The New Evangelization begins with a person. With the establishment of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, many dioceses and parishes are answering the Holy Father's call to bring a fresh vitality to evangelization and catechesis.
"Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction," teaches Pope Benedict XVI (Deus Caritas Est, 1).
Each individual parishioner is called by Baptism to evangelize. We as a Parish family, recognize the need and responsibility to reach out beyond the parish community and touch the alienated and un-churched of the area. This is the mission of the parish Evangelization Team, which means regularly. We encourage new members to join us. Please contact our Director of Evangelization: Joe Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. In addition, ChristLife, a lay Catholic ministry established in response to the Church's call to a new evangelization, frequently partners with Saint Benedict.
Religious Education (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine)
Religious Education at the parish is headed by our Director of Religious Education, and is composed of a variety of classes for different age groups. Classes for Kindergarten to grade 8 are held on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. The Children’s Liturgy of Word is held Sunday at the 11 a.m. mass. The children are dismissed from mass to discuss the Sunday readings in a way accessible to them. Sacrament Preparatory classes for Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation are also available.
"The Holy Bible is like a mirror before our mind’s eye. In it we see our inner face. From the Scriptures we can learn our spiritual deformities and beauties. And there too we discover the progress we are making and how far we are from perfection." Pope Saint Gregory the Great
The Bible is the story of the loving God who created us. Join Fr. Paschal and the parishioners of Saint Benedict as we explore the Word of God. Our Year of Faith Bible Study Group, meets once a week for an exploration of the Sacred Scriptures. For more information, call (410) 947-988 or see the weekly bulletin.
Communion Calls & Hospital Visits
If you, a friend or relative in the hospital or homebound, please notify our Pastoral Associate in charge of Health Care Ministry. She will make arrangements for a visit by the Parish Priest or a member of our staff who bring communion to the sick and homebound. Our Shut-Ins are visited at least once a month a member of the staff or a Eucharistic Minister. It is extremely important for you to contact the parish since HIPPA privacy regulations names are not frequently forwarded to the Parish Staff. Therefore, it is imperative that you contact us so we can reach out to those who are sick in need of communion calls and hospital visits.
Pre-Cana is a course couples undergo before being married in a Catholic church. Sessions often last six month, and are led by a priest or deacon with support from a married Catholic couple.