June is the Month of the Sacred Heart
Jun
1
Jun 30

June is the Month of the Sacred Heart

June is the Month of the Sacred Heart

The Month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart. The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost. In addition to the liturgical celebration, many devotional exercises are connected with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Of all devotions, devotion to the Sacred Heart was, and remains, one of the most widespread and popular in the Church. 

Understood in the light of the Scriptures, the term "Sacred Heart of Jesus" denotes the entire mystery of Christ, the totality of his being, and his person considered in its most intimate essential: Son of God, uncreated wisdom; infinite charity, principal of the salvation and sanctification of mankind. The "Sacred Heart" is Christ, the Word Incarnate, Saviour, intrinsically containing, in the Spirit, an infinite divine-human love for the Father and for his brothers. 

Excerpted from the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy


The Popes on Devotion to the Sacred Heart

The feast of the Sacred Heart was approved for specified dioceses by Clement XIII in 1765, and extended to the whole Church by Pius IX in 1856. In 1889 Pope Leo XIII elevated it to the rank of first class, and through an encyclical letter in 1899 dedicated the whole Catholic world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

Devotion to the Sacred Heart was also an essential component of Pope John Paul II's hopes for the "new evangelization" called for by the Church.

"For evangelization today," he said, "the Heart of Christ must be recognized as the heart of the Church: It is He who calls us to conversion, to reconciliation. It is He who leads pure hearts and those hungering for justice along the way of the Beatitudes. It is He who achieves the warm communion of the members of the one Body. It is He who enables us to adhere to the Good News and to accept the promise of eternal life. It is He who sends us out on mission. The heart-to-heart with Jesus broadens the human heart on a global scale." 

Here are some of the relevant documents: Leo XIII in his Encyclical Letter Annum sacrum (1889) on the consecration of mankind to the Sacred Heart; Pius XI in Caritate Christi Compulsi (On The Sacred Heart) and Miserentissimus Redemptor (On Reparation To The Sacred Heart); Pius XII in his Encyclical Letter Haurietis aquas; Paul VI in his Apostolic Letter Investigabiles divitias Christi (1965) and John Paul II in Message on the centenary of the consecration of mankind to the Sacred Heart of Jesus(1999), in L'Osservatore Romano, 12 June 1999.


The Sacred Heart in the Spiritual Life

Devotion to the Sacred Heart is a wonderful historical expression of the Church's piety for Christ, her Spouse and Lord: it calls for a fundamental attitude of conversion and reparation, of love and gratitude, apostolic commitment and dedication to Christ and his saving work. 

Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus are numerous. Some have been explicitly approved and frequently recommended by the Apostolic See. Among these, mention should be made of the following:


Personal Consecration
Personal consecration, described by Pius XI as "undoubtedly the principal devotional practice used in relation to the Sacred Heart" (Miserentissimus redemptor). 

Family Consecration
Family consecration to the Sacred Heart, in which the family, by virtue of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony already participating in the mystery of the unity and love of Christ for the Church, is dedicated to Christ so that he might reign in the hearts of all its members (Aliae concessiones). 

Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, approved for the whole Church in 1891, which is evidently biblical in character and to which many indulgences have been attached (Aliae concessiones). 

Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart
The act of reparation, a prayer with which the faithful, mindful of the infinite goodness of Christ, implore mercy for the offences committed in so many ways against his Sacred Heart (Aliae concessiones). 

The Practice of the First Fridays
The pious practice of the first Fridays of the month which derives from the "great promises" made by Jesus to St. Margaret Mary. At a time when sacramental communion was very rare among the faithful, the first Friday devotion contributed significantly to a renewed use of the Sacraments of Penance and of the Holy Eucharist. In our own times, the devotion to the first Fridays, even if practised correctly, may not always lead to the desired spiritual fruits. Hence, the faithful require constant instruction so that any reduction of the practice to mere credulity is avoided and an active faith encouraged so that the faithful may undertake their commitment to the Gospel correctly in their lives. They should also be reminded of the absolute preeminence of Sunday, the "primordial feast" (Sacrosanctum Concilium), which should be marked by the full participation of the faithful at the celebration of the Holy Mass. 

Excepted from the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy


The 12 Promises

In the apparitions to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Jesus gives these twelve promises for those who are devoted to His Sacred Heart.

  1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
  2. I will establish peace in their families.
  3. I will console them in all their troubles.
  4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of their death.
  5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
  6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.
  7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
  8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
  9. I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
  10. I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.
  11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced.
  12. The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.
Movie Night is Back!
Jun
23
7:00 pm19:00

Movie Night is Back!

Get ready for St. Benedict Movie Night beginning Friday, June 23, at 7 p.m. in the Paschal Center Parish Hall. Our first movie will be the comedy, Sister Act. 

Parish Picnic
Jun
25
11:00 am11:00

Parish Picnic

Our annual Parish Picnic will be Sunday June 25, 2017 on the parish grounds following the 11 a.m. Mass. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided by the Knights of Columbus. Iced tea and water will be available. We ask that all guests bring their favorite dish or dessert to share. All are welcome. Don't forget to bring lawn chairs.


Ice Cream Social
Jun
11
11:00 am11:00

Ice Cream Social

The Knight of Columbus St. Benedict Council will hold their Summer Ice Cream Social on Sunday, June 11, after 11 a.m. Mass in the Notre Dame Room. Please join us for ice cream with all the fixings and refreshing Ice Tea. All are welcome to attend this event!~

Holy Spirit Novena
May
26
Jun 4

Holy Spirit Novena

St. Benedict invites you to join us praying the Novena to the Holy Spirit for the continued success of WVTO. We encourage you to pray it starting Friday, May 26th until Pentecost Sunday.

Our Lady of Fatima Rosary Rally
May
13
May 14

Our Lady of Fatima Rosary Rally

In celebration of the Feast and 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, St. Benedict Church is having a Rosary Rally on Saturday, May 13 after 4 p.m. Mass. All are welcome!

K of C Spring Flea Market
May
13
8:00 am08:00

K of C Spring Flea Market

Due to inclement weather, the Knights of Columbus St. Benedict Council's Spring Flea Market has been postponed to Saturday, May 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Church.  Spaces are $10 and tables are $5.. Food and drinks will be available for purchase in the Parish Hall. Please call the Paschal Center office to reserve your space and table: 410-947-4988.

Special Needs Family Retreat Day
May
7
1:00 pm13:00

Special Needs Family Retreat Day

Come join us for a day of rest and spiritual enrichment for families with special needs. Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 1 PM to 5:30 PM at the O'Dwyer Retreat House, 15523 York Road, Sparks, MD 21152. The cost is $20 per family. To register, or find out more info, contact Deacon Bill Fleming, Archdiocesan Director of the Office of Special Needs Ministry, at 410-547-5410

WVTO Grand Opening
Apr
23
12:30 pm12:30

WVTO Grand Opening

WVTO invites you to our Grand Opening. Beginning with Mass and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, we will have a reception in St. Benedict's Notre Dame Room immediately following at 12:30 p.m. 

Lunch will be provided along with a
studio tour for those interested.

To RSVP, email us at wvtoradio@gmail.com or call
Saint Benedict’s Parish Office at 410-947-4988

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Good Friday Walking Stations of the Cross
Apr
14
10:30 am10:30

Good Friday Walking Stations of the Cross

Join St. Benedict Parish for our annual Walking Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, April 14th. The Walk begins at 10:30 a.m. in the front of the Church. The Walk will take us through the parish neighborhood, as we sing and stop to pray the Stations of the Cross.

Divine Mercy Novena
Apr
14
Apr 23

Divine Mercy Novena

In preparation for Divine Mercy Sunday (April 23, 2017), please join us for a Novena consisting of the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for nine days, beginning on Good Friday. Pick up a copy of the Novena at Church this week!

Holy Thursday Night Watch
Apr
13
Apr 14

Holy Thursday Night Watch

On April 13th following Holy Thursday Mass, we are invited to keep night watch with Jesus in Agony and in prison, in adoration of his self-giving love for us. At Midnight, Night Watch will continue in the side chapel with quiet prayer and meditation. We invite you to join us.

Spaghetti and Bingo
Apr
2
12:00 pm12:00

Spaghetti and Bingo

St. Benedict Choir is having their annual Spaghetti Dinner & Bingo Sunday, Apr 2 in the Paschal Center Hall. Dinner starts at 12 Noon and bingo begins at 1:30 p.m..

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 are kids 12 and under. Dinner & Bingo included w/tickets. 

For tickets and more information, contact Jessica Ricker by phone at (410) 952-5852 or by email at jrickerdesigns@gmail.com. You can also purchase tickets from St. Benedict's Gift Shop or at the door!

Menu includes the following:
Spaghetti w/ Meatballs
Garlic Bread
Dessert
Choice of drink (tea, coffee, or wine)

Breakfast With The Easter Bunny
Mar
26
8:00 am08:00

Breakfast With The Easter Bunny

Join our Knights of Columbus for their annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Sunday, March 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults are $8, Kids 3 to 12 are $4, and Kids 3 and under are free.

Pork & Sauerkraut Bingo
Mar
12
12:00 pm12:00

Pork & Sauerkraut Bingo

Sunday, March 12, 2017. Doors open 12 Noon; Dinner begins 12:30 p.m. and Bingo starts at 1 p.m. Dinner & Bingo $25. Special will be available for purchase. Must be 14 years or older to attend.

Tune in! Baltimore Catholic Radio
Mar
4
7:00 am07:00

Tune in! Baltimore Catholic Radio

WVTO 92.7 FM, Baltimore's newest radio station, will be broadcasting Catholic programming from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. here at St.Benedict. Listen to us live starting March 4th 2017 at 9:15 as we officially launch our station.

40 Days for Life
Mar
2
6:30 pm18:30

40 Days for Life

You are invited to Baltimore's 40 Days for Life Kick-Off Event on Thursday, Mar 2 at St. Agnes Church Hall in Catonsville. Reunite with past pray-ers and meet new volunteers as we gather for conversation and refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

Ash Wednesday Fish Fry
Mar
1
11:30 am11:30

Ash Wednesday Fish Fry

Join us March 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for our annual Fish Fry in the Paschal Center Hall. Adults $9. Children 12 & Under $5.

Stations of the Cross
Mar
1
Apr 7

Stations of the Cross

Join us on Fridays in Lent, for Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 6:30 p.m. Stations are followed by Soup and Sandwiches with a Lenten discussion.

Ash Wednesday Liturgy Times
Mar
1
8:00 am08:00

Ash Wednesday Liturgy Times

As we begin the season of Lent, Saint Benedict offers many ways to help with your spiritual needs:

  • Ash Wednesday (March 1st)
    Ashes will be distributed at our 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Masses. We will also distribute ashes at Morning Prayer (7:15 a.m.) and Noon Prayer
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
    Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Stations of the Cross and Benediction
    Fridays at 6:30 p.m.. Followed by Soups and Sandwiches with a Lenten Discussion
  • Reconciliation (Confession)
    Available Ash Wednesday following Noon Prayer, Saturdays 3:30 p.m., and anytime by appointment
Apparition Hill Screening - February 12
Feb
12
2:00 pm14:00

Apparition Hill Screening - February 12

Apparition Hill is showing at AMC Columbia 14 theatre for a special one-day only event to benefit Baltimore's new Catholic Radio station, WVTO 92.7. Join us Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 PM. Tickets are on sale for $15 at this link.

Christmas Eve Mass / Pageant
Dec
24
4:00 pm16:00

Christmas Eve Mass / Pageant

Please join us at St. Benedict Church for our Christmas Pageant and Family Mass. Don’t miss a much loved Saint Benedict tradition as the Parish children bring to life the Nativity of Our Lord!

Help Us Decorate the Church
Dec
23
9:30 am09:30

Help Us Decorate the Church

Calling all volunteers! Many hands are needed to help make Saint Benedict’s ready for Christmas. Decorating will begin at 9:30 a.m. and all help is greatly appreciated!

We Need Volunteers!
Dec
18
1:00 pm13:00

We Need Volunteers!

Benedict's Pantry is looking for volunteers to help with their Christmas Distribution. They also need help afterwards to move bags back into the pantry from the Church. For more information and to volunteer, call the church office at (410) 947-4988 

Christmas Caroling
Dec
18
1:00 pm13:00

Christmas Caroling

Saint Benedict and ChristLife will host our annual Christmas Caroling. Join us as we share a little Advent hope, sing carols, and spread God's love through the streets of West Baltimore.

 

 

Breakfast with Santa
Dec
11
8:00 am08:00

Breakfast with Santa

Join the Knights of Columbus, Sunday, Dec. 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  for their annual All You Can Eat Breakfast with Santa. Photos with Santa and Craft vendors will be available.  Adults: $7. Kids 3-12: $4. Children 3 And Under: Free.

New York City Bus Trip
Dec
6
Dec 7

New York City Bus Trip

Tuesday, December 6th, SaintBenedict will be taking a bus trip to New York City. Includes tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the rest of the day to explore The Big Apple. Costs is $150 with the show and $70 for the bus only. Please call the Parish Office at 410-947-4988 to reserve your spot.

Parish Mission Ends on December 8
Nov
5
Dec 8

Parish Mission Ends on December 8

Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, has been practiced for centuries. Saint John Paul II completed Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, calling Marian devotion the critical element of his spiritual life. For Saint Benedict's 2016 Parish Mission, all parishioners are encouraged to take part in a do-it-yourself retreat using Fr. Michael Gaitley's 33 Days To Morning Glory as a guide. The book summarizes Marian spirituality through the teachings of saints, such as Mother Teresa. Whether you are entrusting yourself to Mary for the first time, or if you're simply looking to deepen and renew your devotion to Mary, join Saint Benedictparish as together we journey to Jesus through Mary. 33 Days To Morning Glory can be picked up at Saint Benedict, November 4th through 5th. We will begin the retreat November 5th and end on December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

October Bull & Oyster Roast
Oct
30
1:00 pm13:00

October Bull & Oyster Roast

Join us for our annual Bull & Oyster Roast in the Paschal Center Bingo Hall. The day will include food, money wheels, tombola, raffles, music, and much more!  Tickets are $45 per person. For tickets, call (410) 947-4988.

Movie Night: "Bella"
Oct
24
7:00 pm19:00

Movie Night: "Bella"

Join us for the movie, Bella. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a short film discussion after the movie.

Rosary for Peace
Oct
1
Oct 21

Rosary for Peace

In celebration of Our Lady of Fatima's 100th Anniversary, St. Benedict Church invites you to be part of our "Rosary For Peace" Campaign. Join us as we pray a decade of the rosary each day from October 2016 to May 2017.