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Weekly Bulletin

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF

February 19, 2017

7th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Lv 19:1-2, 17-18.  1 Cor 3:16-23. Mt 5:38-48

TRIDENTINE LATIN RITE

SEXAGESIMA SUNDAY

2 Cor 11:19-32,12:1-9.  Luke 8:4-15

MASS INTENTIONS 

Sunday, February 19

8:30     John Siaurusaitis (D)  

10:00   For the People

11:30   Adele Golden (D) requested byRon& Debbi Bena

Monday, February 20 – ONE MASS ONLY

10:00   Dorothy & Frank Rutkowski (D) requested by son, John

Tuesday, February 21

7:00     Joseph F. Kelly, Sr. (D) requested by Kevin P. Kelly

12:10   Theresa Froelich (D) requested by Michael D. Staicer, Sr.

Wednesday, February 22

7:00     Clair Kelly (D) requested by Kevin P. Kelly  

12:10   Joseph J. Hajewski (D) requested by Gloria

Thursday, February 23

7:00     Cecelia Blumberg (D) requested by Chris Hartge

12:10   Eugenia Saraceno (D) requested by Loy Vogel

Friday, February 24

7:00     Julia B. Kardos (D) requested by Barbara, Gregory & Leslie

12:10   Frank Joe Vogel (D) requested by Loy Vogel

Saturday, February 25

7:00     Henry Francis Melzack (D) requested by Judge Joseph Murphy & Family

12:10   For the members of the Purgatorial Society.

  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 February 19 – 25 is for the people 

  SACRIFICIAL GIVING FOR   

February 12, 2017 

Envelopes   $3,638

Loose               333

TOTAL           $3,971

           The second collection for the week of February 12 was NOT an Archdiocesan Collection.  The second collection amounted to $548 and was used for Operational Expenses.

            Today’s second collection is for the Music Ministry here at St. Alphonsus.  Please be generous..

            Next week’s second collection (February 26) is for Maintenance and Repairs.

 Last Will & Testament 

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

 CELEBRANTS OF THE TRIDENTINE  MASSES IN FEBRUARY 

Sun., Feb 19 – 11:30 am –** - Fr. Marc Lanoue

Wed., Feb 22 – 12:10 pm –  Msgr. Bastress

Sat., Feb 25 – 12:10 pm – Msgr. Bastress

Sun., Feb 26 – 11:30 am – Msgr. Bastress 

* Schola                                               ** Choir 

LOOKING FORWARD TO 

Sunday, February 12– Annual Valentine Raffle Drawing after the 11:30 am Mass

Monday, February 20 – Presidents’ Day – Offices and Gift Shop Closed – One Mass only at 10:00 am

Wednesday, March 1 – Ash Wednesday  

   SOMETHING TO PONDER 

Life is like a camera.

Just focus on what’s important and capture the good times,

develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out

just take another shot!

RESPECT LIFE CORNER 

 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

410-391-3911

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 – THE LOVING OPTION

             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.  

                RADIO MASS& NEW LOCAL CATHOLIC RADIO PROGRAM

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. 

GETTING MARRIED? 

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).  

LETTER OF GOOD STANDING 

    Please remember that if you are going to be a Godparent for a Baptism or a Sponsor for Confirmation you will need to contact either Msgr. Bastress or 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.  

  FIRST PENANCE AND FIRST COMMUNION 

          The next meeting of children making their first Penance and First Communion will be today, Sunday, February 26  after the 11:30 am MassThe subject of this class is:  “Sacrament of Penance” 

CONFIRMATION 

            The next meeting of the those who wish to be confirmed will be held today, Sunday, February 19, 2017, after the 11:30 am Mass in the 1stfloor conference room..    If you have not already provided one, an up-to-date Baptismal Certificate (with First Communion notation) is required.  Children must be at least 14 years old by January 1, 2017.

PARISH SOCIAL 

            The parish social will be held today, February 19, 2017.  Please consider joining your fellow parishioners for some refreshments and conversation at that time.  If you would be interested in helping with the Social, please see Michelle Reavey.   By the way, CONGRATULATIONS to Michelle on the birth of her son - Joseph Anthony!

ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL        

             In this week’s bulletin, please find the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal pledge envelopes.  

            Through your support of the 2017 Annual Appeal, our parish community follows Pope Francis’ encouragement to become missionary disciples as we support the ministries that bring to life the Gospel message across the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  Through the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, The National Shrine of St. Alphonsus receives assistance which promotes the dignity of all life.  If you have not yet to make a pledge to the 2017 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, please complete the pledge form/envelope or visit www.archbalt.org/appeal.  Thank you for your prayers and support. 

        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! 

    Your SUNDAY OFFERTORY ENVELOPES are available for pick-up.  PLEASE stop by the hallway outside the gift shop and pick them up! They are arranged in alphabetical order.  If you would like to receive envelopes for 2017 or you would like to be excluded from receiving envelopes, please contact Irene either in the gift shop after Mass on Sunday or give her a call during the week.  410-685-6090.  

      We here at St. Alphonsus would like to thank each and every one of you for your generous support.   The winners are:

C. Dinsmore - $1,000

J. Antoine - $500

J. Bierly - $250 

         Total proceeds of the raffle were $4,591.00  WOOHOO!!!

            On Ash Wednesday, March 1st, ashes will be distributed during all the Masses, as follows:

7:00 am – English 

12:10 pm – English 

7:00 pm – Tridentine Latin Rite 

            In addition, ashes will be distributed at a prayer service at 4:30 pm.  All are welcome to attend.  

IT’S TIME TO CLEAN OUT THOSE CLOSETS AGAIN! 

            The last Closet Clean Out Fundraiser was so successful we decided to do it again! 

            Did you know that your closet contains money that would help St. Alphonsus?  We are collecting clothing, shoes and plush (stuffed) toys for an awesome fundraiser.   You can help us out by cleaning out your closet.  It can be either a hassle or a fortunate opportunity to make room for new clothes and shoes.  We are collecting your gently used (or new) clothing for recycling.

            In addition, this time around we will be collecting your old books!  Just place your clothing, shoes, plush toys, towels, etc. in a 13 gallon plastic bag and put your books in a sturdy box and drop it off when you come to church!  It’s that easy.  St. Alphonsus will in-turn take your items to a drop-off center, the bags and boxes will be weighed and a check will be sent to us!  How could it be any easier?! 

LAST DAY FOR DROP OFF HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, MARCH 3RD! 

NOT GOOD BYE BUT GOOD LUCK!  

          The priests and staff and parishioners would like to take this opportunity to say good bye to Fr. Marc Lanoue who has graciously assisted here at St. Alphonsus for the past year.  Fr. Marc is being transferred to our sister parish, St. Ignatius in Hickory.  HOWEVER! Fr. Marc will return from time to time to help out at the 11:30 am Sunday, Tridentine Latin Mass.  Good luck Fr. Marc and may good things come your way!  

CAMP ST. CHARLES 

Boys and Girls Catholic Over-Night Summer Camp 

            Attend the open house on March 12, 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 

www.campstchcharles.org 

or call at 301-934-8799 

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

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.