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Grief Brief # 20

As we move through the holidays this year, including- Christmas, Hanukkah,

Kwanza, and New Years, my hope, prayer, and wishes are that you, the readers of this message, have been able to capture the essence of the season.  With the support and caring of friends and family, persons who are grieving can experience the joy of the holidays.

Some important things to remember about holiday celebrations are reviewed at this time.

 Where someone is in their grieving process will certainly affect how he or she will experience the various occasions.  Those in the early phase of their loss (the first 5 months or so) can let each holiday pass them by without engaging in too much celebrating.  During the mid grieving point  holidays can receive a half-hearted reception.  When the healing that grief provides has come, in a later point of grief, the festivities are more easily accepted and celebrated. 

 

 The process of facing a significant loss, as any grieving person knows, can consume a lot of personal energy.  Therefore, simplifying holiday celebrations is a must.

 

 Planning one’s celebrations in collaboration with family members and friends can more easily guarantee happy times and some real joy as each significant day comes and passes.

 

 Accepting the efforts of others, with reasonable but marginal contributions on the part of the grieving person, can  bring about, as well as honor, some of the traditions of the past.

 

And so, open your hearts to the joy and meaning of the season.  Doing what feels right in your heart can bring you the wonders of these special days, as they come one by one.

Dear Friends, On behalf of Father Canice and our visiting clergy, I offer you best wishes for a blessed and happy Christmas. We look forward to the coming year as we continue to grow in faith.

Sincerely in Christ, Father Jack

Christmas Mass Schedule

Monday, December 24, 2018

Daily Mass at 8:30 AM

Christmas Vigil Mass at 5:00 PM

Christmas Vigil Mass at 10:00 PM (Christmas Carols begin at 9:30 PM)

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 Christmas Day

Masses: 8:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM (Spanish)

Monday, December 31, 2018

Daily Mass 8:30 AM

“Crossover” Mass at 11:00 PM

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Solemnity of the Holy Mother of God (A Holy Day of Obligation)

Daily Mass at 8:30 AM

Mass at 10:30 AM (Bilingual)

 

The Parish Office will be Closed Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th, in observance of Christmas. The office will re-open Wednesday, December 26th, at 8:00 AM

Viewing & Visitation with Family:  Monday, December 3, 2018 from10:00-11:00 AM at Saint Matthias the Apostle Church, 9475 Annapolis Rd., Lanham, MD 20706.

Mass of Christian Burial:  Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Saint Matthias the Apostle Church, followed by a graveside service at 1:30 PM at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton, MD.

Our prayers and condolences are extended to Melvin’s family.

Day of the Dead
October 31st-November 2nd
Day of the Dead is a Hispanic holiday that goes on for 3 days. Starting on October 31st and ending on November 2nd. During these days we focus our attention on our dearly beloved families and friends that have passed away. During these days the families of the dearly departed put up an altar of their deceased including pictures, food, toys for children, candy, sugar skulls called calavers, candles, marigolds, and a red flower called terciopelo. The belief is that in placing a path of marigolds and terciopelo the souls of the deceased can find their way to the alter that their families have made in their homes in honor of the dead. Usually in Mexico and Central America the families of the deceased go to the graveyards and stay with their dead all night decorating their tombs with flowers, candles and singing songs. Día de los Muertos is a time to celebrate the lives of our deceased. Remembering that death is but the next adventure for them.
 
 
Día de los Muertos
31 de Octubre-2 de Noviembre de 2018
El Día de Los Muertos es un celebración hispana que dura 3 días, empezando el 31 de Octubre para terminar el 2 de Noviembre. Estos días se enfocan en nuestros fieles difuntos y celebrado la vida que tuvieron aquí en la tierra. En estos días las familias de los fieles difuntos se acostumbra a poner fotos de los difuntos, comida que les gusto en la vida, juguetes para los niños, dulces, calaveras, flores cempasúchil de color amarillo y terciopelo de color rojo, y velas. La creencia es que poniendo un camino de pétalos de cempasúchil y terciopelo en frente de los altares nuestros fieles difuntos pueden encontrar el camino para llegar al alter que su familia ha puesto para ellos. Así las almas de los difunto pueden disfrutar de todas las cosas que les gusto en la vida. Usualmente en México y países de Centro América las familias van al panteón con el mismo tipo de flores para ponerlo al redero de las tumbas. El Día de Los Muertos es un tiempo para celebrar la vida de nuestros difuntos y que la muerte solo es la siguiente aventura para ellos.
 

The Family will receive visitors at Beall Funeral Home (6512 N.W. Crain Hwy., Bowie, MD) on Friday, November 9th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church on Saturday, November 10th at 12:00 PM.  St. Pius Church is located at 14720 Annapolis Rd., Bowie, MD.  Burial will take place at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton, MD.

We extend our prayers and condolences to Kay’s family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The family will receive visitors at Jenkins Funeral Home on Thursday, September 20, 2018, from 6:30-8:30 PM.  Jenkins Funeral Home is located at 7474 Landover Road, Landover, MD  20785.  Visitation will also be held at St. Matthias Church (9475 Annapolis Road, Lanham, MD  20706) on Friday, September 21st, from 9:30-10:30 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM.  Burial will take place at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton MD.  Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

A Memorial Mass for long-time parishioner, Emma Graham, will be held Saturday, June 30th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthias the Apostle Church, 9475 Annapolis Road, Lanham, MD.  Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Gearing up for summer vacation? Consider enrolling in eGiving through Faith Direct to make sure your gifts reach St. Matthias the Apostle when you cannot, and our ministries can continue uninterrupted. Visit www.faithdirect.net and use our church code: MD41. Thank you for your continued support of our parish family!

God Bless You,

Father Jack

mother's day novenaWhat is a novena? “Nine days of public or private prayer for some special occasion or intention.” Its origin goes back to the nine days that the disciples and Mary spent together in prayer between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday.

Our novena will focus on asking God to bless our living mothers, and to grant eternal rest to our deceased mothers. The novena of Masses for our mothers will be held beginning with the Vigil Mass on May 12th through May 20th. Names of those honored or remembered will be read during the Prayer of the Faithful at each of the Masses during this nine day period.

You may pick up your Mother’s Day Novena Cards and remembrance envelopes at the parish office during regular business hours. Cards will also be available in the church vestibule after Masses this weekend and next weekend. A $ 5.00 offering is suggested for each name submitted to the novena.

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Mass Times / Horario de Misas

Saturday Vigil / Vigilia del Sábado
5:00 PM
7:00 PM (en español)
Sunday / Domingo
8:00 AM
9:30 AM
11:30 AM
6:00 PM
Daily Mass Schedule / Misa Diaria
Monday – Saturday / Lunes-Sabado
8:30 AM
Holy Days of Obligation / Días Santos de Obligación
7:00 AM
12:00 PM
7:30 PM
*unless otherwise announced / *A menos que se anuncie algo diferente.

Devotions

Adoration / Adoración
Monday / Lunes 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Confession / Confesiones
Monday / Lunes 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Benediction / Bendición
Monday / Lunes 7:45 PM

Fr Jack’s Challenge