Where Saints Have Prayed

Weekly Bulletin


March 26, 2017


1 Sm 16:1, 6-7, 10-13.  Eph 5:8-14.  Jn 9:1-41



Gal 4:22—31.  John 6:1-15


Sunday, March 26

8:30     John V. Augulis (D) requested by Stephen & Stephanie Augulis

10:00   For the People

11:30   Patrick Diaz (D) requested by Pat Wentworth & Family  

Monday, March 27

7:00     Judge John P. Rellas (D) requested by Barbara Schuler

12:10   John Siaurusaitis (D)

Tuesday, March 28

7:00     Matt & Melissa Graves requested by Will Placek

12:10   Special Intention for continuous good health of John Rutkowski & Jeffrey Martin

Wednesday, March 29

7:00     Raymond Price (D) requested by Kevin Kelly

12:10   Charlotte Kiernan (D) requested by Jim & Darlene Brislin & Family

Thursday, March 30

8:30     Edward Sciacca (D) requested by Kevin Kelly

12:10   Theresa Girratano requested by Dr. Gerald Mullin

Friday, March 31

7:00     Steve Otterbein requested by Kevin Kelly

12:10   Maryann Rutkowski & Family requested by John Rutkowski & Jeff Martin

Saturday, April 1

7:00     Al Keane (D) requested by Kevin Kelly

12:10   Megan Mendenhall requested by the Brislin Family

  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held in the Saints’ Chapel, Monday through Saturday from 7:30 am until 1:30 pm.  Please come and spend some time with Christ.   

            THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION is offered daily – Monday thru Saturday - from 11:30 am until 12:00 noon. 

 The sanctuary light for the week of March 26 – April 1 is for Fr. Bill Spacek requested by Pat Wentworth



March 19, 2017 

Envelopes     $2,110

Loose                540 

Total            $2,650 

            The second collection for the weekend of March 19 was for the Music Ministry here at St. Alphonsus and amounted to $631.39. Thank you for your generosity.         

            The second collection for this weekend (March 26) is for Maintenance & Repairs here at St. Alphonsus. Please be generous.

            The second collection for the weekend of April 2 is for Operational Expenses here at St. Alphonsus. Please be generous.

 Last Will & Testament 

            The future of St. Alphonsus depends on each and every one of us.  Please remember your Church in your Will.


Sun., Mar 26 – 11:30 am – Fr. Marc Lanoue 

Sun., Apr 2 – 11:30 am – Fr. M. D’Ascanis

Sun, Apr 9 – 11:30 am – * - Fr. J. Langan

Sat., Apr 15 – 7:00 pm – * - Fr. M Lanoue

Sun., Apr 16 – 11:30 am – ** - TBA

Sun., Apr 23 – 11:30 am – Fr. D’Ascanis

Sun, Apr 30 – 11:30 am – TBA





* Schola                                               ** Choir 


Saturday, April 1 – First Saturday Holy Hour after the 12:10 pm Mass 

Sunday, April 16 – Happy Easter 

Monday, April 17 – Offices & Gift Shop Closed


We are all in the same game; just different levels.

Dealing with the same hell; just different devils.


 Pregnant, Need Help? - 1-800-ANGEL-OK

 Suffering Post-Abortion Stress?

 Call Project Rachel - 1-800-286-4224

 Need pregnancy counseling?

 Call Center for Pregnancy Concerns


Please pray for the sick of the parish.  If you know of any member of the parish who is homebound or in the hospital, please call the office at 410-685-6090.  As you are aware, we no longer publish a list of the sick, but remember they are kept in our prayers.


             Adoption is a life-giving, loving option for women in a crisis pregnancy.  For information about adoption, visit

www.catholiccharitiesusa.org or www.directory.adoption.com/d, estic/Maryland.html  

 ANSWERS FOR THE AGING Catholic Charities’ Answers for the Aging, in conjunction with the National Council on Aging and the Baltimore City Commission on Aging is conducting an Economic Checkup outreach to seniors, age 60 and older who live in Baltimore City.  The purpose of this outreach is to help seniors obtain benefits by linking them to services.  If you are age 60 plus, live in Baltimore City, are of a lower income and are interested in learning more about this program, please call Answers For the Aging at 410-646-0100 and speak with one of our Specialists (Debbie, Sue or Dolores) who will be glad to assist you.    

Post-Abortion Healing:  Project Rachel Baltimore is the church's ministry which operates as a network of professional clergy, licensed counselors and volunteers all trained to provide one-on-one spiritual and psychological support for those who are suffering from the trauma of abortion.  Project Rachel Baltimore offers special Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreats and Come to the Waters day retreats several times a year.  Rachel's Vineyard is the world's largest ministry for healing after abortion.  For more information about Rachel's Vineyard, go to  www.HopeAfterAbortion.org, projectrachel(at)archbalt.org or call 410-625-8491.  

Please pray for our Purgatorial Enrollee:  Jose Joaquin Quesada Navarro



Listen to the Radio Mass of Baltimore on its new stations and times: Sundays at 9am on Q1370 AM and WCBM 680 AM and WCBM 690 AM and 6pm on WCBM 680 AM.  Following each airing of the Radio Mass will be a new locally-produced Catholic radio program, Catholic Baltimore, which will air interviews and information relevant for Catholics in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  For more information, visit www.archbalt.org. 


Please contact the parish office at 410-529-6279 at least six months prior to the wedding date. 

 Anticipating a Baptism?  If you are thinking of presenting an infant or young child for Baptism in the next few months, please contact Msgr. Bastress at the parish office (410-685-6090).  


    Please remember that if you are going to be a Godparent for a Baptism or a Sponsor for Confirmation you will need to contact Irene at least two weeks prior to the Sacramental Event.  If you have a child being Baptized or Confirmed their Godparent(s) or Sponsors need to present a Letter of Good Standing.  


The next meeting for children making their First Penance and First Communion will be TODAY, Sunday, March 26  after the 11:30 am Mass.  The subject of this class is:  “The Holy Eucharist” 


            The next meeting of the those who wish to be confirmed will be held today, Sunday, March 26, 2017, after the 11:30 am Mass in the 1st floor conference room.. 


Please write your name and phone number in your missal or prayer book that way in the event you loose or forget your book we can give you a call and tell you that it is being held for you in the gift shop! 

        Are you suffering from arthritis, osteoporosis, rickets or spinal diseases?  Did you know that St. Alphonsus Liguori is the patron Saint of these infirmities?  Why not purchase a statue which is a replica of our patron, St. Alphonsus Liguori, as you seek St. Alphonsus’ intercession.  The statue is on sale and can be purchased from the Gift Shop.  

       There is also a nice selection of items including candles, rosaries, and children’s books about our faith.  Please stop in and see if we have that special gift item for that special someone! 

            THE INTERNATIONAL PILGRIM STATUE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA will be at St. Benedict’s Church on Wilkens Avenue as part of the Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace, honoring the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima on Monday, March 27, 2017 from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. All are invited for an extraordinary day of graces, healing and prayer to Our Lady, for our country and our families.  


Boys and Girls Catholic Over-Night  Summer Camp  

            Attend the open house on April 9, 2017 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm to learn more about Camp St. Charles.  Join us for lunch, a tour, a ride on the giant swing and an opportunity to meet the staff of Camp St. Charles.  For over 60 years, thousands of children have been making friends, learning to work together and developing an appreciation for Creation while camping out, riding horses, working their way through a challenge course, trying archery, paddling on the river, making art projects and lots of other activities in beautiful Southern Maryland.  Fully accredited with the American Camp Association and certified by the State of Maryland, Camp St. Charles has been run by the Salvatorian Fathers and Brothers and Lay Salvatorians for over 60 years.  New families may save on tuition by registering at the open house. 

            For more information, directions and to sign up for an open house, see 


or call at 301-934-8799 

or e-mail  director(at)campstcharles.org.   

On our Lenten journey thus far we have been presented with 6 symbols involved in Jesus’ Crucifixion:  The Cross, Ashes, Sand, 30 pieces of silver, Pillar, Whip, Rope and Chains.  Our next symbol is:

The Crown of Thorns and The Reed – Jesus is Crowned

            In Christianity one of the instruments of the Passion, a crown was woven of thorn branches and placed on Jesus Christ before His Crucifixion.  It is mentioned in the Canonical Gospels of Matthew (27:29), Mark (15:17) and John (19:2, 5) and is often alluded to by the early Church Fathers, such as Clement of Alexandria, Origen and others.

            After Jesus’ sham trials and subsequent flogging and before He was Crucified the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him.  They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe of purple on Him.  They put a Reed in His right hand (like a scepter of royals) and they bowed the knee before Him and Mocked Him saying: “Hail, King of the Jews!”  (Matthew 27:27-29).  So, here was the “King of the Jews” being beaten, spit upon and insulted by presumably low level Roman soldiers.  The crown of thorns was the finalizing of their mockery, taking a symbol of royalty and majesty, a crown, and turning it into something painful and degrading.

            Then, as a last act of humiliation against Jesus, the Roman officers twisted a Crown of Thorns and placed it on His head.  Taking up the Reed they had given Him as a mock scepter, they repeatedly struck Him in the head with it.  Then they bowed in mockery to the King of the Jews, and led Him away to be crucified.  The Crown they had placed on his head was not just a twisted garland of prickly barbs, like that of a blackberry bush.  Rather, it was a brutal instrument that caused him anguish.  The Crown is said to be made from the branches of a Jujube tree, a deciduous tree found near Jerusalem, with thorns measuring an inch long or more.  And with each blow to the head, the reed repeatedly drove the Thorns into His flesh with excruciating pain.  Thorns were a product of the fall of man, a consequence of the entrance of sin into the world.  Because of the pain cause by The Crown of Thorns, God cursed the ground, declaring that it would forever produce thorns and thistles (Genesis 3:18).  The Crown of Thorns represented that part of the curse that Jesus took upon himself in His Crucifixion.  There truly was no part of humanity and its ruin that he did not experience.  And yet, though Jesus suffered for a time beneath the curse, His death and resurrection paved the way for those that believe on Him to be set free from the power of sin.  At His Ascension, Jesus took His rightful place, seated at the right hand of God.  The Roman soldiers may have inaugurated Him in mockery, but Jesus truly was a King.  Those wanting to be a part of His Kingdom must be joined with the Crucified Christ, even in His suffering.  He will one day return as King of kings and Lord of lords.  But He will not be wearing a Crown of Thorns.  Rather, Jesus will be Crowned with glory and honor, gathering to Himself those who suffered with Him, and offering each a crown of life.

            Pilate therefore went before the people again, and said to them, ‘Behold, I bring Him forth to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.’  Then came Jesus before the, wearing the Crown of Thorns, and the Purple Robe.  And Pilate said to them “Ecce Homo”  Behold the Man!!”

            Like a lamb to the slaughter, Jesus was led into the area that He had been preparing Himself for His entire life.  It was Him against the raging mob of Jerusalem, and there was no contest.  He knew why He was there, and He knew the glory that awaited Him when His work was finished.  But the pain that He suffered was very real.  The accusations were bitter, the hatred cutting down to His soul with every fierce blow.  Jesus endured hours of torture, Roman style.  Flogged by the cat of nine tails, blind folded and beaten, spit on, struck in the face, lacerated on nearly every part of his body.  The prophet Isaiah spoke well when he declared that “His face was so disfigured He seemed hardly human, and from His appearance, one would scarcely knew He was a man” (Is 52:14)

            So, among Christian symbolism The Crown of Thorns were seen by Christian writers as emblems of the Fall of Man.  And within the cultural context we find that Plutarch gives his advice to married couples, as to a custom within parts of ancient Greece in which “they crown the Bide with a wreath of thorny acanthus.”  It seems that the prickly plant is also fragrant, and the custom symbolizes the need for the Groom to be patient with his Bride.  It is possible that part of the humiliation intended by the Crown of Thorns was as an insult against the tortured mankind.

            The Crown of Thorns is a true relic as a few writers of the first six centuries A.D. speak of a relic known to be still in existence and venerated by the faithful.  St. Paulinus of Nola, writing after 409, refers to “the Thorns with which Our Savior was Crowned” as relics held in honor along with the Cross to which he was nailed and the Pillar at which He was Scourged.  Also, a reference is made around the year 621 that the reality of The Crown of Thorns as among other relics which are the glory of earthly Jerusalem saying: ‘there, we may behold the thorny Crown, which was only set upon the Head of Our Redeemer in order that all the thorns of the world might be gathered together and broken”.

            Also, there is the portrayal or illustration of The Crown of Thorns as visual images and symbols used in a work of art or as the study of interpretation.  The appearance of The Crown of Thorns notably upon the head of Christ in representations of the Crucifixion are the subject of Ecce Homo arises at the time of St. Louis and the building of the Sainte-Chapelle.  The image of The Crown of Thorns is often used symbolically to contrast with earthy monarchial crowns.  In the symbolism of King Charles the Martyr, the executed English King is depicted putting aside his earthly crown to take up the Crown of Thorns.

            The Crown of Thorns is also an allegory of the Episcopal governance of the Church. Contrasted to a kingly governance of the State, it serves as a reminder of the humility required of all Bishops.  The interwoven nature of the Crown of Thorns further presents the complexity of all the relationships between Bishops, and their necessary inter-dependence in governing of the Church.

            Revelations says:  “The Crown stands for a reward to those who are faithful till death”

            The Lent is a time for us to examine our choices which we make.  In the company of Jesus, we become desert dwellers who confront demons who tempt us to make the wrong choices.  We acknowledge the sin and evil in our lives, express sorrow for our offenses, and ask for forgiveness.

            So, as we meditate upon these symbols of The Crown of Thorns and The Reed, may we never permit ourselves to separate from Jesus again.  We pray that we may love Jesus always and that He will do with us as HE so WILLS!!!!

Tree of Life: A beautiful gilded Tree of Life is on the vestibule wall of Saint Alphonsus Church.  The name of an individual or family to be honored will be inscribed on his or her own gold leaf.  Mass will be offered annually for all those whose names appear on the tree or on one of the foundation stones around it.  Parishioners, members of the Novena Family and Friends of Saint Alphonsus Church are invited to call Deacon Hugh Mills at (410) 685-6090 for information.  All donations from the Tree of Life will be used for church and rectory restorations.  Leaf donation is $500.00.  Your gift is tax deductible. Payments can be made in installments.

We are still collecting aluminum cans for recycling.  This is a fundraiser that doesn't cost you anything, brings the restoration projects a few dollars and helps the environment.  You can drop off your clean crushed cans at the church office whenever the office is open.  Keep those cans coming and please be so kind as to crush them.  Thank you!

In addition, please continue to remember to bring in your used computer ink  cartridges as well as old cell phones.  This is a fund raiser that doesn't hurt but only helps.  On the average, cell phones bring in up to $3.00 per phone.  Remember, please continue to bring in those old used cell phones.  THANKS TO ALL WHO TAKE PART IN THIS FUNDRAISER.  Any questions please call the rectory office.