Celebrating First Holy Communion

Fr. Paschal Morlino, O.S.B., Pastor of Saint Benedict Church was happy to celebrate First Communion at Saint Benedict. His homily may be read below.

Girls and boys, you have been waiting for today for a long time and now you are thrilled. Today is an important and special today for you and that is why we are all here for you. I have never seen you looking as well as you do this morning. You look like princesses and princes! You have put on your best clothes to meet Jesus in Holy Communion. But more important than the clothes you wear is that you have also prepared your hearts to meet Jesus. 

That is why you made your First Confession and recently again your second Confession. You have been praying to Jesus every day because you want to make sure your heart is ready for Jesus. When you receive Jesus in Holy Communion, you will tell him you love him, and you will thank him for coming to you.

After Mass everyone will want to meet you and be photographed with you. I am sure you will have lots of nice things to eat. Jesus also wants you to have fun. He wants you to enjoy yourselves. Just remember that it is all because Jesus has come to you. You will get gifts and envelopes and cards with money inside. 

But the most important gift today is Jesus coming to you in Holy Communion. Jesus coming to you is the best gift you will receive today. Jesus is more important than all the money or presents or nice food. Continue to pray to Jesus and Mary every day because they love you so much.

Parents, this is a great day for you also. Today your children are fully nourished with you around the table of the Lord for the first time. Today your family is united in Jesus, the only one who nourishes us fully. When you had your children baptized you were reminded that you are their first teachers of their faith. They learned their faith from you before anybody else as you taught them to make the sign of the cross and to say their prayers. During these early years, you have helped them so much to know about God. For many years to come what you say and do will influence their faith and their friendship with Jesus and Mary. No matter who the teacher is, who may be excellent, or what the parish does, unless the children sense their parents’ faith they will not absorb faith. The faith you hand on will be their strength through life.

 Parents be strong in your faith and give your children good example of faith and hope in Jesus. 

You dear parents hand on faith, you have no choice about that. The choice you have is to hand on the faith badly or well. Your family needs faith in God. It is not something they need only when there is a crisis. Teachers and priests cannot plant faith in the heart of your children if you do not. Jesus said, “What does it profit to gain the whole world but to lose your soul?” (Mark 8:36; Matt 16:26)

Today is a very happy day for everybody else here because relations, friends, teachers, people of the parish have all watched these children grow and helped them on their friendship with God. I know you are praying for them today and will continue to pray for them.

Girls and boys, I still remember my First Holy Communion and remember the seat in the Church where I sat with my family. I hope you don’t forget today, your First Holy Communion Day. Jesus wants you and your families to be happy today. Jesus wants to come into your heart because he loves you. Always remember that Jesus loves you. Keep your hearts pure and always open for Jesus. He is always there for you. No matter what happens in your life Jesus is there for you.

Saint Benedict - Celebrating 125 Years

On Sunday, March 4, 2018, The Most Reverend Denis J. Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, joined Saint Benedict Parish for the 11 a.m. Mass with celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the parish.

Stations of the Cross Book Available!

Saint Benedict Parish is pleased to announce their newly published Stations of the Cross devotional book featuring the Neo-Gothic Stations of Saint Benedict Parish executed by Philadelphia's D’Ascensio Studios ca. 1933. This 48 page book, printed with sanguine and metallic inks, features meditations by James E. Adams and contains an introduction to Stations devotion and a history of their development in the life of the Church. Handsomely printed and bound, this book is the perfect Lenten companion for private meditation in the home or in church.

The release of this book is held in conjunction with the ‘Christ Renews His Parish’ renewal. Fr. Paschal Morlino, O.S.B., Pastor of the parish, hopes that "this small treasure of prayer and reflection will lift you up during Lent and beyond, to lead you to the foot of the Cross of our redemption with His Mother. And then to the Empty Tomb where we join the apostles, and the angels, in proclaiming, “Glory to Thee, O Christ our God, glory to Thee!”

Stations of the Cross Books available in Gift Shop

Cost: $10 each


Gift Shop Hours

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesdays and Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Sundays: After mass
Closed Mondays

Gift Shop Phone: (410) 947-4988



Our Lenten Schedule

Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Ashes will be distributed at following:
Mass - 8:00 AM & 7:00 PM
Morning Prayer - 7:15 AM
Noon Prayer - 12:05 PM

Lenten Weekday Masses
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday - 8:00 AM
Wednesday - 6:30 PM
Saturday - 8:30 AM

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Each Wednesday - 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM
followed by Vespers and Benediction

Stations of the Cross and Benediction
Fridays - 6:30 PM
followed by Soup and Sandwiches in the Notre Dame Room

Reconciliation (Confession)
Ash Wednesday following Noon Prayer
Saturdays - 3:30 PM
Penance Service, March 27th - 7:15 PM
Anytime by appointment

Lenten Note From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners, Alumni, and Friends,

I can hardly believe that it is almost Lent. We have just finished taking the Christmas decorations down in Church and here we are on the doorstep of Ash Wednesday. In preparation for Ash Wednesday, we will be burning old palms on Sunday, February 11th.

Lent is linked by two themes, the baptismal and the penitential. It is a time of purification and enlightenment, a time for the parish to join a spirit of repentance and conversion. We who are baptized, even if we do not remember our baptism, can prepare to renew the baptismal promises made for us by our parents. This season shakes us out of our baptismal complacency to remember our ongoing conversion journey, the already and the not yet.

Mary's complete confidence in Jesus was rewarded that day when he turned water into wine. What must the servants have thought when Jesus instructed them to fill the water jugs to the brim? After all, what was needed was wine, not more water. But with Mary's confidence in Jesus combined with the servant's obedience to a puzzling command, a miracle happened.

Isn't that what we hope for this Lent: more faith in Jesus and obedience to his Word so that our lives can be transformed? The words of Jesus were sometimes spoken to a crowd of people and sometimes to individuals. But the miracle of scripture is that, in these words, Jesus is also talking to us, right now. Sometimes His words are comforting; reminding us how much God loves us. Sometimes His words are challenging, reminding us that we are to take up our cross and live the Gospel in our lives. Either way, the words of Jesus will bring us to eternal life.

This Lent, gather as a family to listen to the words fo scripture, reflect on them together. Your daily Lenten prayer will strengthen you to follow Jesus in all that you do. May Jesus take the water of our daily lives in this holy season and change it into the wine of eternal life.

Wishing you a grace filled and prayerful Lenten Season,

Father Paschal A. Morlino, O.S.B.

Advent Notes from the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

In just a few days, we will be ending the present church year and beginning a new one. This upcoming church year will mark our 125th Anniversary as a parish, and we are planning several different celebrations. A committee has begun planning for this momentous event in our parish history.

We begin this new year with Advent, that sacred season of Anticipation and expectation in which we come to terms with the deepest yearning of our soul - a yearning fulfilled only in Jesus Christ. As we wait for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas, let us turn over to him all the false satisfaction - the compromises - of our life. To live Advent is to live in awareness of a Presence that changes us. Our Advent preparation is marked by vigilance - custody of the heart, in which we keep our soul fixed on the Lord. For what we see incarnate in the infant Jesus we desire for ourselves: purity, innocence, and child-likeness restored.  In the birth of this Child, we know the promises of our own spiritual rebirth. 

As always,
In Christ and St. Benedict,

Fr. Paschal Morlino, O.S.B.

2018 Calendar Coming Soon!

Saint Benedict Parish is working with Printing Center USA to print our 125th Anniversary calendar for 2018. The calendar will make a great gift! 

Please consider Printing Center USA for your printing needs. They offer great tools and support to help with your projects. Click here to visit their website or below for your project needs.

Benedictine Annual Appeal - Thank You!

The Benedictine monks of SaintVincent Archabbey wish to express their deepest gratitude for the parish's generous response to their Annual Appeal. With such a benevolent response, the parishioners of Saint Benedict have joined the Benedictine community in serving the Church through the monks' various pastoral, educational, and missionary endeavors locally and throughout the world. Thank you for your generous support! 

Benedict's Pantry Thanks You!

Our Pantry would like to take a moment to thank the parishioners who generously donated school supplies (and sent prayers) to this year's Back Pack Distribution. We successfully distributed 125 backpacks to children who live in the community. With these supplies, the children will begin their school year with some of the basic tools they need to help them succeed.

A Message From Fr. Paschal

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Benedict,

Time is here again for us to announce the upcoming events of the fall and winter, as well as to bring you up to date on some things going on in and around the parish.

At present the gardens around the parish are quite lush and in full bloom, the veggies are beginning to produce abundantly, tomatoes, squash, pepper, eggplants, and cucumbers all surrounded by crepe myrtles in various shades. It is a most welcoming sight to behold.

Our radio station: WVTO 92.7 FM is now broadcasting 24 hours a day. It is beamed from atop the bell tower of the church with a 6 mile radius, mainly Relevant Radio programming, very fine Catholic Talk Radio. We make announcements and breaks for local news and information. It is sponsored by tax deductible donations made out to WVTO at our address.

The ten-year project of replacing the windows in the Parish Center is now 90% complete. The monies from the Window Fund Raffle have accomplished this major undertaking. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE BOUGHT TICKETS OVER THE YEARS. 

Our next major undertaking will be the installation of a drainage system and the resurfacing of the parking areas in and around the Parish Center and the Church, all of which are badly needed.

In the neighborhood, we will soon be seeing the opening of the Frederick Elementary School in September which will be hi-tech and up to date in every way; it will also be a charter school with many special features made available to the local students. It has been a tremendous undertaking by the City to bring education up to par. 

During this 100th Anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, there have been special prayer events at the grotto and in Church. I will be remembering all of you in my prayers when I am in Fatima with our pilgrimage group on the 13th of October.

At the end of June, we had the good fortune to have a visiting priest move into the rectory with us. Rev. Agapitus Businge from Uganda. He will be here for approximately two years working on his dissertation for his PhD from Catholic University in DC. Fr. Agapitus has been a great asset to the parish since his arrival.

Our Friday Night free movies this summer have been excellent with such a great variety of films and very good ones too. Everyone who has attended has truly enjoyed them. This is an effort of our evangelization team to reach out to the neighborhood.

Yours in Christ and St. Benedict,

Fr. Paschal Morlino, O.S.B.