In the recent Year of Mercy, the Archdiocese of Washington forgave significant debt, which was owed by Saint Matthias Parish and School. This school year, the Archdiocese has awarded more than $100,000.00 in tuition assistance to our school families, as well as providing professional development for teachers and offering guidance in marketing and fundraising.
In order to partner fully in meeting the needs of our students, I will offer to the school an additional $300.00 of personal support, in addition to my regular offertory. I challenge 99 other parish and school households to join me in this one-time fundraising effort.
Our teachers and staff dedicate themselves to educating our children academically and spiritually. Please join me in supporting this important mission.
In gratitude, Fr. Jack
Monday, October 23, 2017: Visitation at Beall Funeral Home from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.(6512 N. W. Crain Hwy, Bowie,
Tuesday, October 24, 2017: Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthias the Apostle Church,
9475 Annapolis Rd., Lanham, MD 20706. Burial at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton, MD.
We offer our sincere condolences to Kay’s family.
Viewing: St Matthias Church—-Friday, Sep, 22, 2017, 2.00PM to 4.00PM and 6.00PM to 8.00PM
Funeral Mass: St Matthias Church—-Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, 10.00AM
Repast: St Matthias Hughes Center directly after Mass
Cemetery: Resurrection, Clinton, Maryland.
Donation: Make donations to St. Matthias Church in lieu of Flowers
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Scabis family.
Friday, September 15, 6:00 – 8:00 PM: Viewing at St. Matthias the Apostle Church
Saturday, September 16, 10:00 – 11:00 AM: Viewing at St. Matthias the Apostle Church
Saturday, September 16, 11:00 AM: Mass of Christian Burial at St. Matthias the Apostle Church; Interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton, MD.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to:
St. Matthias the Apostle Catholic Church
9475 Annapolis Rd.
Lanham, MD 20706
Domestic Church Day: Strengthening the Family with Mary will be held Saturday, September 23rd, from 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Join us for a bilingual Mass with Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, a multilingual rosary and other devotionals, catechesis for adults, children, and a talk for teens. Cost is $10 for adults. For registration and further information, go to www.domesticchurchday.eventbrite.com.
A National Day of Prayer for Peace will be held on Saturday, September 9th, at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, 410 Addison Road South, Seat Pleasant, MD 20743. Msgr. Ray East is the celebrant and homilist. Rosary begins and 11:30 a.m., followed by Mass at 12:00 p.m. A reception will be held after Mass.
This weekend’s second collection will be for The Catholic University of America AND for the victims of hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. Please give generously.
Services for Mabel Jones will be held at St. Matthias the Apostle Church, 9475 Annapolis Rd., Lanham, MD 20706:
Viewing and visitation with the family will be held Monday, August 21, from 10:00 AM -12:00 PM, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 12:00 PM. Burial will take place at Fort Lincoln Cemetery.
We offer our condolences to the family.
You, dear reader, are no doubt involved in moving through a grieving process, or would like to be doing so. You have sustained some significant or personal loss. To fully engage in grieving your loss or losses you probably would want a fuller understanding of what that process entails.
To grieve is to journey through a process that evokes sadness, aloneness, tears, and missing (someone or something important to you), remembering the true worth of who or what was lost, and discovering how to go with one’s life beyond the loss. Perhaps we can now look more closely at each aspect of grieving.
Sadness becomes the companion to one who has lost someone precious to him or her. Sadness can be intense for weeks and months after the loss occurred. Tears very often accompany the sadness and they beg to be released as often as necessary. Tears bring release and relief to the aching heart. They need not be stifled. However, for the person who doesn’t cry or cries very little after a significant loss, there need not be undue concern. He or she is experiencing a keen sense of loss and sadness in a slightly different manner that doesn’t include tears. None-the-less that person is grieving.
Aloneness is felt when a soul-mate, a life companion, and a true friend is lost. In death a connection still exists, but it is more spiritual than physical and tangible . Periods of personal illness or crises of any sort will cause the grieving person to feel more alone than ever, truly sensing the absence of the loved one.
The griever misses intensely the person with whom he or she has shared life and love over many years, or perhaps only a few. Much love and deep caring have been given and received. Thus, there is a sense that much has been lost as a result of the death. Fortunately, there are the memories.
Remembering is an important part of the journey through grief. There are pictures, memories, and mementos to keep the remembering alive for a long time. Hopefully these carry through one’s whole lifetime. In early grief (the first 6-7 months) remembering is hard because it brings forth sadness and tears. But, as weeks and months pass wonderful memories of times shared float into one’s consciousness and in time replace the more painful memories.
As one moves through the grieving process, the sadness, tears, aloneness, and missing (already mentioned) are accompanied by more intense feelings with which one must grapple. They are a part of the grief process and must be looked at and experienced before they can be put to rest.
In time, one must discover how to go on. One looks at how to have renewed purpose and meaning for one’s life. Remembering that this would be the desire of the deceased loved one is important. He or she would want those left behind to have a full, rich, and healthy life for however long it would be. New dreams, new undertakings, health and happiness, as well as expanded relationships are all a part of the wishes and desires they would have for us.
The grief journey is long and hard, but taking it day by day makes it feasible. With the support and caring of friends, family, and our God, it can be successfully undertaken. Healing of body, mind, and spirit will be the expected outcome.
A memorial Mass will be held at St. Matthias Church on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. for Pablo Alano. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.