Msgr. Peter J Vaghi
During this month dedicated to Our Lady, I decided to send you the prayer I say twice daily to Mary, Our Mother. In this Easter season, a season which had to have brought great joy to our Blessed Mother, the Queen of Heaven, I would suggest you cultivate anew or for the first time a daily devotion to Mary, Queen of Heaven and our Mother.
FIRST THURSDAY TALK
Please join us for Msgr. Vaghi's lecture series, entitled "The Pandemic Challenge: A Renewed Appreciation of the Eucharist," The next talk will be Thursday, May 4 at 7:30 am in the Church.
The May talk title is:
"The Dismissal at Mass and Living the Eucharist"
All are welcome!
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.
2022 ANNUAL APPEAL UPDATE
We are pleased to announce that our parish is at 64% of our parish goal thanks to 176 parish families making a gift to this year's Annual Appeal. Thank you for your generosity in supporting the many important charitable ministries of our archdiocese! If you haven't made your 2022 gift, we encourage you to do so today by clicking below. Every donation makes a difference in uplifting our local Church to serve our brothers and sisters in need. Thank you for your support!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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. 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 in May will be for Covenant House, the largest privately funded, nonprofit childcare agency in the U. S. As such, it helps abused, neglected, homeless, runaway and other at-risk youth. Their services include street outreach, health care, job placement, academic remediation, vocational training, substance abuse treatment and prevention programs, advocacy and legal services.
May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Marian Prayer for the Home: "O Mary, bless this house where thy Name is always blessed. Praise forever to Mary Immaculate, the ever-Virgin Mother, blessed amongst women, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Queen of Paradise." (Raccolta)
For one creative Catholic mother's ideas on how to honor Mary, check out Five Ways Your Family Can Honor Mary in May (catholicexchange.com)
Saints as Model Stewards - May the saints we honor next week inspire us to use our own unique God-given talents and opportunities as He would have us do.
Monday - St. Athanasius (d. 373), a Doctor of the Church and a Scriptural scholar who battled the "Arian heresy," a belief that Christ was not divine. Although exiled five times, he persevered and, using his great intellect, defended the truth. One of his recorded quotations addresses the stewardship of spiritual growth: "You will not see anyone who is really striving after his advancement who is not given to spiritual reading. And as to him who neglects it, the fact will soon be observed in his progress."
Tuesday - Sts. Philip and James the Apostles, just ordinary people until they heard and heeded the call to go and teach all nations, establishing Christian communities throughout Judea and in other lands. We ordinary people also can be steward saints if we say "Yes" when the Lord calls us to use the unique talents He has given us.
"If in the morning we imagined that we would not last until evening,
and if at evening we thought that we would never see morning, we would never sin."
(St. Athanasius, whose memorial is on Monday.)
Little Flower Cardinal Boogie Auction
This 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!
Cardinal Fun Run!
Saturday, May 21 - 8:30 am Race Start
All are welcome to participate to support LFS Home and School Association. Participants to meet in the LFS parking lot at 8 am and then proceed as a group to Little Fall's Trail for the start of the event. Following the race, please join us back at the school for refreshments and awards!
Mother Daughter Bingo & Pizza Event
Thursday, May 26 from 6-8 pm
in the Parish Hall
6 pm - Pizza Dinner | 6:30 pm - Bingo Begins
Cost: Ladies $25 Girls: $15 each
Prizes for winning ladies and girls!
All ladies welcome! Bring gently-used bag and/or new toiletries that we can to give to a local charity for women in need!