Friday, December 2, 2022

A REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE

 

Hello to all,

Jackie Ryan is looking for some assistance in helping move some furniture.  Below is a summary of what she needs to have done.  Her dad is getting a Hospital bed delivered in the very near future., So the sooner the better to have these tasks completed.  You should contact Jackie to let know her know how you can assist.

 I am going to need some assistance to move furniture to accommodate my dad's current level of needs.  We need to move the following:

 An end table, TV Table, 2 side tables, 

 4 chairs from the upper level to the basement.

A wine rack (pretty heavy) from basement to upstairs.

2 dressers from basement to upstairs

Sofa from basement to upstairs

A couple of bookshelves from one room to another in basement

 Possibly a few boxes of decorative items to move downstairs.

 I think this about covers it, Imay have missed an item or two, but you get the general idea.

 

Thanks!

Jackie

 

Friday, November 25, 2022

WINTER RELIEF AT ST CHRISTOPHERS FOR 2022

 



WINTER RELIEF AT ST. CHRISTOPHERS

 

St. Christophers will be hosting a mixed gender group of 20 people for Winter Relief from  Monday December 5th thru  Monday December 12th.  We have volunteered to help with staffing and providing dinner  for Monday December 5th (Dinner and Snack) . And providing lunch for distribution on Tuesday the 6th. 

 What can you do to help ?

# 1. We will assemble lunches for 20 people on Sunday December 4th. This will be done after mass on Sunday.  These will be distributed on Tuesday December 6th

# 2. We need 4 people to help serve the dinner.  Totally optional to “ hang out “ afterwards from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the 5th. Also assist in dinner clean up and help with "snacks" in the evening. 

#3. We need  people to prepare dinner casseroles that will serve 10 people each.  They would need to be delivered on the “day of ” the event on December 5th. Included with the meal would be a Salad, Garlic Bread and some type of dessert.


 


Thursday, November 24, 2022

ADVENT DAY OF PRAYER AT BON SECOURS

 

Advent Day of Prayer at Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center

Thursday, December 8th  *  9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Guided by Sr. Bernadette Claps, CBS

Cost:  $40.00

The Adult Spirituality Team of St. Charles of Brazil is inviting you to attend a day of prayer.  All are welcome!  

 Advent is about waiting and preparing for the coming of Jesus.  This holy season also invites us to encounter God in the here and now.  This quiet day of prayer will begin with reflective input by Sister Bernadette Claps, followed by time for private prayer and reflection.  After a silent lunch, options include walking the labyrinth, wandering the beautiful grounds, reflection in the Peace Garden, sitting beside the pond or finding a cozy corner to read or journal.  The atmosphere of the day will be reverent silence which allows for a deeper encounter with God. 

Liturgy will be offered in the chapel for those interested. 

The day will close with all participants coming together to name the blessings of the day and share a closing prayer.

 To register online:  RCCBonSecours.com

To register by telephone:  410-442-3120  Cost is $40.00 including lunch.

 

Please direct any questions or concerns to Alice Jo Weaver (443-848-7439) or via

e-mail:  alicejo.weaver@yahoo.com   RSVP BY December 5th.

With the busyness of Advent and the coming Christmas celebrations, this is a gift you can give to yourself. 

 

 








Wednesday, November 23, 2022

TITHING MINISTRY / WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU

 

Starting in June we have designated three organizations to receive 10 % of what we receive in offerings. We have given to three very different and worthy groups; Mt Vernon Virtuoso, Community Change .Org and MD. Food Bank. The Tithing team is meeting this week to select more groups for 2022

We have decided that we wanted to use a formula that will allow us to have a consistent amount that we would allocate each month.   

We arrived at an amount of $ 160. 00 per month.

The generosity of our parishoners has allowed us to set this designated amount .

However, we also need your help in a very important way.  Our goal would be to have every member of our Parish Community involved.  We are committed to communicate to the parish on a consistent basis to encourage your participation and to submit suggestions for worthy groups.

 Again, we want to hear from you and have everyone in our Parish Community involved in this very important ministry.

We also have set a goal of inviting a representative of the groups that have or will receive a donation to come speak to our Parish Community.  We have agreed that this is an important aspect of this ministry so that everyone in the parish can see first hand how their contribution is being used.

We have formed a team that will be responsible for “vetting” and selecting the groups.  If you think you would be interested in being part of this team please contact Jacke Ryan, Charlie Ernst, Alice Jo Weaver or Jane Papenberg

 

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU FOR THE GENEROSITY YOU HAVE SHOWN THAT ALLOWS US TO DO THIS

Join Us for Lectio Divina Via Zoom




                                                            


During these challenging times it is more important than ever to maintain and strengthen our relationships with one another, within our communities, and with our God.

Lectio Divina will now be offered via ZOOM from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Monday evening.


Lectio Divina means "holy reading" and is a prayerful study of Scripture in the Christian tradition dating from the medieval era. All are welcomed as we reflect, meditate, be receptive and respond to God’s word through each Sunday's Gospel. 

The process is simple. 
  • The Gospel for the following Sunday is read three times. 
  • The first time it is read we listen for a word or phrase that seems to speak directly to us. After a brief period of silence we have an opportunity to share that particular word or phrase that spoke to our heart with those present. (Sharing is always optional).  
  • The second time we hear the Gospel we listen and reflect on what God may be saying to us through our particular word or phrase. After another short period of silent reflection, anyone who chooses is encouraged to share his/her thoughts. 
  • The third time we hear and listen to the Gospel reading we consider how God may be calling each of us to act through our word or phrase. After a final period of silent reflection, all who choose can share his/her reflections. 
 It is not necessary to attend every week. You are welcome to attend as often as you can but I encourage you to try at least once to decide whether this type of prayer is for you.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Blessings to all!! St. Charles of Brazil Adult Spirituality Team

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

LINK TO PARISH DIRECTORY

We have recently updated our Parish Directory.  Below is the link that will allow you to open and view the Directory






                 https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Vf1G5HrOTLRIAk5h3FGJBAfdiAoTXkhG

Monday, November 21, 2022

OUR TITHING RECIPIENT FOR NOVEMBER 2022

 

Mission Statement

In the Jesuit Catholic tradition of academic learning, personal care, and spiritual growth, The Loyola School offers a scholarship-based education for children of Baltimore City families of limited means aged two through the fourth* grade.

Our dedicated faculty honors the uniqueness of each child and nurtures the promise of all children by providing a caring and supportive environment where they can be active, engaged, and reflective learners.

We partner with our parents to accompany our children as they develop the competence, character, and confidence to become leaders in their classroom, their school and, ultimately, the greater Baltimore community and beyond.

*TLS added kindergarten class in September 2021 and will add one grade level each year until 2025,
when we reach our projected full enrollment of kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth-grade
students. In the 2022/2023 school year, TLS’s elementary school is only offering Kindergarten and first
grade classes.

Our Vision

Rev. William J. “Bill” Watters, S.J., opened Loyola Early Learning Center in 2017 to address the lack of quality early learning opportunities for low-income children in Baltimore City.

On June 29, 2021, The Loyola Early Learning Center (LELC) changed its name to The Loyola School to reflect its expanded mission, now including a new elementary school (grades K-4).

TLS added a Kindergarten in September 2021 and will add one grade level each year until 2025, when we reach our projected full enrollment of K-4 students.

The overarching goal of TLS is to remedy socioeconomic disparity in kindergarten and middle school readiness among underserved children living in Baltimore City.

We provide our students with a high-quality preschool and Kindergarten curriculum, characterized by individualized student support and parent involvement.

Rev. Watters has a long-standing Jesuit Tradition in responding to the critical need for quality education for children of low-income families in Baltimore City.

TLS is modeled to follow the success of St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, which has educated middle school-aged boys since 1993, and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, established in 2007. Father Watters founded both schools, aiming to provide disadvantaged students with a high-quality education.







Sunday, November 20, 2022

KIVA DONATIONS FOR OCTOBER OF 2022

 


KIVA LOANS FOR THIRD QUARTER IN 2022

 In October we loaned a total of $ 400.00 to six different people in three different countries.  We had three loans @ $100.00 each. One loan @ $ 50.00 and Two loans for $ 25.00 each .  We had a total of  $ 409.74 in the KIVA account available to loan. This quarter we contributed $ 7.50  to support KIVA.  We have a balance of $ 2.24 on hand in our account after these loans were made. The next contribution period will be end of January 2023.

Picture N/ A:  Petronila's story- PHILLIPHINES

Petronila is 54 years old, married and has eight children who are now adult age. For the past years, she and her husband have run a small family farm to earn a living. They grow rice plants. They have been in this livelihood for many years to support the family.  Now, she asks for a loan of PHP 10,000 through Kiva’s lending partner, CEVI-Philippines, for additional capital to buy fertilizer for their plants.

Picture N/A: Myrna's story- PHILLIPHINES                                                                          Myrna has four children. She is a very hard working entrepreneur. She is 51 years old and has two children who are in school. Myrna has a rice retail business in the Philippines. She requested a PHP 15,000 loan through NWTF to purchase more sacks of rice to be sell.  She has been in this business for 2 years. In the future, Myrna would like to save enough money so she could afford to send her children to college.

Picture N/A:Emad's story- JORDAN 

Emad is doing what he loves and that is why it is hard for him to let go.  Machinery rental has been his business for as long as most of the people of the town can remember. When he entered the business, there was only him in the market. With a little help, he set up a store that houses all the machinery. He knows each one thoroughly. This makes him the man to ask for help with machinery. A loan will help him get new machines and recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

Picture N/A:  Emelia's story-  PHILLIPHINES  

Emelia lives in the province of Concepcion, Iloilo. She is 56 years old, married and has one dependent. To earn an income, Emelia runs various businesses like a sari-sari (variety) store, hog-raising and fishing. She has been in this business for many years now.  Emelia is asking for a loan of PHP 50,000. She will use this loan for additional capital to buy more stocks for her store. The rest of the loan will be used to buy a fishing net.  Emelia aspires to improve her business in the future and become successful.

Picture N/A: Divina's story - PHILLIPHINES

Divina is 43 years old and married with two children in school. Divina works very hard to provide for them.  Divina runs a general store in the Philippines and requested a PHP 20,000 loan through NWTF to buy items to sell like canned goods, junk food, etc., to sell in her general store.  Divina has been in this business for 4 years and sells a variety of items.  In the future Divina would like to save enough money so she could afford to send her children to college.

Picture N/A:  Georginia's story – TIMOR LESTE

Georginia is a modest and enterprising married woman. She has a very good understanding and much experience of the general store business. She has one of her own which she has been running for many years. Her store is located in an excellent spot that is easy to find and where many people always come to buy her goods every day.  Running her business has made Georginia become more independent because she can be responsible for herself and she can also help to support her family's everyday income.





Saturday, November 19, 2022

T A P S; OUR TITHING RECIPIENT FOR OCTOBER

 


THE MISSION OF TAPS: “ TRAGEDY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR SURVIVORS”

Our Tithing recipient for october: 

TAPS is the national nonprofit organization providing compassionate care and comprehensive resources for all those grieving the death of a military or veteran loved one. 

Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.

TAPS provides a variety of programs to survivors nationally and worldwide. Our National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp has been held annually in Washington, D.C., over Memorial Day weekend since 1994. TAPS also conducts regional survivor seminars for adults and youth programs at locations across the country, as well as retreats and expeditions around the world. Staff can get you connected to counseling in your community and help navigate benefits and resources.

If you are grieving the loss of a fallen service member, or if you know someone who can use our support, the TAPS 24/7 National Military Survivor Helpline is always available toll-free with loving support and resources at 800-959-TAPS (8277).

If you are here because our mission to care for the families of America’s fallen heroes speaks to you as well, we welcome you to connect with us about givingvolunteeringprofessional engagement or careers.

TAPS is a national nonprofit 501(c)3 Veterans Service Organization and is not part of, or endorsed by, the Department of Defense.

Please consider making TAPS your Amazon.Smile.com "Charity of Choice"  It is very easy to do. The $$$'s can really add up. 

 

FIND INSPIRATION WITHIN THE TAPS MAGAZINE

TAPS Magazine is dedicated to America's fallen heroes and their surviving families and friends. 

This quarterly magazine is sent free of charge to anyone interested in receiving it, including survivors, service members, supporters, and grief professionals.

 Subscribe to the TAPS Magazine.

The articles in each edition are written by military survivors, grief professionals, and TAPS staff. We hope you find inspiration, comfort, support, resources, and a sense of belonging within these pages. 

 

HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO JOIN THE TAPS VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY:

Support TAPS Staff at our National Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, through administrative projects, inventory, mailers and more. Sign up for our weekly volunteer opportunity.

Sign up to volunteer at survivor seminars and other events in locations nationwide to help with set-up/breakdown, check-in, store sales, race day support, serve as airport greeters, and more.

Active Military, Veterans, and Good Grief Camp graduates, become a caring companion and a reminder to TAPS youth that the military still cares for them.

If you are an adult survivor at least 18 months beyond the loss of your own loved one and ready to comfort and give hope to another survivor, consider becoming a TAPS Peer Mentor.

 

If you are a group that is interested in volunteering at an event or working on projects at TAPS National Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, please email volunteer@taps.org.I