Corpus Christi Financial Report – 8/12/21

$646.00 – Envelopes
$3,310.00 – Bill Pay
$68.00 – Loose

Total Offertory – $4,024.00


$400.00 – Wedding stipend
$1,750.00 – Donations (funeral and baptism)
$590.00 – Poor Box – Outreach
$31.00 – Black and Indian Missions $31.00

Total Deposit 12 August 2021 – $6,795.00

Announcements From Our Interim Administrator, Deacon Andrew Lacovara 8/29/21

Dear Sisters and Brothers,


If there was ever a school year that needed to begin with
prayer, this is it. Fortunately, you’re in the right place. At this
coming Sunday’s Mass, Fr. Patrick will offer the “Blessing of
the Backpacks” for our new and returning students. I am
similarly keeping school children, teachers, and parents in
prayer as another unusual academic year commences. May
students grow in their knowledge and gifts, may teachers
continue to foster them, and may parents model how to share
what is gained in school for the good of others.


Separately, I wanted to share a note from Michelle and Sergio
Mendes, whose son Luca was baptized last weekend here.
Thank you for allowing us to celebrate Luca’s baptism and the
beginning of his faith journey in a place so special to our
family.


All of us are blessed to belong to a vibrant community,
welcoming and eager to share the joy of the Gospel with
others.


Andrew

Announcements From Our Interim Administrator, Deacon Andrew Lacovara 8/22/21

Dear Sisters and Brothers,


Please keep in your prayers this week Luca Alexandre Cardoso
Mendes, and his parents Michele and Sergio. Luca will be
baptized at Corpus Christi on Saturday. Also, pray for Doug
and Shannon Lenz, who were married at Corpus Christi last
weekend in one of the most joyful weddings I have had the
privilege to witness. Lastly, continue to pray for our pastor,
who last Saturday began a four-week vacation “down the
ocean.” We pray that each of these persons feels God’s
presence and blessing as they encounter new beginnings.


Andrew

Announcements From Our Interim Admin, Deacon Andrew Lacovara 8/15/21

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We are a pilgrim people, and about now it may feel as if we’re wandering in a bit of a circle. The city has re-imposed an indoor mask mandate, and the Archdiocese is very likely to do the same for city parishes beginning this weekend. With the return to these precautions, I am comfortable that we can continue to come together to celebrate the Eucharist. As I mentioned on Sunday, I know that the decision to attend Mass in person continues to be a fraught one for many of us, not least those with children unable to be vaccinated.

Even if we cannot worship with you in three dimensions, know that your presence is still felt and what a valued part of our community you remain. I pray this current surge is shorter and shallower than those we have already endured.

Andrew

Announcements From Our Interim Admin, Deacon Andrew Lacovara 8/8/21

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I write with a few updates. Our fiscal year began last month, and the parish remains in sound financial shape, thanks to your commitment to and generous support of its mission to preach the Gospel and to serve those in need.  I continue to see Fr. Marty regularly. He is grateful for your prayers and support. He is doing well, but is understandably frustrated with the length of the process. It is my hope that there will be some resolution this month or next.

As we move through the latter part of the summer and towards the new academic year, there are plenty of areas in which uncertainty seems to reign, not least in the trajectory of the pandemic. For myself, and I hope for many of you, the old dictum vigilate et orate (“watch and pray”) has been a comfortable default. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

Andrew

Announcements From Our Interim Admin, Deacon Andrew Lacovara 8/1/21

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I had the great pleasure of baptizing Aurelia Jane Michels, daughter of Cathya and John last Sunday afternoon. The occasion was a welcome reminder of the new life that is being brought into the Church, in this beautiful, one-year-old Aurelia – but also in her parents, godparents, family and friends who will continue to be there to support her growth in the faith, as they re-commit to their own discipleship.

Even if baptisms are done outside of the Sunday liturgy, there still is very much a community aspect to the sacrament. I hope you will keep Aurelia and her family in your prayers.

Andrew

Announcements From Our Interim Admin, Deacon Andrew Lacovara 7/25/21

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Many of us were dismayed to see the Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops vote to proceed with drafting a document regarding the Eucharist, fearing that it might be used as a (pre)text to deny the Sacrament to some of the faithful, particularly public officials and politicians. It is some small comfort that recent statements seem to indicate that this will not be the intention of any document that appears. It certainly struck me that, after the years we have been through recently, the last thing that was needed was to have the Church exacerbate our political differences, even as those political differences continue to sow more divisions within the U.S. Church itself.

While we should all welcome additional catechesis on the Eucharist and continually seek to understand and appreciate Jesus’ presence in it more deeply, it seems antithetical to the Sacrament that it become a source of discord. From Paul writing to the nascent Church in Corinth to the present day, perceiving the Lord in the supper to which all are called, and recognizing it as the source of our unity with each other, as well as with God, has often been a struggle. As I have mentioned previously, it is my fervent hope that more and more will be able to return Mass to receive Christ in the Sacrament. (It may be a bit ironic that Baltimore City lifting the indoor mask mandate in July might discourage some of our parishioners from making that return to the Eucharist.) We should all strive, though the Eucharist and in our actions, to fulfill Jesus’ great prayer “that all may be one.”      

Andrew

Announcements From Our Interim Admin, Deacon Andrew Lacovara 7/18/21

 Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Even during the depths of the summer, the sacramental and liturgical life of the parish continues, with baptisms, weddings, and funerals as opportunities to celebrate and mourn as a community of faith. The amount and durability of the support so many of you show for this parish continues to be an inspiration and a comfort to me, as I hope it is for each of you.

Know of my prayers for those we are welcoming into the Church, those bound in Holy Matrimony, and those whom the Lord has called home, particularly our long-time parishioner Kathy Hoskins. I hope you will take some time privately this week to join me in prayer on their behalf.

Andrew