DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 24
Beginning at 3:00 pm, we will have a holy hour dedicated to the Divine Mercy. The holy hour will include Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and an opportunity for Confession.
Deacon Don Longano
On this Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, we offer prayers of thanksgiving for the endless love and mercy God bestows upon us, as reflected in Psalm 118 from Sunday's Mass, "Let those who fear the Lord say, 'His mercy endures forever.'"
Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 8, when we welcome our First Communicants into full participation in our parish community at the 9:00 am family Mass. At the beginning of the Mass, all the children will be invited to bring a flower or small branch from their yard to place at the base of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Additionally, all First Communicants are encouraged to come in their First Communion attire.
This Easter season, please consider giving up your envelopes and enrolling in our online giving system. Faith Direct allows you to support Little Flower and our ministries even when you are unable to join us for Mass. Enrolling in Faith Direct only takes a few minutes. You may also make a safe and secure one-time Easter gift online. Online giving is the most cost-effective way for our parish to receive your generous donations.
The Parish Respect Life Committee invites you to participate in our annual "Baby Shower." The past years have been overwhelmingly successful due to your extraordinary generosity. The recipients are so grateful and continually send their heartfelt thanks. This year we will be supporting several local pregnancy resource centers.
During the month of May, we will be collecting donations through our secure online form found by clicking below. Thank you so much for your kind support of these wonderful centers and the mothers in need!
LITTLE FLOWER CHOIRS
All Choirs to return to liturgy April 24 (Divine Mercy Sunday). If you are looking for a way to contribute to the liturgy, there has never been a better time to join one of our three liturgical choirs. The choirs will sing from April 24 until June 19 (Corpus Christi) and then break for the summer. Interested members should contact the Director of Music, Zach Tilkens (email@example.com) in order to set up a brief informal audition. During this time, prospective choir members may choose to sing: (1) a portion of their favorite hymn or (2) any piece they have prepared. This is a great opportunity to meet and find the best placement for the singer's voice.
The 10:30am Traditional Choir - This group rehearses in the choir loft each Wednesday from 7:30-9pm and includes many loyal volunteer singers with years of experience, as well as trained section leaders. The choir members have a call time of 10am on Sundays and sing repertoire to highlight the liturgy. The repertoire spans from Palestrina to Rutter to contemporary sacred selections.
The 9am and 12Noon Contemporary Choirs - These groups have a number of loyal experienced singers who coordinate with the cantor and musical director each week in order to highlight the liturgy in a meaningful way. The music selections span contemporary genres with music from and influenced by the following genres: spirituals, folk, jazz, blues, praise music, etc. These singers meet 30 minutes prior to mass by the piano at the front of the church and do not have a weekly rehearsal.
There are two ways to donate:
- Bring non-perishable items to the rear of the church the first weekend of the month. The next collection is MAY 7-8.
- Make a secure online donation to purchase Giant gift cards HERE.
The donations will be distributed to the food pantry of Queen of Peace parish, where the need is great. Thank you for your generosity. Questions? Call Connie Salemi, 301-229-8017
FOR THE DECEASED – Please pray for the repose of the souls of
Kathleen Annarella, Michael Bradshaw, Mary Brown, Don Freeman, Ed and Helen Ann Hanner, Maria Hunkeler, Kathleen Houlding, Elizabeth Hunton, Hal Hunton, Carlos Jingco, Mary Lynn Lawler, Gere Lynch, Norbert Max, Joseph McGuinness, Barry Nace, Gale O'Laughlin, Alberto Piedra, Terry Radigan, James Smith, John Sweeney, John Wallerstedt, Robert Walsh.
FOR THE SICK – Please pray for the sick members of our parish and for all who are in need. Keep these and all the intentions of our parish in your prayers.
Poor Box – Donations during April will be for Prison Ministries, an Archdiocesan-affiliated ministry that helps released prisoners face the many hurdles they must overcome to transition successfully to free society. Donations are used for transportation to work, initial rent, work clothes, job training, and re-entry kits with basic essentials, such as toiletries and bus fare.
Stewardship of our Spiritual Lives - Let us rejoice also that we are again this year being joined in the Church by thousands in the U. S., many during last week's Easter vigil, including adult "catechumens," i.e., those who were not previously baptized, and those who had been baptized in other Christian communities and were received into full communion with the Catholic Church. If you know or meet anyone who has recently come into the Church, please welcome them warmly and assure them of your prayers.
Saints as Model Stewards - May the saints we honor this week inspire us to use our own unique God-given talents and opportunities as He would have us do.
Monday – St. Mark the Evangelist, who used his talents as a writer to inspire us twenty centuries later! We too are called to respond to the Great Commission by spreading the Good News.
Thursday - Sts. Peter Chanel (d. 1841) and Louis Grignon of Montfort (d. 1716). St. Peter was Oceania's first martyr, who did not live to see the fruits of his evangelization – the conversion of an entire island's population. St. Louis, a tremendously successful evangelist and preacher in France, also founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary.
Friday – St. Catherine of Siena (d. 1380), virgin, mystic and Doctor of the Church, who lived during the Avignon papacy and worked tirelessly for the unity of the Church. Not related to the remarkable stewardship of St. Catherine is that she was the youngest of 23 children (one source says 25!)
Saturday – St. Pius V (d. 1572) was of enormous importance in Church history, being responsible for implementing the reforms mandated by the Council of Trent. He founded seminaries; published a new missal, breviary and catechism; and enforced legislation to counter abuses in the Church. This ascetic pope fasted, spent long hours in prayer, and gave his wealth to the poor.
"Resurrection of Jesus means that the very foundations of the cosmos have been shaken."
(Bishop Robert Barron)
Little Flower Cardinal Boogie Auction
Saturday, April 30 at 6 pm
Little Flower Hall
Join us for the party of the year!
All are invited to boogie down
and to bid on some out of sight items!