Rest in peace, Deacon Frank Hodges

Frank Hodges, 93, deacon at Corpus Christi, died in hospice at his home early this morning. His son Addison was with him when he passed. Funeral arrangements are being made for Friday, January 15th at 10:00 AM. Due to COVID restrictions the funeral at Corpus Christi will be limited to those invited by Frank’s children. We will send out a link later this week for others to join online.
Funeral details are being planned today with Frank’s three children and Rich Bozzelli, who will preside.

Please keep Frank, his family and friends in your prayers.

Announcements From Our Pastor 1/17/21

Dear Parishioners,

Ordinary Time – this weekend we begin having our Sunday liturgies in Ordinary Time. I would venture to say – that considering what we as a nation and as a democratic people have had to deal with since November, 2020 – this has definitely not been an ordinary time.

However, hopefully, all the chaos will come to a conclusion this week as the nation inaugurates a new President, Joe Biden. We need to pray for him this week and especially on Wednesday. I am afraid he will need all the help we can give him by and with our prayers. What he is about to enter into is not going to be a piece of cake. So, pray for him today, tomorrow and throughout his term of office!

Peace!

Fr. Marty

Announcements From Our Pastor 1/10/21

Dear Parishioners,

As I mentioned during the Christmas celebrations – God made us a promise and God fulfilled it in sending us his Son. Recall I said that on the day of our baptism a promise was made as well. In this case, the promise was made by us – that we would be faithful to the call we have been given as members of the Body of Christ.

Today we remember the Baptism of the Lord and as we do let us also remember our own baptismal day. Let us make sure that in this New Year we will allow the promise we made to be lived out through our words and deeds each and every day.

Peace!

Fr. Marty

Announcements From Our Pastor 1/3/21

Dear Parishioners,

Epiphany – this is the feast that celebrates the fact that three wise men – magi – from the East came to visit the newborn Jesus.

This, for us, celebrates the fact that Jesus came not just for one nation but for all peoples and for all nations.

So as we celebrate this feast, let us give thanks that Jesus manifested himself to these wise men and pray that he continues to manifest himself in our world through each and every one of us.

Peace!

Fr. Marty

Announcements From Our Pastor 12/27/20

Dear Parishioners,

Happy almost New Year!

I don’t know about you but I will certainly be glad when 2020 is over and done at the end of this week

We have certainly been through a lot over this past year – lots of very difficult challenges that we and our nation and the world have had to face. I certainly hope that the new Year will be more kind to all of us in some little way.

Let us ask the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary and Joseph – who had to face many challenges in their lives as well – let us ask them to journey in a special way with us this year. And when we must face any challenge or struggle or difficulty of and sort – physical, emotional or psychological – let us pray that their example, their prayers and their support will enable us to face it all!

So let us pray earnestly that 2021 will be a better year for all of us and for the world!!

Peace!

Fr. Marty.

Announcements From Our Pastor 12/20/20

Dear Parishioners,

Here we are celebrating the final Sunday of Advent already. The Gospel this weekend reminds us of what we are preparing for – the great celebration of the coming of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, whose birth we shall remember this week.

Thanks be to God, that the virgin Mary was willing to say ‘yes’ to God’s salvation plan and to her humble role in that plan.

We too, are part of that salvific plan and like Mary we all have a role to play in bringing Jesus present in our world through our word and our deeds.

In these most challenging times, let us pray that Mary intercede to God for us and for our world. May her Son, the Prince of Peace, bring peace and tranquility to our world and to each of us.

Peace!

Fr. Marty.

Announcements From Our Pastor 12/13/2020

Dear Parishioners,

Traditionally, this Third Sunday of Advent has been known as Gaudete Sunday – or “Rejoice” Sunday.

In spite of all the challenges and difficulties of this year – 2020 – “rejoice”! The reason we can be invited to rejoice is quite simple – the One who “comforts” us is near.

Yes, Jesus our Savior, whose birth we will soon remember, is journeying with us during these challenging times to “comfort” us – to give us peace as He shows us the way. So, rejoice, again I say rejoice!

Peace!

Fr. Marty

Announcements From Our Pastor 12/6/2020

Dear Parishioners,

This year’s Advent theme is quite simply, “Comfort my people”.

How appropriate that theme is this year. I would venture to say that everyone one of us needs “comfort” for one reason or another. We may need comfort because of the Covid-19 challenges or because of the struggle over the election, or because of our health – mental, physical and/or spiritual or for so many other reasons.

Let this Advent season be a time when we place all that is disturbing us in the hands of our God as we seek “comfort”.

Peace!

Fr. Marty.

Announcements From Our Pastor 11/29/2020

Dear Parishioners,

Here we are at the beginning of the Holy Season of Advent.

This is the time when we as Christians prepare ourselves to celebrate the coming of Jesus at Christmas and at the end of time.

In the midst of the pandemic this year – when everything seems to be so chaotic, these 4 weeks can be seen as a time when we can step back so as to spiritually prepare ourselves.

Let us pray together that our God will bless us and all who believe during this holy season of Advent.

Peace!

Fr. Marty.

Corpus Christi Catholic Church Fiscal 2020 Annual Report

CORPUS CHRISTI CATHOLIC CHURCH

Fiscal 2020 Annual Report

For the Fiscal Year

July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020

A Note from the Pastor

Dear Parishioners,

This past Fiscal year has been a very strange one. It started out somewhat normal up until we reached the month of March, 2020. It was then that Covid-19 began to raise its ugly head. We were informed by the Archdiocese that in-person Masses could not be held. And it was not until Holy Week that we began to televise Mass via Zoom. Now you must remember that from the middle of March through to the end of June, there were no Offertory collections taken up in church.

But thanks be to God, our parishioners responded by sending their checks or their envelopes in through the mail. Those parishioners who used the “Bill Pay” option continued to use it – and so we received their checks weekly or monthly.

All of this has helped with our income – even though it is still somewhat down. However, on the expense side things got worse. Why? We had planned to replace the roofs on the two sacristies – and that cost us a fair amount of money, which was taken from our Savings account and from the Historic Trust. That and the smaller income, unfortunately, has caused us, on paper, to have a huge deficit.

Let me assure you that we have paid and are paying all of our bills. I would simply ask that you continue to send us your donations, or use the “Bill Pay” option or come to our

in-person Mass and place your envelope or donation into the basket.

I pray for all of you that God will protect you and your families from harm and that, someday soon, we might all be able to join together, without fear, around the table of the Lord in our beautiful Corpus Christi Church.

Peace,

Rev. Martin H. Demek

Pastor

Stewardship Statistics – 2019 – 2020

Registered Households: 138

Average Offertory Collection (including Christmas and Easter): $ 3,691.42

Average Outreach Collection: $645.68

Number of Baptisms: 7

Number of First Communions: 0 – coronavirus

Number of Confirmations: 0 – coronavirus

Number of Marriages: 7

Number of Funerals: 2

Operations Financial Report

(excluding Outreach Ministries)

INCOME                                                  FY 20 Actual                      FY 20 Budget

Offertory -1st Collection*                $  195,645.68                    $ 220,900.00

Donations, Bequests, Stipends**         $ 9,477.00                       $ 20,500.00

Interest                                                           $ 4,655.44                          $ 34,500.00

Diocesan Collections                                   $ 3,847.75                            $ 4,000.00

Special Collections                                       $ 2,429.50                             $ 2,000.00

Faith Formation Income                             $ 2,100.00                             $ 3,650.00

Benefit Income                                               $ .00                                         $ .00

Rental Property Income                            $  81,441.08                         $ 82,420.00

Poor Box***                                                 $ 64,984.11                          $ 76,000.00

Miscellaneous****                                        $  1,042.86                           $ 650.00

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                                                                        $  365,623.42                    $ 444,620.00

*Includes Christmas and Easter

**Includes Wedding Stipends

***Includes 2nd Collection, Poor Box, Donations from Resurrection Parish

****Includes Votive and Catholic Review

EXPENSES

Facilities Costs – Gas, Water, Sewer,     $ 114,163.38                        $ 129,364.00

Electric Repairs, Rent, Insurance

Cleaning

Administration Costs                                     $ 21,395.41                       $ 33,800.00          

Worship Expense                                            $ 11,332.15                         $ 12,800.00

Specific Operating Areas Expense –     $ 54,498.88                      $ 71,650.00

  –Rental Property Exp., Votive,

     Catholic   Review, Poor Box,

     Diocesan Coll. Remitted

Labor – Salaries                                             $ 103,967.16                     $ 100,627.00

Employees Benefits Expenses                  $ 32,534.51                       $ 41,305.40

Faith Formation Costs                                    $ 2,538.42                          $ 5,750.00

School and Cathedraticum Tax                 $ 50,517.04                        $ 47,000.00

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                                                                           $ 390,946.95                   $ 442,296.40   

OPERATING SURPLUS (DEFICIT)          $  -25,323.53                     $ 2,323.60

OTHER INCOME

Annual Appeal Rebates – 2019                  $ 6,535.27                          $ 12,827.25

Investment Income – Non-Operating

     IPLF Interest – Social Outreach             $ 520.47                           $ 361.04

     IPLF Interest – EOM Campaign             $ 211.10                              $ 146.44

           TOTAL Interest Income                      $ 731.57                               $ 507.48

Unrealized Gain/Loss – Investment          $ -10,042.97                        $ 11,748.60

TOTAL OTHER INCOME                                 $ – 2,776.13                         $ 25,083.33

OTHER EXPENSES

Extraordinary Repairs                                      $ 67,294.80                            

Capital Expenditures                                                                                     $ 32,000.00

Capital Expenditures                                                                                        $ 1,800.00

TOTAL Expenses                                                $ 67,294.80                         $ 33,800.00

NET OTHER INCOME                                        $ -70,070.93                       $ -8,716.67

NET INCOME/DEFICIT                                     $-95,394.46                        $ -5,671.48 

Fiscal Year 2020 – Outreach Report –July, 2019-June, 2020

Income

$ 25,827.66 – 2nd Collection                                                                  

$ 38,588.45 – Resurrection   

$ 424.00 – Coffee and Chocolate Sales  

$ 144.00 – Restricted Gifts                                     

$ 64,984.11  — Total Income

Expenses

$14,864.85 – Administration – Salary, Benefits, Miscellaneous, Rent       

$ 10,444.42 – Food Bag Program and Front Door                                            

$ 13,581.37 – Food Cards – Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter                 

$ 500.00 – Donation – St. Francis Neighborhood Center                                         

$ 1,110.00 – Other – Coffee expense – Social Justice Ministry                 

Other Charities   

  $40,490.64 — Total Expense       Money rolled over to new Fiscal Year – $24,493.47

Liturgy Committee Annual Report 2019-2020

Following our annual healing service in October and remembering our beloved dead in November we began the new liturgical year with the Advent theme: What’s the Good Word? We explored themes of peace, justice, joy and trust as we approached the Christmas liturgies with joy and gratitude.  Monthly reflections by wise parishioners from the community added different perspectives and gave Marty a break from preaching each and every Sunday.  We celebrated with family and friends the dawning of a new year and a new decade.  Then, only a few Sundays into our Lenten theme “Salvation Stories: Our Stories, the world changed and Corpus Christi liturgy with it.  With quarantine from COVID-19 the liturgy committee needed to become more creative and with thanks to Sean and Shannon Bray we were called to worship in a new way, virtually on Zoom. 

Kudos to Marty and brave parishioners who, when worship in person was not possible, barely skipped a beat and ventured into an empty church to set up a computer that would link the community together for Triduum and the Easter Sunday liturgies!  We lit the Easter candle(s) together from the security of our own homes, received the sprinkling rite from our own bowls and celebrated each other as we passed the peace virtually in “gallery mode” to parishioners who were quarantined near and far.  Our reach extended regularly all the way to India.

We celebrated Pentecost, our feast day of Corpus Christi, and blessed graduates all remotely.  In early summer we were permitted to return to in person worship, yet some, for very good reasons, were not able to do so.  Corpus Christi rose to the challenge.  With what I think is unique in the archdiocese of Baltimore we reinvented our community by combining in person liturgy with those on zoom.  Lectors and those offering prayers were a mix of in person and zoomers and Marty was careful to acknowledge both “congregations” in the Eucharistic liturgy.  The combined number of participants, in person and virtual, has been similar to those in church in years past and our offertory has not suffered as parishioners have remained faithful to supporting the parish.  This could not have been done in a larger parish where virtual church meant just watching passively as others participated.  As the pandemic continues to impose restrictions on travel and gatherings, the community of Corpus Christi remains strong in its commitment to life-giving liturgies in a hybrid model that respects individual need yet empowers all of us to be the body of Christ, Corpus Christi. 

Respectfully submitted,

Cyndi Tifft,

Liturgy Chair

2019-2020 Annual Report- Faith Formation

The 2019-2020 Faith Formation year began with a backpack blessing for students of all ages and grades.  Classes for grades Kindergarten through eighth grade began on September 22nd, scheduled for 23 sessions on Sunday mornings from 9:15 until 10:15 AM.  We had 32 students from 21 families taught by a team of 7 dedicated catechists.  Classes were held at Midtown Academy and in the parish rectory.  Students in Kindergarten through eighth grade used Pflaum’s Gospel Weeklies, a liturgically based program.  Our Sacrament texts included God’s Gift:  Eucharist, Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit, God’s Gift:  Reconciliation, and Confirmed in the Spirit, all published by Loyola Press.  Students also learned about character and safety from RCL Benziger’s Family Life series, as mandated by the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  All texts meet the curriculum guidelines set by the USCCB and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. 

We met for 19 classes before the pandemic stopped in-person meetings.  Families were given digital versions of the Gospel Weeklies to use for the missing classes, as well as Messages that Protect to fill in any gaps from missed Family Life lessons.  Faith Formation students presented the Stations of the Cross on Facebook on April 10th.  Starting at noon on Good Friday, a station created by students was shared every fifteen minutes.        

All Sacraments had been scheduled after in-person Masses were suspended the evening of March 14th.  We will celebrate the Confirmation of six students on Saturday, November 7th.  First Communion will be celebrated on November 14th for five students.  Reconciliation is on hold currently.

Approximately 25 preschoolers, Kindergarteners, and first graders took part in Children’s Liturgy of the Word, averaging six students per session.  Our largest group had 13 children one week in October!  Seven adult volunteers (assisted by five student helpers) worked with the children during the Liturgy of the Word during Mass on Faith Formation Sundays.  The group discussed the readings, prayed together, and made a craft pertaining to the Gospel each Sunday. 

On March 22nd, CLOW moved to Facebook with weekly videos with crafts and activities.  Videos were approximately fifteen to twenty minutes long with the Gospel reading from the Children’s Lectionary, a short reflection, and a craft using materials most students would have at home.

The Tri-Church Youth Group met on the third Sunday of the month starting in September.  Students in grades 5-12 were invited, and five Corpus Christi students attended the group meetings.  Each 2 ½ hour meeting began with dinner, games, and small and large group discussions around a theme for the night.  Meetings moved to a virtual format for March , April, May, and June.

We continue to look for ways to engage the youth of the parish in activities to help them grow both spiritually and in service.