July 2018 Newsletter

Parish Events

- Parish Center Closed


- 2nd collection for the Missions at all Masses

- Lunch-making for the Weinburg Center, Youth Ministry Office at 7 PM

- Maintenance Collection at all Masses

Spiritual Oasis: Eucharistic Adoration
Will not be available on Thursdays during the Summer, but please watch for the Fall bulletins & website when we return to our usual schedule!

Monthly Lunches for the Clients at Weinburg Center
Join us for lunch-making on Tuesday, July 19 at 7pm in the Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office.  Please see the Sign Up Genius.  Can’t join us but want to participate – no problem! Sign up for any items you like on the Sign Up Genius and be sure to drop them off at the parish center before Ju37 19. Thank you!

Our Lady, Queen of Families Rosary Guild
Will resume on Saturday, September 8th   (2nd Saturday due to Labor Day weekend).  The guild usually meets on the first Saturday of the month during the school year, 9am – 10am, in the Library/Learning Cottage. All are welcome to attend to learn to make & pray the rosary.  All ages welcome - Please join us! For more information contact Ms. Jo Anna Schmidt at jschmidt@sdolaw.com

Coupons in Flight! 
No meetings or coupon collections May – August.  To all of our generous coupon donors/clippers – please take note of the very specific instructions for cutting (just inside the black or dotted line, corners must be intact). Thanks for supporting our troops overseas!

Faith Fest Maryland
Coming in September.  Sign up now to reserve your parking/entry to this free Catholic festival with lots of activities for all ages!  You can view information, register, and check out volunteer opportunities at the website

Spiritual Oasis Suggested Summer Reading
During the summer months, when many people have more time for reading, you might enjoy the books listed below. They are available at the Baltimore County Library; the ones with asterisks are also available at the Harford County Library.
· Boundless Compassion - Creating a Way of Life by Joyce Rupp
· Hinds' Feet on High Places  by Hannah Hurnard*
· The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben*
· The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen*
· The Way of the Heart - Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence  By Henri Nouwen*

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Young Adult Ministry
Contact Info: kreynolds@archbalt.org (best)
or 410-592-7294
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Service & Social Justice Committee:  Are you interested in Catholic Social Teaching and how that teaching can inform current events of our community and world?  If you would like to serve on this parish committee that meets once a quarter as well as assist with our many parish service projects, please contact Kellie Reynolds 410-592-7294 or (best) kreynolds@archbalt.org.

Moms’ Ministry: New to the parish? …the area?... a new mom? ..or just looking for a new way to connect with other moms? Please join us! For more information contact Liz Pippin greenpup83@hotmail.com .  No regular meetings are scheduled for the summer at this time. Have a fun and safe summer!

7/13 Harford Vineyard 2nd Fridays – Join others from the Harford Area Catholic Young Adult Ministry for a fun summer evening! Live music, Eat like a Greek food truck, or bring your own picnic.  Cover charge $5 and carpooling recommended as parking is limited in the “tailgate” area.  See more info at www.harfordvineyard.com.  Let us know if you’re coming so we can look for each other! Contact Kellie at 410-592-7294 or kreynolds@archbalt.org

7/21 Women’s Retreat: Hosted by St. Joan of Arc, Aberdeen.  8:30am – 2:30pm with Sr. Geralyn Schmidt, SCC from the Diocese of Harrisburg. Presentations include Eucharistic spirituality, Blessings of Being a Woman, and Feminine Sacrificial Love.  Coffee, refreshments, and lunch provided!  Please RSVP or request more info by emailing parish@stjoanarc.org with “Women’s Retreat” in the subject line.  To register, please include your name & contact info in the body of the email.

9/9 CRS 75,000 Meal Challenge: Join our team now!  We are getting our team ready to participate in the annual meal challenge on Sunday, 9/9/18 at Camden Yards!  If you would like to be on the team or be the team captain, please contact Brianna Davis at bdavis4219@gmail.com.  For more info go to orioles.crs.org.

Camp GLOW Companions Needed - there is a need for companions age 18 and older at Camp GLOW (God Loves Our World), a week-long residential camp for persons with disabilities sponsored by the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Companions spend the week accompanying camp participants as they enjoy a wonderful week of spiritual fulfillment and social interaction.  More information and application forms are available at https://www.archbalt.org/disabilities-ministry/camp-glow/  or by contacting Bill Fleming at 410-547-5410 or bfleming@archbalt.org.
The sessions for Camp GLOW 2018 at Msgr. O’Dwyer Retreat House are: July 15-20, August 5-10

Youth Ministry
Monthly Online Newsletter: Each month we will POST ONLINE a “Youth Ministry” newsletter, and you can access this anytime from the website. Scroll down from the monthly calendar on the Youth Ministry home page

7/16 Hershey Park! Join youth from the Harford Area Catholic Churches for a day at Hershey Park. We will depart from St. Francis de Sales at 8am and return there at approx 10pm.  Cost is $55 (cash) & we must have a minimum of 4 people to participate. Seating on the bus is limited! Bring money for lunch, dinner, and lockers, etc. Please make your reservation by dropping off your money & permission form to the Youth Ministry office by 7/9.  For more info contact us  410-592-7294 or stephenyouthasst@hotmail.com.

Quo Vadis: for young men who want Christ and the Church to be part of his life.  Join your peers to understand more deeply each of our call to holiness and to live out fully our particular vocation.  July 19-22 at Mount St. Mary’s University. For boys entering grade 9 through those high school graduates 2018.  Registration is $225 and $175 for additional siblings, but please do not let inability to pay prevent you from attending, contact the Archdiocese office of vocations for help.  To register and for more details go to: https://www.quovadisfiat.org/quovadishome

Fiat Camp: for young ladies who want Christ and the Church to be part of her life.  Join your peers to understand more deeply each of our call to holiness and to live out fully our particular vocation.  July 27-29 at Mount St. Mary’s University. For girls entering grade 9 through high school graduates 2018. Registration is $150, but please do not let inability to pay prevent you from attending, contact the Archdiocese for help.  To register and for more details go to:  https://www.quovadisfiat.org/fiat-home

7/30–8/3 Summer Mission Experience for High School Youth: If you are entering grades 9-12 in Fall of 2018, or have graduated high school in Spring 2018, we invite you to set aside some time to serve our brothers and sisters on the margins right here in our neighboring Baltimore City.  Housing will be at a Catholic parish, and worksites include the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center, the Clothing Bank of Delaware, Little Sisters of the Poor, and more! Cost is $150 per person, but please do not let inability to pay deter you from registering! If you think you would be interested in attending, and would like to reserve a spot, please contact the youth ministry office at stephenyouth@hotmail.com or 410-592-7294 by July 15.  Space is limited.  A full schedule & packing list will be posted on the youth ministry page of the website.

Get Ready: 8/10 Guppy Gulch: 10am - 3pm. Cost is $22 per person which is the entrance fee, please bring your lunch & drink, some snacks will be provided.  Transportation not provided, so please meet there.  Note: There is a swim test all participants must take, which determines what areas of the lake you may enter.  Chaperons needed.  
**Please Note: You MUST register to attend with our group, this venue is not open to the public. RSVP by July 31 so we know to expect you!  stephenyouthasst@hotmail.com (best) or 410-592-7294.
Please go to the website below  to download the GUPPY GULCH waiver, and also bring an Archdiocesan Permission Form (found on youth ministry page)

Get Ready: 08/14-15 Middle School Community Workcamp will be held at St. John, Long Green Parish.  Join us for two days and one overnight of community service!  We’ll be working at various service sites over the two days, have a pool party, and celebrate our call to serve through prayer.  Cost is $20 to offset cost of meals. Space is limited and adult “Virtus” trained/registered drivers are always needed.  If you are interested in attending, please fill out a permission form from our website and return it to the Youth Ministry office by Aug 5.

Faith Formation

Students entering grade 8 this Fall: If you were contacted about completing the formation for grade 7 “Visions” over the summer, your packet is ready for pick up in the Parish Center.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Robin Urbanski at 410-592-7294.

Re-registration forms for Fall 2018 have been mailed to current families, and are due back to the Parish Office by July 31 OR SOONER. Please help us plan best for next year by turning in your paperwork as soon as possible.  Classes are held from September through April on Sunday mornings for grades PreK through 8th and Tuesday evenings for 7th grade – High School. The following guidelines apply in order to register early childhood students:
PK 3 children must turn 3 years old by 09/01/2018 and be potty trained.
PK 4 children must turn 4 years old by 09/01/2018 and be potty trained.
Kindergarten children must turn 5 years old by 09/01/2018 and be potty trained

We are looking for volunteers for our catechetical team!  Please contact Sr. Angela or Pam if you feel called to resound the Good News and share your faith with the next generation!  410-592-8666.

New to our parish? Families who have recently joined our parish and would like to register their child for Faith Formation can contact Pam Franke at 410-592-7294.

The guidelines from the Archdiocese of Baltimore require that a student MUST have regular attendance in Faith Formation for one year prior to AND the year celebrating each/any Sacrament in a Faith Formation Catechesis program or at a Catholic School. If you are interested in more information or would like a registration form, please contact Mrs. Pam Franke at 401-592-8666.


Confirmation Orientation Packets for 2020 are available for pick up in the Parish Center until July 31.

Confirmation 2019 Make-up Orientation – if you missed orientation, please join us for a makeup session on Tuesday, July 10 at 6:30pm in the Church.  Please RSVP to Mrs. Robin Urbanski at 410-592-7294 or stephenyouthasst@hotmail.com