Bill Cooper, a long time parishioner, died last week. There will be a viewing at Saint Matthias Church on Tuesday, March 7th, from 10:00-11:00 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM, followed by a burial at the Veterans’ Cemetery in Crownsville, MD, Please keep the family in your prayers.
Hazel Campbell, a long time parishioner, died this past week. There will be a viewing at St. Matthias Church on Saturday, March 4th, from 9:30-10:30 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 AM. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton, MD, following the service. Please keep the family in your prayers.
New applications for the Academy of St. Matthias are now being accepted. Please go to http://mytads.com/a/stmatthiasmd. The deadline to apply for financial aid is February 20, 2017. The financial aid application is on the website listed above. Questions? Please call the school office at 301-577-9412.
Since the erratic winter months are upon us, perhaps we could look at the topic of the “winter blues”.
Cold gray days, the snow, and the bleak scenes in nature have a way of affecting our mood and emotional lives. This is especially so when we are also facing personal tragedies, health crises, or the loss of loved ones.
The truth is that experiencing the holiday season (now thankfully over) and the bleakness of the winter months does not necessarily have to be a major problem for us. There are some things we can do to lighten our spirits and cope a little better. Here are a few suggestions that can brighten the days and offset the sad, lonely feelings that want to envelope us at this time.
- Start with your thinking. A positive approach to a new day helps. Decide early on that there will be something happening today that will make it a “good day”. Look for that something! Expect it! Pray for its blessings!
- Have an agenda for each day that will hold promising events, enjoyable encounters with others, or places to go, etc. Many or even one will do.
- Reach out in love and caring to others. A kind word said during a telephone call, a smile or a warm greeting given to a person met, or a listening ear offered to someone in need, can make the caring happen. As we give in love, love will be received and our spirits, no doubt, will be lifted.
- Take some time to reflect not only upon what has been lost and is being grieved, but also upon whom and what we still have left in our lives. This can bring a measure of happiness and peace.
- At the end of the day be thankful for at least one “happening” that brightened the day and brought warmth to your heart. Be grateful and treasure it.
So, let the winter months come! Believe that some happiness can be found, despite whatever may be happening out of doors.
We invite you to help your parish save money by giving up your offertory envelopes this Lent! Enrolling with Faith Direct will provide St. Matthias the Apostle with consistent support and simplify your giving without the wasteful envelopes. Visit www.faithdirect.net and use our church code: MD41. Thank you for your continued support of our parish family.
God bless you,
The Parish Social Life Committee invites all members of our parish ministries to a reception as we celebrate the contributions of our volunteers. Join us for food, fun, and fellowship on Sunday, February 26, 2017, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM in the Hughes Center. Please RSVP to Pat Ford on later than Wednesday, February 22nd at 301-459-4814 x 201 or by email at email@example.com.
Having dinner with St Mary’s new Pastor, Fr. Evelio, tonite. He is a marvelous priest!
Today’s First Penance Service has not come about by happenstance. My sincere gratitude to Ms. Catherine Tolnay and all those who have instructed the youngsters who are well prepared. Let me share a 1st Confession story. A friend who has five children takes them to Confession once a month. When his youngest child, a lovely daughter, came back to the pew to be with her father, she knelt down in prayer. Dad was impressed until he sensed that his daughter was starting to cry. “What’s the matter?” She replied, “It’s what Father said to me.” “Tell me” Dad said. “She replied, “Well, he told me to say two Hail Mary prayers for my penance. (sob, sob) “What is wrong with that? You know the Hail Mary.” “Yes, she said, but I only know one Hail Mary and he said to say two!!!!!!
Today 30 of our young people will be making their 1st Penance or Reconciliation. It is a Pastor’s hope and prayer that this will be the first of many encounters for these youngster with the Mercy of God.
We ask that you keep Unchenna Nwokeafor, our African Choir director, and his wife Laura, in your prayers. Their three month old son, Ogemdi, died earlier this week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time.