or sales around September 19th, Catechetical Sunday. You even probably neglected to plan a backyard celebration with your family and friends to commemorate this day. True, Catechetical Sunday can fly under the radar for many, yet it is more than worthy of celebrating. Why? Today marks something significant for the wellbeing of any Parish — the teaching of our faith or the beginning of CCD or Religious Ed classes (depending on your generation).

Our parish takes religious education seriously. That’s why we are constantly embracing best practices regarding learning, including programs to widen the “student” population to all ages. We are thrilled to offer the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) for OLPH’s youngest learners. CGS recognizes that preschoolers and kindergartners are amazing little sponges that learn best with a hands-on approach, teaching the liturgy through what students see and touch. At the other end of the spectrum, we have eliminated the mentality of graduating at OLPH! This philosophy is evident by our ever-growing Adult faith opportunities. Like our many Men’s and Women’s Ministries, RCIA, for those learning about and considering joining the Catholic Church, retreats, small faith groups, and bible studies (be sure to check out the Beatitudes and Francis of Assisi Study this Fall). Plus, with the stocked bookrack in the Narthex and our parish’s free online subscription to, parishioners have access to a rich faith-focused library that includes print, podcasts, and videos!

For our youth, from elementary to high school age, the role of first catechists is emphasized, which isn’t claimed by an OLPH priest, deacon, or staff member — nope! Parents rightfully command this responsibility during Baptism as their kids’ first teachers of the faith, along with their Parish community lending support. After all, a parent knows their child best and what personal teaching preferences they have. And, when families learn about their faith together, an “add-on” class is transformed into a real-life encounter, where the family naturally returns to listen at the feet of Jesus, our divine Teacher, always eager to impart knowledge and wisdom.
So this day worthy of remembering, Catechetical Sunday, join me as we extend a special blessing to those who volunteer to teach the faith. God Bless You! Thank you for partnering with us in forming a generation of engaged and committed disciples.

Some considerations:

  • Join us, at all weekend Masses Sept 25/26 as we remember our Police, Firefighters, and first responders with a special blessing in thanksgiving for their service and continued protection. Those to be blessed are welcome to wear their uniforms.
  • Calling All Runners 5-8! Fall means another exciting OLPH Cross-Country season! We are thankful that Trinity is currently permitted to host meets on Saturdays this October. This activity provides valuable and priceless camaraderie, bonding, exercise, and competition opportunities for the kids, and is a great way to showcase the OLPH spirit out in the community. All interested OLPH Students and Parish members in grades 5-8 are eligible to register. Practice is anticipated to begin on or about 9/13 at the school, and there are tentatively (4) scheduled meets on Saturday mornings at Trinity School, starting on 10/2.
  • The Saint Joseph Summit: Pilgrimage to the Heart of Saint Joseph will take place virtually from Thursday, September 30 to Sunday, October 3. Develop a greater devotion to S. Joseph and learn how to protect yourself, your marriage, and your family against evil. The Summit includes live prayer services and wonderful presentations by an incredible group of presenters. Some of the leaders and presenters include Cardinals Dolan and O’Malley, Archbishops Cordileone and Naumann, Chris Stefanick, Dr. Scott Hahn, Leah Darrow, and Jason & Crystalina Evert. For more information or to register, check out
  • High Hopes for Haiti – Annual Crab Feast. Saturday, Oct. 16, 1-4 pm. All you can eat picnic at Rockburn Park Pavilion, Elkridge. All you can eat, Steamed Crabs, Crab soup, beef BBQ, hot dogs, other seasonal food, plus beer and wine. Plus try your luck on our basket of cheer raffles.
    For details and tickets, visit or call (844) 466- 7835.
  • TASTE, a well-established Catholic women’s study group based in Laurel, MD kicks off its 15th year this September! You are invited to get to know the program through their website at Registration is now open for weekly sessions beginning on Thursday, September 23rd. Come Fall in love with Jesus and His Church through the words of inspiring speakers, fellowship with amazing women, and the power of the Sacraments.
  • In the resources for this year’s Catechetical Sunday with the theme, “Say the Word and My Soul Shall be Healed,” the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a great set of videos by Dr. Bob Schuchts who founded the John Paul II Healing Center have been released. These 5-7 minute videos recognize the struggles our families are experiencing in the midst of the pandemic and an increasingly polarized culture. Check out Healing the Wounds of IsolationHealing the Wounds of Division, and Overcoming the Wounds of Fear for free on
  • Migration Week – For nearly forty years, National Migration Week has been celebrated the week after the Epiphany (when the Magi traveled to find Christ). Pope Francis has shifted this week of focus and prayer to the last Sunday of September. Our National Migration Week, September 20-26, has embraced the theme “Towards an ever wider ‘We’”. In Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis encouraged us to shift our conversation from ‘them’ and ‘those’ to one of us. Refugees, immigrants, and migrants share with us the desire for a life free from persecution, exploitation, and dangers. We all seek a healthy and peaceful life for our families. As the debates can be highly contentious and divisive at the level of politics, I encourage our parishioners to think about the many ways we can be open to the struggles and sufferings of others. Learn more about refugees and those seeking asylum. Let us listen to the stories of those in our midst who are working hard for the peace we all seek. Our October 1 Festival of Praise at 7:30 pm will include the witness of two of our parishioners – one who serves our nation in the military and was deployed in Afghanistan and another who will share the civil unrest in El Salvador and finding asylum in the United States. Their faith is inspiring. The Lord is truly present in the midst of crisis – and calls his faithful to compassion and mercy.

    2021 National Migration Week Prayer

    Loving Father,

We thank you for the gift of children
and for the joy and love that they bring into our lives.
Protect with your fatherly care all children who face hardship.In particular, we pray for unaccompanied migrant children who are alone,
for migrant children separated from parents who have been placed in detention,
for those who have lost loved ones due to violence,
and for those who are trapped in situations of exploitation.Open all of our hearts to immigrant and refugee children in need.
Show us how we can protect and comfort them.
Give us the wisdom to know how we can help.

Give us courage to defend them
against those who would harm them.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever. Amen.

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

Rev. Michael S. Triplett